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Our homeschooling is going really well with using the Bible as our main textbook. We are now studying Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Esau, and Jacob. So many lessons to learn in there. We have had a great time reading about Ancient Israel for history. We made some matza this week which was a highlight. The kids LOVED it. We talked about it not needing yeast (science) and why it was eaten in abundance in ancient times. Next week we will continue in Genesis with Jacob and Esau.
In the afternoons we have been reading George Muller.
I am beyond speechless by this amazing book. I had known about George Muller and that he was a missionary, and his faith was what enabled him to do such amazing work with orphans. Yet, I hadn’t read any books about him. When we received an anonymous gift
in the mail awhile back, with my husband being out of work, in my excitement I texted a few of my friends. I was praising God.
One of my dear friends wrote back, “Just like George Muller!”
That stayed with me for awhile and I decided we should read the book.
Well, I am fighting back tears with every chapter. Sometimes with every paragraph. It’s like God chose this book for us to read right at this moment. He planned my friend to say those words to point me to the book, which ultimately points to HIM.
A brief summary so you can understand why I am loving this book: George Muller was not a Christian in his youth. He studied religion, but his heart was hard. Until he had an encounter with God after prayer and he decided to let God provide for Him solely. (He had previously been known for stealing money.)
He ends up with a desire to serve the poor and the orphans.
He does not take any money for his work or ask for donations. He relies sloely on prayer and God’s provision.
And boy does God provide! And we are only half way through the book…Simply amazing!
There is one section where he talks about getting rid of the “stuff” and possessions in his home because it hinders Him from doing God’s work. It was like my heart to simplify was right there. I knew what He meant! Yet, He was truly living it out. Love it.
I can’t help but see the lessons that God is wanting me to learn. About faith and about God’s provision, but most of all about seeking HIM first, for He knows what we NEED. If we seek Him first, He will provide for all of our needs…(not necessarily wants!)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.“
“There was a day when I died; died to self, my opinions, preferences, tastes and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren or friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.”
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Join me on my journey to clear the clutter as I am simply living...for Him! I am a homeschooling mom sharing about my faith, family, hobby-farm life, and Jesus. I am also an author and speaker and love sharing my journey with others- and I am all about keeping it real and authentic! Join me as I seek less of this world and more of Jesus!
Karen DeBeus is a homeschooling mom learning to live more simply and keep God at the center of it all. She is the author of three best-selling homeschooling books and writes at Simply Living for Him. She speaks nationally at homeschooling conventions and recently was a speaker at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC. Her passion is to help others clear the clutter from their lives, seek God first, and to encourage women and families to get in the Word every day.
In 2016, she founded the Simply Living for Him Retreat, which is a time of rest and renewal for all women seeking Jesus. She enjoys life on her hobby farm with her husband and four children. Together they are a work-at-home family pursuing a simple life with purpose and, above all, seeking to glorify God in all they do.