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Karen DeBeus

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We Are Not Meant to Live This Life Alone// ep 203

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In the age of this pandemic, it is difficult to be together as we are meant to be. Many of us find ourselves getting a bit comfortable in isolation. But I believe we must find ways to connect. Join me today as we talk about living in relationship, community, and together and not letting anything hinder us.

Links for further encouragement:

We Aren’t Meant to Be Alone

Hospitality Vs. Entertaining

Opening Your Door in Faith

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Each devotion will point you to His voice above all the other voices you face daily. Through its unique format, you will be encouraged to spend time in the Word first with ample space for journaling, notes, and prayer. Karen then follows with further insight and encouragement.

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We Aren’t Meant to Be Alone

Most evenings after the dinner dishes are away, the homeschool books are closed, and the sun has set on another day, you will find me in my room. Alone. I usually have Little House on the Prairie going on in the background. I go through phases of what I watch- for a while it was every moon landing documentary I could find, then it was Michael Jackson documentaries (a little-known fact about me-I was a bit obsessed for a while!) I usually curl up with my planner and notebooks. Sometimes I just sit in the quiet and read my Bible, do my Bible writing for the day (from our Simply Living for HIm Online Community schedule), and sometimes I prepare for Bible study in the community. The point is, I am alone. It is by my very nature that I need this time to recharge.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore my family. We spend SO much time together all day and I am not trying to escape. (admittedly in the early years of mothering there was a need to escape! ha!) I really enjoy spending time with them. There is just part of me that needs to spend time by myself at the end of the day.

During the pandemic though, I have seen how very easy it could be for someone like me who craves alone time, to get stuck there. Because there is a big difference between recharging alone and then isolating.

Recharging has limits. Isolating can last too long. Recharging helps us regain focus, hear God’s voice, and settle our souls. Isolating begins to focus inward. Instead of hearing God’s voice, we may start listening to our own too much. We may even start worrying and fretting.

We are meant to live in relationship. In community. And in real life. Now I know that isn’t possible these days as much, but we must do whatever we can to connect with others as much as possible. We are meant to mentor and to be mentored. To walk with others. To experience life so we can serve others and love others well. We can’t do that when we don’t reach out.

Jesus is seen in the Bible going off to be alone at times because there is a definite place for solitude in our lives. He often did it for the reasons we do: to recharge, to prepare, to pray. But He never stays there.

Jesus didn’t isolate. He was in the community. He was serving. He was connecting. And so should we.

I realize this time may be very difficult. People are experiencing divisions like never before, but Christians aren’t meant to divide but multiply. We must fight the urge to keep to ourselves. And, instead, give of ourselves. In the end, we will receive just as much.

So many times I am in my own little bubble, but when I get with others again, I am reminded just how much I need them. I am recharged in a way that is different than when I am alone. I am reminded that God created us to be in community.

I sat for awhile watching my ducks this week. They do everything together. One doesn’t move without the other following. They walk in sync, swim in sync, and play in sync. I pondered the simple lesson from those ducks. Life is meant to be lived together.

Here are some practical and simple ways to connect with others during this time:

Call a friend. Not a text. Not an email. Hear their voice. Listen well.

Reach out if you feel like you are starting to withdraw. Go against the urge. If you’ve been alone too long, it is necessary to find a way to connect again.

•Invite a friend over for coffee. If you aren’t comfortable yet because of the pandemic, be creative. Head to the drive-through and then park next to each other. Roll down the window and just talk. Eye contact and smiles and voices can still happen even 6 feet apart.

•Schedule a zoom call. I know many of us are “zoomed” out, but if need be and you can’t get together in person, just get a bunch together for a zoom prayer time or chat. It may be the boost you need to keep from being too withdrawn.

Focus on others. Being alone causes us to focus on ourselves by default. Think of creative ways to bless others during this difficult time. Drop a note on someone’s porch with a treat basket. Bake cookies for a friend and deliver them. You can visit outside if you aren’t comfortable. Know someone struggling? Drop a gift card at their door. Host a backyard get together. The possibilities are endless. Have any good ideas? Drop them in the comments below.

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Whatever you choose, just remember, take time to be alone. That is necessary. But it is also necessary not to stay there. God bless you all!

Blessings and Joy in Jesus,

Karen


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Podcast

Two Different Paths: Life After Homeschool for My First Two Graduates// ep 202

this podcast is sponsored by Apologia

Whether you are a homeschooler, just thinking about it, or even a critic, today I will address the many issues that people ask regarding life after homeschool. Can they go to college? What about jobs? Can they function in the real world (ha!)? Join me as I share about my first two homeschool graduates and the very different, but “successful” paths they are taking.


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Previous episodes:

You Just Never Know// ep 201

Homeschooling: What Really Matters

Peace and Order in a Culture of Confusion

Learning to Wait in an On Demand Culture

Distracted

No Fear Of the Future

The Myth of Finding Yourself: Be Found in Christ. // ep188

We Are Not Supposed to Know it All//ep 187

Who Are You Letting in Your Home? // ep 186

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The Simply Living For Him Devotional contains 100 devotions to help you lessen the distractions of this noisy world and focus on Jesus.

Each devotion will point you to His voice above all the other voices you face daily. Through its unique format, you will be encouraged to spend time in the Word first with ample space for journaling, notes, and prayer. Karen then follows with further insight and encouragement.

There are four pages for each devotion, making this book a 400+ PAGE devotional! Spend time at the feet of a loving Father while choosing to follow Him above all, resulting in less clutter and more joy in your life.

Visit the Simply Living for Him Shop!

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The Accidental De-clutter of 2020

How many of us in years past longed for simpler schedules and simpler lives? Well, I think 2020 accidentally helped us declutter.

All of a sudden when things were stripped away, unintentionally, we had fresh eyes to see what was truly important.

Our schedules became empty. Those “must-have” items seemed a little less necessary when faced with some tough circumstances. We may have reprioritized.

I know I did.

As a woman who wants a simple life, isn’t God good to give it to me? Yes, there were many complicated things about 2020. But I am talking about taking away the things that had distracted me.

He took away a busy calendar.

He took away some finances (causing me to evaluate what we really need.)

He took away people even for a while. Not that they were a distraction before, but perhaps I had taken them for granted.

He took away the things I had blamed for not having time to do other things.

He took away my comforts.

He took away some security.

And ultimately He gave me so much more.

He gave me a perspective of what is important.

He gave me abundant time with my family at home.

He gave me a new love for homemaking and serving my family.

He gave me a new reliance on Him.

He gave me confidence in Him and not the world.

He gave me a new longing for Him and the things of eternity.

He gave me a new desire for people.

He gave me a new passion to share the Gospel.

He gives and He takes. And I am thankful for what He took. So now, I can give.

As you read this on the cusp of a new year, I hope you would evaluate all that was taken and all that was gained. We have all we need in Christ! If you don’t know that truth, please reach out to me. I will send you a Bible! I will pray for you.

May you have all the blessings and joy in Jesus in 2021 and beyond!

~Karen


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Find all my Daily Video Devotionals on YouTube!

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