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Karen DeBeus

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We Don’t Need to Dress Up the Gospel: Keeping it Simple in Ministry// ep 144

I am in the middle of a huge ministry week and sharing some of my thoughts about keeping it simple in ministry.

In a world that often makes us feel like we need to entertain people to Christ and dress up the Gospel, let’s remember the Gospel is exciting enough on its own.

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Missed the last episode? Click here–> Renovation: Of the Heart and Soul • ep 143

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Renovation: Of the Heart and Soul • ep 143

Today I am talking about renovations. No, not the kind you see on HGTV, but the kind that matters beyond our earthly homes. We are talking about our heart and souls. 

As I see the DIY craze and the emphasis on our homes in our visually saturated society, I often wonder what our world would be like if we spent that amount of time and resources on our insides. On our hearts. You see, years ago I gave up trying to create a picture-perfect home, be satisfied with what we had, and instead to turn my attention toward my soul work.

Renovations are hard work and often messy, but the good news is, God is the one who does the work in us, and we simply have to live a life of surrender.

Missed the last episode? Click here–> Living Simply in a Digital World• ep 142

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What if We Spent Our Time on This Renovation?

Do you think if we didn’t have HGTV or Instagram or magazines or all these things… we would be content with what is in front of us? If we didn’t see the latest trend or the newest looks, we would be content with what we had?

We waste so much time trying to renovate our homes, but what about our hearts? If we spent as much time on the eternal things than we do on the external things, can you imagine the world we’d live in? Wow!

I think about those folks in third world countries. They have nothing in terms of material, but they are so content. They worship fully. They live fully. And they don’t strive for that perfect decor. They’re just glad to have a roof over their heads. And here we are spending our precious time and treasure on the perfect home…all these details…which will turn to dust someday.

Our visually saturated world- TV, the Internet, magazines- have made our eyes deceive our hearts. We think we need these things. We think these things will make us happy and content.

Yet, without focusing on the inside, we are really just the same people living in a pretty place-or maybe even more stressed. Are we really better off?

I remember as a young wife and new mom. I had to throw the Pottery Barn catalogs away because every time they came in the mail they showed me a life I couldn’t afford (and frankly didn’t need). I had a beautiful new baby, our own home (even if it wasn’t perfectly styled and up to date), and had Jesus. What more did I need to see! So I stopped looking at them and focused on what was in front of me. What God had already blessed me with. And decided to work on my heart more than my home. Because that is what really needed renovating!

These photos and TV shows trick us into believing the life we have in front of us is not enough. Yet, we don’t need to waste time and treasure on things that will end up as dust. We need to invest our time and hearts now into people and our own souls.

Join me? Let’s put the effort into our hearts and minds. Let’s renovate our souls. Let’s choose to focus on the things that matter for eternity. Because in the end, that will make our lives here on earth more beautiful than all the fixing up and it will last long after the dust of this earth is gone…and far into eternity.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

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Daily Scripture

 

Welcome to Simply Seeking Him…Daily Scripture Encouragement. There is nothing greater that you can do in your life than to know God’s Word. He is the reason we exist and our purpose in life is to know Him and make Him known! My passion for the Bible has prompted me to encourage women to study His Word daily. We hope this daily Scripture will help you to do just that!

Each day there will be a Scripture to read. I encourage you to use the translation of your choice. I would also encourage you to get a journal specifically for writing out Scripture. There is something about putting the pen to paper that helps us connect with His Word even more. Then take it further if you can and memorize part of it as well as researching the verses YOURSELF. We have provided some helpful resources but there are many out there.

Psalm 91:1-7 NIV

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,  nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

Write it Out

Write the passage in your journal or verses that you select from the passage.

What do these verses teach me about God?

Our purpose in reading the Bible should first and foremost to know who God is. In your journal, write what this passage teaches you about God. Then look at it in the context of the book, who it was written to, and how it applies to you today.

Memorize

Commit part (or all) of the passage to memory.

Take it further

Resources for further study:

Enduring Word Commentary

Bible Study Tools

Blue Letter Bible

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This simple journal is a place to organize your thoughts, prayers, and studies.

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