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Karen DeBeus

Simply...Seeking Him

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.

Today’s Scripture

James 1:2-27

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 
20because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 
21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 
23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 
24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 
25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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

Download your FREE journal page!

 

Get our NEW journal!

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

Simply...Living For Him

Life Changes and Farm Changes

The last month or so…maybe even more…has been quite different than what I had expected. We finished up many months of travel and I was ready to rest. Yet, here I am still feeling very busy! That’s life, I suppose…

I spent a few of those weeks in quite a funk…you know the emotional kind where nothing feels right. It has driven me though, to my Savior’s arms. I am spending time with Him and continue to seek Him in all things.

So many changes this year. We have a senior in high school (which is quite unreal considering our very rocky start to homeschooling 13 years ago!) And with that year, comes so much unknown space. Like…what will she do with her life after homeschool? And college applications. And essays. And lots of prayer.

I have no doubt much of my emotionalness has come from the undercurrent of life changes. Even though they are GOOD life changes, and I am NOT  lamenting the past (which is easy to do when your baby grows up), there is just this underlying unsettledness.

One thing I have noticed lately that has really given me peace is I have rekindled my love for homemaking. I feel like in the busyness of life the past several months, I was too eager to do jobs just to get them done and was beginning to resent them. Like they were getting in the way of other tasks I needed to do. However, lately, I have a renewed sense of serving my family. I enjoy baking them bread. I enjoy making them pies. I put effort into a wholesome dinner instead of a quick fix.

Even with chores. I have found myself standing at the sink filled with dishes and just doing it as an act of service, spending the time there praying, and remembering that I am blessed to have a family to serve. God has created me for a purpose and it isn’t to serve myself.

It truly has brought more peace in my life as I remember why we moved here in the first place. The slower pace, surrounded by nature, and a chance to take it slow while growing our food, raising the chickens, and working hard together as a family.

Well, onto more changes here at the farm…and speaking of working hard….WE HAVE GOATS!

For those who follow along on Instagram and Facebook, you’ve been watching this journey progress. I posted this over the weekend:

At least a year ago Ethan started asking for goats. We told him the time wasn’t right, but if in due time he could learn about them, we would think about it. Winter passed, spring passed, and even summer. He never lost interest. In fact, he spent the summer researching goats and keeping a detailed notebook of all he learned. He pored over his books about goats. He joined the 4H and his love for animals and farming keeps growing. His 10th bday is approaching and all he wanted was goats. Last week, I found this woman that was local selling her two dairy goats named Thelma and Louise.😂 We inquired and she spent the past few days allowing Ethan to come each morning to milk the goats while she explained all about them. They give a gallon of milk per day.
Today, all his persistence has finally paid off. Ethan became the owner of Thelma and Louise. They will be delivered on Monday. Steve and the boys have prepared the barn and transformed part of it to a beautiful stall and milking area. Grace made the handpainted sign that will hang by their stall. In a day and age where kids get a bad rap for being on screens or not working hard, I’m proud of this boy for his dream to be a farmer. He told me today- “No farmers, no food!” He’s right. There’s always a need for farmers!
P.s. I’ll post pics of Thelma and Louise when they arrive on Monday!

Well, today Thelma and Louise arrived!

What a happy day! Ethan waited patiently and today was finally blessed to receive these goats. His research paid off and we look forward to watching him care for Thelma and Louise! His love for animals and farming just grows each day.

If you’re not following along on Instagram and Facebook, now might be a good time to start! I am sure I will be posting lots of snippets about this new journey with our dairy goats! We are truly living the dream here! We feel so blessed to raise our children here, to show them things that are deeper than just superficial and material, and to let them see their Creator through so many experiences with nature. It is just what we always dreamed of.

Welcome to the family Thelma and Louise. We are thrilled you are here and are excited for this adventure. I am going to try my hand at goat milk soap making…so stay tuned for that too 😉

 

Simply...Seeking Him

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.

Today’s Scripture

James 1:1-18

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

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

Download your FREE journal page!

 

Get our NEW journal!

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

Simply...Seeking Him

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.

Today’s Scripture

Judges 2: 11-15

And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger. 13 They abandoned the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. 14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15 Whenever they marched out, the hand of the Lord was against them for harm, as the Lord had warned, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress.

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

Download your FREE journal page!

 

Get our NEW journal!

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