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Karen DeBeus

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Delight in His Word

You all know my desire and passion to get all of us in the Word every single day. What better way to use my space here on the Internet than to fill it with Scripture.

Every single day, I will have a new scripture on the blog, sometimes with thoughts about it, sometimes with questions for you to ponder, and maybe sometimes just the scripture itself. But no matter what, I am vowing to publish Truth each day so no matter who comes to this space, can find a treasure. There are no greater words to read than God’s very own words.

So while I will still be publishing my usual blog posts and podcasts, I will also have a scripture each day right here on the blog. I pray this blesses you and encourages us all to get in the Word each day. I also hope the scripture I share here is NOT a substitute for sitting down and opening the Bible yourself…but perhaps a reminder, an encouragement, or a starting point. Ultimately, there is no substitute for getting into His Word each day.

Let’s all vow to be seekers of Truth! Let’s start simply…seeking Him.

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Psalms 119:15-16

I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.

Real all of Psalm 119. It is the longest chapter but worth every second of reading. Do you love the Word of God and thirst after it and follow it? Do you meditate on it day and night? Do you delight in it? Psalm 119 gives us instruction and helps us to remember the necessity of His Word. Read it today. Read it often. Delight in it.

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Your Outside Reflects Your Inside • Podcast Ep 94

In a visually saturated society, we are becoming more and more worldly in that we are focused on outward appearance before inward transformation. However, God wants to make us beautiful from the inside out.

How is our home a reflection of God’s love? Is it because we have the perfect decor or because they see Jesus in our homes? Do you give the illusion that you have it all together on the outside but are falling apart on the inside? Do people see your clothes or that you are clothed in humility? 

Are you so filled up on Him that it flows to the outside?

The most beautiful thing another person will recognize about you or your home or your family…is Jesus.

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Live According to the Spirit!

 

You all know my desire and passion to get all of us in the Word every single day. What better way to use my space here on the Internet than to fill it with Scripture.

Every single day, I will have a new scripture on the blog, sometimes with thoughts about it, sometimes with questions for you to ponder, and maybe sometimes just the scripture itself. But no matter what, I am vowing to publish Truth each day so no matter who comes to this space, can find a treasure. There are no greater words to read than God’s very own words.

So while I will still be publishing my usual blog posts and podcasts, I will also have a scripture each day right here on the blog. I pray this blesses you and encourages us all to get in the Word each day. I also hope the scripture I share here is NOT a substitute for sitting down and opening the Bible yourself…but perhaps a reminder, an encouragement, or a starting point. Ultimately, there is no substitute for getting into His Word each day.

Let’s all vow to be seekers of Truth! Let’s start simply…seeking Him.

See all the posts here

Romans 8:5-11

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

I think one of the most powerful chapters in the whole Bible is Romans 8. I could read it every day and it always speaks to me. I love this passage in particular. Our minds are no longer controlled by sin and darkness. Yet, many times we live that way. We dwell in places we longer were meant to live. Let the Spirit control you. Your mind! The Spirit of God dwells in you. Live like it!

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Exhale

Ahhh… I am finally taking a deep breath to exhale. That is how I feel this morning after a whirlwind few months…this morning as I write, the breeze is blowing in the window, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and right across the road I can see horses and sheep grazing. I am content.

This past weekend was my last homeschool convention of the season and boy did it end on a high note. I absolutely loved every minute of my time at NCHE Thrive! Conference. It was held at the Benton Center in Winston-Salem, NC and I can’t say enough about how well run this conference was. The organization does an amazing job. The convention center itself was gorgeous, and the people I met were delightful.

I was a featured speaker and gave five presentations. And for the very first time, Simply Living for Him had a booth in the exhibit hall. We had no idea what to expect as exhibitors since we had ever done it before. My main purpose of the booth wasn’t really to “sell” but to connect with other families. We did sell my books, but I also had the privilege to laugh, hug, cry, chat, and pray with other families. What a blessing! I loved every second of it.

The room I spoke in all weekend. <3

And my family was so supportive. My sons “worked” the booth and really stepped up to the occasion. It was such a blessing to see my oldest truly come to life. He has always been the timider of the four, and this weekend he took charge of everything, handled the booth when I was speaking or unavailable, and worked so hard. It’s a wonderful thing to see God working in the hearts and lives if your children.

I am just filled with joy today. Even though I was weary when we pulled into our driveway at 1:30 am Sunday morning, my heart was bursting. And it still is. What an amazing God I serve!

So this week, we are winding down our school year and basically just finishing some loose ends, I am grateful to exhale. Take a deep breath. I look back at this past convention season and stand in awe. Each trip was fraught with so many trials beforehand. So many distractions. So many unknowns. And to see that God is so much bigger than all of it. When He calls you, He equips you.

My faith is ever-stronger. I see that when I get past those distractions (attacks), He abundantly provides beyond measure. I am just so grateful to do what I love to do with the people that I love. It is a gift.

So…moving forward. The next few days I will continue to breathe slowly. To let the past few months absorb into my soul and to just rest.

Then I gear up for the culmination of a year’s worth of workour Simply Living for Him Retreat which takes place July 12-14. I am beyond excited for this year’s event and there is still time to register. It is our last summer retreat for now…the Lord knows the future! But there will not be one in 2019. So NOW is the time to join us!

I also will be speaking in August at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC! More info here—>Family Bible Conference.

I am seeking the Lord’s direction for my ministry, for this website, and more. I will have some changes coming over the next few months and am excited to see where He takes me.

Someone asked me this weekend, “What motivates you? And drives you? And fuels you to do what you do?”

My answer: “Jesus.”

Plain and simple. It’s Jesus.

For now, I exhale. Breathe deep of the Savior’s love and rest…it is good for the soul.