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Karen DeBeus

Simply...Living For Him

Truly Enjoy the Simple Things- Even Brillo!

“I love this stuff! This is the BEST! When I am older, I am so getting this!”

Brillo.

My 9-year-old was talking about Brillo.

Oh, to have such joy over Brillo!

This evening I was cleaning the stovetop. You know how when the rice boils over and it makes that huge mess, and then when you don’t clean it until after dinner, it hardens and gets gunky? Well, that was my stovetop. As I started scrubbing down the whole thing with Brillo, my 9-year-old came over and asked if he could help. (This kid loves chores and is seriously always joyful about it!) At first, I hesitated because he never used Brillo before and I didn’t think he’d like the messy and weird texture of it. But he took the Brillo and began scrubbing and scrubbing.

He was just so stinkin’ excited about!

Oh, the joy of a child. Over such little things. Over Brillo.

He was excited to see how well it cleaned and immediately after he wanted to Brillo everything! Ha! 

No screens. Nothing elaborate. Just Brillo.

We don’t give kids enough credit for being able to enjoy the simple. We think they need gadgets and entertainment. But deep down, in the nature of a child, I think they have the capacity to appreciate so much more than we realize.

 

Like Brillo…

If you liked this post, be sure to listen to the podcast this Friday, when I will be talking about “Simple Childhood” and how we can keep our children’s childhood simple in this complicated world.

Podcast

100th Podcast Episode! Giveaway Celebration: Lessons Learned on Our Journey to Simplify

this podcast sponsored by Apologia

Hurray! Today we celebrate our 100th episode of the Simply Living for Him podcast! I’m throwing confetti and giving away some fun prizes!

It’s such a fun milestone, especially when I never intended to have a podcast. Read about that here.

On today’s episode, I am talking about what we have learned along the way on our journey to simplify. Some of it may surprise you. Some of it may encourage you. Some of it may not apply to you! But I thought I would sit down and share the good, the bad, and the in-between that I have learned on this journey and the most important things to remember when living a simple life. 

So, be sure to celebrate with us, enter to win, and listen in to today’s conversation…

GIVEAWAY PRIZES:

We will select one winner for each prize from the total number of entries.

The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson

Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart by Durenda Wilson

$25 Gift Card to The Purple Pear

Real Homeschool by Karen DeBeus

Called Home by Karen DeBeus

Simply Seeking Him Journal

$25 Amazon Gift Card

Scroll through below to see the prizes and enter for a chance to win!!! We will select one winner from the total entries for each prize. These giveaways close at 11:59 pm on Monday 7/30!

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Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

July 23 – August 14 -big back to homeschool sale—>www.apologia.com

Homeschool encouragement mini-ebook with devotionals, journaling pages, and scripture cards they can print and put in their Bible or hang in their school area. Visit homeschool-101.com/welcomehome.

I’ll be speaking August 10-11th at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC! More info—>https://bible.generations.org/dc/


SIGN UP for Our Newsletter (Grab 2 FREEBIES)—>Newsletter

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)

Simply...Living For Him

100th Podcast Episode Celebration!

I clearly remember asking Steve one day, “Can I make a recording for people to download?” I wanted to record a session called, “Back to (Home) School”  that people could listen to on their own time. And so I did. We recorded it, made it into an MP3 and had it available to listen on the website.

Eventually, I made a few more recordings and later officially started a podcast. Back then podcasts weren’t quite a big thing…

The first year or two, I sporadically made episodes, recorded when I “felt like it” and wasn’t very consistent. Yet, folks would write to me and ask when I was going to make more episodes. I really felt like no one was ever listening, and I was just talking to myself! But if I missed a Friday or two, people would write to me and ask, “Where is the next episode?”


What started out as a blog, then a little ebook, then speaking engagements, and now a podcast…Simply Living for Him has become a full-blown ministry and an extension of my heart. I absolutely love what I get to do, and that my mission-to point others to Jesus- really does make a difference.

 

I have met so many people through writing, speaking, retreats, and the podcast…it boggles my mind. People I would never have crossed paths with otherwise. All glory to God. I have been blown away that most people I met at conventions are already podcast listeners! They tell me they are faithful listeners, and I am humbeld. 

SoundCloud tells me I have listeners on every continent (except Antarctica!) and each week, thousands are reached. I am well aware this is small potatoes in the podcasting world, but I don’t live for numbers or the podcasting world…but for true souls. And that is what I found when I actually get emails from listeners or meet them in real life.

So when God uses the podcast to reach thousands or someday even more…or even less…it is all for His glory.

I am looking to the next year and asking God to direct my steps in how to proceed with Simply Living for Him. I want to hold some more local events, possibly more retreats in other locations, and I will be speaking in the Spring (just a little less this year). I am excited to announce I will be speaking for Teach Them Diligently this year in some new locations! Waco Texas, Denver Colorado, and I will be back in Rogers, Arkansas.

So, all that being said…I also am excited that this Friday, that little podcast of mine will publish its 100th episode! And I want YOU to celebrate with me!

I am going to host a LIVE Facebook video at 10 am. And I will be giving away several items throughout the day. 

Some items for giveaways:

The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson

Unhurried Grace by Durenda Wilson

Simply Seeking Him Journal

Real Homeschool

Called Home

$25 The Purple Pear Gift Card

…and more!

So make sure to listen on Friday and check in here on the blog, so YOU can celebrate with us!

Latest podcast episodes:

What I Learned From Purging Clutter•Podcast 96

My Biggest Fear for This Generation of Homeschoolers

Simple Summer-Slowing Down to Enjoy the Days • Podcast Ep 98

Simplifying Social Media• Podcast Ep 99

 

Podcast

Simplifying Social Media• Podcast Ep 99

this podcast is sponsored by Apologia

Social media is something people ask me about all the time. Today I am tackling the subject and how we can live with social media. It doesn’t have to be so hard! Let’s face it, social media isn’t going anywhere, so how do we live in a world that is saturated with it? The answer is simple. Listen in today to find out how I deal with social media in my personal life and in our family.

FREE PRINTABLE—>Track your time online—> CLICK HERE

We have created a SIMPLE printable for you to keep in your journal or hang at your computer to remind you how to filter what goes in your mind (Philippians 4:8) and where you are spending your time. Accountability is so helpful!

Helpful Links:

Stop Window Shopping for a Better Life. End Mental Clutter and Live the Life in Front of You

Homeschooling & Social Media Podcast Episode #19

Missed the Last Episode?—>Simple Summer-Slowing Down to Enjoy the Days • Podcast Ep 98

Also—>What I Learned From Purging Clutter•Podcast 96

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

Thursday, July 26–>Walking By Faith Online Homeschool Conference via Facebook Live. Watch right on the Apologia Facebook page!

July 23 – August 14 is our big back to homeschool sale—>www.apologia.com

Homeschool encouragement mini-ebook with devotionals, journaling pages, and scripture cards they can print and put in their Bible or hang in their school area. Visit homeschool-101.com/welcomehome.

I’ll be speaking NEXT MONTH at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC! More info—>https://bible.generations.org/dc/


SIGN UP for Our Newsletter (Grab 2 FREEBIES)—>Newsletter

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)