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Hospitality vs. Entertaining. What Can I Do For You? Podcast Ep 69

With Thanksgiving and the Christmas season upon us, we can get very stressed out about making our home perfect for entertaining. But today I am talking about focusing on hospitality and how you make people feel in your home.

The difference between hospitality and entertaining is that one says, “Look what I can do.” The other says, “What can I do for you?”

I have evolved greatly in this area over the years from seeking the perfect home for my guests, to wanting them to simply feel God’s love in my home above all else. There was a time when I wouldn’t dare want someone to stop over unexpectedly because things weren’t perfect, to now opening my home any time any day.

I would rather people leave my home saying, “Karen loves Jesus,” than, “Karen has a perfect home.”

Every time you open your door, you are ministering. Remember that as you prepare to open your home this holiday season.

 

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Coming next week to the podcast: “Simplify the Holidays.”

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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Grazing on Junk

We have become a society of grazers. Well, maybe even gluttons. But we started out grazing. You know grazing on junk here and there, just because we can. We have so much readily available to us, we tend to nosh all day long.

Well, I’m not talking about food, although I believe the above to be true about food too. I’m talking about the mental junk we allow into our minds.

We have so much readily available information passing through our minds daily. We scroll through the internet, our phones, tv, magazines, you name it.

We graze all day long and don’t realize just how much we are actually filling up on junk. And just as we do the same with food, we eventually end up feeling awful, unhealthy, and overstuffed.

What we put into our bodies matters and what we put into our minds matters just as much.

We graze on junk. Physically and spiritually.

A headline here. A blog post there. A video. A news program. Too many comments on a post. Endless photos of friends, strangers, and acquaintances.

But is it worth it? Is it good healthy information that is fruitful? Or is it junk that depletes us?

I don’t often read full articles or open videos. I generally scan headlines and once in while open one. But all that scanning is still clutter. It’s hard to turn off the noise we put into our minds. It’s hard to focus on our own thoughts in real life with so much mental clutter.

What you put into your mind feeds your soul. So make sure to monitor your intake and know when enough is enough.

Feast on Truth

Don’t graze on junk but feast on goodness. Feast on truths so that the junk becomes less appealing. Feast on His Word. Before you know it, you are full of goodness and the junk is less appetizing.

You will stop grazing and start gazing into His eyes.

The more we are filled up with Him, the less we will graze on the junk.

Start fueling your soul with the nourishment it needs- His Word and His Truth.

 


Jesus is Enough

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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!)

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Stop Idealizing the Past- Live Simple in the Present.

Oh, I’ve done it before. I’ve remarked how I wish I had been born long ago. In a simpler time. In a time where things were less complicated.

Yet, each generation has their own problems. Their own issues. Their own complaints.

I am sure long ago, folks used to dream of long ago. Everyone at each point in time surely idealized the past. In each person’s present it probably always felt “complicated.” But it really is just all relative.

I am imagining the times when television boomed and the older generation probably said the same things we do: “This is ruining our future generation.” or “We did just fine without this!”

Or the times when industry boomed, making life so much easier in some ways, but there were always folks yearning for the simpler ways. I am sure there were lots of: “The old ways were better.” “Why are things so complicated?”

For each generation there are steps forward into the future that enhance our living. And there are those of us who still yearn for the past.

But how about embracing the present you are in? Embracing the good of those steps forward? 

What if we looked at it differently? Instead of always yearning for a simpler past or going backwards, what if we learned to live with our present and use it for good? The Internet has greatly expanded our capabilities and changed our lives. Often for the good, but equally with negative effects. It isn’t really about the technology or the new ways of doing things, but how we handle our reactions to those things and how we use them.

People say technology and social media have ruined the next generation. What if instead of complaining and resisting, we taught the next generation to use it properly? (What a great lesson in self-control!) Because the technology isn’t going anywhere, so let’s learn to use it well. We can’t erase it from the present, so why not embrace it for what it is and focus on the benefits. 

Yes, I am a simple girl at heart and I always joke how I want to be Ma on Little House on the Prairie. But the truth is, Ma would have probably loved the conveniences I have these days! And I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have survived true Little House on the Prairie living.

And what if we learned from the past and took the parts that could help us todaythe mindset of our ancestors can surely be a thing to learn from. I often think about the attitude of our ancestors and the mindset of living simply. There are so many lessons in history to apply today, yet we must realize the culture then, is not our culture today. So glean what we can, but don’t live there.

And what if we stopped chasing after an ideal in our heads– because none of us were really there to experience the past, and we have made an ideal of just the “good” stuff. Each generation has their own hardships.

Let’s embrace the generation we are in, realizing God set us in this time for a reason, a purpose, and a mission. If God had wanted us born in the past, then that is where we would be. But we are here in the present. Face it. Live it. And ask God how you can make a difference in the here and now. Life is as simple or as complicated as you make it. Allow the tools we have now to be an asset instead of yearning for a different time. Embrace simple, but live BIG.

Live for Him. Live for others. That is something you can do no matter what generation you were born into.


Jesus is Enough

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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