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I always thank my God

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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Philemon 4-7

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

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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.

 

 

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What Goes on Inside Your Home?

Last night I was scrolling through Instagram before bed and I came across a photo of a home project that someone was doing. I don’t follow many “home” accounts, but this particular one was from was an account that focuses on home decor.

The comments grieved me. So many people were saying they wished they could afford this beautiful home and others were commenting how they spend hours copying the looks on the account only to become depressed because they can’t. Others said they were spending enormous amounts of money trying to achieve the looks of these homes.

I put my phone away and prayed. I prayed for our culture. 

We used to get catalogs in the mail from places like Pottery Barn and such…that we couldn’t afford. I remember we were young, newly married, with a new baby, and those catalogs depressed me. I would feel the need to make my house look like those in the catalogs and when I realized I had no money to do it, my mood was affected. It was a distraction. I would spend way too much time and money trying to achieve how things looked, rather than focusing on my heart.

So I started to throw those catalogs out when they arrived. I stopped opening them.

Over the years I have learned contentment doesn’t come from how my home looks. My home, just like everything else is an outflow of what goes on inside my heart.

 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

Right? 

When we are focused on God first, the Pottery Barn catalogs seem much less important. Of course, I want my home to be a place of respite and comfort for all those who enter and for those of us who live here…but that doesn’t necessarily come from the perfect couch or staged room.

It comes from feeling the love of Jesus in your home.

A home is an overflow of your relationship with God, just like anything else. It is a place where people will know God dwells. And that is where the beauty comes from. Not a staged photo of that perfect “look.”

I worry about our media-saturated culture these days. When you scroll through your phone and are bombarded with images it is hard to separate the truth sometimes. Catalogs aren’t an issue when we have TV channels dedicated 24 hours to tell us how our homes should look, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook…all of it in our faces all the time.

The truth is God cares about what goes on inside your home. We should be more concerned with the things that take place inside those four walls than what paint color to put on them.

I grieve for a society that cultivates coveting. All of these images are a slippery slope that makes our flesh want, want, want. And coveting is a sin. Yet, our culture fosters it by telling us we need more. And we buy into the lie.

Today, look around your home and be delighted that it is the place God has given you to dwell. And how can you use it to build relationships? And most importantly to let others see God?

A home is a haven and a place for us to seek shelter. Ultimately, God is our dwelling place and our shelter.

Don’t forget that.

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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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A Simply Living for Him Women’s Event May Be Coming to YOU!

As many of you know, next summer we will NOT be hosting our annual summer retreat. For various reasons, I need to keep my schedule lighter in early-mid 2019. However, we have had so many inquiries about a Simply Living for Him Women’s Event coming to YOU! So, we are excited to explore the possibility to bring the women’s events on the road. I am limiting my travel for early-mid 2019 but will be able to pick and choose SOME  locations and times that work best for our family.

If you have a moms group, women’s Bible study, church group, etc, we can come to YOU! Karen is available to speak for your event and organize a meaningful time for women.

We are compiling a list of inquiries so that we can see which locations and dates will work. Most of all, we are praying that God leads us in this new endeavor for the future of the Simply Living for Him! We are flexible in what we can do- we will work with you for your group’s needs! 

(please note, we may be returning to Gettysburg in the future, but we will not be hosting in summer 2019)