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We Aren’t Meant to Be Alone

Most evenings after the dinner dishes are away, the homeschool books are closed, and the sun has set on another day, you will find me in my room. Alone. I usually have Little House on the Prairie going on in the background. I go through phases of what I watch- for a while it was every moon landing documentary I could find, then it was Michael Jackson documentaries (a little-known fact about me-I was a bit obsessed for a while!) I usually curl up with my planner and notebooks. Sometimes I just sit in the quiet and read my Bible, do my Bible writing for the day (from our Simply Living for HIm Online Community schedule), and sometimes I prepare for Bible study in the community. The point is, I am alone. It is by my very nature that I need this time to recharge.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore my family. We spend SO much time together all day and I am not trying to escape. (admittedly in the early years of mothering there was a need to escape! ha!) I really enjoy spending time with them. There is just part of me that needs to spend time by myself at the end of the day.

During the pandemic though, I have seen how very easy it could be for someone like me who craves alone time, to get stuck there. Because there is a big difference between recharging alone and then isolating.

Recharging has limits. Isolating can last too long. Recharging helps us regain focus, hear God’s voice, and settle our souls. Isolating begins to focus inward. Instead of hearing God’s voice, we may start listening to our own too much. We may even start worrying and fretting.

We are meant to live in relationship. In community. And in real life. Now I know that isn’t possible these days as much, but we must do whatever we can to connect with others as much as possible. We are meant to mentor and to be mentored. To walk with others. To experience life so we can serve others and love others well. We can’t do that when we don’t reach out.

Jesus is seen in the Bible going off to be alone at times because there is a definite place for solitude in our lives. He often did it for the reasons we do: to recharge, to prepare, to pray. But He never stays there.

Jesus didn’t isolate. He was in the community. He was serving. He was connecting. And so should we.

I realize this time may be very difficult. People are experiencing divisions like never before, but Christians aren’t meant to divide but multiply. We must fight the urge to keep to ourselves. And, instead, give of ourselves. In the end, we will receive just as much.

So many times I am in my own little bubble, but when I get with others again, I am reminded just how much I need them. I am recharged in a way that is different than when I am alone. I am reminded that God created us to be in community.

I sat for awhile watching my ducks this week. They do everything together. One doesn’t move without the other following. They walk in sync, swim in sync, and play in sync. I pondered the simple lesson from those ducks. Life is meant to be lived together.

Here are some practical and simple ways to connect with others during this time:

Call a friend. Not a text. Not an email. Hear their voice. Listen well.

Reach out if you feel like you are starting to withdraw. Go against the urge. If you’ve been alone too long, it is necessary to find a way to connect again.

•Invite a friend over for coffee. If you aren’t comfortable yet because of the pandemic, be creative. Head to the drive-through and then park next to each other. Roll down the window and just talk. Eye contact and smiles and voices can still happen even 6 feet apart.

•Schedule a zoom call. I know many of us are “zoomed” out, but if need be and you can’t get together in person, just get a bunch together for a zoom prayer time or chat. It may be the boost you need to keep from being too withdrawn.

Focus on others. Being alone causes us to focus on ourselves by default. Think of creative ways to bless others during this difficult time. Drop a note on someone’s porch with a treat basket. Bake cookies for a friend and deliver them. You can visit outside if you aren’t comfortable. Know someone struggling? Drop a gift card at their door. Host a backyard get together. The possibilities are endless. Have any good ideas? Drop them in the comments below.

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Whatever you choose, just remember, take time to be alone. That is necessary. But it is also necessary not to stay there. God bless you all!

Blessings and Joy in Jesus,

Karen


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The Accidental De-clutter of 2020

How many of us in years past longed for simpler schedules and simpler lives? Well, I think 2020 accidentally helped us declutter.

All of a sudden when things were stripped away, unintentionally, we had fresh eyes to see what was truly important.

Our schedules became empty. Those “must-have” items seemed a little less necessary when faced with some tough circumstances. We may have reprioritized.

I know I did.

As a woman who wants a simple life, isn’t God good to give it to me? Yes, there were many complicated things about 2020. But I am talking about taking away the things that had distracted me.

He took away a busy calendar.

He took away some finances (causing me to evaluate what we really need.)

He took away people even for a while. Not that they were a distraction before, but perhaps I had taken them for granted.

He took away the things I had blamed for not having time to do other things.

He took away my comforts.

He took away some security.

And ultimately He gave me so much more.

He gave me a perspective of what is important.

He gave me abundant time with my family at home.

He gave me a new love for homemaking and serving my family.

He gave me a new reliance on Him.

He gave me confidence in Him and not the world.

He gave me a new longing for Him and the things of eternity.

He gave me a new desire for people.

He gave me a new passion to share the Gospel.

He gives and He takes. And I am thankful for what He took. So now, I can give.

As you read this on the cusp of a new year, I hope you would evaluate all that was taken and all that was gained. We have all we need in Christ! If you don’t know that truth, please reach out to me. I will send you a Bible! I will pray for you.

May you have all the blessings and joy in Jesus in 2021 and beyond!

~Karen


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Do We Really Want Life to Go Back to “Normal?”

We all have heard each other say it. “When will life go back to normal?” Believe, me I have said many times myself.

But this morning, I realized, do I even want that?

Let me explain.

I realized that when I say I want normal, I mean “comfortable.” When I don’t have to face the mortality of myself and my loved ones daily. When I am not always thinking about sickness or even death.

I realized that when I say I want normal, I mean ease. Where things were just plain easier than facing confrontation often, difficult issues, and situations. Where finances are secure and I do not have to worry about the next job or if there will be enough income this month.

I realized that when I say I want normal, I mean a life where I was focused on externals and wasn’t faced with issues that I didn’t want to face deep down.

Before the pandemic, I used to believe that people generally buried themselves in shopping, material pleasures, and physical stuff because it distracted them from some of the things they didn’t want to face. Spiritual issues. God. Eternity. And I believe now in the midst of the pandemic that has proved true.

This morning I realized if we go back to the way it was, we will probably go back to living in distraction.

For many of us, myself included, 2020 has caused us to pause. To face issues we otherwise put on the backburner. To prioritize. To live for what is truly important. And that has been a good thing. To realize what life is really about. To find purpose. To grow closer to the Lord. To face the fact that life is short and it will end.

Often when we are comfortable, we tend to rely less on the Lord. When things are easy, we don’t pray. We don’t have to because we don’t need anything. And how wrong we are!

Don’t wish 2020 away because you want it the way it was. Maybe God doesn’t want us to go back there. Maybe He is calling you to hear His voice. Maybe He is calling you to change. Maybe He wants all of you now. Not just when it is hard.

I don’t want to go back. I want a new perspective. I don’t want to waste the lessons of 2020, but to be better for them. I thank God for them.

It says in the Bible, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3 NIV) Why is that? Because we are more likely to see God at a funeral than at a party.

2020 has been a house of mourning for many. We have grieved what was. But that also places us right on the doorstep to peek through the door of eternity so that we live here on this side with the right perspective of life. God wants us to live here, but He also wants us to know this isn’t all there is. There is a whole new life awaiting us someday on the other side of that door.

People don’t want to think about eternity. It’s why we cover up our lives with other things. But, we can’t afford not to think about it.

God created us to live for Him and one day we will die and be with Him. It is the message of the Gospel. Christ died so we wouldn’t have to endure a death one day forever. Though our bodies may die, we will live. And salvation is a gift for all who hear this truth and believe.

I don’t want to live one moment of my days here not thinking about that truth. Because it is what compels me to live. And to live for Him.

So in comfortable times and in difficult times, in want and in plenty, may we never forget what on earth we are here for. And Who we are living for. It changes everything.

Let’s not go back to the way it was. Let’s go forward, changed, forever.


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This is our moment

Last year at this time we had no idea what the next year would bring. We had a good few months left living in complete ignorance of what was to come.

As I look back I realize just how much things have changed. And maybe, just maybe, there is a silver lining.

You see, the Bible tells us that our purpose in life is to glorify God. It is to know Him and then make Him known. I have always tried to live this way, but unfortunately it was not always truly my first priority, even if I thought it was.

Sure, we say it is, but then we live our everyday lives so focused on so many details and so many other things. It’s very easy to get distracted. It’s very easy to live with one foot in both worlds.

I hate double-minded people,
but I love your law. Psalm 119:122 NIV

As everyday things seem to fall more and more apart- the nation is divided, people awaiting test results, families unsure of what holidays will look like, businesses closing, people dying, and the list goes on…I am reminded that God holds all things together.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NIV

You see we get fearful because we think we hold it together. But what if we stopped looking at our circumstances as falling apart and lived in them regardless?

Joseph was thrown in a pit, Jonah in a whale, Paul in a prison. Jesus hung on a cross.

Not one of these would have looked at their circumstances as desirable, but we know that they were exactly where they needed to be for God to accomplish His purposes.

Jospeh saved many lives. Jonah heard from God. Paul wrote the New Testament. Jesus redeemed souls.

I think of modern day people. Those who fought in the Civil War. Those who lived through the Spanish flu. Those who lived through the many wars of the 20th century.

Corrie ten Boom, who was put in a concentration camp, stripped of every freedom, and she never lost sight of her purpose. To share the Gospel. In fact, she probably shared the Gospel MORE because of those circumstances than she did before them. Humbling thought.

Today, if you feel like the world is on fire and life as we know it has changed, remember God holds all things together. And nothing has fallen apart. We may suffer, we may even die. But God has never lost control of one single atom in this vast universe.

This is our moment. Were we stop living with one foot in both worlds and stop being “double-minded.” We must wholeheartedly follow God, wherever He takes us. Our circumstances may change, but our endgame hasn’t- to build His Kingdom.

We don’t make disciples only when it’s convenient or comfortable or we have peace. When the world is falling apart, our mission becomes even more necessary.

Are you with me? Today, if you feel like life is out of control and you miss the way it was- secure and comfortable a year ago, remember: it really never was. The circumstances didn’t define you security, Jesus does. So no matter what is happening today, you are secure in Christ. And in this moment, remember our mission-go and make disciples. Glorify God. In all things.

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