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What is Your Primary Concern These Days?

Make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

This stood out to me like never before last year when I read Mathew 6:33 in a different translation than usual. This verse has always been my life verse:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 NIV

But when I read it this way I saw it in a new light.

and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Matthew 6:33 NLT

It was the height of the pandemic. Our concerns each day had certainly shifted to new things. We were concerned about numbers, statistics, vaccines, masks, the culture wars, who was “right”, and who was “wrong.”

And yet, here I was hit like a ton of bricks.

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When the Kingdom of God is your primary concern, all else becomes secondary to that end. How I behave. My attitude. My actions. How I react during a pandemic. How I react to the culture. How I respond to each moment.

The choices I make each day should reflect the Kingdom of God as my primary concern.

This past weekend I had the privilege to speak at the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention in Nashville, TN. I ministered to these families, many of them feeling overwhelmed or concerned for so many things– Are they doing enough in their homeschool? What math curriculum should they choose? Will they ruin their children?

I reminded them that the Kingdom of God is their primary concern. Not a math curriculum. Not a college acceptance. Not a test score.

Now certainly the Kingdom can be advanced through using those things. But I fear many of us are making our homeschools our primary concern. Or our health. Or what we do each day. Or the future. We are so concerned about the future, but not so much about eternity, souls, or the Kingdom.

Because we focus on ourselves and what we can and can not do. We focus on success in the world. We build and build for the here and now.

Yet, when the Kingdom is our primary concern, it is the goal by which we will then operate and handle everything else. It isn’t that math isn’t a concern, or test scores, or a pandemic. But when we live out Matthew 6:33, we recognize that the Kingdom will be accomplished through those things as tools, not the other way around. Those accomplishments are not our end. They are simply a means to an end.

Paul, while imprisoned never lost sight of the Kingdom of God and advancing the Gospel. In jail, He praised. In chains, He ministered. He spoke the truth. He didn’t focus on the circumstance or even see those circumstances as a hindrance. Because He was laser-focused on the end. Building the Kingdom of God. If our concerns of the day are on anything else, it is impossible to wholeheartedly follow God. We will be divided in our hearts.

We, humans, tend to build our own little kingdoms. And those become our primary concern. We seek after the ways of the world. The things of today. We worry and fret over all the details, in light of our flesh. Not in light of the Kingdom.

Each day ask yourself, what are my choices doing to advance the Kingdom? Is my homeschool advancing the Kingdom or my own little kingdom? Is my family advancing the Kingdom? Are the choices I am making advancing the Kingdom?

Don’t spend your life building a kingdom that won’t last. Make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.


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Our Words in the World

We just finished up a beautiful month of loving our neighbors. If you missed it, we have a free downloadable calendar from February that shared one idea each day for loving those around us. Yet, it doesn’t have to be February to do any of these ideas! You can grab the calendar at any time and use those ideas at any time.

As we begin to approach Spring, we have some ideas that we will move forward with for our Simply Go! initiative. We will share resources, new challenges, and encouraging blog articles about being missional in your everyday life. And that brings me to the topic I wanted to share today: our words.

Our words matter in the world. We are representing Christ in each moment of our lives. So how are you using your words today as an ambassador of Christ?

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 NIV

In a world that is filled with negative words, derogatory words, divisive words, and hurtful words, we have an opportunity to show Jesus in our words.

What we don’t say matters

When we don’t join in with the rhetoric and we don’t share every negative news story or commentary, it actually speaks volumes. When our “agenda” isn’t to tear down the other side, but to simply share the good, it matters. When our words come from a place of love, it is impossible to speak ugly. We will be noticed for what we don’t say. There is enough of the negative to go around, let’s share the positive.

What we do say matters

When our words speak life, edify, and most importantly are spoken from a place of love, it will be noticed. Our words of love will stand out in a world that is filled with division. We are to ultimately want to show Jesus to others and we won’t do that with ugly words.

So remember today, your words matter. They are a reflection of your own walk with the Lord. Use them well. Shine His Light. And all for His glory.


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Love Thy Neighbor Challenge Day 5

Simply Go! is a part of the Simply Living for Him ministry that focuses on missional living in the lives of everyday women. Based on Acts 4:13, which describes the disciples as ordinary men who had been changed by an extraordinary God, and those around them simply recognized that they had been with Jesus.

We want to encourage you that you can be missional right where you are–in your home, community, and everyday life. You simply need to reflect Jesus! So while Simply Living for Him provides resources to help you spend time with Jesus, Simply Go! is the next step in then shining that light!

This world is getting darker each day and it is our duty and privilege to shine the light of Christ! You will find challenges, ideas, encouragement, and resources in this section.

Day 5

Today’s idea:

Do grocery shopping or errand running for someone who may not be able to get out.

Call or text a friend or neighbor and see if you can do their shopping for them. Perhaps you are running out to the store already. Ask if they need anything while you are there. Many people may not ask for help but if they know you are going it may be easier for them to reach out when they need something. Even if they do not need anything, it may just make someone’s day to be asked!

Share your ideas! Tag me in your social media and let’s Simply Go! together!

Because when you understand God’s love, you can’t help but give God’s love!

Download the calendar: (click on the photo)

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This month we are challenging you to Simply Go! right where you are! Missions is for all of us. Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples. Yet, sometimes that feels a bit intimidating! What if I am rejected? What if I don’t know enough? What if I am uncomfortable?

We want to encourage you that building relationships with others in your everyday life is an important step to sharing the love of Jesus. And it doesn’t have to be intimidating. You simply need to show others His love and build relationships. If Christ is in your life, others will naturally see that!

So this month, we have put together a free downloadable calendar with ideas for each day to help you get started loving on your neighbor! Now, these are simple ideas that you can put into practice each day. You may want to do some of them or all of them, or they may inspire you with more ideas of your own. Use the calendar as a guide, but don’t feel you have to stick with each idea each day. It is simply a tool to help you get started.

We recognize that during this time some people are not able to get out or are not comfortable getting out these days. So we have included ways to reach out as you are comfortable! Some ideas can be done right from home!

If you are participating, you may also want to join us in our FREE online community to share ideas with other women and get ideas from others. You will also be encouraged in your own walk with Jesus, and find a place to grow. Our community is a thriving space of over 1,200 women pursuing Jesus together! JOIN THE COMMUNITY HERE!


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Simply Go! Love Thy Neighbor Challege

Simply Go! is a part of the Simply Living for Him ministry that focuses on missional living in the lives of everyday women. Based on Acts 4:13, which describes the disciples as ordinary men who had been changed by an extraordinary God, and those around them simply recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 ESV

We want to encourage you that you can be missional right where you are–in your home, community, and everyday life. You simply need to reflect Jesus! So while Simply Living for Him provides resources to help you spend time with Jesus, Simply Go! is the next step in then shining that light!

This world is getting darker each day and it is our duty and privilege to shine the light of Christ! You will find challenges, ideas, encouragement, and resources in this section.

Love Thy Neighbor Challenge

Love thy neighbor

This month we are challenging you to Simply Go! right where you are! Missions is for all of us. Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples. Yet, sometimes that feels a bit intimidating! What if I am rejected? What if I don’t know enough? What if I am uncomfortable?

We want to encourage you that building relationships with others in your everyday life is an important step to sharing the love of Jesus. And it doesn’t have to be intimidating. You simply need to show others His love and build relationships. If Christ is in your life, others will naturally see that!

So this month, we have put together a free downloadable calendar with ideas for each day to help you get started loving on your neighbor! Now, these are simple ideas that you can put into practice each day. You may want to do some of them or all of them, or they may inspire you with more ideas of your own. Use the calendar as a guide, but don’t feel you have to stick with each idea each day. It is simply a tool to help you get started.

We recognize that during this time some people are not able to get out or are not comfortable getting out these days. So we have included ways to reach out as you are comfortable! Some ideas can be done right from home!

Share your ideas! Tag me on your social media and let us know what you are doing to Love Thy Neighbor! Share this post with friends. The more light in this world shining for Christ, the better! Use the hashtag #SimplyGo

Because when you understand God’s love, you can’t help but give God’s love!

Download the calendar: (click on the photo)

Love thy neighbor free download

If you are participating, you may also want to join us in our FREE online community to share ideas with other women and get ideas from others. You will also be encouraged in your own walk with Jesus, and find a place to grow. Our community is a thriving space of over 1,200 women pursuing Jesus together! JOIN THE COMMUNITY HERE!


Get the devotional—> https://amzn.to/2SfC26Q
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