7.07.2015

Live Like That

originally published July 2013

"I want to live like that." 
The song plays over in my mind.
"Everything I say and do...points to you."

I want it. I truly do.
And then it happens.

I am distracted. I am worried. I am consumed with other things.

I've been really thinking so much lately about all of this. How I really want to live like that.

Life passes by so quickly. It is a mere vapor in the wind. Yet we live like this is all there is. Such a paradox.

When I truly met Jesus my life changed. The old truly did pass and the new was here. Yet, why do I still live like the old sometimes?

When it's just me, my Bible, and my Lord, I am so free. So free to be me. So peaceful. Then the noise creeps in, the daily life, and it slowly goes away.

My first step in living more boldly, is writing this post. You see, part of my prayers lately have been for those who are not free.  Those who are still searching, still seeking, still wandering. Oh, that was me. Without going into details, I was always searching for something, always filling a void.

My life is evidence that God does exist. There is NO way one earth, that I am changed by my own strength. It is simply not possible. He worked a miracle in me.

When God stepped in, there was a peace that surpassed all understanding.

HE is the reason so many walk around searching and seeking. So many are fearful or wandering. Because they have not yet let Him in.

There IS only one way to peace. It is only through Jesus. This isn't my opinion or my feeling, but the Truth. The Bible is so clear and once you get to understand it and read it, it truly fills you with His Sprit and the blinders are off and you can SEE. You can see so clearly what held you back all of those years, or weighed you down. Or confused you.




I have this gift of knowing the God of the universe, yet I hide it too often. I want people to remember me after this life and say, 


"Wow she knew Jesus. She lived for Him. She knew the Truth. She was FREE. "

If one person, just one person in my lifetime is changed because of my witness, then my life had purpose. If one person also is set free because God used me to minister to them, then my life had purpose.


I want to live for Him. For the eternal and not the temporary. Yet the temporary is all we see, so it is easy to get sucked in.

And its not that this ife doesn't matter, because it does. What we do here does matter. What we do with our time, our gifts, our love. It does matter.

But I want it to matter for Him. I want to stop living with one foot in both worlds.

I want to stop pretending that I am a citizen of earth and live as a citizen of heaven. I've been studying Acts this summer, and those early disciples were so BOLD and so on fire. Oh, Lord that I would be the same. That I would not let my fire go out when I step away from my Bible and out the door.



If people see me as crazy, so be it.
I am crazy about my God and the freedom of knowing I am His, means I don't have to worry about what others think. I. AM. HIS.

Do you want that freedom too? DO you want to live for the Truth? DO you want to be FREE from the burdens of this world? DO you want to fill the voids that you feel? OR to rid of the fears?

There is JOY in the Lord. Joy in the Truth. Freedom and joy.

It is NOT about what we do for Him, but what HE has done for US! He sent His Son to die for us, so that we may live!! Truly live. For eternity. I can never earn being good enough. Being a Christian isn't about being "good." in fact, it is about understanding that we are not, but He will make us clean.



I've been thinking about this post for awhile and today it came spilling out through my fingers, only by His power. I prayed as the words came through this keyboard, that my life would not be in vain.That someone, somewhere would know the Truth.

I imagine a person just stumbling upon this site, and then they see. They NEED Jesus. There are no accidents. The Lord gave me a vision to write this, and He has a purpose for it. Someone, somewhere can be FREE by me pointing to HIM. It is all about Him.

This is the post that needs to go viral. FOR HIM.  So share it if you feel led...so that someone, somewhere, can be free. 

If you are reading this and want to be free, please email me and I will pray with you and for you. If you want to know more about how you can have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and be assured of an eternity in heaven, please know I will answer any questions you have. Or simply, pray.



Live Like That, Sidewalk Prophets
Sometimes I think
What will people say of me
When I'm only just a memory
When I'm home where my soul belongs

Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of us
Was my worship more than just a song

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change our heart
Do I live like Your love is true

People pass
And even if they don't know my name
Is there evidence that I've been changed
When they see me, do they see You

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

I want to show the world the love You gave for me
I'm longing for the world to know the glory of the King

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that
I want to live like that








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6.27.2015

God's Love Won


I posted this on Facebook last night:





"It is so incredibly peaceful and quiet as I sit on my deck this evening. Unfortunately, this world is anything but quiet. It is certainly difficult to see so many lost. Everyone screaming about their beliefs. I wish the world could be like this evening- quiet and peaceful. Yet it rarely is. So, we go out into a noisy world hoping to bring the true peace and hope that comes from HIS love alone. The love of Jesus Christ. It is the only real and true love that wins. I am thankful to know that love and may my life reflect it to a world that needs it more than ever."

May we all remember that God's love has already won.

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6.15.2015

Reclaiming Simple Birthdays- Celebrate People, Not Stuff




We stopped having birthday parties for my kids long before Pinterest came about, and I am thankful. I can only imagine if I lived in that world where I have to keep up with a Pinterest party!

We had a few birthday parties for my kids early on, but then decided we would just do pizza and cake with family. Then on their actual birthday, the birthday child could choose a special day. We could go on a day trip to a museum or a special dinner...whatever they wanted. That has worked out well over the years.

What worries me is not that we want to make fun and creative parties. I'm all for fun and creative! But as always, I think about the heart. Are we teaching our children that a birthday party is about something that it really isn't?

Birthday parties have become celebrations of stuff and details rather than the person. We can get so wrapped up in having that perfect decor, that we spend way too much time (and money) trying to make it just right. The focus isn't on the person, but on the stuff.

Kids want to know that they are important, not the details. They will look back some day and say, "I had a great day with my family and friends..."  and not necessarily, "I had princess cupcakes, a dinosaur cake, and all the decorations matched perfectly."

The amount of time (and money) we spend on the preparation and then implementing those details would probably be best spent hanging out with our kids. 


We recently had a graduation celebration for my 8th grader. She worked on all of the decorations herself...it was homemade, and not everything matched. Yet, she loved doing it, and I love that she helped and we were able to keep cost down and time spent together up.

My tips for keeping birthdays simple, special, and memorable:

1. If your child wants a party, then have them help decorate. It won't be picture perfect, but they will enjoy it.

2. Homemade decorations- use what you have to spruce things up. They can make homemade decorations for practically no money, and better yet...you can spend the time together.
The point of the party is to celebrate LIFE...another year with a special person. Don't get so focused on the stuff.

3. A plain ol' cake. Sure it can be fun to make that perfect cake in your child's favorite character---if that's your thing. Some people love to do it and are good at it. Me, not so much ;) It would stress me out. I stick with the old fashioned cake and throw a few sprinkles on top and call it a day. Tastes fine and fulfills the purpose.

4. Have an open house on birthday day. Practice hospitality and let everyone know they can drop by anytime during the afternoon or evening to spend time with the birthday child. Put out some snacks and cupcakes that can be enjoyed anytime a guest drops by.

5. Or forgot the party and choose a special day trip instead. Let them pick a place to visit, such as a museum, movie, beach...whatever! Spend the day as a family, and have a special meal.

Mostly, just remember that a birthday is a celebration of a life God has given. We should be focused on the person and not the stuff. Raise the next generation with a heart for God and not material items. That is a gift of enormous value.





6.01.2015

Our Trip to Sandusky, OH and Kalahari Resorts With Teach Them Diligently

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Even though I type this through tired eyes and a weary mind, I have a full heart for sure. Our family just returned from our last trip for Teach Them Diligently (affiliate link)  and it was as always, amazing!

We drove out to Sandusky, Ohio to the Kalahari Resorts on Wednesday and were blessed to meet up with cousins and spend the day before the conference with them.
The kids were beyond thrilled and loved every second of the Kalahari Resorts indoor water park!





We were even able to take a quick trip to see Lake Erie. Just beautiful!



Once again, I was speaking four times at Teach Them Diligently. I was very anxious this time around and couldn't pinpoint why. Yet, it caused me to take my eyes off of myself and on God and let Him work. When we left on Wednesday, I looked up in the sky as I was getting into the car, and right there at 6am there was an ever so slight rainbow. The funny thing was, it wasn't even raining!  I sensed peace and knew that God would not lead us where He would not provide.


Then, once again when we were on the trip, He provided another reminder just when it was needed. I reached into my computer bag  on the second day and took out a folded up piece of paper. It was a drawing of a rainbow that a little girl drew for me back in Nashville for one of my sessions. I had told her then that I would carry it with me on my trips, and I couldn't have picked it out at a better time on this trip. It was JUST the reminder that I needed that God keeps His promises!



Teach Them Diligently, as always is such a blessing to me. Not only is this such an inspiring conference for the homeschooling family, I was blessed by every attendee I was able to meet, hug, and share with! It's a little glimpse of heaven to connect with fellow sisters and brothers this way!





I love the heart and the mission behind this convention. It is about SO much more than homeschooling- it is about discipleship and heart issues. If you are able to attend one in your area, don't just sign up...RUN! I promise you, it is one of the best decisions you can make for your family. You will be encouraged, inspired, and rejuvenated. Most of all, you will be reminded of WHY you are on this journey!

There is still time for one more Teach Them Diligently event this year in Dallas, July. CLick below for more info:


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Or, you can join us next year in Nashville, Atlanta,  or Sandusky once again!

The best part of this trip for me was knowing God was leading us the whole time, even when I was anxious. He worked through it. On our way home, lo and behold, we once again saw several rainbows! This time, there was even a  double. He is just so faithful.


To Him be the Glory!
My daughter and niece with The Benham Brothers- excellent keynote session!

My love and I enjoying the Kalahari Conference Center
The kids loving the vendor hall giveaways! :)

Read about our Nashville experience HERE
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5.15.2015

Simplify- It is More Than Just a Buzz Word


Simplify. I have been writing about this word for almost 5 years now. Wow. My journey has changed, my life has taken lots of twists and turns, but at the core of my soul, is still this need. The need to keep it simple.

I still question everything...

"Is this worth it? Is this necessary? What is the eternal value?" Truly. I find myself still asking those questions.

Whether it is in homeschool, homemaking or just life stuff...I am always seeking to simplify.

Less is more.

And simplify is certainly a buzz word these days. So many of us are feeling the need for less, and the clutter and excessiveness choke us at times. Face it, our society is a society of abundance. We want it all, and we want it big. We want more. We want extra. We want excessive.

And for me, when things start to get excessive, I start to feel distant. I see the excess come between my Savior and me. Because He tells me to carry a light load and to give up all this world for Him. So before long, all of the extras start to get in the way of Him and me.

We moved into a bigger house this year. Bigger property.  More room for friends and family, and more space to enjoy His Creation. I love it. By far, it is more than I ever asked or dreamed. At times though, I wrestle. It just feels so overwhelmingly more than we asked for. Yet, I know our hearts are to use it for good purposes. Yet it is all too easy to get caught up in thinking this worldly pleasure is the be all end all. When it is not...eternity is.

Simplicity is more than a fad, and more than a reaction to the excessive world we live in. It is a deliberate focus on God and eliminating the worldliness from our souls, so that it doesn't crowd Him out.

Simplifying for me is about eliminating distractions from this world and focusing on Him. That is why I am simply living...for Him.

Less stuff, means less to manage. Less stuff, means more time for doing real things.

Less stuff. More Jesus.

Yes, that is what simplifying is all about.

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5.08.2015

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5.02.2015

Join Me in May!

Upcoming Speaking Dates




I would love to meet you. Join me this month as I speak at the following locations:

May 15 & 16
ENOCH of New Jersey 25th Annual Convention 
Edison, NJ

I will be presenting:


  • Simplifying Homeschool
  • Welcome to the Journey:  Must Haves for the New Homeschooling Mom
May 28-30
Teach Them Diligently
Kalahari Resorts- Sandusky, OH


I will be presenting:

  • Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool
  • Simplifying Homeschool
  • 10 Things Every New Homeschooler Should Know
  • Keeping God at the Center of It All: How We Used the Bible as Our Main Textbook for One Year



I'd love to come speak to YOUR group too! No event is too small or too big! 

While I love writing, there is nothing like meeting face to face with so many homeschooling families. My passion is to encourage others with my stories and ultimately to point to Him in every session! We'll laugh, cry, pray, and probably even hug!


Email me at karen@simplylivingforhim.com to arrange a speaking session!