2.09.2016

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 the 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 on 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 it's not that this life 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 yourself 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 through my 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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1.31.2016

Last Chance for Super Early Bird Rate!




Today is the LAST day for the Super Early Bird rate for our summer ladies weekend!


I've been praying for a time to get away with women and disconnect from the world for a bit while we connect with God. Well this summer, that prayer will be answered. Won't you join me?


Simply Living for Him Retreat
July 22-24, 2016
Recharge. Restore. Renew.
Simplify.

The Lodges at Gettysburg 
685 Camp Gettysburg Road 

Gettysburg, PA 17325 

Spend the weekend with me as we seek the Lord in a most beautiful place. Join with other ladies as we gather to learn more about living simply, putting God first, and not losing sight of Him in this very loud and distracting world. We will unplug for a bit and connect with each other and the Lord.

I will be speaking about simplifying and not getting overwhelmed by daily life. There will be a wide variety of topics covered regarding living a simple and purposeful life, how to handle burn-out, and clearing physical and mental clutter, all while getting closer to God.

 Come and discover the beauty of walking this journey together. We need each other!

There will be times of learning, prayer, worship, fellowship, even some rest. We are also sure to have lots of hugs, laughter, and surprises! Oh, and there is guaranteed to be chocolate ;)

Simply Living for Him Retreat 
with Karen DeBeus, 
Author and Speaker from Simply Living for Him





REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
July 22-24, 2016


Space is Limited!
(due to the high volume of interest in the event, we may have to close registration at some point, so secure your place and low-cost rate by registering early!)

Full Retreat Ticket includes:

Retreat beginning at 6 pm Friday night when we kick off the weekend down by the water. Enjoy a refreshment reception, prayer and worship time, bonfire, and welcome session. The next day will begin at 9 am and will include Saturday sessions, worship time, prayer time, group time, and more. LUNCH is provided on Saturday and is included in your ticket. Saturday activities will take place between 9-5. The evening will give us time to fellowship on our own, more casually. Or spend some down time alone. There is also a snack shop on site that we can meet up for refreshments or walk by the water, and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Sunday will wrap up with continental breakfast (included in your ticket) and prayer and encouragement before heading back home.

*Please note, times and activities subject to change but will not change the overall package of the retreat. We will do our best to update should there be changes.


*Our family is praying for you! We are working as a family to make this a worthy event for you, and we have begun praying daily for all those who God will bring to the retreat!*


SIMPLY LIVING FOR HIM RETREAT
July 22-24, 2016
COST:

SUPER Early Bird Full Retreat Ticket  
Includes Friday evening refreshment reception, lunch on Saturday, sessions, worship, prayer, group times, and breakfast on Sunday
(does not include lodging)
$99 
Must register between 12/14-1/31 2016 to secure this rate


Early Bird Full Retreat Ticket
Includes Friday evening refreshment reception, lunch on Saturday, sessions, worship, prayer, group times, and breakfast on Sunday
(does not include lodging)  
$115
Must register between 2/1- 5/31 2016 to secure this rate


Regular Price Full Retreat Ticket
$129
(does not include lodging)
Includes Friday evening refreshment reception, lunch on Saturday, sessions, worship, prayer, group times, and breakfast on Sunday

Register between 6/1/2016- Day of Event 
(if space is available)


Saturday ONLY Day Pass: 
(limited number available)

Saturday Day Pass includes 9-5 Saturday ONLY. 
LUNCH is provided on Saturday and is included in your day pass ticket.) 
SUPER Early Bird: $69 (12/14-1/31)
Early Bird: $79 (2/1-5/31)

                                      Regular Price: $89 (6/1- Day of event- if space is available)



*No refunds available for retreat tickets, but you may transfer your ticket for a small administrative fee. 




Tickets






Lodging: (optional)
The Lodges at Gettysburg is an elegant 63 acre private retreat nestled on one of the highest and most beautiful ridge lines in Gettysburg. 

The Lodges at Gettysburg feature spacious private accommodations. They are complete with full kitchenettes, private bathrooms, fireplaces, heating & air conditioning, hard wood floors, vaulted wood beam ceilings, private porches, along with flat screen televisions, phones & high speed Internet access.

The main lodge is a beautifully designed stone & wood lodge that has breath taking views over-looking the historic Gettysburg battlefields and Hunter Lake. The lake, complete with dock, is fully stocked with bass and a variety of other popular game fish. The Lodges is a natural home to deer, red tail fox, wild turkey, beaver, Canadian geese, ducks, red tail hawk and the American bald eagle. We offer the perfect escape for all to enjoy. 

The Lodges at Gettysburg is located five minutes from the historic Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and the Eisenhower National Park site. We are in close proximity to the Gettysburg reenactment site. Our Lodge has beautiful picturesque battlefield views along with walking and bicycle trails throughout the property’s 37 acres of mature woods. 



LODGING INFO (not included in registration ticket)

Guests may book either by calling The Lodges at Gettysburg directly at (717) 642-2500 or by the website. When booking through the website, visit www.thelodgesatgettysburg.com and click on check availability. 
Enter your arrival and departure dates and use the Group Access code of: SLH2016 
10% discount will be offered making the lodging rates range from $152.10 (Corporals Quarters (1 bed)- sleeps 2) to $331.20 (North/South Lodge (3 beds and a sleeper sofa) sleeps up to 8).

The more ladies in each room, the more affordable. Cost will range from $80ish (8 person room) to $152 (2 person room) - 160ish (4 person room) for both nights depending on number of people in each room.

See Lodge Descriptions by clicking------- HERE.

Most of the lodges have sitting areas, private bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchenettes. The smallest rooms have a refrigerator but do not have a kitchen and sitting area.

You may also choose to stay at another location overnight, or if you are local, feel free to join us for the full retreat without lodging.





We have personally stayed at The Lodges at Gettysburg and it is top notch!


*Please call the Lodges to book EARLY and discuss the best lodge for your group, or yourself. We expect lodges to fill up quickly, so time is of the essence!*

If you are not coming with anyone and would like to split a room, please email karen@simplylivingforhim and we will try to connect you with another attendee needing a roomie.

The Lodges at Gettysburg 
685 Camp Gettysburg Road 
Gettysburg, PA 17325 

Toll Free (877) 607-2442

You can also pamper yourself while visiting the Lodges at Spa at the Lodges at Gettysburg.

FAQ:

What can I expect from the weekend?   I am all about simple. So we will forgo the bells and whistles and the fluff, to keep focused on YOU and Jesus. We will learn about living more simply, purposefully, and with our eyes fixed on Jesus as we walk this journey together.  A weekend filled with Jesus and ladies is bound to be worth it!


Enjoy this beautiful setting as you take some time to unwind and focus on Jesus. If you have been burnt out, this is the time for you to renew, recharge, and restore. We would strongly encourage you to unplug- no one will be monitoring you ;) but why not leave the computer at home, and set the phone for emergencies only? Take some time to truly disconnect as you reconnect with God and your sisters in Christ without the distractions of everyday life. We so rarely get opportunities like this, so why not take advantage of the weekend to fully recharge spiritually.


Retreat begins at 6 pm Friday night when we kick off the weekend down by the water. Enjoy a refreshment reception, prayer and worship time, bonfire, and welcome session. The next day will begin at 9 am and will include Saturday sessions, worship time, prayer time, group time, and more. LUNCH is provided on Saturday and is included in your ticket. Saturday activities will take place between 9-5. The evening will give us time to fellowship on our own, more casually. Or spend some down time alone. There is also a snack shop on site that we can meet up for refreshments or walk by the water, and enjoy a relaxing evening.



Sunday will wrap up the retreat with continental breakfast (included in your ticket) and prayer and encouragement before heading back home.



Is this for ladies only? Yes. This retreat is geared towards women.

Is this geared only for moms? While the retreat is for women, ALL women are welcome regardless of what stage of life you are in. Mothers, singles, and seniors welcomed! We are all sure to benefit from the message of simplifying and living with God first in our lives.

Why The Lodges at Gettysburg?  When the Lord put this idea on my heart, I prayed for quite awhile before taking any steps. I prayed daily for some time that if it was the Lord's will for me to do this retreat, He would show the way. For a while, I was not able to find a venue that I thought suited the vision for the weekend, until one day, The Lodges at Gettysburg came to mind. I had stayed there with my family a few years ago and it is just perfect. Within a week, the wheels were in motion, and we visited the Lodges. Within moments of stepping out of my car, surrounded by their gorgeous views, I knew THIS was it. This was where God had planned for our weekend.

Are meals included? Lunch on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday are included in the full retreat ticket. The lodges have kitchenettes and at the very least refrigerators in the small rooms, so you can bring food with you for a very affordable weekend. Or there are nearby eateries in Gettysburg, as well as an on-site snack shop.

Can I get a refund? Unfortunately, all sales are final. You may transfer your ticket to a friend in the event you can't make it to the retreat. Please note: a small administrative fee will be added when transferring a ticket.

What if I don't want to stay at the Lodges? You are welcome to stay at another location suitable for you, or if you live locally, just join us for the retreat and enjoy sleeping at home. Even if you are local though, you might find if you can stay onsite, you can enjoy one of the beautiful lodges as a getaway.

Can I just come for one day? Yes, you can purchase a Saturday only day pass, although these are limited.

Can I bring my family? You may wish to bring your family to stay in the lodges while you attend the retreat. Perhaps make it an extended vacation once the retreat is over. Gettysburg is a wonderful family vacation! The retreat ticket is for one, however. (ladies only).

Are nursing babies welcome? Absolutely. But only if you let me get a baby fix by holding your little one for a bit ;)

I have more questions, who do I ask? Just email me at karen@simplylivingforhim and I will answer any questions you have!




~REGISTRATION NOW OPEN~



Tickets



1.25.2016

The Goodness of Growing Pains

I remember being wrecked at the thought of my daughter going to preschool and spending TWO AND A HALF HOURS with someone else. Yes, really. I couldn't bear the thought that for 2.5 hours each day, I wouldn't be there. Someone else would be there to wipe her nose, pour her water, watch her play. Someone else would be there for her to run to when she was hurt or when the toy wouldn't work. Someone else would share my baby.




Oh, how times have changed. Yet, I am thankful for that memory. I am thankful that I remember how that felt. It helps to move on in life in the now, which will soon be the past.

Life is funny like that.

We always think this is it– that how we feel now is how we will feel tomorrow or the next day, or forever.

Yet life is a constant changing of everything. I mean our bodies literally regenerate new parts every so often (sorry, that blows my mind from a science lesson still ;)

Anyway, yes, we are constantly being made new. We are constantly changing. What was once big is now small, or even non-existent. What was once scary is now familiar. What was once totally unfathomable is now a reality.

Life moves quickly. We learn and we grow and there is beauty in it.

I no longer have a three-year-old that will spend two hours with someone else–oh, the humanity! No, I have a strong and independent almost 15-year-old, who goes to classes, and work, and out with friends, and dances...and basketball practice, and musicals, and the list goes on.

Yet, in that moment as a mommy to a three-year-old, I had to feel the sting of letting go. To understand the beauty of growing.


And I am grateful for the memory,
even if it seems ridiculous now. Because it shows just how much growth has taken place.

There is one thing we can't stop in this life– growing. Physical or otherwise.




And I am grateful that Lord teaches us each day, that life moves and is never the same, and one day...one glorious day, when we are home in heaven, we will never have to feel the sting of letting go, yet will understand the goodness of growing pains.


1.21.2016

Homeschooling & Social Media Podcast Episode #19


 

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Let's face it- social media can be our friend one day and our biggest enemy the next. However, we can choose to use it for good, or we can choose to let it consume us. Do you know that studies have shown, too much time on the internet can cause feelings of depression and discontentment? I bet the Bible doesn't have those same statistics ;) 

Think about this: We wouldn't normally socialize with all kinds of people during school time, so why do think it's OK to be on social media during those hours? Look your kids in the eye and let them know they are more important than what acquaintances are doing on Facebook. Don't have one eye on them and one on your phone. 

Join me as I talk about how we can handle social media use in our homeschool and make sure we stay focused on the task at hand.  



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Join Me This Summer- The Simply Living for Him Retreat! 

At the Beautiful Lodges at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.


Look at these views!


Rest. Renew. Restore.


Simplify.




1.18.2016

Why Aren't We Content With Jesus?


I had this thought in my mind last night. I see the world running and running, searching and searching. Always creating a new thing. The new next best thing.

And we want it. We always want more.

And then we have it and for a mere second it feels good.

But time marches on and the new thing becomes an old thing. And we unravel again and slowly the discontentment with life comes.

And I ask myself,

Why aren't we content with Jesus?

No really. We say we are. We say we are made whole and new. We say we have new life.
But then we live like the old.  We search again.

We are studying Deueternonmoy with our kids, as we read through the entire Bible as a family. And I see those Israelites. Wandering. Searching. Complaining.  Discontent.

They had crossed through a parted sea. They were provided for in the desert. They had seen miracles.


And they continued to search for more.


I want to live like a Promised Land citizen and not a desert wanderer.

Fully content in Jesus, knowing He is all I need. The rest is just icing on the cake.

It is easy to say we love Jesus and we have Jesus and we live for Him, but do we really?

I need Him to be first in every aspect of my life.

Not just say He is, but really have Him first. Everywhere.


We can't just talk our way through this life.
We get one shot.

I want to live it out, authentically, and truly.

With Him, as all I need.

Content in Jesus.





Join Me This Summer- The Simply Living for Him Retreat! 

At the Beautiful Lodges at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.


Let's learn all about being content in Jesus and stop searching this world for more!






1.16.2016

Win a Ticket to The Simply Living for Him Ladies Retreat Weekend Getaway


We are very excited to be GIVING AWAY a ticket to the Simply Living for Him Retreat this summer!






I've been praying for a time to get away with women and disconnect from the world for a bit while we connect with God. Well this summer, that prayer will be answered. Won't you join me?


July 22-24, 2016
Recharge. Restore. Renew.
Simplify.

The Lodges at Gettysburg 
685 Camp Gettysburg Road 

Gettysburg, PA 17325 



Spend the weekend with me as we seek the Lord in a most beautiful place. Join with other ladies as we gather to learn more about living simply, putting God first, and not losing sight of Him in this very loud and distracting world. We will unplug for a bit and connect with each other and the Lord.

I will be speaking about simplifying and not getting overwhelmed by daily life. There will be a wide variety of topics covered regarding living a simple and purposeful life, how to handle burn-out, and clearing physical and mental clutter, all while getting closer to God.

Come and discover the beauty of walking this journey together. We need each other!
There will be times of learning, prayer, worship, fellowship, even some rest. We are also sure to have lots of hugs, laughter, and surprises! Oh, and there is guaranteed to be chocolate ;)



ONE Winner will receive a ticket for the full retreat, which is Friday evening-Sunday morning. 
The winner will receive ONE ticket to the Simply Living for Him Retreat in Gettysburg on July 22-24, 2016. The ticket includes Retreat Friday evening-Sunday morning. Includes Refreshment Reception, LUNCH on Saturday, and Continental Breakfast on Sunday. Retreat ticket includes learning time, prayer, worship, and group activities. (Prize is worth $99)
**LODGING IS NOT INCLUDED in this ticket and is optional at The Lodges at Gettysburg for additional cost or lodging of attendee's choice.
Attendees must be female- this is a ladies weekend. Ticket is transferable if winner can not be present.




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1.08.2016

Let's Stop Just Hanging in There


It seems that nowadays it is the usual answer we reply when someone asks how we are doing.

"Oh, just hanging in there."

It's our mommy mantra. It's what we do. We hang in there.

The days fly by, the routine becomes mundane, the chaos seems to grow. The children exhaust us. Life exhausts us.

And we hang in there.

Sometimes by a thread.

Yet, Jesus doesn't want us to just hang in there. He wants us to soar.

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31
Did you catch that? Those who hope in the Lord, RENEW their strength. They are not weary.



So why are we all walking around weary? Run down. Just hanging in...because we are doing it by our own strength. We put our hope in ourselves, and not in Him.

Yes, I know you have an infant that doesn't sleep.
Or your homeschool is overwhelming. Or your disobedient child is giving you a run for your money. Your husband is not on board. The bills aren't getting paid. The dishes pile up and the laundry is out of control. And you just want a nap. A really long nap. I've been there. I know. I'm with you.

Yet, where is Jesus in all of that? 
He doesn't want us living day in and day out just existing. He wants us SOARING.

AND THERE ARE SEASONS OF OUR LIFE WHEN ALL WE CAN DO IS HANG IN. 

But we are not meant to stay there. Day after day.


I know you want to tell me that I have no idea how hard it is...that you can only just hang in there. I know. That's what I would say too...But then I remember that everything I am complaining about and striving for, and tiring myself over...

Jesus already hung on a cross for me. 




And because of that, I have every reason to be filled with joy, and peace, and renewed strength.






So, let's stop just hanging in there. Let us remember that Jesus came to give us life, and give it abundantly!

Life is short. It goes by fast. I don't want to look back when the sun sets on my life and say, "Well, I hung in each day. I just barely made it."



I want to say, "I lived my life for Jesus! It was glorious! It was tough, but He gave me strength! I lived abundantly and with joy!"



Let's soar like the eagle and live like it.

Ps. I was giving myself a pity party today, and posted this on facebook:
"I have seen many people, including myself, dealing with yuckiness today- spiritual attack, doubt, fear, you name it....Can we have a big collective..>Satan get BEHIND me right now? Let's all shout JESUS! His name is POWERFUL!!!! Shout it with me?!! He is MIGHTY AND POWERFUL and IS ON THE THRONE!!! Let's banish every thought that is not from Him, every fear and every doubt! JESUS WINS."

Yes? Jesus wins. Now, go soar.