7.27.2016

I'll Never Be the Same: The First Ever Simply Living for Him Retreat!


I had no idea a weekend could change my life...

How to you write about something you haven't even begun to grasp? Just when you think you can wrap your mind around some of it, He blows you away again...

How do you write about something which you can't yet describe? Words will never seem adequate to describe all that happened...



I have been trying to process all that went on this past weekend at the Simply Living for Him Retreat, and pretty much all I can muster up right now are tears. They just keep falling. But as one of my sisters from the weekend said...they are "glory tears."

I have seen a glimpse of His glory that I have never seen before.

I had been consumed with the details and planning and praying for this retreat for many months, and the past few weeks all of that was even more magnified. The fact that it is now over left me coming home a bit like a lost little girl...not sure what to do...but with SO much of me filled beyond compare. And I know it is just the beginning...it is not over. Something new was birthed.



Last summer I had this vision to have a ladies weekend. I had been inspired by my ladies prayer times, and God kept nudging at me to do a weekend away for ladies to come from all different places for one common goal...to seek Jesus.

Over the year I covered it in prayer constantly, and even when I would wake at night sometimes in a panic thinking, 

"I have no idea what I am doing. Who am I to do this? What if it fails? What if no one comes? What if...What if..." 

My mind would spiral out of control.

Yet all along He told me...

"You don't know what you are doing. But I do. Trust me. Keep going."

Praise the Lord I listened to Him and not myself. It would have been easier to listen to myself. More comfortable. More logical.  But He knew what He was doing. He showed up and He worked in ways beyond my every expectation.

He blew the doors off my plans and replaced them with HIS power.

I think this sums up so perfectly our weekend. My friend Cindy posted this:

"So privileged to be in PA with my friend Amand soaking up all God has to say through Karen DeBeusThis was amazing today, 30+ ladies singing in one accord. We weren't focused on things like race, denomination, job status, marital status or who we were voting for. We were focused on one thing, Him, God our father, the only thing that truly matters. Thank you, Karen, for helping me get back to the feet of Jesus. And thank you God for loving me enough to hand pick me to be here."


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This weekend was so much more than a ladies getaway. It was a knitting together of 30+ ladies together that would never have crossed paths otherwise.

It was a glimpse of God's glory and what can happen when we let Him totally lead us, obeying even when we are fearful, and how it looks when women come together for no other purpose but to seek Him.

It didn't matter where we came from or what we've been through....nothing mattered, but Jesus.


Words can not describe what happened there.

And the best thing is, it didn't end there. We have been bonded together for this world and for eternity. We have been using technology for good and are able to stay connected and encourage each other, lift each other, pray for each other...

I can hardly stop the tears as I type.

GOD IS SO GOOD.

I prayed for months and months over the names of the attendees. I had their names memorized and would wake with their names on  my lips...and throughout the day I would remember to pray for them. Their names hung above my sink and my desk.


And to see the faces that went with those names this weekend was beautiful. So, so beautiful. Words don't do it justice...My heart has never been so full.

God provided more than I ever asked or dreamed this weekend. He showed me so many things and I have only begun to touch the surface of it all.

We left that place changed forever. We all took part in something so special.

It is my desire to let God continue His Work there. To step out of myself and let Him lead this.

We are planning another retreat for next year, Lord willing. I have begun to pray over it and we are going to reserve the dates now. As soon as I have them set, I will announce them. I am beginning to pray over who He will bring next year. You can begin praying about it too if you want to be a part of this amazing experience.

This is something I pray can reach even more women because it is truly transforming.

I had wanted to Facebook Live from the weekend, but course the sound would not work once again. I realized, though, God must have wanted it that way.

This was so much more than a social media post...it was a sacred time and one that needed to be treasured in hearts and not on screens.

What happened this weekend solidified many areas of what I want for my writing, speaking, and ministry. I know for sure, without a doubt now, I do not want to be known for being a blogger or a speaker, or a writer...This was so much more than just an event...this was a life changing and life giving experience. 

I simply want to follow Jesus... and be known for following Jesus...

I praise the Lord that I have weeded out the details that come along and make ministry feel heavy...like you"should" do this and that... yet, God is in control of this. It is His. 



I will step back and let Him lead...because where He leads is far better than any earthly plan.

In the next few weeks, I will make available the recordings for anyone who would like to hear them. In the meantime, enjoy some glimpses of our retreat!

New Friends...sisters knit together!















Lunch at the Lodges



My Parents- their support was immeasurable and appreciated so much!



 Friday night at the bonfire






Our amazing worship leader and dear friend, Robin. She was a blessing!




The Remedy to Chaos and Clutter- Jesus




Some fun giveaways




 My cute"staff"



Sisters in Christ. Forever.



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7.12.2016

The Heaviness of This World and The Glory That is To Come

Life has been heavy lately. Really, really heavy. Tragedy close to  home. Tragedy far from home. It's everywhere these days. Sometimes it doesn't make sense.

God is good. Then why all this bad?




That's a loaded question...

But, He is good.
That is truth.

Even when...
people are dying,  people are suffering, and it feels like the world is in a downward spiral.

He is good.

I remember that Jesus didn't live here on earth comfortably. He suffered. He was persecuted. He didn't live a long life by many standards. He died the most painful and excruciating death.

And He forgave in the last moments.
And He rose and defeated death.

By the world's standards, He was not successful  and He did not live a life of comfort. By God's standards, He overcame all evil and all death.

And we will overcome.

That's the beauty. This life is not all there is. We are suffering each day, but Jesus knows our pain. He shared in suffering.

And one day, one glorious day, we will suffer no more.

We are in pain because we focus on this earth. We are in pain because we lose sight of the end. But, this pain is for a purpose. We must believe that every ounce of pain will be made good because God says so in His Word.

And Jesus' pain was used for good.

Our job right now is to take the message to a suffering and hurting world. We suffer because we think this is all there is. We lash out and we are angry because we only see right now.

If the world knew Jesus and knew that there is eternal peace, it would change everything. We would all focus on what is to come and live this earthly life for Him, and not for us.

We would focus on others and not ourselves.

Yesterday we started to do a small part here in our small slice of the world to share the message of God's love. We didn't shout about our beliefs, but we simply reached out to others in a small and simple way.

We set up a farm stand in front of our house to share the abundance of veggies from our gardens. We talked with folks from our little town and hopefully shared a smile and friendship. We need to share to a hurting world God's love, and that is what we will do.

We hope that through our little bit of sharing food, we can share God's love. That those who see us, will really see Him in us.



So go out today to a suffering world. Share a smile. Share any small way that you can...and let this world know, Jesus is the answer to all pain and suffering. May we all share in His glory together some day.



7.05.2016

✔️ LAST DAY TO REGISTER ✔️ Join us in 2.5 weeks!! Unplug • De-Stress • De-Clutter • Rest.

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REGISTER NOW – LAST DAY TO REGISTER!!

If you are joining us for the Simply Living for Him Retreat, you MUST register by the evening of JULY 5th. FINAL COUNTS ARE DUE!
Click below to register:
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We have some last minute special prices available! Please contact me for details at karen@simplylivingforhim.com

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE RELEASED

If you are interested in seeing what to expect for the weekend click below for the preliminary schedule!
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Relax. Renew. Restore.

Rest • Restore • Renew Simplify

We will worship, praise, pray, laugh, (I'll probably cry!), hug, and enjoy sweet fellowship. We will de-stress, learn about decluttering, and mostly seek Jesus!
Why not spend some time unplugged and renewing your soul?
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WORSHIP WITH ROBIN MILLER

My dear friend and incredibly gifted singer, Robin will be leading our worship time. I have had goose bumps listening to the ladies prepare for our worship time together. You will be BLESSED!
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Take time for YOU. Take time to seek Him.

See you SOON!

6.27.2016

Podcast Episode 25 • Don't Wait for Some Day. Live Your Life Right Now


We often say "someday" we will do this or that, but in reality, we only have this moment right in front of us. We don't need to wait to start living the life we have always wanted. We can live it right now. Start living simply. Start living for Him. Choose faith over fear and begin to live more purposefully and with intention today.
(Don't mind the voice, I was recovering form a cold/sore throat!) ;)


6.23.2016

Stop Window Shopping for a Better Life. End Mental Clutter and Live the Life in Front of You


The internet has brought about such an abundance of information these days. And while it can be a huge blessing to have access to so much right at our fingertips, it can also lead to serious discontent, not to mention wasted time. We spend hours upon hours scrolling. Whether we are looking for homeschool curriculum, things for our home, reading articles, comparing products, or just reading about other people's lives, we may need to evaluate where we spend our time.

Are we spending our time window shopping for our life, or are we living it?

The allure of the internet is that we can see it all right in front of us–we find things that we want or even things we didn't want soon become our desire. Our mind is inundated with images all showing us how we can have it better.

We read articles about how other people are doing things and we begin to covet for our own life. We start to compare. It is a slippery slope.

We are essentially filling up our mind with how we want our life to be, yet the irony is, we aren't living our life. We are scrolling endlessly, while life passes by in the background.

Our families need us present. There is more contentment and fulfillment in our own real life, rather than reading about other people's lives, or the next best thing that promises to make our life better.

Choose to spend your time in His Word. There and only there are the true answers to contentment, a better life, and fulfillment. Let our kids see us in the Word searching for answers more than on the Internet scrolling away.

Life is too short to be wasted window shopping. Live real life and live it right now.


JOIN US AT OUR LADIES WEEKEND!
NEXT MONTH we will gather together to take some time in a beautiful setting and talk about living more simply! There is a little time left to register! Click below for the info:


6.22.2016

You Don't Need a Farm to Live Simply. Learning to Live Right Where You Are



You don't need a thing to live simply. That's the beauty. You don't need a farm. You don't need land. You don't need a tiny house. You don't need chickens or a garden or a lifestyle change. You need a heart that is willing to let go of things, but how that looks for each of us may be different.

Living simply is a mindset more than a lifestyle. It is chasing after God, and desiring less of what the world offers. When we seek Him more we pursue less "stuff" here on earth.

Last year we bought our property– a small hobby farm. Yes, it has allowed us to live more simply because God has placed the desire in our heart to garden, get back to basics, raise chickens, and enjoy His creation.

Yet that same desire may not be in your heart. You may love the city life or suburbia, or wherever He has placed you. The country life may not be for you.

We can all live simply right where we are. It isn't about our surroundings, but what we do with where He has placed us.

Smack in the middle of the city and the hustle and bustle you can live simply. You can seek Him wherever you are and choose people over things. You can choose to be a light in the dark. You can choose Him wherever He has placed you.

Seek Him wherever you are. In the country, in the city, in a foreign land. Choose to live with less and desire Him more. Choose to develop relationships over accumulating things. All of that can be done in any setting.

Don't wait for the perfect time. Start now. Choose to desire God over everything else and see where He leads you.

Living simply is a matter of the heart, not just a choice to have less. It is a desire to do more real things, live intentionally and with purpose, and seek Him above all else.

JOIN US AT OUR LADIES WEEKEND!
NEXT MONTH we will gather together to take some time in a beautiful setting and talk about living more simply! There is a little time left to register! Click below for the info:


6.16.2016

Back to Simple Podcast Episode 24




Recently I wrote a blog post about getting back to the simple mindset of living:

I want to get back to simple. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers did just fine without Pinterest boards, meal plans, chore charts, and organizational methods.  They did what they knew, handed down to them from generation to generation.
I want to get back to simple. I want to focus on relationships more than things. People more than stuff.
Listen in as I talk more about focusing on what really matters...

"There are a million different methods out there telling you how to unclutter your life -But I'm here to point you to God and let Him unclutter your life."