Karen Ehman ๐Ÿ’•

Karen Ehman ๐Ÿ’• (@karenehman)

Bio:@nytimes bestselling author โ€ข @Proverbs31ministries speaker โ€ข @first5app Bible teacher โ€ข Wife โ€ข Mom โ€ข Jesus follower โ€ข #keepshowingupbook ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ’

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โ€œMankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.โ€ Micah 6:8 (CSB)

โ€œMankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.โ€ Micah 6:8 (CSB)

What are you doing to squeeze out the last bit of summer? โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฆโ›บ๏ธโš“๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐ŸŒป
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Itโ€™s farmerโ€™s markets, ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฅ’๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ‰ family dinner on the deck, ๐Ÿต๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿงnaps in the hammock, ๐Ÿ’ค and some strawberry lemonade with friends for me. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿน

What are you doing to squeeze out the last bit of summer? โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฆโ›บ๏ธโš“๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐ŸŒป . Itโ€™s farmerโ€™s markets, ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฅ’๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ‰ family dinner on the deck, ๐Ÿต๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿงnaps in the hammock, ๐Ÿ’ค and some strawberry lemonade with friends for me. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿน

I like my coffee light and sweet, with a cloud of cream winking at me on top. โ˜๏ธ
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He takes his nearly black. โ˜•๏ธ
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I am energized by being with people. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ
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He is energized by being alone. ๐Ÿ
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I grab a sweater and turn the heat down to save money. ๐Ÿ’ฐ
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He wears a t-shirt in the middle of winter and cranks the thermostat up. ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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When we have conflict, I want to hammer it out now. ๐Ÿ”จ In fact, I would have liked to talk about it yesterday, had I known it was going to happen today. ๐Ÿ˜ 
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He would prefer to talk things outโ€ฆ well, maybe never. At least not for a day or two until he has thought things over. โฑ
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He zigs. ๐Ÿ”
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I zag. ๐Ÿ”ƒ
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Repeat to infinity. ๐Ÿ”„๐Ÿ”„๐Ÿ”„
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I broke down crying at the end of an interview we did yesterday on marriage. There were times early on when I wasnโ€™t quite sure these two polar-opposite kids would make it. ๐Ÿ’”
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But when we refuse to buy the lie that marriage was designed to make us happy and decide it is about something so much greaterโ€”something that doesnโ€™t just bring momentary happiness but instead ushers in deep and abiding joy, our love learns to last. ๐Ÿ’•
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You see, it isnโ€™t just pastors who deliver a sermon. Your marriage is a message and people are watching you preach. Will they see the gospel? Full of forgiveness, grace, and second chances? Will you keep showing up, wiping the slate clean and moving forward in love, treating your spouse kindly even at the times they deserve it the least?๐Ÿฅ€ (Note: I am not speaking of serious situations that include abuse of any kind.)
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Grab your spouseโ€™s hand and together commit to never stop starting over. 
Just keep showing up. ๐Ÿ’—
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(If you could use a little encouragement to keep showing up and showing Christ in your marriage, check out my latest book Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy. Link in profile. ๐Ÿ“ฑ)

I like my coffee light and sweet, with a cloud of cream winking at me on top. โ˜๏ธ . He takes his nearly black. โ˜•๏ธ . I am energized by being with people. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ . He is energized by being alone. ๐Ÿ . I grab a sweater and turn the heat down to save money. ๐Ÿ’ฐ . He wears a t-shirt in the middle of winter and cranks the thermostat up. ๐Ÿ”ฅ . When we have conflict, I want to hammer it out now. ๐Ÿ”จ In fact, I would have liked to talk about it yesterday, had I known it was going to happen today. ๐Ÿ˜  . He would prefer to talk things outโ€ฆ well, maybe never. At least not for a day or two until he has thought things over. โฑ . He zigs. ๐Ÿ” . I zag. ๐Ÿ”ƒ . Repeat to infinity. ๐Ÿ”„๐Ÿ”„๐Ÿ”„ . I broke down crying at the end of an interview we did yesterday on marriage. There were times early on when I wasnโ€™t quite sure these two polar-opposite kids would make it. ๐Ÿ’” . But when we refuse to buy the lie that marriage was designed to make us happy and decide it is about something so much greaterโ€”something that doesnโ€™t just bring momentary happiness but instead ushers in deep and abiding joy, our love learns to last. ๐Ÿ’• . You see, it isnโ€™t just pastors who deliver a sermon. Your marriage is a message and people are watching you preach. Will they see the gospel? Full of forgiveness, grace, and second chances? Will you keep showing up, wiping the slate clean and moving forward in love, treating your spouse kindly even at the times they deserve it the least?๐Ÿฅ€ (Note: I am not speaking of serious situations that include abuse of any kind.) . Grab your spouseโ€™s hand and together commit to never stop starting over. Just keep showing up. ๐Ÿ’— . (If you could use a little encouragement to keep showing up and showing Christ in your marriage, check out my latest book Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy. Link in profile. ๐Ÿ“ฑ)

#GIVEAWAY! ๐ŸŽ‰
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In todayโ€™s social media culture, we can cultivate online friendships that are helpful and even deep. But thereโ€™s something so reassuring about a person who knows you up close and personal, a nearby soul who interacts with you on a regular basis. I not only want to have that kind of friend; I want to be that kind of friend. ๐Ÿ’•
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So, perhaps itโ€™s time we put down our phones for a bit. Could we reconnect with a real-life relationship weโ€™ve neglected because we were too fixated on our screens? With our nearby, face-to-face, believing friends, we can share life โ€” offering support, advice and maybe even a pot of coffee.
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How about inviting an in-real-life girlfriend ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ to study with you this fall and learn about other-centered living in a self-centered world. To do just that, Iโ€™m giving away a #ListenLoveRepeat Bible Study and coffee bundle ๐Ÿ“–โ˜•๏ธ with everything you both need to study (worth over $100). It also includes a pour over coffee filter and a pound of hazelnut coffee from The Coffee Beanery. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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To enter to win:
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1๏ธโƒฃ Follow @karenehman.
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2๏ธโƒฃ Tag a friend who youโ€™d like to do Bible Study in real life with.
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U.S. Addresses only please. Winner will be chosen โ€ชon Monday, August 19โ€ฌ and contacted via private message.
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**Giveway not affiliated with Instagram.

 #GIVEAWAY! ๐ŸŽ‰ . In todayโ€™s social media culture, we can cultivate online friendships that are helpful and even deep. But thereโ€™s something so reassuring about a person who knows you up close and personal, a nearby soul who interacts with you on a regular basis. I not only want to have that kind of friend; I want to be that kind of friend. ๐Ÿ’• . So, perhaps itโ€™s time we put down our phones for a bit. Could we reconnect with a real-life relationship weโ€™ve neglected because we were too fixated on our screens? With our nearby, face-to-face, believing friends, we can share life โ€” offering support, advice and maybe even a pot of coffee. . How about inviting an in-real-life girlfriend ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ to study with you this fall and learn about other-centered living in a self-centered world. To do just that, Iโ€™m giving away a  #ListenLoveRepeat Bible Study and coffee bundle ๐Ÿ“–โ˜•๏ธ with everything you both need to study (worth over $100). It also includes a pour over coffee filter and a pound of hazelnut coffee from The Coffee Beanery. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ . To enter to win: . 1๏ธโƒฃ Follow @karenehman. . 2๏ธโƒฃ Tag a friend who youโ€™d like to do Bible Study in real life with. . U.S. Addresses only please. Winner will be chosen โ€ชon Monday, August 19โ€ฌ and contacted via private message. . **Giveway not affiliated with Instagram.

In our self-and-selfie-obsessed culture, intentionally considering others as more important than ourselves does not come easy. However, it is what God commands us to do. ๐Ÿ’—
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How can you, in humility, put someone else and their wishes above your own today? ๐ŸŒธ

In our self-and-selfie-obsessed culture, intentionally considering others as more important than ourselves does not come easy. However, it is what God commands us to do. ๐Ÿ’— . How can you, in humility, put someone else and their wishes above your own today? ๐ŸŒธ

Morning sun hitting the patio herbs. ๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ
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My mother-in-law taught me all about herb gardening the first summer we were married. So fun to be able to just walk outside and snip some basil and oregano for spaghetti sauce. Or to put a few sprigs of rosemary inside a chicken that is roasting. But some of my favorite herbs are the various varieties of mint. This year Iโ€™m growing spearmint and pineapple mint. Snips of those in iced tea or lemonade are simply divine. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ‹
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Have you ever tried your hand at herb gardening? What are your favorite herbs to either grow or eat?๐Ÿ’š

Morning sun hitting the patio herbs. ๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ . My mother-in-law taught me all about herb gardening the first summer we were married. So fun to be able to just walk outside and snip some basil and oregano for spaghetti sauce. Or to put a few sprigs of rosemary inside a chicken that is roasting. But some of my favorite herbs are the various varieties of mint. This year Iโ€™m growing spearmint and pineapple mint. Snips of those in iced tea or lemonade are simply divine. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ‹ . Have you ever tried your hand at herb gardening? What are your favorite herbs to either grow or eat?๐Ÿ’š

Rainy morning on the covered front porch.๐ŸŒง .
Do you spy one of the sweetest gifts I received when my dad passed away? I still had dozens of voicemails from him in my phone. Most of them started out with the words, โ€œSweetheart, I was just thinking about youโ€ฆโ€œ ๐Ÿ’—
Well, my creative and caring friend @lindsey_feldpausch had a pillow made with those words. She said for me to not only think of my dad saying this but also of my Heavenly Father voicing the exact same thing to me .๐Ÿ˜ญ

Rainy morning on the covered front porch.๐ŸŒง . Do you spy one of the sweetest gifts I received when my dad passed away? I still had dozens of voicemails from him in my phone. Most of them started out with the words, โ€œSweetheart, I was just thinking about youโ€ฆโ€œ ๐Ÿ’— Well, my creative and caring friend @lindsey_feldpausch had a pillow made with those words. She said for me to not only think of my dad saying this but also of my Heavenly Father voicing the exact same thing to me .๐Ÿ˜ญ

Hello August โ˜€๏ธand my second annual semi-sabbatical. ๐ŸŒธ
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I logged off of email and I am having my assistant manage the account. ๐Ÿ’ป
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Iโ€™m only working half days, and then shutting down the laptop to spend the afternoons trying out recipes, ๐Ÿฝ exploring my new town and neighborhood, ๐Ÿก reading, ๐Ÿ“–dreaming up projects,๐Ÿ’ก and grabbing coffee with a friend or two.โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’•
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Oh, and naps. There will definitely be naps involved. In the hammock, in our back woods. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ค

Hello August โ˜€๏ธand my second annual semi-sabbatical. ๐ŸŒธ . I logged off of email and I am having my assistant manage the account. ๐Ÿ’ป . Iโ€™m only working half days, and then shutting down the laptop to spend the afternoons trying out recipes, ๐Ÿฝ exploring my new town and neighborhood, ๐Ÿก reading, ๐Ÿ“–dreaming up projects,๐Ÿ’ก and grabbing coffee with a friend or two.โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’• . Oh, and naps. There will definitely be naps involved. In the hammock, in our back woods. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ค

This summer, while still in the thick of processing the grief resulting from my fatherโ€™s recent death, I went searching for a book or Bible study on the Psalms of Lament. When I found one online that looked promising, I reached out to the author, @christinarfox . It turns out that she has attended our @proverbs31ministries #shespeaks conference in the past where we help equip women who long to be writers, speakers, and leaders. Sheโ€™d actually taken a workshop there from me. And now, here I sit holding her words in a published book that are speaking life to my soul. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’—

This summer, while still in the thick of processing the grief resulting from my fatherโ€™s recent death, I went searching for a book or Bible study on the Psalms of Lament. When I found one online that looked promising, I reached out to the author, @christinarfox . It turns out that she has attended our @proverbs31ministries  #shespeaks conference in the past where we help equip women who long to be writers, speakers, and leaders. Sheโ€™d actually taken a workshop there from me. And now, here I sit holding her words in a published book that are speaking life to my soul. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’—

Peach gladiolas from a flower stand. The same variety of flowers that were on the church altar when we got married. ๐Ÿงก(And I think I spy a little artwork from the talented @jazminantoinette )

Peach gladiolas from a flower stand. The same variety of flowers that were on the church altar when we got married. ๐Ÿงก(And I think I spy a little artwork from the talented @jazminantoinette )

Eve was not a weakling woman whose only job was to prop up Adam and be in his shadow. She was a powerful partner; a strong and invaluable ally. ๐Ÿ’•#keepshowingupbook

Eve was not a weakling woman whose only job was to prop up Adam and be in his shadow. She was a powerful partner; a strong and invaluable ally. ๐Ÿ’• #keepshowingupbook

Sometimes you just need to halt the hustle and chase slow instead. ๐ŸŒป
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So grateful for a day of slow at @nickikoziarz #fixerupperfarm before heading to one of my biggest conferences of the year, @proverbs31ministries #SheSpeaks19 ๐Ÿ’™

Sometimes you just need to halt the hustle and chase slow instead. ๐ŸŒป . . So grateful for a day of slow at @nickikoziarz  #fixerupperfarm before heading to one of my biggest conferences of the year, @proverbs31ministries  #SheSpeaks19 ๐Ÿ’™

In case you need cheering up on a Monday afternoon, I give you my adorable grand-goddaughter Naomi eating strawberry ice cream.๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฆ

In case you need cheering up on a Monday afternoon, I give you my adorable grand-goddaughter Naomi eating strawberry ice cream.๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฆ

Think you really know your spouse? Think again. Often there are aspects of their life, thoughts or interests they have, or even fun, trivial facts we don't know about them. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
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In a culture of selfies and selfishness, letโ€™s take notice of our spouseโ€™s thoughts and interests, showing them love in even the smallest of ways. ๐Ÿ’•
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To make this easy for you...
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1๏ธโƒฃ download my printable of twelve โ€œGetting to Know You Again Date Night Questionsโ€ at link in profile. ๐Ÿ“ฒ
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2๏ธโƒฃ Make a date to read through the fun questions together discovering some things you may never have known about your better half.
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3๏ธโƒฃ Make plans in the next week or two to surprise your spouse with an activity that interests them even if it is something you aren't fond of. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
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"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." #Philippians 2:4
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Shoutout to @crystalfulghumcrawford for this beautiful photo of my #keepshowingupbook. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŽ‰

Think you really know your spouse? Think again. Often there are aspects of their life, thoughts or interests they have, or even fun, trivial facts we don't know about them. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ . In a culture of selfies and selfishness, letโ€™s take notice of our spouseโ€™s thoughts and interests, showing them love in even the smallest of ways. ๐Ÿ’• . To make this easy for you... . 1๏ธโƒฃ download my printable of twelve โ€œGetting to Know You Again Date Night Questionsโ€ at link in profile. ๐Ÿ“ฒ . 2๏ธโƒฃ Make a date to read through the fun questions together discovering some things you may never have known about your better half. . 3๏ธโƒฃ Make plans in the next week or two to surprise your spouse with an activity that interests them even if it is something you aren't fond of. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ . "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."  #Philippians 2:4 . Shoutout to @crystalfulghumcrawford for this beautiful photo of my  #keepshowingupbook. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŽ‰

#throwbackthursday to the stormy summer day when my boys thought I would be pleased with them if they conserved water by taking a shower and washing their hair in the warm rain, using Dawn dish soap for shampoo. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Savor the silly moments with your kids, even the ones that may slightly tick you off. ๐Ÿ˜ก Snap a picture. ๐Ÿ“ธ Document the daily days of life that may now feel mundane but that one day youโ€™ll look back on and view as magical. โœจ .
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I always told myself that someday I would laugh at this pic. #hellosomeday ๐Ÿ˜‰

 #throwbackthursday to the stormy summer day when my boys thought I would be pleased with them if they conserved water by taking a shower and washing their hair in the warm rain, using Dawn dish soap for shampoo. ๐Ÿ™‚ . . Savor the silly moments with your kids, even the ones that may slightly tick you off. ๐Ÿ˜ก Snap a picture. ๐Ÿ“ธ Document the daily days of life that may now feel mundane but that one day youโ€™ll look back on and view as magical. โœจ . . I always told myself that someday I would laugh at this pic.  #hellosomeday ๐Ÿ˜‰

Waitโ€ฆ Did I say on my last planting post that I was all done? ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบWell, I lied. #CrazyPlantLady

Waitโ€ฆ Did I say on my last planting post that I was all done? ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบWell, I lied.  #CrazyPlantLady

For your Saturday morning enjoyment, a bouquet of Farmerโ€™s Market flowers from me to you. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒฟ

For your Saturday morning enjoyment, a bouquet of Farmerโ€™s Market flowers from me to you. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒฟ

If you are walking through a storm this summer, cling to God and His Word. ๐Ÿ“–
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I am especially partial to Paul and his friends in the book of #Philippians. Those folks lived out loud a lesson we all need to learn. โฌ‡๏ธ
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When we understand what matters most, we can experience joy no matter what. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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Grab a girlfriend or two for your own 7-week study of Philippians with my @lifewaywomen #WhatMattersMoststudy and learn from Paul to turn to prayer rather than crumble under the weight of worry and anxiety. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
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See **link in profile to learn more and download Week One of the study guide free. ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ’•

If you are walking through a storm this summer, cling to God and His Word. ๐Ÿ“– . I am especially partial to Paul and his friends in the book of  #Philippians. Those folks lived out loud a lesson we all need to learn. โฌ‡๏ธ . When we understand what matters most, we can experience joy no matter what. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ . Grab a girlfriend or two for your own 7-week study of Philippians with my @lifewaywomen  #WhatMattersMoststudy and learn from Paul to turn to prayer rather than crumble under the weight of worry and anxiety. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ . See **link in profile to learn more and download Week One of the study guide free. ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ’•

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