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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Saturday morning farmerโ€™s market date with my man.๐ŸŒบ

Saturday morning farmerโ€™s market date with my man.๐ŸŒบ

In the fall of 2016, the horrible story of the sexual abuse of hundreds by Larry Nassar began to unfold when one brave woman, @RachaelDenhollander told her story to a reporter at the Indianapolis Star.
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As more and more victims came forward, my heart could hardly handle it. These werenโ€™t just precious girls who were abused by a physician at our local university. Some of these young women attended my church.
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But today, that same heart of mine is now bursting with pride. Congratulations Rachael on the release of your book. ๐ŸŽ‰
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For those of you who donโ€™t know the entire story, she not only led an army that took this monster down, in her words to him during the court proceedings, she shared the gospel and offered grace and forgiveness. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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What a picture of Jesus.
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Happy release day to a hero. โค๏ธ
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Grab your copy of this bestseller at **link in profile**. ๐Ÿ“ฒ

In the fall of 2016, the horrible story of the sexual abuse of hundreds by Larry Nassar began to unfold when one brave woman, @RachaelDenhollander told her story to a reporter at the Indianapolis Star. . As more and more victims came forward, my heart could hardly handle it. These werenโ€™t just precious girls who were abused by a physician at our local university. Some of these young women attended my church. . But today, that same heart of mine is now bursting with pride. Congratulations Rachael on the release of your book. ๐ŸŽ‰ . For those of you who donโ€™t know the entire story, she not only led an army that took this monster down, in her words to him during the court proceedings, she shared the gospel and offered grace and forgiveness. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ . What a picture of Jesus. . Happy release day to a hero. โค๏ธ . Grab your copy of this bestseller at **link in profile**. ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Iโ€™m learning that much of what God calls us to do in day-to-day life isnโ€™t all flashy and post-worthy. Instead, itโ€™s ordinary, intended to be done quietly, with no spotlight drawing attention to it.
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Today on the @Proverbs31Ministries #Devotion, Even When Nobody Notices, Iโ€™m sharing encouragement from #Matthew 6:1 on showing kindness to others to glorify God. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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Also on the blog Iโ€™m sharing 6 ways to scatter kindness in secret, along with printable cards you can use as you do. ๐Ÿ“
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Praying for you as you love and serve others this week. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
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See links in profile ๐Ÿ“ฒ to read my devotion, blog post, and to download your cards.๐Ÿ’•

Iโ€™m learning that much of what God calls us to do in day-to-day life isnโ€™t all flashy and post-worthy. Instead, itโ€™s ordinary, intended to be done quietly, with no spotlight drawing attention to it. . Today on the @Proverbs31Ministries  #Devotion, Even When Nobody Notices, Iโ€™m sharing encouragement from  #Matthew 6:1 on showing kindness to others to glorify God. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ . Also on the blog Iโ€™m sharing 6 ways to scatter kindness in secret, along with printable cards you can use as you do. ๐Ÿ“ . Praying for you as you love and serve others this week. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ . See links in profile ๐Ÿ“ฒ to read my devotion, blog post, and to download your cards.๐Ÿ’•

Which of your friends need you to love, pray for, and support them, rather than give them a lecture? Commit today to being this kind of friend. ๐Ÿ’•

Which of your friends need you to love, pray for, and support them, rather than give them a lecture? Commit today to being this kind of friend. ๐Ÿ’•

Itโ€™s hard to believe Christmas is only 3 months away! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ
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Iโ€™d love to come speak at your Christmas event and encourage women to slow down, focus and savor the Savior during this often-hectic season. ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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Learn more at **link in profile**. ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ’•

Itโ€™s hard to believe Christmas is only 3 months away! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ . Iโ€™d love to come speak at your Christmas event and encourage women to slow down, focus and savor the Savior during this often-hectic season. ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ . Learn more at **link in profile**. ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ’•

Who are you thankful for every time you remember them? ๐Ÿ’•
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Tag them below to let them know you are praying for them and what joy they bring to your life. ๐ŸŒบ

Who are you thankful for every time you remember them? ๐Ÿ’• . Tag them below to let them know you are praying for them and what joy they bring to your life. ๐ŸŒบ

Got a fractured friendship? A relationship with a relative that is totally on the rocks? Is your marriage a tangled up mess because of how you and your spouse speak to one another?
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Maybe itโ€™s time you adopted a new rule of tongue. Try lacing your speech with grace. See if your relationships donโ€™t improve.
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Oh, I know... if I only heard how they spoke to you. But that is not what we are talking about. That is not anything you can control. You can only control...
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Your actions.
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Your reactions.
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Your thoughts that form in your brain and make their way out of your mouth.
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Make it your aim today to lace your speech with grace, no matter how you are treated. Youโ€™ll be in good company.
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โ€œWhen he (Jesus) was insulted, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he did not threaten. It was his habit to commit the matter to the one who judges fairly.โ€ 1 Peter 2:23
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Want more encouragement? Check out my #Zipitbook, the 40-Day Keep It Shut devotional at **link in profile**. ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Got a fractured friendship? A relationship with a relative that is totally on the rocks? Is your marriage a tangled up mess because of how you and your spouse speak to one another? . Maybe itโ€™s time you adopted a new rule of tongue. Try lacing your speech with grace. See if your relationships donโ€™t improve. . Oh, I know... if I only heard how they spoke to you. But that is not what we are talking about. That is not anything you can control. You can only control... . Your actions. . Your reactions. . Your thoughts that form in your brain and make their way out of your mouth. . Make it your aim today to lace your speech with grace, no matter how you are treated. Youโ€™ll be in good company. . โ€œWhen he (Jesus) was insulted, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he did not threaten. It was his habit to commit the matter to the one who judges fairly.โ€ 1 Peter 2:23 . Want more encouragement? Check out my  #Zipitbook, the 40-Day Keep It Shut devotional at **link in profile**. ๐Ÿ“ฒ

โ€œBut grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. โ€œ 2 Peter 3:18

โ€œBut grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. โ€œ 2 Peter 3:18

Summer flowers starting to fade. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฟ

Summer flowers starting to fade. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฟ

Getting family pictures taken before the rain hits. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒง They were taken on the same small island in my home town of Grand Ledge, MI where Todd and I had our wedding pictures taken. ๐Ÿ’•

Getting family pictures taken before the rain hits. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒง They were taken on the same small island in my home town of Grand Ledge, MI where Todd and I had our wedding pictures taken. ๐Ÿ’•

Over three decades of #puremichigan sunsets with this guy.๐ŸŒ…

Over three decades of  #puremichigan sunsets with this guy.๐ŸŒ…

Enjoying an end-of-summer family vacation that we won as part of a silent auction. If youโ€™ve never been to Mackinac Island you are missing out on one of the treasures of Pure Michigan. No cars on the island, only horse-drawn vehicles. ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ’™ .
And if you want an extra splurge, treat yourself to a stay at the Grand Hotel. Built in 1887, it sports the worldโ€™s longest covered porch, laden with thousands of cheery, red geraniums. ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ

Enjoying an end-of-summer family vacation that we won as part of a silent auction. If youโ€™ve never been to Mackinac Island you are missing out on one of the treasures of Pure Michigan. No cars on the island, only horse-drawn vehicles. ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ’™ . And if you want an extra splurge, treat yourself to a stay at the Grand Hotel. Built in 1887, it sports the worldโ€™s longest covered porch, laden with thousands of cheery, red geraniums. ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ

In the midst of conflict, hereโ€™s a little one-sentence sermon I preach to myself: Attack the problem, not the person. ๐Ÿ’™
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{For more help in this area, check out my #Keepitshutbook: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All at link in profile ๐Ÿ“ฒ.}

In the midst of conflict, hereโ€™s a little one-sentence sermon I preach to myself: Attack the problem, not the person. ๐Ÿ’™ . {For more help in this area, check out my  #Keepitshutbook: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All at link in profile ๐Ÿ“ฒ.}

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

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