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Nov 24

Pumpkin Pie Dip with Gingersnaps {In Other Words Thanksgiving Appetizer YUM!}

Want a seasonal treat to take to church, school or an office party? Here is a yummy and simple recipe that also has an adorable presentation. It will draw rave reviews!

Pumpkin Pie Dip


One block cream cheese, softened

2 C. powdered sugar

Add in:

15 ounces canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 t. cinnamon

1/2  t. ginger

Place in a small pie pumpkin (not a jack-o-lantern pumpkin) that has had the top cut off and been hollowed out. Serve with gingersnaps. Can also serve with apple slices, graham crackers or vanilla wafers, but the gingersnaps are the best.


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Nov 21

Announcing FREE 5 Days to Sweet & Salty Speech

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Welcome to those of you who made your way here after reading my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion today entitled The $285 Cinnamon Roll. {If you haven’t read this tale of how a $3.29 pastry ended up costing my 16-year-old a whoppin’ $285— and the lesson it teaches us— click here to so.}

As promised in the devotion, I am giving away a bundle based on my book LET. IT. GO.: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith here on the blog. But first, I want to tell you about a new free resource for you based on my next book that releases in January.


Got words? Oh yeah, you do! The average women speaks over 20,000 a day—not to mention the ones she types online. I—being a woman whose words have often landed her in a heap of trouble— share from experience the how’s (and how-not-to’s) of dealing with the tongue in my new book Keep It Shut . Using biblical examples, as well as my own personal (and sometimes painful!) stories, Keep It Shut will equip you to know what to say, how best to say it, and when you’d better just keep your lips zipped!

This book will teach you:

  • The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friend
  • A helpful grid for using our digital tongues as we talk online or on social media
  • How to pause before you pounce, attacking the problem but not the person
  • How to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off
  • What the Bible teaches about making our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt

SweetandSaltybuttonIf you are interested in a free resource based on the topic of this book, I am offering a five day e-mail devotional called 5 Days to Sweet & Salty Speech: 5 People in the Bible. 5 Lessons for our Lips. I figured right before the holiday season was a good time for all of us to have a little encouragement on watching our words!

Each day for five days, starting with the day you sign up, you will receive a short devotional based on a person in the Bible who either use their words properly and we should emulate them, or they used their words poorly and we should avoid such behavior. Well-known characters such as David. But also some who aren’t as readily recognized like Abigail, Boaz, and a man named Mordecai. The final day looks at the words of Nicodemus and Jesus. Each day also has a “Lesson for our Lips” challenge of something to do {or not to do!} with our words.

Sign up here to receive the free 5 Days to Sweet & Salty Speech resource from Karen Ehman, author of KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It & When to Say Nothing at All

let-it-go-bundleNow, for the giveaway.

Leave a comment on this post either about the devotion, or about this new free resource for watching our words.

One winner will be chosen to receive the book, the six week teaching DVD, and one study guide of LET. IT. GO.

This book is all about how to stop trying to control things and start trusting God.


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Nov 17

How to Study the Bible in Way Less Time {but with lots more impact!}

First, dear reader---heartfelt thanks--for all your Facebook comments, tweets, Instagram comments, etc... while I took a three-week break from blogging to be with my sister-in-law when she passed away in hospice and to take some time away from writing. You all are the best. All along my plan … [Continue reading...]

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Nov 1

Blogging Break {Please Pray for Our Family}

UPDATE: Thais Ann Ehman VanGinhoven passed away on Wednesday, October 29th at 5:50 pm surrounded by loved ones, including me. Please pray for our family as we pay our last respects to this courageous woman who loved both her family and Jesus very … [Continue reading...]

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Oct 31

Your Life Still Counts Giveaway with Tracie Miles

NOTE: As stated in my last post, I am on a blogging break. My sister-in-love Thais passed away at 5:50 pm on October 29th. I appreciate your prayers for our family. This guest post with Tracie Miles was prescheduled and will run as planned. I plan to return to blogging sometime the week of November … [Continue reading...]

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