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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 today was to blog about something that has revolutionized the way Bible study is done. And it seems like a perfect fit.

During the last month or so of my sister-in-law’s life, she often just wanted me to read the Bible out loud to her. Her vision wasn’t good at the end and so even her large print Bible wasn’t something she could read on her own.


My sister-in-law’s Bible cover.

Of course we read scriptures about heaven. About Jesus. About God calling her a good and faithful servant when she finally got to meet him face-to-face.

Her pastor also was such a comfort to her reading Scripture when he visited her often. She attended a Bible study he taught for women every Thursday morning at her church for over a decade. She loved to learn more about the Bible, having become a Christian later in life. She just couldn’t get enough of it!


Thais’ Bible and a little note I found inside. Great reminder!!!!

Since I became a Christian at the age of 16 as a high school junior, I have loved to read, study, and memorize the Bible. I used to drink in every word my pastor preached each Sunday in high school and even attended the adult Bible study on Wednesday nights as the only teenager in attendance.

{I have a vivid memory of being sung Happy Birthday to You one Wednesday night on my 18th birthday during my senior year. The drinking age at the time was 18 and my pastor was surprised someone my age would choose the stained-glass sanctuary over a glass of booze that night! Ha!}

When I moved away to attend a Christian college, I learned about such things as Bible atlases, commentaries, and other reference tools that could help to unlock the meaning of certain passages. You know, the ones that seem to make no sense until you understand the culture to which they were written. Or the practices and processes of the ancient world.

Some of the reference books and Bibles I use, along with my childhood Bible my mom saved and gave to me a few years ago.

Some of the reference books and Bibles I use, along with my childhood Bible my mom saved and gave to me a few years ago.

My husband was a Philosophy–Religion major and he had to take elementary Greek and Hebrew. The poor guy almost pulled all his hair out trying to pass those classes! And I had to take some basic Bible history classes which I love. I even signed up for more Bible and theology classes as electives.

My go-to Greek-Hebrew book for looking up meanings of words. I gave it to my husband for our engagement in 1985 when he was in college and going into the ministry.

My go-to Greek-Hebrew book for looking up meanings of words. I gave it to my husband for our engagement in 1985 when he was in college and going into the ministry.

Throughout marriage and mothering, I have continued to have a love of Bible study. Attending them. Leading them. Doing them online or by myself. I continued to pull out the old heavy books my husband and I each used in college every time I’d study. I would look up the meaning of the original Hebrew Old Testament or Greek New Testament word that I was wondering about. That was until about four years ago.

I was introduced to the wonderfulness of Logos Bible software. It is almost impossible for me to describe my joy when I found this tool that puts HOURS of research at the tips of your fingers in less than three seconds.

logosTheir latest version of this fabulous program just released. Logos 6 is the smartest way to study the Word of God. With easy-to-use tools and a massive theological library, Logos 6 delivers insight. Pinpoint answers in seconds, study the Word in its cultural context, uncover meaning in the original languages, and answer questions with confidence.

If you are someone who wants to take studying the Bible seriously, I seriously think you should ask for Logos 6 for Christmas!!! There are various price points and packages. And there are even some great freebies on the site.

Hop over and see why many Bible teachers and preachers, including Dr. Tim Keller, love using this tool. And no…. I do not get a kick-back from any orders they get. I’m not benefitting in any way when you buy. I just get joy from helping others who so desperately want to live the Christian life learn better just how to do that with this easy-to-use program!

To check out Logos 6, click here. {and then be sure to tell Santa! Also known as: hubby, parent or friend who wants to know what you want for Christmas. Have them all go in and get you this!}

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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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Oct 13

Announcing FREE 7 Days to a Hassle-Free Holiday

This year get Christmas all done without coming undone. Announcing a 7-day free email resource just for you called 7 Days to a Hassle-Free Holiday.  My coauthor Glynnis Whitwer and I want to equip you with practical tools and inspiration to help you have yourself a stress-free little Christmas … [Continue reading...]

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