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To find out more information on having Karen come to your group, contact us at Proverbs 31 Ministries by calling 1-877-P31-HOME or visit our “Request a Speaker” page by clicking here.

Multi-Message Theme Packages

Let. It. Go.
Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight–or all out–control freak! This humorous, yet biblical and spiritually practical message will enable women to:

  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

All You Need is Love
Remember what it was like when you first met Jesus? The peace you felt; the passion you had; the excited willingness to do anything He asked of you? Sometimes when life unfolds, we tend to abandon the fervor we once felt for Christ. Why? What does it mean to “leave your first love?” And more importantly, how can followers of Christ return to it again? These inspiring messages have helped many women to:

  • Meander back down memory lane to reconnect with that “first love” sentiment
  • Recognize the patterns, choices and habits that seek to steal or replace our zeal for God
  • Employ practical and tangible tools for keeping our daily connection with God growing despite our hectic schedule
  • Craft an effective plan for what we should “fast from” and “feast on” in order to live a vibrant, fulfilling and effective life for Christ

Extreme Makeover: Heart & Home Editions
A light-hearted weekend that still packs a serious punch, this series will enable your women to take thorough inventory of their hearts and homes. Then, they will be empowered with methods for overhauling them both to make them suitable places where God can fully dwell. Karen’s testimony is woven into the opening talk about the heart. The remaining messages focus on consistently seeking Jesus as we are busy “doing life.” Come be taught how to effectively:

  • Uproot heart issues that seek to snatch your joy and make you miserable
  • Decrease self-consciousness and constant comparing while you increase your confidence in Christ
  • Examine your deepest motives, making them match God’s desires
  • Put in place easily attainable methods for home management success
  • Offer your heart, home and life as avenues of outreach, kindness and care.

Twenty-Four Hours is All You Get
This practical weekend package combines and expands upon the messages of Its About Time and Keeping Your Ducks in a Row (below). This series powerfully presents women with a reflective time while providing them with a proactive plan for managing their time and organizing their homes. They will leave enabled to efficiently take care of the “have tos” of life — the cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc.. in order to free up precious time for the “want tos” of life—spending time with God, connecting with their loved ones, pursuing a hobby or interest. Great for an outreach weekend!
All in the Family
This relationship-based series combines the topics of More Wife, Less Witch; Let Dad Be Dad and The Bylaws of In-laws and Outlaws listed below into a weekend experience that inspires women to be the wives, mothers and extended family members God desires them to be.

Each of these packages would be ideal for a weekend retreat or conference. They include three sessions (can be modified to two or four, if desired) that all tie in with the central theme of the series. Karen is able to work with your leaders to provide small group discussion questions and corresponding door prize ideas. She is also willing to develop talks geared toward your event’s unique theme as well. (Please allow 4-6 months advanced booking for her to craft new messages.)

Note: Any other combination of topics of your choosing can be also presented as a weekend retreat or conference package.


General Inspirational Single-Message Topics

Why the Jones Are Overrated
Do you play the “if only…” game way too much? Catch yourself thinking, “If only I had more money, a bigger house, nicer stuff, a different husband, or more well-behaved children — then I’d be happy.” Karen has rambled down this road often, but ultimately discovered that changing our circumstances rarely changes us. Her transparent message will equip you to:

  • Accept your unique personality and stop comparing yourself to others
  • Experience contentment even during trying circumstances
  • Control your emotions when you can’t control the situation
  • Replace negative self-talk with the assurance of God’s approval
  • Shift your perspective from “Why me?” to “Whatever You want, God”
  • Embrace and enjoy the life you now live and stop being distracted by envy

Let. It. Go.
Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight–or all out–control freak! This humorous, yet biblical and spiritually practical message will enable women to:

  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

American Idle
Idol: That which takes the place of God in our life. It can be money, possessions, people, activities or status. For many women, it is food. We attempt to make an idol our friend, comfort, tranquilizer, stress reliever, and, ultimately, a god. When we remain idle about our idol, we can become stressed, depressed, and distracted; even physically overweight and emotionally unhealthy. Time to break the pattern! Discover how to:

  • Identify the embedded idols in your heart and mind
  • Recognize and transform the destructive patterns of the past
  • Replace running to the idol with scriptural and tangible steps for relying on God
  • Lose that “out of control” feeling as you gain God’s power over your emotions, actions and reactions
  • Sense God replying to your heart’s deepest prayers

A Life That Says Welcome
Does the phrase “Company’s coming!” send you running for cover? With humor and transparency, Karen relates the account of marrying into a family full of interior decorators, caterers and Bed and Breakfast owners, while she herself could hardly boil water! She set out to become skilled at “entertaining” to impress her new relatives. However, God quickly taught her the difference between entertaining and offering hospitality, a lesson she learned the hard way. This “I’ve been there” message will enable you to:

  • Recognize how “entertaining” seeks to impress others; “hospitality” aims to refresh them instead
  • Identify the top five excuses for not opening your home and apply simple solutions to combat them
  • Arm yourself with cooking-for-a-crowd menu ideas, make-ahead freezer meals and kid-friendly favorites
  • Acquire weekly speed cleaning strategies, a proven system for de-junking your house and simple, doable decorating tips
  • Obtain creative concepts for living a life of welcome wherever you are

It's About Time
Ever feel that your busy schedule has you running on an endless treadmill of activity? Does the lack of white space on your calendar send your stress level soaring through the ceiling? How can a woman of today clear her too-full platter and actually live her priorities? Perhaps you assume it is utterly impossible to do it all without doing yourself in. Think again. Karen’s time-management message will empower you to:

  • Honestly evaluate your schedule and identify problem time-management areas
  • Avoid over-commitment and embrace simplified living through a hands-on, plate-scraping activity
  • Discern the hows, whens and when-not-tos of multi-tasking
  • Employ the instrument of smart sequencing to work smarter not harder
  • Apply scriptural principles to the balancing of home, work and personal time

Keeping Your Ducks in a Row
Do you repeatedly line all your ducks up in a row only to have them get knocked down again, forcing you to start all over? This practical message tackles home management and will teach you not only how to get organized, but how to stay that way! Join Karen as she coaches you how to:

  • Get much more accomplished in far less time
  • Organize your piles and files and keep them that way by setting up a “brain-in-a-binder” for fliers, rosters, invitations, schedules and other fridge-cluttering papers!
  • Save both your money and your sanity in the kitchen
  • Acquire weekly speed cleaning strategies and a simple, proven system for de-junking your house
  • Experience the comforting calm of an ordered home


Family Life Single Message Topics

A Marriage Made in Oz
Is your happily-ever-after not so happy after all? Do the male-female differences in your marriage have you thinking your husband has no brain like the Scarecrow, no heart like the Tin Man and is as cowardly as the Lion? And all the while he thinks you are behaving like the Wicked Witch! Throw a few munchkins in the mix and it really gets interesting! In this honest and helpful session Karen will explore with you how to overcome personality differences and get your marriage back on the right — though maybe not yellow brick—road. Her humorous, yet gut-wrenchingly candid session guides women to:

  • Identify and embrace the differences between male and female behaviors
  • Become skilled at unearthing the hero buried deep within your husband
  • Stop longing for a “soul mate” and embrace your sole mate instead
  • Discover the 7 most common mistakes women make in viewing their husbands
  • Bring to light God’s original purpose of marriage. (Hint: it is NOT to make you happy!)
  • Acquire a take-home toolbox full of practical marriage enrichment activities

Let Dad Be Dad
If you came home after a weekend away from the kids while your husband was in charge, what would you discover as you walked through the door? With laughable honesty, Karen shares how she transformed from being a control freak about parenting the kids to a mom who encourages her husband to father his children in his own unique style. Women will learn how to “let dad be dad” and actually delight in each others strengths and weaknesses knowing together, you make a great team! This light-hearted yet introspective session equips moms to:

  • Explore both original extended families to detect pre-conceived notions and unrealistic expectations you and your husband have about parenting
  • Understand the different ways men and women form bonds with their children
  • Discern when to be hands-on and mouth-open and when to butt out and let dad be dad
  • View and treat your husband as your God-given parenting partner, not a glorified babysitter
  • Visually model for your children how to both love and respect their father
  • Obtain 20 take-home ideas for helping forge the father-child bond

The By-laws of In-laws and Outlaws
Whether it’s your meddling mother-in-law, his snooty sister, or your kid’s uncouth uncle, moms often face frustration while trying to raise kids under the watchful eye of extended family. But do your dealings with your extended family have to look like a sitcom gone bad? Get ready to get real about the blow ups as well as the blessings, of “yours, mine and ours.” Karen’s candid message will instruct you how to:

  • Communicate honestly and effectively with your husband about sensitive extended family issues
  • Live out the biblical principles of prioritizing, building boundaries and putting your current family ahead of your family of origin
  • Cleverly and successfully deal with re-occurring patterns of unhealthy behavior from extended family
  • Handle holiday hassles in a direct, but loving manner
  • Model effective conflict resolution to your watching children
  • Finally find favor in the family—on both sides.


Leadership Single Message Topics:

Balancing Ministry and Family
People in ministry often feel pulled in two directions. Their ministry is their calling; however, their family would also like to know they are the top priority. How can someone who desires to serve God balance both family and ministry without falling off of the high-wire of life? This leadership message has equipped many to:

  • Evaluate and compare their verbalized priorities and actual time choices to see if they match
  • Discover time-management tools that will enable them to generate white space in their calendar
  • Determine when (and when not) to multi-task and how to practice smart sequencing
  • Harmoniously and seamlessly connect public ministry with personal life
  • Discern future direction as they cultivate an intimate, daily relationship with God

First Love
Remember what it was like when you first met Jesus? The peace you felt; the passion you had; the excited willingness to do anything He asked of you? As life unfolds, we tend to abandon the fervor we once felt for Christ. And sometimes for those in the midst of ministry, we become so busy serving God and loving it that we forget to take time to love the God we serve. What does it mean to “leave your first love?” And more importantly, how can followers of Christ return to it again? This message will inspire your leaders to:

  • Meander back down memory lane to reconnect with that “first love” sentiment
  • Recognize the patterns, choices and habits that seek to steal or replace our passion for God
  • Discover practical and concrete tools for keeping our daily connection with God alive, despite our demanding ministry schedule
  • Craft an effective plan for what we should “fast from” and “feast on” in order to live a vibrant, fulfilling and effective life for Christ


Holiday and Other Special Occasion Topics:

Have Yourself a Stress-free Little Christmas
Are your holidays a cozy, reflective time of making memories while making others sense their importance in your life? Or are they a frenzied blur of activities, crisis shopping and secular trappings that have nothing to do with the true essence of the season? Armed with strategies to simplify and de-stress, this year can be different!  Then, when the fruitcake is finished and that last strand of lights is taken down, you’ll all feel blessed, not stressed! This clever and helpful message will empower you to:

  • Evaluate your current seasonal strategies (or lack there-of!) and identify re-occurring holiday hassles
  • Set up a simple celebrations binder designed to enable you be on top of the holidays, rather than the other way around!
  • Acquire fast and frugal decorating, cooking and gift-giving ideas
  • Be challenged with ways to teach your children and grandchildren to focus on others rather than suffer from the “it’s all about me!” syndrome
  • Obtain creative, doable ideas for concentrating on Christ and reaching out to others

Consider Christmas
This holiday inspirational talk is perfect for your ladies Christmas tea or women’s holiday outreach. Karen will help your attendees to focus on the true essence of the season as they take inventory of their hearts, motives and activities as they relate to the celebration of Christ’s birth. This light-hearted, yet introspective message will enable them to slow down, focus and savor the season as they take a break from their hectic, activity-laden schedule.
Mother's Day, Easter, Graduation, Teen Events etc...
Please inquire about information on Karen’s messages geared toward and suitable for these other important events. Occasionally, her 19-year-old daughter Mackenzie is also available to speak with Karen or creatively perform sign language or interpretive dance numbers to punctuate the message for Mother-Daughter, teen or college events.

To find out more information on having Karen come to your group, contact us at Proverbs 31 Ministries by calling 1-877-P31-HOME or visit our “Request a Speaker” page by clicking here.