Author Archives: Karen Ehman

Pray Pray Pray: How to Hug a Porcupine and Squeeze a Skunk

Do you know someone who is difficult to love? The nosy neighbor. The grouchy grocery store clerk. Your child’s teacher who never cracks a smile. The hot-tempered boss. The church curmudgeon. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to share the love with them. PRAY. PRAY. AND THEN PRAY SOME MORE.

Nearest and Dearest: How to Really Care for Your Clan

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family… in another city. — George Burns Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. — 1 Peter 4:8 Loving our families can be tricky. These are the folks we hold most dear, but they can also be the people with

Retreat!

“I want honey in my tea. And a lemon slice too! Oh, and can I use great-grandma’s teacup, pretty please? I’ll be super careful. Pinky promise!”, my then five-year-old daughter sweetly begged. We were enjoying our afternoon mother-daughter ritual while her two baby brothers napped. Each day we pulled out china teacups and saucers from

Something to Talk About

Wonderful Ways to Use Your Words A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver. — Proverbs 25:11 They can build up or tear down. They can impart wisdom or bring shame. They can deliver encouragement or deflate the spirit. Words can be a weapon or a healing balm. A welcome sound

“One Another” Commands

Scripture has a lot to say about how we should treat each other. In fact, the New Testament contains nearly forty verses of relational instructions, all containing the telling phrase “one another.” These “one another” commands in Scripture tell us how we are or are not to treat each other! Scripture is serious about relationships

Ordinary Holiness

  I attended a funeral recently for my close friend Debi’s dad. Few people look forward to attending funerals. The sadness, the loss, the reality that they can no longer be with their loved one. This funeral, however, was filled with moments of ordinary holiness. I witnessed, through the pictures, the presentation, and the words

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