Karen Ehman

Karen Ehman

Karen Ehman has been described as profoundly practical, engagingly funny and downright real. She is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries national speaking team and is a columnist for the Hearts at Home monthly magazine, an organization for which she also teaches workshops and is on the drama team. She has her own weekly radio spot on the WCIC family of radio stations in central Illinois entitled “The Keep It Simple Woman.”

Karen is the author of four women’s books including A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others and The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized. She is also the project creator of the Hearts at Home Just for Mom’s Planner an organizational tool designed specifically for the purpose of helping mothers organize their personal and family lives.

Karen has been a guest on national television and radio programs including The 700 Club, At Home Live, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection and Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University with a B.A. in Social Science and has been married for over 20 years to her best friend Todd.

She is the mother of three sometimes quarrelsome, but mostly charming children: Mackenzie 16, Mitchell 12 and Spencer 9. Before motherhood, Karen was a teacher and cheerleading coach who actually had hobbies. Now she spends her days homeschooling, carpooling, or parked in the volleyball bleachers or little league stands. Though hopelessly craft-challenged with pitiful, partially finished scrapbooks, she enjoys baking and cooking and has won several blue ribbon rosettes at various county fairs for her cookies, cakes, pies and breads. She travels from Lansing, Michigan.

Speaking Topics

Let. It. Go.

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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.

First Love

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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.

Why the Jones are Overrated

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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.

A Life That Says Welcome

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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.

Getting (and Keeping!) Your Ducks in a Row

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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.

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.

For a full list of Karen’s topics, please click here to visit her blog.

What Others are Saying about Karen

“Karen is the most thoughtful and creative person I’ve ever met. What a dear, funny and hospitable friend. When I grow up I want to be just like her.”
– Lisa Whelchel, former star The Facts of Life, homeschooling mom, speaker and author of: Creative Correction, The Busy Moms Guide to Prayer and The ADVENTure of Christmas

“Karen Ehman is an honest, funny, inspiring speaker that you will not soon forget! She encouraged me to finally get serious about losing my baby weight. Twenty-five pounds later… I’m healthier and happier than ever. If you want your women to walk away feeling empowered, encouraged, and energized – invite my friend Karen Ehman.”
– Lysa TerKeurst, author, speaker, wife, mother of five and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries