Once again, Karen Ehman delivers a warm, friendly invitation to a deeper walk with God. In Listen, Love, Repeat, she challenges you to slow down, pay attention, and create an others-focused life. Full of personal stories and practical tips, this book is a valuable resource. It even has recipes!
In one chapter, Karen expounds on an analogy Paul used in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, a picture of a nursing mother caring for her children.
As many of you have experienced, being a nursing mother takes a lot out of you both physically and emotionally. You cannot be on your own schedule. You have to interrupt what you are doing in order to nourish the body of your child. To nurse a child you must stop. Sit down. Take time. You must for the moment put your child’s needs before your own. Certainly the act of nursing a baby is sharing life in a sacrificial way.
This quote speaks from the heart of this book: structure your days so you have time to minister to others. Karen writes about different kinds of people to whom you can minister, and gives creative ideas for each group. She shows you how to minister to those who grieve, to necessary people like the mail carrier, to the lonely, to those who are cranky, and of course, to your family.
I also liked the concept of listening for a heart drop. Listening in this way is like doing detective work for God’s kingdom. Heart drops are clues to ways you can minister. Karen provides many do-able ideas for everyday ministry in Listen, Love, Repeat.
When you are walking closely with God, you become more like Jesus, and you look for ways to serve others. This book will open your eyes to new ways of everyday ministry you likely haven’t considered before.
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