Hi OBSers (old and new)! I’m Nicki Koziarz, and I’m here to tell you the “why” behind our next study, Listen, Love, Repeat! Hopefully after we’re through, you’ll join me (if you haven’t already signed up).
I remember the day Karen Ehman called to tell me about this concept she was working on for her next book. I was in my bedroom folding clothes, fighting back the tears as she was talking. I knew this message was exactly what our world was going to need.
And as soon as I hung up the phone with her I thought … I want THAT.
That ability to listen, love and repeat it daily, endlessly and with a whole heart.
We have such an opportunity right now. It seems like there’s a lot of darkness around.
But it’s in the darkest places where people who love God have the best opportunity … to shine the brightest!
The atmosphere can change in any room we walk into. We can be the hope others need so much. We can bring the movement of being the goodness of Jesus to our world!
So today, I want to take those three words: Listen, Love, Repeat … and share with you how they are encouraging me to do this:
We are so busy! We’ve convinced ourselves that to be busy is to be effective. So I love that this message is challenging me to stop and LISTEN to the world around me. Listen to what others are in need of, listen to what others love so I can love them well and listen to the prompts God is putting in my heart.
And as I’m listening well, I’m discovering what it really means to LOVE others well. Not the way I want to love them, but the way they need to be loved. There’s a difference. And most of the time the latter is a little more stretching, because it makes me stop thinking of MYSELF.
Do we ever get this thing totally right? Are we ever finished living a life of listening and loving? No! There’s always more room for God to stretch our arms a little wider. So, REPEAT. And REPEAT. And … repeat.
I can’t wait for this study — it’s going to be life-giving and life-changing! If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to, you can do so here.
Comment today one thing you’re looking forward to during this study, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Listen, Love, Repeat for you and a friend! You’ll also receive an “invite card” you can slip in your book to invite someone to join in the study! Three winners will be randomly selected and notified via email.