Loving well begins when we become better listeners!
Hello … If you’re joining me here after reading my Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotion, Let Me Love You Well, welcome! If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, simply click here!
I believe each of us truly wants to love the people in our lives well, but how to do that? Well, figuring that part out isn’t always so easy!
I’ve been learning over the past few years one way I can love well is by listening well. God’s word has been teaching me just how to do that: “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger …” James 1:19 (ESV)
James’ instructions are clear, but if your anything like me, following these instructions can be far from easy!
So I’ve asked my co-author and professional counselor, Michelle Nietert, to help us all by creating this free download: Become a Better Listener. To get your free copy, simply complete the form below.
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One way to create these intimate conversations is by reading a devotional together. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I wrote Brave Beauty as well as Loved & Cherished with Michelle Nietert. Introducing tough-to-talk-about topics such as rejection, bullying, and sadness through a reading time together can help your girl open up and share what is in her heart.
Leigh Ann, through her Amazon review, shared how this has happened with her daughter: “Loved and Cherished is excellent for girls 8-16! My daughter and I enjoy reading the short lessons together, and we inevitability end up being promoted into deeper conversation/connection. Truly understanding our value and worth-that He loves and cherishes us- is so valuable and offers great security. I find myself encouraged, as well!”
With school just around the corner, Loved & Cherished makes a great back-to-school gift and provides the resource for these conversations to begin!
I read your devotion through Proverbs 31 and the part (and I’m paraphrasing) where you said: ‘God calls us to slow down and listen…not remind people to look on the bright side of things so I can dismiss their feelings that are making me uncomfortable,’ really rang true to me. Not realizing that by doing that I was dismissing their feelings made me stop in my tracks. I have a list of quotes I keep adding to that make me think & this one of yours definitely made it there! I’ve also wrote it on a sticky note to share with a few close friends who I know also want to love people well. Thank you, Lynn!
Lynn Cowell says
The only reason I could write that Beth is because I do it. Holy Spirit, help us … tap us on the shoulder when we are dismissing people instead of entering into their pain with them. Amen