Mama Cyr (Guest Post)

“Such a little thing that had such a huge impact.” A Listen Love Repeat guest post by Bobby Hamm at karenehman.com.

Today is our launch team guest post finale and I’m welcoming Bobby Hamm to share her Listen Love Repeat story.


I’ve been reading Listen Love Repeat by Karen Ehman, and it is a truly inspiring book. It makes you want to both open your heart to other people, and see the people who have opened their heart to you in a new light. I have such gratitude for those that have loved me when I was prickly rather than plush.

Karen doesn’t give empty ideas of how to help others, instead she shares experiences of how she has reached out, and the difference it has made in the lives of others. She invests in them, making sure to remember those little things that will make each person feel special. She is known as “Mama Karen” to many of her kids’ friends. Many who treat her home as their own.

I have my own special Mama, Mama Cyr. She is an amazing woman. She is so quiet, but so strong. Her life story is a true testament to living a Christ-centered life. And the most amazing part of the story, to me anyways, is that she loved me before she even really knew me. I used to work at a local bar during the night, and worked with her at a grocery store during the day. I wasn’t really living a Christ-filled life. Kind of the opposite. And rather than judge me, or scold me, do you know what she did? She prayed for me.

Listen Love Repeat guest post by Bobby Hamm at karenehman.com.She didn’t even know me.

And over 10 years later, when I walked in to her church, do you know what she did? She welcomed me. She gave me a great big hug. And she continued to love me.

I don’t know where I would be without her prayers. I certainly didn’t have many people praying I would find Jesus at that particular time in my life. I didn’t even know she was praying for me. Such a little thing that had such a huge impact.

A beautiful spirit who saw someone struggling to belong, to find who she truly was. Someone who knelt down to lift me up.


Who can you open your heart to today?

Heavenly Father, I thank you for all the blessings that you have given me. Even the ones that I don’t know about. I thank you for the challenges that have brought me to today. I pray for all the people who are struggling right now. I pray your peace, wisdom and protection over them. I pray that they would feel your living arms envelop them. Lord, I pray that you would put someone so directly in their path that they could not help but know that it is You, and that you love them. Right where they are. No matter what they have done. They are worthy of love. They are valuable. And I pray that you would give us a heart to see those hurting around us, and to help us to know what to do to ease the burden. In Your powerful name I pray. Amen.



Bobby Hamm is a Canadian girl who loves her husband, homeschooling her three beautiful kids and following where God leads. She tries all things crafty, mostly because she has the attention span of a squirrel and can’t wait to begin something fun and new! She enjoys reading, loving on others, and making people smile.  You can usually find her either exploring with her children somewhere fun and educational, or on the couch, cuddled under a big blanket. Connect with Bobby on her blog, Be the Change.


In Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World, Karen Ehman encourages us to to live alert, listening for “heart drops,” hints from those in our lives who need a helping hand or a generous dose of encouragement. Living alert lifts our own spirits, showing us that blessing others blesses us even more. Listen, Love, Repeat offers biblical teaching and suggests doable actions that are simple, heart-tugging, sentimental, even sneaky and hilarious. For a sneak peek at Listen Love Repeat, sign up for Karen’s How to Hear a Heart Drop five-day challenge. Also, be sure to join Karen and Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies for their upcoming study of Listen Love Repeat starting April 3.

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  1. Imagine my shock when I opened this blog and see “Mama Cyr” as my name is Cyr too. Cyr is not a common name around here (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) but I know in Canada and the Northeast states it is a popular name. I am thankful that someone named Cyr was so influential in sharing Jesus with you, Bobby. God Bless you.

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