Words Once Said, Twice Repeated

heart-792179_1280LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 NIV

“Mom, you must be somebody.”

“I like to think I am somebody to someone.” I punched my 6’2” son’s arm as I passed. “After all, I’m YOUR mother. The mom of the guy with all the peeps!”

“Oh brother.” Chase rolled his eyes. “This lady showed me her phone today. She said, ‘This is your mom isn’t it Chase?’ She read this thing about God wanting us to trust.”

I stopped dead in my tracks. “Really? Somebody quoted me? Me?”

Sure enough, I went to my Face Book page and there was a quote from my devotion floating around Face Book. A while later a bird flew into my phone and tweeted:

It’s hard to understand the workings of God and, truly, I’m not so sure He wants us to understand. He wants us to trust.

Wow. Something I said was repeated. My grandmother used to say words once said are twice repeated. She was right. It hit me how every word we word we say churns around in the heads of others and at some point it makes an impact. Be it good or bad, it’s spit back out.

God’s word is impacting. Even in its simplest form in a children’s Bible, His word makes a inscription-314940_1280statement that imprints itself on us – marks our hearts as “His” own. Lyricists pen phrases like write on our heart every word or tell me the story of Jesus. When we can’t remember a Beatles lyric, we can remember Amazing Grace.

What a powerful tool the word of God is when we choose to use it to His glory – when we apply it to our lives. Others see, hear and repeat what they’ve heard. And the best part comes when those folks share with others why the phrase meant so much. They add the icing to the cake. . .the story to the quote, and that in turn, touches someone else.

I’m no Mark Twain, Ben Franklin or even Abe Lincoln whose words are relentlessly quoted, but God chose a phrase He’d gifted me and used it to His glory. Words once said are twice repeated.

Whether it’s our words, our actions, or our lives, when we wear the name Christian we are constantly observed, continually eyed. Repeat them to your family. Say them to the children. Sing them. Make the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart acceptable to Him and He will repeat them to the hearts of others. . .over and over again.

Cindy K. Sproles

Cindy K. Sproles is a speaker, author, and conference teacher. She is the co-founder of www.christiandevotions.us and www.inspireafire.com and Christian Devotions Ministries. Cindy is also the co-founder of WRAMS (Write Right Author Mentoring Service) where she works with Lori Marett and Ann Tatlock in mentoring writers). Cindy is a best-selling, award-winning author with two of her latest novels being named Novel of the Year by the Christian Book Market. Cindy has her hand in various projects but her love of teaching new writers stands above the rest. She is an Appalachian-born and raised gal, proud of her heritage and happy to share it at any time. Cindy lives in the foothills of East Tennessee with her husband and son.

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