My Princess is making tremendous academic progress, but the amount of repetition required for her to grasp and process the concepts and make them her own wearies us both. I thought she was the only one needing lots of repetition, but I was wrong . . .
Not long ago, J.K. McGuire posted something on her Facebook page about looking for repeated phrases in the book of Exodus. I didn’t reply to that post, but it made me think. Then, when I got to Deuteronomy, certain phrases stood out to me over and over. I marked them in my Bible and began to jot them down on a sticky note. I came across these the most often:
- “Be careful . . . “
- “Remember . . . “
- “Hold fast to him . . .”
- “. . . as he promised . . .”
- “Do not forget . . .”
The fact that God had them recorded so many times makes me think that He knew the Israelites needed those reminders to pay attention, to think about what they were doing, to be intentional in following Him. As I read the words before and after these phrases, I realized that God knew I needed the repetition so that I will pay attention, think about what I’m doing, and be intentional in following Him.
“Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God . . . .”
Deuteronomy 8:11 (NIV1984)
Next time we sit down to do lessons, I’m going to be a little more relaxed with my daughter. We’re in the same boat. We both need lots of repetition to “get it.”
How do you make sure God’s Word makes its way deep into your heart so that you live it out?
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