Value of Repetition


In working with our youngest, Maddy, on writing her letters, I have found that repetition is key. She sees the letter. I show her how to make the letter, talk her through writing it the first few times and then have her practice, practice, practice.

The value of repetition isn’t limited to children. In fact, God uses the same principle with me. Here recently God has been using the story of Mary and Martha. It was utilized in the final week of the Stressed-Less Living Online Bible Study and then the first week of the Cultivating a Heart of Prayer Study with Wendy Blight.

Throughout the course of my life, I have discovered that if God takes the time to repeat something, I need to see what I am supposed to learn from it.

The story of Mary and Martha is found in Luke 10:38-42. Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to His teaching.

Boy, this really hit me hard. In the past several weeks especially I had been so focused on my ever-growing to-do list that I had lost sight of what was truly important.

My time with God shouldn’t be something I check off my list each day. It is about cultivating and growing that relationship, just like I spend time caring for my garden. A sweeping glance once a week or even once a day will not produce a thriving, lush garden – the very same is true of my relationship with God.

I need to refocus and prioritize what is important – choosing like Mary, what is best. Don’t misunderstand, what Martha was doing was not bad, but at that moment it wasn’t the best use of her time.

What about you, how are you choosing to spend your time? Are you selecting what is a good use of your time or the best use of that time?


Your Turn – Share how you prioritize your schedule or how God has used repetition in your life.

3 thoughts on “Value of Repetition

  1. Great post Jamy and love your perspective and the blocks. I am at a point where to-do lists don’t scare me anymore. They did, but learning it is ok to have one, and it is also ok to not get it all done if I have stopped to do something important.

  2. Jamy, love the point about repetition!! I have found through these last couple of studies that God keeps emphasizing some points over and over–so I better listen! I am trying to start learning that the to-do list doesn’t matter, that spending time with God and the family is more important!! Thanks for sharing!

    Kris (OBS Small Group Leader)

  3. For me, repitition has evolved into the habit of my evening devotional time with God. I am struggling with the morning committment; with no valid excuse of why I can’t make it happen. It has gotten to the point that if someone says they are coming to visit, I worry they won’t leave early enough for me to have my quiet time with God.
    Repitition also helps with cards I keep at my desk at work. I keep verses on cards, pick one for the day me try to refer to it throughout the day. Some days I do better than others. Thanks for your thoughts and kind words.

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