I mentioned in an earlier blog that my dad had been on an intensive speech therapy course.
Four times a week for four weeks, he’d driven to a nearby therapy unit and spent an hour getting his vocal chords into peak condition. Even on rough days, he’d persevered – that’s what preachers do.
At the beginning of the course, the speech therapist asked him to write down a list of 10 common phrases and his task had been to speak them out (with force and annunciation) every day to warm up his vocal chords for the day ahead.
It worked brilliantly – after 4 weeks, there was an incredible difference, he was sounding crisp and clear and giving us the giggles as we listened to a disembodied voice upstairs bellow;
WHAT TIME IS DINNER?
HAS THE DOG BEEN OUT?
WHAT’S FOR DESSERT?
Like I said, common phrases.
A couple of months ago, I was there for a visit and it occurred to me that if you’re booming out phrases each day, under medical instruction, then you probably shouldn’t waste your words.
Make them count.
For the record, theologically, I don’t believe in mantras or endlessly repeating certain sentences in order to activate God’s power in your life. I don’t think words have any power of their own, but I DO believe that when spoken with faith, by a person of faith, something happens.
I know myself that in messy times, reminding myself out loud what God says, can make hope and excitement and expectation start to grow. And when you’re filled with hope and expectation, everything changes.
Speaking the truth, loudly and courageously is bound to have an impact. And so, we typed up some new phrases for the therapy sessions at home.
No weapon formed against me shall prosper
The same power that conquered the grave lives in me
Yesterday, today, forever, you remain the same
Though a thousand may fall at your side, it will not touch you
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress
After the storm has passed, the righteous remain standing.
His mercies are new every morning
Great is your faithfulness
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ
No power of hell or scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hand.
If you’re going to declare something daily, might as well make it the truth.
Give it a try.