I said what I meant and I meant what I said . . .

Parenting has been a wild ride for Mark and me. We have had very little preparation or training for most of what we have encountered over the years. There has been no other experience that has kept us as humbly reliant upon God for each new season and situation that comes our way.

For the past couple of years, there is a phrase that keeps popping out of my mouth, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” It is useful for many occasions, such as:

  • “Mom, do I have to practice piano for 20 minutes?”
    • “I said what I meant and I meant what I said.”
  • “Mom, are you sure I can’t stay up an hour later?”
    • “I said what I meant and I meant what I said .”
  • “Mom why this or why that . . .”
    • “I said what I meant and I meant what I said.”

I don’t know why kids are masters at the fine art of breaking parents down to try to get their own way, but it can be exhausting, can’t it? I guess it is human nature to want your own way and to try anything to get it.

Recently, I found myself a bit frustrated and out of frustration, I grumbled, “I said what I meant and I meant what I said”. As the day went on, I found that my heart was becoming filled with fear rather than faith for my kids. Tenderly, I sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to me the same words I had spoken to them, “I said what I meant and I meant what I said”. However, His words were much more gentle and kind than mine, even though we “said” the same thing.

At that moment, I was reminded of the many things God has said about my children:

  • “For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11
  • “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread . . . their children will be blessed.” Psalm 37:25-26
  • “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” Psalm 112:1-2
  • “They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them.” Isaiah 65:21
  • “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

If I, in my human imperfection, say what I mean and mean what I say with my kids; how much more does God, in His utter perfection, say what He means and mean what He says?

God’s words are flawless, unquestionable, undeniable, holy, right and true.

What has God said that you need to trust and believe today? Let me gently remind you . . .

He said what He meant and He meant what He said.

Let’s live like we believe it today.

Your Friend in Ministry,



One thought on “I said what I meant and I meant what I said . . .

  1. Aunt Karlene

    i find such inspiration in your posts, even when I go back to older ones, the Lord speaks to me through them. This especially touched my heart as I think about beginning a new chapter in my life and tussle with the uncertainty.


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