As you guys know, I’m fairly new to the DEVOTED Christian lifestyle. It’s only been fairly recently that I started applying the Word to my life daily.
In doing so, I now know why daily prayer is so important and have been very good about doing it.
I see now how just a few sentences talking to the Lord our Savior can set the tone for the entire day.
I pray for all the CHD babies that come across the few forums that I am apart of. I pray for my husband. I pray for my children. I even pray for the Lord to send that ONE person to my blog that I can help. The one person that my blog speaks to and resonates with. I don’t want to reach thousands, I just want to reach the one.
However, I still have many flesh battles and often don’t get SPECIFIC in my prayers.
My husband and I were just talking the other night about how we just cannot wait for the day when our almost two-year old says “I love you.”
You see, Colston only says “mama” “nana” and “dada”. He doesn’t use them as names or identifiers for us, he just says the sounds over and over again.
We knew before he was even born that he would be behind developmentally, as a lot of CHD kids are, so we started early intervention at 15 months and speech therapy at 20 months.
Even seeing specialists a couple of times a month and doing everything they say to do, he isn’t progressing very fast with his speech.
As my husband and I were having this conversation, a reality fell over me. I admitted to my husband, “You know I hate to admit it, but in all of my daily prayers, I have never once prayed for God to help Colston talk.”
My husband looked down and said, “Me neither.”
We just sat there quiet.
Now I don’t know if this is weird or not, but I like to pray alone. I love my husband, but if I try to pray in front of him, I freeze up and don’t know what to say. Almost like stage fright.
That next morning I prayed for the Lord to help me. I prayed for Him to help me get more fervent with my prayers and to help Colston with his speech. I prayed to the Lord to help my boy and to show us that he is going to be okay and that there is nothing wrong with him. I prayed for Him to show us how to help him more than we already are.
That very night, I’m in the kitchen doing dishes and Justin is in the living room with both boys and I hear Colston babbling and my heart skipped a beat.
I ran to the living room and said, “Did he just say ‘Baba?'”
And my husband says, “Ya! He did!”
I told my husband about my prayers that morning and we were both in awe. I can’t recall a time when I have had a prayer answered that quickly. I went back to the kitchen, looked up, and just thanked the Lord.
He is so good.
He gave me exactly what I needed to know that we are doing the right thing right now and that he is still progressing. It’s just on a much slower timeline than what we want.
It’s just a reminder that everything happens on His timing, not ours. Faith in God means having faith in His timing as well.
“Wait on the Lord;
be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart.”