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The Fruit of Investing Your Time

We often see accomplished singers and musicians and marvel at their gifting. I personally am a big fan of Israel Houghton. In case you don’t know, he is a contemporary gospel singer. He writes most of his own music, plays guitar, and sings very well. He is talented beyond words and has a sound that crosses cultural boundaries.

While talent comes natural for some, hard work is still involved. I’m sure that Israel Houghton didn’t become great at playing the guitar at his first guitar lesson. Being great takes work. It takes practice, persistence, and dedication to achieve great outcomes.
The same principle works with parenting. For a couple of months, my husband and I had been concerned about our son’s verbal communication. We would see children that were as many as 6 months younger than our son, who were speaking almost complete sentences. Our son was barely saying anything. We got him enrolled in speech classes to help him out. People often told us that we would want him to shut up once he started talking.
But I longed for him to call me “Mommy.”
My husband and I prayed over our son every day, laying hands on him and declaring that our son will be able to communicate his wants and desires. We spoke those things that were not as though they were, declaring that he will not be behind his peers, but that he will be on track and that he will help others that may be behind.
One day in particular, I was having a moment about my son’s lack of verbal communication. I prayed unto God and asked Him how to help my son. God responded and told me to, “Invest More Time.”
I sat back and thought about what God shared with me. My mind started going back to times that I could have invested more time with my son. I’m a stay at home mom, but I can admit that I have balance issues just like everyone else.
At that moment, I committed myself to investing more QUALITY TIME with my son. Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I let him fend for himself all day long. I spend time with him and teach him things.
But God is calling me to spend EVEN MORE time. Therefore, things that I do during the day may have to take a backseat to quality time with my son.
He’s my priority and the way that he turns out is a reflection on me and how much time I have invested in him.
About two weeks out from my son’s second birthday, he became more receptive to repeating words and saying them on his own. So far, he has been saying, “banana”, “duck”, “cow”, “moo”, and “pig”. His favorite phrase is, “Oh No!” He says it at least 20 times a day. But I don’t mind one bit. I’m just glad he’s talking.
As a matter of fact, I think my son was calling for me on Saturday morning.
I was sleeping in after a long night with Relay for Life, so my husband was up with my son. I heard my son say, “Ma…….Ma……..Mama…..…”
About thirty minutes later, I heard him get louder. “Ma! Mama!! Mommy!!!” I rolled out of the bed and opened the bedroom door. I said to my husband, “Is he calling for me?”
“I believe so,” said my husband.
I called out to my son and within two seconds, he came running from his room with a huge grin and gave me a big hug!
He really was calling for me!!!
I am already seeing the fruits of investing more time.
I encourage you to invest more time in a child today. It can make such a difference in our children, who hold the key to our future.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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  • ang April 21, 2009, 6:37 PM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I enjoyed reading yours. Out of total curiosity, where did you find that top 100 list, I had no clue!

  • Beams of Light Ministries April 21, 2009, 12:57 PM

    Glad to read that you got your desire.

  • Christian Mommy Writer April 21, 2009, 10:48 AM

    Thanks to everyone for your encouraging comments! Speech delays are more common than I thought, especially among boys!

    My son receives free speech therapy through a program in our state. His speech therapist sees him once every other week. She used to come every week but he progressed.

    @ Krystal – My son has a ministry calling too. I’ve been seeing some of the recipes you have been sharing. They look great and one day, I’m going to try one of them.

    @ Jolyn – people were telling me that I didn’t need to put my son in speech too, but I also had a gut instinct. He’s doing well now, but I think the speech therapy has made a huge difference. Plus, it has taught me different ways to help my son communicate that I was not aware of before.

    @ Heidi – I’m going to send you an email. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Heidi April 21, 2009, 9:20 AM

    PS, @ChristianMommyWriter …

    Are you based in Fayetteville?

    We lived there 7 years! My husband went to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once. Would love to correspond with you directly about your experiences and to pray with you if your husband is deployed … Also, if you haven’t checked out PWOC at Fort Bragg yet, I highly recommend it!

    🙂 My email is randrwriting@gmail.com.

  • Heidi April 21, 2009, 9:16 AM

    That’s so cool, Jolyn.

    I should probably look into speech therapy for my little guy because of his struggle with the rs and ls and ws.

    What is interesting is that when he tries to spell words now, he will pronounce an “r” like a “w” but if the word calls for an “r,” he will write the “r.” He knows what he’s saying but just can’t get his tongue around it. I’m glad you posted that comment about your son’s therapy. It has started me thinking!

  • Jolyn April 21, 2009, 8:44 AM

    I am so happy for you! What a wonderful milestone.

    We had so many well-meaning people telling us not to worry about our son’s speech. My instincts told me otherwise, and he ended up being diagnosed with a speech disorder and qualifying for some amazing therapy. He is four now and they all say his progress is unprecedented! God is good.

    I wanted to listen to all of those friends and family who told me he “just needed more time” and “boys just don’t talk early but one day it will just all come out”, etcetc. I am glad I followed my instincts (which I believe can come from prayer and the Holy Spirit) that told me he needed more than “time”.

    Keep following your instincts! I have now witnessed countless hours of professional therapists working with children, and I am amazed at how much of speech therapy simply consists of talkingtalkingtalking ad naseum. One-on-one, on the floor (or at the table), talkingtalkingtalking, and engaging them non-stop. Keep it up!

  • Heidi April 21, 2009, 8:11 AM

    I LOVE THIS POST! And I love your blog. Beautiful.
    I visited after you kindly posted on my blog. Thanks so much. 🙂

    On your son’s verbal abilities, don’t worry, seriously. My little boy is now 5, and he also was woefully behind everyone else in speech. He struggles currently with rs, ls and ws, but other than that is now doing great — in fact, we can’t get him to stop talking! Ha ha!
    Another thing that helped is that ever since he has been a newborn, I have done story time with him every single day. Currently, we go to our public library once a week and spend about an hour to an hour-and-a-half just picking out books. They allow us to check out 25 books, 10 VCR tapes and 5 DVDs at one time! I literally take a large apple picking basket every week.
    It’s so much fun to come home with our “treasures” and start a week with new books. We average 45 minutes per night for story time in bed now, every night, and my little boy is now reading at the level of a mid-school-year first-grader.
    I really wasn’t reading to him to get him to perform — just to introduce my love of reading to him and to get him loving it, too. People are amazed at how he reads now!
    You seem like an awesome mom. I’m sure your little boy will excel when it’s time.
    And hey, guess what else — Albert Einstein did not speak one word until the age of 5. So there ya go.

    Have a great day, and God bless!
    Heidi Rafferty
    Harrodsburg, KY

  • Krystal April 21, 2009, 8:08 AM

    My son had delayed speech, too. So he qualified for speech and occupational therapy. Both therapists came out to our house once a week. The program ran through age 3. Then at age 3, he qualified for the Early Childhood program at our local elementary school. And since he started that program, with other children, his speech has exploded!

    To the point that I have to tell him sometimes, “Adam, no talking.”

    But you know, the Lord told me years ago what Adam’s calling was in life. And it involved speaking in the ministry. So I always knew that the speech delay was just a season. And now we’re coming out.

    Also, this post resonates with me because the Lord’s been dealing with me also to spend more time with my children. I typically cook all my meals from scratch (which can take hours some days), do laundry, vacuum daily, blog, etc, etc. So it’s VERY easy to just kinda turn on the TV and let the kids have the run of the house. But in my opinion, parenting should be ACTIVE and HANDS-ON, not passive.

    This is part of the reason why I’ve not been posting on my own blog as much lately. I don’t want to spend an hour on the computer that could have/should have been devoted to the kids.

    Good post. I think we all have those balance issues that you talked about. But the Lord straightens us out, doesn’t He? 😉

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