We heard plenty of babbling, so we knew it was coming eventually.
First it was "Dada!"
And I smiled from ear to ear.
And then weeks later: "Mama!"
I think I cried a little when I first heard the word.
That's how we are, as parents. Just plain thrilled with every milestone our children reach.
When my son started talking, we sang along with Ray Charles "Blues Clues" song while shopping. We rambled on and on about all kinds of things.
Over the years, our conversations have been all over the spectrum, and I still just plain love talking to my son.
There are times, however, when I'm deeply involved in a book or a work project, that he chooses to interrupt and tell me what's on his mind.
I hate it when that happens. I want to know what he has to say, but I'm busy. And sometimes, I admit, I let what he says go in one ear and out the other. I might nod my head in agreement, or utter "Uh huh," at what I hope is an appropriate point.
He always notices and he's never pleased when that happens.
I am SO glad Jesus doesn't do that. I think of my tears of joy when my son said my name for the first time, and I just think God must just be bursting at the seams when we call out His name, when we connect with Him!
He even tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray continually."
Pray continually. He's telling us to talk to Him all the time.
All the time!
I was reading that verse, part of my "Jesus Calling" devotional for the day that pops up on my phone. Author Sarah Young's first line of the devotional for the day hit me between the eyes: "You need Me every moment. Your awareness of your constant need for Me is your greatest strength...," she wrote.
That, of course, threw me to the Annie S. Hawkins song "I need Thee, oh, I need Thee -- every hour, I need Thee! Bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee!"
I just love singing that song. What a beautiful way to tell Him: "Here I am, I need You all the time! Every hour of every day, I need you!"
He doesn't ask us to be eloquent. Earlier, I even just said: "I'm tired and I can't think straight, but You are great and You know exactly what I mean anyway!"
And then I fell into singing: "But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night! I go to him in prayer, He knows my every care -- and just a little talk with my Jesus makes it right!"
And it surely does make it right.