Word of God Speak

Five-Minute Friday

I have five minutes every Friday to write about a specific word. This week’s word is “Speak.” There’s no editing. There is no critiquing. It is simply five minutes of free writing! Enjoy! This post is part of the Five-Minute Link Up!


My son who has autism and is considered mentally handicapped was non-verbal for quite some time. We struggled to communicate with him, and I longed to hear him say, “I love you, Mom!” My husband and I taught him sign language, and that IS a form of communication, but I really wanted to hear him. He was able to say a few words here and there but never a complete sentence.

Imagine my elation when I was driving around town doing errands one day when I heard him singing along with the song by Mercy Me called “Word of God Speak!”

Yes, in his broken, inarticulate way, he was singing along with this song. Today, his speech is much, much better. And believe it or not, there are days I have to tell him to stop talking. He is 15 years old now and just has to learn now that there is a time to speak and a time to be quiet.

Word of God, Speak…through my son! May the words of his mouth declare your praise. May the words of his mouth and the thoughts of his heart be pleasing to You, God!

15 Replies to “Word of God Speak”

  1. I love it. I’m sure I’ll think of you and your son now every time I hear that song!

    1. Thanks, Paula! If you do, pray for him. God has plans for this boy, and I am blessed I get to watch them unfold. Scary at times; exhilarating and exciting at the other times.

  2. Wow, this is amazing. So thankful your son connected with this song and is now speaking. I’m in the #6 spot this week.

    1. Thanks, Barbie! He loves music, especially Christian bands, and he sings along with a bunch of different songs now. It’s still difficult to understand him at times, but when the Word is put to music, I am especially thankful!

  3. You know…I saw your son’s beautiful smile, and I had to stop here before I even wrote my own 5 Minute Friday (yes, I have to do it on Saturday). Your post is beautiful. What joy it must have brought your heart to hear him singing along to such powerful words. God is so good! Have a wonderful week.

    1. Thanks, Kelly! He does have an infectious smile. He’s a blessing for sure. When I heard him singing along with that song, I sat in the parking lot at one of my stops and just cried.

  4. Julie, I am so awed by the love for your boy, that you expressed in this post.

    At the other end of life, speech is hard. I try to talk, an get the dry heaves, and they really hurt. So I really parse my words!

    #2 at FMF this week.


    1. Wow, Andrew! I just read your fmf post. I’m at a loss for words, my friend! One day you will be in His presence and be able to articulate such volume and clarity. He already knows all the words you want to speak but can’t.

      Your wife is precious! Thank you for sharing your lives with us. I hope to follow your story and hers as time goes on and you walk into eternity.

  5. I wish that I was able to hear Andrew say that you Julie! For now, I’ll just have to remember his little voice saying “Missy house” or “Baby house”… Love you both my friend!!!

    1. Love you, too, my friend! Maybe we can FaceTime soon?!

      1. Yes! Hugs to you all!

  6. Love this Julie! My son’s first words were, “I don’t want to!”. When he was really stressed out in therapy at age 3. Your son looks like he is full of joy, and very loved. Would love to get our boys together sometime in the future.

    Blessings, Misty

    1. Thanks, Misty! Andrew is 15. How old is your son? That would be awesome! Blessings from one special mom to another!

  7. What a sweet blessing! I have a good friend who’s (19 year old) son does not speak…and while he does communicate:) I can only imagine what it would be for her to hear him talk – and say “I love you”! Such a special gift our children are!!

    1. Yes, those are very sweet words for any mother to hear, especially a special needs mom! Even though he may not speak with words, he communicates his love in other ways, I’m sure! 😊

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