Nov 29, 2008

He Speaks

I've been waiting more than two years to write this post. I've pictured the title in my head so many times......

Ian spoke. He said his name last night. And he said it again twice today..........

"For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true"

I am floored.

Praying that this is one word of many...

Larissa

80 comments:

Eric said...

We were all rejoicing here when we heard the news. What a great blessing, and just another sure sign that he is making steady progress. Thank you, Larissa, for your sweet faithfulness to him! Terry (for all the Halls)

britt said...

Praise the Lord.
for He is SO good!!
My family and I are still praying.

|| Brittany Kauflin

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD!!!! Prayers are being answered. May more words come.
Continued prayers with lots of thanksgiving, Rene

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! This is so exciting to hear! Ian, keep working hard. Laris, I bet his 2nd word will be your name :)
Lisa

Bethany said...

Wow, praise the Lord.

Anonymous said...

My heart is leaping for joy for all of you! Truly this was a blessed Thanksgiving. May God's peace and strength be with you today and always.
Vicki G's Mom, Linda

Anonymous said...

Larissa,
I can not imagine how fast your heart must be beating! We are thanking the Lord. We pray that it will be the first of many words!
Love,
Mark & Barbara Nieweg
Calvary Fellowship Church
Wayne, PA

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!

Although I am one of those who has never met you or your family, I am so very, very thankful for this gift.

I hope the floodgates open and the words pour through!

We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Jack and Gina Plain said...

I have goose bumps. So happy! This is a wonderful step. I know the progress seems so slow, but as you've shown, there is progress going on in hearts (not just Ian's and yours, but many people) all the time. It is so encouraging to see the outward progress though! Praising God with you.

John Q said...

WOW! Thank God!

Anonymous said...

crying with gratefulness for God in his mercy.
thank you Larissa for your kind and inspiring patience

Becca said...

hallelujah!

Anonymous said...

I literally jumped off the couch with excitement when I read this post! I can't wait until Ian talks nonstop...
Continuing to pray daily!
Love you all :)
~Maelys

Jennifer said...

Bless the Lord! He is Good and His Mercies endure forever!

jenny white

Annie said...

Praise God!

Leah said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I don't know how else to react!
PRAISE GOD!!!!



Leah P (from the Reading, PA Sovereign Grace church)

Anonymous said...

What a great Thanksgiving gift! I am so excited for y'all! I have been and will be praying for Ian to continue to make progress. God is SO good.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand." --Psalm 37:23-24

Anonymous said...

If I was a betting women, I'd bet your name, Larissa, would be the next word he says...

Cathy

Nicole said...

Praise the Lord!!! I am so excited for you!! Can't wait to hear what his second (and third and fourth and so on) word is!!

Michelle said...

my heart leaped when i read this. i am praying and rejoicing.

Emma said...

Praise God!!!

Heather said...

Rejoicing with you from Arizona! You have all been in my prayers for over a year now and will continue to be!

Shannon Q said...

Thank you for telling us the great news, Larissa! I shrieked when I heard :-) Praying for you all...

Anonymous said...

Praise God!

Marshall said...

I rejoice with you!

I pray that this is the first of many words and that Ian will progress much faster now in both communication and mobility. I pray this will bring you even greater joy!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!! We're still praying...with jubilation
-Lisa Donovan

Marge said...

We're thrilled to hear this news! We've been praying for Ian almost every day at suppertime, and specifically that he would start talking soon. God is good! We'll continue to pray.

Sweigart family

Wendy Glosser said...

Praise the Lord!! As long as there is breath, there is hope! Never lose it!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! Although I've never met you, I continue to pray for you. What a great Thanksgiving gift from the Lord!

Lynn from St. Louis

Joy Z said...

The Lord is good! I have been following this blog for over a year and a half and I too have been waiting and praying for this post. Absolutely amazing!

"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord."
Psalm 27:13-14

~Joy
SG Church in
Crestview, FL

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD!!!
Wow, I don't check the blog for a couple of days and to see this good news and to hear about it in church today is just the greatest!!!
I pray that Ian's progress really snowballs! Just think what he could be saying and doing by Christmas! And the blessings that are in store for 2009!
Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. We continue with new resolve to ask You for Ian's complete and total restoration, in Jesus name, AMEN!

Still Praying!

Mary Ann K.

Emma said...

Larissa,
Mark and I are extatic! You all are in our prayers! Please tell Ian that we miss him and that we are praying for him. God is SOO good!!

Anonymous said...

I am absolutely overjoyed with you all! Even as you have waited to be able to write those words....we have waited to read those words. How absolutely marvelous! Thank you, Jesus.

Cynthia Haughery

lis said...

How GREAT is our God!

Anonymous said...

I got a phone call from my sister in law who checks the blog all the time with the news! I am so excited! There are many, many more words that will be spoken from Ian's mouth! What a great, great update! One more step closer.... Thank you, God!!

Bless & Love you guys,
Laura Yocum :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for answered prayer and for rejoicing hearts - that You rejoice with us.

Anonymous said...

God is soooo good! I'm so thankful that God is giving what you need when you need it the most, Larissa. You and Ian share such a powerful and life changing love. Many lives are being changed because of your example of faithfulness & commitment to each other. When your Mom shared the news in church this AM, there were cheers and loud applause for what God is doing through Ian.
Much love and we're waiting expectantly with both of you.
Love in Christ, Heidi

Anonymous said...

This is WONDERFUL news! Thank you Lord Jesus!!!!!!!!
Wendy in MD

Sue said...

How wonderful! Praise God for His goodness!! We continue to follow the blog and pray for you all.
Sue for the Minich family

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! I have been praying for Ian for at least a year. It is wonderful news!! Cheryl

Jenn Grover said...

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sacha said...

WOW!!! GOD is awesome!!!!!! Continually praying!

Sarah said...

Oh, how WONDERFUL!!!

Caitlin said...

Miracles!!!


I will continue to pray for more words.


:)

couragetotremble said...

I have goosebumps.
Praise be to God Almighty. We still pray.
-n-

Anonymous said...

we are so excited! luke said ian wanted to bust a pound with him and he waved back to ava yesterday when they said goodbye. ben told us he can sing la la ~ his communication is improving and we pray it will continue even more rapidly so that real soon his "la las" will turn into larissas"
love, kristin

Anonymous said...

God is good.

Praying for you in D.C.

Anonymous said...

Wow! My heart jumped when I read the title of your post this morning!! I have been praying and praying for this . . . though I'm sure not near as much as you! May God soon fill his mouth with words of praise and cause all the rest of us to rejoice as well. Continuing to pray!
Ann Smith, Lancaster PA

Anonymous said...

Our God is an awesome God who works in his own time and place!

Two years of waiting to hear Ian speak again! Now it is time! Enjoy the early Christmas present with more to come!

We rejoice with Ian, Larissa and the Murphy's with this wonderous news! Thank you Lord!

Wendy, NC

Abby said...

Praise God! I just got shivers down my spine.

BoldLion said...

This had made me cry with joy and thanking the Lord for His wonderful works in Ian's life.

Yes! The Lord is so good! I am so glad to hear that he had spoken! Hang in there! I am so thankful for the Lord to continue to work with you all too!

In Christ Alone,
'Guerite ~ BoldLion

Anonymous said...

Looks like Ian heard Jesus' voice to "come forth". Ian, you are in Jesus' arms right now. He's carrying you through. Thank you Lord, for your faithfulness!

grey_pumpkin said...

My family and I totally freaked out when david texted us :D

God is so good!

mike

audra barrick said...

Praise God! I am still crying tears of joy for the whole family!

Rose said...

Thanks for sharing this news, Larissa!

j.park said...

awed & overjoyed. :)

never sure how and why God shows his favor in the ways he does, but thank you for sharing w/ all of us who have been praying & following the developments. your blog always brings me back to the gospel.

:))

j in sf

Anonymous said...

What kind of God would do this for me
Victory, grace and mercy
He is so special
Simply incredible
He's so incredible
An incredible God deserve an incredible praise
"Youthful Praise"

Praising and thanking Him with you and continually praying for all of you.

Bernadine,
Bahamas

sheep wanderer said...

Thanks for continuing to share...cause for so much elation and thanksgiving. Woohoo!!!

Rebecca Matheson said...

thanks wonderful :D

Bec (Australia)

Joanne said...

I have chills with excitment reading your news. Great fruit of your labor of love.

Seth and Janet said...

What an incredible answer to prayer! We are still praying.

Joe.Karen said...

I'm so excited for all of you! Praise God and Go Ian! Will continue to pray for you.

Anonymous said...

Praising God with you all.

Glenn and Diana in Lancaster.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy, I'm crying. Praise the Lord.

Alicia Joy LeBlanc

Anonymous said...

No wayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

Yes way!!!!!!

I am so excited!!!!!!!!

Thank you, God!!!!!!

My jaw dropped and I'm gonna go try and pick it up off of the floor now...

This is awesome.

-Amber

Anonymous said...

SO wonderful ! I am happy for all of you !
P Miller

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!!!! Tell Mary and Steve that it is one of the things that my seven year old Erik has prayed for...that Ian would talk....

Laurie Petit

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!!! I'm so excited...I've been praying for Ian for the past two years and I will continue to pray. God bless all you guys! -Julie

Emmie said...

Tears streaming down my face for the answer to prayer! Glory to God! I will keep praying; keep posting! From West Central Texas.

Heidi said...

Yes! Thank you, Lord! Wonderful news!

Anonymous said...

Amazing. He is good.

thisgirlsmusic said...

This is wonderful news. We've always had hope!
Michele
Haverstick films

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!!

Jennifer said...

Praise the Lord!

I have never commented before, but have been checking the blog and praying for Ian for the past year and a half after reading your story on Carolyn McCulley's blog-- What an awesome and powerful God!

Praying that this is but the first of many words...

Anonymous said...

Praise God! I just looked at one of your posts from a year ago. You said you couldn't wait until Ian could speak! God answers prayer.
We spent Thanksgiving with the Bergers (Ian's cousins)

Friends in Louisiana,
Linda and John Michael

Sarah said...

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

Rejoicing with you in Lancaster!
~Sarah Sensenig (CrossWay Church)

Anonymous said...

HALLELUJAH!!!
I'm so happy to hear this news that I can't even express it.
This is a wonderful reminder of how God's timing is perfect.
Everything else will come with time, love, and prayer.

Bill and Judi Paradis said...

God is just so good. Rejoicing with you. Praying with you!

Anonymous said...

His timing is utterly perfect!

It is amazing and crazy that one word spoken by Ian, a man whose life was spoken into existance by God, now renders me without adequate words to give Him, the Healer, honour.

Halleleujah just doesn't seem enough!

Summer :)
Brisbane, Australia

Kristy said...

Rejoicing.