As we drove in our van the other day with the kids, I was in a little bit of a rush. I had rushed the kids out the door, and I was really feeling frustrated. As I took a few deep breaths while I was driving, I looked back to see (and hear) my two daughters just singing at the top of their lungs to one of our CD’s. The words out of their mouths were “God, Your love never fails”! My frustration seemed to instantly go away as I enjoyed hearing my children sing out to God.
A few years ago, during a church class, I learned about the power of music. It blew my mind, just learning about the impact that music can make in us. The impact can go either way, it can build us up and encourage, or it can subliminally bring us down and depress us.
It was during this class that I was challenged, and chose to ONLY listen to Christian music. This may sound a little drastic to some, but my conviction was strong, and I decided long ago that I would do anything to point my family in the right direction for Christ. Music is a powerful force in the spiritual growth and development of our children. Doesn’t that make you want to ‘feed’ them properly!. It makes such a difference when our home is filled with music that pleases God, and is full of the Holy Spirit!
Did you ever memorize a good song? ….. It’s so easy to do! Music is a great way to have your kids memorize scriptures, characters and rules. We always put on kids worship songs like Go Fish, God Rocks, and Hillsong kids. Then, a good friend of mine introduced me to “The Rizers” !! Animated songs to memorize scripture! They are a blast, and basically set scripture to music. Here’s one of their songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUR1ufexry0&playnext=1&list=PLFDC681A6BC380375&feature=results_video
I’ve been very encouraged over the years by great leaders and great books, to closely monitor what our children watch, read and listen to. My husband and I have chose never to have Cable, the majority of their screen time is kids (and adult) worship. We know that we want to be the ones influencing them, and that includes monitoring what they take in. My girls grandparents gave each of them their own mini MP3 players for Christmas. This has actually been an awesome tool to use. Before the girls got their hands on them, my husband and I carefully chose the music to download onto them. We knew what ‘style’ of music the girls liked, and picked some of their favourites. We specifically chose songs that would fill their minds with life giving words.
My daughter Emma wanted me to share one of the songs that has really touched her. She says “this song makes me cry mama, a happy cry of course.”
What are some of the things your children are listening to? What are the songs YOU”RE listening to? Is it life giving and honorable?