Four Reasons Children’s Church Choir Matters to the Heart of Your Child

(Children’s and Youth Choirs from my church at Candlelight Service Sunday evening)

This picture makes my heart so happy because it is every children and youth choir from my church singing together in one night leading our congregation in song.  My church is committed to doing what it takes to build and keep choir for all ages and to that I am so thankful. It’s a huge reason we love our church. Investing in kids is investing in the future. I know that it takes many people to make it work, and it is not easy. But they do it. And they keep doing it. And my heart is reliving what I had the opportunity to be a part of as a child as I watch my son love being able to take part in it.

In recent years, I have noticed many churches don’t have children and youth choirs like they used to. There are many reasons for that taking place. For some churches, they don’t have the leadership to build and keep a program like that for kids. For others, they focus solely on praise teams which in turn, leave out most everyone because there is no choir at all. It’s totally focused on the singers singing and leading and a small band. Not wrong. Just a big part of believers being able to be awakened to their gifts of song are not afforded the opportunity to know or grow them. And some churches let the people dictate how they will conduct choir practices based on letting the busyness of the church members lives lead to less practice and in turn less singing in the choir loft on Sunday mornings. I heard of a church where I used to attend in college where the choir that used to sing every Sunday, now only sings once a month because no one really wants to practice or keep the commitment up.

Singing in children’s and youth church choir is how I fell in love with Jesus at such a young age. It’s why I love choir and worshipping through song to this very day as an adult. Experience upon experience from a small child all the way through adulthood are precious memories to me even still. Songs, I sung as a child and youth still remember hum around in my head like:

“Isn’t amazing what a prayer can do?”  ( youth choir)

” This is the day that the LORD has made”  (children’s choir)

“Oh, how I love Jesus!” (preschool choir)

“People Need the LORD.” (youth choir)

And these aren’t just songs. They are songs filled with truth that replay in my head even as an adult today. Sometimes they will pop into my head out of nowhere and minister to me. Remind me of truth. Remind me how long I have been walking with Jesus. That’s what truth through song does… it ministers to your heart long after you outside the walls of the church on Sunday morning. It brings you back to the face of God.

For any parent who wonders, “Why should I make my child sing in church choir?”

Here’s why it’s important:

  • Church Choir teaches Children and Youth to Call Upon God’s Name and Give thanks:  

Psalm 105:1-2 says,
“Oh Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.”

Do you see the calling on His name?

Do you see the proclaiming his truth?

Singing provides the opportunity to put truth into action.

  • Church Choir teaches children and youth commitment to God matters:

By attending choir weekly, kids learn consistency matters and that God is to be given priority over other activities. This sets a routine for them to know and become part of the fabric of their faith as an adult.

  • Church Choir Combines Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength”                     

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with

all your strength and with all your mind’ Luke 10:27

Singing truth combines all the elements of loving God. When you love someone, you give them your time. When you hear truth and then you sing it, it goes down into your heart. Over time, as a child, along with bible study and the Holy Spirit calling you to Jesus, singing truth brings you to salvation. And because singing is physical, it uses your strength. It takes a lot of energy to sing and I find the more you sing, the greater the energy you have after singing than when you first began to sing. There are many weeks where I physically have nothing left on Wednesday night for practice, and then I go to choir practice and find myself overjoyed when I leave.

Why is that? Because I have been fully engaged mentally, spiritually and physically with the God of my salvation.

Notice the verse below from Revelation 7:9-11:

9After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “- Salvation to our God, who sits onthe throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God,…

  • Church Choir

Serving in Church

 

                 ” Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Is Church for being served or serving others?

I learned how to serve my church while watching my parents teach Sunday school as a child. My parents gave everything they had to Jesus by giving their time and investment into others. I caught their love and commitment to Jesus and His church from a very young age. It’s because of their role model to me that I am passionate today about serving in church. I’m so thankful they said “yes” to Jesus and showed up consistently to do whatever was needed.

As I watched their faithfulness, I witnessed at a young age how many things were still needed in church if more people would have just said “yes” to Jesus. 

Today, THERE ARE MORE:

Sunday school/life group teachers needed,

nursery workers needed,

men/women bible study teachers needed,

parents needed to teach kids sunday school,

church members to call guests that visit,

members to help their life groups stay connected,

                                                                                     people to sing in the choir (or start a choir)

           believers to go on mission trips or help missions supported by the church,

the list goes on and on.

I want to encourage you to say,  “yes” to Jesus and answer the call to serve others. Serving God is a great adventure and it doesn’t come without sometimes drama or sorrow. Why? Because everyone is broken and flawed. But, serving in church will stretch your heart for God and others more than anything else because you will have to depend on God to help you. Before you know it, the fruits of HIS SPIRIT will be growing deeper and deeper because of all that serving!!!

Don’t stay the same.

STRETCH yourself!!

Get involved.

Christians were MADE TO MOVE, not sit and watch a few people inside the church do all the work.

Life Happens in the Kitchen

I have a love/hate relationship with my kitchen. Do you?

Some days I LOVE it, when it’s clean! Some days, it feels like two concrete blocks are stuck around my feet because there’s too much to do in life and not enough time to get it all done. These are the days when cooking and cleaning feel like a chore. Both of these are not my thing, but I get it done.

Many moms think kitchen time isn’t an important part of the day. But it is. Especially when children are living inside the home. It’s on days I don’t want to be making something for anyone else or want to forget it all and just go buy Chick-fil-a and call it a night, that I remember teachable moments happen in this space.

Recently, it was one of THOSE days when I was cooking dinner when my son came up and asked the famous questions kids and husbands all over the country seem to ask at the same time everyday, “What’s for dinner?” Except this time, my son phrased it in such a way that made me realize, he wasn’t just interested in WHAT was for dinner, but he wanted to spend time with me and help me MAKE dinner! This was a moment when I also got to talk about life and truth also during this time.

The Bible says to talk about truth when we rise, sit down, walk about and when we lie down (Deuteronomy 6:7). The kitchen is one of those places. Friends, if you have stumbled across this blog to find yourself reading this post today and its been “one of THOSE days” be encouraged to keep on going! KNOW that no matter how tired you are or how busy you are, when you notice the moment you have your child’s full attention, SOW THAT SEED OF TRUTH!

 

 

A Mother’s Teaching

Just a reminder to remember the reason for motherhood- and it’s not to be confused with completing a ginormous list of tasks. 

Have you ever pondered the fact Jesus had an earthly mother?

The God of the universe was loved and nurtured by an earthly mother!!!!

Take your view of Mary out of the manger for a moment and ask God to help you reflect on the fact that He thought it was important for Jesus to have an earthly mother. Wow! 

Proverbs 1:8-9 reminds us of the different roles between a mother and father. Notice the different words used and connected to each of them.

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 

for they are a graceful garland for your head

and pendants for your neck.

Father: instruction.

Mother: teaching

Most men are direct. They tell and then expect things to be done. Be followed. I always get tickled because whenever my husband instructs my son in whatever it is, he gets most frustrated when the instruction he gave was not followed.

Women tend to be nurturers, talk more, explain more. Ask more questions. Listen more and seek to understand their children. 

Yet, sometimes we as moms can get so busy and focused on our schedules that we forget what our real job is: teaching our children.

 

Motherhood is more than “to do” lists.

It’s about teaching our children the way of truth.

No one else can do that job except us. 

 

Let’s not waste our motherhood on thinking its successful because we have checked off a thousand “to dos”  on our list. 

God has given us moms the gift of teaching our children. It is a gift. Everything I know is because my mom took the time to teach me. The gift is that I live today as an adult in what she took time to teach me.

And sometimes (this is the kicker) that teaching comes at the most inconvenient times – like when you have a basket full of groceries and your little one is throwing the biggest tantrum ever and you leave the groceries in the store. Let’s just say that never happened again.

Think on Proverbs 1:8-9.

Keep teaching mama.

Even if the dishes are in the sink. Who knows? That may be the most ripe time when your child is most receptive to what is taught.

A Reality Check for a Mom from 1 Corinthians 11:1

“Imitate ME as I also imitate CHRIST.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

Ummm……Can I just say that this verse gets me in the gut every time I read it!!  I am quickly reminded how at times, I am an utter complete failure when it comes to modeling Christlike behavior to my son.  I will never forget when I was grumbling under my breath when he was younger. I don’t know how I got into the habit, but it usually occurred at home when I was frustrated or even ready to be done with a task. The sound was more like a big “hough” you know, like a big sigh that you are ready to be done and on to something else more fun. But one day, I heard my little fella “hough” under his breath just like me! My eyes doubled in size!! Needless to say, this was the day, I ended that  “grumbling hough.” He has too by the way. smile.

I am not bad mom, I know my faults. But when the bible says, “do everything without grumbling and complaining,…” well, thats a good reminder when my son is jumping on the bandwagon and adopting mom’s behavior that I am probably not living that truth out. Marriage and Motherhood have been the two journeys that have exposed more of my shortcomings unlike any other. It’s been a good thing, and a painful thing, but overall a growing thing. And to that I am thankful.

Whatever 1 Corinthians 11:1 brings to mind today, give yourself some grace. Give your behavior to God. Replace the habit with living truth. And know, you are not a bad mom. You are a mom following Jesus who makes mistakes but is learning, and growing and pointing little eyes back to the perfect One.