Emily over at The Learning Never Stops
wrote about something new she started doing in her homeschool-- teaching songs
from the Bible. Out of all the songs I have ever taught my children, there is ONE that stands out more than any other.
In the early weeks after Christian's passing from this world, God taught me so much. For the first time in my life, I learned what it meant to pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17)
and the importance of turning my thoughts to those things that are true, noble, just, and of good report (Philippians 4:8)
But as time wore on, it became increasingly difficult to keep myself from sliding down into the dark depths of fear and self-pity and overwhelming sorrow.I was SO weary
.Then God gave me a song, y'all!
It was this song from Nehemiah.
..for this day is holy unto our Lord: Neither be ye sorry;
for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
I vaguely remember singing this catchy, repetetive song as a child.
So I ushered the kids to the piano, found the song and taught them the first verse...
"The joy of the Lord is my strength."
You pretty much just sing that line four times to a tune. It took a few tries before I could sing it without choking up. While other times I sang it without any strength and without any joy, just hoping that my heart would somehow follow the lead of my mouth.
Austin and Noah had no clue about my real
intentions. They were just learning a song that they thought was easy and fun.
I was trusting God to bring that song to their lips and to my ears right when I needed it most.
It helped me more times than I can remember when they'd start singing it "out of the blue."
It is catchy like that and God is good like that! :)
In spite of being a slacker sometimes, I am thankful that God showed me the importance of being intentional. Intentional in parenting, intentional in our homeschool, and intentional in building up my spiritual arsenal. God gives us many tools and resources, we just have to USE them!
Has God ever used the seemingly smallest of things to make a difference in your heart or attitude? Has God ever brought a song to your lips or a verse to your mind that helped you when you least expected it?
I would love to hear your story.