Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.”
They are kids. And I taught them a verse about praising God through song and dance. I almost think the scenario should have been the other way around. Don’t get me wrong, I do know about praise. But who am I to teach praise to these children who already long to praise God and praise Him in the purest form? They don’t praise Him because they have to. They don’t praise Him to be seen. They don’t praise Him to get something in return. They praise Him because they WANT to. They praise Him because they enjoy praising Him. Yes, I’m quite sure that instead of an adult teaching children about praising God, we should allow the children to teach us about praising God.
Now that I typed all of that out of no where, let me get back to how it went. 🙂 All Adah cared about was the timbrel and harp, but they enjoyed this scripture because they truly do love to praise God. At any given moment you can hear Naomi singing worship songs AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS. And as long as Adah thinks that you aren’t paying attention, she’s singing, too. And as far as praising Him with a dance goes, both girls (and my nieces and nephews) are involved in the Mighty & Wee Warriors Dance/Drama Team at our church.
It is entirely okay to praise God; whether it be quietly with your hands raised, singing at the top of your lungs, or dancing and shouting, twirling and doing cart wheels. In fact, He longs for us to praise Him. That’s what we were created for, ya know. I encourage you to find a new way to praise Him this week. And don’t forget to try my kid’s favorite….CRAZY PRAISE!
I believe I was as excited about this week’s craft as the kids were. I did all the hard work, taking 2 paper plates (per child), hot-gluing them together, and filling them with various items. Each child’s “instrument” made a different sound due to different items placed in each one. One had acorns, one rocks, one rice, nerds, smarties, marbles, and beads. Be creative! Use whatever you have on hand (like we did). Once I had all the difficult stuff out of the way, the kids were free to decorate them however they wanted to. They could not wait to take them to church and use them outside of the house!
As you expand your praise life, encourage your children to expand theirs, as well. I dare you to even go as far as letting them create their own instrument to use. But beware, if you plan to attempt this craft, you must also plan to endure some joyful noise. 😉
Here we are again, it’s Thursday already!!! Yikes!
Have you had a hard time finding time for prayer, praise, and worship this week? I know I have. So I pulled an old trick out of my sleeve. “Dance Party”.
This is really difficult, so place close attention:
Wait, that’s not at all difficult, is it?
The best part is the list of benefits. Exercise for all, prayer time, you set an example, everyone has fun, and the kids get all their wigglies out. In fact, your littles may nap right after if you keep it up long enough!
Keep doin’ the good work, Moms. Keep praying as you go, raising those sticky hands as often as you can. Store up your treasures in Heaven, and in still the importance of God in your children’s hearts.
Disclaimer: Don’t have a dance party right after lunch. If you do, next thing you know you might be having a puke party. Just sayin’…
As I sit back and watch her play with her babies, fix their hair, change their clothes, give them whoopings, and love on them, I am amazed at how much about life she has taken in. She tells me all the time, “Mommy, have you found a boyfriend for me yet? I want you to pick him out.” Of course I tell her that I haven’t found one yet, and I’ll keep looking, and when God shows him to me, I’ll tell her.
When Essie grows up, she wants to be a mermaid, a cheerleader, a dancer, and a mom. She declares that she wants 5 children. That was also my magic number, but unfortunately, I had to stop at 4. (another story for another time) She has no idea of the hardships of growing up. Her thoughts about life are still innocent. She doesn’t know that friends will come and go. That being popular, a slacker, a book worm, etc, are labels through out school. That people will be jealous of her in one way or another. Love and forgiveness is not always given. She will not be able to please everyone.
I have no doubt that God is going to use her. I pray that as young as she is, she will learn life’s lessons in a Godly manner. I pray that I will be able to help guide her. That her spirit will not be crushed in any way. For her to know that it’s O.K. to love the things that she does. So, Essie Laine Wilds, when you have the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance…
We all have those days where everything just gets under our skin. We wanna throw our hands up and scream, “I give up!!” But have you ever thought about doing just the opposite? Giving in?
When the ark of the covenant was returned to the City of David, David danced before the Lord with all his might and ‘let it all hang out’. How about, when you feel like giving up, you just throw your hands in the air and say, “Thank You Lord! Thank You for THIS day that You have made! Thank You for giving me Your sweet breath of life!”
Do a little dance across your living room. Let the joy of the Lord over take you and be your strength. He wonders why we are so uptight all the time and try to be ‘dignified’. God wants us to give Him a sacrifice of praise, no matter how silly it looks or sounds. It’s for Him, not anyone else.
So go ahead! Get all silly and funkedified in the spirit and let God lift yours! The JOY OF THE LORD is our strength!!!!