a joyful noise

There’s a point nearly every day around my house when melt downs occur.

People have name for this time of day.
We have a method.

Over all the fussing and whining I’ll say, “You know what it’s time for?”
Reece will reply, “Music!

For us, there’s nothing like music and an impromptu dance party to take our waahs and woes and turn them into aww yeahs.
From gnashing of teeth to dancing little feet.

Stevie Wonder knows…

Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity
For all to sing, dance and clap their hands

And even my 1 year old gets it, he settles down almost instantly and begins swaying.
It’s like a reset button for our hearts…all of us.

One might argue that music teleports us somewhere nice. But, if I think about it more, it actually relieves me from something that wasn’t nice, and lands me more in the present than I likely was before. Because so often in these fussy moments, someone is not getting their way/whining/hitting/not sharing/pouting/complaining/arguing, all while I was trying to accomplish something.

I think that’s one of the hardest things to let go of, as a parent and a stay-at-home mom – accomplishments. My sense of accomplishment now has to come from another day of continuing to root and ground in truth with the kids, and in spending time with my maker.
That’s nothing to scratch off a to-do list. That’s nothing I can look at and say, “Ahhh, I DID that today!”

But, a little music and a dance party can swoon me back to God’s truth, that this is much more valuable than any to-do.

I figure there’s a reason that the bible contains an entire book of songs. And it happens to be the longest book too (150 chapters), containing the longest chapter (Psalm 119 – 176 verses).

Music is powerful.
And music for God, even more so.

Plus, if we’re going to be making noise anyway, I’d much rather it be joyful. Wouldn’t you?

This latest memory verse is about just that…

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.

Psalm 100:1-2

You can put this verse anywhere where joyful sounds are made. The shower perhaps? ; )

Reece has an old cd player in his room with copies of cds we own, so he can play music when he likes. It always puts a smile on my face, when I hear him singing. We’ll put one copy of the verse there.

Your car radio/cd player is another great place.
Put it on your toy piano (or the real thing), music box, drum, maracas, microphone, or on any other instruments you have.

When the house or the car gets a little crazy with noises that are not pleasing to anyone’s ear, stop an ask, “Is this a joyful noise?”
Practice your verse, then turn on some music, get an instrument or two, and have a dance party!

There may be times when you just can’t muster up something joyful. In those moments, maybe mom’s advice is best, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” I’d like to think that’s the start of Psalm 46:10.

Because when there is whining and crying and fussing and gnashing of teeth around my house, I figure I’ve got a choice to make.
And as I see it, there’s two good choices:

Come before him with joyful songs.
Be still.

because you see, either one ends with “Know that the LORD is God.”
And either one is still a beautiful song.

So, whether it’s loud or quiet, sing it for Him. He can take all our woes on himself, and turn them into glorious music.

Now, that’s music to this disco momma’s ears.
So this week, why not try “…speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20 by Sundee McDonald


A bonus track -
What I know is that I can learn music lyrics without even trying.
And, I can learn words set to music way faster than trying memorize anything on my own. So, man, does it make sense to combine two of my passions in music and learning God’s word!

I wanted to share with you some of our favorite verses set to music. And I hope you’ll share yours right back.
Seeds Family Worship cds have become some of our very favorites. I find myself singing them all the time. Even when my boys aren’t in the car, I leave it on. Why just this morning, I woke up at 5:30 (thinking it was 6:30) singing 2 Corinthians 5:17 as a way to motivate myself for day 25 of quiet time.
Deliberate Kids – great, hip, high energy music we love to get our groove on
Starting Blocks memory verses – simple and beautiful, and right along with the Playbook
Hide Em in Your Heart – timeless
Cedarmont Kids – just sweet stuff

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