Making a Joyful Noise

Making a Joyful Noise - Parenting Like Hannah

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I grew up in a musical family. We all played several instruments and would try to play anything that might create music. Our stereos were all cranked to almost top volume and you could hear us singing along enthusiastically. All of us that is, except my father. He always claimed he played the checkbook and sang the “also” part.

In church though, my dad always sang. Our fellowship has a history of a cappella music. In most congregations, it means quite a few people have developed a good ear for music, taken voice lessons and love to sing four part harmonies. My favorite part of singing at church is that the tone deaf people will sing just as loudly and enthusiastically as the more musically inclined. I personally think God loves to hear from them just as much, if not more, than those He gifted with beautiful singing voices.

Music is a wonderful gift from God. It can improve moods, teach all sorts of lessons and bind people together. If music is not a part of your home life, I encourage you to add it as soon as possible.

Try waking your children up with music. Use music to help them calm down for naps or before they go to bed at night. Play upbeat music on the way to church. Celebrate by cranking up their favorite songs.

Classical music can expose your child to a number of famous composers. Many cultures have their own unique style of music. Your child can begin learning about other people in God’s world as he sings along with their songs. Christian music will teach your child scriptures and Christian principles while he sings.

Scriptures show us that God must love music. Throughout the Bible, God’s people sang songs, the angels sang and we have an entire book of the Bible filled with song lyrics (Psalms). So, dust off your old instrument and crank up the stereo. Teach your child the joy of music. He may just learn to love singing in church along the way!

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)