Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you in His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Oh isn’t that wonderful? God loves you so much that He sings songs of joy over you. Because He delights in you, it spills over into singing.
God is the pattern parent. We should therefore have the same response to our children. Do you love to sings songs over your children? It’s easy to get in the habit of complaining about them. Why not get into the habit of singing over them instead?
He wants us to delight in them as He delights in us. When my youngest daughter was a baby, I created a special little song for her. It became her own song, which I sang to her all her life. I sang it to her when she was a baby, when she was a toddler, as she grew older, and even up until the time she was married. I would sing it to her when she went to bed, while she was playing, and when driving in the car.
It was a simple song with a simple little tune. Here are the words...
I love Serene
Yes I do
I love Serene
Yes I do
Serene is a special girl,
Serene is a loving girl,
Serene is an obedient girl,
Yes she is!
As I sang it over and over, I would change the words. I would sing all the wonderful attributes that I wanted to be part of her life. I would put in the song words such as – happy, good, peaceful, helpful, kind, faithful, precious and so on. As I sang this song to her over and over again, not only did it affirm my love to her, but also she was constantly blessed with positive words.
I now have a song for my little grandchildren. Once again it is a simple little tune I picked up from somewhere. You can either make up your own tune, use a nursery rhyme tune, or a familiar children’s Christian song. Here’s what I sing to Rashida…
Rashida is a lovely little girl,
Rashida is a sweet little girl,
Rashida is a precious little girl,
Yes, she is!
Once again, I change the words to deposit into her life whatever I feel she needs at the time. As you can see, they are so simple but a powerful blessing.
Would you like to write a simple joyful song for each of your children? Sing over them with joy. You don’t have to be a good singer. I can’t even keep a tune! What amazes me is that two of our daughters became professional singers. How did they manage that when they had a mother who sang to them out of tune?
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Thank you, Lord, that you delight in me. Help me to have this same delight in my children. I ask that you will give me the right songs and the right tunes for each of my children, so I can constantly bless them. Amen.”
Ephesians 5:18-19, “Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”