Today I'm linking up with Into The Word Wednesdays with some other sweet ladies. Yesterday my friend Tiffany shared her story for the Now Rejoice series. If you missed it be sure to read it by clicking here. Her story is a testament of the Lord's beautiful gift of grace, mercy, and faithfulness in our lives. I was excited that she shared yesterday because the last week I've had a song that her & her husband wrote on my heart, Hallelujah, from their record. It has been on repeat in our home all week. Take a listen above. You will be blessed!
|typical monday mornings in our house|
So lately I've been trying to think of ways to teach my two year old about worship. I love that every time he sees a guitar his response is, "mommy we worship now" or that he lines up his little friends to sing them worship songs. It makes me happy that he knows that the moment we enter the sanctuary at church he excitedly runs around saying "worship time".
However, I want Noah to understand that worship is a lifestyle. It is not a once or twice a week event that we take part in with our church congregation. I've been asking the Lord to show me how express to him that worship is more than a song. That part of worship is loving one another and serving others. I want him to know that worship is an every day way of life that on some days takes more effort than others. Just saying.
Three easy ways to teach my toddler about worship have been:
one. Serving others through prayer, making a meal, listening, running an errand, and simply caring for others in any way needed.
two. Everyday chores. As we clean up the house, complete daily tasks, or even make lunch I continually remind him that we can worship while doing this.
three. Art. Markers, pens, and paints!
Over time I know that he will make the connection more & more.
If you have been a visitor of my blog for a while or follow me on instagram you know that I love scripture art (usually drawing). I've made it a part of my daily routine of reading the word & spending time with the Lord. I enjoy playing worship music while drawing what the Lord puts on my heart or painting on a canvas. Important, know that I am not a good painter at all, but thats not the point. The point is to spend time with Jesus & worship him. Yesterday I introduced Noah to painting as worship. I'm pretty sure he loved it.
To paint with your child I recommend Acrylic Paints because they wash right off their hands & usually don't stain clothing. However, use old clothes just to be safe. Acrylic Paints are crazy cheap at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart. Grab some .25 cent paint brushes a $5 canvas & just let them go to town. I put the paints in a large throw a way baking dish. It works great! Reuse the same canvas & dish over and over.
If you have never done this, you really must try it. You will probably feel silly at first but know that sometimes to grow spiritually you might have to do things that you've never done before. I say that because over a year ago I was in a rut in my relationship with God. I felt like I wasn't going deep in the word, there was not a hunger for scripture, and I just didn't feel alive in Christ like he intends for us to be. For me, this truly took my relationship with the Lord to a new place. Just give it a try. Happy Wednesday!