Often times I find myself ridden with anxiety over financial burdens, marital questions, parenting topics,house hunting dilemmas, the latest fad in nutrition guidelines or a particularity stressful work day (Ha! Stay home moms get them too!). It’s hard to quiet my heart and listen to anything God might be trying to teach me or help me with. I’ve recently found the secret potion to really feel peace for a moment…listen to children’s praise and worship music. My favorite in particular is Steve Green’s “Hide ‘Em in your Heart” circa 1990’s. The 90’s had a real knack for music and is my choice in many genres if I get to control the car radio. Ever.
Sounds silly, but after reading Matthew 18:3 numerous times in my life, it has really hit home in more ways than one.
…And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)
My ‘adult’ mind is so concerned with silly trials of this world, that I can’t slow down and pick dandelions or stack blocks. It doesn’t have to be that way and my kids remind me of that daily. Olivia will be entertained with a pillow for 20 minutes doing somersaults and finding the perfect napping position. Liam will find an old car that is ‘the bestest one I never seen’ and hold onto it like gold for the day, while taking it on various adventures.
My favorite collection of children’s music mentioned above reminds me: ‘When I am afraid, I will trust in You’, ‘Keep your tongue from evil’, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ or my favorite, ‘Children obey your parents in the Lord’. We play that one extra loud! I ‘hide’ these easy children’s lyrics and verses in my heart for times when I can’t easily access the music.
I can breathe better and parent more patiently when I quiet my heart and crank up children’s voices singing ‘You are the light of the world’ at the stop light, competing with that old pick up truck blasting mariachi music. Only in New Mexico.