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Peaceful Playlist

Ever since Anna and I blogged about our coping mechanisms for that horrible before-dinner hour of craziness, I’ve tried to use music more often to set a peaceful tone to our home.  Often I’ll just play a beautiful piece of classical music–Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons–but I’ve also put together a playlist of scripture-based songs that focus our minds on things above.  Here are some of my favorites:

Love and Fear (Psalm 19)Love and Fear by Pacific Crossroads Worship

Hide Away in the Love of JesusCome Weary Saints by Sovereign Grace Music

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of GodHymns for the Christian Life by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Oh the Deep, Deep LoveCome Weary Saints by Sovereign Grace Music

PeaceTo Be Like Jesus by Sovereign Grace Kids

Give Me Self-ControlTo Be Like Jesus by Sovereign Grace Kids

You Alone (Psalm 56)Love and Fear by Pacific Crossroads Worship

Amazing GracePure by Hayley Westenra

Hymn to God the FatherTwentyone Even by Jolly Napier

1 John 1:7Walk Humbly by Mark Altrogge


Do you use music to promote a peaceful or positive atmosphere in the home?  What can I add to my playlist?


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The Mom God Chose

So the blog has been silent for a week, and it’s partially because my family has been grieving the death of my niece. Doubtless many of you readers know someone who has endured such heartbreaking loss, and I encourage you to pray for them today.

Anyone who has lost a child at any stage knows how tempting it is to go down the road of “what ifs”…and as moms, some of us are really susceptible to lies about our worthiness to even be mothers.  I’m not thin enough, organized enough, clean enough, healthy enough, artistic enough, fun enough, and the list could go on and on. I compare my weaknesses to my friends’ strengths and always find myself lacking. A very wise mentor caught me going down this mental path several years ago and said, “But remember, God knows everything about you, and YOU are the mom that He chose for your kids.”

I try to remember that on days when my son cuts his thumb open, my big girls are fighting over doll clothes, and the baby has to be taken to the ER. Or when my daughter can’t find her soccer uniform (because it’s still unwashed from last week), I burn dinner, and no one is in bed on time.  I hear the voice of the evil one accusing me: “Bad mom! Bad mom!” But I have to choose to remember that imperfect as I am, I am the mom that God chose for my kids. With all my failings, He has still given me the task of bearing five immortal souls in my body, and raising four of them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He began a good work in me when I asked Him into my heart over a quarter century ago. He has promised to bring His good work to completion, and my motherhood is part of that process.

This past month, our family has been memorizing the hymn, “O Worship the King.”  Whether you’re a mom with children in your arms, out of the house, in heaven, or in the womb, may you find encouragement in the verse we memorized last week:

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

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Hymns in Our Family Life, Part 2

One of my favorite wedding presents was Noel Piper’s Treasuring God in Our Traditions, a little book all about how we can use family traditions to help us and our kids think about glorifying God in every aspect of our lives.  One of the most exciting ideas for me was the Piper family’s practice of selecting a hymn for each of their children.  We’ve shamelessly appropriated this tradition for our kids!  While we sing all sorts of hymns, songs, and lullabies to our kids, each one has a special hymn that we sang every night while we put them to sleep as babies, repeated over and over while rocking them in the middle of the night, and sang with our church at their dedications.

For our oldest, we picked “O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus,” largely because I’d been struck by its beauty when some classmates performed it at our church in college.  My husband and I love the emphasis on God’s love–what a beautiful message to sing over and over to our precious new baby!

I miscarried between T and E, and since then, we’ve been so much more aware of the gift of a healthy baby.  I’ve always loved the hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and it seemed appropriate to acknowledge the incredible blessings God has given us, not only of E’s life, but of God’s grace and our salvation and hope!

Our third kiddo is partially named after Susanna Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley (one of our favorite hymn writers!), so we knew we needed her hymn to be a Wesley one.  And we love “O, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing.”  When we picked this one, we didn’t know that she was going to be our fiesty child, but the exuberant melody and message certainly fit her personality.  You should hear her belt it out!

Baby J’s name means “God is gracious,” so we picked my husband’s favorite hymn, “Amazing Grace,” for her.  Bonus: everyone already knew all the verses, because we’d learned it while going through Hymns for a Kid’s Heart as a family.  All five of us can sing it to her!

While these are the hymns we’ve picked for the kids, they’ve each come to love other special ones on their own.  Maybe I’ll share their personal favorites another day.

Did you grow up singing hymns with your family?  What special songs do you sing to your kids?

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Hymns in Our Family Life

My husband and I love a good hymn, and we’ve made them part of the fabric of our family life from the very beginning.  At our wedding, we sang “We Come, O Christ, To You,” a lesser-known InterVarsity hymn that my parents had also included in their wedding 26 years earlier.  It’s a beautiful summary of our family’s desire to honor and glorify Christ, and now we’re teaching it to the kids.:

We come, O Christ, to you, true Son of God and man,
By whom all things consist, in whom all life began:
In you alone we live and move, and have our being in your love.

You are the Way to God, your blood our ransom paid;
In you we face our Judge and Maker unafraid.
Before the throne absolved we stand, your love has met your law’s demand.

You are the living Truth! All wisdom dwells in you,
The Source of every skill, the one eternal TRUE!
O great I AM! In you we rest, sure answer to our every quest.

You only are true Life, to know you is to live
The more abundant life that earth can never give:
O risen Lord! We live in you: in us each day your life renew!

We worship you, Lord Christ, our Savior and our King,
To you our youth and strength adoringly we bring:
So fill our hearts, that all may view your life in us, and turn to you.

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