Sing Your Song, Girl!

Welcome Do you love to hear the sound of your children singing? Lately, listening to my daughter sing brings me joy beyond measure. I’m going to share about that today, and share a favorite treat of my daughter’s…Kit Kat S’Mores in a Jar!  Thanks for joining me today. Note–I may receive small compensation from advertisers and affiliate links seen on this blog. For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.

Food For Thought  I love my daughter.  She is such a blessing to our family and she has many creative talents.  But that girl can’t sing!  At least not with a tune or on key.  Her dad sings well, I do not!  But like me, she really enjoys singing, and she thinks she sings well.  The other day in the car, however, listening to her sing was absolutely the most joyous sound I could have been listening to.

This past year I have started listening to a lot of Christian radio.  I like the positive music and uplifting stories.  I like that I don’t have to worry about inappropriate topics or language coming on when my daughter’s in the car with me.  And the songs really reach me.  Since this is what I choose to listen to in the car, my daughter has to listen as well…my car, my rules.  This is a good thing, though.  She is hearing these great song lyrics from artists like Mercy Me, Mandisa, Casting Crowns, NeedToBreathe, and more.  The songs she likes best she sings along with, and she has a definite favorite.  When her favorite song comes on, she doesn’t just sing it, she PROCLAIMS IT!  The two of us agree that our favorite song is Even If by Mercy Me.  A lot of times we’ll sing it together when it comes on, but the other day I listened to her sing and as best I could while driving, I watched her face.  I believe that not only does she enjoy this song, I believe it moves her.  I have never heard her sing so passionately.  Now I understand the difference between singing something well and singing it with feeling, but the important thing was she was feeling the lyrics of this song.  It was a very cool thing to witness and I was moved to tears.  How amazing it is to hear our children singing of their faith in God and love of Jesus with words like “my hope is you alone” and “I know you’re able, I know you can.”  As parents, we know that our children are going to go through hard times and struggles in life.  There is really just no way around it.  But to think that my daughter is going to be able to depend on her faith saying, “Jesus I will cling to you, come what may,” is reassuring.  We are trying to model for our daughter the power of a strong prayer life, but we also need her to know how to handle those times when “even if you don’t, my hope is you alone.”

So today I am thankful.  I am always thankful for my daughter.  But I am also thankful for singers and song writers that can take their faith and turn it into a message for us and our children.  As different people, we all make spiritual connections in different ways, but a great way to connect with preteens and teens is through music.  I believe listening to this song helped convey an understanding of faith and dependence on God to my daughter better than I ever could with my spoken words or even by listening to a youth group devotional.  As a parent raising a child in these challenging times, I’ll take all the positive help I can get!

To purchase great music by Mercy Me, click the links below.  “Even If” is on the album titled Lifer, but they are all very good.  These links were verified on 10/25/17 at 10:45 a.m., CDT. 

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Today’s Scriptures  The Bible is full of verses about singing praises, especially the Psalms.  I want to step away from the obvious today and look at some other verses that refer to singing.

Ephesians 5:19-20  “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

James 5:13  “Is any one of you in trouble?  He should pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.”

Revelation 15:2-4  “And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name.  They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: ‘Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.  Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.  Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?  For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Today’s Recipe  Extra Halloween candy laying around the house?  Extra marshmallows form that hayride and bonfire?  What to do, what to do?  Try these Kit Kat S’mores in a Jar!  Easy and cute!

Kit Kat S’mores in a Jar  (serves 4)

  • 1 pkg instant chocolate fudge pudding, prepared according to package directions (4-serving size)
  • 12 graham crackers, crushed coarsely
  • 10 miniature Kit Kat candy bars
  • 4 TBS marshmallow fluff
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 4 small (pint) Mason jars, decorated if desired
  • In the bottom of a Mason jar place 1/4 cup of crushed graham crackers.  Unwrap and break a miniature Kit Kat into small pieces and place on top of cracker crumbs.  Add 1/4 cup of pudding and a tablespoon of marshmallow fluff to the jar.  Repeat graham cracker crumb and Kit Kat layers followed by another 1/4 cup of pudding.  Follow same procedure for remaining jars.  Any remaining graham cracker crumbs can be sprinkled on the top of the pudding in the jars.  Top each jar with 2 marshmallows and a piece of Kit Kat candy bar.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  If you have a Brulee torch you can toast the marshmallows on top of the jar and it looks pretty neat, but not a necessity for great flavors.

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