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We had visitors from Growing Families Australia with us this week which meant our focus has been on parenting. As a result of focusing on parenting issues for these couple of days I feel “sharper”, not only encouraged to continue, but more alert, aware and concerned for my children’s hearts. Concerned that they know what is right, why it is right and how to walk that way. Having this on my heart for my children, makes me that little more consistent, that little more responsive to the things going on in my home.
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It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
Using Christmas Music to Teach
The decorations are up! Yes, I know, it is early but my girls got excited and decided to find the boxes and put up the decorations – no tree yet, just lots of angels, wreaths, and hearts. And yes, December is just days away. As I write this the girls have Christmas songs playing in the background. Some are familiar tunes, some are jazzed up tunes to familiar words. I love Christmas music.
Studying the lyrics to your favourite songs will give you an opportunity to teach into your children’s hearts and never more so than at Christmas time. This may work for your family devotion time over the month of December. It maybe something you can do while in the car driving. It maybe more incidental conversation but I encourage you to consider the words of your favourite Christmas songs and have meaningful discussions with your kids this season.
Here are some suggestions:
- Mary’s Boy Child - Hark now hear the angels sing, a new born king born today. Why is Jesus called a king? Is Jesus king in your life?
- O Little Town of Bethlehem - The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. What were the hopes and fears before Jesus was born? What are your hopes and fears? Can Jesus do anything about that?
- Silent Night - Silent night holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight. Try and get the kids to imagine being one of those shepherds, the incredible hugeness of what they saw, their emotions (good and bad). What was the implication of what the shepherds heard that night? What does it mean to you?
- Away in a Manger – Be near me Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay, close by me forever and love me I pray. How do we ask Jesus to stay with us? We need to confirm Jesus love for us (John 3:16) and that we need to respond to Jesus.
Our family favourite Christmas CD is from our favourite Aussie performer, Colin Buchanan: King of Christmas. Lessons just ooze from his songs. There is a strong theme in these songs that the Christmas story is the beginning of the Salvation message and that we need to live our lives for Jesus.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing
one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
We see from this passage that we can use songs to teach our children and to correct their thinking. So choose the music you have playing in your home wisely; music is words, words that are going into your children’s hearts and helping form what they believe. If you are playing jingly music that talks about Santa and presents more than you have joyful music talking about Jesus coming as a babe because he loved us, then your children have conflicting values to discern between.
Let us use every tool we have in our home to establish the rule of Christ in our lives.
Do you know how you are going to make Jesus the center of your Christmas Celebrations? My ebook – Restoring the Heart, Mind and Soul of Christmas is available for free download now.
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