Scene: Samuel crying in the back yard after falling out of the swing.
Day: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 7:45 pm
Grace had turned a whopping 9 days old and you know what that means: Sleepless (more like sleep-deprived) in Kansas City were Sarah and yours truly. Triaging the situation, the question of the moment arose:
Am I taking him to the ER?
We tried seeing if sleep would take the edge off, but 45 minute after he fell asleep, he was back up in pain.
Sarah’s Dad drove as I buddied up with the little man in the back seat of our Odyssey. We returned home a couple of hours later with matching wrist splints and x-ray’s showing 3 out of the 4 wrist bones buckle fractured. Whammy!
Sarah’s and my head spinning, we asked the question almost rhetorically, “Lord, what is up?”
The next evening after family worship, I had the sense that it was an attack on our little drummer boy. See, Samuel keeps the beat and really has been for about 5 years. $5 drumsticks from Guitar Center, two pillows and a snare on the carpet; that little guy rocks it out during our times of Family Worship! (And, he’s actually got rhythm.)
When I shared it with Sarah, she said, “I had the same thought.”
So we pray for protection and that God would anoint Samuel with even greater love and skill to drum his little heart out for Jesus.
He’s probably logged hundreds of hours on the pillow drums. That’s just one more bonus to family worship. It’s become sport for him and he’ll even play along with the girls on the piano just for fun.
Last week we shared our list of Top 10 Awesome Benefits of Family Worship and said we need your help. We asked you to give us your top two benefits, so without further adieu, here are your additions.
12 Added Bonuses of Family Worship
The absence of sin – for those 10-15 minutes, you’re probably not going to sin. :o) (And you’ll apologize quickly if you do…)
You create at cavity of time on your own heart and children’s for regularly feasting on God’s presence.
Your mind is being renewed and you are being transformed.
Your marriage and family connectedness (bonding) level increases (just because your physically close and emotionally open).
You become tender with one another’s weaknesses. (As we read the Word, pray and sing, we’re reminded of how we all need mercy to follow Jesus wholeheartedly).
You learn what is stirring in your family’s hearts when they pray.
You establish a value in your and your family’s hearts for growing in Christ through intentional focus on scripture, song and prayer.
You create an anchor of intercession and praise for seasons of pressure and uncertainty.
Songs, songs, songs: You and your family will sing the songs throughout the day continuing the praises of God ever being on your lips.
You learn from one another as God speaks to each member individually and highlights truths that encourage one another.
You declare to one another that Jesus is worthy of all your worship and praise.
As you focus on Him He reveals more of who He is and what his will is for you and your family.
Friends, you will NEVER regret the time and energy you invest in worshipping Jesus with your spouse and children.
And, we really have tools to help. Send me an email and I’d love to support you as you endeavor to grow the culture of worship in your home!