The boys were unusually tired and whiny as the afternoon seemed as chaotic and tumultuous as the morning.
Naturally, this made me unusually tired and whiny; not a good combination.
Do you ever have days like that?
Tired and whiny turned into outright complaining.
My kids started saying things like, “I was sitting there-that’s MY SPOT!” and “I don’t want a sandwich!” and “I was playing with the dump truck first!”
Ugh. What’s a mom to do? How do I turn the tide of ungrateful hearts around when my own heart is being sucked dry by all the bickering and fussing?
One of my favorite ways to get out of a funk and refocus our hearts back on track is through music and singing. I recently read this verse from Psalm 95:2:
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
I knew that going before God for help was the answer, but not just in prayer this time. I wanted my sons to get their joy back! In our home, singing and dancing together always does the trick.
I asked the boys to choose a favorite song they like to sing and then tell me two things they are thankful to God for. Oliver, my 7-year-old, chose “toys” and “the sky.” Then he selected the song, Mr. Golden Sun for the tune of his original song. Next, we sang the song through together, changing the lyrics to fit his theme of thankfulness. This was the result:
And you know what? No more tired and whiny kids. No more complaining. Each of the boys took turns talking through their two things they were thankful for and the song they wanted to sing. When Daddy came home, we set up a little performance!
Now when the complaining creeps in, we remind each other about our “Gratitude Song” and sing it to remind each other that we have so much to thank God for in our lives. God is pleased when we acknowledge Him for His goodness to us and I want that to be a natural part of my sons’ daily life.
Give this simple, but fun activity a try with your kids and pray that the song of their hearts will always be one of gratitude and praise.
Let’s pray for hearts of gratitude in our sons:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us be creative moms when it comes to pointing our children to You, Lord! Give us hearts of praise and thanksgiving so that we can model that for our sons and give our boys attitudes of contentment and gratitude that honors You!
In Jesus Name, Amen!
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
- This activity isn’t just for kids! What song would you choose to sing and what two things are you grateful for today?
- What’s one of your all time favorite praise songs of thanksgiving and why is it so meaningful to you?