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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.
Colossians 3:16

Singing – it is one of my family’s favorite things to do. Whether we are having morning worship, picking up the house, cooking, playing outside, giving comfort after getting hurt, or riding in the car.

Singing is the third part of our morning worship routine. I would have to say this is my children’s favorite part of morning worship. We use one hymnal. Each child has their favorite songs and we pass the hymnal back and forth as they look up their favorites and then sing them. My 1 year old daughter can even look up her favorite hymns on her very own. It is so precious.

Sometimes we will just sit on the couch and sing. Other times we will gather around the piano and sing while I play. In the evening for family devotions my husband will sometimes pull out his guitar.

When teaching the hymns we do not just learn the first verse of each song. It is important our children learn the whole song. Most hymns tell a story or teach a complete thought or idea. Do not cheat your children by just teaching the first verse. Another part of singing hymns is teaching my children the history behind the hymn. There are many wonderful resources that you can use to teach the hymn history.

Our worship to the Lord needs to be honoring and glorying to Him. We are singing not for ourselves but to the Lord.  Our worship should not be wild and out of control. If our children are dancing around and goofing off they aren’t worshiping God – they are doing what feels good to them. Our worship should not feel dead either. If we are singing hymns that are more quiet and meditative then we need to sing them that way. But if the song is full of praise to the Lord we should not sing it like church mice. I plan to talk about this in a later post (the correct worship of Jesus Christ is something I am very passionate about).

Hymns can be chosen a variety of ways. I am focusing right now on teaching my children hymns of worship and praise. Here is a sample list of hymns we’ve learned so far:

  • To God Be the Glory
  • And Can It Be
  • Old Rugged Cross (Learned around Easter)
  • O How I Love Jesus
  • Trust and Obey
  • O Magnify the Lord
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Rejoice the Lord is King
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • Come Thou Fount
  • A Child of the King (Learned because 3 yr old son asked Jesus to be his Savior)

I believe our children need to learn the great hymns of the faith. These hymns will carry our children through the exciting and difficult times in life. As I have gone through difficult times I have often sat on the couch with my hymnal on my lap, singing songs to the Lord, allowing Him to minister to my heart through song. Having taught my children hymns from a young age, I often hear them singing hymns while they are playing. Instead of stupid little songs they learn off tv (which is one reason I don’t allow much tv) they are singing songs of praise to God. It brings such joy to my heart to hear the children praising the Lord while they are playing. They don’t always sing the whole song right – sometimes they even put a few songs together – but it is during those times I just sit back and smile at the goodness of God.

One example of this has happened lately. We have spent a lot of time learning “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”. The last line says, “the moon shines full at His command and all the stars obey”. My one year old daughter has been going around the house singing, “moon shine, moon shine, moon shine”.  At first I couldn’t figure out exactly what she was saying, but the more she sang it I got it. I had to just sit back and laugh and wonder what people would think if they heard my 1 year old talking about “moonshine”!!!! 🙂

A great book on worship is called “How to Worship Jesus Christ” by Joseph Carroll. It is a book I first read when I took a college music course in highschool. I have since read it a number of times, including during morning worship. Every Christian should read this book at least once. It would also be perfect for a Bible study at church.

http://www.amazon.com/Worship-Jesus-Christ-Joseph-Carroll/dp/080243424X

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Hamburger Carrot Casserole

4 potatoes
4-5 carrots
1/2 medium onion
1/4 cup rice
1 lb hamburger
1 can of tomato soup
1 can of water

Cut up potatoes and carrots. Boil in water with a little salt until almost tender. Drain. Brown hamburger, onion and rice together. Drain Stir together vegetables and hamburger. Add tomato soup and water.

Bake 350 for 30-45 minutes.

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Hamburger carrot casserole is a family favorite, especially for the fall/winter, because it sticks to your bones (can you tell I was raised on the farm)! 😀 We love to serve bran muffins with it. It freezes well too!

Enjoy!

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Ham/cheese/mustard sandwiches

1/2 c. butter
2 Tablespoons onion (I just use minced onion)
2 Tablespoons mustard
1 Tablespoon poppyseed

Melt ingredients together. Set aside.

8 hamburger buns
1 lb shaved ham (2 pieces of meat per sandwich)
1/2 lb baby swiss cheese (1 slice per sandwich)

Tear off a sheet of heavy tin foil (the size will depend if you are wrapping them individually or all together). When I put these together, I usually lay it all out on a cookie sheet. It goes much faster. Open up bun and lay open on the tin foil. Put one spoon of sauce on the inside of the bun (both pieces).  Put a slice of ham on top of the sauce on both sides. Then put one slice of cheese on one side of the bun. Close bun, and put one spoonful of sauce on the top of the sandwich, allowing the sauce to run off the sides. Fold tin foil around sandwich. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes – until the cheese is melted and sandwich is hot.

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These sandwiches are a favorite to serve when we have company or for a church fellowship (a meal the kids can help make too). They are great left over. Also good for a game day (hubby likes to watch football!) or quick supper before or after church Sunday p.m. You can wrap them individually in tin foil or all together if you are just serving to your family. Another thing about these sandwiches – my husband and I both HATE mustard. But we are both crazy about these sandwiches.

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