Dance party in the kitchen

We like to sing. We like to dance.
We like to sing and dance in the kitchen.
We raise the roof and get our praise on.

We have no musical talent AT ALL, which means it is a "sacrifice of praise" to those who may listen. But it doesn't matter. I think Jesus is smiling at us, regardless of our lack of rhythm and vocal talent.
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I also like to pretend I am a DJ. One day, I called out, "This song is going out to the special 4-year-old boy who lives down the hall from me." I played the song  "Courageous" (performed by Casting Crowns).

We were made to be courageous
We were made to lead the way
We could be the generation
that finally breaks the chains
We were made to be courageous
We were made to be courageous

Jack (the 4-year-old who lives down the hall from me) claimed it as "his song."

This became one of those ah-ha mothering moments that the Lord hands us sometimes. Now, at least once a day, Jack asks me, "Mom, can you play my song?"

Then, we commence with playing air guitars in the kitchen and claim that Jack was "made to be courageous" and that "he will lead the way." Really, the only lyric he seems to remember is "Cure-Age-Us!" He yells it real loud.

Sometimes the song comes on the radio and he gets practically beside himself, "Mom they are playing MY song."

Anne quickly asked, "Mom, what's MY song? I need a song."

She chose "A Living Prayer" (performed by Alison Krauss and Union Station). I was shocked....of all the songs, she selected a bluegrass gospel prayer, with lyrics thick with rich.

Take my life and let me be
A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

Instead of an air guitar, Anne likes to use the Wii microphone to belt out "her song." I get a glimpse of her 18 and singing the song at a high school choir concert. A few voice lessons will be needed, but we'll get her on key by then, singing her "living prayer" that she chose as her own at age 6.

So dedicate a song to your little ones. Help them pick "their song." Then belt it out into a kitchen-utensil microphone. You will make a memory, you will sing a prayer, you will forever write the words of a song on their hearts.


  1. That is so beautiful. The relationship that Jesus has with children always amaizes me...I love how He touches their hearts, and they in turn touch our adult hearts.

  2. what a neat idea. i'll have to think about some songs to vision cast on my littles and claim for them. thanks, janna! xoxo

  3. This is really cool! I'm going to have to keep my ears peels for songs to dedicate to the kids.