We all jam ourselves into the car and buckle up. Windows down, I search for my keys while my daughter inevitably demands:
“Put the Jesus song on!”
I have to admit that I’m just a bit tired of it. After all, I have been listening to it for five plus years. But my daughter never gets tired of it.
“Again!” she often pleas. We have to put a limit on how many times it will repeat.
“After three times your brothers get to pick a song they want to listen to,” I’ll remind her.
But hey, at least she’s begging for a song about Jesus, right?
So what is this Jesus song that is in such high demand by my five year old?
That would be the To Be Like Jesus song and cd. As soon as the drums kick in my daughter is off and singing. With themes of joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, and self-control, To Be Like Jesus has songs that take on some deep ideas but makes them accessible to kids. Give Me Self-Control is one that has been helpful to our family with lines like, “When I say words I shouldn’t speak/And hurt the ones I know/On mornings when I’d rather sleep/I need Your self-control.”
Let’s Get Silly
And then there’s Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies, which has been a particular favorite with my boys. Some of the songs are complete nonsense but totally upbeat and fun like Tractor Tractor or tender like My Baby Loves to Dance. And our favorite song from this cd has to be the tongue-twisting God Made Me.
Sleepy Time Lullabies
Beautiful, comforting, scriptural, Hidden in My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture is an album I’ll listen to even when my kids are not in the car with me. It is gorgeous musically and encouraging lyrically. I Will Never Leave You brings tears to my eyes because it was one I listened to when my husband had a health scare. With the words, “When your sky is cold and lonely/and your heart is filled with fear/I will wrap my arms around you/Know that I am here/I will keep you safe and sound/through the darkness that surrounds.” It’s the cd my kids will ask for at night if they are struggling with being afraid of the dark.
What faith-based music does your family recommend?