Our church times have changed this year so we do not start until 12:30 instead of 9:00 am. We rotate every year. It is nice for the change and the little extra sleep. :) This post is going to be a bit churchy but that is who I am. In my church I have a calling (responsibility) of teaching new songs to the children every Sunday. This is the beginning of a new year so I will have 8 songs to teach them before the end of the year. January's song is one that is new to everyone in our church worldwide. It is called If I Listen with my Heart. Such a wonderful song. I wanted to share the first verse and then share what I am going to do to help teach this to the children (ages 3-11).
If I had been a little child
When Jesus lived on earth
I would have liked to walk with Him
And listen to His words,
But as I search the scriptures
I can hear His words of peace,
And if I listen with my heart
I hear the Savior's voice.
Click HERE to listen to the entire song with words and music. It is quite beautiful with a sweet meaning to it.
I cut out 2 1/2 inch hearts on my Cricut and I am going to hand a heart out to each child. I am then going to ask them to write down what they think the Savior would tell them, if they listened with their hearts. For example, the Savior would tell me to be kind or patient if I listened with my heart. He would also tell me to not worry about things that were not important in the eternal perspective of things. :)
For the beginning activity I am going to have a child come up to the front of the room and I am going to have them tell me a story. As soon as they start speaking I am going to cover my ears. When they stop I am going to tell them to go ahead because I am still listening. I will then ask the children if they think I can really hear with my hands over my ears. It will be a great way to teach the children that when we fully listen to someone with our hearts, we give them our full attention, eye contact, and love. Just like when we are trying to listen to the Savior. If we have so many distractions going on in our lives like loud music, TV, etc. , how can we hear what He is trying to tell us?
I hope you all have a peace-filled day. I will be thinking about all of you as I attend church and keep a prayer in my heart for those of you who are struggling with something or are lonely. Just know that I love you all and am grateful for the support and friendship you have given me. Even if it is just through comments, I adore them all. :)