As a little girl, I remember lying in bed early on Saturday mornings. I’d be in that drowsy state where you’re half awake and half asleep. The covers would be so warm and snuggly. The beautiful rays of morning sun would be shining in through my window. Inside the house, I’d hear the sound of the washing machine chugging away, and I’d hear Mom singing as she worked on cleaning the house.
Singing…. At the time, I never thought much about it. That was just the normal thing. When mom cleaned, mom usually sang. She didn’t just sing any old tune, but beautiful old hymns. The song that I remember her singing most frequently is “Blessed Assurance”, especially the lines that say, “This is my story. This is my song. Praising my Savior, all the day long.”
Lately, I’ve read several articles and books that have suggested that women should be purposeful in singing songs of praise and worship as they go about their daily chores. These articles and books have pointed out that singing has many benefits that I’d never even thought about.
The ideas that intrigued me most were that:
~Singing songs of praise and worship to God is a wonderful witness to other family members.
~Purposefully singing songs of praise and worship is a wonderful way to brighten your day and raise your spirits.
~When often heard, songs of praise and worship will more readily come to mind in times of worry or trouble.
~Singing songs of praise and worship helps to make even menial jobs, like doing the dishes, a fun and special time to draw closer to the Lord.
Who would have thought that something as simple as singing a song could have such a impact in our day to day lives?
I don’t know if my Mom was purposeful in her singing, or if that was just a way for her to spend a few minutes of praise and worship with Jesus in the midst of her busy life. Either way, it really made a difference to me. I find myself singing her favorite lines from “Blessed Assurance” when I’m throwing in a load of laundry or doing some dusting.
Mom may not have realized it at the time, but her sweet, simple, singing during Saturday morning chores helped to start me on a precious journey with the Lord that will last through eternity. Now that’s something to sing about!