Our son Samuel decided at age 11 that he wanted to learn to play the violin. He tracked down a store that would rent him an instrument to own, found a teacher who would come to our house for lessons, then got up at 5:30 every morning in order to practice for an hour before school.
He has always been a very self-motivated student!
Although I love classical music and thoroughly enjoyed hearing Samuel practice, only he and his brother David ever learned to play the violin. A few more of our children took guitar lessons, but the majority have focused on learning to play the piano.
In Psalm 150:4, we are told to:
“Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.”
Although the piano is not nearly as portable as a violin or guitar, it is still technically a stringed instrument, and I love hearing my children practice.
Here again, we’ve been blessed with a teacher who comes to our house for lessons. She camps out here for two and a half hours every Monday afternoon while the kids take turns sitting at the bench and demonstrating the progress they’ve made since her last visit.
One of the things I enjoy most is that, in addition to letting the children play the pieces they are most interested in, Miss Judy also encourages them to learn Christian hymns and praise music, which especially lifts my spirit when I hear them rehearsing their songs.
Music and dancing is such a happy, natural way to praise the Lord, don’t you think? What is your favorite way to praise God in song?
This week’s verse can be found in the fifth set of our Scripture Memory Flashcards:
And for extra practice on Psalm 150:4 (and other passages), I’ve made more handwriting printables, as well:
Plus, in case you missed them, here are links to the first four sets of flashcards and practice sheets, too:
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 1
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 2
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 3
- Scripture Memory Cards – Set 4
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 1
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 2
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 3
- Memory Verse Copywork – Set 4
And I’ve also uploaded a progress chart to help you keep track of which verses your child has already memorized (some of the verses listed are from sets of flashcards that will be published in the future).
May God honor your efforts to hide His Word in your heart!