I LOVE to sing! Admittedly, I'm not the best singer in the world, but I do love to sing praises to our wonderful God, as I go about my daily activities. I love to hear my children sing also - even when they sing the same verse, over and over and over and OVER again!
As my husband and I didn't grow up in Christian homes, we never knew most of the hymns that we love to sing now. There are still a GREAT many that we do not know - but we are working on that! Therefore, it was such a blessing to us when we began to attend our present church, and we realised that our Pastor kept the same hymn selection for 3-4 weeks in a row. Doing it this way, allowed our family to memorize many of the words, and melodies off by heart.
After a couple of weeks of attending there, we were kindly gifted with two new hymnals for our family to use at home. One regular hard-back (we now have another also), and a spiral-bound to keep at the piano. Anyone who has seen these hymnals will know, that we use sticky tabs to mark to pages of the hymns we know, but at this stage there are sticky tabs hanging out all over the place! I like this, because when I'm finished doing Bible time with the kids in the mornings, I can just flick through the marked pages and we can sing a selection of hymns that we all know.
When my husband and I were newly saved, we did listen to some contemporary Christian music, and continued to do so for a while. However, we now prefer to sing/listen to traditional hymns or occasional classical pieces - we no longer listen to any contemporary Christian or non-Christian music. In our quest to learn more hymns and have the option of having God honouring music to listen to within our home, we bought a CD set of traditional hymns for our family to enjoy. Even though they are lovely to listen to, each hymn is performed by various professional choirs, and as such, the children (and sometimes my husband and I) couldn't always identify the hymn, or sing along easily.
Over the past few months, our family has benefit so much, from listening/and singing along to the Faithful Word Baptist hymn playlist, via YouTube. It has been a blessing to be able to listen to traditional, congregational singing, within our home. Little Meg loves to listen to the playlist especially, and in doing so, it sparked her interest in singing hymns herself (even though she cannot yet talk very well). As I've already blogged about before, Meg now loves to sing hymns as part of her bed/naptime routine. Her favourite all-time hymn is "Glory to His Name", as well as current favourite "At the Cross". The older kids and I have learnt many new hymns this way and continue to do so. Also, listening along before singing, helps us to stay in tune!
"I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people:
I will sing unto thee among the nations." ~ Psalms 57:9