Monday, January 28, 2013

My Journey with a Nursery Rhyme

 A few months ago I had taken the kids to story-time at the library and the librarian began singing a song that included hand motions and participation from the kiddos. It was one of those comparing, guilt, "oh no I've missed the mark," moments as a Mama. My kids sat there clueless as to what was going on while the other children eagerly participated. It never surprises me how the enemy can use the seemingly simple and meaningless things to bring me down and make me feel like I've failed. I was tempted to go towards thoughts of:
"My kids are missing out."
"I'm not as fun and involved as I planned on being."
"How did I overlook such a fun childhood activity like singing nursery rhymes?"

And the list could go on and on. Thankfully the Lord spoke truth into my heart before I traveled down that road of destruction and God reminded me that:
I am enough.
My children are dearly loved and cared for.
They are not yet grown and I didn't miss the opportunity to sing fun nursery rhymes with them.
Start today!

I know this whole situation might seem silly but in reality I am battling silly thoughts like this all of the time. The enemy wants us to go down the path of destruction where we tear ourselves apart to the point that we can't seem to muster the strength to get back on track. We allow the thoughts in our head to have more power than the truths of the scriptures. So this reminds me to have grace for myself. I will make mistakes, I won't look, do and act the same as others and that's ok. Whether it be a nursery rhythm or what I feed my children I need to depend on the Lord for that guidance and wisdom over any other voice in my head or what I perceive others might say or think.

So in light of that situation we now have music time right after breakfast. I turn on Pandora to the toddler station or children's nursery rhymes and we sing and dance for a good half hour. It truly is a highlight in their day and a happy way to start the morning off. It also allows me some time to clean up breakfast while they dance their hearts. 

"The God of our Lord Jesus Christ , may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to ward us who believe." Ephesians 1:17-19


  1. I had that exact same moment when I realized that my 3rd daughter didn't know how to do the hand motions to "Pat-A-Cake". I was devastated and felt like I had failed or at the very least robbed her of some childhood rite of passage. It took me a while to remember all the wonderful things she did know and the memories that we made while not learning that one nursery rhyme. As always, thanks for being so honest, its nice to know we're not alone!

  2. Definitely not alone. There will always be something. I feel it all the time! But, what a fun new routine to start!

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for teaching nursery rhymes to your kids! I'm a kindergarten teacher and know that it really is important to kids' development!


  4. Oh my word! I have had this very same horrible feeling of failure! I only wish I had your blog to read back when my children were young (they are now 11 & 9).
    You are wise for your age and truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing the good and the bad!
    Channelview, TX

  5. Just what I needed to hear today. The devil can get a foothold so easily in the smallest simplest moments. But the He speaks truth and His word brings forth knowledge. Well said. Way to use those moments to be intentional instead. Thanks for sharing.

  6. oh, I have so been there before!! And Facebook is the worst ... seeing what other kids are doing and learning and thinking that my daughter is sooo behind. It's such a devil trap. Thanks for sharing your heart!

  7. Just what I needed to read... I feel horrible I haven't sang nursery rhymes to my child and he is 2 yrs and 3 months old! Instead we have listened to george jones to fleetwood mac to elvis presley... and you know what... your post just made me realize... it's okay! - I sure missed your updates... and your amazing photography... xo a fan

  8. love that idea.

    i have PLENTY of these moments being in the homeschooling world verses public school.

    we went on a field trip over the weekend and an employee at the farm we visited asked Kaylyn how old she was. when Kaylyn told her age the woman said,"Oh 3rd grade! How fun! You must be studying Texas History...."

    Ummm, not so much. Haha!

    But, then my mind immediately goes to "oh dang. i'm failing her. she doesn't know Texas history." and the Holy Spirit said,"Not yet. But she will." It probably won't be on the same timeline as the school system, but she will learn it.

    and some things like certain playground songs or what have you my girls may never learn.