I’m a big fan of kids’ music. I know, some of you think it’s akin to fingernails on a chalkboard. But I like it. It keeps my kids actual KIDS longer. And most of the Christian kids music is filled with scripture. So, to have my kids running around singing scripture? Well, I can’t think of any music I like better than that!
One of my favorite artists is actually a good friend of mine, Yancy. She’s released several mainstream adult contemporary radio kinda music. But recently she’s jumped head first into kids’ music. Rock-N-Happy Heart is for the tweens in your life. Praise Party: My Best Friend is her preschool album. And we listen (and dance) to both of them regularly!
Lydia loves loves loves the preschool album. But I have to admit she feels kinda cool when we listen to “Aunt Yancy’s big kid cd!”. Here’s the thing about Yancy, she’s not just a performer. She’s not just a girl who likes to sing. She’s really not just someone who wants to sing about Jesus. Yancy wants KIDS to know and follow Jesus from their earliest years. She is a Children’s Pastor’s kid and has grown up in the church–loving and being a part of singing songs to Jesus.
Yancy just released a devotional to go along with her Rock N Happy Heart CD. It is a very cool (very detailed!) book that gives a full week of devotions for each song on the album! There’s tons of scripture, personal stories and some pencil/pen activities. I got it out this week to do one of the devotionals with Lydia. It was definitely too old for her but I think we made it work nicely.
Lydia’s favorite song is “Paid In Full“. Here are some of the lyrics:
C’mon, c’mon I need to testify
How Jesus has come, He changed my life
Healed my broken heart from being lost
Took my hurts and scars at the cross
These things take zero cash
Like a fairytale this love will last
Sickness don’t bother me
Jesus was bruised for me
and now it’s I have a friend who really believes in me
Lonely days are gone Jesus is there for me
If life starts to crumble, push or pull
I have no fear cause Jesus paid in full
Every little thing’s been paid in full
Jesus paid it all, it’s paid in full
I’m forgiven and free I’ve been made whole
Jesus paid it all, it’s paid in full
What a powerful message for a little girl to sing! Whew, it brings tears to my eyes! But it’s a big idea. Yancy gives some great teaching and breaks it down nicely for kids. She starts off the “Paid in Full” week of devotions with 2 questions:
1. What if you were at a shoe store and someone told you you had to pay for every single shoe in the store and not one of them was for you?
2. What if you picked out several outfits and someone secretly paid for all of them?
How would you feel? I asked Lydia these questions and she thought it was SO funny to pay for all the shoes in a store! We tried to follow the directions in the devotional and draw her favorite shoe. It didn’t quite turn out right…but Asa even got in on it and they had fun.
As they drew I told them that the first question is what happened to Jesus. He had to pay for ALL of our sin, even thought it wasn’t his. The second question is what happened to us–Jesus paid for all of our sin and we didn’t even ask or deserve it.
To help us remember these shoe stories and the verse Yancy put with it, we made some little footprints. I traced Lydia’s (bare) feet and she said, “Mommy. This story is about shoes. I need to have shoes on.” Oh well! Then I wrote the verse on several other pieces of paper.
We put them in order and began to memorize Romans 6:23:
The important words I wanted her to learn were SIN, DEATH, GIFT and ETERNAL LIFE. So, I wrote those on the foot cutouts and the rest of the words on rectangles. We put them in a long line, then rearranged them into little square and then finally we made a poster of them.
Lydia didn’t memorize the whole thing that day (I didn’t really push her, either) but she definitly got the four key words down pat. Those simple ideas coupled with the devotional and her favorite song is a huge seed planted in my daughter’s heart. I honestly look forward to the day in her future when this song and scripture pop into her head. Rather, when the Holy Spirit brings it back to her remembrance!
And hey–it gets even better! Yancy has offered to give away TWO copies of both the CD and the new devotional book! For a chance to win one set, leave me a comment with your favorite kids’ CD (Christian or not) and I’ll announce the winners on our Saturday fyi@iyk post!
If you’d like an additional entry, leave a separate comment if you do any of the following:
1. Tweet the following: I want some rockin’ kids’ music from @yancynotnancy and @impressyourkids! http://bit.ly/rockinheart
3. Post some other place (tumblr, your blog, facebook status, etc.) about this post with a link: http://bit.ly/rockinheart
But even if you don’t win, will you poke around Yancy’s website? Get to know her? Buy her CDs & books? I promise you WILL have a rockin’ happy heart!