Friday, September 17, 2010


by Tara McClenahan

Last week I was getting Little Man ready for bed and putting on his jammies. He hadn’t had a nap that day (something we are struggling with since taking away the pacifier) so he was grumpy and fighting me and I was quickly losing my patience! Then a thought popped into my head: “I can sing to him!”

I’ve sung to Little Man since he was in the womb! I love to sing and was on my church’s praise team for almost six years including while I was pregnant. I made up a song when he was a newborn and would sing it to him every night as I was “loving him down” to sleep. The song is what he calls “Bye-o Bye-o Baby” (and he requests it OFTEN!).

I started singing this song in a soft voice to my uncooperative toddler and it had an almost instantaneous effect! He immediately stopped squirming around, visibly relaxed every muscle in his body and his eyes became droopy. WOW! I should find a way to bottle this!

It did get me to thinking about this verse in Zephaniah 3:17:

“The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

I was blown away – God sings over me! Can you picture that? Even when we are fighting and grumpy and uncooperative, He shows His love and sings over us! And when we stop long enough to listen, we too will relax and allow Him to do the work He wants to do in us.

Are you out of sorts? Fighting against something? Distracted? Too busy? Overwhelmed?

Listen….God is singing over you!

Tara McClenahan is a devoted mom to a two-year-old “little man” and enjoys discovering how God has “packed his suitcase”. As an associate with iBloom, she has a heart for inspiring, encouraging and equipping moms to become “Proverbs 31 mamas” and raise their children according to Biblical principles and guidelines using the Bible and other tools. Tara adores falling leaves, sweatshirts, Starbucks White Chocolate Mochas and the first curly BBQ chip from the bag! Make sure to visit Tara’s website to download your free Christian mom resource!

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Unknown said...

Oh, I love this. What a great post!!!

Merana Leigh said...

I have known this peace even MY singing can bring to my children - :o}! Great post. Thx for sharing!

Anonymous said...

My son has Asperger's Syndrome and if not for singing, I would have even less sleep than I already survive on. I do believe 100%, you don't need to be a good singer, you just need to sing... sing his praises, his glory and his promise. How can one be anything but content when they sing. Hugs. tammy

my word verification: LUVIN..aww

Renee said...

What a sweet post....and I have never connected with the verse you mentioned about God singing over us. WOW!

Charlotte said...

What a beautiful appropriate video to illustrate a beautiful post. It is said that music soothes the savage beast. It even soothes a restless toddler. I think this post will help a lot of people. Thank you for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

I, too, love this post and enjoyed the analogy so much. Blessings to you this weekend.

Carolyn said...

That was absolutely beautiful and an awesome word picture to think of my Father singing over me just as I did when my babies were little...brought it home! :)

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

What a sweet~~post. I wish I could be a mom all over again, I would do it so different. The song is beautiful, thank-you.

Susy said...

What a wonderful gift He has given us ~ the ability to sing. Personally I'm a joyful noise, and do a lot of whistling instead (: You're right, singing soothes the soul. Thank you for this beautiful illustration. And thanks for visiting my blog. I'm expanding my borders!

Joan Hall said...

I love the thought of the Lord rejoicing over us with singing.
Thanks for sharing this today.


Sue said...

Hi Dr.Bobbi Jo, so nice to meet you, what a beautiful thought, of God singing over me, and now to be able to know for sure by reading it in His Word. AWESOME!! Beautiful song too, thank you for sharing these inspiring thoughts, and for the links too.

Thank you for coming by and for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment, I am so thankful for memories I had at my grandmothers farm. Thank you too for being a follower of my blog.
Enjoy this beautiful Sunday.

Mevely317 said...

Oh!, I've just been wonderfully gifted with (an unexpected) sense of peace. Thank you!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
What a beautiful thought to know that God is singing over me. I so love this and it has made my heart "Happy" today. Many thanks for the beautiful share. How peaceful this thought is.

Have a beautiful Sunday sweet friend. Keep on singing to the little guy. You are touching him in many ways.

Country hugs, Sherry

Annesphamily said...

I know God loves music! Look at David in the bible! I never thought about the Lord singing over us but it makes sense. I have a favor to ask. Please visit MizMollye's son Buddy at his new blog. He is really hurting. I want to have a support and prayer system for him. Please stop by.

Hugs Anne

Brian Ray Todd said...

He shows His love and sings over us! Wow! If would just stop and realize the communion that we have with our heavenly Father, we would have such satisfaction & peace in our lives. Thanks for sharing Dr. Bobbi Jo!

dtbrents said...

I enjoyed your post and the song is beautiful. I love the thought of God singing over us. Doylene

Mya said...

Our God is all good things, defender and comforter. This verse paints a beautiful picture.

A Joyful Chaos said...

What a lovely picture that God sings over us. So very comforting.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Solid Rock or Sinking Sand said...

Thank you for such a wonderful and uplifting message. God does sing over His children. Blessings. Lloyd

Cathy said...

Such a sweet post ~ I love that verse and song. I wrote a lullaby that is on my music blog. I need to finish a song I wrote about God compassing around us with songs of deliverance. Thanks for your sweet visit. I have had computer problems.

Dee said...

Your post brings to mind when I use to sing to my little grandson. I always thought he enjoyed it..I sure did. Then one day at age three he put his little hands on each cheek and looked into my eye's and said in a quiet pleading voice,"Nonnie, Please don't sing to me any more." It comforts me to know that perhaps the Lord took my place and sang over him.