Look up today by singing

I learned to sing in the car.
 
When I was a girl, my parents loaded up us five kids in our brown and tan 1957 Chevy station wagon, and we’d go for a Sunday afternoon drive after church.
 
After not too long, we’d stop by the side of the road in a shady spot, put the tailgate down, and feast on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and lemonade.
 
Then the drive would continue through the rolling hills of the Catskills in upstate New York, and Mom and Dad would sing.
 
“You are my sunshine . . . .”
 
“I love you truly, truly dear . . . .”
 
I think the singing was meant to be a diversion from our backseat bickering. When you’re singing, figurative harmony is a natural outcome.
 
I sang in our church’s girls’ choir growing up in Christ Church in Hudson, New York. And I sang solo pieces and with a fun church choir in our little town years ago.
 
Recently I sang the National Anthem at our local high school’s commencement ceremony with our oldest, Rebekah, who also sings with the Reno Philharmonic Chorus. Her six kids, ages five to thirteen, have beautiful, on-key, pitch-perfect voices and all play the violin. Our youngest, Bethany, sings, plays guitar and piano, and writes music for her church. I love that we have a legacy of music.
 
The psalmist writes that he sings of God’s strength, but I’ve also found that singing also brings about strength. Worries dissipate as we focus on God’s character. And it’s a form of prayer, which naturally lifts your eyes to the One who has the strength when you do not.
 
So . . . join me in Looking Up! today . . . and sing!
 
Janet McHenryJanet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the prayers of Jesus. She speaks about Looking Up! and would LOVE to be considere as the speaker for your next event. 
 
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