The Heart of Worship

worship Our church has started a monthly worship night called “The Gathering.” I have wanted to go the last few months, but it just hasn’t worked out. This month we decided to go. Cause with everything going on in the world my soul needed it.

We were late getting out of the house because it fell shortly after dinner and, I don’t know about your kids, but mine take forever to eat. Hannah insisted on wearing her princess crown. Her latest go to accessory for all things fancy. And church is fancy so the crown was on. They had child care for kids under 5, but we decided we would worship as a family.

When we got there, we realized the worship wasn’t in the main auditorium, but up in a smaller venue. An intimate candlelight venue filled with adults reverently worshiping. The girls immediately recognized “Open The Eyes of my Heart” from their kid’s worship album and began to sing at the top of their lungs. The hubby and I met eyes and gave each other the “we really should get the kids out of here” look.

The songs turned more and more passionate and worshipful and the service was incredibly moving. I was having such a hard time concentrating worried that my girl’s loud and out of tune singing was distracting. Silas was a little fussy and I was consumed with self consciousness that we were sticking out like sore thumbs. The girl’s were so excited when they knew the songs so they kept singing louder and louder.

We go to a non-denominational church. People worship in many different ways but most people just sing with a few hand raisers splattered throughout the crowd. At this service, as I looked around I noticed so many people had their hands up and had really given themselves over to worship. Suddenly I didn’t care what my kids were doing. Because the fact was, they were worshiping. With all their little hearts.

One of the last songs sung was “In Christ Alone.” For some reason the girls have really latched onto that song. Hannah calls it her ballerina song and frequently begs for me to play it for her. It is not rare for me to find her with my iPod dancing around the living room to that song. When the worship band began to play it, Hannah climbed down out of her seat and began to dance. With her beautiful princess crown on she was spinning around singing her heart out with her hands stretched to the air. Tears ran down my face as I realized that instead of embarrassing me, my children were teaching my about true worship. Which shouldn’t have really surprised me at all.

And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.   Matthew 18:3 NIV

This post is linked up to Your Life Your Blog over at Real Life Blog.


  1. that was beautiful. thank you for sharing…i needed to hear it. i often forget, as the “teacher”, to allow myself to be taught by those small people He has put into my care.

    and next time…our family will be there too.
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  2. Beautiful!
    And clearly you need to write up a playlist for me because I’d love to expose my boys to more worship songs.
    .-= Sarah @ Ordinary Days´s last blog ..I Want Them To Think I’m Awesome =-.

  3. I am in tears reading this! What a precious time of worship! I absolutely love it when I walk into my daughter’s room and she’s listening to worship music. It’s so good to soak in the word of God through song.

    And “In Christ Alone” is one of my all time faves! The Truth in that song…
    .-= Real Life Sarah´s last blog ..Your Life Your Blog: Search Box =-.

  4. Best. Post. Ever.

    We keep our daughter in Sunday Morning service for worship, then daddy takes her back to nursery. But though she’s not old enough to know the words (18 mos), she lala’s with it and I often catch her raising her hand and on a fast song dancing. I love the innocence of children!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..More Shirts… =-.

  5. jennybek says:

    Wow. What a wonderful picture of adoration. Good for you letting her participate. I’m sure anyone around was touched seeing her pure and innocent worship.
    .-= jennybek´s last blog ..To all the books I’ve loved before, well in the last 6 months =-.

  6. This was a great post. Isn’t it wonderful how we can learn so much from our children? My son was clapping through a song at church recently. It didn’t matter to him that no one else was clapping. He felt the Spirit move and he went with it. Love it!
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Praying for My Husband =-.

  7. That’s so awesome! I love seeing worship through our children’s eyes! (I also wrote a post with “In Christ Alone” on Sunday! :) Love the song too!)
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..Stewardship – Not Just About the Money =-.

  8. Wonderful! I can’t wait until my daughter learns the words or at least tries to sing (she’s 2). We should all watch our children more and follow their innocence, instead of being embarrassed.

  9. that gave me goosebumps a little.
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  10. That was very beautifuly written, thank you for sharing!
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  11. dancing like david…only for the eyes of His Lord. :) we could all stand to be more like david…and your little ones.
    .-= Brooke´s last blog ..Me, bearing all =-.

  12. So true. I get so caught up in appearances and forget sometimes to just be thankful and learn from these beauties that God has given me.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Rather Than a Pregnancy Update…. =-.

  13. Nicole H. says:


    Thanks – what a great reminder. I have not attended that event. I will have to see when the next one is.

  14. Andrea @ MommySnacks.net says:

    This moved me to tears, Jill!

    Kids totally get it. It’s us that muck it up! What an encouragement and testimony to your parenting.

    I do pray to have the heart and mind like a child and truly love like Jesus as much as I can! And, of course teach my kids the same.
    .-= Andrea @ MommySnacks.net´s last blog ..100 Free Postcards =-.

  15. Thank you so much for that beautiful spoken lesson. It’s hard as adults to lay down our inhibitions…kid are so pure! :)

  16. God is awesome! It seems as though He sometimes has to use our kids to remind us to just commune with Him. I’m glad they’re innocent enough to hear Him.

  17. I too am consumed by the fear that my kids are distracting others from their worship. Because of that I don’t worship. AT. ALL.

    Time for me to let go a bit.
    .-= Amanda – VintageDutchGirl´s last blog ..Quivering Eyeballs… =-.

  18. Beautiful! What a moving post. Thank you for sharing.

    I left my former church almost two years ago and have not found another to replace it. I have been aching to get back to church. Worship was always my favorite part of the service, and I now listen to K-Love to worship in the privacy of my vehicle. Reading your post is lighting a fire in me to get back to church, because while it’s easy for me to say that I’ll get around to it, or I can maintain my relationship with God on my own, my 4 year old boy has missed out on almost two years of learning about, loving and worshiping the Lord. Shame on me.

    Again, thanks for sharing. Such a beautiful story!

  19. Awww, that is so majorly sweet. The kids are our future and to see their love of God through their small acts of worship is amazing, awe-inspiring.
    .-= sara – The Estrogen Files´s last blog ..Great Truths of Life =-.

  20. I’m so glad this story ended the way it did.

  21. my girls love in christ alone as well – and it makes my heart SING to hear their little voices singing it!!
    .-= melissa from girlymama´s last blog ..fashion friday: what my wandering eyes have seen =-.

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