18 Mar, 2013

Life’s Soundtrack

I love this quote from Ann Voskamp.

Your work is art: it needs a soundtrack.

Most of my art happens at home.

It made me think. What is the soundtrack of our home like?



We know that faith comes by hearing the word of God.

Romans 10:17- So then, faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of Christ…




Our throats are like an elevator from our heart to our ear.

We speak what we believe.

Matthew 15:18 NIV- But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from their heart…




We hear what we say (or sing) and it all starts over again.

We hear it.

It gets in our heart.

We say it out loud.

We hear it again.



To be honest, when I’m not careful about the soundtrack of our home, it sounds an awful lot like noise. Noise from squabbling, complaining, whining (not just the kiddos). “Dings” and what-not from little electronic devices.

Voices. Lots of voices coming from the television. My kids love shows from the Disney channel- Jesse, Ant Farm, Suite Life on Deck- you name it. They’re not necessarily bad shows, but I just have to realize that the voices that hold the attention of my children will in some way shape their faith.

When I’m purposeful about the soundtrack of our home. I notice such a big difference in how smoothly our day runs and how my children treat each other.

When we ask these questions based on Philippians 4:8 about our soundtrack, our whole environment changes. We feel stronger. Encouraged. Calmer. Ready to face the day.

  • Is it true?
  • Is it noble?
  • Is it right?
  • Is it pure?
  • Is it lovely?
  • Is it admirable?

When we’re purposeful, here’s some of the stuff my family loves.

Me- Right now, my “go-to” music is from Shaun Groves- Third World Symphony. I usually get stuck on a band for a while and then I switch. I also try to play classical music during the school day.

Clara and Avery-  Group1Crew, Jamie Grace, Hillsong Kids, TobyMac, Yancy

Violet- She loves everything her big sisters enjoy, but for nap time and bedtime, she always asks me to sing these songs to her. I can’t think of better songs to sing before drifting off to sleep.

1. Amazing Grace.

2. Wonderful Peace.


What true, noble, right, beautiful, admirable, music/ media would you add to this list?


So, what do you think?