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As a member of the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and young grandkids, I get to enjoy a wide range of musical activities for all ages, from Big Band-style Church Christmas programs with my senior mom to Miss Patty Cake with the youngest grandkids and delightful, albeit LOUD Tween-Happy Christian concerts with my grand-tweens.
Recently my grand-tween, her friend, and I attended a concert full of fun and energetic praise and worship songs performed by four outstanding music artists and their bands. Phil Stacey did a great job starting the night with two songs pointing our hearts directly to Christian praise and worship with his songs and words
This was followed by the one person directly responsible for us being there that night, Britt Nicole. Her album, The Lost Get Found, is permanently stored in the #5 spot of my 6 cd radio in my car and we listen to it anytime my sweet grand-tween is in the car. Can you tell she is a BIG FAN! 🙂 And based on my research, along with things Britt Nicole shared at the concert, I am too! I love it when my grandkids appreciate the talents of a person, like this talented Christian singer, who is also busy sharing the love of Jesus with everyone they can and setting a good example in the process! Talk about a terrific ministry!!!
As much as we've heard the various songs Britt Nicole sang, such as Lost Get Found and Set the World on Fire, it was still fun and exciting to get to hear her sing them live! She was full of energy and excitement for God and His love for all! In addition, she spent several minutes sharing about her family and her walk with God. What a great role model for the two tweens who were with me. I just stood there, enjoying, watching, and praying hard for them that God would bless and water the many seeds that got planted in their minds that night! 🙂
After her came Natalie Grant and her wonderful music, singing several songs including Perfect People and I Will Not Be Moved – both of which I love. She, too, shared positive, God-focused vignettes from her life, pointing us all to praising and worshiping our precious Savior.
Last, but definitely not least, since they are one of my favorite praise and worship music bands, came the David Crowder Band singing almost all of my favorite of their praise and worship songs, including Everything Glorious. As electric as the night had been, it got even more awesome and intense with this high-energy group of musicians who are focused on teaching others to truly worship God from the heart. For me, it was the best part of the night – partly because I do love their music. Partly because it was truly a time of worship and praise that involved everyone. They had the words on the screen and we all sang all the songs with them. Even now, two days later, I'm truly blessed by the memory. It was a taste, just a taste, of the joy and glory and awesome worship that awaits us in heaven when believers from all generations, all styles of music, and all the centuries will gather together and worship and praise our Sovereign God together. As David proclaimed in Psalm 95:1-7:
O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God And a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
For me, it truly was a night of coming before God's presence with thanksgiving, shouting joyfully to Him in praise and worship music and adoration. And for my grand-tween and her friend, it was a chance to enjoy and savor and grow in the truth and knowledge of our beloved God. It was definitely one of those wonderful moments in time for this Sandwich Generation Grandmother and her grandchild! And, since you couldn't be there with us, here's a Smilebox with a tiny taste for you as well. 🙂
I do hope that also brings a smile to the face of all of you in the Sandwich Generation along with your kids and grandkids. 🙂 Have a blessed and beautiful week. And for more words of encouragement for the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and grandkids, do check out Spiritual Sunday. It's definitely a blessing!
P.S. After a fun Christian concert, Smilebox is a great resource for fun activities for Sandwich Generation grandparents and their grandchildren. Be sure to include pictures and videos from the concert itself. And don't make the same mistake I did and forget your camera. Trust me, an iPhone camera is great, but not at a concert – too dark! 🙂