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April 6, 2011

God wants to hear you sing...

3.3.11

On Saturday evening, Rick and I had the opportunity to go to a Legacy Five/Greater Vision concert. We LOVE their music. We went with our friend Joey (and the pianist from our Church). He's a great friend of mine and Rick's and has been such an encouragement to us through the passing of Maddie Grace. He is always sending us songs and scripture verses to uplift us. Three months later, he still does this, it's wonderful.

We arrived at the Church where the concert was being held and I was looking forward to God speaking to my heart through the messages in those songs. I knew I could completely focus, because my boys were spending the day with their Aunt Becky and Uncle Joel and all their cousins. Rick and I were so happy that we could spend some time together, and hear such wonderful music.

Greater Vision sang first and then Legacy Five followed. It was so good.
After the first half of the concert there was an intermission. Rick, Joey and I along with Rick's parents went over to see a friend of ours, Leah. Leah is a long time friend of the family. We were talking and catching up and she introduced us to someone special to her. He was a 16 year old boy, and his name was Bo. He is Down Syndrome, but has a love for life and music like I've never seen before. It was his birthday and he was so happy to be at the concert. He shook our hands with a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes.

I have a special spot in my heart for those with Down Syndrome. When I was in my late teens, I worked in a group home of ladies with special needs. Two ladies in particular, Claudia and Linda, pulled at my heart strings. I've had such a heart for people with Down Syndrome since. They are amazing.

After we met with Leah and Bo, we headed back to our seats to enjoy the rest of the concert. It was what happened in that second half that really spoke to my heart.

Both Music groups sang some more songs individually and then sang some together. At one point, they stopped singing and the lead singer from Legacy Five began talking about Bo. He had mentioned how he was 16 and it was his birthday. He invited Bo up on stage and asked him if he wanted to sing with them. Of course with a smile on his face, Bo agreed.

You see, Bo says he wants to be a Southern Gospel singer when he grows up.

How precious is that? =)

They handed him a microphone and he sang along with them. What a moment!
I don't think there was a dry eye in that building. It was the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

After he left the stage, they sang some more amazing songs.
"Hello after Goodbye" and "Champion of Love."

But the song that really spoke volumes to me was "God wants to hear you sing."

Here are some of the Lyrics...

God wants to hear you sing
When the waves are crashing ’round you
When the fiery darts surround you
When despair is all you see
God wants to hear your voice
When the wisest man has spoken
And says, “Your circumstance is as hopeless as can be”
That’s when God wants to hear you sing

He loves to hear our praise on our cheerful days
When the pleasant times outweigh the bad, by far
But when suffering comes along
And we still sing Him songs
That is when we bless the Father’s heart.


Wonderful words, huh? =)

It got me thinking, God does want to hear us sing. On the good days, and the bad. During the happy times and during the sad. It's in moments of complete sorrow, that joy is born. It's in the moments that we are the weakest, that God's perfect strength comes in to help us.

I thought about Bo and how much him singing that day must have blessed the Lord's heart. Just precious.

God DOES want to hear us sing.

I walked away that night, encouraged. Encouraged and blessed by the words I heard and the witnesses I saw.

I'm feeling better. God is putting joy back into my heart day by day. I miss Madeline. I will always miss her. I'm just thankful that God is helping me.

I'm glad he is giving me a song again.

And I'm very thankful that he is helping me to sing that song.

I just love these words...

God wants to hear you sing
When the waves are crashing ’round you
When the fiery darts surround you
When despair is all you see
God wants to hear your voice
When the wisest man has spoken
And says, “Your circumstance is as hopeless as can be”
That’s when God wants to hear you sing


Thank you Lord for putting a song back in my heart and thank you for letting sweet Bo be such an inspiration to me! What a blessing!

"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."
Psalm 40:3 (KJV)

5 comments:

  1. There is a song called Blessings by Laura Story and you come to mind everytime I hear that song. I pray for you everytime I hear it. It talks about how God uses heartache as blessings. Thank you for your continued testimony. Liz Johnson

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  2. Greater Vision is one of my favorite groups and God Wants to Hear You Sing has helped me through so much. Isn't it beautiful how God ordains certain things like that to speak to our hearts at the perfect moment? I too have a heart for people with Down's Syndrome. I'm sure that was inspiring to see at the concert. Thankful that you had a refreshing time of worship, Natalie!

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  3. Well, I came here to get updated on your blog. I have not been here in a few days. And then I saw this post, and it really blessed my heart. My baby boy has down syndrome. I cannot tell you how much this little guy blesses our lives. It is beyond words. His extra chromosome truly makes him extra special. I am SO thankful for him. He is funny and smart and I could go on and on. His personality just melts us all. What a blessing to see Bo at 16 ministering to others. I am praying that our baby will grow up to be a shining light to our dark world and shine the light of Jesus to all.

    I am continuing to pray for you. You truly are shining His light in the midst of your pain, and that is so encouraging to others. I can only imagine how your heart must ache. But I know your peace is in Christ through this all. Much, much love to you, Cara

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  4. I wrote a long comment last night but it's not here. Hmm... Well this post especially blessed me,, we were blessed with our surprise own symdrome baby girl this last october, and through her delivery ad many complications. I am so thankful for what the Lordd had done in us. And thankyou for your blog and your witness and example.
    it's so true how we each have our own unique trials...God is guiding us each in His own way. God bless you and your beautiful family!

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  5. Oh what a sweet post! I found you because I googled the words to the song you shared here - we heard it on tv yesterday and I wanted to share all the words with a friend. I sang it all day long yesterday, and not only did I find the words here...I found you here and your beautiful God-honoring story. Just precious! We love these gospel singers also - I normally have a song in my heart every day and want to hang onto the words of God Wants to hear you Sing". I'll be back - have a blessed week. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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