Day Twenty: Praise Challenge


It’s the Day After.  Not just any Monday, but the Monday following a feast.  As a woman/wife/mom, I know that means a lot of extra work, and with less energy than usual because I’ve spent it all on the weekend of celebration.  It was well worth it, but still today has come.

Thankfully, a little song has found its way into my heart, and I’ve begun to hum the tune. Already, it has inspired me to look at the day’s requirements differently.  Let me share that inspiration with you!

Do you remember Snow White’s song, “Whistle while you work?”  Faced with the task of cleaning up a messy cottage, she – and the birds along with her – sing, “Just whistle while you work. and cheerfully together we can tidy up the place.  So hum a merry tune…it won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace.  And as you sweep the room imagine that the broom is someone that you love, and soon you’ll find you’re dancing to the tune.  When hearts are high, the time will fly, so whistle while you work.”

There is wisdom in that little melody!  I learned a long time ago to do my work with a song of love in my heart, for three reasons: 1) It makes the work feel easier and go faster; 2) God’s Word teaches me to do everything with love, and to do it to the best of my ability, as though I am doing it for Him; and 3) He is with me in the work, granting strength and being a help in every way I need Him to be.

There is a little sign hanging over my kitchen sink that says, “This kitchen is made for dancing.”  People have often commented that when my husband and I are cooking together, we look like we’re dancing.  It’s just a little reminder for me that things done in a spirit of love create music that fills the air of a home (or workplace), and this not only inspires us in the work that must be done, but also moves those who are watching.

So today, as the excitement of the weekend has passed, and there is real, tedious work ahead of us, may we sing a little song, and dance through our tasks with hearts full of love for the God Who has blessed us to be able to work, and to find joy in the small things as well as the great.

Be blessed in your praise today.  May it overflow into all the work you put your hands to!

Here’s a link to Snow White’s Song, to get you started!

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