Last night we attended my daughter Jk’s Homeschool Choir End-of-the-Year Concert. Their focus this year has been on Missions, and spreading the Gospel. Every Monday this year she and many homeschooled children meet with the Homeschool Choir Director at our church to learn about music, work on singing and learning to play instruments, and they also have P.E. in our church gym. They perform many concerts during the year, perform for mission conferences, pastoral conferences, and perform at nursing homes and other churches as well. They have different groups that they are broken down into such as the elementary age choir, preschool choir, youth choir, mens ensemble, and womens ensemble, along with special groups such as quartets, trios, duets, bell choir, and instrumentals. Jk has been part of the youth choir which is made up of 5th through 12th graders, womens ensemble, and bell choir.
Jk has a beautiful voice, but is often shy when singing by herself, even though when I led the Children’s Choir at our old church, she would sing solos and duets if I needed her to. Her Homeschool Director has been working on getting Jk to come out of her shell and have confidence in her abilities, and tonight I saw some of that confidence shine through. Jk loves to sing for Jesus, and I hear her all the time singing in her room, or in the shower, but I think that knowing that mom has a degree in music makes her feel that she won’t measure up, even though I often tell her that I think she has a beautiful voice but that her heart for Jesus makes it an amazing gift that she could use for the glory of God. She has often seen me sing in church and other things and I think she is afraid that she isn’t good enough. But she is, and so I have hoped being with another encouraging music teacher would let her see that she is good enough to share her gift with others and use it for God.
Well, tonight was their last concert of the year, and Jk was excited and nervous about it. I reminded her to look up and smile when she sang, that people want to see her heart for Jesus in her singing, and shining from her beautiful little face. I was so proud of her, because she worked on her music for a couple of hours today to make sure she had all the words memorized, including the Spanish translation for Via Dolorosa. Tonight she was focused, smiled, and kept her focus on the director, and the audience, and not only did her growing confidence show, but her love of the Lord Jesus. I think this year she has taken giant steps to overcome her shyness. It’s funny because if you give her a script for a play or sketch, she has no lack of confidence. She loves to act, and is so silly, much like JoAnne Worley, who is a distant cousin of mine (my 5th cousin to be exact.) Jk does slapstick, loves to do funny voices, and when she is acting on stage she shines, but when it comes to singing…she’s shy.
Well, by now you can tell that I am proud of her, not only for her talents, but because she really has a heart for God, and has since she was born, even more since she gave her heart to Jesus at the age of 5 right in our livingroom, kneeling at our sofa. She tries always to live following the example Jesus sat, and of all my daughters Jk has a joyful heart, rarely ever looks sad except when she doesn’t feel good. For the most part, Jklyn is my little angel child, with a few of the normal kid quirks like a messy room, or forgetting to do her chores when I tell her to. But even then she doesn’t have the normal tween attitudes that are so prevalent in kids in the public schools today. She is helpful, and basically I’ve been blessed by God to be her mom. So, yes I am a proud mom of a little angel of God, named Jk.
Here are some of the pics that I wanted to share of her End-of-the-Year Homeschool Choir Concert. I only wish I could download the video shorts of some of the concert, so you could be blessed by their singing. Those will go up on my facebook page for the rest of my family to see.
I didn’t get a picture of the orchestra because it was too dark where they were sitting to the side of the platform, and since the battery on my camara died at the beginning of the program and I was limited to my cell phone, it was too dark to really get a decent picture. But they did a wonderful set of Christian instrumental numbers under the direction of our Homeschool Orchestra Director. At the end of this program they called the parents and grandparents up to join their homeschool child in singing a chorus of “Thank You For Giving to the Lord” and we were all told that they were making a video of this whole concert to send to all the missionaries our church sponsors, to say “Thank You” for giving their lives to the Lord and to Missions. It was a wonderful program and a great way to close out this year’s mission theme.