Sing Anyway

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. – Psalm 96:1-2


I saw this quote on my Facebook feed the other day. I snorted. Literally snorted.

I guess that was one of those days when I had no song in my heart.

I was struck by how simple they made it sound. Sing anyway. Oh, sure, it’s that easy.

I started to hum a little ditty in my mind. The tune for “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, only I wasn’t. Happy.

Then I made up the first verse.

If you’re crappy and you know it

stomp your feet!

photo credit: Rob Boudon via photopin cc

photo credit: Rob Boudon via photopin cc

A giggle burst forth from my mouth. From somewhere deep inside me that was full of joy. A place I hadn’t known was there until that moment. 

And then I had to roll my eyes because I realized that it was that easy after all. Just that easy.

So now I pass on this challenge to you. No matter the song, no matter the day. No matter if you make up your own rebellious words as you hum.

Just sing anyway.

Holy God, thank You for putting a song in my heart every day. You snuck right in and hid it within me. The joy, too. How did You know it was the perfect gift? In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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21 Comments on “Sing Anyway

  1. I LOVED your version of, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”!
    Too funny!!!!
    But, I understand … I was watching our church service by way of live stream recently
    and the song they were singing was, “Count Your Blessings”
    and halfway through the Pastor got up and said,
    “Let’s change it from name them one by one
    to name them TON by TON
    and I do believe I let out that same exact snort of yours!!!!!
    But, you know what I was singing the next day????
    Yup, you got it … “count your blessings name them TON by TON”!!!!
    But some days all I can get out is, “I Need Thee, O, I Need Thee, Every SECOND I Need Thee”
    Thanks my sweet friend for making me laugh and for putting a song in my heart!!!!
    Love you♡♡♡♡

    • Barb, I’m so glad it’s not just me!!! 🙂 I’ll be singing you and your Pastor’s version of the 2 songs you named. Thank you for that!! (Oh, and there might be some snorting!) 😉 Love you, sweet friend! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Hi, Laura! It’s lovely to meet you. 🙂 I will be praying for you, and am so glad you could smile today. I’m following you back! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. every time I hear that song now I’ll be thinking your words lol…oh Shelly, what have you done ? started a wave of giggles going around the earth? haha

    Good encouragement….ok…going now to sing Him a new song….. but leaving a deposit of LOVE before I go. xxxxxxxx

    • Ha!!! I hope it does start a huge wave of giggles. 😉 Love you, Mary! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • He certainly is, Barbie! Always! Love you, and praying for you! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Oh, I love that song, too, Michelle! Thanks for reminding me of that one! <3 Heart Hugs, Shelly

  3. Shelly,
    Thank you for your honesty. Your version of the song did make me giggle. I might have to remember that one for frustrating days. 🙂 Thank you too for linking up on The Weekend Brew. I posted right after you, and as a result, I got to end the day with a blessing and a smile. Thank you!
    Kimberly David recently posted…What’s For DinnerMy Profile

    • Kimberly, it’s so lovely to meet you! 🙂 Thank you for your sweet, encouraging comment! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  4. Such a great post Shelly! Love your new rendition of the song. 🙂 This post hits home such an important truth. Sure hope you have improved in how you are feeling. I love you…you are for sure a spirit lifter for the soul!
    Cathy recently posted…Unexplained, Unshakable Joy!My Profile

    • Cathy, you bless me with your friendship!! I just love you so! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • We do, don’t we? I’m so glad for God’s patience. 🙂 Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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