A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20


Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a joy-filled day! Not just an “I’m feeling good” kind of day but a joy-filled day! I wonder: what is God’s definition of joy? Here is how one biblical author defines having joy.

Having joy includes feeling good cheer and a vibrant happiness. But joy, in its fuller, spiritual meaning of expressing God’s goodness, involves more. It is a deep-rooted, inspired happiness.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20 in Scripture

The Holy Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength”.


God wants us to be joyful in all situations, even when things aren’t that great! He wants us to be able to show the world that we are strong in Him and that through His son Jesus, we have everything we need! He wants us to be content (happy) at all times.

Joy in Childhood

I had a very happy childhood. I grew up with great siblings and wonderful parents. We didn’t have a lot of material things, but we certainly didn’t need them. We had joy as we camped, sang in the car, picked vegetables from the garden, and played with our cats and dogs. In general, we had a whole lot of fun.

Then in elementary school, a great thing happened for me, I started taking piano lessons. I loved playing the piano because it was not something that many people got to do and I felt really blessed to be able to do it. Most of the time without being told, I practiced and progressed pretty quickly through my lesson books.

Joy in Church

Every Sunday, I also enjoyed going to church with my family. I loved the singing! I loved sitting next to my mom, who had a very sweet soprano voice and a friend’s mother (her name was Rosalind) who had the most beautiful deep alto voice I ever heard. She and my mother singing beside each other was beautiful music to my ears for sure!

I often would try to find the familiar hymns we sang on Sunday in my piano lesson books. I really wanted to play the songs that I was so used to singing in church. After lots of searching, one day it happened. I found a song called Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, which was on page 12 in the hymnal. Believe it or not, I remembered the page number from so long ago!

I could play this song on the piano! The next Sunday, I couldn’t wait to go to church. I knew that the song leader would ask for anyone to shout out a favorite hymn to sing, and I knew that I was going to yell out page 12: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee. Needless to say, I requested page 12 that next Sunday and MANY additional Sundays after that to the point of becoming annoying! Everyone knew that I was going to ask for that song! The one thing I remember from that time period is feeling complete excitement and joy requesting and singing that song almost every Sunday. 🙂

Joy in Life

God wants that to be how we go about life for Him everyday.  Remember the joy we have in Him is our strength, and we are to use His power and strength in our lives to make this world a better place. Be joyful today and remember to practice your instruments and enjoy the gifts that have been given to you. Attached is a modern version of Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee! Enjoy!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.16.20 in Song


Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee | Cross Culture Norway VBS Music Video| Group Publishing

Enjoy the music…sing and dance along to the Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee music video from Cross Culture Norway VBS! Take this song wherever you go! https://


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Check out this idea on Pinterest.  It’s about creating a joy journal. In the journal, you can write about being thankful to Jesus, being thankful for others and thankful for yourself and the things God has shown you for that day. This week, make your own joy journal and feel the power in the joy of the Lord!


Have a wonderful day!

Miss Joyce