31 days: good morning

My less-than-two-year-old son has a favorite song. Praise the Lord it’s not anything from Barney, the Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba or any number of those “kid shows” out there. (Actually, we don’t watch “kid shows” at our house beside Sesame Street & Pound Puppies.) No, his favorite song is one that his Pops introduced him to about a year ago now. When Pops first introduced Luke to the song, I could tell that it was on a day in which Pops had slept well the night before, which caused me to roll my eyes and walk away. Little did I know that the new favorite song would stick, and even calm him down when he’s fussy, overly tired, or just being ornery.

Good Morning is not played on the radio much anymore, so because of that it has to be always at-the-ready to play on our phones. Luke will hear it and immediately start dancing, usually with his thumb in his mouth, but you see his head sway from side to side and a huge smile come across his face. Occasionally he’ll lift a hand up in the air and wave or pump, and the feet will start kicking, too. He’ll dance for a few minutes, then announce that everyone else (whom he will call by name) must “dance it,” too. And when the song ends, his request for “again!” starts.

I’ve decided that if my son is going to have a favorite song not of my choosing, I’m okay with it being one that speaks to having a good day, being fun, being grateful for waking up, experiencing God’s new mercy every morning, and enjoying the creation that God so graciously shares with us each day. Plus it’s just plain adorable to see him dancing and smiling, too. So much so, that this song can be on repeat as many times as he’d like for it to be. (As long as he asks nicely.)

Good Morning
by Mandisa
featuring Toby Mac

Wave away my yesterday
Cause I’m leaving it behind me.
Hello sunshine, come what may.
I feel something new inside me.
I hear the birds singing
Now my alarm’s ringing
Get up, get up, hey!It’s a good morning!
Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I’m stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength,
You give me just what I need
And I can feel the hope that’s rising in me.
It’s a good morning

Slow down, breathe in,
Don’t move ahead
I’m just living in this moment
I’ve got my arms raised, un-phased
Jump out of bed
Gotta get this party going
I went to bed dreaming,
You woke me up singing
Get up, get up, hey!

It’s a good morning!
Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I’m stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength,
you give me just what I need
And I can feel the hope that’s rising up in me.
It’s a good morning

Now I’m smiling, and I’m kissing all my worries goodbye
Got the feeling, if I spread my wings I might even fly
You are my truth, my way
Give me the strength to say
Get up, get up, get up
Cause it’s a good morning, hey

Mr. Mac to the mic

Hey, top of the morning to you ‘disa
You smoothie, me ice cold pizza
Cafe au lait, latte dah
You do the zumba, but I do not
Give me like half a marathon,
I’ll give you the gospel of St. John.
Hits me like a wake-up bomb
Cuz’ we both know that His mercy flows,
In the morning.

Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I’m stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength,
you give me just what I need
I can feel the hope that’s rising up in me.
It’s a good morning
Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I’m stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength you give me just what I need
I can feel the hope that’s rising up in me.
It’s a good morning

Top of the morning to you ‘disa
Hey, top of the morning to you girl
To-to-top of the morning to you ‘disa
Morning little Miss Sunshine.

Man, you morning people.
No, I’m serious.

 

Just to add a bit more fun to your morning, the video below is actually part instructional Zumba video, part music video. Mandisa herself teaches us the major moves to the dance for the song, and then we can all get grooving to the music. Hope this helps put an extra spring in your step and gets you dancing and loving the song like Luke does!

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