Monday, December 17, 2012

Songs for Sunday: Don't Ever Sell Your Saddle and The Gambler

My musical tastes are pretty eclectic and I go through phases of liking different genres. I have enjoyed country music at times and, although it's not at the top of my list at the moment, two country songs have been on my mind this week. I haven't heard either in years ..... or at least hadn't until tonight.

This first song is Don't Ever Sell Your Saddle by Randy Travis. The line that stuck in my head was "only fight if you have to cause there's always a faster gun
and you'll know a hero from a coward when you see which way they run."

(Side note: We saw a few who ran the right way in Newtown .. teachers, a custodian, an office worker who kept calm and made decisions that kept some kids safe. Some gave their lives. God bless them all.)

The other song was Kenny Roger's The Gambler. Specifically, the first half of the chorus: "You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run."

I didn't know why I had these songs in my head until tonight. My son and his friend were arguing and his friend said that Jordan automatically had to be right whenever they had a fight. He wouldn't give in.

Immediately, The Gambler came to mind and I sang a bit of it. (Not too loud. I don't sing so good. ) I made a connection. Jordan needs to be taught "when to hold them and when to fold them." When he should stick to his guns and when he should give in. Maybe he also has to learn to fight only when it's worth it, hence Don't Ever Sell Your Saddle.

God does sometimes give us reminders. Now, I just have ot figure out how to teach these lessons.

How has God given you reminders? Is there something your children need to learn?


  1. Homeschoolers get to take "music" don't they? Play him the songs and ask him to discuss the message - either in conversation or a written essay.

  2. Yes many times. He talked through what I have read in the bible, through what friends have said. My kids need to learn self control and not being selfish-which is hard when FIL and hubby give them what they want.

    1. Yes, I have had those experiences, too. I also know how hard it can be when you aren't on the same page as your spouse about the kids, so I hope that gets worked out. God bless!

  3. I that is a great idea, Heather. It sounds like Jordan and his friend are learning together through this experience, especially since his friend spoke up. My daughter is 9 and I can see how she has learned this lesson over the past few years and continues to do so. A great question is, "What qualities in a friend are important to you?"

    1. That is a terrific question! Yes, Jordan and his friend are learning together. They are frequently co-schooled (homeschooled together) and behave almost as siblings at times. It's been interesting to see how they affect each other. Thanks for commenting.