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Becky is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, mom of three loud boys, and the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She loves writing about anxiety, motherhood, and the kindness of God. Long naps, shady trails, and a good book make her really happy.

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  1. What joy this incouragement is! It is an affirmation from God–I am doing another study–that says–God delights in me and finds joy in all that I do “incouraged” because He loves me. So I will sing at electronic Church–and God will give me joy as I hit another note not quite on key. And I will rejoice that He hears my efforts with joy.

  2. I laughed about “Angels We Have Heard On High”. I’m a staunch believer in only having Christmas music after Thanksgiving and before December 26th—and my daughters demand “Away in a Manger” every night. ‍♀️

  3. Becky, isn’t it wonderful that God doesn’t expect perfection as the world defines it? God sees my love, worship, and praise as perfect even when the world sees it as something that should only be done in private because it doesn’t meet their standards. Thank you for being an encourager!

  4. When my husband and I sang in our church choir, another couple joined the activity for something to do together. She could sing and follow the music, he couldn’t carry a tune or read a note. We had assigned seats and he landed next to me. He was supposed to be a base, but couldn’t manage harmony because he didn’t even hear the melody. So he would ask me “How’d I do” and I didn’t want to lie in church. At first I put my finger over my mouth because we weren’t supposed to be talking during practice, but after I thought about it, my answer was “Give it your best” and he did. He passed away a few years after that and his widow dropped the activity. Looking back, this older man was making a joyful noise.

  5. Thank you, Becky, for sharing this wonderful and encouraging post! Really enjoyed reading this one. Have a blessed day!

  6. Thank You Becky!
    I as well love to sing but most would rather not hear me.
    You used my favourite verse to affirm that my “joyful noise” will always be welcomed by God & I can sing to my heart’s content to Him who will never tire nor ask me to stop! Praise the Lord as I’ll continue doing so w/ my “joyful noise”! Thanks so much for the encouragement♥️

  7. The saying “dance like no one is watching” came to mind as I read this post. I love to sing and dance to my favorite praise songs, and I don’t care where I am or who is around, because this girl gets her groove on for God!

  8. I, too, have a less than sweet melodic voice. So much so, I was thrown out of choir when I was 13. Devastating. It has taken quite some time to realize that God gave me this voice and God does not make mistakes so, I sing and no longer care who hears me. During our vacations in Vermont, I took great pleasure singing the Sound of Music , windows wide open, as we drove up to the Von Trapp hotel, much to the great embarrassment to my children. To this day, it is a favorite family memory. However. my struggle continues in other areas so this was a good message for me today.

    • “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…” I love the image of you singing, windows down with abandon!

      And so glad this message could encourage you to keep offering your imperfect gifts to the world in other ways. Who knows what joy awaits you?!

  9. Oh Becky how wonderful. Thank you for this joyful Friday message. I’m dancing, with 2 left feet, and singing completely out of tune, into the weekend…xoxox

  10. Becky,
    I sing mostly in my SUV sanctuary for the exact same reasons you would be blooper material for American Idol lol. I love to make my own “joyful” noise even if others think it sounds more like cats getting after each other in the back alley. I love to dance, as well, and was in my college dance ensemble. Dancing, however, in my kitchen in front of teenage offspring brought comments like, “MOM! Don’t ever do that in public!!” I loved this post and absolutely agree. God delights in our worshipful offerings — whatever they might be!
    Bev xx

  11. Thank you! I woke up to this timely post, a confirmation from the Lord!

    I stayed up till 2 setting up my platform so I could start blogging. Writing brings me joy. For 30+ years I wrote for businesses and secretly wrote in journals, afraid to share personal words with the world. A college english teacher’s words have haunted me and I allowed them to take the driver’s seat! But no more!

    Recently, my daughter in law shared with me the incourage.me site and I’ve read everyday since, finding strength to fight fear and take back my promised land. While reading about the incourage.me authors, I found Hope*Writers and joined.

    God has provided the guidance and allowed me to link arms with incourage.me and Hope*Writers, two amazing ministries, who equip others to share their God given gifts with the world.

  12. Thank you for encouraging our creative side, Becky. I’ve been dabbling a bit in art projects the last few years–Bible art journaling, intro pages for journals, scripture verses for notebook covers, etc. Though my work will never be displayed in a museum, I enjoy it. And the finished products become reminders for gratitude and praise.

  13. I really enjoy playing with babies and caring for them. I know I am not a grandmother yet but I have friends who share with me their joys of being a grandmother.

    I enjoy listening to music and sometimes I sing along with the artist on K-LOVE (Radio Station). I am more mature now than my teenage and young adults years, and the lyrics are much more important now. True meaning to spiritual content is such a blessing. It seems that experiences can aid in learning to pray for guidance and wisdom.

    I really appreciate grammar school students for sharing their talents and skills even when they are shy. Adults can relate to those emotions and many memories are recalled that may bring smiles to our faces.

    Everyone enjoy your weekend.

    Spring is here on tomorrow!


  14. I’m a published novelist, but I have always loved to paint. As a seven-year old, I would commandeer a drafty space under the eaves to paint. I’d pull out the encyclopedia, and “copy”
    an image of the Mona Lisa. The reviews from my family were less than enthusiastic, lol. Mona actually had eyebrows in my finger-painted version, and was wearing a hat. Even then, I knew my painting wasn’t strictly accurate or destined for a museum, but Mona did make it onto the refrigerator.
    For many years, I didn’t paint at all because I wasn’t any good at it. It didn’t occur to me to keep painting just for the joy of it.

    But In the last two years I started to paint again, a refuge against a general anxiety about the world, and then the uncertainty and loneliness of the pandemic; it was as if a light in me was suddenly turned on. I started to read the Bible, too, something I had never really done because in my religious tradition, priests read God’s word to the parishioners at services.

    I took up painting and reading God’s word at about the same time, and both have brought me comfort and joy.
    And lo and behold—my paintings are now shown in local NY galleries.
    For truly I tell you, God works in mysterious ways!

  15. Becky it is ashame your sisters are so distant to be able to be happy their sister is. Happy that. Is not being loving or kind we were created to give glory to god and. be kind to others some People miss that ….congratulations ! are you an alto or soprano? l Was blessed to inherit my dad’s good voice. l Am a 1st tenor and my mom took elocution lessons so I have a good speaking voice . My parents instilled love, loyalty ,sacrificing and giving also ,honesty .

  16. Becky,

    God has been calling me to step out of my comfort zone. I don’t like the way I sound on tape/video. Last year & this I made recordings/videos for Relay for Life (cancer). The heart is there & I know God is blessed with the effort. Also can’t carry a tune. At church I sing loudly. & proudly. Hey God loves a joyful noise. Especially when the heart is in it. Thanks for encouraging us to use our talents for God. Stop worrying about what the world says.

    Blessings 🙂