A Song that Brightens My Day

I recently wrote about being a cheerful giver. If you missed it, here is the link: https://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/god-loves-a-cheerful-giver/

In that post I did not mention how I came to use that term in my life. When I was in 8th grade, our teachers had us create a show to perform for the school. I will put the story about THAT in another post—it may take a couple of posts. But in that show, one of the songs we performed was God Loves a Cheerful Giver. There are a few songs by that title. But I am inserting the lyrics for the version we performed. If you were here today, I would sing it for you—and maybe even do the dance we did. 😉

God Loves A Cheerful Giver

R- God Loves a Cheerful Giver Give it all you’ve got,
He loves to hear you laughing when your in an awkward spot.
When the odds add up against you, It’s time to stop and sing,
Praise God, to praise Him is a joyous thing

1.  Peter always made a fuss Peter was impetuous
He knew hard times when he denied his Lord.
But hardly had he fallen When he sat right up began again,
Christ named him the rock, As his reward.

2. Jonah was a gloomy sort
He always had a sad report
He ran from God, he ran and he set sail.
His journeys end was quiet abrupt,
A fish came by and swallowed him up,
He spent three dark and dreary days
Inside a whale.

3.  Holy Job was richly blessed
He lost it all but stood the test
For Job was steadfast in his misery.
God gives to me, he takes away
Blessed be the name of God this day
And he was doubly blessed for his fidelity

So, that song is how I got the phrase “God loves a cheerful giver, give it all you’ve got” permanently placed in my mind, heart, and soul. As you know from reading my blog there are times in my life when I have made an impetuous fuss, saying “hummmmph to my difficulties and hummph to my Lord” as if to say “how dare I Have to have difficulties”! Yeah—sometimes a grown up , sometimes a brat . 

Through it all, I get back up. That, after all is the point. I throw the tantrum much less often. I face the difficulty head on much more often. I try to be cognizant of the fact that the world needs a LOT of cheerfulness. Oh happy day—it is time for the Tiggers and Snoopys of the world to unite and do their happy dances.


About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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36 Responses to A Song that Brightens My Day

  1. Hi there Kate! Yes, I grew up with the expression, God loves a cheerful giver, too!
    No point being a begruding one!
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  2. A beautiful inspiration for the day. Makes me jump for joy. I agree, “God Loves a Cheerful Giver Give it all you’ve got…” God is love . God is generous. It’s time to do our part cause we are an extension of his love and generosity. Have a blessed day my friend.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I’m thrilled to know it made you jump for joy. Remember this: from what I see in your posts and comments, you definitely are doing your part for God and others. God bless your day and days, my friend.

  3. fgassette says:

    I always loved that expression. Then there is “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you meet with all it shall be measured to you again.” Thanks for giving so much of yourself.


  4. Kate Kresse says:

    and that reminds me of another song that goes: “Seek and ye shall find; knock and the door shall be opened; ask and it shall be given and his love comes a’ tricklin down”.

  5. My earliest Sunday School memories include reciting the verse as we put our pennies in a little church bank! Being cheerful while giving to others can be a challenge to me, when I get bogged down with fear or fatigue…so I will carry this reminder with me throughout the day! Lovely! Debra

  6. The verses of the song gave me a chuckle. Very nice post and loved the visuals. Thanks for sharing your childhood memory….those memories that can’t be forgotten. This is a good one to focus on.

  7. Absolutely so what I needed this day of struggles emotionally and physically. Thank you Kate! God works His magic in such fascinating ways. Through special friends of deep faith His message is expressed in such awesome and gentle ways.
    God Bless You my friend.

  8. Terri O.A. says:

    Kate, I could NEVER in a million years see you as a brat. Hilarious! I remember a lot of Sunday school songs but I missed that one. I wish I could hear the tune! Thanks for making.g remember the good.

  9. Thanks Kate, that was a good post! I remember hearing a similar expression when growing up.

  10. Susan Michaels says:

    I’d forgotten all about this song and it made me smile singing it and recalling the tune instantly! 🙂 Thanks so much for another great post!

  11. jelillie says:

    I like you have my tantrum days! How gracious is my God to endure them and change me through them! 🙂

  12. Kate Kresse says:

    I know!! I wonder if He will tease me about those days someday !

  13. francisdeangelo says:

    Wow… wonderful song. In all my years I’ve never heard it before. Remarkable. Keep up the good work. God bless, Francis.


  14. Cathy G says:

    Thanks, Kate! I learned this song a long time ago and every now I find that I hum it! When I saw the title of your post I wondered if it was this song! What a surprise! 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Oh My goodness, Cathy—I thought I had responded on the 19th. sorry about that. I find myself humming it—or singing the ‘peter always made a fuss, peter was impetuous’ part. ;-). Applicable on some days for me anyway.

  15. mlissabeth says:

    I found this on youtube, and had to share. I remember singing this song in Sunday School too.

  16. I think it’s high time you learned how to work U-tube!!!! 🙂

  17. Caddo Veil says:

    I so Love Snoopy and the Happy Dance–I do it most days, all by myself (well, me and God!).

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