“Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond shared on Instagram last week about a children’s sermon she gave Sunday at her church. While Drummond’s message was a trip down memory lane for the adults in the room, it had a point that all parents and church leaders should keep in mind.
“What you learn as a child,” said Drummond, “what you hear as a child, what you read, what you see is going to forever become written on the tablet of your heart.” This includes “prayers, the certain Scriptures, the hymns, the songs.” So the lesson for parents, teachers, church leaders, and anyone else who has influence over children is that “this is the time to pack it in.”
‘Pioneer Woman’ Makes a Point About Childhood
Ree Drummond got her start in the mid 2000s by blogging at “Confessions of a Pioneer Woman,” now known simply as “The Pioneer Woman.” Her blog features recipes, her thoughts on life, tips on managing one’s home, and beauty and style advice. Drummond is the author of several books and has her own cooking show on the Food Network, where it has run since 2011.
Drummond, who is married to Ladd and has five children, has spoken publicly about her faith. In a 2018 interview with People magazine, she said, “We’re Bible-reading folks, and we love that verse that says, ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.’ We’re very mindful of storing up our treasures in heaven rather than on earth. We don’t want to bury them in the backyard and sit on them. It’s exciting to use whatever success we’ve achieved to do things that aren’t just about us.”
In her video about her children’s sermon, Drummond began by saying that the last of her children had left the house, and she is “officially an empty nester.” Mock crying, she said, “But seriously, what does one do when one’s children are all gone from one’s home?”
She answered, “I do not have any clue,” but went on to say she wanted to share about her “children’s sermon in church today.” Drummond explained that she does “children’s moments or children’s sermons in church every week, pretty much,” and spends about five minutes in front of the congregation, telling a story to the kids and talking to them.
Last Sunday, Drummond spoke to the kids about “advertising jingles.” She began with an example she thought the children would know, which was, “Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.”
Drummond went on to involve the rest of the congregation in finishing other, popular jingles from the “old days,” such as, “I am stuck on Band-Aid cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me.”
“It was really funny,” she said, “The whole church kind of was singing along.”
Drummond also reminded everyone of “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup” and “Frosted Lucky Charms, they’re magically delicious.”
“So it went on and on like this,” she said, also referring to a jingle from her “early adolescence,” which was for Clearasil, and even one from her mom: “Bryl Cream—a little dab’ll do ya.” For her finale, Drummond sang the Oscar Mayer jingle, which begins, “I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener—that is what I truly want to be.”