five kids at home (ha, they’re still glory days, but you know what I mean) that
we were sitting at a volleyball game. It
was the first game of the state tournament and we were all a bundle of nerves and excitement (I told a little about that game back in the volleyball wrap-up back HERE).
As did my heart.
And guess what? Those church leaders doing the encouraging were right. It did bless my life. It made me think so much more clearly. It made me happy. I wasn’t perfect, I missed two days of those thirty but made up for them doing sixty the following days. And it made me happy. Those scripture stories came to life and taught me things…things I had been pondering about…answers to parenting things…helped my days run more smoothly. I felt that love of God with more clarity.
And it has been pretty great so far.
It combines family scriptures with personal scriptures which I kinda like. Because family scriptures need to be re-worked too. Last year we decided, in trying to get our kids to contribute more to the discussion, that they could each have their own day. Max was on Mondays, Elle on Tuesdays, etc. Each morning they were to come with a gospel question. And we would look up answers to those questions in the scriptures. Most days we had to help come up with the questions. Some days it led to awesome discussions, other days not so much, but it was kind of nice to mix things up from just the normal taking turns reading verses every day.
And this year, since we’ve all agreed to the “Book of Mormon Challenge,” we all try to read the passages leading up to that day and then have a discussion about what we’ve been reading during family scriptures.
We borrowed the child-friendly scriptures Dave kind of grew up on from his mom for our kids.
They often try to remember to bring them to read during church.
And I love the new system.
Sure, some days are better than others, but I love the discussions and questions that come up. Here’s the schedule if anyone wants to jump in and join us 🙂
True to form, I’m a little behind right now. But I’ll catch up.
Because I love having all those stories and wisdom wash over me and give new meaning to the every day things that come along.
By Christmas we’ll be ready to send Max off to Taiwan all spiritually ready.
Then maybe we will start on the New Testament next. Or the Old. We’ll figure out some new way to shift things up.
Send any great spiritual study ideas on over if you have some. Heaven knows we need them! But I’m convinced if we keep at it life just turns out better and I’m filled with more love and understanding and joy than I am without those wonderful words influencing me each day.