Tuesday, April 15, 2008

3 essential things

Sometimes I wonder how my kids are ever gonna' make it back to our Father in Heaven. Not because of anything they do, mind you, but because of what a lousy example I am to them. More often than not, I forget about Family Home Evening, family scripture study and family prayer.
Ya' know, if there's one thing in this life I would like to succeed at, it's getting all four of my precious little one's back to Heavenly Father. In order to do that, it takes more than just going with the flow. It requires a real concerted effort. Up to now, I've just been too lazy I think. But I need to stop that, and put forth the effort. So, right now I'm stating publicly that I intend to do better. I'm setting a goal to have Family Home Evening every week for the rest of the year. I'm also going to make more of an effort to follow through with family prayer and scripture study.
I don't know if I'll ever make it to the temple myself, (another goal I need to work on), but my greatest desire is to see that my children make it there someday.
Does anybody else struggle with these 3 essentials?


the meyer fam said...

Yes it is a struggle for me too. The family prayer thing we kind of have gotten down, but the other two are just hard with such little kids. About a year ago I decided that when I put Drew and Allie to bed every night we would say their prayers and then either me or Matt would say a family prayer. That has worked out very well for us and the kids have really caught on. Now if we forget or someone else puts them to bed they remember about saying their prayers. I do want to be better about scriputre study and FHE....Good luck to you with your goal for this year!!!! :)

jamieBEE said...

I am always STRUGGLING!!! and working and trying to do better! My last temple interview the stake president reminded me of the wording in the questions. It doesn't ask if we are perfect it says are you "STRIVING". That is what I always keep in mind when I am struggling.....I might not be perfect at FHE or Prayers or Scrip Study. or everything and anything. But I am STRIVING!!! :) Keep up the hard work and thanks for being such a great example!

the boyd family said...

cute blog background... and you are not alone!!! if i could scream that, i would. everything, even the smallest thing, seems like a struggle in my house: keeping reverence during a prayer, paying attention to have even the shortest spritual upliftment. i second heather, kylie reminds us now with prayers before dinner and bed so that has stuck which makes me feel like i've done something somewhat right. i feel like i'm rambling, but if you take anything from this, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! i just try to get through each day somewhat decently, and every night i vow to be more patient or more something else tomorrow. i'm constantly worrying that my kids will look bad and say, "my mom did this bad, i'll certainly not do that with my kids." :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for your thoughts. I worry about Anwen too. and it'll continue to happen the more children we bring here...I'm sure of it!

your post reminds me of a song that came out a few years ago. It's called "INTERVENTION" Here's a sample:

I got to save my baby
Because he makes me cry
I got to make him happy
I got to teach him how to fly
I want to take him higher
Way up like a bird in the sky
I got to calm him down now
I want to save his life

And I know that love will change us forever
And I know that love will keep us together
And I know, I know
There is nothing to fear
And I know that love
Will take us away from here

Sometimes it's such a pleasure
Sometimes I wanna tear it all down
It's easy to be lazy
And hard to go away from the crowd

I know the road looks lonely
But that's just Satan's game
And either way my baby
We'll never be the same

This song, surprisingly, is by Madonna. Please forgive my long reply!

Mikki said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Wow, I've never heard that song by Madonna, but she sure hits the nail on the head.