I have been thinking a lot lately about how sad this world is becoming. I cringe everytime I watch the news. It's all so depressing. Rarely ever a good or happy story. I'm sad that this is the world my kids will be growing up in. It makes me sick to imagine what it will be like when they are in highschool. I can't believe how much things have changed since I began highschool 12 years ago. This is all leading me to focus heavily on creating a strong home. Jeff and I have to work together to build a foundation that will not be shaken when we let them out into the world on their own. I know we are not perfect but I am reminded each night that we are on the right track when Kaleb and Andie both kneel down to pray without me telling them to. As soon as I say it's bed time they are on their knees waiting for Jeff and I. That is a wonderful feeling. They may not be able to sit still in church and they probably don't remember the lessons that are taught but they see us praying consistently and they know it is right. I came across a talk by Elder David A. Bednar titled "More Dilligent and Concerned at Home" and wanted to share a part of it with you.
"In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes—none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive. In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field. Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.
Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33). Consistency is a key principle as we lay the foundation of a great work in our individual lives and as we become more diligent and concerned in our own homes. "