Every month, on the first Sunday, I dedicate my blog post to a spiritual subject. I feel that my belief in Christ is a fundamental part of my every day life, and you cannot know who I am and what I believe without knowing about my church and it’s teachings. I spend more time on these first Sunday posts than I do on five or six normal posts. I pray about them, I think hard about exactly what I want to say and how I should say it. I hope that you enjoy it, are uplifted, and that you learn a little bit more about me and my beliefs as your read this post.
During conference last month, one of the speakers, Richard G. Scott, gave a talk entitled For Peace at Home. You can read the full address here. It really struck me as an important talk when he was giving it. I have since read it a few times and I really wanted to share some of the key points of the talk with my readers.
A peaceful home is my goal in life. I choose to stay home from work so that I can raise my children and give them a peaceful life that allows for learning and growth in the best way possible. In case you aren’t aware, I should mention that my children are young, and close in age. The oldest just turn two last week and the youngest is turning one this month. Life is crazy and hectic. So how can I possibly create a peaceful house?
I asked myself that same question when Elder Scott was giving him address. Sure, a peaceful house is great, but it’s only for Better Home and Garden type houses, or houses where the children are all grown up and moved away, or there are no children to begin with. How on earth am I supposed to be able to have a peaceful house if I can’t even get through a day without vomit on my shirt and cracker crumbs in every crevice in the entire home? I know you’re thinking it too, don’t lie.
One thing that really stood out to me from the talk was this line: simple, consistent, good habits lead to a life full of bountiful blessings. That really got me thinking. It’s not about waking up one morning and having a beautiful house full of awesome pinterest inspired wall hangings and wreaths that tell everyone what your families last name is. That’s not what creates a peaceful home. What creates a peaceful home is little habits. Little things that seem unimportant, but add up to big things.
Some of the things that Elder Scott lists in his talk are:
- daily personal prayer and scripture study
- daily family prayer and scripture study
- weekly family home evening
- unselfish service of others
- using electronics wisely & “unplugging” for a period of time every day
- opening your home to others so they can feel what it’s like to have a peaceful Christ centered home
- recognize the good in others
- be obedient to God’s commandments
He also mentions, and I think this is important, that we shouldn’t get overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once. There is a time and a season for everything. Instead, he suggests that we pray for guidance to know the things that we should be putting on efforts in to.
Along with his suggestions, I have a few of my own. These things have helped me to have a more peaceful home.
- pick up clutter every night after the kids are in bed
- clean the sink every night
- wake up before the kids do (if possible). Even five minutes before they get up is enough time to catch your breath and at least use the bathroom in peace, am I right?
- play good music in your home
- have a weekly date night with your spouse. Even if it’s an “at home” date, make it a priority to spend time with each other.
I know that these suggestions won’t solve all problems. There is still going to be trials and your home will still be chaotic at times. I know though that as long as I am on the Lord’s side, everything will be okay in the end. It’s like Elder Scott says in his talk, “Stay on the Lord’s side, and you will win every time.”
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