As a mother, I don’t know if I think anything is as important as sleep! But I’ll take Elder Scott’s words as true. We need to not let other things crowd out our daily scripture study. It may take some time and effort to make this a habit. There are lots of ways you could do it. Perhaps you set an alarm on your phone to go off every day to remind you. Or maybe you set a goal that you will not allow yourself to check email or social media until you have read from the scriptures. Whatever you need to do, do it. Make the changes you need to.
|What our family looked like back then|
Our Family Home Evenings weren’t always wonderful or amazing, but I know that Heavenly Father blessed us. I wrote back then: “when we put the Lord first by making Family Home Evening a priority, we give Him a place in our home to work miracles, to have those moments where we KNOW our children are understanding us and places where the Spirit can dwell and perhaps become a permanent visitor. My husband had to work a lot of Monday nights a few years ago and sometimes, by the time Monday evening rolled around, the kids were cranky and tired and so was I. I wanted nothing more than to pull an “old woman in the shoe” and just send them all to bed, but I made it a point to have Family Home Evening even when my husband couldn’t be there. I was always impressed by the change in our home. I could be at my absolute wit’s end with no energy left, but as we sat down and I taught a simple lesson, the Spirit would be there. Some of those Family Home Evenings became very powerful spiritual experiences, and I could feel the Lord honoring my meager efforts. Just as Jesus could take five loaves and a few fishes and feed a multitude, He can take our noisy, busy Family Home Evenings and feed our children the Living Bread they will need for the rest of their lives.” (These quotes and experiences above are from this guest blog post)