Is your life as crazy-busy-run from one lesson/meeting/event to the next as mine? I was talking to Nicole Carpenter, creator of MOMentity, about how I feel like I am putting out fires in my life instead of building my dream life. I jump from one crisis to the next maintaining our family life, but never quite creating the life I want for my family. Sound familiar to anyone?
So how do we move from maintaining to creating? One way I have learned is through meaningful traditions and family routines. As I’ve mentioned before, my family does much better when we tie these traditions to something we already have to do every day. Prime example = meal time! Everyone has to eat! Confession time, in year’s past we have not been perfect about our scripture study together as a family. Sad, but true! For example, our mornings sometimes resemble a jumble of looking for shoes, gobbling up French toast, and running out the door just in time.
In my head, I’ve envisioned us snuggled up together on the couch reading scriptures or them coloring printables from LDS.org as I read inspirational things to them that will strengthen them during the day. That just hasn’t happened every morning! So this year we are doing our family scripture study at the breakfast table and I am so excited to introduce you to a book that has made it so much easier! This book is perfect for busy families and can be used a meal times, in the car, or even as part of your bedtime routines (which we have ended up doing a time or two!)
Nicole Carpenter has created an amazing book, 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family, that is PERFECT for a year’s worth of daily devotionals. The book includes:
A new theme for each week
Scriptures to read together
Quotes from Latter-day prophets
Discussion questions to get you thinking
The book is divided into four sections: Value Lessons, Life Lessons, Gospel Lessons and Holiday Lessons. From there it is divided into 52 gospel topics Tithing, Good Works, Temples, Talents, Divine Worth, etc. Each week has scriptures, quotes, discussion questions, and additional resources to go along with theme.
I love that this is one way that I can improve our scripture study this year. So far, we are doing the five minute devotionals in order, but I definitely plan to switch it up depending on the needs of my family that week. I already have Week 42, Temples, book-marked for the week of the Payson Temple Open House. Each week is a gold-mine of spiritual nuggets. I love that Nicole has included videos that can be looked up online, supporting conference addresses, and well-known quotes like this one:
52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family is one of my favorite books that I have added to our family’s collection this year. Simplifies my life and helps me to create more of the family culture that I desire! You can find Nicole’s amazing book on Amazon.com at 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family! Right now it is #1 Best Seller!
I have a little surprise for you! I am giving away one copy of the book to a lucky reader! Enter in the rafflecopter below!
What are your favorite family traditions?
How has scripture study worked best for your family?
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.