“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” C.S. Lewis
This is one of my very favorite quotes of all time. I feel very much like I have been remodeled the last year or so, lots of walls knocked out and sometimes that construction is painful. I am certain that remodeling isn't complete yet. However, being shaped into the palace He wants me to be will be worth it for sure.
This quote has come to life as we moved into this home. We are renting it for a couple of years and so we can't remodel it how we would like to. There are definitely things we would change if we could, but we just have to make the best of it for now. It is a great house that fits our family and it is a great neighborhood, it just isn't perfect.
There are things about our family, my marriage and my own self that need some remodeling. Moving to a new place and home is a great place to start that. My one little word for 2014 is CHOOSE, and so with this move and fresh start I have chosen one thing in 4 areas that I am choosing to change. Good changes happen one building block at a time.
One of the best changes we have made is we now are able to have a little family devotional before my kids leave for school and before my husband leaves for work. Previously my husband left too early for work to do this and my oldest son left home around 5:40 a.m. for early morning seminary. We sing a hymn, read scriptures or other inspirational words and have a family prayer. Sometimes my husband or I lead it, and sometimes we let our older kids share things they have learned or read. I can't begin to tell you the difference it has made in our home. It really only takes about 10-15 minutes, but that short time is one of my favorite parts of my day.
No matter what your religious beliefs are, taking some time in the morning to be together as a family talking about things that really matter is a great way to draw you closer and teach your children what is important. It really is the small things that matter.
What are the simple traditions that have brought your family closer?