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Monday, November 02, 2009

solution: read longer

Problem: how to keep your children reverent during family scripture reading.

"every night" (which is more the goal than the reality, sadly, but we keep on trying) we gather the kids in the living room and read the scriptures together out loud. Right now we are reading the four gospels. Our Bishop has challenged everyone in the ward to read them together before the ward Christmas social. It has been such a treat. I have loved reading the stories of Jesus out loud with the kids. We have always read the Book of Mormon before, and I love that, and of course it is all about the Savior too, since it is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The stories in the NT, about his life are special though and I am enjoying this very much. The kids are enjoying it too.

As we are trying to meet our goal we realized that our regular reading pace was not going to do it for us so we've had to read more each night. There has been a surprise side benefit, unexpectedly the wiggles and whispers start to tone down the more we read. The first chapter is our usual struggle and then they settle down and listen more. We sometimes read two chapters, sometimes three or more and it's been lovely.

Lucy fell asleep last night listening, which was so cute. What is sweeter than laying by the fire with your family listening to the stories of Jesus while you slip into a sweet, peaceful slumber with dreams filled with images of his gentle life and ministry?


marcia@joyismygoal said...

that is such a special thought I love it --Keep up the lovely work.

allison nadauld said...

We've got to try that. After two pages our kids are all over the place. Longer? Huh? Thanks for the idea!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

You told me it was OK to copy so I am:) THANKFUL:) have I told you I miss your smiles of encouragement lately

Yvonne said...

Longer was ALWAYS so hard for us--maybe we never went LONG ENOUGH ; )

The Tall and Short of it said...

I can't think of a better way to fall asleep!!