Grace made this cute little pop-up card for me that made me smile:
And don't you think the new year is a great time to start thinking about traditions?
At a Power of Moms Retreat, Saren taught us to base family traditions on the qualities we want our children to develop. Since the main goal my husband and I have for our children is to help them draw closer to the Lord, we decided to create a tradition of writing in Family Testimony Journals. This is something we can do during special holidays, birthdays, or meaningful family moments.
I found these nice, leather-bound journals at Target last year for about $10 each, and since they only had two in stock at a time, I went back three months in a row in order to get the six I needed for our family members.
We gave our children the following prompts:
- How do you feel about the Lord?
- What experiences this past year have helped you to know Christ better?
- When have your prayers been answered?
- What habits have you developed that strengthen your spirit?
- How do you plan to be closer to God in the coming year?
When we finished, we read each other's entries. It was one of the sweetest experiences I've had.
Eric and I work so hard to help our children to know God, and we remind them each day that their testimonies have to come from within. No one can live on borrowed light.
This exercise has also been powerful for us, as the parents, because we can see how our own spirits are growing each year, and we can share that process with our children.
Family living is often chaotic. The workload is heavy, the responsibility is huge, and the rewards aren't always immediate. (Right now, I'm sitting in my pajamas, surrounded by toys, dishes, and little ones who are anxious to get outside.)
But when we take the time to be deliberate--to create traditions that really mean something and build the character and spirit of our children, it all feels worth it.
Do you have any spiritually-strengthening traditions in your family that you would like to share? I'd love to hear them.