No matter what religion you belong to, or none at all, I think we can all recognize wisdom. Thomas S. Monson, who recently passed away and who was a prophet for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, taught many things and I would like to share one of his messages.
“It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells.” ~ Thomas S. Monson
I love the phrase “the storm stops at the door”. We try so hard as mom’s to stop the storms from affecting our kids. But alas, our kids need to learn too, just as we do how to deal with them. So how do we help our kids know what to do?
Thomas S. Monson quoted a letter from a single mom in a talk in 1999. She said…
“…you never know what kind of influence you’ll be until a child observes you doing yourself what you have tried to teach him to do.”
I know I feel like a failure a LOT. It is hard in this world of crazy media to not feel defeated by what everyone else is accomplishing. I hope that today, you will sit down and make of list of 3 SIMPLE things you want to accomplish. Like seriously simple. Like hug my child, hug my spouse, and start the dishwasher. Then let yourself FEEL good. Feel like you taught your kids to LOVE, and to SERVE. By 3 SIMPLE tasks.
The oft used quote, “By small and simple things, great things are brought to pass” is true. Your home can be a place where a lot of storms do stop. And it can be a place where your kids are taught how to deal with storms when they do come crashing.
I love you all.
Life is Good. Share the Good.
PS If you want to read the full article by President Thomas S. Monson, you can find that here: