It is finally winter in Colorado! We got over a foot of snow yesterday, stayed home from church, and today the kids had a day off from their Monday school. They still did some work at home, and then we headed outside to enjoy the snow. Eva felt like she NEEDED to be outside, but hated being put down in the snow. She spent a lot of time on my hip or in the chair on the front porch. Brenna took her on one sled ride. If you could hear that photo up there you would know that she would have rather been doing something, anything, else.
Last night as Barry and I were praying together before we got in bed he asked for help in being consistent with something. I just welled up with the happiest thought-feeling that when we are consistent we just keep getting better. With consistence things can ONLY get better. Oh, the blessings of diligence! Just a little effort in little doses everyday yeilds huge results. I just haven’t been able to shake that thought of the possibilities of never ending getting-better-ness and that if I create lots of little good habits the bad ones will get crowded out. But also- just being consistent in one small area of life has lasting effects in other areas. In my family we have been very consistent with reading the scriptures every night before we put the kids to bed. We often spend 15 minutes or even less– but the dividends have been huge. It has been in our family scripture reading that the boys have learned to read. Thoughtful questions get asked and answered. We have an anchor for our days. That is one example I have of actually living diligence. It is beautiful and fills me with graditude.
I wonder how I’d feel if I applied some consistency to doing house cleaning chores with the kids?