One of my personal goals as a mother is to fill my home with the spirit. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish I could avoid allowing my children to be exposed to the influences of the world we are living in by locking them up at home all day, everyday. Obviously this isn’t realistic, and if we expect them to learn and grow they will have to face the world. Our job is to prepare and teach them at home so that they are ready to make good decisions every time they walk out that front door. I truly believe that the more present the spirit is in our home, the more prepared our children will be and the less we, as moms, will have to worry.
Here are five things my family has done to feel the spirit more at home:
- Hang family photos, pictures of the temple, pictures of the Savior, etc. on the walls of your home– I love being able to see a picture of the Savior everyday in my very own home.
- Eat dinner together– I love sitting down together and talking about our day at dinner. It is an excellent time to have good conversation with your children and/or spouse. My husband and I have had some of our greatest gospel centered discussions while sitting at the dinner table.
- Play uplifting music– There is almost always music playing at my house, and it’s not always The Mormon Tabernacle Choir!! Any uplifting music can invite the spirit into your home. Some of my favorites are EFY music, David Archuletta, Josh Grobin, and Mindy Gledhill.
- Have Family Game Night– Our game nights usually involve another couple because it’s just my husband and me and our little six month old. But these nights always involve lots of laughter and fun.
- Cook/bake together– This is another great way for your family to bond and grow closer together. As we do things together in our homes, the spirit will be stronger.
Of course, family scripture study, prayer, and family home evening are not to be left out or forgotten. These three basics are essential. There are many other things we can do to feel the spirit more in our homes. Making our home a refuge for our children is so important! Creating a place where the spirit can be felt and can teach my children true principles is my hope.
“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
What routines or traditions have helped your family enjoy the spirit at home?