Monday, November 8, 2010

Family Home Evening - Christ Centered Families!

What are YOU doing as a Family
to create
A Christ Centered Home?
Yesterday during Stake Conference we heard
some really amazing talks that I hope to review during
the next few week's.
(Brother and Sister Shuppe both did a great job!)
Opening Prayer:
Song:
Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth
Children's Songbook
Scripture:
The speakers based their talks on the scripture found in
D&C 88: 119
Organize Yourselves;
Prepare Every Needful Thing;
and Establish a House,
even a house of PRAYER,
a house of FASTING,
a house of FAITH,
a house of LEARNING,
a house of GLORY,
 a house of ORDER,
A HOUSE OF GOD.
I have always loved this scripture, especially because
of my love of organizing, but also because it covers
EVERYTHING THAT HAS ETERNAL VALUE!
...PRAYER...
Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and
the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other.
The object of prayer is not to change the will of God,
but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that
God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional
upon our asking for them.
Blessings require some work or effort on or part
before we can obtain them.
Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means
for obtaining the highest of all blessings.
...FAMILY PRAYER...
One of the best things we can do as a family
is PRAY TOGETHER.
Pray for each other.
When a child hears another a brother or sister pray
for something important to them great bonds are formed.
We all have CrAzY schedules
and getting together for prayers may seem like an impossible goal.
We have one in Elementary School, Jr. High, High School, and
one that will be leaving on a mission.
We found that our best time for family prayer
is at dinnertime.
Instead of just saying a blessing on the food,
we kneel for family prayer.
Because our morning schedules are so different,
I say prayer with each child before they leave for school.
Find what works for you, BUT most importantly...
MAKE IT A PRIORITY!
...FASTING...
This is a hard one for my family.
We are all hypoglycemic and fasting is very difficult.
We have found that fasting with a purpose
and saying prayers along the way makes our fast
no matter how long we can go,
much more meaningful.
...FAITH...
Faith is an action!!!
"... faith is things which are hoped for and not seen;
wherefore, dispute not because ye see not,
for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."
Ether 12:6
We demonstrate faith by:
Saying Prayers, Fasting, Holding
Regular Family Home Evening, Attending the Temple, and
Following the Example of Jesus Christ.
Things may not always be perfect,
they very seldom are . . . but when we are
CONSISTENT and make these principles
a part of our DAILY ROUTINES,
ETERNAL HABITS will be developed!
...LEARNING...
DAILY SCRIPTURE STUDY
and
EDUCATION
are very important for our growth and development.
If we make studying the scriptures a daily practice,
line upon line, precept upon precept, we will learn the things
that will help us to return home to live with our Heavenly Father.
We must never stop learning!
Study and Read GOOD BOOKS that will lift and inspire us.
Check to make sure that the books you are reading
fit with the Lord's standards.
...GLORY...
Is Christ the Center of Our Homes?
If someone were to come into your home
could they find Him there?
Are we letting unclean things enter our Homes.
Our home can offer safety from the storms of life.
It is our responsibility to make sure
that our homes are protected from sin as much as possible.
Set internet filters, limit TV viewing, and be very careful
about the shows we allow in our homes.
We need to be thoughtful and kind to each other.
If you haven't already dedicated your home,
NOW might be a good time!
...ORDER...
Finances are a big part of order.
Wants vs. Needs
Does your family know the difference?
(This is something we are constantly working on in my family!)
Christmas is coming and so is the burden of debt
for many!
It doesn't have to be this way.
Christmas is supposed to be Centered on Christ.
Maybe that could be the main focus in our families this year.
Challenge family members to be careful in filling out their
Christmas List this year.
Focus on gifts of the heart rather than gifts
that have no real value.
See what happens when we take the focus from ourselves
and instead focus on others.
...A HOUSE OF GOD...
Together all of these things will create a
House of God!
Closing Prayer:
Time for TREATS:
I know I've shared this recipe with you before,
but it also works as an OBJECT LESSON for this topic.
7 Layer Bars!
Here's the Recipe:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup of butter melted
1 cup of finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
2 cups of Nestle's Chocolate Chips
(1 - 12 ounce bag)
2 cups of Nestle's Butterscotch Chips
(1 - 12 ounce bag)
1 cup of shredded sweetened coconut
1 small can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of chopped walnuts
To make less of a mess, I use a 9 X 13 inch glass baking dish.
Instructions:
Melt butter.
 I put the glass pan in the microwave and set it for 1 minute on high.
If using a different pan, place melted butter in your baking pan.
Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter,
using the back of a fork, distribute the crumbs evenly leaving a crumb base.
If there are wet spots in the base,
add additional graham cracker crumbs.
Next, sprinkle evenly in order,
chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut.
Drizzle condensed milk evenly over the chips and coconut.
Sprinkle with walnuts.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes
or until the edges begin to brown and the top is slightly golden.
Cool completely, then cut into small bars,
1 inch x 2 inch.
This doesn't make a lot of bars,
so when they are smaller you get more.
Each of the ingredients in this recipe are needed
to make a SWEET COOKIE, just as each of the 7 areas
in the scripture are needed to enjoy the
SWEET BLESSINGS
of a
HOME CENTERED ON CHRIST.
Here's the PDF:
Have a GREAT Night!

5 comments:

shauna said...

Thanks for the great plans. I am going to do this lesson over the next few weeks to really focus on how to change our house into a house of order. I don't think I can tell you enough how much I love your blog. I get so many good ideas and recipes from here. Thanks for all the time you spend helping us...especially those not in your ward!

Kimmie said...

What a wonderful blog you have!! I had a friend refer me to your blog and I have to say I LOVE IT and will definitely be back. I am the Emergency Preparedness/Food Storage Specialist in our ward and it is SO nice to have different ideas to pass on of things I may have never thought of. Thanks for sharing...it's nice that there are people that are so willing to share information with others (even if we're not in your ward). Have a wonderful week!!

Tricia Smith said...

Thanks Kimmie!
Congrats on your calling!
It's been one of my favorite callings!
Trish

Becca said...

A friend referred me to your blog and I'm soo glad she did. You are amazing and I'm grateful that you are so willing to share everything. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these. You have made a meaningful family home evening possible in our home. We have a busy life and a young child, I am grateful for a recourse that provides such great ideas and help. Tonight will be our first family home evening in a long time, but many more are to come!!!