As part of our ongoing experimentation with the Come Follow Me initiative as it pertains to home study as a family, I had a nugget of inspiration that bore some good fruit.
We had been trying to fit in a reading each night where we each read a few verses and then had family prayer.
There wasn’t much depth at all because we were trying to “get through” the scriptures before the little ones lost their patience and began to be disruptive.
The other night, I had an idea. I suggested that we should try studying on our own each day, then in the evening we could each share what we learned from our own studies.
I gave my kids two goals: 1. write down any word they don’t know the meaning of and 2. write down anything they thought was interesting.
The next night, my 12-year-old daughter eagerly revealed an entire sheet of paper filled with words and paragraphs of text. We went through and defined the words she didn’t understand and listened to her insights.
What a difference!
I love these moments that God gives us and am grateful for his hand in the little things in life that mean so much.