So this afternoon, I pulled The Friend and scanned for lesson ideas. I prepared one of the ideas for our Family Night lesson. It contained looking up and pulling information from the scriptures as a part of the lesson. We had prayer together, a lesson on the blessings we receive because of the Savior's Atonement, and review of a couple of our Primary songs. Here's the kicker...because we prepared and did tonight the way it was designed to be done, we were able to get the kids their dessert, get their teeth brushed, remember to have them lay out their clothes and get them tucked them in before 9:00 p.m. And did I mention that all of this was accomplished on top of spending a couple of hours at the Discovery Center after school? There was a calm feeling to all of this instead of the hectic rush of trying to throw together a spiritual thought and hurriedly trying to get them ready for bed with the feeling that another day had slipped by without the important things being accomplished.
I know we were blessed today because I prepared an appropriate gospel-centered Family Night lesson. I was able to spend time with my girls after school, get home in time to have dinner together as a family (thanks to Kelly getting it prepared while we were on the road), and have the evening go really smoothly. There is no doubt in my mind that this whole afternoon and evening was a blessing from a Heavenly Father who blessed me for my efforts.
In case you are wondering, my house is still a cluttery mess. Not caring too much at the moment. I'll clean it up tomorrow. I'm exponentially happier that we cracked open our scriptures tonight than I would have been about my clean house with no time left for scripture reading.