Monday, February 24, 2014

Building Fortifications: STRONG FAMILIES

You are reading the very first post in a series of posts about spiritually strengthening our homes and families by building up  strong fortifications in our lives.

This morning in our family scripture study we were reading Alma 49 and it is ALL about FORTIFICATIONS as well as the chapter following it.  So appropriate for what I am personally studying. 

"...and they had cast up dirt round about to shield them from the arrows and the stones ..."
"...the Nephites had dug up a ridge of earth round about them, which was so high that the Lamanites could not cast their stones and their arrows at them that they might take effect, neither could they come upon them save it was by their place of entrance. .."
"...they were prepared for them, in a manner which never had been known ..." 
"...to their astonishment, the city of Noah, which had hitherto been a weak place, had now, by the means of Moroni, become strong..."

I love these references to building up fortifications to strengthen and protect.  If we want to have strong families, we have to build up fortifications. 

One observation I have is that over-use of technology weakens people.  It takes down our abilities to receive revelation.  It weakens who we are.

Too much Internet, TV, games, endless texting, etc. takes up our valuable time, and weakens us as people and families. We become so busy, with nothing.  It is like we are spinning around in a hamster wheel, not getting anywhere, or gaining anything positive from it. 

In order to strengthen our families and ourselves, let's look at how much, sometimes pointless, technology we are letting in.  There is a pay-off.  The time we give to pointless technology time, is less time we have developing who we need to be. It dulls our senses, makes it hard to feel the spirit, or takes away the desire to even want to.

Mothers  we need to get off the computer and pay attention to our families.  Less Face book, Twitter, Snap-chat, blogging, texting, etc.

Julie B. Beck said,
"A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart yearns to do. Life is not calm for most women, and each day seems to require the accomplishment of a million things, most of which are important. A good woman must constantly resist alluring and deceptive messages from many sources telling her that she is entitled to more time away from her responsibilities and that she deserves a life of greater ease and independence. But with personal revelation, she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently.

The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life. Qualifying for the Lord’s Spirit begins with a desire for that Spirit and implies a certain degree of worthiness. Keeping the commandments, repenting, and renewing covenants made at baptism lead to the blessing of always having the Lord’s Spirit with us.      Making and keeping temple covenants also adds spiritual strength and power to a woman’s life. Many answers to difficult questions are found by reading the scriptures because the scriptures are an aid to revelation.    Insight found in scripture accumulates over time, so it is important to spend some time in the scriptures every day. Daily prayer is also essential to having the Lord’s Spirit with us. 4 Those who earnestly seek help through prayer and scripture study often have a paper and pencil nearby to write questions and record impressions and ideas.

Revelation can come hour by hour and moment by moment as we do the right things. When women nurture as Christ nurtured, a power and peace can descend to guide when help is needed. For instance, mothers can feel help from the Spirit even when tired, noisy children are clamoring for attention, but they can be distanced from the Spirit if they lose their temper with children. Being in the right places allows us to receive guidance. It requires a conscious effort to diminish distractions, but having the Spirit of revelation makes it possible to prevail over opposition and persist in faith through difficult days and essential routine tasks. " And Upon the Handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit

Build up your Fortifications! 
Strengthen your family