Thursday, October 21, 2010

Canvas of our Souls

Since I was a very little girl, I have always loved to draw and paint. My Mom said she could get me to do anything, as long as she promised me I could paint or draw later. I hope she didn't take advantage of that! :) It wasn't until Jr. High that I realized it made a great difference on the type of brushes that I used, and the kinds of canvas that I applied it to. I never had any painting lessons, other than school... but as I got older I realized that all brushes are not made equal. Each one could help you do a specific stroke, having the right brush could safe you a lot of time and effort, and the quality was very important too.
I came across this quote the other day and it made me think of this very subject...

"Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results."   ~Daily Gems 2010

How often do we think that some of the small and daily things that we do as parents ...aren't important? Well, now that we are raising our last child,( out of four ) I realize it is very important. There is a different spirit in our home when we study the scriptures as a family, when we pray and go to church together. When we take the time to have Family time together, when we have personal interviews with our son to see how he is doing and feeling. I have never doubted lately, how vital and important these things are. I have seen how it has effected our adult children and their families.  Parenthood is a lot of work, we are constantly being watched to see if we are walking the walk, yes it is very important.

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family"  ~ Anthony Brandt

"The love of a family is life's greatest blessing"

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