Christene Rich is a real life friend I have had since our freshman years at BYU. I am so grateful for her encouraging influence in my life. She is the mother of five, with a baby on the way!
Here she is:
Scripture study for our family has been full of starts and stops. It has been difficult for us to find something that works for us as a family. Our scripture study is still a work in progress but I am so happy that we have something that works for us now. Its so simple that I’m a little embarrassed to write about it but if I can help anyone then it’s worth it.
Growing up, my family always did scriptures right before bed and we tried that for a few years and just couldn’t find a rhythm. After much prayer and thought I decided to try what those “crazy people” do and have scriptures in the morning. And it worked! We have scriptures around the kitchen table during breakfast. The only time they are all quiet is when they are eating. :)
I prepare breakfast, put it on the table and get everything ready, including a towel for those spills :), and then I read while they eat. After a few days I realized I wanted something to draw on to explain things. So I bought a white board and some markers. I keep it up high or else we all know what would happen. It has been invaluable to help explain those things that they just don’t get. Like what scales used to look like and how they work, or drawing maps of what’s going on.
It has been a wonderful thing for us. Some mornings we are good to get a few verses in, especially with this pregnancy, but I can feel an increase in love and kindness to each other and an increase in the Spirit in our home and I’m so grateful.