Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Young Women's Freebie~Manual 3 Lesson 5 "Creating a Spiritual Environment in the Home"

This week's Young Woman's freebie is made from the "Our Home" kit you can find it here.

The Young Women Manual 3 lesson 05 is "Creating a Spiritual Environment in the Home"

As I read the lesson I thought about this story:

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After  many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. 'I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.'

'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied.

Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is  arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.
'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful  for the ones that do.  Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life.

'Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

I really feel if we live this way we will invite the spirit of Our Heavenly Father into our homes and they will be a place He wants to dwell.

What are you going to do to make your home a Spiritual place for your family?

You can download the free handout here.


1 comment:

  1. I'm using this handout for my girls this Sunday- definitely the cutest handout for the lesson in the whole wide web. Thank you! I loved your story too!