I'm so happy that you stopped by to visit us today! Before we get started with today's reading I wanted to share our Family Home Evening with you all. I thought I would share some pictures that I took tonight. Our church encourages every family to set aside one night a week to spend together, usually it is on a Monday. (Click HERE to learn more about Family Home Evening.) Honestly it's a little crazy with the boys and 2 teenagers but we do it and we love it!
We start out with a song and then a prayer. Usually we sing some fun songs for the little kids.
Next we have Show & Tell where we basically watch Brayden dance and sing for 20 minutes. LOL! He is a born performer!
Then we have a lesson. We usually try to think of something during the week that we need to work on and teach the children. Tonight, Andrew (my 11 year old) had prepared a lesson. We like the kids to have a turn teaching.
Next, we have a Family Council where we go around the room starting with the oldest child down to the youngest and ask them if they have anything they want to talk about or ask about or just share with everyone. Usually they talk about upcoming events like school, vacations, or birthdays.
We then have family scripture and closing prayer. Lately we have been studying the scripture by topic. We will ask if anyone has a question about the gospel and then all use our scriptures to find versus that might help answer the question. We have family scripture and prayer every night before we go to bed. I have found that by reading the scriptures as a family we have been strengthened and blessed.
Okay, let's go ahead and get started with our reading today.
"Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things."
I love how Jacob talks about how he has weaknesses, too, along with the rest of us. "God showeth us our weakness"…. I am grateful that the Lord does show me my weaknesses so that they can be made strong through Him and the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
I found the following on lds.org
We all have different weaknesses to overcome. I want to share this video on weakness. I hope this might touch someone's heart today as they watch it.
Jacob 5 covers the Allegory of the Olive Tree.
I found this great quote on lds.org..
Olive trees on Thassos, Greece: photo by Peter Pakandl, 7 September 2006
I encourage all of you to pray and ponder as you read Jacob 5. There is a lot of deep, spiritual meaning in it and I know that we can find out for ourselves what it means for each of us.
I'd like to close today with More Holiness Give Me sung by a combined Brigham Young University Choir.