“Home is the laboratory of love.”

art by Amber Eldredge

Our garage is small and it takes a miracle to back in just enough to both close the garage AND open the trunk to get the groceries out.

I had no such luck yesterday. So, in the 107 degree heat and humidity after grocery shopping with my littles, I was squatting in my half closed trunk (don’t ask me why I didn’t just move the car up), ducking down to throw grocery bags into the house, yelling into the house to enlist help from my kids.

We got it done, but there were some bumps along the way because everyone was tired, hot, and hungry.

It was just a small moment, but I thought of it while I read D&C 88:120, “That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord.”

Incomings and outgoings. Those are typically the hardest times for me.

The transitions where we are running late and shoes can’t be found and one person is crying because they need a nap and another just had a blow out.

I could definitely use more of God in those moments.

How can I feel peace, even in the chaos? How can I make my incomings and outgoings more in the name of the Lord?

God provides some pretty practical guidance for how to do it in the verse right above:

“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (D&C 88:119)

Admittedly, I am not a very organized, prepared person. BUT I love that God doesn’t say we need to prepare everything—just every NEEDFUL thing.

Yes, establishing a house of God is hard work. But it’s a beautiful, IMPORTANT work. One that God is surely in the midst of and is infinitely proud of you for.

It is worth the tears, heartache and growing pains for the love and safety you are building between the walls of your home.

As President Nelson said, “Home is the laboratory of love.”

A laboratory. A place full of both discovery and disappointments, trial(s) and error(s).

Through it all we learn to look down on ourselves less and look up to Christ more.

He is there.

In our outgoings and our incomings.

And everything in between.

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