Brothers, I’ve been pondering this for a while. Hear me out. As some of you might notice, I often post here about practical topics such as family worship, reading books, selecting books, etc. I ask a lot of questions about resources and methods, because I’m trying to find something that works; something to kickstart me; something to help. Obviously no book or method can revive my soul; yet there are practical things one must do to be spiritually healthy. Ever since the birth of my twin boys (2.5 years ago!), and the massive time and work level shift that it brought to my life, I have had no spiritual consistency; no lasting profitable devotional habits; no good spiritual growth. I struggle with assurance; I struggle with carrying out right priorities; I struggle with the duties of leading my family; and now I struggle with smartphone-induced lessening of brain power and focus. I’ve added sin to foolishness, and now I am reaping the fruits thereof. And now I have baby #3 to add to it all. So, why am I writing this? I want to do some pruning in my life. I want to practice self-control. I want to get back to the basics. I want to lay out my plan here, to get your opinions, and your encouragement. Here are some things I believe I need to do, and some things I want to do: 1. Go to bed early. Give myself some time to read in bed (what to read?), and stop setting myself up for failure the next morning by being too tired. 2. Get up early. Go to God first. Develop a habit of mornin devotion. What does it look like? Pray, read, sing? 3. I want to minimize the smartphone usage to only the essentials. Any tips? 4. I want to curb my booklust, and stop hopping from book to book to book. I need to benefit from a book I read, not indulge in books. 5. I want to systematically read the Scriptures. I have been following a reading plan since January, so that will continue, but it has not been done in the context of daily devotion to God. 6. I want to systematically study the Scriptures. The men’s group at my church will be going through Philippians in September. My hope is to attend those meetings, as well as go through it on my own with Matthew Henry by my side. 7. I want to establish consistent family worship. I’ve had starts and stops with this, but now in a big stop. I need tips and prayer here. It’s all the more difficult with three children under 2.5yo now, and especially hard when private devotion is lacking. 8. I want to set apart the Lord’s Day. Advice and prayer needed. That’s all I can think of right now. Please feel free to comment on any part of these things.