March 30, 2013

Firm Foundations- Bible Verses for the Home

Our house construction is well under way!  We are hoping to move in June.  Several years ago, my friend Rachel posted a picture of their family writing Bible verses in the studs of their home while it was being built.  I filed that away in my mind and decided that if I ever got to build a house from scratch that I absolutely wanted to do that!

This week we decided on the scriptures that meant something to our family and today we took our trusty markers and went to work, writing our prayers on the walls of our home.  It just seemed like a tangible way to build a solid foundation for our lives in this home.

Of course, some of our kids decided that they wanted to suck up to us...

...and some just wanted to draw pictures on the floor...
...but for the most part we kept it to our hopes, dreams, and prayers for our family.
For the Front Door:
*As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15
*The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-25 (I wrote this one in the door frame since I thought it was a good blessing for coming and going)
For the Bedroom (ooo-la-la):
* Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2-3 (I need reminding of this constantly!)
* Love is patient.  Love is kind. 1 Cor 13
*I am my beloved's and he is mine.  Song of Solomon 6:3
This would also be a great place to write your wedding vows!
For the Living Room:
* "I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11
* Love One Another.  John 13:34
*The Lord will fight for you.  You need only be still. Ex. 14:14 (I constantly need this reminder to slow down as a family, so I wanted this verse buried deep within the walls in the room where we spend the most time together.)
My husband writing verses on our living room beams.  This may be the only thing in life sexier than a man running the vacuum or folding laundry.
For the Kitchen/Dining Room
* Prayer- Give food to the hungry, O Lord, and hunger for you to those that have food.
                As you satisfy the needs of each of us, make us mindful of the needs of others. -                      -unknown author
*Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.  Hebrews 13:2
* Give us this day our daily bread   Matthew 6:11
* And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Deut. 8:3
For the kid's bedrooms:
*It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry or fine clothes that should make you beautiful.  No, your beauty should come from within you- the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.  This beauty will never disappear and is worth much to God.  1 Peter 3:3-4  (Love this one especially for a young girl's room)
* The Lord your God is with you.  He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you.  He will quiet you with his love.  He will rejoice over you with song.  Zeph 3:17
* Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away and all things have become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17 (We put this one in the room where our foster children will sleep as a reminder that there is healing from the past and a promise for the future)
*I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139: 14
* I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Phillipians 4:13 

In the laundry room:  (Anyone else need a reminder to look for the positives as you go about your day to day thankless chores?)
* Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Phillipians 4:8
Office: (where my computer will be and this blog will be written)
*Learn to do good.  Seek justice.  Help the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the orphans.  Fight for the rights of widows.  Is. 1:17
Our kids really enjoyed this activity.  Writing on the walls- a typically forbidden task- is so fun!  Even though no one will ever see these, I know that they will be inside the walls that protect my family.  My prayer is that they permeate not only our home, but also our hearts.

Our backyard
And God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it according to their various kinds."... and God saw that it was good.

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