Last fall, we made the decision to build a new home for our family. We are still living in our “starter” home that we originally bought, not intending to be here 11 years later! With three growing children, the walls seem to be closing in on us and we are thrilled that our home is coming together quickly!
Several weeks ago, we decided to have a little family dedication by writing verses that held meaning and hope for our family and our new home. I love the idea that as we walk through the finished rooms of our home in just a few months, we’ll remember the verses written on the foundation of each room we enter. And, maybe someday many, many years from now, a different family might have occasion to see the blessings written by us under the carpet or on the wall studs.
Here are some of the verses we chose:
Entrances: You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. Deuteronomy 28:6
Kitchen: Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8
Dining room: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14
Office: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23
Stairs: In his heart a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Basement: Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock. Matthew 7:24
Master Bedroom: And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14
Master closet: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you. Bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:14
Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 21:25-26
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-25
Kid’s bathroom: 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 more to God. 1 Peter 3:3-4
You don’t have to be building a new house to apply this concept to your home. You can write verses during a renovation, or on the walls before you re-paint, or on the floors when you replace carpet or flooring. Or, of course, add scripture out where everyone can see it in your home. Here is some inspiration I’ve been collecting:
I also love this idea for a family area:
Source: Aimee Weaver Designs
I also really like the idea of hanging a chalkboard where you can update your verses weekly so they don’t start to fade into the scenery like decor that hangs year-round. Source.
Here is a chalkboard writing tutorial by Jones Design Company
Or, how about dedicating a whole chalkboard wall so the kids can participate in writing their own? Source: Home Adore
What are your favorite verses for dedicating for decorating a home? Please share them in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas!