Bless This House.

I've seen a few friends talk about blessing the walls of their home. I always wanted to do the same when we were able to some day build our new home. I had almost forgotten about this (thank you pregnancy brain), until a college friend posted that she and her husband were planning to do it at their new home.

Now was the perfect time to do it at our house. I started looking through and trying to find the best verses to put in our home. Not an easy task, because let's be honest, there's really no "bad" verse in the Bible.

As I was trying to explain this process to my husband, I found the perfect passage to explain the meaning behind it.

"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."  Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Most of the verses are written on our bedroom doorframes, but I put one at the heart of the home; the hearth, the fireplace. I knew right away the best verse for our entire home. I mean, how do you compete with this? 

"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

When it came to our kids' rooms, this one took a little bit of thought. How do you pick just one verse to set your children out on the right path? For our daughter's room, this was her daddy's favorite:

"May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace." Psalm 144:12

"May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace." Psalm 144:12

As I type this, I remind my "graceful pillar" to please "Don't lick mama's computer." #ToddlerLife. 

Our sweet son is expected to join our family in late February. Since we've yet to meet him and get to know him, we picked something that would be any parent's prayer for their children:

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

For our master bedroom, we couldn't pick just one favorite. So, we have a verse written on either side of our doorframe.

"We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19

"We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19

And just when you think you've perfectly scribed your verses, pregnancy brain kicks in. #fail. Isn't it just like life? A mess, but perfect just the same.

"What God has joined together, let no one separate." Mark 10:9

"What God has joined together, let no one separate." Mark 10:9