Our cup is running over. Let our blessings, bless others. Help us to be good stewards of what you have blessed us with. I pray this home is used for your glory. Thank you for the living word!
It has been years of dreaming. I can honestly say I never thought it would happen. It seemed like it was too much of a blessing! Have you ever heard of such a dumb contradiction?
I guess when it comes down to it I just didn’t think we deserved such a thing. That’s the thing about blessings and gifts, you don’t need to earn them. God gives freely of His love and blessings and you can’t do a thing to earn them.
Each step of our journey: purchasing the land, selling the house and building on the property, has been bathed in prayer and scripture.
In the months it took us to buy the land I circled it in prayer asking God to increase our territory per a prayer I found in 1 Chronicles 4:10. When our house took forever to sell I prayed and packed boxes with scripture on them stepping out in faith that God was in
control and that He would sell our house when the time was right. And when the barn went up on the land I wrote scripture on the beams as a way to symbolize that our lives and that barn were built in faith, hope and on the solid rock of Christ.
Over the last nine months as I have watched the house be built step by step; I have prayed for each man that has stepped foot in it. This weekend we hit a milestone, the drywall was hung. Before the drywall was hung I meant to write scripture on each wall in every room so that we would always be surrounded with God’s word but it didn’t happen. God had a better idea.
I believe God wanted His word beneath our feet to remind us that He is the solid rock on which we stand. “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God (NIV, John 1:1). It’s not a coincidence that over the past year God has laid this scripture on my heart.
So on Sunday I got to work. Each room of our house, even our closet, has a specific piece of scripture written on the floor. After the floors are covered I will place the piece of scripture someone where in the room to continually remind us that we stand on God’s promises both literally and figuratively.
The entry way was one of the rooms that God gave me first. Coming into our home I wrote the verse Joshua 24:15 to remind us that our family serves the Living God! Anyone who enters our home should know by our actions that we serve the Lord. Upon leaving our home I knew we needed to be reminded of our mission in the world. We are called to go into the world, to the ends of the earth sharing the new of Jesus Christ, making disciples and baptizing in His name as Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19.
In our living room I wrote a verse from the book of Matthew. Matthew 5:14 reads, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” We are to reflect the light that God put in us and shine for Christ. If we shine Christ’s light we can not be hidden or over taken with darkness. If that isn’t our living room I don’t know what is. Our living room is bathed in light. Ever since I was a little girl I have been drawn to light. Lamps, chandeliers, night lights, candles, small windows, large windows: I am drawn to them all. So when we were planning to build I had one request, windows everywhere so we could soak in the light. The light makes me happy. I believe God designed me to crave light. I want to be reminded daily that as Christ followers we are not to hide our light but rather to soak in Christ’s light and reflect it.
Our kitchen was a no brainer. Jesus told the devil when he was tempting Him in the desert that, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” This verse reminds me that my life, my real life is not here on earth with a full stomach and a comfortable home. My life and the saving of that life are in the words of God.
When I walked into our panty I was reminded that we are not to store up treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal but rather store up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20, NIV).
The mudroom was an interesting revelation. The mudroom is the room where children and animals will come in and out daily and if not careful you never know what they may track or let in. So the verse that came to me was,
“Because you have made the Lord—my refuge, the Most High—your dwelling place,
no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent.” (Psalms 91:9-13, Holman)
With this scripture I am speaking protection over our back entrance that may be unguarded. May the Lord protect our back door and any evil or harm that comes near our home. Oh Satan loves to trick us and come in through back doors we are not guarding so we must always pray for protection and discernment in all areas of our lives.
Like our clothes, our souls also need to be renewed and cleaned from time to time. In our laundry room I wanted to be reminded that as I wash, dry, fold and sort our clothes that it is the cleansing and renewing of the soul that is what matters most in life.
WASHING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SOUL: Confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Lord of your life, acknowledge His death at Calvary for your sins, repent and repeat as needed.
“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast[a] spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10, HCSB).
The first bedroom/bathroom to be written in was our daughters. Oh you guys … I love this little girl! I have wished for her face since I was a little girl myself. I can’t say I prayed for the boys, please don’t take that as unloving, at the time I didn’t know any better. My husband and I hit a point after our second son was born where we had to stop and decide whether we wanted to bring anymore children into this world. I wanted
more, but all you had to do was watch the news to know this place is going to Hell in a hand basket. So I prayed. I said God if you want Ryan and I to raise another child then let it be Your will and if You chose to send us another child I promise to raise him or her in the word and they will know You. As Samuel was a gift to Hannah that was given back to the Lord, we will point her back to God each day of her life. So on her floor I wrote one of the most famous pieces of scripture associated with children to remind us of our promise to God for her life,
“For this child I prayed; and Jehovah hath given me my petition which I asked of him” (1 Sam. 1:27, ASV).
And then I spoke life over her room.
May her childhood and teenage years be filled with thoughts of God and all the blessings He has for her. “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things (Phil. 4:8, HCSB)
As she grows let it be in the Lord and the knowledge of what He has done for her. I pray she shares her knowledge and God’s grace with others on her path. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity (2 Peter 3:18, HCSB).
And lastly may she fulfill the purpose and work that God has set before her. “…Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14, HCSB).
May she be a women of God whose prayers bring peace, healing and love to ALL who encounter her. May the life she leads be a clear sacrifice for the Lord. May she point others back to God with her every breath and beat of her heart. May her life be abundant in love for others, thankfulness, laughter and with the peace of the Lord.
In her bathroom I wanted her to be reminded that outer cleanliness is important but that her inner cleanliness is more important. So as she readies herself in the morning let her have a spirit that is wiling, with thoughts of God’s grace and forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, HCSB)
“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit. Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You” (Psalms 51:10-13, HCSB).
Our sons rooms were just as important as our daughters. We aren’t just raising boys to be men but men who are rooted in God’s love and faithfulness. Men who will become leaders, members of their community and God willing, husbands and fathers.
In our eldest son’s room I wrote John 3:16 so that he may never forget that God sacrificed His only son for Chris’s salvation. Jesus came specifically for us and called us each by our name! I pray Chris remembers what we have taught him about the Lord and that he follows our instruction (Proverbs 1:8-9, HCSB). I pray that even in his youth he is an example to other followers in faith, conduct, speech, purity and love (1 Tim 4:12, HCSB). And no matter what that Chris trusts in the Lord with all his heart and does not lean on his own understanding. I pray he submits his ways to the Lord because I know the Lord will make his path straight if he is obedient (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV). (slight mistake with the colon placement when I wrote this)
In addition to my scripture in Chris’s room he wanted to add his own, so with a thankful heart I handed him the Sharpie. He wrote Phil. 4:13 to remind himself that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.
Next came our middle child. It’s no secret that this boy has a heart for the helpless, the unsaved and the homeless. I pray he always knows that God put these burdens on his heart for a reason. “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of
Christ” (Gal. 6:2, HCSB). He was called to serve others and love BIG. Along with this we prayed Psalm 55:22 over him and that when he is heavily burdened for others he can cast his cares on the Lord and he will not be shaken.
I also wrote John 3:16 in his room as this is one of his favorite verses. It is also a reminder that God came for him specifically, and He came in a big way! Every little boy loves a super hero and you can’t find one better than Jesus.
We pray that he, “Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim 2:22-25, HCSB).
When it came to their shared bathroom I wrote Psalm 51:2 “Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.” If there is a transformative verse about turning pee and spit into healing waters somewhere I must have missed it … LOL! #boysbathroomsareGROSS
In the loft where the television and video games will be set up I knew what needed to be spoken over the space. Matthew 6:22 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.” May God protect what our eyes see in this room. Let us seek and see good things.
The small study was given the scripture of Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.” May the Lord give us knowledge, wisdom and discipline as a family.
And last was our bedroom, closet and bathroom.
In the bathroom I chose Psalm 143:8 because this is where we begin to ready ourselves for the day ahead. I want to experience God’s faithful love first thing in the morning. I want Him to reveal to me the way I should go because I long for His guidance.
In the closet I wrote Matthew 6:31 to remind us both that God provides our every need.
And lastly our bedroom. Our marriage is our first ministry. We are to love one another, forgive, support and never leave each other. A few years ago we taught a marriage seminar called Love and Respect by Dr. Eggrich that changed our lives and our marriage. Through scripture from Ephesians we learned of God’s model and intention for our marriage and all marriages. These verse remind us of our different roles in the marriage.
Ephesians 4:26 reminds us never go to bed angry because this is how the devil gets a foothold. So if you don’t want an uninvited guest in your marriage don’t let the devil weasel his way in by going to bed angry. I must admit this is easier said than done at times but I am always grateful for the reminder.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 are notably the most famous verses associated with marriage because they are usually spoken during a wedding ceremony. These verse remind us that we took vows to each other and God.
And lastly I wrote Song of Solomon 3:4 which reminds us that we have found each other and we should not let go just as we hold on to Christ’s love for us.
I must add that after writing this scripture throughout our new home we have encountered some spiritual warfare. We have endured sickness, major stress, family hardships, set backs and theft. All I can figure is that I did something pretty powerful by filling our home with God’s word!
Thank you for your living word! Your word means business and I know it carries GREAT and MIGHTY power! I rebuke any evil or harm that try to settle on our property or in our home. The devil knows he must flee at the mention of your name so JESUS JESUS JESUS come and take up residence with us! Protect my home, my family, my marriage and my husband at every turn. Knock down any arrows that might be shot at us. Lord this home, property, marriage and family belong to you. Strengthen us as we continue to follow you!
In the Name of Jesus, AMEN!
I CHALLENGE YOU … fill your home with scripture. You may not be able to rip up the carpet and write on the subfloor but you can place a piece of scripture in each room on an index card. Pray over every room in your home asking God to bless and protect your home.