“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
Deuteronomy 11: 18-21 (ESV)
Right before Christmastime my husband and I began “re-decorating” our house. A new couch and chair, a new rug, and art on the wall. But as we kept redecorating the premise of creating a home that breathes Jesus into our souls was on my mind. Especially when raising our daughter.
At one of our monthly MOMS meetings (like MOPS), the speaker was talking about beauty and our home. One area she touched on was the entryway. Our house is a split level with a slightly different configuration of stairs…our stairs do not meet you head on when you enter like many splits, but we have our main door, garage access, and a hall closet all competing for square footage. So in our case there was very little that we could do to make our entryway inviting. That was until the verse above came on my heart.
And then I knew what we needed to do. Armed with a can of chalkboard paint, I talked my husband who is anti-chalkboard paint, to paint the wall in our entryway black. So we could do exactly what the verse above is calling us to. Putting in our minds the Word of God. Our church uses a system called “fighter verses” to memorize scripture. There’s even an app that is definitely worth the $3. So on our wall we write the fighter verse and as we go in and out our doors and up and down our stairs, we say it, usually aloud. And wouldn’t you know, more often than not that verse at the end of the week is in our heads and written on our hearts.
While this isn’t important to all of you I’m sure, the premise is still the same if there are other key things you want to be memorizing or inspired by. Not only do we love this new spot in our house but it adds some character to our 1960’s home. The black works perfectly with our color scheme and it adds an inviting touch to our entryway.
Have you used chalkboard paint in your home? Where?