At the closing for our construction loan the attorney shared with us the fact that his mother-in-law had written Bible verses on the studs in his home as it was being built.  I fell smack IN LOVE with this idea!!  And then I proceeded to take it way beyond the borders of “controlled.”  I tend to do that sometimes.  Okay, okay…a lot of the time.

Upon hearing this idea, I was instantly smitten with the thought of literally building our home around God’s word.  My mission in this task was to select verses that had particular meaning for the building of our home.  I wanted verses on the foundation as well as within the walls.  I wanted to memorize the inked details of each verse and where it was written so that I could stare right through the flooring or drywall and see it in my mind.  I wanted my home to be a visible reminder to me of the words we try to live by.  I wanted God’s blessing on this home, and His word permanently inscribed in it.

I searched and searched for appropriate verses to put within our walls.  Verses that would be applicable to the idea of building a house.  That soon grew into me wanting verses that applied to raising a family, showing love to each other, growing in faith… it sorta snowballed on me.  I couldn’t find anything on the web that suggested verses according to typical rooms in a house.  So I asked co-workers for their favorite verses.  And I did much reading on my own.  I had already packed away my favorite Scripture reference book, Where to Find It In the Bible, so it was all left to me, my friends, and ScriptureText.com.  We didn’t do half bad, as it turns out.

I spent one whole weekend writing on my foundation and the studs with five brand new Sharpie markers.  (Those Sharpies aren’t so sharp anymore.)  I wanted four well-known, all-encompassing (foundational, if you will) verses for the four corners of our home.  Then I wanted a primary verse for each major room, followed by a different verse for each wall of every room.  The verses had to be particular to the room they would represent.

My favorite story from this whole experience is of the plumber who was working in the utility room.  He called my builder over and said, “We can’t put the water heater where you want it.”  When my builder asked why not, the plumber said, “Well, see, there’s a verse of scripture right there on the board I need to cut to bring in this pipe.  I can’t cut that!”  My builder assured him that I would be willing to write the verse again, and the pipes went in as planned.  🙂

Long after I had written the verses and my personal prayers into the wood and cement, I decided to also line the perimeter of the family room with the Litany of the Saints.  I used the specific text from my favorite musical rendition of the litany, and I added the names of our deceased family members to the end of the list as well.  Specifically, I added the following stanzas:

Mary and Victor, pray for us.
Lula Mae and Al, pray for us.
Rex, Ann and Phoebe, pray for us.
Howard “Bud” and Samuel, pray for us.

Maxine and Patricia, pray for us.
Junie and Michael, pray for us.
Annie and Carmella, pray for us.
Paul, Ann and Eva, pray for us.

Margo and Josephine, pray for us.
Sue, Johny and Nell, pray for us.
Clinton and Curtis, pray for us.
Janie and Haynes, pray for us.

Randy, Joe and Alvin, pray for us.
Howard, Dolly and James, pray for us.
Earline, Chester and Irene, pray for us. 
Jess, Donald and LaVerne, pray for us.

John, Anna and Alfred, pray for us.
Frank, Frances and Catherine, pray for us.
Peter, Joseph and Albert, pray for us.
Pat, Anthony and Michael, pray for us.

(I went back as far as grandparents’ siblings.  Plus, I actually knew three of my great-grandparents, so they are listed too.  The litany runs almost the entire perimeter of my family room, which I thought was rather appropriate.)

So the rest of this post is the details of the verses and the rooms I assigned them to. I debated for a long time about writing this post because of how long I knew it would be.  Eventually I decided to post them here for two key reasons:  1) Even though this is shared with the World Wide Web, this blog is my personal scrapbook, and if the verses are that important to me (and they are) then they deserve to be here.  And 2) I hope that anyone else who wants to do this will find this post to be a good reference for verses in the rooms of his or her own house, since it represents about three weeks of reading, sorting and compiling.  My list of verses was eight pages long when I finished putting it together.  Yes, really.

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Written on Foundation in Entry and Family Room:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk 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. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3

Written on the Four Corners of the Foundation:
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”  John 11:25

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

Over the Front Door:
But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Over the front door

Entry Hall Walls:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Office/Study
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3:23

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:29

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-30

Living Room
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

Matthew 22:37 Above the fireplace

For wherever two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.  Matthew 18:20

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me, says the Lord. Isaiah 49:16

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.  Psalm 48:14

Romans 8:28

Bedroom Hall Walls:
Train up a child in the way he should go…even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4:6

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

Aaron’s Room
Foundation:
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7

Walls:
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.  Proverbs 23:19

It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.  Psalms 133:2 

Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old.  Ecclesiastes 12:1 -3

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12

Closet:
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14

Victoria’s Room
Foundation:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11

Walls:
My daughter, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.  Proverbs 5:1-2

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day.  Psalm 91:5 (My sister-in-law painted this verse on a wall hanging at Vic’s request so that she can read it every day.)

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD. Psalm 127:3

In Victoria’s window seat

Closet:
She is clothed with strength and dignity…  Proverbs 31:25

Kids’ Bath
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.  1 Corinthians 6:19

Love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

Over the tub:
Cleanse me … and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Master Bedroom
Foundation:
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8

Walls:

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 22

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:11-12

When I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go. Song of Solomon 3:4

“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-40

Master Bath
Foundation:
The Lord is my shepherd; nothing shall I want.  Psalm 23:1

Walls:
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35

Cleanse me … and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Dom’s Mirror
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.  Proverbs 15:30

Lori’s Mirror
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  1 Samuel 16:7

Lori’s Closet
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Colossians 3:12

Dom’s Closet
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? …But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-33

Dom’s Storage (Hunting Gear)
Foundation:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26

Over the door:
A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal.  Proverbs 12:10

Pantry
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”  Matthew 4:4

Kitchen
Foundation:
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.” John 4:13

I also put this verse on the foundation of the well house.

Walls:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…Galatians 5:22

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

In the kitchen window sill

Dining/Breakfast Area
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Matthew 6:11

Utility
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Proverbs 31: 25-27

John 16:33

Side Entry
Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10

Back Door
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Stairway
Great peace have they who love God’s law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165

Upstairs Room
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Every good and perfect gift is from above.  James 1:17

Closet:
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. 1 Peter 5:5

Attic Entry
So store up your treasures in Heaven; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

On the steps in the attic.

Upstairs Bath
God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 

Half Bath
In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death. Proverbs 12:28 

Exit Hall
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:3   

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.  Psalm 121:6-8 

 Garage
In front of the two cars:
Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.  I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.  Genesis 28:15

Joshua 1:9 In the garage in front of our cars

Walls:
Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  Psalm 16:5-6

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20

Over the main garage door:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Loggia (Patio)
Be still and know that I am God…Psalm 46:10

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

Outdoor Kitchen:
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.  Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 8:15

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  John 15:7

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Interspersed throughout the home are my own prayers written on door frames and in other particular places, like this one under the main fireplace.

Prayer under the main fireplace

And of course, no venture of mine would be complete without a hidden love note for the man I share my dreams with:

Behind Dom’s sink area in the Master Bath. 😉

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