I’ve got to admit: I’m not a great interior decorator. When God was handing out aesthetic gifts, he skipped me completely. As a result, Pinterest has become both the source of inspiration and desperation, as I realize that my living room will never look as picture-perfect as those images on my screen.
But I realized it doesn’t have to. The goal of decorating our homes is not to create an idealistic image that makes our Facebook friends swoon but rather to foster a warm and welcoming environment that will make our families feel safe and loved.
And I’ve found that the best way to create that kind of home is to fill our walls and our hearts with the Words of God.
Here are the reasons why I decorate my home with Scripture.
1. It reminds me of truth when I forget.
I believe regular Bible study and prayer are essential to our spiritual growth, but I often forget what I read as soon as the first hurdle shows up in my day. There seems to be a disconnect between my quiet time in the morning and the rest of my day. But filling my home with Scripture brings those truths I studied in the morning to bear on the rest of my day.
God knows us so well, and He knows we’re forgetful people. That’s why He instructed the Israelites to fill their lives and homes with His Words:
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.
If you read that passage carefully, you’ll notice that’s a lot of Scripture. It’s on their hands, foreheads, doorframes, and gates. It’s present during meals, roadtrips, naptime, and morning routines. And the goal isn’t to win a Martha Stewart Hebrew Scriptures decorating award, but rather to “fix these words in your hearts and minds.”
2. It helps me fight the lies of the enemy.
I also need God’s truth right in front of my eyes because the world is constantly bombarding me with its lies. It’s easy for me to believe that I’m only as good as my latest achievement. Or that the Oreos hidden in my closet will help me get over this disappointment. Or that I’m a terrible mother because I lost my temper and my kids are going to end up in lifelong counseling.
But in parenting, healthy living, working, and everything else in life, we must fight the lies of our enemy with the Truth of God. Here’s how Paul puts it:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…
You might be familiar with the armor of God, but did you ever notice the first piece mentioned is the belt of truth? That’s where everything starts, friends. The battle begins in our minds, and our weapon of choice is Scripture.
In decorating my home with Scripture, I’m equipping myself for battle with the truths I need most. Truths like: My value is not defined by what I accomplish (2 Cor 12:9-10). Food can never satisfy longings that are meant for God (Psalm 73:25-26). And God isn’t finished with any of us yet (Phil 1:6).
3. It helps me memorize God’s Word.
This goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning. Decorating our homes with Scripture helps us and our family memorize those truths. As we see the same words on our walls again and again, they will become imprinted on our hearts and in our minds.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Memorizing God’s Word equips us for battle and guards us from sin. And what a fun way to do such an important task with beautiful artwork and printables!
And remember how I said I totally got left out of the artistic gift-giving when God dished out talents? The good news is that I can write these verses by hand (which I often do) AND I can find other artistically-gifted ministries and businesses who make verses pretty, too!
Recently, I found out that Faithlife has transformed their most popular verse of the day art into canvas prints! I’ve written about their gorgeous verse of the day artwork before here, and I share them regularly on my Facebook page as well. These verses are so beautifully worked into catchy designs, and I can’t wait to begin decorating my home with them. Faithlife generously offered to send me a canvas print, and I’ll be sure to post pictures when it gets here. Be sure to check out their great selection of Verse Art canvas prints releasing October 30.
Whether you decorate with professionally-designed prints or with handwritten notes, the key is to fill your home and your life with Scripture so that it becomes a place to refresh and recharge.