Tuesday, August 26, 2008

LAYERS..Part 2


(Yes, it is sloppy, but I was in the midst of a hurricane/tropical depression and it was 90 degrees and there was NO air, and I was on my knees on a concrete floor...and it was lightning outside)
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Why did I do this? Especially when no one else will ever see it? Why has this been an important thing to me since the beginning of the Creek House?

I really do not have a fully formed reason. The main thing is that I am so thankful to God for this home. I want to remember, years later, as I walk through the rooms...that the Word of God is underfoot...that I chose to add an additional layer to the building of this house, and that layer is His Word. I want to know now (while I still have most of my brain function intact) that even if I forget in years to come, it will always be there. I want to remember that it was important at this time in my life that this be done. I want to remember that even as I am full of excitement and anticipation at the thought of living there, this house is not the most important thing in my life. It falls below my God, my family, my friends. I want everything that is in my home to be pleasing to God.

And so, I choose for that innermost layer...the first part of our house to be walked on, the very foundation, to be the Word of God.

Here then are the scriptures (just for you, Jean)
FRONT FOYER: "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done...so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children."
Psalms 78:4-6
REAR FOYER: "In your heart you plan your life, but only the Lord decides where your steps will take you." Proverbs 16:9
DINING ROOM: "Listen, listen to Me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to Me; hear Me, that your soul may live."
Isaiah55:2-3
DEN: "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
Ephesians 4:29
KITCHEN: How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth."
Psalm 119: 103
PANTRY: "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Psalms 34:8
LIBRARY: "By wisdom your days will be many and years will be added to your life."
Proverbs 9:11
BEDROOM/STUDY: "Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in Me, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:9
GUEST BEDROOM: "I will lie down in peace and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8
LAUNDRY ROOM: "The Lord will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." Deuteronomy 15:10
DON'S CLOSET: "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
Proverbs 4:23
TONJA'S CLOSET: "...clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience...and over all these, put on love." Colossians 3:12-14
MASTER BEDROOM: "He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaiah 50:4
"All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace."
Isaiah 54:13
STUDIO: "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
ALEX'S DEN: "After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm,
strengthen, and establish you." 1 Peter 5:10
GARAGE: "May the Lord keep watch between you and me while we are away from each other." Genesis 31: 49
ADDITIONAL VERSES: (in various places)
"Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with blessings." Psalm 68:19
"God has given us these times to enjoy." Psalm 94:1
"But as for me, it is good to be near God." Psalm 73:28
"Because of God's great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23
"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain." Psalm 127:1
"By wisdom a house is built- and by understanding it is established."
Proverbs 24:3

14 comments:

andi said...

Write it on your hearts, meditate day and night. That my friend, is Truth to walk on daily! I love it and we did it in our first house we built, wish so much that we had done it here. Didn't think about it....glad you did!

Jennifer said...

That is so cool!

Dianne said...

Tonja...these scriptures are fabulous! I wish I had thought to do that here before my house was done. I'll chalk that up for the future. I'm so glad you were able to do that.

windycorner said...

Tonja, this is so precious - I got goosebumps reading it. You're writing His word on your heart, literally. What a legacy you're building for future generations!
hugs,
Holley

Musicaljean said...

Tonja, I'm in tears. You are such a special lady. Your family is blessed beyond measure because of your sincere heart to honor the Lord and His word. Generations to come will reap the blessings you are accruing now.

Robin said...

I just knew you were going to bless us with what you did ! Thanks for keeping us mindful he is the one who makes things possible.

Deedra said...

What an AWESOME idea!! I wish I'd thought of it before we finished our house too!

What a wonderful gift you are giving to all who enter your new home!

nancygrayce said...

A house based on the scriptures! What better foundation?

LivingTheLife said...

Love all the scriptures you chose to write on your homes foundation...you did GREAT! You have most surely inspired many of us out here...to try the same or at least come up with our version of something that great...thanks for sharing!

Now for those of you who wished they had done something similar...you still can...when my daughter moved into her new home...that desperately needed painting...we painted scriptures in EVERY room of her house...and then painted the room...of course you can't see them...but we all know they are there...and HE knows they are there...and thats what gives us comfort! We wanted to surround their new home and their new beginnings in HIS words!

Blessings...
teresa

Sharon said...

Tonja,
This is soooo awesome, I did this to behind the walls in my kitchen. I was asked why do you do this well, I am blessing our home and when ever the kitchen get's torn apart again for remodeling well, someone will find these scriptures and hopefully I will bless them as well.

Huggss
Sharon

justabeachkat said...

Tonja

I love each and every verse...perfect for each room.

I love your heart sweet friend!

Hugs!
Kat

Shaunta said...

That is an amazing idea! I wish I would have thought of that when our subfloor went down.

God Bless!

Earthmommy said...

This is so neat! I hope someday I can do this in a house of our very own!

Connie said...

What a neat idea. We actually did something similar at our church. What a blessing. Loved the story too. You have a way with words.