A Blessed Foundation
The tiny, 700 square-foot apartment where we lived while our house was being built was about 25 minutes from our new neighborhood. We usually tried to pick one day during the week when we could run by after work to check on the progress of our house, and then we came out one or both days each weekend. As soon as the builder poured the concrete, I could not wait to show up to see studs. This wasn't only because it would show progress, but I was incredibly excited to bless our home with scripture.
Before we even did our initial lot walk with the builder, I had begun researching good verses to use for the foundation and studs of our home. Our key verse for the house was 2 Chronicles 7:15-16: Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. We placed that verse on the foundation, in the middle of the living room, the soon-to-be heart of our home.
After that, we looked for verses that would be relevant to each room in the house. As will surprise no one, I made a spreadsheet with the name of the room, the verse number and the verse text written out. This was actually a very helpful way to be sure we didn't miss an area or forget a verse we wanted to include. Dustin and I walked around the bones of our house, phones in hand, highlighting verses as each of us claimed one for a different wall.
In addition to picking Bible verses to add to the studs, we also did one of my favorite things: included our wedding vows on the walls of our bedroom.
Here are some of the other verses we used, labeled by the rooms in which they appear:
Doors, Stairs, and Entries
Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms
Future kid rooms and our master vanity
There is simply something powerful about knowing that no matter what the enemy may throw at us, our marriage and our family home are built on a solid foundation of God's promises.