Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wifey Wednesdays - Scripture of the Week

I am a total book nerd, and for as long as I can remember, I have been a sucker for a good quote or saying to put on my wall. Nowadays, it's easy to find cool word art to display in your home, but back in the day I had to satisfy myself with ballpoints and Post-Its.

Heavenly Father is actually all about us decorating with words in our homes, did you know that? It's true!

Deuteronomy 6:6-10
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
10 And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
See that? That's actually the scripture that originated the Jewish tradition of putting a "mezuzah" on their doorposts containing a blessing and the ten commandments an scroll that's tucked down inside:

Check it out, even the Google offices have one!

 Obviously Heavenly Father thinks it's important to have reminders of what's truly important in our homes! Having the Word, reminders about family, and religious art of any kind on the walls of our homes helps to invite the Spirit to dwell there! It reminds the members of our families of just why exactly we work so hard to do things like Family Home Evening, resolve disagreements, and keep unsavory entertainment materials off of our computer, cell phone, and television screens.

Anciently, the doorway was the center of home life. Women would do their washing, preparation for making meals like grinding corn into meal, and socializing in the yard just outside of their homes, in the shadow of the entrances to their homes. It makes sense that Heavenly Father asked that they keep the word there, so that those coming and going to and from the home would see and touch the mezuzah, and those spending time in the yard would see it and remember who the true Lord of that home was.

In our day and age, the kitchen is where the majority of activity happens in most of our homes. Meals are eaten there, dishes are done, laundry is sorted and folded, FHE is often held there, household budgets and homework are prepared my home, I've found that people just gravitate there naturally. It's homey there, and good smells of food and spices come from there.

I don't have a mezuzah on the entrance to my kitchen, but I do have dry erase board on our refrigerator! Every week I choose a quote from a General Authority or a scripture or two that holds particular meaning to me and write it on our dry erase board. Those who come into our home and spend time in my kitchen know where our priorities lie and my family can see and learn scripture every time they go to the kitchen for milk or cinnamon toast.

Having this constant reminder in our home does wonders. It helps keep tempers in check, helps us come to repent and forgive more quickly, and helps us to remember to do the little things for each other that binds a family together. It also helps to learn more about our Lord and about His relationship with us and reminds us that, even on bad days, we are loved with a love so big it can't be contained within a single human heart.

I encourage you to find a way to display the Word in your home in a way that's meaningful to you! Maybe you can choose a quote or scripture as a motto for your family! Display your scriptures on a table under a picture of the Savior or the temple in the main living room where it can be easily seen. Find a scripture that matches the theme of your room ("Taste and see that the Lord is good!" from the Psalms for the kitchen, "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" from Song of Solomon for the bedroom, "1 Corinthians 13:1-13 for the living room...) and artistically post it on the wall! Your options are endless! Make it meaningful, make it lovely, make it homey, and make it personal! I promise you'll see results! Maybe not all at once, but you will see them!

1 comment:

  1. Jeremy brought a mezuzah home from Israel last month. It's now in our doorway. :-)
    When I was growing up, my mom would always choose a scripture for the month and hang it on our fridge or a bulletin board. It was a wonderful reminder for all of us, throughout the years.