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. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
On Saturday our family spent the day over at Jonathan's house helping him work on the next step in the long process...which was installing top plates.
Since it's been awhile since I showed pictures of the progress, I thought Saturday would be a good day to take my camera with me and take some photos. Here are Tom and Jonathan getting all set up for work: Jonathan and Hannah took a moment out for a smile for the camera before getting started. It was quite chilly, and we were all bundled up for the long hours we'd be there: The girls have both been helping whenever and wherever needed. They have become quite adept at house-building and helping their brother! I helped by putting as much pressure as I could on the board Tom was chiseling so it wouldn't slide. Doesn't it look like I'm doing a great job? Ha!But that wasn't the main reason I was there on this particular Saturday. Jonathan had put me in charge of writing scriptures on the studs and framework all through the house before the drywall goes up...so his house would be completely bathed in scriptures in every room...like this one in the kitchen:
"Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them." ~ Jeremiah 29:5
I had my trusty clipboard ready along with 19 pages of scriptures I had selected and designated for various rooms of his future home: One verse I selected was II Chronicles 7:16, which is a scripture my sister calligraphed for our wall many years ago and one which I like a lot:
"For now have I chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually."
Here I'm writing this verse above the front door: I ran out of room to write the complete verse like I wanted, but here's what it looked like when I finished:Hannah took a turn and wrote over one of the dining room windows using scripture from Psalm 128:
"Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord."
Here she's all finished writing her selection, and you can also see verses I've already written on both the left and right of the windows: Since Sarah is our bookworm, she wanted to pick a verse designated for the library and selected 2 Timothy 2:15..."Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." And this verse in Joshua greets folks coming in the back door:I forgot to take a photo in the laundry room, but there's the perfect verse for that area:
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." ~ Psalm 51:7
The rest of the gang continued working while I kept going from room to room writing verses in the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, library, dining room, and living room. I was having a great time!Since I haven't posted a picture of the front of the house, here's one we took before leaving for the day showing the front porch with the windows and door installed. The design is a country farmhouse look:
And another view of the side of the house that shows the front porch again. And, yes, that's pure mud! all around the house. It's quite a balancing job for me to keep upright on those boards leading around to the back door: Next post, Part 2: I'll climb the ladder (no steps yet) and head upstairs to show you the verses written in the nursery, master bedroom and bath, guest room, and kids' room. Stay tuned later this week!
"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." ~ Psalm 127:1