One of the best things about teaching has to be teacher supplies. If I were an elementary school teacher in a public or private school my favorite part would be setting up my room year-to-year. As a homeschool mom, I still love all the supplies, but I don’t want my home to look like a brick and mortar school.
When we began to take seriously what God says in Deuteronomy 6, verse 9 jumped at me. “Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” The context here is our job as parents to be impressing the commands of God on our children at all times and in all ways.
As I thought about the decor in my house, I was challenged by the simple thought that my kids see our walls day in and day out…how could I use those walls to bring glory to God and to show my kids who they are in Christ?
I began stripping my walls of pretty prints of Italian scenery and boogied over to Hobby Lobby as quick as I could say, “50% off all wall art and home decor.” It was an inexpensive under-taking, though I re-did every wall in my house. (Seriously. Ask my neighbor. He hung every single wall hanging for me, to prevent the inevitable debates that result when David and I try to hang things together.) ***please note: there is nothing sinful or wrong about the way my house was previously decorated…and frankly, I could have made many of these changes while keeping my previous wall hangings. Please don’t feel judged…that is not my heart at all***
Today, everywhere my children look, they see a message of belonging, our family, who they are in Christ, and principles of God. There are so many ways to bring scripture alive in the life of our family and to live out discipleship. I challenge you to use your walls as a discipleship tool in shaping the lives of your children and capturing their hearts for God’s Kingdom.
This is our “identity” wall. I love the chalk board as it’s easy to change up the message on it. As I change the passages on various chalk boards around the house, it is making an imprint on the lives of my kids.
One of my favorite pictures of our kids…holding their baby sister for the first time. I want them to know how each one is such a precious gift from God.
I use “Project Life” cards to change up different passages or messages during different seasons.
This chalk board hangs in our kitchen. We change up the frame with seasonal washi tape. I recently caught my daughter setting up this chalk board for Valentine’s Day. I think she has captured the vision for our walls.
My good friend’s daughter made this for me as a birthday gift. I hung it by the computer to help us all renew our minds when using the internet and other computer technology. (Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, admirable, if anything is excellent, or praiseworthy think about these things.)
When guests enter our home, I’ve tried to make it clear who we live for and who we love!
I hung up these two inexpensive shelves from Ikea and got some frames to set on top. Our kids display art work and their handwriting passages in them. These are my favorite wall hangings in the house and I know they love their art as a centerpiece!
Each of the big kids got to pick a special wall hanging to put over their individual desks.