I remember when I started this blog. It was a secret at first because I just wanted it to be for me and my daughter. But maybe inside I knew I wanted it to be something more. I have a vivid memory of sitting there on wordpress.com trying URL after URL. I wanted something clever but that really gave the mission of the blog, too. And somehow, Impress Your Kids came to mind. It’s taken directly from Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
I just love this scripture because it’s really a mini-parenting manual. God tells us how to impress His Words and laws on our kids’ hearts. First of all, we should just talk about them all the time, everywhere we go. He also says we should write them on the door frames of your houses.
Many Jewish people take this literally and put up a mezuzah by their front door (actually, now that I think about it my parents have one by their front door!) and some may even go overboard as a legalistic thing-you-gotta-do. Regardless, I love the idea and have really made an effort to put God’s Word up all over our house!
The main way I do this is just by scripture banners or posters. If we are memorizing or talking about a scripture, we make a banner for it. Or if I’m not feeling crafty, we just write it on a big piece of paper and put it on the bulletin board. And my kids can’t even read. But I can. And I have to pass that banner 500 times a day, so I read it. And I say it and they copy me. They hear it and memorize it.
Here are some of my favorite banners and posters we’ve made:
I’m not a great interior designer, but as I do look at art and knick-knacks for my house, I tend to lean to things that have scripture on them. Not Christian platitudes or clever sayings, but God-breathed words. I’ve got lots of favorite shops that do this and have compiled them on a Pinterest Board for you. Make sure you follow it and click over to their shops–they have such passionate hearts AND beautiful art!
Of course, you could plaster your house with God’s Word and they could be easy to ignore, they might just blend into the scenery. But if you put them up with intention (and ask God to remind you), these banners, pictures, canvases and posters can be a gentle reminder as you walk around your house to talk to your children of the things of God.
Do you have scripture hanging somewhere in your house?