At the very beginning of my first Entrusted with a Child’s Heart class, I was given some Scripture Memory cards and a CD of the verses set to music. Most of them have stuck with me over the years, but none more so than Psalm 127:1.
It was a foundational verse for the class and for me, as I thought about the kind of home I hoped to make for my family.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.
Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.”
I’m not a great housekeeper. My home leans more toward hurricane zone than haven most days. I’m not a morning person. Our school-morning routine looks more like the airport scene in Home Alone than a perfectly styled coffee commercial. I’m not awesome at organization. My day planner usually finds itself buried by February and replaced by scribbled to-do lists on napkins. I don’t love to cook. Last week I ruined spaghetti. How is that even possible?!
In this world of Pinterest and blogs and Instagram, it’s easy to feel like I’m failing at life. Of course I want my home to be a peaceful, well-appointed haven, where I can welcome visitors at a moment’s notice with some fresh baked muffins and a shirt that doesn’t have my child’s bodily fluid on it somewhere. Of course I want to have an organized pantry and keep an immaculate desk and always know where my keys are. Of course I’d love to have a roasted chicken with orange sauce perfectly plated upon my husband’s arrival home each night. (Is roasted chicken with orange sauce a thing?)
I have to remind myself that, as my good friend Adrienne used to say, “I’m not taking clean toilets to the kingdom.” No, it’s not wrong at all to pursue a well-run, well-organized haven of a home, (we should!) but if we’re doing those things apart from the Lord, the effort is in vain. If that is the end-all and be-all of our homemaking, we missed the point.
How are we letting the LORD build our house?
I thought it would be fun to make you a free printable as a reminder of this wonderful verse. Just right click on the image below, save it to your computer or device, and print it as an 8 x 10. You can do this at home on your photo printer, take it somewhere like FedEx Office, or order it through an online service like Shutterfly. It’s yours for personal use or to gift someone as a reminder to let the Lord build your house.