7/26/06

Verses in the home

A while back, a friend and I were talking about the importance of integrating more Scripture into our homes. Our pastor preaches a family series nearly every year, and he always quotes the verses in Deuteronomy that tell parents to teach their children the precepts and principles of God's Word.

"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." Deuteronomy 6:7

"And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 11:19

(I know the verses nearly repeat themselves, but I was just trying to get the point across that if God says something twice, He means business! :o) LOL)

It's somewhat difficult these days to find things that use KJV Bible verses, especially when living overseas (as we have to order everything online). My friend suggested taking pretty pictures, and adding verses to them ourselves. We both thought that was a fantastic idea... but I'm not the photographer that she is, so she's had an easier time of it than I have, LOL! :o)

Well, the Cherry Blossom Festival was a few months ago, and I did manage to get a few good shots of scenery; however, I have been procrastinating trying to write verses on them. I finally got around to it today, but I'm not sure if I should change something... the font? its color? the size? I figured someone out there would be honest enough to tell me if it looked good or not! :P
Here's your chance to critique...
be nice, because I've never really done this before! ;o)

16 comments:

Happymama said...

OK, first of all, the name of our homeschool is Deuteronomy 6:7 Homeschool. :) I was glad to see you use the verse.

And secondly, the picture is absolutely beautiful. You did a FANTASITC job. I'd love to see it when you get it framed...you ARE getting it framed, right?? :)

~Kristi

Rebecca said...

I love that picture - it's beautiful! I think that everything looks wonderful. The only thing I would suggest is perhaps fading out the flower a little bit so that the wording stands out more. I love doing stuff like this so if your photo editing program doesn't give you that option, I'd be happy to do it for you. Just email me the pic. :~)

Susan said...

Very pretty! I really like this idea, and will have to do something similar myself! Thanks for sharing!!

Amy said...

It's lovely Arlene. One thing you might experiment with is making the font size a little bit larger. Great job!

Arlene said...

Kristi,
That's so neat that you use Deut. 6:7 as your homeschool verse :) I would like to have it framed or muraled in our home (probably a frame would be smarter, since we are AF, lol).

Rebecca,
Nathan teased me for taking a pic of a non-cherry blossom during the cherry blossom festival, but it was just too pretty to pass up. :P

Everyone else, :o)
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions! If I get the chance to work on it some more today, then I will let you critique again, hehehe :o)

Tammy said...

Hi- popping in from Amy's blog.
I think your site is so pretty and the blossom picture is beautiful!

I really need to start placing verses around too...I have heard of others doing that and I really love the idea.

Anyway, I'm a home school mom of two girls, 4 and 7. Stop by anytime!
Blessings,
~tammy

Laura said...

Oohh, Arlene, lots of celebrities have commented on your blogs!! hehe.. just teasing!! I like the picture...and I agree with whoever said it up there...maybe make the font a bit bigger. Other than that, perfecto!!! You should make me a purple one ;)

Arlene said...

Nice to meet you, Tammy :) Thanks for stopping by my blog; I will return the favor later today, but I actually do need to get off blogger... really... and I'm going to, LOL!

LOL, Lau, I'm getting lots of celebrities to visit. ;o) Well, send me a pic of a purple flower from potato land, and I will make you one... no promises that it will be any good, but you know... I'll try :P Miss you, mi hermana chica!

HsKubes said...

I love putting Scripture in our home. I'd love to sit and figure out how to add Scripture to my photos...maybe one of these days. *Ü*
Oh, I visited here from Tori's blog. I noticed that ya'll are AF. We are USMC. We've had friends stationed in Okinawa and my hubby has been to Iwakuni a few times, but we haven't been there as a family yet.
I've enjoyed visiting your blog.
And congratulations on expecting!!

~ Christina
HsKubes HomeSchool Haven
HsKubes Haven for Home
Christian Military HomeSchool Mamas

Rachel Marie said...

Hello!
I was just blog-surfing, and found yours...
I loved that cherry-blossom picture at first sight!;-)

Great idea!

Mrs.B. said...

Wow Arlene....I think it's now **YOU** who is the celebrity!! (o;

I love the picture too! It's awesome. And having Scripture around the home is an excellent idea.

Something else I like to do upon occasion is to use an older large-print Bible (KJB of course!) and prop it up with my clear cookbook holder. That way I can read a passage every now and again while doing my daily tasks.

Also getting the KJB on CD has proved invaluable.....mine is the dramatized version and they change the voices with each character speaking.

Blessings!
~Mrs.B

Mrs. U said...

This is a fantastic idea!! I think it looks lovely just the way it is!! :)

His,
Mrs. U

Arlene said...

Christina,
My husband almost joined the Marines, but he didn't want to wait until he turned 18 (he enlisted in Sept, but his b-day is Oct). His dad said he would sign the papers... if Nathan went Air Force. Hey, if y'all ever get a chance to visit Japan, you should! Let me know before you leave, and I'll tell you some places to see, and churches to visit :~)

Rachel Marie,
Thanks for visiting! Of all the pictures we took when visiting the cherry blossom festival, that is one of my favorites, too! :o)

Mrs. B,
Awww, you're just saying that, LOL! I will never be as high in "celebrity status" as you, of course! ;o) I like the ideas you have about using the cookbook holder for your Bible. Also, I didn't know there were dramatized Bible readings available. Where do you order them???

Mrs. U,
I've seen you on someone else's blog, so it's nice to have you visit me :P Thanks for the kind words about my picture :~)

Mrs.B. said...

Arlene~~I can't remember where I bought mine but it was on-line. Type in dramatized KJV in your search engine and I bet you'll find some places that sell them.

I like to play mine and also follow along in my Bible....it seems like I understand more of it that way having 2 of my senses engaged. LOL They also pronounce all the strange names better than I can! (o;

Mrs.B. said...

Oh wait....I just remembered I kept the receipt for mine because it has a life time guarantee. Here is the link. The dramatized KJV Bible

If that's not the one you want they have several others to choose from.

Hope this helps. (o:

Blessings,
~Mrs.B

Arlene said...

Hooray, Mrs. B! Thanks for finding that link for me. I will bookmark it right away... maybe after payday I can order my own copy! :o)