PRAYING THROUGH YOUR HOME- HOME TOUR WITH SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER PROMPTS - Dimples and Tangles

PRAYING THROUGH YOUR HOME- HOME TOUR WITH SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER PROMPTS


In late Spring I attended our state-wide Women's Retreat.  The theme for the event was "Home," and with stellar speakers Kay Arthur, Katherine Wolf, and Ruth Chou Simons, it was a refreshing, challenging, and inspirational weekend.  Alongside the general sessions there were other activities going on for ladies to take part in.  One of those was a "Prayer Experience" where they were encouraged to pray through their home.  I had a teeny tiny role of helping with it and wanted to share that with you today.




Here's how it worked-

We had a building that was basically a big empty meeting room that was transformed into a simulated house by adding temporary freestanding walls to create different spaces and rooms.  If you follow me on Instagram you might remember some of my stories that I shared during the weekend.

This whole project was the brain child of our state women's leader and my friend Denise from The Plaid Pineapple (I've shared about her mission and store here).  They worked for weeks and months planning this experience and ironing out all of the details to make it happen.  Denise basically ordered furniture and brought in trailer loads of things from her store to set up this "house".

As the ladies walked through the building, there were prayer cards for each room that they were encouraged to use as prompts to pray over each room in their own home.  So, I not only wanted to share a tour, but also give you those prompts if you'd like to use them to pray over your own home as well.  I'll insert a few notes about the decor, but I mainly wanted to share the prayer focus for each room with you.  See the end of the post for a few more details.



Foyer

BUILDING ON A SOLID FOUNDATION
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. -Psalm 127:1 (ESV)

Prayer- "Father, it was Joshua that proclaimed, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  May my home be a place where You alone are Lord and You alone are worshipped and honored."



Living Room

SHOW HOSPITALITY
Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!  -Hebrews 13:2 (NLT)

Prayer- "Father, we understand whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for You!  Allow us opportunities to serve the hungry, thirsty, marginalized, destitute, sick, and lonely."


(affiliate link)  Rug

*The artwork above the mantel is 4 pieces of tile glued into a handmade frame- so cool (and heavy!).  Someone made the herringbone insert to fit inside the mantle, it's just attached to the wall.  Gorgeous.



Reading Nook

QUIET HAVEN
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples.  -John 6:3 (ESV)

Prayer- "Heavenly Father, may this home be an example of your love and grace to all who are welcomed in.  Let this reading nook be a shelter of rest and a quiet haven; a place where Your truths are freely spoken."


*I absolutely love this wall that Denise put together!  Takeaway- find an assortment of shallow baskets at the thrift store or yard sales and make a stunning art arrangement!



Dining Room

BLESS THE FOOD BEFORE US
The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.  When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.  The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.  -Psalm 145:15-17 (NLT)

Prayer- "Heavenly Father, bless the time we spend together at this dining table.  May we encourage one another and not criticize.  Please fill our hearts with joy, laughter, and the grace to understand one another."


*That gingham paper is fabulous- it's super wide (probably 4-5'), crinkled and aged looking.  We used it here to mimic wallpaper and in another spot I'll share with you soon. (And how stunning is this Dining Room?!?)


Kitchen

HEART OF THE HOME
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst."  -John 6:35 (ESV)

Prayer- "Jesus, You are all we need.  We look to you as our sustainer and provider.  You are the hope of our future.  Bless those who enter into my kitchen.  May they find Your everlasting joy and peace!"




Bedroom

PEACE & REST
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.  -Psalm 4:8 (NLT)

Prayer- "Father, thank you for a place of rest.  Remove any anxious thoughts.  I know you are in control.  When I wake, remind me to put on the full armor of God so that I will be ready for the daily battles."


*Some of this might look familiar to you...  The bedroom was the one spot that Denise didn't have all she needed for, but I had enough to pull in and use.  That's the headboard and quilt from my son's room, duvet and shams from my daughter's room, and the "bedskirt" is one of my old curtain panels from the Dining Room!  ;)


Office

WORKING FOR THE LORD
And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful.  yes, make our efforts successful!  -Psalm 90:17 (NLT)

Prayer- "Lord, I thank you for the gifts you have blessed me with.  I commit to using them responsible in Your honor.  Anoint my projects, ideas, and energy so that even my smallest accomplishment may bring glory to You."


*Coolest pendant lights ever!



Nursery

CREATED FOR GOOD WORKS
You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  -Psalm 139:16 (NLT)

Prayer- "Dear Lord, remind me how perfectly You created me.  You know every hair on my head.  You care about the details of my life.  From my first day until my last, I commit each one to Your name and glory!"



Mudroom

HERE AM I, SEND ME!
At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should.  -Colossians 4:3-4 (CSB)

Prayer- "Lord, help me act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the doors you open for me to share Your love.  Let my speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that I may know how to proclaim Your name."



Laundry Room
(not pictured)

WASH OVER ME, LORD!
Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a loyal spirit within me.  -Psalm 51:10 (NLT)

Prayer- "Surrounded by the dirty, scattered clothing, I am thankful for how You have cleansed me from all unrighteousness.  Because of Your blood, I am no longer stained by the filth of sin.  My sins have been washed away!  Thank you Jesus!



Wow!  Can you imagine how the Lord could use you and your family if you're praying over your home and thinking of how your home can be used for Him like this?  I encourage you to try it!  Thanks to Amy at BGCO Women for compiling the scriptures and prayers to accompany each room, follow that site if you're in Oklahoma and want information on upcoming ladies' events. 

I know this is a bit of a different post today, but feel that many of you will be encouraged and challenged by it as I was!

I don't have any sources to share with you other than to direct you to Denise if you see something you'd really like to have.  I do know she supplemented furniture and accessories from her store with items from Ikea also, but they'll be able to help you if there's something you're really interested in.  Email info@theplaidpineapple.net for ordering information, or see their website here.

There's a Part 2 to this story that's pretty fabulous... I'll share what happened with all of the furnishings after the weekend was over with you soon!




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17 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. It is a great guide. I'll share this with my Sunday School ladies. :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing this. It reminds me to walk and pray through my home- not just from my cozy Bible corner:-)

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. So lovely and inspirational.

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  4. What a great post. Love the idea of praying through your home. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  5. Jennifer this is such a beautiful post! Both the aesthetics and the prayers for each room!! I would love to do something like this around here. So inspiring. Look forward to seeing the part II of what happened with everything.

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  6. Wonderful message to be taken seriously. Love the suggested prayers. Our home represents the presence of our Lord...let Him be Lord of our lives too! God bless the ladies that attended the conference. How exciting that must have been!

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  7. Jennifer, I love this! As a member of my churches WM team, I may suggest an event like this for our ladies. One of our team members is an interior designer, and I know she too would be excited to share something like this.

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    1. It was such a great thing. This was for 3000+ ladies, but you could probably do it on a smaller scale with a little less set up. Each of the prayers and scriptures were printed on cards for everyone to pick up and take with them.

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  8. I love this so much! What a lovely way to incorporate scripture into the home. So glad you shared this! XO, Amy

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  9. Thank you for sharing. I love this!

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  10. Love this! Can you please share the source for the wall plaque in the nursery? Thanks!

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  11. Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for sharing this idea. It makes me want to somehow post each verse in the area suggested to remind me daily to seek to be a blessing and lift up gratefulness for the blessings I've been given!

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