Thursday, January 9, 2014

Family Scripture Box

I woke up this morning to another "school is closed" text from our local television station. Remember the days when we used to have to get out of bed and watch the scrolling closings on the bottom of our tv? And apparently my husband used to listen to the radio for his school closings. I'm aging us as I type!

I'm making the most of our time at home together because this will be a VERY busy semester for us. Koah is going to two different schools, and my little one is starting school. What does that mean for me? LOTS of car time and hopefully more reading. I made myself a "book bag" for the car to make the most of my waiting time rather than killing time on facebook.  

So far, we have had one somewhat normal school day for me to use my book bag. I started reading Praying Circles around Your Children. Which really got me thinking...

You know, it's easy to get caught up in the demands of the day and the demands of life. We can forget to focus on what's really important, and before you know it it's bedtime and we are left wondering if we made the most of our day with our kids. 

I want my kids to learn their colors, shapes, sight words, math, and all other subjects. I also want my kids to grow in their faith. As parents, it's our duty to guide them and lay the foundation. 

Train a child in the way that he should go,

and when he is old he will not turn from it. 

Proverbs 22:6

The book combined with a desire to lead spiritually led to this little project. A "Family Scripture Box". The concept is really simple --- scripture written on notecards to be read at the dinner table. Every day. Hopefully this will help all of us with memorizing scripture and "writing it on our hearts".

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. 
Then you will be prosperous and successful. 
Joshua 1:8

I grabbed a wooden recipe box from Michaels.  And thought I wanted to stain it....

But then I wasn't very excited about the dull look, and decided I wanted it black. Solid and simple -- this way it would fit easily into the decor.

I added a bookplate (that I spray painted so it would stand out) with a label. 

I USED MY SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT to make dividers.  I'm loving my new gadget, even though I've only done simple projects so far. (Remember how I used it in the pantry?)

Next, I dressed up the dividers with a little washi tape to add some color. Mostly blues and greens, but I snuck in a few girly dividers too. The plan is to make separate categories overtime such as faith, love, salvation, patience, God's promises, etc. Since the boys are little we are just planning on the basics for now and reinforcing what they learn at Church.

And one last little detail that I decided do... chevron scrapbook paper. I cut the paper to fit in the inside of the lid and then used Mod Podge to secure it down. It just adds a little something fun, but still keeps the outside simple (which I prefer for displaying it).

I'm excited to show the boys at dinner tonight!


  1. Love this idea! I homeschool my daughter and just like you I want her to learn who she is in Christ just as much as she learns the other things. Such an important reminder!

    1. It's up to us to teach them! :) We have read a card from it every night, and my son is really enjoying it!

  2. Hi! This is a cute idea (especially love the chevrons:)! I'd love to be added to your We Love to Decorate and We Love to DIY group boards. My Pinterest handle is alyspring. Thank you!!

    1. Thanks! I'd love to add you to my group boards, but in order to do so you have to follow them (a pinterest rule, not mine). Once you follow them, comment on one of my pins and I'll add you. Glad you stopped by! :)

  3. Hi! This is a cute box (especially love the chevron:). I would love to be added to your We Love to Decorate and We Love to DIY group boards! My Pinterest name is alyspring. Thank you!

  4. What a great project and a lovely way to read and memorize scripture. Wonderful idea, thanks for sharing.

  5. Great idea! It's so important to help our kids memorize scripture and understand how to live by them. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  6. This is so cute! So glad you linked up at Family Fun Friday! Blessings!

  7. Featured at Family Fun Friday! Pinned. :-)