Normally the parents do the teaching and the children do the learning, but recently I learned something powerful from one of my kids.
My children are grown now and live in Lexington. I was going to lunch with them and had stopped at their apartment before going to eat. As I walked into my son’s bathroom, I stopped in my tracks. Written all round the edges of his mirror were Bible verses!
It caught my breath as I read the words. What a wonderful, inspiring, and genius idea!
“This is a genius idea!” I told him and stood staring.
I carry favorite verses in one of my pockets most days but I NEVER thought of writing them on the mirror so I could see them before my day starts!
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 gives us some ideas about what we need to do with the Word of God. We are to write His commandments on our hearts…impress them on our children, talk about them wherever we go…tie them as symbols on our hands…and write them on the doorframes of our houses and gates. They are to be an everyday part of our lives! Still, the whole writing them on the mirror is a mind blower!
One of the verses my son had written has been one of his favorites for years-1 Samuel 17:48: “David ran quickly toward the battle line...” That’s significant because we usually want to run AWAY from an enemy,
Oh, we know quite well what “the enemy” has planned for us on any given day. He wants to discourage us, make us fearful, and defeat us. Then he wants to steal our joy, our hope and any peace we could possibly have in our minds or households. In fact, 1 Peter 5:8 sums it up pretty well: “Be alert and be sober. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Whew! Have you ever felt like you had been semi-devoured?!
Hebrews 4:12 reminds me that “the Word of God is living and active”. True That! It encourages, enlightens, inspires and guides, and can do so every single day if I will let it.
We put on deodorant to keep us from sweating. We use lotion to prevent dry skin. So, what if we geared up (Bible term: girded ourselves) with the empowering, strengthening and living Word of God…every morning?! As we prepare for the day, God’s Word can prepare our hearts, mouths, and minds before we head out the door! Colossians 3:16 says: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Mmmmm, down deep, into the bone.
My son gave me a dry-erase marker to take home and I began to ponder what verses I would write on MY mirror! (Double check what type of marker works best for you!)
My favorite verse is Joshua 1:9. It was one of the first I posted: “Be strong and courageous, for the LORD is with you…” Who doesn’t need to be reminded of that every morning?! The second was James 1:19: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak…” That’s an important one. (I wonder what my beloved thought when I wrote it!) I’m filling up my side of the mirror in our bathroom so it may be something that will need to change from week to week.
The words on the mirror are making an impact. I’m putting my spiritual armor on each morning, taking my “sword” (Ephesians 6:17) through the house and out the door with me as I go. I feel comforted and secure knowing nothing will come up that God and I can’t face and get through together.
I learned a priceless lesson from my son! What a cool thing! (He also wanted me to mention that he is single.)
Dawn Reed is a writer and pastor's wife in Prestonsburg. She can be reached at