We only moved about twenty miles away to our new home. Not everything had to be packed up ahead of time since a good bit of what we needed on a daily basis could be tossed into the car at the last minute. So the essentials of life were left for last - certain foods, a pot and pan, toiletries, a few articles of clothing, and the computers (they’re essential in our household).
There was one more thing I set into the last box - the plaque hanging beside our front door with the Ten Commandments listed on it. I wanted to make sure I found it easily when we moved in so it would be the first thing hung back up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says:
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk
along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
We took that command literally and posted the plaque we purchased of the Ten Commandments right beside our front door. We had to pass by it every time we came and went, and any guest entering or leaving our home had to do the same. It not only made a statement of our Christian faith, we used it as a tool to teach the children.
I remember passing by a house one day where a long winding driveway was partially obscured by trees and underbrush. The house sat off the road, only partially visible. But a huge piece of plywood painted white was propped up near the end of the driveway, with tall letters hand-painted in red: THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME; THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE….
They took Deuteronomy 6:9 literally also, in a big way. God was important in their home, and they didn’t mind showing it.
The first thing hung in our new home was the Ten Commandments, right beside the front door inside the enclosed porch. There was a nail already in place, as if waiting for the special honor of holding God’s Law.
If you’d like to purchase a plaque similar to ours, Christianbook.com has a very reasonably priced one on their website. I’ve ordered several items from them before with very good results, and enjoy getting their catalogs. If you get yourself a wall plaque, find a very special spot to hang it for you and your children to memorize and treasure God’s Law.