Do you have any scrapbooks? Maybe you scrapbook as a hobby. I’m pretty certain I need to join a group of some sort, because scrapbooking for me is an addiction. I’ve made 80+ scrapbooks in the past nineteen years. Let’s just say my children knew what to do whenever a camera was in their face. No one every had to say, “Say cheese” to them. They knew the drill like an actress on the red carpet.
My son is home from college on spring break this week. We were supposed to be traveling together to visit family; however, he got bitten by the sick bug going around and has spent more time in the bed than anywhere this week. Since I had a clear calendar, rather than filling it back up, I decided to stay close and use the time to catch up on my scrapbooking. With the past three years being wrapped up in Rescuing Hope, it’s been a while.
I have done just about every kind of scrapbook you could imagine:
- Tribute albums
- Heritage albums
- Baby albums
- Family albums
- Thank You albums
- Birthday albums
- Vacation albums
- I’ve even done a surgery album for my son when he had to have extensive surgery at four years old. It helped him during recovery to see all he was overcoming.
I get great pleasure in capturing a moment and recording it for my family and friends. Just the other day my daughter and I were searching through the scrapbooks for a particular picture for my blog. We had so much fun going through the books we perused, recalling family memories.
God calls us to have spiritual scrapbooks, if you will, where we remember His faithfulness.
In Exodus 13:3-9, He tells the Israelites to celebrate the Passover to remember His faithfulness in passing over them when the spirit of death came through Egypt. In many places throughout scripture, the Israelites were called to build an altar out of river stones to serve as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to take them from one place to another or to deliver them from their enemies hands. In Joshua 4:1-7, they set up an altar as a reminder of moving the Ark of the Covenant across the Jordan River on dry ground.
Today, we are big on collecting souvenirs from our travels through life, but how many spiritual souvenirs do you have?
Do you have anything that serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness in your life?
If you’re like me, your reminder may be a picture or a few thousand. Take time with your friends and loved ones to preserve the stories of God’s faithfulness to you and your family. They are a great tool to use in evangelism and they are a great reminder that He never leaves us nor forsakes us.