Discover the Secret to Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith.
Learn why itâ€™s important for a Christian to leave a spiritual legacy for their loved ones as you discover the secret to scrapbooking your faith.
â€¦I will show you lessons from our history, stories handed down to us from former generations. I will reveal these truths to you so that you can describe these glorious deeds of Jehovah to your children, and tell them about the mighty miracles He did. Psalm 78:2-4(TLB)
Imagine for a moment that God has called you to Heaven. Close your eyes. Visualize the future. You are no longer present here on planet earth. Your shoes sit empty. Your chair at the table is now occupied by another person.
Pretend that in this future scene you can see your family sitting around the kitchen table sharing memories as they look at your scrapbook. Those you left behind are about to read the message you left.
What does your Legacy Say?
You can create a beautiful scrapbook with picture perfect poses. You may exquisitely journal the â€śwho, what, when and where.â€ť But if your scrapbook doesnâ€™t show your faith, have you done your job? Isaiah 38:19 states â€śOne generation makes known His faithfulness to the next.â€ť (TLB)
Numerous verses of the Bible instruct us to tell our children about Godâ€™s faithfulness to us. What could be a better way than to paste spiritual messages beside pictures of your loved ones in your scrapbook? What kind of spiritual message are you leaving for those who will follow you?
Leaving a Legacy of Faith
Do you have lots of stories you want to share? Do you like to write poems? Is your specialty writing letters of encouragement? Have you prayed special scriptures for your children or your grandchildren?
Donâ€™t worry if you feel that youâ€™re not an eloquent writer. You may choose to use scriptures for now. You can choose one main way to pass on your message orâ€”you may make it eclectic like mine. I use whatever method I feel inspired to use on any given day.
There is neither a right nor wrong way to scrapbook your faith. Pray about your vision for your Faithbook. Take it one layout at a time.
â€˘ Layout: the arrangement of elements on a page in a scrapbook. A layout usually consists of a title, photos, journaling and other embellishments which carry out the theme of the page. This is usually completed on one page or two pages in which the same thought and design continues from one page to the other.
Who do You Want to Receive Your Faithbook?
When reflecting on the vision for your Faithbook, determine who you want to receive this spiritual keepsake. Will it be your spouse, your children, grandchildren, special friend or a church group?
The Bible tells us that â€śwhere there is no vision, the people perish.â€ť Proverbs 29:18 (KJV). It may be your own Faithbook that plants a seed of hope as your great grandchild suffers through a chronic illness or the loss of someone she loves. It might help lead one of your descendants to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. You may not ever get to meet this child but maybe he/she will get to know you and more importantly your faith and relationship with God.
â€˘ Faithbook: a scrapbook which shows Godâ€™s presence in the lives of the scrapbook artist and/or the people showcased within the album.
Leaving a Spiritual Legacy through Heart Moments
In scrapbooking your faith or â€śFaithbookingâ€ť, Christians often choose to reveal more about themselves. Sometimes, they disclose more â€śheart momentsâ€ť through some tough and sad times. Those happy times and celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, and various holidays are also an important segment of the Faithbook. Life seems to be more inclusive. Itâ€™s like â€śreality scrapbookingâ€ťâ€”the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly.
When those who follow us begin to read our message to them, they will be able to better understand that life is not always easy but through it all God has been faithful to us and He will be faithful to them. They will learn the real secret of life â€śâ€¦And this is the secret: that Christ in your hearts is your only hope of glory.â€ť Colossians 1:27 (TLB)
Beginner Scrapbooking Tips for Leaving a Spiritual Legacy
The secret of scrapbooking your faith is revealed through
sharing your heart moments of Godâ€™s presence in your life.
So now you know the secret of scrapbooking your faith is found within youâ€”but is it really worth it? You know that Faithbooking benefits your readers but what about you? In Chapter two find out whatâ€™s really in it for you.
Scripture marked (KJV) are taken from The Holy Bible Authorized King James Version Copyright 1994 Broadman and Holman Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture marked (TLB) are taken from The Living Bible Â©1971 Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, IL 60187. All rights reserved.
Â© 2012 Scrapbook Your Christian Faith and Donna Riner Weber