Below are the notes/ideas I used this past weekend at the LaMoine Christian Camp Scrapbook Retreat I had the pleasure of speaking at. Ladies, you asked for them. . .now you’ve got them. Well, at least Friday nights. (Ok, minus the naked child making brownies on the counter story!) I wil post Saturday nights notes on next week’s Mama Mia Monday. Sorry they aren’t a bit more “developed”, (Ha! That’s a little pun, there!) but it is Light the Night week at church, and I’m working on some photo opportunities for our HiSKidZ moms!!
As Scrapbookers, we use our photos to preserve memories, tell our stories, and ultimately pass on a legacy… Stories of families, events, trials and triumphs which when assembled reveal much about who we are, where we have been and even where we are going.
I think God was the original scrapbooker. He has preserved for us memories and snapshots of himself and His children who throughout History tell a story of who He is, who we are as His people, where we have been and where we are going.
This weekend, I hope to take four scrapbook terms and connect them to God’s story in order for us to have a little greater insight into the awesomeness of the God we serve.
For example: The Template!
The template—God’s Word is the perfect template for our lives. Micah 6:8 says, “I have shown you oh, man, what is right. You should act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” A simple template for living.
Or I Thessalonians 4:11 which says, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. You should mind your own business and work with your hands as we taught you too. Then your life will win the respect of outsiders.”
And of course, Luke 10:27 which says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
All templates for what it looks like to follow Christ, and live as His.
And then there’s adhesives. . .
We all know what adhesives are for. They are for sticking, attaching, adhering and keeping things in place so that what we put down on the page sticks.
Well, I believe God is in the adhering business as well. He would like for us to adhere to His instruction.
Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go and make disciples, everyone of you, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.”
He didn’t just say teach them everything I have commanded, he said teach them to obey everything I have commanded.
James 1:22 says, “Don’t just listen to the Word, do what it says.”
Make it stick.
Deuteronomy 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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.
See what I mean? It sounds to me like God is in the adhering business. Because he wants us to remember. Did you know that the word, remember, is in the Bible almost 150 times. God is all about having us remember. Remembering for our good and so we can pass on what has been given to us.
Even cooler than us remembering Him is that He is all about remembering us.
We scrapbook to preserve, and we scrapbook to pass on. We scrapbook because it helps to know who we are which helps us to live out who we are.
God does the same thing. He has preserved for us His words and the events and experiences of our spiritual ancestors so that we will know who He is, and He is faithful, just, caring, compassionate, a shield, defender, father and judge. . . .
When we make it a priority to stick these truths, His truths, into the stories of our lives, we are able to remember, and know and share who we are because we are reminded and we know in our hearts who He is and that we are His.
His templates show us again and again what it looks like to belong to Him, and as we choose to stick them firmly into our hearts, we live them out in our daily lives.
Tomorrow evening I’d like to share a bit about cropping. Now don’tcha know cropping is such a great thing!! When it’s a picture.
It’s also a great thing when it’s our lives, and because we can trust God’s perfect design, we can trust Him to crop just the right things out of the picture so that the very best shine through.
As we look forward to more of the truths of God found in scrapbooking, let’s pray about what God wants to stick onto our hearts this weekend, and ask Him to show us more clearly His template for the story of our lives.