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April 13, 2009

Faithbooking



Hope everyone had a memorable EASTER!!!


Jim and I celebrated Easter on Saturday in Elizabeth, IL with his dad, Miles. Jim's sister, Janice and her husband, Ted were there too. It was really nice. Ted made our Easter dinner - Ham - just the way Mom Kahl use to make it!

On Sunday I relaxed and made scalloped potatoes with the "left over" ham. I decided to dedicate part of my day to studying scripture...I opened my Bible to 2 Peter 2. It was just what I needed to read. I also promised myself - NO INTERNET for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There was a lot of email to read today.

Today's blog topic word is: INSPIRATION!



I recently read this inspirational project idea...an article by Dawn Stegall:

What is faithbooking? While there are different definitions of what faithbooking means, it is simply incorporating your faith throughout your scrapbooks. A few common meanings may include:

A means to express our faith.
A journey of faith.
The ability to capture life's lessons that God teaches us.
An eternal legacy for our children.
A witnessing tool.
An incredible, permanent reminder of our God Moment and His hand in our lives.

Scripture, thoughts, prayers, blessings, memories, letters, and stories combines with our photographs to always remember our personal and spiritual journey with the Lord.

Why should you start faithbooking? Because we are commanded to. Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to remember. Remember the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. Psalm 78:4 We are also told to teach. Teach them to your children...Dt. 4:9 Teach them the right way to live...1 Kings 8:36 There are many more scripture verses that tell us to remember and teach. What better way to remember and to teach then with faithbooking! Remember and teach through your journaling and scripture verses then enhance with photos and embellishments.

If you currently scrapbook, don't wait to finish your current scrapbook album to start faithbooking. For me, they are one in the same. I like to incorporate my faith throughout my scrapbooks as one. They are not two separate projects. Always start your faithbook in prayer. Then you can start simply by adding scripture and verses to capture the theme of the layout and then progress into journaling more thought provoking faith questions.

If scrapbooking is not your thing, then consider keeping a journal. Express your feelings on paper and then share the portions you want with others as you feel led. Remember there is not a right or wrong way to faithbook-just get started today!

For more about faithbooking and to claim a free quick-start guide to faithbooking, please visit http://www.FaithfullyYours.net


Two other Faithbooking sites I found inspirational were Faith Sisters Gallery and Keep It Simple Scrapbooking.




While searching some "cool" sites I stumbled across this lyric by
Steven Curtis Chapman


I Believe in You

Aren't you the little one
That hid in my arms afraid of the thunder
Are these the little hands
That held so tight to mine

Didn't we both agree you'd never grow up
And now here we are, and here you go
Of all the things I want to say
The thing you really need to know is...

I believe in you
I believe in you
Everything you are
Everything you are becoming


And I believe in you
I believe in you
So spread your wings and fly
On the winds of knowing
I always believe in you

So many prayers we've prayed
So many dreams to get to this moment
Now this is where we stay
While you go change the world

But I'll be where I have always been
Up in the stands cheering you on and singing this song
A song the very God who made you
Has been singing all along

I believe in you
Yeah, I believe in you
So spread your wings and fly
On the winds of knowing
I will always believe in you

And when you rise and when you fall
I'll still believe in you
Just close your eyes and hear me calling
I believe in You


All I can say is WOW...


BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN SISTER

A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting ''I'm clean livin'' I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain... I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou, I was just a sinner who received God's good grace by faith!

Pretty is as Pretty does... but Beautiful is just plain Beautiful!

by Carol Wimmer Copyright 1988








Now that you've been "inspired" by two awesome poems...here is a gallery I just discovered - Cococats Cardmaking Gallery! I saw this penguin card. I wonder how many other "fun" ideas I'll find there.


Well I hope I have "inspired" you to keep on doing what feeds your soul! The only way to True Happiness is through our Lord, Jesus Christ!

til next time,

Con

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