We sent some incredibly creative people some sticker packs and told them to create a one of kind craft to share with our readers. Our first guest blog comes from Katrina Sinift! You can find the sticker pack she used here – click here.
I received the “Bible Time” stickers and for my project, I chose a scrapbook, using the stickers as the pictures. Of all crafty projects, scrapbooks are my favorite, because they are so much more than pretty paper and pictures (although that is fun!). They are memories. They are stories. They are history. And I also believe they can be acts of worship.
Many times in the Bible, God’s people are told to pass on stories of His faithfulness from generation to generation. I believe that is what scrapbooks can do. What really made the connection for me was the story of when the Israelites were in the desert and God sent them manna to eat, He told Moses to put some of the manna in a jar and “keep it for generations to come so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.” (Exodus 16:32). God wanted His people to remember His goodness and that He had provided for them, even in the desert. That jar of manna was placed in the ark of the covenant along with the ten commandments. (Hebrews 9:4). How amazing is that? As someone who loves to preserve memories, I just find it fascinating. And it makes me even more want to put down mine and my family’s stories in a way that can be remembered for “generations to come.”
I imagine that if there were scrapbooks (and pictures) in Bible times, the great stories of God’s people and His faithfulness would fill pages and pages. And maybe even sit alongside the jar of manna and the ten commandments. So that’s what I envisioned when I created this scrapbook. Just small piece of what “God’s Scrapbook” might look like.
I titled this scrapbook “Generations of Faithfulness” and put the stickers in chronological order, showing how God was faithful throughout time, from the Old to New Testament: How he used people to change the world and carry out His plan, and how He sent the promised Messiah and all that Jesus did. As with any good scrapbook, I included “journaling” telling just a bit of the story that the pictures represent. (Although a picture is worth a thousand words!)
The last page shows that the story of God and His people didn’t end with Jesus ascending to Heaven. And it didn’t end in Revelation. It continues with us today and will continue into eternity. This is where I chose to use the armor of God stickers. As we live God’s stories, we will face many obstacles as the people throughout the Bible did, but God has given us what we need to overcome it: All the pieces of the armor of God, the Holy Spirit, strength and anything else we might need. We are covered.
And because God’s story continues, I think it’s appropriate that I didn’t have enough stickers to fill this whole scrapbook. There are quite a few blank pages at the end. What will our story be?