I never dreamed scrapbooking could strengthen my walk with God. Like most, I began scrapbooking to tell the stories of family photos and enjoy a creative outlet. Surprisingly, the hobby I began as a craft spurred my faith in three key ways:
I’ve recognized the value of difficulties. Life’s low points are as vital to document as the joys because hardships strengthen faith. Seeing the benefit on paper helps me to be joyful in times of trouble. Preserving these stories (with or without photos) ensures that future grandchildren can read about my growing faith. I’d give anything to have such a treasure from my grandma.
I’ve grown strong Christian friendships. When women gather with a focus on photos, the bond is immediate and strong. We share much about life, which can grow quickly into sharing the treasure of our Heavenly Father. Scrapbooking friends from five different states now participate in a Bible study and meet by conference call for group discussions. The blessing of studying with friends who can’t attend church together is overwhelming. We share much more than photos and memories. We share Christ.
I’ve been equipped for God’s service. Although I never saw myself as a teacher, I began helping women start album projects of their own. Right away, I knew that God was preparing me for greater Kingdom service. I now lead women’s ministry and Bible study groups. God has grown my love for preserving stories into a heartfelt love for women. He has given me a desire to serve Him and equipped me to do so while enjoying a passion.
Scrapbooking is more than a hobby and more than a craft. It’s even more than a tradition. For me, scrapbooking is a bridge to a lifestyle that glorifies my Savior.