Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The God of Scrapbooking

1:43 AM

Hi my name is Joy, and I am a scrapbook-aholic. It's true! I am such a sucker for those pattern papers, 3D embellishments, and rub-on lettering! I guess it's because I love taking pictures and even more so, I love having a cool way to display those pictures. It's my way of cherishing my memories. I've been on a real kick lately. I finished (finally) my New York pictures from last May, and I just started a cute little memory book for my friend's baby shower this weekend. My favorite thing about scrapbooking is the papers. I suppose it's the designer in me that just loves well-designed paper. (I recently discovered a really cool new line from My Mind's Eye) I just love the ripping, the tearing, the cutting, and the wrinkling of paper to make it look just right.

In my weekly Bible study, we are studying Romans. Now, that's not an easy book to study no matter how long you've been a Christian or how many times you've studied it. You usually just end up feeling like crap! Well, we've been learning about being crucified, dead and buried with Christ, and giving up our old self, and becoming more like Him. Heavy stuff! And I really don't know why my mind went this way, maybe because during the lecture I was also remembering what scrapbook supplies I needed to buy this afternoon, but here's where it went.

God is scrapbooking me! I am the paper, flat and pretty boring all by myself. Then He rips and tears away things are displeasing to Him. He embellishes me with spiritual gifts and talents. The final touches are the images of Christ He imprints on my life.

I just hope I'm a cool scrapbook. It hurts sometimes to be torn. I don't really like being cut. But I always end up better for it.

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!