I spent the first eight years of my life next door to my grandma. All that separated us was a gate and there were many days when I swung that gate open half a dozen times. I knew she would always have applesauce, and I knew where she kept the Trouble game. I heard her stories and felt the stitches of her quilts.
My boys live 1,200 miles from my mama. They know her voice on the phone. They feel the joy of pulling into her driveway after months away, and they sit with her on the porch when she visits us. But they are too young to understand the history that she holds. They forget what her eyes have seen. They don’t know yet that she has the answers to questions they will one day ask.
That’s why this time she visited we set aside time for family stories. After the rush of Easter we had Mama fix scrambled egg sandwiches just like Daddy made. We ate ice cream on cones like Grandma and Grandpa used to do every night when they watched the news.
Mama made chicken fried steak and told how her daddy lived through the Tulsa race riots — how his family walked on the railroad tracks to safety in another town. She talked about her favorite doll and her bicycle, about not having a telephone until after she was married.
My mother-in-law came, too. Even though she lives nearby she brought things my boys had never seen. A metal cigar box from Holland that had been her grandfather’s. A cross that had always sat on her grandmother’s Bible. A bracelet made of Dutch coins. Stories of potatoes made with kale, of hot tea mixed with milk.
The boys’ eyes got big. They asked questions. They took an interest in where they had come from. Maybe it will help them on the way to where they are going.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. - Psalm 89:1
I fell in love with the idea of scripture cards when I first saw them at http://www.pinkroomponderings.blogspot.com/. Thankfully Angie, also known as BritChickNY, graciously agreed to write a guest blog here at Simply Faithful so we could learn more about the cards and about creativity. May you be inspired…
Hello all you creative souls out there! Yes! You! (Oh, you don’t think you are creative? Hm….you might be surprised) Think about it. What does being creative mean? Well, to be honest I believe that many of us think that it means we make a living creating something that someone else wants. It means that nobody can do “this” better than we can. It’s having someone compliment us on our handiwork. I beg to differ. To believe that, denies us the joy and freedom of expressing ourselves in a way that He intended to glorify Him and not us, and to use His gifts regardless of the stamp of approval from others or even ourselves.
Anybody who knows me will tell you that I always have projects on the front (and back!) burners. Just gotta be “doing.” Always on the look out for ideas. And completely inspired by what I see other artists/quilters/sewers/knitters works in progress. Here’s a little project that I did back in 2010. Rolodex Scripture cards. Go-ahead, Google that one! Whoa. Little works of art, touchy feely and so accessible. All jumbled together and taking up so little space and yet the possibilities are endless. And so….I participated in a scripture card swap. These are the cards I received.
Look, His word, in lovely bite size pieces, decorated and embellished and ready to encourage the recipient. And I am encouraged! Creatively and Faithfully! They all fit so nicely in a rolodex on my desk. Daily reminders.
Each person took the time to search the Word, thinking all the time about the others in the swap. Spending time putting papers together, gathering the trims and embellishments. All of us using the same “template,” but look how individual they are.
And these cards lend themselves to other “themes.” How about “thankful for” cards with your children? Perhaps a family photo album with special thoughts or memories of that person, or a shower gift for a newlywed or new mom with scriptural encouragement. The possibilities are endless but they do not have to be complicated. We ARE all creative, sometimes we just need some inspiration (and a little nudge) from each other. Please visit or contact me at http://www.pinkroomponderings.blogspot.com/
I would love to hear from you and look forward to see Him work in your creative world.
Angie (aka BritChickNY)
Want to add even more meaning to Lent? Try adapting this journal/devotional from my friend at pinkroomponderings.blogspot.com. Hers is actually an Advent journal, but it would work just as well for capturing the lessons of Lent. Plus, I love the idea of using what you have on hand (in this case manila folders) and making something memorable.
A little more about the process from Angie’s blog:
Back at the end of November I participated in an Advent Journaling challenge. Each day we had an advent devotional and “thoughts to ponder” I was able to keep up with the devotional but am still embellishing the pages! I created my journal using manila folders. The devotional/study is on the left page and then my notes, prayers etc are on the right page that is embellished.
If you’re interested in a project like this, you should also check out scrapsmart.com. I love their vintage images and the fact that they actually offer images with religious meaning. Oh, and I love the owners of the business, too!
Another journal made by Angie. This one started as a composition notebook.