Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SAVING SUMMER: Remembering the Good, the Bad and The Ugly


Remember the amazing things he has done.
    Remember his miracles and his fair decisions.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:12, ERV ~

Face it, the entire genesis of this "Saving Summer" series is confronting the fact that we parent raising children with special needs can often find ourselves facing these months of June, July and August with trepidation.  These can be days we would rather forget.  A different schedule, special occasions, likely less structure, and so much more can make Summer stressful rather than fun.

Yet, as we look to redeem this season, perhaps the best thing we can do is to remember these days.  A number of years ago, I wrote about a terrific book that lives with me to this day entitled SABBATH KEEPING by Donna Schaper.  In the book, the author makes the case that we should pause each week to look back at what God has brought us through in order that we might be strengthened for the days ahead.  How true this is for the trying times we experience over Summer vacation!  I have taken many photos over the years that I've looked back on exclaiming, "I just can't believe God got us through all that!"  It has been a deep blessing to reflect on those photos, and gain encouragement from them.


With that in mind, I have the perfect, easy project for you to do either for your family or along with the kids.  Years ago, a friend taught me the gift of putting together a small flip photo book with treasured photos along with relevant Scripture verses.  You can regularly change the featured photo as you enjoy the easel-backed display in your home.


This is such a treasured keepsake, and reasonably easy to do.  While there are many ways to put the book together, here are the materials you will need:
  • The flip book.  If you would like to keep the project inexpensive, you can get a chipboard, spiral bound 6 x 8 book (like the one at the top of this post) at Oriental Trading.  If you would like to spend more money, you can consult Creative Memories for a book similar to the one I used just above. 
  • Of course, you will need your photos, your Bible, and supplies such as paper, double sided tape (they make some just for photo mounting), fine point pens, and stickers or letters to embellish, if you like.  All of these supplies can be found at places like Target, Walmart, and craft stores like Michaels.
In assembling this little flip memory book, recall this Summer's good, bad and ugly.  Search for a word from God regarding those moments he has seen you through this year.  You may have to deeply ponder what photos to use because the times are rough.  But, you can even turn still shots like the one below into a memory of encouraging hope.

When you record this Summer, with all it's difficulties and small miracles, and reflect back on these days in years to come, you will be able to do your own "holy remembering," as you experience the truth of King David's words, recorded in 2 Samuel 7:18, “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"

PRAY:  Father, every good thing in our lives come from you.  Even when days are tough, you bless us with your presence.  Small miracles are woven throughout our trials.  Help me to record these memories to look back upon.  Thank you for making a way for me to be encouraged during challenging times.
Photo Image Courtesy of: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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