Snapshots of Your Life {Free Download}

Here's the thing, if you are currently experiencing or have ever gone through a difficult time in your life, which is all of us, understanding the truth that God is in control is critical.  God is Sovereign.  Over everything.  If I didn't believe that, I would really struggle to make sense of things.  In fact, I still struggle sometimes.  Am I alone?  Never mind, I know I'm not.

You see, the album of your life is made up of snapshots.  And standing firm in the knowledge that every perfectly composed image, as well as every blurry and underexposed photo, is orchestrated by that sovereign God is what helps you see your life for the beauty that it is.

Snapshots of life: how to document the moments in life and why you should

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To Everything a Season

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.   Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)

This passage can be confusing and discouraging, or it can be life-giving.  You see Solomon mixes events that are completely out of our control, like the time of our birth or death, with things that we seem to have a measure of free will over, like when to plant and harvest.  I don't think this is an accident.  It underscores that God is the author of every season and there is actually nothing beyond the reach of his hand.  And this brings me comfort.  If I am trusting in Christ then I can know that He is working out ALL things, the stunningly spectacular as well as the devastatingly heartbreaking, for my good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

Why should you document your snapshots?

In the opening paragraph, I mentioned that our lives are made up of snapshots, or seasons.  Now, if you talk to anyone who knows me, they will tell you that I love taking photos.  Of everything.  My family has come to expect it. Sorry, kids.  I am proud to say that my tendency to post every.single.thing on social media has been tempered as my children grew older (and developed opinions about it), but I still grab the shot.  In fact, I now give them a disclaimer as I'm shooting... "I won't post it, I just want it".

So, why do I have this desire to document every big and small part of our lives?  Part of it is because it acts as a creative outlet and since we are all created to create that is important.  A lot of it is that the memories make me happy.  But, as I look back through the years of photographs I have amassed, I realize that a by-product of this obsession is a record of God's faithfulness.  He saw us through difficult times and he blessed us with happy times.  My photo albums have become stones of remembrance (Joshua 4).  And as I look through them I can see God working in our family and our lives, even when we didn't realize it in the moment.

Finding a way to record the moments in your everyday life will become a treasure for future generations as well as a blessing for you as time passes.  We are forgetful people, right?  We forget the details of those long nights with infants, the messy bits and the sappy hugs.

And we forget the Gospel.  The truth that Christ lived a perfect life that we could not live and died a terrible death that we deserved. The glorious truth that if you trust that, you are now clothed in Christ's righteousness and can stand before a holy God with clean hands.  And in doing so, we forget that God is in control of all of the big and small things we face.  Documenting your snapshots will help you remember.

How do you document the snapshots of life?

There are more ways to do this than the scope of this article allows, but let me give you a few of the ways that I record the good, the bad and the ugly in my little world.

Photography

This one is obvious, right?  Taking pictures is easier than ever.  Yes, I'm talking about that smartphone you have attached to your hip.  Ok, that was a low blow... I was just feeling convicted about my hip-hugging phone.  Anyway, not only that but the ability to take quality photos is a real possibility for most folks.  So snap away!  Just remember to get the best photos off of your phone and hard drive and into the hands of the ones who will enjoy them!

Bible Journaling

Ok, I know what you are thinking... I don't put pictures of my precious babies in my Bible.  Well, I challenge you that digging deeper into the Word of God & hearing what he has to say through His scripture (which is the point of Bible Journaling) is a legacy in and of itself.  When your children see you in the Word, they learn of its importance in your life.  And when they see you journaling about what you are learning in a particular season of your life, they will know who to turn to when they face a similar season.

Also, when you focus on His Word through creativity you are creating a canvas to reflect on later.  And a memento of what He has taught you.  Remember, we are forgetful.  Did you forget?

If you want to learn more about Bible or Creative Journaling, I want to offer you a FREE ticket to the Flourish Bible Journaling Conference that is going on right now (only through May 18th).  Twenty speakers are presenting on a variety of creative topics. I'm honored to be a part, and did I mention?  It's completely FREE to attend!

FREE BIBLE JOURNALING CONFERENCE

Another way to explore this further is through the Heart of Scripture Workshop at The Lilypad.  Lynne-Marie and I would love to see you in this community of women.

Heart of Scripture Bible Study and Bible Journaling Workshop

Scrapbooking

What better way to combine your creativity with your memories than on a page you design just for that purpose?  Check out The Lilypad Store and Gallery for inspiration on how to do that if you don't know how!  You can scrap digitally or traditionally.  You can create pages filled with photos and fun elements or you can opt for simplicity in your designs.  There is no wrong way to do this and watching your family peruse a finished album, smiling at the memories, is a great joy.

Prayer Journaling

Similar to Bible Journaling, writing out your prayers can truly serve as a monument to God's grace and mercy in your life.  I add mixed media, photos, scrapped pages or Bible journaling to my Prayer Journal.  I talk about this in the Bible Journaling Conference I mentioned above.  My Prayer Journals have become treasures to cherish, and reminders to stay in communication with my Creator.  What a privilege. Check out more free resources about prayer here.

Free Prayer Resources to help you grow in your prayer life

On Your Walls

I love to put reminders of the snapshots of our lives on the walls of our home. There are literal snapshots of my family as well as images that remind me of certain memories.  I have paintings from places we've traveled to remind me of those visits and to prompt me to pray for the nations.  I have scripture on the walls in most rooms of my house and I love putting little printables or hand-lettered art around me when I work.

This printable is a reminder that God is in control of all of my seasons.  I should praise Him through them all and I should capture every snapshot!

And check out more freebies from me!

FREE RESOURCES FOR CREATIVE BIBLE STUDY
Free Prayer Resources to help you grow in your prayer life

About Jen Evangelista

I am a wife of a pastor, a mom to 4 kids, a Pediatrician and the face behind Grace in Color. Grace in Color is an online space to learn digital and traditional art, organize and document your life and be encouraged by the Truth of the Gospel. Click on Latest Posts to see more.

38 Comments

  1. Timmi on April 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you!!



    • Jen Evangelista on April 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      You are welcome, Timmi. Thanks for hopping by 😉



  2. KimR. on April 26, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you very much!



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Kim! You are welcome.



  3. VANESSA on April 26, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you, and I love your write-up, evangelizing to the many who stop by! To God be the glory!



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement, Vanessa. Have a great day.



  4. RB on April 27, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Thanks SO Much For Sharing:)



  5. Trisha on April 27, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Thank you 🙂



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      My pleasure, Trisha. Thanks for stopping by.



  6. Angie Key on April 27, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Jen, THANK YOU for sharing your time and talent with us! Those printables are gorgeous, and I’m already planning where I’m going to use them. Looking forward to the start of “Heart of Scripture” – I’m all signed up and ready to go.



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      YAY! I’m super excited as well. I can’t wait to continue to get to know you better, Angie.



  7. Sandra H. on April 27, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Love the cards, thank you!



  8. NancyP on April 27, 2018 at 9:55 am

    LOVE them, my friend! Thanks so much!



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. I appreciate you!



  9. Crystal on April 27, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    THANK YOU bunches 🙂



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      You are so welcome, Crystal. I appreciate you stopping to give me love :).



  10. Lis on April 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you so much!



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      You are more than welcome, Lis. I was honored to be a stop on the train :).



  11. Johanna on April 27, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you very much for these beautiful printables Jen! 🙂



    • Jen Evangelista on April 27, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      You are welcome, lady! Thank for saying hello and I hope you are well!



  12. Gaelle on April 28, 2018 at 3:16 am

    thank you very much Jen



    • Jen Evangelista on April 28, 2018 at 9:03 am

      You are welcome, Gaelle. It’s my honor.



  13. sherry pennington on April 28, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for your wonderful contribution !! Happy iNSD 🙂



    • Jen Evangelista on April 28, 2018 at 9:04 am

      You, too, Sherry! I can’t wait for this whole week… what fun!



  14. Molly on April 28, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Happy NSD!



  15. traci on April 28, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    thank you so much for the printable freebies



  16. Tammy on April 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you so much!



  17. Cheryl on April 29, 2018 at 7:52 am

    It is nice to meet you. I do Digital Bible Journaling and am always happy to see others doing it. I invite you to share in my Facebook group that I’m trying to get active again. There are many Christians in the group that would love to see you post. It is called Corner Conversations at My Corner Online.



  18. Lisa on April 29, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Thank you for the printable! p.s. I look forward to the Heart of Scripture workshop!



  19. Mary Torres on April 30, 2018 at 6:58 am

    lovely thank you



  20. miss becki on April 30, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    This is lovely. Thanks so much! 🙂



  21. tajicat on May 2, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Thanks so much! 🙂



  22. AmandaJ on May 2, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Thank you so much!



  23. Tamalita on May 2, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Thank you so much!!



  24. Amber Olson on May 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Jen, Thank you so much for your contribution to the bloghop, but most especially thank you for your very clear Gospel presentation! What a beautiful way to share your faith with others! I’m also a pastor’s wife and mom of four and it was so encouraging to click to your page and see you using your gifts for God’s glory! What a blessing and challenge! Hope your day is blessed!



  25. Tracy on May 7, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Well I finally got on the website, but the link still doesn’t work. It does look great though. Love your website.
    God Bless