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When I was growing up there was this big messy box of all our family pictures.
Turned out the only time it got shuffled through was when a graduation, wedding or funeral came around.
Carol and I saw early on in our marriage that this could easily be the direction we headed in. So we wanted to try to put a little effort toward maybe doing something different.
Carol started scrap booking our photos.
I started making a slideshow out of the years favorite pics and then putting them to one song.
As the years rolled on, the family worked together to make a five-minute Family Vacation Video put to one song.
I want to encourage you today, to do something special with your memories so you can enjoy them as you go.
Recently a good friend told us her pictures are all organized into different boxes. When the grandkids come over they have a box of each grandchild’s pictures and the kids often ask Grandma if they can look through their specific box and they cherish that.
Some of you are thinking, “I could do that.”
Scrap Books. Special Event Videos. Slideshows. Unique Boxes. Grab on to something and go for it! Enjoy your memories as you go. The Lord saw that messy box of photos and those random digital images piling up and He said, “It is not good.”
So He created Shutterfly and iMovie.
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One of the greatest things you can do for your marriage is to have Godly mentors in your life that will pour into you.
We are so grateful to Dave and Ann Wilson, Jerry Martin (seen above) and Tom and Peg Woodside, to name a few, who have led the way in front of us on this great journey.
Now for years when Carol and I mentor young couples we are always handing down the things we learned from these incredible friends.
We now have some couples we have mentored for years who are now mentoring young couples and passing on the wisdom that was passed on to us. That’s pretty cool.
If you don’t have mentors in your life, commit to pray and ask God to bring some into your life.
Take a look around and they may already be in your life waiting to be asked.
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To do something in vain is to do it without purpose.
The Bible says not to take the Lord’s name in vain. What does this mean exactly?
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)
This means anytime we say any of God’s names without purpose we are taking His name in vain.
A good thing to remember is when we say God’s name we need to be talking to Him or about Him.
Some people think taking the Lord’s name in vain just involves putting a swear word after it.
There are a lot of Christians who say God’s name without talking to Him or about Him all the time. “Oh God that’s terrible I am so sorry to hear that.” “For Christ’s sake I can’t believe that.” “Good Lord I didn’t realize that.”
So what is the big deal about this commandment?
This is the heartbeat behind the offense. When we say anyone of God’s names, we have His undivided attention.
To say His name and then not be talking to or about Him is rude and offensive to God and is a sin.
When we say God’s name, He says, “Yes, I’m listening.” Every time.
I say to myself, “Brett do not take God’s name in vain. God’s name is Holy and I have His undivided attention when I say it and then ignore Him.”
Remember it is one of the Ten Commandments along with Do Not Murder. God wants us to take this very seriously.
Have you been doing this without realizing the great offense? It’s not too late to make a change.