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May 14, 2009

Salt Challenge - God's Strength

It was my turn to pick the topic for this week's challenge on the Salt Blog. I chose God's Strength based on 2 Corinthians 12:9

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
It seems lately that I have been made aware of so many people going through so many difficult trials, serious illnesses/injuries, financial strains, marital stress, loss of loved ones, and more. It's often easy for us to begin to question God's purposes and worry or despair. In this chapter of Corinthians, we see the example of the apostle Paul, how he prayed 3 times for God to remove a "thorn in the flesh" (we are not told what it was). God's answer should be our encouragement and comfort as it was Paul's! "My grace is sufficient for you."

Matthew Henry in his commentary on this chapter states that

"Grace signifies . . . The good-will of God towards us, and this is enough to enlighten and enliven us, sufficient to strengthen and comfort us, to support our souls and cheer up our spirits, in all afflictions and distresses. . . . Christ Jesus understands our case, and knows our need, and will proportion the remedy to our malady, and not only strengthen us, but glorify himself."
For my card I used an old SU! set. When I thought about what things could signify strength the first thing that came to mind was a tree . This tree image certainly looks like a strong, solid tree to me! The layout is this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. We would love to have you participate in our challenge this week and if you do, please leave us a link on the Salt blog so we can be view your project! Don't forget also to visit the other Salt members' blogs and read their contributions for this week's theme.

Cardstock: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Patterned Paper: Scenic Route, Stamps: SU!, sentiment from Something Within (Unity Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), Accessories: Copic Markers, Dimensionals, Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button, Linen thread, Corner Rounder punch (SU!)


  1. I've always loved this set! You did a great job with it!

  2. Very nice. Love the earthy colors. Beautiful tree. -Molly B

  3. Wonderful card and fantastic write up! I need to read it multiple times this morning as the natives are restless...mama needs some strength! ;-)

  4. This is just beautiful, Julie! Love that gorgeous tree!

  5. Wonderful theme Julie, thank you. I love your depiction of it in your card. There is a wondeful theme of tree throughout the Bible... oooh... a theme idea!!!

  6. Wow this is really beautiful! Nice use of colors

  7. Gorgeous card, and wonderful message...Julie!!

  8. Thank you for such a thoughtful approach to this challenge, Julie and I love your card - so peaceful with all the greens x

  9. I picked your layout as my favourite of the team this week because I loved the colours - like Hazel said already, the green is so calming, which is what we need when we are stressed enough to say (even if not out loud, and sometimes out loud too!!)Lord give me strength ....

  10. Wow this is stunning. I love the colors and layout, great job.


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