It's time for another Salt Challenge (actually, I missed the last challenge 2 weeks ago due to Stamping Around CT) and this week's challenger is Nikki. Please take a few minutes to read her thoughtful post on the Salt blog. Our theme this week is Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose." While this was a very familiar verse to me, it really made me stop and think about how to go about this challenge! As I searched around for inspiration, I came across a sermon by Charles Spurgeon, entitled The True Christian's Blessedness - a very worthwhile read! In the second part of the sermon he explained the verse word by word and when he got to the word "together" his explanation was something I had never heard or thought of before:
We must understand the word "together," also in another sense. "All things work together for good:" that is to say, none of them work separately. . . . Remember, it is not the one thing alone that is for your good; it is the one thing put with another thing, and that with a third, and that with a fourth, and all these mixed together, that work for your good. . . . We know right well that there are many things that happen to us in our lives that would be the ruin of us if we were always to continue in the same condition. Too much joy would intoxicate us, too much misery would drive us to despair: but the joy and the misery, the battle and the victory, the storm and the calm, all these compounded make that sacred elixir whereby God maketh all his people perfect through suffering, and leadeth them to ultimate happiness. "All things work together for good."Sometimes, often times, we cannot see all the things that are working together for good, we simply must trust God and His perfect plan.
So my card focuses on that part of the verse "all things work together for good." I printed the text on my computer and then used my new In Bloom set from Papertrey Ink. It turns out the card took me much less time than my search for inspiration! Ha! But that's the neat thing about doing these challenges, the things you learn!
If you'd like to play along with our challenge, please leave a link in your comment on the Salt blog post! Have a great day!
Cardstock: Kraft, Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink), White (GP), Patterned Paper: In Bloom (Papertrey Ink), Stamps: In Bloom (Papertrey Ink), Ink: Ripe Avocado, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink), Accessories: Nestabilties, Paper Piercer, ribbon, buttons, twine (Papertrey Ink), Dimensionals