Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SALT Challenge - God's Astounding Grace

This week it was my turn to set the challenge on the SALT blog and since I've had a song running through my head, "Grace by which I Stand", for the past few weeks, I chose:
God's grace
God provides us with a measure of grace each and every day, to face hardships, to grant us patience and forgiveness, to strengthen us in a time of temptation....but most importantly God's grace delivers us from the bondage of our sins by enabling us to trust in Christ as Savior. I am encouraged by this description of grace from D. Scott Meadows' booklet, "God's Astounding Grace" and pray that it might be a blessing to you as well:

"The word grace is a kind of shorthand for the whole sum of unmerited blessings, which come to men through Jesus Christ. Primarily, it describes what we, for want of a better expression, have to call a "disposition" in the Divine nature; and it means the unconditioned, undeserved, spontaneous, eternal, stooping, pardoning love of God."

Amen and Amen! Surely, God's free gift of grace can cause us to sing His praises each and every day! We pray that our challenges are a blessing to you and ask that if you'd like to create a "Grace" themed project to leave a comment on the SALT blog, with a link back to your gallery or blog, so that we might share and rejoice with you!

Project details: This is the first time I covered one of those nifty $1.00 finds from my local craft mega store. I confess that I wish the finished piece was a bit "fancier" but once I got that lovely Crate paper on the front I just couldn't cover it up! :-)

I used grunge letters to spell out "Grace", sponging them with a Vanilla craft ink and them stamping a swirl pattern over the top. I tired to go for a "random" letter placement but fear it may just look sloppy...LOL! That would be why I also stick with straight lines...I just can't do free form!! I do love the addition of the ribbons, which might be the only "saving grace" of this piece! hee hee

I actually plan to use this journal, noting down how God has demonstrated His grace in my life during a day. It's so easy to get overwhelmed by every day struggles and too easy to forget just how blessed we really are. I thought that putting pen to paper would cause me to think upon God's goodness and that would be a great way to keep from being tempted to complain over what I don't have and instead focus on what I do have...

As my husband said tonight after a rather difficult day at work, "it's not that bad, I'm healthy, the kids didn't get hurt today, we're in a warm house about to eat a good meal, and you're here...That's more than enough..." Good man, my husband... :-)

Enjoy and Happy, Blessed Creating!!


Lythan said...

Wonderful. What a lovely idea for a journal too. May you feel God's grace flowing through your life!

Sharon in NE said...

Great choice for the challenge. I wish there were more stamps out there with GRACE. I love your project. Great job.

Hazel said...

I love your contribution, Kim - and thank you too for an excellent theme for us for this fortnight - God's grace is truly amazing!

esther said...

When I first looked at that floral paper, it reminded me of the michael angelo painting of God's hands reaching out- canyou see it? the buds... anyway thought it was a lovely visual reminder of God's connection throught Grace. Sounds a bit bizarre I know, lovely book by the way!

Sandra Smart said...

I agree, that paper is too pretty to cover it up. Your journal turned out beautiful!