Thursday, 28 February 2008

Salt: Inspiring Christian Women

It's time for another Salt challenge (two weeks go by very, very quickly!).

This is what Ruth said:

A big thank you to everyone who has participated in past challenges. We pray that they will have been a blessing and/or challenge to you.

Please continue to spread the word about our blog, and to help you do that we've decided to offer our first RAK! We are pleased to announce that Casey from Scripture by Design is offering a fab package of items... 1 x printed transparency, 1 x pack of 4 stitched verses, 1 x pack of three journaling cards, 1 x pack of three handstamped tiles. Total retail value $AU 21.85

Please leave a message to this post by Wednesday 12th March, and we will pick a winner out a hat and announce it in two weeks time when we set the next challenge.

This week it is my (Ruth's) turn to set the challenge. To be honest it crept up on me and so when I was thinking about it I think I had in the back of my mind Mother's day here in the UK which is this coming Sunday. So, with a slight twist I came up with

Inspiring Christian Women...

...they could be women from the Bible, from Christian History or from your life.

Please take a look at Salt - and leave a comment to be in with a chance to win that fab RAK

For my contribution to this Salt challenge I was inspired to concentrate on a LO about the Samaritan woman and her encounter with Jesus at the well when I listened with John to daily readings this week from Everyday with Jesus (John has tapes from Torch Trust for the Blind and I sometimes listen along with him). It struck me that in a very simple, but effective, way, the woman became one of the first missionaries - she went and told what had happened - and as a result many believed. The encounter of Jesus with the woman unfolds in John chapter 4 - it is a fascinating encounter with an unlikely person at an unlikely time.

I used rub ons by Fancy Pants, Basic Grey wholy cow! and American Crafts 'mini marks'(because some of them are white, unfortunately on the photo you can't really see the 'believe' in the top right section and the 'share' in the bottom left section - the light isn't really enough to get a good photo).

Background paper is Basic Grey Urban Couture 'Lustra'. The journalling is printed on to vellum which was then put through the xyron and stuck down. The Fancy Pants rub on at the top right hand corner was rubbed on to vellum and then reversed to give a softer look than the original. I had a hard choice for a picture of the woman with Jesus - there were so many famous paintings etc to choose from - but I rather liked this woodcut by Gustave Dore: