Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Challenge #176 - Anything Goes

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday!  For those of you who play along every week, THANK YOU so much.  For those of you who are new to our challenge blog, WOW - you've picked a great week to play along because we have two absolutely AMAZING sponsors joining us, and you could be the lucky winner of one of these fabulous prizes.  It's great to have you join us.

This week's focus scripture for our word art file is from Psalm 18:46.  What we hear first in this verse are three AMAZING words......"THE LORD LIVETH"!!  This is something that NO other religion say about their "god".  You will hear all the different religions make their claims as to what they believe, and on what they base their faith; but even if they have "nice beliefs", or do good works, ministering to the sick and needy, etc., NONE can say that their god is alive.  Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, is the ONLY One who died for our sins, was dead and buried (as witnessed by hundreds), and yet; HE LIVES!  He was SEEN BY HUNDREDS of eye witnesses who personally experienced seeing His death, His burial, and His resurrected body.  What a blessing now that we, as Christians, can place our faith in a LIVING GOD.  Even back in the days of Moses, the Israelites called Him "the living God" because He alone could CREATE LIFE/GIVE LIFE, and the same is true today.  The second part of this verse says "blessed be the rock", and this is a great comfort to us because God is the ONLY One who can give us the qualities of a ROCK (firmness, steadfastness, trustworthiness, immovability and everlasting).  He wasn't just "a man" who eventually died and left the world forever (as did the "messengers" of other popular faiths).  Again, Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, isn't just a man.....HE ALONE IS GOD.  No other religion, or other "god" can say this.  We serve the ONLY ONE who was, and is, and forever will be.....our perfect living God.  This verse ends with the words, "and let the God of my salvation be exalted".  Jesus Christ is also the ONLY One who can provide SALVATION (or being saved from our sins and being separated from Him forever in a place called Hell).  What a blessing to know that when you place your faith in Jesus Christ, you are able to receive His LIFE, STRENGTH and ETERNAL SALVATION.  God is ALIVE, He is our ROCK, and his name is EXALTED as He alone gives us SALVATION and saves us from our sins by simply placing your faith in Him, and in what He did for us on the cross.  What a beautiful and comforting verse.

As always, you are welcome to save this week's free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you each week. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.
 

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Really Reasonable Ribbon is an AMAZING shop
filled with ribbons, trims, flowers, and SO much more!
One lucky person will win a $15 Gift Certificate
to Really Reasonable Ribbon.  WOO HOO!
My Artistic Adventures is an ADORABLE
Digital Shop.  Stop by this sweet shop to browse.
One person will win some of these
DELIGHTFUL vintage collage sheets.  How fun!
 
AND NOW......Our LUCKY WINNERS!
Classy Cards 'N Such is a FABULOUS shop
that carries stamps, embellishments, trims, dies,
and EVERYTHING a crafter could want.  The
lucky winner of their $15 Gift Certificate is
Lucky Entry #187 - Kris B.
AND
Eureka
Eureka Stamps is our AWESOME Digital Sponsor,
and the lucky person who has won their choice
of three (3) images from their fun store is
Entry #4 - Art With Heart

WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started
from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sold at Really Reasonable Ribbon
 
Using LOTS of GREAT Sponsor Products Including
Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon &

 
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Challenge #175 - ANYTHING GOES

Welcome back for another great challenge this week.  We're glad you are here, and already looking forward to seeing all the amazing projects you will share with us.  We have two more great sponsors this week, and lots of fun.  Thanks for joining us!

This week's devotional was written by Design Team Member, Stephanie Wright.  We hope that it will be a blessing to you.

Our focus verse this week is Proverbs 21:31, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.”  When an army is preparing for battle, they go to great preparations.  They get a plan of attack ready, outfit their troops, pack ammunition and provisions, scout out the terrain, clean their weapons, prepare their armor (in ancient times) or uniforms, prepare their transportation (horses, camels, tanks, trucks, ships, etc.), and study the typical weather conditions.  However, even with these elaborate preparations, the outcome of the battle is still in the hand of the Lord.  Many times during the Old Testament time period, the children of Israel were outnumbered and/or had lesser equipment, but God intervened and they won the battle/war.  During WWII, the Germans planned to invade England via the English Channel.  On at least four different occasions, unusual and never seen in recorded history weather conditions prevented their attack.  God alone controls the weather. The Germans had made their preparations and timed the attack perfectly according to human reasoning, but truly “safety is of the Lord.”
 
Making preparations during a time of war or even for daily life is admirable and right.  In Luke 14:28, the question is asked, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” As we look around our world today, we see so many things that can alarm and dishearten us.  We may feel that there is no way Truth and Right can prevail.  However, we must remember that whether we are acting as an individual or a nation, it is God that determines the outcome of all things. As John Phillips states in Exploring Proverbs Volume 2, “A nation’s best line of defense is an active trust in God."
 
As always, you are welcome to save this week's free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you each week. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Classy Cards 'N Such is a FABULOUS shop
that carries stamps, embellishments, trims, dies,
and EVERYTHING a crafter could want.  One
lucky person will win a $15 Gift Certificate
to Classy Cards 'N Such.
They even have a weekly challenge!
AND
Eureka
Eureka Stamps is our AWESOME Digital Sponsor,
and another lucky person will win their choice
of three (3) images from their fun store.
 
AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners:
Taylored Expressions carries the SWEETEST
stamps, dies and more.  The lucky winner of
a $25 Gift Certificate to this AMAZING store
is Lucky Entry #167 - Sierra 
AND
Bugaboo Stamps is our digital sponsor.
They carry oodles and oodles of the cutest
digital images ever.  The lucky winner
of this FABULOUS prize is
Lucky Entry #92 - Ina

WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Challenge #174 - ANYTHING GOES

It's time for another SUPER FUN challenge, and we're SO glad that you've stopped by to join us again this week.  We have two AMAZING sponsors who are offering FABULOUS prizes again this week.  Some of our Design Team Members have used sponsor stamps on their projects this week from our sponsor, Taylored ExpressionsTaylored Expressions is a new sponsor to us this year, and we really hope you will stop by to check out their shop!  We are so grateful for all our wonderful sponsors.

Our scripture this week is Hebrews 13:5. "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee".  Let's break down this scripture one part at a time.  First, we hear "let your conversation be without covetousness".  The word covetousness is defined as idolatry, or being greedy.  We are warned that our words should never be those of greed or showing discontent with our lives.  The next part says "be content with such things as ye have", and we know that this simply means we shouldn't be constantly wanting more.  We are SO blessed, and we should always show God how grateful we are for all that we have.  Don't waste time wishing for the things you DON'T have; but rather, praise Him for all that you DO have.  If you are faithful and grateful with what you have, only then will He entrust you with more.  Finally, the last part of this verse gives us the best news of all....God tells us that He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  That means that we will NEVER be alone, and that He will NEVER abandon us or give us up to another.  Our lives may be difficult, but our end is promised. We have a responsibility to live our lives honorably, and according to His precious Word, until then.  This is how we receive favor, and how we will be blessed with more.  It's SO important to be live according to His word, to be good stewards of what we have, and to show content and gratefulness for what we have.  And what a tremendous blessing to know that He will ALWAYS be there for us despite our sinfulness.

As always, you are welcome to save this week's free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you each week. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Taylored Expressions is a new sponsor this year.
They carry the sweetest stamps, dies and other
embellishments.  Please stop by to check out
ALL their wonderful products.
AND
Bugaboo Stamps is our digital sponsor.
They carry oodles and oodles of the cutest
digital images ever.  You can click here to
browse and shop Bugaboo Stamps.  One
lucky person will win 3 images of choice.
 
AND NOW.......Our Lucky Winners:
The adorable Shoppe 3130 is offering one person a
mixed media set that includes an assorted wool felt die kit,
a ric-rac trim set, and adorable fabric pieces.
That lucky person who has won the prize from
Shoppe 3130 is Entry #95 - Lisa Bedigian
AND
The Cutting Café is the sweetest digi shop with
all kinds of unique SVG cutting files, digital stamps,
and so much more.  The lucky winner of our prize
from Cutting Café is
Entry #213 - AngelicBadGirl

WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started
Using a stamp for our sponsor, Taylored Expressions
 Using Sponsor Image from Bugaboo Stamps
Using Sponsor, Taylored Expressions
A La Carte Stamp, Shooting Stars
Using Sponsor, Taylored Expressions
A La Carte Stamp, Cherish Every Moment
to create her lovely background pattern.
Using A La Carte Library Stamp
from Sponsor, Taylored Expressions

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Challenge #173 - Anything Goes

Welcome back!  The weeks seem to be passing by more quickly than ever.  Thank you for allowing us to encourage you in your Christian walk, and to enjoy the beautiful art you create for our challenges.  We consider ourselves BLESSED to be a part of your lives, and it is our desire that the things we share are enriching your lives, and allowing you to share your talents in a place where they are truly appreciated by giving God the glory for the gifts He has given to you.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects with us!

This week's word art scripture is Psalm 1:1, and it says "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."  What this verse is telling us is that the godly man (or woman) is happy and able to receive the blessings that come from living a godly life.  In contrast, when you walk with sinners and surround yourself with the ungodly, you miss out on the blessings and happiness of the Christian life.  When we walk in the counsel of the godly, we are spiritually healthy and fruitful.  This doesn't mean that we won't have troubles in our lives; but we will certainly avoid the pitfalls that come from surrounding ourselves with those who do not seek after the things of God.  We have SO much goodness and blessing waiting for us when we choose to seek friendships that build us up and encourage us in the ways of God's goodness.  Our heartaches enter when we surround ourselves with sin and people who sin (live godless lives).  We have not only a responsibility to walk in the counsel of godly people, but the privilege of receiving countless blessings and the fruitful life that comes from surrounding ourselves with those who seek after God.  Don't be fooled to think that "you will influence and change them".  You won't.  They will drag you down and cause you to sin.  We must always make the choice to surround ourselves with those who encourage us to live for the Lord and do what is right.  Then, and only then, can we experience the fullness of joy God has for us in walking with Him.  It doesn't mean that we think we're "better than others"; it's just a way of protecting ourselves from faltering where we are weak.  This is yet another bit of advice God has given us so that we can experience ALL the good things He has for us.  So think about those three key words; walk, stand, and sit.  Let's WALK to places where we belong and where we can share God with others.  Let's STAND without having to hang our heads in guilt - be proud of where you are standing; knowing that God sees us ALWAYS.  And finally, let's SIT (not on the couch all the time), but in church, or in places that honor God.  He has SO much in store for us when we follow after Him.

As always, you are welcome to save this week's free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you each week. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.
 

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
The adorable Shoppe 3130 is offering one person a
mixed media set that includes an assorted wool felt die kit,
a ric-rac trim set, and adorable fabric pieces.  Click here to
browse and shop at Shoppe 3130.
AND
The Cutting Café is the sweetest digi shop with
all kinds of unique SVG cutting files, digital stamps,
and so much more.  Click here to browse and shop
at The Cutting Café.
AND NOW........Our Lucky Winners:
Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps is offering
one lucky person either
2 Mounted or 4 Unmounted Stamps of Choice
from their AMAZING shop to
Lucky Entry #225 - Sarah P.
AND
Deedee's Digis is our Digital Sponsor
this week.  One lucky crafter will win
some of their SUPER sweet digis.
That lucky winner is
Entry #50 - AJ "Art Jypsy"

WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started
 
Using Sponsor Product, Teal Berry Basket
From the lovely Shoppe 3130
Card Using Scripture File
 
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