Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Challenge #147 - Anything Goes!

Hello, crafty friends!  Welcome to Word Art Wednesday.  We're so glad that you've stopped by to play along in this week's challenge.  We have two AMAZING sponsors for this week's challenge, and we wish you all the best of luck in the random draw.  Please know that you are ALL winners in our book, and we are so grateful for every entry we receive.  We enjoy visiting your blogs and getting to know you all.  You're all SUPER crafters, and we SO enjoy seeing the lovely cards and projects you create each week.
 
We have a lovely scripture/word art file for you to enjoy.  This week, we are focusing on James 5:8 which reminds us first to be patient.  This is one of the most difficult things of all for people to do; saved or unsaved.  We tend to be impatient people who want things done NOW!  It's completely natural for us to be impatient, but it's not what is best for us.  God tells us over and over in His Word to be patient in so many different scriptures pertaining to so many different circumstances.  When we are able to be patient, God is able to work through us to achieve His perfect will for us.  When we are impatient, we tend to get frustrated, act out, and ultimately make wrong decisions that can harm us and negatively affect our witness.  When we are patient, however, we can see God's hand of blessing and direction on us and we're going to have a clear mind to know how to handle the situation.  The verse goes on to tells us that we need to stablish (this word stablish in the KJV is stabilio in the Greek, and simply means to set, fix, and establish) our hearts.  When we set or fix our heart on the Lord instead of fixing it on our own selfish desires, we again align our will with His will, and He will bless us.  The final part of this verse tells us that "the coming of the Lord draweth nigh".  PRAISE GOD!  It's SO exciting to hear these precious words.  The time to be patient and to prepare our hearts is now because the Lord WILL return soon, and we want to be ready.  But during the time before the Lord returns, we really should do everything we can to prepare ourselves.  We do this by submitting our daily lives to these simple teachings; and in return, we will be blessed by God's guidance, direction and blessings.

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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 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 (dark images, etc.).  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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

Here are this week's THREE amazing sponsors:
One lucky person will win a
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at the lovely
Flying Unicorn Store that's filled with
all the BIG names in scrapbooking, and
also offers low shipping rates.  You will
LOVE shopping The Flying Unicorn.
AND
Our Digital Sponsor this week is
the lovely Daydream Designs, and
one lucky person will win their choice
of three (3) sets.  Good luck choosing....
they're all GORGEOUS!
 
And Now.....Here are our LUCKY WINNERS:
Prairie Point Junction Quilting and Wool Felt
The winner of the $15 Gift Certificate to
is the VERY BLESSED
Entry #11 - Kathy Roney
AND
The lucky winner of the $20 Gift Certificate
to the AWESOME Nice Crane Designs
is Entry #3 - Zella
Enjoy this lovely prize, Zella!

 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 From Our Design Team
Don't Forget to Stop by Heather's Blog and
Comment to Win Her BIG Give-Away!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Challenge #146 - Anything Goes

What a great week we had, and we're SO glad that you were a part of it!  We're glad that you're back again this week to play along in our challenge with us.  We have two more AMAZING sponsors this week, and we can hardly wait to see all the beautiful cards and projects you create and share.  We enjoy visiting your blogs and getting to know you a little better, and we are super grateful to have you share your talents with us.  If there is anything we can do to be a blessing to you, please don't hesitate to let us know.  We're not perfect, and we're the first to admit that.  We're simply a group of sinners saved by the matchless grace of Jesus.  We're here to be a blessing and an encouragement to you, and create and share art with one another using the unique talents that God has given to each of us.

This week's beautiful scripture is 1 Samuel 2:2; and these verses are the lovely words of Hannah as she poured out her praise for the LORD (Yahweh/God in the O.T. and Jesus Christ in the N.T.) and she was singing His praises in response to God's answer to her prayers.  She sings of His holiness, knowledge, power and judgment.  You will also notice that Hannah refers to God as her "rock" and a rock like NO OTHER.  As we all know, a rock is something SOLID and UNBREAKABLE.  As our rock, God is always there for us to stand on in times of trouble, and His foundation is firm and unchanging unlike any other "god" or religious figure.  Just like Hannah, we can experience His holiness; and we will quickly realize that there really is NONE OTHER like Him.  He is ONLY one who was worthy (perfect and sinless) to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sinfulness.  Jesus suffered and died on the cross, was dead and buried, and He rose again three days later proving that HE IS GOD.  He is the ONLY one who was SEEN BY HUNDREDS of eye-witnesses after His death and resurrection, and He is the ONLY way for mankind to get to Heaven.  Jesus Christ wants to be your rock, and all you have to do to receive this ROCK of salvation is to ASK.  It really is that easy.  You confess Him as God, accept what He did for you on the cross, and ask Him to be your LORD and your Savior.  Much like Hannah, you will find yourself singing His praises.  Learn to lean on the ROCK - there is NONE beside Him!  (John 14:6)

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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 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 (dark images, etc.).  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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


Here are this week's WONDERFUL sponsors:
Prairie Point Junction Quilting and Wool Felt
Prairie Point Junction - Home of Wool Felt Central
is giving away a $15 Gift Certificate to their
AMAZING store.  This is an extra special treat!
AND
Our friends at Nice Crane Designs
are offering a $20 Gift Certificate to their SUPER
fun store filled with the loveliest images!

AND NOW.......Here are our lucky winners:
Congratulations to Entry #10 - Becky S.
who has won a $15 gift certificate to
Classy Cards 'N Such
AND
Lucky Entry # - 84 - Gail S.
has won a $20 gift certificate
to Your Next Stamp

 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 From Our Design Team
 Front View of Card
Side View of Card Showing Folds
Using Wool Felt From Our Sponsor,
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Challenge #145 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, everyone!  It's been a busy week, and a good one at that.  God continues to answer prayer and to bless this little challenge blog with His goodness and provision, and we are so incredibly grateful.  Look out, world!  There are no limits to what God can do.  (Romans 8:31)
 
Our focus scripture this week is Colossians 1:27 and it speaks of "this mystery among the Gentiles".  For those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it isn't a "mystery" at all; but rather, it is our everything.  But we all know those who simply don't get it.  They can't wrap their heads around how incredibly simple and wonderful true salvation really is.  People want to attach other rituals to their salvation.  Many are still confused about "this mystery".  But for those who have completely trusted their eternal salvation to Jesus Christ, God in human flesh - the complete and final sacrifice for our sinfulness - there is no mystery.  Jesus Christ living in us really IS the hope and glory this verse talks about. In Old Testament times, before Jesus Christ came to fulfill the great commission, this mystery (the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) could only be explained through divine revelation.  But, praise God, we have the rest of the story, and the "mystery" has been revealed.  All we need to do now is to accept what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  That's it.  We don't have to attach ANYTHING else to it.  Aren't you grateful for what He has done for us?
 
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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 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 (dark images, etc.).  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
The very lovely Classy Cards 'N Such
is generously offering one lucky person
a $15 gift certificate to their store
Click here to browse and shop at
Classy Cards 'N Such
AND
Your Next Stamp is a SUPER fun shop
that carries stamps, dies, and SO much more
One person will win a $20 gift certificate
to Your Next Stamp

AND NOW......Here are our WINNERS!
The lucky winner of either
2 mounted or 4 unmounted rubber stamps
of her choice from the lovely
Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps is
Entry #28 - Karen C.
AND
The winner this week of three (3)
images of her choice from Robyn's Fetish
is Lucky Entry #108 - Beth F.

 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 From Our Design Team