Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Challenge #219 - Anything Goes

Hello, everyone!  Welcome back for another fun challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  We sure are glad you're here, and we want you to know that we really appreciate your participation in our challenges.  WOW, did we ever see some amazing projects in the last challenge.  You guys are all SO talented!  We want to mention to you all that our sponsor for this challenge is Classy Cards 'n Such.  This sweet store is going to be closing.  But before they do, there is a BIG SALE going on.  So, don't forget to stop by and pick up a few items at bargain prices.  We really want to show our support to Beverly for supporting us all these years.  She could really use your help in clearing out some inventory, and you get the benefit of AWESOME discounts.  A big word of thanks to Beverly and Classy Cards 'n Such, and our prayers go out to her and her sweet Mom as they enjoy their retirement years together.  Dont miss out on the BIG SALE!  Oh, and wait until you check out digital sponsor for this challenge, Iralamija Shop on Etsy.  Cutest digital collages EVER!  Two prizes worth playing for - they're both awesome.

Our word art for this challenge is John 14:6.  This is a verse that is familar to many people.  These are the words of Jesus - God in human flesh.  He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father but by me".  Clearly, when He tells us that "He is the WAY", it is to remind us that there is absolutely NOTHING we can do to earn our way to Heaven.  We can't depend on our religion, our baptism, our receiving of sacraments (communion or confirmation, etc.), or on our good works.  Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, came to earth to become a perfect sacrifice for our sins; and He alone is the WAY for us to receive eternal life.  When he says, "the TRUTH and the LIFE", He is telling us that He Himself IS the Eternal Truth and that HE is our only hope for Eternal Life.  When God spoke, He wasn't just "whispering sweet nothings" or saying sweet things for men to hear.  He would speak words with deep meaning.  By speaking these words, He wanted us to realize that there is NO OTHER WAY to get to Heaven.  There simply aren't different paths, through different gods, that all lead to Heaven.  So when Hollywood tells you this, it is a lie straight from the mouth of the enemy.  God made it VERY clear that He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, and that NO MAN comes to Him (gets to Heaven) other than through the blood of Jesus.  Don't twist it, people!  He's the ONLY WAY.  There is an end to this life, and each of us WILL spend eternity somewhere.  The question today is.....do you want to spend your eternity in Hell (burning in fire, falling in a pit, gnashing of teeth, eternal darkness, separation from God forever) or do you want to spend eternity in Heaven (streets of gold, no pain or suffering, in the presence of God Almighty, enjoying things that no eye has ever seen and ears have never heard)?  I choose the latter.  I choose the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.  What do you choose?  Make sure you choose wisely.  Eternity is a very long time!

As always, you are welcome to save this 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 all 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. 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 our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge are:
Classy Cards 'n Such has been a faithful sponsor of our
challenges for a long time.  We're sorry to see Beverly
close her store, but we know God has His hand in this
decision.  One lucky person will win a $15 gift
certificate to Classy Cards 'n Such.  AND.......
PLEASE NOTE:  There's a BIG SALE going on
now at Classy Cards 'n Such, so be sure to stop by
to check it out and pick up some bargains!
AND
Iralamija Shop is our AWESOME and super shabby
chic digital sponsor for this challenge.  This lovely
shop has the most precious images ever!
Stop by the Etsy Shop to see all the wonderful
collages available at Iralamija Shop.

AND NOW.....Our Lucky Winners:
The Stamps of Life is a WONDERFUL and super sweet
stamp shop.  They carry stamps, dies, and all sorts of
sweet embellishments and supplies.  The lucky person
who has won a new stamp of choice (up to $12.99 value)
from their adorable shop is.....
Entry #136 - Migdalia (Creative M)
AND
The Cutting Cafe was the FABULOUS digital
sponsor for our last challenge.  The lucky winner
of  the prize offered by The Cutting Cafe is
Lucky Entry #249 - Pippa 

AND, Our Top Three This Week Are:
Entry #31 - Lisa F.
Entry #30 - Tricia T.
Entry #262 - Kathy Roney
Please email Karen or leave a comment
if you'd like a Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started





Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Challenge #218 - Anything Goes

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday.  I hope you're all ready for another fun challenge.  There a few things I want to mention before we get started.  First, I'm having some troubles commenting on Splitcoast Stampers.  If you link up through SCS, please don't ever feel that I don't appreciate your entries.  It's just a glitch I'm having with not being able to get in there to comment.  Second, I've heard some people say that the competition is really tough now that we've gone to a two-week challenge and there are so many more entries each week.  While it's true that there are more entries, please know that we always use random.org to select our winners.  I always pray that God will have His hand in picking the person who really needs that special pick-me-up that week.  But even if you don't win the prize, please know how VERY much we appreciate your participation in our challenges.  We consider you ALL winners!  Also, as I touched on last week; please realize that we use the King James Version of the Bible for our word art/scriptures.  While you may think you're being "helpful" or witty in leaving comments about what you think is the proper spelling of certain words, we would really appreciate you not leaving this type of negative comment.  God's Word, in its original form, isn't always familiar to those who aren't accustomed to KJV, but the words ARE spelled correctly.  Please keep your comments positive, and remember that we don't point out errors on other people's blogs.  It's our desire to build up and encourage one another.....and never to put down anyone. We'd appreciate the same respect.  Finally, we are here to have FUN.  Let's all try to encourage each other; remembering always that NOBODY is perfect.  That's why we need Jesus.

Our word art/scripture this week is Isaiah 45:2.  When God says, "I will go before thee", He's letting us know that He has already traveled this road and knows our struggles.  He walked this route before us to clear the path for us and remove the obstacles in our way.  When we read "I will break in pieces the gates of brass", He is assuring us that He will destroy those who stand in our way, and carry us through our greatest difficulties (the uphill climb).  When He "makes the crooked places straight", He's telling us that even when we do hit those "speed bumps" in our path, He has prepared a path to make the journey easier.  If we are seeking Him (rather than trying to maneuver our own journey), He will smooth out the road and give us clear direction for our journey.  It's like getting lost on a trip while your GPS sits in the glove box.  God wants so desperately to guide us and give us the directions we need, but we cannot ignore all the signs He has put up to guide us on our trip.  So the next time you feel overwhelmed in travelling your pathway, look to Jesus and listen to the instructions He has given you in His precious Word.  The answers are always there when we stop and listen to what He is trying to tell us.  Don't be "that guy" who won't stop and ask for directions.  God has gone before us, and He wants to make our roadway clear and straight. We simply need to allow Him to show us the way, and trust that He knows the best route even when we think there's a better route.  Trust God to lead (remember.....He made the roadways).

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 all 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 our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge is:
The Stamps of Life is a WONDERFUL and super sweet
stamp shop.  They carry stamps, dies, and all sorts of
sweet embellishments and supplies.  One lucky person
will win a new stamp of choice (up to $12.99 value)
from their adorable shop.  Check it out!
AND
The Cutting Cafe is our FABULOUS digital sponsor
this week.  They carry cutting files and digital files
for making the CUTEST projects.  What a FUN prize
worth playing for.  Check out their goodies here
at The Cutting Cafe.

AND NOW.......Our VERY Lucky Winner:
Simon Says Stamp was our sponsor for the last challenge,
and this VERY lucky person has won a generous
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at their WONDERFUL
store.  DRUM ROLL PLEASE.........
It's Entry #397 - Tammy Hershberger
AND, Our Top Three This Week Are:
Entry #132 - Helen Gullett
Entry #456 - Poli Hristova
Entry #405 - Hussena
Please email Karen or leave a comment
if you'd like a Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started




Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Challenge #217 - Anything Goes

Welcome to our first challenge of 2016!  We're so glad you're here, and we are SUPER excited to have you join us and share your art with us as we delve into the new year.  We are doing things just a little bit differently this year.  We will be having bi-weekly challenges this year, rather than weekly challenges.  We have Simon Says Stamp as our Primary Sponsor this year!! They will be our sole sponsor for one challenge each month; and are offering a $25 Gift Certificate to their AWESOME store for those challenges.  That's a BIG blessing, and we're so grateful for their generous support.  On the other weeks, there will be a physical sponsor and a digital sponsor.  You can see the complete list of our 2016 sponsors on the right-hand sidebar of our blog (they've been recently updated), and we encourage you to click on those links as they will take you directly to these WONDERFUL stores so that you can see all the amazing products they carry, and perhaps even do some shopping.  We are SUPER excited about all the ways God is blessing our challenge blog, and we are so grateful to have you be a part of it.  Thanks for joining us.  Let's get started!

PLEASE NOTE:  Just so everyone is clear, we ALWAYS use the King James Version of the Bible on this challenge blog.  While I realize that some of you may think you're trying to be "helpful" in telling us about spelling errors, THEY ARE NOT ERRORS.  They are God's Word.  We do not critique your blogs and let you know when there's a misspelled word, and we'd appreciate if you respect the same on our blog.  Marvellous does have two l's in this case.  Let's try to keep our comments to ourselves (especially when they are incorrect).

This week's word art is from a beautiful scripture, Psalm 139:14, which says "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well".  This verse is commonly used on baby cards, etc. because we know that God has fearfully and wonderfully created each of us.  Every person (past, present and future) is a unique and beautiful creation of God from the very moment of their conception.  He knows us individually.  Marvelous are the works of God, and "that my soul knoweths right well" refers to the fact that God's Word assures repeatedly of our importance to Him.  There is not one single soul, in Heaven or on earth (or even in Hell) that God does not know.  He created us.  His desire is for us to have fellowship with Him and spend eternity with HIm.  Many people struggle with the thought of their own self-worth and importance.  Whether it's a trauma from your childhood, a divorce, abuse, or something you have suffered in your life; let me assure you that GOD KNOWS YOU AND CARES ABOUT YOU.  God created you in your mother's womb.  He knew you before you ever took your first breath.  He desires for you to trust your soul to Him, and to call on Him for your every need. Yet, He won't force this on anyone.  We each have the choice (free will) to accept or reject Him.  But as we've mentioned before, that DOES NOT and CANNOT change absolute truth.  Let this verse (and all of God's precious Word) be a blessing to your heart.  He created you, He knows and cares about you, His works are marvelous (including the work of YOU and your existence), and His Word is filled with reassurances of this.  Praise the name of Jesus!

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 all 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 our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply atempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge is:
Simon Says Stamp is our sponsor for this challenge!
One lucky person will win a generous
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL
store.  Here's a little about them:
In business since 2002, Simon Says Stamp is striving to offer you the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Altered Art, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards, and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world.
     
We stock over 100,000 items in our warehouses so that we can offer you quick service and one stop shopping at a great price! We are located in Ohio, the heart of it all. Our team works hard to give you a fulfilled shopping experience and is always open to your ideas and suggestions!
     
We work hard to find and deliver to you the latest in stamping and paper crafting supplies! Attending classes, workshops, and sales meetings around the world, our goal is to keep our product offerings fresh and current. Make us your one stop easy shop - and we'll deliver right to your door!


AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners
Verses Rubber Stamps is a WONDERFUL
stamp store, and this lucky person
has won $20 in wood or cling stamps
It's Entry #153 Cheryl Quilts
AND
Fresh Brewed Designs is an ADORABLE
digital shop, and this lucky person has
won three (3) images of choice from this
WONDERFUL digital shop.
It's Entry #9 - Andreja

AND, Our Top Three Are:
Entry #152 - Desire Fourie
Entry #160 - Dorothy
Entry #130 - Ela
Please email Karen or leave a comment
if you'd like a Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

Using a Sponsor Stamp Set