Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Challenge #179 - Anything Goes Family Friendly Challenge

WELCOME, everyone!  What a beautiful week it has been.  We are so happy that you've chosen to stop by and play along with us.  You won't be disappointed that you did, because we have TWO AWESOME SPONSORS again this week, and YOU could be one of our very lucky winners.  We look forward to seeing the beautiful cards and projects you will share with us, and we are grateful that you choose to play along in our challenges.  Thanks for stopping by.

This week's scripture is Acts 17:27, and says "That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us."  As I thought about this verse, and asked the Lord to give me something helpful to share with all of you; He reminded me of a very dark time in my life.  We've all been through those times; and although we'd rather not remember those experiences, it's helpful to examine the choices we made that got us in that dark place.  For me, I was in a dark valley for a while because of bad choices (because of my own sin).  Nonetheless, as a Christian, I would call out to God for strength.  Despite my sinfulness, there He was EVERY time to pick me up and restore me.  I finally got to a place where I realized that I could no longer live in that dark valley; and I needed His help to truly restore my relationship with Him.  As I prayed and sought after Him, I quickly realized that HE had never left my side.  It was ME who had strayed from Him.  As I think of the part of this verse that says "though he be not far from every one of us", I realized once again that when we are feeling separated from Him, we must remember that God NEVER leaves us or forsakes us.  It is US who move away from Him when we are sinning and suffering.  The other part of this verse says "haply they might feel after him, and find him".  Truth be told, He isn't hiding, and is never hard to find.  When we move away from Him, WE are the ones who need to get right and bring our hearts back into fellowship with Him.  I still go through times when I find myself in sin, pulling away from God; but He is never far from me.  When I want that closeness to God, that sweet fellowship and feeling of safety that I crave SO much, I don't have to look very far.  It's always a simple matter of confessing my sin, and calling out to ask Him to draw close to me.  He ALWAYS WILL!  If you're going through a dark valley, please know that you are NEVER alone.  God is there in the midst of ANY trial.  All you have to do is call out to Him, and ask Him to pull you out of that valley.  Confess your sins to Him, and you will quickly find peace and happiness, and realize that He never left you.  We pull away from Him because of our sin; but PRAISE GOD, He will forgive us and restore that sweet fellowship that only He can provide.  Seek after the Lord, and leave that dark valley.  PRAISE GOD - You NEVER have to walk it alone.

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 Flying Unicorn is a SUPER SWEET
store filled with ALL the big names in crafting.
One very lucky person will win a
$25 Gift Certificate to The Flying Unicorn
AND
Fred She Said is our Digital Sponsor this week
and they carry SO many sweet images.
We're excited to have them with us!
 
AND NOW.....Our lucky winners:
V's Sweet Ideas is a DARLING SHOP filled
with stamps, trims and embellishments to make
you smile with excitement.  The winner of a
$10 Gift Certificate to V's Sweet Ideas is
Lucky Entry #29 - Lisa (Royal Pumpkin Art)
Robyn's Fetish is our Digital Sponsor this week
and the winner of three of their sweet images
is Lucky Entry #149 - Kris B.
 AND
Lilla Rose with Consultant, Elizabeth Williams
is donating this lovely hair clip to one winner.
The winner of this awesome prize is
Entry #119 - Jennifer Scull
 
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, Fred-She-Said
 
  Using Sponsor, Fred-She-Said

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Challenge #178 - A Family Friendly Challenge For ALL

What an amazing week we've had!  Thanks again for joining us, and for sharing your art in our challenges.  We're SO glad you're here, and we hope that you enjoy your visit this week.  For the second week in a row, we have THREE amazing sponsors, which means YOU have three chances of winning.  You can share up to five (5) projects each week to increase your odds of winning.  Just make sure you read our Challenge Rules if you are not familiar with them.  We want you to be eligible for the prizes.  We're also delighted to welcome our April Guest Designer, Giovana Smith, this week.  You will love the beautiful cards she shares with us.

This week, our scripture file is from the beautiful verse Psalm 126:3, which says "The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad".  This particular Psalm is a favorite, and I strongly encourage reading it in its entirety.   It's only six verses long, but it is extremely powerful and encouraging.  It was written in reference to their release from Babylon, and what was happening was SO exciting for them that it was compared to "being in a dream".  The psalmist also prayed that others who were exiled would return in "floods that fill the normally dry streams in the desert", and that their effort to restore their nation (although difficult) would someday, with the LORD'S leading, come to fruition like a harvest.  These are beautiful and encouraging ways of expressing their hope for the future.  Although these words were written in reference to a people, and a situation, so many years ago; they are relevant today.  With all that is going on the world today, these words are very relevant, and quite encouraging.  God promises us that when we go forward "bearing precious seed" or sharing His truths, we will also be able to influence people who will find their way to Heaven "in floods that fill a normally dry stream in the desert", or in "full fruition like a harvest".   There is also great joy in knowing all that He has done for us, for generations past and generations future; and we can be part of sharing His love moving forward.  This not only makes US happy, but it brings great joy and gladness to the lost we reach, and to the LORD.  With all that He has done for us, we need to be faithful to share His love with others.  We really hope that this verse (and this psalm) will be a blessing and encouragement to you.

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:
V's Sweet Ideas is a DARLING SHOP filled
with stamps, trims and embellishments to make
you smile with excitement.  One lucky person will
win a $10 Gift Certificate to V's Sweet Ideas
Robyn's Fetish is our Digital Sponsor this week
offering one very lucky participant some of
their AMAZING digital images.
 AND
Lilla Rose with Consultant, Elizabeth Williams
is donating this lovely hair clip to one winner.
View the entire Lilla Rose collection on this
link for clips, barrettes and SO MUCH more!

 AND NOW........Our Lucky Winners!
Craftin Desert Divas
Craftin' Desert Divas is an AMAZING shop
with the loveliest rubber stamps and more!
Entry #107 - Donna Whitten has won
a new stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas.
AND
For our participants who live "Across The Big Pond",
our friends at Live and Love Crafts are offering a
10 pound prize to another lucky winner.  That winner
is Entry #180 - Crafting Helen
AND
Our digital sponsor this week is the ADORABLE
Deedee's Digis, and you will just LOVE their
sweet and creative images.  SO amazing!
That lucky winner is Entry #4 - Shirley H.

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
 
JoAnn Atterbury Card #2 Using Sponsor Image
Using Sponsor, Robyn's Fetish
Image, Smart Owl
Using Sponsor, Robyn's Fetish
Ornate Frame Image 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Challenge #177 - A Family Friendly Challenge

Welcome back, and HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS!!!  This week, we are blessed enough to have THREE AWESOME SPONSORS.  First, we have the PHENOMENAL Craftin' Desert Divas offering one of their awesome high-quality clear stamp sets to one winner, then we have our dear friends from Live & Love Crafts in the UK offering a 10 pound prize to one of our participants across the big pond; and as if that isn't enough, we have an ADORABLE digital sponsor, Deedee's Digis, offering up some of their SWEET images to a third winner.  What a GREAT week to play along.
 
 This week's focus scripture is VERY similar to last week's scripture from Psalm 18:46.  Worded just slightly differently, it again reminds us of the beauty found in these  three words.  So beg me if I sound redundant, but once again we hear these three AMAZING words of truth......"THE LORD LIVETH"!!  It is proclaimed more than once because it is PROFOUNDLY important in that, Jesus Christ alone, God in human flesh, is the ONLY one who LIVES after death - proving that He truly was the ONLY worthy sacrifice to pay the price for our sinfulness.  His blood washes away our sin, makes us new and whole, and HE LIVES to prepare a place for us!  This is something that NO other religion can 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 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.  This particular verse also focuses on EXALTATION.  We need to remember to exalt (praise, lift up and call HOLY) the precious name of Jesus.  Another verse to comfort us, give us hope, and remind us of His worthiness of our unending praise!
 
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:
 
Craftin Desert Divas
Craftin' Desert Divas is an AMAZING shop
with the loveliest rubber stamps and more!
One lucky person will win a brand new
stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas.
AND
For our participants who live "Across The Big Pond",
our friends at Live and Love Crafts are offering a
10 pound prize to another lucky winner.  This shop
is PLUMP FULL with the most DELIGHTFUL
embellishments and crafting supplies.  How exciting!
AND
Our digital sponsor this week is the ADORABLE
Deedee's Digis, and you will just LOVE their
sweet and creative images.  SO amazing!
AND NOW.......Our VERY Lucky Winners:
Really Reasonable Ribbon is an AMAZING shop
filled with ribbons, trims, flowers, and SO much more!
Lucky Entry #-185 - Melissa L. 
has won a $15 Gift Certificate
to Really Reasonable Ribbon.  WOO HOO!
My Artistic Adventures is an ADORABLE
Digital Shop.  Stop by this sweet Etsy shop to browse.
The lucky winner of this amazing prize is
Entry #106 - Pauline
You will LOVE this sweet store, Pauline!

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 Frame and Flowers from
Sponsor, Deedee's Digis
Using Sponsor, Deedee's Digis
Image, This Little Light