Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Challenge #185 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Welcome back, creative friends!  We're so glad you've stopped by again this week to share your wonderful creations with us.  It's always such a blessing to see your creativity and talents through the art you share with us, and we want you to know that we truly appreciate every single entry we receive.  You're ALL winners in our book!
 
This week, our word art/scripture is 1 Corinthians 2:5.  This is a WONDERFUL verse because it reminds us that our faith must ALWAYS rest in the power of God.  The reason Paul wrote these words is because even back in Bible times, there were "slick talkers", people who were quite clever in their speaking.  Paul didn't want anyone's faith to be swayed by these slick talkers; and it's a relevant and  valuable lesson for us today.  There are so many "religions" that base their beliefs on what men say (or have said).  We know that these man-made rules, suggestions, teachings, "revelations", etc. have NO authority because, PRAISE GOD, we have everything we need in the Bible.  God gave us His precious, holy word as the ONLY source of instruction we need.  Now, don't get me wrong - we still accept instruction from our pastors, our elders, etc., but their instructions and teachings need always to be Bible based, and not just things that they have concluded on their own thinking.  God absolutely doesn't "reveal things" to humans for the purpose of beginning a new "religion".  ALL our instruction MUST come directly from the Word of God.  It's also important, when listening to a sermon or a teaching, to make SURE that the person teaching it is quoting scripture correctly.  CARRY YOUR BIBLE WITH YOU, and always follow along when listening to someone preach.  It's very important that YOU understand the word, and that YOU KNOW the instruction is FROM the Word of God.  Men (and women for that matter) are very slick, and they can say wonderful things that make us feel good or inspired.  However, if that instruction is not Biblical, then it's not of God.  Nothing we base our lives on should ever contradict the Word of God.  We can still learn things about other subjects (such as hobbies, parenting, etc.), but when it comes down to the heart of things, NOTHING should EVER contradict (go against) the Word of God.  It is so important that we remember this important verse.  Our faith should NEVER stand in the wisdom of men, but ALWAYS in the power of 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 our 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 AWESOME sponsors:
Docerela Stamps is offering a lovely
stamp set to one lucky winner
AND
Our Digital Sponsor this week is new to us.
Barbara of The Peacock Eye Etsy Shop
has GORGEOUS images.  She is offering
one lucky person $29 worth of gorgeous product
(which is equivalent to six graphics) from her shop.
Check out The Peacock Eye

AND NOW......Our LUCKY WINNERS:
Gloria Shirr, Close To My Heart Consultant
will be sending this lovely stamp set
Your Own Kind of Wonderful
to Entry #145 - Melissa Lane
Close To My Heart - Gloria Shirr
AND
Moonlighting and Company
is our WONDERFUL Digital Sponsor
this week.  Check out all the LOVELY
digital sheets offered here.
 Entry #151- Beth F. has won a
$20 Gift Certificate (excludes custom orders).
 
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
Coming Soon 
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Challenge #184 - Anything Goes Family Friendly

Welcome back for another WONDERFUL challenge this week.  We're so glad you're here to play along with us, and we look forward to seeing all your sweet creations.  We are SO grateful to have you play along with us. 

This week our word art is from Deuteronomy 30:14, which says "But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it."  If you read verses 11-14, you will understand that what's being said here is that God's word is not far from us.  It's not hidden or far off, it's not in heaven with Him or buried in the sea.  We don't need to go searching to find God or His precious words to us.  He has given us His written word (the Bible) as a gift that will richly bless us and guide us through our lives if we will simply read it and apply it.  He wants us to understand that it isn't a mystery, and that there are no excuses for not reading it and enjoying it.  He made His own precious voice clear and accessible to us (in the Bible).  People have tried to say that "man wrote these words".  Well, that's true in part.  Men did write it; but every word written in the Bible is God-breathed.  It ALL came directly from His mouth.  Our pastor explains it like this.....when he needs to send a letter to someone, he calls his secretary into his office.  He speaks the words that he needs to communicate to someone.  His secretary records the words and types them out.  She then sends the letter to the intended recipient.  Now technically, the secretary has written the letter.  However, they are the direct words of my pastor.  It is no different with the Bible.  God spoke the words He wanted to communicate to us, men recorded them and wrote them down WORD FOR WORD - EXACTLY as God spoke them.  And now, because men recorded these words, we have the blessed, sacred, wonderful words of the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, to guide us in every aspect of our lives.  His word is not far from us.  It is a precious gift to us, and we need to read it and study it often.  What a blessing to know that God cared about us enough to leave us His words as a plan to guide our lives.  There's no trial you can face that God hasn't prepared a plan to help us to handle.  His word is very nigh, and it holds everything we need to get us through the trails and tribulations in this life.  AND.....it tells us how to be SURE we are with Him for all eternity.  It is nigh (close and accessible) to bless us.  What a precious gift!

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 our 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:
Gloria Shirr, Close To My Heart Consultant
is offering this lovely stamp set
Your Own Kind of Wonderful
to one lucky winner.  Click the link below
to view ALL the lovely CTMH items
Close To My Heart - Gloria Shirr
AND
Moonlighting and Company
is our WONDERFUL Digital Sponsor
this week.  Check out all the LOVELY
digital sheets offered here.  One VERY
lucky person will win a generous
$20 Gift Certificate (excludes custom orders).

AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners!
Crop Stop is SUCH a fun store.  They have
all kinds of great products, and even have
challenges on their blog.  This week, Karen
will be offering TWO embossing folders
from Crop Stop to lucky
Entry #120 - Lilian F.
Iralamija Shop on Etsy
Our Digital Sponsor this week
is the SUPER-ADORABLE
Iralamija Etsy Shop by Beatriz Jennings
I hope you'll take a moment to see
ALL the sweet digital sheets in this
SUPER SWEET shop.  YUMMY....YUMMY!
Entry #130 - Tineke
Has won some for herself!
 
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
 Using Stamp from Sponsor, Close To My Heart
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Challenge #183 - Word Art Wednesday

Welcome, friends!  We're so happy you're here to join us for another great challenge this week.  This is the first week for one of our two new designers, and we would be SO grateful to have you stop by to welcome her.  Charity Chamberlain is joining us, and we trust that you will enjoy her cards and her sweet spirit.  Charity loves the Lord, and looks forward to meeting you all as she honors the Lord with her art while serving on our Design Team.  You can visit her blog, Collective Creativity, to say hello.  We have two WONDERFUL sponsors again this week, and wish you the best of luck in the random draw.  We're SO grateful for the art you share.
 
Our scripture for this week's word art is Psalm 149:4 which says, "For the LORD taketh pleasure in His people:  He will beautify the meek with salvation".  The first part of this verse tells us something really exciting; which is that God enjoys us!  He didn't create us for any reason other than the simple fact that He SO WANTED to enjoy us.  Now, let's be honest and admit that He is NOT always pleased with us.  Often times, I am not a real "pleasurable person" to be around.  My husband and children may want to take a step back from me when I'm "in a mood".  Yet, He still enjoys us (takes pleasure in us) - even in "our moods".  It's so good for me, as a sinner, to know that He enjoys me.  That's because He created me, and He "gets" me.  Despite the fact that we are all SO very different, and SO complicated (in our lives, our minds, our thinking, etc.)....He still enjoys us - quirks and all.  That's a huge blessing to know.  With this in mind, it's important that we make every attempt to be pleasing to Him and to do things that will show Him we're grateful for His love.  The second part of this verse tells us that "He will beautify the meek with salvation".  Quite honestly, that means EVERY saved person is meek; because, in order to be saved, we must become meek, and humble ourselves (admitting our sinfulness and our need for salvation).  He makes us beautiful (like Him) when we become a child of God.  This paints a beautiful picture that reflects back to Him.  When we lower ourselves, He is lifted up.  We admit our sinfulness and our need for His saving grace, and He calls us His own and makes us beautiful in His sight.  The world may not always be able to see that beauty, but WHAT A BLESSING that God sees that beauty when He looks at us.  God actually sees Himself in us when we become His child.  That's really exciting news!

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 our 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:
Crop Stop is SUCH a fun store.  They have
all kinds of great products, and even have
challenges on their blog.  This week, Karen
will be offering TWO embossing folders
from Crop Stop!
Iralamija Shop on Etsy
Our Digital Sponsor this week
is the SUPER-ADORABLE
Iralamija Etsy Shop by Beatriz Jennings
I hope you'll take a moment to see
ALL the sweet digital sheets in this
SUPER SWEET shop.  YUMMY....YUMMY!

AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners:

The winner of the prize offered by Karen
which is this lovely Top Dog Dies
Cherish Doilies and Tag Die Set (a $26 value)
is Entry #57 - Diana Nguyen
AND
Our Digital Sponsor this week is the sweet
Imagine That, and the second lucky winner
who will receive three (3) images of choice is
Lucky Entry #125 - Rachel Taylor
 
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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Challenge #182 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Welcome back, dear friends!  We had such a great challenge last week, and we want to THANK YOU ALL for taking the time to link your cards and projects with us.  We really do enjoy every piece of art you link to our challenges, and we look forward to seeing all that you will share with us this week.  We have two more wonderful sponsors this week, too.  We wish you the best of luck in the random draw; but please know that we consider you ALL winners, and really do LOVE seeing the art you share with us.
 
Have you ever wondered why some days you're plain old "down in the dumps"?  Well, chances are that on those days when you're feeling low, your heart (or attitude) is not quite where it needs to be.  This week's word art file/Scripture tells us that the heart of those who seek after the Lord will rejoice and be filled with praise.  So, let's assume that the heart of those who are not seeking after the Lord will sink to a low place.  I've been high, and I've been low (emotionally). And to be perfectly honest, I MUCH prefer being on a high, and in a place where my heart wants to rejoice.  I won't allow the enemy to steal my joy......EVER!  So, how do I ensure that my heart will rejoice?  Well, it's pretty simple.  When I seek after God, my heart will be in a place where it can rejoice (and be filled with praise).  I want to "glory in his holy name".  If I'm focusing my energy on myself, my worries, (worldly things around me), I will quickly and surely sink to a low place.  In order to keep my heart, my mind, and my thoughts in a place where I'm seeking after the Lord, I MUST allow Him to control every aspect of my life.  That way, I can surely trust that I will stay in a place of rejoicing.  So, the next time you're feeling low, I encourage you to simply seek Him (call out to Him) and glory in His precious name.  Don't waste one single moment of your time allowing the enemy to fool you into thinking there's no way out of your low place.  Jesus IS the answer, and He will ALWAYS lift you up to a place of rejoicing and praise.  Our hope is that our weekly devotions will help keep you in that place, and encourage you to set your worries aside and just live in a place filled with praise, rejoicing and happiness.  This is the life God wants for each of us, and you CAN attain it.  Say goodbye to a life of worries and woes, and allow your heart to seek after Him every day, and find the great joy He SO wants for 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:

Our own Karen Letchworth is offering one
lucky winner this lovely Top Dog Dies
Cherish Doilies and Tag Die Set (a $26 value)
AND
Our Digital Sponsor this week is the sweet
Imagine That, and a second lucky winner
will receive three (3) images of choice.  This
ADORABLE shop deserves your time, and I hope
you will check it out and do some shopping!

AND NOW.......Here are our lucky winners:
Winnie & Walter is another new sponsor to us
this year.  This LOVELY shop is filled with
sweet stamps, dies, sequins and more.
The lucky person of this AMAING PRIZE is
Entry #189 - Kanan Pandya
AND
Our digital sponsor this week is the sweet
Fresh Brewed Designs.  Look who has won
some new images from this fun shop!
Entry #24 - Pippa
 
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
 
Fill-In Designer, Dottie Seubert
 
Using Sponsor, Imagine That
Image, Grand Piano