Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Challenge #62 - Hearts/Anything Goes

We had a great first week of 2013.  So many gorgeous entries - thank you everyone for entering!  This week's word art talks about our hearts.  In Jeremiah 17:9, the Bible tells us that "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked", and it's so true.  When we do something unkind or sinful, it's easy to pretend to others around us that we aren't so bad, and often times we can "trick" or deceive people into thinking we are something that we're not by covering up our sin and faults.  But our word art this week, Psalm 51:10, asks God to "create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us".  Well, why would we need that if others already think we're pretty "good people"?  It's because NOTHING is hidden from God.  He sees our hearts for exactly what they are -deceitful and wicked.  We can't trick God.  He knows our hearts, and yet loves us anyway.  We're so blessed to be loved by Him, and so fortunate that He would care enough about our condition to "create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us".  It's how we can be made new, and whole, so that we can live for Him.  We hope that this week's theme, our hearts, will help us each to think about allowing God to create in us the person that HE intended for us to be - one that is useful and glorifying of His holiness.  Then, we can find the true happiness He has planned for us.

Feel free to interpret this week's theme in any way God leads you.  Use hearts, or create something that makes you think about how blessed we are to be loved by God; knowing that even when He sees our wicked hearts, He loves us anyway.  What a blessing.

As always, feel free to save this week's free word art to your computer. You are welcome to copy this scripture to your computer and use it in your entry, but you are never required to do so. As long as you use an encouraging or uplifting sentiment on your project, that is fine. We just want God's Word to be a blessing to you. You can also link more than one project each week (up to 5). The more, the merrier. We just hope 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".

Here is this week's free scripture/word art. We hope you enjoy it!
 
Here are the TWO AWESOME sponsors for this week's challenge:
Mark's Finest Papers - One Free Acrylic Stamp Set
 
and
 
Special thanks to all our generous sponsors!
 
And our lucky winners from last week's challenge are:
Lisa's Altered Art Gift Certificate - #70 - Tanya
and
5 Images of the Winner's Choice from
Eureka Stamps - Lucky Entry #41 - Melissa Sunshine Honeybee

and
a $20 Gift Certificate from
Vintage Street Market - LuckyEntry #14 - Teresa Kline

Our Top 3 (and this was REALLY difficult) are:
#30 - Lydia Walker
#56 - Desire Fourie
#57 - Miesje Flach

Please email Karen so she can send you your badge.
Congratulations!  Every entry was wonderful.
And now, here is a bit of inspiration from our Design Team
 



 
  

Using Images from Daydream Designs
 

Using pattern papers and images from Daydream Designs
 
 
 

19 comments:

Marlou McAlees said...

hi everyone, gorgeous creations and Scripture ♥ Again this happens to me all the time .. LOL .. made a little card the other day and thought it was very appropriate for this challenge, lots of blessings!! xxx

Shoregirl said...

So many lovely projects! I always enjoy looking at what the design team creates!

Teresa Kline said...

wow, thank you very much, this is awesome! I luv this weeks heart challenge, thanks ladies for your gorgeous inspiration cards!

enjoy *~*

Margaret said...

Happy New Year!!

Fabulous DT inspiration

Sorry I've not been around lately, although I have been saving the word art.

Karen, check out my blog which has a photo of a magazine article in which Word Art Wednesday gets a mention. You'll have to enlarge it to see it clearly. Hopefully you'll get more followers from the readers

Margaret xx

Roanna Wong said...

I love this week's verse. Thank you for sharing and those gorgeous DT designs...awesome! *hugs*
Have a Blessed week!

Heather said...

Thank you for the inspiration and fun challenge! Hope you all had a blessed Christmas and have a very blessed year ahead.

Heather

Rea said...

Gorgeous creations by the Design Team. God bless.

Pamela said...

You are so kind to offer all these wonderful Scripture art projects. This is the cry of my heart--to have a pure heart and right spirit.

Lydia said...

wow thank you so much for choosing me in your top three xx congrats to the other winners as well :)

Kathy said...

Gorgeous creations by you all this week!!! Blessings! Kathy

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Love all the variety of art! fabulous textures and layering! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow I am so honoured to have been a Top 3 Pick. Thanks you so much. Congrats also to my fellow winners - your cards are beautiful. Thank you also to the design team for such a wonderful challenge and for your inspirational creations.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Basslady said...

gorgeous inspirations of the dt-team! thank you!!!

ladies, i hope i got the point in your rules:
it is always an "anything goes"-opportunity, which means you just have to use scripture or an encouraging quote, the "heart" theme in this challenge is optional and an additional description of the bible-inspiration you are giving!

hugs and kisses and blessings from germany,
silvi xoxo

The Crafting Secretary said...

Lovely creations by the team!! Thank you for the gorgeous Word Art this week, am loving the font and Scripture of course!! I don't always get a chance to play but yay, I did today. Thanks again and hope to be back more often. Blessings 2 U all.
~Kris Breach

Marlena M. said...

LOVELY verse~thank you! Lovely inspiration too~

DIANA L. said...

Thanks for the fun challenge. Great Design Team inspiration
DIANA L
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

DIANA L. said...

Thanks for the fun challenge. Great Design Team inspiration
DIANA L
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

PaulaJ said...

wow! I must have just missed the cut off. I looked and saw that the linky was still there and I did my blog post and now it's gone! In case you want to check it out here is another entry.
http://preciouspagesbypaula.blogspot.com/2013/01/plans-and-purpose.html

PaulaJ said...

oooops! Now I see why I thought the linky was closed. This was last weeks! I found the one that was opened!