Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Anything Goes #414 - #415

Hello everyone!  It's time for another awesome challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and we're very grateful to have you join us for all the fun.  Our awesome sponsor for this challenge is Avery Elle.  We hope you enjoy their lovely card samples, and that you will stop by to check out their awesome store.  By the way...just wait until you see the sponsor list for 2020.  It's AMAZING!  God is SO good, and we PRAISE His name as He continues to bless our little challenge blog.  We're all set for 2020, and you won't want to miss a single challenge.

As we look at our focus verse, Psalm 100:4, it makes me think about how so many of us  often "pray" SO very casually.  We need to always remember that while, yes, we are approaching a friend...we are also approaching a sovereign, holy, omnipotent and perfect God - the Creator, Author and Source of EVERYTHING.  He is holy and powerful, the King of Kings; perfect in every way, and He deserves our utmost respect.  So, while we are approaching a friend; we still need to approach Him with the highest level of reverence and respect, and never take casually that we're speaking to God Almighty.  This verse reminds us that as we approach Him, we need to first "enter His gates" (start our conversation) with THANKS and tell Him how very grateful we are for ALL He has done for us.  We need to, second, enter His courts (approach Him) with PRAISE.  Tell Him He is holy, wonderful, and very much needed and respected in our lives.  It's important to acknowledge Him as the holy and wonderful God He truly is.  We need to "be thankful and bless His name"; meaning that we need to tell Him "I appreciate you, Lord, and I praise your holy, precious, wonderful name".  Praying shouldn't just be a quick, meaningless conversation as if we're just kind of "phoning it in".  Prayer isn't a chore....it's a great privilege.  What we say and how we say it really does matter.  Remember that God SEES OUR HEART and KNOWS our intentions.  When possible, it's also important to "get down".  By getting on our knees, or even on our face, we show Him respect and acknowledge that He is above us in every way.  We show submission and respect by doing this.  It's not "mandatory" in order to pray, but it does show Him that we recognize His holiness.  It's so important to TELL God how much we love and appreciate Him, how much we need Him and praise Him, to confess our sins and shortcomings, and to let Him know (through words and actions) that we respect Him for who He is and what He does for us.  Also, when we pray....we need to ASK of Him.  Praying actually means ASKING - otherwise, we are just praising Him (which is also fine), but when we are praying, He wants us to cast all our burdens on Him, to open up to Him and tell Him that we NEED Him.  ASK Him for the things you need in your life, and TELL Him how much you appreciate Him.  The Lord God, Jesus Christ, absolutely WANTS to hear from us.  Sure, He already knows what we need...but He wants to hear it from us.  He loves us more than we can even imagine.  If you haven't talked to a dear friend or relative in weeks, months or years; they miss you.  God is the same way.  You are SO precious to Him, and He longs to hear from YOU!  Let's all remember to approach Him with respect, PRAISE His holy name and lift it up with thanks, and then ASK Him to meet our needs....always giving Him the praise and glory for answering our prayers (even when the answers aren't the ones we wanted) and showing Him we respect Him.  God loves you, He deserves to be acknowledged as the Lord of our lives (and authority over all), and He loves to hear from us.  Let's  just remember to do it in a way that honors Him, pleases Him, and brings Him glory.  This is how we make our prayers effective...by following His plan for how we approach Him.  I hope that makes sense.  God is SO good, and He is always there for you, waiting to hear from you.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 as we share it. 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 the 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our new sponsor for this challenge is the
AMAZING Avery Elle.  We are SUPER
excited to have their support.  Please stop
by to check out all their wonderful stamps,
die-cuts, stencils, and SO much more.  One
lucky person will win a very generous
$25 gift certificate to spend at
Avery Elle.  FUN FUN FUN!!

AND NOW......Our Lucky Winner:
Our sponsor for the last challenge was
The Project Bin.  This is a fun stamp
shop where you can find some really
unique stamp sets.  One lucky person
has won a $15 Gift Certificate to spend
at The Project Bin.  What a great prize!
It's Entry#216 - Diane Hover

Top 3 Winners:

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Sponsor, Avery Elle Samples from DT Member,
Amy Kolling Using Polar Playtime

And One By Nicky Meek Using
Snow Fun, Polar Playtime and
Polar Playtime Die


Our November Guest Designer, Darlene Pavlick





Maxine Diffey



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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Anything Goes #412-#413

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday!  We're so glad you're here once again to play along with us.  We have another awesome sponsor, a beautiful scripture file (download for free), a lucky winner, and lots of fun for you all.  Let's get started right away with our new challenge.

The scripture that was used in this week's sweet word art/scripture file is Psalm 13:6.  Every time I look into the Psalms, I know that I will surely be blessed and learn valuable bits of knowledge that bring peace and assurance.  This verse was very much just that as I began to study it and ask God for wisdom regarding it.  Let's notice first that David said, "I will sing unto the Lord", and this was at a time when he was facing some pretty heavy personal trials in his life.  His faith never faltered (and neither should ours), and David was praising God in song.  He went on to say, "because He hath dealt bountifully with me".  We all have our "trials" and troubles as we go through our lives here on Earth day by day.  But just like David, I would always want to remember to "sing unto the Lord" and keep His praises in my heart, in my mind; and I don't want to get caught up in those things in life that would hinder me from pleasing God.  Just like David, we all make choices from day to day.  Some of them are good choices, and some of them (like David) are bad choices.  When we make a bad choice, we have to suffer the consequences of that mistake; but once we've confessed our faults to God asking His forgiveness, we can move forward boldly knowing that we are forgiven.  As we move forward, our goal becomes more in learning to not make the same mistakes in the future and to share your new knowledge with others when they struggle with a similar situation.  When David said that "the Lord had dealt bountifully with him", he knew that the Lord was allowing a lot to happen in his life; but trusted fully that God would always give him the grace, strength and wisdom to eventually overcome his trials.  The same is true for you and for me today.  God will, perhaps, "deal bountifully" with us, but He will ALWAYS be there to see us through when we call on Him (God/Jesus Christ) and look to Him alone for your all your needs.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 as we share it. 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 the 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our sponsor for this new challenge is
The Project Bin.  This is a fun stamp
shop where you can find some really
unique stamp sets.  One lucky person
will win a $15 Gift Certificate to spend
at The Project Bin.  What a great prize!


AND NOW.....Another LUCKY CAT, Our Winner:
The Cat's Pajamas is such a FUN store
where you can find adorable StampsAdhesives,
StencilzEmbellishments and MORE!  One lucky
person has won a $25 gift card to this AWESOME
store.  Please take time to visit and see ALL the
wonderful products at The Cat's Pajamas.  You're
sure to find something new and ADORABLE!
THANK YOU, The Cat's Pajamas for Sponsoring!!
The lucky winner of this FABULOUS prize is:

Top 3 Winners:
Entry #87 - Lynne in NI
Entry #90 - Dorothy S.
Entry #95 - Crafarista

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Our November Guest Designer, Darlene Pavlick




Maxine Diffey


Karen's Word Art/Scripture Card

Karen's Card Using Kinda Sorta
stamp set from our Sponsor,


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Anything Goes - Weeks #410-411

Welcome by today, everyone!  It's time for yet another FUN and exciting challenge, and we couldn't be happier to have YOU join us.  Things are coming along nicely and our sponsor calendar for the coming year is almost filled.  God is providing again, exceeding abundantly; and we PRAISE HIM.  This week we have an AWESOME new sponsor, The Cat's Pajamas, and we're really excited to have their support.  We really do hope you will take time to visit our sponsors and check out their wonderful products.  We are SO blessed because there wouldn't be a challenge here without the very generous support they offer.  May God richly bless others for being so gracious with what He has given them.  When we are faithful with what we have, He continues to bless us with even more.  We really do pray for God's hand of blessing on ALL our awesome sponsors.

The scripture used on the word art is found in Psalm 31:14, and it tells us "But I trusted in thee, O LORD; I said, thou art my God".  The Psalms are filled with wonderful praises of the heart and wonderful words of encouragement.  Some say that the Bible is "old fashioned, hard to understand", but when our hearts are open and we are willing to learn; there is SO much in God's Word to bless and enrich our daily lives, and God will make it very clear to us what He is trying to say.  This verse is a lesson and reminder to us, as it was to David, that the LORD is our source of strength, and of eternal security.  Our faith protects us from harm...in a way, like a shield carried by a soldier.  It can shelter us from the blows of life.  But in battle, a solider can break his shield, or even lose his shield.  And quite the opposite, our faith cannot ever be broken or lost.  Sadly, sometimes we may put it on a shelf and tuck it away for a time; but it's still there.  When the psalmist (David) said "thou art my God", He was reminding himself that his faith in Christ (his eternal hope and salvation) was a PERMANENT thing that could not be taken from him.  We might misplace our shield along the way, but when our faith is placed in the LORD (Jehovah God in the Old Testament, and Jesus Christ in the New Testament), it is FOREVER and cannot be taken or removed from us.  Praise God!

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 as we share it. 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 the 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
The Cat's Pajamas is such a FUN store
where you can find adorable Stamps, Adhesives,
Stencilz, Embellishments and MORE!  One lucky
person will win a $25 gift card to this AWESOME
store.  Please take time to visit and see ALL the
wonderful products at The Cat's Pajamas.  You're
sure to find something new and ADORABLE.

And Now....Another Very Lucky WINNER:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is a BIG supporter
of Word Art Wednesday.  We're SO grateful for
Sharon and her amazing generosity.  Be sure to
stop by Stamp Simply Clear Stamps to see all their
WONDERFUL stamps and products.  One lucky
person has won their choice of either
two new stamp sets, or one stamp set and
one die-cut (of their choice).
There are SO many wonderful stamps (and
more) to see at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.
Our lucky winner this time is.....
Entry #151 - Julie O.

Top 3 Winners:
Entry #209 - SHartl

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Our October Guest Designer, Meghan Kennihan




Maxine Diffey

Sharing a Gift Set Including a
Bookmark with Word Art Scripture




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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Anything Goes #408-#409

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday!  I've been working hard lately trying to set up all the sponsors for 2020.  If anyone has any suggestions or leads in this area, I'd love to hear from you.  God is providing as He always does, and we're SO grateful that He allows us to maintain this challenge blog.  As long as God continues to provide, we will do our best to keep bringing you fun challenges, devotionals that we hope are a blessing to you, free digital scripture files, fabulous prizes, beautiful inspiration, and LOTS of fun.  Your prayers are always appreciated, and of course, your PRAISES as well.  God is good....ALL the time.  Thanks for joining us.

The scripture for our word art is Romans 10:15.  This verse asks a question and says, "And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things"!  These words speak to my own heart in a very personal way; as our middle daughter (and son-in-law) are missionaries, and I've always had a heart for missionaries.  Many of you know missionaries personally.  What a humbling statement for the LORD God to say that those who go to preach the gospel and share glad tidings are considered "beautiful" on the feet of them.  It's good to please the Lord.  Of course, this doesn't mean that missionaries (or anyone else) can do enough good things to possibly "earn" their way into Heaven, because there's nothing that's "good enough" that any of us could ever do to impress God or to earn our way into spending eternity with Him in Heaven.  Because every human being is sinful, we (in and of ourselves) could never satisfy the debt that is owed for our sinfulness.  EVERY person, no matter WHO they are or what they've done, NEEDS to call on Jesus (God in human flesh) for the eternal security we all seek.  He (God in human flesh) was the only perfect sacrifice who could satisfy the debt that was owed for the sinfulness of mankind.  Praise God!!  He satisfied our debt and paid the price. This verse is reminding us that He loves those who go all around the world to share this wonderful news, His love, His plan of salvation.  And God tell us that these people (who go) are "beautiful" to Him.  This should remind us that.....because this matters to God and pleases Him, WE need to remember to PRAY for missionaries and all those who share the gospel of Jesus Christ (the good news or "glad tidings") with others.  Some do it every day...with their neighbors, people at the store, their doctor, their gardener, etc.  Some people go to the far ends of the earth to reach people in the outmost regions with God's love and plan for their eternal salvation, and some go to places where it's sometimes even illegal, unethical, sketchy and downright dangerous to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  But people need to know the truth, and they need to have a Bible in their own language so that they can then learn of Him and grow in their faith.  This is why God reminds us here (as in other verses) that He loves His people, considers their efforts beautiful, and expects US to send them.  Not everyone can BE a missionary abroad.  However, each and every one of us can PRAY for missionaries; and we should.  If you know of a missionary, please pray for them.  If you're not familiar yet with a mission you can pray for regularly; please let me know and I'll send you a prayer card or direct you to sites that show you missionaries who would greatly appreciate your prayers.  There is great joy in praying for missionaries and for the needs of others in general.  We don't always hear right away about how God answers those prayers, or how He blesses them, but you can trust and know that God will always watch over them and provide for their needs; and each prayer is answered according to His will, and in a way that's best for the person for whom you are praying.  YOU can be part of missions around the world...simply by praying.  Let's not forget about missionaries.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 as we share it. 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 the 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is a BIG supporter
of Word Art Wednesday.  We're SO grateful for
Sharon and her amazing generosity.  Be sure to
stop by Stamp Simply Clear Stamps to see all their
WONDERFUL stamps and products.  One lucky
person will win their choice of either
two new stamp sets, or one stamp set and
one die-cut (of their choice).
There are SO many wonderful stamps (and
more) to see at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:

Our FABULOUS sponsor for the last challenge
was the AWESOME CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps.
Please take a moment to stop by this sweet
shop to see all their great stamps, dies, tools,
and more.  One lucky person has won this
FAB prize from CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps.
And Our Lucky Winner Is.....

Top 3 Winners:

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Our October Guest Designer, Meghan Kennihan


JoAnn Atterbury
Stamp Set from Sponsor,
to Create this Easel w/Drawer

Maxine Diffey
Maxine's Second Card Using the Thinking of You
 Rose Stamp Set and Die - both from our Sponsor,

Showing Various Views of Stephanie's Card

Karen's Second Card Using our Word Art


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