Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Challenge #149 - Anything Goes

It's time for another fantastic challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and we're very blessed that you have stopped by to participate.  Each week, we are blown away by your lovely art and the beautiful blog posts you share with us.  Please know that we are grateful to have you play along with us, and that we are here to support you and encourage you as you create with the talents God has given to you.  And as always, we have some FABULOUS prizes available again this week.

Our word art for this week is Revelation 2:7, and it tells us "he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith..." and we have to ask ourselves how closely we are really listening, every minute of every day, to what God is telling us.  So many times, we wake up and start our day already knowing that we will do this and that, and already anticipating our daily routine and what it will contain.  But what if we woke up tomorrow, and rather than just falling into our normal routines, we asked God to really OPEN OUR EARS and truly  allow us to hear what He had for us that day; even if it meant redirecting our daily routines.  Perhaps God would have us to stop and help a stranger, pay for someone's coffee or lunch, or put another person's needs before our own.  When we refuse to honestly and openly listen to and obey what the Spirit is saying, we miss out on so many blessings.  God gave us ears so that we could hear ALL that He expects of us.  This verse also tells us that to those true Christians who overcome all adversity, He will give the sweetest food from the tree of life which is in midst of the paradise of God.  The midst of the paradise of God exists in Heaven, so this tells us that the very best of what God has for us is not on this earth; but rather, it's waiting for us in Heaven.  What if we were to live our lives with our ears  more inclined to what He is saying, and our hearts desiring and focused on what He has waiting for us in glory instead of worrying about "our daily routines"? We would certainly be happier people.  Let's not lose focus of what is truly important, and let's also keep our focus on what He really IS trying to tell us, and NOT on what we want to hear.  When we allow Him to speak through His Spirit to our hearts, He will pour out blessings on us that we can't even imagine.

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 (dark images, etc.).  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
The fabulous Crafty Ribbons is offering
one lucky winner a 10£ Gift Certificate
to their lovely ribbon shop!
Click here to browse Crafty Ribbons.
AND
Freckled Fawn is offering a $15 Gift Certificate
to another lucky winner!
 
AND NOW......Here are our lucky winners:
The lovely Docerela Stamps is giving away
one stamp set of choice to....
Entry #156 - Connie Rucker
AND
The Cutting Cafe
The Cutting Café is giving away
three files of choice to the very lucky
Entry #114 - Marie
 
 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 From Our Design Team
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Challenge #148 - Anything Goes!

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday - the best challenge blog ever!  OK, that wasn't very humble....LOL  But in all sincerity, we really do believe that we have an amazing thing here (to God's glory); and we really hope that our challenges, fellowship, devotionals, art and friendships are a blessing to you.  Each one of you has blessed us just by sharing your art with us, and we truly desire to be an encouragement to every person who stops by to play along.

We have some exciting news for you all.  It's a new month, and that means we have a new Guest Designer.  This month, it's the fabulous Penny O'Dell of Penny's Krafts, and we hope you will stop by to welcome her.  We also have a new full-time designer, and that's the very sweet and talented Heather Dennis.  Some of you may already know Heather, as she is the Owner and Designer of Fresh Brewed Designs.  We're so blessed to have Heather with us full-time.  Some of you may have entered Heather's Blog Candy give-away.  Here are the winners of her prizes:
Emily D. - You have won the grand prize (DVD of God's Not Dead)
Kathy R. - You have won an assortment of crafting goodies
So Emily and Kathy, please reach out to Heather to claim your prizes.  She is also trying to reach you.  Enjoy your prizes, and thanks for playing along and commenting.

Be sure to stop by the blogs of our amazing Design Team Members now and then.  You never know when there might be more blog candy or give-aways, and.....to be perfectly honest, they really appreciate your love and encouragement.

Here is this week's devotional.  It was written by DT Member, Diane Noble of Daydream Designs.  We hope that it will be a tremendous blessing to you.
Each of us needs a substantial foundation upon which to base our lives, to give us purpose and bring meaning to our existence.  I recently read an interesting story of an elderly twin who had been separated from her sibling at a young age.  She spent most of her adult life in pursuit of her sister.  It wasn't until the women were in their 80s that they were reunited.    Due to the circumstances of their separation, there wasn't a paper trail documenting their whereabouts.  Names had been changed, and geographically, there was no chance of one being in proximity to the other.  When interviewed, both described their passionate attempts to find the other; each had been driven with unrelenting determination to find her sister.  One stated that it became her purpose for living.  She sacrificed marriage and children to be free to pursue her "other half".  She described how empty her life had been because she had not been able to share it with her sister.  As it turned out, it was the other sibling's efforts that paid off.  She discovered the missing link that finally lead to her sister's identity and whereabouts.

As powerful as this story was to read, I found it sad that one of the women had been so driven to find her sister that she relinquished all other joys in her life.  She focused on what she didn't have.....the search itself was what gave her life purpose.  What a weak foundation!  There are countless stories of people who base their lives on emptiness; on that which doesn't satisfy, and doesn't bring meaning or purpose.

What a contrast to the believer's foundation.  When we base our lives on the truths of God's Word, on His precepts and His plans, our lives are rich in purpose and meaning.  Our foundation is rock solid and eternal.  God Himself is our foundation.  In an age where any "truth" but God's Truth is acceptable, where no "truth" is absolute, life has to be lived on a very slippery slope, on sinking sand.  God's Truth, the foundation of the believer' life, keeps us stable and focused on that which is certain and will last forever.  No earthly pursuit can make us whole; or can fill the empty voids in our hearts.  There was no indication in the story of the twins that either was a believer.  But I know that if they were not believers, their happy reunion still did not fill up all they desired in life.  Only Christ can make us complete and offer us a purpose for existence.  No greater purpose exists than to glorify the God of our salvation.  When that becomes our reason for living, God graces us with indescribable joy, and we immediately know we are whole and complete....forever!        - Diane Noble
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 (dark images, etc.).  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!

Here are this week's OUTSTANDING sponsors:
The lovely Docerela Stamps is offering
a stamp set of choice from their fun
store to one lucky winner.  Click here
to shop Docerela Stamps.
AND
The Cutting Cafe
How fun!  The Cutting Café is
offering one lucky person their choice
of three (3) sets from their ADORABLE
shop.  Click here to browse and shop

AND NOW......Our LUCKY WINNERS!!!
Get ready to have a GREAT TIME
spending your $25 Gift Certificate to
The Flying Unicorn - you're in for a treat,
Entry #173 - Deepti
AND
The lucky winner of three (3) sets
of her choice to the lovely
Entry #183 - DeAnne 
 
 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 From Our Design Team
Using All About Girls Printable Stamp Set
From Sponsor, Cutting Cafe
 Front View of Card
Inside View With Scripture/Word Art
 Second Card Using the All About Girls Printable Stamp Set
 Clothing Accessories from Sponsor, The Cutting Café
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Challenge #147 - Anything Goes!

Hello, crafty friends!  Welcome to Word Art Wednesday.  We're so glad that you've stopped by to play along in this week's challenge.  We have two AMAZING sponsors for this week's challenge, and we wish you all the best of luck in the random draw.  Please know that you are ALL winners in our book, and we are so grateful for every entry we receive.  We enjoy visiting your blogs and getting to know you all.  You're all SUPER crafters, and we SO enjoy seeing the lovely cards and projects you create each week.
 
We have a lovely scripture/word art file for you to enjoy.  This week, we are focusing on James 5:8 which reminds us first to be patient.  This is one of the most difficult things of all for people to do; saved or unsaved.  We tend to be impatient people who want things done NOW!  It's completely natural for us to be impatient, but it's not what is best for us.  God tells us over and over in His Word to be patient in so many different scriptures pertaining to so many different circumstances.  When we are able to be patient, God is able to work through us to achieve His perfect will for us.  When we are impatient, we tend to get frustrated, act out, and ultimately make wrong decisions that can harm us and negatively affect our witness.  When we are patient, however, we can see God's hand of blessing and direction on us and we're going to have a clear mind to know how to handle the situation.  The verse goes on to tells us that we need to stablish (this word stablish in the KJV is stabilio in the Greek, and simply means to set, fix, and establish) our hearts.  When we set or fix our heart on the Lord instead of fixing it on our own selfish desires, we again align our will with His will, and He will bless us.  The final part of this verse tells us that "the coming of the Lord draweth nigh".  PRAISE GOD!  It's SO exciting to hear these precious words.  The time to be patient and to prepare our hearts is now because the Lord WILL return soon, and we want to be ready.  But during the time before the Lord returns, we really should do everything we can to prepare ourselves.  We do this by submitting our daily lives to these simple teachings; and in return, we will be blessed by God's guidance, direction and blessings.

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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 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 (dark images, etc.).  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!
 

Here are this week's THREE amazing sponsors:
One lucky person will win a
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at the lovely
Flying Unicorn Store that's filled with
all the BIG names in scrapbooking, and
also offers low shipping rates.  You will
LOVE shopping The Flying Unicorn.
AND
Our Digital Sponsor this week is
the lovely Daydream Designs, and
one lucky person will win their choice
of three (3) sets.  Good luck choosing....
they're all GORGEOUS!
 
And Now.....Here are our LUCKY WINNERS:
Prairie Point Junction Quilting and Wool Felt
The winner of the $15 Gift Certificate to
is the VERY BLESSED
Entry #11 - Kathy Roney
AND
The lucky winner of the $20 Gift Certificate
to the AWESOME Nice Crane Designs
is Entry #3 - Zella
Enjoy this lovely prize, Zella!

 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 From Our Design Team
Don't Forget to Stop by Heather's Blog and
Comment to Win Her BIG Give-Away!