Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Anything Goes - Weeks #653-654

HURRAY!  We're so glad you're here to play along in our challenge.  We've got another amazing challenge waiting for you.  God has blessed us with so many amazing sponsors, and we're happy to announce that we have a wonderful prize up for grabs again.  Thanks so much for joining us here, and please know that we really appreciate you and all the beautiful art you share with us.  Let's get started with our challenge.

The verse of focus for this challenge is absolutely beautiful.  It's Colossians 3:12 and it says."Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering:"  The verse (11) that comes directly before this verse talks about how Christ and His incredible love always transcends the distinctions of race, class and culture.  God doesn't look at us as "white, black, fat, skinny, beautiful, ugly, poor or rich, etc." but rather, what God sees is His beloved children.  Each one of us is sinful and in need of a Savior.  The only one who could ever fulfill the debt of our sin is God.  He became flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us.  He lived a perfect sinless life and then went to the cross of Calvary to make a way for us.  In this verse, He reminds us that He chose us.  Here He calls us "His elect, holy and beloved".  Being "God's elect" refers to the entire Church of God.  Again, it transcends ALL the worldly differences we see (race, religion, social status, etc.). The word "holy" means that we are to be SEPARATE and DIFFERENT from the world, and that we are to avoid what is unclean and what displeases Him.  The verse goes on to say that we should have "bowels of mercies" which tells us that we should always demonstrate compassion and a true desire to see ALL of God's chosen doing well.  When another Saint (saved Christian) is suffering, it should matter to us.  If we can't physically reach them to help them, we can ALWAYS pray for them.  This is our duty when we see others struggling, and we must have a sympathizing spirit towards them.  We would want the same when we're going through things.  Right?  And finally, this verse also describes charity as the bond of perfectness.  You see, we serve a perfect, righteous and holy God.  The more we learn of Him and draw close to Him, the more we become like Him and the more we demonstrate His deep love for people.  Let's face it, friends; we live in a dark and confused world.  DON'T be one of the confused.  You can KNOW for sure that you are going to Heaven when you die.  You can become more like God every day by submitting to Him and by learning of Him.  Life is really tough sometimes; but GOD IS TOUGHER.  He wants to bless you and help you.  Let God's Word speak to you and be the person of God who sees the hurt of others and really cares.  Look past the differences.  Cry with those who cry.  Pray with those who struggle.  Feel their sorrow and care deeply for them.  Your Heavenly Father offers you all these things and He simply wants for you and I to be that way as well.  It's not that difficult to live for Christ and to follow His plan for our lives.  Let him BLESS you. Try your best to a blessing to someone this week.  We all need that kind of love in our lives.  YOU can make a difference for God.  

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; but you are never required to use it in order to play along or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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.   Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  It's the super FUN Doodlebugs
as our sponsor for this challenge.  How exciting
exciting is that?  One lucky participant, by random
draw, will WIN a generous $25 gift card to spend
(how fun) at Doodlebugs.  They carry SO
many great stamps, dies, and more from so many
of our favorite companies.  There's no doubt that
you'll find loads of great crafting goodies that you
will use and LOVE when you shop at Doodlebugs.
Remember, the more you enter, the more
you increase your odds of winning.  Be sure to stop
by Doodlebugs to look around.  You will
be SO delighted when you do.  Good luck, y'all.


Another lucky WINNER is about to be very happy
The WONDERFUL Pink & Main was the
sponsor for our last challenge.  Pink & Main
carries fantastic stamps, dies, foils, and SO
much more.  There's also lots of great
inspiration on the Pink & Main Blog.  One
lucky participant, by random draw, has now
won a $20 gift card to spend at this super
amazing store.  Special thanks to Michelle &
our friends at Pink & Main for their support.
The LUCKY WINNER of this $20 prize is


Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:
Entry #33 - Diny
Entry #135 - Pam

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 or Winner's 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.  We
pray for them, and for God's hand of blessing
upon their businesses.  We're SO grateful.
Here's Some Inspiration to get You Started:

Our June Guest Designer, Friend and Former
WAW DT Member, Maxine Diffey

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Anything Goes - Weeks #651-652

Thanks for stopping by today, creative friends.  Whether you've been playing along in our challenges for a while now, or if you're brand new to our challenge; we're SO super glad you've chosen to stop by and share your art with us.  We have another fantastic challenge for you with a brief devotional to encourage you, some inspirational art from our DT and our Sponsor DT, a wonderful prize to be won, and a FUN challenge where you can share your art and creativity.

Our scripture used to create the word art for this challenge is Psalm 128:3-4 which says, "Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.  Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord".  God's Word and instruction for us (the Bible) tells us time and again that the man (person) who fears the Lord (respects and acknowledges who He is and what He has done) will be blessed.  This verse goes on to tell us that the man who fears the Lord will have a wife who is "a fruitful vine by the side of his house".  This simply means that his wife will enhance him and make his home (life) even more beautiful and abundant.  It also says that the man (person) who fears the Lord will have children who are like olive plants.  In these verses, God is assuring us that when we live a righteous life in Him, He will surely bless us.  So many people wonder why their spouse is acting a certain way or doing certain (wrong) things, or why their children are wandering away from God.  We can't "control" our children, our spouse, etc.  However, when we truly submit our lives to God and are rooted in Him in every aspect of our lives; teaching these principles to our children, God promises to bless us.  So, next time things are going sideways, just ask yourself - what could I do differently?  How can I draw closer to God and submit to Him?  God will never leave us or forsake us.  He wants only to bless us.  This requires us to submit to Him fully in every aspect of our lives.  People are quick to blame God or get angry with Him when things go wrong.  Trust me, friends, it's not God's "fault" when things go wrong.  God allows us to suffer sometimes because He's trying to get our attention and get us to turn our eyes, and our hearts, back to Him.  We try to do things our way.  When we finally submit our lives completely to God and His plan for us, we WILL BE BLESSED.


As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; but you are never required to use it in order to play along or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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.   Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
The WONDERFUL Pink & Main is our
sponsor for this challenge.  Pink & Main
carries fantastic stamps, dies, foils, and SO
much more.  There's also lots of great
inspiration on the Pink & Main Blog.  One
lucky participant, by random draw, will
WIN a $20 gift card to spend at this
amazing store.  Special thanks to all
our friends at Pink & Main for their support.


And Here's Our Lucky WINNER:
Our friends at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps are
offering one participant, by random draw, a very
generous $25 credit to their store.  Stamp Simply
carries gorgeous stamps, dies, papers, and so much
more.  There's a beautiful New Release taking
place now at Stamp Simply.  You'll always find
lovely scripture stamps, great images, uplifting
and encouraging sentiments, and everything you
need to SIMPLY create beautiful cards.  Be sure
to stop by Stamp Simply to look around, at the
Stamp Simply Blog for lots of great inspiration.
Thank you for playing along in our challenges.
The winner of this awesome prize from Stamp
Simply is - Entry #45 - Greta H.

Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 or Winner's 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.  We
pray for them, and for God's hand of blessing
upon their businesses.  We're SO grateful.
Here's Some Inspiration to get You Started:

From the Pink & Main Design Team, Here's
Amanda Garrett using Spill The Tea

And this lovely card made by Jeanne Jachna

And from the Word Art Wednesday DT
Here's our June Guest Designer and Former
 WAW DT Member, Maxine Diffey


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Anything Goes - Weeks #649-650

Welcome back today, everyone.  Thanks for stopping by for another FUN challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  We've got so many exciting things to share with you, so let's get started right away with our challenge.  Thank you, as always, for joining us.  Please be sure to invite others to come join the FUN here on our challenge blog.  We try to get around to as many blogs as possible to leave a comment, but if we should miss visiting your creative social media; please know that we appreciate you and the art you share with us.  Let the FUN begin.

The word art scripture is Colossians 4:6 (KJV) and it says, "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man".  This verse tells us that we need to be very careful and deliberate about the words we choose to speak and what comes out of our mouth.  The verse also reminds us that our words should always be graceful.  The part about our speech being "seasoned with salt" means that it stands the test of time (salt has been used as a preservative for many years).  Over the years, as we seek God and learn to hold our tongue; asking Him for the words we speak, our speech becomes "seasoned with salt" and our words become deliberate, carefully chosen and wise.  In our flesh, we often give a quick response that may be hurtful to someone.  Let's try to truly ask ourselves, "what would Jesus have said or done in this situation"?  We should desire to be like Him because He is holy.  He is our perfect example.  The closer we draw to God, seek His wisdom in all we do and say, and try to speak words of love and truth; God helps us remain prepared to give an answer (a good and wise answer) to every person who questions us.  Each of us needs to draw close to God and ask Him to season our words with salt, wisdom and grace.  The more we seek God, the more God pours out His wisdom, truth and guidance to help us live our best lives AND give an answer to others that will bless and encourage their walk with God.  I also pray for you, my friends, that when the moment comes and you have the opportunity to give wise counsel; trust God to allow you to give it - wisely and confidently.  God will surely give you the words you need at that time to be a blessing to someone.  This is why He equips us.  Let's each do our very best to watch our speech, to seek God's wisdom in how speak, and to learn how to use our speech for His glory in our encounters with others.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; but you are never required to use it in order to play along or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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.   Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Our friends at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps are
offering one participant, by random draw, a very
generous $25 credit to their store.  Stamp Simply
carries gorgeous stamps, dies, papers, and so much
more.  There's a beautiful New Release taking
place now at Stamp Simply.  You'll always find
lovely scripture stamps, great images, uplifting
and encouraging sentiments, and everything you
need to SIMPLY create beautiful cards.  Be sure
to stop by Stamp Simply to look around, at the
Stamp Simply Blog for lots of great inspiration,
and play along here for your chance to WIN this
awesome prize.  Thank you, Stamp Simply.


AND NOW.......Here's our Lucky WINNER:
The awesome Avery Elle was our sponsor for the
previous challenge.  This amazing store has great
stamps, dies, washi tapes, storage options,
watercolors, stencils, adhesives, and SO much
more.  You can find loads of great inspiration
on the Avery Elle Blog.  This AWESOME
store is giving one randomly drawn person
a generous $25 store credit.  Be sure to stop
by Avery Elle to look around, see some FAB
inspiration, and thank them for this very
generous prize they offered for us.  Thanks
so much for your support, Avery Elle.  The
winner of this fabulous prize is Lucky

Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:
Entry #74 - Sandy J.

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 or Winner's 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.  We
pray for them, and for God's hand of blessing
upon their businesses.  We're SO grateful.
Here's Some Inspiration to get You Started:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter