Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Anything Goes #462-#463

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday.  Our prayer is that this challenge blog is always a place where you, our talented friends, will be blessed and encouraged and a place where you can share the unique talents God has given you.  We enjoy your art SO much, and we thank you for linking up.  We praise God for you and for our generous sponsors; and we truly hope that you are blessed and encouraged by the art, devotions, and fellowship we provide.  THANK YOU for being here.  You are appreciated.

Psalm 126:5 says, "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy".  Isn't that a beautiful picture?  Each of us is going through something.  We always are.  But just like we learn in this verse...they were (literally) sowing/planting seeds while weeping.  In the true context (circumstances) of this passage, they were captive during this time.  Perhaps we, too, feel a bit captive at times and find ourselves weeping.  It's a trying time while we're raising our children, struggling financially, when we've lost a loved one, or are facing physical suffering, etc.  We may often find ourselves in tears during these difficult times.  But we are also sowing during this time.  We're "planting seeds" - in the lives of our children, in others at church or our neighborhood, even in ourselves.  PRASIE GOD this verse reminds us that although we sow in tears, we WILL reap in joy.  No matter what you're going through right now (a wayward child, the death of a loved one, a financial or physical deficit, or ANY trial), as a child of God; you're dropping seeds that will, over time, be reaped.  There absolutely WILL be a time when the JOY (shouts of happiness and praise)  is greater than the weeping.  Just know, that no matter what your burdens are today; that JOY is coming.  It's found in living for, and with, Jesus Christ in your heart.  Just keep yourself fixed on Jesus, and you can rest assured that His unspeakable JOY is coming.  Praise 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 in our challenges or to win.   We welcome you to 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.

Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends over at The Project Bin are offering
a generous $15 Gift Voucher to their AWESOME
store.  You'll absolutely LOVE their sweet
selection of high-quality clear stamps and
amazing coordinating steel die-cuts in a wide
variety of styles.  Below you will see some card
samples using their awesome products.  How FUN
are these great products?  Thanks Project Bin.

And Now.....Another LUCKY WINNER:

The WONDERFUL Studio Katia was our sponsor
for the previous challenge.  You will really
LOVE all their high-quality stamps, dies,
embellishments and more.  And there's lots
of FABULOUS inspiration on the
Studio Katia Blog.   One lucky
entry has won a generous $35 gift voucher
to spend in the Studio Katia Store.  WOW.
It's Lucky Entry #77 - Stamping Writer/Sandy

Our Top 3 Picks This Week:

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,
and we pray for their success.
AND NOW....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

From The Project Bin Design Team, Member
Tracie sharing this sweet treat box using
Pumpkin Spice from their stamp collection.
And next, The Project Bin Design Team Member
Lynn sharing this darling Christmas card using the
Mid Century Christmas set.  How sweet!
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And next, from The Project Bin Design Team, we
have Leslie sharing this darling card that uses their
Kinda Pawsome Stamp Set.  It's the cutest, right?

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Anything Goes Weeks #460-#461

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday.  We're always SO grateful to have you join us for our fun Anything Goes/Family Friendly challenges.  As always, we have an awesome sponsor with a generous prize up for grabs, some lovely inspiration, a beautiful piece of free word art, and a brief devotional that we hope will be a blessing to you.  We hope that you'll stop by to visit our sponsor, Studio Katia, to see all their wonderful products and see all the amazing inspiration on the Studio Katia Blog.  They will be so grateful for your visits, and you will LOVE what you find there.  Thanks again for joining us.

The scripture for this challenge is 1 Peter 4:10 which says, "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God".  As we look at these words, we realize that the gift of God; which is eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, has been offered to every man (person).  He didn't come to earth and die for only one group of people (one religion, one class, one ethnic group, etc.).  He came, He served, He suffered and died, He rose again, and He went to prepare an eternal home for ALL people.  So even though He came for ALL, not everyone has accepted this gift.  This is why we are told to "minister the same to one another".  Here's why.  Even though a person has, perhaps many times, been told of the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ; they may have never heard from YOU - the way YOU would share it.  God uses each of us in a different way.  YOU might be able to reach a lost soul in a way that nobody else ever could.  Just be bold and share what you know.  God plants seeds through us.  When we share what God has done for us and talk about salvation with others, we may never know how the Holy Spirit will work to reach someone.  Don't ever underestimate your ability to share Christ with others because there is only one YOU, and God wants to use YOU.  Just share it in faith, and trust God to do the rest.  The enemy will give you a million reasons why you shouldn't share what you know; but do it anyway.  Don't allow Satan to stop you from sharing what you know and what God has done for you.  Being a "good steward" isn't just about money.  It's about sharing what we know, what can bless others, and what God can do through us.  We encourage you - even this week - to simply share with someone that "God loves you", or "I'm praying for you" (and then really pray for them).  Just by talking about God and sharing His goodness with others can go a long way.  Plant a seed.  They may come back for more information.  You never know until, and unless, you start.  Be a good steward; not only of your money, but of your knowledge, your gifts, and ALL that God has given you.  YOU may be exactly what is needed to point someone to Jesus today.

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 in our challenges or to win.   We welcome you to 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.

Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:

The WONDERFUL Studio Katia is our sponsor
for this challenge.  Let me say...you are going
to LOVE all their high-quality stamps, dies,
embellishments and more.  And there's lots
of FABULOUS inspiration on the
Studio Katia Blog.  Below are a few samples
from their talented Design Team.  One lucky
entry will win a generous $35 gift voucher
to spend in the Studio Katia Store.  WOW.


AND NOW......Another Lucky WINNER:
Our friends at Clearly Besotted Stamps offered up
a generous 15 pound prize to one lucky person.
This lovely store is filled with AMAZING
high-quality stamps, dies and so much more.
We hope you'll stop by to see all the wonderful
goodies at Clearly Besotted Stamps and all
the inspiration of their FUN Blog.
Our lucky winner this time is

Our Top 3 Picks This Week:

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,
and we pray for their success.
AND NOW....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

From The Studio Katia Design Team
Galina made this lovely card using
Also from the Studio Katia Design Team, Emily
Mini Thank You Die
OR...Check out their FABULOUS Birthday Card
Making Kit.  How FUN is this?

From Our Word Art Wednesday Design Team......
Our October Guest Designer, DeAnne Saunders






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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Anything Goes #458-#459

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone.  We're so glad you're here and we're always super grateful to have you play along with us.  There were so many amazing entries in this past challenge, and you all make it SO difficult to choose a Top 3 because we truly believe that you are all so incredibly talented.  Please know that we really appreciate your participation in our challenges, and we think that you're ALL winners.  Thank you for sharing your talents with us.  I also want to mention, once again, that Emma's Paperie (sponsoring us in November) is going out of business.  EVERYTHING is 25% off now.  Please check out this lovely store and scoop up some bargains.

Our word art is from the scripture Isaiah 42:16 and it says, "And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight.  These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them".   Just know that this verse isn't just talking about those who are (physically) blind.  I encounter people each and every day who are so blinded by our corrupt society.  JESUS CHRIST, God in human flesh, is the ONLY way to Heaven.  He is also the ONLY way to true peace on earth.  It's time to allow God to remove the scales from our eyes and to see things through His eyes.  Don't allow this dark ugly world to blind you.  Let Him turn your darkness to light and make the crooked straight in your life.  Put away judging and bitterness - towards others even if they don't see things like you do.  PRAY for your country and for your President.  Do this instead of complaining about things, and you will soon see a change in your heart and in others.  Praying changes things.  Whining and complaining doesn't.  Let God shine through your words, your posts, your actions and all you say and do.  Let your actions lead others to Christ; not to anger.  This world is NOT our eternal home.  Always remember to keep your focus on Him - not the things of this world.

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 in our challenges or to win.   We welcome you to 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.

Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends at Clearly Besotted Stamps are
offering a 15 pound prize to one lucky person.
This lovely store is filled with AMAZING
high-quality stamps, dies and so much more.
Stop on by to see all the wonderful

AND NOW......Another Lucky WINNER:
We absolutely LOVE and greatly
This wonderful store carries their own line
of the most amazing, high-quality clear
stamps and dies as well as other brands of
stamps, dies, and all sorts of great extras.
One lucky person has won their choice
of either any two (2) stamp sets, OR
one (1) stamp set and one (1) die set
from the Stamp Simply line.
The lucky winner of this awesome prize

Our Top 3 Picks This Week:

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 we pray for their success.
AND NOW....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

From the Clearly Besotted Design Team
Featuring Ring Around Autumn Stamp Set
Featuring Undercover Plushies Stamp Set


Our September Guest Designer, Mia/Crafarista


JoAnn Atterbury
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