Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Challenge #181 - Anythying Goes/Family Friendly

Welcome back, friends!  We're so glad you've stopped by for another great challenge, and just wait until you see this week's AMAZINGLY AWESOME sponsors.  We have a brand new sponsor (to Word Art Wednesday) this year...Winnie & Walter Rubber Stamps.  They carry sweet stamps, dies, and adorable sequins.  SO cute!  And we also have a new digital sponsor, the very sweet Fresh Brewed Designs.  We encourage you to check out both of these SUPER SWEET stores.  And who knows?   YOU may be the lucky winner of one of these amazing prizes.

This week's word art/scripture is from one of the most PRECIOUS writings in the Bible, as it pertains to the Godly woman.  Perhaps you've heard the term "The Proverbs 31 Woman".  It's something for which every Christian woman should strive.  I've often heard people say, "I wish life came with an instruction manual", or "I wish parenting came with an instruction manual".  Well, good news.......it does!  It's the Bible, and it is FILLED with priceless information that will help us to live a blessed life.  These beautiful virtues were spoken to King Lemuel by his very wise mother.  She had incredibly high hopes for her dear son to prosper and to be wise in ALL his dealings; and this portion of Proverbs 31 speaks of ALL that a good and Godly woman should be.  She warned Lemuel of these things so that he would be mindful of them when choosing a mate.  Verse 10 tells us that the virtuous woman has a price far above rubies.  That says A LOT about how valuable a good wife is to her husband/family.  Our focus verse (verse 25) says that "strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."  This simply means that the virtuous woman will "wear" strength and dignity (they will be visible in her life), and that she will smile at the future.  The virtuous woman has no anxiety; knowing that her family is well taken care of and content.  Personally, I know how incredibly blessed I feel to know that my children are saved and living for the Lord; and that I don't need to worry about them spiritually.  PLEASE, dear friends.....I strongly encourage you to read Proverbs 31:10-31.  When you read these words, if you see attributes that YOUR mother possessed, PLEASE thank her (especially this Mother's Day).  If your mother is no longer living, then please take the time to THANK GOD for giving you a Proverbs 31 mother who loved Him, and you, enough to possess these attributes and carry them on to you.  And on a personal note, I sincerely hope that reading these beautiful verses will encourage YOU to apply these virtues to your own life.  Let your family see these virtues active in your life, and allow them to help YOU to truly become "The Proverbs 31 Woman".

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.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Winnie & Walter is another new sponsor to us
this year.  This LOVELY shop is filled with
sweet stamps, dies, sequins and more.
One lucky person will win a new stamp set!
AND
Our digital sponsor this week is the sweet
Fresh Brewed Designs.  One lucky person
will win some sweet new images!
 
AND NOW......Here Are Our Lucky Winners!
Loves Rubber Stamps is SUCH a sweet stamp store
and this lucky person gets a brand new stamp set!
Entry #144 - Nana Connie
AND
Sweet-N-Sassy Stamps is SO much fun,
and the very lucky
Entry #33 - Niki1
has won $10 in digis from
 Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
 
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 to Get You Started
 
Using Sponsor, Fresh Brewed Designs
Using Sponsor, Fresh Brewed Designs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Challenge #180 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly Challenge

Welcome back, crafty friends!  I hope you're all ready for a great new challenge this week.  We have two AMAZING (and super awesome) sponsors again this week.  It's always a great time to play along; and although we can only have two prize winners, we want you to know that we consider you ALL winners.  Your art is such a blessing to us, and we greatly appreciate ALL the sweet cards and projects you share with us each week. 

What a beautiful scripture we have for this week's word art file.  It's Psalm 1:3, and it says "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not whither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper".  This fist psalm speaks of the two different "ways" a man (person) can choose to live.  He can either choose Godly wisdom, or the way of sinners.  This beautiful verse says that BLESSED is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.  By walking (and living) IN the truth (IN Jesus Christ), we take great DELIGHT (a happy life).  By doing this, God likens us to a tree planted by the "rivers of water".  Picture yourself as that tree.  If your roots are not firmly planted in GOOD SOIL, and if you are not being PROPERLY WATERED and getting SUNSHINE on your face; you will not grow.  By taking ourselves (our tree trunk), and planting us IN the truth (Jesus Christ), we are now able to receive ALL the nutrients and assistance we need to grow into a healthy tree.  Our branches start to sprout (children), and even leaves, buds or flowers begin to grow off our branches (grandchildren), or.......if you don't have children, those things/leaves growing off your branches could be a job, church service, family relationships, etc.  But if our tree trunk (the foundation of our lives) doesn't remain planted firmly in that fertile soil (basing our lives in the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and His teachings), our branches may not grow, or they may be deformed and not bear good fruit, leaves, flowers (which represent the blessings in our lives).  By keeping the roots of the tree firmly and permanently planted in fertile soil, the tree continues to bear good fruit and to prosper.  We are no different at all.  When we remain firmly planted in our foundation (our relationship with God), we will grow and blossom into all He wants us to be.  However, when we start to pull away and do things "our way", our tree and its branches/leaves/flowers WILL start to show signs of weathering.  We don't have to go through seasons of having bare branches.  We can be in full bloom all the time when we keep our roots firmly planted in Jesus Christ.  The verse also tells us that when we delight in the law of the Lord, "whatsoever we do will prosper".  Now, that doesn't mean our pocket books will be bulging with money all the time.  But it does mean that every single thing we do, when we're living in this right manner, WILL benefit us in some way.  This verse also teaches us that any time we step away from God, and our roots are not getting their proper nutrients,; we can expect our leaves to begin to whither and die off.  They YEARN for that water, sunshine and rich soil that only He can provide, and our hearts begin longing for the sweet fellowship of Jesus Christ.  These are our "dark times", and all we need to do to restore our weakened condition is to place our roots back in the rich, fertile soil of Jesus Christ; and we're back to growing our beautiful leaves.  Our branches are always most beautiful when they are rooted in Jesus Christ so that they can reflect ALL that He is through us.  Another thing a good tree will do is to drop seed that sprouts up new trees.  This could be children, grandchildren, a ministry, or simply someone on whom you have had a strong impact.  Again, without the knowledge of where to plant their roots, the seed you have dropped cannot begin to grow.  Just like your roots, the new seedlings (our children, grandchildren, ministries, and loved ones) need to know that their roots must also be firmly planted in the fertile soil of Jesus Christ, and that they will need proper watering and sunshine (Biblical knowledge) in order to grow and prosper.  We have to be good trees with good fruit in order to attract the new trees to want to look like us when they are grown.  Always be VERY SURE that YOUR roots are firmly planted in the rich soil of Jesus Christ, and live your life so that the next generation will WANT to be like you.
 
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.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Loves Rubber Stamps is SUCH an awesome stamp shop
with LOTS of great choices for everyone.  One
lucky person will win a brand new stamps set!
AND
Sweet-N-Sassy Stamps is our Digital Sponsor this week.
We hope you will browse their ADORABLE images.
One lucky person will win $10 in new digital cuteness
from the ADORABLE Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
 
AND NOW......Here are this week's HAPPY winners:
The Flying Unicorn is a SUPER SWEET
store filled with ALL the big names in crafting.
The very lucky person who has won the
$25 Gift Certificate to The Flying Unicorn
is Entry #166 - Marsh D.
AND
Fred She Said is our Digital Sponsor this week
and they carry SO many sweet images.
That lucky winner is.....
Entry #69 - Karen Pimblett
 
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 to Get You Started
 
Using Sponsor Image, One of a Kind
from Sweet 'n Sassy Digital Stamps

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Challenge #179 - Anything Goes Family Friendly Challenge

WELCOME, everyone!  What a beautiful week it has been.  We are so happy that you've chosen to stop by and play along with us.  You won't be disappointed that you did, because we have TWO AWESOME SPONSORS again this week, and YOU could be one of our very lucky winners.  We look forward to seeing the beautiful cards and projects you will share with us, and we are grateful that you choose to play along in our challenges.  Thanks for stopping by.

This week's scripture is Acts 17:27, and says "That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us."  As I thought about this verse, and asked the Lord to give me something helpful to share with all of you; He reminded me of a very dark time in my life.  We've all been through those times; and although we'd rather not remember those experiences, it's helpful to examine the choices we made that got us in that dark place.  For me, I was in a dark valley for a while because of bad choices (because of my own sin).  Nonetheless, as a Christian, I would call out to God for strength.  Despite my sinfulness, there He was EVERY time to pick me up and restore me.  I finally got to a place where I realized that I could no longer live in that dark valley; and I needed His help to truly restore my relationship with Him.  As I prayed and sought after Him, I quickly realized that HE had never left my side.  It was ME who had strayed from Him.  As I think of the part of this verse that says "though he be not far from every one of us", I realized once again that when we are feeling separated from Him, we must remember that God NEVER leaves us or forsakes us.  It is US who move away from Him when we are sinning and suffering.  The other part of this verse says "haply they might feel after him, and find him".  Truth be told, He isn't hiding, and is never hard to find.  When we move away from Him, WE are the ones who need to get right and bring our hearts back into fellowship with Him.  I still go through times when I find myself in sin, pulling away from God; but He is never far from me.  When I want that closeness to God, that sweet fellowship and feeling of safety that I crave SO much, I don't have to look very far.  It's always a simple matter of confessing my sin, and calling out to ask Him to draw close to me.  He ALWAYS WILL!  If you're going through a dark valley, please know that you are NEVER alone.  God is there in the midst of ANY trial.  All you have to do is call out to Him, and ask Him to pull you out of that valley.  Confess your sins to Him, and you will quickly find peace and happiness, and realize that He never left you.  We pull away from Him because of our sin; but PRAISE GOD, He will forgive us and restore that sweet fellowship that only He can provide.  Seek after the Lord, and leave that dark valley.  PRAISE GOD - You NEVER have to walk it alone.

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.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
The Flying Unicorn is a SUPER SWEET
store filled with ALL the big names in crafting.
One very lucky person will win a
$25 Gift Certificate to The Flying Unicorn
AND
Fred She Said is our Digital Sponsor this week
and they carry SO many sweet images.
We're excited to have them with us!
 
AND NOW.....Our lucky winners:
V's Sweet Ideas is a DARLING SHOP filled
with stamps, trims and embellishments to make
you smile with excitement.  The winner of a
$10 Gift Certificate to V's Sweet Ideas is
Lucky Entry #29 - Lisa (Royal Pumpkin Art)
Robyn's Fetish is our Digital Sponsor this week
and the winner of three of their sweet images
is Lucky Entry #149 - Kris B.
 AND
Lilla Rose with Consultant, Elizabeth Williams
is donating this lovely hair clip to one winner.
The winner of this awesome prize is
Entry #119 - Jennifer Scull
 
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 to Get You Started
 Using Sponsor, Fred-She-Said
 
  Using Sponsor, Fred-She-Said

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Challenge #178 - A Family Friendly Challenge For ALL

What an amazing week we've had!  Thanks again for joining us, and for sharing your art in our challenges.  We're SO glad you're here, and we hope that you enjoy your visit this week.  For the second week in a row, we have THREE amazing sponsors, which means YOU have three chances of winning.  You can share up to five (5) projects each week to increase your odds of winning.  Just make sure you read our Challenge Rules if you are not familiar with them.  We want you to be eligible for the prizes.  We're also delighted to welcome our April Guest Designer, Giovana Smith, this week.  You will love the beautiful cards she shares with us.

This week, our scripture file is from the beautiful verse Psalm 126:3, which says "The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad".  This particular Psalm is a favorite, and I strongly encourage reading it in its entirety.   It's only six verses long, but it is extremely powerful and encouraging.  It was written in reference to their release from Babylon, and what was happening was SO exciting for them that it was compared to "being in a dream".  The psalmist also prayed that others who were exiled would return in "floods that fill the normally dry streams in the desert", and that their effort to restore their nation (although difficult) would someday, with the LORD'S leading, come to fruition like a harvest.  These are beautiful and encouraging ways of expressing their hope for the future.  Although these words were written in reference to a people, and a situation, so many years ago; they are relevant today.  With all that is going on the world today, these words are very relevant, and quite encouraging.  God promises us that when we go forward "bearing precious seed" or sharing His truths, we will also be able to influence people who will find their way to Heaven "in floods that fill a normally dry stream in the desert", or in "full fruition like a harvest".   There is also great joy in knowing all that He has done for us, for generations past and generations future; and we can be part of sharing His love moving forward.  This not only makes US happy, but it brings great joy and gladness to the lost we reach, and to the LORD.  With all that He has done for us, we need to be faithful to share His love with others.  We really hope that this verse (and this psalm) will be a blessing and encouragement to you.

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.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
V's Sweet Ideas is a DARLING SHOP filled
with stamps, trims and embellishments to make
you smile with excitement.  One lucky person will
win a $10 Gift Certificate to V's Sweet Ideas
Robyn's Fetish is our Digital Sponsor this week
offering one very lucky participant some of
their AMAZING digital images.
 AND
Lilla Rose with Consultant, Elizabeth Williams
is donating this lovely hair clip to one winner.
View the entire Lilla Rose collection on this
link for clips, barrettes and SO MUCH more!

 AND NOW........Our Lucky Winners!
Craftin Desert Divas
Craftin' Desert Divas is an AMAZING shop
with the loveliest rubber stamps and more!
Entry #107 - Donna Whitten has won
a new stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas.
AND
For our participants who live "Across The Big Pond",
our friends at Live and Love Crafts are offering a
10 pound prize to another lucky winner.  That winner
is Entry #180 - Crafting Helen
AND
Our digital sponsor this week is the ADORABLE
Deedee's Digis, and you will just LOVE their
sweet and creative images.  SO amazing!
That lucky winner is Entry #4 - Shirley H.

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 to Get You Started
 
JoAnn Atterbury Card #2 Using Sponsor Image
Using Sponsor, Robyn's Fetish
Image, Smart Owl
Using Sponsor, Robyn's Fetish
Ornate Frame Image