Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Challenge #159 - Anything Goes

Here we are once again, it's Wednesday; and time for another FUN challenge.  Our scripture for this week's word art is Psalm 100:4, and it reminds us again to be thankful.  As we "enter into his courts" or approach Him, we need to have thanks on our lips.  The word "praying" means to ASK for something.  So when we pray, we should begin with praise and thanks for the Lord for all He has done for us.  Then, we can ask him for the things we need.  It also tells us that we need to be thankful and praise His name.  Many are quick to ask God for everything, but often forget to praise Him and thank Him REGARDLESS of the answers He gives us.  Prayers won't always be answered in the way we want them to, or think they should be; but will always be answered - according to His perfect will.  When we ask, we have to trust that He will give us the results we need.  Then, we have a VERY IMPORTANT task.  That is to PRAISE HIM and THANK HIM.  If any other friend did this much for you, and you never thanked them, they would get their feelings hurt, right?  God is the same way.  He wants to hear your praise.  That's why He asks us to give thanks.  It's not because he "needs" to hear that He is wonderful.  It's because He DESERVES to hear that He is wonderful, and that we are grateful.  He is awesome, and we have a command from Him to BE THANKFUL and to GIVE PRAISE.  It brings Him joy, and as this verse tells us, "it blesses His name".  Let praise and thanks be the first thing on your lips in the morning, and the last thing on your lips at night.  He is worthy of all praise, and He longs to hear you tell Him THANK YOU for all He has done.

I'd like you all to warmly welcome the very sweet and talented Maxine Diffey who is filling in for the remainder of November for DT Member, Laura Lunsford who is on sick leave.  Please keep Laura in your prayers as she journeys back to health.  Thanks for stepping up to plate at the last minute, Maxine.  We're so blessed to have you with us!

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 AWESOME sponsors:
V's Sweet Ideas is a DARLING store with
the sweetest stamps and crafting accessories
you can imagine!  If you've never visited their shop,
you will want to check it out.  They also have a
monthly Anything Goes Challenge you can enter
for another chance to win a gift certificate.
One lucky person will receive a
$10 Gift Certificate to V's Sweet Ideas!
AND
Nice Crane Designs is an AMAZING store filled
with GORGEOUS digital images and collage sheets.
Our friends at Nice Crane Designs would love
to have you stop by to do some browsing.
One lucky person will receive a
$20 Gift Certificate to this AWESOME
shop.  Click here to visit Nice Crane Designs
 
AND NOW.....Our SUPER Lucky Winners:
The Flying Unicorn Store is FILLED
with crafting goodness from ALL our
favorite big-name brands.
Lucky Entry #206 - Janis In Idaho
has won a $25 Gift Certificate to
AND
Yours or Mine Paper Crafts is a WONDERFUL shop
carrying stamps, die-cuts, paper and more.
Lucky Entry #55 - Diana Lynn Martin
has won the $10 Gift Certificate
to Yours or Mine Paper Crafts!
 
 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, November 12, 2014

Challenge #158 - Anything Goes

Welcome back!  It's time for another awesome challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and we're all SO glad that you've stopped by to play along with us.  Each week, we enjoy seeing your amazing cards and projects, and we realize that there are literally hundreds of challenge blogs out there where you could choose to share your art; but we're blessed beyond words when you choose to share them with us.  You are all SO talented, and we wish we could give EVERYONE a prize each week.  Thanks so much for sharing with us.  We had over 200 entries this past week!

This week's word art scripture is Ephesians 5:20, and this one simple verse can profoundly impact our lives in a powerful way.  As many of you know, I recently lost my most precious Sister-in-Law to brain cancer.  It would be easy for me to get depressed, angry, and upset; but I won't.  I could share with you all the terrible heartaches each of our Design Team Members have recently faced; and you would agree that we all have a reason to be upset.  However, we all face choices every day.  Choices about our attitudes, and how we look at life.  What would it benefit us to be permanently sad about circumstances we cannot control?  This powerful verse reminds us that in EVERY situation, there is MUCH for which we can (and should) be thankful.  I've grown closer to my Brother-in-Law, and have rekindled some amazing relationships within our family.  I would be writing pages and pages if I were to sit and name ALL the blessings God has placed in my life; even through Audra's death.  We are a blessed people!  Another DT Member recently went through a horrific family ordeal concerning a grandchild; but rather than get upset with our gracious and sovereign God, she has chosen to count her blessings and trust God's sovereign and wise decisions.  Your blessings will ALWAYS outweigh your burdens.  And if they don't, YOU NEED TO GET ON YOUR KNEES AND GET REAL ABOUT HOW VERY BLESSED YOU ARE.  We tend to take MUCH for granted.  When you wake up in the morning, THAT is a blessing.  I encourage you to start your day praising God for even the small things.  For instance, when is the last time you thanked God for your ten fingers or ten toes, your ears, eyes, hair, etc.?  They could be taken from you in an instant, yet are often taken for granted.  The same is true of our family members, our jobs, our food, our warm beds, etc.  There is NO END to the list of blessings in our lives.  Yes, we will all have heartaches, and things WILL go wrong.  But in EVERY circumstance, look for the good things, and give God the PRAISE and the GLORY He SO deserves.

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 AWESOME sponsors:
The Flying Unicorn Store is FILLED
with crafting goodness from ALL our
favorite big-name brands.  One lucky person
will win a $25 Gift Certificate to
The Flying Unicorn Store!!
AND
Yours or Mine Paper Crafts is a WONDERFUL shop
carrying stamps, die-cuts, paper and more.  One
lucky person will receive a $10 Gift Certificate
to the AWESOME Yours or Mine Paper Crafts!

AND NOW.......Our VERY Lucky Winners:
The winner of a $20 Gift Certificate
to the ADORABLE Daydream Designs
is Lucky Entry #175 - Fabiola
AND
The lucky winner of either 2 mounted
or 4 unmounted Rubber Stamps of choice
from Heart & Soul Rubber Stamp Co.
is Entry #118 - Jamie
 
 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
Helen Nile, Our November Guest Designer 

Front of Card
Inside of Card With Scripture

 
 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Challenge #157 - Anything Goes

Happy Wednesday, crafters!  We hope you're ready for another GREAT challenge this week, and we're incredibly grateful that you've stopped by to play along with us.  We have a beautiful piece of free digital word art for you all, two AWESOME sponsors, and a great devotional written by Design Team Member, Diane Noble.  We hope you will enjoy it.
We live in an entitlement culture. What were considered luxuries even 50 years ago are considered necessities today.  I remember the first television my parents purchased.  It was an 18-inch black and white TV proudly placed in a prominent location in the living room where all could gather to watch with wonder.  We thought we had a treasure.  Now, even young children feel deprived if they don’t have their own TV in their bedrooms.  I know of a relatively modest-income family who has four TVs in their home.  In fact, according to a recent survey, it is quite common to have more TVs in the home than residents! What was once a luxury is now a “necessity.”  Multiply that attitude to any number of provisions in our culture (i.e. social security, health care, welfare, unions, fast food, fast cash) and it’s no stretch to see that we live in a "want-it-now, want-it-all, I-deserve-it, I’m-entitled world.  Human nature often bears out the saying, “The more we have, the more we want.”  And the result?  Thanklessness.
 
One of the distinguishing marks of a genuine Christian is a spirit of thankfulness, regardless of circumstances.  Some of the most amazing testimonies of thanksgiving I know about have come from believers of very humble means.  The reason we take note of people overflowing with thanksgiving is that it is a rare demonstration even in the community of believers.  Thanklessness is a sin; and sadly, it has crept into the hearts of many believers.  We EXPECT God to provide comfort, even abundance.  We grow impatient waiting for God to provide answers, money, changes to uncomfortable situations and soon our impatience turns to faltering faith.  If our great adversary can woo us into believing God owes us health, wealth and ease, He knows we will soon be developing a spirit of ingratitude, and ultimately distrust of God.
 
Therefore, we must put a shield over our hearts and be mindful every day of this great temptation. Thankfulness is a spiritual discipline.  Gratitude is a practiced, developed habit of the heart.  God’s will for our lives is for us to be thankful.  Our thanksgiving should focus first on who God is, and what we have in Christ Jesus.  If we have other material blessings, then of course we are to be thankful.  But even if we don’t, we are already wealthy because of what Christ has done for us, in us, and through us.  In everything....every circumstance...let us practice thanksgiving and be obedient to the will of our Father.                                     - 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 AWESOME sponsors:
Daydream Designs is our digital sponsor
this week, and one VERY lucky person
will win a generous prize.
A $20 Gift Certificate to the
AMAZING Daydream Designs could be yours!
AND
Heart & Soul Rubber Stamp Co.
is offering another lucky winer
their choice of either 2 Mounted
or 4 Unmounted Rubber Stamps of choice!
Click here to shop Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps

AND NOW.....Our Lucky Winners:
 
The winner of our Top Dog Dies prize
which is this lovely die:
Is Entry #20 - Creative Pursuits by Joanne
AND
The winner of the Flying Unicorn Store
$25 Gift Certificate is the VERY lucky
Entry #123 - E. Marie.  You'll surely
have fun shopping at The Flying Unicorn!
 
 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
Helen Nile, Our November Guest Designer