Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Challenge #160 - Anything Goes

Hello, all our creative friends!  We're so glad to have you join us again, and we have another great challenge for you all this week.  We'd like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow.  We encourage you to take time before you eat your turkey, stuffing and goodies to say a prayer and THANK GOD for all He has given you, and to go around the table and have each person mention something for which they are grateful.  It's a really fun Thanksgiving tradition, and God LOVES to hear us thank Him out loud.

Our word art file for this week focusses on a beautiful scripture.  It's James 1:17 and it tells us that "every good gift and every perfect gift" is from God.  The reason this verse separates good and perfect is because it is referring to both the gift, as well as the act of giving the gift.  Every good thing in our lives, no matter how big or how small and regardless of whether it is a physical blessing or an emotional blessing, it ALL comes from above.  This verse calls God, the giver of all gifts, "the Father of Lights".  It goes on to say that with God there is "no variableness, neither shadow of turning".  This means that our precious God, Jesus Christ, NEVER changes and His precious Word never changes.  We can always count on a religion and a God who will never change.  Other "religions" can't say that.  Many change their doctrine "as the light gets brighter" or as God "reveals wisdom" to men.  PRAISE GOD that we can count on a Savior, Jesus Christ, who NEVER CHANGES.  His promises never change, and the fact that He gives us SO many blessings NEVER changes.  WOW!  What tremendous gifts He gives.  The "Father of Lights" is also a reference to God as the source of ALL LIGHT.  This includes physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual light.  Without God, there would be COMPLETE darkness.  Darkness physically (no sun or moon), darkness in our brains (no thoughts), darkness in our decisions (no morals), and darkness in our souls (no chance of Heaven).  That says A LOT!  I don't know about you, but I DEFINITELY DON'T want to be around when God pulls His presence (His Holy Spirit) from this Earth.  Complete darkness in every way?   NO THANKS!  We are SO blessed to be offered "every good gift and every perfect gift", and all we have to do to avoid darkness (TOTAL darkness in every aspect), is to accept the most important gift God ever gave us....His precious Son, Jesus Christ.  Isn't it interesting to see how, when you pull apart a single Bible verse like this, you can clearly see how it links His precious Word together?  He is the light we need in this dark world.  Accept His gift today, and you'll NEVER be in the dark again.

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 beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
My Craft Spot is a WONDERFUL store filled with
stamps, dies, crinkle ribbon, twine and more!
They have fun weekly challenges, and an on-line
store you won't want to miss!
One lucky person will win
a $10 Gift Certificate from My Craft Spot
AND
Our digital sponsor this week is the SUPER FUN
Robyn's Fetish.  One lucky person will win
their choice of three (3) images from
our dear friends at Robyn's Fetish.
Some of our DT Members have used their sweet
images on today's sample cards below.  CUTE!!

AND NOW.......Our LUCKY WINNERS!
V's Sweet Ideas is a DARLING store with
the sweetest stamps and crafting accessories
you can imagine! Treat yourself today.
Lucky Entry #31 - Barbara Washington
has won 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.
Lucky Entry #194 - Mary-Anne V. has won a
$20 Gift Certificate to Nice Crane Designs
 
 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
Outside of Card With Pretty Flowers Image
from our Sponsor, Robyn's Fetish
Inside of Card With Pretty Flowers Image
Using Sponsor, Robyn's Fetish
Image Ornate Frame - CUTE!!

 Karen's Tag Using Robyn's Fetish Image Pilgrim Man
 

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