Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Weeks #513-514 - Anything Goes

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday, everyone, and thanks for joining us.  We have another FUN challenge waiting for you with lots of great inspiration, an awesome sponsor, a brief devotional, and free digi scripture.  There's always lots of fun and excitement for you here at Word Art Wednesday, and we always LOVE having you share your wonderful art with us.  If we don't make it by your blog to leave a comment, I do apologize.  Please know, however, that we're SO very grateful for each and every one of you; and for every card and project you link to our gallery. Your talents always amaze us.  Let's get started with our new challenge, shall we?

The Bible verses used to create the word are from Psalm 119:125,129 which read, "I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.  Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them".  These two scripture verses were combined to remind us that we are God's servants; meaning He is above us in every way.  It also tells us that when we truly belong to God and live for Him, we will desire to know Him more fully so that we will truly learn how to have a personal relationship with Him.  God knows EVERY intimate secret detail about us; but....how much do we know about God?  To love someone is to WANT to get to know them - fully.  When we take the time to really get to know God, we'll learn of all the wonderful things He has done, Who He is, and all the ways our lives will be blessed through our knowledge of Him.  The more we know God, the more we will desire to keep His commands, to learn, and to live in a way that will bless us and bring Him glory.  The BLESSED life comes through knowing God and understanding Him.  Is He your friend?  Do you know Him?  He sure wants to know you.  

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computers; 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 WONDERFUL sponsor for this challenge:
are sponsoring this challenge.  We have some
inspiration to share with you using some of
their wonderful stamps.  One lucky person who
plays along with us will win an AWESOME
prize from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  The
choice of either any two stamp sets, or the
choice of one stamp set and one die cut set.
How AWESOME is that?  Be sure to check
out all the wonderful stamps and products


AND NOW.....Another Lucky WINNER:
HURRAY!!  The wonderful and beautiful
Studio Katia sponsored  our last challenge.  How
AWESOME is that?  This gorgeous store is
filled with high-quality stamps and dies in the
most beautiful designs.  Their talented DT will
inspire and amaze you!  Be sure to stop by the
wonderful Studio Katia to look around at it all.
One lucky person who played along in our last
challenge has now won a $30 gift card to spend at
Studio Katia.  How cool is that?  Thank you SO
much, Studio Katia.  We appreciate you!  Our
winner is Lucky Entry #73 - Marie Bingaman

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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Anything Goes - Weeks #511-512

We're SO glad that you've chosen to stop by, and we hope that you'll play along in our FUN challenge.  We're blessed to have another awesome sponsor with us, the AMAZING Studio Katia.  There's always lots of great inspiration for you here at Word Art Wednesday including artistic inspiration and spiritual/emotional inspiration.  Both are a tremendous blessing to us when we allow them to be so.  It's my sincere prayer that something you see or read here on this blog will be a blessing and an encouragement to your life.  We want only to shine the light on Jesus and to point people towards Him. There are just SO many great truths in God's Word, and we want to explain those truths in a way that will bless people, turn it into art, and share it with others.  Thanks for joining us today, everyone.  Your creativity is so very inspiring to us all.

The verse from our word art is Proverbs 5:21.  We all know that Proverbs are little life lessons.  They're "helps" that God has given us to guide us gently into thinking about some of our life choices; and taking the time to look at them in a different way the next time so that we'll make better choices as we grow ever closer to Him.  This Proverb reads "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings".  This was originally written, by Solomon, regarding the topic of adultery. But here's the truth we can still see today.  It doesn't matter if the sin is adultery or anything else (laziness, covetousness, stealing, lying, etc.) because God sees EVERYTHING.  This is recorded throughout the Bible (Hebrews 4:13, Gen.16:13, Psalm 139:1-3, and so on) giving reference to all the ways God SEES us and He KNOWS us (better than we know ourselves).  Sin may have pleasure for a while, but it doesn't last.  Reality sets in, and the consequences of our sin come crashing down on us.  All our same troubles are still in front of us.  The ONLY answer is giving our lives, in their entirety, to God and allowing Him the freedom to rule in our lives, in our hearts, and allowing us to turn from the sin that had us so bound.  Living for God (with God) is amazing, and it sure beats what this wicked world has to offer us.  Remember, "He ponders all our goings" - God SEES everything.  I hope when he sees us, He is well pleased.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computers; 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 WONDERFUL sponsor for this challenge:
HURRAY!!  It's the wonderful and beautiful
Studio Katia sponsoring this challenge.  How
AWESOME is that?  This gorgeous store is
filled with high-quality stamps and dies in the
most beautiful designs.  Their talented DT will
inspire and amaze you!  Be sure to stop by the
wonderful Studio Katia to look around at it all.
One lucky person who plays along in this new
challenge will win a $30 gift card to spend at
Studio Katia.  How cool is that?  Thank you SO
much, Studio Katia.  We appreciate you!


Our friends over at Pretty Little Studio sponsored our
last challenge, and that means someone has won an
ADORABLE prize package from this sweet shop.
Pretty Little Studio carries many cardmaking and
scrapbooking packages and products - each with a
1950's-60's vintage theme including flashcards, 
stickers, ephemera, and other little snippets to give
your projects whimsical touches that will  make you
smile.  Be sure to stop by Pretty Little Studio
to look around.  The person who has won this
AWESOME prize from Pretty Little Studio is

Our Top 3 Honors Go To Our Friends:
Entry #50 - Cards by Beckie
Entry #157 - VineArtist

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 Studio Katia Design Team, Galina
Galina also created this card using the Dotted Square
Frame Die, Bubbles Stencil, and Frost Chunky Glitter


Our Talented September Guest Designer, Kailash Naidoo

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Anything Goes - Challenge #509-510

Welcome back by Word Art Wednesday, everyone.  I hope you're all ready for another FUN challenge.  We have an AMAZING sponsor, Pretty Little Studio.  We also have some awesome inspiration to help get everyone motivated and inspired.  There's a short devotional to read if you'd like, and a whole lot of excitement waiting for everyone again in this challenge.  For those of you who enjoy praying, and do pray; I have a prayer request (on behalf of Word Art Wednesday) and it's one that all of us here at WAW appreciate prayers regarding. In fact, it blesses all of YOU ultimately as well; so I do hope you'll pray about it if the Lord lays it on your heart.  I'm busy working on the Sponsors' Calendar for 2022.  Things are filling in nicely and we have some AWESOME new companies sponsoring us this coming year; but there are still several spots (challenge weeks) that need a sponsor.  I also ask that you pray for our awesome sponsors - that God would bless them/their business for being so very generous to our FUN crafting community. I trust that our gracious Lord will have all the spots filled in no time, and we PRAISE HIM for that.  Then, when our new Sponsor Calendar comes out in 2022, and you see all those AWESOME store logos on our sidebar; you will know that YOU had a part in praying for, and watching God provide those sponsors......AND knowing that His hand of blessing is now upon all those amazing companies He provided as our sponsors.  There are SO many generous companies out there in our crafting world, and we are being SO BLESSED by their generosity throughout the card challenge world.  We are all SO blessed, right?  Be sure to give thanks.  And with all that said...let's get started with this challenge.

The lovely word art for this challenge was, as always, created by Karen Murray using the verse 3 John 2, which reads, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth".  When these words were originally written by John, they were being directed at a young man/friend of John who was already saved.  This letter was later shared with the church there; so most or all of these people were also already saved.  That is, they had already called upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ (God in human flesh) to save them from their sins.  Because they were more "mature" Christians; they were being told by John that God desires for them to also prosper and be blessed in other ways as well (financially, with good health, etc.).  Since they already had their salvation (it tells us "their souls did prosper" which assures us they were already eternally secure); God wanted them to have an abundance of blessings in every aspect of their lives.  The same is true for us today.  Of course God wants, first and foremost, for every man/woman to be saved.  Once we are saved and begin to grow in His knowledge, holiness, grace and wisdom - our soul prospers because we are eternally secure.  But this verse clearly tells us that the LORD wants so much more for us.  When we are living for Him and walking with Him/growing in His Word and getting closer to Him....He desires that we are happy, healthy and blessed.  Praise God!  When we completely trust in Him and we are truly content in our hearts and lives with what we already have (what He's already given us); then He is faithful to give us much more.  He needs to know that we are ready and mature enough to handle His abundant blessings.  When one is mature in their Christian walk, He knows that person will use all those blessings to bring Him praise, to draw us ever closer to Him, and to point others to Him.  Are you lacking anything?  Health, money, blessings or otherwise?  Come to Jesus.  Lay your sins and burdens at His feet.  Let Him know that YOU want a soul that prospers, as well as ALL He has waiting for you.  The first step is up to each of us individually - CALLING on Him for salvation.  Next, we start truly living for Him.  Then.....just watch how God will BLESS your life with ALL the wonderful things He desires for you.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computers; 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 WONDERFUL sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends over at Pretty Little Studio are sponsoring
this challenge, and that means someone will win an
ADORABLE prize package from this sweet shop.
Pretty Little Studio carries many cardmaking and
scrapbooking packages and products - each with a
1950's-60's vintage theme including flashcards, 
stickers, ephemera, and other little snippets to give
your projects whimsical touches that will  make you
smile.  Be sure to stop by Pretty Little Studio
to look around; then come play along for your
chance to win this fun and fabulous prize.


AND NOW.......Yet Another Lucky Winner:
Stix 2 Anything is an AWESOME store.
They're located in the UK, but they ship
ALL over the crafting globe, and beyond.
They carry a wide variety of Adhesives such
fun items like Door Hangers and SO much
more.  One lucky person has won a FAB
Adhesives Package from Stix 2 Anything
It's Entry #8 - Fabiola

Our Top 3 Honors Go To Our Friends:
Entry #74 - Jackie C.

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

Jeanne Jachna From the Pretty Little Studio DT
Stickers from Pretty Little Studio
And this card also by Jeanne Jachna which uses their
Frosty Collection, Snow Cream Die-Cuts, Hug in

Our Talented September Guest Designer, Kailash Naidoo

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter