Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Challenge #98 - Anything Goes!

A woman's heart naturally desires security.  God created us with a desire to be sheltered, nurtured and protected.  In the beginning, in the Garden,  God hovered over His creation.  He breathed life into a lump of clay and called him Adam.   He then created Eve from the rib of man (Genesis 2:21-22), close to his heart and under the protection of his arm.  The blessing of woman's God-ordained position is to fall under the protection of  the one who shelters her heart.
 
As Adam and Eve dwelled in the Garden, the Most High God, the Almighty Creator sustained and nurtured them.  There was no danger in the Garden, no threat to the safety and security of Man and Woman; for both enjoyed a perfect dwelling.  All too quickly, perfection was tarnished and sin ripped the cover of safety from God's abiding place for His creation.  God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden and they were immediately surrounded by danger.  Suddenly, there were predator and prey, death and destruction. Man in his sin needed a refuge, a fortress.
 
Through a flood of time, we continue to be overwhelmed with the results of sin.  Never more than now, we need a stronghold in these times of trouble and travail.  Our God is our refuge....a never failing bulwark against the raging tides of evil in our world.  Through Christ, we find the only way to mend the tear that ripped us away from God's holy habitat.  When we repent of our sin, trust Christ as our deliverer, we step back into the garden of God's grace.
 
Our safest shelter is near to the heart of God, under His mighty arm.  Just as Eve was formed from the rib of Adam, we are created to abide under God's protection.  Are you weary and battle-worn?  Run to your Refuge.  Are you fearful, fraught with worry, faint or weak-hearted?  Find strength in the fortress of our God.  No problem, no circumstance, no loss, no pain is so deep or so high that God cannot cover you.  Dwell in the shelter of the cross....abide near to the heart of God, and He will securely keep you.  You can trust in your God!
                                                                                           - Diane Noble
BIG NEWS:  We have started a Facebook Page for Word Art Wednesday.  If you're a Facebook user, we hope that you will join/become a Member of our Facebook Group; and as soon as we have 100 members, there will be a random drawing for a special prize.  Check out our Facebook Group for more details.
 
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. You can also link more than one project each week (up to 5 each week). The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word 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".  They have been recently revised, and we ask that you check them out if you aren't familiar with our challenge guidelines.  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.  Please keep this in mind with Halloween approaching.  We don't want to have to delete any entries.

Here is this week's  gorgeous free scripture/word art file.
The colored version is available at top of page.
This week's TWO AMAZING sponsors are:
The Scrapping Center has generously offered
a $15 Gift Certificate to their amazing scrapbook
supply store.  Click here to Shop The Scrapping Center
AND
Daydream Designs has DARLING digital sets
and Diane is offering one lucky winner
three (3) new sets of their choice!
Click here to Shop Daydream Designs
 
Here are the winners from last week's challenge:
The lucky winner of the prize from
Nice Crane Designs is Entry #163- Berit Synnove
AND
The winner of  the Digi Darla Designs
images is Entry #31- Maxine D.
Special thanks to ALL our incredible sponsors!
How blessed we are - PRAISE GOD!!!
We've got some AMAZING samples from our Design Team
Tammy Hobbs, Our September Guest Designer
Lori Ulrich
Using Daydream Designs' Falling For You Digi Set
 Carole Robb Bisson
Using Daydream Designs' School Days Background
 Jo Ann Atterbury
 No Art This Week - Happy Birthday, JoAnn!
Gemiel Matthews
Using Daydream Designs' Birds & Bees Color Set
Stephanie Wright
And Karen's Card Using This Week's Word Art
 

19 comments:

MaxineD said...

Thank you for the prize you have awarded me - it has made my day
Blessings
Maxine

MaxineD said...

Thank you for selecting my card as a winner - it has really made my day.
Blessings
Maxine

Audrey Pettit said...

Beautiful scripture and beautiful cards! I am a huge fan of Tammy's and had to pop by to say how much I love her card with that amazing color palette and design!

Fit Kitty said...

I love that scripture - thank you! And thanks for another challenge!

Diana Nguyen said...

Love today's Word art!

Bunny said...

As always, beautiful and inspirational layout and cards. Thank you for the challenge.

Marsha said...

The new verse is beautifully done - really like the fonts. And I love the verse. Thank you for providing one each week.

~Tammy~ said...

Such beautiful swoon worthy work! I have been so honored to guest with you this month!

Christine said...

This week's word art is especially fabulous. Thanks for providing a colored version, as well. The words of the devotion touched me. Always glad to stop by WAW. Thanks so much for this missilry.

DIANA L. said...

Thanks for the fun challenge. Great Design Team inspiration
DIANA L
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Bunny said...

Entering my 2nd card. Thank you.

Heidi Brawley said...

AWE what Wonderful DT creations! Thanks for the fun challenge to play in here! God Bless!

Rea said...

Lovely creations by the DT, thanks for the chance to play along.

Natalie said...

Wonderful inspiration, thanks ladies!!

Angel 007 said...

Vielen Dank für diese Herausforderung.

Liebe Grüße, Carmen

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

WOW!!! Thank you for this amazing sentiment. All of the DT cards are beautiful!

I am a little late getting here to read this post, but God's timing is perfect, right? Thank you so much for sharing this. I really needed a reminder that he is here for me, waiting for me to step out of the storm I am in and let him control it.

Sending smiles to you all.

Beebeebabs said...

Nice work DT

Bunny said...

Entering another card. Thank you.

Jo Ann said...

Hi Karen...Thanks for the Birthday caption! Thanks for allowing me to have a bit of break. Karen, you are awesome! Teamies, very beautiful samples this week. Hugs and blessings!

JO ANN