Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Challenge #150 - Anything Goes

We warmly welcome you all back for another great challenge with us here at Word Art Wednesday.  I heard someone make a comment this week that "challenge blogs don't get excited by entries once they've reached 200 or more entries".  We want you to know that, without exception, we REALLY DO get excited about every single entry we receive.  So whether you're entry #1 or entry #201, we are SUPER grateful, and we appreciate every single project you choose to link up with us.  We get excited to have LOTS of entries, and we want you to know that we really look forward to seeing your creations.  The more you share, the more you increase your odds of winning, and happier we become.  We would love to see our numbers grow every week; so THANK YOU in advance for all the fabulous creations you share in our challenges.  God has really blessed you all with such amazing talent.
 
This week's scripture/word art file is Proverbs 4:23, and it reads "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life".  Broken down, it means that we need to guard our mind/our inner-being with great effort; to keep all our thoughts and actions "in check" because our heart controls the issues of life (the things that affect us on a daily basis) and our spiritual vitality.  The Bible has much to say about our hearts.  In 1 Samuel 16:7, we learn that the Lord isn't concerned with our outward appearance as the world is, but that "he looketh on the heart".  Hollywood would have us all concerned about our outward appearance, but what matters to the Lord is our heart and its sinful condition.  We are warned many times throughout God's Word to guard our heart.  We're told in 1 Kings 8:61 to let our hearts be perfect with the LORD our God, and many times we are encouraged to rejoice in our hearts.  In Psalm 22:26 we are even told that our heart shall live forever.  Proverbs 15:13 tells us that a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance (a happy face), and Ecclesiastes 8:5 tells us that a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.  We are even warned in Jeremiah 17:9 that the heart is wicked and deceitful above all things.  There are just SO many verses warning us to guard our hearts with great care, so it's obviously not just of small or trivial concern to the Lord.  It's important enough for Him to mention it over and over again.  The best part is that, although difficult, God has given us the equipment and ability to truly guard our hearts with all diligence because He knows the many troubles we will encounter when we do not guard (protect) our hearts from evil, and He also knows the great joys we will experience when we submit our hearts to His teachings.  Take some time this week to pray that the Lord will guide your heart, and keep your heart in tune with His teachings.  You will NEVER regret protecting this precious part of our bodies He gave us to bring great joy to our lives.

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 AMAZING sponsors:
The lovely Cheery Lynn Designs is offering
one person this DARLING new die-cut from their
sweet shop - Fall Harvest 1.
Click here to browse and shop at
the lovely Cheery Lynn Designs.
AND
Our Digital Sponsor this week is the adorable
Deedee's Digis.  She is offering a second winner
three of her sweet image sets.  Click here to browse
and shop at the lovely Deedee's Digis.  Our
Design Team has showcased some of Deedee's
lovely images in their projects this week.

And Now.....Here are our LUCKY WINNERS:
The fabulous Crafty Ribbons is offering
one lucky winner a 10£ Gift Certificate
to their lovely ribbon shop, and the
winner is Entry #6 - Kym
AND
Freckled Fawn is offering a $15 Gift Certificate
to another lucky winner, and that lucky person
is Entry #141 - Robin C.
 
 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
Using Valentine Tweet Image from
Our Sweet Sponsor, Deedee's Digis
 Lori Ulrich
Using the Scarecrow Image from the
Hay Ride Set at Deedee's Digis
 
Using the Cow Are You Set
From Sponsor, Deedee's Digis
Laura Lunsford
Image from Sponsor, Deedee's Digis
 
Using Rose Regards Image
from Sponsor Deedee's Digis
Using Papers and Images found in the
 
 

14 comments:

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

A superb Bible verse with great meaning ladies and you have all shared it so very beautifully, God bless you all, Shaz in Oz.x

~Tammy~ said...

Love the unique cards working with the scripture of the week. Fantastic ladies!

Gail said...

Thank you for another challenge, devotional reading and for the DT inspiration - have a blessed week!

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

Oh my! What beautiful cards from the design team this week! All of the pretty hearts, colors, and scenes left my own heart light and happy. What a blessing it is to read this post every week and to visit with you all.

Also, thank you to all of our sponsors and to DeeDee for the lovely images we got to create with for this challenge.

Big smiles,
Heather

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous proverb
have a blessed week to all
hugs Tamara

Deedee Anderson said...

What a poignant devotion, and as always seems to be the case when I visit, one that I really needed to hear this week. Thank you so much for that! Thank you, too, to the DT for sharing their beautiful work. There is so much talent here, and it is always such a joy to sponsor and see how you bring the digis to life alongside the glorious verses you offer. Thank you for being such a reliable source of faith and encouragement in the crafting community, and for letting me be a part of it in this small way. Hugs!

Granmargaret said...

Thank you for another challenge and verse. Lovely cards by the design team.

Mehrll said...

Very important verse to remember and to pass on to or children. Enjoy being able to enter my simple cards. Thank you for the witness that is in this blog. Hugs.

Susan Kennedy said...

Gorgeous creations once again!!! Love seeing them :) I LOVE Jo Ann's cow!! and the whole scene!! FANTASTIC!!! Love all the papers and layers! Just gorgeous!!! Man.. I love that stitching too!!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

- Susan
{Scrap A Thousand Words}
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges

Diana Lynn Martin said...

Amazing & inspirational DT projects! There is just unlimited goodness here! I love the verse. As usual, it fits right into my life & says what I need to hear at the perfect time....

Diana ♥
Leelee Card Designs

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful DT creations! Thank you for the faithful encouragement each week... what a joy to play along here! :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Tonya said...

Simply gorgeous cards and the devotion is just what I need to hear. <3

Bunny said...

Beautiful projects. Thank you for the challenge.

Tina H said...

What lovely projects! Thanks for the fun challenge! :)