Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Challenge #175 - ANYTHING GOES

Welcome back for another great challenge this week.  We're glad you are here, and already looking forward to seeing all the amazing projects you will share with us.  We have two more great sponsors this week, and lots of fun.  Thanks for joining us!

This week's devotional was written by Design Team Member, Stephanie Wright.  We hope that it will be a blessing to you.

Our focus verse this week is Proverbs 21:31, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.”  When an army is preparing for battle, they go to great preparations.  They get a plan of attack ready, outfit their troops, pack ammunition and provisions, scout out the terrain, clean their weapons, prepare their armor (in ancient times) or uniforms, prepare their transportation (horses, camels, tanks, trucks, ships, etc.), and study the typical weather conditions.  However, even with these elaborate preparations, the outcome of the battle is still in the hand of the Lord.  Many times during the Old Testament time period, the children of Israel were outnumbered and/or had lesser equipment, but God intervened and they won the battle/war.  During WWII, the Germans planned to invade England via the English Channel.  On at least four different occasions, unusual and never seen in recorded history weather conditions prevented their attack.  God alone controls the weather. The Germans had made their preparations and timed the attack perfectly according to human reasoning, but truly “safety is of the Lord.”
Making preparations during a time of war or even for daily life is admirable and right.  In Luke 14:28, the question is asked, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” As we look around our world today, we see so many things that can alarm and dishearten us.  We may feel that there is no way Truth and Right can prevail.  However, we must remember that whether we are acting as an individual or a nation, it is God that determines the outcome of all things. As John Phillips states in Exploring Proverbs Volume 2, “A nation’s best line of defense is an active trust in God."
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 scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Classy Cards 'N Such is a FABULOUS shop
that carries stamps, embellishments, trims, dies,
and EVERYTHING a crafter could want.  One
lucky person will win a $15 Gift Certificate
to Classy Cards 'N Such.
They even have a weekly challenge!
Eureka Stamps is our AWESOME Digital Sponsor,
and another lucky person will win their choice
of three (3) images from their fun store.
AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners:
Taylored Expressions carries the SWEETEST
stamps, dies and more.  The lucky winner of
a $25 Gift Certificate to this AMAZING store
is Lucky Entry #167 - Sierra 
Bugaboo Stamps is our digital sponsor.
They carry oodles and oodles of the cutest
digital images ever.  The lucky winner
of this FABULOUS prize is
Lucky Entry #92 - Ina

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


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the strength in this week's Bible verse, which is reflected perfectly in all the DT member's projects. Blessings!

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful work DT

gr karin

D- said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful artwork everyone.
Crafty hugs,
DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

vintagebyina said...

Thanks for picking my card as a winner.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous DT Creations!! What a great verse! Thank you!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

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

Granmargaret said...

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

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!

Charity Morris-Chamberlain said...

Beautiful creations everyone! So much inspiration and such a beautiful blog post!

Unknown said...

Just added my card! Thanks for the fun challenge. Big THANK YOU to Karen Letchworth for the invite to play! Also shared on FB that I entered!!!

Bunny said...

Great cards and project. Thank you for the challenge.

Migdalia said...

Beautiful DT projects!!
Thanks for another awesome challenge.
Congrats winners.
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting With Creative M

Donna K said...

Ok so...I'm squeaking in with less than 24 hours to spare! I love the wonderful scripture that you shared this week and my, the DT surely has featured it in fabulous fashion. Every single project is so powerful and beautiful at the same time! Thank you for a lovely place to share our designs and be inspired! Have a happy week! ~Donna K

Diana Lynn Martin said...

Awesome & inspirational DT creations, as always! Thank you for sharing another beautiful verse. I always find so much peace & self-reflection here, so thank you for all your hard work & dedication. Have a great week!

Diana ♥
Leelee Card Designs