Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Challenge #230-#231 - Anything Goes

Hello to all our creative friends!  We're so glad you're back again for our new challenge.  It's a blessing to us every time you stop by to share your wonderful creations with us, and we're grateful for your participation.  We have a really fun sponsor this week, a beautiful piece of word art, and lots of great inspiration for you; so let's get started.

Our word art was created using the verse Psalm 33:11 which says, "The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations".  Let's look at this verse and break it down.  First we read "the counsel of the Lord", and this refers to THE PURPOSE of the Lord (or what He wants for us).  Next we read, "standeth forever" which means that it will be carried out and will never change".  This is one of the most precious things about God's Word.  It was, and is, and ALWAYS will be the same.  Unlike other religions whose doctrines flip-flop and change over time, God's Word is UNCHANGING because it is perfect, complete, solid and true.  It means exactly what it means, and will never change.  Praise God for that!  Time can't change God's word, and men can't change God's word (unlike other religions' doctrines).  Next we read "the thoughts of his heart", and this refers to all the things God has designed and that He wishes to be accomplished.  And finally, the last part says "to all generations", which is a beautiful reminder that His purpose (His desires for us) are passed down from one generation of men (from the beginning of creation) to the next for ALL TIME.  So, let's put all these parts together to see what God is telling us in this verse.  It basically says that the purpose of the Lord (what He wants for us) will be carried out and will never change.  The things that God designed and wishes to be accomplished will never change from one generation to the next.  What a blessing to know that His doctrines and principles are consistent, pure, and unending.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; and He is the ONLY WAY to Heaven.  We hope this verse will be a blessing to you this week.

As always, you are welcome to save the 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 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. 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 our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply atempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

AND NOW.......Our AWESOME Sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends at Freckled Fawn are offering one
lucky person a $15 Gift Certificate to their
sweet shop.  Freckled Fawn carries washi tapes,
wood chips, cork, metal and so much more.
Stop by Freckled Fawn to do some shopping!

Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
The lucky winner of our last challenge who will
receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the AWESOME
Simon Says Stamp is..........
Entry #145 - Janeen K.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #136 - Elizabeth
Entry #163 - Sabina
Entry #264 - Lisa
Please email Karen or leave a comment
if you'd like a Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started


Diane said...

Beautiful creations by the DT!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah a blessing indeed that our Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever, what reassurance we have in Him.
Our God does not require that we crawl on our hands and knees to some holy place to be sure of heaven or any other such task of any sort, action is only required as a matter of faith...
Faith in His way of salavtion...and this way is equally unchanging and secure by faith/ trust in Him. PraiseHim thanks for your wonderful posts and digis and great work by the DT !!!
Thanks so much for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Migdalia said...

Wonderful DT inspiration! Congrats to all winners.Such a lovely verse.
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting With Creative M

Gail said...

Fabulous Devotional this week! It is so true JESUS is the ONLY way and Jesus is the Son of God and He is God - no one comes to the Father but through Jesus - I was listening to Ravi Zacharias this week - he is an amazing Christian - so full of knowledge of God's Word and able to answer so many questions - a true scholar of the Bible in my opinion - when I need encouragement and need answers to questions He is able to direct me to the scripture for TRUTH so we, as Christians can stand Firm on God's Word and expectation. Congrats to Janeen the winner and Welcome to Princess Jones as Guest Designer - have a blessed week!

Granmargaret said...

thank you for the challenge. Lovely work by the design team.

Unknown said...

Love all the DT Creations!! They are fantastic!! Love JoAnn's bright purple and green. Really looks fantastic! The inking and stitching around the edge too.Beautiful! Thanks for another fun challenge!

- Susan, {Scrap A Thousand Words}
{Sentimental Susan - Zibbet}
{Sentimental Susan's - Etsy}
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Unknown said...

such a perfect verse from our perfect God! I absolutely love the word art design as well, I hope I have to create something with it this week. Keep up the wonderful, inspiring work ladies!

Tammy said...

Beautiful creations DT!

D- said...

Thanks everyone for sharing all of your beautiful artwork.
Crafty hugs,

Sabina said...

Thank you so much for choosing me as Top3! :)
Where can I get a badge for my blog?

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the fabulous challenge, lovely Word Art Scripture and DT inspiration!

CherylQuilts said...

What beautiful cards by the DT with this week's Scripture verse. I so appreciate your work for each challenge, and I need to comment more regularly. I appreciate this challenge and all the sponsors. Thank you, and may God bless you all! Big hugs!

Heather said...

Thank you for another inspiring digital verse. With so many things constantly changing in this world, it's a blessing to know our God doesn't change, He is the same today and always. What a comfort.

Bunny said...

Thank you for the challenge. Beautiful DT work.

Janeen said...

thank you so much for gift. i've been wanting to purchase some Simon and it's so exciting to win this. thank you. I save as many of the scripture verses as i can. life has been full and i haven't always had a chance to get back here.

sarascloset said...

As always, beautiful inspiration! congratulations to the winner and Top 3!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...


Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

Karen said...

Beautiful devotional and gorgeous heartfelt creations. Thank you for inspiring us so richly with every challenge. :o)

Hugs and blessings,

Diana Lynn Martin said...

Such a beautiful verse accompanied by such inspiring DT creations. Thank you all for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

Diana ♥
Leelee Card Designs