Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Weeks #495-#496 - Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday.  We are SO blessed and so grateful that you're here to join us.  We hope that you are blessed and encouraged by our challenges, and we hope you know how much we appreciate the art you share with us.  We wish you could ALL win the prize each week because you're all winners in our book.  The art you link up is nothing short of amazing, and we're SO thankful to have you play along.  Let's get started with another FUN challenge with yet another AMAZING sponsor, the wonderful Pretty Pink Posh.

Our focus scripture is Deuteronomy 5:29 which says, "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever"!  What do you hear when you read these words?  What I hear is that God is longingly telling me (us) that if only our hearts "feared" Him (respect/acknowledge Him) for who He is, and kept His commands always, I (we and our children/generations) would have true peace.  This is what He wants for each of us.  It's a peace that passes all understanding (the unsaved world can't even comprehend our peace and joy when we're living in and for Jesus).  Because we're humans with a strong self-will, we tend to want to do things our own way.  We continue to fail, to fall, to hurt, and then to cry out to God to "fix" it again.  He's saying that if we simply keep His commandments and respect/trust Him with our lives, He will keep us (all) in His perfect peace.  Each one of us needs to trust Him more.  Let's do this.....when your heart is hurting, or you know someone whose heart is hurting; simply point them to Jesus.  He is ALWAYS enough.  He is ALL we need.  Let's turn OUR hearts back to God, and encourage the world to seek after Him as well.  Praise God!  He's always there for us all.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; 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 AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends at the WONDERFUL and lovely
Pretty Pink Posh have agreed to sponsor this
challenge for us.  What a treat!  Pretty Pink Posh
is filled with the most LOVELY stamps, dies,
stencils, sequins and more.  Be sure to stop by
Pretty Pink Posh to look around at all their
wonderful products.  One lucky person who
plays along with us will win a very generous
$30 Gift Certificate to Pretty Pink Posh.



Our friends at Pink & Main ajoined us for
our previous challenge.  Pink & Main is a great
shop filled with patterned papers, the most darling
high-quality stamps, steel dies, and all sorts of
great embellishments and supplies.  Be sure to stop
by Pink & Main to check out ALL their awesome
products.  One lucky person who played along in
this challenge has been randomly drawn and has
won a generous $20 Gift Certificate to spend at
the WONDERFUL Pink & Main.  Hurray!
It's Entry #112 - Mamaw Cindy
 
The Top 3 Honors Go To Our Friends:
Entry #2 - Donna W.
Entry #70 - Julie Gearinger
Entry #70 - Gloria Shirr

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.
AND NOW....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

From Our Sponsor, Pretty Pink Posh - Some art
from their talented Design Team Members
First, Yoonsun Hur Using Pretty Pink Posh
Here's the talented Jeanne Jachna sharing a card
And next, it's Mona Toth who made this lovely card
And finally, the talented Leica Palma
Using Bear Friends and Dad Stamp Set

AND NOW.......From Our Design Team
Our June Guest Designer, Christine Miller

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Anything Goes - Weeks#493-494

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, and thanks again for joining us.  We hope you're ready for yet another AWESOME challenge with another AWESOME sponsor.  For this challenge, our friends at Pink & Main are joining us and offering a FABULOUS prize to their amazing store filled with sweet stamps, dies, papers and more.  We always hope and pray that you will be blessed and encouraged by our challenges; and that you will grow closer to the Lord, Jesus Christ as you create and share your art with us.  We want perfect peace and happiness for ALL our crafty friends...and for all the world.

The beautiful word art we're enjoying for this challenge is Psalm 138:8a, and it says "The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me".   What?  Perfect?  Does that mean I (we) will become perfect?  Well, no.  We won't be "perfect" while we're here on Earth because we are sinful humans in need of a perfect Savior (only found in Jesus Christ, God in human flesh).  However, when we give our life to God and submit to His will for us, He begins to change and mold us, and to perform His perfect will in us.  Each day, week, month, and year that we continue to walk with Him; we will grow to become more and more like Him.  We will eventually become better individuals as He works to "perfect" us into who He knows we can be as we shine for Him and point others to Him.  When we finally get to Heaven, then we will be "perfect" because we will be exactly what and where God wants us, and we won't have ANY more sin. We will live forever with Him in glory with NO stress, no imperfections, NO sin, NO sorrow or pain etc.  Our lives can get difficult here; but this Earth is not anyone's eternal home.  God wants to "perfect" your life...day by day; and He wants nothing more than for you (for everyone) to join Him in Heaven (a perfect place) to spend eternity (as opposed to Hell, separated from God forever - the only other option).  But in order for that to happen, we  must call on Him and ask Him to "perfect" us and guide us.  Let God "perfect that which concerns YOU".  Let Him have and guide ALL of you so that when your life on Earth is over, you can live in a PERFECT place, as a perfected being, in perfect eternal peace with a PERFECT Savior.  Praise God.
 
As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; 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 AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:

Our friends at Pink & Main are joining us for
this FUN challenge.  Pink & Main is a great
shop filled with patterned papers, the most darling
high-quality stamps, steel dies, and all sorts of
great embellishments and supplies.  Be sure to stop
by Pink & Main to check out ALL their awesome
products.  One lucky person who plays along in
this challenge will be randomly drawn and will
win a generous $20 Gift Certificate to spend at
the WONDERFUL Pink & Main.  Hurray!
 

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:
The Project Bin Stamps was the sponsor
of our last challenge.  This FUN store is
filled with darling high-quality acrylic stamps
and lots of great inspirational samples.  Be sure
to stop by and check out The Project Bin.  You
will really love their sweet collection of stamps.
One very lucky person has now won a
$15 Gift Certificate to spend over at
The Project Bin.  How FUN is that??!!??

The 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.
AND NOW....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

From the Pink & Main Design Team
Rachelle Using Bold Butterfly
And Lynnea Using the New Bold Butterflies Panel
Kathy Using Plaid Cover Dies and
Butterfly Sketches from Pink & Main

From the Word Art Wednesday Design Team
Our May Guest Designer, Billie Anderson

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Anything Goes - Weeks #491-492

Welcome, everyone!  We PRAISE GOD for a new day and a new challenge, and we're SO blessed to have you join us.  It's time for another FUN challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  We've got an awesome sponsor for this challenge, The Project Bin Stamps.  We also have a brief devotional, some inspiration to get you started, and lots of fun waiting for you all so let's get going with our AWESOME new challenge.  By the way, please know that we are SO super grateful to have you play along and share your God-given talents with us.

The scripture that was used to create this beautiful word art file is Matthew 6:34.  It says, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself sufficient unto the day is evil thereof".  What this verse is telling us is that, basically, we shouldn't be worrying about tomorrow.....or anything else.  God is very clear in His holy Word that He doesn't want us to worry, and that our worrying and stress can actually lead to evil/sin when we let it consume us.  When we truly surrender our lives to God and place our trust fully in Him (and all the wonders that come along with knowing Him), we are living in the moment; trusting fully that He has us in His care at all times.  God doesn't want us worrying about tomorrow (the future) as to where we'll go/live, what we'll eat, where we'll work, who we'll trust, etc.  When we are living for God, we trust Him at that moment and we have the blessed assurance of knowing He also has tomorrow (and every day thereafter) handled for us.  Whatever comes up, He will be right there to help us through it.  This doesn't mean we shouldn't be prepared for our futures, it simply means that we shouldn't ever be worried or stressed about it.  Not ANY part of it.  God encourages us (tells us, in fact) to cast ALL our worries on Him because He cares about us.  He knows that our worrying can lead to stress, which can lead to doubt, fear and all sorts of negative things that He doesn't want for us.  Whatever you're carrying around today, lay it at the feet of Jesus.  Tell Him that you're tired of carrying it.  Not only will He lift up and carry all our burdens and worries, but He actually WANTS to do so.....rather than having us carry it all.  God's got it all handled, my friends.  Give it all to Jesus, let Him sort it out and simply TRUST HIM.  What a wonderful blessing and truth from the precious Word of God.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; 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 AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
The Project Bin Stamps is the sponsor
of our new challenge.  This FUN store is
filled with darling high-quality acrylic stamps
and lots of great inspirational samples.  Be sure
to stop by and check out The Project Bin.
One very lucky person will win a
$15 Gift Certificate to spend at
The Project Bin.  How exciting!


AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:
Our previous challenge sponsor was the WONDERFUL
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  One lucky person has
won their choice of either two new stamp sets of
choice, or one stamp set and one die-cut set of  choice
from our FABULOUS friends over at
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps. Be sure to stop by and
browse their LOVELY collection of high-quality
acrylic stamps and wafer thin dies.  They have SO
many great products.  You'll want them all.
Here's our Lucky Winner!  It's

The 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, April 28, 2021

Anything Goes - Weeks #489-490

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone!  It's time for another great new challenge and a FUN time for everyone.  Thanks for joining us.  We have one of our favorite long-time sponsors back with us again for this challenge; and we know that everyone LOVES this sponsor.  It's the WONDERFUL Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  Hurray!  We also have some card samples to inspire you, our lucky winners, and a brief devotional to encourage you.  Oh, and of course....the challenge.  Let's get started with it all, and thanks for joining us.

The scripture in focus is Psalm 33:18.  In this beloved psalm, we read "Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy".  As I looked at this portion of scripture, three questions popped into my  mind.  The first question - Is the eye of the LORD (Jesus Christ) upon me?  Second question - do I fear Him?  And finally, Is my hope in His mercy?  PRAISE GOD I can confidently say YES to all three of these questions.  So can you.  It's simple.  When we say that we "fear" the LORD", it means we acknowledge His holiness and recognize Him for WHO is is.  He is GOD, Jesus Christ our Savior, and the Author/Creator of all things.  To fully recognize God as having full authority over all of (His) creation, is to "fear" Him.  To have HOPE in His mercy means to place our eternal faith in His act of mercy on the cross when He willing gave His life as a spotless sacrifice to cover my sins (and the sins of all mankind).  He showed me His mercy when He allowed me to approach Him and ask Him to save my wretched sinful soul.  PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME...He saved my eternal soul.  He wants to save the soul of every human who will humble themselves, confess their sinful condition, and call on Him for salvation based fully upon placing their HOPE of eternity with Him in Heaven in (nothing but) His sacrifice on the cross.  It's doesn't have to be some "complicated religious event"...it's just a conversation between you and God.  And here's the BLESSING in this scripture.....the EYE of the LORD will forever be upon me (us).  Once I am His, I'm no longer alone.....ever.  What a JOY to know that His all-seeing eye is forever watching over me.  Do you fear God?  Is your hope in His mercy?  Does He keep His eye on you?   It sure feels good to know.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; 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 AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our sponsor for this challenge is the WONDERFUL
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  One lucky person will
win their choice of either two new stamp sets of
choice, or one stamp set and one die-cut set of  choice
from our FABULOUS friends over at
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  Below you will see
several samples/cards using stamps and dies from
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  Be sure to stop by and
browse their LOVELY collection of high-quality
acrylic stamps and wafer thin dies.  They have SO
many great products.  You'll want them all.

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:
The AMAZING Swoon Party Shop was our previous
sponsor.  I really hope you've popped this awesome
shop to see all their LOVELY products including
one-of-a-kind items and specialty accents for our
crafting projects.  Don't miss viewing this AWESOME
shop to look around.  I've ordered many times, and I
love their products and customer service.  So many
great products await you at Swoon Party Shop.  One
lucky person has won a $25 Gift Certificate to
the FABULOUS Swoon Party Shop.  It's
Lucky💕Lucky💗Lucky💕

The Top 3 Honors Go To Our Friends:
Entry #6 - Ingunn

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.
AND NOW....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

From the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
Design Team, Our Friend, Esther Asbury

Also From the Stamp Simply Design Team,
The Talented Deborah Saaranen 

One more from the Stamp Simply Design Team...
We have this lovely card from Julie Gearinger


Our April Guest Designer, Dottie Seubert
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

And Our Design Team Members:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter