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

Our May Guest Designer, Billie Anderson

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

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Weeks #487-488 - Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday.  You're here just in time for a brand new challenge; and WOW do we ever have some amazing fun waiting for you.  First, we'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Design Team Member, Gail Scott.  We're blessed to have her join our team, and we hope you enjoy the art she shares.  We also have another brand new sponsor this year, the lovely Swoon Party Shop.  I found this store through a blog inspiration of mine; and I've been ordering the cutest little trinkets from this shop ever since then.  You will find many one-of-a-kind items and lovely touches for any crafting project.  Each time I visit, the inventory expands.  You'll see my card (below and on my blog) using several of the darling items carried at Swoon.  I do hope you'll stop by Swoon Party Shop to look around and possibly treat yourself.  We're really glad you're here, and we appreciate all the art you share with us.  Even if we don't get around to your blog each week, we see you and we appreciate you....much more than you will ever know.  We thank God for you.

Our scripture for this challenge is Luke 1:49 which says, "For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name".  This verse is fairly straight-forward.  These words were spoken by Mary, the mother of Jesus.  When she said, "For He that is mighty", she was referring to Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, her Savior.  She went on to add..."and holy is His name".  She fully realized WHO her son was.  He was not just a human....He was SO much more, and she acknowledged this by saying "holy is His name".  She wanted others to realize that SHE was NOT the focus; but that her son, Jesus Christ, the awaited Messiah, God in human flesh, was the one to whom she looked for her salvation, and that He alone should always be the One in focus.  Mary played a vital and beautiful role in Jesus coming to this world to save us from our sins.  However, she never wanted anyone to lose sight of the fact that Jesus Christ (God, the Messiah) was where our hearts needed to look for our eternal salvation.  We need to appreciate Mary, respect Mary, called Mary blessed among women.  We are not called to "worship", pray to, or honor Mary.  That's not what she wanted.  She always wanted to shine the light on her precious son, Jesus.  He alone is holy, and mighty, and He is wanting to do great things through you and me.  The desire of Mary's heart was to point people to her Savior, Jesus Christ.  What's the desire of your heart?  God wants to do great things for you, and He alone is mighty enough to accomplish anything.  Let God do great things for you - HOLY is His name.

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 AMAZING Swoon Party Shop is our FAB
sponsor for this challenge.  This awesome shop is
filled with the most LOVELY products including
one-of-a-kind items and specialty accents for our
crafting projects.  Be sure to stop by 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 will win a $25 Gift Certificate to Swoon.
Karen's project below uses some of the sweet items
you'll find at Swoon Party Shop.  Happy shopping!


AND NOW....Another Lucky Winner:
The one and only NEWTON was just with us from
Newton's Nook.  One lucky person  has now won
a generous $20 gift certificate to spend at the
WONDERFUL Newton's Nook.  They have SO
many great stamps, dies, and creative FUN just
waiting for you at Newton's Nook Designs.
Thank you again, Newton.  Our lucky winner is
Entry #19 - Marie Bingaman

The Top 3 Honors Go To Our Friends:
Entry #8 - Enigma Artist
Entry #80 - Shaz in Oz
Entry #223 - Nana Connie

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