Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Anything Goes - Weeks #525-526

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday.  It's time for another FUN challenge and we have lots of exciting things to share with you.  We have another lucky challenge winner, six Blog Hop winners, and a great new challenge with another FABULOUS sponsor.  Have you checked out the sidebar for the new 2022 sponsors?  Did you pray for God to provide these wonderful sponsors?  We sure do PRAISE Him for providing us with the support of such AMAZING companies.  Oh, by the way.....two important things.  First, please help us welcome the lovely Cynthia Olheiser to our Design Team.  Cynthia loves the Lord, Jesus Christ, SO much and she's really excited to be on our team to share God's great love with you as well as her amazing artwork and creativity.  Also, I'm really needing Guest Designers for 2022.  Please let me know if you're interested.

The scripture used to create our wonderful word art is Psalm 146:2 which says, "While I live will I praise the LORD:  I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being".  For those who love God, this should be the theme of our lives.  There should NEVER be any time in our lives when our desire is anything other than PRAISING the Lord for all the wonderful things He has done for us.  Not only does He love us and care for us while we are living on Earth; but He loves us so much that He actually came to us, lived among us, suffered and died for us, was risen from the dead and went to Heaven to prepare a place for us JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES US and doesn't want to see us suffer eternally for the cost of our sins.  He paid the price for us, but we must accept it.  While we are here on Earth and have life and breath in us, we should always want to bring Him praise.  He loves to hear our praises, too.  Yes!  God enjoys hearing YOU and I say, "PRAISE GOD" and it pleases Him very much when we recognize that ALL our blessings come from Him and we thank Him.  We need to thank and praise Him for ALL He has done - both here in our lives on Earth AND for making a way for us to spend eternity with Him.  Each of us WILL spend our eternity (that's FOREVER, friends) in one of two literal places.  We will either end up in Heaven with Him - because we have placed our faith and trust in His gift of life OR....we will spend our eternity forever separated from God in a dark (literal) place called Hell.  Sounds rough, right?  Well, I'm not making it up here.  This is absolute truth, everyone.  We each have to choose WHERE we want to spend our eternity.  You can call on Jesus, God in human flesh, today.  Simply tell Him that "I'm a sinner, and I know that YOU are God and that YOU are my only way to escape the price of my sin.  I call on YOU, Jesus, Lord God, to save my soul and to help me live for you".  It's really not difficult.  It's not about religion or church attendance.  It's about a real relationship with God Himself.  I will choose to PRAISE THE LORD always.  Where do you place your faith?  It's a very BIG and important decision with ETERNAL consequences/rewards.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computers; 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 WONDERFUL sponsor for this challenge:
Our AWESOME sponsor for the challenge is
the one and only Top Flight Stamps.  Hurray!
This awesome store carries so many great stamps
and crafting items.  One lucky person who links
up in our challenge will WIN a generous $25
Gift Voucher to spend at the wonderful
Top Flight Stamps.  You can visit the
Top Flight Stamps Blog here for inspiration.
There are also some Top Flight Stamps cards
made by their DT Members shown below.


AND NOW.......Another Lucky WINNER:
Sunny Studio Stamps was the AMAZING Sponsor
for our last challenge. This fun store is full of
high-quality clear stamps in the most darling
variety of images and sentiments, etc.  You will
LOVE this FUN store.  Check out all their cool
Paper Products and of course wonderful
Stamps and Die-Cuts among other things.
One very lucky person has won a very generous
$25 credit to spend at the wonderful.....
Sunny Studio Stamps.  It's Lucky

Our Blog Hop Winners:

 Jo Ann Atterbury - Heather of Wire Wrapture
Natalie Houston - Donna Walls
(There's a second winner on Natalie's blog)
Gail Scott - Denise Bryant
Christine Miller - Allisa Steinlicht
Allisa Steinlicht - Dottie Seubert
Karen Letchworth - Mamaw Cindy

Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:
Entry #62 -  Mia

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.
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started:

Autumn Clark from Top Flight Stamps

Ericka Strange from Top Flight Stamps
Using Visible Image Stamp Set

And....Here's Rachel Kleinman
AND NOW.......From Our Own Design Team
Please Welcome our New Designer, Cynthia Olheiser

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Anything Goes Weeks #523-524 Christmas Blog Hop

WELCOME to our final challenge of the year AND our annual Christmas Blog Hop.  We're so glad you've chosen to join us.  We have another awesome sponsor, Sunny Studio Stamps, as well as a six-stop Blog Hop where you can comment to win six additional AWESOME prizes as you hop along.  Just use the Blog Hop list below to visit the blogs of our DT Members and leave a comment on each blog.  That way, you'll be entered to win the extra prizes being offered on each blog.  As always, of course, there's also a (grand) prize that will go to one randomly selected participant in our regular challenge.

Our scripture of focus for this challenge is Ecc. 11:5 which says, "As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child, even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all".  Over the years, wise men (and women) including doctors, physicists, archeologists, meteorologists, scientists, explorers, and people from all over the world in every field of study have thoroughly examined each subject imaginable.  They've learned SO much about so many things that were once a mystery to mankind.  However, there is NOBODY who can explain the way of the spirit (God's ways).  Nor has anyone ever figured out (and never will figure out) just how the bones grow in the womb of a pregnant woman, nor have they (or will they ever) figure out the mighty works of God - the maker and creator of everything.  The reason why people can't figure out these things is simply that we are not meant to understand the things of God because His ways are higher and purer and greater than ours, and the human mind isn't capable of comprehending the amazing greatness of His wisdom.  You see....God knows EVERYTHING.  He sees the bigger (entire) picture of the past, the present, and the things to come (both tomorrow and years from now) in ways we couldn't possibly comprehend.  Because God alone is all-knowing and has the ultimate outcomes already determined; He alone makes all things happen.  And that's quite alright.  Just knowing that there is an all-knowing loving God who has EVERYTHING under control should comfort us greatly.  The next time you're stressed, just remember that we aren't meant to understand it all.  But God has it ALL figured out.  Trust in that truth; and find strength in the fact that God loves you, wants His very best for your life, and has it ALL under control - even when you don't quite understand it.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computers; 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). Let's just keep it family friendly and appropriate for everyone.  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 WONDERFUL sponsor for this challenge:
Sunny Studio Stamps is our AMAZING Sponsor
for this challenge.  YES!  This fun store is full of
high-quality clear stamps in the most darling
variety of images and sentiments, etc.  You will
LOVE this FUN store.  Check out all their cool
Paper Products and of course wonderful
Stamps and Die-Cuts among other things.
One very lucky person will win a very generous
$25 credit to spend at the wonderful.....


AND NOW...... TWO More Lucky Winners:
Crafty Individuals is an AWESOME Scrapbook
and Stamping Supply Store.  Located in the UK,
Crafty Individuals carries their own FABULOUS
line of awesome stamps as well as other brands and
essential stamping essentials.  You're sure to find
something great at Crafty Individuals.  All CI
stamps are high-quality, and they have some of
the most original, cool designs in their line.
One lucky person has won a 25£ prize to spend
on the Crafty Individuals line of stamps.
These stamps are SO unique and original.
THANKS to our friends at Crafty Individuals.
The lucky winner of this fabulous prize is

AND
The one and only DRS Designs was a sponsor
of our last challenge.  They carry high-quality
AWESOME rubber stamps.  We hope you will
stop by DRS Stamps and take a look around.
One lucky person has now won a $20 Gift
Voucher to spend at DRS Stamps.

Our 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.
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started:

Our December Guest Designer, Allisa Steinlicht



Here's the Blog Hop List
Leave a comment on each blog below
to be entered to win one of the awesome
prizes along the way.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Anything Goes - Weeks #521-522

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone.  We're SO BLESSED to have you stop by again, and we always enjoy seeing your wonderful art linked up in our gallery.  We have another awesome challenge waiting for you with TWO FABULOUS sponsors, Crafty Individuals and DRS Stamps.  We also have a brief devotional and lots of great inspiration; so.......let's get started.

Our scripture is Isaiah 7:14 which reads, Therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel".  Many of us are familiar with this verse, and have heard it at Christmas time or seen it on a Christmas card.  The first part of this verse that says "therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign" lets us know that God, our Eternal Father & Creator who has always existed, desperately wanted then (and still wants/always wants) for mankind, the creation of His hands, to KNOW of His deep love for us.  So, God sent a sign.  He could have sent a huge flashing neon sign to light up the entire sky, He could have rained down something from the Heavens, He could have done ANYTHING He so chose in order to "send us a sign" of His unconditional and endless love for us.  But what He chose to do to "send us a sign" that He loves us was for Him to become human flesh Himself and come to this world to PROVE and physically demonstrate His love for us.  What a sign!!!  God caused a virgin to conceive by sending His Holy Spirit upon her.  There He (God) became flesh in the form of a baby (God's Son, Jesus - yet still God).  He was born of a virgin (He was conceived by God) and He lived on this earth as a human who was tempted by everything that tempts us today; yet He never sinned - because He is God.  He became our sinless, perfect sacrifice when He was crucified, He died, was burried, and He rose up from the dead on the 3rd day PROVING HE IS GOD.  (just as the prophets had proclaimed in the Old Testament would happen)  The resurrected Christ was seen, as documented in the Bible, by hundreds of eye witnesses following His death and resurrection.  He then ascended and went to prepare a place for those who call on Him.  It's not about attending any certain church, or about being baptized, sealed, confirmed, etc., and it's not about rituals and rules or anything else.  The ONLY thing that matters when we die (and we will ALL face this day) is - DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM?  All it takes is a simple conversation with Him (in your own words) - something like this:  Lord, I recognize that YOU alone are God, and that the Bible is your written word and authority to us.  I know that you came and died for my sins PROVING that You alone are God.  I confess that I am a sinner, and that I can't get to Heaven on my own.  I'm asking you, LORD God, to come into my life and save me from my sins, and to help me now to live for you".  That's it.  If you truly mean it in your heart - these (or similar) words will bond you to Him for all eternity.  After all....GOD is the One to whom we should want to be bonded for all eternity.  Only He can save us from Hell, and only He can bless and enrich our lives with His goodness.  What a Christmas gift!!  Call on God today and know for sure where you're going when your days on earth end.  His name was called Immanuel which, translated means "God with us" because He really is God and He came to earth to be with us.  Immanuel, God, is here with us even now....patiently waiting.  Have you called on Him?

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computers; 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 WONDERFUL sponsor for this challenge:
Crafty Individuals is an AWESOME Scrapbook
and Stamping Supply Store.  Located in the UK,
Crafty Individuals carries their own FABULOUS
line of awesome stamps as well as other brands and
essential stamping essentials.  You're sure to find
something great at Crafty Individuals.  All CI
stamps are high-quality, and they have some of
the most original, cool designs in their line.
One lucky person will win a 25£ prize to spend
on the Crafty Individuals line of stamps.  COOL.
These stamps are SO unique and original.
THANKS to our friends at Crafty Individuals.

AND
The one and only DRS Designs is also sponsoring
this challenge.  You can see several cards below
showcasing their AMAZING stamps.  They carry
a bit of everything, and these are high-quality
genuine rubber stamps.  One lucky person will
win a generous $25 gift voucher to spend at
DRS Designs Rubber Stamps.  How cool is that?
Our Design Team has some inspiration below
using DRS Stamps.  We hope our art inspires you
to stop by DRS Stamps and take a look around.

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:
Our friends over at The Project Bin
sponsored our last challenge.  They
carry many sweet stamps sets, die-cuts,
and all sorts of great sets to help you
create something FUN.  One lucky person
has won a $15 credit to spend over at
The Project Bin.  That's awesome!  We
hope you'll stop by The Project Bin to
look around.  Our lucky winner is

Our 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 Unlink link party!

Click here to enter