Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Anything Goes #408-#409

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday!  I've been working hard lately trying to set up all the sponsors for 2020.  If anyone has any suggestions or leads in this area, I'd love to hear from you.  God is providing as He always does, and we're SO grateful that He allows us to maintain this challenge blog.  As long as God continues to provide, we will do our best to keep bringing you fun challenges, devotionals that we hope are a blessing to you, free digital scripture files, fabulous prizes, beautiful inspiration, and LOTS of fun.  Your prayers are always appreciated, and of course, your PRAISES as well.  God is good....ALL the time.  Thanks for joining us.

The scripture for our word art is Romans 10:15.  This verse asks a question and says, "And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things"!  These words speak to my own heart in a very personal way; as our middle daughter (and son-in-law) are missionaries, and I've always had a heart for missionaries.  Many of you know missionaries personally.  What a humbling statement for the LORD God to say that those who go to preach the gospel and share glad tidings are considered "beautiful" on the feet of them.  It's good to please the Lord.  Of course, this doesn't mean that missionaries (or anyone else) can do enough good things to possibly "earn" their way into Heaven, because there's nothing that's "good enough" that any of us could ever do to impress God or to earn our way into spending eternity with Him in Heaven.  Because every human being is sinful, we (in and of ourselves) could never satisfy the debt that is owed for our sinfulness.  EVERY person, no matter WHO they are or what they've done, NEEDS to call on Jesus (God in human flesh) for the eternal security we all seek.  He (God in human flesh) was the only perfect sacrifice who could satisfy the debt that was owed for the sinfulness of mankind.  Praise God!!  He satisfied our debt and paid the price. This verse is reminding us that He loves those who go all around the world to share this wonderful news, His love, His plan of salvation.  And God tell us that these people (who go) are "beautiful" to Him.  This should remind us that.....because this matters to God and pleases Him, WE need to remember to PRAY for missionaries and all those who share the gospel of Jesus Christ (the good news or "glad tidings") with others.  Some do it every day...with their neighbors, people at the store, their doctor, their gardener, etc.  Some people go to the far ends of the earth to reach people in the outmost regions with God's love and plan for their eternal salvation, and some go to places where it's sometimes even illegal, unethical, sketchy and downright dangerous to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  But people need to know the truth, and they need to have a Bible in their own language so that they can then learn of Him and grow in their faith.  This is why God reminds us here (as in other verses) that He loves His people, considers their efforts beautiful, and expects US to send them.  Not everyone can BE a missionary abroad.  However, each and every one of us can PRAY for missionaries; and we should.  If you know of a missionary, please pray for them.  If you're not familiar yet with a mission you can pray for regularly; please let me know and I'll send you a prayer card or direct you to sites that show you missionaries who would greatly appreciate your prayers.  There is great joy in praying for missionaries and for the needs of others in general.  We don't always hear right away about how God answers those prayers, or how He blesses them, but you can trust and know that God will always watch over them and provide for their needs; and each prayer is answered according to His will, and in a way that's best for the person for whom you are praying.  YOU can be part of missions around the world...simply by praying.  Let's not forget about missionaries.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, 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!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is a BIG supporter
of Word Art Wednesday.  We're SO grateful for
Sharon and her amazing generosity.  Be sure to
stop by Stamp Simply Clear Stamps to see all their
WONDERFUL stamps and products.  One lucky
person will win their choice of either
two new stamp sets, or one stamp set and
one die-cut (of their choice).
There are SO many wonderful stamps (and
more) to see at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:

Our FABULOUS sponsor for the last challenge
was the AWESOME CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps.
Please take a moment to stop by this sweet
shop to see all their great stamps, dies, tools,
and more.  One lucky person has won this
FAB prize from CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps.
And Our Lucky Winner Is.....

Top 3 Winners:

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 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!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Our October Guest Designer, Meghan Kennihan


JoAnn Atterbury
Stamp Set from Sponsor,
to Create this Easel w/Drawer

Maxine Diffey
Maxine's Second Card Using the Thinking of You
 Rose Stamp Set and Die - both from our Sponsor,

Showing Various Views of Stephanie's Card

Karen's Second Card Using our Word Art


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Weeks #405-#407 - Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday!  We are delighted that you're here to join all the fun we have planned.  What an exciting challenge we just finished up with Taylored Expressions.  Are you ready to see the TWO winners' names?  How exciting.  God has blessed us with such AMAZING sponsors, and we have a brand new sponsor (for us, anyway) and we're SUPER excited about it.  Let's get started right away with this FUN new challenge.

Our word art scripture was created by the talented Karen Murray.  If you're ever looking for a specific Bible verse in word art form, Karen has oodles of them on her fabulous blog, Papercraft Memories.  The verses for this challenge are 1 Corinthians 1:4-5, which say, "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance and in all knowledge".  As we know, these words were written to the (people of) Church at Corinth; and these words are a continuation of his written thanks for the church.  But he (Paul, the writer) was also reminding the people of God's "enrichments"; and how God plentifully and wonderfully provided for them through His own doing.  Because Paul, like most of these church members, was a poor man who came from humble beginnings; he was clearly able to see all the blessings God was continually providing for His people.  He was building up their morale by reminding them of God's amazing provision.  Sometimes we need that same gentle nudge to be reminded of how INCREDIBLY blessed we are.  I have no doubt that each of YOU (just like me) have your troubles, your pains, and your struggles.  This verse (like so much of God's precious word) reminds us that we are SO very blessed.  God has provided for us far beyond what we need or deserve.  I try every day to be mindful and very aware of even the smallest things.  We take a whole lot for granted, my friends.  I encourage you all.....the next time something goes wrong.....just stop for a moment and start counting your blessings.  For me, I know I have a lovely home, vehicles to drive, family, friends, food, more "junk/stuff" in this house than we need or deserve, and...the list goes on and on and on.  Let's be real....we are SO blessed.  God wants so very badly to KNOW you and to guide you "in all utterance and in all knowledge".  That means we need to think before we speak sometimes.  God will not only bless and provide for our physical needs; but He will also give us all the words we need (and exactly when we need them) when we are seeking Him.  God actually wants to help you figure out every aspect of your life.  Have you been looking to God to enrich you?  Well, He wants to show you His amazing grace in all utterance and in all knowledge.  The first step is simply asking Him to help you.  He will never leave you to figure out things on your own.  Just let God know that you want to hear from Him, and He will show YOU his grace.  Remember....in the Book of James we are told that "we have not because we ask not".  The Lord, Jesus Christ, absolutely WANTS to know you and to be close to you, but we have to invite Him in.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, 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!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our FABULOUS sponsor for this challenge is
Please take a moment to stop by this sweet
shop to see all their great stamps, dies, tools,
and more.  One lucky person will win this
FAB prize from CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps.


AND NOW.....TWO MORE Lucky Winners:

Taylored Expressions is our sponsor for this
new challenge!  How lucky are we?  This is
such a FUN company with wonderful stamps,
dies, wool felt, inks, and SO much more.  Take
a moment to stop by Taylored Expressions to
look around at all their AMAZING products!
See special SALE information above.
TWO lucky entrants have each won a $25
Gift Certificate to Taylored Expressions!
These two lucky people are
AND

Top 3 Winners:
Entry #194 - Greta

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 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!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Our September Guest Designer, Lisa Jung



Maxine Diffey

Inside View With Scripture/Word Art


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Anything Goes/Weeks #404 - #405

Welcome back, creative friends!  It's time to wrap up our last challenge, announce our winner, and get started with our fun new challenge.  We have some of the most amazing sponsors in the entire crafting community, and we're so grateful for each of them.  Just wait until you see our sponsor for the new challenge.  It's Taylored Expressions!  They're offering TWO prizes.  And.....they want you to know this about their current Birthday celebration and sale:

Taylored Expressions is celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here's how you can jump in on the celebration!

1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every order (while supplies last).
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 

Offers valid 9/10 - 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

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The lovely new digital word art file uses the scripture Psalm 91:11 which says, "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."  This is such a beautiful verse, and it gives us such a warm feeling to entertain the idea that the Lord has angels watching over us.  This verse, as well as many other verses that talk about angels, have long been discussed and debated.  Whether or not each of us truly has their own "guardian angel" watching over us isn't really the issue here.  What God does want us to learn from this verse (and other verses about His watchcare over us) is that once we are a child of God, we gain His favor.  He will protect us, watch over us, guard us from harm, and direct our path.  Perhaps He uses angels to help guide us, but...make no mistake that it is by the power of God alone that we are protected.  Not only are we protected by Him in this life, but we are also promised an eternal protection.  This eternal protection is in a place free from sin, free from fear, and free from the darkness of this evil world.  Praise God that "He shall give his angels charge over us" to keep and protect us always.  What a wonderful God we serve...that He would offer His protection over us always.  In this world, and in the next.  That's what I call true protection and love, and I'm so grateful that He died for me so that I can know that amazing promise.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, 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!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Taylored Expressions is our sponsor for this
new challenge!  How lucky are we?  This is
such a FUN company with wonderful stamps,
dies, wool felt, inks, and SO much more.  Take
a moment to stop by Taylored Expressions to
look around at all their AMAZING products!
See special SALE information above.
TWO lucky entrants will each win a $25
Gift Certificate to Taylored Expressions!


AND NOW.....Another Lucky WINNER!!!
Newton's Nook Designs is one of the CUTEST
shops on the internet.  Please take time to
stop by Newton's Nook to look around at all
their wonderful stamps, dies and more.  One
lucky person has won a $20 credit to the
WONDERFUL Newton's Nook Designs.  We're
SO grateful for their support.  Thanks, Newton!
Lucky Winner of $20 Newton's Nook Prize

Top 3 Winners:
Entry#169 - Lisa Bzibziak

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 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!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Taylor from Taylored Expressions
Strips - Birthday stamp

Heather from Taylored Expressions
Using New Birthday Basics and a fun
ink blending technique using 
Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes

Our September Guest Designer, Lisa Jung



Maxine Diffey

Using Sponsor Product, Simply Stamped


Using Sponsor Product, In My Heart
(Retired) Set by Taylored Expressions

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Anything Goes - Weeks #402-#403

Welcome back by, everyone!  We had a FABULOUS challenge just end, and we're all set for another.  We're so grateful that you've chosen to play along with us.  We hope that our challenge blog is a blessing and encouragement to you, and we also hope you know how VERY grateful we are to have each and every one of you share your amazing art work with us.  We wouldn't have a challenge blog without YOU, so thank you.  Let's get started with another FUN challenge, shall we?

As we look at the new piece of word art, we see that it comes from Isaiah 26:4 which says, "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD Jehovah is everlasting strength".  This part of scripture reminds us that when we live a righteous life before the LORD Jehovah (God in the O.T. and Jesus Christ in the N.T.), we are strengthened - physically, spiritually, politically, and in every way.  When an individual, a family, a neighborhood, a city, etc. fears God and submits to His ways, God is faithful to strengthen and protect His people.  Much like these verses in the Book of Isaiah, He promises the same to us today.  By giving our lives, our worries, our weaknesses, our faith and our everything to Him, we are strengthened from within.  Our bodies will still wear down, our mind may fail us, but...we have an eternal strength unlike any other.  God will give us the inner strength and peace we need.  I know that many of my dear friends are facing some troubled times with their aging parents.  Some of our parents' bodies and minds have "worn out".  What a joy to know that because we live for Him, His strength and support are eternally ours.  While our bodies/minds may begin to fail us, WE ARE STRONG because of Him.  We are comforted in knowing that NOTHING can separate us from the love, the strength, and the joy that comes (only) through living for the LORD.  The LORD Jehovah is our ROCK OF AGES - a constant, steady source of eternal strength and comfort; and any house/home, person, church family, etc. placing their faith in Him can never lose His strength.  It's like the song we learned when we were children....."We are weak, but He is strong".  What a joy to know He is our strength!

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, 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!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Newton's Nook Designs is one of the CUTEST
shops on the internet.  Please take time to
stop by Newton's Nook to look around at all
their wonderful stamps, dies and more.  One
lucky person will win a $20 credit to the


AND NOW......Another Lucky Winner:
The Project Bin was our sponsor for the last
challenge.  We hope that you will take
time to visit The Project Bin and check
out their FUN assortment of stamps.
One lucky person has won a $15 credit
to spend at The Project Bin on the stamps
of their choice.  How exciting!
It's Entry #143 - Kren

Top 3 Winners:
Entry  #122 - Esther

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 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!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Our first inspiration card comes from the AMAZING
Jennifer Jackson of Newton's Nook Designs.  Let's
all thank Jennifer for sharing her talents and for
sponsoring this challenge for us.  Her adorable

Our August Guest Designer, Beverly Jordan



Maxine Diffey

 




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