Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Weeks #501-502 - Anything Goes

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday, and thank you for joining us.  Whether you're new to our challenge blog, or if you've been playing along for years; we want you all to know that we greatly appreciate you and the all the wonderful art you share with us.  It's so fun and inspiring to see all the pretty cards and projects you share with us.  We have another great challenge for you with our awesome sponsor, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  We've got lots of great inspiration for you, a brief devotional to encourage you, and loads of fun waiting for everyone, so let's get started.  Thanks again for joining us.

The beautiful word art/scripture was created, as always, by our dear friend Karen Murray.  For those of you who have inquired about her word art/scriptures, you can always find loads of these beautiful designs here on her blog (and the link/logo is always on our left-hand side bar as well).  This scripture is Psalm 147:3 and it reads, "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds".  This verse can be interpreted both literally and figuratively.  Let's face it....ALL humans get wounds.  We get physical wounds and we get emotional wounds.  When we get a large cut (through surgery or an accident), the surgeon will use stitches, staples or glue to "bind up our wounds"; but they MUST be bound up and dealt with in order to heal properly.  The same is true of all our (physical and emotional) wounds.  PRAISE GOD that He is always there for us to heal our broken hearts and bind up our wounds because He cares for us ALL so very much.  When we have physical wounds, God uses doctors to help us and then He does the remainder of the healing for us by comforting us, easing our pain, and by pouring Himself on us through the Holy Spirit who comforts us.  The same is true of our emotional wounds.  When we leave these wounds to ourselves and don't include God, we tend to spend a whole lot of time wallowing in our sorrows.  We tend to "vent" to the (sometimes) wrong people, and we complain about our sorrows to others who ultimately lend little support.  By coming to the LORD, Jesus Christ, first and laying our  burdens (physical wounds, emotional wounds, troubles and worries) at His feet and seeking His wise counsel; He gives us the exact comforts we need.  By including Him FIRST, He is able to send the right people into our lives who will give us wise counsel, He can literally heal ANYTHING He wills to heal, He comforts us emotionally and physically, and He will provide precisely what we need to have all our wounds bound up and healed.  Let's face it, friends....we're ALL going to suffer in this life.  But God has told us that He wants us to lay it on Him and let Him do the worrying and the problem-solving.  We suffer because we either don't give it ALL to Him, or because when we ask Him for help, we lack the FAITH that He can and WILL handle it.  God wouldn't tell us things like "cast your burdens on me" or "I will bind your wounds", or "I care for you" if He didn't mean it literally.  There is ONLY ONE GOD and His name is Jesus Christ.  He is the author and creator of everything, and HE LOVES YOU.  He wants to bind up and heal your wounds, to comfort you and provide for you and to heal your broken heart; but we each have to ASK Him to do it.  Let's not stress out any more.  Simply lay it at the feet of Jesus and watch Him as he heals our broken hearts, binds up our wounds, and blesses us beyond imagination.  He is that good....ALL the time.  Praise God.

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 AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps are
sponsoring this challenge.  One very lucky entrant
will WIN their choice of either any two (2) stamp sets,
OR any one (1) die-cut set AND any one (1) stamp set
from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps collection.
How AWESOME is that?  These high-quality stamps
and dies are perfect for creating the most lovely cards
and projects.  You can check out their FABULOUS
collection here at - Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.
Best of luck in the random draw, everyone.


AND NOW.......Another Lucky WINNER:
Our friends over at Heartfelt Creations
generously sponsored our precious challenge.
We LOVE this sweet shop filled with
lovely stamps, dies, flower molds, stamens
and SO much more.  One lucky person has
now won a generous $20 Gift Certificate
to spend at Heartfelt Creations.  How sweet
is that?  We hope you will stop by and see
everything at Heartfelt Creations, and to say
THANKS to EmmaLou and her team.  They
are so wonderful.  Thanks again to our friends
at Heartfelt Creations. The lucky winner of
this AWESOME prize is Lucky Entry

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 Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Design Team
Julie Gearinger Using A Godly Man


And Deb Felts Using Stamp Simply

AND NOW From Our Design Team.........
Our July Guest Designer, Dottie Seubert

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Anything Goes - Weeks #499-500

Welcome back by, everyone!  It's time for a brand new challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and we're THRILLED to have you join the fun.  We have another awesome sponsor for this challenge, and lots of inspiration.  Thank you so much for coming back week after week to play along with us.  Seeing your cards and projects is such a treat, and we're inspired by each of you.  If you're here for the first time, WELCOME.  We really are super grateful for each of you, and it's our hope that this challenge blog will be a place of encouragement to you.

The scripture used for the word art you see below is Proverbs 18:10 which says "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe".  Let's break it down.  As I've attempted to explain in the past; when we see the name of God as LORD (all capitals) in the Old Testament, it is referring to Yahweh God (the Father).  When we see it in the New Testament, it refers to Jesus Christ.  Ultimately the same person/God, but He is called by many names - all of which are still God.  Because He alone is God, we are assured that His name (LORD) is a strong tower.  When we dwell in Him, we are safe.  As we grow in our faith, it becomes even more apparent to us that He is our strength and our hiding place or shelter.  The latter part of this verses says "the righteous runneth into it".  We are "righteous" only because He is righteous and He dwells in us.  This is not saying self-righteous, as it's not about us or anything we have done - it's about God living in us and what He has done for us by giving His life for us.  As His children, we learn to run to Him for everything.  And finally, this verse says "and is safe".  This doesn't mean that nothing bad is ever going to happen to God's children.  In fact, most times when we get "hurt" or experience trials, it's because we've stepped out of our "safe tower", we've wandered out into the world without consulting Him, and WHACK!  We get hurt, or troubles come our way.  When it says that "we are safe" when we run to Him, it's reassuring us that He'll always provide a safe place for us because He hears us, He cares about us, and He has everything concerning us under control.  However, it's up to us to make that first step of calling on the name of Jesus (the LORD God) for our salvation, and then abiding in His safety.  I know that I couldn't make it through one day without Him.  I don't even want to think about it.  And most importantly, let's remember that this world is not our eternal home.  We will each spend our eternity in one of two places - in Heaven with Him, or in Hell without Him.  What a joy it is to always feel safe, to feel protected, to feel loved, and to KNOW FOR SURE where we will spend eternity.  Let the LORD be your strong tower.  Run to Him when you need safety, strength and love.  He will keep you safe - today, tomorrow, and for ALL eternity.  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 over at Heartfelt Creations are
sponsoring this challenge.  You are going to
LOVE this sweet shop filled with the most
lovely stamps, dies, flower molds, stamens
and SO much more.  One lucky person is
going to win a generous $20 Gift Certificate
to spend at Heartfelt Creations.  How sweet
is that?  We hope you will stop by and see
everything at Heartfelt Creations, and to say
THANKS to EmmaLou and her team.  They
are wonderful.  Thanks again to our friends
at Heartfelt Creations. Create something lovely.


AND NOW......Another Lucky WINNER:
We are SO grateful to My Scrap Cabin
for their support of our previous challenge.
PLEASE stop by My Scrap Cabin to see all
their pretty Seam Binding and treat yourself
to a bundle or two.  You will absolutely LOVE
it.  One lucky person has won the generous $20
Gift Certificate to spend on some of this luscious
Seam Binding from My Scrap Cabin.  That lucky
person is Entry #117 - Bunny

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 July Guest Designer, Dottie Seubert

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Anything Goes - Weeks #497-#498

Welcome to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog.  We're SO glad you're here, and that you've chosen to play along with us.  We always enjoy your visits, making new friends, and seeing the amazing art you link to our gallery.  It's nothing short of a BLESSING, and we're so grateful for each of you.  We also hope that the free word art digital scripture file will be a blessing to you in your art (you aren't required to use it); and that you simply know it's always there for your free download if you're interested.  Keep on creating those amazing cards and projects.  We love seeing your creativity.  Please enjoy this brief devotional regarding our focus scripture, and don't forget to check out our AWESOME new sponsor for this challenge, the amazing My Scrap Cabin on Etsy.  Oh my heart!  This sweet Etsy Shop has the sweetest Seam Binding.

(Edited) The beautiful word art for this challenge was created using the verse Psalm 133:1 which says, "Behold how good it is for brethren to dwell together in unity".  Since I already shared a devotional about the wrong verse (lol....sorry), I'll also share a couple quick thoughts about this verse.  It's very clear that our country (USA), and even our world, is in a very diverse and impactful "awareness campaign" right now.  It's been a long time coming; and I think we can ALL admit that change is needed if we are to live in unity with our brothers and sisters as God has asked of us.  While I don't agree with the way the media (and government) are approaching this attempt for change, it is needed.  Now, please don't gasp.  I'm not asking you to ignore right and wrong.  PRAISE GOD...His Word (the Holy Bible) NEVER changes and God NEVER changes.  What is right and what is wrong is written for us in the clear words God has given us as a  roadmap for our lives.  Nonetheless, we are ALL sinful.  We fall short every day.  God has expressed His deep love for EVERYONE; and He clearly wants each of us to "dwell together in unity".  The best way to achieve that is by continually showing a love and concern for others as Jesus did when He walked this earth.  HE is our role model and the One whom we should strive to please.  While we all have our morals, our convictions, and our model for life (Jesus); it's not our job to judge others and try to "change" them.  That's not our work.  This is God's work.  Our role in this is to OBEY GOD'S WORD.  And in this verse, God is telling us that it is good for us to dwell together in unity with our brothers and sisters.  We can't change the world, but we can each make the necessary changes in our own lives to cause a greater impact.  We can't save anyone.  We CAN, however, make a profound impact on others and we CAN point them toward Jesus. Spewing hatred and ugliness isn't how we point others to Him.  Stand firm in your convictions and in the holy Word of God; but also remember to always reflect God's amazing lovingkindness with others.  SHINE for Jesus and allow people to see Him in you, and to desire what we have.  Practice random acts of kindness, exude His joy, pray for those you see walking away from God, and be the best example of God's love every day.  Do your very best to help heal our divisions by living as an example that will draw others to Him and not turn them away.  Let's ALL remember that "it is good for brethren to dwell together in unity"....always, and that unity can come ONLY through Jesus Christ.  Let's each do our part, shall we? 

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:


AND NOW......Another Lucky Winner:
The WONDERFUL and AMAZING Pretty Pink Posh
was the sponsor of our previous challenge.  WOW!
That was awesome, and we're SO grateful to this
AWESOME store for their support.  Now, one very
lucky participant has been randomly selected to win
the generous $30 Gift Certificate provided by our
friends over at Pretty Pink Posh.  This LUCKY person
can now go shopping at Pretty Pink Posh and buy all
the lovely stamps, dies, and goodies their little heart
desires.  The lucky winner of this Pretty Pink Posh
prize is Lucky Entry #236 - Gloria Shirr

The Top 3 Honors Go To Our Friends:
Karen even used a Pretty Pink Posh Stamp
(Please email me, Karen.  I have a small
prize for you.  Thanks for showcasing a
sponsor product.  It's always appreciated.)

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 June Guest Designer, Christine Miller

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter