Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Anything Goes - Weeks #571-572

Welcome back, everyone.  PRAISE GOD!  Our Sponsor Calendar for 2023 is almost completely filled.  I have only three spots yet to fill, and I am completely certain that God will provide them.  It does take some work to fill the calendar each year, but it's always reassuring to know that the sponsors we do secure are given to us through God's hand of blessing and provision.  Because I pray for our sponsors and seek His help in filling these spots, I know that God will surely bless these companies for their generous support.  How exciting.  We truly do have the BEST sponsors out there.  So, on that happy note.....Let's get started with this challenge.

Our lovely word art for this challenge was created using the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 4:15 which says, "For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God".  In this verse, the writer (Paul) is reminding us that although he (and all of us, really) will suffer in this life, it is always worth the suffering when it points others toward Him.  Being a Christian (even the very best Christian) will not prevent us from suffering difficulties in this life.  God can't just allow us to avoid all the earthly consequences that come with our sin.  God CAN and DOES, however, always sustain His children through these difficult times.  It's so important to learn from our mistakes/sins.  We must confess our sins to God, lay them at the cross, turn away from our sins, and not repeat that sin again.  Confession isn't just a "get out of jail free card" that allows us to continue in our sinfulness and think we can just get by without consequences.  God allows us free will and we WILL sin.  It's up to us to react properly to our sin.  Confess it (be completely honest with God because NOTHING is hidden from Him - He sees right straight through to our sinful heart), lay it at Jesus' feet (KNOW it is forgiven), turn from it, become a better person, and don't do it again.  This is how we continue to grow as Christians.  People won't see us as perfect because we're NOT.  But, if we handle our sin correctly - the way He has told us to do, people WILL see how God blesses us and allows us to shine for Him.  Remember, this world is NOT our eternal home.  We're just passing through.  We will sin and we will have trials.  Our purpose for being on this earth is to share God's love and goodness with others and to help everyone find salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross.  Don't let your sin and mistakes define you.  Use them as an opportunity to grow closer to God and to become the best Christian you can be.  This will honor Him and allow others to see Him through your (imperfect) life.  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 or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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 our guidelines.   Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Let's hear it for our sponsor Waffle Flower Stamps
& Dies.  Be sure to stop by Waffle Flower Stamps to
see ALL their amazing products.  They have such
sweet stamps, dies, stencils, papers, lovely
embellishments and more.  One lucky person will
WIN a $15 e-gift card to spend at Waffle Flower.
How exciting is that?  Good luck, everyone.


Here's Another Lucky WINNER:
Our friends at DRS Designs sponsored our
last challenge. You can find so many great images,
backgrounds, and sentiment stamps at DRS Designs.
DRS Designs is awarding one lucky person a $20
gift voucher.  Be sure to stop by DRS Stamps
to see all their wonderful stamps.  You're sure
to find something wonderful every time.
The lucky random winner of this awesome
prize is Entry #39 - Ema M.

Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:
Entry #43 - Ellie

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:

From the Waffle Flower Stamps & Dies
Design Team Here's Nina Yang Using
Support Ukraine Digital Stamp

And Here's JJ Bolton Using Oversized Words and
Sentiment Duo With This Gorgeous Card


From Our Design Team, Here's the Talented
Karen Decknick, Our November Guest Designer





Using a (Retired) Stamp Set
from our Sponsor, Waffle Flower Stamps

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Anything Goes - Weeks #569-570

PRAISE GOD!  Word Art Wednesday has been hosting challenges since 2011 (and I took over in 2012).  That means I've been doing this for over ten years now.  I can't thank God enough for ALL He has done here.  None of this would be possible without Him because He has provided the sponsors, the participants, and has allowed us to share His precious holy Word through our art.  I really do hope that you will thank Him for this challenge blog.  God is just SO good to us.  I'm happy to announce that we will be back again in 2023 for another year of FUN....all because of His goodness.

The Bible verse of focus for this challenge is Psalm 79:13 and it reads, "So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever; we will shew forth thy praise for ever".  Let me ask a simple question.  When is the last time you actually said the words (out loud) "thank you, Lord, for all you've done for me".  Those of us who have placed our eternal faith in Jesus alone are considered "His people and the sheep of His pasture".  That means He is watching over us 24/7/365.  Nobody else does that for me.  When this verse says, "we will shew forth thy praise to all generations", it's telling us that we need to show our praise for Him AND we also need to teach future generations to give Him the praise He deserves.  Although I fail sometimes, I want to be found faithful in all that I do for Him.  I want my children and my grandchildren to SEE me read my Bible, to HEAR me praise His holy name, and to WATCH me live my life for Him.  Let's all, every one of us, try our very best to aTHANK GOD every day.  Let the enemy hear it, let our children and grandchildren hear it, and let our precious Savior, Jesus, hear it.  Give God the thanks and the praise for ALL He has done.  Say it out loud....THANK YOU, LORD JESUS.

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 or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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 our guidelines.   Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends at DRS Designs are sponsoring
this challenge.  We have a few samples below
using some of their awesome stamps.  You
can find so many great images, backgrounds,
and sentiment stamps at DRS Designs.  This
time, DRS Designs is offering a $20 gift
voucher.  Be sure to stop by DRS Stamps
to see all their wonderful stamps.  You're sure
to find something wonderful every time.
Good luck in the random draw, everyone.


And here's our LUCKY WINNER:
There's a WONDERFUL shop on Etsy called
Swoon Party Shop, and it is FILLED with the
most delightful trims, embellishments and unique
party decor items.  You're sure to find something
AMAZING when you shop at Swoon Party Shop
 One lucky person has won a special prize package
from Swoon Party Shop.  That lucky person 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.
Here's Some Inspiration to get You Started:

From The DRS Designs Design Team
Here's Robin Clendenning with a Card

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Anything Goes - Weeks #567-568

Here we go, everyone!  Sorry for the late post.  It's for another AWESOME challenge here at Word Art Wednesday and we couldn't be any happier to know that you've stopped by to join the fun.  We're repeatedly amazed by all the wonderful art you share with us, and we are SO grateful for all that you link up here.  It's such a treat.

Our scripture of focus for this challenge is Job 1:21b which reads, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord".  This verse is often one of comfort during a time of death and loss.  But this verse really encompasses ALL details of our lives.  Sometimes things seem to "go our way" and we feel blessed.  Sometimes we feel down when things aren't going our way.  It's during these times that we must remember that God is good ALL the time; even when He "takes things away" from us.  BLESSED be the name of the Lord our God, Jesus Christ, all the time.  It's important for us to remember that God is good, and that God loves us always.  We think we know what's best for us, but we don't always know.  Being a true child of God means that we must fully trust in His infinite wisdom.  We must always remember that God is always perfect, and His ways are always perfect - even when we don't understand them or agree with them.  God has a bigger, higher, better plan for everything, and we must learn to trust this completely.  The nest time things start getting difficult in your life, I encourage you to say these words out loud....."The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord".  Just TRUST that He always knows what's best for us and TELL Him that you know He has your best interest in mind, and PRAISE Him for always being there to do what He knows is best.  Life is difficult, but God is always faithful, and His ways are always right.  BLESSED be the name of the Lord our 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 or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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 our guidelines.   Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
There's a WONDERFUL shop on Etsy called
Swoon Party Shop, and it is FILLED with the
most delightful trims, embellishments and unique
items to make your projects SO special.  I fell in
LOVE with this shop several years ago, and I've
been a big fan ever since then.  From one-of-a-kind
party novelties to the most delicate tea-stained doilies,
you're sure to find something AMAZING when you
shop at Swoon Party Shop.  One lucky person will win
a generous prize package from Swoon Party Shop.
Check it out, friends.  It's AWESOME.


AND NOW.......Our Lucky Winner:
The one and only Pink & Main was our sponsor
for the last challenge.  What a treat this is.  Pink
& Main carries lovely high-quality stamps, dies,
and much more.  One lucky person has won a
generous $20 gift certificate to spend at this
AWESOME shop.  Be sure to check out ALL the
wonderful things that await you at Pink & Main.
Our lucky winner this time is

Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:
Entry #95 - Vivian Foo

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:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Anything Goes - Weeks #565 - 566

Thanks for stopping by for another FUN challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  The art you all make and link up with us is nothing short of AMAZING, and we're always so grateful for the art you share here.  Please know that I give God much thanks and praise for you all, and that I keep you in my prayers each week.  Every person that stops by Word Art Wednesday is important to me, to "us" as a Design Team, to the Family of God, and to God.  You are in my prayers, and we really do hope that Word Art Wednesday will be an encouragement to you and a reminder of God's deep and unconditional love for you.

The scripture used to make the word art for this challenge is 1 Thess. 5:24 and it says, "Faithful is he that calleth you, who will also do it".  God has called each of us to do His work and to follow after Him.  While we all have similar things that God has called each of us to do, we each have our individual journey as well.  What a blessing and a joy it is to know, for sure, that God's word tells us that "He will do it".  This quite simply means that whatever God is calling me, you, each of us to do isn't left up to us alone.  His Word promises us that "He will do it" so that we're not alone in any of life's journey.  No matter what you might be facing, God has called you to walk through it knowing that He is right there with you and He will do what needs to be done so that you can prosper.  God wants the very best for each of His children.  This doesn't mean we won't have struggles.  It does, however, mean that He will never leave us to face our struggles alone and that He will do whatever is required for us to get through it.  Praise God!  What a joy to know that when we follow God, Jesus, we will never be alone.

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 or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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 our guidelines.   Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
The one and only Pink & Main is our sponsor
for this challenge.  What a treat this is.  Pink
& Main carries lovely high-quality stamps, dies,
and much more.  One lucky person will win a
generous $20 gift certificate to spend at this
AWESOME shop.  Be sure to check out ALL the
wonderful things that await you at Pink & Main.
There's some Pink & Main inspiration below.


AND  NOW.......Another Lucky Winner:
sponsored our last challenge.  Hurray!  You're
sure to LOVE their amazing stamps, dies,
and products galore.  One lucky person has won
a gift certificate to spend at Stamp Simply.  We
hope you'll take some time to visit Stamp Simply.
Our winner is Entry #66 - Cards By Beckie

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:

From the Talented Members of the
Pink & Main Design Team Here's
Annette Allen Using Pine Boughs Stamp
Set and Pine Boughs Dies, On The Town
Gems and EZ Squeeze Craft Glue

And From Pink & Main DT Member, Joy
Here's a Darling Card Using Fall Mice
Stamp Set and Fall Mice Die Cuts


From Our Design Team, Here's
Dottie Seubert, our October Guest Designer




Taking a Break


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