Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Challenge #121 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, friends of Word Art Wednesday!  Each and every week, we are so incredibly blessed by each of you and the beautiful art you share with us.  Please know that we appreciate you, the kind comments you leave for us, and the beautiful projects you create and share with us.  God continues to show his mighty hand of provision and blessing, and we thank you for being part of the journey.

This week's scripture is found in Micah 7:7 and tells us, quite simply, "Therefore I will look unto the Lord: I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me."  I think we can ALL connect with this piece of scripture.  We're all aware of how God works, and it's pretty clear that when we completely FIX our eyes on God, and are willing to put the images of this world OUT of our minds, and quit trying to make things happen "our way", He is far more likely to hear our cries and bless our lives.  It takes so much faith to just keep looking at HIM, even when the circumstances of our lives are drawing our eyes away from Him; trying to get us to focus on life's struggles.  God wants us to TRUST HIM, and to keep our eyes on Him; despite ANY of life's distractions.  Sometimes He puts those stumbling blocks in the way just to make sure that we will keep our eyes where they belong, which is steadily fixed upon HIM ALONE.  We also hear the world telling us a million different things, but again, this is so that we will not waver.  Our eyes must be focused where they belong, which is on Him.  When we find ourselves wanting answers to our prayers RIGHT THIS SECOND, it's another reminder that we need to be patient and wait on Him.  We must never lose sight of the fact that His timing is PERFECT, and we need to completely trust that He has our futures under control.  We need to let go of our worries, increase our trust, and just know that HE IS GOD, and that waiting on Him in every area of our lives will bring us an amazing peace that passes understanding.  God hears our concerns even when we are unable to adequately express them.  What a beautiful truth from His precious Word.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  We had a recent situation with one of our sponsors where the emails being sent were somehow not being received by them.  For clarification, The Scrappy Gourmet DID take care of our winner, and we apologize for reporting that they had not.  It was a simple glitch where email communications did not go through.  We are incredibly grateful for all our generous sponsors, and we give God the praise for working things out for His glory.  Psalm 139:23 says "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."  God knows our hearts, our mistakes, our shortcomings, and our true intentions.  We pray that this will be a valuable lesson for everyone.  Let's all remember Ephesians 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

As always, you are welcome to save this week's free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share 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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 5 projects each week. 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 each week. 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 these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!
Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
The incredibly wonderful Classy Cards 'N Such is
offering a LUCKY winner a $15 Gift Certificate
to their DELIGHTFUL shop!  They carry stamps,
die-cuts, and everything you can dream of!
They also offer weekly challenges on their sweet blog.
Click here to shop Classy Cards 'N Such!
Our very own Diane Noble of Daydream Designs
is offering another lucky winner their choice of
three SETS of their choosing.  How exciting!
GOD IS SO GOOD and we pray that God will
bless each of these AWESOME stores!

And Now.....Here are Our Winners!
The lucky winner of the $15 Gift Certificate
from the AWESOME
Prairie Point Junction/Wool Felt Central
is Lucky Entry #100 - Giovana
 Enjoy shopping at Prairie Point Junction
The lucky winner of three (3)
darling digital images from Digi Darla Designs 
is Entry #10 - Renate
Enjoy your sweet new Digi Darla's images

May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's some inspiration from our Design Team
Our February Guest Designer, Gail Scott
Using A Sponsor Image from Daydream Designs
Using Sponsor Image from Daydream Designs
Lori Ulrich
Stephanie Wright
Using Sponsor Image from Daydream Designs
Called Love Lifts Me
Using Sponsor Image from Daydream Designs
AND Sponsor Product from Classy Cards 'N Such


SarahGeorge said...

Great scripture and a beautiful devotion :).

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement and the lovely message last week! You are such a blessing to me!

Unknown said...

I thank God for the generosity of our sweet sponsors and I pray multiplied blessings on each one.

Granmargaret said...

Lovely cards by the design team. I just put my card onto my blog ready to link here but the link isn't on here yet. I have to go to bed soon so I will look again tomorrow.

Diana Nguyen said...

I love this verse! Thank you!

D- said...

Beautiful WORD-creations everyone.
Thanks for sharing.
Congrats to the winners!
Crafty hugs,

Kari Mason said...

This post really spoke to me today. Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing this awesome verse.

CanadianScraps43 said...

Another week of amazing demos ladies. Thanks for being here and sharing God's love with all of us in this big crafting world. Hugs.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I really needed the affirmation in these week's featured scripture. Thank you for that and for the lovely inspirational pieces by the design team. Blessings!

Gail said...

It has been an honor and pleasure to GD this month - thank you for having me - enjoy your week Design Team and Karen - God Bless ~ Gail~

Natalie said...

Wonderful inspiration, ladies!! Thank you so much, you all are such a blessing!

Karen said...

Stunning post, in devotion and crafty projects. The inspiration here continues to abound and I am truly thankful for you all! I wish you a blessed and beautiful day. :o)

Hugs and blessings,

Giovana said...

Woo-hoo!! I am so excited to see my name, thanks so much!

Lisa said...

All of the DT projects are so fabulous and inspirational!! And the verse is absolutely beautiful!! This is my first challenge but I will definitely be back!!

A Mermaid's Crafts

Chris Stern / CS Designs said...

Such beautiful and inspiring creations from the DT. Thank you for letting me play here today.
:) Chris / CS Designs

Bunny said...

As always, the DT makes lovely creations. Thank you for such a nice family friendly challenge every week.

Granmargaret said...

Lovely cards by the design team. I have just put my card I made today. The verse is a bit small to read so I have also written it on my blog.
The black and white card I put on my blog on 26 and I wrote a message here that I would come back the next day to see if the link was up. I must have forgotten because when I looked today my black and white card wasn't there, so I have loaded it today.
Thank you for your free verses.

Ann said...

Lovely creations by the DT.

CherylQuilts said...

Karen, I am so blessed by your devotions each week along with the wonderful digital Scripture, and you continue to bless me and so many others! Thank you for taking the time to do this...truly God has gifted you! Warm hugs, sweet friend! (I am so glad to have found WAW!)

Sara I. said...

Beautiful message and so timely too! So thankful to have such an encouraging site to go to.
Congrats to all the winners and thank you so much for the win!
Sara I.