Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Challenge #129 - ANYTHING GOES

We welcome you all back for another great new challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  We have been seeing such amazing growth in participation, and we've been SO blessed by all the beautiful projects you share with us each and every week.  What a joy to see the lovely creations you all make and link to our challenges using the gifts and talents God has given to each of you.  We absolutely LOVE seeing your sweet creations and having you fellowship and share with us.  Thank you!

Our scripture for this week is Psalm 73:28, and it reminds us that IT IS GOOD FOR US TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD.  But, if we're all perfectly honest with one another, we will admit that the times when we, as humans, tend to draw the closest to God is during times of adversity and trouble.  God allows troubles in our lives for that very reason.  It's sad that we often forget to draw near to God during the very good times, but it's just a simple fact that we draw nigh to God when we "need Him" the most.  If only we could realize that, in fact, we NEED HIM every minute of every day.  We should be drawing closer to Him at every turn.  But as God brings us through the valleys of life, He is faithful to us and will always be our refuge and our strength.  This is why we "declare all His works".  We need to remember (ALWAYS) to give Him praise for the times He has pulled us up when we've been down.  By drawing close to God ALL THE TIME, and putting our constant trust in Him, we are more fully able to declare His works and give Him the glory due His perfect and holy name.  Praise God for loving us enough to allow us to draw near to Him and experience His goodness in our lives always.  Don't wait for the next moment of adversity in your life.  Draw near to Him NOW (before adversity sets in), and declare His good works (always).  What a blessed life.

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:
Paper Temptress carries ALL the most popular
and beautiful crafting papers (plus sweet embellies)
They're offering a $25 Gift Certificate to their shop!
Click here to shop with Paper Temptress
Moonlighting Designs/Moonlighting By Mary is
a LOVELY digital shop on Etsy.  Mary is offering
one lucky winner three images of choice.
Click here to see the lovely images available
now at Moonlighting Designs!  They're beautiful.

AND NOW.....Our Winners:
The lucky winner of a new stamp set from
the amazing Mark's Finest Papers is
Lucky Entry #178 - Alycia
The winner of some new images from
the AWESOME Eureka Stamps is the lucky
Entry #21 - Angel/Carmen
The lucky winner of the $10 Gift Certificate
to Yours Mine Paper Crafts is the very
lucky Entry #122 - DeAnne

We're grateful for each and every sponsor, and
we pray for God's blessings on their sweet shops!
Here's some inspiration from our Design Team
Linda Carson, Our April Guest Designer
Diane Noble
Matching Card and Gift Bag w/Tag Using
Lovely Paper Temptress Papers
Laura Lunsford
Lori Ulrich
Using Papers from Sponsor, Paper Temptress
Including White Velvet, Yellow and Deep Blue Crepe, Opal Mica
Carole Robb Bisson
Using Papers from Sponsor, Paper Temptress
Lustre, Raspberry Pop and Iridescent Vellum
Stephanie Wright
Using Papers from Sponsor, Paper Temptress
and Opal Text Weight (Great for Embossing)
Jo Ann Atterbury
Using Multiple Papers From
Our Sponsor, Paper Temptress
Karen Letchworth
Using Papers from Sponsor, Paper Temptress
Digital Vellum (Scripture is Printed on This),
Aquamarine Mica/Metalic and Opal Mica/Metalic


SCarol said...

What a lovely and encouraging word art and post - thank you. So true, we need to draw near to Him all the time - we need Him and its amazing that He wants us to experience His good in our lives.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

May we all draw closer to our Lord as we declare His works through out our dally life and works.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Congrats to winners
Great DT presentation like every week.
Blessed week to all

SarahGeorge said...

Today's scripture and thoughts are very helpful in our day to day life Karen. How true is that some times we don't even know (realize) that we are missing the most wonderful relationship with our God,and that is the saddest thing.
Your thoughts on the scripture were helpful to me personally. Hope everyone reading are blessed. Thanks for sharing.

Carmen S. said...

Hello dear ones,
I just saw that I won 5 Digis. Yippee :))))
I am most grateful and wish you all a wonderful day. :)))
I send you the same one Email.
♥ Dear Greetings Carmen / angel 007

Bunny said...

Thank you for the challenge and the inspiration that all of you provide every week.

DebR said...

Love your challenges...and I'm always encouraged by the messages you give on here.
Great job by all the DT's!

Bunny said...

Adding a 2nd card. Thank you, again.

ajax said...

I discovered your site thru Giovana. So glad to have found it. Your spiritual inspiration are so refreshing and peaceful

Karenladd said...

thank you for all your challenges and for your wonderfully uplifting blog posts! The DT cards are so beautiful!

CherylQuilts said...

Thank you for the beautiful devotional that I enjoy each Wednesday! And thank you for the beautiful inspiration from the design team! Hugs, all!

Dorothy S said...

Thank you for all the inspiration - beautiful.
I thought I had uploaded my card and now I do not see it, so I added #198 - I hope it is not a repeat.

Alycia said...

Oh my! I have been out of the country for the last couple weeks and just discovered I was picked as a winner. Thank you!! -Alycia