Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Challenge #164 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, everyone!  That seemed like a really long two weeks, didn't it?  We hope that you're all ready for 2015 to begin, and ready for all the wonderful blessings God has in store for each of us (both individually and collectively) in the days ahead.  We have several really exciting things happening here at Word Art Wednesday in the new year, and we are SO blessed to have each of you share the excitement with us.  In the next week, you will see our new 2015 sponsors listed on the blog's side-bar with logos and links to each of their wonderful shops.  How exciting!  God has been SO GOOD to us.  And YOU will have the opportunity to win some of the most AMAZING prizes available in the crafting community - just by playing along in our fun weekly challenges.

This week's word art file is from a beautiful scripture in the Book of James, Chapter 3 and verse 17.  It speaks about the wisdom from above.  It tells us that when our reasoning and wisdom comes from God above, it will always be first and foremost pure (not corrupted by the world).  God's wisdom and advice is perfect which is quite different from worldly advice from our friends.  It is also peaceable (will have a tender resolution), gentle (without confrontation), and easy to be intreated (meaning it is compliant and open to reason).  It isn't argumentative.  That's in great contrast to how the world would have us deal with a bad situation.  God's wisdom and advice are calm and calculated, and will lead to a peaceful resolution.  His wisdom and advice is also full of mercy (forgiving),  and good fruits (visible signs of maturity in the Christian), without partiality (not playing favorites) and without hypocrisy (never contradicting itself).  Let's be honest here.  When we ask humans for help concerning a difficult matter, we will receive all kinds of different "helpful ideas", won't we?  Some of them not so kind, and ultimately, not so helpful.  When we are quick to turn to God for the answers we need, He will always give us the help we need.  And the help He gives us will always hold all these worthy attributes outlined in this beautiful verse.   The next time you are faced with a difficult situation, ASK GOD for the help you need and then wait on Him for the advice you need. He will lead you through His precious Word to find the answers you need.  He also speaks to us when we are open to hear Him.  His ways will always be wise, pure, peaceable, gentle, compliant/open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  This is definitely the kind of wisdom and advice I want in my life.  How about 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 altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (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 AWESOME sponsors:
Pretty Little Studio is a DARLING little shop
filled with the sweetest flair, cut-outs,
vintage images and SO much more.
One VERY lucky person will win a
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(I just ordered myself three sets of their
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Craft Classes Online is offering one
lucky person a seat in one of their many
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about Craft Classes Online, you can
click on our About Our Sponsors tab for
detailed information on this fun company
and the classes they offer.
AND NOW...........
Here Are This Week's LUCKY WINNERS:
 The person who has won our First Prize
of a $25 Gift Certificate to the AMAZING
Flying Unicorn Store is lucky
Entry #35 - Birgit
Our digital winner this week has won
a $15 Gift Certificate to the lovely
Deedee's Digis, and that person is
Entry #214 - Maxine D.
The Third Prize winner of the lovely
October Afternoon Stamp Set and roll of
gold washi tape is the lucky
Entry #133 - Millie (aka Creative M)
 WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Such beautiful work there ladies, and well, a very wonderful verse... may we all seek to walk in the wisdom of the Word and true servants of the LORD in 2015, till He comes.

Every blessing of the LORD be upon each of you in 2015.

Shaz in Oz.x

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

What GORGEOUS creations from my teamies!!! Loved reading this weeks devotion too. God is sooo good to us. Thank you for sharing His love.

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed 2015!


Migdalia said...

Such gorgeous creations!!! DT ladies, another amazing year filled with beautiful creations.
Congrats to all winners and thank you for choosing my project as one of them.
Wishing you a very happy & blessed New Year,
*Crafting With Creative M*

D- said...

Welcome back! So glad you were able to take and enjoy a well deserved break.
Thanks everyone for sharing your wonderful artwork.
Crafty hugs,

Antoinette/Cultivate Life in Joy said...

THank you for your fun Challenges and beautiful scriptures. Always loving your Design Team's fabulous designs and inspiration. BIg Texas Hugs, AntoinetteT

kiwimeskreations said...

Thank you for selecting my card as a winner - I am blessed!! Love your DT work - and your devotional, Karen.

Granmargaret said...

thank you for another challenge and verse. Lovely cards by the design team.
Happy New Year everyone.

Bunny said...

Happy New Year. Thank you for the inspiration and all the challenges you do every week.

Audrey Hiltke said...

Happy New Year everyone! Thank you to the design team for such amazing creations - beautiful work! Hugs and Blessings,

Cynthia said...

Lovely scripture and DT inspiration.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous creations!! Love them all! Looking forward to another year of challenges!! Thank you!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

- Susan
{Scrap A Thousand Words}
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges

Charity Morris-Chamberlain said...

Wowzers! Beautiful creations by everyone! Tons of talent! Absolutely love the freebie too!

DIANA L. said...

Gorgeous DT inspiration I just love all the designs around the word ART.
I am looking forward to seeing tersa the guest designers work also.

Karen said...

What a lovely reminder as we begin a new blessed year! It is so vital to follow peace, which is indeed how our dear Father guides us. Gorgeous creations by the entire DT. Thank you for the inspiration and beautiful challenge. :o)

Hugs and blessings,