Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Challenge #165 - Anything Goes

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Here we are with our first challenge of 2015, and we have THREE really fun sponsors this week.  We also have a super sweet and talented Guest Designer with us for the month; Teresa Kline.  You will LOVE the sweet cards she will be sharing, and we really hope that you will stop by her blog, Paperie Blooms, to say hello and leave her some love and encouragement.  And be sure to check out all the awesome new sponsors we have with us this year.  They're listed on our side-bar with links to their sweet shops.

Let's take a look at this week's scripture/word art file from Psalm 143:8.  It says, "Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust:  cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee."  I often hear people say things like, "God just doesn't speak to me", or they'll say, "I just don't hear God telling me what I should do".  In such cases, my first question would be......when is the last time that you woke up in the morning, and before ANYTHING else, you asked God to show you His lovingkindness.  Or when is the last time you said to God, "let me know how I should live my life today", or even.... "Lord, I lift up my soul to you and I ask you to guide me in all my ways".  Most of the time, we don't hear from God because we don't seek Him.  When you wake up in the morning, the very first thing on your lips should be a cry out to God for the strength you need for that day.  Tell Him you love Him, and that you trust Him with ALL the details of your life.  Ask Him to lead you each day to do exactly what HE wants you to do, and ask Him to show you His will for your life.  There isn't going to be a neon sign flashing, or a note that falls down from Heaven in front of your face telling you what to do.  We each need to SEEK GOD every day.  We have to submit our souls to His will and His ways.  God can't speak to you if you aren't 1) Praying - talking to Him EVERY DAY and asking Him for the things you need.  It's not a one-way conversation.  He WILL speak to you, but you need to speak to Him every day as well.  And 2) Read His Word.  We don't always find time every single day to read our Bibles.  But let me say this.....ALL the answers you're looking for are right there in God's Word.  But you can't hear God speak to you if you never open His Word and read it.  Find a good devotional, and get deep into God's Word.  It's just FILLED with rich, wonderful, helpful advice about EVERY SINGLE SUBJECT in the world.  We can't expect to hear from God unless we're willing to talk to Him, and read the words He has left as a guide for our lives.  This week's verse is really helpful if we simply DO what it says.  What a blessing to know that all the answers are just waiting for us to inquire about them.

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:
How exciting!
One of our brand new sponsors this year is the very
ADORABLE Newton's Nook Designs.  They carry
the sweetest high-quality stamp sets you can imagine.
Stop by to browse and shop at Newton's Nook Designs
today.  One lucky person will win a generous
$15 Gift Certificate to Newton's Nook!
Lilla Rose is a new sponsor this year.  They make
gorgeous hand-crafted hair jewelry for all hair
types.  The prize is being offered by Lizzie Williams,
an Independent Lilla Rose Consultant.
One lucky person will win this lovely gift:
from Lilla Rose.  You can view their entire line by
clicking on this link to their sweet shop.
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is a LOVELY shop filled
with adorable stamps, digis and more.  One
lucky person will win a $10 voucher for digital
images.  What a fun prize!

AND NOW.....Here are this week's winners:
Pretty Little Studio is a DARLING little shop
filled with the sweetest flair, cut-outs,
vintage images and SO much more.
The lucky winner to the $20 Gift Certificate
to Pretty Little Studio is the VERY lucky
Entry #179 - Debbie
Craft Classes Online is offering one
lucky person a seat in one of their many
on-line classes. The lucky winner of that prize
from Craft Classes Online is
Lucky Entry #107 - Marie
 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


Charity Morris-Chamberlain said...

Wonderful & inspirational post today! Love all the beautiful creations as well!

Gail said...

Happy New 2015 Year - thank you for the morning devotional - I choose to live my life on the principle of the Bible - Jesus is coming SOON! Congrats to the winners -thanks to the sponsors and Kudos to the DT - lovely creations -have a blessed week to everyone!

Bunny said...

Happy Wednesday. Beautiful creations from the DT. Thank you for your challenges every week.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

This week's scripture really speaks to me this week, because I've been praying for guidance. I love all the cards that the DT members made too. Blessings!

D- said...

Wishing all of you a blessed 2015.
Thanks to the DT for for sharing your wonderful talent and your time creating things to share each week.
Congrats to the luck winners.
Thanks to all the generous sponsors.
Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
Designs By Dragonfly {.blogspot}

Unknown said...

Gorgeous DT Work!!! All of it!! Wow!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

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

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

a wonderful message this week, Karen, and great DT work as usual.

..... how we NEEEEED t read Gods word every day...

'fraid the longer I live the more it is a must ... grace for the day strength for the way..

.. it is a favourite saying of mine and found out today it is in hymn.. but not one I knew.

.. how amazing is the LORD... hugs Shaz in Oz.x

Cynthia said...

Beautiful DT inspiration! Thanks for the Word Art Scripture and chance to win.

Tina H said...

Happy New Year everyone! I love all the beautiful DT projects and love to participate in your weekly challenges! Thanks for having this amazing blog to come and visit for wonderful inspiration :)

Granmargaret said...

Thank you for another challenge. Lovely cards by the design team.
Happy New Year

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

Linsey R said...

What beautiful cards this week, as always! And thanks for the wonderful Psalms quote and the overview of the scripture. This is very uplifting for me personally and I appreciate it very much. I'm so happy to see all these gorgeous creations by God loving artists!! Have a blessed week everyone!!!