Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Challenge #183 - Word Art Wednesday

Welcome, friends!  We're so happy you're here to join us for another great challenge this week.  This is the first week for one of our two new designers, and we would be SO grateful to have you stop by to welcome her.  Charity Chamberlain is joining us, and we trust that you will enjoy her cards and her sweet spirit.  Charity loves the Lord, and looks forward to meeting you all as she honors the Lord with her art while serving on our Design Team.  You can visit her blog, Collective Creativity, to say hello.  We have two WONDERFUL sponsors again this week, and wish you the best of luck in the random draw.  We're SO grateful for the art you share.
Our scripture for this week's word art is Psalm 149:4 which says, "For the LORD taketh pleasure in His people:  He will beautify the meek with salvation".  The first part of this verse tells us something really exciting; which is that God enjoys us!  He didn't create us for any reason other than the simple fact that He SO WANTED to enjoy us.  Now, let's be honest and admit that He is NOT always pleased with us.  Often times, I am not a real "pleasurable person" to be around.  My husband and children may want to take a step back from me when I'm "in a mood".  Yet, He still enjoys us (takes pleasure in us) - even in "our moods".  It's so good for me, as a sinner, to know that He enjoys me.  That's because He created me, and He "gets" me.  Despite the fact that we are all SO very different, and SO complicated (in our lives, our minds, our thinking, etc.)....He still enjoys us - quirks and all.  That's a huge blessing to know.  With this in mind, it's important that we make every attempt to be pleasing to Him and to do things that will show Him we're grateful for His love.  The second part of this verse tells us that "He will beautify the meek with salvation".  Quite honestly, that means EVERY saved person is meek; because, in order to be saved, we must become meek, and humble ourselves (admitting our sinfulness and our need for salvation).  He makes us beautiful (like Him) when we become a child of God.  This paints a beautiful picture that reflects back to Him.  When we lower ourselves, He is lifted up.  We admit our sinfulness and our need for His saving grace, and He calls us His own and makes us beautiful in His sight.  The world may not always be able to see that beauty, but WHAT A BLESSING that God sees that beauty when He looks at us.  God actually sees Himself in us when we become His child.  That's really exciting news!

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 our guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Crop Stop is SUCH a fun store.  They have
all kinds of great products, and even have
challenges on their blog.  This week, Karen
will be offering TWO embossing folders
from Crop Stop!
Iralamija Shop on Etsy
Our Digital Sponsor this week
Iralamija Etsy Shop by Beatriz Jennings
I hope you'll take a moment to see
ALL the sweet digital sheets in this

AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners:

The winner of the prize offered by Karen
which is this lovely Top Dog Dies
Cherish Doilies and Tag Die Set (a $26 value)
is Entry #57 - Diana Nguyen
Our Digital Sponsor this week is the sweet
Imagine That, and the second lucky winner
who will receive three (3) images of choice is
Lucky Entry #125 - Rachel Taylor
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
JoAnn Atterbury


Kathy said...

Beautiful creations this week ladies!
Charity, welcome to the group!
Congratulations to the winners this week!
Blessings! Kathy

I'm a Little Teapot said...

Fabulous cards by the DT!!

D- said...

Thanks everyone for sharing your wonderful inspiration projects.
Crafty hugs,

Cynthia said...

Lovely scripture! Thanks for the DT inspiration.

Diane said...

Beautifully creative creations by the DT!!

Blossom Cards said...

thank you for picking my card as one of the winners happy crafting to all

Donna K said...

Lovely DT projects, so unique and beautiful! Welcome to Charity as well. I look forward to seeing her work here! Love my visits to Word Art Wednesday! Have a wonderful day today!!

Karen said...

Awesome creations from everyone! Smiles.xx

Bunny said...

Beautiful cards from the DT. Thank you for the challenge.

Charity Morris-Chamberlain said...

Thank you so much everyone for the sweet and welcoming wishes! I am truly beyond excited to be a part of such a beautiful and talented group! I am already so inspired by all the talented creations this week and can't wait to see what all the future weeks have in store! Have a blessed and beautiful week everyone!
DT Member - Word Art Wednesday

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Another wonderful piece of the word of the LORD!! how wonderful indeed is the beauty of His word!!
thanks for the devotion and digi's each week plus all that great DT work there ladies,
Shaz in oz.x