Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Challenge #197 - Anything Goes

Hello to all our creative friends.  We're SO glad you've stopped by this week to join us.  We are fast approaching our 200th CHALLENGE and that means LOTS OF PRIZES for all of you!  Start telling your friends now, because we are going to have a BIG celebration that week.  But for now, let's get started with this week's challenge.  We have lots of fun in store for you.

This week our word art includes a beautiful scripture from Romans.  This verse tells us "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost".  Wow, those are powerful words.  You might ask yourself, "Am I filled with all joy and peace?  Am I constantly believing in what Jesus Christ did for me?  Do I abound in hope"?  God had Paul write this prayer because He knew that we would lose hope from time to time, and He wanted to encourage us.  He gave us verses like this one to remind us that when we are feeling depressed, and when we are losing hope; we can look to Him for the hope we need so that we can truly can be filled with all joy and peace in believing, and that we may abound in hope always.  Another beautiful thing about this verse is that it assures us that God has given us His Holy Spirit to continually help us stay filled with all joy and peace, and to abound in hope.  So, please don't ever feel discouraged when you go through difficult and trying times.  There's a simple solution.  Spend time with God every day.  Talk with Him, call out His name, pray to Him (ask for what you need), sing His praises, read His precious Word.  These things will help you to find the joy and peace you seek, and you can truly abound in hope; knowing that Jesus Christ is all you need - for this life, and for securing your eternal hope.  If you'd like to read an excellent commentary on this verse, you can check out this link:  Lesson 101: Abounding in Hope

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 AWESOME sponsors:
Stamp & Create is an AWESOME On-Line Store
and they carry so many of your favorite brands
for crafting, card-making and scrapbooking.
One lucky person will win a generous
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at
Stamp & Create
Moonlighting & Co. is our GORGEOUS
Digital Sponsor this week.  They have the
most lovely images you can imagine.
One lucky person will win their choice
of three (3) images from this sweet shop.
Click here to browse & shop at
Moonlighting By Mary on Etsy

High Hopes Stamps is another new sponsor
for us.  They are an AWESOME Canadian-
based stamp store with really fun stamps.
Entry #4 - Jennifer Dunn
has won three (3) unmounted
stamps from this AWESOME store.
Click here to browse and shop
at High Hopes Stamps.
Fresh Brewed Designs was our super FUN
Digital Sponsor last week.  They have
such unique digital images you'll love.
Lucky Entry #129-NannaConnie
has won her choice of any 3 images
from Fresh Brewed Designs.

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

Using Sponsor Image, Spring Wonder
From Moonlighting & Co. on Etsy
Inside View With Scripture


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Another great blessing in your post ladies .. wonderful digi, and not just the great Bible verse, but it is long one!
I must admit find them most usable, and not as common..

... thanks for being a blessing already saved this one!
Shaz in oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

Migdalia said...

I absolutely love the scripture. It is in heart and in mind...
Thank you for that...
Beautiful inspiration by the DT.
Congrats to the winners.
Have a blessed day,
Crafting With Creative M

Unknown said...

Always such beautiful DT Creations! Love them all so much! Thanks for another fun challenge!

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

Marsha said...

200! Wow! Love the verse this week.

Cynthia said...

Looking forward to the 200th Challenge! Thanks for the word art scripture and fabulous DT inspiration this week.

Mary Marsh said...

the scripture verse and accompanying commentary is awesome-will share with my friend who is going through some rough times right now thank you-great samples from the DT

Janis said...

Thanks for the lovely scripture and devotional. Since we have evacuated our house because of fires, a wide range of emotions has flooded over me of late. Thank you for this message of hope!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Bunny said...

I think we could all spend a little more time in The Word. This is a verse that we should read and re-read. Thank you for the lovely DT work and the challenge.

New Creations said...

Beautiful scripture! And thanks for another fun challenge and looking forward to celebrate the 200th challenge!