Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Challenge #210 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, friends!  We're so glad you are here and that you have chosen to share your talents with us.  We consider you ALL winners, and we wish you the very best of luck in the random draw for our TWO MORE FABULOUS PRIZES this week.  We have lots of fun for you all again, so let's get started.

This week, our word art comes from a lovely scripture in 1 Chronicles.  It tells us "to give thanks to the LORD, for He is good".  We can all attest to His goodness.  He cared about us SO MUCH that He simply couldn't stand by and watch us fade away after our deaths.  He loved us enough to provide a way for us to be able to spend all eternity with Him.  He knew that, because of our in-born sinfulness, there HAD TO BE a perfect and sinless sacrifice who could offer their life, pay the price to wipe out our sins; and provide a worthy and spotless sacrifice that would allow us to receive forgiveness so that we could be in His presence.  Again, because of His extreme "goodness and love", He became that perfect sacrifice, and He made a way to pay the price for our sins Himself.  Because He is the ONLY ONE who is spotless, sinless, without blemish, and absolutley PERFECT; He alone was the perfect sacrifice.  He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy, died for our sins, paid the debt, and set us free from sinfulness and unrighteousness.   Now, all we have to do is CALL ON HIS NAME, confess our sins, simply tell God that you love Him and appreciate what He did for you on the cross of Calvary.

I think that most people go through the motions of Thanksgiving.  We're SUPER busy, we cook our turkey and stuffing, bake our pies, make all the salads and family favorites.  By the time we sit down to eat, we are already exhausted.  Then, dinner is finished and we have to start cleaning it all up again.  Let me challenge you this Thansgiving to do something a bit differently.  When you all sit down to eat, (of course don't forget to pray and thank God for the meal) but also, take the time to really thank God for His goodness.  Just let Him know, out loud, in front of your entire family (and whomever else might be there for dinner) that you are SO grateful for His goodness and His love.  For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son.  Think about it, NO ONE or NOTHING else loves you SO MUCH that they'd send you a free gift that allows you to live forever in paradise.  Because we do forget to thank Him adequately, PLEASE DON'T FORGET to thank Him for His goodness and love at Thanksgiving dinner.  He truly deserves to hear it EVERY day (several times per day); and if you do that, then God will bless you.  You are pleasing God and honoring Him with your words.  But if you're like so many other Christians who simply forget to tell Him on a regular and daily basis, then REALLY take that time this year to tell Him OUT LOUD how grateful you are for His goodness and love so that He knows you are grateful.  Yes, He can read your thoughts, and knows you're grateful; but He still loves to hear you say it OUT LOUD.  He TRULY deserves it, and you will feel SO good when you take that time before you eat to TELL HIM how incredibly grateful and blessed you are for His goodness and love that He demonstrates towards us every day.
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 is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Stamp & Create is our sponsor for this week's challenge.
They carry lots of great stamps, dies. and lovely
embellishments.  One lucky person will receive a
$25 Gift Certificate to spend in the lovely shop
Moonlighting by Mary is an EXCEPTIONALLY sweet
digital shop on Etsy.  Mary carries the sweetest vintage
and unique images.  They're one-of-a-kind, and OH SO
SWEET.  We hope you will stop by this lovely shop to
browse.  One lucky person will be lavished with some
sweet new images of their choice from the

AND NOW.........Let's talk WINNERS:
Really Reasonable Ribbon is a WONDERFUL
shop with ribbons, laces, trims and SO much more.
One lucky person has won an EXCITING
$10 Gift Certificate to spend as she chooses at
Really Reasonable Ribbon!  That lucky gal is our
crafty friend, Entry #37- Donna Whitten
Our Digital Sponsor last week was the LOVELY
Crafty Secrets.  They carry the sweetest vintage
and adorable images you can imagine.  One very
lucky person has won a $20 Gift Certificate to
the ADORABLE Crafty Secrets!  That lucky person
is Entry # - 182 - Desire Fourie

May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started


Gail said...

Great Devotional - Thank You God - you are so good all of the time - and all of the time God is good - congrats to the winners - lovely DT creations - be blessed this week!

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow, I am so honoured to have been one of the lucky winners. Thank you so much to the awesome sponsor for the wonderful generous prize. Congrats also to my fellow winner. Thank you for hosting such wonderful challenges and for the design team’s inspirational creations. I will display my badge with pride in my sidebar.
PS: Thanks Carole for the shout out re the win.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Desire Fourie said...

Hi Karen, its me again. I tried to email you, re claiming the prize, at the address here under Contacts, but my email bounced back. Do you perhaps have an alternate email address? My email address is Also is there perhaps a winners badge I could display on my blog? Sorry for all the requests, questions xxx
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Unknown said...

Congrats to the winners! I love all the DT Inspiration. Rozy's project is just beautfiul! I LOVE that cross! So much detail. Absolutely beautiful!!! Love it so much!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

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

Marilyn Mathis said...

Thank you so much for your weekly devotional thoughts. They are an encouragement. Thanks too for the scripture digis to use on our cards. I don't always get to post a card but I love your blog. Hugs.

D- said...

Thanks everyone for sharing your wonderfully inspiration projects. Thanks for taking the time to create and share with us each week. You guys are the best.
Crafty hugs,

reclaimed wood dining table uk said...

Congratulations to the winners! Great challenge!

Jerrie said...

What a fantastic post this week as we head into Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for!

Diana Lynn Martin said...

Such lovely DT creations, as usual! Congrats to the winners! Thanks for another super fun & inspirational challenge! Have a great weekend!

Diana ♥
Leelee Card Designs

Manuela said...

Thanks for your kind comment and invitation, always fun discover something new!
A lot of great cards here :-)

Bunny said...

Beautiful DT work. Thank you for the challenge.

Karen said...

Congrats to the winners. All lovely creations!

DT you have created such beautiful projects.. Love them all! Smiles.xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ahhhh how I love this week's verse.. saving it of course.. will be using it..

I think telling the LORD how much we love Him is often neglected as it saying thanks..

Thank YOU for the reminder of this important part of reverence of the LORD our God.
And thanks too for your wonderful challenge and verses week by week,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards Fifth Blogaversary}

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work as always DT