Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #262-263

Welcome back to our last challenge of 2016, everyone.  It's been a fabulous year, and we're so grateful for all our amazing sponsors, and for each and every one of you who has shared their art with us this year.  When you visit our blog for the first challenge in 2017, you will be able to see ALL the AMAZING sponsors we have lined up for the new year.  God has blessed us, and we are SO grateful.  Thanks for being part of Word Art Wednesday.  We're especially grateful for all of you, and we pray for God's richest blessings upon you all in the coming year.

The word art for our new challenge is from 2 Corinthians 9:8, and it says "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."  What this verse is telling us is that when we give cheerfully to others, He will bless our increase so that we always have what we truly need to be content (and so much more).  When we see the word "sufficiency", it refers to godliness with contentment.  When we are content with what we already have, and are good stewards of what we already have, God gives us more.  We must prove ourselves faithful will small things first.  Then, He blesses our increase as we use it to glorify Him and use what we have to bless others while giving glory and honor to Him.  When our giving (of time, prayer, goods, etc.) blesses others, it touches their hearts and brings Him glory.  Only then will He bless us with even more.  When we hoard all we have (whether it's knowledge, time or material goods), God isn't quick to give us more.  Only when we use what we have to bless others does He trust us with even more, and more and more and more.  There is no end to what God can and will do through us when we are faithful to share with others from the bounty with which He has blessed us.  After all, it truly is more blessed to give than it is to receive.  That's "Holiday spirit", and we do it to honor and glorify God who has done SO MUCH for us.

As always, you are welcome to save the 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 all 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 as we share it. 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.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  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's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Someone has won a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
Be sure to link up for your chance to win!

AND NOW.....Our TWO very lucky winners:
CropStop is a wonderful on-line store that carries
lots of Tim Holtz products, die-cuts, stamps, and SO
much more.  One lucky person has won a
product prize package from CropStop.
That's Lucky Entry #112 - Traci Major
Our Digital Sponsor for this challenge is
All Dressed Up.  One lucky person will get
to choose two (2) sweet new images from
All Dressed Up.  And that lucky person is

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #68 - DeAnne Saunders
Entry #206 - Lisa Lynn
Entry #241 - Jana K.
Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:


kbrandy4 said...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year o you all!
Hugs, Hazel xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow, is'nt that verse astounding!! all encompassing!!!
... ALL sufficiency in ALL things .... to EVERY good work!!!

Wow, what a God we love and serve. Praise His sweet name!!

Thanks so much too for my digi images will email asap, Karen. :D

May the LORD bless you all this Christmas time as we remember the birth of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Shaz in oz.x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

PS Dopey Dora forgot to say what wonderful work by the DT too!!
.. with Karen's lovely digi work, thank you ladies all of you for your faithful service for the King of Kings,

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

Adrijana Knez said...

Thank you so much for choosing my project in TOP 3. Coffee grinder is entirely made out of chipboard and paper. Congrats to all winners ;))
Have a nice and creative day, Jana

Fikreta said...

veery nice Dt inspirations!
Happy Holidays!

Bunny said...

Thank you for another challenge. A very Merry Christmas to all and a huge thank you for the hard work y'all do every year and the free sentiments.

Fikreta said...

very nice cards from team!
happy holidays!

Sarah said...

God is so good! Isn't it wonderful to know that we don't have to stress about our circumstance but can trust God to provide everything we need. I really appreciate your thoughts on this verse and the wonderful inspiration from the DT. God bless!

Lucy Patrick said...

Gorgeous DT creations. I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your lovely comments throughout the year on my cards/blog, Karen you always write a personal message and that is very much appreciated and treasured. I wish you all at Word Art Wednesday a very Merry Christmas and a safe & happy New Year. XOX Lucy

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Thanks for the challenge! I have participated a couple times, but now I finally remembered to add this challenge to my blog reader so I will get the updates when a new one is posted. Merry Christmas to everyone here!

Migdalia said...

Thank you for hosting another fun challenge. Wonderful DT creations!
Merry Christmas to you & your family!
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting with Creative M

Keti's Projects said...

Karen, thanks for letting me know about your challenge blog. Great work from all DTT ladies.
Have a lovely holidays and a happy new year.
Hugs, Keti