Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Anything Goes - Weeks #358-#359

Hello all!  It's time for another fabulous challenge, and we're super happy you're here to join in the fun.  We have two amazing sponsors/prizes, and lots of fabulous inspiration to get you started.  As some of you already know, I'm recovering from shoulder surgery.  While I did manage to make a card for the challenge, I leaned on the wisdom and strength of my team for the devotional.  The following was written by our dear friend, and my sweet sister in the Lord; Jo Ann Atterbury.   I hope her words will be a blessing to you!

Proverbs 9:10  - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Before I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, I grew up knowing that there is a God.  Though it was more of a religion than a relationship with Him, I knew that He watches over me and knows my every thought.  I was familiar with the Ten Commandments and tried my very best to obey them.  But I also struggled with fear.  I was terrified of what God's punishment would be every time I violate a commandment or two.  After all, I was taught that God rewards the faithful and punishes the disobedient.

So needless to say, I feared the Lord greatly. But hey, even in my limited understanding of God those days, that fear kept me out of many troubles. The fear of the Lord is defined as "the continual awareness that our loving heavenly Father is watching everything we think, say and do.”  When we ignore God in our lives, we deprive ourselves of understanding His ways, His love and His power.  Those who fear the Lord have a continual awareness of Him, a deep reverence for Him, and sincere commitment to obey Him. Their fear causes them to focus on the Lord, and walk in wisdom while avoiding foolishness.

Today, nearly thirty years since I came to know God in a deeper and personal way through the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross, my fear of Him has transformed into respect (out of love for God) and awe (of His greatness).  I am fearful of doing anything contrary to His plan and purpose in my life.  Because I value Him greatly, I desire to know His ways and deliver only what is pleasing to Him.  Therefore, I seek His Word and meditate on His promises daily that in my knowledge and understanding of Him, I would gain wisdom to choose and walk the path He has prepared for me.  This is also our prayer and hope for you.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never 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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Pretty Little Studio is an ADORABLE shop
filled with whimsical vintage die-cuts,
nostalgique ephemera pieces, stickers, flair
& so much more.  One lucky person will win
this prize package from their adorable
shop (see photo below) which includes:
Tinsel Town
Winter Joy

Holly Jolly
Christmas Joy
+ 2 vintage die-cuts
Be sure to stop by and look around at
Pretty Little Studio.  Also, enjoy some DT
samples below featuring their products.

Located in the UK, our second sponsor is
Sitx 2 Anything and they are offering one
very lucky random participant a prize
package filled with various adhesives.
Be sure to stop by Stix 2 Anything to see all
that's new (and all your old favorites) in
the way of awesome adhesives.  It's amazing!

AND NOW.....Two More Lucky Winners:
Our friends at Honey Bee Stamps have
graciously offered one VERY lucky
person a $25 Gift Certificate to their
ADORABLE shop filled with the
sweetest stamps, Honey Cuts (metal dies),
Embellishments, and SO much more.
Be sure to stop by Honey Bee Stamps
to look around.  The very lucky person
who has won this FABULOUS prize is....

Our digital sponsor for the last challenge was
the AMAZING Graciellie Design.  If you're
not familiar with this sweet shop, please stop
by their lovely Etsy Shop to look around.
The creative possibilities are endless with
these sweet images.  One lucky person
has won a $10 Gift Certificate to spend
on their choice of products from the lovely

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #1 - Shaz in Oz
Entry #18 - Joy Wilson
Entry #203 - Amy Marshall

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen per the Rules Page.

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

sharing a project she made last year using
some of the same products found in the
prize package being offered.
Design Team sharing a card featuring their
sharing this sweet card set using the adorable
Feeling Playful 8×8

is sharing this sweet card which uses
Card Base secured with Foam Pads
Green Die-Cut Tree attached using PVA Glue.
Red Die-Cut Heart secured with Foam Pads,
And her "snow" which was created by using
Our October Guest Designer, Martha Lucia Gomez
Tamara Dixon
Karen Letchworth Using Sponsor Product
You & Me Flair (decorative owl pin)


Gail said...

Happy Dance to the winners. Have a blessed day and hope all is well with everyone!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Wow thanks so much for top 3 post!! Had to pick mmyself up from floor for that! A great kindness.. thanks also for sharing the riches of the wonderful word in digi and in daily thought shared. So blessed in Him.
God bless you all.
Shaz in Oz.xx

Fikreta said...

Wonderful cards from team!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

Judy1223 said...

Wow, how lucky to be the winner of the Hiney Bee gift certificate! Congrats to the top 3!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the lovely DT inspiration and wonderful Scripture!

Granmargaret said...

Thank you for the challenge. Lovely work by the design team.

Helen Gullett said...

Dear Jo Ann, I hope and pray that you will recover well from your shoulder surgery... God bless you!

Maryann scrapbooking said...

Très belle inspiration de la DT.
Merci pour ce beau défi auquel je participe avec plaisir.

Very nice inspiration from the DT.
Thank you for this beautiful challenge which I participate with pleasure.

Fikreta said...

So wonderful DT inspiration projects!
thank you for great challenge!

Jo Ann said...

Hi Helen. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I didn’t have a surgery. It was Karen and I know that she is recovering very well. Hugs and blessings, always!