Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Anything Goes #408-#409

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday!  I've been working hard lately trying to set up all the sponsors for 2020.  If anyone has any suggestions or leads in this area, I'd love to hear from you.  God is providing as He always does, and we're SO grateful that He allows us to maintain this challenge blog.  As long as God continues to provide, we will do our best to keep bringing you fun challenges, devotionals that we hope are a blessing to you, free digital scripture files, fabulous prizes, beautiful inspiration, and LOTS of fun.  Your prayers are always appreciated, and of course, your PRAISES as well.  God is good....ALL the time.  Thanks for joining us.

The scripture for our word art is Romans 10:15.  This verse asks a question and says, "And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things"!  These words speak to my own heart in a very personal way; as our middle daughter (and son-in-law) are missionaries, and I've always had a heart for missionaries.  Many of you know missionaries personally.  What a humbling statement for the LORD God to say that those who go to preach the gospel and share glad tidings are considered "beautiful" on the feet of them.  It's good to please the Lord.  Of course, this doesn't mean that missionaries (or anyone else) can do enough good things to possibly "earn" their way into Heaven, because there's nothing that's "good enough" that any of us could ever do to impress God or to earn our way into spending eternity with Him in Heaven.  Because every human being is sinful, we (in and of ourselves) could never satisfy the debt that is owed for our sinfulness.  EVERY person, no matter WHO they are or what they've done, NEEDS to call on Jesus (God in human flesh) for the eternal security we all seek.  He (God in human flesh) was the only perfect sacrifice who could satisfy the debt that was owed for the sinfulness of mankind.  Praise God!!  He satisfied our debt and paid the price. This verse is reminding us that He loves those who go all around the world to share this wonderful news, His love, His plan of salvation.  And God tell us that these people (who go) are "beautiful" to Him.  This should remind us that.....because this matters to God and pleases Him, WE need to remember to PRAY for missionaries and all those who share the gospel of Jesus Christ (the good news or "glad tidings") with others.  Some do it every day...with their neighbors, people at the store, their doctor, their gardener, etc.  Some people go to the far ends of the earth to reach people in the outmost regions with God's love and plan for their eternal salvation, and some go to places where it's sometimes even illegal, unethical, sketchy and downright dangerous to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  But people need to know the truth, and they need to have a Bible in their own language so that they can then learn of Him and grow in their faith.  This is why God reminds us here (as in other verses) that He loves His people, considers their efforts beautiful, and expects US to send them.  Not everyone can BE a missionary abroad.  However, each and every one of us can PRAY for missionaries; and we should.  If you know of a missionary, please pray for them.  If you're not familiar yet with a mission you can pray for regularly; please let me know and I'll send you a prayer card or direct you to sites that show you missionaries who would greatly appreciate your prayers.  There is great joy in praying for missionaries and for the needs of others in general.  We don't always hear right away about how God answers those prayers, or how He blesses them, but you can trust and know that God will always watch over them and provide for their needs; and each prayer is answered according to His will, and in a way that's best for the person for whom you are praying.  YOU can be part of missions around the world...simply by praying.  Let's not forget about missionaries.

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 the 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 sponsor for this challenge:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is a BIG supporter
of Word Art Wednesday.  We're SO grateful for
Sharon and her amazing generosity.  Be sure to
stop by Stamp Simply Clear Stamps to see all their
WONDERFUL stamps and products.  One lucky
person will win their choice of either
two new stamp sets, or one stamp set and
one die-cut (of their choice).
There are SO many wonderful stamps (and
more) to see at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:

Our FABULOUS sponsor for the last challenge
was the AWESOME CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps.
Please take a moment to stop by this sweet
shop to see all their great stamps, dies, tools,
and more.  One lucky person has won this
FAB prize from CAS-Ual Fridays Stamps.
And Our Lucky Winner Is.....

Top 3 Winners:

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

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

Our October Guest Designer, Meghan Kennihan

JoAnn Atterbury
Stamp Set from Sponsor,
to Create this Easel w/Drawer

Maxine Diffey
Maxine's Second Card Using the Thinking of You
 Rose Stamp Set and Die - both from our Sponsor,

Showing Various Views of Stephanie's Card

Karen's Second Card Using our Word Art

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Fikreta said...

very nice cards from team!

Maryann scrapbooking said...

Merci pour ce nouveau défi et pour la magnifique inspiration de la DT.

Thank you for this new challenge and for the wonderful inspiration of the DT.

Marie Bingaman said...

Woohoo! So awesome to see I am the random winner! Congrats to the Top 3 winners as well. Karen, I have sent you an email. :)

Janis said...

Congratulations to the winner and top picks! Well done, ladies!!
Fabulous inspiration from the team. JoAnn's easel with drawer project is absolutely stunning!!!
Thank you for another lovely challenge.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Gail said...

Thank you for the devotional and the new challenge - lovely work DT and happy dance to the winner - have a blessed day!

Maryann scrapbooking said...

Encore un beau défi avec les superbes créations de la DT.
J'adore... Et je participe avec plaisir.

Another great challenge with the superb creations of the DT.
I just love it... And I participate with pleasure.

Fikreta said...

great challenge and wonderful inspirations from team!