Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Christmas Blog Hop - Weeks #470-472

Welcome by for our final challenge of 2020, everyone.  As we wrap up this year and approach Christmas; we're CELEBRATING with a BLOG HOP to show our appreciation to all of you who faithfully and generously share your art with us throughout the year.  Of course, we will have our traditional random draw for a prize from our regular primary sponsor, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps; but there will be additional prizes offered from Emma's Paperie at each stop on the Blog Hop.  Just visit each blog and leave a comment to be eligible for the prize shown on each Design Team Members' blog.  To give our DT Members a break for Christmas, this will be the last challenge of the year; so you'll have three weeks (instead of two) to complete the Blog Hop and leave your comments.  And...because this challenge is three weeks long, you can still enter 5 times per week - for a total of 15 entries.  We can't wait to see what you'll create, and we look forward to having you visit our personal blogs as well.  Thanks for joining us as we start our 1st Annual Christmas Blog Hop.
Blog Hop Order:

The verse we see in our beautiful word art scripture is Matthew 1:23 - "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name, Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God is with us".  These wonderful words confidently spoken through the divine appointment of God proclaimed that a virgin (Mary, who never knew Joseph in a physical sense before or during the time she conceived and was pregnant with our Savior, Jesus) would be with child and that she would bring forth a son whose name would be Emmanuel which means God is with us.  Yes, although He was a baby we call Jesus, HE WAS GOD.  GOD loved us SO much that He became human flesh and dwelt among us.  He came to pay the price (being spotless without sin) and was the ONLY perfect spotless sacrifice, precisely as the prophets of the Old Testament predicted, thus fulfilling ALL prophecies said of the Savior, the Messiah, the awaited One.  It breaks my heart to know that some (many, including His chosen people, the Jews) have missed out on this TRUTH (and the ONLY way to God) as they still await their Messiah.  Because of false religions, skewed versions of the "bible", added writings that the original Bible/Word of God contradicts, myths, and all sorts of falsehoods that PALE in comparison, people have been lead away from the One true God by false hope.  Here's the bitter truth - the option to Jesus (eternity with Him in Heaven) is an eternity in HELL - an eternity (never-ending time) separated from Him in a terrible (literal) pit of fiery suffering.  NONE can save us from what our sinfulness deserves but JESUS.....the GOD Child Who came, walked among us, suffered and died, rose again, and has gone to prepare a place for us.  HE, Jesus/God, who is patiently waiting for YOU, for ME, and for ALL who call upon Him and find the ONE and ONLY - WAY, TRUTH, and LIFE.......Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the one and ONLY WAY to finding an eternity in Heaven with Him, or any eternal peace whatsoever.  Unlike what Hollywood wants to (lie) tell you, not all roads can lead to the same place when they contradict one another.  There can only be ONE absolute truth (the Bible.  God's written/spoken and recorded Word), there is ONE WAY, and that is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.  And there is only ONE LIFE, and that reminds us again ONE life...not multiple "ways of getting there", and that ONE LIFE is the one that Jesus GAVE for you and for me.  We MUST call on Him if we want to spend eternity in Heaven with Him and escape Hell (what our sinfulness deserves).  He came to this earth for YOU.  Will you live your life for Him?  He's waiting to bless you and seal you for all eternity....He's patiently waiting, but time is running out quickly.  My life is SO much better living for Jesus and the promises of my eternity with Him than anything this temporal world has to offer.  Don't hesitate another day.  Talk with God today and get it right with Him.  He's there to bless you, heal you, and save you because He loves us all SO much.  #blessedlife

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; but you are never required to use it in order to play along in our challenges or to win.   We welcome you to 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.

Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
store.  They carry high-quality acrylic stamps,
steel dies, and SO much more.  One lucky
person will win their choice of either
TWO stamp sets, or ONE stamp set
and ONE die-cut.  What a generous and
AMAZING prize to win.  Below are a few

Each stop on this Blog Hop offers prizes from
Emma's Paperie.  Some have added extra treats
as well.  Just leave a comment on each blog to
be entered for that prize.  This is in addition
to our primary sponsor for this challenge.

Our FABULOUS sponsor of our previous
challenge, Trinity Stamps,  offered a
very generous $40 prize.  WOW!
The lucky person who will be enjoying
this AMAZING prize is:

Our Top 3 Picks This Week:

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 or Winner's 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 we pray for their success.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


Karen Letchworth said...

We're so glad you're all here to hop with us. Thanks for sharing your art with us. Good luck in the ramdom draw.

Gail said...

Thank you for the challenges this year and I am sooo looking forward to the blog hop - what a fabulous idea!! Have a Merry Blessed Christmas - Christ was born!! and prosperous and safe New Year 2021!

Sandi said...

How exciting to have won such a fabulous prize. Thanks you for running these challenge and thank you Trinity Stamps.

Bunny said...

Thank you for the hop and a Merry Christmas to all of you. Thank you for The Word and the scripture and y'all's lovely creations. [Bunny]

Pam Sebring Iowa said...

Thank you for this awesome challenge! The designers creations are all beautiful inspiration!

Esther Asbury said...

Thanks for all the work your put into the challenges, I always enjoy linking up! Merry Christmas to all the DT and may 2021 be blessed.

Billie A said...

Wonderful blog hop. Love the creative dt inspirational projects. Thanks you for the awesome hop.

MadeByMeghanK said...

Such amazing inspiration all year! Thank you sooo much DTs! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends in your bubble :)... Can't wait for next year! Thank you for the hop!

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous inspirations!
Im happy that my card is in top picks.
Happy holidays! ⛄

Christine said...

What a fun way to celebrate the coming of Christmas---a blog hop with some of the sweetest card makers on the web! Looking forward to this extra excitement!

Julie Gearinger said...

What great inspiration from the Design Team and I am so thankful for this challenge blog! Love sharing and using Scripture on my cards and your blog is such a blessing to all! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and blessed 2021!

Denise Bryant said...

Enjoying the creations along the hop! Wonderful projects! I'm new here and hoping to link up a few cards!

Mandy said...

Thank you for the hard work from all involved to bring us these challenges.

Wishing all the team a Merry Christmas if you celebrate, Happy Holidays if you don't and a Happy New Year to one and all.

Love, Best Wishes and Socially Distanced (((Hugs)))


Hazel said...

Thank you for including my card as one of the top 3 xx

Heather said...

Ooo . . . 1st Annual Blog Hop!! I love it! Thanks for your awesome challenges throughout the year and your uplifting, encouraging (and completely true!) messages! I'm off to hop!

Becca Yahrling said...

What a lovely hop - thank you all so much for your inspiration today and all through the year! Merry Christmas to all & hoping we all have a blessed 2021!!!

Elizabeth Hart said...

Fun hop - great projects all along the merry way.

Cynthia said...

Congrats to the winners! Thank you for including my card in the Top Picks. Looking forward to joining the 1st Annual Blog Hop!

Karenladd said...

Thank you for a wonderful new challenge and blog hop and a very Merry Christmas to all the DT! Congrats to the winners and hoping the new year is a new beginning.

Becca Yahrling said...

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas as well as a happy, healthy & blessed 2021! xoxo Becca

KarenB said...

Such wonderful inspiration, thank you :)

Marjeta said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all involved in these Challenge. Thanks for all inspiration true 2020.

Janis said...

Beautiful samples during this beautiful season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Thank you for your wonderfully inspiring challenges.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Sidelle Menon said...

Such wonderful festive inspiration by everyone! Thanks for this fun hop! Wishing all of you Happy Holidays!

Inkami said...

Good fortune for 2021 to all the wonderful designers and coordinators of these challenges. Thanks for sharing the devotions throughout the year and the wonderful inspiration along the hop.

MiamiKel said...

Such a lovely hop with beautiful inspiration! This world is so hard on so many right now and it's so refreshing to see your posts and challenges and remind us that there is hope and goodness! Happy New Year and looking forward to 2021 with you!

Christy Designs said...

Thank you for beautiful blog hop and wonderful inspirations said...

Thank you for all you do for having this fabulous word art and challenge for us!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Tina Z. said...

Thank you for beautiful blog hop and all the gorgeous inspirations