Welcome to Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog, and thanks for joining us. We have another really FAB challenge waiting for you. All the amazing cards and projects you share with us continue to impress us, and we want you all to know that we consider each of you WINNERS in our book. We wish that everyone could win the prize each challenge because we really want you to know how grateful we are to have you play along with us. We try our best to get to everyone's blog to leave a comment; but if we do happen to miss you, please still know how much it means to us that you join us so faithfully. You are all SO super talented.
Our word art/scripture for this challenge is 1 Peter 4:7 which says, "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer". This is pretty straight-forward, but we can still find so many blessings in these words that will help us to be prepared for God's return. As I was studying this verse, I found a wonderful article written by Daily Verse. There are several advertisements in this article; but it is a wonderful explanation of what Christ expects of us, and how we (children of God) should live (it's well worth reading). Many people try to predict when Christ will return. But truth be told, NONE of us knows when He will come back for His people. This is why we must be prepared always. Although we don't know when, it is imminent that He WILL come again. Before that happens, we WILL face persecution - to what extent we don't yet know. Rest assured that this world IS NOT OUR ETERNAL HOME. We need to keep our thoughts pure, our hearts fixed on Him, and we need to always be ready to share the gospel freely with others. Remember that EVERY HUMAN will spend eternity in one of two places - Heaven or Hell. As believers in Christ Jesus; having accepted His gift to us, we can be certain that we will spend our eternity with Him in Heaven. However, it needs to be of great concern to us that there are so many lost souls who are on a path straight to Hell (a literal fiery pit of eternal anguish); and it's up to each of us to share the good news of salvation through Christ Jesus with them when given the opportunity. When we are getting prepared for what's to come, it's like being prepared for anything else. If we aren't "sober" physically and emotionally, we won't be ready. This verse encourages us to be clear-minded and not distracted by drugs, alcohol or anything else. It also tells us to be in a spirit of prayer. Living right isn't difficult; it's a blessed life that allows us to be ready for whatever comes our way. God is always with us as we go through this life. We can't all be missionaries, but we all can pray for and support missionaries. We can't all go out and share the Gospel, but we can all pray for the lost to have open minds/hearts when God does send someone into their lives who will share the TRUTH with them. And most of all, we all can prepare our own hearts to be in a right place with Him so that we are the example of His love that will draw others to Him. I do encourage you to read THIS ARTICLE that explains this verse in detail (just ignore the ads...LOL). PRAISE GOD that He is coming again. Will YOU be found ready?
As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computers; 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.
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AND NOW....Here's some inspiration to get you started:
From the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team
and Pinked Slimline Dies
Larissa Heskett Using Falling Leaves Stencil
Also from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team
Cynthia Olheiser, Our August Guest Designer