Welcome back, everyone! It's time for another awesome challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and we're so glad you've chosen to join the fun. We have another FUN sponsor, some great inspiration, a brief devotional, and loads of fun waiting for you. Let's get started with our new challenge. You may never actually know how incredibly grateful I am for your participation in our challenges and your willingness to share your time and talents with us here at Word Art Wednesday. YOU are what makes it a success.
Our word art was created using the verse 145:8 which says, The LORD is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger and of great mercy". As we've discussed in the past, the word LORD (all caps) in the Old Testament refers to God the Father (Yahweh God) and in the New Testament, Jesus Christ (the same person). This verse tells us that He is gracious which means He expressed his merciful love for us through His sacrifice on Calvary. It also says that He is full of compassion which means that He truly cares for us in the most intimate/personal way. He wants to know us and to help us become more like Him. This verse tells us that He is also slow to anger. And because we are to strive to be like Him, we need to learn how to control our anger so that our actions will reflect His gentleness and self-control. He will give us all these things if we simply ASK Him for these attributes. Remember, once we are in Christ, we become a new creature and He will always help grow us into who He wants us to be - a happier, more self-controlled person who will draw others to Christ by being a proper example in this dark world. Finally, this verse tells us that God is "of great mercy". Again, if God wasn't "of great mercy", He could have saved His precious time and not suffered and died to provide a way for us to bridge the gap that our SINFUL NATURE creates - separating us from Him. A sacrifice had to be made in order for that sin gap to be covered; and HE, the LORD, was the only One who could cover our sin because ONLY He is God and ONLY He is sinless and pure. It's because of His great mercy that He paid the price for us, and the reason why He is gracious, full of compassion, and slow to anger. He wants us to be like Him. He wants us to call on Him for our salvation, ask Him to guide our lives to be more like Him, and to help us point others to Him so that they can have their sin gap bridged, and find their way to an eternity with Him. Praise God that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. You can ALWAYS count on Him.
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.
The Project Bin is our AWESOME sponsor
for this challenge. The Project Bin carries
many sweet stamps and dies in a variety of
themes. You can find all their amazing
products here in The Project Bin Store.
One lucky person who plays along in
our challenge will win a $15 voucher to
spend at The Project Bin.
NOW....Here's Another LUCKY WINNER:
The one and only CAS-ual Fridays Stamps was our
previous challenge sponsor. If you're not yet
familiar with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, you
will want to pop over and check out all their
WONDERFUL stamps, dies, stencils and many
crafting/stamping supplies. You'll also find lots
of great inspiration on the wonderful
NOW......One lucky person has WON an
awesome stencil package valued at over $25
from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. That person
is Lucky Entry #28 - Christine Miller
The Top 3 Honors Go To Our Friends:
Entry #7 - Lois/Lil' Artsy Woman
Entry #107 - Lori Podolsky
Entry #217 - Cynthia O.
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.