Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Anything Goes - Weeks #645-646

Here we are at the end of April already.  Yikes!  Time flies by so quickly.  We're beyond delighted to have you join us for another FUN challenge.  We have another lucky winner, a wonderful sponsor, some great inspirational art, a brief devotional to encourage you, and a fun challenge waiting for you.  It's always so much fun seeing the fabulous cards and projects you create to share with us.  We are grateful for each of you, and we wouldn't have a challenge blog without you.  Thanks, everyone.  You're really the best.

The beautiful scripture word art for this challenge is an encouraging passage found in the Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 17 and verse 10.  It reads, "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man, according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings".  This verse reminds us that God looks directly into our heart.  NOTHING is hidden from God, and we can't fool/trick God by trying to convince Him that we didn't do wrong or that we didn't commit a sin.  Not only does God know all our sins; but as this verse references, God also knows the intentions of our heart.  Praise God that He has paid the price for our sins (through the shedding of His innocent blood and conquering death) and that we can (should) confess our sins to Him and ask for forgiveness.  The Bible assures us that God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and that He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  But this verse reminds us that it doesn't end there.  While it's important to confess and be forgiven (praise God), the LORD looks upon our insides (He says in this verse, "I try the reins") to the depths of our heart where He reads the intentions of our heart and where He learns how we're REALLY dealing with our sins.  We will all sin.  That's just a fact.  What matters is that we first confess our sins (He knows it ALL anyway), that we ask for forgiveness, and finally; that we change our ways and do our best to not commit the same sins ever again.  God wants to know that we are, in the deepest parts of our being, trying to become what He wants from, and for, each of us.  Living according to God's ways will BLESS us and is what will allow us to "bear good fruit".  God loves you.  God wants to forgive you and help you live a good, blessed and holy life, and to allow you to bear good fruit.  Talk with Him.  Know that when God looks on YOUR heart that He will be pleased with what He sees.  We're each a work in progress, but let's show God and the whole world that we are living for Him, doing what brings glory and honor to His holy name, and bearing good fruit that represents His blessings upon our lives.

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 or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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 not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:

The FABULOUS Stix2 Anything is our Sponsor
for this challenge.  You must check out this store.
They carry adhesives of all kinds as well as many
great crafting tools, glitters, cardstock & envelopes,
wooden die-cut shapes for mixed media projects,
and SO much more.  One lucky person, by random
draw, will WIN a fabulous Adhesives Package from
Stix2 Anything.  We really do hope you'll pop over
to Stix2 Anything and take a peek at their FUN
store filled with crafting essentials.  We're so
grateful for their support of our challenges.
#stix2anything #adhesives

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:
us this year by sponsoring not just this one, but
FOUR (4) times this year.  That's very kind
and generous.  AND.....we all know that
Lawn Fawn carries ADORABLE stamps,
dies and many other crafting essentials.
One lucky person selected by random draw
has WON a $20 gift card to spend at the
AWESOME Lawn Fawn.  How FUN is that?
#lawnfawn #lawnfawnfun #wordartwednesday
That LUCKY WINNER is.......

Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:

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.  We
pray for them, and for God's hand of blessing
upon their businesses.  We're SO grateful.
Here's Some Inspiration to get You Started:

Here's Our April Guest Designer,

Our Fill-In Designer, Dottie Seubert
Coming Soon

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


Carrianne said...

Thank you for choosing my card as the winner for challenge #643-644. I have sent an email to claim prize. I am grateful! Have a blessed day!

Billie A said...

Thank you for picking my card as a top 3. Congrats to the other winners.

Darlene said...

Thanks for having me as your April Guest Designer! It is always an honor!

Maryann scrapbooking said...

Merci pour ce nouveau défi.
Félicitations à la DT pour sa belle inspiration ♥
Thank you for this new challenge.
Congratulations to the DT for its beautiful inspiration ♥