THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

I thank the LORD JESUS for each day that is given me to create wonderful projects...As always, I give Him all the glory.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Scripture Series: He That Blotteth Out Pop-Up Box Card---Time for Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday...

Hello there, friends!  Hope you are having a wonderful week with lots of time to create wonderful things.  We are starting another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) today.  As always, we are featuring a brand new Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site and it comes from Isaiah 43:25 which says, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins."

Wow, what a comforting verse we have in our midst today.  What humanity doesn't understand or fully acknowledge is that our GOD is a HOLY GOD! In Him, there is no blemish, darkness nor imperfection.  He is eternally perfect, radiant, pure, righteous and unchanging.  He is also all-knowing (Omniscient) which means He knows each of His creation's ending from their beginning before He even created them.  Genesis 1:26 tells us, "Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." We may get caught up in the second part of this verse where God gave gave us "rulership" but miss the first part which speaks about us, being created after God's image and likeness.  Prior to the Fall of Man, we have no imperfections---we are righteous before His sight!   We are in complete and total communion with Him.  He gave us the earth to rule like He would rule the heavens.  Though He knew mankind would sin (rebel) against His love and goodness, He still created us.  Yet He would not allow mankind to live forever in that condition for He already came up with the Perfect Solution to bring mankind back to Himself.  JESUS CHRIST, the perfect embodiment of His love came in the flesh,  gave up His life (untainted and holy) as payment for all of our sin (past present and future).  His blood shed on the Cross destroyed the yoke of Satan (his Sin Nature---the source of all "acts of sin." and Death) for everyone that will receive Him.  Since mankind's fall, every human that is born to this world, were tainted by Adam's rebellion.  We are eternally hopeless to attain God's righteousness (right standing with God).  But JESUS made a way for everyone who would acknowledge their SIN and place their FAITH (trust, believe, rely, cling, adhere) in what He accomplished at the Cross.  By having a personal relationship Him, we are transformed from the kingdom of darkness (ruled by Satan) to the Kingdom of God's One and Only Son!  If you are looking for a tangible evidence of this transformation, you will fail.  Hebrews 11:6 clearly says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  Faith is our only connection to God and this same faith causes us to see the transformation that took place in the spiritual to manifest in the physical realm as we continue to depend upon His finished work at the Cross.  Apart from this, there is no other way man can be saved.  Only the blood of Jesus shed at the Cross can wash us white as snow.  For we were born with the Sin Nature and will die with the same unless we surrender it all to the Cross of Jesus Christ before we leave this world.  No amount of good works, acts of kindness or religion will change humanity's fate.  Everyone is destined for Hell (temporary prison) and the Lake of Fire (eternal prison) unless we allow the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross to change our destiny.  

If Jesus had to die for mankind's Sin, then we can conclude that Almighty God does not take Sin lightly.  Don't believe the deception that seeks to destroy everyone making us believe that since God is so loving,  He will overlook our transgressions.  That is a twisted and an utter lie from Satan that seeks to devour mankind. From beginning to end, the Bible reveals God's dealing with mankind's Sin.  Everyone that mocks God's Word and denies or perverts/twist God's instructions to suit their lifestyle is set for a rude awakening.  Once they face the reality of death (physical), they will realize the abominable life they lived and thus the words of the Lord becomes a reality to them in Luke13:28, “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers! “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out."  As much as He is a God of Love, He is also a Just God.  Sin calls for punishment and that is why there is Hell and a Lake of Fire.  Jesus paid all of mankind's Sin and those that accepted what He has done have become beneficiaries of this gift by way of faith (alone).  Their Sin (with all its by-products ) had been washed clean like it never existed. Our good works (own effort) didn't make that possible, it solely by the grace of God through Jesus Christ.  It's like this:  For everyone that believes, We are made clean by the blood and are in Christ!  He is holy, righteous and victorious and being one with Him (in Him), so are we!  When God Almighty looks at us, He sees in us His Son, Jesus Christ!  He sees victory and holiness like no other.  When I'm Born- again (John 3:3), I am righteous in the eyes of the Lord irregardless of my situation (circumstances) and condition (emotionally).  Jesus is in me and I in Him.  I need to live my life in that reality no matter what situation/condition I face daily.  I should never ever depart from the power of the Cross at any given moment.  That is the blessing!  That is the power of every believer!  I would like to share with you the promises of God to every believer that received Him...

If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:15-21) 

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  (Romans 8:37-39)

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

For this Card, I used an image from Magnolia called "On the Road Tilda" that I colored using my Prismacolor/Touch Five markers.  All the flowers are from WPlus9 "Doodle Buds" Clear Stamps and I inked them with Distress Inks.  The base is wwhite CS, cut and scored to make a 5 x 5.5 inches card.  After all the decorating, it end up 6 x 7 inches.  The DP's are from Heidi Grace and  DCWV, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the the white dots from Liquid Pearls.  I didn't use any die-cut to cut the box and I altered the measurements that I saw on YouTube videos to the card I have in mind.  It's a lot of work but so happy with the result.


 HE THAT BLOTTETH OUT POP-UP BOX CARD


 HE THAT BLOTTETH OUT POP-UP BOX CARD TOP VIEW


 HE THAT BLOTTETH OUT POP-UP BOX CARD WHEN FLATTENED


 HE THAT BLOTTETH OUT POP-UP BOX CARD MESSAGE SPACE


HE THAT BLOTTETH OUT POP-UP BOX CARD WITH ENVELOPE BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:


Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  There's wonderful prize awaiting our blessed winner from our awesome sponsor this Challenge, Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) each week as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed week and always remember to share unto others the hope you have in Christ.  Hugs! 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Scripture Series: The Works of the Lord Card---Join Us for Another Inpsirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  Two weeks came by so fast and now, we are beginning another Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Today's Scripture Word Art (free to download at the WAW site) comes from Psalm 118:17 which says, "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord."  

Though the  Psalmist in our highlighted verse lived before the time of Jesus Christ, there was a sure trust (confidence) in God in the life of this person.  When we look at all the things God created and the system that runs them, it is truly beyond human comprehension.  Sure Science can explain how some things work but even that little knowledge comes from the Lord Almighty.  Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law."  If God does not reveal anything to mankind, it does  not matter how intellectual a person is, he/she will search in vain.  For even the capacity to think and learn is of the Lord.  Everything He reveals to us is to be used to gain wisdom and understanding on who God is, His ways and His divine will, purpose and plan for His creation.  As created beings,  we are to align ourselves with our Creator to live life to our full potential.  I love the exhortation that my Life Application Bible shared about this latter verse:  It says, "There are some secrets God has chosen not to reveal to us, possibly for the following reasons: (1) our finite minds cannot fully understand the infinite aspects of God's nature and the universe (Ecclesiastes 3:11); (2)  some things are unnecessary for us to know until we are more mature; (3) God is infinite and all-knowing, and we do not have the capacity to know everything He does.  This verse shows that although God has not told us everything there is to know about obeying Him, He has told us enough.  Thus disobedience comes from an act of the will, not a lack of knowledge.  Through God's Word we know enough about Him to be saved by faith and to serve Him.  We must not use the limitation of our knowledge as an excuse to reject His claim on our life."

As a New Testament believer who personally experienced the enormous grace of God through what Christ did at the Cross, I have everything I need to live my life wholly trusting/depending upon Him.  Jesus laid out His plan in my life as a member of His Body (The Church) in His written Word (The Bible).  The very existence of the Church and it's role in our time for the salvation of all mankind was hidden to many in the past.  But by the power of the Holy Spirit, not anymore! I have a a bright future as a citizen of His Kingdom both now and forever.  Jesus had a talk with Martha in John 11:25-26,  "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  Though this physical body dies (unless the Rapture of the Church takes place beforehand), our soul and spirit lives forever in the presence of God.  This is absolutely true for us who placed our trust in Jesus Christ while here on earth.  We are spirit beings inside a physical shell!   The physical shell is destroyed but our spirits live on.  Whoever is in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) shall never see death (eternal death).  We are destined to rule and reign with Christ.  Knowing this Truth, I am very passionate to share such wonderful hope to others in order to declare God's glory through His love and mercy.  I truly serve an incredible, awesome and amazing God!

For this Card, I used an image from the Golden Oldies Collection of Art Impressions.  I watercolored it with Distress Inks and fussy cut.  The base is a pre-cut A7 white CS from Paper Studio, the patterned wooden frame is from Recollections and added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  Finally, some fancy stitching all over this creation.  Simply cute, I love it!


 THE WORKS OF THE LORD CARD


 THE WORKS OF THE LORD CARD LAYERS


 THE WORKS OF THE LORD CARD INSIDE


THE WORKS OF THE LORD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

AAA---Words Take Center Stage
Angie's---ATG/Red White Blue
Dare2BArtzy---Bright Colors
Dragonfly Dreams---ATG
Fashionable Stamping---Feminine
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Make it Funny
Aurora Wings---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Lost Coast---ATG
Paper Next Dolls---ATG
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafty Creations---ATG
Crafty Gals---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Something Humorous
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore----ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Crazy Ladybirds---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG


I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly with uplifting and inspirational messages, you can link up to 5 projects.  Our sponsors this week are Bossy Joscie Crafty Goods ($25 GC to their shop), Dies to Die For (15 pound GC) and Imagine That (Digi Images).  I can't wait to see your projects  and leave you some encouragement on your Blogs.  Though the world seem darkened nowadays, let your faith in God shine like a beacon on a hill.  Pray without ceasing and believe that God can do the impossible! My trust in only in Him... 

Monday, July 3, 2017

CAS Series: Two Occasional and One Thinking of You Cards...It's Time for Another Monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there, Crafty Peeps!  We have another Challenge that started yesterday at 613 Avenue Create.  As always, it's Anything Goes  with "Monochrome" as  an optional theme.  I decided to go for the Anything Goes and highlight three of the CAS cards I made recently.  Anyway, my apologies for late post as I didn't have the time (busy Sunday) to get this published on time.

Anyway, we are going through the series on "Why we believe the Bible" at our Church.  While other religions have some elements of the Bible in their doctrines yet they have either added their own (man-made) or twisted the Biblical teachings they have adapted.  As a child of God (Born-again, John 3:3), I solely rely on the accuracy of Scripture to navigate me in this journey called LIFE---physically and spiritually, temporal and eternal. The 66 books of the the Old and New Testament which comprises the Bible is given by God to warn, lead and arm us with knowledge, wisdom and power to the narrow path He prepared us to take.  The Old Testament is the foreshadowing of the Person of Jesus Christ Who is fully revealed in the New Testament.   He is our only hope of re-connection with Almighty God after Adam led all of humanity to the path of rebellion (Fall of Man).  No other book can point us to the Truth other than the Holy Bible, authored by the Holy Spirit, using several men of God that lived many years apart.  It brings us to the conclusion that though many were used to pen the Scripture, it truly has One Author and this fact is proven by the accuracy and cohesiveness of the writings.  2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us, "Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."  Gotquestions.org in the question "Who were the authors of the Books of the Bible?" answered, "Ultimately, above the human authors, the Bible was written by God. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that the Bible was “breathed out” by God. God superintended the human authors of the Bible so that, while using their own writing styles and personalities, they still recorded exactly what God intended. The Bible was not dictated by God, but it was perfectly guided and entirely inspired by Him. Humanly speaking, the Bible was written by approximately 40 men of diverse backgrounds over the course of 1500 years. Isaiah was a prophet, Ezra was a priest, Matthew was a tax-collector, John was a fisherman, Paul was a tentmaker, Moses was a shepherd, Luke was a physician. Despite being penned by different authors over 15 centuries, the Bible does not contradict itself and does not contain any errors. The authors all present different perspectives, but they all proclaim the same one true God, and the same one way of salvation—Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

History has proven the accuracy of God's Law and the Prophetic Words that came and are coming to pass.  Even as I speak, the prophetic clock is active.  Jesus is the completion of the Law (Torah) and  the object of every prophecy.  He told us in Matthew 5:17-18, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."  Jesus in His coming, ministry and finished work at the Cross validates the Bible.  God's Word does not discriminate on status, race, color or anything this divisive world is using to create factions.  It has no gray area!  Everyone goes through the Only Way, Only Truth and Only Life revealed by God in the person of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, no one has an excuse!  The Holy Bible is the single and most reliable book that reveals the infinite God we have no way of knowing on our own.  His Holy Spirit (living in us) interprets God's Truth so that we may fully understand His ways.  Speaking to the believers, Paul told us 1 Corinthians 2:6-14, "We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit."  Everyone who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior received the Holy Spirit and He dwells inside them.  Without Him,  people live in darkness---having no knowledge, wisdom nor understanding on their spiritual condition.  Thus, we see the widespread hatred of God in our day giving birth to gross immorality led by depraved hearts and minds.  Anyone who sincerely consults God's Word for Truth will be led by the Holy Spirit.  I am so grateful to God's Word for lighting up my path now and forever.  (Please scroll down for a VIDEO that will surely bless you regarding the validity of the Bible).

For this first card, I used an image from Sassy Cheryl Digi Stamps called "Little Girl Graduation"  and colored it using my Touch Five markers. I stamped the sprig in the background using Penny Black clear stamps.  I also adhered some Washi Tape from Tape Works and added Liquid Pearls (Silver Pearl).  The base is an A2 pre-cut card that comes with an envelope (The same size used for all cards here).  With some fussy cutting, this card came out awesome.


 WISHING YOU ALL OF LIFE'S BEST CARD


 WISHING YOU ALL OF LIFE'S BEST CARD INSIDE


 WISHING YOU ALL OF LIFE'S BEST CARD WITH ENVELOPE



For my second card,  I used clear stamps from two Stampendous sets (image and sentiment).  I also colored the image using my Touch Five markers, inked the clouds using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and the cloud stencil I created and adhered some Washi Tape from Recollections.


 CHANGITO PIRATE BIRTHDAY CARD


 CHANGITO PIRATE BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE


 CHANGITO PIRATE BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


For my third and final card for this post, I used an image from Fiskars Clear Stamps and the sentiment is from Stampendous. I stamped using several colors from Stampabilities mini inks for such a colorful and vibrant effect.  I also incorporates some Liquid Pearls (White Opal) for added dimension.  It sure turned out lovely. 


 THOUGHTS OF YOU FLUTTER BY CARD


 THOUGHTS OF YOU FLUTTER BY CARD INSIDE


THOUGHTS OF YOU FLUTTER BY CARD WITH ENVELOPE

These Card are entered into the following Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps---Summer/Beaches
Angie's---ATG/Red White Blue
Dare2BArtzy---Bright Colors
Dragonfly Dreams---ATG
Fashionable Stamping---Feminine
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Penny Black---For the Boys
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Make it Funny
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Lost Coast---ATG
Crazy Challenge---Animals
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
2 Crafty Critter---ATG with Critter
2 Sisters---Beach
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Country View---Things with Wings
Crafts Galore----ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Crazy Ladybirds---ATG
Delicious Doodles---Beside the Sea
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG


There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the fun by joining our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.   Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week. I hope you have a great start of the year and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross as revealed by the Written Wordf, we have complete victory that we can effectively share with others!


WHY THE BIBLE?
I also would like to share the video of one of my favorite Christian apologist, Bro. Ravi Zacharias when he was asked by a young man in the University of Illinois, "Why we should believe the Bible as the Word of God?."  This was taken many years ago in one of his speaking engagement.  I learned so much.  Watch and be blessed!


 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scripture Series: Have I Drawn Thee Flower Pot Card---Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge Happening at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  Today starts another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)As always, we feature a Scripture Word Art (free to download at the WAW site) that comes from Jeremiah 31:3 which says, "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."

Do you know that everything God does is motivated by His love?  Before we can even fathom the depths of what "True Love" is, God had already shown us love by allowing us to exist even though He knew what mankind was going to do. Before time ever existed and everything came into place, there's God---His will, plan and purpose!  Nothing is hidden from Him and His plan goes before any of us ever was.   And even before that, He also created the angels even though He knew Lucifer (Satan) would turn against Him and a third of these beings would wreak havoc all over His creation.  The Bible declared in 1 John 4:7-21 that "God is Love."  We will not know what "true love" looks like until we gaze at the best representative God sent to mankind---His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ!  John 1:18 says, "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."  Every word Jesus had spoken, every action He took and His intent for both shows us the unselfish (Agape) kind of love  that is uniquely God's.  Not one of us is capable of demonstrating the true essence of  "Agape" unless God Himself draws us to the the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our choosing to surrender our lives to Him and us allowing the Holy Spirit to take over.  We cannot fully understand the vastness of what "everlasting love" means other than it's love without end.  Yet even with our limited understanding and while depending solely on what Christ has shown us through His death, burial and resurrection,  we get a taste of what God's everlasting love is like.  As one who experienced the incredible love of God (once a sinner, saved by His grace and living each day through the guidance of the Holy Spirit),  God's love empowers me to see myself not on my daily struggles and battles nor how others perceive or accept me but according to the eternal love God has for me.  The finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross is not only victory I hold onto each day but my assurance to the eternal vastness of God's great love for me and everyone that love Him.  I am chosen from before time and He alone knows why, but I am so grateful He did.  I would like to share what I read from Life Application Bible about God's love as an exhortation to the verses from 1 John 4:7-10.  It truly blessed me so, here it is:

"Everyone believes that love is important, but love is usually thought of as a feeling.  In reality, love is a choice and an action, as 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 shows.  God is the source of our love: He loved us enough to sacrifice His Son for us.  Jesus is our example of what it means to love; everything He did in life and death was supremely loving.  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to love; He lives in our hearts and makes us more and more like Christ.  God's love always involves a choice and an action, and our love should be like His.  How well do you display your love for God in the choices you make and the actions you take?

John says, "God is love," not "Love is God."  Our world with its shallow and selfish view of love, has turned these words around and contaminated our understanding of love.  The world thinks that love is what makes a person feel good and that it is all right to sacrifice moral principles and other's rights in order to obtain  such "love."  But that isn't real love; it is the exact opposite---selfishness.  And God is not that kind of "love."  Real love is like God, Who is holy, just and perfect.  If we truly know God, we will love as He does.

Love explains (1) why God creates---because He loves, He creates people to love; (2) why God cares---because He loves them, He cares for sinful people; (3) why we are free to choose---God wants a loving response from us; (4) why Christ died---His love for us caused Him to seek a solution to the problem of Sin and (5) why we receive eternal life---God's love expresses itself to us forever.

Nothing sinful or evil can exist in God's presence.  He is absolute goodness.  He cannot overlook, condone of excuse sin as though it never happened.  He loves us, but His love does not make Him morally lax.  If we trust Christ, however, we will not have to bear the penalty for our sins (1 Peter 2:24).  We will be acquitted (Romans 5:18) by His atoning sacrifice."

For this Card, I used an image from WPlus9 called "Doodle Buds." I loved this stamp set the very first time I saw the cards people made with them.  Though it took some time, I am so glad I now have it in my collection.  So,  I stamped my favorite flower image on different colored CS and fussy-cut them, including the leaves.  The finished card measures 5 x 7 inches using Kraft CS as base.  The pot measures 4.5 x 4.25 x 3 inches.  The DP is from Recollections, the ribbon from my stash, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I also inked part of the pot with Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), the sentiment in the message panel from Ms. Sparkle and Co.  and lastly, I added some stitching all over this creation.  I used this VIDEO from Splitcoasters as an inspiration for this creation. This was really fun to make.


 HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD


 HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD LAYERS


 HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD MESSAGE SPACE


HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Creations---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Flag Day
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Mod Squad---Colorful
Simon Says---Use Patterned Paper
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG/Tag
Not Just Cards---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---Summer
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Retarte---ATG
PINspirational---Photo Inspiration
OLLCB---Summertime
Path of Positivity---ATG/Faith Hope Love
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  An awesome GC of  $25 worth will be awarded to our Challenge winner by our awesome sponsor---Simon Says Stamp.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up as we meditate on the love of God today. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Scripture Series: They Shall Be Filled Card---Join Us for an Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

A wonderful Wednesday, everyone!  Today, we started another Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) as we feature another great Scripture Word Art (free for you to download at the WAW site).  It comes from Matthew 5:6 which tells us, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

This verse is part of  the "Beatitudes" verses found in Matthew 5:3-12 and is a blessing if we take the time to ponder on these very important words of Jesus to all of us who have placed our trust in His finished work at the Cross.  I would like to share the exhortation to these verses from my Life Application Bible.  It says, "Jesus began His sermon with words that seem to contradict each other.  But God's way of living usually contradicts the world's (earthly, fleshly lifestyle).  If you want to live for God you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world.  You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse.  By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you.  

The Beatitudes can be understood in at least four ways.  (1) They are code of ethics for disciples and a standard of conduct for all believers.  (2) They contrast kingdom values (what is eternal) with worldly values (what is temporary).  (3) They contrast the superficial "faith" of the Pharisees with the real faith Christ wants.  (4) They show how the Old Testament expectations will be fulfilled in the new kingdom.  These Beatitudes are not multiple choice---pick what you like and leave the rest.  They must be taken as a whole.  They describe what we should be like as Christ's followers.

Each Beatitude tells us how to be blessed.  "Blessed" means more than happiness.  It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God's kingdom. The Beatitudes don't promise laughter, pleasure or earthly prosperity.  To Jesus, "blessed" means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances.  To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost.  

With Jesus' announcement that the kingdom was near, people were naturally asking, "How do I qualify to be n God's kingdom?"  Jesus said that God's kingdom is organized differently from worldly kingdoms.  In the kingdom of heaven, wealth and power and authority are unimportant.  Kingdom people seek different blessings and benefits, and they have different attitudes.  Are your attitudes a carbon copy of the world's selfishness, pride and lust for power, or do they reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus, your King?  

I remember singing the song with our Praise Team at Church entitled "Servant of All."  It features  lyrics that sums up a believers life as citizens of the kingdom of God.  The part of the song that stayed with me described that Kingdom as, "Cause it's the inside outside upside down kingdom where you lose to gain and you die to live."  This is so true!  Since I surrendered my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ decades ago, I've experienced first hand the fierce battle that every child of God go through to faithfully accomplish God's will in and through my life.  On my own, I couldn't do it but because the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ who won every battle in this world lives inside of me, I can live the higher calling of God in my life.  I wage war daily against the temptations of this world and my personal war against my own self (human nature).  I've always wondered why many could not perceive the plain and simple Truth of the Gospel where you need to put your faith in what Jesus already accomplished at the Cross instead of trying to reach God through religion and good works which the Scripture attest will never gain anyone a ticket to God's kingdom (God called it "filthy rags" in His sight, Isaiah 54:6).  The God of heaven and earth has provided humanity with the Only Way (Only Solution) out of our misery (being in bondage with the enemy from the time we were physically born) in order for us to live righteously in His presence and escape the Lake of Fire reserved for Satan and his followers (the proud, rebellious and ungodly).  It is all in His Word, written in every pages of the Scripture, so that we don't have to guess or device our own way to gain His favor.  Through Jesus Christ, we are all accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:4-14).  But the Bible also tells us, "For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).  

What more can I say about this startling contrast between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world?  I had to search inward and realized that no matter how far I walked in accordance to this world (temporary existence) in my old life, something inside me felt void.  We heard many people said, "There's something missing in my life!" despite all the power, fame and opportunities money can buy. After reaching the pinnacle of riches and glory, they find that true happiness doesn't dwell there.  That's why we hear of people resorting to addiction of all types, non-stop parties and sexual perversion or drowning themselves with work so that they will not have to hear the voice of their conscience speaking to them.  Many of them would not admit how spiritually empty their life became till it was too late.  And we say, "What a waste!"  I don't mean to be insensitive, but all of us were given one life to live. These people rejected Christ and as a result,  they wasted the opportunity that their Maker gave them to fulfill their full potential.  They unplugged themselves from their power source and chose the bogus power of the enemy which was meant to destroy them.  Had they chose to surrender to God, His indwelling presence in them would have completed their existence---nothing missing, nothing broken!  But the horror of their denial of Christ doesn't end there as they must now continue that life in the everlasting torment apart from everything good, away from the presence of God.  Very, very sad!  My friends, I got persecuted, threatened and called many names a lot (especially in Social Media) and even lost a few family/friends along the way just because I share "The Gospel of Truth."  It  deeply hurts to be falsely accused when all you have in your heart is love for the souls that would otherwise perish eternally if they miss Christ in their lives.  Yet, I don't stop!  As the Spirit leads, I set aside my emotions and allow the Spirit of God to use me to whomever He places in my path.  It is not my place to convince anyone---it is the Holy Spirit's job.  I'm just His spokesperson. Yes, come to think of it, you'll never know who is hungry and thirsty enough---ready to be filled by God.  And so, be faithful no matter what, for our work in the Lord is never in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

For this Card, I used an image from A Day for Daisies called "Fairy Queen Primrose" that I colored using my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to create a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, the flowers I layered are from Prima and inked around the edges with Distress Ink (Ground Expresso), the brad from Recollections and the gems are from Tulips.  I also added glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the image as well as the leaves (punch used from Fiskars).  On the upper right corner, I stamped the vines from Penny Black and also stitched all over this card.   I am delighted with the result.
 

THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD


 THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD LAYERS


 THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD INSIDE


THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Creations---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Birthday
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Shaker Card
Mod Squad---Spark it Up
Paper Shelter---Flower Power
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Die-Cuts
City Crafter---Photo Inspiration
Create and Makes---ATG/Yellow
Digi Choosday---ATG
Everybody Art---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
PINspirational---Photo Inspiration
Retarte---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Butterflies
Let's Craft and Create---Girls, Girls, Girls
Love to Craft---ATG


Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  Wonderful prizes awaits our winners from Lawn Fawn (Paper Pad and Stamp Set), All Dressed Up Stamps (Digi Images) and His Grace Works ($15 GC).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) each week as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Have a blessed week and find opportunities to share the hope you have in Christ by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading. Hugs! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Especially Made: Happiness is Coming Your Way Card---Join Us for Another Monthly Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi, friends!  Sorry for the delay posting my Card as I  was super busy yesterday  (talking about not having time to sleep kind of busy).  We began another monthly Anything Goes (with optional Theme) Challenge at 613 Avenue Create yesterday and I am featuring a Baby Shower Card. 

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Baby Carriage Abella" that I watercolored using Stabilo 68 markers.  The base is a pre-cut, A7, white CS from Paper Studio that comes with an envelope.  The DP's are from my scraps and I used a couple of washi tapes from Recollections.  The inside sentiment was stamped with a Cloud 9 clear stamps.  Finally, I stitched all over this card for added dimension.  I made this card for a friend who after many years of waiting for a child, she finally have her prayers answered.  It's always nice to see the supernatural working of the Lord for those who continue to trust and believe.

Aren't you glad to hear many testimonies of God's miraculous work in our time?  Yes, the Bible is full of many accounts of Almighty God's miraculous work in the lives of His creation and history proves them all.  We saw what Jesus did in His time and we marvel at the power and authority He demonstrated to bless and heal people and to free all of us from the bondage of the enemy through His finished work at the Cross.  Some people say that there's no more miracles in our time.  Why not?  I supposed many of them are expecting miracles of epic proportion similar to the parting of the Red Sea during the time of Moses. Yet a heart that is yielded to God (Born-again, John 3:3) always finds miracles upon miracles weaved underneath our daily circumstances in life.  I see miracles in God's love and goodness given and demonstrated by others everyday.  Yes, God sends and still uses people.  We've heard of God using even the unbelievers to bless His children.

I know I've shared this before but when I think about God's miraculous goodness, I always go back to this wonderful time in my life.  I remember when I was 20 years old and a new believer in Christ back in the Philippines...It was one of our difficult times when my Mom and I had only enough to buy one meal for the day.  We can use it either for lunch or dinner and would have to trust God for the next.  We agreed to spend it for lunch and as I was preparing myself to head out and buy food at a nearby restaurant,  we heard a familiar knock at our gate.  I was glad to see it was my godmother visiting us.  Now, guess what she brought with her?  It was bread, fried noodles and a soda for lunch.  As I was setting our table, my Mom and I looked at each other and we just knew---God's work, God's perfect timing, God's goodness!  My godmother didn't know anything about our situation, she didn't have a personal relationship with God yet God used her to bless us that day and for many more days eventually.  It turned out, even without asking, she gave my Mom a couple hundred pesos (Philippine currency) to bless us before she left and so, the very money we intended for one meal that day was not even spent when my Mom got her next pay-check.  I was also blessed with a job in a cotton factory shortly after that despite being a College undergraduate.  With the little I saved working there for three years, I was able to enroll myself back to school, landed a job as a Restaurant Manager after graduation and a year after, a job in International Cruising for 6 years.  Never in my life did I imagine I would visit many countries, be married to an American and become a US citizen.  I know many people dream of the life I now have but I was simply obeying the Lord each step of the way and He opened many doors for me and He still is.  My entire life is a series of miracles upon miracles.  When God is giving you blessings, you better believe that the enemy is also there to stop it so, there's many struggles along the way but as I called and trusted in the Lord---His purpose, goodness and love prevailed.  And I believe, there's MORE BLESSINGS to come.  So, yes, I don't have to look for spectacular things everywhere to realize that my God still works miracles.  I just have to go through my own life and see His hand working in everything.  And the miracles happening with others? Those I consider  delicious icing on top of God's wonderful and awesome goodness.  I would like to share this wonderful Bible account from 1 Kings 17:7-16 to encourage us to always trust God in all our circumstances because when He promised to supply all our needs, He meant to keep it.

Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath

"Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah."


 HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY CARD


 HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY CARD LAYERS


 HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY CARD INSIDE


HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY  CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Creative Moments---ATG/Birthday
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Shaker Card
Create and Makes---ATG/Yellow
Everybody Art---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
CAS Watercolour---Summer
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Butterflies
Let's Craft and Create---Girls, Girls, Girls
Love to Craft---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG


This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  If you want to be challenged (like I was), take on the Optional Twist.  But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, be at peace that you have Someone you can trust and have your back always.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scripture Series: As the Hart Panteth Window Slider Card---Join Us for Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Wow, a couple of weeks passed, just like that!  Now, I am back to highlight another Scripture Word Art (free to download) featured in our Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge site.  It comes from Psalm 42:1 which says, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” My Life Application Bible explains it wonderfully this way:  "As the life of a deer depends upon water, so our lives depend upon God.  Those who seek Him and long to understand Him  find never ending life."

Come to think of it, almost everything on earth need water to live/survive.  We don't need to go further than our own  (human beings) need for water.  It's no coincidence that we can survive longer without food but not so much without water.  Our body craves it and we can attest to that need especially on many summer days out in the sun or many hours of physical exertion.  But hear me on this---as much as our physical bodies need physical water, so thus our spirits.  Man's spiritual component needs the Living Water whose Source is Jesus Christ.  Gotquestions.org had a very interesting article on what Jesus meant when He spoke about the Living Water.  Here's what is says:

Jesus uses the phrase “living water” in two instances in the Bible. The first instance is found in John chapter 4. Jesus was tired and sat at a well while His disciples went into town to buy food. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. The Samaritan woman was quite shocked because Jesus was a Jew, and Jews simply hated the Samaritans. Of course, she had no idea who Jesus was and asked Him how He could ask her for water since He was a Jew. (To find out the conflict between Jews and Samaritans, go HERE).

Jesus ignored the question and went right to the point, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). Notice that He does not say that He is the living water, but that He would give living water to her, and when she received it, she would never thirst again. Of course, that does not tell us what the living water is! For that, we must go to another passage of Scripture. In this case, Jesus is in the temple surrounded by a throng of worshippers. He suddenly cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37–39, emphasis added).
 

Here Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the living water. External influence of the Spirit had always been given in the conversion and sanctification of the Old Testament saints and prophets, but the gift of the Spirit who would indwell believers had not yet been received (Acts 10:44–45). So, though many people say that Jesus is the living water, Jesus Himself intended the phrase to mean the Holy Spirit who dwells in believers and seals them for salvation (Ephesians 1:13–14). It is the ministry of the Spirit, flowing out of a heart redeemed by God, that blesses believers and, through them, brings life and light to the world."

As much as we need the physical water for our bodies, humanity needs the Living Water (Holy Spirit) for our spiritual wellness.  As a believer (Born-again, John 3:3) in Christ, the Holy Spirit now lives inside of me.  He quenches every thirst---satisfying me today and forever.   Before I came to know Christ, I thought I would be satisfied by making something good of myself.  And yet the more I go after the desires of this world, the void in my heart kept increasing.  It was a hunger and a thirst for something more than this world could offer.  Isn't it curious that many people who have achieved great things in this life (wealth, fame, power etc.) whom we considered iconic took their own lives in the height of their careers?  It is obvious that joy, peace and righteousness which is ultimately and greatly  desired by many does not come from this world but from the throne of Almighty God.  Jesus invited people to drink from the wells of salvation 2,000 years ago and He is still calling on everyone today.  The Living Water is available for free to anyone who truly seek, believe and desires to know Jesus Christ.  Anyone who humbles himself before the Lord will not be turned away. No amount of money or worldly possession can equal its benefits in satisfying our thirst forever.  So my question is, how thirsty are you?   Isaiah 41:17-18 says, "“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs."

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions Try' Folds called "Lake House"  and watercolored it using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 4.5 x 6 inches card (up to 7 inches with the fish tail banners).  The DP's are from My Mind's Eye and Recollections.  Other sentiments stamped inside are from Printworks.  I also used some washi tape for the fish tail and stapled it to the inside panel. Lastly, I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and ran it through my sewing machine for some stitching. I saw a video on YouTube on how to make this long time ago but didn't get a chance to try it.  I'm so glad I stumbled upon it yesterday so, if you're interested, here's a VIDEO instruction on how to make this fabulous card fold.  I just customized my card to the size I wanted it to be.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD LAYERS


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD MESSAGE SPACE


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Color Throwdown---Color Inspiration 
Crafty Creations---ATG 
Crafty Gals---2 or More Designer Papers
Creative Moments---ATG  
House Stamps Built---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG 
Simon Says Stamp---Furry Friends 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Die-Cuts
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG 
Deep Ocean---Our Furry/Feathered Friends 
Digi Choosday---ATG 
Lemon Shortbread---ATG 
Retarte---ATG
Stinkin Inkers---It's Spring
TTCRD---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---ATG 
Always Fun---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG 
Colouring in Scrapland---ATG
Color Inspiration Monday---Colored Image
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
PIP---ATG
Simon Says Monday---Critters
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG 
 
Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  Wonderful prize to be won from our sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises. He is always good!

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