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, April 24, 2013

Scripture Series: Bless the Lord, My Soul Card---Join us for Another Uplifting Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Good morning, everyone!  I'm back with the first of the 3 cards I am set to do for this week.  I can tell you right now that I would have to camp at my Craft Room at least till the weekend is over...LOL But like I mentioned before, I love making cards so, this is truly my kind of fun till I'm at a race with the deadlines for each creation.  But the amazing thing is God always gets me through.  Oh the faithfulness of my Father in Heaven! 

Today, we have a very famous Word Art to highlight at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)It's found in  Psalm 103:2 which talks about blessing the Lord.  In the same verse, it commands our soul to give glory to our  Source, the Lord God Almighty, and to remember all the wonderful things He has done for us.  As human beings, we were created with a spirit, a soul and a body (we are tripartite beings).  The spirit part of us communes with God because based on the scriptures in John 4:24: "God is a Spirit.  And those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."  When Adam sinned against God, that spirit in us was darkened and our fellowship with God was severed and humanity was left in the hands of Satan in whom we were bound hopelessly.  But God had a plan!  In due time, He sent His One and Only Begotten Son, JESUS CHRIST (the Only One qualified to save humanity---conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, perfect and not tainted by Adam's sin as He didn't come from the line of Adam),  to pay for the punishment intended for humanity. He paid for everything by means of His Blood shed on the Cross of Calvary.  It was a one-time, once and for all  sacrifice that paid for man's past, present and future iniquities hence, His final words at the Cross were, "IT IS FINISHED!"  (John 19:30).  By His resurrection, He sealed the victory over Satan and took back everything the devil stole and delegated that power and authority to His Church (believers of Jesus Christ). He told His disciples in Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Having this in mind,  the Only way we can avail of what Jesus Christ has done for us is by being Born-Again (Read John 3:3) which means "Born from Above."  We are to die from the old sinful nature of being in Adam in order to be born-again with Jesus.  Take for example in marriage, we are in covenant with our spouse till one dies, then the survivor is free to marry again.  Romans 10:9 said:  "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  When we become Born-Again, our spirit once darkened literally comes back to life and can commune with the Father again but our soul and body needs to be renewed each day.  Our soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions. In order for that part of us to be conformed with God, we got to take in new thoughts by filling our mind with God's Word and allow the Spirit of God in us to lead our souls.  Our whole life here on earth will be spent on putting our soul man unto submission to the will of God.  Let's face it, we are always affected by what we think, feel and see and most of it are determined by the dictates of our physical bodies.  Yet as we are empowered by the Spirit of God, believers are given the assurance that we are not alone in this fight. Take heart in what God has promised with the following Scriptures:

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh,  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires"  (Romans 8:1-5) 

So here is my inspiration card for you.  I used a very cool image called "A day with Mom" from Sassy Cheryl Digi Stamps  which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers.  I used a pre-cut A7 Kraft base card, the DP's from K & Company and Paper Studio which I matted with some Kraft CS.  I die-cut the circles with Nestabilities and MS Small Circle Cutter.  I used an MS Border Punch for the fence as well as the leaves.  I layered several Prima flowers and incorporated matching brads at the center of the flowers.  I added some glitters (Stickles-Diamond) to the stems, leaves and flowers and stitched all over this card.  I think it came out great.


 BLESS THE LORD, MY SOUL CARD:


 BLESS THE LORD, MY SOUL CARD LAYERS:


 BLESS THE LORD, MY SOUL CARD INSIDE:


BLESS THE LORD, MY SOUL CARD WITH ENVELOPE:


*** WANT THIS CARD?  AVAILABLE AT MY ETSY---HERE! *** 


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp---Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters---Free for All
Penny's Paper-Crafty---Anything Goes
Creative Belli---Spring
Creative Moments---Spring
Craft-room---So Sentimental
Paper Crafting Journey---Use a Sentiment
Bearly-Mine---Digi Days
TTCRD---Anything Goes
Forever Friends---Lots of Flowers
Craftign By Designs---Anything Goes
Art Impressions---Layer It Up
Crafty Calendar---Sunshine and Showers
Die-Cuttin Divas---Flowers
Shelly's Images---Flowers
Make It Monday---Anything Goes
Nutcrafters---Anything Goes
Wags 'n Whiskers---May Flowers
Sparkle N Sprinkle---Use a Digital Image
Inspire Me Fridays---Anything Goes


I surely hope you will come and join us at the WAW Blog.  You can download the Word Art for free and incorporate it in your project and link to our Challenge.  But this is not a requirement.  You can upload up to 5 entries as long as it has an uplifting/inspirational message.  We will be awarding 12 prizes to 12 blessed entries courtesy or our sponsors this week---Shabby Cottage Studio (1 winner), Close my Heart (1 winner) and Scripture by Design (10 winners).  Our Challenge is "Anything Goes" so you can be as creative as you want to be.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.  So, this is it for me today and will highlight a couple more cards this weekend.  Have a blessed day and remember, Jesus is just a breath away and He's waiting for you to call on Him. 

29 comments:

  1. Hello, Jo Ann!
    Your work is always stunningly beautiful. It is said that G-d gives us gifts and our talent makes room for us. I see that manifested in every project that you create. You are a welcomed and beautiful member of our design team at 613 and it is not just your talent but the spirit and love of G-d that dwells within you that makes you special to all of us.

    May the blessing of G-d continue to flow in your life and may your constant uplifting of him be a beacon to all who seek his presence.

    Hugz,
    Chana

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  2. I honestly can barely belive the talent that you release into your cards. The colors on this are magnificent and I agree with you whole heartedly, it turned out great. The design is so clever, another beauty for us to enjoy.
    Abundant Blessings,
    Carole

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  3. This is just amazing, Jo. I love the image, and it looks like they are watching the sunset together. Your blog post is just wonderful as well. Great job, and thank you for being such an incredible blessing to WAW, to me, and to all those who get the pleasure of stopping by.
    God bless you always,
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  4. Such a sweet image and colour tones. Thank you for joining us at Paper Crafting Journey.
    Laine
    xx

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  5. This is gorgeous, love the sentiment. Saw it on MIM.

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  6. Fantastic card and gorgeous coloring Jo Ann. I saw this on MIM..Loz

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  7. WOW! You go girl! You are rockin' these challenges with FABULOUS creations! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘Free For All (anything goes)’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  8. Love the bright colors and design of your card! Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday.

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  9. Fabulous card, love the coloring job and all the fabulous details on your card! Thanks for playing with us at Shelly's Images!

    Jackie
    Shelly's Images Design Team

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  10. Your cards are really eye catching. Saw you on MIM and had to take a closer look.That's one of my favorite scripture verses. Fabulous card design. Love it.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card at Craft-Room "So Sentimental" Challenge, good luck;-))m

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  12. Such a pretty and fun card! I love the sentiment! Thank you for playing along at Sparkle N Sprinkle.

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  13. This is a fabulous card, so many lovely details.
    Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.
    Pauline
    x

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  14. What a lovely card.Love the bright colours.Thanks for joining in with us at Nutcrafters.Hugs Debbie x

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  15. A beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Craft Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  16. Great card! I like all of your elements! Thanks for joining us on the Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge!
    Yolanda DT

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  17. What a gorgeous card! Love all of the little details. Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs.
    Hugs, Sharon

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  18. Beautiful card and love the image you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

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  19. Such a beautiful creation with great attention to detail. Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Julia

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  20. Beautiful card, lovely bright colours and gorgeous image.

    Thanks for joining our Fortnightly Challenge at Forever Friends Challenge blog, hope to see you again soon :)

    Tanya xx

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  21. Gorgeous card Jo Ann, you've created such a lovely scene and the sparkle is so pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs
    Mandy xx

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  22. Lovely card! Thank you for participating in the Art Impressions challenge, hope to se you next week again //Zora Dt member

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  23. Such a lovely card! Thanks for bringing a blessing to my heart today! {[hugs}}

    Lori

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  24. WOW!! What a heartwarming creation :) Your fussy cutting is amazing and such lovely details. Thanks for sharing your creation for our Anything Goes challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

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  25. It's so cute! I saw you on Make It Monday.

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  26. Thank you for sharing Jo Ann...a beautiful post & a beautiful card!!

    I'll be featuring you this week @Inspire Me Fridays!!
    hugs & blessings

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  27. What a sweet card!!! Thanks for participating in our Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!

    ~DEANNE~
    A Little Bit O' Paper

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  28. Beautiful card with fun bright colors and I love the heart balloon.

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