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, June 12, 2013

Scripture Series: Enemies to be at Peace Center Step Card---Join Us for Another Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

It's Wednesday and  as promised, I want to feature a Card highlighting scripture for our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge for Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  Today, our free Word Art comes from Proverbs 16:7 which primarily talks about one of the perks of pleasing the Lord.  Outside a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (being Born-Again as per John 3:3), it is impossible for man to please God mainly because we inherited from Adam the sinful nature (which originated from Lucifer) when man fell into sin in the Garden of Eden.  From walking with God in the cool of the day, having fellowship with the Father and clothed in God's righteousness, down to being a slave to Satan. This is  the condition every human being physically born on earth inherited.  That is why the Bible says in Romans 3:10, "As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one."  Throughout the history of man, we all tried to reconnect with God through own efforts.  The evidence  of that is every religion that was established on earth, all for the sake of bridging the gap between us and God.  Each religion have certain requirements, promising favors from whoever god they profess if man will only make sacrifices and make every effort to change.  The harder we try, the more we fail. Yet what many religions and belief system failed to see is this---We're doomed to destruction not because of "what we do" but for "who we are".  Our action is a product of our fallen state.  We were created righteous before God sight, unmerited, solely because God has given us His righteousness.  Adam enjoyed this status right before He rebelled against God and became Satan's slave.  That righteousness is what we need to possess in order to please God.  No amount of human effort---goodness we do on our own---can merit God's righteousness.  Like Adam before the Fall, God Himself has to give it to us---not because we are good---but because He wants us to have it.  Realize this, Moses was used by God to give His law and people tried in every shape and form to abide by those laws yet the Bible clearly says in James 2:10, "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it."  Furthermore, the Bible tells us all about the intent of the heart in Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."  In our fallen state, we know we are hopeless.  But wait!  The scriptures also told us about Abraham.  He was born before the law ever came to man, yet what did God gave him?  The Bible says in Genesis 15:6, "Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness."  What did we learn from this scripture?  It is plainly by Believing in God (Faith) that we can be made right with Him!  Guess what?  Today, we are made right with God solely by Faith---By faith in the One whom God sent to sacrificed His life as payment for our sins---none other than, Jesus Christ!  As we put our faith in Him---He transforms us to His image making us available for every good work He has set for us.  I hope we can see the difference between man's good works and God using man as His vessel to do good works.  Every valid "good work" is initiated and accomplished  by God---not us!  It is "GOD IN US" (Him literally living inside of us) that makes us capable of doing good works for Him.  Our only role is to believe and yield ourselves to Him.  Therefore, when we submit to Him, He is pleased. He opens for us a door that even those whose against us fails to shut.  They find themselves in an unfamiliar territory of helping us without them even knowing it.  This is a very comforting verse about the legacy of every person whose been Born-again through faith in Jesus Christ...

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." (Romans 8:28-30)

So, here's my inspiration card for you today.  I chose these 2 images from the Expressions Bundle at Melonheadz Illustrating and colored them with my Promarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers.  I chose to make a center-step card starting with a 5.5" X 11" Kraft with 2 tones of brown CS.  The DP's are from DCWV and Recollections, die-cut scallop from Nestabilities, embroidery punch by MS and I layered some Prima flowers.  To finish up, I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal and Lime Green) and stitched it inside and out.  It is so funny how my 7 year old boy and hubby was wondering about the angry boy image and had to explain to them that I had to use him to illustrate the Word Art/Scripture better.  You see, in this world, many will get upset with us because we stand for what is right in the sight of God. We all know, they can be very  unpleasant, but we are here to please God and not man.  We are to show compassion to them that are lost, pray for them and share the message of the Gospel as God leads us without compromising God's Truth, ever!






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A & T Emerald Faeries---Dies/Punches
Aud Sentiments---Anything Goes
Bearly-Mine---Anything Goes 
Challenges 4 Everybody---Anything Goes 
Country View Craft---Die Cuts 
Eclectic Ellapu---B is for (Boy, Bow, Border) 
OSAAT---Pretty It Up
Paper Playtime---Anything Goes 
Robyn´s Fetish---Die Cuts or Punches 
Hobby House---Anything Goes 
TTCRD---Anything Goes 
Artistic Inspiration---Stitching Faux/Real
Crazy Amigo---Rounds, Circles and/or Dots
Digi Haven---Anything Goes 
Great Impressions---Leave a Little Sparkle (glitters)  
Oldie but Goodie---Stitching (flowers, images, border punch are old)
Cutie Pie---One for the Kids 
Melonheadz Friends---Die Cuts 
Make it Monday---Anything Goes 
Pin and Tack---Anything Goes 
Quirky Crafts---Fold It 
Party Time Tuesday---Fancy Folds 
Little Red Wagon---3 or More Patterned Papers 
Have an awesome day, everyone and looking forward to see your wonderful projects linked at our WAW Blog.  It will be nice to see the featured Word Art in your Challenge project but not mandatory.  As long as it's family friendly, inspirational and uplifting, you are free to link up to 5 projects.  Our sponsor for this week is Verve Rubber Stamps. Just want to tell you how much God loves you and wants to have fellowship with you if you'll allow Him.  Hugs and blessing, everyone!


  1. What a fantastic card!! I love your coloring (as usual) and your center-step card is amazing. What a great way to illustrate the Scripture!!

  2. how adorable, great card pattern ~ thanks for linking up with us at AUD!

  3. A cute card and put together so well. Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts in our die-cuts challenge.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  4. Beautiful card :D Love the colours and layout! Thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this week.

  5. A wonderful card! Your coloring is amazing and I love that scripture! Thanks for joining us at Digi Haven! :)

  6. thank you for joining us for the Hobby House first challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  7. Amazing coloring! I love the Bible passage to go with! Thanks for sharing with us at Great Impressions Stamps!

  8. Beautiful colors and awesome image...thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu

  9. Terrific card! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week.

  10. Jo Ann - What a blessing this card is! Praise God for giving you such great talent. Thanks for sharing your work at Melonheadz challenge die cuts - please come again - we love viewing your creations - Gail DT

  11. What a fabulous card. Your design and colouring are amazing, as is of course your stitching. Lovely work - thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us at an OBAG, Jx

  12. This made me smile! Just a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing with us at PTT!

  13. How awesome!! Thank you for playing with us this week at One Stitch At A Time!
    Karen C

  14. This is a fantastic card creation, I love all the different sections and the image is awesome. Thank you for joining us at BMD. Good Luck xoxoxoxo

  15. Very beautiful card! thanks for playing with "Robyn's Fetish" this week. Good luck!

  16. Beautiful! And your coloring is just perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make it Monday!

  17. Fabulous card, great image and sentiment., Thank you for sharing with us at BearlyMine Challenges this week. Good luck. hugs Jackie DT.

  18. Fabulous card, love the scripture. Thank you for joining us at Artistic last week. Abbie xx

  19. Love your step card, Jo Ann. The characters are just darling.

  20. Fabulous card - love the images!
    Thanks for playing at Oldie but a Goodie!
    Helen x

  21. Fab creation. Thank you so much for joining us at the Hobby house. Jen xxx



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