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, December 11, 2013

Scripture Series: Peace, Good Will To Men Card---It's Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, Crafty friends!  It's another cold day (without snow) out here in Texas...If it isn't that cold for weeks now, I would be going out more often and possibly go shopping when I really don't have to.  So, I think it's great because I stay home more and  saving a bit of money for really important things.  You see, God told us to rejoice whatever season/circumstances we have.  It helps a lot when we look at the bright side of life especially when the dark clouds surround you.  Just a ray of light penetrates the deepest darkness. Focus on that light and it will lead us to the way out.  Understand this, a person who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are only living by what's in their past and what's in front of them.  They cannot see any further because they are limited.  Our natural eyes can only see what is in the physical realm, can hear, feel, taste and smell what is in this world.  The physical will never be able to perceive anything that is higher than itself, in that case---it cannot understand anything SPIRITUAL AND ETERNAL.  The Bible tells us in John 4:23-24, "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."  When God created Adam and Eve, God used the dust of the ground to form them to His image and likeness.  They were still lifeless and not until God breathed unto them that they became a living soul (See Genesis 2:7).  God has given us a part of Himself which He has not given any of His other creations---His life, power and Spirit (Read more of this HERE).  There's something special about mankind that God is willing to do everything possible to take them back to His arms after they chose to rebel against Him---The One who gave them life.  I love this verse in Psalms 8:3-5 as I stand in awe of the great love of God for us which tells us, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!"  If I use my finite mind to understand the depth of the love of God, it would not make sense to me at all. Why?  Because we (humans) only give "conditional love."  When people are nice and supportive of us, no matter what we do, we love them back.  Yet when someone tells us   the truth and end up going against our will, we condemn then and even plot harm to destroy them.  We would not understand why Jesus would say in Luke 6:29, "If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. " How about 1 Peter 3:9 that declares to us, "Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."  The answer to this could be summed up by God's declaration in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  Not one of us will be able to conceive the depth, height, length and width of the love of God for us as well as His thoughts,  until we come to a personal relationship with Him.  The Fall of Man darkened our spirits and the connection that we had with God in the very beginning had been severed.  There's no way for man to go back to the glory he had in the presence of God in his own terms. The ONLY SOLUTION that can change man's status from guilty to not guilty (of high-treason) is through the God/Man, JESUS CHRIST!  He didn't possess the sin of Adam since He didn't come from the line of Adam.  The Bible declares that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), the Seed of a woman (Read Genesis 3:15---we all know that woman don't have seed, the male carries the seed) and was God clothed in flesh, to become the perfect Mediator between God and Man.  This is why we (as believers, washed by the blood of Jesus Christ) can boldly declare to anyone, without apology, what the Lord Jesus said of Himself in John 14:6, "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Have you been persecuted for standing on the Word of God?  I have many experiences and I remember when long time friends left me right after I received Christ as my Lord and Savior (Born-Again Experience---John 3:3) two decades ago.  Time and time again, I've had people email/ wrote me hurtful words, baseless insults and cursing just because I share the Word of God in a forum or my Blog.  You see, if people back in the days of Jesus had problems with the Gospel, I am pretty convince, people in our days still have the same problem with Jesus.  Is it not obvious why they have so much hate for Jesus?  They don't really go after other people's religion/gods?  Why would they?  The truth is,  the devil does not really care whatever religion people observe/follow as long as it's not directed to the One and Only Savior---Jesus Christ!  Only through the Son of God will people find release from the bondage humanity could not escape from since the Fall of Man.  People's life change and the broken find healing and restoration.  They find far more than what their finite minds can understand and are given by God a new life which understands the spiritual and eternal life He has prepared for them.  Without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it is impossible to understand the Kingdom of God.  It's no wonder Jesus told Nicodemus (a Pharisee) in John 3:3,  "“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  We should not be surprise at all when unbelievers come to us and ridicule, twist and insult the Word of God.  We are to pray for this people,  for the Holy Spirit to come upon them and break the yoke of the enemy in their lives---because they are blind to the things of the Spirit.  I know it's easier said than done but when confronted by those situations, I pray for the Lord to clothe me with His compassion that I may be able to act not by my emotions but by the love that God has for that person.  Ephesians 6:11-13 tells us, "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm."

Anyway, I would like to share some inspiration for our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  We have a wonderful and free Word Art for you to download at our WAW site, created by our lovely artist, Karen MurrayIt features the wonderful verse in Luke 2:14 which says, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."  If we can only get it in our hearts the very reason why Jesus had to come and eventually die for our sake, we will be able to appreciate this wonderful verse.  Because He triumphed over death and hell, resurrected and seated at the right hand of the Father to judge the living and the dead; we have great assurance, a sure promise of a life in Him eternally. All who placed their faith in Him should live a life of peace, hope and rejoicing to the One who holds our future securely in the palm of His hands.  No matter how dark this physical world become, we know that God's light is in us and until the Lord takes us away from this world, we are to share that very light to those who are still lost in darkness.  For this Card, I used an image from Sassy Cheryl's Digi Stamps called "The Perfect Christmas Gift" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  I used a white CS as base card cut and scored to make a 5.5-inches square card, a glittery white CS, red and grey CS for matting.  I used a scrap of paper (from K& Company) to paper-piece my image's clothes and added some metallic gems from Imaginisce.  I inked all over the image using Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone).  Lastly, I stitched all over this project.  I know this is simple compared to my other projects but I would like to give emphasis to the image as it connects to the message. Jesus is the reason for the season and the greatest gift for mankind.  I hope you like it.


 PEACE, GOOD WILL TO MEN CARD:


 PEACE, GOOD WILL TO MEN CARD LAYERS:


 PEACE, GOOD WILL TO MEN CARD INSIDE:


PEACE, GOOD WILL TO MEN CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


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


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Make It Monday---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---Christmas
Flourishes---Words to Inspire
Inky Chicks---Christmas
Loves Rubber Stamps---ATG Christmas
Papertake Weekly---Christmas Creatures
Songbird---Merry Christmas Everybody
Sweet Stamps---Simple Christmas
TTCRD---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---What Christmas Means to You?
Twist of Faith---Traditional Christmas
Creative Moments---ATG/Winter Wonderland
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Divas by Design---ATG
Handmade Harbour---Merry Christmas
Penny's Paper Crafty---Feminine with Sentiment
Rhedd and Rosie---Use Old Stash ( The image, the sparkly CS and the metal gems were forgotten)
Ruby's Rainbow---It's Christmas
Scrapper's Delights---Christmas Time
Sisterhood of Crafters---Christmas Sparkle
Stamp n Doodle---For the Holiday Spirit
Stamping Chef---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Create with TLC---Show it Off Sunday
Papercrafting Journey---It's Christmas Time
Card Makin Mamas---Christmas and New Year
Craftyhands---Season's Greetings or Winter Theme
Digi Haven---Christmas Cards
Scrapping 4 Fun---ATG
Gem of a Challenge---ATG
Come and Get It---Christmas
Craft Place---Christmas
Corrosive Challenge---ATG
Craftin Desert Diva's---Christmas
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Parade Your Crafts---Christmas Projects
Crafty Boots---Christmas
Created with Love---ATG
Get Inky!---Christmas
Melonheadz---Christmas
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG with optional Christmas
Creatalicious---It's Christmas Time
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Clear It Out---ATG (The image, CS and metallic gems are more than a year old)
Pile It On---P is For (Perfect Gift)

This is it for now.   Please don't forget to join us at this week's WAW Challenge by linking your "Anything Goes" projects.  You can use the free Word Art I featured here in your entry but it's not mandatory.  As long as your creation is family-friendly, inspirational and uplifting, you can enter up to 5 projects to have more chances of winning.  Our sponsors for this week are Nice Crane Designs (choice of digi images)  and  Verve Stamps ($25 GC).  You don't want to miss out on these wonderful prizes so, make sure to join our Challenge.  This Christmas, it is easy to focus on the traditions and the commercialization of the season but I know why I celebrate Christmas, that even if the date does not pertain to the true birth of Christ---I know that there's that one faithful day that the Messiah was born for the purpose of saving me and all of humanity.  That for me stands alone as the One and Only True Meaning of Christmas.  It's Christmas with a capital C...

50 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at SweetStamps.com this week!

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  2. A wonderful creation...and a wonderful blog post! Thanks for sharing both with us at Twist of Faith!
    Tracey F., DT Twist of Faith Card Challenges

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  3. Beautiful card, gorgeous colouring of this fab image and a wonderful inspirational verse!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  4. Your card is so sweet! Your verse / sentiment of "Glory to God" is a wonderful goal for the next year. Thank you for playing along in the Flourishes challenge!

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  5. Your card is darling. Love the image and the sentiment sure works for the season.
    Thanks for joining us at Created with Love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

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  6. Very cute card! The image is sweet and colored so nicely! Great sentiment!

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  7. Your card is fabulous!
    Thank for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Hugs Kaija DT-member

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  8. Jo Ann this is so beautiful with your wonderful trademark colouring. The star is a nice touch.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  9. Back with my DT hat on:
    This is a wonderful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  10. So pretty. Love the coloring. Thanks for linking up at Craftin Desert Divas. I hope you'll come back and play again. ~DT Janis

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  11. Wow! Thank you for your blog post! I have had the exact experience when I was born again and baptized 3 years ago my closest, dearest friend left me. I still hurt about it, because I tend to take it personally (like what did I do?) ....but I know she was uncomfortable with my walk with God. Very sad, but at least I will work at not taking it personally! Well thanks for your lovely card over at Loves Rubber Stamps challenges....Also I enjoy seeing your creations each week over at WAW (I just started on that DT last month). Hugs, Laura

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  12. so sweet and very beautiful card Jo Ann.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    and
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Karin

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  13. beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at That Craft Place. Merry Christmas xx

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  14. Fabulous, so cute...Thanks for playing along with us at Divas by Design.
    Wendy xx

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  15. Your card is absolutely gorgeous- the coloring is fabulous! Love your write up too! Hope you have a blessed Christmas : ) Thanks for sharing with us at SweetStamps.com

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  16. Thanks for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck, Zoe DT xx

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  17. Very nice card and love the image thanks for sharing!!!

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  18. This is absolutely gorgeous. Great design with the colouring, stitches and how you've complemented the cards inside too. Thanks for playing at Creatilicious Challenges and good luck. Hope to see you back the 15th for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at Creatilicious Challenge xx

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  19. Lovely coloring. Thanks for playing at crafting from the heart. We hope to see you next time. Good luck.

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  20. So beautiful, and your background shading is wonderful. Good luck at The Corrosive Challenge!
    DebbieM - TCC DT

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  21. Lovely work. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Harbour.

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  22. Lovely card, the image is so sweet and I love your stitching. Thank you for joining in the Christmas fun at Crafty Boots Challenges.

    Dionne

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  23. stunning card...that image is awesome. thanks for playing at parade your crafts

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  24. An adorable image and so beautifully coloured, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments and Divas by Design this week. Jac x

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  25. Wow! That's just fantastic...your coloring is out of this world.
    Thanks so much for sharing this week at TTCRD. We hope to see you back very soon!
    hugs--
    Roberta
    Through the Craft Room Door DT
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

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  26. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing with us at Divas this week & have a great Xmas x

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  27. Gorgeous coloring and design, Jo Ann!

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  28. Lovely card and great matching envelope. Thanks for playing along with the current CraftyHands challenge. Sammy-x

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  29. Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

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  30. Great card fantastic colouring.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

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  31. Very gorgeous! Love the image and sentiment! Your coloring is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments!
    Jackie

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  32. This is lovely, great creation...Thank you for sharing with us at Scrappers Delight..

    Good luck,

    Caz xx

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  33. Beautiful card, love your Bible verse!
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT
    http://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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  34. Fabulous Christmas make. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Sentiments challenge.
    Cathy xx

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  35. JoAnn, once again your card touches my heart - not only because of how it looks - but the verse you used. And your post...You certainly have a way with words my friend! Have you ever thought of writing a book? Thank you for joining us at Twist of Faith this week. Merry CHRISTmas!
    Blessings,
    Zella

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  36. Wow! Your coloring is beautiful! I am so glad you were able to play along with us this week at Flourishes for our Timeless Tuesday Challenge! :)

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  37. OMGosh this is so sweet, I love it. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  38. What a lovely project. Thank you for sharing at Creative Moments and Happy Christmas. Leona and the DT team x

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  39. Love these strong colours and the paper piecing. Thanks for playing at The Stamping Chef and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina Sous Chef xx

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  40. Thank you very much, I love your beautiful greetings, has given me much joy! A hug!

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  41. Such a wonderful card! Thanks for crafting with us over at Handmade Harbour!

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  42. Fabulous design and your coloring is AMAZING and just beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CHRISTMAS SPARKLE’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  43. Beautiful. I love your card Thank you so much for joining us at crafting from the heart. Hope to see you next time hugs Sharon ( DT) x

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  44. A fantastic creation...thanks for joining us at A Gem Of A Challenge!
    Helen x

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  45. Fabulous card. Love the vivid colours and texture...great finishing touch with the paper pricking.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.
    xx

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  46. So cute, such a creative project .Thanks for joining our challenge at Parade Your Crafts - Crystal Lopez - DT

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  47. Stunning!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Ruby's Rainbow for our Christmas challenge.
    Merry Christmas

    Hugs Helen P xx

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  48. I love it! You are right, you have been blessed with creativity! So wonderful!! I wish you so many blessings in the New Year!! Thanks for joining us over at Melonheadz Friends!
    Blessings, Tiffany (DT Melonheadz Friends)

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  49. Fabulous 'P' project!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Happy New Year!
    Helen x

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  50. Such a WONDERFUL card!
    Thanks for joining us last month at PIO!
    Happy New Year!
    Have a GREAT day!

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