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, March 12, 2014

Scripture Series: Beautiful in His Time Card---Join Us for Another Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, Crafty friends!  It's Wednesday once again and I'm back with another scripture creation for our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  I am delighted to see that despite the craziness going on in our country and in the world, there are people who value the Word of God and does not allow fear to rule over their hearts.  In a world where political correctness tries to trump free speech, there is a principle that was given in our midst in which we must stand without apologies.   God, Who is the Creator of this world and everything that is good in it, has given us His Word!  Unlike man's word, God's Word is eternal and unchanging.  Numbers 23:19 clearly says, "God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?  Likewise in the New Testament, James 1:17 declared this to us, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." This simply means that the principles laid out by God from before time existed are still the same principles we are governed by to this time.  As a believer and recipient of the forgiveness and salvation that Jesus Christ has won for us through the Gospel (which is His death, burial and resurrection), I live my life in accordance to the written revelation of God---The Scriptures!  As physical food provides nourishment for my physical body---the Word of God provides the nourishment for my spirit.  If I neglect feeding my body, I would be sick and malnourished.  Likewise, if I don't feed my spirit with God's Word, it will grow weak and will not be able to withstand the attacks of demonic forces whose out there day and night seeking whom they can devour (1 Peter 5:8).  You see, many people can quote a verse or two from the scripture, mostly out of context. Even the devil uses God's Word and twist it to deceive many.  At our day and time, many have chosen to justify their worldly lifestyle because they saw a verse in the Bible that says, God is love (1 John 4:8).  They claim that God loves them so much He will not put anyone in hell.  They focus too much on their own selfish idea of God's love  that they completely ignored His call for repentance (turning away from their sins) and surrender of their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Because they so loved the lifestyle that their leading, they have committed idolatry by choosing worldly pleasures and the wickedness of this world against the knowledge and  glory of God.  Therefore, they have neglected every teaching of the righteous judgment that is to come against people who have chosen the ways of man rather than the ways of God.  The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 1:18, "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."  I often wondered before how come a lot of people are not getting the message of the Gospel?  First, it is simple and second, it is free to those who would believe (faith).  All I needed to do is to surrender to Jesus' Lordship and allow Him to take over my life.  At a fallen state (born in Adam), there's nothing I could do to save myself.  Only Jesus, whose the God-Man, was qualified to ransom all of humanity.  Therefore, He alone deserves the glory.  I just needed to live each day according to His leading---fully dependent on His Word (promises).  Yet sad to say, many would not understand and will not be able to comprehend to their death, what Christ has done for them.  Why?  Simply because they have chosen to do it on their own.  Like Adam and Eve,  it's still the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life that continues to plague man---the very nature of Satan, himself. 

So, as believers, what are we going to do at this time when political correctness is being shoved in our throats.  I pray for every believer to stand firm and hold on to the precious gift that God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ!  To proclaim the full counsel of God without fear as Jesus proclaimed the Truth at whatever the cost.  When we lack the courage, draw from the courage that Jesus showed us, knowing that His presence will always abide in us and if we perish, we know that it's merely a period of transition and we will wake up in the presence of the Lord forever. Jesus spoke these words in Luke 9:23-25, "Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?  I believe that this scripture is still to this day, every person's challenge.  Increasing hostility to God's Word is seen and becoming more intense daily.  Are we going to stand beside Jesus or hide in fear?  Knowing the inheritance that we have in Christ, I pray that we stand strongly for the Lord. Let's bring our country and this world back to the saving knowledge of God.  

Oh wow, God has given me such a strong message to post here.  I was not prepared for it but I have to deliver what the Lord wanted me to share and so, I am faithfully abiding.  Anyway, the free Scripture Word Art (by Karen Murray) that is highlighted in our Challenge today is found in Ecclesiastes 3:11 which says. "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."  I was extremely blessed by the explanation my Life Application Study Bible shared regarding this verse and it says---God has "set eternity in the hearts of men."  This means that we can never be completely satisfied with earthly pleasures and pursuits.  Because we are created in God's image, (1) we have a spiritual thirst, (2) we have eternal value, and (3) nothing but the eternal God can truly satisfy us.  God has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect world that can only be found in His perfect rule.  He has given us a glimpse of the perfection of His creation.  But it is only a glimpse; we cannot see into the future or comprehend everything.  So we must trust God now and do His work on earth.---What more can I say?  All I know is that when meet Jesus face to face and live with Him eternally, we will see Him in the fulness of His glory.  Truly, what a a great moment that will be!  For my inspiration card, I used an image called "Ladybug Lady Stamp" from Sassy Cheryl's and I colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Chromatix markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5-inches square card.  The DP's are all from Recollections and the ribbon from my stash.  The lacy oval is a Nestabilities die that I cut with my Cuttlebug.  The brad is from Paper Studio and the gems are from Tulip.  To finish, I stitched all over this card.  I'm pretty happy with the result.


BEAUTIFUL IN HIS TIME CARD:


 BEAUTIFUL IN HIS TIME CARD LAYERS:


 BEAUTIFUL IN HIS TIME CARD INSIDE:


BEAUTIFUL IN HIS TIME CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


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


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's---ATG
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Steampunk
Handmade Harbour---Lots of Love
Hobbybrook---Make it Girly
Little Red Wagon---Truly Dimensional
Penny's Paper Crafty---ATG
Simon Says Stamp---Mother's Day/Special Girl
Digi Choosday---All About  Girl
Fan-Tastic Tuesday---ATG
Oldie but Goodie---Spring Has Sprung (the brad, gems and image are more than a year old)
TTCRD---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---Stitching
Artistic Inspirations---St. Patricks/Green/ATG
Cheerful Stamp Pad---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG/Favourite Colors
Crafty Bloggers Network---Nature
Created with Love---Think Spring
Creating in Faith, Hope and Love---ATG with Scriptures
Love to Create---ATG
Make It Monday---ATG
Make my Monday---Spring
Melonheadz Friends---Bright Colors
My Craft Creations---ATG
My Craft Spot---Cute Critters
Stamp and Create---Ready for Spring
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
My Creative Moments---ATG


There you have it, guys.  Thanks a lot for visiting my Blog today and surely appreciate all that sign-up as follower or leave comments  here.  Make sure to join us in the WAW Challenge for a chance to win great prizes from our three sponsors this week---Doracela Shop (stamp set of choice), My Creative Classroom (Crafting Class) and our very own Karen Letchworth giving away a Thrift Shop Stamp Set.  Don't forget to download the free Word Art this week at WAW.  You can make a project out of this week's Word Art (not mandatory) or link any family friendly, inspirational or uplifting projects, up to 5 (Anything Goes).  Please read the Challenge Rules to make sure your entries qualify.  I am excited to see what you link with us this week.  Have a blessed week and always treasure the promises of the Lord through His Word.

38 comments:

  1. A beautiful creation once again and the inspirational wording always make it so special.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  2. Beautiful inside and out! And the verse is so appropriate. Just a stunner!
    Thanks for playing along in the ANYTHING GOES challenge this past week with my Sassy Gals!!!

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  3. JoAnn your card is wonderful. I always recognize your style and love the way you incorporate the scriptures into your cards.

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  4. Awesome creation! Thank you for playing with us here at Sassy Cheryl's!

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  5. What an awesome design! I agree, the verse if wonderful!
    thanks for joining us for the Anything Goes challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's
    Judy

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  6. What a wonderful Post. Your card is gorgeous and love how you have matching envelope.

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  7. Great blog post Jo Ann, and the card is delightful. The wee ladybugs are so cute. Blessings,
    Carole

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  8. Beauitiful coloring and it goes perfectly with the beautiful verse. Thanks for sharing your gift with us at Sassy Cheryl's.

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  9. Beautiful card love your colouring. Thanks for joining us at creative moments challenge xxxx

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  10. What a beautiful card. I love the Sassy Cheryl image and the depth you created on the card with your image and layers. Thanks for playing with this weeks challenge over at Little Red Wagon.

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  11. Fab Design....thank you for joining us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, I hope you will join us again next week for another fun challenge...
    Hugs
    Suzy B~Owner~ Fan-Tastic Tuesday
    XX

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  12. Beautiful card Jo Ann!! Beautiful coloring!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges again!
    Hugs,Sandra

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  13. Fab Design....thank you for joining us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, I hope you will join us again next week for another fun challenge...
    Hugs
    Suzy B~Owner~ Fan-Tastic Tuesday
    XX

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  14. Saw this on Make It Monday’s final challenge…Love it!! Feel free to check out my entries..so far that would be #’s 42 and 175!
    Be sure to check out the HUGE blog candy I have on my blog right now!! http://busyinspirations.blogspot.com/
    Hugs,
    Karen C

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  15. Great card. Love the verse and the detail. Thanks for joining us at Created with love Challenges this week.
    Linda K. DT
    www.ladybugstampers.blogspot.com

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  16. This is so lovely! Thank you for playing along with us over at the Hobbybook Designer Challenge Blog, Kenya~

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  17. Beautiful card. Love the verse and your coloring is fab. Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.
    Linda K. DT.
    www.ladybugstampers.blogspot.com

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  18. Beautifully crafted card, wonderful colouring, thanks for joining us at Fan-tastic Tuesday this week.

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  19. Wow awesome card. I love the layout and your coloring...Thanks for joining us at Sassy Cheryl's Challenges. Hugs, joann

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  20. this is a really lovely card, fab colouring and image is really cool, thanks for joining Artistic Inspiration & good luck Pam DT xx

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  21. What a beautiful card, such attention to detail! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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  22. Love your color image and the layers on this card are amazing. Fantastic card! Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday. Hugs, Lisa DT

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  23. Beautiful card, and gorgeous colouring! Thank you for playing along with the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

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  24. Stunning card, love your gorgeous image and fab design, thank you for playing at Creative Moments, hope to see you again soon Alex x

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  25. Lovely card, thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations.
    Louise x

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  26. What a fabulous card.

    Thanks for sharing at Love to Create.

    Susan

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  27. Thanks for sharing your super card for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 81: anything goes , Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

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  28. Gorgeous card and beautiful coloring!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  29. very pretty card, Thank you for sharing with us at Digi Choosday, good luck! Jo xx

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  30. Spectacular card!!! Wow!!! I am very glad you entered this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.

    TTFN,

    CraftyGirl
    craftygirlcardsandcrafts.blogspot.com
    Tuesday Throwdown DT

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  31. Hi Jo Ann!! Your cards are always so BEAUTIFULLY created with love. Love how the Lord has blessed you with this talent. The Lord has also blessed you with winning my challenge this week. Don't forget to swing by and grab the badge to post to your blog, and please also send me your mailing address. My email is littlecs7@gmail.com. Thank You for playing along with me in the Faith Hope Love Scripture Challenge! May your day and week be a blessed one, and I hope you have a chance to play along with me this week as well!!!

    Blessings,
    Jen
    www.faithhopelove1cor13-13.blogspot.com


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  32. Perfectly wonderful creation and very inspiring post. Thank you for joining us for Sassy Cheryl's Anything Goes challenge!

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  33. Did you know you won at http://faithhopelove1cor13-13.blogspot.ca Carole

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  34. Great card - and wonderful envelope to match!! Your image is fabulous and you've coloured it so beautifully! I especially love those droopy socks!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Kate
    Small Bits of Paper

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  35. Another amazing card!! I love popping by to see what you've made for our challenge! Thanks for joining the Crafty Girls Challenge, hope to see you again soon.

    Victoria DT

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  36. How lovely to see a card featuring words from the Scriptures during this the season of Lent. You have done a fantastic job, I love the stitching, it 'frames' the card beautifully.

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  37. Just gorgeous! Thanks for joining our MMM Spring challenge.
    Fliss x
    MMM DT

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  38. ~FantastiC I LOVE
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday
    xx

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