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 5, 2014

Scripture Series: Peace I Leave With You Center Step Card---Join Us for an Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Good Wednesday morning everyone.  It's been a busy week for me and had to pause from the hustle and bustle of life to make a project for our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  I love making scripture cards because aside from the thoughtful message a card carries, it gives the hope and the light of God's Word which speaks to our innermost and deepest thoughts.  And the wonderful thing about our Challenge is that it gives the Word Art free for everyone to download.  How cool is that?  Today's scripture is found in John 14:27 which says, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  Our idea of peace is so limited compared to the peace that comes from God.  All wonderful and praise worthy things comes from Him.  It is the kind of peace that was given to Adam and Eve before the Fall of Man.  It's that completeness, wholeness and perfection that stems out of total dependence in their relationship with the Father.  God blessed everything they did and accomplished.  There's no presence of guilt and in-adequateness in their humanity.  But a single act of disobedience changed all that and that plunged all of humanity (being in Adam) to the pits of death, bondage, suffering and chaos.  Everyday (since that day), we are bombarded with relentless concerns both in our personal lives and the world we live in.  The reason why most of us are not even concerned about the affairs of the world is that we are hammered with all the hardships right at our own homes.  The cares of the world (jobs, careers, advancements, wealth, power, fame, welfare of our kids etc.) had kept us so preoccupied each and every day that we just got used to it.  We run our own race for as much as there's still something we can do about it.  We rely on us---our own strength and abilities, to make things work.  Yet, one day, we will face the harsh  reality that we cannot solve everything.  When our health fails, when our strength fades, when we can no longer function the way we used to.  When our homes are in such a disarray from failing marriages and uncontrollable, rebellious kids that chose their own paths to destruction without respect and care for others.  Then, we'll break down!  We will begin to realize that this life is not our own and that whatever control we thought we had was only by the sole grace of God.  

You see, the very air we breathe comes from Him.  It is such a terrible thing for us, human beings, to think we can do it on our own. Yet, sad to say that at this day and time, there are countless people who think that way.  Not only do they hate God and deny Him who is the very Source of their existence. To make matters worst, they encourage others to do the same thing. Are we going to wait for everything to completely fall apart before we acknowledge our need for God?  God said in Revelation 3:20, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."  Oh wow, the very God of love, peace and all things that are good will come in my heart and dwell in my spirit?  And all I have to do is open (accept, receive) the door for Him?  How amazing is that?  He didn't say you have to be all perfect, righteous and holy to receive Him.  If you heard His voice (Romans 10:17) and open the door of your heart to Him, He will come to you.  As He dwells in your spirit, He facilitates the change in your life.  He assures us of His love, gives us wisdom and understanding to know His thoughts and the peace that only the Prince of Peace (Jesus, Isaiah 9:6) can give.  I am living everyday in the knowledge of the love and peace of God!  I have mentioned (in my previous posts) about the storms of life our family had to face since this year began.  I was so worried and cried to the Lord and each time, He never failed to remind me not to worry.  That I should not rely on any of my circumstances but look unto God whose been faithful and true.   He reminded me of His Word in Romans 1:16-17 which tells us, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."  And so it is true---my circumstances have not changed but my attitude did.  I wake up each day wrapping myself up with the peace that God revealed to me through His Word and I see the worries melt away.  That is God's working and I am forever grateful!  Here's a few verses to encourage you of the peace that only God through Jesus Christ can give:

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

So, here's my inspiration card for you.  The Word Art for this week is from one of our own WAW DT's---Diane Noble (Daydream Designs).  She has a couple of them for you to download but I chose to use John 14:27.  The base is a white CS that is cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card.  I used a wonderful image from one of my fave artists, Mo Manning, called "A Friend Is" and colored it with my ProMarkers/Prismacolor markers.  All the DP's came from Paper Studio.  The die cut fence border is by MS Punch and the lacy circle is from Nestabilities cut with my Cuttlebug.  I added some wonderful nail head gems from Imaginisce and stitched all over this project.  Hope you like it. 







This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafting for all Seasons---Spring
Crafting with Dragonflies---Shaped Card
Creative Moments---ATG/Swirls and Pearls
Hobbybrook---Make it Girly
Inky Impressions---3D Projects
Little Red Wagon---Punch It Up
Paper Pretties---Lots of Layers
Paper Shelter---ATG
Penny's Paper-Crafty---Anything but Square
Scrapper's Delight---Bling It Up
Bearly-Mine---One for the Girls
Deep Ocean---Just for a Girl
Loves Rubber Stamps---ATG
Our Daily Bread---Metal or Sweet (The nail head gems are metals)
Papertake Weekly---ATG/Optional: Make Your Own Flowers
Card Mania---Use a Sentiment
Artistic Inspirations---Sparkles/ATG
Cheerful Stamp Pad---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG/Use Dies or Punches
Crafting in Faith, Hope and Love---ATG with Scriptures (John 14:27)
Digi Makeover---ATG
Eureka Stamps---ATG
Make It Monday---ATG
Melonheadz Friends---Bright Colors
My Craft Creations---ATG
Pile It On---Sweet/Soft or Bold/Bright
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
DL.ART---Girl or Lady Image
Sweet Stampin'---Cute
Doodle Garden---ATG
Aud Sentiments---Any Sentiment for a Girl

Make sure that you come and visit our WAW Blog to link in your wonderful projects using our free Word Art although it's not mandatory.  You can link any project (up to 5) in our Anything Goes Challenge as long as it's family friendly, uplifting and inspirational.  Our goal is to lift up the name of Jesus in our Challenge so make sure to read our rules especially this month that many are making Halloween cards.  There's plenty of Blog Challenges that caters to those creations, but will be inappropriate for our Challenge.  We are sad to delete projects that don't abide by our rules so, please make sure you check our WAW Blog rules before linking.  We are so grateful for the wonderful projects you shared with us each week and can't wait to see what you make for this week's Challenge.  Our wonderful sponsors are Freckled Fawn ($15 GC) and Crafty Ribbons ($10 GC)Have an awesome week in total dependence upon the goodness of the Lord.


  1. wow, This is awesome. Love the rich colors. Gorgeous inside and out and love the envelope you created with this.

  2. Another great card with another beautiful image with fabulous colours. Thanks for sharing with us at CWD for our Shaped Card challenge.

  3. oh woooww great coloring and I love the scene you made for you card Jo Ann and yes love the RICH colors too...beautifully done ..

    I see your creation on Make It Monday (MIM), my card is #177, if you would like to see it on my blog and if you would like to leave me some love I would be glad...hugs, Monika

  4. Jo this is beautiful as the colouring and the scripture, plus the image what a good match. Thanks for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

  5. I love your colouring and construction. Thanks for joining in at Crafting From The Heart.
    Cheers Nicole

  6. This is beautiful! Fabulous colours and design, really sweet image and lovely verse. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  7. Oh, Jo Ann, your cards are exquisite, and this one is absolutely darling with this sweet girl and dog!! It's an amazing design that just makes me examine all the wonderful details! And the verse is such a special one!! It's been a favorite of mine. And I love how you've incorporated the metal brads and am so glad you've joined us this week for the ODBD Shining the Light Challenge! It's a joy to have you...sending warm hugs!!

  8. Beautiful card with a lovely image and sentiment! Thank you for joining us this month at Bearly-Mine Designs for the One For The Girls challenge and good luck in the draw.
    Simona (DT)

  9. Beautiful colours and lovely card and box envelope...thank you for sharing with us at Hobbybook Designer Challenge :)

  10. Hiya thank you for joining us in our very first blog challenge your card is so lovely. Hope to see you next time at http://hobbybookdesignerchallenge.blogspot.
    Hugs Sharon DT

  11. Darling image, fab card. Thanks for sharing at Loves Rubberstamps.

  12. Wow, Wow, Wow!This is adorable! Thanks so much for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.
    Karla B - DT

  13. Jo Ann - I am such a fan of your creativity and skill - another beautiful card using my absolute favorite artist! You have such an eye for details and your composition is always so balanced, full and colorful! Well done as always! I appreciate that you shared your project & creativity with this group!
    Senior DT for Aud Sentiments: [#101 "Any Sentiment for a Girl"]
    RubberMAD (

  14. Amazing coloring Jo Ann! :)
    Have a great day...

  15. What a wonderful card!!!! Thanks for sharing this fabulous creation with inky rubberstamps!!!!

  16. BEAUTIFUL Card, Jo Ann!!! SOOO Pretty!!! Thanks for the inspiration, and thank U sooo much for playing along with my challenge at Creating in Faith Hope n' Love!!! I think I'm gonna play along with your challenge too!!! Love your step card!! And your coloring is SO pretty!!! Love how the Word of God adds beauty to a project!! Thanks again for playing along. God Bless!!! Hugs, Jen

  17. WOW!!!! I love the sentiment, but I am totally loving the image and your coloring, Great step card.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday #127 girl or lady image challenge, Have a great day
    DIANA L.

  18. Truly a beautiful card - design, fold, coloring, and of course the verse. And the envelop too? ! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for entering this gorgeous creation in the digi makeover challenge at Paper Makeover Stamps.

  19. Lovely card. Thanks for playing at Loves Rubberstamps.

  20. This is gorgeous Jo Ann! Thank you for playing with AudSentiments this week.

  21. Love this! Saw it on MIM and had to come get a closer look. :)

  22. What a gorgeous center step card Jo Ann!! I just lovey our coloring of the sweet image, the verse and your design!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at ODBD stamps this week!!

  23. Wow Jo Ann! That's one stunning step card! Love the coloring, scripture and wonderful details from stitching to brads! It's picture perfect! Thanks for creating with us at ODBD!

  24. very great card love it so much!!!! thanks for joining us at hobbybook!!!

  25. great card!!! love it so much!!! thanks for joining us at hobbybook!!!!

  26. Truly beautiful card, thank you for playing at Creative Moments, hope to see you again soon
    Alex x

  27. Beautiful creation Jo Ann, love the fine details. Thanks for joining us this week over at Little Red Wagon.

  28. Fantastic card. Love your choice of colors. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

  29. Fabby looking card! Thanks for playing with us over at the Paper Shelter this week.
    Love n hugs

  30. Thanks for playing with Doodle Garden this week too.

  31. Lovely card
    Thanks for joining in this week at Inky impressions challenge.
    Hugs katie x

  32. Stunning card, love everything about it... Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at BearlyMine Challenge blog this time. Jackie DT.

  33. Fabulous coloring and deisgn. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  34. what a beautiful creation, thankyou for sharing it with us at Creative Moments this fortnight

    Zoe DT

  35. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

  36. Thanks for joining us at CFAS this time. To avoid moderation in future please link to our challenge in your post before adding to inlinkz. Carol DT x

  37. A beautiful card here and thank you so much for sharing at our challenge at CFAS....hope to see you next challenge..Annie {DT}

  38. Hello!
    Thank you so much for your lovely creation and participation at our "One for the girls" challenge over at Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challengeblog.
    Hope you had fun joining us and will be back soon. Good luck

    Hugs, Natascha



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