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, July 30, 2014

Scripture Series: Lord, Thou Art My God Card---Join Us for Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Good Wednesday morning, everyone!  Here to highlight another card I made for the Scripture Word Art you can download for free at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)The verse comes from Isaiah 25:1 which says, "O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth." You see, I grew up with some knowledge of God from what my parents shared with me, what my school taught me and what I observed from my friends.  I also became aware of other religions and have heard a bit of their fundamental teachings.  But I can safely say that I knew more of Jesus (and Mary) than any other religions I was exposed to at that time.  I was told that He came  to pay for my sins.  Well, what sins?  That was not explained to me that well.  I was told that Adam sinned and therefore I also sinned.  Though limited,  it was not hard for me to comprehend.  I knew that NOT A DAY WENT BY THAT I WAS FREE FROM MAKING MISTAKES.  I could have lied, fought with my parents/brother or argued with a friend etc... I was not perfect and needed a Savior.  Each time, I would go to the church or get a chance to confess my sins to a priest in-charged, I would feel good.  With a recipe  of memorized prayers, I am supposed to be washed clean.  Yet, a few days later, I would fall short again! It's back to square one again...and again...and again----A VICIOUS CYCLE!  I was completely oblivious of what eternity looks like  and wishfully hoped for God to take me on my "feeling good moments" in order to secure my place in His Kingdom...

Such was the life (of uncertainty) I lived with prior to accepting the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Savior (Born-Again, John 3:3).  It was a life of hear-says and unproven beliefs from people whom I thought knew better.  I realized that all of them held on to what they perceived was true because like me, they got them from their parents/environment.  In many cases, very few dared to prove any of the claims their religions put them through.  We were somehow threatened and made to believe that to question religious doctrines meant "lack of faith" and disobedience/non-compliance meant going to hell.  But praise the Lord---GOD SET ME FREE!  God did not use anybody to convince me or talk me into accepting Him as my Lord and Savior.  He showed me  how it was to live without Him.  It cost me almost everything---I was deeply depressed and hopeless and I had no  one to turn to. Nobody understood the longing inside and that something was missing!  The temporary fix often prescribed by friends didn't work anymore and my life was without meaning.  In that awful state, JESUS STEPPED IN!  It's very hard to explain but one prayer (one night, all alone in front of the TV with God's servant who shared what Christ has done for me in a TV broadcast), God spoke to the deepest and innermost part of my heart.  He instantly healed me of all the pain and gave me a new life---the old is gone and everything made new (2 Corinthians 5:17)---my life was never the same.

Friends, that was 24 years ago...No longer do I have a limited knowledge of my Lord but He gave me a vast understanding of His great love for mankind and the glorious destination of everyone who have placed their trust in Christ.  My future is secured solely from what Jesus accomplished in the Cross, never based on my capabilities or inabilities.  In my good or bad day, I can declare His favor.  I can boast of His righteousness upon my life.  I  USED TO BE A SINNER SAVED BY GRACE BUT NOW, THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!  I have a place in the Kingdom of God because eternal victory was secured for me by my Heavenly Father.  My friends, it is only by knowing the One True God and Him revealing to you His Truths will we be able to comprehend the earthly and eternal purpose of our existence.  With solid understanding of the revelations of God through His Word and of Himself through Jesus Christ, we will be able to give God the due praise, reverence and worship He solely and truly deserves.  It all starts with a desire to get to know Him.  Jesus said in John 6:37, "All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away."  Here are other verses that tells us Whom we can trust:

"The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."  (Psalm 9:9-10)

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Matthew 7:7-8)

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."  (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

For this Card, I used an image from Mo Manning Digi Stamps called "Fabulous" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP is from DCWV  and I added some Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink) to the image's hair and some Glossy Accents to the image's glasses.  I stamped a couple of images for background from Inkadinkado and Hampton Art.  Lastly, I stitched all over this project.  This card is quite simple as the Scripture Word Art is meant to be the focus.  Hope you like it...


 LORD, THOU ART MY GOD CARD:


 LORD, THOU ART MY GOD CARD LAYERS:
 

 LORD, THOU ART MY GOD CARD INSIDE:


LORD, THOU ART MY GOD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Ladybug Crafts---CAS
Crafty Catz---ATG
Fairy Tale---Use a Digi
Sister Act---ATG
Crafter's Cafe---Use a Digi
Paper Shelter---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG
Deep Ocean---Summer Colours
Crafty Creations---Just for Fun
Crafty Girls---ATG
Fan-Tastic Tuesday---ATG
My Craft Creations---ATG
Addicted to Stamps---ATG
Divas by Design---ATG
Handmade Harbour---Summer Fun
Inky Impressions---ATG
Simon Says---Summer Celebrations
Crafting at the Weekend---ATG
My Time to Craft---Use Kraft
Suzy Bee's---ATG
Treasured Times---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Oddball Art Stamps---Show Your Coloring Skills
One Sweet Challenge---Color Challenge
Digi Choosday---Lots of Layers
TTCRD---ATG


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 sponsors for this week are Flying Unicorn ($25 GC) and Craft Classes Online ($25 Online Course).  So start creating and link-up.  You don't want to miss the chance to win any of our fabulous prizes this week.  Just want to tell you how much God loves you and He died on the Cross so that we may live freely.  Get to know Him and be blessed!

22 comments:

  1. Yes, great, great result, very nice girl!

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  2. She's adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sister Act. :) -Alycia

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  3. God is so good - and we have seen His hand at work in our family this week - hallelujah!! Lovely card Jo Ann, and I love that you have let the Word take centre stage.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  4. Love that adorable little girl and so well coloured, The large quote certainly balances out your card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM. :)

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  5. Really lovely card, image and verse...
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craftycatz this week.x

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  6. This is super cute! Great coloring! Thanks so much for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

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  7. What a cute and lovely card! I love your coloration so much, you are a reall artist!!! Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Challenge! xx Bianca

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  8. This is great. Love your image and how you colored it. Nice layout as well. Thanks for playing along at the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. Shannon DT

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  9. What a fabulous MM image! She's colored to perfection, too! GREAT card colors! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week and hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Gail

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  10. Wonderful card, your colouring is fantastic, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments, Crafty Catz and Divas by Design this week. Jac x

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  11. Fabulous colouring and what a great choice of colours too. Thanks for playing at ATSM this week, Anita x

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  12. Such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. It is perfect for our eleventh ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
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  13. Hi, A lovely card, love the image and the pretty colours. Thank you for joining Crafty Girls this fortnight. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Erin DT and Co Owner x

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  14. Super card! Great coloring on your adorable image. :D Love how you designed the front and inside of your card.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments "Anything Goes Challenge".
    Deborah CS GDT

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  15. Good morning JoAnn!
    What a super cute card! Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Creations for our "Just for Fun Challenge." Your card made me smile.

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  16. What an adorable little girl, great card. Thanks for sharing it with us in our Lots of layers challenge over at Digi Choosday and good luck
    Julie x
    My blog
    Lacy Sunshine DT member
    Digi Choosday DT member
    Sketch N Stash DT Member
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  17. It's a lovely card. The image is a real cutie, beautiful text too.
    Thanks for joining us at LCI
    Chris
    x

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  18. This is amazing, stunning colourwork, thanks for joining us at art by mi ran. Joey x

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  19. Sorry for the late comment! This is a wonderful card! Thank you for sharing your lovely work with TTCRD this week.

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  20. This is absolutely awesome! LOVE that darling image and wonderful sentiment. Thanks so much for joining us at MTTC.

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  21. Lovely , thank you for joining us at treasured times challenge blog

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  22. Very pretty! Love the great envelope you have done as well. Always impresses me that you do both and finish the inside that way!

    Thanks for joining us in our Lots of layers challenge at Digi Choosday Crafting Vicky (DT)

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