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, August 20, 2014

Scripture Series: None Holy as the Lord Card---Join Us for Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hey there, Crafty Peeps! Today is such a beautiful day.  The sun is up and the temperature is not in triple digits (yet!),  Thank God!  We have another free Word Art that you can find in our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)It's taken from 1 Samuel 2:2 which tells us, "There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God."  In this verse, Hannah (a woman of God) showed us three important Truths.  First, that "THERE IS NONE HOLY" as the Lord.  I've written many times how Adam's SIN affected every human being and placed everything under a curse.  Everyone born of Adam had been sinners from the very minute they were born.  Contrary to what people think---"a life full of good works  does not assure us of a space in the Kingdom of God!"  Romans 3:10-11 emphasizes, "As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one;there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God."  When God created us, He made us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27) and also gave us free will (Genesis 2:16-17) which empowered us to choose between blessings and curses.  We are where we are now because Adam made a conscious choice to disobey God.  But the Scripture proclaims that God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ (conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin) to redeem us from the damage we have done to ourselves.  Only a holy God can carry out this task.  Any amount of sin would disqualify our Savior from saving us but He lived and die following the will of God in all perfection and sin could not be found in Him.  Secondly, "THERE IS NO ONE BESIDE HIM."  He is the One, True God!  1 Corinthians 8:6 says, "Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live."  I remember one time my 8-year old son asking me why there is such a phrase called "temple of the gods" if there is only One God?  I told him that "gods or masters" are simply human beings that has influence or power to exercise ruler-ship over people.  But in no way will they be able to compare with the power that is in God, our Father alone.  Leaders that have knowledge of God have led their people to freedom and justice while the evil rulers left dead bodies and broken nations in wasteland.  Man is imperfect while Almighty God is perfect in every way.  One day,  He will rid of evil totally and forever we will live in His righteousness as He intended from the very beginning.  Thirdly, "GOD IS THE ROCK" on which we stand.  Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  God is our Strong Foundation...He does not wither nor change!  What He said from the beginning of time still holds true and can be trusted from generation to generation.  What Jesus Christ did on the Cross (His finished work) and all His benefits still covers each and everyone of us to this day.  As we keep our focus on Him, we will not be swayed by the thundering storms of life.  Many people place their trust in material things (power, wealth, fame etc...) which are so unstable.  Whether I have plenty or in need, I am always thankful to God because I know that He's in control and He is true to His every Word.  My place is to hold His Word dearly in my heart and keep trusting.  

Friends, I am not perfect but I am glad to say that God is perfecting me each day till the day I see Jesus face to face.  I am not exempted from the trials of life!  The Lord knows how many times I cried due to the weight of many trials.  I hold 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 dearly in my heart.  It says, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  As my purpose on earth ends, I have a brighter future waiting for me in the eternal.  That is because I have the One and Only, Holy God as my Rock!

So, for my inspiration card today, I used a background image from Bugaboo Stamps called "Spring Block" which I inked with Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick and Walnut Stain).  The base card is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The Word Art is also inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink and Walnut Stain.  I added some butterfly die-cuts from Recollections.  Lastly, I did some regular and fancy stitching all over this card.  It's my hubby's birthday yesterday so, this was done as fast as I possibly can.  I think it turned out great.


 
NONE HOLY AS THE LORD CARD:


 NONE HOLY AS THE LORD CARD LAYERS:


 NONE HOLY AS THE LORD CARD INSIDE:


NONE HOLY AS THE LORD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Bloggers Network---Summer Fun
Fan-Tastic Tuesday---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Squirrel and the Fox---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Girl Who Crafts---ATG
Scrappin4Fun---Something Girly
Scrapper's Delight---ATG/Optional: Die-cuts
TTCRD---ATG
Sunshine Mail---ATG
Brown Sugar---ATG
Clear It Out---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Robyn's Fetish---Cards with Bugs
My Craft Creations---ATG
Papertake Weekly---To Die For
Crafts 4 Eternity---Something Old (All materials are old except for the sentiment)
Creative Fingers---ATG
Crafter's Cafe---Square Cards
Crafty Creations---Dig Deep (The Distress Inks have been in my stash for quite a long time)
Creative Moments---ATG/Animals
Fresh Brewed---Glitter Galore (All butterflies have glitter in them)
Inky Impressions---ATG
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Ladybug Crafts---CAS
Loves Rubber Stamps---Wings
Sweet Stamps---ATG
Top Tip Tuesday---ATG (My tip is to use distress inks to make a plain background exciting!)
Try It On Tuesday---Use Your Stash (I've used lots of Distress inks and some die-cut butterflies)
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Up Up and Away
Simon Says Stamp---ATG
Stamp and Create---ATG
Gem of a Challenge---Stitching
Art by Miran---ATG


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  Lots of prizes to be won from our two wonderful sponsors---Prairie Point Junction ($15 GC) and Nice Crane Designs ($20 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises.  Expect only wonderful things from Him each day.  We serve an awesome God---Jesus Christ!  

29 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful and happy card! Love the background image and how you inked over it. The little butterflies are so sweet and the sentiment is highlighted every so beautifully! I enjoyed reading your post. God is so good!

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  2. Jo Ann this is another delightful card - love the colours and the way you have constructed it. Thank you for blessing me with your words
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. Gorgeous card, love the colours and stiches! Thank you for joining Crafting From the Heart, good luck!

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  4. This is so perfect for our GLITTER GALORE theme. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Fresh Brewed Designs DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  5. Lovely card, thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetsh Challenge this week

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  6. Your colors are so cheerful and I love this Scripture (so true!). Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

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  7. The colors here are just spectacular, JoAnn! Your work is always gorgeous and beautifully constructed! Thanks for accepting this week's challenge here at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!
    Hugz,
    Chana, DT Coordinator

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  8. Lovely card Jo Ann :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

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  9. I am back to comment again. I do love everything about this card. It is so happy and pretty. I will add that I love that you changed the colors of the sentiment and the beautiful stitching inside and out!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges August Challenge #2: GLITTER GALORE!

    Have a blessed day,
    Heather D.

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  10. Beautiful card love the colours and background--thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

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  11. So gorgeous!! I love the colors. So bright and beautiful.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity.

    Mari

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  12. Stunning card with brilliant colours. Thank you for joining Artistic Inspirations Challenge, good luck.

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  13. This grand, love the colours. Thank you for joining us at TIOT, we hope to see you again soon.EE

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  14. Fabulous card great design hun and thank you for linking up with Clear it Out this week hugs Judith DT x

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  15. Fantastic card! I love the lovely design and colors. Great background too.
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday,
    Mar x

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  16. Wonderful project...TF joining us @ CIO hope you stop by again real soon.

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  17. Great colourful card.
    A pleasure to see you play at Loves Rubberstamps, hope to see you soon,
    Hugs Blankina

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  18. Stunning creation, love the colours on your backing!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Inky Impressions this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

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  19. Beautiful card , thank you for joining us at The Squirrel & the Fox with our anything goes challenge. Hugs Tania (DT)xx

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  20. This is a lovely card hun, I love the colour scheme :) Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

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  21. This is a lovely card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril

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  22. Stunning work! And - I LOVE seeing a scripture verse :) Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

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  23. Beautiful card, love your Bible verse and the colors.
    Thank you for your lovely entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT
    http://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com

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  24. Such beautiful colours. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

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  25. What a cute project! Thanks for playing at Clear It Out! We hope to see you next challenge and good luck

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  26. What a stunning array of colors and such a beautiful sentiment... Thanks so much for joining us at Loves Rubber Stamps! Love your creation! Good Luck & Hugs, DT Dangina

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  27. This is so beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  28. Fabulous. Just love the bright colours you use. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.
    xx

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  29. Fab card love your DI background too,, thanks for playing Top Tip Tuesday challenge hugs Samantha :0)

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