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, October 15, 2014

Scripture Series: Whom Have I in Heaven Center Step Card---See what I Made for a Friend...

Hello there, Crafty peeps!  Today, I am not featuring a project for the Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge as we don't have a free Word Art available this week.  Instead, some of the WAW DT's highlighted the stamps from our sole sponsor this week, Our Daily Bread Designs.  I decided to take  a much needed week off but I will be highlighting a Scripture card I made just recently for a friend.  It features one of my favorite verses in Psalm 73:25 which says, "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee."  I remember when I was little kid, I was taught about a God who created everything and knows everything...I also learned that He abhors evil and delights with the Truth.  I pictured Him as a God I could call in hopeless situations and One whose disappointed with me when I made mistakes.  I didn't think much about Him because I had my parents who took care of my needs.   I was only reminded of  God when they would ask me to lead a prayer at home or when we would visit the church to practice our religion.  I would only think of God when I'm frustrated with my parents for not giving in to my requests but I also taught I had to be good enough to ask God for something. 

I grew up thinking my parents were perfect but shortly after, I realize they were not.  Lies and deceit weakened our family until respect for each other was nowhere to be found.  We went through a financial crisis and suffered many problems that I never taught I would go through based on our previous status.  All the people I trusted had let me down.  At that time, the pain was deeper and more real than I've ever felt before.  There was hopelessness to what the future could bring.  Nobody could really understand the feeling of emptiness I had in my heart and I just cried---I cried when there's no one around, in my sleep. 

One of those depressing nights, I was confronted on the truth about God!  In my lowest point, I pleaded wholeheartedly for His help.  I knew deep inside of me that He's the Only One who could shed a light to my hopeless existence.  I uttered an unfamiliar/unrehearsed prayer.  It was more like groaning from the innermost part of my heart  pleading, "God help me!  I need you right now..."  I knew I had no one but God!  Though the fulness of His love was not yet clear to me, He gave me the faith to believe in Him and I felt His deep concern towards me and my well-being.  That one precious night, He planted a seed of longing in my heart to know Him more.  Shortly after that, He led me to a TV program (in the privacy of my living room) to surrender my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the rest was history...He had a plan for my life!  I had to come to the end of myself and realized there nothing that can satisfy me but Him.  You may have everything you need right now but my challenge to you is to think ahead and imagine your life when those things were no longer of value.  When you are at the end of your life and no riches, friends nor family is able to pull you out from sure death.  Only Jesus Christ has the power between life and death.  Accept Him in your life right now before it's too late.   If you made a decision, here's how to PRAY!  Leaving you with some verses about God's call in your life.

"Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."(Acts 2:38-39)

"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." (Ephesians 1:18-23)

For this Card, I used a gorgeous image from Saturated Canary called "Denise" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card.  The DP's are taken from all my scrap papers from companies like Recollection and DCWV.  The shapes were cut using my Nestabilities and MS Circle Cutter.  The wonderful verse was free from Word Art Wednesday way back.  I added a brad from Recollections, some white nail head gems from Imaginisce and did some stitching on this project.  My friend adored it.   


WHOM HAVE I IN HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD:


 WHOM HAVE I IN HEAVEN CARD LAYERS:


 WHOM HAVE I IN HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW:


 WHOM HAVE I IN HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE:


WHOM HAVE I IN HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafter's Cafe---Use an Image with a Hat
Crafty Creations---Thinking of You
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG in Disguise
Country View---Sparkle and Shine
CCC Digi Creations---Digi/Glitter Power
Die Cut Diva's---Change of Seasons
Sisters of Craft---ATG
MilkCoffee---Lots of Layers
TTCRD---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---Things that start with "G" (glitter, gems, girl)
Craft Place---Girls but no Pink
Loves Rubberstamps---Pretty Woman
Addicted to Stamps---Make Your Mark
Aud Sentiments---ATG
Inky Impressions---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Whimsy Stamps---ATG
Sweet 7---Sassy
ABC---V is for Vibrant
Moo-Mania---Bright and Cheerful
Crafting at the Weekend---ATG
My Craft Creations---ATG
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Pinspirational---ATG
Melonheadz Friends---Lots of Layers

There you have it folks...I hope you visit our WAW Challenge and be amazed by the cards my fellow DT's have prepared for you today.  Link your "Inspirational/Anything Goes projects and get a chance to win a fabulous prize from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Have a blessed day.  Know that God wants what is best for you in all circumstances.  Trust His Word---Trust in Christ!

21 comments:

  1. Super cool design and fabulous coloring.
    Blessing hugs,
    Teresa

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  2. Delightful colors and exquisite composition, a beautiful design!

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  3. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing in our challenge!
    ♥ Monica
    DT Member for Crafter's Cafe Challenge!

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  4. Lovely card with very nice colors. Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Creations challenge. Barb

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  5. Fabulous card Jo Ann, and I love the way you have coloured the image.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  6. Great card, love the hat wearing mage, thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this week

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  7. I can see all the time you've spent and the scene is just gorgeous. Wonderful coloring. Such a wonderful hot little chick.

    So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

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  8. Gorgeous card and image, thanks for joining in our challenge this time and sharing this wonderful creation..
    aNNie
    {ccc digi creations DT member}



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  9. Lovely card and sentiment. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's cafe for this challenge.
    Margaret, DT

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  10. Lovely card and a fab sentiment as well.... great!
    Thank you for sharing
    MOO-MANIA & MORE -CHALLENGE
    hOPE TO SEE YOU soon AGAIN !

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  11. so cute card
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments
    hugs
    céline

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  12. Adorable. Very cute image. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

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  13. Fabulous card love your image and your colour choice. Thanks for joining us at ABC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

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  14. Stunning card gorgeous colouring.Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny

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  15. Stunning xx thank you for joining our current challenge over at http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
    Sandie (Aud Sentiments DT)
    http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.com/

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  16. Wonderful creation. Thanks so much for playing at Loves Rubberstamps!

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  17. Great card - love your digi and the papers you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet 7 Designs.

    Helen x

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  18. Lovely Layout! Thank you for joining us at the Cards Galore Encore Trick or Treat? Something Scary or Something Sweet!

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  19. Stunning card, inside and out, thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge, best wishes, Anne DT x

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  20. Such a gorgeous card, thanks for sharing it with us over at CCC Digi Creations.

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  21. Pretty card! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    ~DEANNE~
    A Little Bit O' Paper

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