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, December 17, 2014

Scripture Series: Good Work in You Card---It's Anything Goes at Word Art Wednesday! Join our Challenge...

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Here I am again to bring you the project I made for our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) which will last for two weeks as we take a one week break for Christmas.  The good thing about this is that you will have more time to link up your projects (up to 5) with more chances of winning one of our three fabulous prizes.  Today, we feature a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at our WAW site It's taken from Philippians 1:6 which tells us, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."  When God created us, He equipped us with talents and abilities that is unique to each individual for the purpose of giving Him glory.  As His precious creation, He gave us the capacity to think and love.  We were walking in perfect harmony with Him and all was well with us till mankind decided to disobey and became slaves to Satan. From then on, our minds and hearts were filled with pride, rebellion and selfishness to the very God who brought us to life.  We became the enemies of God and was destined to suffer God's wrath forever.  Yet, God's plan can never be thwarted.  Before even the foundations of the earth were laid, the blue print of Man's salvation has already been arranged.  God's omniscience (all-knowing) can see through the end from the beginning.  He saw an eternal Kingdom filled with people from many nations with different colors and backgrounds who were saved by His grace through faith.  He saw past our rebellion, pride and wickedness to send His One and Only Son---Jesus Christ, to save everyone and anyone who would take His gift of salvation.  From the moment we accepted Jesus Christ and made Him the Lord and Savior of our lives, we became His dwelling place!  The Holy Spirit abides in us and He begins the good work inside of us.  We must understand that on our own, it would be impossible for us to do good.  Without the new birth (Born-Again, John 3:3), we were slaves to sin and Satan and would remain under curse just by virtue of our connection with Adam (the old self).  There's nothing any man can do to rid himself of the sin nature---Nothing!  It was necessary for us to die from the old self and to be Born-Again (born from above) to start all over.  As we begin a new day with Christ, we dedicate our lives to Him to be used for His glory.  Galatians 2:20 declares the life of a person who has come to the saving knowledge of Christ.  It clearly states, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."  

So, how do we live by faith in God?  We must believe, trust, rely, depend,  cling and place our hope solely in the finished work of Jesus Christ!  To know (without doubt) that we are one with Him in His death, burial and resurrection.  That the victory Christ has won at the cross was applied to our sins and that we are now free from all bondage of sin (sin-nature) and of Satan.  Therefore, we can truly do the work (divine work) that God has mandated us to do for we are no longer tainted by Adam's sin.  Since we have given Christ complete control of our lives, we now live and move according to His purpose.  Each day, He  eliminates the branches that don't bear fruit from our lives and allows new branches to flourish.  God's heart is love---full of grace and compassion.  His love is not selfish---it is SELFLESS!  It does not seek to bring glory to oneself but to give glory to the Father.  Each one of us are on different levels of God's working in our lives.  Not one of us has gotten it altogether---yet we are in the WORKS!  One day, we will see Jesus face to face and we will completely be transformed into His image and likeness. Until then, we follow the road He has set for us  remembering that we were once without hope till the Lord came and by His grace, our eyes were opened!   From the time we accepted Jesus into our lives, He started a wonderful work in us and we are to completely trust in His faithfulness to carry it through to completion as we fully yield to Him.  I want to share the following verses to remind us of how to live for Christ each day after our new birth:

DEAD TO SIN, ALIVE IN CHRIST
"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--  because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.  The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.  For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace."  (Romans 6:1-14)

For this Card, I used an image from Mo Manning called "Fifi" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5 x 6.5 inches card.  The DP came from my scraps and I incorporated a couple of Washi tapes from Tape Works.  I added some liquid pearls (White Opal), glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and finally stitching to complete this design.  In this very busy season, I just needed to make a simple yet fun card and felt that I achieved that with this creation.  


GOOD WORK IN YOU CARD:


GOOD WORK IN YOU CARD LAYERS:


GOOD WORK IN YOU CARD INSIDE:


GOOD WORK IN YOU CARD WITH ENVELOPE:


 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Creative Fingers---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG
Divas by Design---ATG
I Love ProMarkers---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
The Paper Shelter---ATG
Penny's Paper-Crafty---ATG
Scrapper's Delights---ATG
Whimsy Inspiration---ATG
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Catch the Bug---Naughty or Nice
Clear It Out---ATG
Creative Card Crew---ATG
Loves Rubberstamps---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Simon Says Stamp---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Sparkles---ATG
Stamping Chef---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Sentimental Sundays---ATG
Corrosive---ATG
Crafts and Me---ATG
Melonheadz---Lots of Embellishments
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Merry Christmas
Crafty Mess---ATG/Traditional Christmas Colors


I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly with uplifting and inspirational messages, you can link up to 5 projects.  Sponsors for this week are The Flying Unicorn ($25 GC), Deedee's Digis ($10 voucher) and an additional prize from Karen (DT Coordinator) whose giving away a Stamp set and a roll of gold washi tape. I can't wait to see your projects and leave you some lovin' on your Blogs.  Have a blessed day and I pray that you acknowledge the presence of the Lord inside of you and give Him the glory by sharing the hope we received from Him to others. 

23 comments:

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful words Jo Ann - your card is gorgeous - love the liquid pearls and the way you have used them.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. Lovely card and image. Great sentiment. Thanks for joining our challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty and good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member xx

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  3. Love the design here & use of washi, Jo Ann. :)

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  4. As always, a very wonderful read. Thought provoking and inspirational. Your coloring is as always as well simply fantastic! I love the details and superb design. Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    Ema
    IDCB Owner

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  5. CIO challenge blog says MERRY CHRISTMAS and thank you for your wonderful project...stop by and play with us again <((><

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  6. Thanks for joining us at Not Just Cards Challenges this week!
    And Merry Christmas!
    Monica - DT

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  7. Great card thanks for joining us at Scrappers a Delights, good luck x

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  8. Beautiful card. Thank you so much for linking up with us in our “Naughty or Nice” challenge at Catch The Bug! Please join us, again, next time, for a new challenge and more chances to win! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Bugaboo Stamps

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  9. Love this card.
    Thanks for joining us at Creative fingers challenge.

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  10. Gorgeous, great design and sentiment. Thank you for sharing with us at CIO! Hope you join us again.

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  11. Very nice composition, excellent card!
    Saludos

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  12. Gorgeous, I love the image and how you have raised it up; frames the sentiment perfectly xx
    hugs
    Thank you for joining us over at http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
    Sandie (Divas by Design DT)
    http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.com/

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  13. Just gorgeous with great attention to detail. It is perfect for our 21st ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Art by Miran Showcase DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  14. There are so many details to admire about this card! I really love the way you added the strips of Washi tape as an accent and the sentiment looks great next to your image. Wonderful work and I'm so glad you shared it with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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  15. Beautiful Card! I love the sweet image and the scripture. Thank you for sharing your work with TTCRD this week. Merry Christmas!

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  16. She is just the cutest and prettiest little girl. Loving your design with the wonderful inspiring words as always. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed festive season and a 2015 filled with tons of love and joy.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  17. What a sensational card, I love the detail that you have shown. Thanks for playing in the Scrappers Delight
    challenge and Creative Fingers Challenge Penny (Scrappers Delight NRDT and Creative Fingers DT)

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  18. Great card, lovely design, thank you for joining us at I♥ProMarkers, hope you had a merry Christmas and have a very happy 2015,
    Ruth x

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  19. This is so super cute!!! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  20. Lovely card!! Thank you for joining us at Scrappers Delights!

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  21. Super sweet card! Love the image and your coloring is fantastic! Great design and sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges this month and Good Luck. We hope you join us again.

    Amy- DT Sparkles Monthly Challenges
    {Lil Cutie Creations}

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  22. This is a gorgeous creation - lovely colours and layout - thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

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  23. Beautiful as always, Jo Ann and such a sweet image.

    Thanks for joining us at the Sparkles Challenge.

    Helen N x

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