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.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Scripture Series: The God of Israel Card---It's our Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Come Join Us!

Hi there, friends!  This is coming out late but just want to highlight another card that I made for this week's Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  The Word of God is rich with inspiration and direction that all of us needed to navigate this journey called "Life."  This weeks free Scripture Word Art comes from Psalm 72:18 which says, "Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things."  This verse takes us to one of the profound declarations of Who God is---the Creator of heaven and earth, the God of Israel, and our Lord forever and ever.  King Solomon, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, authored this Psalm.  He looked beyond his own reign to declare the upcoming reign of Jesus the Messiah, whose kingdom extends to the ends of the earth and is greater than any human empire.  

The first time Jesus stepped into this world, He came under humble circumstances.  Though the Son of God, He lived this life free from the riches of the world and demonstrated to us the inside-outside, upside-down ways of the Kingdom of God and what "True Love" really meant---UNSELFISH!  He proclaimed God's Truth without compromise and gave sight, healing and restoration not only to our mortal bodies but to our spirits that were darkened and separated from our Heavenly Father.  The price of our freedom from the bondage of Sin required His blood to be poured.  For His very life to be taken as ransom for every human being---even those who chanted, "Crucify Him!"  And yes, He died!  Yet, on the third day, just like He said, He rose from the grave.  This time,  to never die again.  

This is every believer's great news!  He who died and rose again will come back to fulfill every Word of God that was spoken about Him.  Revelation 11:15 declares, "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever."  Jesus will come back the second time around.  But unlike the first time, He will come with great power and glory to set up His earthly kingdom for a thousand years (Millennial Reign of Christ).  Israel will finally acknowledge Him as their God and He will fulfill every promise He made to this nation, His people, and to countless many that placed their trust in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross.  Everyone that chose to rebel against Him will have no part in this Kingdom and so as all the works of the enemy as Satan is bound for that time period.  It's a time of peace, joy and righteousness---PERFECT PEACE, UNSTOPPABLE JOY and TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS!  JESUS CHRIST only does wonderful things!  Everyone who believed and trusted Him in our time of great trials and sufferings can say "AMEN" to the reality of this Truth.  For we have seen His goodness beyond what our physical eyes could.  1 Peter 1:8-9 tells us, "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."  The spirit of God inside of us rejoices for what is to come.  I Corinthians 2:9 declares, "But as it is written, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him." When we anticipate His worldwide rule, it absolutely fills our hearts with hope.  For our God only does wonderful things!  Want to share a few more verses from the Prophet, Daniel, to encourage us to hold on to the promises we have in Christ Jesus, the God of Israel, our Lord,  as we reign with Him in His coming earthly Kingdom and beyond.

"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever."  (Daniel 2:44)

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."  (Daniel 7:13-14)

"Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him."  (Daniel 7:27)

For this Card, I gave my digi stamps a break and used a clear stamp (no clue from which company) to stamp and fussy-cut the circles at the center of the flowers.  I used several chalk inks from Color Box Cat's Eye.  I stamped the tiny sentiments using Studio112 stamps.  The base is a white, pre-cut A7 size from Paper Studio.  The DP is from my scraps and the washi tapes are from Recollections.  I stitched all over this card including the stems and stamped the leaves with a clear stamp (no idea which company).  For final touch, I added some cute, hot pink buttons from Paper Studio.


THE GOD OF ISRAEL CARD:


THE GOD OF ISRAEL CARD LAYERS:


THE GOD OF ISRAEL CARD INSIDE:


THE GOD OF ISRAEL CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Creative Chicks---ATG
Card and Scrap---Use Flowers
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage---ATG
CCC Digi Creations---Include a Sentiment
Digi Galore---ATG (The sentiment is a Digi)
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with Optional: Girly-Girl
Lia Stampz---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Sweet Stamps---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
World Wide Open DT Challenge---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack---ATG
Simon Says---Make it Colorful
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Creative Knockouts---Flower Power


Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting our blessed winners from two of our sponsors this week, Gloria Shirr of Close to my Heart (Stamp Set) and Eureka Stamps (3 Digi Stamps).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed week and always remember the hope that we possess in Christ through the Cross.  Hugs! 

27 comments:

  1. What a great and glorious Hope we have Jo Ann - so glad that one day we will meet!!
    Love your cheerful and dimensional card
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. So beautiful.
    Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #03 and best of luck with your entry.
    Don't forget, we will be holding in March 2016 the "Champion of Champions" DT Challenge for all the winners from all categories from these challenges throughout the year. So hope to see you keep entering your projects.
    Annette DT Leader

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  3. wawwww så super flot ♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.

    knuzzzz ♥

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  4. Love your cheery and colorful flower card!! Well done! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Make It Colorful” Challenge!

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  5. Beautiful card and love the stamped flowers ---Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations
    Carol DT x

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  6. Thanks for sharing at WWODTC
    Heather DT

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  7. Very colourful piece. I love it. Thank you for joining us at Crafting with Friends this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

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  8. A beautiful card and a wonderful sentiment. Thank you for sharing it with us over at World Wide Open DT Challenge Blog - good luck Hugs Andrea

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  9. Beautiful card Jo Ann thank you for joining us over on Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog
    Dianne x
    IDCB DT

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  10. Great design. Thanks for joining us at CHNS patterned Paper Challenge this month.

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  11. Beautiful card and very cheerful colours. Thanks you for sharing it with us at Petal Lu.
    Barbara x

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  12. Jo Ann this is pure spring delight with such lovely fresh colours and inspiring wording.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  13. This is beautiful! I love the stitching on the stems. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
    Hugs,
    Tina
    WWO DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}

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  14. Beautiful card! TFS at Craft Your Passion#277!

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  15. SUch a pretty card! Thanks for joining us at Kraftin Kimmie WW Challenge! Hugs

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  16. Beautiful creation! Thank you for entering the WWODT challenge. Good luck with your entry.
    Vicki, DT Member

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  17. Gorgeous card Jo Ann. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at CCC Digi Creations. We would love to see you again. Anet DT x

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  18. Beautiful card thanks for joining us at Crafting with Friends, Louise DT x

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  19. Oh what a beautiful card and so happy colors. <3
    Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.

    Hugs Line

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  20. Jo Ann this is a beautiful project with wonderful attention to detail and perfect for our THIRD challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {World Wide Open Design Team Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  21. Fabulous project. Thanks for entering Crafts Galore Encore Challenge ATG. Wendy (DT).xx

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  22. Lovely card, great image & design!
    Glad you could join us for the challenge at Your ScrapBook Place, hope to see you come back soon!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ YSBP~DT ~
    http://akstamping.blogspot.com

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  23. Beautiful bright, cheery card. Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft Challenge, good luck and best wishes, Anne DT.

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  24. You made a beautiful card. I really love it!
    Thanks for joining the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
    Good luck.

    Greetz Linette

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