Hello, everyone! Wow, it's been a hectic couple of weeks for me. My fave past time aside from making cards is to crochet so, I spent most of my time creating shawls and similar projects. I will feature some of them in this Blog in another post pretty soon. A few days ago, I also designed 5 Scripture inspired T-shirts for my 10-year old son using my Cricut machine. I know you'd agree with me that kids clothing are often more expensive than adult clothing and our kids are growing so fast that after a few months, those cute pants and shirts no longer fit them. So in order to make the most of my money, I decided to buy shirts and decorate them myself using T-shirt vinyl. This way, I can also incorporate the Biblical Truths we live by. Honestly, I am tired of commercial graphic designs on kid's clothing that are inappropriate for kids to wear yet left us parents very little to no choice.
Today, I would like to exhort God's Word delivered by Apostle Paul to the believers in the Church of Galatia (consisting of both Jews and Gentile believers) in Galatians 6:7-10. It says, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever
sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction;
whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal
life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." As we observe what is happening in our country nowadays, we can sense demonic agenda being pushed through the pillars of our society seeking to pervert God's Truth (reality in God's perspective) and exchange it with disgusting and filthy lies. Many puppets of Satan have positioned themselves strategically in every pillar of influence in our society that tirelessly seek to erode our faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. It also aims to destroy the minds of our children by withholding the Truth of God in our school system promoting moral decay and lasciviousness to harm our children, our country and our world. For those who can still discern, it's hard to rationalize the mental state of our governing leaders along with the many people that supports their "agenda of destruction" when their lies are as clear as daylight. Common sense are no longer common to them and every evil agenda is characterized by gross stupidity. I truly believe that selfish people whose purpose is to be their own gods, and refusing to acknowledge there is a God who created them, have positioned themselves to no longer perceive Truth from lies. Therefore, it's becoming more difficult to understand the level of stupidity many have demonstrated nowadays. Many times, I've read reactions like this in social media---"Are they out of their minds?" Sadly, the answer is "YES!" And that is because they refused to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). The worst part of this is that many of these people don't even know how totally deceived they are! I've encountered quite a few of them in social media whose words have tried to mock me for sharing God's Truth. I had to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in dealing with them. Their conduct are consistent with those who have no real relationship with Jesus Christ and are oblivious of the Scripture. Didn't Jesus prayed to the Father while at the Cross in behalf of the people who wanted Him dead? Luke 23:34 tells us, "Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots." We will surely encounter many of them these days as we seek to proclaim God's Truth.
Anyway, I would like to share with you what my Life Application Bible shared regarding Galatians 6:7-10. It totally blessed me so, here it is: "It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and pumpkins came up. It's a natural law to reap what we sow. It's true in other areas too. If you gossip about your friends, you will lose their friendship. Every action has results. If you plant to please your own desires, you'll reap a crop of sorrow and evil. If you plant to please God, you'll reap joy and everlasting life. What kind of seeds are you sowing? It is discouraging to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or see no tangible results. But Paul challenged the Galatians and he challenges us to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. In due time, we will reap a harvest of blessing. " We serve a God Who will reward His people! Though we may not see them in our lifetime, we shall come face to face with Jesus Christ in a heavenly gathering (Judgment Seat of Christ/Bema Seat of Christ) designed solely for everyone that placed their trust upon the finished work of Jesus Christ while on earth. How amazing and how glorious that gathering is going to be! So when you are discouraged by the craziness around you, hold on to the promises of God in His Word. One day, we shall enjoy the full benefit of our labor.
For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions from the set "SC0650" that I watercolored using my Marvy Uchida markers. I used the masking technique on the flower pots. The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. The DP, washi tapes (for banner) and brad are from Recollections. The outside sentiment is from TLC Creations. Lastly, I did some fancy and regular stitching on this creation.
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Creative Card Crew---Masculine
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Crafting with Attitude---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Glitter n Sparkle---ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
OSAAT---ATG with Hot Colors
Quirky Crafts---April Showers Bring May Flowers
Crafting Desert Divas---Create a Scene
Love to Scrap---ATG
Our Crafty Corner---ATG
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
This it for now, guys. Make sure to join us at our
neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.
If you want to be challenged (like I was), take on the Optional Twist.
But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Our sponsor---SLS Lines, is
giving away a fabulous prize. Can't wait to see what you create. Remember to study God's Word so you will not be deceived by them who perverts the Truth.