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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Scripture Series: Nothing Too Hard for Thee Card---Time for Another Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Good morning, everyone!  Two weeks passed and were here for another (family-friendly) Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)As always, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site coming from Jeremiah 32:17 which says, "Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee."  In this verse, Jeremiah was asked by God to buy a field outside of Jerusalem.  Sounds pretty easy but it wasn't.   The problem---it was a land already captured by the enemy and that soldiers occupied.  But in the midst of doubts and fear, Jeremiah meditated on the promises of God and prayed.  

I would like to share the explanation I read in my Life Application Bible which helped me to better understand our featured passage.  For God is the Creator of heaven and earth.  His unprecedented knowledge, wisdom and power over His creation is what Jeremiah recognized in our featured verse and how it relates to Jeremiah 32 as a whole.  It says, "After Jeremiah bought the field, he began to wonder if such move was wise.  He sought relief in prayer from his nagging doubts.  In this prayer, Jeremiah affirmed that God is Creator, the wise Judge of all the ways of people and Redeemer.  God loves us and sees our situation.  Whenever we doubt God's wisdom or wonder if it is practical to obey Him, we can review what we already know about Him.  Such thoughts and prayers will quiet our doubts and calm our fears. Trust doesn't come easy.  It wasn't easy for Jeremiah to publicly buy land already captured by the enemy.  But he trusted God.  It wasn't easy for David to believe that he would become king, even after he was anointed.  But he trusted God (1 Samuel 16-31).  It wasn't easy for Moses to believe that he and his people would escape Egypt, even after God spoke to him from a burning bush.  But he trusted God (Exodus3:1 - 4:20).  It isn't easy for us to believe that God can fulfill His "impossible" promises either, but we must trust Him.  God, who worked in the lives of Biblical heroes, will work in our lives too, if we will let Him."

I don't know about you but it's truly comforting to know that I serve a God Who is not surprised by anything and everything happening in the world.  In His omniscience, He knows all of our past, present, future and beyond.  The Bible declares in Isaiah 46:9-10, "Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." Who among us can fathom the depth of God's knowledge or any of the many attributes of the Almighty?  We are the created, He is the Creator!  All good and wonderful things come from Him.  When and where there was rebellion and unbelief, He also allowed disasters as we've seen throughout history. The Fall of Man invited Sin and Death to wreak havoc in this world. As man continues to harden their hearts against God, we see the many natural disasters intensify (and will continue till all of God's plan is accomplished) although not every natural disaster is a punishment from God.  As believers (Born-again, John 3:3), we are to remain faithful especially in times of trials and testing, disasters and calamities knowing that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us.  It's not easy to face trials but honestly, it's in those moments when we come humbly before God, realizing  He is our everything.  As we go through storms of life and come out victorious relying upon the goodness and promises of God, our faith is strengthened and we experience a deeper relationship with our Father.  Nowadays, not only do we have challenges at home but we are also affected by the chaos we see around the world.  Honesty is such a rare virtue to find in all pillars of our society.  Now more than ever, I have to bring every decision/action unto the Lord and trust that He will lead me and keep me safe.  I would like to share the following verses for added inspiration:

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13)

"This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God  and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.  And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.  The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us." (1 John 3:19-24)

 For this Card, I used an image from Sassy Sheryl's Stamps called "Nature Boy Lover" and colored it using my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is an A7 pre-cut card from Paper Studio and the DP's are from Recollections.  I stamped an additional sentiment from Studio 116, added some brad from Recollections and nail head gems from Imaginisce,  applied some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) on the background flowers and finally, did some fancy stitching using my awesome sewing machine.  It turned out fantastic.


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD LAYERS


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD INSIDE


NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Crafty Friends---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Not Just Cards---Spring
Petal Lu---ATG
Sweet Stampers---Add a Sentiment
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---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.  Wonderful prize to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC) .  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  I serve a good and faithful God---Jesus Christ! 

17 comments:

  1. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely card… Please join us again next time. Good luck!
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

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  2. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.
    Bye,
    Ine DT for: http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.nl/
    http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/

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  3. Cute card!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Carla DT   http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

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  4. What a great card for a young lad. Love the frog in particular. Thanks for sharing this with us at Eclectic Ellapu!

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  5. I really love this just beautiful Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

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  6. this is a fab card, love the image & colouring
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Tracey DT   http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

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  7. Fabulous. Love it. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

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  8. Ganz toll gemacht! Danke daß du bei den Sweet Stampers mitmachst.
    LG Dreja

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  9. Your card is so beautiful, i love it.
    Thank you for joining ua at the Sweet Stampers challenge and i hope to see you again.
    Hugs
    Kuni

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  10. This is so beautiful. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

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  11. Back again, and again fabulous card. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge


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  12. Fabulous card - love the image!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

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  13. Your card is wonderful
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge
    Hugs Anja

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  14. Cute and darling card! Love the design. Thanks for joining us at Love to Craft! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

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  15. This is just so adorable, Jo Ann! I'm delighted to see you playing in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Crafts Galore Encore this month and wish you good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

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  16. Thank you for sharing with us over here at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Susan DT for:-  http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

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  17. Lovely card, the layout is fabulous, really great card. Thanks for joining us at Petal Lu, Nicola X

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