Before anything else, I would like to share the following verses in Hebrews 6:13-20 (Amplified version) to encourage every Born-again believer to rely constantly in the promises of God written in His Word. It says, "For when God made the promise to Abraham, He swore [an oath] by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” And so, having patiently waited, he realized the promise [in the miraculous birth of Isaac, as a pledge of what was to come from God]. Indeed men swear [an oath] by one greater than themselves, and with them [in all disputes] the oath serves as confirmation [of what has been said] and is an end of the dispute. In the same way God, in His desire to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable nature of His purpose, intervened and guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
The Lord gave me the aforementioned verses after I asked Him what He would like me to share in this post. What He impressed upon my heart was this: "I have kept and will always keep my promises." You see, everything the Lord revealed and promised us (as it is written in His Word) is Truth (reality in God's perspective). They are not subject to change by any human being nor any worldly and spiritual powers on earth. From the time of creation to the end of all things, His Word shall stand. Matthew 24:35 made this clear to us when Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." I believe the Lord wanted me to remind every believer that we are not to compromise His Word for anything. Though the world consider the Scripture as an outdated set of rules with primitive ways of living and how they've chosen to exchange the holy ways of God to go after every despicable lifestyle full of idolatry, selfishness, lasciviousness and depravity of epic proportions, those of us who know the Truth and received grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) must hold on firmly to what is RIGHT. Everyday, there is always an ungodly agenda being forced upon us, the Body of Christ! Many issues are twisted to make it appear like something else---under the banner of women's rights, civil rights, race, equality and so on. In case you don't know, the unbelievers are not the target of these agenda. Why not? Because anyone without Christ is already in bondage with Satan and he can manipulate them (whenever/wherever he wants) to do his work. That is why we marvel at the blindness of people. It's truly mind-boggling! They are like walking zombies---living but brainless. As they have rejected the Cross of Christ, they became willing servants and worshiper of their father, the devil.
Therefore, I submit to you that the Body of Christ (believers) is the real target of all these ungodly agenda! Through treats and persecution, manipulation, and the twisting of God's Word, they prey on believers whose roots are shallow. They attack our FAITH (the only connection we have with God---Romans 1:17) by using false teachers (many of them are popular with huge following) that exchanged the Truth of God for money, fame and power. They have diluted/perverted God's Word by spreading demonic doctrines filled with lies to satisfy the itching ears of their congregation, therefore putting money in their pockets. They are so deceived and believed they would get away with it. But I tell you, God Almighty knows all their deeds. He also knows their innermost thoughts. Unless they repent and go back to the way of the Lord Jesus, they will suffer every judgment intended upon the enemies of God. So, how are we going to avoid the deception that have captured many in our time? We are to silence the noise of the world by spending time with the Lord Jesus (prayer) and studying His Word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We cannot identify (discern) the fake if we're not familiar with the genuine. Always remember that no matter how much time has passed and how modern and industrialized this world has become, the ways and promises of the Lord shall always prevail. As citizens of the Kingdom of God, we are to live in accordance to the ways of the Kingdom (higher calling) and refuse to be entangled by the worthless deeds of this world. God's promises are worth living and fighting for. In every issues confronting me daily, I always declare, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15)
For this Card Set, I used my Cricut (it's been a while since I last used it) with the Wildcard Cartridge to cut my card shape, the layers and the baby. I stamped a face on the baby die cut using Peachy Keen Stamps. I printed the details of the shower in a separate sheet and adhered it to the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment on the card using Clearly Wordsworth. The theme of the shower is the owl so, I incorporated that in the envelope using Studio G stamps and I stamped the envelope sentiment using Recollections. It took quite a bit of time but so happy with the result.
CRICUT BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS
CRICUT BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS COMPLETE SET
When it came time for the Baby Shower, I decided to crochet a Baby Carrier Cover as a gift to the future parents. It's my first time to make one and is well worth the time I spent for several days. I really wanted to take a photo of it before gift wrapping it so, I went to a nearby Walmart and took this photo on one of their baby carrier displays. Phew! Things we would do to take a wonderful picture....LOL By the way, the Mommy-to-be loved it! So glad and thankful to the Lord for the inspiration in every stitch.
CROCHET CAR SEAT CARRIER COVER
The Card Set is entered into the following Challenges:
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Wonderful Wednesday---For Boys/Men
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG /Lots of Green
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with Optional Twist
Love to Scrap---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Sweet Stampers---Add a Sentiment
World Wide Open DT---ATG
This is it for now, guys. Make sure to join our Anything Goes Challenge at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create. If you prefer to be challenged, take on the Optional Twist. Don't miss all the fun. Can't wait to see what you create. Let us continue to lift up the lives of our kids unto the Lord by imparting God's Word, prayer and leading by example.