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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, January 3, 2018

Scripture Series: He Shall Fight for You Card---Join Us for our First Challenge in 2018 at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends!  A VERY BLESSED AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Y'ALL! This is our very first Challenge for 2018 at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) and we have wonderful sponsors lined-up not only for this Challenge but the entire year so we encourage you to join us with your inspirational projects, learn/share God's Word, meet new friends and get a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Today's Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) comes from Deuteronomy 3:22 which says, "Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you."  On their journey to the promised land, Moses reminded Joshua of what the Lord has done on their behalf to defeat two kings namely Sihon, king of Heshbon and Og, king of Bashan.  By worldly standard, the Israelites have no capability on their own to intimidate their enemies.  Yet, they were known by many as warriors because God was on their side and fought for them.  Since Moses was forbidden by God to enter the promised land and was only allowed to see it, God commanded him instead to commission Joshua---to encourage and strengthen him to lead God's people in crossing the Jordan River to the promised land. Our featured verse was Joshua's assurance that God would lead him to victory over the enemies he would face along the way as he continues to trust in Him. It is clear that without the Lord's favor resting upon His chosen people, from the leadership of Moses to Joshua, they would not be able to conquer their enemies to possess the promised land.  I would like to share what my Life Application Bible shared about our highlighted verse.  It says, "What encouraging news for Joshua, who was to lead  his men against the persistent forces of evil in the promised land!  Since God promised to help him win every battle, he had nothing to fear.  Our battles may not be against godless armies, but they are just as real as Joshua's.  Whether we are resisting temptation or battling fear, God has promised to fight with and for us as we place our hope and confidence in Him."

Shortly after we rang in the New Year,  I had to battle a persistent tummy ache which kept me awake for a couple of nights.  I was feeling weak and dehydrated.  Then yesterday, a neighbor knocked on our door and told us that he noticed a damaged on our parked vehicle which appeared to have been  rear-ended by another vehicle in our apartment community sometime in the morning.  He didn't see who did it and we really don't have a clue who the culprit is. We spent several hours contacting police, our insurance, the Body shop and booking for a rental car.  With money coming out of our pockets for deductibles and possible raised premiums, I should have been really stressed!  But an overwhelming peace came upon me.  I know the Lord is the healer of my body (Psalm 103:2-3) and He also provides solutions to all my other concerns (Psalm 84:11-12). He knows who did the terrible thing to our vehicle and He is dealing with them.  Today, I'm happy to say that my tummy feels better, gained much of my strength and eagerly anticipating the wonderful things God will do in the coming days.  I'm so glad I have the Lord Jesus Christ living inside of me for He comforts and reminds me of His peace, joy and love towards me.  Like God's assurance to Joshua,  I can face all the problems in this life for I am not alone.  Jesus is my victory.  If you don't know Jesus Christ personally, you can get to know Him now.  Invite Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior, repent from your sins, begin to read His Word and live victoriously in all circumstances.

For this Card, I used an image from Stamper's Anonymous called "Crazy Cats/Birds" as well as "Crazy Things" that I brought to life by watercoloring using my Stabilo 68 markers.  I found an inspiration for this card from Scrapbook.com after googling for some ideas.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. The little hearts border punch was from Martha Stewart.  I inked around the image using Ranger Distress Inks (Weathered Wood and Brushed Corduroy).  The inside and envelope sentiment came from Fiskars clear stamps.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  What a simple card to start my year.


 HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD


 HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD LAYERS


 HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD INSIDE


HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Crafty Critter---ATG with Critter
a2z Scrapbooking---New to Me (use an older stamp never used before)
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Classic DT---ATG 
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
CCC---ATG
HLS---ATG using Watercolor
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---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 each week.  Great prizes to be won from our wonderful sponsors---Paper Smooches ($25 GC) and Wild Orchid Crafts (15 UK pound worth).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  In Christ, we have a very bright and joyful (literally) future!   

18 comments:

  1. Love your card Jo Ann - and I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. How frustrating to have your card damaged - as you say, God is in control and dealing with the perpetrator in ways that you will never know
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. Absolutely love the coloring of these really fun images! Nice job Jo Ann!
    ~ginny

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  3. Wow beautiful coloring!! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at a2z this month.

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  4. Well, I love cats so your sample at WAW totally caught my eye! Such a fun image to pair with the beautiful scripture. I am so glad to read that you have your faith. What a ROTTEN thing to happen but like you said, God is dealing! I was in a car accident on Dec. 1 and I don't know how I would get through this time without faith. I have struggled emotionally and physically. God is our refuge! Hugs!

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  5. Oh I love this. 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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  6. FABulous and fun card..love it..
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

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


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  7. This is just too cute 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 Owner/Admin for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

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  8. How absolutely fun and adorable. I love the hat on the bird, the bird on the cat image and they are so cutely colored. FUN card. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking..

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  9. Nice card ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

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  10. Great colouring on this adorable card, Jo Ann. That background really sets off the image of the bird and cat beautifully. Love the shading on those images. Thanks so much for joining the HLS January Watercolour Challenge.

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  11. hihi love the digi!! Thanks for joining us at CCC Digi Creations. Good luck.
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)
    http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/

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  12. Such a fun card! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

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  13. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  14. I love background and the cat...great card!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

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

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  15. Awesome project with amazing detail! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Love To Craft Challenge Blog's "January Anything Goes" challenge!
    Hugs,
    Leslie, LTCCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2
    Love To Scrap!

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  16. Great card - love that quirky image.

    Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.

    Helen x

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  17. what a great pair--nice coloring! thanks for joining us at a2z!

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