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
Crafts Galore Encore---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!