God chose us, before the foundation of the world (predestined), to His higher calling in Christ Jesus. When we came to the saving knowledge of Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), we translated from the kingdom of darkness to God's kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13). We are co-heirs with Christ. We are a new breed of human beings washed by the blood of Jesus that rid us of our old rebellious nature. We are no longer under the curse of Sin and Death that plagued all of humanity. We are set apart (sanctified) to do marvelous things for the glory of God, our Father!
The Kingdom of God operates under the ways of God. We learn the ways of God through the written Word. As kingdom citizens, our actions should reflect the life lived by our Lord and Savior---fully empowered by the Holy Spirit. Colossians 3:12-13 says, "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." All of these virtues are rooted in love (charity). Under our old nature, we are incapable of true love (Agape, God's kind of love, self-sacrificing). With Jesus living inside of us, His presence allows us accomplish everything He requires us to do. Our faith, the drive, the strength, our talents and abilities, our knowledge and wisdom and the desire to obey His will all comes from Him. Love is the essential ingredient that completes all other virtues. If we can love our neighbors as ourselves, it is because God's love was first made manifested in us. 1 John 4:19 tells us, "We love because he first loved us." I would like to share what my life Application Bible illustrated regarding this topic. It says, "All the virtues that Paul encourages us to develop are perfectly bound together by love. As we clothe ourselves with these virtues, the last garment we are to put on is love, which holds all of the others in place. To practice any list of virtues without practicing love will lead to distortion, fragmentation and stagnation (1 Corinthians 13:3). The key to forgiving others is remembering how much God has forgiven you. Is it difficult for you to forgive someone who has wronged you a little when God has forgiven you so much? Realizing God's infinite love and forgiveness can help you love and forgive others. Let God worry about the wrongs you've suffered. Don't quench your life in bitter feuding; live renewed in love and joy. Apostle Paul offers a strategy to help us live for God day by day: (1) imitate Christ's compassionate, forgiving attitude (2) let love guide your life (3) let the peace of Christ rule in your heart (4) always be thankful (5) keep God's Word in you at all times (6) live as Jesus Christ's representative (Colossians 3:12-17).
For this Card, I used a flower image from Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection and added some Stickles (Diamond) for glitters. The background stamp is from Hampton Art. The main sentiment and middle tier sentiment came from our wonderful sponsor for this week, Stamp Simply, from the "Words of Encouragement" Set. The back of the card and envelope sentiments are from Fiskars "Essential Sayings" Set. I also added some nail head gems from Imaginisce. For the card base and panels, I used a black and blue CS from Core'dinations and a white CS from my stash. This card measures 4 x 5 inches (panels tucked in) and goes up to 9 inches tall when pulled from the top. For the inspiration and instructions on these card fold, I watched this VIDEO from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. I love her YouTube Channel filled with lots of wonderful card and lay-out techniques.
NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD
NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD WHEN PULLED
NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD WITH MESSAGE SPACE
NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Use Real Stamps
Crafty Addicts---ATG/All Loved Up
Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG
Creative Craft Cottage---Love is all around
Daisy Chain---Add a Heart
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/I Love You
Fabrika Fantasy---Love (Charity)
Lets Craft and Create---ATG/Mother
Scor-pal---More than One Score
Not Just Cards---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Paru's Card Making---Love (Charity)
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 ten times in two weeks. A great prize awaits our winner from our wonderful sponsor---Stamp Simply Store (Clear Stamps and/or Die Cuts) . So excited to see what you come up with. Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises. Expect only wonderful things from Him each day. We serve a good and faithful God whose love is great towards us.