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Friday, July 19, 2019

Scripture Series: In the Day of Christ Center Step Card---Join Us for Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends!  It's time for another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)This time, we are using a Scripture Word Art that comes from Philippians 2:16 which tells us, "Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. "Wow, I just posted several days ago how negative thoughts both from the world and among believers of Christ truly affect our spiritual well being. So, I didn't plan for the same topic but based on what I felt God wanted me to share, this would be part two...LOL  (If you wish to see my first post, go HERE).

The world's obsession with cosmetic surgery, other than the ones medically necessary,  is something I couldn't endure watching because it shows the utter discontent by some over their physical appearance as they try to compare themselves with others.  They pay top notch dollars to achieve their shallow and perverted idea of beauty.  At its core, it shows how dissatisfied they are with how they were created and honestly, an insult to the very One Who created them.  Though I haven't met anyone in the Church (in all the years I came to know Christ) that is obsessed with cosmetic surgery, however, there's a lot of complaining about life, status, career,  relationships, etc. that makes me wonder if they have truly known God.  I'm not talking about the momentary feeling of hopelessness that we all experience due to momentary circumstances.  What I'm highlighting here is a lifestyle of negativity and passivity.  These are people who refuses to testify of  God's blessings in their lives yet always finds a way to discuss the negative in themselves and others.  I submit to you that there were times I asked people at the end of a Church service (when the Spirit of God moved mightily in the midst of the congregation) how they were doing?  I'd occasionally encounter someone responding this way, "Oh, I am having such a difficult time financially and feel sick all the time.  I feel like nothings is going right in my life and everything is just hard." 

You see, I'm the type of person that appreciates people's honesty and would like to encourage fellow believers by praying with them, giving them the encouragement of the Word of God or even offer help and support when necessary. I am also very aware that believers are on different levels of faith and we all need a deep understanding of God's Word in order to apply them to our unique situations.   And although we heard the same Word from the pulpit, not everyone receives the full benefits of what was taught because we all hear and see differently in the spirit (which is based on our exposure and study of the Word of God).  Like in the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23 when Jesus was questioned by his disciples why He spoke to the large crowd in parables, Jesus said, "that in their seeing, they don't really see and in their hearing, they truly don't hear nor understand."  For our hearts are likened into a type of soil that the seed (Word of God) is planted on.  There are many kinds of soil but only a good soil brings forth good fruits and multiply.   As the daughter of the Most High God, I am to live and breathe God's Word.  I may be worried or caught up with negative thoughts at certain situations but once the Word comes into my heart, I yield to the hope God's Word imparts.  My situations may linger but inside me is a battle to drown the negative thoughts with the assurance and the power of God's promises. God's Word is always my default.  I find it hard to help and encourage anyone that  don't value the Word of God and wants to dwell on the negative.  For even Jesus didn't do many miracles in His hometown of Nazareth because of people's UNBELIEF (Matthew 13:53-58).  For every believer that comes to the saving knowledge of JESUS CHRIST approaches God by FAITH.  His finished work at the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection) saved us from the power of Sin and Death that plagued Creation since the Fall of Man.  Salvation is GOD'S FREE GIFT to mankind.  Unless we operate by FAITH (trust, adhere, cling, rely, depend) in what HE accomplished and believe that His grace is sufficient to save us, we will NOT benefit from God's free gift.  Be aware that faith is the currency of heaven and though God's power is not dependent upon our unbelief, He honors our free will to believe or not.  Hebrews 11:6 clearly states, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Read and study Hebrews 11 if you want to know what FAITH is all about.

So dear friends, the reason why it's unbearable to hang out with negative and complaining people is because they constantly attack FAITH.  One day, I remember myself declaring that our family trip would be blessed with such a wonderful weather and immediately, my hubby said, "Oh, the news said that there's going to be heavy rains where were going with possible flooding later on in the day!"  So, I responded, "I don't care what the news said, "I believe that the Lord is blessing us with a wonderful weather and a safe trip!" Not that I was not aware of the weather but I actually chose to set my faith above what my physical eyes could see knowing that my God was able!  And I tell you, I have seen so many miracles happened just because I chose to believe.  And in those few times where negative things happened, God still provided a way to show He's very present in our lives.  Know that our words have profound effect in our daily lives.  We must breathe, live and speak God's Word into our circumstances daily.  Always remember that although we are in this world, we are not of  this world.  We should be operating in the truth of God's kingdom where abundance, joy, peace and hope dwells.  Yes, many would think we're out of touch or even crazy but we are here to please God, not people!

For this Card, I used an image from Sugar Pea Designs called "A Bushel and a Peck" that I colored using my Hobby Colour and Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CD, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design.  I used several border dies from Lawn Fawn to create the background an ink them with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used my own cloud stencil, stamped addtional images from Stampabilities, added some glitter from Stickles (Crystal) and embellished with butterflies from Recollections.  I opted to skip my usual stitching to highlight the inking.  So happy with the end result. 






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A2Z---Sparkle and Shine
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Ching Chou---Make Your Own Background
Classic DT---ATG
Craft-Dee Bowz---ATG
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG/Bright and Fun
Createful Heart---ATG
Creative Craft Cottage---Summer
Digi Doodle---Summer/Hancolored Image
Fabrika Fantasy---Summer
Happy Craft---ATG
Happy Little Stamper---Dies
Mix It Up---ATG/Foiling
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Pearly Sparkles---ATG
Scribbles Designs---A Slice of Summer
Sweet Stampers---Summer
Creative Crafters---ATG
Tinker Dream---ATG
Worldwide DT---ATG
Brown Sugar---ATG
Colour Crazy---ATG/Coloring image
Crafty Catz---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
QKR Stampede---ATG
Simply Create Too---ATG/Patterned Paper

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 submit up to 5 entries per week.  Our wonderful sponsor for this week is  Paper Smoochesgiving away a $25 GC.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today.  If you are trusting in Jesus, you are blessed beyond measure.

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  1. You are correct that the words of our mouths are so very powerful, and that we need to be intentional in what we say, claiming God's promises when ever and where ever we are .
    Love your sweet card Jo Ann

  2. Hi this is a stunning card. Thank you for joining us at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog for challenge 65 which is Anything Goes. The sponsor is Polkadoodles. Jackie DT

  3. Beautiful stepper card love the scene and little butterflies.Thank you for joining us at Pearly Sparkles
    Carol DT x

  4. Wonderful step card, and image so cute and beautifully inked/colored. Thanks for linking up to our July challenge gallery at a2z.

  5. Awesome card. Love center step cards. Your scene is so pretty. Great coloring. Thanks so much for entering your lovely card into our 'Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow' challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month. I look forward to seeing what you create for our next challenge. Hugs, Barbara

  6. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  7. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  8. Beautiful creation, lovely scene! Thank you for sharing with us over at LeAnn's World 101. We love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Sherry DT/Coordinator xx

  9. Love your card. Thank you for playing on LeAnnsworld.
    Greetings Geesje

  10. a beautiful step card, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz blog and hope to see you again

  11. Another great summer card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  12. I'm back again to see your beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  13. A lovely card. Thank you for joining in the QKR Stampede challenge this week.

  14. Thanks for joining in the fun at Colourific Challenge Corner, your card is fab! Liz x

  15. Such a sweet card, with excellent coloring. I love that it is a step card. Thanks so much for joining us at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog. Julie, DT member

  16. What a darling scene! I love all the layers and the interactivity! Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Studios! Please come again and good luck! -DT Meghan (

  17. Such a sweet card, thank you again, for sharing your card with us at Ching Chou Kuik!

  18. Love your precious center step design and Scripture. Thanks for the devotional as well Jo Ann!

  19. What a STUNNING stepper card you have made. Love the way the setps are in fact hills. Brilliant idea. Your card fits perfectly the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Blog Challenge and Facebook Challenge Design Team Leader)

  20. beautifully made. I love unique cards such as yours. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Kyla DT for

  21. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Your project is wonderful and best of luck with your entry.

    Jodie DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  22. Gorgeous coloring on your step card! Thanks for sharing with us at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

  23. Thanks for sharing your fabulous project with us in the Mix It Up Challenge Blog's July "Anything Goes + Foiling" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
    Leslie, MIUCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2

  24. Cute little girl with those wonderful red apples. Lovely card. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  25. What a great little scene you created! Nicely done making it a step card also. Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.

  26. what a wonderful stepper card, I love the scene created - Thank you for joining us at Creatalicious Challenge. Good Luck x

  27. This is so cute! What a darling card.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  28. Such a sweet summer card! Love your design! Thanks for sharing your card at Colour Crazy Challenge.

  29. A lovely card, Jo Ann! So many wonderful elements and colour combinations to make this wonderful scene! Thanks so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

  30. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Not Just Cards Challenge this time and good luck :)

  31. what a great card - I love all of your layers!!
    Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one.

    Lesli – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

    Visit my blog - Vintage Scraps Canada.

  32. Hi just popping back to say-Thank you for joining us at Simply Create Too
    Carol DT x

  33. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional bright & fun” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…

  34. A lovely summer scene. Thank you for joining in the Slice of Summer Challenge at Scribbles Designs and apologies for the really late comment.



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