Hello everyone...I'm here to feature my card for our 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes, April Challenge. I went on my own with Anything Goes while the other DT's tackled the optional twist which is "In the Garden."
The Word of the Lord exalted in this card comes from Daniel 4:2-3 which says, "I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation." In this passage, King Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged the great things God showed him by way of God's prophet, Daniel, who interpreted his dream about the future of his kingdom and the others to come. He also had in his mind the miraculous protection of God upon the three Jewish men (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) when they were thrown in the fire yet not destroyed after he punished them for refusing to bow down to his golden image. He realized God reigns and rules over the earth for all eternity. But do you think that him witnessing God's salvation of His people taught him to be humble as a ruler of Babylon? Certainly not.
I would like to share what My Life Application Bible wrote about our highlighted passage today. It says, "Although Nebuchadnezzar praised Daniel's God, he still did not believe in Him completely or submit to Him alone. Many people attend Church and use spiritual language, but they don't really believe in God or obey Him. Profession doesn't always mean possession. How do your beliefs match with your obedience? One of the most difficult lessons to learn is that God is sovereign. He is above all those that are above us He limits the power and authority of all government, business and religious leaders in the world. Those who live in freedom and with a relatively high degree of autonomy find this difficult to understand. While we may feel as though we are free to do what we please, God is sovereign over all of our plans and desires."
What I see in the story of Nebuchadnezzar is the fact that he has a short term memory when it comes to the things of God. Many believers today have the same problem. When facing trials, we call upon the Lord to save us. But shortly after, we are back into exalting our own efforts and accomplishments. For Jesus to be Lord of our lives is to give Him permission to use us as part of His bigger plan. It's not about us---IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT HIM! We should know that disobedience to God's Word denotes rejection of God and His sovereignty over our lives. Nebuchadnezzar declared that there is no other God than the the God of Israel yet still follows other gods . His acknowledgment didn't mean He'd made God Lord of his life. Like him, we may acknowledge the sovereignty and power of God but if we don't acknowledge His Lordship over us, we are depriving ourselves of the opportunity to be changed and utilized for God's purpose and honor. I hope and pray that we treasure the wonderful revelations of God that he showed us in the past along with his great and mighty works each day. The key to not forgetting God's goodness is to fully saturate ourselves with God's Word and to live in obedience to Him continually.
For this Card, I used an image from DRS Designs called "Seaside Dock"
that I colored using My Creative Expert/Prismacolor markers. I also
used Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China) for the background clouds
using my made-up cloud stencils. The base of this card is a white CS,
cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. The pictures may not
show but I also added a touch of glitter (Stickles-Crystal) to the tiny
bird. I added some Imaginisce gems as well as fancy and regular
stitching to this project.This is similar to the Card I posted last month with minor changes to the color of the image and a different Bible verse. I don't usually repeat an image or duplicate a design but a friend requested a birthday card and a specific verse. And when I showed the other card, she loved it and just asked to accommodate the verse she wanted. I truly love it!
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
This is it for now, guys. Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.
If you want to be challenged, take on the Optional Twist. But there's
really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create.
Remember that God is sovereign over His creation.