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, November 21, 2012

Scripture Series: Bless the Lord At All Times---Get inspired by joining Us At Word Art Wednesday Challenge!

Blessings, everyone!  Another week has passed and we were so delighted at the inspiring entries we received each week at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  It's nice to know that many Crafters are making projects that inspire others either by using the Scriptures (Word Art) we share each week or choosing an uplifting sentiment to encourage others.  I am truly delighted to be a part of a team of talented Crafters who happens to also love the Lord Jesus so, each week, I am inspired to give my best creation.  First for the glory my Savior Jesus Christ and secondly, to fulfill the great commission in Mark 16:15, "He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."  Jesus is the best news we can ever share anybody. His death, burial and resurrection bring forth hope and victory to this dying world.   I believe that each one of us is assigned by  God a purpose and Crafting is just one of the many ways I can proclaim His message to anyone who wishes to listen.  

So, here's an inspiration for you for this week's WAW Challenge.  I used one of the many wonderful digi images of Mo Manning and decided to color her vintage.  I used my ProMarker and Prismacolor Markers (shades of grey) to make this image come alive.  It's my first time to color this way but will certainly not be the last.  I used a Kraft base card to make a 5.5-inch square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio Kraft Collection (love these papers).  I printed our free Word Art  and die cut it using Shapeabilities.  I adhered some white gems from Imaginisce, stitched all over and this project is complete.  You can upload the free Word Art by visiting the WAW Blog.  You can make a project using it or any uplifting sentiment and join our Challenge.  Fabulous prizes are given away every week.   I love hearing your comments so, please feel free to leave me one and if you find any inspiration here, I would love to have you as a follower.  My blog needs more lovin'....LOL  This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

1.    DP2 Challenge---Let's Chill with Mo Image
2.    Anything Goes---Stitching 
3.    Flourishes---Things That Make You Happy (Praising the Lord-dancing and singing for Him)
4.    My Mum's Craft Shop---Inspiration from a Song (Inspired by Psalm 34 song)
5.    Crafting for all Seasons---Thank You 
6.    Creative Moments---Anything Goes 
7.    Inky Impressions---Make it Girly 
8.    Divas by Design---Use 2 or More Patterned Papers 
9.    Sisterhood of Crafters---Thankful 
10.  Penny's Paper-Crafty---So Thankful/Give Thanks





So, what about Psalm 34:1?  It says "I will bless the Lord at all times."  It is easy to give praise and thanks when things are going well our way.  But the verse didn't say, "give thanks" when things are great but it says, "at all times."  Therefore, it includes those very difficult times in our lives when all hope is gone, when we lay in a mess we created,  when every road seemed dark and endless---it's on those times that we need to lift up our hands in surrender to Him and let God be God.  The other half of the verse says "His praise shall continually be in my mouth."  Again, the word "continually" tells us that no matter what the circumstances are, we are to lift up and declare the wonderful works of God in our lives.  Oftentimes, the problem is that we are quick to look at the bad situations and forget the good ones.  If we only make a list--we will discover that the good outnumbers the bad...It is important for us to know where our blessings flow--It flows from the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.  If the Father didn't withhold His Only Son from us, to suffer a shameful, painful, horrible death just to bring us back into His righteousness, He will certainly not withhold every great blessing in your life.  So, when we are stricken by all sorts of trials, try lifting up your hands to glory in the Lord and let your mouth bring forth a sweet aroma of praise.  Remind Him of the wonderful promises He told us in His Word and because we serve a God that knows no lies, He will act on His Word.  All glory to JESUS CHRIST!


  1. You've used such lovely papers and the image is beautifully colored. I came over to visit from MIM.

  2. WOW what a fabulous creation! LOVE all the stitching!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘THANKFUL’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'

  3. Wow so very beautiful. Just love how you do the envelops to match the cards!!!!

    Thanks for joining us as OSAAT this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

  4. Hiya Jo Ann! Love this vintage style so much! thanks for sharing this wonderful creation with us at Mo's Challenge this week!

    Hugs, Franz.

  5. What a fab card- I absolutely love the colour tones you've used- really striking! Thanks so much for joining us at MMCS Challenge this week, hope to see you again soon! x

  6. Hello Jo Ann what a fabulous creation , I love all of Mo's images and this one is so pretty . the design of your card is fabulous .

    What a fantastic card .
    Thank you for joining us this time for our Thank You Challenge at Crafting for all Seasons .
    Good Luck Hugs Elaine

  7. Hi again JoAnn, another beautiful creation, i love the way you've used kraft card and the image is so sweet.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Creative Moments this fortnight for the Anything Goes challenge. We really appreciate it and hope to see you again for the next challenge Karen Creative Moments Design Team

  8. lovely card, love the layout, thanks for joining our challenge at Anything Goes, Gaynor x

  9. Wow, your card is fabulous! I love the stitching! Thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this week!

  10. Smashing card Jo Ann !! Love the color contrast really makes your image pop !! Thanks so much for joining us at Robyn's Fetish this week !!

    Good luck,

    hugs Diane xx

  11. This is so lovely Jo Ann, and your papers match so perfectly for this wonderful image...

  12. Very inspiring post this morning Jo Ann. :) I think your card speaks volumes and the design has come together so beautifully!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Happy Crafting...
    Lisa xx

  13. Beautiful card, love the design, thanks for sharing with us at Lady Annes and I hope we'll see you again soon!



  14. Wow! This is so wonderfully fun! Thank you for joining our 'Use A Digi' challenge at One Stitch At A Time this week! Hope to see you back for next week's challenge!
    Karen C

  15. Such a wonderful creation. Love the vintage feel with those fabulous papers, your colouring is superb as always Jo Ann. Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's. I hope we see you again.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

  16. STUNNING!! The Verse is one of my favorites!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create Challenge, "Give Thanks!" We can't wait to see you back really soon!!

    Many Blessings,

  17. Your creation is incredibly sweet Jo Ann! When I have a rough time of things...I just picture "How much worse it would be" without Him. Then, I shudder! We are pressed but not crushed~

  18. Stunning, your card is a wonderful faith based creation. You did a lovely job on all aspects of this card. Thank you for joining us at Card Makin' Mamas.

  19. What a lovely, girly your papers and colouring!
    Thanks for joining Inky Impressions!
    xxx Margreet

  20. Fab card - I love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. I hope you'll pop back and join in again soon.
    Mandy x (PPCC DT)

  21. Jo Ann,
    What a great job you did with those colors. It almost resembles some fine china pieces. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to praise His Holy Name. Your card says it all. Another great success!!!
    Psalm 103 Blessings

  22. Awesome card!!! Thanks for participating in our PENNY'S PAPER CRAFTY challenge!!



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