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, June 26, 2013

Scripture Series: We Are His Workmanship Card---Join Us for Another Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone.  This is coming out a bit late this Wednesday.  Just had so many things going on today that I was unable to get this out sooner.  Anyway,  we have a wonderful scripture Word Art for free at the Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Blog and we would love for you to download it so that you can use it for your projects.  It comes from Ephesians 2:10 which says,  "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  The question is, are all human beings created to do good works for the Lord?  In order to understand completely, we have to examine the "context" (the background as to when the statement/event was made) when the Apostle Paul, through the power of the Holy Spirit, uttered this verse.  First, he was writing to the Christians in Ephesus (Born- Again believers, primarily Gentiles) in order to strengthen and encourage the Churches in the area.  So, based on the context, this verse is intended for believers of the Lord Jesus Christ who have accepted the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) and are living for Christ.  Therefore,  a person that does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ cannot quote the same verse and claim it to be true in their lives.  You see, good works that are done for God's glory is birthed by having the right relationship with Jesus Christ.  That's why every believer that came to the knowledge of Christ by faith should be familiar with this verse in Galatians 2:20,  "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."  It is not by a person's good works, no matter how grand it is nor by following the Law (Torah--Law of Moses), that we are accepted in God's kingdom and declared righteous in His sight.  Thus, this verse became so alive in my heart.  It's in Romans 1:16-17 which states,  "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith."  

You see, all we needed to be declared a sinner is to be born physically.  By coming to the world, we automatically inherited the sins of Adam and Eve and sad to say, there is no way out of this condition unless we are set free by the One who is qualified to redeem us---meaning Someone who is not from the line of Adam, is without sin---One who is perfect!  Well, we can search the whole world and not find such a man----until Jesus Christ came.  He is the Only One in the entire earth that meets the qualifications---He is very God for He is God, thus perfect in every way.  He is also very Man, born wrapped Himself in flesh and born of a virgin.  He paid the penalty for all the sins of man---past, present and future.  He did it once and for all that all who believes and accepts His sacrifice is literally made free from bondage of the enemy.  Thus, He made this bold declaration in John 14:6, "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  So, whether it offends anyone or not, there is only One Way to the heart of the Father (the One True God) and it is through JESUS CHRIST!  I know how most of us grew up with religions/cultures passed on to us from generation to generation but if it does not measure up to the Truth of the written revelation of God (the Bible), such religion and tradition is false and a lie.  The Bible is not just another book---it's the ONLY BOOK that shows us the way to the presence of the One True God.  So, I present to you that only those that has been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ can lay claim to the promise of God in Ephesians 2:10 and as co-workers and co-heirs with Christ, we are to share the Gospel to everyone who are blinded by the ways of this world while there is time so that they too can come to the Truth.  He has given us task and we are to be sensitive to the call of the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill the work He has set for us.  And as we fulfill His plan, He gets all the glory!

So, here is the card I made to highlight the free Word Art.  The gorgeous image is from Sureya (at deviantART) called "Sunflower"  which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir/Sharpie markers.   My base card is a 5.5 inches square Kraft CS with an aqua blue CS for the panels and matting.  The DP's are all from Recollections, gems from Imaginisce, lace from Paper Studio and a huge button from Heidi Grace.  I added some glitters to the image with Stickles (Lime Green and Crystal).  Finally, I stitched all over this card.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.  Hope to hear your comments.





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp---ATG
Crafting By Designs---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Stampin with the Dragon---ATG
Party Time Tuesday---ATG
Hobby House---ATG
Paper Shelter---Buttons and/or Brads
Creative Moments---Flowers
My Heart Pieces---Use a Digi Stamp
Make It Monday---ATG
Crafty Catz---Pick and Mix (Chose Anything Goes)
Inspire Me Fridays---ATG
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Sentimental Sundays---For the Girls
Crafty Bloggers Network---Bright and Breezy
House of Gilli---Bright Colors and/or ATG
Delicious Doodles---Stitch It
Inky Chicks---ATG
Pause Dream Enjoy---ATG
Penny's Paper Crafty---Girl Power
Platypus Creek Digitals---ATG
Creative Craft 2---A Stitch In Time
Crafty Sentiments---Girl Power

This is all I have for today.  I encourage you to make use of the free Word Art in your projects and link it to our Challenge although it's not mandatory.  You can link up to 5 projects as long as those creations are family friendly with uplifting or inspirational messages.  A wonderful prize from our sponsor this week, Cheery Lyn Designs awaits the winner.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Anyway, if you don't remember anything from this Blog, just remember that Jesus loves you and He is always waiting for you to surrender your life fully to Him that He can become your personal Lord and Savior.  Hugs!


  1. Hello!

    Very nice card! The image is great and it's colored perfectly! I love the glittery sunflower! :)

    Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge! :)

  2. Lovely card. Fantastic colouring and lovely bold papers. Thanks for joining us at The Hobby House.
    Hugs, Janine xx

  3. Fabulous card I love the design of it and your colouring is breathtaking! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments for our Girl Power Challenge, good luck in the draw! Hope to see you for our next challenge!! Susan x

  4. Beautiful card!! Thank you for joining us at Sister Act Card Challenge!!

  5. Great card and image, great colors too. Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments this fortnight. Abbie (Owner) xx

  6. A stunning card in wonderful colours! Love everyting about it. Thanks for playing with us over at the Paper Shelter this week.
    Love n hugs

  7. thank you so much for joining us for our very first challenge at the Hobby House
    Hugs Kate xx

  8. stunning creation
    thanks for playing at

  9. What a fabulous card design. Love that image too. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

  10. Gorgeous and the box is just an added bonus for the recipient. Thank you for sharing your art with us at Delicious Doodles this week

  11. It's so cute! I saw it on Make it Monday.

  12. so beautiful Jo Ann!!
    thank you for sharing!

  13. Fantastic card Jo Ann !! Great combination of colours and patterns !! Love it sweetie and thanks do much for playing at Crafty Sentiments Designs !!

    hugs Diane xx

  14. Wow, great coloring ! tks for joining the Bright Colors Challenge at the House of Gilli.

  15. What a beautiful creation Jo Ann! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Crafty Sentiments. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

  16. Lovely creation Jo Ann~may God use your words and His to reveal His truth!

  17. A fabulous card, Jo Ann. You have coloured the image perfectly.

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge,and good luck in the draw.

    Jennifer. x

  18. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post - Amen! Your card is gorgeous, with that precious big eyed figure. Blessings!

  19. Jo Ann, you are the sweetest of sweetest! Thank you for your post and for your blessing on my blog. I am a Jew who believes in the washing of blood by Jesus - I love and live my life through the Parables and was Ordained through a United Church and did my Doctorate in Metaphysical Ministry. I love your post so much. You write beautifully. And your card is outstanding!!!! All your cards are. Jo Ann, whose digi is that? I LOVE the manga and I LOVE what you did with it. You are an artist galore. I can't wait for more of your art. I am going to now go look for a "subscribe by email" to your site and I want to email you and ask you a question as well so if you could send me your email on my "email me" I'd really appreciate it. It is a spiritual question. Thanks so much jo Ann. Best and love.

  20. Fantastic card, I love everything about it :o)
    Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter & Good Luck!

  21. A fantastic card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge. Marlene DT

  22. Me back again. Thank you for joining us at My Heart Pieces Challenge. Marlene DT

  23. Beautiful card Na beautiful coloring...
    Thanks for sharing it with us at PTT...

  24. Really fabulous colouring ! Your card is amazing !

  25. Sweet card! Thanks so much for participating in our PENNY'S PAPER-CRAFTY challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  26. Fantastic Card! Love all of the details. Thank you for sharing with TTCRD this week.



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