I thank the LORD JESUS for each day that is given me to create wonderful projects...As always, I give Him all the glory.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Scripture Series: They that Wait on the Lord Center Step Card---Join Us for Another Inspiraitonal Challenge at Word Art Wednesday...

Hello there, Crafty peeps...Yet, another delayed post for this Card because yesterday was another busy day dealing with our local government and the unconstitutional ordinance which they have pushed to pass in our city giving special rights to the LGBTQ agenda.  Today, after a record turn-out of people opposing this bill (you will not see evidence of this from the media whose bias to liberal agenda), 7 out of 10  councilmen and the Mayor voted to pass the ordinance amidst the people's request to table it and let the people (we, the people) vote for it.  An ordinance that violates our nations first amendment right and the Texas Constitution should not be left for council people to vote on.  The problem is that in our day and time, we have allowed the government to control our lives and gave them the power to play gods?  In what way did we do that?  By not acting on the God given rights that God has placed upon us---one of them is TO VOTE.  To elect Godly officials who fears the Lord and has reverence for Him.  Instead, we have allowed ourselves to be dictated by the media, Hollywood opinions and ungodly officials stating the "separation of Church and State.  In fact, the true essence of this "separation" is to take the government out of the affairs of the Church and not the other way around.  We have been bombarded by propaganda softening us to accept perverted behaviors, profanity and cursing through radio, movies and television under the banner of entertainment.  I went to see a movie the other day and although the trailer didn't show much about it, it contained profane language, the most I've ever heard in a single movie I watched.  What saddened me was that people are more concerned at laughing at the slap-sticks in the movie than the words spoken. It was sad that people nowadays, exchange what is pure, good and true for something without value.

You see, the Bible have spoken about signs/events before the coming of the Lord (Day of the Lord).  Matthew 24:10-13 clearly says, "At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved."  I have no expectations from those who are rebelling against the Lord because they are just doing what the sinful nature (flesh) wants them to do.  But it is those who profess to be Christians and claims to know Jesus yet mocking the Lord by their disobedience and perverted behavior (lust of the flesh, eyes and all it's forms) and rallying God-fearing people not just to tolerate but to accept.  They want us to teach our children and educate them like those are normal behaviors.  Literally, what they are saying is we ought to tear the pages in the Bible that speaks of the abominable behaviors and never tell anyone again that there's a way out of their condition because they are "born that way!"  That Jesus don't have the power to change homosexual people and that His death on the Cross was in vain because they're beyond saving.  That is why they bullied and are still bullying the many others who were delivered and have found God in their lives because they don't want people to hear that there such a thing as EX-GAY.  They don't want to hear the reality that they were not born that way----THEY CHOSE TO BE THAT WAY!  Nothing is too difficult for Jesus if only they wholeheartedly seek His help in a desire to be transformed.  For everyone that comes to the Lord must acknowledge that they have sinned against Him.  Acts 3:19 says,  "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord."  A friend of mine asked me this morning, "If you see a homosexual needs help (her scenario---sick and family and friends already abandoned the person), will you help him/her?  Without batting my eyelashes,  I said, "YES!"  For in my heart, there is no hate for these people! God loves them and died in the Cross for them too so they can be saved. In obedience to the Lord, who showed me compassion and accepted me to His Kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ, I love them too!  What God could not tolerate is their sin to the point Jesus died that He may be able to set them free from the bondage of sin--- that is the very reason why I could  NOT approve of their homosexual lifestyle choices as well.  True love tells the one they love of impending danger (in this case---their ETERNAL LIFE is at stake---why wouldn't I be concerned?) and if they hate me for telling the Truth, I will live with that than not try to warn them of their road that leads to death.  What other hurtful names can they call me---BIGOT, HYPOCRITE, PRIMITIVE, IDIOT, FREAK (amongst others) that Jesus had not been labelled at His time?  For the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has the very power to save them, I'll endure anything they have to say with the help of the Holy Spirit, if that will at least give them a chance to hear the TRUTH ABOUT JESUS WHICH IS THEIR  "ONLY" CHANCE FOR SALVATION.  

Though my heart aches for my city, the Lord has given His Word of comfort and peace through a revelation in my prayer time this morning.  That in the midst of a storm that will sweep by our city, the wicked will be gone but the righteous (saved by grace in Christ) will stand firm forever."  (That is in Proverbs 11:23-25).  Praise be to His Holy Name.  Thanks for those people who helped pray for our city while this was ongoing and ask to keep San Antonio, Texas in your prayers in the wake of this ordinance.  I'll do the same for you as well.  Be sure to keep yourselves involved in the affairs of your city and be "SALT AND LIGHT" (Matthew 5:13-16) here on earth.

And finally, here to feature my Card for Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  I am highlighting the free Word Art (you can download by going to the WAW Blog) which can be found in Isaiah 40:31 which says, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  This is a very timely promise to what I've experienced today.  Many times, we carry the weight of our battles.  We are worn-out and go through frustrations and hopelessness in the midst of trials.  We will continue to feel that way if we fight all the spiritual wickedness in high places with our own strength and as we do so, there's no way we can win. But when we realize that the battle is not ours but the Lords, we exchange positions with the Lord---wait for His instruction and direction and let Him take the lead.  Because we  are under the protection of Almighty God through the blood of Jesus---we renew our strength, we will fly and soar like eagles, always fighting the good fight of faith.  Trusting God in everything moves mountains.  Going to battle without Him is a sure defeat.  Thank You, Lord, for Your magnificent Word!  Anyway, I used an image from Sassy Cheryl's Digi Stamps called "Sally Meet Bella"  and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base card is a Kraft CS cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I wanted to achieve sort of a vintage look for this card so, I selected some neutral color DP's from Recollections Stack.  I added a doily, a trim and a crochet flower (that I make and sell at My Etsy Shop---see the sidebar) with a glass pearl at the center.  For the final touch, I added more pearls and stitched all over this card.  I seldom make cards that have vintage or distress feel to them but when I do,  I am pretty satisfied.  I would love to hear your comments.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

4 Krafty Girlz---ATG
As You Like It---Favorite Flower or Tree (I like the roses because I can crochet them like this one)
Aud Sentiments---Any Sentiment
Paper Crafting Journey---ATG
Addicted to Stamps---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---Buttons or ATG
Country View Crafts---Layers
Creative Inspirations---ATG
Creative Moments---Birthdays or ATG
Cuttlebug Mania---Back to Nature
Eureka Stamps---Tender Thoughts
Loves Rubberstamps---ATG
Papertake Weekly---ATG
Penny's Paper Crafty---Spooled Items
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG
Whoopsi Daisy---Texture
Make It Monday---ATG
Parade Your Crafts---ATG
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Rhedd and Rosie---Something for the Ladies

There you have it folks!  Please join us at our WAW Challenge by linking any projects you make with this week's Word Art but not mandatory.  As long as your creation fits the family, uplifting, inspiring category, you may enter up to 5 times.  We have 2  great sponsors this week namely Jelly Park Digi Images and Verve Stamps.  Hurry and don't miss the chance to snag a prize.  Have a wonderful week and know that though you may be surrounded by difficult situations in life---put your trust in the Lord!  He is in full control!


  1. Beautiful. We open up our worship with this scripture. Love how you printed it on the lined paper!

  2. Stunning card! I love the frame for your scripture and the layered flower! Thank you for sharing God's Word! Such an encouragement!

  3. OMGosh this is so super cute!!! I love the fabulous flower and the grreat card design with this cute image!!! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  4. Such a lovely card, super cute image, lovely colours and what a gorgeous flower. Thanks for joining us over at AYLI and for mentioning why in your link up. Carolxx

  5. Beautiful card, love the colouring. Thank you for joining us at whoopsi daisy challenges.
    Louise x

  6. Thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  7. Great card! I love the blues and browns together! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  8. Oh my, how cute. I love Sally and Bella, I need this image!!! Beautiful step-card, I need to make one. Ok, I am inspired, off to the drawing board! Thanks...

    kathy b
    Aud Sentiments DT

  9. Back, the card is really a work of art!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Greetings Kaija DT-member

  10. Fabulous step card .beautiful image and words .Love the embellishing too . Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  11. Very lovely card - the layout is so pretty. Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  12. Gorgeous card, love the image and the beautiful colors. Thank you for joining us at 4 Krafty Girlz this fortnight. Abbie xx

  13. Lovely card. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this week x

  14. this is very cute and beautiful Jo Ann.
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Member

  15. What a gorgeous make. love the colours and image.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie Challenge Blog.

    Moira xx

  16. WOW. This is lovely, thanks for sharing your lovely work with us at Creative moments

    Ziggy DT

  17. This is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at ATSC. Good luck. Hugs, Nicole

  18. stunning card
    thanks so much for joining us over at Creative Moments challenges
    Mel DT

  19. Saw this on MIM, love the colours and the lovely sentiment! Great flowers n all!

  20. Fabulous card and image Jo Ann. Visited from MIM for a look..Loz

  21. What a beautifully designed stepper card. Love how you coloured the image. Thank you for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  22. Lovely card, Jo Ann. Those colours together look so pretty.

    Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty, and good luck in the draw.

    Jennifer. x

  23. Fantastic creation, lovely words and great to see an envelope too.

    Thanks for sharing at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

  24. JoAnn, you are not only an outstanding crafter but, a wonderful articulate ambassador for the Lord. I enjoy reading your messages. They help remember (as a believer) what is important and where my head should be as I travel this road with Jesus Christ. Thank You!

  25. Fabulous card, I love Crochet and love your flower too! great choice!
    Thanks for adding the info next to the link up!
    and thanks for joining in with our challenge to As You Like It, hugs Samantha : 0)

  26. that is a cute card! love the pearls and lace! great coloring! thanks for joining our challenge! jen t. from parade your crafts dt:)

  27. Beautiful card love the layout....thanks so much for joining us over at Creative Moments
    Hugs Donna DT xx

  28. Gorgeous card and design and love the colors. Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments this fortnight. Abbie xx

  29. great layers , thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts Challenge, hope to see you next month x trace x



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