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 27, 2013

Scripture Series: Better With Fear of the Lord Card---Come and Join us at Word Art Wednesday, Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge!

Hi there, Crafty pals! It's the middle of the week and Thanksgiving is just a day away.  I hope you have wonderful time with your love ones during this blessed season.  We may not have as plenty as we had last year but the Lord is in control and promised to see us through the future.  This year, I am not just grateful for the works of the Lord in my family's life but I'm also thankful that He holds our world together in His hands.  Day in and day out, we are bombarded by events that are heart-wrenching, alarming and shocking that many years ago, we didn't think will ever happen.  The Lord has given us the Bible to inform us of our past, present and future.  It tells us where we came from, what we had, what we've lost and how it was regained on our behalf by the Only Name, exalted by God the Father Himself, our One and Only Savior, Jesus Christ.  The entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) spoke of Him from the first page to the last.  I am not sure why but when I became a believer, a few weeks after accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior, God took me to read the Book of Revelations in it's entirety.  While many people steered clear of this book in the Bible, I read it several times and was terrified by many things I didn't completely understand. I had to study more and asked some knowledgeable Pastors in my Church what some passages meant.  I was passionate about knowing what the Lord has in store for mankind.  Here I am, many years later, still going through the pages of this book with more understanding than I've ever had before.  Every little thing that happens in this world does not escape the eyes of the Lord and brings us closer to the fulfillment of many prophecies in the scripture.  Some people may not see the connection between one event to the other.  This comes as no surprise because many of them are spiritually discerned (spirit eyes opened).  If our spirits have not experienced the "New Birth" (Born-Again experience as explained in John 3), we are incapable of seeing the Kingdom of God (His Ways).  I've heard many people asking, "Why are these things happening?  Why are people acting this way?  Why are people blind to the truth?  Why are the things that people were ashamed before are now being flaunted, the deeds done in secret are now done in the open?  Not only do they do it in the open but these perverse group of people are forcing everyone to agree with their acts in the name of tolerance.  I am telling you, something is happening in the spirit realm that should prompt us to pray and call on Almighty God to save us, our country, our world from the demonic agenda that is already in place.  I am not saying that we should live in fear.   Instead, we should make the most of the time remaining to tell people about the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) so that many would come to His saving knowledge, knowing that the "period of grace" is near it's end.  We should also be "Salt" (preservative that slows down decay) and "Light" (exposes/eliminates darkness) to this world, never to be afraid to expose the Truth in  love, no matter what the cost.  We are to be involved in all aspect of our society to bring about "True" (Reality in God's perspective) change.  God mandated us to be "World Changers"  thus, we are to use the talents, resources and abilities God had given us to bring Him glory and honor.  This would be a difficult task on our own but if we partner with other believers, we can surely make a difference.  So, at this time time of the year, I would like to honor and thank God by advancing His kingdom and partnering with Ministries that are committed to helping people get to know Jesus not only through sharing God's Word but by putting God's Word into action.  While I can share the Gospel to the people I come across with everyday, I am also reaching people through others that take the Gospel to the four corners of the earth.  It does not take a lot to be involved.  All it takes is a willing heart that trust and obeys the Lord.  This Thanksgiving, we are not seeking the blessing---WE WANT TO BE THE BLESSING!  This is all possible as we allow God to use us according to His own purpose.  I would love to share with you some encouraging verses for this blessed season:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."  (Romans 12:1-2)

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:" (Philippians 2:1-5)

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else."(2 Corinthians 9:8-13)

Anyway, we are starting another Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  Those of you who want to download our free Word Art can go to our Challenge site and get it there.  It features God's Word in Proverbs 15:16 which says, "Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith."  This verse tell us that having the "fear of the Lord" should be valued more than one person's abundance yet without knowledge of God.  Though a Godly person may have a little, his knowledge and relationship with the Lord assures him of the fact that his Father shall provide for him both physically and spiritually.  Therefore, he lives a life of contentment and peace irregardless of what each day may bring.  On the other hand, the one whose trust is in himself, lives a life of uncertainty, thinking where to get more wealth and how to hide it from thieves and robbers. Thus, he could not sleep, no peace of mind, continuously desiring to gain more wealth and fearing of losing it.  There's also lots of unlawful things one can get into for the love of wealth (money).  I'm not saying that one must be poor (lack basic needs). God wants us to prosper but in the process, He wants us to fully trust and fear (with reverence) Him, knowing His promises to never leave us nor forsake us and provide a way for us are always true no matter what our circumstances are.  For this project, I used an awesome image (which I had for a long time now but first time to use) from Kenny K Downloads called "Policeman" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  I had so much fun coloring it.  I chose this cute image because those who don't fear the Lord will get into so much trouble in their lives and would not escape the people who are in authority to enforce the law of the land like that of a Policeman ---(that's my reason and I'm sticking to it!...LOL).  The base card is a Kraft CS that is cut and scored to make a 5.5-inches square card.  The DP's are all from my scraps and the circle is cut using my Nestabilities.  I used a bit of Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon and several black brads for added dimension.  Finally, I stitched all over this card using some black thread.  Another manly card accomplished...





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Brown Sugar---ATG
By Lori Designs---Use Paper
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Color Me Creative---ATG
Come and Get It---ATG with a Twist (Use Digital Stamp)
Creative Inspirations Paint---ATG
Heck of a Challenge---In the Frame
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
My Craft Creations---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Aud Sentiments---Any Sentiment
Crafter's Cafe---ATG
Creative Corner---Heavy Metal
Paper Crafting Journey---Bling It Up
Paper Playtime---ATG
Make it Monday---ATG
Scribble & Scrap---Always ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Love to Create---3 of Your Favorite Embellishment (Brads, Film Strip Ribbon and lovely DP's)
Crafty Sentiments---ATG
Bearly Mine---ATG
Party Time Tuesday---ATG
Use It Tuesday---ATG (Most of the DP's and the brads I have for years)
Creative Fingers---ATG with Optional Metal (I used Brads)
Digitally Sweet---ATG
Allsorts---Bring on the Bling
Catch the Bug---Photo Inspiration
Creative Moments---Vintage
Delightful Challenges---Favorite Things ( I love wonderful DP's, brads, crisp image, scriptures)
Kenny K's Crafty Krew---ATG (with Kenny K image)
Little Red Wagon---Off the Edge (May be hard to see but the film strip extends my base card)
Melonheadz Friends---Fall Colors
My Mum's Craft Shop---Autumn Colors
Simon Says Stamp---ATG

Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  There's a wonderful prize of an "acrylic stamp set" waiting for our  one blessed winner from one of our sponsors this week, My Craft Spot by Kimberly.  Our other sponsor is Stamp Art Design by Kathryne whose giving away 5 Digi images of your choice.  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can link up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed Thanksgiving to you guys and always remember to honor the Lord for everything He has done in our lives.


  1. Fun card, JoAnn and a great reminder, too!! Thanks for sharing all those verses and being on guard for we live in such perilous times, don't we? I'm so thankful to the Lord that He daily bears my burdens and that His mercies are new every morning. What a wonderful Savior we serve. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Blessings ~

  2. A lovely set....Great image for the scripture

  3. Your card is awesome with so many great details! Saw it over at Make It Monday and thanks for sharing!

  4. Well done! Your image is beautifully colored and the verse is perfect! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon :)
    Joanne xo

  5. Hello, Thank you for joining us at Crafting from the heart your card is really cool I love the verse and the colouring x

  6. I spotted you card on MIM and wanted to know if I could post a link to my Manly Monday blog post? Email me with a link grohcm at gmail dot com. Loved reading your post.

  7. Wow what a wonderful card. Love your sentiment as well as all of the layering. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges!

  8. Hey Jo Ann! What are the odds I would draw your number on my other job?? But that is ok with me... I can't tell you enough how much I like your card - you are one skilled artisan! I love the layers & your layout - your choice of papers and colors are bold & masculine and your detail elements like the "buttons", stitching and the newsprint circle behind his head are spot on for this design! I am a fan!
    Oh, and thank you for playing “Anything Goes” at our 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny DT for 613 Ave Create (
    RubberMAD ( )

  9. Wow, what a lot of layers. Love the colouring. Thanks for joining us at Creative Corner.

  10. Super Manly card Jo Ann, awesome digital image & great design!

    Good to see you join us for the CAGI Challenge, hope to you come back soon!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ CAGI DT

  11. Thankyou for joining our first challenge at crafting from the heart challenge blog .
    Good luck

  12. A great card and love the colours chosen thankyou for joining our challenge this week at artistic inspirations good luck fiona dt. x

  13. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week Tracy x

  14. Your post is very inspiring and makes one think. I love your card, great image and the colors are just vibrant .. thanks for joining us at Digitally Sweet this week and hope to see you again!

  15. Great card!! Love the image and the Bible Verse!! Thank you so very much for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

  16. Great card! Thanks for joining at Heck of a Challenge: In The Frame

  17. Gorgeous! Your coloring is SO fab.. and the verse is perfect! :) Thanks for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week!

  18. What an interesting image !

    Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card challenge this week

    -Angeline DT

  19. Nice card! Love the policeman image! Thanks for joining us in our first challenge at Crafting From The Heart! Angie-DT

  20. Just fabulous,gorgeous image and layout. Thanks for sharing with us at Scribble and Scrap.x

  21. Beautiful and so creative!
    Thank you for joining in on the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge!
    Michelle, dt team

  22. Hi Jo Ann, love your wonderful card, great scripture and image and love all those fab layers! Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

  23. This is GORGEOUS and perfect for the sentiment! What a great partnership ...! Thanks for joining us at Bugaboo Stamps this week. Good luck in the draw! Please come and play again soon!
    luv'n huggz
    Jen Leeflang
    Bugaboo DT

  24. How great, awesome coloring. Thanks for joining our photo inspiration challenge at Bugaboo.

  25. what a fantastic card, great use of colour, thankyou for joining our challenge at artistic inspirations good luck Ziggy DT. xxx

  26. What a fun and creative card! Love the design papers you've used and your coloring is awesome!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    Love to Create Design Team Member
    Mian's Crafty Corner

  27. Great card and I love the verse and image that you used! Thank you for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge.
    Zenita (aka Scrappinwith'Z)
    DT member Love to Create Challenge

  28. Stunning creation!! Thanks so much for playing with us at KennyK Krafty Krew’s *Anything Goes* challenge ! Good luck in the draws, top 3 and spotlight!

    Tammy, KennyK DT Coordinator/Designer & Facebook Admin from Créations LaDiva :) xx

  29. Fab card! Thanks for sharing with us as Lacy Sunshine.
    Mandy x (LS DT)

  30. Gorgeous card! Love your coloring, the sentiment, and your design.
    Thank you for sharing your favorite embellishments with us this week at Love to Create.
    Ruza, LTC Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  31. great card and image and thanks for sharing with us at crafty sentiments this week

  32. Fabulous!! :) :) Thank you for joining us @ Crafty Sentiments for “Anything Goes” !! :) :)
    Nicole’s Craft Nook

  33. I just love this card, the image is amazing and so is your colouring. The papers match the image perfectly. Thank you for joining us at BMD. Good Luck xoxoxox

  34. Love this card, beautiful coloring.. Thanks for sharing with us at PTT...

  35. What a fun card. I had to laugh when I saw the sentiment with the cop image. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderfully colored card with us at Melonheadz this week.

    Emily T, DT

  36. Fun card, great coloring. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Inkspirational!

  37. A wonderful masculine creation with such an inspirational sentiment. Love the sewing around the edges of the sentiment and on the inside. Thank you also for your always wonderful uplifting comments over at my little space in blog land.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  38. Fabulous Card! Thanks for sharing your three favourite Embellishments at Love to Create this week! Mo x

  39. A great card, love all the layers. Thank you for joining in the Scribble and Scrap challenge, good luck

  40. Great card, thanks for joining CMC challenge. --DT Shannon

  41. WHat a great card! Thanks for entering at Creative moments. Leona (DT) x

  42. Fabulous card for the blokies! Love the image and great colours and papers.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.



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