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, April 1, 2015

Scripture Series: Rock of My Salvation Card---Join the Fun and Inspiration of our Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Friends!  It's Resurrection week and I'm here to highlight a project that would exalt the wonderful work of the Kings of kings and Lord of lords!  We have a beautiful Scripture Word Art (free to download) at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) that we featured in all our creations.  It comes from 2 Samuel 22:47 which says, "The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation."  I once was asked what "TRUE WORSHIP" meant to me?  And my answer was, "True worship is what I give back to God that overflows from my personal experiences and the depth of my relationship with Him."  This is nothing I've seen from textbook---it literally came straight from the conviction of the Holy Spirit in my heart.  Before I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior (Born-Again, John 3:3), I knew Jesus from a distance.  My knowledge of Him came from what people told me about Him.  I see a Bible displayed from behind the altar in the religion I was in, but I don't recall being persuaded by the clergies to read God's Word myself.  In fact, it was discouraged because they professed that only leaders can understand/interpret the Bible.  I didn't even know what the difference between a chapter and a verse till I was 15 and figured it out.  When I was 10, a New Testament Gideon Bible was given to the students in our school and I was so happy receiving a pocket size "freebie" book.  I read from the beginning (Book of Matthew) and remembering being so confused and bored especially on the part of the "genealogy of Jesus."  I don't recall going any further. 

I often ask people who is convinced they know Christ this question---"If you truly know Christ, can you tell me who He is to you and what are His characteristics based on your relationship with Him?" By asking, I did not mean to test their intellectual knowledge but to really have a glimpse of the kind of relationship that individual have with Christ, our Savior!  Many of them began their response with the words, "Some people say Jesus is-------."  I can picture this response as someone going to a museum and looking at an exhibit.  They read the description on the side and just by that, they profess they know everything about the exhibit.  Many, if not all, didn't go beyond what they see to find out the deeper story behind it---how it came about, it's origins, its purpose, when was it made or who was it for.  In reality, they have very little knowledge and the same is true of their knowledge with Almighty God, the Creator of everything!  Of course, we can say something idealistic about Jesus Christ from a textbook point of view but like any relationship, if we don't make an effort to get to know somebody, you will remain strangers to one another.  

The good news is God wants you to know Him!  Not from behind the viewing glass but in Person.  Jesus was sent to this earth so that He can be one with His people, reveal Himself to them, minister to their needs and hurts and ultimately give His life on the Cross so that we can be with Him forever.  Though He did it for all mankind, only them that places their faith in Him and accept the salvation that Jesus willingly died for in our behalf  will benefit from His sacrifice.   It's like going to a hands-on exhibit where you can feel, touch, play and discover.  Unlike our view from a distance, we now have access to know as much as we can and understand the mind of God as we allow ourselves to learn more of Him.  Experiencing salvation through Jesus Christ had changed my view of Him profoundly.  Through triumphs and trials, happiness and sadness, He has been and will always be with me/inside of me.  He has truly been my Rock, my Fortress, my Comfort, my Shield, my Deliverer, my Strength, my Lord forever!  He is MY ALL IN ALL!  I have truly tasted and seen the goodness of my Lord, have been blessed greatly by His mercy and love, a humble recipient of His righteousness and co-heir with Christ in His Kingdom.  Knowing what I have in Jesus and the power He has in me, I will not be swayed by the evil in this world no matter how ugly they become because I know the glorious life that awaits me in the eternal.  My focus is to do the Will of my Father that sent me and to model Jesus in this lifetime---to speak the Truth without apologies and to uphold True Justice.  Out of my relationship with Jesus Christ and the things we went through together, I can always sing a new song of praise and worship to the One who deserves all the glory.  Jesus died on the Cross and on the third day, He rose again from the dead and now sits on the right hand side of the Father.  In time, He will come back for His Bride (the Church) and we shall forever be with Him.  This is what we are to rejoice for in this season---way beyond eggs, bunnies, gifts and nice clothing which in reality does not have any spiritual significance on these days.  Curious to know?  Find some of the answers HERE and HERE. No condemnation intended,  just telling the Truth!  I want to share with you this Scripture of praise and adoration to the One True God:

"Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!" (1 Chronicles 16:23-31)

For today's inspiration, I used an image from Sassy Cheryl's Stamps called "Home Tweet Home" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is  a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Recollections and Paper Studio.  I used a couple of dies from Nestabilities (Oval and Scalloped Oval) to frame and layer the Scripture sentiment.  I also added a bit of glitters (Stickles-Crystal), white nail head gems, ribbon from my stash and lastly, fancy and regular stitching.  I am very satisfied with the result.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Pile It On---Easter/Spring
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Get Creative---Use a Die
Inky Impressions---Thank You
Aud Sentiment---ATG with Sentiment
Simply Create Too---ATG
Dazzling Diva---ATG/Color Challenge
Just Inspirational---Easter
Eclectic Ellapu---April Showers/Spring
Fairytale Stampers---Things with Wings
OSAAT---ATG with Nature
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
That Craft Place---Easter Spring
Di's Digis---Spring is Here
Fun with Shapes---Easter
Kitty Bee---Easter
Polkadoodles---Use a Die
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Stamping Boutique---Easter
As You Like It---Favorite: Lines or No Lines (It's with lines for me as it defines the object)
DL Art---ATG
Creating in Faith Hope and Love---Scripture Monday
Little Miss Muffet---Spring Colors
Addicted to Stamps---Holiday
Crafter's Cafe---Easter
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafting for all Seasons---Animal Magic
Crafty Creations---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/ATG but a Card
Fab 'n' Funky---Lots of Layers
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Little Red Wagon---Call the Vet
Paper Shelter---Easter Time
Penny's Paper Crafty---ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters---Come Fly with Me
Whimsy Stamps---Use a Die-Cut

There you have it friends!  Hope you enjoyed browsing at the pics and reading this post.  Please don't forget to join us at this week's WAW Challenge by linking your "Anything Goes" projects.  You can use the free Word Art in your entry but it's not mandatory.  As long as your creation is family-friendly, inspirational and uplifting, you can enter up to 5 projects to have more chances of winning.  Our sponsors for this week are Craftin' Desert Divas (giving away a stamp set), Live and Love Crafts (GC to their store) and Deedee's Digis (giving away some digis).  You don't want to miss out on these wonderful prizes so, make sure to join our Challenge.   Have a blessed day and Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone! 


  1. Beautiful card Jo Ann, and thank you for challenging me to think more deeply about the one whom I profess as Lord.

  2. This is just fabulous Jo Ann. You always have the cutest images and designs.

  3. WOW ... fabulous creation Jo Ann! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Come Fly With Me’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  4. Beautiful!!! Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercraft, good luck!!! Amy DT

  5. Great attention to detail and fab layering. Thanks for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

  6. What a gorgeous card and I love that the inside looks as good as the outside.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Simply Create Too and I hope we will see you again soon.
    Carol x

  7. Lovely card to celebrate the meaning of Easter. Perfect card for our 'Lots of Layers' challenge at Fab 'n' Funky this week. Thanks for joining in the fun with us. Happy Easter. Hugs, Wends x Fab 'n' Funky DT

  8. Beautiful card inside and out love the image and colours used-Thank you for joining us at Get Creative
    Carol DT x

  9. great card, love the image. Charming! Thanks for joining us over at AUD sentiments this week.
    Love n hugs

  10. What a beautiful card, wonderful Image, so great! Thanks for joining us at fun with shapes and more!
    XOXO Michi

  11. Fab card, love the image. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM. :)

  12. Adorable Easter card! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Addicted to Stamps & More! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

  13. Lovely cute images on your card - thanks for joining us at TTCRD this week and good luck
    Andrea x

  14. Beautiful card - love all the layers and details you've added.

    Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

    Helen x

  15. This is amazing love.
    Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles challenge.

    Naz xx

  16. This is a beautiful card with amazing colours and layers - thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty and Good Luck - Michelle x

  17. Great card! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter this week. :)
    Hugs Anna

  18. Another great card, Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

  19. such alovely card - inside and out! - thank you for playing along at fab'n'funky this week in our lots of layers challenge hugs judith x

  20. What a lovely card! Just beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

  21. Such a lovely card. Great coloring and I like the design. Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time. Good luck and hope to see you again. Maggie, DT

  22. Wow this is an awesome project, just beautiful and so much detail. Thanks for playing in the Use a Die challenge with Polkadoodles.

  23. A lovely card. The papers, image and verse are wonderful.
    Thank you for joining in with the Scribble & Scrap challenge and good luck x

  24. love all the colors and detail in your card. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your card with us in the Dazzling Diva Challenge. We look forward to seeing more of your creations in our weekly challenge.

  25. Wonderful card, love the image, papers and scripture. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments this time around and hope to see you again.

  26. I love your attention to detail. A fabulous project. Thank you so much for joining in the fun over at Polkadoodles this fortnight.

  27. Fabulous creation with lovely colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments. Agnieszka DT

  28. Beautiful card, it all works together :) Thanks for joining us this month over at Eclectic Ellapu :)
    Eithne DT



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