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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Scripture Series: Rejoice at His Birth Card---Join us for Another Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, friends!  It's time for another Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  You may choose to use the free Scripture Word Art I'm highlighting today by downloading it from the WAW site.  Today's Word comes from Luke 1:14 which tells us, "And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.” This verse talks about the the miraculous birth of John the Baptist and how he would be used by God in a special way.  That is to prepare the hearts of the people for the coming of the promised Messiah (Jesus Christ) and to bring awareness of sin among Israel so they could receive the salvation from sin offered by the Savior.

Historically, God's people were scattered and ruled by the ungodly for many years (due to idolatry and utter disobedience).  Each time,  they have picked up the ways, culture and mindset of these people which drove them even farther away from God.  John was given a special task---to call people to repentance and paved the way for the coming of the Savior.  The birth of John the Baptist in itself is an act of God as not only was his mother barren but that both his parents (Zechariah and Elizabeth) were both very old.  This shows us that nothing is impossible with God!  Many of us knew very little about this wonderful prophet of the New Testament and I would like to share what I found online to tell us more about the ministry this extraordinary man of God fulfilled. (Source:

"There are several lessons we can learn from the life of John the Baptist. First, wholeheartedly believing in Jesus Christ is possible. John the Baptist could have believed in and worshiped any number of gods available to him before Jesus arrived on the scene. But at some point in his life John knew that the Messiah was coming. He believed this with his whole heart and spent his days “preparing the way” for the Lord’s coming (Matthew 11:10). But the road was not an easy one to prepare. Daily he faced doubters of various influence and popularity who did not share his enthusiasm for the coming Messiah. Under hard questioning from the Pharisees, John shared his belief: “‘I baptize with water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie’" (John 1:26-27). John believed in the Christ and his great faith prepared him for hardships, but it kept him steadfast on his course until the time when he could say as he saw Jesus approach, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). As believers, we can all have this steadfast faith.

Second, anyone can be a strong and serious witness for Jesus Christ. John’s life is an example to us of the seriousness with which we are to approach the Christian life and our call to ministry, whatever that may be. We pattern our lives after John’s by first examining ourselves to be sure we are truly in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Second, like John, we are to know and believe that “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21), so we can be fearless in the face of persecution and death. John lived his life to introduce others to Jesus Christ, and knew the importance of repenting of one’s sins in order to live a holy and righteous life. And as a follower of Jesus Christ, he also was unafraid of calling out people such as Herod and the Pharisees for their sinful behavior.

Third, John shows us how to stand firm in our faith no matter what the circumstances. Paul reminded Timothy that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). But for many of us who live in freedom, persecution takes on a very mild form. As he lived in an occupied country, John had to be aware that anything contrary to utter devotion to the king or emperor was asking for trouble. Yet his message was unchanging, bold and strong. It was John’s belief, his message, and his continual rebuke of King Herod that landed him in prison. While it is hard to know for sure what John was feeling as he sat in prison, we can be sure that he might have had some doubts about the Lord who tested his faith. In fact, John gets a message out to Jesus asking, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" (Matthew 11:3). As Christians we all will have our faith put to the test, and we will either falter in our faith or, like John, cling to Christ and stand firm in our faith to the end."

For this Card, I used an old image from Sassy Chery's Digi Stamps which is called "A Dance in the Snow" (Retired)  and colored it using my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white A7 card that comes with an envelope from Paper Studio.  The DP's I used for paper-piecing are from my scraps from Paper Studio as well.  I incorporated some Liquid Pearls (White Opal) and glitters (Stickles-Diamond) for added dimension and completed this design with regular and fancy stitching.  Another simple yet meaningful creation.

                                                 REJOICE AT HIS BIRTH CARD:

                                             REJOICE AT HIS BIRTH CARD LAYERS:

                                            REJOICE AT HIS BIRTH CARD INSIDE:

                                      REJOICE AT HIS BIRTH CARD WITH ENVELOPE:

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Fresh Brewed---ATG Christmas
DL Art---Christmas
Crafty Girls---ATG
Crafty Rocket---ATG
Papertake Weekly---Fun, Fun, Fun
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Snowflakes Promise---Winter/Christmas
CCC Digi Creations---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---Christmas Card
Pile It On---Christmas/Winter
Crafty Gals Corner---ATG
Creative Corner---Sparkle and Shine
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack---Christmas Joy
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Scrap and Craft---ATG Christmas
Crafts Galore---ATG
Fantasy Stampers---CAS Christmas
Gem of a Challenge---ATG Christmas
Penny's Paper Crafty---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Creative Card Crew---Holiday Season
Brown Sugar---ATG
Card Mania---Christmas
Christmas Card---Christmas
Crafting by Designs---Here Comes the Holiday
Crafty Creations---Happy Holiday
Creative Moments---ATG/Traditional Christmas
I Love ProMarkers---ATG
Little Red Wagon---Snow Much Fun
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Celebration
Whimsy Stamps---ATG (Holiday)
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can submit up to 5 entries.  Our wonderful sponsors for this week are Flying Unicorn ($25 GC to their shop) and The Cutting Cafe (Digi or Cutting files) So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today.  We have hope in this world because Jesus has already won the victory.  Praise be to His Holy Name!


  1. Oh, this card is just fabulous!! love your coloring and, i love all the details you put into this beautiful creation

  2. Jo Ann you are so right in emphasizing that persecution is part of the refining of our faith, and that we should expect it, and not run from it.
    Love our very happy card

  3. Great colouring and I love the fancy stitching! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, Claire DT x

  4. Beautiful card for Allsorts.
    Thank you for joining us this week.
    AnyOldCraft (DT)

  5. This is soooooooooooo fun! Thanks for playing along with DoubleClick Skittles!!!!!!

  6. The bright colours look wonderful! Loving all the snow too. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  7. Hi,

    Stunning card. Great stamp. Thanks for joining us at CCC Digi Creations Challenge and BSC.

    DT CCC Digi Creations Challenge
    DT Brown Sugar Challenge

  8. Fantastic card! I love scripture stamps, but I don't own any yet. I must buy some soon!

    Thanks for joining us over at Doubleclick Skittles Challenge!

  9. Fabulous card, great image and backing design. Thanks for sharing with us in our challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty and we would love to see you again. Jennifer DT member x

  10. fab card
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

  11. wonderful card!
    Thank you for joining us at Craft your passion!
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.

  12. what a fun image I love this card tfs craft
    rocket ch Lis DT

  13. What a fun and whimsical image! Awesome card. Thanks for joining us at the Christmas Card Challenge!

  14. What a fun image! Your card looks fantastic - thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Challenges.

  15. This is really great!! what a fun card
    Thank you for entering the DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY challenge #169 Christmas” f Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.



  16. Just beautiful!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSM!
    The Leaf Studio

  17. Wonderful card, Jo Ann! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT @ SCCC

  18. Gorgeous, love the bold colors and the pretty design...Thanks for joining Craft Rocket Challenge~

  19. Brilliant, fun Christmas card. The stamp is so much fun. Thank you for joining us at Fantasy Stampers.
    Crafty hugs

  20. Another preciousness of creation! GBYM !!!

  21. Such a fun and festive image! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

  22. Your card is beautiful. The image is so fun, and you color beautifully. Thank you for playing along with us at Craft Your Passion. We would love to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

  23. A beautiful creation! Thanks for playing this week at PTW! xxx

  24. A really fun image! Such a shame it's a digi and can't be considered for our top 3. Perhaps we will see you next time and thanks for sharing at Fantasy Stampers. :)

  25. So very lovely and I adore scripture sentiments! Thanks for joining the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge.

    Terri ~Skittles Design Team

  26. Such a beautiful creation - lovely colours and details - thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

  27. Absolutely wonderful card! I love this one! Thanks a lot for sharing it with us at I Love ProMarkers. Hope to see you back for new challenges. Good luck, hugs from Lisbeth

  28. Beautiful card. Very nice! Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge.

  29. This is such a fun card, love the image and a great colour combo. Thank you for joining us over at Scrap & Craft Inspiration. Good luck! Hugs Suzi

  30. Such a beautiful, happy and creative card! Thank you for joining us at ATSM this week unfortunately you have linked to more than 10 challenges, still we appreciate you entering!
    Kamila DT

  31. Simply adorable your festive dancers!
    hanks for joining us at DoubleClick Skittles Challenge!

    Skittles DT

  32. Beautiful card. I love th way you colored the image. Thank You for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge. Katie-DTMember

  33. Wonderful creation! I love paper piecing! Image is very funny!
    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

  34. Wonderful card!! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenge

  35. Wonderful card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Merry Christmas!
    Helen x



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