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

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Live Laugh Love Moments Card---Join the Fun at 613 Avenue Create for Another Anything Goes Challenge!

Hello there, friends!  I trust the Lord that you are doing great and blessed with every good thing.  As I was meditating on what to share with y'all in this post, God impressed upon my heart HIS POWER and HIS PLAN.  It is sad that when we look everywhere around us these days, we see social and economic decay. We are faced daily with the tandem of Government and Media that promotes liberal agenda, all kinds of divisions while shoving to our throats political correctness, tolerance and denial of God---all in an attempt to slowly but surely whisk us away from the knowledge of God.  Their aim is to deny and rid us of the Godly foundations/principles this country stands for (and made us a great nation).  They are here to convince us there's no God or if there is, He already abandoned this country because of its wicked/rebellious ways.

The awesome Truth is, GOD IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL!  Even in our unfaithfulness, He remains true to His promises!  Though the wicked occupy the highest office of our nation and every pillar of our society seemed to be thoroughly saturated with them, the future of this nation does not depend upon them.  The Word of God tells us in Psalm 34:15-16, "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth."  Who are the righteous people that God pays attention to?  I love to share a portion of the article I read at regarding the "righteousness of God" and it says, "The bad news is that true and perfect righteousness is not possible for man to attain on his own; the standard is simply too high. The good news is that true righteousness is possible for mankind, but only through the cleansing of sin by Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But Christians possess the righteousness of Christ, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is an amazing truth. On the Cross, Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus."

It is therefore a fact that those who placed their faith in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) have a God-given privilege to come to the throne of God and intercede in behalf of our nation through the power of the finished work of Jesus at the Cross.  Our Father cannot deny His Son the benefits/rewards of Jesus' selfless act at the Cross and those who are in Christ have a blessed assurance that all our petitions (in accordance to His will) is accomplished.   Yes, every true believer of Christ are "world changers!"  Despite the darkness hovering this nation, we know that victory is ours! Instead of feeling sorry or caving to the evil declarations pronounced in this country nowadays, we are to BOLDLY proclaim the POWER OF GOD and use the authority that JESUS won for us at the Cross (Great Commission).  God wants us to rebuke, renounce and destroy every ungodly word/statement spoken against America.  The enemies of God will say all kinds of things to put this country down but that should not come from God's children.  Matthew 12:35-37 tells us, "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”  I call unto those who love the Lord and loves this country to destroy the works of the enemy.  We can do this by constantly proclaiming the power and plan of God for this country.  Refuse intimidation, declare the heritage of the Lord in this nation and carry out the glorious will of God every chance we get in writing, in words and in deeds.  Recently, I encountered someone who called me out for writing a prayer in one of the social trends regarding Defunding Planned Parenthood.  She seemed to use the scripture that prayer should be done in secret and that I was being a hypocrite wanting to impress people with my prayer. What was strange to me was that this person focused on the method yet didn't see the contents of the prayer that upheld the life of the unborn. So, should I be offended?  First and foremost, there are different kinds and methods of prayers which obviously someone who does not really know God and thinks like a Pharisee would not have a real clue.  I was reminded of Luke 13:10-17 when the Lord healed a woman crippled for 18 years on the Sabbath and the Pharisees came to him and rebuked Him for healing someone on a rest day.  They got an epic rebuke from Jesus, I tell 'ya!  

As a child of God, I pray everywhere as God leads---silent, loud, speaking in tongues, cries and at times just groans (unspoken prayer).  I am not bound by the method---I am however bound by God's Will.  God looks at the heart and our motives in everything we do...As long as I'm doing God's will---I am in no way allowing any man to dictate nor put me down.  I implore all of you that loves the Lord to proclaim blessings to America (for those living outside to do the same thing to your nation).  Do not allow your mouth to declare doom and gloom to the nation God blessed you with.  Instead,  rebuke evil and declare blessings to your country.  Tucked in with every oppressive circumstances we deal with daily are evil spirits (rulers, powers and authorities) in the heavenly places.  As a child of God, we have been given authority over all of them through Christ. Let us use that supernatural  power to rid our nation of Satan's demonic agenda and usher in the perfect plan and power of God.  God is not done with America!  He is sending men and women (and even children) who knows their place in God's Kingdom to boldly (unapologetic) speak and carry out His Truth. The question is, are you one of them?   I would like to further encourage you with the following passages to continue the good fight of faith knowing that all our efforts in the Lord is not in vain.

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him."  (1 Peter 3:13-22)

Anyway, here's my featured project for our Anything Goes Challenge with an Optional Twist (Stylish and Elegant) at 613 Avenue Create.  For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions Girlfriends Stamps called "Picture Perfect"  that I colored with ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers and paper-pieced. The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square.  All the DP's, die-cut layered flowers and button came from Paper Studio, the nail head gems from Imaginisce and the jute bow from my stash.  The main sentiment was stamped from Dina Wakley Clear Stamps and the secondary sentiment was stamped with Will n Way Clear Creative Stamps.  And for a final touch, I stitched all over this card.  I just love how this card came together with one of my fave images.

                                                    LIVE LAUGH LOVE MOMENTS

                                            LIVE LAUGH LOVE MOMENTS LAYERS

                                           LIVE LAUGH LOVE MOMENTS SIDE VIEW

                                            LIVE LAUGH LOVE MOMENTS INSIDE

                                 LIVE LAUGH LOVE MOMENTS WITHE ENVELOPE-BOX

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Cute Card Thursday---A Bit of Fun
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Jade's Sparkling---ATG/Bright and Beautiful
Simon Says---Ombre
Star Stampz---New To You (New Image)
Pile It On---Your First Initial (J for Jute)
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Deep Ocean---Something New
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Crafty Gals---Buttons and Bows
Decorate to Celebrate---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Our Crafty Corner---ATG
Inky Chicks---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Penny Black---One for the Girls
Crafty Friends---ATG
Crafty Calendar---Something new (Image)
Scrappers' Delights---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG

 There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---The Fantasy Art by Nikki Burnett and Beccy's Place .  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to link with us.  I hope you have a wonderful week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross, we can take back our nation.   


  1. Oh what a fun card Jo Ann - love that image and you have made it even more fabulous with your presentation of it on your gorgeous card.
    Your are so right, we need to pray for our nations, and we need to pray with the authority we are given.

  2. Hello, A beautiful project!! Love all the embellishments which fit together perfectly. Thank you for joining us at 2 Crafty Girls We wish you good luck. Hope to see you again for our next challenge.


  3. So fun and lovely card !!! Great image and you have used so beutiful colours
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    HUGS :0) Cicci,
    TTCRD DT{My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  4. Amazing card!
    Many thanks for joining in our 'FUN' Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

  5. Love the image and your card is so beautiful.
    We also have a first challenge and hope you would join us there.

    My Crafting Stories

  6. So beautiful! Thanks for joining at Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes

  7. Gorgeous creation inside and out. Love all the layers and the stitching. Thanks for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.

  8. such a fun card! thank you for playing along with us at the simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

  9. Beautiful inside and out- thanks for sharing with us at Crafting With Friends.

  10. Beautiful card again! Thank you for joining us at Stampartpapel Retarte#68
    Alexandra Dt

  11. CHEEEEEESEEEEEEEEE and CLICK!!!! I love your card! :-))))))

    Thank you so much for joining our challenge at Scrapper's Delights! Good luck :-)))
    Troppo Stella DT

  12. A fun and fabulous card, love how you've combined the image and layers to create this lovely scene, such a perfect sentiment too! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month.

  13. What a fun bunch of ladies on your card! Thank you for joining our anything goes challenge at Crafty Friends, hugs Blankina

  14. I love all the layers on this card! These AI girls bring a smile every time - great card! Thank you for joining our challenge at One Crazy Stamper

  15. I always admire your cards and style, such a fabulous card! Thank you for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Stamps! :)

  16. What a fun card, loving the sketch and fun image! Great details and love the stitching!
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Penny Black and More!

  17. So darling and happy, colorful and sweet! It really is a reminder of the good things in life! Beautiful card! Thanks for playing in the {Our Crafty Corner Challenge}! Hope to see more of your pretty projects again soon!
    crafty hugs,
    {Creative Smiles}

  18. A beautifully layered card and a fun image. Thank you for joining us this month at Penny Black and More and we hope you will join us again next month.




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