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, May 25, 2016

Scripture Series: The Kingdom of Heaven Center Step Card---Link With Us in Another Bi-Weekly Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Crafty friends!  Two weeks passed and we are wowed by the awesome projects you linked with us at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  Each Challenge, visitors and participants are blessed by the free Scripture Word Art and are inspired by the devotion shared at the WAW Blog along with the individual devotions the DT's shared in their own Blogs.  As a result, many participants have committed themselves to create inspirational projects with the featured Scripture.  They utilized their Blogs to share the Good News (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) and to reach their sphere of influence with the power of God's Word.  How amazing is that?  Glory to God!

Anyway, while writing this post, God dropped His Word in my heart. I believe this is what He wanted me to share so I'm going to obey His leading... It's found in Matthew 28:18-20---"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” If every person whose faith is in Christ (Born-Again, John 3:3) will take into heart this Great Commission the Lord Jesus entrusted to us, we will not be wasting our talents, opportunities, time and resources to things without eternal value.  Satan is working overtime knowing his time is short and judgment is going to fall upon him (and those who followed him) very soon.  We have seen the spirit of hatred for God's children intensifying.  The attacks aimed to destroy us by taking our religious rights here in America and the oppression all over the world are real and would overwhelm us at times. Furthermore, we are  seeing many leaving the faith and have followed doctrines (teachings) of demons.  There were ample prophecies and warnings in the Scripture telling us of such a time outlining many horrific and catastrophic events as we continue to advance towards the timeline of God.  On the flip side,  because we are hearing very little about the work of the Lord nowadays (caused by media bias and suppression), it does not mean Almighty God is silent and have given up on mankind!  Though it is a fact that many have abandoned the ways of God in our country and in the Western World, there are overwhelming evidence of many that have turned to Christ from countries deemed impossible to reach with the Gospel before.  The continents of Asia, Africa and South America where the enemy laid a stronghold for ages and with people deeply rooted in religious oppression via demonic teachings and idolatry, are now harvesting more souls than ever for the Gospel.  Communist China reported thousands coming to the Lord everyday. Muslims are turning to Christ in huge numbers daily despite the danger to their lives.  It turned out, God is showing them dreams and visions in their sleep, providing them answers to questions they were forbidden to seek.  Most of these new believers are now meeting underground to study God's Word and are telling their fellow Muslims of what they have seen and experienced!  It's powerful!

We better believe that no matter what happens, the Holy Spirit shall accomplish everything God had spoken in His Word.  Because we are partakers of this Truth, all of us should work together with the rest of the Body of Christ to accomplish the task the Spirit of God assigns to us daily.  We can start by using everything available to us to proclaim God's Truth.  If you have media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc., that's a good place to start.   Instead of posting mediocre things, how about sharing your faith or your testimony on how God works in your life daily. You can also share the Word of God that the Lord placed in your heart to encourage your friends and family.  Don't get me wrong,  I don't have anything against personal things we want to share with others through social media.  But if those are the only things we post hour by the hour,  then, we ought to ask ourselves if that is truly the purpose God created us for in this critical time. Questions like, "Are we focus on God or self-centered?  Are we being Salt and Light to this world or are we afraid of persecution that comes with standing for the Truth?"  I shared this statement that God impressed upon my heart with my fellow students in our Bible class last week...I told them that, "Eternal perspective is a common denominator for every men and women of God that are willing to lay their lives/have laid their lives for God's Truth.  Knowing that there's more to life than our time on earth is vitally important in the way we would stand up on anything and everything that will challenge our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We have been witnesses to the power of God and the Truth of His Word! We are growing deeper daily in our relationship with Christ.  Understanding that God rewards those who diligently seek Him, this will empower us to be bold, firm, relentless and courageous in sharing the hope we have in Christ!  By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of me, I can boldly declare that I can do all the work the Lord would place before me, no matter what the cost."   Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:2, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you?"  What a wonderful place to be in the presence of the Lord for all eternity. 

For today's project, I am highlighting the free Scripture Word Art coming from Matthew 19:14---"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."  My Life Application Bible provided a great explanation to this verse and one that blessed me so, I am sharing them with you.  It says, "The disciples must have forgotten what Jesus had said about children in Matthew 18:4-6.  Jesus wanted little children to come because He loves them and because they have the kind of attitude needed to approach God.  All people need child-like faith in God. The receptiveness of little children was a great contrast to the stubbornness of the religious leaders who let their education and sophistication stand in the way of the simple faith needed to believe in Jesus."  How true is that even to this day?  Anyway,  for my Card, I used an image from Mo Manning Digi Stamps called "Jumping" that I colored with my Promarker/Primacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design.  The DP's are from American Crafts (Pebbles), the flower I layered is from Prima, the Washi tapes and brad from Recollections and the glitters are Stickles (Crystal).  I ran a couple of die-cuts (Lacy Scallop and Circle) from Nestabilities through my Cuttllebug and used an MS Punch for the fence.   Lastly, I ran most of my panels through my sewing machine for some fancy and regular stitching.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out.  God is good!

                                         KINGDOM OF HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD

                                      KINGDOM OF HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS

                                   KINGDOM OF HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW

                                      KINGDOM OF HEAVEN CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Stamping Sensations---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Cards Galore---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Penny's Paper Crafty---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards---Just Us Girls
Crafting with Attitude---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Add Music
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Glitter n Sparkle---ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
OSAAT---ATG with Hot Colors
Quirky Crafts---April Showers Bring May Flowers
Artistic Inspirations---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Our Crafty Corner---ATG
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG
Die Cuttin Divas---Polka Dots
Everybody Art---For Girls
Fairy Tale---Girls Only
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---For a Child
Crafting for all Seasons---Make it Girly
Crafty Gals---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG
I Love ProMarkers---ATG
Paper Shelter---Make it Digital
Simon Says---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Bling It On
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG

Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  A wonderful prize awaits one winner from  Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  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 submit 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 week and find opportunities to share the hope you have in Christ by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading. Hugs!


  1. Oh what a gorgeous card Jo Ann - love the colour scheme you have here with the gray and pops of aqua and lemon. The images of the wee girls are so beautifully coloured and full of life.
    Thank you for you reminder that we are ambassadors for Christ.

  2. This is so cute! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  3. Hi thanks for entering Mo's DP2 Challenge with your gorgeous card! Hellen DT

  4. What a fabulous love love the dimension and the whole design. Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Addicts. Helen DT

  5. Oh my goodness this is such a beautiful and happy card!!! Thanks for joining us at Kraftin Kimmie for Wonderful Wednesday!

  6. wow - that´s a great card!
    I like the form and the design so much.
    Thanks for sharing your work with all of us at Fairytale-Challenge.
    Ilse (thera)

  7. Cute card, thank you for sharing with us at Simply Papercraft - good luck
    Lyn - DT

  8. Beautiful card Jo Ann. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  9. Wow, beautiful card! Love the pops of colour! Thanks for joining us at DieCuttinDivas this week!

  10. A beautiful creation - thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

  11. The splashes of color on this beautifully designed multilayered card were the perfect finishing touch. I also love the joyful children playing, which illustrate the scripture beautifully. Blessings!

  12. Fabulous project with so many wonderful details! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog's "Anything Goes!" challenge!
    Leslie, LTSCB DT
    Love To Scrap!
    Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT
    House of Cards DT
    Crafty Friends DT
    My Crafting Stories DT
    A Beautiful Mess DT
    Calendar Girls DT

  13. As always... beautifully written and fantastic card! xx Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog. I’ve become a follower of your blog! I hope you will come visit me at EMA-gination ~ my personal blog and return the favor. Hope to see you play along with us at IDCB again and good luck in the draw!
    IDCB Owner

  14. Beautiful card, amazing colouring and shape xxx Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this fortnight and good luck. Nikki DT

  15. So beutiful!!! Love this:))
    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 Cicci
    Cicci Vid Pennan {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  16. Sweet card! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

  17. What a fabulous card!! Your coloring is super too!! Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge!
    TT DT

  18. Such fun images and a lovely layout. Super bright and cheerful. Thanks for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge xx

  19. Congrats on your Top 3 at Tuesday Throwdown! Well deserved as usual!!

  20. Fabulous step card, beautiful details and cute image.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  21. Lovely card thanks for joining us at Crafting with friends Louise DT x

  22. Hi Jo Ann ! What can I say?? Stunning creation as always!!!
    Thank you very much for playing with us at The Corrosive Challenge Blog !!!
    Hope to see you again in the next challenge.
    Lidia DT

  23. So sweet and fun card. Thanks for joining us at Our Crafty Corner.

    Deni Xx

  24. wonderful post Joann and great sharing of the word of God, too.
    Thank you for being a blessing - indeed we need to "redeem the time, for the days are evil".. praise Him, for He is coming again one day.. "amen, even so come, LORD Jesus."
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  25. This is gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends for challenge #34!

    Tracy (aka Blue Daisy) x

  26. hi
    lovely creation
    thanks for joining us at crafting for all seasons
    hugs Lisbeth DT

  27. Wow love all the details and colours on this one. Marvellous fold and colouring too.Thanks for playing at Lemon Shortbread and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member Lemon Shortbread xx

  28. Hi, A fabulous project, great colour scheme and lovely style and design. Thank you for joining us this fortnight at Crafting For All Seasons Good luck. We hope to see you again for our next challenge.
    Erin (Challenge Owner)

  29. Cute card!

    Thank you for participating in the last {PIN}Spirational Challenge. A new one has just begun... I hope you'll check it out and play along with it, too!

  30. Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!! (SO sorry I'm late commenting but I have so much trouble with this proving I'm NOT A ROBOT foolishness!!)
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  31. Beautiful card I also love playing along and being a Guest or fill in @ WAW I just love working with everyone and Love Karen what a sweet lady.

    God Bless



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