Anyway, many of you have already cast your votes on the early voting days of the Presidential election. If you love this country and the freedom (like no other) our Creator gifted this land, I encourage every God-fearing citizen to continue to pray for our nation. Let us ask the Lord to establish a Godly leadership in our midst. Truthfully, unless God intervenes, I don't see any success in all human effort. The Scripture declares in Proverbs 21:1, "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will." With all the ungodly laws and policies we adapted for many years now when we allowed ungodly men and women to control our government, schools, media and the other segments of our society while limiting ourselves within the walls of our Churches, we have neglected to bring the voice of God into all these pillars. Therefore, we are reaping the fruits of our collective tolerance and passivity. I pray that it's not too late for America---I really do! Let us come together and call upon the Lord...Psalm 34:17 says, "When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles." Everyone whose trust is in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross is declared by God righteous before Him. Romans 3:21-26 tells us, "But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus." Our Father in heaven hears every prayer of His children. From the deepest groaning of our hearts to the prayers we could not even find the words for, He hears all of them! We may not be in a position of power or influence in the government, politics or even media and entertainment but we have the power given to us by Jesus Christ to summon the power of heaven and change this world through prayer and spirit-led action in accordance to His Word. Whoever takes office, always remember that our God is still in control! However, our actions today will determine our fulfillment of God's Great Commission either in freedom or in peril. I pray the no matter what we end up facing, that we continue to be Ambassadors of Christ to this dying world as we take the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) to those who are meant to be saved---in all boldness, casting out every fear, and faithfully executing everything God prepared for us to do from before time. You can count on me...Can I count on you?
For my first card for this month's Challenge, I used an image from one of our sponsors, All Dressed Up Stamps called "Perfect Day." I used mostly Distress Inks for the background but for the girl in the image, I used my Touch Five markers. I used Liquid Frisket to mask the image after I colored it so I can freely ink the scene. The base of the card is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. The border sentiment comes from Art Warehouse and the smaller sentiments are from Fiskars. I layered some flowers from Prima and Recollections, the brads from Recollections and the glitters are Stickles (Crystal). Lastly, I added a bit of stitching to this project. Now, this is not really how I pictured this card originally. I did some powder embossing on the image but didn't like the result. Just as I thought of all the hard work (hours of coloring) that would be put to waste and how I didn't have the time to make another project, God gave me an idea before disposing the image! I cut the part with unwanted embossing, shorten the image, added some stitching and add the flower and sentiments instead. And I couldn't believe how beautiful it turned out. And with that, God reminded me again that things we may consider trash can still transform into something very beautiful. I thought of sharing this with you as I know you also have your share of stories like that in your crafting world.
WITH GREAT LOVE CARD
WITH GREAT LOVE CARD LAYERS
WITH GREAT LOVE CARD SIDE VIEW
WITH GREAT LOVE CARD INSIDE
WITH GREAT LOVE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Angie's Digi Stamps---ATG
Just Keep On Creating---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
There you have it, folks! Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create. There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from all our lovely sponsors. Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight. I hope you have a wonderful week filled with the divine inspiration of God's Word and be able to share the Hope you have in you to bring light to the dark places in your sphere of influence. Would love to hear your comments too. Hugs, always!