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, March 28, 2018

Scripture Series: My Yoke Upon You Center Step Card---Join Our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty Peeps!  Back with another card to highlight another Scripture Word Art for our bi-weekly Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)This Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) comes from Matthew 11:29 which says, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

Wow, what a powerful verse that assures us that we are never alone in this life.  Everything and anything we encounter does not come to us by chance.  There is always a purpose.  We rejoice in the blessings while we learn from the trials.  Often times, we tend to carry the burdens on our own.  We try as hard as we can to deal with problems that we think are within our capacity to solve and that only in hopeless situations (after we exhausted everything in our power) do we come to the Lord and ask for His help.  There's an overwhelming sense of joy and thankfulness when God miraculously come to our rescue in those "bigger than life" trying moments.  But I submit to you that as I grow in the knowledge of God and experience a deeper level of fellowship with Him through prayer, reading His Word, listening to His voice and recognizing His wisdom in every situation, I began inquiring of Him not just in desperate times but also in the simplest of trials where a decision has to be made.  Whether it be financial, relational, emotional, mental or spiritual,  I come to Him first before formulating and deciding on any solution on my own.  We must understand that there is nothing too simple nor complicated for God.  He wants us to come and inquire of Him all the days of our lives.  There will never be a time when we can outsmart God.  He guided me in my younger years as a Christian and helped me mature in the faith.  One day, I'll be totally Christ-like---ruling and reigning with Him.  

The heart of God is for us to have an intimate relationship with Him.  He lives inside of us and is with us all the time.  Gone were the days when God's presence only dwelt in the Ark of the Covenant in the  Tent of David or Solomon's Temple.  Jesus died on the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day to complete God's plan of redemption.  Anyone who places their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ died with Him, buried with Him and resurrected with Him into the New Covenant.  This extraordinary encounter with God is known as the Born-again experience (John 3:3-6).  By the individual's confession of faith (that comes from hearing and hearing the Word of God) in Jesus Christ, the seed of God's Word (water) is implanted into a man's receptive heart and the Holy Spirit causes the spiritual regeneration of that seed inside that individual.  The degree in which we yield ourselves in obedience to God's Word determines the level of growth (fruitfulness) that manifest in our lives.  The process of yielding and obeying is easier said than done.  That's because our human nature (selfishness)  steps in the way of our walk with God and is often affected/complicated by the trials and storms we encounter daily.  But that is why we shouldn't rely on our own strength.  Jesus wants to partner with us so we can carry the load with Him.  The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-11, "But he (Lord) said to me (Paul), “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."  When we partner with God, the load is definitely lighter for He carries most of the weight.  I would like to share with you what my Life Application Bible shared about our highlighted verse for it has truly blessed me.  It says, "A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen.  It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull.  A person may be carrying heavy burdens of (1) sin,  (2) excessive demands of religious leaders (Matthew 23:4; Acts 15:10), (3) oppression and persecution, or (4) weariness in the search of God.  Jesus frees people from all these burdens.  The "rest" that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor.  A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.  In what sense was Jesus' yoke easy?  The yoke emphasizes the challenges, work and difficulties of partnering with Christ in life.  Responsibilities weight us down, even the effort of staying true to God.  But Jesus' yoke remains easy compared to the crushing alternative.  Jesus doesn't offer a life of luxurious ease---the yoke is still an oxen's tool for working hard.  But it's a shared yoke, with weight falling on bigger shoulders than yours.  Someone with more pulling power is up front helping.  Suddenly you are participating in life's responsibilities with a great Partner---and now that frown can turn into a smile, and that gripe into a song."

For this Card, I used an image from our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps called "Two Girls" and colored it using my Prismacolor/Touch Five markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card design.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, the flowers I layered are from Prima, the brad from Recollections and the circle and lacy circle panels were die-cut from Nestabilities.  Lastly, I stitched all over this Card.  I really love the results.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Calling all Sistahs---Encouragement
Create and Inspire---ATG/All About Mums
Hanna and Friends---Easter/Spring
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Sparkles---Spring is in the Air
Sweet Stampers---Spring/Easter
Creative Crafters---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Crafty Creations---ATG
Crafty Gals---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters---Spring Flowers

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 enter up to 5 times this week.  Our awesome sponsors awarding our winners wonderful prizes are The Project Bin ($15 GC) and Bugaboo Stamps (Digis).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Are you struggling on anything today?  Call unto Jesus for He's always there for you. 


  1. What a wonderful way you have with words Jo Ann - you are so right in saying that we are eto take EVERYTHING to God - not just the 'hard stuff'!
    Love your sweet card, so beautifully finished

  2. Wow, beautifully created card, so vibrant and pretty! Thank you for joining our challenge at The Sisterhood!
    Diane TSH DT {Nellies Nest}

  3. What a fun & fabulous design Jo Ann! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Spring Flowers’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  4. Beautiful card. Love the coloring and the card fold. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

  5. Wow. Just WOW! So much detail in your creation. Love it!!! Thanks for playing with us at Calling All Sistahs. Hugs, :)

  6. Very pretty side step card and awesome images and banners. I just love everything about your card. So glad you shared over at Inspiration Destination.
    Billie A
    Inspiration Destination
    Catch The Bug
    Creative With Stamps
    Aud Sentiments
    The Merry Christmas Challenge
    Sunny Day Crafting
    Pause Dream Enjoy
    Craftaholic R US
    Always Happy Birthday

  7. Such a bright and cheery fun fold card! I love all of the layers and details! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters and hope you can join us again soon.

  8. Gorgeous design, colours and image. Lovely sentiment too. Lovely work. This looks fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge


  9. Back again, and again, this is just absolutely gorgeous work. I love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Challenge, best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for<br

    LOVE your wonderful combination of image, sentiment and fancy folds, the colours are so pretty, the dimension fabulous and matching envelope the perfect finishing touch!
    Thank You for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)

  11. Gorgeous card Jo Ann xx
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Dianne DT for the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  12. What a stunning card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge and i hope to see you again.

  13. Ganz zauberhaft gemacht.
    Danke für die Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers.
    LG Dreja

  14. So well crafted and great emphasis on the details on your card - love it!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty CReations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  15. Beautiful card. The coloring is amazing and the stepped up design is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for Entering it in the Calling All Sistah's Challenge

  16. Geniale Kartenform und super gemacht. Sooo niedlich...Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme bei der Sweet Stampers Challenge. LG Karina

  17. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Jodie DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  18. What a beautiful way to embrace the scripture! Thanks for playing along with the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge! I hope you will join us for the new challenge starting on the 18th!



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