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Friday, May 11, 2018

Scripture Series: If We Faint Not Card---Join Us for Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, guys!  So, we began another Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring another Scripture Word Art which you can download for free at the WAW site.  It comes from Galatians 6:9 which says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

I often shared to y'all the importance of having an eternal perspective as we walk this life on earth in the Lord Jesus.  From the time we were born, all we care about is our own little world.  We are driven by our desires to get what we want to better ourselves.  And many define/measure success based on the money they possess, how powerful, famous and respected they are in the world.  We do everything we possibly can to fulfill those desires even to the point of stepping on others just to get ahead and accomplish our dreams.  For many  of us, this is what life is all about.   But for some, the seed of God's Word came and regenerated in our fertile (receptive) human heart that all of a sudden, we become aware that things don't really revolve around us.  That we were created by a Creator whose plans and purpose graciously included us to fulfill His will which He predestined us to do from before time.   The closer we get to the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (depending on our hunger and thirst for His presence),  the more aware we become of what's truly important in this life.  A friend once asked me why I decided to become a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM) instead of pursuing a career using the many talents God has given me.  It was an honest question that requires an honest answer.  Like anyone else, I too had many dreams that I tried (my hardest) to pursue earlier in life.  But the Lord had a different plan.  As I go through triumphs and disappointments (there were many), the Lord never failed to instruct and direct me to a better plan.  Most of the time, the path/task He wanted us to pursue does not generate wealth, power and notoriety.  As a matter of fact, it usually involves hard work and sacrifice but the spiritual benefits (how it builds you up on the inside) gives us so much more (of greater worth).  It's hard to explain but we know (down in our spirits) that that's exactly where He wants us to be for the time being.  

The great rewards promised to us by the Lord in His Word can't be found in this world.  For what we can get here is nothing compared to the true riches we have in Christ Jesus.  Think (or even imagine) of the very best thing you can have in this world yet it will still fail in comparison to what Jesus has prepared for us in the afterlife.  So, Ive made up my mind to pursue the high calling of Christ in my life and to forfeit every earthly and selfish ambition that wouldn't benefit me eternally.  I'm not saying it's wrong to dream but just be careful that such dream doesn't turn into an idol (anything you value, seek, pursue above God).  The Scripture reveals to us everything that is valuable in the sight of God.  Spend time learning and studying God's Word and you'll reap the rewards of your diligence and obedience.  I would like to leave you with the verses in 1 Peter 1:3-9 which says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

For this Card, I used an image from Wild Rose Studio called "Bella with Daisy" and one the images from Art Impressions Try'Folds Stamps called "Garden TF."  I watercolored both images using Ranger Distress Inks.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The blue embossed CS is from Bazzill.  I also added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to parts of the images and ran the panels through my sewing machine for wonderful stitching.  I didn't feel like adding any more embellishments to allow the watercolor scene along with the inspirational verse to speak for itself.  I'm very happy with the result.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Aud Sentiments---Cute + Sentiment
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Sasayaki Glitter---Flowers
Time Out---Inspired by Words
Alphabet---D is for "Dots"
Colour Crazy---ATG Coloring
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Crafty Catz---ATG/Cute Image
Creative Fingers---ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack---ATG
Pattie's Creations---Flowers
QKR Stampede---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
2 Crafty Critter---ATG with Animals
Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stamper---Backgrounds
Classic DT---ATG
Color Sisters---Color Palette
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animals
Crafty Girls---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG/Springtime
Createful Heart---ATG/Spring/Mother's Day
CCC---Flower Power
Daisy Chain---Animals
Delicious Doodles---Flowers
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/For Mum
Fabrika Fantasy---Flowers
LeAnns World---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Lace. Ribbon or Twine

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.  Great prizes to be won from our wonderful sponsors---Pink and Main ($20 GC) and Sweet-N-Sassy Stamps (Digit images).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  In Christ, we have a very bright and joyful (literally) future!   


  1. Wise words indeed Jo Ann - we are to seek God first in ALL things...
    Love your pretty card

  2. That is such a special scripture, and it is an encouragement to see it featured on your pretty card. The hot pink flower is beautiful, and the sweet little elephant brings a smile. Thank you for sharing at Jo's Scrap Shack.
    DT Member

  3. Lovely card and great coloring! That is such a cute image! Thanks for joining us at Color Crazy Craft challenge and hope to see you again!
    Tammy GDT

  4. Love your sweet and pretty card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week..x

  5. Fabulous card .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥
    Aud Sentiments
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  6. So pretty - I just like everything - verse, image, sky, stitching, layout...
    Thanks for coming to the QKR Stampede weekly Anything Goes challenge.
    Dorothy S, DT member

  7. Adorable the cute elephant and the birds having their bath..

    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  8. Thoughtful words. What a pretty card you have made. It fits the Colour Crazy Challenge this week. I wish my tries at sewing on my cards looked as good as yours. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Colour Crazy Challenge Design Team Member).

  9. Great combination of images with the Scripture this week, JoAnn. Thanks for the inspiration and devotion!

  10. Beautiful colouring and cute images

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Anila DT for

  11. What a sweet card Jo Ann. Love the fantastic coloring and the stitching! Everything came together so nicely on this card. Thank you for a great reminder to have an eternal perspective on things! I often forget it!

  12. This is so cute Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Owner/Admin for

  13. Gorgeous card and design. Beautiful sentiment and lovely work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  14. Very sweet image and so beautifully water coloured! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

  15. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenge, good luck!!! Amy DT

  16. Jo Ann this is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES with an optional twist of FOR MOM challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  17. Such a fun card Jo Ann and a lovely sentiment.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  18. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft & Create, good luck!!! Amy DT

  19. The decorative stitch you used adds a great detail and the vibrant colors are so awesome. These two stamps work together so well.

    Thank you for joining us at Fabrika Fantasy for our Add a Flower challenge.

  20. Beautiful card. Such lovely vivid colours. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Crafty Girls Creations.

  21. Gorgeous card inside and out! I love it!
    Thank you for joining us at the DigiStamps4Joy challenge! Best of luck with your entry.
    Olga DT member

  22. Love the two images-look perfect together and great stitching----Thank you for joining us at Create and Inspire
    Carol DT x

  23. Adorable card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our PATTIE’S CREATIONS challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper



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