THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

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, February 13, 2019

Scripture Series: God is Love Card---Take Part in our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

A wonderful Wednesday, everyone!  Today, we started another Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) as we feature another great Scripture Word Art (free for you to download at the WAW site).  It comes from 1 John 4:16 which tells us, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."

Jesus Christ is the perfect embodiment of God's love for mankind.  God's holy, righteous and glorious ways  could not tolerate Sin in any shape or form.  The justice of God demanded punishment when Adam disobeyed the Father and committed high-treason in the Garden of Eden.  Every man born in this world came from the seed of Adam.  We are all tainted with his Sin---not one person is qualified to work on his own salvation.  Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  I  read an article about this at gotquestions.org and it says,"We are all sinners because Adam passed on his sinful condition that leads inevitably to our personal sin and death. All share Adam’s death sentence as an inherited condition (the “sin nature”) that is passed down to and through the human race and that every child brings into the world. Even before a child can be held accountable for personal sin, he or she is naturally prone to disobey, to tell lies, etc. Every child is born with a sin nature. “The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” (Psalm 14:2). And what does the all-seeing God find? “All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one” (verse 3). In other words, all have sinned.

Jesus was the Only One who can take away the sin of all mankind.  Let this sink in---God's own Son had to come down from heaven, took on flesh and showed God and His ways, revealed His heart to us and saved us from sure death (spiritual, physical and eternal).  He demonstrated to us the impossible---the power of His kingdom.  Yet He also showed us what true love was willing to give to save the ones He loved.  Because God's righteousness and glory cannot be trampled on and the wrath of God demands justice be served---God's Only Son (holy and sinless) born as a Man (conceived not of Adam but by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin) had to willingly give His life so we can be free---that is, dead in Adam and alive in Christ.  Just as one Man (Adam) plunged us all to eternal damnation, it is also by the obedience and sacrifice of one Man (Jesus Christ) that brought us back  to the presence of God, our Father.  This gift of salvation is FREE for anyone who would place their FAITH (trust, believe, rely, depend, adhere, surrender) in  what Jesus Christ accomplished  at the Cross---His death, burial and resurrection. I am a believer and through Him, I am holy, righteous and loved by my Father in heaven. 

Oh yes!  Jesus embodies the perfect love of God.  He showed us how to live each day---to love our brothers and sisters in  the Lord and how to also love our neighbors.  But genuine love is only possible  if we love Jesus first.  Jesus showed us His love for the Father by making Him His priority---that is to commune with the Father and to carry out God's perfect will and purpose.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and received the free gift of salvation He won for us, His Holy Spirit lives inside of us.  The same Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to carry out the plan of God in His earthly ministry,  His source of wisdom and strength, the same power that raised Him from the dead---is living inside every Born-again believer (John 3:3) today!  Remember this:  God is love!  God showed His perfect love through His Son---Jesus Christ.  All of us remaining in love wholeheartedly loves Jesus Christ and He lives inside of us through the Holy Spirit. It is He who enables us to love people---yes, even our enemies.   Do not be fooled by those who claim to love God but mocks the name of Jesus and deny Him publicly.  The true love of God does not rejoice in lies nor water down God's Word just to avoid offending others.  God's love tells the Truth in love (right motive) to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions Stamps called "Quilt Set" that I watercolored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The base is Kraft CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, the stamped flower from Ditto Stamps, the washi tape from Paper Studio and the gems from my stash.  I want a more natural look for my card so, I colored the image with mostly shades of brown and gray.  I'm pretty happy with the result.


GOD IS LOVE CARD


 GOD IS LOVE CARD LAYERS


 GOD IS LOVE CARD INSIDE


GOD IS LOVE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art Impressions---Stripes and/or Circles
Crafting by Designs---Love is in the Air
Crafty Creations---ATG
Crafty Gals---Love is in the Air (Add a Heart)
Creative Moments---ATG/Romance
House Stamps Built---Tic Tac Toe (Love/Embossing/Patterned Paper)
Moo-Mania---Love is in the Air
Paper Shelter---Letters and/or Numbers
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Valentine Colors
a2z---Mood Board (The Love Theme is what inspired me)
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG (use rubber stamp)
CCK---Valentine/Love/Heart/For Someone Special
Classic DT---ATG
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's---ATG with Patterned Paper
CCC---Valentine/Love
Daisy Chain---Have a Heart
Digi Doodle---All About Love
Fabrika Fantasy---ATG/Love
Happy Craft---ATG
LeAnn's World---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/From the Heart
LTCCB---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG/Monochrome
Papercraft---ATG/Valentine/Love
Tales from the Craft Room---Love
YSP---ATG


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 each week.  A wonderful prize awaits our winner from our lovely sponsor for this Challenge---Waffle Flower Store  ($15 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises.  Expect only wonderful things from Him each day.  Be thankful for His love always!

27 comments:

  1. A smashing card . Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
    CCC Digi Creations
    My Blog As I do Rodos

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  2. Back with a different DT . Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Studios Challenge good luck
    Ginny DT for Digi Doodle Studios Challenge
    My Blog As I do Rodos

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  3. Awesome creation, love the shape and the colors you chose. Thanks so much for playing at The Paper Shelter Challenge Number and/or Letters theme this week. Hugs:) Audrey DT

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  4. This is adorable and beautiful! Love all the fabulous layers!! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built and LTSCB.

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  5. Fantastic creation ! WOW! Thank you very much for joining us over at Moo Mania & More!
    Susi

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  6. Great card, papers and topper. Thanks for joining our challenge on Lets Craft and Create this month, Michelle DT x

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  7. Beautiful creation Jo Ann, love the quilt stamp, well designed. Thanks for joining in on the Anything goes Challenge at the Happy Craft Challenge Community

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  8. Wow just love this cute little set the envelope is stunning what a great way to make it come to life, thanks for joining us at the happy craft challenge, hope you join us again anytime Megan https://thehappycraftchallenge.blogspot.com/

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  9. What fun gals. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

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  10. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Good luck!
    Anneke DT

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  11. Such a fun catd. Image is lovely and your background papers beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter challenge. Good luck! - Patsy

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  12. What an amazing card ...and the extra special care to create the matching envelope...who ever receives this will feel truly loved :D Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnut's PPC XXX

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  13. Great card and image -love the stamped flower.Thank you for joining us at Daisy Chain.
    Carol DT x

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

    Angela DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogs
    pot.com.au/
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  15. Wow gorgeous project!! Thanks for joining our February challenge at a2z.

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  16. Very beautiful creation! Thank you, dear Jo Ann, for joining us at Fabrika Fantasy Digis this month! Good luck with your entry!

    Digital stamps and coloring books
    DigiClub - You can get as many images as you like

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  17. Another wonderful card. Thank you so much for sharing another great submission. I love your attention to detail and the fun and clever detailing.
    Ashley Wells @ Proud PB DT Member
    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

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  18. This is gorgeous 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 http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

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  19. This is so cute what a great image just fab colouring

    Thanks for joining us at
    http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/

    Tracey DT

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  20. This is such a great layout and the earth tones are a great background for the brighter colors on the image.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Love Is In the Air challenge.

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  21. A nice card with a fun friends image! Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.

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  22. This is such an amazing card with the mixture of colours, textures and dimension! Thanks for sharing it with us at a2z Scrapbooking and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations again. Hugs, Gwendolyn

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  23. Beautiful.....love the colours you chose & that image is fabulous! Thanks for joining me over at Tales From the Craft Room, hope to see you again
    hugs Jo x

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  24. Jo, I wanted to thank you for visiting my site and leaving me the words from John 2.15-17. Kathy

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  25. Absolutely darling! I love these ladies! Great coloring!! Thank you for joining us at Paper Craft Business Challenge! Come back soon! -DT Meghan Kennihan (https://madebymeghank.blogspot.com/)

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  26. Jo Ann, Love the way you colored the ladies. Love the quilt. You can see the love on their faces. Thanks for sharing with Crafting by Designs.

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  27. Perfect setting for the friends in quilt TFS Let's Craft and Create...….Lis

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