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I thank the LORD JESUS for each day that is given me to create wonderful projects...As always, I give Him all the glory.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Scripture Series: Power that Worketh in Us Country Card---Join our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge Happening at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Crafty Peeps!  I'm here to feature the Card I made for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge (WAW) that started a few days ago.  As always, it's Anything Goes and must be inspirational.  In this Challenge, you can download for free the Scripture Word Art that I used in my project by going to the WAW site.  The verse comes from Ephesians 3:20 that says, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." For God is able to do far more than we can ask or even imagine because Jesus paved the way to reconcile us back to Him by placing our faith on His finished work at the Cross (Born-again, John 3:3).  And because we are in Him, He gave us the seal of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14) to enable us to live the life of power and authority that equipped Jesus to do His ministry here on earth and the very same power that raised Him from the dead.  If we only understand the great power that God bestowed upon us, we will not succumb to any of the giants of trials that come our way.  Instead we will face each giant head on and boldly declare, "You have no power over me for I am in the Lord."

Today, the world is facing a giant called COVID-19 (Corona virus).  And sad to say but many have succumb to fear and are doing things that godless people do in crisis.  I went to buy a pack of toilet paper the other day cause were almost out but ended up with a paper towel instead because the panic buyers cleared the shelves of every tissue paper among others.  There's also no wipes, bottled water, hand sanitizers and I at least understand the logic for buying more of these items, but toilet paper---really?  It made me think, "Are these people going to wrap themselves with toilet paper to save themselves from the virus?  But you know what, every true believer that rely upon the promises of God knows that we have God's power inside of us that not only covers and protects us but also serves as our weapon against the attacks of the enemy.  Like David, we come against the giant by laying aside every fear that seek to undermine us.  To be brave is not the absence of fear but just knowing how to subject that fear to the very God who has power over it.  Since we have Christ in us, He enables us to walk in faith, peace and confidence in every situation knowing that His covering is not only good for this world but more importantly in the next.  It's the same faith and boldness that was shown by Daniel in the lion's den and the three Hebrew men Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azaraiah (Abednego) in the fiery furnace found in Daniel 3.  They were asked to bow down to the king of Babylon's image and had to face the punishment for their uncompromising faith not to do so.  Even in the face of sure death, they believed that God is able to deliver them and  those who are faithful to Him.  What impacted my life the most is the response given by the three Hebrew men to King Nebuchadnezzar before they were thrown in the furnace laid out in Daniel 3:16-20 which says, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

We sure can learn from the many examples written in the Bible that will give us wisdom in facing the issues of our day.  The Corona virus pandemic have closed many facilities, businesses and halted many events in attemp to stop the spread of the virus.  And now, some churches even cancelled Sunday services, Bible studies and resorted to preaching online instead.   While I expect the world to succumb to fear, I am not expecting the same with the very people who professed they know God!  2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."  If we couldn't trust God in the midst of this one giant, how are we ever going to face the many other giants lined up our way.  I believe this is the time to identify who stands by the promises of God! Whose faith is anchored in the unchanging truth of  God's Word that brings victory upon His people over every work of the enemy no matter how big they may seem to be.  God saved His people from death that struck every firstborn in Egypt through the blood of the lamb in their doorpost.  He parted the Red Sea, provided water in the wilderness, fed them manna and meat from heaven.  He was their cloud by day and fire by night and countless more written in the pages of the Bible.  From Genesis to Revelation, we cannot deny the power of God to provide, protect and save His people.  Jesus, the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world covered us (His Church) with His blood shed at the Cross that assures us of our citizenship in heaven and power against all the works of the enemy.  This should embolden us to live free from the chains that the enemy is engulfing the world today.  While the ungodly are running around like chickens with their heads cut off because they are not sure of what tomorrow will bring, God's people should live as beacons of light to point them to the One who is all knowing (Omniscient) and always in Control---God Almighty!  Let us not forget that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside every single one of us who gave our lives to Christ and no giants sent by the enemy can destroy us when we operate in His power.  I suggest you read this ARTICLE for more information on "How Can We Rely on the Power of God."  It will truly bless you. 

For this Card, I used an image from DRS Designs called "Western Dancing Couple" that I watercolored using Distress Inks.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, the flowers that I layered are from Prima, the brad from Recollections and the leaves are punched with Fiskars punch.  I also added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal)  and some stitching all over this project.  Pretty cute!


 POWER THAT WORKETH IN US COUNTRY CARD


 POWER THAT WORKETH IN US COUNTRY CARD LAYERS


 POWER THAT WORKETH IN US COUNTRY CARD INSIDE


POWER THAT WORKETH IN US COUNTRY CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---ATG with Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Layer it Up
Createful Heart---ATG
DL Art---ATG
Happy Little Stampers---Watercolor
LeAnns---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Smooshing
Not Just Cards---ATG
Scribbles Designs---In Bloom
Sognando---Waiting for Spring
Sweet Stampers---Easter/Spring
Creative Crafters---ATG
Tinker-Dream---Spring
Worldwide Open DT---ATG 
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 submit up to 5 entries per week.  Our wonderful sponsor for this week is DRS Designs ($20 GC). So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today.  Refuse to live in fear but live in confidence that the Lord has our backs always. 

16 comments:

  1. What strong words Jo Ann, and so true! Although our borders are effectively closed, there is still panic buying here... although not to the extent that you are facing.
    Loving your cheerful card 0- it's a beauty
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. ...With a matching envelope, too. How cool is that?! Thank you for joining us at Sognando Scrap for our monthly challenge.

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  3. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Your project is lovely and wishing you all the best with your entry.

    Jodie DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

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  4. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge March "ATG".
    IleanaxxBeautiful creation!

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  5. Pretty cool, love the brown paper, looks like leather! Your coloring is spot on! Thanks so much for playing with us at Love to Craft Challenge #44! XXO, Aimeslee DT

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  6. What a great card Love the image and you have super coloring. Stay safe down in Texas. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

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  7. Great card!
    Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge!
    Susan
    DT for Patterned Paper Challenge
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

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  8. thank you for participating in our challenge with your beautiful project, continue to follow us soon Elisabetta

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  9. What a great card.Thank you for participating in our challenge.
    Big Hug Bianca
    DT Sweet Stampers Challenge.

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  10. Your card is wonderful.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.
    Hugs
    Kuni

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  11. Absolutely beautiful work. Love the design.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

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  12. Absolutely wonderful Jo Ann. Love the fussy cut around the characters and the sewing finishes off everything beautifully. Keep safe and healthy.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  13. Amazing card, funny.
    Thank you for playing with @Creative Heart - Danka DT

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  14. A great card and envelope - love your design.

    Thanks for joining us at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

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  15. What for a wonderful post. God is great and I love how you use your blog for the word of God. You made also a wonderful card. Stay safe and healthy.
    Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.

    Hugs and good luck
    Ute
    DT bastel-traum challenge

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  16. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional layer it up” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    (DT Kreativtanten)

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