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

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Scripture Series: One Body in Christ Fancy Fold Card---It's Anything/Inspirational Goes at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty friends! We have a new Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). As always, we feature a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site.  So, our inspiration Scripture for this Challenge that I featured in my card below comes from Romans 12:5 which says, "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."

Romans 12 talks about how Born-again (John 3:3) believers are supposed to conduct ourselves in a fallen world.  Though all human beings live in this world, all of us that gave our lives to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ no longer belong to this world (ruled by Satan).  The very moment we confessed our sins and made Jesus our personal Lord and Savior was the very day we became citizens of the kingdom of God.  We died from ourselves and went from self centered to Christ centered. At the Cross, Jesus won the victory over Sin and Death and by faith (trust, dependence, belief, reliance) in His finished work (His death, burial and resurrection) at the Cross, we were saved.  His victory became our victory.  He made us One in/with Him as He is in/with the Father.  He sealed that deal by giving us His Holy Spirit (the power of God) to enable, empower and direct us to fulfill every purpose that God Almighty has predestined us to do from before time when He created us with different talents, abilities and unique personalities.  These various gifts that God uniquely placed upon every believer,  when used in obedience to the Word of God, are meant to move in fluidity in edifying and equipping the Body of Christ (Church, Ekklesia) to accomplish His Great Commission for the salvation of many souls.  In Mark 16:15-16, "He (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."  We are members of One Body in which Christ is the Head.  Just as the human body have different parts, we are to function as part of His Body in accordance to the assignment He placed upon our hearts.  We need every part of the Church to stay where the Spirit of God specifically anoints us to operate---all in accordance to His Word to work harmoniously and effectively.  Each one equally important to God and to one another, no matter how big or small the responsibility we are tasked to accomplish.

I love what My Life Application Bible shared pertaining to Romans 12:1-6It says, "When sacrificing an animal according to God's law, a priest would kill the animal, cut it in pieces, and place it on the altar.  Sacrifice was important, but even in the Old Testament God made it clear that obedience from the heart was much more important (1 Samuel 15:22, Psalm 40:6, Amos 5:21-24).  God wants us to offer ourselves, not animals as living sacrifices---daily laying aside our own desires to follow Him, putting all our energy and resources at His disposal and trusting Him to guide us. We do this out of gratitude that our sins have been forgiven.  God has a good, pleasing and perfect plans for His children.  He wants us to be transformed people with renewed minds, living to honor and obey Him. Because He wants only what is best for us, and because He gave His Son to make our new lives possible, we should joyfully give ourselves as living sacrifices for His service.  Christians are called to "not conform any longer to the pattern of this world," with its behavior and customs that are usually selfish and often corrupting.  Many Christians wisely decide that much worldly behavior is off limits for them.  Our refusal to conform to this world's values, however, must go even deeper than the level of behavior and customs---it must be firmly  planted in our minds---"be transformed by the renewing of your mind."  It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn and arrogant.  Only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducates, and redirects our minds are we truly transformed.  Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves; on the other hand, some of us overestimate ourselves. The key to an honest and accurate evaluation is knowing the basis of our self-worth---our identity in Christ.  Apart from Him, we aren't capable of very much by eternal standards; in Him, we are valuable and capable of worthy service.  Evaluating yourself  by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God's eyes.  Paul uses the concept of the human body to teach how Christians should live and work together.  Just as the parts of the body function under the direction of the brain, so Christians are to work together under the command and authority of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:1-16).  God gives us gifts  so we can build up His church.  To use them effectively, we must  (1) realize that all gifts and abilities come from God;  (2) understand that not everyone has the same gifts; (3) know who we are and what we do best; (4) dedicate our gifts to God's service and not to our personal success; (5) be willing to utilize our gifts wholeheartedly, not holding back anything from God's service.  God's gifts differ in nature, power and effectiveness according to His wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith.  Our role is to be faithful and to seek ways to serve others with what Christ has given us.

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions called "Live Laugh Love" that I watercolored using my Stabilo 68 markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, the layered flowers from Prima and the brads from Recollections.  Some of the leaves are die-cuts using Spellbinders and some are punched with an MS punch.  I also used washi tapes from Tape Works, glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and ran some panels through my sewing machine for some wonderful stitching.  I always wanted a space for a personal message from the sender so, I created a side slot to accommodate a message tab.  Love it!






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art Impressions---Quick and Simple
Krafty Chicks---All Occasions
Crafty Gals---Summer Fun
Creative Moments---ATG/Pretty Papers
Scribbles Designs---Great Outdoors
Sparkles---Use at least 3 Patterned Papers
Sweet Stampers---Outdoor Fun

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.  Great prize package to be won from our wonderful sponsor--- Stix 2 Anything.  Always remember that every believer is important to the Body of Christ and none of us are without talents and gifts to contribute to the Body.  God placed us at this time when many have succumb to darkness and the hope and light of the Gospel is the only cure. Time is running out!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Scripture Series: Strength Among the People Card---Join Us for Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hi there, friends!  This post is coming out really late.  Just been busy these past few days.  But I would like to share with you my inspiration project for this bi-weekly Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  As always, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site.  Our highlighted verse today comes from Psalm 77:14 which says, "Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people."

As the Presidential election draws near, there is not a shortage of bad news upon bad news and chaos upon chaos not only in our country but all around the world.  It is obvious that the mainstream media who were once bringing a balance news to the people in the absence of political opinions have made it their quest to promote every news that capitalizes on stealing, killing and destruction to move people as far away as possible to what promotes life, freedom, patriotism and love for God.  Everyday, there are wonderful news out there that can unite and promote respect and love among human beings but the media pundits are purposely ignoring, killing and burying them to oblivion to promote unrest and further divide people to every issue they can come up with.  Nowadays, I often see/hear people quoting Matthew 12:25 in their social media comments. This verse tells us, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand."  Satan used division for ages to destroy nations, families and relationships to achieve his purpose---to destroy and deceived many souls and rob them of knowing their Savior.  And because America is so divided in our day, many are foreseeing our downfall.  But if you take the time to study Matthew 12 and look into the context of the interaction between Jesus and the Pharisees, the subject is about the (holy and rigteous) kingdom of God and the (unholy and perverted) kingdom of Satan.  JESUS RULES in God's kingdom and all His subject reveres Him and follows His statutes.  Satan's kingdom are filled with rebels and self centered souls that are divided among themselves.  Let's see what Jesus told the Pharisees who accused Him of driving out demons by using demonic power in Matthew 12:26-33Jesus said, "If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit." 

I would like to share what My Life Application Bible's explanation shared regarding Matthew 12:24-30.  It says, "The Pharisees had already accused Jesus of being in league with the prince of demons (Matthew 9:34).  They were trying to discredit Him by using an emotional argument.  Refusing to believe that Jesus came from God, they said He was in league with Satan.  Jesus easily exposed the foolishness of their argument. In the incarnation, Jesus gave up the complete and unlimited use of His supernatural abilities.  But He still has profound insight into human nature.  His discernment stopped the religious leader's attempts to trick Him.  The resurrected Christ knows all our thoughts.  This can be comforting because He knows what we really mean when we speak to Him.  It can be threatening because we cannot hide from Him, and He knows every selfish motives.  At Jesus' birth, Satan's power and control were disrupted.  In the desert Jesus overcame the devil's temptations, and at the resurrection he defeated Satan's ultimate weapon---Death.  Eventually Satan will be constrained forever (Revelation 20:10), and evil will no longer pervade the earth.  Jesus has complete power and authority over Satan and all his forces.  It is impossible to be neutral about Christ.  Anyone who is  not actively following Him has chosen to reject Him.  Any person who tries to remain neutral in the struggle of good against evil is choosing to be separated from God, who alone is good.  To refuse to follow Christ is to choose to be on Satan's team. "

Wow, if we examine the state of our country through these verses, the very reason why we are divided is because we are surrounded by Satanic people who are bent to see the destruction of our country.  They took over major pillars of our society and planted their despicable globalists agenda.  We see their confusing and insane policies, views and arguments daily and unless you are operating in Godly wisdom and common sense, you can be easily deceived to agree with their perversion of truth.  But they have to contend with the true and faithful believers (Born-again, John 3:3) of the Body of Christ who boldly stand for God's Truth---unwilling to compromise.  Not everyone who attends a Church building or call themselves Christians are true believers.  Those whose lives are fully surrendered to Christ and obeys His Word agrees on the unifying power of the Gospel. One King, One Ruler, One Kingdom in Jesus Christ alone and His Word is eternal and unchanging. We obey what He says is right and hates what He says is wrong.  We have nothing in common with the rebels of this world for we have been redeemed by our faith in the finished work of Christ at the Cross.  This division is necessary in order to separate and identify the good from evil.  Those who would boldly stand for righteousness and those who would compromise for false comfort and security.  One day, Jesus will return for His people (Rapture of the Church) and everyone "left behind" will willingly worship Satan and receive the mark of the Beast as the wrath of God pours (Tribulation Period) upon the ungodly.  Revelation 20:6 tells us, "Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years."  To all of my fellow believers, never take your eyes away from Jesus Christ!  No matter what happens, consider His faithfulness written in His Word and all that He accomplished on our behalf in fulfillment of His promises.  Meditate upon them always while anticipating His eternal promises of a life in His presence filled with light, righteousness, peace, joy and love.  

For this Card, I used images from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz called "Bird Crazy" and the frame image is from Recollections.  Both are colored using my Hobby Colour and Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The embossing folder for the background is from Darice and the Washi tapes are from Tape Works.  Lastly, I added some fancy stitching to this card.  Simply cute!






This Card is entered into the following Challenges: 

Crafty Gals---Summer Fun
Ellibelle's---Something Beginning with "B" (Bird, Branch)
Simon Wednesday---Oh So Cute!
Paper Funday---ATG/Back to School
Path to Positivity---Exploring the Fantastical
Paper Girls---Emboss Like a Boss
2 Crafty Critter---ATG with Critter

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.  Our Challenge winner will be awarded a wonderful prizes from our awesome sponsor---Hello BlueBird (Prize pack).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, live every minute of your life fully trusting in the Lord, both physically and spiritually.  Never ever trade joy that will last for all eternity for momentary pleasure.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Scripture Series: All Should Come to Repentance Card---Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone, Sorry for the very late post... I'm here to share the card I made featuring our Scripture Word Art for our Word Art Wednesday (WAW) current Challenge.  Like always, you can download it for free at the WAW site if you want to use it for your projects.  It comes from 2 Peter 3:9 which says, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

Now more than ever, we see the prophetic Word of God unfolding before our very eyes.  The Lord didn't leave us out of His divine plan and although He didn't go into specific details on when things are going to take place, He placed the Holy Spirit inside every Born-again believer (John 3:3) to give us wisdom and understanding to know the time and the season we are in based on His written Word. Luke 12:54-56 tells us, "Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is. You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times." By observing God's natural creation (both seen and unseen) we can find some much needed clues that would give us insight on how a day is going to progress.  One of the first things I check (aside from time) when I wake up each day is the weather.  Since I am a night owl and sleeping for a good part of the day, I placed some dark colored curtains on my bedroom window to make sure daylight wouldn't bother me in my sleep.  The moment I wake up, I look at the sky to see how gloomy or sunny it is.  This helps me in deciding what direction and actions to take that day---even my clothing to wear.  When my family spends time outdoors and realize dark clouds forming, I'm usually not bothered until it's accompanied by strong winds, thunder and lightning.  All these warns me to seek shelter immediately.   Many (if not all) of us are aware of the physical/environmental clues that could prepare us for what's coming although many choose to ignore.   How I wish I could say the same when it comes to  people's awareness of the spiritual part of their existence.  The truth is those who haven't received Christ as their Lord and Savior are spiritually dead (no connection with God) since the Fall of Man and therefore follows the lead of the prince of this world---Satan.  These people think they are wise but no idea how deceived they truly are.  They love "virtue signaling" but no idea what Godly virtues are.  So, when you listen to their issues and arguments, they don't make any sense and are far-fetched from what they claim to be fighting for.  

When we inquire, study and obey God's Word, not only are we given wisdom and understanding but God also strengthen and empower us to make decisions in accordance to His perfect will and purpose.  As a result of such intimacy with God, we're not easily persuaded by FEAR and the arguments of man which we best know today as FAKE NEWS.  In the Church, the fake news are called "FALSE TEACHINGS.  We are to steer clear of these "wind of doctrines" concocted by Satan himself that perverts God's truth.  Ephesians 4:14-16 says, "Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." As believers, we know that we have the Holy Spirit and His Word inside of us and we possess the incredible message of the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) that is God's power to conquer every darkness.  The treasure that we found in Christ is so priceless and will never lose its value both now and forever.  True believers are not afraid of losing their earthly life for the sake of the Gospel for what immediately awaits us is eternal  life in the presence of our Savior.  Since this is true, we fight for God's righteousness in this world in order to share the Gospel of salvation while we're still alive and the opportunity is still available.  Christian persecution (torture and martyrdom) in the countries hostile to the Gospel is so real that if we don't work to preserve our constitutionally protected freedom here in the United States, we'll pay the highest price to share the Gospel or cave in/deny your faith in Christ. I pray that we stand with Jesus---no matter what!  
Finally, I would like to share what My Life Application Bible had to say about our highlighted verse quoted at the beginning and featured in my card creation.  It says, "In the last days" scoffers will say that Jesus is not coming back, but Peter refutes their argument by explaining God's mastery over time.  The "last days" is the time between Christ first and second comings; thus we, like Peter, live in the last days.  We must do the work to which God has called us and believe that He will return as He promised.  God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered.  But God is not slow; He just is not on our timetable (Psalm 90:4).  Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to Him.  We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should live with the realization that time is short and that we have important work to do.  Be ready to meet Christ anytime, even today; yet plan your course of service as though He may not return for many years."

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions and watercolored it using my Stabilo 68 markers.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches squared card.  Using my Corner Chomper, I shaped 2 corners of the card.  The DP is from Recollections, the nail head gems from Tulips and the glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  For a final touch, I ran some panels into my sewing machine for some stitching. 





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Colour Crazy---ATG with Colored Image
Art Impressions---Cards for Kindness (Made an Inspirational/Encouragement Card)
Aud Sentiments---ATG with Sentiment/s
Lavinia---ATG using Rubber/Clear Stamps
Time Out---Inspired by Words
Creative Moments---ATG/Citrus colors
Simon Says---Fave Tool (My Heating tool to set the gems)
Paper Funday---ATG/Back to School
Time for me to go!  Please make sure to visit us at WAW and link up the projects you make out of our free Word Art although not mandatory.  You can link up any inspiring, uplifting, family-friendly projects, up to 5 each week.  Our wonderful sponsor is Heartfelt Creations ($25 GC). So, head over to WAW and show us your wonderful projects.  Enjoy your week.  Always remember to trust in God alone and the power of His Word.  All things will pass away but His Word will not!

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