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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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  1. Loving your wee homily Jo Ann - it is always a pleasure to visit you
    Love your card - a beautiful balance of images and colour
    Stay safe

  2. What a beautiful card! Nice! Thank you for joining Aud Sentiment challenge! We hope you will participate again next time!

  3. What a fabulous creation! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog! Good Luck in the draw and hope to see you again next challenge!

    Please stop by for a visit.

  4. Fun post and lovely design and thanks for entering into our Sentiment-all challenge, hope to see you again and please don't forget to follow if you haven't already. ♥

    ARTSYSTAMPER DIGITALS. Good luck in the draw. . Love to see you next challenge.

    ~aNNie DT member

  5. This is so great, love those vibrant colours.
    thanks for sharing with us at Creative Fingers
    Penny DT

  6. I just love this! The textures and layout is perfect. Thank you for sharing with us at Lavinia World Challenges. Vicki

  7. I love this card. Cute image and love the scripture. So glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments (and Colour Crazy, Crafty Sentiments)

  8. Your card is beautiful and I love your design. So glad you shared it with us for the Lavinia World Challenges #32 :-).

  9. Beautiful card!

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Lavinia World Challenge blog

    Ania DT

  10. What a lovely card.
    Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at
    Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Crafty Hugs x
    Debbie Maddock
    My blog

  11. Love your design Jo Ann! Your coloring is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Lavinia World Challenge!
    Lavinia World DT - Bonnie

  12. your image is fun! Great design!
    Thanks for playing along with us this month.
    Regina DT-Member of Paper Funday Challenge

  13. Your card is lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at Lavinia World Challenges!

  14. It is perfect inside and outside! Wow.
    Thank you for participating in our Artsystamper challenge using digital stamps!
    Scrap&Doodles, Inga Betenshi

  15. Beautiful details in this project, I can see it was a labour of love. Thank you for joining us at Time Out!

  16. This is such an amazing card!! I adore the image you used, she is coloured so beautifully, really brings her to life. She really looks like she reading the panel on your card aloud. The kraft is natural enough to make her colours pop and the stitching around the panel is genius. So very happy you shared this with us at TIME OUT!

  17. Lovely card, Great image. Madison
    Thanks for entering digi chooseday blog at Polkadoodles.

  18. Nice project and very neatly made! Thank you for joining the Aud Sentiments Challenge blog, we hope you'll be back next time!

  19. Fab card, love the layout
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday
    Sharon ~ DT member for Digi Choosday Challenge!

  20. Love the layout of your card - The colours work perfectly together. Thanks for sharing with us at the Colour Crazy Challenge - Vic, DT x

  21. Great project and thanks for sharing at Colour crazy this time and good luck

  22. Great card - beautifully coloured.

    Thanks for joining us at the Paper Funday Challenge.

    Helen x

  23. A lovely take on scripture meeting art! Fun design! Thanks for joining us at Jan's Digital images challenge for August!



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