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, November 28, 2020

Scripture Series: Magnify Him with Thanksgiving Card---There's Still Time to Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hi there, friends!  It's time for another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)This time, we are using a Scripture Word Art that comes from Psalm 69:30 which tells us, "I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving."

We just celebrated Thanksgiving Day here in the United States.  In spite of everything we were asked to put up with this year by our local officials and the non-stop noise of the Fake News Media and demonic agenda of our enemies from within to place us in the state of panic, fear and government dependence to ultimately destroy and overtake this nation, many of us still understands the sovereign rule of Almighty God who has control over-all.  For if it's up to the devil, we have long been gone and every soul doomed with him.  But the God Who created everything and knows the beginning from end spoiled his plan when He sent His One and Only Son---JESUS CHRIST to this world and redeemed all of mankind.  That whosoever receives His finished work at the Cross through repentance from his old ways and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior no longer live in bondage with the enemy. Instead he lives in the freedom that his faith in Jesus Christ has provided for him. So yes, no matter what is happening in this world that is directly or indirectly affecting us, we have a lot to thank God for---the blessings of protection, provision and ultimately salvation that He provided us.  Our faith (believe, trust, adherence, dependence) in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word makes a lot of difference on how we walk and live each day.

Sadly, many people in this world believe that it's okay to believe in anything just as long as it would not physically hurt them.  Before I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), I was  one of them.  If things sounds good or believable and shared by family and friends, it's fine. I live by the saying, "There's  no harm in believing." But after I gave my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, I now totally disagree.  For what you choose to agree and give your faith into, you're giving it consent to move and influence your life.  One example of that is if somebody tells you you're going to die if you don't hide in your house, wear a mask and avoid seeing your friends and family to protect yourself.  That you have to refrain from going to Church and open your mouth to sing praises to the Lord for you may spread or catch the virus.  But you can go shopping for food, alcohol or go into Casinos and the crown virus will leave you be as long as you don't go near other people.  If you  put your thinking brains on, something is not adding up. Another example is getting into a restaurant with a mask and once you are seated, you may remove the mask as the virus is going to grant you privacy while eating since the tables and chairs are disinfected.  You don't have to be a rocket scientist to conclude that these are pretty ridiculous.  You see, one thing is true since the Fall of Man--- everyone will leave this earthly suit and God, Our Creator, is the Only One who knows the exact day and time for each man.  I'm not saying that the threat is not real but allowing something to totally control your life and rob you of your freedom is also an evidence of your lack of faith in God who created you with a purpose.  God is able to heal, protect and provide for ALL your needs. You can find all of God's promises in His Word. He told us never to fear (fear not) 365 times throughout His Word.  Come to think of it, good for everyday of the year.  It's not true that there's no harm done when you simply believe.  Doctrines, teachings, writings and even customs and traditions contrary to the Word of God can influence your eternal destination---forever in God's presence or eternal damnation with Satan.  It's extremely important to saturate ourselves with the Word of God where the promises of God dwells.  It has the power to heal and deliver us from all the wiles of the enemy.  Release God's Word in faith and believe it shall come to pass even when all we see in the natural is the opposite.  Our faith is not in what we feel, see or think.  It is anchored in the fulfillment of God's promises in His Word.  As it is written in Romans 3:4, "Let GOD be TRUE and every man a liar." 

For this Card, I used an image from Clearsnap that I stamped with a Ranger Sepia Ink  and layered in this card.  The sun die-cut is from Heidi Grace and the train border punch is from Martha Stewart.  The sentiment inside the card is a border stamp from Stampabilities.  I finished this card with some stitching for added dimension.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Catz---ATG/Baby It's Cold Outside 
Just Add Ink---"Just Add "S" (Sun, Stamp, Scripture, Sentiment)
Aud Sentiments---ATG with Sentiments
Krafty Chicks---Occasions (Thanksgiving)
Lavinia---ATG (Using Rubber of Clear Stamps)
Fab n Funky---Thank You/Thanksgiving
Mod Squad---Thanksgiving
Paper Funday---ATG/Give Thanks/Thankful/Grateful
Path of Positivity---Gratitude
Paper Girls---Thankful/Grateful
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 Sugar Pea Designs ($25 GC). So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today.  He truly loves and cares for you. 

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Scripture Series: Thy Holy Habitation Card---You Still Have time to Join Our Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty friends! We are on our second week of our 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. Our highlighted verse today comes from Exodus 15:13 which says, "Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation."

Wow folks!  If we can only fathom the depth of God's love and mercy for us (His people), we will be free of all the anxiety we carry each day.  The highlighted passage above was a part of the song Moses and the Israelites sang after the Lord delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians.  Many of us learned of the supernatural way God saved His people when He parted the Red Sea and made a way (dry ground) for them to get to the other side while God's enemies drowned. I was blessed by the notes I saw in my Life Application Bible as I read the previous chapter (Exodus 14) that I have to share it with you.  I believe that God is going to show His supernatural (undeniable) power to put an end to the demonic ordeal we are facing in America today.  It says, "Trapped against the sea, the Israelites faced the Egyptian army sweeping in for the kill. The Israelites thought they were doomed. After watching God's powerful hand deliver them from Egypt, their only response was fear, whining and despair.  Where was their trust in God?   Israel had to learn from repeated experience that God was able to provide for them.  God has preserved these examples in the Bible so that we can learn to trust Him the first time.  By focusing on God's faithfulness in the past, we can face crises with confidence rather than with fear and complaining.  Exodus 14:11-12 records the first instance of grumbling and complaining by the Israelites.  Grumbling would become a major problem for the people in this journey.  Their lack of faith in God is startling.  Yet how often do we find ourselves doing the same thing---complaining over inconveniences or discomforts? The Israelites were about to learn some tough lessons.  Had they trusted God, they would have been spared much grief.  The people were hostile and despairing, but Moses encouraged them to watch the wonderful way God would rescue them.  Moses had a positive attitude!  When it looked as if they were trapped, Moses called upon God to intervene.  We may not be chased by an army, but we may still feel trapped. Instead of giving in to despair, we should adopt Moses' attitude to "stand firm and...see the deliverance the Lord will bring."  The Lord told Moses to stop praying and get moving!  Prayer must have a vital place in our lives, but there is also a place for action.  Sometimes, we know what to do, but we pray for more guidance as an excuse to postpone doing it.  If we know what we should do, then it is time to get moving.  There was no apparent way of escape, but the Lord opened up a dry path through the sea.  Sometimes we find ourselves caught in a problem and see no way out.  Don't panic; God can open up a way." 

Fellow believers, need I say more?  My question is, which kind of people do you identify with in our fight against good and evil (life and death) here in America?  We are facing the army of demonic globalists that seeks to annihilate our God-given rights and freedom and bathe our country with the blood of the innocent among others. They are taunting us with lies and deceit (fake data) using the Mainstream Media and Big Tech companies to  convince us that we're hopeless and defeated. And several of us have listened to their lies.  Did we forget about God and His goodness demonstrated to us four years ago when He miraculously saved us from the hand of the likes of Jezebel?  Without God's intervention, our country would have been four years down into captivity.  Though God's enemy attempted countless times to undo what God did in our midst the last four years, all of them failed miserably. But the enemy is persistent.  Right this moment, Satan and his minions assembled everything/everyone he got to wage war against God's people here in America through criminal acts of fraud in a huge scale in an attempt to topple God's chosen leader and pursue the agenda of death they failed to implement four years ago.  With all the great things God has done for us , are we going to grumble and complain too?  Or are we going to be like Moses who called unto God (prayer), maintained a positive and trusting attitude, and obedient when God called him to action?  America may be surrounded and God will have to part the Red Sea of our day to make a way for us.  As for me,  too many times I've seen the power of God in my life through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His faithfulness to His Word that I couldn't justify unbelief.  So let all the Moses' of this generation rise up and take our place.  Stand firm and see the glory of God displayed once again for all the world to see. VICTORY IS OURS IN JESUS CHRIST!

For this Card, I used an image from Digital Two that I colored using my Prismacolor markers.  The base is a pre-cut A7 Kraft that comes with an envelope.  I used my own cloud stencils and Distress Ink (Broken China) to add the clouds and the brads are from Recollections.  Lastly, I added some fancy stitching for added dimension.




This Card is entered into the following Challenges:  

Academy Scrap Art---Mood Board
DL Art---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Fave Sketch
MIU---ATG/Make Own Background
Sognando---ATG and Fave Color (Green)
Crafting Challenge---Add a Sentiment
Crafty Catz---ATG/Outside Pursuits

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  Emma's Paperie (Prize package worth $50).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today.  If you are trusting in Jesus, fear can't move you.
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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Encouragement Series: Sunshine Elephant Card---There's Still Plenty of Time to Join our 613 Avenue Monthly Challenge...

Hello everyone...I'm here to feature my card for our 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes, November Challenge.  I took on the optional twist which is "Cute Critters" with this Safari card design.  It seems like I hardly use animals in my creation.  It's not intentional.  As a matter of fact, I have quite a collection of animal stamps and I really need to use them for future projects given some time. 

Anyway, I've been away from the Blogging world for several weeks now.  As always, I've been so busy and there's always a lot of things to do than what I have time for.  Some of you are aware that I also love to Crochet and I'm trying my hand on some Knitting as well.  So, there's always a lot of crafting to do when I'm not around here.  But of course, serving the Lord and having time for my family comes first.

Nowadays, there's so many things happening in the world that are truly alarming.  Where evil is obviously saturating the news and fear and chaos are promoted.  Evil things are right before our eyes and yet many seem to turn a blind eye while many others are even supporting and promoting them.  It behooves me why many no longer care nor appreciate the freedom and security of this country and have allowed the lawless and abusive people to rule over them who are clearly robbing the people of their protected rights, and empowering the lawless to kill, steal and destroy this country. To these people, nothing is sacred.  I remember what I read in the Bible back when I was still a new believer in Christ.  I couldn't fathom then what God was saying about "how people could call evil good and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20).  Because many that time still understands the clear line between the two with the exception of those who are literally crazy or deranged.  Yet from then and fast forward to this time,  God's Word is true.  Because many have rejected God, Who is the only source of true wisdom and understanding, they have literally lost their minds. Without Christ, every man's default setting is "God's enemy."  And people who are clinging on religion instead of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are not exempted from the deception of Satan. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 says, "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men."

Now more than ever, we have to trust God and refuse to be persuaded by the lies of the enemy.  Unlike the old days, we have advance technology now to affect millions (if not billions) of people.  Majority (if not all) of the big Social Media sites have aligned themselves with the demonic agenda of Satan and are pressing on us every minute of everyday.  God's Word is crucial  in this fight.  Every believer shouldn't slack in studying and sharing God's Word.  The Bible told us how Satan tried to entice Jesus (after He fasted forty days and forty nights) in the wilderness by twisting the Word of God to get Jesus to worship him.  But Jesus had the truth and power of God's Word to silence the enemy's attempt of deception.  Needless to say, we have to meditate on the Scriptures day and night to stand against the cloud of deception that is hovering over our country and the world today.  We have to fight with the full armor that God found in Ephesians 6:10-18.  Among these weapons is the  "Sword of the Spirit" which is the Word of God.  It is not just a defensive weapon but more than anything, offensive!  Hebrews 4:12 tells us, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."  In conclusion, don't buy into everything you see and hear in the natural but inquire from the Word of God and test the spirit it carries so as to see clearly in this blinding world. For the battle is not just physical but also spiritual. 

For this Card, I used these cute elephant clear stamps and colored it using my ProMarker markers.  The base is a pre-cut A7 Kraft that comes with an envelope from Paper Studio.   The DP came from DCWV, the film strip die cut from Sizzix and the leaves punched with Fiskars.  I also layered some flowers from Prima and Recollections, some glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the brad from Recollections.  The sentiments were from Stampendous and Printworks. Lastly, I stitched all over this card. 




This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

 2 Crafty Critter---ATG with Critter
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animals
Craftyhazelnut's---ATG with Patterned Paper
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Fave Sketch
MIU---ATG/Make Own Background
Scribbles Designs---Feature a Creature
Sognando---ATG and Fave Color (Green)
Crafting Challenge---Add a Sentiment
Lavinia---ATG (Rubber or Clear stamps only)

This is it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge with optional theme, "Cute Critters."  If you want to be challenged more, take on our Optional Twist.  But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create.  Anyway, the works of the enemy is apparent in our day and time.  We are to study and arm ourselves with the Truth in order to discern the works of Satan and act with wisdom and power.

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