Hi there, friends! It's time for another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). This time, we are highlighting a Scripture Word Art that comes from Psalm 147:3 which tells us, "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." You can download this for free at WAW site and you can see how the other DT's used it for their featured cards. I chose to make a project that highlighted Stamp Simply who happens to be our sponsor for this Challenge.
In this earthly life, we will never run out of things that could break our hearts and wound us. We could be basking from joy and victory one day and suddenly, bad news come to ruin the next day. Just when we thought we have everything mapped out and have learned to navigate life based on previous experiences, we come face to face with situations and trials that's beyond our control. Some may have been caused by others while some we've inflicted upon ourselves. And there are those that come to test our faith like what happened to Job. Even people that have all the riches in the world can face trials that no amount of money can solve. We just think they are invincible because most of the trials we encounter in this world are pretty much tied up with finances. But come to think of it, no matter how rich one is, he cannot stop death (physical) from knocking on his door. Only the Creator of heaven and earth has the power and the authority over His creation---both seen and unseen. He already predetermined our beginning to our ending. And none of us can buy a minute or a second more once He says it is time. Yet a true believer of Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) has nothing to fear because God's Word tells us of a life that is beyond this earthly life. The true value of this temporary existence is in knowing our Savior Jesus Christ whose death, burial and resurrection freed us from the ultimate penalty of Sin that we inherited from Adam from the time we were born in this world. That ultimate penalty is "Eternal Death" for everyone who chooses to reject Christ and His gift of salvation. Their eternal dwelling place is the "Lake of Fire (Hell)" with Satan and his minions. But for us that fully surrendered our lives to our Savior, we become ambassadors of Jesus Christ in this world---His Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16), to proclaim the Gospel of Truth and declare His glory to this darkened world. At the end of our journey, we will see and live in the presence of our Lord for all eternity in a place where all good things abide.
But while we're still in this world, God gave us the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit to comfort us in times of need. Many of us suffer physically yet many other's are broken and wounded in their spirit but refuse to admit it or ask for help. Let me tell you that God is still interested in healing anyone who is wounded and brokenhearted be it physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He is still the Great Physician and anyone who calls upon the name of Jesus Christ will find comfort and healing and will never be turned away. Jesus spoke in Matthew 11:28-30 saying, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” In conclusion, I would like to share this commentary from biblestudytools.com regarding our highlighted verse for it truly blessed me. It says, "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. This the Holy Spirit mentions as a part of the glory of God, and a reason for our declaring his praise: the Lord is not only a Builder, but a Healer; he restores broken hearts as well as broken walls. The kings of the earth think to be great through their loftiness; but Jehovah becomes really so by his condescension. Behold, the Most High has to do with the sick and the sorry, with the wretched and the wounded! He walks the hospitals as the good Physician! His deep sympathy with mourners is a special mark of his goodness. Few will associate with the despondent, but Jehovah chooses their company, and abides with them till he has healed them by his comforts. He deigns to handle and heal broken hearts: he himself lays on the ointment of grace, and the soft bandages of love, and thus binds up the bleeding wounds of those convinced of sin. This is compassion like a God. Well may those praise him to whom he has acted o gracious a part. The Lord is always healing and binding: this is no new work to him, he has done it of old; and it is not a thing of the past of which he is now weary, for he is still healing and still binding, as the original hath it. Come, broken hearts, come to the Physician who never fails to heal: uncover your wounds to him who so tenderly binds them up!"
For this Card Set, I used a layering flower image from American Crafts using inks from Stampabilities and Memento. The wonderful Scripture sentiments are from Stamp Simply from two of their wonderful sets namely Farmhouse Scriptural Thoughts and Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes. I bought a few stamp sets for layering but I've never really tried to make something out of them. It's a bit of a challenge to line up the images but I love the result. Like anything else, I know I will need to practice to get the hang of it.
This Project is entered in the following Challenges:
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 Stamp Simply (Stamps and/or Dies). So excited to see what you come up with. Anyway, cheer up and let the Word of God comfort you today.
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