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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Scripture Series: The Way of the Spirit Card---Join our Last Challenge for 2021 with Blog Hop Prizes at Word Art Wednesday! Don't Miss It!

 Hi there, Crafty peeps!  First of all,  A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR to everyone.   It's time for another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) which will go on for two weeks.  Today's Scripture Word Art comes from Ecclesiastes 11:5 which says, "As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all."  I highlighted this verse in my card below to inspire you. Download this free Scripture Word Art at WAW, use it for your projects (not mandatory) and don't forget to link  them to our Challenge.  Then follow the Blog hop order for a chance to win the awesome prizes our DT's are giving away in their post. You can find the complete details below.

I am very grateful to God that this year had been full of blessings for me and my family.  I am not saying this because the world has gotten better, not at all!  If anything, it became worst as Satan and his demonic minions wreak havoc in trying to divide people not only by race but have caused war between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated by using the Rona scare tactics disguising as health/safety concern.   It is sad and concerning to see what's happening predominantly in Europe nowadays and how the rights of the people to decide what's right for their own bodies are being trampled on.  They are imprisoned inside their homes and are prevented from earning a living or to go shop and dine elsewhere.  Not only that, they are charged with hefty fines each month for non-conformity to their government's draconian mandates as if they are living under Communist rule.  This is done so that each one would be forced to take an experimental/emergency drug with deadly side effects that are kept from public questioning/scrutiny.  You either conform to the government mandate as lab rats or lose your freedom! But wait, where is the iron clad study that the "unjabbed" are without a doubt responsible for the Rona spread? How about the Cruise Ship (Royal Caribbean) that sailed more than a week ago with every passenger and crew vaccinated yet ended up with an outbreak  of 48 positive cases.  A couple of weeks before that, it happened with Norwegian Cruise Line as well as several other ships.  This news are kept in low profile by the fake media daily while intentionally failing  to report the truth on the deaths due to the deadly side effects and blood clots; defending every false claim of safety promised by their jab.  My point is, "If their Rona cure is really proven effective, many would essentially and happily subject to it.  There's no need for coercion because people (by nature) don't prefer to die prematurely.  But to threaten people's  livelihood for something they couldn't trust nor prove to keep people healthy and protected is despicable. I respect those who made their free choice to get the jab but many of these pro-jabbers have chosen to condemn those that didn't make the same choice.  There's no government and healthcare transparency when every opposing argument is silenced and banned.  So people of God, this calls for wisdom!  How much are you willing to give to live freely?  How much is your freedom worth?  The world puppeteers can come up with variants upon variants, believe me!  They will not stop till you have no freedom left.

I guess the bottom line is who do you trust with your life---God or government?  God's Word or what they call science (of safety)?  I am definitely for government and science if they align with God and His Word.  This may raise some eyebrows but I'm going to say it anyway. Any influential person can create chaos and use fear to bring people to submission and only the deceived would label everything as conspiracy.  The Bible tells us in Revelation 12:9, "And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him."  A man who hasn't fully given himself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) is driven by the Sin Nature that he/she inherited from Satan himself.  As a result, he/she follows after the heart of his prideful master--- highly selfish, corrupt, rebellious, deceptive!  Jeremiah 17:9 clearly states, “The heart is deceitful above all things And it is extremely sick; Who can understand it fully and know its secret motives?" Nothing is sacred to the enemy of our souls.  Until we allow Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God to come and change our hearts, we are nothing but blind and foolish beings.  And so, why do I consider myself blessed in the midst of this chaotic world?  Because in these days of deception, God allowed me to see right from wrong and to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ without fear.  He made me realize the value of eternity with Him and not so much on this temporary existence.  And He taught me to be grateful for the freedom He provided me so I could live freely (without apologies)---totally relying on His promises.  Live or die, I'm with my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ! 

Truthfully, none of us know every detail of what's going to happen today and tomorrow.  God is so gracious to let us in on the victory that awaits everyone who placed their trust in Christ through His Word.  Everyone who trusted in the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ knows that no matter what happens in this world, we are on the winning side! As we see the "Period of Grace (Church Age)" coming to a close, the believer's destiny is written---to meet up with our Lord and Savior with other believers in His appointed time so we can  rule and reign with Him forevermore. TELL ME WHY THEN SHOULD I FEAR? 
Lastly, I would like to impart what My Life Application Bible shared on the first five verses of Ecclesiastes 11 where our Scripture Word Art is taken from.  It says, "In these verses Solomon summarizes that life involves both risk and opportunity.  Because life has no guarantees, we must be prepared.  Solomon does not support a despairing attitude.  Just because life is uncertain does not mean we should do nothing.  We need a spirit of trust and adventure, facing life's risks and opportunities with God directed enthusiasm and faith.  Waiting for perfect conditions will mean inactivity.  This practical insight is especially  applicable to our spiritual lives.  If we wait for the perfect time and place for personal Bible reading, we will never begin.  If we wait for a perfect Church, we will never join.  If we wait for the perfect ministry, we will never serve.  Take steps now to grow spiritually.  Don't wait for conditions that may never exist."
For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Mochi Fall Girl" that I colored using my ProMarker and Prismacolor markers.  The base is an A7 card from Paper Studio and the DP's are also from Paper Studio.  I added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal) to the paper-pieced portion of the clothing as well as white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  Lastly, I did some fancy and regular stitching on this project.  I am pretty happy with it.





Okay everyone, here's the ORDER OF THE BLOG HOP:
Welcome to my Blog, your second stop in the WAW Blog Hop! You can win lots of prizes by visiting the Blog Hop in its order to avoid missing a stop.  Each of the DT's will pick a winner of a beautiful prize package (picture shown below) they offer in their personal Blogs. And all you need to do is to leave each DT a comment. Now for my Blog, I would love for you to be a follower and to let me know how Word Art Wednesday or this Blog help you grow in your relationship with God  (just honest, straight forward answers). At the end of the Challenge I will ask the help of my 16 year old son in picking my winner.  Sadly, we can only accept and ship to United States participants at this time.  Be sure to finish the Blog Hop for more chances to win.   This is the prize I'm giving away:

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Little Red Wagon---Stripes or Dots
Ellibelle's Corner---Baby It's Cold Outside
Paper Funday---ATG/Holidays
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Non-traditional Christmas Colors
DL. Art---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Vintage Feel
MIUCB---ATG/Black and White + One

Time to go, everyone!  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 sponsors this week is Sunny Studio Stamps ($20 GC).  So, head over to WAW and show us your wonderful projects.  Enjoy the holidays with your family.  Always remember that God is in control and we can trust in His protection always. Our part is to pray without ceasing and act upon His Word.

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  1. Fantastic card, adorable stamp and pretty layers to your card, hugs, Lori m

  2. Love the fabulous colors and great stitching on your card. Thanks so much for having me as a Guest Designer this month at Word Art Wednesday!

  3. This is so beautiful -- I hope you have a very Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year~ Blessings

  4. What a stunning card inside and out! I love the scripture quotes from Word Art Wednesday! They are always inspirational and give me something to pray for or think about for the two weeks that the challenge runs!

  5. such a lovely special card I just love all the layers and colors you used I love the Scripture also from Word art Wednesday . My card also have the scripture on it.
    Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas

  6. Beautiful card, inside and out! Love the inspiration every 2 weeks! Merry Christmas!

  7. Pretty card! I love the image you used and the way you colored her! I always enjoy reading the posts at Word Art Wednesday! It gives me inspiration to visit there.
    Love your fun giveaway items... the cute bunny makes me smile, and the other items look beautiful!

  8. Lovely card Jo Ann. The machine stitching and image are perfectly paired with this week's Scripture. Thanks for your inspiration!

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautifully colored and stitched card. I love the layers and rich, warm colors. wishing you and your family all the blessings of Christmas and a healthy new year. Word Art Wednesday is always inspirational, not just with their free scripture offerings but also with their creative design team that always lifts me.

  10. That image is just delightful, and beautifully coloured too

  11. Great card and love the stitching!

  12. Your card is beautiful as always Jo Ann, I am already a follower. Entering at WAW always makes me pause and reflect on my faith and my mission to use my cards to lift up others in need of a boost.

  13. Loving your card. What a great image. Great coloring and I love the stitching. I have a little sewing machine that I have used on cards a few times. You have inspired me to get it out. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  14. Lovethe beautiful papers you used.

  15. What a great card. I love the image makes me wish that I was in a cooler climate other than my warm Australian weather. Love your word from your Bible it was wonderful and what I needed to hear after recent surgery.

  16. Beautiful card!! I love the papers you used and how you combined them (this is the perfect way to use up some scraps!). And your image is fabulous; LOVE how you did her scarf and mittens!! I love that WAW is committed to be a challenge for cards including uplifting sentiments. And the devotional always speaks the gospel message in a very direct way. THANK YOU!!

  17. A beautiful card JoAnn - thank you for sharing it, and your Bible commentary on today's verse.
    Stay safe

  18. Really wonderful card. You are so talented. Thanks for your inspiration.

  19. It is so nice to see someone speaking the truth! I could not agree with you more - what an awesome devotional! Thank you for bravely speaking out - I hope your message gets through - people have been brainwashed and are following blindly without doing their own investigation. You have a new follower! Your card is beautiful as is your colouring. I am not eligible for your giveaway as I'm in Canada but I believe in Word Art Wednesday, enjoy the challenges, inspiration, scriptures, and devotionals so I wanted to support y'all. Wishing you a blessed day!

  20. Beautiful card and great take for our "Dots and Stripes" Challenge at Little Red Wagon. Thanks for joining us this week amd i hope to see you back again in 2022.


  21. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  22. What a lovely image she is!! Just beautiful. I love all the pretty layers and coloring as well as the scripture. Wishing you a very blessed 2022!! I love WAW and how the verse is explained, which is so very helpful!

  23. Such a darling image and lovely card, Jo Ann. I wish you a safe and happy 2022. xx

  24. Beautiful card! :) Great image and stitching :)
    Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious! :)

  25. Wonderful card, design and image. Thanks for sharing your lovely project with us at The Paper Funday Challenge and Happy New Year to you and yours.

  26. Thank you for joining us at challenge Le Ann's World 101 Challenge
    DT Maria

  27. A lovely creation. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca

  28. Beautiful card all the layers
    Thank you for joining us at LeAnn's World 101 Challenge
    Good Luck
    Rose DT

  29. JA, darn cute. Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede Challenge. kReN@afou

  30. I really like your project Thanks for joining us at Patterned Paper Challenge

    DT Patterned Paper Challenge

  31. This is darling! Thank you so much for sharing at Let’s Craft & Create.
    Blog, Pause Dream Enjoy
    Owner & Design Team, Crafting Happiness Challenges, Anything Goes
    Design Team, Let’s Craft & Create
    Design Team, Christmas Crafts All Year Round

  32. What a great design, so beautifully done! Thank you so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  33. What a lovely card with matching envelop box..Have a blessed 2022...YvonneX0X

  34. Lovely card Jo Ann. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for



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