THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

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


Monday, June 6, 2022

Scripture Series: That He May Please Him/Kindness Cards---It's Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends! This is a very late post for our current challenge and you have a day left to join but a new one is starting this Wednesday at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  As always, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site and while there, view all the wonderful cards/projects the DT's made using the featured Scripture.  For our existing challenge, our highlighted Word comes from 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
 
I hope you all noticed that we are living in an environment of deception where many no longer recognize wrong from right and right from wrong. Isaiah 5:20-21 says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!" Without Jesus, His Word and our obedience to His instruction leading our lives, we would all fall in the trap of this world's blanket of deception.  Let's take for example the recent Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.  Like similar incidents that happened in the past, the social media deceivers/influencers of our day went after the weapons rather than the motive and mental condition of the attacker. It's like clock work.  I never heard a thorough discussion/news/reporting by the mainstream media on the background, lifestyle, orientation of the criminal and how to spot people with lunatic tendencies and effectively secure our schools from them and their kind.  Instead, they have to go after our second amendment right to bear arms with the intent to strip every lawful gun owners the right to protect themselves from harm that could come to their homes or their communities (including their schools) from the lunatics, criminals or government overreach.  They argued that "guns are the problem."  My challenge to them is this:  Show me a gun that would fire itself!   Truthfully, I can live peacefully in a gun warehouse for as long as no one with an evil intent breaks in and uses any of the weapons to harm me.  Likewise, a kitchen knife will not cut and prepare cooking ingredients by itself  unless utilized by a cook with the motive to prepare a good meal for his family or his customers.  I hope it is clear with us believers in the Lord (Born-again, John 3:3) that it is the intent/motive of a person that causes harm or good and not merely the objects.  God showed us that while a rock is used by Cain to kill Abel, God didn't vanish the rocks from existence, did He? He however dealt with Cain.

So, what is the significance of a clear understanding of the Scripture with regards to our attitude towards such despicable attacks to our communities and our second amendment right to bear arms?  While we comfort victims/families and do whatever we can to help people in their time of grief, we however can't allow ourselves to be emotionally overtaken as to give up logic and the protection secured for us by our constitutional amendments.  Satan's agenda involving stealing, killing and destroying (John 10:10) is actively carried out by his demonic armies since the beginning of time and it uses darkened minds to advance their master's goal.  They don't mind "killing" the vulnerable so they can "steal" the rights of the lawful and God-fearing citizens in order to "destroy" everything that God started in this beautiful land.  But aside from their bad and fake acting of concern, you will know them by their fruits!  For it's the same party that shouts injustice on the killing of school children are the same party that demands "abortion" in and out of a selfish mother's womb.  Behind all of them is Satan and they don't have a bit of concern for any of our children.  They fight to expose children from such a young age to every manner of perversion till they lose their minds and commit despicable things.  Ask the Lord to open your "true" eyes.  They're the new breed of predators out to kill and use our children like perverts.  If you cannot see the true agenda there, then I can only pray for God's mercy to touch you that you may see again.  
 
For telling the truth, I have been insulted, cursed, mocked and called many names.  But I set aside all emotions and I continue to walk boldly into the enemy's camp because I have a clear understanding of the goal,  purpose and the victory that awaits everyone redeemed by the blood of Christ.  I speak when God wants me to speak and withhold when God wants me to withhold.  I'm far from perfect but I know God can use me.  I also know that when God calls me, He equips me.  The only issue is whether I would allow myself to be slowed down by my fear or emotions.  As a soldier in the mighty army of God, I can't!  There's just too much at stake.  I would like to share what My Life Application Bible imparted with regards to our highlighted verse today.  It says, "As Timothy preached and taught, he would face suffering, but he should be able to endure. Paul used a comparison (2 Timothy 2:3-7) with soldiers, athletes and farmers who must discipline themselves and be willing to sacrifice to achieve the results they want.  Like soldiers, we have to give up worldly security and endure rigorous discipline.  Like athletes, we must train hard and follow the rules.  Like farmers,  we must work extremely hard and be patient.  But we keep going despite suffering because of the thought of victory, the vision of winning, and the hope of the harvest.  We will see that our suffering is worthwhile when we achieve our goal  of glorifying God, winning people to Christ, and one day living eternally with Him."
 
For these Cards, I used an images/sentiments from our sponsor, Stamp Simply called "Delighful Dahlias" and "Pretty Poppies." The white A7 card base is from Paper Studio that comes with an envelope.  The DP's are also from Paper Studio, the nail head gems are from Imaginisce and I ran it through my sewing machine for added dimension.  

 
THAT HE MAY PLEASE HIM CARD 


KINDNESS CARD
 

THAT HE MAY PLEASE HIM/KINDNESS CARD SET
 

THAT HE MAY PLEASE HIM/KINDNESS CARDS WITH ENVELOPES
 
 
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Get Creative---At least  two Patterned Papers
Corrosive---ATG
Allsorts---ATG/Sun, Sea, Sand
Taylormadecards4u---ATG/Red, White and Blue
Beyond the Blue---Flowers
Cards 4 Galz---Two or More Patterned Papers
Krafty Chicks---Stamp Act

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 this week.  A wonderful prize awaits our winner from our lovely sponsor for this Challenge---Stamp Simply ($20 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord, rely on His promises and resist the lies of this world. Value your God-given rights!

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Scripture Series: Possible with God Easel Card---It's Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hello there, Crafty Peeps!  This post is very late but there's still a few days left to join  our current Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge.  You can use the Scripture Word Art that you can download for free from the WAW site.  You may use it in your projects you link to our Challenge (not mandatory) or as a wonderful inspirational message for your projects.  I have featured it in my card today and it comes from Luke 18:27 which says, "And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." 
 
This is such a profound scripture that tells us how there's still hope at the end of man's abilities.  When we have done everything humanly possible to no avail, we can trust God for the impossible!  But as a believer in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), I'm learning to entrust God both the possible and the impossible.  That simply means that in every situation I encounter in life, I rely upon Him from the very beginning instead of my last resort.  

Our Father in heaven does not want us to walk this earthly life alone.  We are supposed to be in total dependence on Him every step of the way.  It's impossible for us to achieve anything on our own efforts for in reality, none of us have any control over our own lives.  We'd like to think so but no---God is the very breath that keeps us alive in this earthly existence.  Job 12:10 clearly tells us, "In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."  So left alone in our fallen state (in Adam's rebellious and Sinful nature), we will never understand and appreciate the realm of the impossible where God dwells and operates. It's is accessible through "faith" alone in the finished work (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ at the Cross.

Just like the rich young ruler that asked Jesus, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" in Luke 18:18-30, we are all aware that this life would be over.  Sooner or later, we would face eternity (no matter how many denied such existence).  Upon hearing Jesus' response, he became very sad because it would mean letting go of his wealth (which was his idol) to follow Christ.  Sad to say but we have the same reaction to this day.  Though it may be in different forms, we are all guilty of idolatry which hindered us from following Jesus.  Many times, we think that the things of God are extremely difficult to accomplish and I can say there's truth to that matter. It's truly impossible to do it on our own but if we allow God to take over our lives and use us for His divine purpose, we can walk and achieve the impossible.  For it is no longer us working but Jesus Christ in us!  
 
I would like to share My Life Application Bible's explanation about our highlighted verse today for it surely blessed me.  It says, "Peter and other disciples had paid a high price---leaving their homes and jobs---to follow Jesus.  But Jesus reminded Peter that following him has its benefits as well as its sacrifices.  Any believer who has had to give up something to follow Christ will be repaid in this life as well as in the next.  For example, if you must give up a secure job, you will find that God offers a secure relationship with Himself now and forever.  If you must give up your family's approval, you will gain the love of the family of God.  The disciples had begun to pay the price of following Jesus, and Jesus said they would be rewarded.  Don't dwell on what you have have given up; think about what you have gained and give thanks for it.  You can never outgive God."

For this Card, I used a Stamping Bella image called "Planty Dandy" that I watercolor using Distress Inks.  The base is Kraft CS, cut and score to make a 5.5 inches square easel design. The DP's are from Paper Studio, the leaves are punched by Fiskars punch and the rose is from Recollections.  I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the leaves and I ran several panels for some wonderful stitching to enhance this project.  Love the result!
 
 
POSSIBLE WITH GOD CARD

POSSIBLE WITH GOD CARD WHEN CLOSED

POSSIBLE WITH GOD CARD WITH MESSAGE SPACE

POSSIBLE WITH GOD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
 
 
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Alphabet---D is for Die-Cuts
Cut It Up---Out in the Country
Little Red Wagon---With a Little Help from our Friends
Simon Says---Layer It Up
Paper Funday---ATG/Family
TTCRD---ATG
A Place to Start---ATG/Lilies/Lace
Double Trouble---Let's Brown Bag It
Incy Wincy---Die-Cuts and/or Punch
PIP---ATG

 
There you have it, folks!  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.  Wonderful prize to be won from our great sponsor---Lawn Fawn ($20 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  Nothing is impossible with Him!   

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Scripture Series: He Died for All Card---Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes 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 2 Corinthians 5:15 which says, "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."

Just a couple of days ago, we celebrated Resurrection Sunday---the greatest day ever for all of us who placed our faith in the eternal salvation brought about by the Cross of Christ.  When Jesus uttered "It is finished" (His final word) before dying at the Cross in John 19:30, He declared the truth that the payment for Sin and Death had been fully satisfied and settled by the blood of the perfect God  and perfect Man---Jesus Christ!  The time of sacrificing animal's blood as a temporary covering for one's sin ended that day.  Behold once and for all,  the blood of the Lamb promised by God to wash away the sins of the world  was wholeheartedly poured and that everyone who believed and received His gift of salvation will have eternal life. Jesus clearly tells us in John 10:14-18,  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”  Though Jesus knew the intense suffering He would have to go through, He looked beyond the torture of the Cross including the indescribable pain when the Father turned His face away from Him. He endured it all because He knew what was at stake---the fate of all mankind!  He bore the Sin of the world upon His shoulder as He cried out in agony in Matthew 27:46, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  My friends, Jesus willingly went through it all for the high price of sure victory---a glorious outcome of liberating us from our bondage to Adam's Sin into the newness of life in Christ Jesus sealed by the power of His resurrection.

Jesus demonstrated to every believer (Born-again, John 3:3) that just like Him, we have a purpose for being on earth.  We are to faithfully follow God's Word and point others to the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ just like His early disciples and followers showed us in the Scripture. We are entrusted with God's truth and miraculous power to shine the light of the Gospel in this last of the last days.  We are not to live for ourselves but we are to take on the same burden Jesus had for the perishing souls so they too may find forgiveness and benefit from the power of His resurrection.  So I would like to impart to you what My Life Application Bible shared with regards to our highlighted verse in this post as it truly blessed me.  It says, "Everything that Paul and his companions did was to honor God.  Not only did fear of God motivated them (Matthew 5:11), but Christ's love compelled their actions. The word for "compels" means "to hold fast."  In other words, the love of Christ was constraining them to certain courses of action. They knew that Jesus, out of His great love, has given up His life for their sakes.  He had not acted out of His own self-interest, selfishly holding on to the glory of heaven that He already possessed (Philippians 2:6).  Instead Jesus had willingly "died for all."  Because Christ died for us, we also are dead to our own lives.  Like Paul, we should no longer live to please ourselves, we should spend our lives pleasing Christ. Christians are brand new people on the inside.  The Holy Spirit gives them new life, and they are not the same anymore.  We are not reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated---we are re-created (new creations), living in vital union with Christ (Colossians 2:6-7).  At conversation, we are not merely turning a new leaf; we are beginning a new life under a new Master.

For this Card, I used an image from Gina K. Designs called "Friendship Blooms" that I colored using my Promarker and Hobby Colour markers.  The base is a white A7 pre-cut cards from Paper Studio.  The DP is also from Paper Studio, the butterflies from Recollections and the nail head gems are from Imaginisce.  To finish it, I added a bit of glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the butterflies and ran it through my sewing machine for some fancy stitching.  I think it turned out great.
 
 
HE DIED FOR ALL CARD 


HE DIED FOR ALL CARD LAYERS
 

HE DIED FOR ALL CARD INSIDE
 

HE DIED FOR ALL CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
 
 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
 
Crafty Gals Corner---Spring/Easter 
Creative Moments---Things with Wings
Fab n Funky---Feature a Creature
Little Red Wagon---What you Made for Easter
Simon Says Stamps---Rain or Shine
Paper Funday---ATG/April Showers
Ike's World---ATG/Animal/Crazy Critter
TTCRD---ATG
Unicorn---Include an Animal
A Place to Start---ATG/Key it Simple
Get Creative---Springtime
Incy Wincy---Easter and/or Animals
Pammie's Inky Pinky---Easter/Animals
Dragonfly Dreams---Spring/Easter
We Love Stamping---Favourite Stamps
Crafty Calendar---Anything But Square
Di's Digi---Spring
Taylormade Cards---ATG/Great Outdoors


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 Heartfelt Creations ($20 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today knowing that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is always at work in us.  If you are trusting in Jesus, fear can't move you.
 
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Friday, April 8, 2022

Scripture Series: He is Risen Card---Join Our Anything/Inspirational Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty friends! It's the second week of our bi-weekly 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 Matthew 28:6 which says, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."  

For those who placed their faith in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior sealed the completion of our victory over Sin and Death brought about by the redemptive work of God's One and Only Son.  Every religious founders known to man that promised their own way to God have come and gone for no human being tainted by the fallen nature of Adam can break the power of Sin (nature of Satan) and Death (spiritual, physical and eternal).  We can't help but be a part of Adam's fallen nature the moment we're born into this world.  And if God had not fulfilled His promise in Genesis 3:15 pertaining to the "Seed" of the woman Who would crush the head of Satan, every single one of us are destined for eternal wrath. 

But the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among men in the perfect time ordained by God.  The promised "Seed" and Savior did everything His Father predestined Him to do so that everyone who believes (faith, trust, depend, rely) in His finished work at the Cross (death, burial and resurrection) would be saved and have eternal life.  Because we are one with Christ in His resurrection, we are one with the Lord in His victory. We are so blessed to be alive at this time when we have both the writings of the Old and the New Testament. For what was concealed in the old is now revealed in the new.  What was then a mystery is now our reality!  Wow, I can just imagine the mix reactions of the women who first saw what the angel of the Lord revealed to them when they visited Jesus' tomb.  And how they witnessed with their own eyes---Jesus was no longer there, He's alive!  Matthew 28:2 says, "There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it."  It is important to point out that the angel didn't roll the stone for Jesus to get out but to allow people to see that Jesus indeed rose from the dead just as He promised them before He died on the Cross.  Here, God is showing His disciples the value of trusting (faith) His Word and the exceeding joy that follows in the validation (tangible proof) when His promises are fulfilled.  A week after Jesus resurrected, He  appeared before his disciples including Thomas who strongly doubted the news of His resurrection at first.  It's only upon seeing Christ and His crucifixion wounds that day that he began to acknowledge that Christ truly resurrected.  For somebody who followed Christ for many years and saw firsthand the powerful and miraculous ministry of Jesus Christ, it is very sad to point out how he could still be shrouded with unbelief.  Although the Lord had been gracious to Thomas, there was a gentle rebuke in the Lord's response to Thomas in John 20:29 which says, "Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  For faith is the currency in God's kingdom and you cannot do anything without it.  The worldly mindset says "to see (physical) is to believe" but Jesus wanted us to believe His Word though we haven't physically seen its manifestation.
 
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  Believers of old were looking forward to seeing the Messiah, our Savior and Conquering King while contemporary believers (Born-again, John 3:3) comprising the Body of Christ (Ekklesia, Church) are celebrating and experiencing the benefits of His victory at the Cross and sharing the same Good News to the world while awaiting through faith the coming of the Bridegroom and our earthly reign with Him following His Second Coming.  Till then, we will continue to live by the faith of Christ deposited in us through the working of the Holy Spirit.  I would like to share with you the exhortation from My Life Application Bible surrounding our highlighted verse today about Jesus' resurrection for it truly blessed me.  It says, "The angel who announced the good news of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Do not be afraid.  The reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear.  When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb.  (2) He is not here.  Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead.  He is alive with his people.  (3) Come and see.  The women could check the evidence themselves.  The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. The resurrection is a historical fact.  (4) Go quickly and tell.  They were to spread the joy of the resurrection.  We too are to spread the great news about Jesus' resurrection.  Jesus' resurrection is the key to the Christian faith.  Why?  (1) Just as he promised, Jesus rose from the dead.  We can be confident, therefore, that he will accomplished all he has promised.  (2) Jesus' bodily resurrection shows us that the living Christ is the ruler of God's eternal kingdom, not a false prophet or imposter. (3) We can be certain of our resurrection because he was resurrected.  Death is not the end---there is a future life.  (4) The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. (5) The resurrection is the basis for the church's witness to the world.  Jesus is more than just a human leader, he is the Son of God."

For this Card, I used images from  Stampers Anonymous and colored each one using my Distress markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I used my Corner Chomper to round the top edges.  I made my own colorful background using the stencils that came with the stamps using several distress markers.  I fuzzy-cut the images and placed it right beside the computer generated Scripture Word Art featured for this Challenge.  I decorated the inside and added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and this project was done.


HE IS RISEN CARD 


HE IS RISEN CARD LAYERS 


HE IS RISEN CARD INSIDE
 

HE IS RISEN CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Pattie's Creations---ATG with Digital or Stamped Image
Krafty Chicks---Stamp Act
Crafty Gals Corner---Add Flower/s
Double D---Easter
Mod Squad---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Bastel Traum---Spring 
Country View---Spring is Coming
Creatalicious---ATG/Easter
Digi Doodle Studios---Easter/Spring
DL Art---ATG
Happy Little Stampers---Use Stencil
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Beautiful Butterflies
LTCCB---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Fancy Fold
Rabisco---ATG
Scribbles Designs---Flower Power
Sognando---ATG
Stamplorations---ATG/Use Stencil
Crafting Challenge---ATG/Easter
Four Seasons---Spring
YSP---ATG

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---Crafty Individuals Stamp Co. (prize package).  Always remember the true significance of Resurrection Sunday.  Let us do away with the pagan rituals that is designed to veer us away from the truth.  Because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead, our faith is not in vain.  That is what's truly important!

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Scripture/CAS Series: For It Is the Blood Card---It's Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone! We started another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge a week ago at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring a new Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site). It comes from Leviticus 17:11 which says, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."  
 
...Oh the blood of Christ that washes away the sins of the world!  Many so-called Christians today don't really have a clue what is the significance of our Savior's death on the Cross because they haven't taken the time to find out the biblical basis of their faith.  When Adam fell into Sin which brought Death (spiritual, physical and eternal) to all of mankind, our relationship with God was severed and the only way we can approach Him was through a blood sacrifice.  The Bible tells us in Genesis 3:21, "And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them."  The Fall of Man had placed all of creation under curse because of one man's disobedience to God.  To demonstrate the horrific consequence of such a betrayal, the innocent had to pay in order for humanity to temporarily be allowed access to God's favor.  The Scripture told us that innocent animals needed to die for God to use their skin to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness.  From then on, mankind was only able to approach God through countless animal sacrifices till the time God provided an everlasting Sacrifice, once and for all, for the forgiveness of Sin.  

Then He came---our Savior, at God's appointed time!  Jesus, God's One and Only Son and the perfect sacrifice that would take away the Sin that plagued all of humanity (John 3:16).  His innocent (sinless) blood poured out at the Cross of Calvary to bring new life and freedom to our rebellious, hopeless and chained spirits.  That whosoever believes and receives Jesus' victory over Sin and Death are made right with God (Justification by Faith) and are being transformed daily in the image of Jesus Christ (Sanctification by Faith).  They have complete access to the throne room of God and will never be turned away.  As a Born-again  (John 3:3) believer, we've identified with Christ and no longer bound by our identification with Adam.  Romans 5:19-21 says, "For just as through one man’s disobedience [his failure to hear, his carelessness] the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of the one Man the many will be made righteous and acceptable to God and brought into right standing with Him. But the Law came to increase and expand [the awareness of] the trespass [by defining and unmasking sin]. But where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness which brings eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  From the bondage of death leading to eternal wrath, we were set free to an everlasting life in the presence of God which was solely made possible by FAITH (trust, cling, depend, believe) in what JESUS accomplished at the Cross by the shedding of His blood!  
 
My friends, we live in a world of many chaos and uncertainties as we see the Day of the Lord/ Tribulation Period approaching.  Everyone whose been washed and covered by the blood of Jesus need not worry for we know that nothing happens without God's knowledge.  If we are still living and breathing in this world today, that's because we are still part of God's plan---His great commission to share the Gospel (Jesus' death, burial and resurrection) to whosoever and wherever He would send us. It is also His will for us to continue being the Salt and Light of this world in order to push back on the rapid decay and darkness that will one day break loose at His appointed time. I would like to share what My Life Application Bible shared with regards to our highlighted verse today for greater understanding.  It says, "How does blood make atonement for sin?  When offered with the right attitude, the sacrifice and the blood shed from it made forgiveness of sin possible. On the other hand, blood represented the sinner's life, infected by his sin and headed for death. On the other hand, the blood represented the innocent life of the animal that was sacrificed in place of the guilty person making the offering. The death of the animal (of which the blood was proof) fulfilled the penalty of death.  God therefore granted forgiveness to the sinner.  It is God who forgives based on the faith of the person doing the sacrificing." If you want to know more about why God required animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, go HERE.

For this Card, I used an image from DRS Designs called "Cattail Milk Pail" that I stamped over a circle that I created with Distress Inks using a circle Nestabilities die.  The base is a white A2 card that comes with an envelope from Paper Studio.  Then I printed our featured Scripture Word Art for this Challenge and walah, this card is finished.  Definitely one of my simplest cards but I believe it conveyed the Scripture effectively which is what's truly important...

 
FOR IT IS THE BLOOD CARD 


FOR IT IS THE BLOOD CARD CLOSE-UP
 

FOR IT IS THE BLOOD CARD WITH ENVELOPE
 

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
 
Aud Sentiments---Spring/Easter Sentiment
Cardz 4 Gals---Mother's Day or Spring Flowers
CRAFT---ATG
DL Art---Easter
Krafty Chicks---All Occasions (Resurrection Sunday)
Creative Moments---For a Special Lady
Ellibelle's---Spring is in the Air
Sisterhood of Crafters---Sentiment Only
Paper Funday---ATG/Green/Gold
Everybody-Art---Spring
Ike's World---ATG/Tic Tac Toe
TTCRD---ATG
Double Trouble---Less is More (CAS)
PIP---ATG
Path of Positivity---ATG/Something Special from your Childhood
Use Your Stuff---White + One Other Color
Stamping Sensations---Stamp Something for Spring
Corrosive---ATG

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Scripture Series: I Will Betroth Thee and Dream Love Laugh Cards---Join the Fun at Word Art Wednesday for our Anything/Inspirational Goes Challenge!

 A wonderful day, everyone!  A week ago, we started another Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) and as always  I featured a card with our Scripture Word ArtIt comes from Hosea 2:19 which says, "And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies." 

GOD SURELY LOVES US!  He thought of us even before He made time.  He created everything in this world in six days and from day one to the fifth day, He declared each day "good."  But He created something very special on the sixth day that He had to say "it was very good."  He considered us the crowning glory of His creation.  Ephesians 2:10 tells us, "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."  God plan is for us to live a loving relationship with Him for all eternity.  But Man fell into Sin and ushered Death into the perfect world God made.  The earth and everything in it was cursed by Man's act of disobedience and our spirits darkened when our spiritual connection with God was severed.  Since then, we lived lawless lives---constantly devising evil for our own selfish gain.  We were hopeless, unable to unchain ourselves from Satan and the wrath of God's judgment to sinful mankind.  Though we betrayed God, He reached out to His people to preserve and teach us His ways.  The Law was given to Moses to teach people of the Holy ways of God that no man can ever satisfy.  But oh, how they tried!  And though they've witnessed the great and miraculous power of the living God in their midst, they turned away from Him by worshiping pagan idols, practiced graved immorality and have sacrificed their children to false gods.   Such was our condition---totally depraved! How could a righteous God make mankind when He knew they would be these evil?

The answer is found in His foreknowledge (Omniscience).  God is timeless! He exist even before and after time.  His love for mankind didn't end though He knew we would betray Him.  God's redemptive plan was already in place way before creation began.  Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God would pay our ransom with His blood on the Cross. It was the once and for all sacrifice of an innocent God/Man and a perfect demonstration of God's love for humankind.  John 3:16 declared, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  Jesus is God's perfect and only plan for salvation and He calls everyone to receive what He has done on our behalf.  Once you acknowledge your iniquities,  place your trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross and claim His victory over your life.  Invite Him to be your personal Lord and Savior and allow His Holy Spirit to lead you to His plan and purpose for your life.  Study the Scripture every chance you get and be a part of a Church that will help you grow in your faith.  You are now Born-again (John 3:3) in the family of God and your mission is to share the Good News of salvation to your sphere of influence.  It is truly comforting that even though we go through the process of sanctification (set apart, running the race with different conditions) daily, God already see us victorious (justified, righteous in Christ) in the finished line of life.  Very soon,  God's original plan for Man in Genesis 1:26  to rule over His creation (which was interrupted by the enemy) will finally happen to everyone that repented of their sins and entrusted their lives to Jesus Christ now and forever!  That is why in righteousness, in judgment, in loving kindness and His mercies, we are truly God's people through Jesus, our Lord!

I would like to share what My Life Application Bible shared pertaining to our Scripture Word Art for it blessed me.  It says, "The time will come when unfaithfulness will be impossible---God will bind us to Himself in His perfect righteousness, justice, love, compassion, and faithfulness. Betrothal in Hosea's time was more than a simple agreement to marry.  It was a binding engagement, a deep commitment between two families for a future, permanent relationship.  God was promising a fresh new beginning, not just a temporary rewriting of a tired old agreement (See Jeremiah 31:31-34).  God's wedding gift to His people, both in Hosea's day and in our own, is his compassion.  Though no merit of our own, God forgives us and makes us right with Him.  There is no way for us by our own efforts to reach God's high standard for moral and spiritual life, but He graciously accepts us, forgives us, and draws us into a relationship with Himself. In that relationship we have personal and intimate communion with Him."
 
For this Card, I used an image and sentiment from Stamp Simply Stamps called "Pretty Poppies" that I colored using The Creative Expert Markers.  The base is white CS in size A2.  Aside from fuzzy cutting the image, I added some stitching for added dimension to this project.  


I WILL BETROTH THEE and DREAM LOVE LAUGH  CARDS
 

DREAM LOVE LAUGH  CARD


I WILL BETROTH THEE CARD


I WILL BETROTH THEE and DREAM LOVE LAUGH  CARDS WITH ENVELOPES


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

CAS on Friday---Spring Flowers
Colour Crazy---ATG with Coloring
Crafty Catz---ATG/Add Flower/s
Aud Sentiments---Love Sentiment
MAWTT---Love/Anniversary/Wedding
Creative Moments---Love it or Hate it
Ellibelle's Corner---Heart or Flowers
Little Red Wagon---Make it Stitched
The Paper Shelter---Fave Past Challenge (#462 Add Flowers Challenge)
Paper Funday---ATG/Hugs and Kisses
Ike's World---ATG/Valentine/Love
TTCRD---ATG
Colouring in Scrapland---ATG/Add a Heart
PIP---ATG

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 prize from our awesome sponsor---Stamp Simply Clear Stamps (2 stamps or Stamp and Die-cuts).  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.  We are His and we are to show forth His glory always.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Especially Made: Warmest Birthday Card---Join Our Anything Goes Monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Advance Happy Heart's day, Crafty Peeps!  Last Sunday, we started our February Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create with the optional theme, "My Whimsical Valentine." Go to our Challenge site and you will find many DT inspirations featuring the theme.  However, I decided to make  a very simple Birthday card and like me, you can opt out of the theme for an Anything Goes project.  What's important is to have fun with your creation.

Nowadays, I can't help but watch what's going on with the Freedom Convoy (in its third week now) originated by Truckers in our neighboring country of Canada.  If you are following my Blog post, you know that I am not only sharing Biblical Truths here but most especially in discussing the relevance of God's Word to what's happening to our country and the world as a whole.  Generally, many people don't get themselves involved in current events primarily politics and government unless it directly and personally affect their lives.  Draconian mandates that happen in other states or countries does not worry us much because we don't have to comply as of yet.  But you wake up one day and it's right up your alley. You're threatened with  fines, suspension, subjected to frequent testing to the extent of losing your job and be segregated for something you don't trust to be inserted to your body;  jabs that have proven to offer nothing for your health and protection. But even with that, many end up complying because let's face it, it demands great effort, strength and resources to fight back.  I've known several people who didn't like to take the jab but were afraid to lose their job and benefits.  As a Born-again (John 3:3) believer, God clearly told us that our real fight is not physical in nature. Ephesians 6:12 clearly states, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." The Body of Christ (Church, Ekklesia) is here on earth not as bystanders  but to affect and lead the world with the rule of God.  And because Satan is the god of this world, he has in his disposal human beings that are bent to serve him which he placed in leadership to disguise themselves as champion of human rights and representatives of the people.  But in time, they'll show their true colors as they clamor for power and control.  The very people they claim to protect will suffer under their tyrannical rule by abandoning their promises and strangling the rights of the people.

When Adam sinned against God, all of humanity was plunged into Sin and Death under the bloodline of Adam.  We don't have any choice and are destined to suffer the wrath of God's judgment.  There's nothing we can do as human beings to change that until God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ to redeem us from our bondage with Satan and free us from the claws of Sin and Death.  Though the penalty of Sin was paid in full by the sacrifice of Jesus at the Cross, only those who  placed their faith in the Cross of Christ will benefit from it.  Freedom comes from God and in that freedom is the right to choose! To choose to put our faith on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross for our eternal salvation or to reject and mock the Only Way provided by God resulting to eternal death.  As a child of God, we have to keep in mind that our spiritual freedom didn't come cheap.  

So it is under the same principle that we have to fight for our freedom in this world. We cannot allow government dictators to erode our rights under the guise of health and safety.  It is no coincidence that many demonic leaderships have used what they called "pandemic" to slowly condition their citizens to comply and then strip them of their right to choose what's best for them and their families.  They start by buying and recruiting people and trolls to propagate their lies (fake social media) while simultaneously using their power and influence to silence and cancel everyone who speaks the truth.  With the coordinated propagation of lies hour by the hour, many are easily deceived because they just accept whatever is in front of them instead of engaging in research to find out what's the truth behind the headlines.  People are waking up to this kind of suppression not only here in the States but in many countries around the world.  With ninety percent jab rate, Canada would be the last country I would think the Freedom Convoy would originate.  For two years, they took everything that their leaders shoved down their throats.  Aside from a few reports of people crying foul to the mandates, I've never heard or saw a significant outcry by it's citizen.  Many of them were duped to believing that there's a scientific support to the draconian measures passed on to them.  But beginning this year, as many countries have announced an end to their Rona mandates, many Canadians realized how abusive their leader is for it showed no desire to hear their concerns to end the mandates. They declared "enough is enough" and are willing to give everything (through peaceful means) to take back their freedom.  The demonic leaders all over the world are scrambling to do damage control. Canada encouraged many other countries in similar predicament to bond together that no amount of lies and threats could stop them from pursuing their goal which is freedom from Rona mandates.

And what can I say?  When we unite to push back the darkness and enforce the light, nothing is impossible with God.  While the Body of Christ is here, our responsibility is to be Salt and Light of this world.  For there will come a time when God takes us away from this world (Rapture of the Church) and all hell breaks loose (Tribulation Period).  The Bible is clear that it's going to happen because a just God will pour out His judgment to the ungodly who willfully rejected Christ and pledged their souls to serve Satan.  Be wise in your choices.  God's Word reveals to us the difference between righteousness and iniquity.  Spending the time to study the Scripture gives us wisdom to see through the disguise that leads to deception.  Freedom is always worth fighting for!

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions called "Birthday Wishes" and colored it using my Prismacolor markers and stamped the sentiments from the same set.  The base is a white, A7 card base with envelope from Paper Studio.  The DP is from my scraps and the fence border was die-cut using an MS Punch.  I added a couple of brads to complete my design.  

 

WARMEST BIRTHDAY CARD 


WARMEST BIRTHDAY CARD  WITH ENVELOPE


 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Ching-Chou Kuik---ATG/All You Need Is Love
Clever Dexter---Fave Technique (CAS Cards)
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/From the Heart
Sognando---ATG/Love

This is it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge with an optional theme.  Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, don't compromise God's Word nor be afraid of the what the future holds based on your faithfulness to His Word.  Great is our eternal reward in heaven for us whose trust in not of the world but in Christ!

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