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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Scripture Series: Praises Unto My God Card---Join Us for our First Challenge in 2022, Inspirational/Anything Goes at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty friends! HAVE A BLESSED AND GLORIOUS NEW YEAR TO ALL! We have a new 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 Psalm 146:2 which says, "While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

"While I am still alive, I will sing praises unto my God." This is what resonated with me as I read our highlighted verse and the whole chapter of Psalm 146.  Praise is defined as "the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something."  By this, we can say that Biblical praise takes place when Christians (Born-again, John 3:3) express gratitude and respect (reverence) towards God, most commonly in a song. shared this article on the importance of praising God.  It says, "When we consider the reasons why we should praise God, we find a list of His attributes. He is full of glory (Psalm 138:5), great (Psalm 145:3), wise and powerful (Daniel 2:20), good (Psalm 107:8), merciful and faithful (Psalm 89:1), and much more. This list of attributes is complemented by a list of His wonderful works. He is the One who saves us (Psalm 18:46), keeps His promises (1 Kings 8:56), pardons sin (Psalm 103:1-3), and gives us our daily food (Psalm 136:25). To try to list all the things God has done is impossible, but it is a wonderful exercise because it turns our hearts back to Him and keeps us mindful of how much we owe to Him. Psalm 148:1-10 tells us that all of creation is commanded to give praise to God. Praise is a vital part of a life surrendered to God, and it gives credit where credit is due. “O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8)"

The Scripture told us in Genesis 2:7 how God made man into His image and likeness and even went to the extent of breathing unto us the breath of life.  Revelation 4:11 says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Other things were created through God's spoken word.  But we were different!  He formed us from the dust with His own hands and gave us a portion of Himself---His breath, His life! We're His masterpiece! He wanted us to walk with Him, rely upon Him in a love relationship between a Father and His children as He entrusted us with authority to rule the earth (with all the animals and plants in it) like He ruled the heavens. We are to follow God's order and example.  But everything changed when mankind fell into Sin.  People became greedy and rebellious and their evil hearts desired to dominate not only the things of this world but each other too which gave birth to war, chaos and all sorts of unrighteousness.  We no longer seek to worship God as our hearts succumb to deception and spiritual blindness which led us to worship things God created than He who created it all!

Why do you think God despises idolatry?  Because it is framed upon a lie! Isaiah 42:8-9 says, “I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” Giving honor and glory to something that would not exist without its Source---a Designer I should say, is like being lost in the beauty of a painting without recognizing the artist.  So those worshiping the beauty of nature with its sun, moon and stars and admonishing these (created) things to be responsible for a good harvest or your existence is an abomination in the sight of the Lord.  A successful businessman attributing his success primarily to his own talents and abilities is a travesty. We have to recognize that it is God who sustains us (supplies our every need) and that without Him, we would not exist. The world and everything in it answers only to God, who designed everything solely for His purpose.  It is by Him, through Him and for Him alone that they function!  As much as we desire to receive all the credit for our labor, we don't have the right to do so.  God is Truth, He is Holy and Righteous!  He wouldn't tolerate anyone/anything that would like to take the glory that only belongs to Him. Psalm 29:2 clearly says, "Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty and majesty of His holiness [as the creator and source of holiness]."

As a child of the Most High God, I am so grateful for the gift of salvation that Jesus Christ imputed on me.  Because I completely trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross,  I no longer identify with man's fallen nature as the Father received me (justification by faith) and set me apart (sanctification by faith) for His purpose as if the Fall of Man never happened.  Since then, I recognized the Only One that deserves all of the glory, all of the honor and all of the praise---He is Jesus Christ, my Savior!  He has done so many great things in my life that I could sing praises for His glory not only here on earth but throughout eternity.  I would like to share what My Life Application Bible wrote about Psalms 146 to 150 as it truly blessed me.  It says, "These last five psalms overflow with praise.  Each begins and ends with "Praise the Lord." They show us where, why and how to praise God.  What does praise do?  (1) Praise takes our minds of our problems and shortcomings, and focuses them on God. (2) Praise leads us from individual meditation to corporate worship. (3) Praise causes us to consider and appreciate God's character.  (4) Praise  lifts our perspective from the earthly to the heavenly. (5) Praise prepares our hearts to receive God's love and the power of the Holy Spirit."  Wow, just wow!  Whose ready to praise the Lord with me?  See VIDEO at the end.

For this Card, I used an image from Mo Manning called "She Still Got It" that I colored using Hobby Colour and Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and score to make a 5.t inches square card.  The DP is from Paper Studio, the flowers that I layered are from Prima with the white brad from Recollections. I punched leaves using MS Punch and the regular and lacy oblongs were cut using Nestabilities dies. I incorporated some regular and fancy stitching for added dimension.  I truly love the vibrant colors in the background and the over-all look of this project.  As a music minister in our Church, I can say how grateful I am to the Lord for the privilege to escort His Body to His presence every change I get.  The Lord truly delights in the praises of His people. 




The winner of my Blog Hop prize last Challenge is...

This is what she wrote in her comment that truly blessed me...
"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!!
Thanks to all who participated and left comments.  You are all a blessing to us. Please check the WAW site to see if you won the other DT's prize pack. 
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Cardz 4 Galz---In with the New Year/New Stash (New Paper,  New Image)
CRAFT---New (New Paper/New Image)
Craft Rocket---Use Dies
Krafty Chicks---Stamp Act
Time Out---New (New Paper,  New Image)
Ellibelle's Corner---Something New (New Paper,  New Image)
Simon Says Stamp---Something New (New Paper,  New Image)
Paper Funday---ATG/Winter Landscapes
Ike's World---ATG/Add Sentiment
Unicorn---Lots of Layers
Ching-Chou Kuik---ATG/Something New (New Paper,  New Image)
Country View---Sparkle and Shine
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Something New (New Paper,  New Image)
Die-Cut Divas---Flowers
DL Art---ATG
Happy Little Stampers---ATG with Dies
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Something New (New Paper,  New Image)
Die-Cut Divas---Flowers
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 to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Topflight Stamps ($25 GC).  Always remember that every believer is important to the Body of Christ and none of us are without talents and gifts to contribute to the Body. We are to give God all the glory and praise for all the wonderful things God has done for us. He is worthy of all our praise.

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  1. What a wonderful illustration of the scripture on your card Jo Ann - this scripture also reminds me that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and this is something I have found so very real over the years
    Stay safe

  2. CRAFT Challenge Blog
    Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
    CRAFT Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  3. Thank you for sharing with us at River of Creativity. x

  4. Great coloring, your image just goes perfect for the message on your card. Thank you for joining us at Krafty Chicks!

  5. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing at Through The Craftroom

  6. Love the layers and stitching!!! Beautiful card. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the HLS die challenge.

  7. What a fun card. The operatic singer is great. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas Flower Challenge!

  8. Gorgeous card.
    Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
    CRAFT Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  9. Lovely card. Thanks for sharing at Time Out. Just a note for the future, we have a limit of challenge links to 5 including ours.

  10. Great card, I love how the verse is about singing and your main character is singing at the top of her voice. Thanks for sharing with us at Paper Fundays Challenge.Kate

  11. Love everything about this card - the colors, the layers, the singing woman, all of it. Thanks so much for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz! Hope to see you in the gallery again soon.

  12. Great project. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  13. Hi Jo Ann,
    what a very lovely card and a really great design too.
    Love the image, flower and the colours used.
    Such a pretty design inside also the envelope.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  14. Beautiful card, so colorful and cheerful. I like how you've fussy cut and colored the image, Thanks for entering your lovely project in the challenge at The Paper Funday. Donna

  15. Brilliant card.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  16. Hi,
    A lovely illustration of the scripture, love the colours and detail.
    Thank you for sharing your card crafting skills with us at CRAFT challenge -theme being New Year.
    I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
    With kind regards
    Sue CRAFT DT

  17. Oh how very very gorgeous! Love your pretty colours. Thanks for playing at Rabisco Challenge, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!
    Claudia Martins - coordinator Rabisco Challenge

  18. Beautiful card! Love how you used the glittery accents to frame the wording 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at Country View Challenges with all that sparkle and shine and wishing you a Happy New Year! Hugs Jo x

  19. A fabulous card, loving the bright and cheerful colors and great inspirational quote! Thank you so much for sharing this month at my Crafty Wednesday challenge, hope you'll join in again soon!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  20. What an outstanding card, both front and inside. I love that Mo stamp, I have it myself in my stash. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Gail CT

  21. Wonderful creation! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge January "ATG".

  22. Hello! Beautiful project! Thank you for taking part in the Mirtillamente challenge. Hope to see you again! Good luck! Roberta DT Mirtillamente

  23. Your card is gorgeous… thanks for joining our ‘For a Lady/Girl’ challenge over at Moving Along With The Times. Hope you will join us again. Good Luck.
    Diane Louise, Team Leader MAWTT xx

  24. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Let's Craft and Create. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  25. Your cards are very detailed and I like that you include a photo of the inside as well. Thanks for joining us once again at Sognando Scrap for our monthly challenge.

  26. Thank you for entering the Creative Moments Dt call. We will let you know soon if you are successful. leona x



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