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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Scripture Series: God Sent Forth His Son Card---Join our Anything/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone! We started another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge several days ago at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring a new Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site). It comes from Galatians 4:4-5 which says, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."  
I don't know about you but I feel so blessed to live in this New Testament era when the Lord Jesus already accomplished what He was sent to do in order to redeem mankind from sure death forever.  He was with God from the beginning and was spoken by God to man right after the Fall of Adam in Genesis 3:15 God addressing the serpent (Satan) said, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." You and I are living in this dispensation of time that was considered a mystery by God's people until the Holy Spirit came down on the Day of Pentecost and dwell in the hearts of man.  Jews and Gentiles alike became the Body of Christ (Ekklesia, Church) with Christ as the Head.  Up until the revelation of the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) was entrusted to Apostle Paul, people were oblivious to the Jews and the Gentiles coming together as One Body   in Christ!  Through the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross, everyone who humbles himself before God and puts his/her faith on Him will not face eternal death. The once severed spiritual connection with God is restored and our sins are forgiven. For Jesus paid the highest price so that we can remain in His presence forever. I say thank you, Lord!

As children (Born-again, John 3:3) of the Most High celebrating the birth of our Savior this time all around the world, let us be grateful and make use of the remaining time given to this world to impart what Christ has done for us.  As we see darkness trying to diminish the light of the Gospel in every corner of the world, let us remember what God's Word in 1 John 4:2-4 clearly tells us, "This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."  Every born-again believer carries the light of God in them that will shine the brightest in the midst of darkness.  I know it is not easy and we feel weary at times in this intense battle between good and evil.  If you need rest, rest in the arms of our Lord  Jesus and feed on His Word. His Spirit is faithful to comfort and recharge us with power and might needed to finish yet another day till He calls us home.  I declare that today is a great day to be a believer!  Jesus and His Ark of Grace is still open for those who seek refuge, love and eternal freedom provided by God to them who would believe.  One day the door will shut and the rebellious outsiders will face God's wrath. If we truly love our family and friends, we would tell them about the Gospel for Jesus is the "only way" by which man can be saved.  

I would like to impart what My Life Application Bible shared regarding our highlighted verses in this post.  It says, "When the time had fully come," God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins.  For centuries, the Jews had been wondering when their Messiah would come---but God's timing was perfect. We may sometimes wonder if God will ever respond to our prayers.  But we must never doubt Him or give up hope.  At the right time He will respond.  Jesus was born of a woman---He was human.  He was born as a Jew---He was subject to God's law and fulfilled it perfectly.  Thus Jesus was the perfect sacrifice because, although He was fully human, He never sinned.  His death bought freedom for us who were enslaved to sin so that we could be adopted into God's family.  Under the Roman law, an adopted child was guaranteed all legal rights to His father's property, even if he was formerly a slave.  He was not a second class son; he was equal to all other sons, biological or adopted,  in His father's family. As adopted children of God, we share with Jesus all rights to God's resources. As God's heirs, we can claim what He has provided for us---our full identity as His children (Romans 8:15-17)."
For this Card, I used a Christmas themed image from Art Impressions called the "Ugly Sweater Clear Set" that I colored using my Ohuhu markers.  The base card and envelope are from Paper Studio and the background stamp is from Inkadinkado. The DP is from DCWV. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using a Cuttlebug folder for embossing and I added glitters from Stickles-Crystal to parts of the image. Lastly, I included some fancy stitching.


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge---S is for Snow 
Beyond the Blue---Snowflakes!
CAS on Sunday---Embossing (Heat or Dry)
Jingle Belles---Wrapping up 2022/Christmas Themed
Paper Dragonfly---Merry CRAFTmas
Winter Wonderland---Anything Christmas Goes
As You Like It---ATG for Christmas
Cardz 4 Galz---Fun in the Snow
Crafty Gals Corner---'Tis the Season
Fab n Funky---Last Minute Christmas
Simon Says---Ice Cold
Sisterhood of Crafters---Traditional Christmas
Paper Funday---ATG/Holiday Time
Holly and Ivy Christmas---Anything Christmas Goes
A Place to Start---ATG/Happy Holidays
Crafting Happiness---Christmas
Double Trouble---Thing 1 (My Color Choices)
Inspiration Station---Holiday Magic
Use Your Stuff---Christmas Edition

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  There's a few more days left to participate in our current Challenge before our final Challenge of the year that will include a Blog Hop with lots and lots of prizes to be won which will start this coming Wednesday. 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 several times.  A great prize awaits our winner from our wonderful sponsor---The Rabbit Hole Designs ($15 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Christmas is coming and I hope you share the true meaning of this season to your friends and love ones.   

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  1. Fun image, and such a pretty embossing folder! Thanks for sharing with us at Krafty Chicks!

  2. Fun image and beautiful sentiment. Your coloring is wonderful too, Thanks for sharing with us at The Inspiration Station Challenge.
    Donna xx
    The Inspiration Station Challenge
    The Paper Funday Challenge

  3. Great job coloring--love the colors and the verse is a wonderful message. I have thinking on a Verse I wanted to use on a project for a friend--and I believe this is it! Thanks for sharing with us at the Inspiration Station Challenge Blog. Smiles, Kathy

  4. Such a fun image and I LOve your colours and design.
    Thank you so much for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge.
    GDT Chrissyxx

  5. Jo Ann - what a pretty card... very unusual to combine bible verses and ugly sweaters,,, but hey IT WORKS! Love that embossing folder you used... it's gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us at Double Trouble. May your holiday season be blessed!!! -Donna

  6. Beautiful card Jo Ann! Thanks for joining our S for Snow theme at Alphabet Challenge
    Wishing you a blessed Christmas
    Deborah DT

  7. Absolutely fabulous!
    Thank you so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  8. Fun! Thanks for sharing your crafting with us this month for our Christmas theme at Crafting Happiness Challenges. Merry Christmas!
    :) Janis Lewis, Pause Dream Enjoy
    Founder & Design Team, Crafting Happiness Challenges

  9. Amazing card! Thanks for crafting with Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges!

  10. Cute image and great EF! Thanks for stopping by A Place To Start !
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
    A Place to Start , Challenge Blog
    613 Avenue Create , Owner

  11. Love the image, and your coloring is fantastic. Beautiful sentiment from the adorable image. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  12. I'm popping back by to say Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Funday Challenge.
    Donna xx

  13. That is so beautifully created. Thanks for joining us at Cardz4galz. Love Dawn x

  14. Great card - love the embossing you've added.

    Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  15. love the mixture of heartfelt sentiment with the quirkiness of the ugly sweater. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Use Your Stuff

  16. All the details on this card are amazing! I especially love the dry embossing detail. Thank you for playing with us at Double trouble! :)

  17. What a special card, Jo Ann! Thank you for joining us at Double Trouble #127.

  18. I love the multiple techniques you have used on your wonderful card. Thanks so much for joining us over at CRAFT Challenge for our anything goes challenge! Hope youʻll join us again!

  19. A fabulous, gorgeous card! I love the quirky image! Happy New Year! Thanks for joining in at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.

    love Mags B x

  20. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for our "Tis the Season" challenge at Crafty Gals Corner!

  21. What a fun card. I love the image. Thanks so much for joining us at the Ayli challenge.




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