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

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Scripture Series: Hot Java Card---Join Us for Anything/Inspirational Goes at Word Art Wednesday!

A wonderful day, everyone!  The Challenge where I featured the Card in this post just ended and we have a new WAW Challenge that's posted yesterday featuring a new Scripture Word Art that you can download for free.  However, I wanted to create a proper post for the project I made from the previous Challenge.  Life had been extraordinarily busy that blogging had to take a back seat.  Many times, I thought of taking a (very long?) break from DT position to rid of deadlines and just post at my own time.  But I persevere because I know the Lord wanted me to continue spreading God's Word through our WAW group.  So, I am choosing to obey God!  Okay, the Scripture Word Art from our previous Challenge was found in Romans 12:12 which says, "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." You can find the past Challenge HERE if you want to download for free the previous Scripture Word Art.
As Jesus offered Himself to die on the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins (Born-again, John 3:3) through faith in His finished work at the Cross, we also need to pour ourselves wholeheartedly and sacrificially to spreading the Good News of the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection) to the lost sheep of this world.  I am delighted to hear of the great move of God spreading like wild fire here in our country and around the world--- especially among our younger generation these days.  I've seen several videos of young and old  confessing how their thirst and hunger were satisfied by God which was something they have never before experienced.  While rejoicing, I also pray for many to break away from the chains and destructive influence of social media, entertainment and woke culture/education.  For them to be thoroughly exposed to the infinite Word of God and to find a sound Church that will help them grow in their faith so as not to be deceived again by the wiles of the enemy. However, there are also some who have chosen not only to rebel from God but have dedicated their lives to inventing evil.  They're not even hiding their despicable deeds. Romans 1:28-31 says, "Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them."
Nowadays, what saddens and concerns me the most is when I hear many "so called" famous Christians fall/fell into the trap of the enemy.  God has given us His Word filled with examples on how Satan and those people that followed his bid had fallen.  God did not hide the sins of the past so that we can learn and avoid the same fate today.  From the beginning, the enemy uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life to test the core of our faith in the Lord and how the love for one's self always gets in the way of truly serving God.  Many people have dedicated themselves for their own advancement so that they can buy whatever their hearts desire.  And depending upon how rich, famous and powerful they want to be will determine how much of themselves they are willing to compromise.  Don't believe me?  Just look at the history of many big artists today. You can see a big difference in their attitude and image before and after fame!  I used to be so happy for people winning some talent contest, especially when they come from humble beginnings but sadly, majority of them changed their image, minds and conduct when they reach stardom.  So many of them grew up in the Church and used their talents to give glory to God. What went wrong?   You see, "SELF" started to take over and they became like everyone in the world that denied and mocked God.  A few weeks ago, I watched a very famous "Christian music artist" expressing how sad he was that Gospel Music don't have the same moments like the Hip hop music at the Grammy's 2023 and how the Hip hop genre were highlighted as well in other award giving bodies. And that Gospel music is limited to fewer and fewer moments. That there's a lot of great Christian artists but you may not know them because there's fewer doors to highlight them and that creates tension within his community."  Wow, that statement frustrates me!  I'm not sad  because I agree with his sentiment but I seriously question his desire to be acknowledged and awarded by a secular, satanic inclined award giving bodies!  Since when did God told us in his Word that we are supposed to entertain the world?  2 Corinthians 6:14-15 says, "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?"  No matter how great your talent is, you shouldn't step into the Church stage like you are auditioning for American Idol. Period! There's nothing wrong if you are great at what you do---just make sure that your motive is to bring glory to Jesus and not to yourself. A true servant of God would offer their talent solely for the glory of God who had given them the talent in the first place.  It does not seek or demand accolades and approval from the world. If we are complimented for our service to the Lord, we make sure to give the Lord all the glory.  Remember to desire the reward that comes from heaven.  The moment we turn our focus from God to our "self" among other things, that is the start of one's downfall.  In other words, don't use Gospel music/platform to gain stardom!  Don't use what's holy for unholy things!  1 John 2:15-17 clearly warns us. "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away, along with its desires; but whoever does the will of God remains forever."
My fellow believers, don't idolize anybody for anything---even servants of God!  We can draw inspiration from people who exemplifies God on a case to case basis but be careful that you don't place them on a pedestal.  This is how many have fallen!  In my entire life, I have never been a crazy fan of anyone.  I don't go out of my way to follow famous people for autographs nor cried in excitement upon seeing famous people I admired.  Even before I became a believer, I always knew in my heart that we are all created equal in the eyes of the Lord no matter what our status, influence, looks, color and more.  All of us need to repent and come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ to worship and serve only Him.
For this Card, I decided to use a Stamp Simply sentiment (our sponsor last Challenge) from "A Cup of Java (Coffee)" Set to compliment my project. I used an image from Art Impressions called "Cathy Caffeine" that I watercolored using Distress Inks.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card that I rounded on two opposite ends using my Corner Chomper.  The DP's are from The Paper Studio, the flowers I layered from Prima with the brad and washi tape from Recollections. I added some glitters on the flowers from Stickles (Crystal) and finished it all up with some fancy/regular stitching. 

 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Sister on the Blog---Spring/Easter Card
Beautiful Blossoms---ATG/Florals Mood Board
DL Art---ATG
Lost Coast---Spring has Sprung
Mix it Up---ATG/Distressing
Pearly Sparkles---Include a Sentiment/Verse
Four Seasons---Anything Spring Goes
Worldwide Crafters---ATG with Image
Krafty Chicks---Stamp Act
Paper Shelter---Dots and/or Circles
Paper Funday---ATG/You're Brewtiful

Make sure you join our new 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---Pretty Pink Posh ($30 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, as believers of Jesus Christ, freed from the bondage of Sin through faith in Jesus Christ, let us use our God given talents to serve God with a pure heart void of selfish motives.

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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Scripture Series: Also Love One Another Card---Join the Fun at our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hello there, guys!  ADVANCE HAPPY HEART'S DAY, everyone!  So, we began another Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) over a week ago featuring another Scripture Word Art which you can download for free at the WAW site.  It comes from John 13:34 which says, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
It is important that we take  this verse in context in order to understand how it differs from the world's definition of  "LOVE" nowadays.  Jesus was having His last supper with His disciples when He began to tell them some of the things that would transpire in the future hinting to His death and how they should love one another (the way He loved them) to identify them as His disciples.  Hence, we can say that Jesus gave final instructions  specifically to the people closest to Him.  For not everyone would know how Jesus loves unless they spent a close and personal relationship with Him overtime.  Nobody could understand what He meant by the words "as I have loved you" unless they are direct recipients of Jesus' love!  So  expecting an unbeliever to fully capture what Jesus said in this verse would be a mistake. Now that we've established the context of our highlighted text, is it just me or have you also noticed that we are being bombarded 24/7 by emotional doses of  "self-love" programs from entertainment and social media sources?  The world promotes and embraces it as a good thing.  But something about it is creepy and toxic compared to the biblical definition of love personified and demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."  Even as believers  (John 3:3, Born-again), none of us will ever love the perfect way Jesus did in His lifetime.  But the good news is that we are being changed (sanctified) daily till we are conformed to the image and likeness of our Savior.  Redeemed by the blood of Christ, the Father sees us in the perfection of Christ even though we are still walking through the process daily.  

The world is trying its best to define love using people's emotions as its best weapon.  When celebrities and influencers use self-love to tell people how they cope up with failed relationships, what it truly conveys is pampering yourself, seeking your advancement, all eyes on me kind of mentality.  In other words---SELF-SEEKING!  For if we truly want validation and assurance of our worthiness, we need to SEEK GOD!  Jesus showed us what true love embodies in Romans 5:6-8 which says, "For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  I am a grateful recipient of our Lord's Agape (selfless) love!  He withstood everything (mockery, pain and suffering all the way to his death on the Cross) so that everyone who  places their faith in Him will be reconciled with God.  That is true love and the kind we are to show our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.  The whole world is watching. The world does not know that kind of love.  We can show them by how we love one another.  
I would like to share what I read from My Life Application Bible regarding our highlighted verse. It says,  "Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God's kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves.  It is utterly unselfish.  This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations.  It is possible to practice this love only if God helps us set aside our own desires and instincts, so that we can give love while expecting nothing in return.  Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.  To love others was not a new commandment (see Leviticus 19:18), but to love others as much as Christ love others.  Now we are to love others based on Jesus' sacrificial love for us.  Such love will not only bring unbelievers to Christ; it will also keep believers strong and united in a world hostile to God.  Jesus was a living example of God's love, as we are to be living examples of Jesus' love."

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Baloonabella" that I colored using my Ohuhu markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card with rounded edges.  I used a border punch to shape the sides of this card from MS Stamp.  The sentiment stamp on the envelope and the inside of the card is from W Plus 9.  I added little dots of glitters to the image's dress from Stickles (Crystal) and lastly, some fancy stitching.  Love the simple but elegant design.





 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Allsorts---ATG/All About Hearts
Di's Digis---One or More Hearts
Just Us Girls---Sparkle (little dots on the image's dress in glitters)
Crafty Catz---ATG/Add a Little Love
As You Like It---Love or Friendship Card and Why?
  (I love making Scripture Cards that can be given to friends or love ones/  Most of the time though,
    I give cards to friends).
Cardz 4 Galz---One Heart or More
Craft Rocket---Love/Valentine
DL Art---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 this week.  Great prize to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Top Flight Stamps ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the love of the Lord overtake you today.  In Christ, we literally have the greatest love of all from our Father in heaven.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Scripture Series: In the Way Everlasting Card---Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge Happening at Word Art Wednesday!

A wonderful day, everyone!  A week ago, we started another bi-weekly Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)You still have another week to join the fun and possibly win a great prize.  As always,  I featured a card below with our Scripture Word Art that comes from Psalm 139:23-24 that says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Wow, these verses demonstrates to us a wonderful song of humility and surrender to the Lord who created us.  It also acknowledges that we are incapable of living holy lives without His presence.  But in the same chapter of Psalm 139 in verses 19-22,  King David expressed hatred and anger for the wicked who hated God and misused His name.  Are we supposed to hate our enemies?  After all, God regarded David as a man after His own heart!  How do we reconcile this?  As a New Testament believer (Born-again, John 3:3), Jesus clearly told us in Matthew 5:43-45, "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘Hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."
The truth is, both Old and New Testament believers were/are prone to adversity.  The enemy uses evil men, even the one closest to us to betray and/or harm us. Our advantage as New Testament saints is the fact that we have the written and personal revelation of God---the fullness of God's Word in Jesus Christ!  The closer we are to God (through study and obedience to His Word), the more we hate Sin.  We are angry because it separates people from God, influences others to follow the path of rebellion and destruction, causes suffering to many, and ultimately---eternal damnation for all that rejected Christ.  The Lord knows my deepest thoughts to them that mocked Jesus and it is pointless to keep anything from Him. I want justice more than ever but also praying that many of these evil men would repent and find God's mercy before it's too late. So be it personal, social or global concern, I'd rather bring all my cares to His attention and let Him take charge.  After all, God is totally in control and His divine plan could not be thwarted!  I would like to impart what My Life Application Bible shared about our highlighted verses in this post. It said, "David's hatred for his enemies came from his zeal for God.  David regarded his enemies as God's enemies, so his hatred was a desire for God's righteous justice and not for personal vengeance.  It is all right to be angry at people who hate God? Yes, but we must remember that it is God who will deal with them, not us.  If we truly love God, then we will be deeply hurt if someone hates Him. David asked God to search his heart and mind and point out any wrong motives that may have been behind his strong words.  But while we seek justice against evil, we must also pray that God's enemies will turn to Him before He judges them (See Matthew 5:44).  David asked God to search for sin and point it out, even to the level of testing his thoughts.  This is exploratory surgery for sin.  How are we to recognize sin unless God points it out? Then, when God shows us, we can repent and be forgiven.  Make our highlighted verse your prayer.  If you ask the Lord to search your heart and your thoughts and to reveal your sin, you will be continuing on God's "way everlasting."

For this Card, I used an image from Stampendous called "Head Shots" that I colored using my Ohuhu markers,  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square with rounded corners.  The DP's are from My Mind's Eye Bramble Rose Set, the layered flowers from Prima, a small brad from Recollections and the leaves were die-cut with Fiskars punch.  I also added glitters from Stickles (Crystal), a washi tape from Paper Studio and machine stitched all over this project.  I absolutely love it! 




This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Ellibelle's Corner---ATG
Try Stampin' on Tuesday---Technique, Layering or Both
Get Creative---Something New (Image is new)
Simon Says---Beautiful Blooms
Stamping Sensations---Add Some Sparkle
Crafty Calendar---Add a Sentiment
Dis Digis---Make It Sparkle
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---Avery Elle Designs ($15 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, as believers of Jesus Christ, freed from the bondage of Sin through faith in Jesus, let us continue to share the gift of salvation to them who are lost while allowing God to sanctify us fully in the image and likeness of our Savior.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Scripture Series: Renewing of the Holy Ghost Card--Come and Join our First Challenge for 2023! It's Anything /Inspirational Goes at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty friends! Our Blog Hop ended nearly a week ago and I would like to thank those that participated and left me encouraging comments.  The list of winners are listed at our very first Challenge for 2023 at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). Congratulations! As always, we feature a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site. It comes from Titus 3:5 which says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. 
We just started 2023 and as always, many of us have come up with a New Year's resolution that would make us better people for ourselves and others.  Fresh from the holidays, we are so inspired to accomplish these goals that we are optimistic we will get to fulfill them this year better than the last year.  But so many of us will abandon what we've set to do even before the first month of January ends.  That's because when we rely on our own effort, we quickly realize how difficult it is to follow our own goals.  How much more for those resolutions that are spiritually and morally inclined?  
How many people have expressed their desire to attend a Church (Body of Christ, Eklesia) after they cleaned up their act altogether every year?  Frankly, if that is their goal, it's like saying, "I would never come to the Lord ever." How holy did they think they would have to be before they would be good enough to attend a Church building? Are they talking about outward or inward change? For there is no lasting/meaningful change without the working of God in one's heart. They're oblivious to the fact that the Church (not the physical building but the people) is a community of believers that they can go to when they're in dire need of help from their physical and spiritual sickness so they can get well.  Everyone who placed their faith in Jesus is now a temple of the Holy Spirit that can be used by God to minister to the lost.  For only the Lord can cure man's spiritual darkness which also affects our physical well-being since the Fall of Adam. Before Christ, we carried the curse of Sin and Death (originally from Lucifer/Satan) in our mortal bodies and we are headed to eternal damnation.  It was grim and hopeless.  But when God sent Jesus Christ to this world to redeem mankind from such curse, everyone who gave their life to Christ and made Him their Lord  and Savior (Born-again, John 3:3) by way of the Cross are freed from the shackles of Satan and given a new life (in Christ).  The Amplified version of 2 Corinthians 5:17 clearly says, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]."  As Jesus died on the Cross for us, we died with/in Him so that in His resurrection we come alive with/in Him, all by faith!  And God didn't leave us to walk this newness of life on our own that none of us can boast about our own efforts and good deeds.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to lead and enable us; renewing and sanctifying (to be set apart) us; till we are perfectly transformed to the image and likeness of our Savior---Jesus Christ!

As we meditate on the working of the Holy Spirit in us this year, let us extend God's mercy to others who are still lost.  Remembering how we acted in a similar fashion before the mercy of God touched our lives and drew us to Christ.  Let us not tire in sharing the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus) and pray for their spiritual eyes to be opened even when they come to persecute us.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can make this our goal for the New Year which is guaranteed to please the heart of our Father in heaven.  I would like to share a portion of an article from that explains our highlighted verse in this post.  It says, "The “washing of regeneration” refers to being born again. The Greek word for “washing” in Titus 3:5 describes the act of cleansing something all over thoroughly. Regeneration means taking an already existing thing and making it new again or starting over. In literal terms, it means “birth again.” This renewal work of the Holy Spirit is described as “cleansing” and “purifying” in Ezekiel 36:25–27: “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” The “washing of regeneration” is a metaphor for complete spiritual cleansing and removal of our sins. When we call on the name of the Lord, our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16; Psalm 51:1–2). When a sinner trusts in Jesus Christ, he or she is justified or declared righteous by God through the sacrificial death of His Son. Christ’s work is justification. Simultaneously, through the power of God’s indwelling Spirit, the washing of regeneration purifies us from all sin. At once, we are made righteous, sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus Christ by God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:11). “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation and the radical, transformative washing of regeneration are all God’s doing; therefore, believers have no room for spiritual pride. We must remain humble and compassionate toward unbelievers, remembering to demonstrate the same kindness and love God showed us."
For this Card, I used an image from DRS Stamps called "Leonard Pig's Bathtime Buddies" that I colored using my Ohuhu markers.  The base is a white A7 pre-cut card from Paper Studio, the DP's are from My Mind's Eye (Bramble Rose collection) and the lacy circle is die-cut from Nestabilities. I added another sentiment from Clear Dollar Stamps, some glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and some fancy stitching for dimension.  I decided to let the beauty of the paper show in this project and I'm very happy with the result.





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Get Creative---Something New (New stamp image)
Use Your Stuff---Stitching (Real or Faux)
My Bestie---ATG
Stamping Sensations---Add Some Sparkle
Beyond the Blue---Something New (new stamp image)
Crafty Catz---ATG/Fave Hobbies or Pastimes
C.R.A.F.T.---New (New Stamp Image)
Craft Rocket---Not Square
Critter Crazy---ATG with Critters
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animals
Crafty Friends---New Beginnings (Card Focused on New Birth/Creation)
Creatalicious---ATG/Something New
DL Art---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Black and White
Mix It Up---ATG/No Stamping
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---Seth Apter Designs ($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.  God placed us at this time when many have succumb to darkness and the hope and light of the Gospel is the only cure. Time is running out!

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