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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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  1. Adorable little pig image and great design, Jo Ann.

  2. A great presentation of the gospel Jo Ann, and a wonderful card to accompany it

  3. lovely card and thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz . Happy New Year

  4. Inspirational, JoAnn! Thank you for sharing your uplifting creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Good Luck and Happy New Year!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  5. What a gorgeous card! You´re right the paper is so beautiful. It´s a really great sight. I do love this cute litlle pig. It´s so apprpriate to your words. And I admire your stiching. Altogether it´s just a wonderful card. I think your card is also really great für the beginning of a new year.
    Thanks so much for sharing it with the current challenge of Everybody-Art-Challenge.
    Hug Uschi

  6. This is a gorgeous card, Jo Ann. I love the bit of whimsey the cute little pig adds and his words are so important. Thanks so much for joining us at CRAFT Challenge! Hope to see you again soon!

  7. Beautiful card and design, thanks fo sharing with us at the Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge.
    Donna xx

  8. Love the sparkle with the little pig. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

  9. Great card! :) ...and the little pig is so cute with :) Thanks a lot for joining us at Let`s Craft and Create :)

  10. Beautiful card!! I love the scripture you used as well. Thank you for joining us this week at Pammie's Inky Pinkies. Hope to see you again. Bonnie DT

  11. Beautiful card with a beautiful text. Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations

  12. What a great way to illistrate your faith and convection to the lord. The juxapostion of the cute pig next to the beautiful script and background is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff

  13. Gorgeous card the image and sparkle
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Craft Challenge
    Good Luck
    Rose DT

  14. Such a beautiful card, Thanks for sharing it with us at the LeAnn's World 101 Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  15. Love all the pretty colors and the inside decorated as well! Thanks so much for joining us at Beyond the Blue!

  16. Gorgeous card - I love the colour palette you have used and the sewing element! And the fact that you have embellished the inside and even the envelope. One very lucky person will receive this! Thanks for sharing with us in our challenge this time, t Patties Creations... Vic, DT member. x

  17. Wow! A splendid design inside and out (and the envelope too of course). This is such a delightful set! Thank you for playing along with us at Everybody Art Challenge. Happy New Year! Hugs, Lesley

  18. Lovely card! Thank you for joining with us at Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge.
    Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

  19. I love the depth of your card and the details from the front, inside and matching envelope. Stunning! We're so happy you've shared that with us here at Jan's Digital Stamps. Hope you'll come back every month! Pam, DT

  20. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld.
    ~ Sherry CT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  21. A beautiful card. A great design and the floral paper is so pretty.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore January Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

  22. Beautiful card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEANN'S WORLD 101 challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  23. Hola amiga! Tu tarjeta es preciosa en todos sus detalles y verso biblico :)
    Gracias por acompañarnos en los retos de My Besties Spanish este mes. CONGRATULATIONS! Ganaste el 1er lugar de ENERO con nosotras, ve al blog para mas detalles. WINNERS 2023.
    Que tengas un fin de semana muy bendecido.
    Lidia R. Dt Coordinator at

  24. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the Critter Crazy challenge. Hope to see you again.



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