Thursday, May 18, 2023

Scripture Series: She Shall Be Praised Card---Join our Current Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, guys! HAPPY BELATED MOTHER'S DAY  to all Crafty Mamas like me out there!  Hope you had lots of fun celebrating your special day with your love ones.  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 Proverbs 31:30 which says, "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. 
Let me begin by stating what My Life Application Bible shared about Proverbs 3:10-31 which included our highlighted verse in this post.  It says, "Proverbs has a lot to say about women.  How fitting that the book ends with a picture of a woman of strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and great compassion. Some people have the mistaken idea that the ideal woman in the Bible is retiring, servile, and entirely domestic.  Not so!  This woman is an excellent wife and mother.  She is also a manufacturer, importer, manager, realtor, farmer, seamstress, upholsterer, and merchant.  Her strength and dignity do not come from her amazing achievements, however.  They are a result of her reverence for God.  In our society where physical appearance counts for so much, it may surprise us to realize that her appearance was never mentioned.  Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character.  The woman described in this chapter has outstanding abilities.  Her family's social position is high.  In fact, she may not be one woman at all---she may be a composite portrait of ideal womanhood.  Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail; your days are not long enough to do everything she does!  See her instead as an inspiration to be all you can be. We can't be just like her, but we can learn from her industry, integrity and resourcefulness.  The book of Proverbs begins with the command to fear the Lord (Proverbs 1:7) and ends with the picture of a woman who fulfills this command. Her qualities are mentioned throughout the book: hard work, fear of God, respect for spouse, foresight, encouragement, care for others, concern for the poor, wisdom in handling money.  These qualities when coupled with fear of God, lead to enjoyment, success, honor, and worth.  Proverbs is very practical for our day because it shows us how to become wise, make good decisions and live according to God's ideal." 

I am totally humbled by how our Father in heaven created us (women) with all Godly characteristics and potentials to be a great help mate to our spouses (men).  But because of Sin, we were marginalized and treated by many as sexual objects, not capable of doing anything big.  But when we subscribed to the Word of God and gave ourselves completely and wholeheartedly to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), He shows us that we can do great and mighty things through Him as well as our true purpose for living.  It's not about the physical beauty which is temporary but the beauty that comes from a heart that fears (in awe of) God! Unlike physical beauty, spiritual beauty gets better with time---perfected in eternity!  It does not say about being perfect in this world for none of us can boast of perfection at the moment. But we are sanctified (set apart) daily to be all God wanted us to be which will happen when we see our Savior face to face.  No matter what our past life looked like, God is able to transform our hearts and minds to the likeness of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit living inside every believer today.
So, in these days where an evil agenda is rampant in trying to replace women with "fake" women, let us show the world what a true woman looks like---one that truly fears God and does not succumb to the fake and the bullies.  True women are bearers of truth and would not surrender their worth, honor and integrity to the perverted, twisted and the deceived.  We speak and act God's truth in love even when it is viewed by others as hate.  Let us protect our children by first establishing a Godly foundation as early as we can and stay on top of those people, establishments and influences in their lives.  We entrust our children to the Lord in prayer as we help each other watch over our kids.  A popular quote says, "it takes a village to raise a child."  But when the village includes social media, entertainment, schools (education) and many other entities that are widely influenced by the satanic agenda nowadays, we need to specify.  So I say, it takes a village of God-fearing and concerned parents to raise a child." And us, mothers, have a big role to play. See to it that we adhere with Proverbs 22:6 which says, "Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it."
For this Card, I used an image from Penny Black called "Ebullient" that I colored using my Ohuhu markers.  For the base, I used a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square and used my Crop-a-dile to round the corners.  I added  Washi tape from Tape Works, some nail head gems from Imaginisce and glitters on the image from Stickles (Crystal).  Finally, I stitched all over this project.  





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
A Place to Start---ATG/And Other Thing 
Aud Sentiments---Watecolor and/or Spring with Sentiment
Crafting Happiness---ATG/Flowers 
Get Creative---Flower Frenzy
Jan's Digi---ATG 
Path of Positivity---Inspired by Nature 
Passion for Markers---Use Markers and Add a Sentiment
613 Avenue Create---Say it with Flowers
Stamping Sensations---Must be Stamped Image with optional Stencil 
We Love Stamping---Anything Stamped with option "In the Garden"
Allsorts---ATG/Embellish It
Penny Black---ATG/Use Patterned Paper
Crafty Catz---ATG with option Ribbon, Lace or Twine
Paper Dragonfly---Anything Goes/Flies or Island Paradise
Time Out---Inspired by Words 
Beautiful Blossoms---Anything Flowers with Optional Mood Board
Creatalicious---ATG/Use 3 or More Patterned Papers
DL Art---ATG 
Lets Craft and Create---ATG with optional Ribbon, Lace or Twine or all
Mix It Up---ATG/Embossing 
The Crafting Challenge---Add an Embellishment 
Worldwide Crafters---ATG with Image

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---Lawn Fawn ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the love of the Lord overtake you today.  We, Moms, have a lot to be thankful for when we have Jesus inside of us!

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  1. Yes, our poor children are being bombarded, and prayer is our weapon to counter the propaganda that is being promoted...
    Beautiful card Jo Ann - love the CAS beauty of it

  2. A GORgeous design! Such pretty colours too.
    Thank you so much for joining us this week at Crafty Catz.
    GDT Chrissyxx

  3. Nice blog post! I only wish we would go back to a time when women respected themselves as the daughters of royalty that they are, instead of degrading themselves with the disrespectful fashions they wear, nasty music they listen to and the words they speak. Lovely card with gorgeous colors. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at the Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge.
    Donna xx

  4. I'm back wearing a different DT Hat to say Thanks for joining us at the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge and we hope you'll share again soon.
    Donna xx
    Beautiful Blossoms Challenge
    Paper Funday Challenge
    Inspiration Station Challenge

  5. A beautiful card with a great CAS layout. Thank you for sharing with us at Allosrts challenge.

  6. A fantastic CAS design and you've made a fantastic job with the colouring. Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start. Hugs María.

  7. Great design and love the stitching. Thank you so much for sharing at Allsorts.

  8. A beautiful vase of flowers!!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at The Four Seasons and Beautiful Blossoms!
    Diane FS Co-Owner and BB DT
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Four Seasons}
    {Triple B}
    {Stencil Fun}

  9. What a gorgeous card, inside and out! Thank you for sharing at Allsorts. Sarah DT

  10. A very pretty design. Thanks for sharing with us at Time Out Challenges!
    (Just a reminder, if you wish to have a chance at winning a prize, you may combine your entry with 4 other challenges in addition to ours, for a total of 5.)

  11. A great way to use up your leftovers and beautiful results! Thanks for joining us at Time Out Challenges:)

  12. Hermosa Tarjeta !!
    Gracias por participar
    My Besties Spanish DT

  13. Lovely card Jo Ann. Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters (creativecrafterschallenge.blogspot.com).
    Wendy DT

  14. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations.

  15. I love your stitching around this beautiful and strong card. Also, Love your colouring too. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafting Happiness Challenges. Good Luck and looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Faith A DT

  16. I love your flowers. Thanks for joining us at A Place to Start.

    Sara Lihz

  17. Such a great design and a beautiful image. Love the stitching around the edge too! Thanks so much for joining in with my challenge this week at Passion for Markers. Hugs, Karen x

  18. Nice card. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps.

  19. Blessed card, JoAnn! Thank you for sharing your special creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Hope to see you each month for a NEW challenge. Good Luck!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  20. Great layout!! Lovely card! Thank you for joining us at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge!
    Karen C

  21. Lovely card. Very pretty. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this month. Hope to see your lovely art back here again soon. Judy DT

  22. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this month. Hope to see your lovely art back here again soon. Judy DT

  23. Beautiful card, Jo Ann! Thanks for hanging out at A Place to Start !
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
    A Place to Start , Challenge Blog
    613 Avenue Create , Owner

  24. This is delightful! Thanks for linking to Mix It Up for May 1-June 15!! --Becca/DT

  25. So pretty and I agree with the Christian verse. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at We Love Stamping.

  26. A great design for a CAS card! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  27. Beautiful floral image and great words too.

    Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations Challenge.

    Helen x

  28. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

  29. CONGRATS! YOU WON THE CHALLENGUE WITH US! We would like to have you as our GDT
    for July, please write to me at: besties.spanish@hotmail.com for more details :)
    Hola amiga! Tu tarjeta es muy bonita en esos colores y la imagen es super linda.
    Seamos esas mujeres que temamos a Jehová, que Jesus sea nuestro Senor y salvador!
    Gracias por acompañarnos en los retos de My Besties Spanish este mes.
    Que tengas un fin de semana muy bendecido.
    Lidia R. Dt Coordinator at
    Mi blog personal: https://belloamanecercr.blogspot.com/
    My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/belloamanecer22/

  30. Beautiful vased flowers and design. Thanks for linking this up at Beautiful Blossoms Challenge! xoxo, Aimeslee

  31. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge too.

    Helen x