Hi there, friends! There's only one day left to join our current Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). I'm posting this quite late (too many things happening) for our current challenge but a new one starts this Wednesday. The Scripture Word Art featured in my card comes from Psalm 119:103 which says, "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
Sugar, honey and other sweeteners are part of our daily consumption (unless you're in a diet of some sort) just like salt and many spices. We cannot consume too much or too little for it will be detrimental to our physical health. But if we focus our attention to our highlighted verse in this post, the actual honey many of us enjoy cannot compare to the spiritual sweetness, nourishment and satisfaction that comes only from the Word of God. Yet, life can be sweet for a season and before you know it, it becomes unbelievably bitter. But we don't have to surrender to the bitter things of life---for God's Word is available to us 24/7. In the middle of fear, life's uncertainties, bad news and deadlines, we can choose to silence the negativity in our minds by trusting and meditating on the sweet promises of God. We fight back by rejecting the thoughts, suggestions and vision our enemy (Satan) tries to plant in us. We should learn to actively fight the voices in our heads that makes us doubt the love and concern God promised us in His Word. We cannot rely on our own abilities and strength to change our situations/conditions. We need Jesus in the battle and our weapon is His Word! 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us, "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
My friends, my family is currently going through some bitter days! I prayed to the Lord and He gave me His Word in 1 Peter 5:7 and told me, "Cast all your anxiety on Me because I care for you." That immediately lifted up my spirit. I look it up in my Life Application Bible and the commentary says, "Carrying your worries, stresses and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility, however, to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let others in God's family help you. Sometimes we think that struggles caused by our own sin and foolishness are not God's concern. But when we turn to God in repentance, He will bear the weight even of those struggles. Letting God have your anxieties calls for action, not passivity. Don't submit to circumstances, but to the Lord who controls circumstances." I am totally in awe that the God of all creation gave me such a loving message. How do I know it? It's because the Lord and I have this personal relationship for 33 years now where He revealed/reveals Himself to me and I would/will hear Him. Jesus said in John 10:27-28, "The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand." His message of casting and caring truly encouraged me. But the days following, the enemy cranked up the negativity as he challenges our faith and patience to wait on the Lord. Everyday, we have to actively battle and go against every negative thoughts and emotions trying to drown our faith in God. Truth be told, our biggest enemy is often ourselves! Don't give in---live by God's Word! If you are experiencing bitter/stormy situations and are going through depression and hopelessness---JESUS CARES FOR YOU! He loves you and would like to speak to you. Surrender your life to Him and let Him be your personal Lord and Savior (Born-again, John 3:3). Don't delay! Your eternal destination depends on this very important decision you have to make before you die. You can use the prayer I shared in the sidebar as your guide. Then read God's Word and find a Bible-based Church that will help you grow in your spiritual walk with God. Believers are not exempt from trials but our great advantage is having our Savior's presence with/in us no matter where life takes us. And that is super sweet!
For this Card, I used an image from Stampendous called "Fran's Mini Clear Set Whimsical." For a change, I did not color the flowers but paper-pieced them with DP from Pebbles. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square. I also used a stencil (honey comb) from Recollections and Distress Inks to make the background panel. I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the leaves and center of the flowers. Lastly, I ran it through my sewing machine.
SWEETER THAN HONEY CARD
SWEETER THAN HONEY CARD LAYERS
SWEETER THAN HONEY CARD INSIDE
SWEETER THAN HONEY CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
Aud Sentiments---Watecolor and/or Spring with Sentiment
Path of Positivity---Inspired by Nature
Crazy is our Fame---Use Stencil with Flowers
613 Avenue Create---Say it with Flowers
Lil' Patch of Crafty---ATG
My Bestie Spanish---ATG
Stamping Sensations---Must be Stamped Image with optional Stencil
We Love Stamping---Anything Stamped with option "In the Garden"
Paper Dragonfly---Anything Goes/Flies or Island Paradise
A Perfect Time---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Happy Little Stampers---Use Stencil
Lets Craft and Create---ATG with optional Ribbon, Lace or Twine or all
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Embossing
The Crafting Challenge---Add an Embellishment
The Four Seasons---Spring
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 submit up to 5 entries per week. Our wonderful sponsor for this week is Your Next Stamp, giving away a $20 e-GC. So excited to see what you come up with. Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today. Let us pray and encourage one another to trust God's Word always!
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