A wonderful day, everyone! A couple of weeks ago, we started another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). It ends later on today and it featured my project in this post that I wasn't able to publish on time due to my busy schedule. But a brand new Challenge will begin tomorrow at Word Art Wednesday. Anyway, our (soon to be expiring) current Challenge features this Scripture Word Art that comes from Hebrews 10:23 which says, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)"
Before I started writing this post, I took the time to read the entire chapter (Hebrews 10) that included our highlighted verse in order to find context that would help me understand the depth of its meaning. I can tell you that going through life's crisis since last month is not a joke. When negative situations/conditions could paralyzed you with worry and depression, your spiritual foundation should be securely anchored on the finished work (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ at the Cross and His promises in His Word. In those troubled and darkened times, God showed me that the only way out of a miserable and worry driven existence is to totally trust in Him. While we constantly engage in the battle over keeping our minds sane and our hearts hopeful towards the promises of God, we can get ourselves tired from this spiritual battle. It is important that we rest in the arms of the Lord and find strength in His presence. We cast our cares unto Him (1 Peter 5:7), quiet the negativity and refocus our eyes to the One who truly love and care for us---our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! If He gave His life to free us from Sin and Death; withstand the cruelty of the Cross to bring me back to His presence forever; why should I fall for the lies of this world? Today, I have renewed appreciation and deeper understanding of God's love for me. An old worship song came to my mind that says, "And what can this world offer when all I desire is You (Jesus)!" I tell you guys, God wants an intimate relationship with us and is delighted to communicate with us always. But even when He seemed silent, never doubt His presence! He stands by His promises to His people.
Anyway, last night, I watched a YouTube VIDEO about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how the host was shocked at the response he got from ChatGPT (a famous AI site) when he asked for the AI to write a sermon on the role AI will play in the end times according to the Book of Revelation. The answer might surprise you. AI is definitely capable of profound evil although it acknowledges that with all it's power and capabilities, it cannot win against the sovereignty of God. I found myself saying Amen to that! In spite of the grim reality that comes with its existence, I was never threatened by it. Why? Because I belong to God and I believe the Lord when He promised to remove us (Born-again, John 3:3) from this world (Rapture of the Church) before He pours out His wrath to the ungodly/mockers of Jesus Christ during the Tribulation Period. I appreciate how the Lord reveals in His Word the fate of them that rebels against God to "hopefully" call the sinners of our time to repentance but it also serves as an encouragement to the believers to keep trusting God and share the Gospel of salvation to anyone who cares to listen while there's still time. Humanity is obsessed in outdoing themselves in their quest for technology and greatness to the point of harming many and eventually themselves when their creation wreaks havoc in this world. We cannot put our trust in the finite and selfish mind of man. No matter what happens I can only place my trust in the One True God who is sovereign overall. Through the working of the Holy Spirit living inside of me, my faith will stand unwavering on the promises of God. That is what brings me comfort, joy and peace in this crazy and dangerous place we're living in.
For this Card Set, I used images from Hampton Art/Tracey Hey Clear Stamps that I stamped over blended Distress Inks. I fuzzy-cut the images and arranged them to compliment the sentiment stamps from Stamp Simply. These sentiments/verses came from clear stamp sets called Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes, Words of Encouragement, Fear Not, Delightful Dahlias and Pretty Poppies. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 3 inches square cards. I also made their envelopes using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. There's a total of a dozen cards here and two of each design. I decided to make a box for them using heavy Designer Paper from DCWV embellished with layered flowers from Recollections with some glitters from Stickles (Crystal). A lot of work came with this little box but surely enjoyed the process.
ENCOURAGEMENT NOTE CARDS
ENCOURAGEMENT NOTE CARDS COMPLETE SET
ENCOURAGEMENT NOTE CARDS WITH A BOX
ENCOURAGEMENT NOTE CARDS IN A BOX
This Card Set is entered into the following Challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animal
Critter Crazy---Featured Critter
Daisy Chain---No Design Paper
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Hip to be Square
Love to Scrap---ATG
My Bestie Spanish---ATG
Not 2 Shabby---June Mood Board
Four Seasons---ATG Summer
Make sure you join us tomorrow 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---Stamp Simply ($25 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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