Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Scripture Series: The Temple of God Card---There's Still a Bit More Time to Join our Current Word Art Wednesday Challenge!

A wonderful day, everyone!  I was away from the Blogging world for more than a month.  Are any of you seeing how the days are fleeting?  I tell y'all, God's Word is true pertaining to the last days!  Anyway, almost two weeks ago, we started another bi-weekly Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)You still have another day 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 1 Corinthians 3:16 that says, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
As I was thinking of what to share with regards to our highlighted verse here, I kept on hearing the word "constant" in my spirit.  Later on, it became clear what the Spirit of God is conveying to me and that is---"God is my constant!"  As a child of God, this means so much as it challenges me to reflect on the depth of my reliance (trust, faith) in my Heavenly Father.  Living in a world that keeps on changing and where everything that is good (based on God's Word) is now labeled evil can put our life, family and livelihood in danger. Because of this, many have resorted to compromising or even giving up the truth.  Having a deep (intimate) relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through His finished work at the Cross and the power of His Word (that saved us from eternal damnation) is how we are able to withstand various trials that will try to overcome our faith.  

Let's go back to God's first and greatest commandment from Matthew 22:37 that says, "Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."  Though thousands of years had passed, this commandment stands---then, now and forever!  Matthew 24:35 says, " Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."  However, what we hear/see today are these:  "love yourself" (selfish love), "prioritize your happiness," "do what you wilt," "follow your dreams," "I'll do it my way!" and many more. The social media capitalizes on  emotions and make all of these statements sound good.  But the truth is, it has nothing to do with loving God and following His purpose. It's a lie under the banner of  "PRIDE!" It is the very Sin that originated  from Lucifer/Satan.  It's man's attempt to exalt himself for riches, power and fame.  That is why when we come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, we come to surrender our lives to His Lordship.  We no longer claim control of our being and we welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit to lead us where to go. Knowing that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit helps us take care of the earthly vessel God entrusted us---making sure it is used solely for the glory of God. It does not glorify God if we as members of the Body of Christ (Church) and individual temples of the Holy Spirit create divisions among us by twisting God's Word to conform to this world. We no longer pursue our selfish motives but allow the Spirit of God complete control.  He helps us with our struggles in the flesh and makes us more and more  like Jesus each day.    When we live by the Word of God and shun the noise of this world, we truly live as "beacons of hope."  A hope that thrives through the "constant" (faithful, dependable, enduring, unchanging) promises of God that is greatly lacking in our world today.  Yes, I can say "God is my constant" because my life is planted firmly in His unchanging Word! 
For this Card, I used an image that came free from a magazine I purchased many months ago and colored it with my Ohuhu markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I also used some Imaginisce nail head gems and some fancy stitching through my sewing machine.  I added a simple sentiment on the inside of the card and on the envelope from Stampin' Up. Lay-out is simple but I think it's nice.  




 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Cutie Pie---CAS
Use Your Stuff---Mood Board (Inspired by the Fruits)
Stamping Sensations---ATG/Summer Flowers
We Love Stamping---ATG/Fabulous Florals
Crafty Catz---ATG/Make it Sparkle/Shine
DL Art---ATG
Time Out---Inspired by Words
Paper Funday---ATG/Red, White and Blue
Hand Stamped Sentiments---Color Challenge
Unicorn---No Designer Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Bokeh Technique
Daisy Chain---Summertime
Incy Wincy---Food and/or Drinks
Mix It Up---ATG/Aperture
Crafting---Summer Time
Four Seasons---Summer

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---Seth Apter Designs ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, as believers 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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  1. Yes, God is my constant also - and has been for years, thankfully, and has proven Himself faithful in so many ways.
    A beautiful card - love how you have highlighted the verse. It's good to 'see' you back blogging again

  2. Creatively fun summer card!!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at The Four Seasons!
    Diane FS Co-Owner
    {Nellies Nest}
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    {Triple B}
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  3. A beautiful card, lovely design, fabulous stamps, colouring and sentiments.
    Thank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  4. A pretty Summery card, many thanks for sharing at Stamping Sensations and We Love Stamping July challenges.

    B x

  5. Beautiful card with lovely sentiment. Thanks for playing along withus at PIP challenges.

  6. Beautifully colored and designed card, JoAnn. Thanks for sharing it with us at TIme Out.

  7. Lovely and thoughtful card Jo Ann! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 The Avenue Create!
    Hugs, Kate (Cards a la Kate)!

  8. Darling card and perfect colors! Thanks so much for joining us at The Paper Funday Challenges!

  9. Awesome Card, JoAnn! Thank you for sharing your spirited creation with us at Jan's DIgi Blog Challenge. Good Luck! Looking forward to seeing you again.
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  10. lovely card and thanks for sharing at crafty catz

  11. Great use of the colors from the challenge! I love the sentiment on your card, God is good! Thanks so much for joining the hand stamped sentiments challenge!

  12. Your project is really cute!
    Thank you for participating in Mirtillamente's challenge
    I hope to see you soon!
    Roberta DT Mirtillamente

  13. A very sweet card with edible elements. Your coloring is nicely done, Jo Ann. Thanks for joining us at HSS this round. Cheers, Jolanda - DT

  14. Lovely project Jo Ann. Thank you for sharing with us over at Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge.
    Wendy DT

  15. What a yummy looking creation and a great fit for the mood board challenge at Use Yor Stuff. Thanks for sharing

  16. Es una tarjeta preciosa , los colores son muy bonitos!!
    Gracias por participar
    My Besties Spanish DT

  17. Such a cute card Jo Ann. Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  18. So beautifully done!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!

  19. So funny and pretty card :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Let`s Craft and Create and sorry I am late with commenting <3

  20. Loving the fruits on this card-fits very well with the verse! Thanks for joining us at The Mix It Up Challenge Blog!