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?"
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.
THE TEMPLE OF GOD CARD
THE TEMPLE OF GOD CARD LAYERS
THE TEMPLE OF GOD CARD INSIDE
THE TEMPLE OF GOD CARD WITH ENVELOPE
Use Your Stuff---Mood Board (Inspired by the Fruits)
Lil Patch of Crafty---ATG
My Bestie Spanish---ATG
Stamping Sensations---ATG/Summer Flowers
We Love Stamping---ATG/Fabulous Florals
Crafty Catz---ATG/Make it Sparkle/Shine
Simply Clean and Simple---CAS
Gem of a Challenge---ATG
Time Out---Inspired by Words
Paper Funday---ATG/Red, White and Blue
Hand Stamped Sentiments---Color Challenge
Unicorn---No Designer Paper
Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Incy Wincy---Food and/or Drinks
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Flowers
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Aperture
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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