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Friday, November 19, 2021

Scripture Series: And Not Be Silent Card---There's Still Plenty of Time to Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hi there, everyone!  More than a week ago, we started another Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) as we feature another great Scripture Word Art (free for you to download at the WAW site). It comes from Psalm 30:12 which says, "To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever." 

God did not promise us a world without trials and persecutions.  From the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden through disobedience and betrayal of God by Adam's alignment with Satan, the world and everyone who dwells in it had been under curse.  No human being could ever escape the consequences of that  sad event in mankind's history which leads to everlasting torment---a life without the presence of God, the Source of all things good.  Mankind was doomed!  Justice calls for the harshest punishment for those that bit the hand of the One that created them. For God is True, Holy and Righteous! If we can only fathom the depth of His attributes, you will realize why none of us deserve pardon---not on our own abilities, strength and merits.  We have continued in the ways of this world, in bondage with Satan---with no way out! Gotquestions.org shared this, "Humanity is corrupted by sin, and that sin is always directly against God. As a result, all sin requires an eternal punishment. God’s holy, perfect, and infinite character has been offended by our sin. Although to our finite minds our sin is limited in time, to God—who is outside of time—the sin He hates goes on and on. Our sin is eternally before Him and must be eternally punished in order to satisfy His holy justice."
 
But God is also a God of Love and Mercy.  God knew what man would do before He created them yet He still chose to bring them to life.  Psalm 30:5 says, "For his anger lasts only a moment but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."  For God had the greatest plan to save mankind from their bondage way before He established time.  But God didn't magically repair the damage mankind did.  It would require Him to sacrifice His One and Only Son to die a horrific death to pay the fine of such a horrific Sin. Here, we can see how God view Sin. The universal principle of sowing and reaping is in effect and a Just (fair and righteous) God had to show His creation the grave penalty of Sin---death on the Cross by a sinless Man.  Only God is without Sin and He had to come in the flesh as a Man to redeem mankind.  Psalm 8:4-5 says, "What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor." Imagine what the Father had to endure to see His guiltless Son taking unto Himself the sins of the world---Sin that His holiness cannot tolerate.  It was harsh, it was painful!  Even in our very limited understanding as parents to our children, such burden would be hard to bear.  But it happened because John 3:16 said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." And because Jesus conquered the Cross, everyone who puts their faith in His gift of salvation received everlasting life (freedom from eternal damnation).  Solely our faith in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) and His finished work at the Cross could brings us back to the eternal presence of our Creator as if the breach never happened.  Because Jesus lives inside every believer, the Father honors the sacrifice of His Son on our behalf and considers us His children.  Hence we can call  Him, "Abba, Father!"

So when people ask "how can a sovereign God allow suffering to take place and how can He send people to hell?", we have an answer.  Every choices we make here on earth have consequences---good or bad.  The disobedience of the first man (Adam) invited the curse of Sin and Death to wreak havoc in this world that affects the life of every human being that caused us to rebel against God, living a life of Sin. The biggest choice we have to make in our lifetime is the one that would affect not only this earthly life but our life beyond. God gave us the free-will to choose to remain in our fallen state (we had since birth) or to turn over our lives to Jesus Christ.  Before we release our final breath, a choice should have already been made.  My prayer is that you choose wisely;  for blessed are those who willingly put their faith in Jesus Christ.  In Him  is a life without death, pain nor suffering.  One day, we will live the life God promised us without the presence of Sin.  But until then, this is not the time to be silent and fearful.  Let us proclaim to the world in all boldness Acts 4:11-12, "Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” God's love extends His mercy in this Period (Ark) of Grace (Church Age).  Step right in---don't delay!  For when the door shuts (Rapture of the Church), God's wrath and justice will pour out mercilessly on those left behind.

For this Card, I used an image that I got from Amazon and watercolored it using my Stabilo 68 markers.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design.  The DP is from Paper Studio, the layered flowers are from Prima, the brad from Recollections and the nail head gems are from Imaginisce.  I also used a couple of shape dies from Nestabilities to frame the image and a border flower die from Sizzix.  The leaves are punched with Fiskars punch, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and finally, I ran several panels for some wonderful stitching to enhance this project.  Love it!


AND NOT BE SILENT CARD


AND NOT BE SILENT CARD LAYERS


AND NOT BE SILENT CARD INSIDE


AND NOT BE SILENT CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
 
2 Sisters---ATG
A Bit More Time---ATG  
Ching-Chou Kuik---Thankful/Thankgiving/Thanks 
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Ribbon or Twine 
Creations in Pink---Mainly Pink
Creative Craft Cottage---Add some Sparkle
Daisy Chain---Add Sparkle
Dream Factory---Limitless 
Happy Little Stampers---ATG with Dies
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie---Picture Inspiration (love the colors and leaves)
LeAnns World---ATG 
MIUCB---ATG/3D Projects 
Scor-pal---More Than One Score 
Sognando---ATG
Crafting Challenge---Stitching 
YSP---ATG


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.  A wonderful prize awaits our winner from our lovely sponsor for this Challenge---Really Reasonable Ribbon (Ribbon Club Assortments).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, be very vigilant, pray always and practice your God given rights.  As long as God is seated on the throne, we are never without hope.  We are part of His plan in this world. While there is still time, let's share the Gospel to those who are willing to listen.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Fall Series: Thankful for Everything Card---Join Our Monthly Anything Goes Challenge Happening at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello everyone...It's a bit late but I'm here to feature my card for our 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes, November Challenge.  I tackled the optional twist which is "Thanks/Thankfulness."  I bought a couple of Thanksgiving inspired stamps a month ago and I used one of them on this project. I love it!  I hope you join us and have some fun crafting and creating.

So many things are happening around us today.  The evil that is hovering in our country and in the world in general are very alarming that brings many to hopelessness, fear and desperation.  The endless attack on our liberty and pursuit of happiness which has been endowed to us by God, our Creator, is threatened by demonic agenda to force many to choose between what they believe is right or to lose their means of livelihood. Each day, we are compelled to make a choice---to stand firm on God's Word with consequences or to compromise for advancement so as to avoid losing everything.  I am not discounting the fact that some choices are easy and that some are life threatening.  No matter what, a true believer of Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) should not think as the world does---selfish, self-serving and living just for the "now."  Jesus gave His life to free us from the bondage of Sin Nature (slavery to Satan) so that we can be with Him---in His presence now and for all eternity!  Jesus told us in John 16:20-22, "Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy."  Likewise in John 16:32-33, Jesus gave us both warning and encouragement saying, “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  

The truth of the matter is this:  The degree of obedience and perseverance we give to the Word of God determines the depth and quality of our relationship with the Lord.  God revealed Himself in His Word (Written Revelation) and through Christ (Personal Revelation).  Jesus, Who is the Word of God, came alive to redeem us and had been with us since then through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The deeper our relationship with Christ, the less likely we'd fall for the threat of the enemy and the worldly system he is using.  Early this year, I experienced some form of spiritual crisis.  Nothing noticeable in the surface but it was a battle within; a case of spiritual anxiety that attempted to steal my peace of mind.  Discerning what the enemy was trying to do, I pleaded to God for a double portion of His peace---the kind that surpasses all understanding. I want a  heart so peaceful that sees the hand of God even in difficult and trying situations in my own life and as a child of God in this fallen world---resilient and firmly grounded in God's Truth!  I fell asleep and when I woke up, I never felt the same.  Praise God for He instantly answered my prayer and gave me great peace and a new pair of eyes to see what's beneath the daily headlines.  I found a deeper understanding of God's Word in Philippians 4:6-7 which says, "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."  Contrary to what others may think as complacency, I still do everything that God asked me to do for His kingdom but without the weight of the world on my shoulders.  For this is the will of God toward me in Matthew 11:28-30 which says, " Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  Are you struggling with something today?  Call upon the Lord Jesus.  What He did for me, He will also do for you.

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Teeny Tiny Townie with a Pumpkin Pie" that I colored with the Paper Studio Brush markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are all from Paper Studio, the layered flowers are from Prima and the brad is from Recollections.  The leaves were punched from a couple of punches from Fiskars and EK Success. I added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and stitched all over this project for added dimension.  


THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING CARD


THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING CARD LAYERS


THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING CARD INSIDE


THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Sisters---ATG
Ching-Chou Kuik---Thankful/Thankgiving/Thanks 
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Ribbon or Twine 
Creative Craft Cottage---Add some Sparkle
Daisy Chain---Add Sparkle 
Dream Factory---Limitless 
Girlz Rebel---Autumn Colors 
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie---Picture Inspiration (love the colors and leaves)
LeAnns World---ATG 
MIUCB---ATG/3D Projects 
Sognando---ATG
Crafting Challenge---Stitching  
Four Seasons---Fall 
YSP---ATG


This is it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  If you want to be challenged, take on the Optional Twist.  But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. Remember to put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ always and in His Word to stay in the right course.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Scripture Series: That I May Know Thy Testimonies Card---You Still Have Time to Join Us at our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends!  It's time for another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  There is still a few days to join this Challenge so, please visit our WAW site and get a chance to win some goodies from our featured sponsor---Stamp Simply Stamps.  This time, we are using a Scripture Word Art that comes from Psalm 119:125,129 which tells us, "I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.  Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them."

Nothing that is known today comes from man's own knowledge.  Whatever science and innovations we claim to know was simply discovered and these discoveries happened because God allowed man the access.  I'm sure we can all remember how we were trained in school during our science (lab) classes to make a hypothesis (intelligent guess) through observation before we begin our experiments. We have to test our theories by going through the necessary steps till we arrive to a factual conclusion. In the end, we would have proven one of these realities.  That our hypothesis is 1) totally true, 2) somewhat true or 3) totally false.  Without embarking on a thorough and deeper study, all we have are opinions, suggestions or even hearsays. 

So, imagine a world without the Word of God. There's no basis for right and wrong and everyone's doing what is pleasing to his/her own liking.  Someone could easily fool us to believing that nothing created everything and that the orderly pattern of all creation came by chance.  We know that this is utterly baseless because just examining how our own bodies function and the uniqueness of everyone's DNA, it would be hard to refute the existence of a Great Designer and an Exceptional Creator---God Almighty!  But sadly, many were and are still consumed by such craziness. The truth of the matter is, there is no way our finite minds could ever fathom God's infinite fullness unless the Creator reveals Himself to His creation.  When Adam betrayed God through disobedience, the Sin Nature that was innately in Satan resided and dominated the hearts of humankind.  We turned into rebels---always seeking our own pleasure instead of seeking and serving God.  It needed a supernatural act of God to rescue us from the eternal wrath that was sure to befall us.  Because of our Father's great love for us, He had to reveal Himself (His Truth, His Ways) to His creation in time.  Ephesians 1:7-8 tells us, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ as a plan for the fulness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ."

Jesus Christ is the complete and perfect revelation and embodiment of God's promise to mankind.  The ultimate redemptive plan of God  rested upon Him.  For by His blood, God delivered the one and only valid payment that would free everyone (willingly placing their trust in His finished work at the Cross) from eternal damnation.   No other man in history will ever qualify or duplicate what Christ has done for us no matter how rich, powerful and intelligent they are.  Apostle Peter attested to this truth in Acts 4:8-12 which tells us, "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole.  This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."  The Psalmist that wrote our highlighted verses in the beginning of this post was a humble servant of God asking his Master to grant him wisdom and understanding of His ways so that he would be able to serve Him accordingly and effectively.  My Life Application Bible shared this commentary which says, "The writer asked God for discernment.  Faith comes alive when we apply Scripture to our daily tasks and concerns.  We need discernment so we can understand, and we need the desire to apply Scripture where we need help.  The Bible is like medicine---it goes to work only when we apply it to the affected areas.  As you read the Bible, be alert for lessons. commands or examples that you can put into practice."  This is very true.  As a servant of God (Born-again, John 3:3) under the New Covenant, I can no longer justify a lack of knowledge and understanding about the God I serve.  Why?  Because He gave me Jesus! 

For this Card, I used an image from Bugaboo Stamps called "Fashion Girls 001" that I colored using The Creative Art markers and Chromatix markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I used a Recollection stencil to lay the cloud border panel and inked all the sides with Distress Ink.  I finished with wonky stitching and adding white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I think it looked great!

 
THAT I MAY KNOW THY TESTIMONIES CARD
 
 
THAT I MAY KNOW THY TESTIMONIES CARD LAYERS

 
THAT I MAY KNOW THY TESTIMONIES CARD INSIDE
 
 
THAT I MAY KNOW THY TESTIMONIES CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
 
 
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Paper Shelter---Digital Image
Clever Dexter---Hello Autumn
Country View---Autumnal Colors
Createful Heart---ATG/Black and Purple
CCC---Autumn
Creative Crafting Uncles---Males Go Feminine
Daisy Chain---Autumn
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Things with Wings
Mix It Up---ATG/Paper Piecing
Sognando---ATG with Autumn Colors
Crafting Challenge---ATG with Autumn Colors
YSP---ATG


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 Stamp Simply Stamps giving away two stamp sets or one die-cut and one stamp set of your choice at their store. So excited to see what you come up with.  Remembering that serving God is not without rewards.  We will have all eternity to rejoice and enjoy the harvest of our faithfulness to God's calling.  

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Friendship Series: Hugs My Friend Camera Embossed Card---Join us at Word Art Wednesday for Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge!

Hi Crafty peeps!  Here's the other card I made for our bi-weekly challenge that started  a week ago.  You can make an Inspirational/Anything Goes projects that you can link to our Challenge site, Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  You can also choose to incorporate the Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) or save it for future use. Check out my card that highlights the Scripture Word in my other post HERE.  I made this card exclusively to highlight images/sentiments from our sponsor this Challenge---Stamp Simply.

A good friendship is the foundation of all healthy relationships.  It needs one's utmost trust, respect, time and effort to stand the tests of time.  Anyone who spent years and staying strong in their relationships can attest to that. This also means that no matter what situations you encounter (because no relationship is perfect), you are to be fully committed to not easily give up and let go.

Jesus spent a good 3 years of His life and ministry by gathering, building and training His disciples.  As a perfect Man, He had to experience physical challenges and the limitations that time and distance had put us all through.  And as a Holy God, He had the knowledge of what He must do and go through and what His future entailed.  Though He didn't explain in great detail to His disciples what He must endure and give up to set mankind free from their bondage to Sin because of their limited understanding prior to His death on the Cross, He made perfect use of His time, strength and ability to demonstrate the love and ways of the Father for mankind. He ate, slept, walked , talked and suffered with them.  They marveled at the miracles they witnessed as Jesus showed them what "faith" and "obedience" to the will of His Father could do.  In His brief ministry on earth,  He showed us what the true ingredient of a perfect and loving relationship was all about---SELFLESSNESS!  1 John 3:16 says, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."  And because Jesus only did what His Father told Him to do, we can be assured of our Heavenly Father's great love for us.  John 5:19 clearly reveals, "Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you,the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." We have this blessed assurance that when we place our trust in the Person of Jesus Christ, we entrust our lives to the One who loves us perfectly---the Father!  John 3:16 is the ultimate proof of the Father's love for us revealing this, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Nowadays, I find it alarming to see all  this promotion pertaining to "SELF LOVE." Many of the messages the entertainment industry, social and mainstream media is pushing to the masses has nothing to do with the truth of "loving your neighbor as yourself" which is next to the greatest commandment of all, "loving the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind." (Matthew 22:37).  Loving oneself can only find its true meaning not in the world, but seeing our worth in the eyes of God, our Creator.  Ephesians 2:8-10 says, "God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."  It is imperative that we value ourselves according to how God value and sees us (His masterpiece) so we can understand our purpose and reason for being.  Every time someone/something tries to destroy us, we have a strong core and reason for self worth.  And when we have a Godly perspective of ourselves, we will value our existence and treat others the same way.  But the dangers of worldly self-love is that it takes God out of the equation.  It's always materialistic and self-serving.  It centers on pleasing oneself and gets its validation from the world.  Jesus knows the love of the Father.  It is rooted in selflessness that He had to send Him (His One and Only Son) to this world to save the world.  Jesus embodied that same selflessness by obeying His Father and ultimately fulfilling His purpose to die on the Cross to redeem mankind.  If we truly value our worth and the people in our relationships, we should start by placing our faith and embracing the finished work (His death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ at the Cross.  Once we are in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), we can show our love for others by leading them to Jesus.  He is the true gift that keeps on giving.   

For this Card, I used an image and sentiments from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps called "Stick Family" and colored the image using my The Creative Expert markers.  The embossed camera image and other background elements are all from  Sizzix A2 Impresslits.  I added a bit of DP, some nail head gems from Imaginisce and some regular and fancy stitching.  Love it!
 
 
 HUGS MY FRIEND CAMERA EMBOSSED CARD
 
 
HUGS MY FRIEND CAMERA EMBOSSED CARD CLOSE-UP
 
 
HUGS MY FRIEND CAMERA EMBOSSED CARD INSIDE
 
 
HUGS MY FRIEND CAMERA EMBOSSED CARD WITH ENVELOPE
 
 
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly with uplifting and inspirational messages, you can link up to 5 projects.  Our sponsor this week is Stamp Simply Clear Stamps giving away 2 Stamp sets or a Stamp set and a Die-cut from their store.  I can't wait to see your projects  and leave you some encouragement on your Blogs.  Pray without ceasing and let God's promises inspire you to share the hope you have with others. 
 
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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Scripture Series: Before the Eyes of the Lord Card---Another Bi-Weekly Challenge Happening at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, everyone!  Here to share the card I made for our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring the Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) found in Proverbs 5:21 which says, "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings."
 
The context of the entire chapter of  Proverbs 5  deals with the importance of marriage and the madness of defiling that covenant we made not only with our spouse but with God. Studylight.org provided a good explanation to this chapter including our highlighted scripture in Proverbs 5:21.  It says,  "Strong warning is given to beware of the prostitute and the temptations she offers. (The frequency of this warning in Proverbs indicates that prostitution must have been a widespread social evil at the time.) The pleasure that the prostitute brings is shortlived, but the bitterness that follows is lasting. It leads eventually to death (5:1-6). A man must flee the temptations offered by such immoral company, otherwise he may finish a physical and moral ruin. Moreover, he could find that he loses his possessions to those who have mercilessly deceived him (7-10). In addition to being disgraced by his own conduct, he will be overcome by despair as he thinks back on his stupidity in refusing to heed advice (11-14). The married man should be faithful to his wife and seek his sexual pleasures in her alone. He should seek no pleasures from the immoral women who move around the streets and market places trying to seduce people (15-20). Married or single, a man must bear in mind that God sees everything. He must remember also that if he lacks self-discipline he will fall to temptation and eventually bring suffering upon himself (21-23)."
 
Ephesians 5:22-33  showed us how God patterned the relationship between a husband and a wife to the relationship between Jesus and the Church. As the Body of Christ focuses  on Jesus alone, the relationship between husband and wife should be one of love, trust, respect and commitment.  We are not to think or do anything that would defile the sanctity of that union as it is sacred unto the Lord. Likewise in my personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, I have given myself to Him as my Father, my Lord and my Savior.  I'm committed to serve Him and Him alone. His Word is true and His faithfulness to His creation is immeasurable.  From the beginning, God provided us with every good thing but mankind betrayed Him by taking the side of the enemy and inherited  Satan's Sin (rebellious, depraved) nature.  But even in our wicked condition, He chose to save us by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the ransom for our freedom with His blood. Romans 5:6-8 clearly tells us, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." But the sad thing is that many have chosen/will choose to reject this gift of salvation.  They come up with senseless excuses all the while trying to hide the truth that they love the things of this world---depravity and all!  Gone were the days when people are actually ashamed of their sins. Not only are they proud of their sinful lifestyle choices nowadays but they encourage and empower the weak, the gullible, the young and the confused of our society (including the children)  to partake and support their demonic confusion/delusion. In exchange for worldly wealth, fame and power, they sell their souls to Satanic cults/groups to lie, steal, kill and destroy not only themselves but others as representatives of Satan to the world.  They conspire with each other to hold everyone hostage to their globalists plan by calling God's Truth false and their lies as truth using education, mainstream/social media, entertainment, dirty/ungodly politicians as their representatives while censoring and eliminating  facts that destroys their demonic agenda.  

All of these things were already revealed to us in the Scriptures so that we, the Body of Christ (Born-Again, John 3:3), would be wise in discerning the times so as not to fall for their deception.  The ungodly thinks that they can hide their evil plots from the Lord and mock God's omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence.  They are fools!  For everyone that rejected God's Only Way of salvation will suffer the wrath of God's justice for motives and actions done in this world---out in the open or in utter secrecy. They are society's modern day prostitutes that's trying to destroy the family unit.  God reserved a horrendous place of eternal torment for them with their father, Satan.  But while they're still on earth, make sure you don't drink of their poison. You can only do so by saturating yourself with the Word of God, pray without ceasing and be sensitive to the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit.  In thought and in deed, stay true to the calling made possible by our New Covenant in Christ Jesus!
 
For this Card, I used a rose cutting die from Momenta and a DP from My Mind's Eye.  I found a great design on the paper I chose that would compliment my die-cut and where I could print the Scripture Word Art.  It turned out great and I was happy with the lay-out. I chose to keep it simple but adding the brads and the fancy stitching elevated the vintage feel to this project.  I'm truly satisfied with the result.

 
BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LORD CARD 


BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LORD CARD CLOSE-UP


BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LORD CARD INSIDE
 

BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LORD CARD WITH ENVELOPE

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner---Hello Fall
TTCRD---ATG
PIP---ATG
Stamps & Fun---Color of Fun
Clever Dexter---Hello Autumn
Country View Crafts---Autumnal Colors
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Die Cut Divas---ATG with Die-cuts
CCC---Autumn
Daisy Chain---Autumn
HLS---ATG with Dies
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Things with Wings
MIUCB---ATG/Paper Piecing
Papercraft Challenges---Sentiment as Focus
Dreaming of Scrap---ATG with Autumn
Sparkles---Autumn Colors
Crafting Challenge---Autumn Colors
Four Seasons---ATG Fall
YSP---ATG
 

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Scripture Series: He Shall Cover Thee Card---Join Us for Anything/Inspirational Goes at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hi there, friends!  I would like to share with you my inspiration project for this bi-weekly Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  As always, we featured a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site.  Our highlighted verse comes from Psalm 91:4 which says, "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler." I love what my Life Application Bible shared with regards to this verse.  It says, "God is a shelter, a refuge when we are afraid.  The writer's faith in the Almighty God as Protector would carry Him through all the dangers and fears of life.  This should be a picture of our trust---trading all of our fears for faith in Him, no matter how intense our fears.  To do this we must "dwell" and "rest" with Him (Psalm 91:1).  By entrusting ourselves to His protection and pledging our daily devotion to Him, we will be kept safe."  
 
Now,  I get why others stopped trusting in God. It is because their faith in Him is a conditional faith. The truth of the matter is, many are just trusting Him for the positive outcome to their prayers.  Yes, as the Body of Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), we stand by the promises of God in His Word especially when it comes to healing, finances and the various aspects of life.  We rejoice in seeing our love ones in critical condition overcome physical death when we pray. But this does not happen all the time and many have struggled to make sense of their love ones or their own struggle with death. Though we know for a fact that our lives in this world are temporary, we invest everything in this world and have forsaken the reality that at any day, life may come to an end here.  I can't help but be sad for many who have traded their faith in God  with worldly fear.  They are easily manipulated to give up their rights and freedom, condemning others that wouldn't succumb to fear like them convincing themselves that their own efforts could add another day to their lives.  How much are they willing to compromise for this temporary existence? And how sad it is for anyone who rejected Christ to leave this world---for the eternal torment waiting for them in the afterlife is utterly horrific.  But for a true follower of Jesus Christ to go from here to the next life is an eternity of joy and peace in the presence of our Savior.  God did not promise us a world free of danger but He did promise to never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). In moments of great trials, it is imperative that we place all of our trust in the Lord Jesus who has total control over our lives. He knows what is best for us at any given time and circumstances.  Romans 8:28 tells us, "And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose." It is that confidence that even when our prayers did not turn out the way we wanted it to be, God has our best interest in mind.  That the death of every believer is not a loss but a promotion to the everlasting life that will only happen when God says it is time.  Therefore, you can do everything in your power to preserve your life but in reality, God has the final say! One day, the Rapture of the Church will happen.  God will resurrect all believers who have died, give them glorified bodies, and we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and will receive glorified bodies as well.  And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17).  What a glorious day that will be! 

Anyway, I would like to share with you something that God placed upon my heart a few days ago from Matthew 14:22-33.  Here,  Jesus walked on the water and so did Peter.  But as Peter saw the wind, he was overwhelmed with fear. He lost focus on Jesus and  began to sink.  He cried out to the Lord and Jesus pulled him out of the water saying, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” It's easy to say we trust God when the winds/storms of life are quite a distance from us.  But the moment it hits close to home and our lives are directly affected and threatened, can we still trust God?  Truth be told, our faith should be firmly planted to the strong foundation of Jesus Christ in order to withstand anything---even the very threat to our lives. God gave us His eternal promises in Christ to encourage and inspire us to contend for our faith and to rid us of every fear that will try to stop us in accomplishing God's purpose in our lives. I love this statement from realfaith.com that says, "Fear will sink you. When Peter had faith, he walked on water. When he had fear,  he sank in the water. The same is true for you. Fear will sink you. Is there any fear that is gripping and controlling your decision making?" When our focus is solely on our Lord Jesus Christ, we will live fearless lives with the ability to accomplish the impossible withholding nothing!  I would like to share what  Apostle Paul told us in these passages.

"Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it." When we truly know the God we serve and hold on to His promises on earth and beyond, there will be no room for fear." (Philippians 1:27-30)

For this Card, I used an image from Recollections (feathers) and stamped them in different colors using Memento Inks and Hampton Art-Tracey Hey for the rest of the images that I colored using The Creative Expert markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I used MS Punch to shape the sides and added some nail head gems from Imaginisce.   Lastly, I stitched all over this project.  
 

HE SHALL COVER THEE CARD 


HE SHALL COVER THEE CARD LAYERS


HE SHALL COVER THEE CARD INSIDE
 

HE SHALL COVER THEE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX

This Card is entered into the following Challenges: 

Stinkin' Inkers---Pick Me Up
Time Out---Brave
CAS on Friday---CAS with Balloons
Ellibelle's Corner---Flora and/or Fauna
House that Stamps Built---Sparkle and Shine
Simon Wednesday---Sparkle and Shine
Sisterhood of Crafters---Cute and Simple
Paper Funday---ATG/Autumn/Fall
2 Crafty Critter---ATG with Critter
Clever Dexter---Sparkle and Glitter
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animals
CCC Digi Creations---No Patterned Paper
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Lots of Layers
Mix It Up---ATG/Monochrome
QKR---ATG
Rabisco---ATG
YSP---ATG


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 prizes from our awesome sponsor---Stix 2 Anything (Adhesive package).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, live every minute of your life fully trusting in the Lord, both physically and spiritually.  Never ever trade joy that will last for all eternity for momentary pleasure.

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