Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #250-251

Welcome, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!  We're so glad you're here for our new challenge.  We have so many exciting things happening here at Word Art Wednesday, and we're so happy that you're here to share all the excitement with us.  Our good friends at Simon Says Stamp are back as our sponsor for this challenge, and we're VERY excited to tell you that they will be our primary sponsor again in 2017.   How exciting is that?  Praise the Lord!  Another thing I want to share with you is that, sadly, we are losing Gail Scott from our DT.  However, we are blessed to have Cheryl Scrivens joining our team starting in October.  There are always great things happening here, and we give God all the praise for blessing this challenge blog.  And of course, we are also grateful for YOU!

Our word art for this challenge is taken from Psalm 119:89 and it says "Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in Heaven".  Let's look at this verse closely.  The first word is FOREVER, and that literally means FOREVER (it will NEVER be taken from us and will NEVER change).  Next, it says "O LORD", and as I've mentioned before in many of my devotionals, when we see the word LORD in the Old Testament, it always refers to Yahweh God, which is God the Father in the Old Testament, and Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  It's incredibly important to understand that this word LORD is referring to our Savior....God the Father/Jesus Christ the Son (the holy trinity).  The next part says "thy word is settled in Heaven".  What this is telling us is that "thy word" (the law, or the promises of God) were made to be firm, established, stable, and in heaven; and that it would continue to have all these attributes forever and ever.  It simply NEVER changes.  What God had ordained as law would always remain law; and what He had affirmed would always remain true.  And the things that God has promised us will be sure FOREVER.  That's one thing about the Bible.  It is true and complete, and will never ever change.  Other "religions" out there will change their doctrine to suit the changing needs of our society.  I don't want to mention any "religions" specifically so that I don't offend anyone.  But when any religion flip flops their doctrine, you can GUARANTEE that they are NOT legitimate.  If something is true, it's true forever (like the word and promises of God Almighty).  If it's man-made (like several of the most popular "religions"), they can alter and change it to suit their changing needs "as the light gets brighter" or as God reveals it to men.  But let's remember that God's Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:5 that "Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God".  Personally, I would much rather place my faith in a God that is NEVER-CHANGING.  Every word contained in God's Word (the Bible) is God-breathed, meaning that God spoke each word to the Prophets of old, they wrote it down exactly as God revealed it to them, and it will NEVER change.  That's why it says "is settled in Heaven".  We can't go to Heaven to have a meeting to discuss changing it (LOL).  It's SOLID and will never change.  Let's not place our faith in men interpreting God's word for us.  Let's place our faith in the LORD who created Heaven and Earth, and whose Word will be true FOREVER.  What a blessing!

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

AND NOW.......Our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Someone will win a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
But you have to enter to be eligible to win.

AND NOW......Our TWO Lucky Winners:
The Kraft Outlet is an AWESOME store filled with
kraft cards, envelopes, tags, and all sorts of great
embellishments.  One lucky person has won a
$15 Gift Certificate to spend on whatever
they want at The Kraft Journal
and that lucky person is
AND.....
The Cutting Cafe is an AMAZING and super fun
on-line store for digital stamp sets, cutting files,
and SO much more.  One lucky crafter gets to
pick out some brand new cuts of choice, and
that is Entry #237 - M. Strach (Montownia)

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #199 - Ginny
Entry #130 - Karen Akesdotter
Entry #226 - Bonnie Garby


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's some inspiration to get you started!

Gail Scott
Sadly, this is Gail's last challenge with us.
Using Sponsor Products from Simon Says Stamp
Stephanie Wright
Using Several Sponsor items from Simon Says Stamp
Including:


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Challenge Weeks #248-249 - Anything Goes

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday!  We're so glad you've chosen to stop by and play along with us.  We have a great challenge for you all again, and we want you to know that we truly appreciate each of you who takes the time to share your art with us.  God has blessed each of us with unique talents, and it's always so fun to see how you all use those talents to create your art.  Are you ready for another AWESOME challenge?  Well, here we go!

Our beautiful word art, Isaiah 54:10, says "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that have mercy on thee".  These are words of PROMISE and of hope.  All around us we see terrible things taking place in the world.  There is hatred, destruction and evil at every turn.  But, this earth is NOT all there is.  We know that the mountains and hills WILL depart and be removed.  In the end, all that will matter is our position/relationship (or lack thereof) with the great Creator of this world, Jesus Christ (God in human flesh).  When everything is said and done, NONE of what we know and see will exist or matter.  It will ALL be gone forever.  But God's precious Word assures us that His kindness shall NOT depart from us, nor His covenant of peace because He has taken mercy on us.  But don't be misguided, people.  His mercy is no joke, and it doesn't just come to us automatically or because we're "good people" or because we've gone to church, helped others, been baptized, etc.  It's up to each person to choose or reject what God is offering us.  There WILL be an end to this world, and we each have a choice as to where we want to spend our eternity.  It's OUR responsibility to ASK God for His mercy by giving our hearts to Him in a personal manner.  Let this verse be a reminder to each of us that this world is temporary, and that His mercy is extended to each of us, but only IF we choose to make that move and ask God for His mercy on our soul.  Praise God that He loved us enough to come this earth in human flesh and provide a way for us to experience His kindness and His mercy.  But it's completely up to us if we choose to accept it.  Eternity is a very long time, and it's important to secure yours.  The mountains and hills will be removed.  Will YOU accept the covenant of God's peace and the mercy God has extended to you?

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

AND NOW.......Our WONDERFUL sponsors for this challenge:
The Kraft Outlet is an AWESOME store filled with
kraft cards, envelopes, tags, and all sorts of great
embellishments.  One lucky person will win a
$15 Gift Certificate to spend on whatever they want.
You can window shop today at The Kraft Journal
AND.....
The Cutting Cafe is an AMAZING and super fun
on-line store for digital stamp sets, cutting files,
and SO much more.  One lucky crafter will get to
pick out some brand new cuts of choice.

AND NOW........
Our VERY Lucky Winner!
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Who has won a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
That lucky person is......

AND........
We have a re-draw for the prize from our last challenge
which was never claimed.  That prize goes now to:
Entry #52  - Diane H.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #54 - Judy V.
Entry #194 - Kathy S.
Entry #200 - Srebrnolistka


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started


Gail Scott
Stephanie Wright
Sponsor Items Used From Kraft Outlet
Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock - Click Here
Buff Ivory Text Weight Paper - Click Here
Twill Tape (Natural) - Click Here
Black Baker's Twine - Click Here


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #246-247

Welcome back, everyone!  It's time for another fun challenge, and we're SO glad you've joined us.  We have two lucky winners to announce, a beautiful piece of word art, and our friends at Simon Says Stamp are sponsoring this challenge with a generous $25 gift certificate to the amazing store.  Let's get started right away.

Our beautiful word art/scripture is from Paslm 62:5 which reads, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him".  In the midst of this beautiful psalm, David speaks to his own sinful soul and says, "My soul, wait thou only upon God".  You see, because of where that comma is placed, we know that he was speaking to his own soul.  If he had meant to say that his soul waits only upon God, it would have read differently (without the comma, like this)...."My soul wait thou only upon God".  This is why we believe the translation you use really does matter.  The Bible is God-breathed, meaning that it is the spoken word of God exactly as recorded by the true Prophets of the Bible (there are no true modern day prophets.  This another way of knowing a false religion).  They wrote down God's exact words (messages) for us.  We believe that the KJV is the most closely-preserved translation available.  Because there are SO many translations, we can see in this verse the difference and importance in meaning that a simple comma can make.  So, David spoke to his soul; telling it to wait only on God.  The reason he gave for this was "for my expectation is from him", which tells us that David knew that his salvation (his hope or expectation) was in him (Jesus Christ) alone.  This is a beautiful psalm filled with praise, promise, and hope (our expectation), and I encourage you to read through this beautiful psalm.  It is only 12 verses long, and I guarantee that it will be a blessing to you just as this verse has been.  Learning more about God's Word (and His promises) is fun, and is SUCH a comfort and a blessing to our daily lives. 

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

AND NOW.......Our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
You could win a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
but only if you link up!

AND NOW.......Our TWO Lucky Winners:
Classy Cards 'n Such has (sadly) gone out of business.
But my sweet friend, Beverly, the owner of
Classy Cards 'n Such, still sent us an
AWESOME prize from her lovely store before it
closed specifically for this challenge.
One person will be VERY blessed
by this prize package.  Thanks, Bev!
Karen also threw in a cute new die-cut from
Frantic Stamper and some other embellishments.
The winner of this prize package is....
Entry #150 - Hillary H.
AND
My Artistic Adventures is our Digital Sponsor.
This sweet Etsy Store, owned and operated by
Heather Hudson, has whimsical, sweet, and
most-adorable digital sheets to help you create
the sweetest ephemera for your creations.
One lucky person will win some digital sweetness
That lucky person is Entry #191 - Gloria Shirr

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #162 - Rosina
Entry #172 - Terri Burson
Entry #187 - Lovely Linda


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

 
Gail Scott
from Sponsor, Simon Says Stamp
Stephanie Wright
Using Several Sponsor Products