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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Trust the Name of the Lord Card - It's our 200th Challenge with lots of goodies to give away at Word Art Wednesday! Don't miss it!

Hello Crafty Peeps!  The celebration is on for our 200th Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  Week after week, we never fail to share with you a Scripture Word Art that does not only make our projects look great but imparts the wonderful promises that only God's Word can give.   So, hop over to WAW to find out more and see the list of wonderful DT inspiration and the prizes that awaits several winners at the end of this Challenge week.  God has been so gracious to allow us to be vessels of His Word and bearers of His light in the Crafting world and we are eternally grateful for the privilege and the honor that we can represent His love by doing what we love to do.  Thank you, Jesus, for many wonderful years of Challenges that are still to come.  Father, we delight in Your work and we willingly yield to Your plan as you cover us with your love and protection. 

So, this Blog post is a day late as we celebrated my MIL's 75th Birthday with many friends and family all day long yesterday.  Come to think of it, not many are blessed to reach that age and we're grateful to still have a parent with us, a grandma for my son.  Both my parents have long been gone and I couldn't help but think what life could have been if they were still here.  We ought to realize that life is so precious and we all came into the earth by way of our parents.  Yet, none of our parents (no matter how long they have been with us) knew every detail about us than our Father who created/knitted us together in our mother's womb.  We were given a chance to live in this world and experience the beauty of God's creation so that when we look at ourselves (the complexity of our being, similarities and uniqueness) with all the elements in nature, we would see a God whose power, beauty, radiance, holiness and love is reflected.  Not one of us--- rich or poor, educated or uneducated, powerful or weak know for certain the time we have in this world nor the exact time of our departure.  Many people have used a great deal of their lives seeking fame, money, power and even discovering and reinventing themselves.  They have piles upon piles of worldly achievements but with nothing to show God when it comes time. The only achievement He would acknowledge that day would be the works we accomplished right after Jesus took over our life (Born-again, John 3:3) as we surrendered to His Lordship and repented of our sins.   Right there and then,  He did all the wonderful works through us.  We will be rewarded for yielding to His leading!   All credit (honor and glory) would only be His!

This week's Scripture Word Art (free for your to download at the WAW site) comes from Psalm 20:7 and it says, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God."  My fellow believers in this great land we call America---I hope and pray that you have not been blinded and poisoned by the affairs of this world.  I hope that within you lies a discerning spirit who sees our present situation as a nation as darkness hovers around; devouring everyone whose spiritually weak and malnourished.  Those who may have some form of godliness but denies its true power.  Those who are too involved with their own and others' feelings that they neglected to consider how they offended God daily with their actions.  Those who used God's Word for their own godless agenda to prey on people who relies on man's opinions for their beliefs.  All around us, day after day, we see the enemy claiming territory upon territory.  While some people are in denial and relies on people, weapons and power to save this country in time,  those who see this battle in its true form (spiritual wickedness manifested in people who rebel against God) calls on the name of the One True God Who is perfectly in control!  Many claimed to be Christians but are completely oblivious  or could be purposely lying to deceive many by quoting God's Word out of context to give it a different meaning.  They used people's feelings to establish their lies by perverting God's Truth.   Philippians 3:3-4 says, "Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.  For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh--." It is easy to feel hopeless upon seeing the people losing their minds and acting worst than animals in their thinking and actions. Hatred of God and love of self had caused people to adapt a "reprobate mind" (corrupt and worthless).  These people may have some knowledge of God and perhaps even know His commandments.  However, they live impure lives and have very little desire to please God (I'm sure they would not admit to this)Sin is justified and acceptable to them. The reprobates are those whom God has rejected and has left to their own devices.  Those of us who can still see the light of Truth should be on our knees, pleading and interceding on behalf of our nation, Israel and the entire world.  In today's battle, horses and chariots are represented by man-made weapons of warfare and we have many of that waiting to wreak havoc in this world.  Many countries have boast upon their capabilities to harm another nation and to gain world dominance.  But none of them will ever come close to our very own Source of power, strength and victory---JESUS CHRIST!  All kinds of weapon both spiritual and physical have all been defeated by our Savior's finished work at the Cross. He is our One and Only Hope!  As we pray, seek and act on the evil of our day, remember the "Cross," remember "Christ," for in Him is Complete Victory.  I want to encourage you to take in the following verses as we continue to hold on to the promises we have in Christ.

"This is what the LORD says:  Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD."  (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

" Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD."  (Isaiah 31:1)

"When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.  

"He (Hezekiah) appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.”  (2 Chronicles 32:6-8)

For this Card, I used an image from Sassy Cheryl called "Praying for Peace Boy Stamp" (retired) that I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from my scraps from several companies.  I used my newly purchased Tim Holtz Distress Spritzer to spray ink on the Scripture Word Art panel using Wild Honey, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress markers.   I also used some Washi Tapes for the banners and some metal brads, both from Recollections. And finally, I did some stitching all over this project.  


 TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD CARD:


TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD CARD LAYERS:


 TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD CARD INSIDE:


 TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Moving Along---Cute Animal 
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper 
CCC Digi Creations---Include a Sentiment 
Digi Galore---ATG 
Crafty Girls---ATG 
Scrap-Creations---ATG 
TTCRD---ATG 
Clear It Out---ATG
Incy Wincy---One for the Boyz 
Craft Your Passion---ATG 
Crafting from the Heart---ATG 
Crafter's Cafe---Monochromatic for a Child 
Creative Moments---ATG/Use a Sentiment 
Penny's Paper Crafty---ATG 
Inspiration Destination---ATG 
Pile It On---Fur 
Crafts Galore---ATG
Cards 4 Guyz---3 of Something 
Crafty Calendar---ATG 
Allsorts---Lots of Layers 
Art by Miran---ATG 
Stempelsonne---ATG 
Di's Digi---Include a Sentiment 
Creative Fingers---ATG 
Aud Sentiment---ATG with Sentiment 
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG 
Love to Scrap---Double Take 
Not Just Cards---ATG 
Path of Positivity---Dedication 
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG 
Where the Heart Is---Add some Text 
Whoopsi Daisy---Add Embellishments


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 this week.  Lots of prizes to be won from our 15 wonderful sponsors---too many for me to list here so check WAW.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, all I can ask is for all of us to pray, pray and pray.  Don't forget to support your prayers with actions.  Fight for the nation that the Lord has given us by standing for God's Truth always and doing what we have to do as citizens to fight, defend and preserve or God-given rights.  Stand with those who are voiceless and persecuted for their faith in Christ.   Speak the Truth of God's Word without apologies and show forth your light.    

37 comments:

  1. Ah Joann truly a wonderful scripture our great God, Whi indeed is so trustworthy and true.
    I really love the way you brought it to shine in life from the start as a child by your gorgeous use of this verse with this little boy image a great interpretation.
    Thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

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  2. What a strong, and much needed voice you are Jo Ann - truly our God is marvelous and worthy to be worshiped and praised and trusted!
    Love the way you have illustrated the scripture on your card.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. Lovely card' great image and colouring. Love the design. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper Crafty and we would to see you again. Jennifer DT member x

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  4. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  5. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  6. such wonderful attention to detail. Thanks for joining us for our 'Anything Goes' challenge #40.
    Alicia (Art by Miran DT)
    MaxiBelle Studio

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  7. So many lovely layers here, just perfect for our Allsorts theme this week, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

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  8. So amazing and great card. Love the coloring and the design is so beutiful and the sentiment is beutiful
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs! Cicci
    TTCRD DT
    ciccividpennan {My pesonal Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

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  9. What a sweet card and beautiful stitching.
    Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week :)

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  10. Great card. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "Monochromatic" challenge. Our next challenge goes live 15th September, hope to see you then.

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  11. Thank you for taking part in our Art by Miran challenge, you Creation is stunning and a joy to look at
    ... Good luck hugs Tracy

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  12. I love the masculine papers used, a super card. Spotted the 3 screw brads for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz DT

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  13. Such a great project. Loving all the layers & the colouring is fab. Thanks for joining us over at Cratfty Calendar this month. Hope to see you again - good luck!
    Hugs,
    Bev (DT) x

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  14. Your card is gorgeous !
    Thank you for joining us at crafty hazelnuts patterned paper !
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    Fiki DT member

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  15. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Penny’s & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (DT Crafty Friends)
    (DT Tuesday Throwdown)

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  16. Amazing work. Thank you for joining us at Where the Heart is.
    Kerri

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  17. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  18. Fantastic masculine card. I love the image and all of the layers on your card. Thanks for playing along with us at CCC Digi Creations. We hope to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

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  19. Outstanding card- Love how you layered the kraft paper. Thanks for joining us at CCC Digi Creations.
    Amy-DT

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  20. Love your artwork so much. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation in our challenge, hope to see you again.
    Rebecca
    (DT - The Crafter Challenge)
    (DT - Where the heart is)

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  21. Hi Jo Ann - such a sweet card and I love the image of the little boy and his teddy praying. They perfectly match your sentiment! Thanks for playing along at Incy Wincy Designs this week.
    Helen x (IWDT)

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  22. Great card, I love those nail heads

    Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz this week x

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  23. Your card is so beautiful .Love the image of the boy praying with his teddy bear. Dropping by from Word Art Wednesday as its become a favorite Challenge and I wanted to drop by and visit the wonderful DTs.
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  24. This is a wonderful card! I love all the layers and the sentiment. I share your point of view on this world and its evils and appreciate the witness that you are trying to be. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap.

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  25. A great card - thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

    Helen x

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  26. Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along at Clear It Out's ATG challenge. Lisa DT

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  27. A great card - thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

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  28. This is so precious, Jo Ann! Love the teddy bear saying his prayers, too. :-D Thanks so much for joining us in our "Fur" challenge at Pile It On this week. Good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    NanaConnie DT

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  29. Such a lovely card and scripture. Great design and color combo. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
    Julie T

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  30. Great card thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy good luck x

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  31. Wonderful creation! I love design and choice of papers!
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge September "ATG".
    Ileanaxx

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  32. A visit to your blog is always such a treat. This card is wonderful! Thanks so much for joining our Dedication challenge this month at Path of Positivity. This card fits our theme so well! Julie, DT member

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  33. Thanks for sharing your card in Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    Hope to see you in our new challenge starting soon too, Donna ☺

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  34. Lovely card Jo and a great image to go with your Bible verse.

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  35. Beautiful card love the image and scripture and all the layers---Thank you for joining us at CWAA
    Carol DT x

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  36. As always fabulous layering and card sketch. Love the message/verse and image. Great job. Thank you for joining us a Digi Galore's Anything Goes week. Katya Bess Digi Galore DT http://www.kattyxotica.blogspot.com

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