THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

I thank the LORD JESUS for each day that is given me to create wonderful projects...As always, I give Him all the glory.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scripture Series: As the Hart Panteth Window Slider Card---Join Us for Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Wow, a couple of weeks passed, just like that!  Now, I am back to highlight another Scripture Word Art (free to download) featured in our Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge site.  It comes from Psalm 42:1 which says, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” My Life Application Bible explains it wonderfully this way:  "As the life of a deer depends upon water, so our lives depend upon God.  Those who seek Him and long to understand Him  find never ending life."

Come to think of it, almost everything on earth need water to live/survive.  We don't need to go further than our own  (human beings) need for water.  It's no coincidence that we can survive longer without food but not so much without water.  Our body craves it and we can attest to that need especially on many summer days out in the sun or many hours of physical exertion.  But hear me on this---as much as our physical bodies need physical water, so thus our spirits.  Man's spiritual component needs the Living Water whose Source is Jesus Christ.  Gotquestions.org had a very interesting article on what Jesus meant when He spoke about the Living Water.  Here's what is says:

Jesus uses the phrase “living water” in two instances in the Bible. The first instance is found in John chapter 4. Jesus was tired and sat at a well while His disciples went into town to buy food. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. The Samaritan woman was quite shocked because Jesus was a Jew, and Jews simply hated the Samaritans. Of course, she had no idea who Jesus was and asked Him how He could ask her for water since He was a Jew. (To find out the conflict between Jews and Samaritans, go HERE).

Jesus ignored the question and went right to the point, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). Notice that He does not say that He is the living water, but that He would give living water to her, and when she received it, she would never thirst again. Of course, that does not tell us what the living water is! For that, we must go to another passage of Scripture. In this case, Jesus is in the temple surrounded by a throng of worshippers. He suddenly cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37–39, emphasis added).
 

Here Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the living water. External influence of the Spirit had always been given in the conversion and sanctification of the Old Testament saints and prophets, but the gift of the Spirit who would indwell believers had not yet been received (Acts 10:44–45). So, though many people say that Jesus is the living water, Jesus Himself intended the phrase to mean the Holy Spirit who dwells in believers and seals them for salvation (Ephesians 1:13–14). It is the ministry of the Spirit, flowing out of a heart redeemed by God, that blesses believers and, through them, brings life and light to the world."

As much as we need the physical water for our bodies, humanity needs the Living Water (Holy Spirit) for our spiritual wellness.  As a believer (Born-again, John 3:3) in Christ, the Holy Spirit now lives inside of me.  He quenches every thirst---satisfying me today and forever.   Before I came to know Christ, I thought I would be satisfied by making something good of myself.  And yet the more I go after the desires of this world, the void in my heart kept increasing.  It was a hunger and a thirst for something more than this world could offer.  Isn't it curious that many people who have achieved great things in this life (wealth, fame, power etc.) whom we considered iconic took their own lives in the height of their careers?  It is obvious that joy, peace and righteousness which is ultimately and greatly  desired by many does not come from this world but from the throne of Almighty God.  Jesus invited people to drink from the wells of salvation 2,000 years ago and He is still calling on everyone today.  The Living Water is available for free to anyone who truly seek, believe and desires to know Jesus Christ.  Anyone who humbles himself before the Lord will not be turned away. No amount of money or worldly possession can equal its benefits in satisfying our thirst forever.  So my question is, how thirsty are you?   Isaiah 41:17-18 says, "“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs."

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions Try' Folds called "Lake House"  and watercolored it using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 4.5 x 6 inches card (up to 7 inches with the fish tail banners).  The DP's are from My Mind's Eye and Recollections.  Other sentiments stamped inside are from Printworks.  I also used some washi tape for the fish tail and stapled it to the inside panel. Lastly, I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and ran it through my sewing machine for some stitching. I saw a video on YouTube on how to make this long time ago but didn't get a chance to try it.  I'm so glad I stumbled upon it yesterday so, if you're interested, here's a VIDEO instruction on how to make this fabulous card fold.  I just customized my card to the size I wanted it to be.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD LAYERS


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD MESSAGE SPACE


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Color Throwdown---Color Inspiration 
Crafty Creations---ATG 
Crafty Gals---2 or More Designer Papers
Creative Moments---ATG  
House Stamps Built---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG 
Simon Says Stamp---Furry Friends 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Die-Cuts
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG 
Deep Ocean---Our Furry/Feathered Friends 
Digi Choosday---ATG 
Lemon Shortbread---ATG 
Retarte---ATG
Stinkin Inkers---It's Spring
TTCRD---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---ATG 
Always Fun---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG 
Colouring in Scrapland---ATG
Color Inspiration Monday---Colored Image
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
PIP---ATG
Simon Says Monday---Critters
Paper Nest Dolls---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 this week.  Wonderful prize to be won from our sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises. He is always good!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Scripture Series: I Will Not Leave Thee Card---It's Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  I'm so sorry for the delayed posting of this project I made for Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  There's so much to do yesterday that I didn't get a chance to finish/publish this post.  Anyway, we just started another Challenge at WAW and as always, it's Anything Goes as long as it's inspirational and family friendly.  Our free Scripture Word Art (you can download at the WAW site) for this Challenge comes from Genesis 28:15 which tells us, "And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."

This wonderful verse of promise was given to Jacob by Almighty God in his dream.  If we don't know the story of Jacob---how he deceived his brother (Esau) for his birthright, likewise his own father (Isaac) was tricked into blessing him (took advantage of his weak eyesight due to old age) after he thought he was Esau.  Jacob did some terrible things, for sure.  But God had a plan for him (like God has a plan for each and everyone of His children)  from before the foundations of the earth.  Ephesians 1:4-5 says, "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves."  Let's admit it, many of us are so quick to judge people. We set up a checklist when it comes to whom we allow to influence and lead us.  I don't see anything wrong with being wise and cautious as many are truly out there to deceive and harm us if we are not careful.  My point is that while being observant, we need to also be sensitive to the voice and the move of the Holy Spirit.  I remember just several months ago,  I struggled to make a choice between two undesirable Presidential candidates.  Not one of them came close to my spiritual checklist and I prayed and asked the Lord for direction.  Though one may not be as worst as the other, I didn't have the confidence to allow this candidate to lead me, my family, my country and the world.  As I waited upon the Lord, God showed me little things here and there that finally convinced me to support our now current President, Donald Trump.  Sure, he didn't fit my (spiritual) checklist as a person but many of his plans, decisions and actions turned out to be closest to upholding life, safety for Americans, stopping lawlessness and globalization (One World Government) and he demonstrated respect for God and country.  I remember a good friend at the Church told me that if God can use a donkey to talk sense to the prophet Balaam, He can definitely use anyone (including an unbeliever) to carry out His purpose here on earth (Numbers 22:27-29).   I would like to share with you a summary of the life of Jacob that I got from my Life Application Bible as it will open us up to God's greater plan for us and His faithfulness to keep His promises despite our imperfections and setbacks.  Hope you'd be blessed...

"Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are among the significant people in the Old Testament.  It is important to realize that this significance is not based upon their personal characters, but upon the character of God.  They were all men who earned the grudging respect and even fear of their peers, they were wealthy and powerful, and yet each was capable of lying, deceit and selfishness.  They were not the perfect heroes we might have expected; instead they were just like us, trying to please God, but often falling short.

Jacob was the third link in God's plan to start a nation from Abraham.  The success of that plan was more often in spite of than because of Jacob's life.  Before Jacob was born, God promised that His plan would be worked out through Jacob and not his twin brother, Esau.  Although Jacob's methods were not always respectable, his skill, determination, and patience have to be admired.  As we follow him from birth to death, we are able to see God's work.

Jacob's life had four stages, each marked by a personal encounter with God.  In the first stage, Jacob lived up to his name, which means "he grasps the heel" (figuratively, "he deceives"). He grabbed Esau's heel at birth, and by the time he fled from home, he had also grabbed his brother's  birthright and blessing.  During his flight, God first appeared to him.  Not only did God confirm to Jacob his blessing, but he awakened in Jacob a personal knowledge of himself.  In the second stage, Jacob experienced life from the other side, being manipulated and deceived by Laban.  But there is a curious change: the Jacob of stage one would simply have left Laban, whereas the Jacob of stage two, after deciding to leave, waited six years for God's permission.  In the third stage, Jacob was in a new role as grabber.  This time, by the Jordan River,  he grabbed on to God and wouldn't let go.  He realized his dependence on the God who had continued to bless him.  His relationship to God became essential to his life, and his name was changed to Israel, "he struggles with God."  Jacob's last stage of life was to be grabbed---God achieved a firm hold on him.  In responding to Joseph's invitation to come to Egypt, Jacob was clearly unwilling to make a move without God's approval.  

Can you think of times when God has made Himself known to you? Do you allow yourself to meet Him as you study His Word?  What difference have these experiences made in your life?  Are you more like the young Jacob, forcing God to track you down in the desert of your own plans and mistakes?  Or are you more like the Jacob who placed his desires and plans before God for His approval before taking an action?"---God has  wonderful plans for us and though in our stubbornness we get distracted along the way,  He is faithful to lead us to the right path when we yield.  Sharing the following verses to you:

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  (Ephesians 2:10)

"Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.  Many are the plans in a person’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."  (Proverbs 19:20-21)

"And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:27-28)

For this Card, I used an image from our sponsor, Bugaboo Digital Stamps, called "Attitude Car" and colored it with my Touch Five markers.  The base is an A7 size pre-cut card, The DP's from Paper Studio, the clouds are cut out from a DP from Heidi Grace.  I used a couple of border stamps, one from Fiskars and the other from Cloud 9.  The white gems are from Imaginisce and the glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  I also added some Liquid Pearls (Key Lime) at the center of the flowers in the car.  And finally, some fancy and regular stitching courtesy of my sewing machine.


 I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD


 I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD SIDE VIEW


I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD LAYERS


I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD INSIDE


I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Perfect Time to Craft---ATG 
Aussie Digital---ATG
Classic DT---ATG 
Color Sisters---Color Palette 
Crafts and Me---ATG 
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG 
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG 
Craftyhazelnut's---Designer Paper 
Create and Inspire---ATG/Stencil
Creative Ladybirds---ATG 
Daisy Chain---ATG
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---Make Your Own Background 
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG 
Mix It Up---ATG/Embossing
Your Scrapbook Place---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 this week.  You can win wonderful goodies from our awesome sponsors this week---The Kraft Outlet ($15 GC), Stix 2 Anything (Goodie Bag) and Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Digi Images).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you as you find true beauty in yourself and others through the eyes of our Maker.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Scripture Series: Crochet Baby Lovey Blanket with Matching Sandals in a Box---Join the Fun at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there, everyone!  It's the first Sunday of this month and as always, we are bringing to you another monthly Anything Goes Challenge from our neighborhood,  613 Avenue Create!  You can create anything but if you want to take the optional twist, it's all about "Creating a Container,"

Before I continue on my project, I want to share something that God has placed upon my heart that I learned in my Bible class the past few weeks.  As we go through life and make choices that either leads to triumph, defeat or more battles, we have to know the POSITION (the Truth) we stand on.  Many in this world think of position as one's status in the society (wealth, fame, power, influence, appearance among others).  We can all agree that these days, one or more of these things may get you some pleasure, comfort and opportunities that is why many spend their lifetime going after them.  But no, that is not the  kind of POSITION I am talking about.  In John 14:5-6, we see Thomas asking Jesus a very important question, "“Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me." Anyone who would like to navigate this life in the right direction (God's purpose) under God's principles (reality in God's perspective) to experience a life without end in the presence of our Father Almighty need only to focus on these two things---"Who Jesus Is" and "What Jesus has done." I found an article at gotquestions.org that provides clarity on these two and how important it is for us to fully understand "Who we are in Christ."  Here's what is says:

WHO JESUS IS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE?
  "So, who did Jesus claim to be? Who does the Bible say He is? First, let's look at Jesus’ words in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” At first glance, this might not seem to be a claim to be God. However, look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement, “‘We are not stoning you for any of these,’ replied the Jews, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God’” (John 10:33). The Jews understood Jesus’ statement as a claim to be God. In the following verses, Jesus never corrects the Jews by saying, “I did not claim to be God.” That indicates Jesus was truly saying He was God by declaring, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). John 8:58 is another example: “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” Again, in response, the Jews took up stones in an attempt to stone Jesus (John 8:59). Jesus’ announcing His identity as “I am” is a direct application of the Old Testament name for God (Exodus 3:14). Why would the Jews again want to stone Jesus if He had not said something they believed to be blasphemous, namely, a claim to be God? 

John 1:1 says “the Word was God.” John 1:14 says “the Word became flesh.” This clearly indicates that Jesus is God in the flesh. Thomas the disciple declared to Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus does not correct him. The apostle Paul describes Him as, “…our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). The apostle Peter says the same, “…our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1). God the Father is witness of Jesus’ full identity as well, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” Old Testament prophecies of Christ announce His deity, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Why is the question over Jesus’ true identity so important? Why does it matter whether or not Jesus is God? The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Only God could pay such an infinite penalty (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus had to be God so that He could pay our debt. Jesus had to be man so He could die. Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ deity is why He is the only way of salvation. Jesus’ deity is why He proclaimed, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

When we repented of our sins (humbled ourselves) and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Born-again, John 3:3), we became one with Christ!  Simply put, "In Him we live and move and have our beings (Acts 17:28).  Our identity is in Him.  Everything that happened to Him happens to us.  Just like we were in Adam just by being born into this world, so those that come to Christ dies from being in Adam and by faith (in what Jesus did at the Cross) are Born-again in Christ (New Creature/Creation in Christ).  His victory at the Cross has won us not just our freedom from the bondage of Satan and the Sin Nature. More importantly,  the Father bestowed upon us His RIGHTEOUSNESS (right standing with God).  His finished work at the Cross  POSITIONED  and EQUIPPED us to rule and reign with Him not only in this lifetime but for all eternity.   In line with this Truth, our PRESENT CONDITION (Trials, problems, defeat, lack etc.) should always be dealt with by our POSITION IN CHRIST (Who we are in Christ).  You see, when this Truth sank deep into my heart, I knew I cannot live the same way... "I am a daughter of the Most High God! In Jesus Lordship, I trust. In Him I possess all the powers and authority necessary to trample and destroy all the works and plans of the enemy , to proclaim the Gospel, to give sight to the blind and set the captives free.  I am set to rule in His eternal kingdom and live forever in His presence. So no matter how bad it looks in my present condition, the Christ in me reminds me of what I possess in Christ!  Got problems?  THINK POSITION!

For the Gift Box, I used Kraft as the base to make a box measuring 8 inches square  and 2 inches thick.  I layered it with some DP's from my stash and made a  band to secure it close.  I generated the Scripture using my computer and attached the image (Inkadinkado) as well as some washi tape (Recollections) to the band.

For the Crochet lovey, I followed a pattern in the book "Animal Blanket Lovies" from Leisure Arts and the Greek style sandals is a pattern from the "Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet."  A friend at Church decided to purchase this for her newborn grand kid after she saw the pics of what I made.  Below (last pic) is the picture of the actual pic of the baby (recipient) enjoying it.   I'm so thrilled it fits perfectly. 


 CROCHET LOVEY BLANKET WITH MATCHING SANDALS


 CROCHET LOVEY BLANKET (PUPPY)


CROCHET  BABY GRECIAN SANDALS


 BABY SHOWER GIFT BOX


 BABY SHOWER GIFT BOX CONTENTS


PERFECT GIFT (WELL APPRECIATED BY THE RECIPIENT)


This Gift Box is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Crafty Critter---Feature Creature 
Perfect Time to Craft---ATG 
Aussie Digital---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts and Me---ATG  
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG 
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Designer Paper 
Creative Ladybirds---ATG 
Daisy Chain---ATG
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---Make Your Own Background 
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Embossing 
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG


This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, don't be afraid of the what the future holds---we are safe in the arms of Christ always.  Remember to dedicate every plans to Him and to faithfully give Him all the glory! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scripture Series: Be Joyful in Thee Card---Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday...

Hi there! Its time for another bi-weekly Challenge of Anything Inspirational at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Our Scripture Word Art (free download at the WAW site) comes from Psalm 5:11 which says,  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

As I read through Psalm 5, I saw King David's intimate knowledge and relationship with God.  The Spirit of God worked into his life that though he was born before the time of Jesus and the New Testament, he spoke of a "trust"  (believing, reliance, dependence)  in a God Who is able to save, protect and defend us.  The enemy fill our hearts with lies every second that if we are not grounded in the Truth (Jesus as the Way, Truth and Life), we can easily be swayed by twisted doctrines/teachings.  From the very beginning (Genesis 2:17), God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil for they will surely die (first mention of Death).  God established and made clear this Truth to His creation.  But Satan (in the form of a serpent) perverted that Truth and told Eve in Genesis 3:4-5, “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan planted doubt and influenced Adam and Eve to disobey God resulting to the Fall of Man.  Sin, which originated in the heart of Lucifer (called the Sin Nature), is the overwhelming desire to rebel against God which placed all of humanity (born into this world) in bondage.  There was no way out and we were doomed to face God's wrath forever.  Man became so selfish and evil with no reverence for God.  It's no surprise that  Jesus spoke this harsh Truth to those who claimed they know God but merely lied as they neither believe nor obey Him (in their actions).  John 8:42-47 says, "Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Friends, anyone who says that Jesus is just a gentle, meek and loving God has clearly no idea of the Jesus Christ of the Bible.  As much as He is a God who loves us (demonstrated by His sacrifice at the Cross to free us from the bondage of the Sin Nature and Satan himself, He is also a Just God.  That means He cannot tolerate any form of Sin.  By denying (render useless) the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross which is Almighty God's ONLY means of freeing us from being in Adam (literally, in Satan), you are declaring an all-out war with God and has chosen to invite His Wrath.  Believe me, I could not even imagine what is in direct opposite of God's love---outside of God's grace!  Many people think that this earthly life is all there is but until you stop focusing on the puzzle pieces of your life (selfishness), widen your perspective to God's big picture (eternal perspective), you will live a mediocre life filled with lies that will cause the destruction of your soul.  If there is a time to trust Jesus and claim the salvation He won in your behalf---it is NOW!  Who you trust and live for in this life will be the basis of your eternal destination. To be in Adam (rebellion and unbelief) puts you in the path of God's judgment no matter how great you think your life (good works) is here.

But like what our Scripture Word Art says, those who trust in Jesus have every reason to rejoice.  Why?  For our reliance upon the Cross and all its benefits has won for us "righteousness" in the presence of our Father in heaven.  This right standing with God is not by any works of our own but one that only God Himself bestows to them that places their faith in His Son.  It happened the moment I repented of my sin (being in Adam) and confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior (to be Born-again, John 3:3), I died from my affiliation with Adam and I became one with Christ (In Christ).  God paid for my sins (past, present and future).  Hence, I no longer have to carry the death penalty for my sins.  JESUS GAVE AND DID IT ALL!  By being in Him, He also gave me the power to trample over the lies and works of the enemy.  The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of me.  By Jesus' blood, His Cross and His Name, I can destroy the works and power of the enemy in every shape and form.  Knowing His Word (the Scripture) is knowing His Will so I can confidently speak with boldness and certainty to have received everything God promised in His Word. WE HAVE THE POWER, IN JESUS' NAME!  Always look at the bigger picture and you'll see that fear should in no way cripple us in all our battles.  Rejoice! Jesus has so much in store for us than this temporary life can offer.  Having this mindset, I live each day with excitement of what Jesus would do through me...

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Tiny Townie Tiny Dancers" and the flower stamps from Dylusions.   I watercolored all the images using my Stabilo 68 pens.  The base is an A7 Kraft card from Paper Studio, the DP is from American Crafts, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the pearly dots were created with Liquid Pearls (White Opal).  I incorporated some inking using Pumice Stone Distress Ink and lastly, I ran some of the panels into my sewing machine to create some regular and fancy stitched borders. 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD LAYERS 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD INSIDE


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD  WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Gals---ATG 
Creative Moments---ATG/Spring Has Sprung 
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Masculine
Sisterhood of Crafters---Letter "B" (Ballerina) 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Add a Sentiment


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.  An awesome GC of  $25 worth will be awarded to our Challenge winner by our awesome sponsor---Simon Says Stamp.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up as we meditate on the name of Jesus today.  There is power in His Name and it's available to everyone that believes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scripture Series: The Hour Is Come Card---It's Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday

Hi there, Crafty Peeps!  I'm here once again to highlight another Scripture Word Art for our new Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  Today's verse is so meaningful to me and to everyone whom God called to Himself through faith in what Jesus Christ has done.  It comes from John 12:23 which tells us, "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified."

In order to understand what Jesus told His disciples in our highlighted verse, we must at least give consideration on the next few verses written after.  In John 12:24-25, Jesus continues saying, "Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life." You will notice in the New Testament how common it was for Jesus to use earthly illustrations to convey spiritual Truths (Parables).  In that time, people's spiritual knowledge of God and His ways were very limited.  They have the Natural Revelation (God's creation),  the Law (Mosaic Law/Torah) and the Prophets.  Today, aside from what they had, we have the Written Word of God (Bible), the Finished Work of Jesus Christ at the Cross accessible by faith and the presence of the Holy Spirit inside every believer.  I love how my Application Bible explained the meaning of the three verses mentioned above and like before, I would like to share it with you:  It says, "John 12:23-25 is a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus.  Unless a kernel of wheat is buried in the ground, it will not become a blade of wheat producing many more seeds.  Jesus had to die to pay the penalty for our sin, but also to show His power over death.  His resurrection proves He has eternal life.  Because Jesus is God, Jesus can give this same eternal life to all who believe in Him. We must be so committed to living for Christ that we "hate" our lives by comparison.  This does not mean that we long to die or that we are careless or destructive with the life God has given, but that we are willing to die if doing so will glorify Christ.  We must disown the tyrannical rule of our own self-centeredness.  By laying aside our striving for advantage, security and pleasure, we can serve God lovingly and freely.   Releasing control of our lives and transferring control to Christ bring eternal life and genuine joy."

Wow, need I say more?  You see, I often find myself sharing to family and friends this:  "Unless we are willing to die for the cause of Christ, we will always live in the shadow; fearing for people (the world) to know our affiliation with Jesus.  Nowadays, standing for anything and everything Jesus stood for meant persecution/isolation.  For some it's ridicule and hatred from family and friends (including social media).  To others would be career, opportunities, promotion, business loss to losing everything they built and worked for.  Others have to face jail time, security (death) threats or death itself among many other things.  I gained deeper understanding of the dangers every true Christians are exposed to when I started fighting for the things that matter to God.  When I went to Pro-Life rallies to fight (be the voice) for the unborn.  When I joined Family rallies to oppose people trying to redefine the Biblical meaning of marriage. When I attended several gatherings in my city fighting for Biblical principles and common sense knowledge in the midst of perversion and ungodly ordinances being forced upon God's people.  In each one of them, we faced vicious, rebellious and ungodly oppositions/enemies who have no care for God and the Laws of this land.  Their only concern was to make everyone bow down, accept and practice their ungodly thinking and perverted lifestyle.  For every time you stand for God's principles, you don't know for sure when someone just decides to harm you.  Many  of them hated God so much and their mouths are full of profanity, their actions unhinged and their mockery of God was so profound.

Despite all of that,  I thank God for He has placed upon me a strong and firm conviction for His Truth.  I hold these Scripture verses dear to my heart and serves as an inspiration in my daily walk with the Lord.  It's found in Philippians 1:20-21 which says, "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." If we only understand the depth, the fullness---the meaning of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us through the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection) and the life that awaits us in the eternal (Eternal Life) ,  we will no longer live in bondage to fear and selfish concerns/advancement.  For the best things in this world are nothing compared to the pure beauty and radiant treasures of living in the presence of God (the Creator of all things) forever.  Though I expect that reality happening soon, I know that He placed me on this earth to fulfill His purpose.  Until my assignment is done here, His presence will continue to preserve me.   Simply put,  no one can harm me unless God allows it.  So I am determined to go forward, in all boldness---propelled by the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Hope we have in Christ. Truthfully, many tried to discourage me (mostly people from social media) by saying how I was being self-righteous, judgmental, ungodly just because I spoke God's Truth in every pressing issue.  People cursed me, insulted me and said all sorts of profanity just to move me from my position.  Yet, what they aren't aware of is that there is nothing I can do through my own efforts to gain the righteousness of God.  I simply believed/trusted in what Jesus accomplished on my behalf and He declared me righteous solely by being in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3).  If God clothed me in His righteousness, who one earth can take that righteousness away from me?  I know, I know!  They will not understand until they too embraced the Truth through faith in the Cross of Christ.  I choose not to be offended, to pray and move on and focus my efforts on them who are being saved.  To my family and friends, I am committed to the call of God in my life and need no accolades, approval nor recognition from any man.  I only live to please my Father in heaven and bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ!  If anyone of you reading this don't know Jesus personally and as to what the Cross meant for your salvation, get to know Him while there's time.  Everything is written in the Scripture.  If you have any questions, I would love to help anyone.  Let us study God's Word and find purpose for your existence both now and forever.  

For this Card, I used an image from Stampabilities called "Florals" that I bought just recently and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  I stamped some of the images a few times and fussy cut them all after coloring.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I embossed the main panel using a Cuttlebug folder and die-cut a lacy circle using Nestabilities.   The DP and as well as the white brads are all from Paper Studio.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  Yes, pretty simple design o as not to take away from the powerful Scripture for this Challenge.


 THE HOUR IS COME CARD


 THE HOUR IS COME CARD LAYERS


THE HOUR IS COME CARD INSIDE 

 
THE HOUR IS COME CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---Girls/Flowers 
Little Red Wagon---Easter 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Add a Sentiment 
Card Mania---April Showers Bring May Flowers 
Classic DT---ATG 
Craftaholics R Us---Easter 
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper 
Cute as a Button---Easter 
Daisy Chain---Spring is in the Air 
DL Art---ATG 
Love to Craft---ATG 
MHK Designs---Photo Inspiration 
Sunny Day Crafting---Spring 


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the Scripture Word Art (download for free at the WAW site) 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. Wonderful prizes await our winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Newton's Nook Designs ($20 GC) and Imagine That (3 Digi Images).  So excited to see what you come up with.  I pray that you live boldly, freely and joyfully bringing glory to Jesus Christ always.    

Sunday, April 2, 2017

CAS Series: Four Assorted Birthday Cards---Join Us for Anything Goes with Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello everyone!  It's time for another monthly Anything Goes Challenge (Optional Twist: Spring) happening in our neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create!  I'm highlighting several CAS Birthday cards that I made for friends the past few months.  But before that,  I just want to thank the Lord for His provision and protection as I just came back safely from several days of outdoor adventure with my family in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Once in a while, we visit this wonderful city to view the ocean and feel the waves on our feet.  We also love the cool breeze and awesome blue skies by the coast.  And we've experienced all of that last week.  We were also blessed with  cool and windy weather with a spectacular view of the lake while we rented a screened shelter at the Corpus Christi State Park for several days.  My hubby and son love their superb fishing facility out there.  So while the boys were out fishing for hours , I stayed behind to start another crochet project.  It relaxed  me while the birds with their wonderful noises kept me company in the shelter.  One bird in particular (a red cardinal) was always there to wake and  greet us every morning while providing us with wonderful chirping sounds all throughout our stay.  Everything is just so beautiful there.  Oh, and the stars were out in full display each night.  At one point, they reminded me of the light that shines inside every believer's (Born-again, John 3:3)  life.   Each of them giving glory to the One who created them and are a beacon of hope in the midst of vast darkness.  I love it!  Big things or small things, there is always something in nature that reminds and assures me of God's faithfulness and His abiding presence wherever I go.  Spending time with God---to breakaway from life's normal hustle and bustle,  is an essential part of a believer's life.  In this crazy world, we need a quiet time to reflect.  I am grateful to God for the opportunity.  But whether you go out of town for days or just find a local park in your neighborhood for several hours, go and take the time!  What could inspire us more than God's natural creation surrounding us?  Though others may find it fun and ideal to spend their time at Amusement Parks with all its exciting and fun rides, or attend sporting events, or book a Cruise or a Resort vacation which are very costly and frankly---way out of my budget, there is always something special in simple and quiet family time that does not break the bank.  We are looking forward for yet another great adventure with the Lord next time.  I want to leave you with the following passages that tells us of the faithfulness of God we can experience through His creation:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth." (Psalm 19:1-6) 

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:  all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.  LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"  (Psalm 8:3-9) 

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.” (Psalm 148:7-12)

For this first card, I used a clear stamp from Deasy Designs and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  The base is an A2 pre-cut card that comes with an envelope (The same size used for all cards here).  With some fussy cutting, this card came out awesome.

ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD

ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE

ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


For my second card,  I used rubber cling stamps from 2 coordinating sets of Stampers Anonymous namely Bird Crazy and Crazy Things sets.  I also colored it using my Touch Five markers and  incorporated some scrap DP's to create the banner.  Sentiment is by Printworks. 

 AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD

 AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD INSIDE

AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD WITH ENVELOPE


For my third card, I used an image from Hampton Art Footlongs (retired) Clear Stamps and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  I incorporated some inking to the clouds using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and some Liquid Pearls (White Opal) for added dimension.  I added some googly eyes and glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to complete this design. 

MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD

MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE

MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


For my fourth and final card for this post, I used an image and sentiment from Stampendous Clear Stamps featuring my favorite Changito monkey and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  I also used a couple of stencils from Hero Arts to create the clouds and the stars by inking them with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke).  Pretty out of this world, huh!

 YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD

 YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE

 YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card/s is/are entered into the following Challenges:

AAA---Shiny Spring
Addicted to Stamps---Stamped Image and Sentiment
Dragonfly Dreams---ATG
Fashionable Stamping---Mode of Transport
Heartful Stamping---ATG with a Stamp
International Art and Soul---Distressing
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Crafty Friends---B is for ___ (Boy/Birthday)
Scrapper's Delights---ATG
Colour Crazy---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack---ATG
Just Add Ink---Add Critters
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Pattie's Creations---Anything with Wings
PDE Linky Party---Spring
QKR Stampede---ATG/Up Up and Away
Simply Papercraft---ATG


This it all for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  You can take on the Optional Twist (Spring) or just do what you do best. There's really no reason for you to miss it.  Can't wait to see what you create.  Have a blessed and wonderful day, everyone!

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