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, July 10, 2013

Scripture Series: Let No man Despise Thy Youth Card---Another Inspirational Challenge Week at Word Art Wednesday!

It's another Wednesday and so happy to share what I made for the Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge. This week had been a whole lot of spiritual challenge for me.  Everywhere I turn, there's just enormous evidence of ungodly agenda being forwarded not only in the city where I live, in our State, all over the country, and the world.  The media had long been suppressing the Truth and are pulling every stops to deceive people into believing that what is right in God's eyes is wrong and the wrong---right.  Literally, I have to find balance news elsewhere to see the big picture.  There's a spreading hatred for everything Godly and Hollywood and media had been their biggest ally.  I have to search online for Godly movies at times and had to limit sitting in front of the TV because there's pretty much nothing family friendly to watch except for a few Christian channels.  A couple of days ago, my family went to support a Pro-Life Rally as the leaders of our State with the support of the majority of the people put out a bill that would make abortion facilities come up to the level of standards of other medical facilities and to protect the rights of the unborn from 20 weeks onwards in the State of Texas.  This will not only eliminate the dangers women face when something goes wrong in the abortion facilities but will also save a lot of babies (5 months-onwards) whose welfare no one really cares to discuss.  The Bill is being labeled by abortion supporters as "anti-women", when in fact, the rights of women who decided/deciding to abort their babies have already been given to them (truthfully!) when their own parents granted them life on this earth, yet no one gives any right to the innocent, unborn babies that have been sentenced to death by their own mothers.  I've seen several graphic photos of babies, 25 weeks and older aborted and I shed a huge amount of tears, hurt to my core, for what we have allowed to be done to these helpless children.  We have allowed ungodly men and women to rule us and to push the agenda of Satan when we could have made our voices heard by educating people when we gather as a Church and to call it what it is, BETRAYAL and MURDER OF ONE'S FLESH AND BLOOD.  We sugar-coated this and many ugly truths by preaching prosperity gospels instead of the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Yes, the Bible specifically said in Romans 13:1, " Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established."  But when the government commands us to do things against God's Word, we need to pray, take the necessary action and stand firm to the Truth we have in Christ.  God's Word tells us in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people---for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. We see examples in the Bible on refusal of a believer to follow ungodly laws when they were governed by ungodly rulers:
  • Refusal to murder babies – the Hebrew midwives refused to murder babies under the command of Pharaoh and were blessed by God because of their actions (Exodus 1:15-21).
  • Refusal to kill prophets – Obadiah hid 100 prophets from Jezebel who was murdering all of God's spokesmen (1 Kings 18:4, 13-15).
  • Refusal to worship an idol – Daniel's companions refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar's gold statue (Daniel 3).
  • Refusal to pray to a king vs. God – Daniel is thrown into the lion's den for refusing the king's mandate to pray to him and no other god (Daniel 6).
  • Refusal to stop preaching the gospel – the apostles refused the leader's requests to stop preaching about Christ (Acts 4).
  • Refusal to worship the Antichrist – during the tribulation period, believers will disobey the law to worship the Antichrist (Revelation 12:11). 
We are in this day and time when we really have to choose whom to serve. God told us in Revelation 3:16, "So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth."  We cannot say we are for God and promote and do things that are against His Word.  We cannot say we love Him and yet do nothing towards the injustice and extinction of human life through abortion.  We cannot stand by the laws of God yet promote homosexuality or turn a blind eye on every ungodly policies just because we don't want to engage in the battleground.  If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and has not wage a war in the spirit, been persecuted, been criticized and called a "Jesus Freak" and many other names, then, you certainly have to fall down on your knees and ask God to restore you to your "First Love."  A true believer devotes his/her time in studying the Word of God and the more I learn about Jesus, the more I fall in love with Him.  Those that hate Jesus are doing so because they don't care enough to know Him.  Without hearing God's Word, faith does not come (Romans 10:17).  I urge you,  those who have been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ, who has a personal relationship with Him and  are a "new creation" (John 3:3) through Jesus' sacrifice in the Cross of Calvary, to begin looking at your city, your state and our country and see what you can do to make a difference.  You will not see any balance reporting through the media for they already sold themselves to the worldly agenda, instead,  connect with Godly communities and organizations and be a part of the change you want to see in your city, our country and eventually, the world.  This is the very reason why we are born in this place and time and we will have to answer to the Lord on the task He gave us to do while here on earth in due time.  This is what me and my family are committed to do.  By the grace of God, I will accomplish my assignment here on earth.  I know I have a bright future in the Millenial Reign of Christ and throughout eternity.  Yet, I must remain faithful to the task given to me at this present time.  No fear in Jesus' Name!

Today, I want to share with you the card I created for our Challenge at WAW.  The free Word Art can be downloaded at our WAW Blog site) is taken from 1 Timothy 4:12 which says,  "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."  It is important to train our children in the ways of the Lord  as they are the next generation whose going to govern our country.  Don't you wonder why there's an all-out war on everything Godly in our schools, in public places and eliminating everything that will remind you of our Godly heritage?  How the name of Jesus is being mocked in movies and television and if anyone mentions the name of Jesus Christ to give Him glory, they always try and cut those in the broadcast?  There is something in the name of JESUS that changes people and Truth to be told, Satan tries so hard to stop people from hearing about their Savior.  Kids at school are prevented from praying and the right to fellowship in the campuses and those that are in college are being brainwashed, fed by lies in the hopes that they will abandon everything they learned about the One True God.  It is very important that we teach them the ways of the Lord and that they don't just hide it in their hearts but for them to live by it and know its significance in their lives. The youth has an incredible voice that magnifies the Lord and they deserve to be heard.

Anyway, to compliment the wonderful verse this week, I used a Mo Manning image called "Harvard," colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers, and added some Glossy accents to the eye glasses.  This image is so cute and somehow resembles my little boy (7 years old) who absolutely loves the Lord Jesus.  I home school him and with the Lord's guidance, He's already in his 4th grade books.  Thank you, God!  I used some scrap DP's mostly from My Mind's Eye.  I die cut the scallop with Nestabilities, cut a circle with my MS Circle Cutter, added some gems from Imaginisce and buttons from Paper Studio.  I scribbled the message in the paper the image is holding and the title (Holy Bible) to the the littlest book the image is carrying.  Finally, I stitched all over this card.  I love the results.  What do you think?

 
 LET NO MAN DESPISE THY YOUTH CARD:


 LET NO MAN DESPISE THY YOUTH CARD LAYERS:


 LET NO MAN DESPISE THY YOUTH CARD INSIDE:


LET NO MAN DESPISE THY YOUTH CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Make it Monday---ATG
Inspire Me Fridays---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Stamp Society---3 Designer Papers
Creative Fingers---ATG
Paper Makeup Stamps---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Crafter's Cafe---ATG
Happy Campers---Bling
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Loves Rubberstamps---Use a Hoarded Item (Definitely the Designer Papers and digi images)
Papertake Weekly---Old, New Borrowed or Blue (DP's are old, Digi image is new)
One Stop Craft---ATG
ABC Challenge---Q for Quite a Few/Lots of Layers
Gem of a Challenge---Lots of Layers
Addicted to Stamps---Lots of Layers
Allsorts---Favorite Things (Gems and DP's)
Artistic Inspirations---Bling
Creative Inspirations---ATG
Great Impressions---ATG
My Craft Creations---ATG
NMWC---ATG (With Stamping or Digi Image)
One Crazy Stamper---Kraft
Totally Gorjuss---ATG with Circles


Well , this is all for now.  Don't forget to join us at WAW and use the free Word Art in your project although it's not mandatory.  As long as you keep it family friendly, inspiring and uplifting, you can link up to 5 projects.  A winner will be selected from the entries and gets to choose a stamp from Verses Rubber Stamps.  Have a wonderful week and remember that you are special in God's sight. He has placed you here with a purpose---to give glory to the wonderful name of Jesus!

29 comments:

  1. Fabulous. Love the colours and the image is adorable.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Fingers

    Huggsss,Angelique
    EngelDesignsScrap
    There's also a DT Call

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  2. I absolutely love seeing all your creations gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions be sure to come back for the next challenge!

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  3. This is an awesome creation sweetie. Fantastic image and layout. I spotted you over on MIM and came for a closer look and I am so glad that I did.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxxx

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  4. love your card, your colouring is awesome!!thks for joining us over at One Crazy Stamper and good luck!!

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  5. what a cute and gorgeous card Jo Ann.

    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Member

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  6. Absolutely beautiful card!
    Have i nici day!
    Thank for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Hugs Kaija DT-member

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  7. Great image and card, looks super.Thank you for joining us at Artistic inspirations this week on our Bling challenge hugs Tania(DT)xx

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  8. I love the intensity of your words and artwork. Blessings!

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  9. WOW, your coloring is second to none. You always do such stellar work and this one's no exception! WOW! Thanks so much for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge this week!

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  10. What do I think? I think this is so fabulous. Love the colors and the great design and that cute adorable image! I have many many hoarded paper packs, lol. So I can totally relate to that! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!

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  11. Great card, thanks for joining us at The Crafters Cafe challenge blog and good luck x

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  12. A beautiful card Jo Ann. Lovely DP, design and a fab image. Thanks for joining us at ATSC, Marlies

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  13. Fab card, thank you for joining the my craft creations challenge. Good luck x

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  14. Great Card, and the little boy looks like butter would not melt.........

    Sue B DT Artistic Inspiration
    Xx

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  15. Excellent card, your coloring is perfect and your sense of sytle awesome. Admire the way you chose to embellish and your color choices. I also like that you created the envie for this as well

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  16. what a fab card love the image and finishing touches. Thank you for joining us at OSCC, Janet

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  17. What an amazing card ,gorgeous colours and a wonderful layout
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

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  18. Fabulous card love the beautifully coloured image,great papers and love the layout-thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    carol DT x

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  19. Another stunning creation with such an inspirational sentiment.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  20. Love the card... Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Bling Challenge.
    Good luck
    Carmen DT

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  21. Fun and sweet card Jo Ann! Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

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  22. Very nice card ....thank you for joining TTCRD this week.

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  23. Very cool card! I love that image and the hoarded papers are perfect with it! Thanks so much for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

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  24. Wow! It's so cute! I love it!

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  25. Such a fabulous and inspirational card!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  26. You've done it once again Jo Ann...your cards are colored so beautifully! and this design is just adorable! :O)

    ~hugs~

    Amy

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  27. Really cute and inspirational! Thanks so much for joining us at Great Impressions Challenge!!

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  28. Hi Jo Ann,
    Just popping over to Congrat you on being the winner over at Papertake Weekly:) I wanted to come & see your design, which btw is wonderful. I adore the image & the bright beautiful colours you have used. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugz, Lisa.

    P.S Would love for you to come, visit & like :)

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