It's Sunday morning, dear friends! I am so excited to escort people in worship of the Lord at our Church this morning. God gave me the talent to sing and dance for Him so, what an honor it is to give glory and praise to our wonderful Creator. When I am up on stage, although, we are in front of the brethren, we are not there to entertain anyone. I truly perform for an audience of One. I stand there, being the vessel of the Holy Spirit who takes over me and enable me to glorify my Father in Heaven. Without the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we cannot even say, "Jesus is Lord." (1 Corinthians 12:3) Remember what the scriptures tell us in Matthew 16:15-17... "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven." You see, the Spirit of God does not live in unholy place. Before the Fall of Man, Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8). They heard His voice and had an intimate relationship with their Father until they chose to disobey and the presence of God became a fearful experience for both of them. What used to comfort them became their terror....The presence of God left them that very instant. God told them in Genesis 2:17, "But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” You see, their physical bodies did not die but their spiritual connection with God was what died that day. As human beings, we are tripartite beings---meaning we are made of spirit, soul and body. From that time on, every human being, born physically are born with this darkened spirit ruled by the "sin nature" which comes directly from it's very source---Satan! For that very reason, as we go through the Old Testament, God's presence only dwells in specific objects--thus we recall the Tabernacles and the Ark of the Covenant (see Exodus) and the Temple of Solomon with the Holy of Holies (See 1 and 2 Chronicles). Yet the very heart of God is to dwell in the hearts of every believer, free from "sin nature" and that was only made possible after Jesus Christ died on the Cross and through His death, burial and resurrection, those who put their faith in Him died from that sinful nature and their darkened spirits were made alive again by being Born-again (John 3:3). For the first time, after the Fall of Man, God's Spirit dwells in the hearts of men as recorded in Acts 2:1-4 that says, "When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." The spirit of man that was once darkened have now been resurrected and we, who have trusted Jesus Christ, can now enjoy a fellowship with God like a breach had never taken place. Jesus lives inside of me, therefore, my mouth shall only utter praise for Him for He has literally saved my life and brought a new joy and a song in my heart. This is the very hope that I want to share with everyone who had been trying so hard to live their life in their own terms. It is impossible to please God when that very nature of sin lives inside of us. We are to put that nature to death and come back to life by faith in Jesus Christ. Then and only then, will we be able to become God's Temple. I would like to share these verses to you:
"See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind." (Isaiah 65:17)
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26)
"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." (Romans 6:4)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
What a blessing it is to honor God with everything I do including this Card that I made for our new Anything Goes Challenge with a Twist, happening now at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create. For those who are seeking some challenge in their creation, the "Twist" is all about "Creating Your Own Challenge" All it is is that we have a set of materials you can choose from and incorporate them in your cards. I have done my share and I came up with this wonderful creation. I used an image from one of our sponsors, Rick St. Dennis called "Mailboxes." I added another image from one of my favorite artists, Mo Manning, and added this cute image called "Sophie." I colored both of them with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir/Bic markers. The base card is a 5.5 X 11 inches and cut and scored to make a Center Step Card out of Kraft CS. I selected 3 DP's from DCWV, 3 colored CS and more Kraft CS for panels and matting, a wonderful sentiment I got free from Create with TLC which I added color on using Paint program, die cut with Nestabilities using Lacey Circle (biggest) and created a border using an MS Punch. I also added some glitters (Stickles-Diamond), some gems from Imaginisce, a Crochet flower that I made (see My Etsy Store if you wish to purchase some) with a brad (from Recollections) and some ribbon. All of these materials came together by following the "Twist." Lastly, I stitched all over this Card. I don't know why I selected the bright DP's but I totally think they worked well. I can only say that God gave me the approval as I was selecting those bold prints and colors thus, this turned out well. It would be great to hear your comments about this creation.
SENDING LOVE HUGS KISS CENTER STEP CARD:
SENDING LOVE HUGS KISS CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW:
SENDING LOVE HUGS KISS CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS:
SENDING LOVE HUGS KISS CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE:
SENDING LOVE HUGS KISS CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:
There you have it, friends! I hope you will visit us at 613 Avenue Create and link up (up to 3 projects) with us. It can be Anything Goes or take the challenge by following our Twist for this week. That is to "Create Your Own Challenge." It seem complicated but it's really not. I found out that most of the materials listed were already some of the ones I used in every card I make so, didn't sweat it out much. There's great prizes to be won from Rick St. Dennis Digis and QKR Stampede, our sponsors for this Challenge. I will be back this Wednesday to highlight another Card for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. Meanwhile, keep the comments coming as I love reading them. Remember to live your life each day worthy of the sacrifice that Jesus died for in the Cross. That simply means not depending on anything, even yourself, but total reliance on Jesus!