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, March 26, 2014

Scripture Series: Him In Perfect Peace Card---Join Us in our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Crafty friends! It's the middle of the week and it's time for another wonderful Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). It's been a gloomy day out here and looking outside, the weather seem uncertain of what it's going to be---a bright, sunshiny day or a cold, rainy day.  As the clouds continued to thicken, it was becoming more evident what it's going to be.  That is what every ordinary human beings do when we go through life.  We take what's in front of us and based our beliefs and actions on the circumstances that are present.  We operate with our five senses, feeding our soul (mind, will and emotions) to rely on situations, hoping for a good amount of luck.  Yet that is not what God has purposed for every believer that comes to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 11:1-3 tells us, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."  We are to look beyond our circumstances and find the blessings---the promises of God which are hidden beneath the dark clouds of a storm.  Psalm 19:1-2 proclaims, "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 display knowledge!"  The Bible, which is the written revelation of God, detailed to  us "who we are" and "what we have" as Kingdom citizens through the finished work of Jesus Christ!  We are to be people of faith that relies solely on the promises of God, no matter what our circumstances may be.  We may not be exempted from the passing storm but we can choose to face it head on knowing that the ark of salvation, our faith anchored in Jesus Christ, is sure to carry us to safety and victory.  I am so grateful for the work of the Holy Spirit in my life for He has given me wisdom, knowledge and understanding to look beyond what's in front of me.  To see that underneath the heavy storms of life, there is a bright, sunshiny day awaiting on the other side.  I need not worry myself of anything! The faith I have in Christ, which the Holy Spirit deposited in my heart, is more than sufficient to complete the work He started in me. Romans 8:28-30 tells us, "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. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." In Christ, I have a purpose and meaning and that every trial that comes my way is but a tool to sharpen my faith in Him Who called me.

Our free Word Art (by Karen Murray) at WAW today comes from  Isaiah 26:3 which says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."  Faith is not only trusting but believing, adhering, sticking to, rely on, hope on, cling on and having complete confidence in God alone and His promises through Christ.  Knowing that we serve the One, True God,---John 17:3 says, "We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."  Because we have everything in Him, we can rid ourselves of any worry for our blessings does not come from an unknown source. It comes directly from the One who have purposed and created everything.  Right this very moment, the Lord knows the cries of my heart and have entrusted Him of my future.  Creating the Card featured here brought me a prophetic message of the Lord's goodness and provision in my life.  I will have to hold off sharing it with you till the perfect time has come.  Day after day, God never failed to encourage me with many signs and wonders confirming the blessings He has prepared amidst the contradicting circumstances in the seen world.  He has given me peace, comfort and joy to wait in His perfect timing.  One may ask, "Is it easy to live by faith?  If you're relying on human abilities, NOT AT ALL!  But for a child of God, purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, it is the only way to live. Since Jesus Christ lives inside of me, I can live by faith daily because it is "HIM IN ME" that enables me to.  To God be the glory forever and ever!  I would love to share with you the following verses to encourage you to put your faith solely in the One True God---the God of the Bible:

PSALM 91:1-16
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,  nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.  If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge-- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;  they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.  "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

For this Card, I use a free image I got from Alley Way Stamps a while back and colored some parts of it with my Prismacolor markers.  Other parts were paper-pieced using some of my scraps.  The white base is cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The main panel was embossed with my Cuttlebug using one of my Cuttlebug folders.  I cut-out some clouds from  one of the DP's, matted it, added some glitters (Stickle-Crystal) and white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I ran the panel in my sewing machine to create some regular and fancy stitching and presto, this Card was done.  I just loved it!

 HIM IN PERFECT PEACE CARD:


  HIM IN PERFECT PEACE CARD LAYERS:


  HIM IN PERFECT PEACE CARD INSIDE:


 HIM IN PERFECT PEACE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Creative Moments---ATG/Things with Wings
Little Red Wagon---Bling it Up!
Paper Pretties---Paper Piecing
Paper Shelter---Spring Delights
Rhedd and Rosie---Trees/Wood
Cuttin and Stampin---Paper Piecing
Cuttlebug Mania---Let's Get Dotty
Fan-Tastic Tuesday---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---Digi Dimension
Artistic Inspirations---ATG
Aurora Wings---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG/Spots or Stripes
Crafty Bloggers Network---Nature
Creating in Faith Hope and Love---ATG with Scripture
Fitztown---ATG
Kaboodle Doodles---Dreaming of Spring
My Craft Creations---ATG
My Craft Spot---ATG
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG/Optional Butterfly
Stamp and Create---Ready for Spring
Whoopsi Daisy---Welcome Spring
Come and Get It---Easter/Spring
Glitter n Sparkle---Use Some Blue
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Craftitude---ATG/Add a Brad or Eyelet
HIMCR---Let's Get Digital
Crafty Girls---ATG
Pattie's Creations---ATG
Little Scrap Pieces---Show it Off Linky Party


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 two wonderful sponsors---Paper Sweeties ($10 GC) and Bugaboo Stamps (3 Digis).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  I serve a good and faithful God---Jesus Christ! 

29 comments:

  1. wow, I just love this card too! Adorable.

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  2. your card is so incredibly delightful!

    thank you for your lovely comment and the encouraging scripture!!!!

    hugs and kisses and blessings from germany,
    silvi xoxo

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  3. Jo Ann- what a beautiful card! Love the textures and bold colors!

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  4. Your card is fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon :)
    Joanne xo

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  5. Another stunner Jo Ann, love your style, thank you for playing at Creative Moments, hope to see you again soon
    {Creative Moments Owner}
    Alex x

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  6. Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Cuttin and Stampin!!

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  7. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenges.
    Linda K. DT
    www.ladybugstampers.blogspot.com

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  8. Such a pretty card, love the image and the embossing folder looks fab in the insert. Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments and we hope to see you again soon. Tracy DT

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  9. What a Fab design, love the image, thank you for sharing with us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, we would love to see you back again next week for another fun challenge......Good Luck
    Hugs
    Suzy B Owner Fan-Tastic Tuesday
    XX

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  10. This card is really fabulous!

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  11. Your writing is so uplifting and the card is just WOW! I love all the detail you put into it. Thanks for playing along with Fitztown Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    Ema
    FCB DT Coordinator

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  12. Lovely as the homely atmosphere of the creator.
    I love the embossed paper in the background!
    Thank you for participating Fitztown Challenge
    Welcome in the again.Hugs Kaija DT-member

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  13. so cute and quirky. thanks for playing along with Rhedd and Rosies challenge

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  14. Absolutely beautiful card!
    Thank for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Hugs Kaija DT-member

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  15. A great layered card - very pretty

    Thanks for playing along with our Dotty challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

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  16. Great design, Jo Ann! Love the stitching, embossing, and fab dimension. Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

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  17. Thanks for playing in our "Anything Goes!" Challenge #88!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

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  18. What a beautiful card and post alike!!! Wishing you a blessed weekend!!!

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  19. what a beautiful card Jo Ann.


    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

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  20. Hi, A lovely card, love the image and the pretty colours. Thank you for joining Crafting From The Heart this week. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Erin DT x

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  21. Beautiful card and love the image,embossing and little scene you have created -I love how you use rich dark colours --thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    carol DT x

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  22. What an adorable card, Jo Ann. TFS and have a blessed Sunday!
    xxx Asha

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  23. Your card is so cute. So glad you shared it with us at Pattie's Creations.

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  24. A delightful card! Thank you for joining us at THE PAPER SHELTER CHALLENGE! Good luck and please play with us again!

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  25. What a lovely card, so fresh and pretty. Thank you for joining in with our Dotty challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

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  26. Great card, thanks so much for joining us over at Crafty Girls
    Hugs Donna DT xx

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  27. Love it!!!! Fantastic job! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,
    Rene :D

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  28. This is gorgeous, lovely image and fabulous choice of colours thanks for sharing with us this fortnight at Creative moments

    Zoe DT xxx

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  29. Such an adorable card and thank you so much for sharing it with us for our Aurora Wings Challenge.
    Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

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