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, August 31, 2016

Scripture Series: My Expectation is from Him Card---It's Anything Goes (Family Friendly) Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I'm here to feature another project for another bi-weekly Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  We feature another Scripture Word Art that is free for you to download at the WAW site.  It comes from Psalm 62:5 which tells us, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him."  This is such a great verse and reminded me of my walk in the Lord.  Like David, I have to tell my soul to place its faith in God's promises in times of trials and uncertainties.

I remember my recent conversation with my 10-year old son when we discussed about trusting God even when our emotions are battling with us in doing so.  I told him that the erosion of someone's faith does not come without a warning.  One day you see friends that are so zealous in serving the Lord and you can tell from their actions that they are living and growing in the promises of God.  Then another day, you witness them struggle when the storms of life comes and nothing makes sense.  Each of us deal with life's situations differently.  I, for one, think of things deeply whereas others can just let go easily.  I think both ways can have its pros and cons depending on the end result.  Trials of life happens to everyone, in different degrees, moments and seasons.  Though each of us have various ways and means to deal with difficulties, I submit to you that without God, all our efforts are in vain.  I'm speaking primarily to all believers (those with personal relationship with Jesus Christ that are Born-again, John 3:3) that have made Christ the Lord and Savior of their lives.  Though trials come our way, we are not to think like the world does.  We are in Christ! When storms come our way, we are not alone to deal with it.  We should accept the reality that the Spirit of God lives inside of us.  He is constantly with us and is perfectly aware of everything we go through.  The sad thing is that although we are aware of this,  we live as if we don't have Him or have convinced ourselves that God stops caring or have abandoned us.  Then  we start to look inwardly and find reasons why God would possibly turn his face away.  If left for long in this emotional and mental state, our faith weakens,  our hearts bitter till we no longer find joy in our fellowship with the Lord.  

I know it is sad but I see this happen over and over again.  I've gone through similar phases in my walk with God and I am so grateful because the Holy Spirit wouldn't let me go so far.  Even in the midst of rebellion and sinful behavior, He reminded me of His love and forgiveness through what Christ did for me.  As a believer, we are always tempted to sin and many times, we fall into the trap. Yet the big difference is that we now have a choice and the power to get up, start over and learn from our experience.  We have the Word of God living inside of us and in our weakness, we are to depend upon His strength to carry us through.  I told my son that we should never allow our soul (made up of our mind, will and emotions) to decide and rule for us.  Our emotions are very unstable and if we make it the basis of our faith, we are going to fail.  The promises of God found in His Word is our life sourceJohn 6:63 tells us, "It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."  Just like David commanded his soul in our highlighted verse above, we are to order our soul to align with God's Word.  Here's how I personally walk in faith..."When I don't feel like doing things for the Lord, I rise above the feelings and push myself to do it!  When I don't feel like reading His Word, I pick up my Bible and read.  When I don't want to come to Church to fellowship with other believers and sleep calls me back to bed, I step out in faith even if I have to drag myself to shower (usually half asleep) to start the day.  When I don't feel like lifting my hands in praise  and problems weigh me down, I lift them up anyway to honor the God whose been so good to me." 

You see, the life of a believer is not characterized by the absence of troubles.  We encounter lots of trials and temptations, aimed to stop us from fulfilling His purpose.  Therefore, our lives should not be based on how we feel or perceive things.  Instead, we are to live in accordance to the promises of God in His Word.  God's Word is true and eternal and is valid both now and forever.  Colossians 3:1-2 says, "Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."

For this Card, I used an image from Saturated Canary called "Rose Red" that I colored using my Top Five and Prismacolor markers.  Some of you already know that Saturated Canary shop is going to close by mid of September as Krista (the owner, artist) is going to venture on other things.  It's sad as I adore her artwork and have quite a collection but praying for the best for all her future endeavors.  So, if you want to grab a few more images from her shop like I did, visit her shop.  I think you can still purchase it with 40% off with the code SC40 but you need to double-check this info at her FB page.  So, this creation is sort of a tribute to one of my fave digi stamp company.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from K and Company and Paper Studio.  I layered flowers from Prima, punched some leaves with Fiskars, added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal), some brads from Recollections and Liquid Pearls (Silver) on the image's dress.  Lastly, I stitched all over this creation.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafty Creations---Use a Number (Scripture verse)
Crafty Gals---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG with Optional Twist
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Paper Shelter---Make it Digital
Simon Says---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---Lots of Layers
Deep Ocean---Things with Wings (Bird)
Die Cuttin Divas---ATG with Die-Cut
Digi Choosday---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Sunny Day---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Simon Says Monday---A Stitch Up
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.  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.


  1. Love your words Jo Ann - yes we have a choice, to either hang onto God, or turn away, and some days it is a real battle in our minds to hang on!!
    Your card is a sweetie - love the image and the wonderful flower accents

  2. Stunning make. Thanks for joining us in our week 35 Anything Goes challenge at Digi Choosday
    Anjie (DT)

  3. Super card love all the layers and so suits the image. Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Addicts. Helen DT

  4. Lovely card, thanks for sharing with Crafting from the Heart!

  5. Beautiful. Thanks for linking up at Sunny Day Crafting.
    ~DT Janis

  6. Loving the layering that you have in this card yes it's a shame she is closing but a new chapter is about to open up for her and you can still use the gorgeous inmages you have to create beautiful cards
    Thanks for playing along with us this week @ Digi Choosday
    Jacki ♥
    (Digi Choosday DT)

  7. Jo Ann, this is a beautiful card! Your colors are just gorgeous, and I love all of the fun stitched elements you have added! Thanks so much for joining us this week for our Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp! xx Maura

  8. Beautiful card and design! Thanks for join us at Creative moments this time, good luck and hope to see you next time. Hugs Beatriz DT

  9. Gorgeous card Jo Ann and i think it is a lovely tribute!!
    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.

    Cards and Creativity {My Blog}

  10. Gorgeous, beautiful card
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  11. Beautiful card!!!
    Your image, sentiment and layers are lovely, your envelope is too!!!
    THANK YOU for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)

  12. Really pretty card. Lovely design. Thanks for joining us over at the Paper Shelter this week
    Love n hugs

  13. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion Challenges.Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Valentina DT

  14. Really beautiful and sweet, Thank you for joining us at OLLCB.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  15. Great card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenge. Anna-Karin DT

  16. Wow this is a beautiful card. Love the details with the layers. flowers, colours and the decorated pages. Thanks for playing at
    Lemon Shortbread and good luck. Hope to see you back later today for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member Lemon Shortbread xx

  17. gorgeous card design
    Thanks for play us at creative moments challenge.
    CreativEle (DT member)



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