Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Challenge #116 - Anything Goes

We had a FANTASTIC challenge last week with lots of beautiful entries.  We thank each and every one of you for sharing with us the talents God has given you.  It's always a tremendous blessing to have you play along with us, and we praise God for each of you.

Our word art for this week is James 4:10 and it reminds us of the importance of being humble.  You may have noticed that the people we tend to be most attracted to are those who are humble.  Seeing arrogance and conceit simply isn't attractive or becoming in anyone.  We are naturally drawn to people who are willing to admit their imperfections; as those who admit their shortcomings just seem to be more approachable.  When we meet someone who thinks they know everything, won't admit when they're wrong, or who cannot take constructive criticisms without arguing, we're naturally turned off by them.  You will also notice that these are the people who we don't want to spend much time with because they're argumentative and difficult.  When we humble ourselves and admit that we're far less than perfect, we're really admitting our need for Jesus in our lives.  Because He alone is perfect and holy, when we confess our faults before Him and to others, He is able to "lift us up"; meaning that He is able to let His attributes make up for those we are lacking.  In 2 Corinthians 12:9, God's Word tells us that "His strength is made perfect in weakness."  It is only when we are broken, and admitting that we need Him, that He is able to lift us up and make us whole.  It's much better to accept the simple fact that we're far less than perfect, and that we need Jesus to help make us the best we can be.  So, the next time you want to be lifted up and made whole, just let God know that you accept your faults, weakness and imperfections.  He wants to lift you up and help you become everything your potential can bring; but first, you need to humble yourself in His sight.

As always, you are welcome to save this week's free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 5 projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you each week. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's beautiful scripture/word art file.
We really hope that you will enjoy it!

This week's lovely sponsors are:
Moonlighting By Mary is a love Etsy Shop
filled with the most delightful images.  You
will just LOVE this sweet little shop!
One winner will get to select some of Mary's
sweet images and delights - Moonlighting By Mary
AND
Paper Temptress is a lovely scrapbooking and
crafting store filled with high-quality papers
and embellishments.  All sorts of sweetness!
One lucky person will receive a $25 Gift Certificate
to go shopping at the wonderful Paper Temptress
And now....here are our lucky winners!
Entry #18 - Marilynn DeGroot has won a brand new
stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps!
AND
Entry #215 - Debbie Marcinkiewicz has won
the $25 Gift Certificate to the AWESOME
Yours Or Mine Paper Crafts - HOW FUN!
AND
#156 - Angelina Rogers has won a special prize as well.
Winners, please email me to claim your prizes.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's some inspiration from our Design Team

PLEASE NOTE:
Our Design Team used various papers on their
projects this week donated by our wonderful
sponsor, Paper Temptress.  Aren't they lovely?!

Our Fill-In Designer, Monica Taylor
Diane Noble
Karen Letchworth
No Art This Week

13 comments:

D- said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects.
You are all so talented.
Have the best week ever.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Marlou McAlees said...

gorgeous cards ladies, thanks for sharing ♥

Gail said...

Congratulations to the winners - happy dance - thanks DT for your lovely creations using the provided beautiful papers - thanks for another challenge - God bless all of you - actually we were all blessed when Jesus died on the CROSS just so we could have a relationship with him and be SAVED from the Wrath to come. Happy Day!

MariLynn said...

How fun to be a winner. I hope everyone is having a blessed week.

kbrandy4 said...

Hi Ladies! Gorgeous DT inspiration, thank you!
Hugs, Hazel xx

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Thank you for the beautiful word art image and of course for all the lovely inspiration provided by the DT.

CherylQuilts said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you, Karen, for the wonderful devotional you share with us! That's one of the highlights for me! And thank you for the Word Art this week! Hope to join in later in the week! Warm hugs to all, and thanks for the beautiful inspiration, DT gals!

Bunny said...

Congratulations, winners.

Very nice DT work. Thank you for the challenge.

Georgia Ehrmann said...

Wonderful inspiration! Thank you for the great scripture art image. I love that verse...
Hugs!

Susan Kennedy said...

Love all the DT creations.. and all the entries are amazing too!! :) Thanks for the fantastic challenge!!

- Susan
{Scrap A Thousand Words}
{Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I was truly touched by this week's featured scripture. I incorporated it into my post. Thank you and blessings!

Dorothy S said...

Thank you for the challenge and great inspiration.

Bunny said...

Beautiful cards and project. Thank you for the challenge and the inspiration.