Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Challenge #88 - Anything Goes

Welcome back again for another great weekly challenge here at Word Art Wednesday!  We are so blessed, and so grateful to have you join us again this week.  It's such a joy to see the art you create each week, and we are so grateful for each of you.  We hope that you are encouraged by our challenge blog, and that you are blessed by our fellowship (as we certainly are by yours).  We'd like to remind you once again to check out our "Rules" page if you have any questions about what we allow in our challenges.  We hate to have to remove any entries that do not meet our guidelines, but we must maintain these standards that honor and represent our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We want you to have creative freedom, as long as it's within our challenge guidelines.  If you have any questions about our challenge guidelines, just check the "Challenge Rules" page.  We thank you for your understanding.

This week's word art/scripture is from 1 Timothy 4:12 and it tells us that we should take advantage of our youth and vitality (our ability to do things for the Lord), and that we need to be an example (such as the example set by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, when He walked the earth) of the believers.  We do this through the words we speak, in our conversation (meaning our lifestyle and manner of living as well as our daily conduct), in our charity (love and giving of ourselves, our time, talents, and belongings), in our spirit (attitude), in our faith (what we know saves us and sets us apart), and in our purity (living as sinless a life as possible; just as Christ did when He set the example for us).  Wow, that's a lot to live up to!  But just like Timothy (who wrote this passage when he was in his 30s), we will all struggle along the way; but we still each have the responsibility to strive to live our lives as Christ did while He was on this earth....which was sinless and without fault.  Of course, we will NOT be perfect (as Christ was), but we can still strive toward that standard.  We need to remember that we are an example to other believers (and even to non-believers) - and that means we directly represent Jesus to others, and we want people to see Him through us so that they will desire to have what we have, and to live as we live, and to seek to know Him and live for Him.  If our testimony if off, then we can't expect others to follow our example.  It really is a big responsibility that's placed on us as believers, but we CAN do it when we live the way God modeled for us to in His Word.  He was the perfect example for US to follow, and we need to be an example of Christ for others to follow.   Let's encourage each other in that journey, and really strive to have others see Jesus in each of us so that we can bring Him glory and honor through all that we say and do.

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 to share your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. You can also link more than one project each week (up to 5 each week). The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning. We just  want God's Word to 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".  They seem to continue being revised a bit each week lately.

Here is this week's free scripture/word art. We hope you enjoy it!
This week's INCREDIBLE sponsor is:
Verses Rubber Stamps has GORGEOUS
high-quality adorable rubber stamps, and
one lucky winner gets to pick out some new stamps!
 
Our Lucky Winners From Last Week Are:
Entry #45 - Jan L. who has won
the prize from Lisa's Altered Art
AND
The winner of 5 images of their choice
from Eureka Stamps darling digital images
is Entry 169 - Kanan Pandya
  
Special thanks to ALL our wonderful sponsors!
And now...here's a bit of inspiration from our Design Team
 
"Lights On" Version of Jackie's Card:
Lori Ulrich

Carole Robb Bisson
PaperBag Pocket and Tags
 View w/Everything Tucked Into PaperBag Pocket

11 comments:

Patsy Paterno said...

The projects this week are especially beautiful! And this sentence "Let's encourage each other in that journey, and really strive to have others see Jesus in each of us so that we can bring Him glory and honor through all that we say and do." is so true for your blog and all your team. You are a lovely group, and sooo encouraging all the time! patsy

Gail said...

Congrats to all winners - and thanks again DT for great inspiration - you are all so very talented - thanks for another challenge - one of the best challenges to enter - enjoy your happy crafting day everyone - God Bless -

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Congrats to all the DT work is so very lovely and fab post oh to be more like he LORD each day as john the Baptist said, "He must increase, I must decrease"...

... may that be God's place in our heart and lives, more and more of Him and less and less of me, love Shaz in Oz.x

Kanan Pandya said...

I am so excited to see my name on winner's list. Thank you so much. :-)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Amen to this week's scripture!

Dorothy S said...

Thanks to the talented DT members - lovely inspiration again.

Nancy said...

Fabulous Scripture verse this week! Really beautiful work from everyone! Thank you! :o)

Linda Carson said...

Gorgeous artwork ladies! Love this week's scripture!

Dorothy S said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I checked out your sponsor's site - oh my, what a selection.

CanadianScraps43 said...

Hi Karen & Design Team. You ladies have been busy with so much inspiring and beautiful cards. Wow. You never cease to amaze me. Best of all your post really touch my heart and help to lead my closer to the heart of God. It really means so much. P.S. I tried to add another card but it was from the same link and so therefore I couldn't get it to work. Thanks.

CanadianScraps43 said...

Karen I am so sorry for messing this up. I placed my cards in this challenge thinking that I could play along because I thought my post date for Clear Dollar stamps was for today the 14th, turns out it is suppose to be for 16th which is Tuesday and than to late to submit here for this challenge. I am so sorry and feel so embarrassed right now. I was so eager to get back to posting on my blog that I messed up the release date. Please forgive me and I have my card to send to you tomorrow too. I haven't forgotten, just some things going on here. Well send everything tomorrow. Hope that you understand. I did try to delete my entries here but can't seem to get it to work.