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We are a circle of friends from all across the world who have been brought together through our love of Jesus Christ and our desire to express our faith in creative ways. Faith Sisters has been created to help you leave a legacy of faith. It is our hope that you will find inspiration in the challenges and the artwork created by our design team and our members. We encourage you to participate in the challenges, forums and post your creations in the Faith Sisters Gallery!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Faith Discovery Challenge #5 - {A Pure Heart}

If you're wondering why I'm posting this week's challenge a day early, it's because we thought it was best to move it to Thursdays. New freebies in our shop are announced on Fridays which covers up my post for the challenge which we would rather not happen! We try to keep watch over how things flow on our blog so that every post gets a chance to be read. Just trying to be fair and square! :) So, don't forget! FAITH DISCOVERY CHALLENGES ARE NOW ON THURSDAYS! Don't mean to shout, just trying to get it out there clear enough for you to see... {HUGS}

Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. I'm actually under the weather with a yucky cold which normally happens to me when my kids get sick. So here I am, hoping to relax and recoup over the weekend...

So, last week's challenge #4 was about {Desires of the Heart} and if you remember in the post, I mentioned that for the month of February, the challenges will be based on our HEART. Even after this month is over, I hope God will continue to work deep into our hearts throughout the rest of the year as we do these challenges. So, keep your hearts open and allow God to minister to you and show you how important it is to have a pure heart...

Speaking of pure hearts, this week's challenge is about keeping our hearts pure. There are so many things in life and situations we face that tests our heart in making the right choices and keeping our hearts pure. It seems like in these days, people are consumed with what the media says is right for you, how to be happy, what to wear, how to be rich, how to look attractive, how to meet the person of your dreams, what you should eat, how to make your marriage last, how to raise better children, etc. You get what I mean? I'm not saying that everything out there is bad for you but, I believe that the Bible holds a lot of the answers to all of those questions that many people have including myself. And if we take time to read what God says about our life and how to deal with real life situations, I'm sure our hearts would be kept safe from those things out there that are deceiving. King David cried out to God in Psalms 119:11, "I have hidden Your word in my heart that I may not sin against you." King David, had sinned and knew that God's word would keep him from sinning but, he also had a repentant heart. We are human and are imperfect creatures but, we can seek God's help to live a pure and blameless life by reading His word. So, the key to maintaining a pure heart is simple: READ GOD'S WORD DAILY. It's so important as a child of God to feed your soul with the living bread of God's word that you may know the difference of what's real and what's not. As you read, pray for the Holy Spirit to help you receive and understand the truth, so that you become a man or woman of conviction, willing to turn away from things that may contaminate your hearts. And being able to hide His word so deep within, that nothing can lead you astray from keeping a pure heart and obeying the Lord.... Matthew 8:5 - "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." I'm definitely not perfect but, I know that because of His word my heart has been protected from making mistakes that would have ultimately brought suffering and shame upon my heart. So, I am so gratefully blessed for His word and for the power of His word to keep my heart blameless and pure.

Challenge #5 - Create a layout about what things have challenged your heart from keeping it pure either in the past or present. How has God helped you in keeping your heart from being impure? What things do you do to prevent yourself from being led into temptations? Or, if these are too personal for you, then you can definitely create a layout with your favorite verse, favorite song, or things that remind you of what it means to have a pure heart such as little children for instance. Remember, have fun and don't be too critical of yourself because this should be a layout that will inspire and encourage you or others that having a pure heart is a blessing and it is possible through the power of God's word!

Here is my layout:

I designed my LO based on a song called "A Pure Heart". You can listen to it below:

Everything in this kit is from this week's freebie, "A Pure Heart", created by our Design Team except scalloped trim from "Cottage Chic" by Leora Sanford @ LDD!

Credits here.

This week's freebie is going to be an awesome one! I had asked the Design Team to help me out this week and we ended up creating one fabulous collaborative kit! But, wait... It's FAITH SISTER'S FIRST COLLABORATIVE effort and guess what? It won't be the last because from now on, we are going to do this regularly! Once the week is over however, the kit will go on sale in the shop. So expect to receive one awesome freebie each week for these challenges, put together from most of our, if not all, talented designers here at Faith Sisters! Yay! So, hope you enjoy what we've come up with and don't forget to post your layouts using this kit in the gallery! Blessings!

Download here.

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