Something To Ponder – Wisdom

Happy Friday! Sometimes, I like to switch it up with something short and to the point……(wink)

Wisdom and choosing to change, does wonders for moving forward.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous Friday and weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Proverbs 1:8-11 – Wisdom Keeps Pt 1

Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say.
Unknown Author

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wise or unwise choices will impact areas, of living, that require change.

Discipline, family life, work life, self-esteem, speech, and relationships to name a few areas.

Unresolved issues, from the past, create tormenting thoughts that keeps us stuck.

To know our quirks and what pushes our button is a step toward wisdom.

Wisdom is the blessings of knowing change comes whether we want it or not. It’s inevitable.

God loves us too much to leave us unchanged and/or stuck. Praise The Lord.

To be continued in Part 2.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 8-9

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Proverbs 6:20

Verse 10

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalm 1:1

With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
Proverbs 7:21

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Proverbs 13:20

Verse 11

And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
Proverbs 1:18

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Proverbs 1:1-7 – Purpose of Proverbs

Sharing my thoughts and experiences as we explore the Book of Proverbs…..

The contrasting of wise and unwise choices is throughout the Book of Proverbs.

Change is a choice.

Once upon a time, I made unwise choices. (wink)

Until I chose differently. Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 1

And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.
1 Kings 4:32

These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
Proverbs 25:1

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Ecclesiastes 1:1

And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
Ecclesiastes 12:9

Verse 3

Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgement, and equity; yea, every good path.
Proverbs 2:9

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
Proverbs 19:20

Verse 4

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
Proverbs 2:10-11

O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Proverbs 8:5

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
Proverbs 8:12

Verse 5

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 9:9

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
Proverbs 14:6

For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.
Ecclesiastes 9:1

Verse 7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Proverbs 15:33

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:169-176 – TAU

The final part of Psalm 119. Hope you enjoyed reading the comfort and hope, as well as, the faithfulness of God, illustrated through Psalm 119.

Amen for the power of God’s Word.

TAU
169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.


173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Psalm 119:169:176

Twelve scripture references to verses:

Verse 169

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Psalm 18:6

Verse 170

Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
Psalm 22:20

Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
Psalm 31:2

I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
Psalm 140:6

Verse 171

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isaiah 2:3

And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Micah 4:2

Verse 172

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Psalm 51:14

Verse 173

And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourself that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him.
Joshua 24:22

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Psalm 37:24

Verse 175

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Isaiah 55:3

Verse 176

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
Luke 15:4

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:161-168 – SCHIN

Having faith and trust, in God, through pressure moments is pure comfort through speaking and praying the Word.

One more left to complete Psalm 119.

SCHIN
161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.


165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
166 LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
Psalm 119:161-168

Nine scripture references to verses:

Verse 162

And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.
1 Samuel 30:16

Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
Isaiah 9:3

Verse 163

I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
Psalm 31:6

A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
Proverbs 13:5

Verse 165

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
Proverbs 3:23

He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
1 John 2:10

Verse 166

I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
Genesis 49:18

Verse 168

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
Psalm 139:3

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
Proverbs 5:21

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:153-160 – RESH

Besides comfort, there is perseverance in the Book of Psalms. God is a great vindicator, when we cast our cares to him.

Two more and we’re through with Psalm 119.

RESH
153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.


157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Psalm 119:153-160

Four scripture references to verses:

Verse 154

Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
Psalm 35:1

I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgement for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
Micah 7:9

Verse 156

And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
2 Samuel 24:14

Verse 158

Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
Psalm 139:21

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Matthew 11:28 – Rest

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Today, I surrendered to rest. Long and busy week caught up with me. Praise The Lord, I’m well rested.

Sometimes, it’s important to rest and replenish ourselves.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous evening!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:145-152 – KOPH

Remembering the faithfulness of God helps to be still, have faith and know he will bring us through as he works things out.

Even our roughest moment serves a purpose.

Be still, it’s temporary, it passes and faith grows stronger. Praise The Lord.

KOPH
145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.


149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
Psalm 119:145-152

Five scripture references to verses:

Verse 146

Arise, O LORD; save, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Psalm 3:7

Verse 147

Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
Psalm 108:2

Verse 151

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18

Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
Isaiah 50:8

Verse 152

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:33

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:137-144 – TZADDI

Never lose faith and hope in challenging environments.

Suit up, in the full armor, of God, and walk by faith.

TZADDI
137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.


141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
Psalm 119:137-144

Eight scripture reference to verses:

Verse 137

O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.
Ezra 9:15

Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgements: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
Jeremiah 12:1

O LORD, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
Daniel 9:7

Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
Daniel 9:14

Verse 139

For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up: and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
Psalm 69:9

Verse 140

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psalm 12:6

Verse 141

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
Psalm 22:6

Verse 144

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgements of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Psalm 19:9

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:129-136 – PE

Patience and endurance is wisdom to everyday adapting and adjusting to those things beyond our control.

PE
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.


133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
Psalm 119:129-136

Nine scripture references to verses:

Verse 130

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
Proverbs 6:23

Verse 133

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Psalm 19:13

Verse 134

Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
Psalm 142:6

Verse 135

the LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;
Numbers 6:25

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
Psalm 67:1

Verse 136

Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
Jeremiah 9:1

And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.
Jeremiah 9:18

Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
Jeremiah 14:17

Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Lamentations 3:48

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

James 1:2-3 – Count It All Joy

I believe, when testing moments come, count it all joy is trusting The Lord, in spite of what we don’t see.

It’s remembering his faithfulness and timing. It’s praising him through the good and bad times.

It’s patiently believing in him.

Scripture reference:

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

whom having not seen, ye love, in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:6-9

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous evening!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:121-128 – AIN

The Word of God comes alive when we apply it like medicine to life situations.

Take today’s technology, with almost anything, we’re told, there’s an app for that.

Well, in the Kingdom of God, when we need it, there’s a Word for that….(wink)

AIN
121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.


125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:121-128

Eight scripture references to verses:

Verse 121

And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgement and justice unto all his people.
2 Samuel 8:15

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgement was as a robe and a diadem.
Job 29:14

Verse 124

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:1

And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
Psalm 106:45

Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
Psalm 109:26

Verse 126

Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger.
Jeremiah 18:23

I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.
Ezekiel 31:11

Verse 128

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalm 19:8

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Peace Of Mind Update

Peace of mind is a beautiful thing. I find comfort and peace of mind through the Word of God.

I’m just one of his many humble servants sharing my thoughts and experiences through my personal relationship with The Lord.

We all bring something to the table. We may have different perspectives based on our level of experience.

That’s the beautiful thing about sharing experience. Our information could help someone.

I share this as a friendly reminder to why I blog. (wink)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:15

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

I believe the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:113-120 – SAMECH

Never be ashamed for anything past or present. God takes and molds until we’re like his Son. While still loving us through the process.

The ebbs and flows….

Keep having faith, hope and trust in the Lord.

SAMECH
113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.


117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
~ Psalm 119:113-120 ~

Nineteen scripture references to verses:

Verse 114

Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
~ Psalm 31:20 ~

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
~ Psalm 61:4 ~

Verse 115

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
~ Psalm 6:8 ~

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
~ Psalm 139:19 ~

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
~ Matthew 7:23 ~

Verse 116

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
~ Psalm 25:2 ~

O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
~ Psalm 25:20 ~

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
~ Psalm 31:1 ~

Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
~ Psalm 31:17 ~

and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
~ Romans 5:5 ~

as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
~ Romans 9:33 ~

according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that will all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
~ Philippians 1:20 ~

Verse 117

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
~ Psalm 12:5~

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
~ Proverbs 29:25 ~

Verse 119

Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
~ Isaiah 1:22 ~

And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
~ Isaiah 1:25 ~

18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
~ Ezekiel 22:18-19 ~

Verse 120

Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
~ Job 4:14 ~

When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
~ Habakkuk 3:16 ~

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Numbers 6:24-26 – Blessed

Thank God, it’s Friday and we’re blessed, even through the ebbs and flows.

24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 the LORD makes his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
~ Numbers 6:24-26 ~


Seven scripture reference to Verses :

Verse 24

3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
~ Deuteronomy 28:3-6 ~

Verse 25

Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
~ Psalm 80:3 ~

Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
~ Psalm 80:7 ~

Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man, whom thou madest strong for thyself.
~ Psalm 80:17 ~

Verse 26

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
~ Psalm 4:6 ~

Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
~ Psalm 29:1 ~

For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of their countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
~ Psalm 44:3 ~

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:105-112 – NUN

During tough testing moments, breathe calmly and remember God’s protection and faithfulness. How he works all things out. It’ll should bring a smile to praise The Lord.

NUN
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.
108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.


109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
~ Psalm 119:105-112 ~

Five scripture reference to verses:

Verse 108

Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
~ Hosea 14:2 ~

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
~ Hebrews 13:15 ~

Verse 110

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the Fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
~ Psalm 91:3 ~

The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
~ Psalm 140:5 ~

Verse 111

Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
~ Deuteronomy 33:4 ~

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Creative Outlets


Happy IWSG Day, where we share and support all about writing. Welcome Alex and our February Co-hosts: Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!

I’ve been posting 52 days straight. Thanks for the wonderful encouragement along the way!

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

At this time, the only creative outlet I have is creating a new life somewhere else.  Praise The Lord, I’ve been pardoned!

Wahoo, I’m blessed to retire, from the circus, and relocate in ninety-nine days, to anywhere USA. (wink)    

Oh, the possibilities. Now the real fun begins……

Abundant blessing and make it a great IWSG day!

I believe the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Positivity

Positivity always trumps negativity! Praise The Lord.

Acrostic full scriptures :

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
~ Colossians 3:15 ~

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
~ Psalm 3:3 ~

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
~ Ephesians 6:10 ~

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~ Philippians 4:13 ~

Then he said unto them, Go your way, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
~ Nehemiah 8:10 ~

I laid me down and slept; I awaken; for the LORD sustained me.
~ Psalm 3:5 ~

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:57 ~

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
~ Psalm 31:1 ~

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ~

Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 115:15 ~

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:97-104 – MEM

Choices become easier from lessons learned. Spiritual or worldly. Experience is the best teacher.

MEM
97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.


101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
~ Psalm 97:104 ~

Five scripture reference to verses:

Verse 98

But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
~ Deuteronomy 4:6 ~

Verse 100

7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. 8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgement.
~ Job 32:7-9 ~

Verse 102

that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children, in the midst of Israel.
~ Deuteronomy 17:20 ~

Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
~ Joshua 23:6 ~

Verse 103

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
~ Psalm 19:10 ~

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Ephesians 6:10-20 – Whole Armour Of God

Praying and wearing the whole armour of God is the best defense to combat the darkness of this world and/or any negative environment.

Choose to suit up and be equipped to walk by faith. Praise The Lord.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.


14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
~ Ephesians 6:10-20 ~

Fourteen scripture references to Ephesians verses:

Verse 11

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
~ Romans 13:12 ~

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:8 ~

Verse 12

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.
~ Ephesians 3:10 ~

Verse 14

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
~ Isaiah 11:5 ~

For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
Isaiah 59:17 ~

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:8 ~

Verse 15

How beautiful upon the mountains that are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings of good, that published salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
~ Isaiah 52:7 ~

Verse 16

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
~ 1 John 5:4 ~

Verse 17

For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
~ Isaiah 59:17 ~

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:8 ~

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12 ~

Verse 18

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: 27 but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.
~ Romans 8:26-27 ~

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
~ Philippians 4:6 ~

2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3 withal praying also for us, that God would be open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
~ Colossians 4:2-3 ~

Verse 19

3 withal praying also for us, that God would be open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: that I may make it mainifest, as I ought to speak.
~ Colossians 4:3-4 ~

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:89-96 – LAMED

It’s a choice to speak God’s Word in situations.

It’s powerful to pray, his Word, by faith.

There is comfort in knowing the Word of God shall stand for ever.

LAMED
89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.


93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
~ Psalm 119:89-96 ~

Eight scripture reference to verses:

Verse 89

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
~ Isaiah 40:8 ~

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
~ Matthew 24:35 ~

but the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
~ 1 Peter 1:25 ~

Verse 90

1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. 2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
~ Psalm 89:1-2 ~

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
~ Psalm 148:6 ~

Verse 91

Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
~ Jeremiah 31:35 ~

Verse 95

 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
~ Psalm 40:14 ~

The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
~ Isaiah 32:7 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Friday Blessings

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~


Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:81-88 – CAPH

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 

9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
~ Galatians 6:7-10 ~ 

We reap what we sow. Every action has results. It comes down to choices and the ability to control and tame the tongue.

CAPH
81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?


85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
~ Psalm 119:81-88 ~

Six scripture reference to verses:
Verse 82

Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.
~ Isaiah 38:14 ~

Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
~ Lamentations 2:11 ~

Verse 84

and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
~ Revelation 6:10 ~

Verse 85

Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
~ Psalm 35:19 ~

They have prepared a net for my steps, my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
~ Psalm 57:6 ~

Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have dogged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.
~ Jeremiah 18:22 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Romans 8:35-39 – Nothing Can Separate Us

Nothing can separate us from God’s love. What a comforting truth!

N o t h i n g. Praise The Lord!

Eight scripture references to Romans 8:35-39 verses:

Verse 35

Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and we are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;
~ 1 Corinthians 4:11 ~

26 in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils, in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and painfulness, in watching often, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, in cold and nakedness.
~ 2 Corinthians 11:26-27 ~

Verse 36

How thou didst drive drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
~ Psalm 44:22 ~

Verse 37

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
~ John 16:33 ~

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:57 ~

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
~ 1 John 5:4 ~

Verse 38

and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
~ John 10:28 ~

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
~ Colossians 3:3 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:73-80 – JOD

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
~ Psalm 34:17 ~ 

How comforting to have faith and trust, in him, through the ebbs and flows.

JOD
73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.


77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.
80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
~ Psalm 119:73-80 ~

Five scripture references to verses:

Verse 73

If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
~ Job 31:15 ~

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
~ Psalm 139: 15:16 ~

Verse 74

Let them shout for you, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
~ Psalm 35:27 ~

Verse 75

For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
~ Hebrews 12:10 ~

Verse 78

And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
~ Jeremiah 50:32 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:65-72 – TETH

I’ve stumbled into a regular writing rhythm. Forty plus days straight.

Wahoo! Praise The Lord.

Sometimes, baby steps push us to the next level.

TETH
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.


69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
~ Psalm 119:65-72

Ten scripture reference to verses:
Verse 66

And this I pray, that your love May abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement;
~ Philippians 1:9 ~

Verse 67
18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. 19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
~ Jeremiah 31:18-19 ~

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
~ Hebrews 12:5-11 ~

Verse 68

For thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
~ Psalm 86:5 ~

Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
~ Psalm 125:4 ~

Verse 70

They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
~ Psalm 17:10 ~

Make the heart of his people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
~ Isaiah 6:10 ~

They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
~ Jeremiah 5:28 ~

Verse 72
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom, is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it,
~ Proverbs 8:10-11 ~

My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
~ Proverbs 8:19 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 – Valley of Dry Bones

Dry bones is a spiritual deadness. Imagine alive and going through the motion of existing.

Ezekiel, Chapter 37 is a delightful read.


Twenty-nine scripture references to Ezekiel verses:

Verse 1

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.
~ Jeremiah 7:32 ~

Now the hand of the LORD was upon me in the evening, afore he that was escaped came; and had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no more dumb.
~ Ezekiel 33:22 ~

In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither.
~ Ezekiel 40:1 ~

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
~ Acts 8:39 ~

Verse 3

O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
~ Deuteronomy 32:29 ~

The LORD killeth and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave and bringeth up.
~ 1 Samuel 2:6 ~

Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
~ Isaiah 26:19 ~

Verse 4

Hear ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
~ Isaiah 42:18 ~

Verse 5

29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. 30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
~ Psalm 104:29-30 ~

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
~ John 20:22 ~

even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
~ Ephesians 2:5 ~

And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
~ Revelation 11:11 ~

Verse 6

And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
~ Joel 2:27 ~

So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
~ Joel 3:17 ~

Verse 7

5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me. 6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there. 7 Then I went to Euphrates, and dogged, took the girdle from the place where I had hit it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.
~ Jeremiah 13:5-7 ~

Verse 9

Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
~ Psalm 104:30 ~

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
~ Hosea 13:14 ~

Verse 10

And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
~ Jeremiah 30:19 ~

And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
~ Revelation 11:11 ~

Verse 11

Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
~ Psalm 141:7 ~

But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
~ Isaiah 49:14 ~

Verse 12

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
~ Deuteronomy 32:39 ~

Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant?
~ Isaiah 26:19 ~

For I will take you from the heathen and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
~ Ezekiel 36:24 ~

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
~ Hosea 13:14 ~

14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
~ Amos 9:14-15 ~

Verse 14

And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
~ Ezekiel 11:19 ~

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.
~ Ezekiel 36:27 ~

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
~ Joel 2:28-29 ~

Never lose hope. Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:57-64 – CHETH

Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 115:15 ~

To recognize how blessed we really are is reason enough to shout ”Praise The Lord.”

57 Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.
58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.


61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
~ Psalm 119:57-64 ~

Have a marvelous day for we are blessed!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Ecclesiastes 4:1-6 – Comfort Through Tough Times

Let us hear the conclusion of the matter. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
~ Ecclesiastes 12:13 ~


I found comfort in the Books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Comfort and praying that got me through tough times. Praise The Lord.

Tough times teach and change us for better or worse.

It’s a choice.

Scripture references to Ecclesiastes 4:1-6 verses:

Verse 1
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgement, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:16 ~

If thou sees the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgement and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.
~ Ecclesiastes 5:8 ~

For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgement, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
~ Isaiah 5:7 ~

Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.
~ Lamentations 1:9 ~

Verse 2
13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, 14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;  15  Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:

16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. 17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. 18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. 19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; 21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? 23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. 25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
~ Job 3:13-26 ~ 

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
~ Ecclesiastes 2:17 ~

Verse 3
If a man begat an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.
~ Ecclesiastes 6:3 ~

Verse 4

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
~ Ecclesiastes 1:14 ~

For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity, yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
~ Ecclesiastes 2:21 ~

Verse 5

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
~ Proverbs 6:10 ~

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
~ Proverbs 24:33 ~

And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
~ Isaiah 9:20 ~

Verse 6

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
~ Proverbs 15:16-17 ~

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
~ Proverbs 16:8 ~

Have a marvelous day and weekend!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:49-56 – ZAIN

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
~ Romans 15:5 ~

Have hope and magnify patience. Never lose hope.

ZAIN
49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.


53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.
56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
~ Psalm 119:49-56 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:41-48 – VAU

Thank you Lord, we’re equipped to face this day walking with faith and the grace of God.

VAU
41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.


45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
~ Psalm 119:41-48 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 19 – Reveals His Greatness

For your reading pleasure. Many great scripture references to Psalm 19 verses:

Verse 1

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament , and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
~ Genesis 1:6-8 ~

because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
~ Romans 1:19:20 ~

Verse 2

The day is thine, the night also thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
~ Psalm 74:16 ~

Verse 4

But I say, Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
~ Romans 10:18 ~

Verse 6

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.
~ Psalm 113:3 ~

Verse 7

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
~ Psalm 23:3 ~

For with thee is the foundation of life: in thy light shall we see light.
~ Psalm 36:9 ~

The works of his hands are verity and judgement; all his commandments are sure.
~ Psalm 111:7 ~

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in
all riches.
~ Psalm 119:14 ~

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
~ Psalm 119:98-100 ~

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgements endureth for ever.
~ Psalm 119:160 ~

Verse 8

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
~ Psalm 12:6 ~

Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
~ Psalm 119:128 ~

Verse 9

Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
~ Psalm 119:138 ~

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
~ Psalm 119:142 ~

Verse 10

Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
~ Psalm 119:127 ~

Verse 11
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
~ Psalm 17:4 ~

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
~ Proverbs 29:18-19 ~

Verse 12

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. ash me throughly from mine iniquity,
~ Psalm 51:1-2 ~

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
~ Psalm 90:8 ~

Search me, O LORD, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalm 139:23-24 ~

Verse 13

For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
~ Psalm 25:11 ~

Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
~ Psalm 32:2 ~
Verse 14

The LORD is rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
~ Psalm 18:2 ~

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
~ Psalm 104:34 ~

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:33-40 – HE

Praise The Lord for another day.

HE
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.


37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

Scripture references to verses:
Verse 33

Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.
~ 1 Chronicles 22:12 ~

And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgements: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
~ Ezekiel 44:24 ~

Verse 35
Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
~ Psalm 25:4 ~

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
~ Psalm 112:1 ~

Verse 36
for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same what ye ought to say.
~ Luke 12:15 ~

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
~ Hebrews 13:5 ~

Verse 37
Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
~ Psalm 71:20 ~

He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil.
~ Isaiah 33:15 ~

Verse 38
And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it forever, and do as thou hast said.
~ 2 Samuel 7:25 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thoughts – The Reasoning of The Mind

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
~ Proverbs 23:7 ~

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
~ Romans 8:5-6 ~

The mind and a thought is powerful. Both have the ability to set us free or keep us stuck. It’s a choice.

It’s a choice to build ourself up. It’s a choice to own our part of the coulda, woulda and shoulda replays.

It’s a choice to be kind, to ourself, when we stumble. God’s amazing grace. (wink)

It’s a process that begins with renewing the mind and changing thought habits.

It’s a choice when we’re ready.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
~ Genesis 6:5 ~

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
~ Proverbs 15:26 ~

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
~ Isaiah 55:8-9 ~

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts
are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
~ Isaiah 59:7 ~

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
~ Psalm 10:4 ~

And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:20 ~

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought
of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
~ Acts 8:22 ~

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
~ 1 Chronicles 28:9 ~

casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5 ~

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12 ~

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
~ Psalm 139:17 ~

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalm 139:23-24 ~

Be kind to ourself and have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

James 1:19-26 – Listening and Doing

Living faith in action makes a difference.

Happy reading the seventeen verse references below. (wink)

Scripture references to James 1:19-26
Verse 19
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
~ Proverbs 10:19 ~

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
~ Proverbs 15:1 ~

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
~ Ecclesiastes 7:9 ~

Verse 21
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
~ Ephesians 1:13 ~

that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
~ Ephesians 4:22 ~

who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
~ Colossians 1:8 ~

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guide, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking,
~ 1 Peter 2:1 ~

Verse 22

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
~ Matthew 7:21 ~

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that hearth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
~ Matthew 7:24-27 ~

13 (for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
~ Romans 2:13-16 ~

Verse 25
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
~ John 13:17 ~

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
~ Romans 8:2 ~

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
~ Galatians 6:2 ~

So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
~ James 2:12 ~

as free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
~ 1 Peter 2:16 ~
Verse 26

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
~ Psalm 34:13 ~

Verse 27
and the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
~ Deuteronomy 14:29 ~

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
~ James 4:4 ~

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
~ 1 John 2:15-17 ~

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Philippians 3:12-14 – Forgetting Those Things

Choose to forget things that torment.


Have just a mustard seed of faith.

Let the grace of God sustain moment by moment.

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Isaiah 43:10-13 – No Other Savior

Choosing to share first hand experiences is an excellent testimony about our faith, trust and obedience to the Lord, to include long-suffering and the testing of our faith moments. Things shared could help someone.

Victory does come. I’m a witness. Praise The Lord.

To witness for The Lord is a beautiful thing. Remember Romans 8:28. All things.

Scripture references to Isaiah 43:10-13:

Verse 11
Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
~ Hosea 13:4 ~

Verse 12
There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
~ Psalm 81:9 ~

Verse 13
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
~ Job 9:12 ~

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
~ Psalm 90:2 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:25-32 – DALETH

God loves us. It’s a choice to love him back.

DALETH
25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.


29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Scripture references to Psalm 119:25-32 verses
Verse 25

For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleave thy unto the earth.
~ Psalm 44:25 ~

Verse 28
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
~ Psalm 22:14 ~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
~ 1 Peter 5:10 ~

Verse 31
For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
~ Deuteronomy 11:22 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Grateful

Grateful for what God has done. Grateful for what God is doing. Grateful for what God will do.

Grateful compliments contentment. Praise The Lord.

Acrostic grateful scriptures:
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
~ Psalm 18:32 ~

Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindness; for they have been ever of old.
~ Psalm 25:6 ~

As for me, I will upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
~ Psalm 55:16

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night
~ Psalm 92:2 ~

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
~ Psalm 139:10~

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
~ Psalm 48:14 ~

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
~ Psalm 25:1 ~

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
~ Psalm 18:2 ~

Have a marvelous day and weekend!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:17:24 – GIMEL

Psalm 119:17-24 continued. The contrast between scriptures is amazing.

GIMEL
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.


21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
~ Psalm 119:17-24

Scripture references to Psalm 119:17-24 verses
Verse 19
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
~ 1 Chronicles 29:15 ~

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
~ Hebrews 11:13 ~

Verse 20
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
~ Psalm 42:1-2 ~

Verse 21
Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.
~ Deuteronomy 27:26 ~

For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
~ Psalm 37:22 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 23 Update

As of yesterday, I’m loving the Book of Psalms. Psalm 23 is my first favorite Psalm.

Will continue Psalm 119 every other day until completed. I enjoy creating different ways to share God’s word. (wink)

I see acrostics in my sleep.

Scripture references to Psalm 23 verses:
Verse 1
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
~ John 10:11 ~

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
~ 1 Peter 2:25 ~

Verse 2
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies make thy way straight before my face.
~ Psalm 5:8 ~

He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
~ Psalm 47:4 ~

I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall be their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
~ Ezekiel 34:14 ~

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
~ Revelation 7:17 ~

Verse 3
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies make thy way straight before my face.
~ Psalm 5:8 ~

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
~ Psalm 19:7 ~

Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
~ Psalm 85:13 ~

Verse 4
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life ; of whom shall I be afraid.
~ Psalm 27:1 ~

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
~ Psalm 107:14 ~

Verse 5
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
~ Psalm 16:5 ~

Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
~ Psalm 78:19 ~

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
~ Psalm 92:10 ~

Verse 6
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
~ Psalm 25:6-7 ~

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
~ Psalm 25:10 ~

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
~ Psalm 27:4-6 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:2-16 – BETH

Lately, I’m finding comfort in the Book of Psalms.

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm and chapter in the Bible. My twentieth favorite Psalm. (wink)

Psalm 119 is a repetitive meditation of God’s Word using the Hebrew alphabet for the twenty-two sections, eight lines each.

BETH
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.


13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
~ Psalm 119:2-16 ~

Scripture references to Psalm 119:2-16 verses

Verse 9
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
~ 1 Kings 8:25
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Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.
~ 2 Chronicles 6:16 ~

Verse 11
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
~ Luke 2:19 ~
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
~ Luke 2:51 ~

Verse 13
I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
~ Psalm 40:9 ~

Verse 15
Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
~ Isaiah 58:2 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:1-8 – ALEPH

Staying true to God’s Word, regardless of shenanigans, is something to ponder and specifically pray without ceasing.

ALEPH
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently
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5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
~ Psalm 119:1-8 ~

Scripture references to Psalm 119:1-8 verses
Verse 1
They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
~ Proverbs 11:20 ~

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
~ Proverbs 13:6 ~

Verse 2
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
~ Deuteronomy 4:29 ~

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
~ Deuteronomy 10:12 ~

And it shall come to past, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
~ Deuteronomy 11:13 ~

and shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
~ Deuteronomy 30:2 ~

Verse 4
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tablets of stone.
~ Deuteronomy 4:13 ~

Verse 5
And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgements;
~ 2 Chronicles 7:17 ~

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
~ Proverbs 4:26 ~

Verse 8
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
~ Psalm 71:9 ~

Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
~ Psalm 71:18 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Challenged and Still Standing

Sharing encouragement for those challenging times. Once you pray about it and give it to God, let it go.

It’s a choice. It’s draining to replay or talk about it.

Forgive and forget it.

Bottom line, it’s not the end of the world and here is the beautiful part.

Still Standing.

Acrostic Still Standing Scriptures:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
~ Ephesians 6:10 ~

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his spirit.
~ 1 John 4:13 ~

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 ~

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
~ Psalm 119:105 ~

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
~ Hebrews 13:6 ~

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 ~


Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
~ Romans 15:13 ~

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
~ 1 John 4:18 ~

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
~ James 1:22 ~

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
~ 1 Timothy 4:6 ~

Give us this day our daily bread.
~ Matthew 6:11 ~

Look at the scriptures that spell out still standing. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things – Focused and All In


Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.
~ Unknown Author ~

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
~ Psalm 1:3 ~

Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate being focused and all in with my writing endeavors. (wink)

A heartfelt thank you to friends whose encouragement helped get me “focused” and be “all in” with my writing endeavors. May God bless you big!

Never underestimate the power and positivity of encouragement.

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Resilient In Christ – Wisdom

Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say.
~ Unknown Author ~

All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
~ Proverbs 8:8-9 ~

Resilient in Christ perseveres by experience. Everything we hear doesn’t require a response. It’s a choice.

Sometimes, no response is wisdom.

Enjoy your day!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Never Alone

Take comfort in knowing God is omnipresent. This means, he’s with me and he’s with you. We’re never alone no matter where we go. What comfort.

It’s a good day to have a good day because we’re never alone. (wink)

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Love One Another

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
~ 1 John 4:11-12 ~

The ability to love others, in a less than kind environment, is a choice.

To love imperfections, in others, is to love as God loves our imperfections.

These are just my thoughts and something to ponder….

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Focus and Think Positive

Thoughts are powerful. It takes practice to focus and think positive thoughts.

There is always a choice.

Philippians 4:8-9 scripture references:

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
~ Romans 15:33 ~

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
~ Romans 16:20 ~

For God, is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
~ 1 Corinthians 14:33 ~

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ~

Enjoy your day and think positive! Try it by faith…..

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

The Knots Prayer

I love this prayer of specificity. It helped me obliterate the nots, in my mind, that kept me stuck, for years, until God answered my prayer. Praise The Lord.

I encourage anyone stuck with troubling thoughts to pray without ceasing this prayer.

Moving forward or staying stuck is a choice.

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

The Road Not Taken

Real Christianity

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

© 1916 Robert Frost

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Finding Balance

Hello everyone. Hope all is well. I had big plans today. Woke up not feeling well.

Ended up unplugged and sleeping all day.

I feel better. Rest is a beautiful thing. (wink)

Praise The Lord.

Sometimes finding balance is understanding why we do the things we do.

Finding balance still challenges me. By faith, victory will someday be mine.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things – Kindness


Caring people help others not because they expect a reward but because it is natural to show kindness.
~ Unknown Author ~

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and her tongue is the law of kindness.
~ Proverbs 31:26 ~

Hello everyone, hope all is well. Happy New Year and welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to the first Friday in 2019, to celebrate the small things.

Never underestimate the power of kindness. Such a little thing that people always remember.

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Busy At The Circus

Hello everyone. Hope all is well. Things are picking up at the circus. Will try to post either morning or evening. This morning, just ran out of time.

Don’t be alarmed if a day is missed.

I’ve mentioned before the circus pays my wages. I like having shelter, food to microwave and lots of Dr. Pepper. (wink)

I still have my sense of humor. Praise The Lord for peaceful nights rest.

Will catch up on all your blogs.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Questions About Writing


Happy New Year everyone. Welcome Alex and January Co-hosts: Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue, to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), where we share and support all about writing.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

To be honest, I have no least or favorite questions asked about my writing. Keeps me neutral. (wink)

It’s the only way to keep my sanity and confidence as a writer.

It comes down to perspective, questions asked and answered are opinions.

Opinions can build up or tear down.

I had to learn opinions is information to accept or reject.

Make it a great IWSG day!

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

2019 – The Blessing of Daily Grace

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~


Remember the faithfulness of God and that we’re never alone in time of need.

Blessings and Happy New Year, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

7 Ways To Blog Like A Pro In 2019

Very informative post!

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If you are concerned about the affairs of blogging in 2019, you are not alone.

Yes, believe it or not, a lot of bloggers are concerned about the same thing too.

In reality, blogging is always evolving and it is quite normal for bloggers to be deeply concerned about the affairs of their blog.

Bloggers are usually concerned about the following things:

  • SEO changes.
  • Gaining new readers.
  • Keeping their existing readers.
  • Losing readers.
  • Coming up with new blogging strategies.
  • Coming up with new methods of improving their blog.

Hey, bloggers are always brainstorming (And, that is a good thing because it keeps them on their toes).

Now, while brainstorming is a good thing, excessive worrying is counterproductive.

Dear friend, I want you to know that it is possible for you to continue your successful blogging journey in 2019 and I am going to spill the proverbial beans (I am going…

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I Get It

Life and love apart from God has conditions and will never fill the emptiness within us. Only God can fill the emptiness within us that promotes self acceptance with the ability to love ourself and others, embracing the rough sides too. That’s the reality of living.
~ Ann V Friend ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

I love Romans 8:28 because it gives perspective to know that all things work together.

The ability to encourage ourselves through Y moments is powerful when we speak words that lift us up.

The acrostic, I get it, helped me remember the faithfulness, of God, that I’m never alone.

Praise The Lord.

Enjoy the last day of 2018. See you in the new year!

Acrostic I Get It scripture references:

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
~ Psalm 32:8 ~

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
~ Psalm 46:1 ~

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
~ Jude 3 ~

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
~ Psalm 34:8 ~

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
~ Proverbs 3:6 ~

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
~ Job 32:8 ~

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Psalm 121

Another favorite comfort Psalm of mine.

Enjoy your day!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Energy, What Do You Attract Update

This post was originally published on 2 May 2013 and updated
on 29 December 2018.

Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God The Father,
and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father,
in truth and love.
~ 2 John 3 ~

Whether good or bad is determined by the energy we release.

Grace is given daily. So be positive!
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Take time to breathe calmly before speaking or smile and say nothing.

Stay positive, it repels negativity.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Little Things 28 December 2018


Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to the last Friday, of 2018, to celebrate the small things. 

Reflection is a beautiful thing from time to time. I celebrate 2018 as the year I found contentment, peace of mind and a mind set of positivity, in spite, of life ebbs and flows.

I also celebrate having over 1,000 WordPress followers. I’m humbled and grateful. Thank you!

Praise The Lord.

So I say adios to 2018 with my celebrate the little things poem.

Enjoy the last Friday of 2018. (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your weekend!

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Strength Deeply Rooted In Christ

Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~


The Oak Tree poem is powerful when we understand the source of our strength in Christ. Strength deeply rooted.

There are times, inspiration and encouragement comes when needed most.

It’s through the rough times, those difficult moments, to experience strength deeply rooted in Christ. As we grow spiritually, those roots grow deep.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~ Philippians 4:13 ~

It’s putting on the full armour of God, praying the Word, having faith and trust, in the Lord, to endure the mighty wind that blows.    

Thank you, Lord, your loving faithfulness comforts and sustains us to be resilient through you. Strength deeply rooted.

Strength deeply rooted and resilient in Christ.  It’s learned experience to sustain the mighty wind that blows.  

Jeremiah 17:7-8 scripture line references:
Jeremiah 17:7 (Psalm 34:8; Psalm 40:4; Psalm 84:12; Proverbs 16:20)
Jeremiah 17:8 (Psalm 1:3; Psalm 92:12-14)

Acrostic line scripture references:
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice.
~ Philippians 4:4 ~ 

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
~ Psalm 5:1 ~ 

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
~ Psalm 1:3 ~

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, he is my refuge and my fortress:my God; in him will I trust.
~ Psalm 91:1-2 ~ 

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~ James 1:2-4 ~

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
~ Philippians 4:6 ~ 

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
~ Isaiah 54:17 ~ 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:31 ~

Make it a great day and keep the faith. Strength deeply rooted.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Weather The Storm

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

This post was originally published on 19 January 2014 and updated on 26 December 2018.

By faith, let us weather the storms, of life, with specific prayers to God.

Sometimes we pray the wrong things. Sometimes we speak the wrong things.

Someone is walking through a storm now and waiting for a breakthrough! Keep the faith! It’s coming!
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Some storms teach, change, and/or guide us into a new season. I encourage you to weather the storm. It will pass, just not today and only God knows about tomorrow.

So pray, without ceasing, for ourself, our family, our friends, and our enemies, that God moves in our life in a mighty way to give us a breakthrough! Our victory, by faith, as His will be done!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog…

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Psalm 150 – Praise The Lord

Let everthing that has breath praise The Lord.

Psalm 150 scripture line references:
Psalm 150:1 (Psalm 19:1; Psalm 102:19)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.
~ Psalm 19:1 ~

For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven
did the LORD behold the earth;
~ Psalm 102:19 ~

Psalm 150:2 (Deuteronomy 3:24)
O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and
thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do
according to thy works, and according to thy might?
~ Deuteronomy 3:24 ~

Psalm 150:3 (Psalm 98:6)
With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD,
the King.
~ Psalm 98:6 ~

Psalm 150:4 ( Isaiah 38:20)
The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to
the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
~ Isaiah 38:20 ~

Psalm 150:5 (1 Chronicles 13:8)
And David and all Israel played before God, with all their might, and
with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels,
and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
~ 1 Chronicles 13:8 ~

Psalm 150:6 (Psalm 145:21)
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD:and let all flesh
bless his holy name for ever and ever.
~ Psalm 145:21 ~

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Psalm 103

The theme, of this Psalm, is God’s great love for us. I love, love, love, the Book of Psalms. I find comfort in praying particular Psalms.

This Psalm covers the blessing of forgiveness, healing, redemption, loving-kindness, the mercy of the LORD, grace, just to name a few.

This Psalm is another blessing for praising The Lord.

Psalm Scripture line references:
Psalm 103:1 (Psalm 33:21; Psalm 104:1)
Psalm 103:3 (Exodus 34:7; Jeremiah 30:17)
Psalm 103:4 (Psalm 49:15)
Psalm 103:5 (Isaiah 40:31)
Psalm 103:7 (Exodus 33:13)
Psalm 103:8 (Numbers 14:18; Nehemiah 9:17; Joel 2:13)
Psalm 103:9 (Psalm 30:5; Isaiah 57:16; Jeremiah 3:5)
Psalm 103:10 (Lamentations 3:22)
Psalm 103:11 (Psalm 36:5)
Psalm 103:12 (Isaiah 38:17; Hebrews 9:26)
Psalm 103:13 (Malachi 3:17)
Psalm 103:14 (Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Isaiah 29:16)
Psalm 103:15 (James 1:10-11;1 Peter 1:24)
Psalm 103:18 (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Psalm 103:20 (Matthew 6:10; Hebrews 1:14)

Have a blessed day!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Resilient In Christ

Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, are ten powerful words, to be resilient, in Christ.

Resilient in Christ is faith and trust in him. It’s knowing his faithfulness to never leave nor forsake us. It’s knowing his mercy and grace through any situation.

More importantly, it’s knowing he loves us.

Resilient in Christ perseveres.

There is always a choice.

Acrostic line scripture reference:
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice.
~ Philippians 4:4 ~

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
~ Psalm 5:1 ~

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
~ Psalm 1:3 ~

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, he is my refuge and my fortress:my God; in him will I trust.
~ Psalm 91:1-2 ~


My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~ James 1:2-4 ~

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
~ Philippians 4:6 ~

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
~ Isaiah 54:17 ~

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:31 ~

Make it a great day and keep the faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Milk versus Meat – Hebrews 5:12-14

Maturity versus immaturity. Milk versus meat. It’s our choice when we’re ready.

References to Hebrews 5:12 (1 Corinthians 3;2 and 1 Peter 2:2)
I have fed you milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:2 ~

as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the world that ye may grow thereby:
~ 1 Peter 2:2 ~

References to Hebrews 5:13 (1 Corinthians 14:20; Ephesians 4:14)
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
~ 1 Corinthians 14:20 ~

that we hence forth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
~ Ephesians 4:14 ~

References to Hebrews 5:14 (Romans 16:19; 1 Corinthians 2:6)
~ Romans 16:19 ~

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
~ 1 Corinthians 2:6 ~

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Blessing of Being Alive


Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate the blessing of being alive. I praise The Lord each day he wakes me up and equips me to faithfully keep moving forward.

Understanding the blessing, of being alive, is a reality to celebrate.

Make it a great day and keep the faith. 

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Lord Give Me Patience Humor

Its true that laughter really is cheap medicine. It’s a prescription anyone can afford. And best of all, you can fill it right now.
~ Unknown Author ~


A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
~ Proverbs 17:22 ~

A good laugh can lighten a moment.

Enjoy your day!

Thought For Today – Be You

God made us uniquely different.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
~ Psalm 139:14 ~

Enjoy your day and keep the faith!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord. 

As always, I welcome your thoughts. 

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – To Let Go

The power of letting go….

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

The Journey to Contentment 

A contented heart is a calm sea in the midst of all storms.
~ Anonymous ~

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
~ Philippians 4:11 ~

The journey to contentment is learned. Contentment is a mindset that develops with personal growth and maturity as we face life situations.

Contentment is a steady state, of well-being, for what we have and where we are today. Praise The Lord.

There’s no conditions to contentment. In whatsoever state, to be content.

To be content, in whatsoever state, is a beautiful thing because its temporary.

Life and/or circus situations teach or change something within us. It’s part of growing and maturing.

I’ve shared about the circus that pay my wages, until recently, I found contentment in that environment. Contentment comes from within. Praise The Lord.

Keep the faith and enjoy your weekend! See you Monday. I’m working this weekend.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith.  Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Friday Humor


Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

It’s been a long week. TGIF! This week, I celebrate Friday humor. Circus. Get it? (wink)

Have a great weekend and keep the faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to
present.

Thought For Today – Love

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ~


Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Roll With It

Keep The Faith. Stay positive. Remember laughter is good for the heart.

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord. 

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

I Know Something Good About You

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Wouldn’t this old world be better

If the folks we meet would say – 

“I know something good about you !”

And treat us just in that way ?

Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy

If each handclasp, fond and true,

Carried with it this assurance  – 

“I know somethnig good about you !”

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy

If the good that’s in us all

Were the only things about us

That folks bothered to recall ?

Wouldn’t life be more happy

If we praised the good we see ?

For there’s such a lot of goodness

In the worst of you and me !

Wouldn’t it be nice to practice

That fine way of thinking, too ?

You know something good about me,

I know something good about you !

Louis  C.  Shimon,

I Know Something Good About You

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Thought For Today – Stepping Stones

A quote of wisdom.

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord. 

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Motivation For Monday

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
~ Grandma Moses ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Motivation for Monday, now brings a smile to my face. Life is what we make it.

I smile, for the opportunity, to stay positive, while grateful that I’m better than two Monday’s ago.

It’s about finding a fresh perspective to keep a positive attitude.

We can also choose. The world will not end should we stumble. Thank God for his mercy and his grace.

One day, it may become Fun Day Monday.

References to Romans 8:28

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
~ Ephesians 1:1 ~

According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
~ Ephesians 3:11

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
~ 2 Timothy 1:9 ~

Keep the faith and enjoy your day!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Faith In Action – Blessed are Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
~ Matthew 5:9 ~


And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
~ James 3:18 ~

Reference scriptures to Matthew 5:9 (Hebrews 12:14)

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
~ Hebrews 12:14 ~

Reference scriptures to James 3:18

The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
~ Proverbs 11:18 ~

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
~ Isaiah 32:17 ~

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
~ Matthew 5:9 ~

Being filled with the fruit of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
~ Philippians 1:11 ~

It’s amazing to see the similarity across scriptures. Praise The Lord.

Make it a great day!

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Moments of Spontaneous Joy


Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Today, I celebrate moments of spontaneous joy. Praise The Lord.

I’m off schedule today regarding posting.

A good and unexpected massage after a manicure, dinner and good conversation with a friend, having a jam session in my car listening to my favorite music, were my moments of spontaneous joy. I had the best time. (wink)

Have a great weekend and keep the faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Contentment While Waiting

This post was originally published on 2 January 2015 and updated on 6 December 2018.

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.
~ Harry Hepner ~

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
~ Philippians 4:10-12 ~

Hello everyone, hope all is well. I apologize, am experiencing WordPress challenges.

Contentment is a good habit to acquire. To be content while waiting is endurance. It’s even more powerful, to do, by faith.

A season, of anything, can be challenging. Waiting can be brutal. Here’s the beautiful thing, seasons are temporary and waiting builds patience.

That thing, that stuff or that Y is temporary. Until it serves its purpose, it will be around. Keep in mind, it will be different for everyone. Similar, yet different.

Have faith. Be content. Have patience. Have self-discipline. Part of the process.

The ability to find contentment comes when the focus is on God and the blessings that He provides.

The ability to find contentment comes when we realize it is, what it is. Adapt and adjust by casting your cares, to the Lord, can work wonders.

It’s liberating to free the mind from angst that amounts to nothing. Put “it” at the foot, of the cross and be content until we can walk through it. Keep the faith.

We may still fail a test moment; praise God for His mercy and His grace because at the end, of the day, we’re still standing!

This WordPress challenge is validation to be content while I figure out the issue. How about that.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we acquire the habit of contentment, by faith, while waiting for our break through. Praise The Lord!

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Five Objects in My Writing Space


Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Alex and December Co-Hosts:  J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey! to the first Wednesday, of the month, where The Insecure Writer’s Group (IWSG) share all about writing.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?

You would find encouraging clutter, things to write about on colorful sticky notes, a laptop and IPAD, three bibles and reference material, and a place to sit my Dr. Pepper, in my peaceful and faithful writing space.

Sometimes, my writing space is mobile. (smile)

Wishing Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year! (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 63 – God Satisfies

Hello and hope all is well. I’ve mentioned before that I love the Book of Psalms. I find comfort and peace in the Book of Psalms.

There are sixteen scripture references, to Psalm 63, shared for your reading pleasure:

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God.
~ Psalm 42:2 ~

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
~ Psalm 84:2 ~

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
~ Psalm 27:4 ~

Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
~ Psalm 69:16 ~

Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
~ Psalm 28:2 ~

I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
~ Psalm 104:33 ~

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
~ Psalm 36:8 ~

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
~ Psalm 71:23 ~


Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
~ Psalm 4:4 ~

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
~ Psalm 16:7 ~

An evil disease say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
~ Psalm 42:8 ~

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
~ Psalm 18:35 ~

Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
~ Psalm 40:14 ~

Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
~ Psalm 55:15 ~

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
~ Deuteronomy 6:13 ~

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
~ Isaiah 45:23 ~

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Faith Through Struggles

This post was originally published on 22 July 2015 and updated on 3 December 2018.

No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.
~ Unknown Author ~

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: through it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
~ Habakkuk 2:3-4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world.

My encouraging thought today is the just shall live by faith, even through struggles.

There are times, we must lighten up and remember the faithfulness of the Lord. Every struggle, He will walk us through. The just shall live by faith.

Faith through struggles teach and change something within that makes us better.

There will always be something or someone that _________. Keep walking and moving forward. The just shall live by faith.

When we focus on what we see, ugh, the mind wanders and we speak to what is seen. Thus, putting faith in the struggle.

Here’s the thing, have faith and believe in God. There is nothing too hard for Him.

Faith believes God is working in the background of the situation. The just shall live by faith.

God can put a vision within us with patience and faith to endure. It will come in his timing. The just shall live by faith.

Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe next week. Get ready. The just shall live by faith.

So keep the faith and enjoy your day!

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on So What….It’s Liberating

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Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Another positive perspective using so what….it’s liberating with scriptures. (wink)

Brining light to a dark atmosphere. Praise The Lord.

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
~ Isaiah 50:4 ~

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
~ Proverbs 15:23 ~

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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Acrostic on So What….It’s Liberating

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Another positive perspective using so what….it’s liberating with scriptures. (wink)

Bringing light to a dark atmosphere. Praise The Lord.

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
~ Isaiah 50:4 ~


A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
~ Proverbs 15:23 ~

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Faith To Silence…Psst

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

This post was originally published on 30 July, 2015 and updated 1 Dec 2018.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
~ Proverbs 18:21 ~

Forgive yourself first. Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind. Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving your mistakes. Don’t remind yourself of what should have, could have or would have been. Release it and let it go. Move on.
~ Les Brown ~

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8 ~

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Celebrate One Another Scriptures


Hello friends. (smile) Thank God, It’s Friday. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

I enjoyed my break. Thank you to my old and new friends that visited while I took a break. I appreciate that. It was a pleasant surprise. I’ll be visiting to catch up this weekend. (wink)

This week, I celebrate one another scriptures. One another. You and me, us and we with The Lord. Powerful and a beautiful thing to behold.

The power of sharing, especially those times, when we need it most. Praise The Lord.

Keep the faith (KTF) and enjoy your Friday.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your weekend!

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Seasons

Seasons are more than just the weather. Moments in life can be a season. Some seasons can be harder than others. Seasons eventually pass. Have hope and keep the faith through any season.
~ Ann V Friend ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Spiritual Fruit Enhances Everything

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Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.
~ Unknown Author ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

~ Galatians 5:22-25~

Hello friends. (smile) A spirit led life manifests spiritual fruit with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual fruit enhances everything from trusting God’s Word to spiritual wholeness.

Spiritual fruit is evident when the Holy Spirit lives within and Jesus is Lord and Saviour.

Prayer is enhanced
Love is enhanced
Giving is enhanced
Wisdom is enhanced
Faith to run the race is enhanced
Patience is enhanced
Self-control is enhanced
Smiling is enhanced
Character traits enhanced
Relationships enhanced
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Acrostic on Self-Forgiveness

Self-forgiveness, seventy times seven, is important as forgiving others.  Self-forgiveness is empowering every single time we stumble and defeats those pesky coulda, woulda and shoulda thoughts from replaying.  Self-forgiveness is a choice.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
~ Matthew 18:21-22 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sharing encouraging thoughts on self-forgiveness. I believe the power of self-forgiveness is liberating.

The ability to forgive period does not come naturally. It’s learned by various painful experiences. Praise The Lord, I’ve learned.

Going through unnecessary stress; dysfunctional relationships; toxic circus environments; object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers; betrayals; health issues; unresolved anger issues, were just a few challenges keeping me stuck until I learned forgiveness as a choice. Thank you Lord.

Forgive them seventy times seven. Huh? That’s when The Lord helped me learn to forgive myself as a choice.

Self-forgiveness can free those tormenting thoughts. So what, made a bad choice. So what, failed to see the signs by trusting them.

Sometimes, looking from a different perspective is a blessing.

Why be or stay negative. It’s quite draining.

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Power of Words


Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer.  You see, silence can never be misquoted.
~ Unknown Author ~

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
~ Proverbs 16:23-24 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Friday! Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate the power of words.

Whether positive or negative, words have the power to build up or tear down.

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Something to Ponder – Love

We have to hurt in order to know. Fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain, because most of life’s lessons are taught through pain.
~ Unknown Author ~

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ~

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

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