Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Celebrate The Long Weekend


Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. (smile) Celebrate a long and relaxing weekend.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy the long weekend!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Enjoy The Journey of Writing


Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday, of the month, where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another. Welcome Alex and October IWSG Co-hosts: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes,and Tamara Narayan! Hope all is well.

My encouragement is short and sweet. Enjoy the journey of writing, even those times when distractions come.

Learning to enjoy the journey, of writing, is priceless. Patience is required to adapt and adjust daily.

To enjoy the journey is contentment. To enjoy the journey gains experience. To enjoy the journey builds connections. To enjoy the journey ______________(fill in the blank).

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Never Alone


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ William Shakespeare ~

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
~ Deuteronomy 31:8 ~

You learn from both positive and negative experiences.
~ Unknown Author ~

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
~ Daniel 3:26-28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. (smile) This week, I smile as I celebrate hopeful and faithful encouragement that we’re never alone in a fiery furnace or dealing with the persistent thief pushing until they hit a nerve.

Fiery furnace is my metaphor for less than kind environments and the persistent thief is my metaphor for less than kind people.

Fiery furnace and thief situations happen to all of us. No one can escape the ebbs and flows of life.

Praise The Lord for mercy and grace in the going through phase. He will never leave nor forsake us. We’re never alone. How about that. (smile)

Fiery furnace and thief situations are part of life lessons with the sole purpose to develop, produce and multiply spiritual fruit within us: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

To be strong in The Lord endures.

Fiery furnace and thief moments are temporary, like seasons. We may get bruised but not broken.

Changing perspective and focus helps to stop talking about it and/or the need to do something or explain anything.

Praise The Lord, God is the best vindicator.

Experiencing the fiery furnace and thief moments may be hurtful or even painful, just know this, we’re never alone.

Bygones. Casting cares. Greater is he, in me, than he that is in the world.

Self control. Self esteem. Strengths and weaknesses. Who we are in Christ. These things are great motivators to keep moving forward because we’re never alone.

Victory brings inner strength and wisdom experience.

Regardless of situations, we’re never alone. God goes before us, with us and after us.

Remembering this provides hope and comfort in the fiery furnace and dealing with the thief moments. I’m a witness. (wink)

To God, be the glory.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate The Mindset of Positivity 


There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.
~ Unknown Author ~

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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (smile) This week, I celebrate a new month and the mindset of positivity. Why be negative?

Thoughts are powerful. Patience is required. Self encouragement is a necessity.  

July was dog barking rough for me. Been in a fiery furnace situation while going around the same mountain.  Bygones.

Praise The Lord, his presence provided strength that helped me walk and move forward because I was never alone.  

I share these encouraging thoughts:

Perseverance to keep going
Optimistic with hope
Significance of faith and trust in The Lord
Inspirational scriptures
Thrive on the power of scriptures
Inspiring thoughts encourage
Versatility in ways to stay positive
Inner peace is a blessing
Thankful everyday
Yielding to defeat negative thoughts

There are times when silence is a blessing to listen.

Positive thoughts lead to positive communication.

Changing focus and perspective, about a situation, is wisdom to keep moving forward.

To God, be the glory.

Positivity is energy.  It attracts people. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG August 2nd – What Are Your Pet Peeves


Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
~ Romans 15:4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Yay, its the first Wednesday of the month where we share…

Welcome Alex and August IWSG Co-hosts: Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner.

IWSG Day Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

I could have fun sharing about pet peeves. (smile)

I must share pertaining to reading/writing/editing. (wink)

Like everything else in life, learning to adapt and adjust brings contentment.

I love reading. I love writing. I’ve been in a season where time gets away from me. I blink and another month has passed. 

It’s extremely busy at the circus.

As we age, adapting and adjusting is a blessing.  

Praise The Lord for rest and peaceful sleep.

I’m encouraged with hope and faith the circus busyness slows down….

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy the rest of your week.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG July 5th – One Valuable Lesson Learned


Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Yay, its the first Wednesday of the month where we share…

Welcome Alex and July IWSG Co-hosts: Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key and Doreen McGettigan.

IWSG Day Question:  What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

I love the quote above. Writing has been an ebb and flow learning experience. I believe we learn by repetition. I believe encouragement is the greatest blessing we can give one another.

I’ve learned many things the last four years as a writer.  Still struggle with the rules.  Bygones.

I’m blessed to be a part of two awesome and established writer groups.  Both groups have published authors.  

I’ve grown in my creative writing ability. (wink) Praise The Lord.

The one valuable lesson I’ve learned is confidence in my own writing style. I stumbled into finding my writer’s voice.

Thank you, friends, for the encouragement, it kept me from the “q” word. Bygones. (wink)

So the plan is to keep writing and moving forward until my book is finished because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy the rest of your week.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Bygones


The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
~ Unknown Author ~

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
~ Isaiah 43:18-19 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (smile)  Praise The Lord, all is well in my world. Last week, not so much.  Bygones.

This week, I celebrate bygones. (wink) I just love the power of words and the various and unique ways to express them.

Bygones is like a mantra, for self-encouragement, to illustrate the ability to let go.   Remember casting our cares? Bygones.

Whether it’s yesterday, a year, a month, a day, a hour, it’s the past.  Bygones.

Things happen.   Bygones.   People leave.  Bygones.   Faith tested.  Bygones.

Bygones is that wilderness environment that changes a person.  Bygones teach.

Bygones is the ability to transition between seasons and the process of experience.  Bygones discover.

Disagreements. Challenges. Conflicts.  Bygones learn.

Perception. Contrast. Difference.  Bygones reflect.

Sometimes, speaking bygones out loud controls the tongue in a heated moment.  Bygones.

Bygones  releases yesterday as moved on with hope and faith for today.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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