Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Celebrate The Blessings of Contentment


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

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.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~ Philippians 4:11-13 ~

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

Hope all is well in your world. (wink) My extended time away was needed. All is well.

Nothing gets attention like experiencing little maladies, (stiff joints, hurt knee, one minute hot, next cold, tiredness or fill in the blank); as well as, distractions and the testing of faith, to recognize, as we get older, the mind and body needs proper rest.

The fast pace to keep pushing takes its toll. Stress unchecked accumulates. Less and less time to properly rest. Back in the day, I could get by with four hours of sleep. Not anymore.

Extended time away helped balance things and stuff by being content until……

This week, I celebrate understanding and knowing true contentment through my Lord and Saviour. Praise The Lord.

Contentment is a state of being because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Contentment, with the good and not so good, knows how to let stuff go. It is, what it is.

Contentment knows those “it” moments are temporary.

Contentment can smile and walk away from angst and foolishness.

Contentment can adapt.

So I plan to write as I can while staying in a state of contentment. (smile)

How about you, what brings you contentment?

Blessings as we keep the faith to keep moving forward. Enjoy your weekend!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Taking A Break


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

This week, I celebrate taking an extended break from blogging. No worries, all is well, in my world. (wink) Praise The Lord.

I will be back.

Abundant blessings, keep the faith and enjoy your weekend. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Self-Encouragement


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
~ Thomas Edison ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, it the first Wednesday of the month; where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another. Welcome Alex and our IWSG May co-hosts:

Stephen Tremp
Stephanie Faris
Susan Gourley/Kelley
Bish Denham
Fundy Blue
M.J. Fifield
Loni Townsend

Today, I’m sharing self-encouragement. (wink) 

I’ve learned self-encouragement, with some faith, is vital to believe we have what it takes to do
__________________(fill in the blank).

For me, self-encouragement is required to keep learning and honing my writing style. (smile)

Self-encouragement and my faith evolved me to a novice writer.

I keep the faith that someday my book will be finished. Praise The Lord, I’ve finally settled on a title.

Self-encouragement drowns out doubt. Self-encouragement and faith will get us through seasons of waiting.

Abundantly blessings and keep the faith to enjoy today.

I would love to hear your thoughts on self-encouragement. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

#atozchallenge Z is for…


Life is too short, grudges are a waste of perfect happiness, laugh when you can, apologize when you should and let go of what can’t be changed. Love deeply, forgive quickly, take chances, give it everything and have no regrets.

Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad, smile when you’re sad, love what you’ve got and always remember what you had. Always forgive but never forget, learn from mistakes but do not regret, people change and things go wrong but always remember life goes on.
~ Unknown Author ~

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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, the last day of the A to Z Challenge. A heartfelt thank you to all who encouraged and supported my A to Z efforts. {{hugs}}

I appreciate it, more than you know. (smile)

I’m a bit late to the party. My thoughts. Zeal, like enthusiasm, draws people.

Zeal can be hard, to pull off, during a challenging season, until we remember to count it all joy. Challenges test our faith and teach patience.

Zeal, in attitude, helps to count it all joy; by faith or choice.

Life goes on, whether we participate or not.

The upside of zeal is amazing when we understand God can use anything, anyone, anytime to bring change, growth and balance to us. Praise The Lord. 

Zestful and free life
Energetic and full life
Abundant and blessed life
Living life and moving forward

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy the weekend!

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge Y is for…


The most three important words you can say to yourself: Yes, I can!
~ Aroha Janet ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to the Day 29 of the A to Z Challenge and Celebrate The Small Things, hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosts L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog.

My yes I can thoughts…… 

 
This week, let’s celebrate yes I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, by faith. Praise The Lord.

Adapting and abiding faith
Believing and blessing faith
Choosing and contenting faith
Discerning faith
Encouraging faith
Forgiving and freeing faith
Gracing faith
Habit-forming faith
Internalizing inspirational faith
Justing faith. Joy, a fruit of the spirit
Keeping the faith
Loving and long suffering faith
Minding and moving forward faith
Nurturing and never-ending faith
Opting faith through vulnerabilities
Persevering faith. Peace, a fruit of the spirit
Quickening faith
Reassuring and remembering faith
Strengthening “can do” and sustaining faith
Trusting in God faith
Unflinching and unconditional faith
Visualizing victory faith
Walking, witnessing and wholeness faith
Xeroxing words, of faith, on paper (wink)
Yielding faith
Zesting faith in God


The upside to yes I can:

Yields confidence
Enjoy living
Secured in Christ

Inspired by the love of Christ

Count it all joy
Achieve victory
Naturally moving forward

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy today.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge X is for…

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Day 28 of the A to Z Challenge. Not sure why I picked X-factor in my theme.

Googled to find it was once a TV show, never watched it; and X-factor is a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome; a noteworthy special talent or quality. These are my thoughts.

Jesus is my X-factor. I give him everything and I tell him anything. Jesus is the significant impact of my day-to-day living faith. Praise The Lord.

The upside of Jesus as my X-factor:


Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your day.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge W is for…


Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
~ Maya Angelou ~

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
~ Proverbs 3:13 ~ 

Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
~ John Patrick ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Day 27 of the A to Z Challenge. My thoughts on wisdom. I believe wisdom, like common sense, matures as we experience choices.

I love the know better, do better quote because somethings, in life, are known when we’re ready. The Book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom and instruction to live wise or foolish.

Remember, you can’t help a fool, only God can change a heart. (wink)

The upside of wisdom:

Wise enough to know better
I‘m too blessed to be stressed
Seeing distractions for what they are
Disciplined to stay balanced
Oh my God, I can choose to let it go
Moving forward, victory is coming

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your day.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

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