Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Celebrate Mercy and Grace


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

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 ~

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. This week, I celebrate sharing encouraging thoughts on God’s mercy and grace.

I love, love, love, the quote above.

There will be times, we’re to extend mercy and grace to situations around us.

Just like God freely extends his mercy and grace to us.   Ain’t life grand!

It’s quite comforting when we extend God’s mercy and grace to Y moments and/or situations.   It steals the ability to vex us.

Prayer and forgiveness steals from Y moments.

Faith and hope steal from Y situations.

Empathy and compassion, on a rough day, steals from Y moments.

Positivity steals from Y moments.

Thank God for his mercy and his grace when we stumble.   It steals from self condemnation and self ridicule. (wink)

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate It’s The Weekend


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. I celebrate it’s the weekend.

Very busy week. Going to hibernate for a bit.

I have enough Dr. Pepper and goodies to enjoy when I’m not sleep. (wink)

Praise the Lord, for peaceful rest.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG January 4 Question


Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
~ Anonymous ~

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day. Wahoo, it’s the first Wednesday of the month where we share stuff. (wink)

Welcome Alex and January IWSG Co-hosts:

Eva @ Lillicasplace
Crystal Collier
Sheena-kay Graham
Chemist Ken
LG Keltner
Heather Gardner

January 4th Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard? To be honest, most of them. For me, writing rules are great as a guide but……

Rules can take away “the write it, like you say it”. I like writing when I can experiment with injecting clean humor and fun metaphors.

Sharing thoughts, in our own style, is powerful for confidence; yet bring a pins and needles thought, what if no one likes it?

So what is my mantra today. Write anyway. (wink) It’s quite liberating and powerful self-encouragement.

Thank God, I have a paying day job. (whew)

Yes, I’m still learning and growing as a writer; someday, by faith, all those writing rules will come together, just not today. (smile)

Stay encouraged and keep the faith.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith to Release Fear

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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.  We love him, because he first loved us.
~ 1 John 4:18-19 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day.

Today’s encouraging thought is faith to release fear.

Fear is not spiritual. Fear does not come from God. Fear torments the mind and thoughts.

Psalm 23 is the best defense to speak and release fear.

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

Releasing fear builds trust, in The Lord, as his Word is true.

Releasing fear gives glory to God.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith Prays With Specificity

A good memory is one that can remember the days blessings and forget the days troubles.
~ Author Unknown ~

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
~ Luke 11:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day.

Today’s encouraging thought is faith prays with specificity.

Prayer is especially powerful when it’s heart-felt and specific to a need.

I love the specificity of the knots prayer.  I believe it speaks encouragement to self-esteem and replaces negative thoughts.   

Faith prayers with specificity trump negativity every single time. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith Through Any Season

Life works in seasons; which means you won’t be stuck where you are forever.
~ Unknown Author ~

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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well as we start the new year.  Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day.

Today’s encouraging thought is faith through any season.  Timing is everything.

Change is inevitable. Change is experienced based on choices and having faith through the experience.

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose is life experiences as illustrated in the scripture above.

Experience develops spiritual maturity.

Experience gives wholeness.

Experience shows and teaches.

Experience is showing Jesus to a hurting world.

Experience becomes a testimony to help others.

Faith through any season keeps moving forward and refuses to remain stuck.

Faith through any season trumps negativity every single time. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Bye-Bye to 2016


In life, you will realize there is a purpose for every person you meet. Some are there to test you, some will use you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the worst in you, while others bring out the best.
~ Unknown Author ~

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 ~

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. This week, I celebrate bye-bye to 2016.

I’m smiling as I reminisce about God’s faithfulness through the joy and pain, the ebb and flow, the good and not so good experiences in 2016.

To be honest, this was a rough year. Thank God for his mercy and grace that walked me through all things. (smile)

There are moments that healing comes through all things.

There are situations that promote discipline through all things.

There are environments that develop courage and inner strength through all things.

There are times, it is, what it is through all things.

Bottom line, still standing, faith stronger than ever, loved and protected by the King through all things.

Praise the Lord, all things work together for our good. All things.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we say bye-bye 2016 and hello to a faithful and hopeful new year. (wink)

Happy New Year!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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