Retired Relocated and Rested

Hello friends, hope all is well. Retired, relocated and rested. Praise The Lord.

Still unpacking and adjusting to new beginnings….

Now I can write whenever I wantWahoo, something to do anytime. (smile)

Today, I plan on visiting and catching up. Here’s to seeing you soon. (wink)

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 Blinking Cursor


Welcome Alex and May Co-hosts:  Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin! to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) day, where we encourage, share and support all about writing.

Just completed the A to Z Challenge. While I had fun, at the moment, picture that old blinking cursor, on the computer screen, waiting for input…. (wink)

Abundant blessings and make it a marvelous IWSG day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

#AtoZ Challenge  – Zero Condemnation


Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer.  You see, silence can never be misquoted.
Unknown Author

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2

Welcome to the last day of the A to Z Challenge.

Concluding, the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…

There is zero condemnation in Christ.

Sometimes, our mouth speaks, the wrong thing…

Negative and disapproving thoughts or beat ourself up moments, are not from God.

Bad habits are hard to break. Thank God for mercy and grace, in those not so kind Y moments….

The ability to know there is zero condemnation, in Christ, in whatsoever state, is my final example of the many blessings of positivity.

Hope you enjoy the A to Z Challenge. I sure did. (wink)

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Y Moments


Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.
Oscar Wilde

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

Welcome to Day 29 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Y moments can be a positive or negative experience. Depending on perspective and understanding wisdom.

Remembering the faithfulness of God and Romans 8:28, going through Y moments, is a lifeline to faith and hope in Jesus.

The ability to endure Y moments, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

Gospel of John – 6:63-67

Sharing encouraging thoughts…..

Everything, in life, is a process about choices.

A spirit filled life is a beautiful thing. To know who we are in Christ is amazing.

To have a personal relationship with The Lord is quite satisfying.

To experience contentment, in whatsoever state, is liberating.

Scripture references to verse 63

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
John 3:34

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:45

who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2 Corinthians 3:6

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 3:18

Reference to verse 64

For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
John 13:11

Spiritual renewal begins and ends with God.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – X


Welcome to Day 27 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

To be honest, I have nothing for X and I’m okay with it… (wink)

The ability to be okay with nothing, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Wisdom


Wisdom is a blessing only to those prepared to absorb it.
 Anonymous

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 11:30

Welcome to Day 26 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state is wisdom.

Wise choices come from experience. It’s a process.

The ability to learn wisdom, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Victory


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

Welcome to Day 25 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Having hope and faith, while patiently waiting is experience that brings victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Talk about a confidence builder….

The ability to experience victory, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Understanding


The pessimist says opportunities are NO WHERE. The optimist says opportunities are NOW HERE. Both see the same words, but read it differently. That’s Life!
Unknown Author

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalm 119:130

Welcome to Day 24 of the A to Z Challenge.

Yesterday’s quote is applicable again today.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Understanding is knowledge and/or experience based on preferences, perspectives, beliefs, opinions.

It depends on how we look at life…

The ability to be understanding is a choice, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Thank You Lord


The pessimist says opportunities are NO WHERE. The optimist says opportunities are NOW HERE. Both see the same words, but read it differently. That’s Life!
Unknown Author

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

Welcome to Day 23 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

The highest praise is Thank you, Lord, you woke me up today.

Thank you, Lord, even when I struggle, get disappointed, you always work it out.

The ability to say Thank you, Lord, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Still Standing Strong


Stand still, smile and be strong even if others are not, even if others will not, and even if others cannot.
Unknown Author


Welcome to Day 22 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Self encouragement through seasons sustain us to keeping the faith.

The ability to be still standing, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Smile, seasons are temporary…. Still standing strong.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Resilient and Repetition


A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
David Brinkley

Welcome to Day 20 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Sometimes, in quiet moments, remembering how far we’ve come is a good thing.

Nineteen days left to work then annual leave starts and forty days until official retirement….

I’m grateful and blessed. Praise The Lord.

Reflection, on the ebbs and flows, shows how faith, patience, resilient and repetition endures.

The ability to be resilient by repetition , in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

A to Z Challenge continues Monday. Will not be posting Sunday.

Abundant blessings and have a blessed and marvelous Easter!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

#AtoZ Challenge  – Quiet Moments


Welcome to Day 19 of the A to Z Challenge.

I was off schedule this morning. Sometimes, the best plan falls apart. Adapt and roll with it. (wink)

Continuing the blessing of positivity, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Make time for quiet moments.

Quiet moments can ease the busyness of the day.

Quiet moments for prayer comforts.

The ability to make time for quiet moments, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Pressure To Peace Of Mind


You have more peace if you looked at things in a different perspective.
Unknown Author

These things I have spoken to 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

Welcome to Day 18 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state, using my never get old acrostics… (wink)

Pressure moments test the ability to remain calm and ask The Lord for a double portion of grace.

Perseverance is experience learned through wisdom.

The mindset of positivity is a choice to defeat negativity.

The ability to have peace of mind, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.
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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Optimistic


Some see a weed, some see a wish…
Unknown Author  

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

Welcome to Day 17 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

An optimistic perspective is a mind-set that believes and trusts the faithfulness of God in all things.

Content is the ability to be optimistic, as we count it all joy, knowing that God can work all things out according to his purpose, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – No Weapon


Welcome to Day 16 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Positivity is a mindset and a choice.

Remembering the power of God’s Word during any situation is wisdom.

To pray no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper is complete faith and trust in The Lord.

Content is the ability to believe no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Making A Difference


Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Romans 14:19

Welcome to Day 15 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

Somewhere, it’s fun day, Monday humor.

Making a difference, can help motivate, encourage someone. The acrostic is a few ideas…..

The ability to making a difference, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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 3:14-21 – Magnitude of God’s Love

Sharing my thoughts…..

A reminder that the magnitude of God’s love runs deep.

To know this love comforts, sustains, protects….

Embrace it during Y moments.

Scripture references by verse:

Verse 14

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Philippians 2:10

Verse 16

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

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Colossians 1:11

Verse 17

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:23

rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:7

Verse 18

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
John 1:16

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:9-10

Verse 19

which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Ephesians 1:23

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:10

Verse 20

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to un-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 1:19-20

whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Colossians 1:29

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Love


Learn to love with all your heart and accept the unlovable side of others. For anyone can love a rose, but it takes a great heart to include the thorns.
Unknown Author

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:12

Welcome to Day 13 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

There are many expressions of love and different perceptions of love.

Love, the greatest commandment is the focus today.

Love comes from within.

Love gives time to listen, help, encourage, ______ (fill in the blank).

The ability to love, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Love gives, even to less than nice neighbors.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Kindness


Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
Anonymous

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians 6:7


Thank God, It’s Friday! Welcome to Day 12 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

Constant kindness requires spiritual fruit, (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance), to overlook challenging people and moments.

Kindness, whether in spoken words or actions, is a choice.

Kindness shows the world, around us, Jesus.

The ability to show kindness, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Sow kindness. People always remember kindness.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Joy and Jesus


Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, 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

Welcome to Day 11 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

The joy of the Lord is strength…. Jesus.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8

The ability of choosing the joy of the Lord as strength, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Inspire


The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
Amy Gatliff

Welcome to Day 10 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging and inspiring scriptures…..

Repeating I get it helps to discipline the tongue during those Y moments. (wink)

For your reading pleasure, the scriptures that reference one another.

The ability to encourage and/or inspire ourselves and others, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Be the light…

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Hope


Always have hope.

Welcome to Day 9 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts…..

Hope can be a life line during painful times while waiting on answered prayers for __________ (fill in the blank.

The ability to have hope, faith and trust in the Lord, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Grace


Welcome to Day 8 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts…..

Just as we’re saved by grace, choosing to live and be strong, in this grace, that is in Christ Jesus, is powerful and quite comforting.

This grace is underserved favor. No condemnation. Given daily.

The ability to live a life with this grace, trusts God, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 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 124 – Comfort

The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.
Anonymous

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

Sharing my thoughts…..

I’ve mentioned my love for the Book of Psalms.

If it had not been the LORD. These words give me peace and comfort when I get out of balance and/or overwhelmed at the circus. Thirty-two days left….

Today, I found myself needing rest.

Rested and found comfort with Psalm 124.

Tomorrow, the A to Z Challenge resumes…

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Free


Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
John 8:36

Welcome to Day 6 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts…..

To live free, through Jesus, can persevere and be flexible, through any situation, doing it, by faith.

It’s showing Jesus to the hurting world around us. Free to radiate his light!

The ability to live free, through Jesus, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in Monday for Day 7.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Ease


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

TGIF! Welcome to the Day 5.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts.

Ease is the ability to know there is a time and purpose for everything.

It’s how we experience life seasons.

To smile, with ease, during Y moments, steal from the thief and thank God, he woke us up that day.

The ability of ease, in whatsoever state, is a blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 6.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Defy


A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
David Brinkley

For with God, nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:37

Welcome to Day 4 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with short encouraging thoughts illustrating choices using acrostics. (wink)

Defy is the ability to overcome impossible situations, where the odds are stacked against us. Feels like a set-up…

The ability to keep the faith while trusting God’s purpose, allows us to defy the odds, in whatsoever state, is victory and another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Anything is possible, my friend.  Anything.
Author Unknown

Tune in tomorrow for Day 5.

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Can and IWSG


Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
Henry Ford


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

Welcome to Day 3 of the A to Z Challenge and my April’s IWSG commitment. (wink) 

I extend a heartfelt welcome to Alex and April’s IWSG co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

In the spirit of fun, why use a wish…I can write one scene/chapter by faith. (wink)

Continuing with my A to Z theme, C is the ability to believe we can.

The ability to believe we can do all things through Christ, in whatsoever state, is powerful confidence and one of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Be


Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but how it’s meant to be.
Unknown Author

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk 2:4

Welcome to Day 2. Woke up late this morning, it’s been a very rushed day.

Thought I have some fun to end this day.Will be catching up on visiting you soonest. (smile)

Continuing with my theme, the blessing of positivity posts being short encouraging thoughts illustrating choices using acrostics. (wink)

To be __________(fill in the in blank) in whatsoever state, is the end result based on wise choices.

B is for the ability to be ________(fill in the blank) is our choice to decide.

There’ll be times, faith is needed, to be _______(fill in the blank).

Praise The Lord for God’s mercy and grace.

The ability to be _________ (fill in the blank) when challenges come is just one of many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 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.

#AtoZChallenge  – Adaptable


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

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, Day 1.

The blessing of positivity posts, from A to Z, will be short encouraging thoughts illustrating choices using acrostics. (wink)

To be content, in whatsoever state, is the end result based on wise choices.

A is for the ability to be adaptable in whatsoever state.

The ability to be adaptable when challenges come is just one of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 2.

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.

1 Timothy 1:5 – Heart

11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:11-12

Something to ponder……

A genuine heart is open and sincere.

Kindness and faith comes naturally to a genuine heart.

This heart glorifies God.

Scripture references to verse:

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:10

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Galatians 5:14

when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwell first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice, am I persuaded that in thee also.
2 Timothy 1:5

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.

Hebrews 4:12 – Heart

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

Sharing my thoughts…….

Issues of life. Choices. Motives.

The Word of God is a discerner of thoughts and intentions within a heart.

Praise The Lord for mercy and grace in our time of need.

Scripture references to verse:

And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
Isaiah 49:2

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23:29

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

25 and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
1 Corinthians 14:24-25

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Ephesians 6:17

who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1 Peter 1:23

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.

Celebrate The Small Things – Being Free


If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
John 8:36

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.

There will always be someone saying something about nothing.

Living and being free, to be ourselves, is a wonderful blessing.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day and a great weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Psalm 20:4 – Heart

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:4-5

Sharing my thoughts……

The desires of our heart.

Sometimes, we want something or someone that God knows is not right for us.

After the woulda coulda, shoulda replays get old, we must choose to move forward. Life goes on……

Last year, I realized the blessing of tears. Tears release the hurt felt in the heart.

I praise God for all the times, he removed the something or someone not right for me.

Thank you, Lord.

Here is wisdom, sprinkled with faith, what God has for us, will always be better than what we could possibly imagine.

It’ll be worth the wait.

He loves us too much to give less than his best.

Praise The Lord. (wink)

Scripture references to verse:

Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withhholden the request of his lips. Selah.
Psalm 21:2

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Psalm 145:19

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.

#AtoZ Challenge -Theme Reveal


Decided to participate in April’s Blogging from A to Z April 2019 Challenge.

My Theme will be the blessing of positivity.

Wahoo, something else to do! (wink)

Abundant blessings!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Philippians 4:7 – Heart

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

Sharing my thoughts……

A heart that knows the peace of God is a beautiful thing to experience everyday.

The peace of God keeps our hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. What a blessing.

We’re branches connected to the vine and there’s fruit! Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3

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

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 15:18-20 – Heart

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-25

Sharing my thoughts…..

Heart scriptures present results of wise and unwise choices.

Be encouraged God can change a heart. Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse 18:

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Matthew 12:34

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3:6

Scripture references to verse 19:

29 being filled with unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness: full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Romans 1:29-32

10 yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat.
1 Corinthians 5:10-11

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21

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.

Proverbs 20:5 – Heart

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. 21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Proverbs 19:20-21

Sharing my thoughts…….

A heart rooted in the Word, of God, has depth and love that flows within freely.

Wisdom and understanding, along with patience and maturity, gives the ability to listen completely before offering just any old advice.

Get to the heart of a situation.

Praise The Lord, for grace, when Y moments drill for the nerve. (wink)

Wisdom is a wise choice and learned experience with a bridled tongue.

Wisdom comes from The Lord.

Scripture reference to verse:

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
Proverbs 18:4

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 51:10 – Heart

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7

Sharing my thoughts…….

How amazing the Word of God ties together for us. Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse:

For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
Psalm 78:37

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8

8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

9 and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:8-9

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

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.

Deuteronomy 13:3 – Heart

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

Sharing my thoughts…..

This is the first post, of many, featuring various heart scriptures lined up for your reading pleasure.

Scripture references to verse:

and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and will all soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:5

And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Deuteronomy 8:2

16 who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 8:16-18

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous night!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Our Identity In Christ – Scriptures

To know who we are in Christ……

being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is Christ Jesus:
Romans 3:24

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 1-2

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:30

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:22

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to good the pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:3-7

10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
Ephesians 1:10-11

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 the holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 1:13

and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 2:6

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:13

that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Ephesians 3:6

in whom we have boldness and access with coincidence by the faith of him.
Ephesians 3:12

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians 5:29-30

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by circumcision of Christ:
Colossians 2:10-11

Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2 Timothy 2:10

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.

Celebrate The Small Things – Choosing Positivity


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.

Choosing positivity, as a gauge to see a different perspective, is encouraging as we age and things change.

The blessing of waking up each day, in spite of our malaises. The scriptures below are encouraging positivity.

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 hope you had a marvelous day and a great weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

A Prayer To Face Down Giants

16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sharing my thoughts…..

Praying brings comfort through the ebbs and flows.

Rejoice. Give thanks. Have faith. It’s temporary.

Praying, with specificity, has a distinction.

Rejoice. Give thanks. Have faith. Victory comes.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 16

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:4

Verse 17

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Luke 18:1

Pray with faith and trust in God.

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.

Thought For Today – Light

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1:3


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

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

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
Isaiah 58:8


The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Matthew 4:16

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew 5:14

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is
full of darkness.
Luke 11:34

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:5

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12


As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 9:5

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
John 12:35

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Ephesians 5:8

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 Peter 2:9


This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John 1:7

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 4:18 – Path As A Shining Light

Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back in perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Hebrews 10:38-39

Sharing my thoughts…….

Off schedule today. It’s my birthday and slept past the alarm clock.

Praise The Lord, I’m blessed to celebrate another year older and wiser.

Shining light of Jesus.

A path as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

An encouraging path to follow. Praise The Lord.

It’s a beautiful thing that the just shall live by faith through the ebbs and flows…..

Scripture references to verse:

And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
2 Samuel 23:4

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Daniel 12:3

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.

Something To Ponder – Repetition

Sharing my thoughts….

Praise The Lord for creative ways to share God’s Word.

Think of all the things we do each day by repetition.

Now reflect on the repetition of God’s blessings.

Isn’t life grand. (wink)

Acrostic based on Proverbs scripture references:  

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 17:28

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

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth  among the wise.
Proverbs 15:31

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6

In the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life to depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs 14:27

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

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

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
Proverbs 4:10

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Proverbs 18:10

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.

Proverbs 3:25-26 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 11

38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Sharing my thoughts…..

The repetition of how God’s Word ties wisdom to life moments is comforting.

Wisdom is valuable when we know fear does not come from God. Notice the highlighted words below.

Fear not because I am with thee. I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee. Powerful to know by experience.

Bottom line nothing can separate us from his love.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 25

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Psalm 91:5-6

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 3:23-24 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 10

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

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable to live and apply the blessing of God’s Word as a lamp and light for the path, of wise and unwise choices, made in life.

To know and experience peaceful and sweet sleep is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 23

When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
Proverbs 4:12

He that walketh uprightly walketh surely; but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
Proverbs 10:9

Verse 24

Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
Job 5:21

Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
Job 11:19

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

But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Proverbs 1:33

When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Proverbs 6:22

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.

Celebrate The Small Things – It’s What I Do


TGIF! Hope all is well.

Welcome to the weekly Celebrate The Small Things blog-hop hosted by Lexa Cain and Co-Host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge.

Recently realized, I miss sharing my thoughts about the small things to celebrate like life, faith, encouragement, hope, and sharing God’s Word.

I leave and always find my back. (wink)

So this week, I celebrate finding my way back to celebrating the small things.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day 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 3:21-22 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 9

Sharing my thoughts…..

Repetition. Think of all the repetitive things we do daily.

The value of keeping wisdom and discretion is understanding how repetition plays a part in daily choices.

The ability to make wise choices, by applying the Word of God, to life moments is repetition.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 21

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Proverbs 4:21

Verse 22

For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
Deuteronomy 32:47

For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Proverbs 1:9

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:22

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.

Hebrews 13:8-9 – Yesterday, Today and For Ever

Sharing my thoughts…..

I’ll be picking Proverbs back up soon.

In a ever changing world, it’s a beautiful thing to know that Jesus Christ is our unchanging Lord.

Yesterday, I was reminded of that truth. There are times, silence is the wise choice. Praise The Lord.

His faithfulness. His mercy and grace. His love.

Faith and trust in him, allows angst moments to pass.

The joy of the Lord is strength.

Scripture references to Verse 8:

and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Hebrews 1:12

Scripture references to Verse 9:

14 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; 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:14-15

rooted and built up in him, stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:7

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Colossians 2:16-17

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 3:17-18 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 8

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable when we know the peace of God.

Wisdom is valuable when we’re learned in whatsoever state to be content.

For example, the whatsoever state could be the ebbs and flows we face.

Content in whatsoever state is faith and trust in The Lord.

Happy is holding onto and retaining wisdom as a tree of life.

Praise The Lord, God always provides.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 18

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:9

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 11:30

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:7

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 3:15-16 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 7

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable to a heart of wise living with a balanced lifestyle.

I especially love the Proverbs 16:7 reference below, where when a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

How amazing is that?

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 16

He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
Psalm 21:4

For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Proverbs 3:2

Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Proverbs 8:18

When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:7

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Proverbs 22:4

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.

Proverbs 3:13-14 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 6

Sharing my thoughts…..

Life brings repetition. Everyday, we make choices.

Knowing the value of finding wisdom is to know God and his Word.

Wise and unwise choices is to understand choices have consequences.

We learn though applying and experiencing God’s Word in day to day living.

For example, when we’re in my twenties, we made choices that would eventually impact where we are today.

Happy is finding wisdom and getting understanding that our salvation is secured through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 13

The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of find gold.
Job 28:17

Verse 14

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
Proverbs 8:10

Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Proverbs 8:19

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 3:11-12 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 5

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:1-4

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable when we understand God’s chastening and correction is done because he loves us.

Correction teaches discipline and grows us spiritually to abide in him.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 11

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
Job 5:17-18

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, not faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Hebrews 12:5-6

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 118:24 – Rejoice and Be Glad

Sharing my thoughts….

Thank God, it’s Friday! This is the day which the LORD hath made is reason enough to rejoice and be glad.

Keeping faith and hope as a focus point stops negative thoughts.

We are God’s beloved. We are more than conquerors. Praise The Lord.

Most importantly is God’s faithfulness, another reason to rejoice and be glad.

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 3:9-10 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 4

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable when giving and honoring the Lord with what we have is done with love.

I believe substance is more than money.

Giving of time, providing a need for someone, a kind word in difficult times could be examples.

Bottom line, giving always blesses someone and gives glory to God.

Scripture reference to verse:

Verse 9

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:10

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.

IWSG Sixth Year Anniversary


Welcome Alex and March Co-Hosts: Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard! to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), where we share and support all about writing.

Today marks 80 days of writing and posting. I stumbled onto a routine that works.

March also marks my sixth year anniversary blogging and a part of this amazing writing group. I appreciate all the encouragement along the way, to include my fellow bloggers.

A heartfelt thank you and virtual hugs.

I give glory to God for his leading me. In my rush to post…, I neglected to mention my Lord, my spiritual source!

I have faith there is a masterpiece or two just waiting for me to get it done…(wink) 

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.

Proverbs 3:7-8 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 3

Sharing my thoughts…..

Spiritual things are foolishness to someone who knows him not.

Be not wise in thine own eyes, brought to mind the wise in this world scriptures below.

To fear the Lord is reverence and respect. It’s being honest with him since he knows our thoughts anyway.

Growing spiritually is a life long process.

The value of wisdom is a solid foundation of applying the Word to everyday choices.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 7

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:1

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Job 28:28

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Proverbs 4:21

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 8:13

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Proverbs 16:6

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 3:5-6 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 2

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
James 1:5

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is to trust God completely for all aspects of life. Even in prayers.

Acknowledge him for direction. The Holy Spirit gives discernment for understanding.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 5

That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day.
Proverbs 22:19

Verse 6

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

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Proverbs 16:3

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.

Proverbs 3:1-4 – Wisdom Is Valuable

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable. Wisdom trusts in the Lord.

Wisdom learns and listens.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 1

and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:6

in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgements, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 30:16

Verse 2

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalm 91:16

I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou has quickened me.
Psalm 119:93

For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
Proverbs 9:11

Verse 3

Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
Proverbs 6:21

Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Proverbs 7:3

forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
2 Corinthians 3:3

Verse 4

And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the LORD, and also with men.
1 Samuel 2:26

For whoso findeth me fine life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
Proverbs 8:35

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 2:19-22 – Wisdom Is From God Pt 5

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 7:13:14

Sharing my thoughts as we close Proverbs Chapter 2…..

Choosing God’s wisdom is wise.

Wisdom is learned through God and his Word, the source of knowledge and understanding.

Wisdom is gained through a process of growing.

Discretion is discernment.

A reminder that life has two roads. Experience with wise choices is the strait gate and narrow way that leads to a life filled with wisdom and the gateway to eternal life. Praise The Lord.

Life and decisions come down to choices….

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 20

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

Verse 21

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 37:9

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
Psalms 37:29

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
Proverbs 10:30

Verse 22

And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 28:63

But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalm 37:38

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.

Something To Ponder – Self Encouragement

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

Scripture reference to Verse :

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ ‘s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Sharing my thoughts….. and an old acrostic. (wink)

Happy Friday! Encouragement from anyone, when we need it the most, is a beautiful thing.

Self-encouragement is powerful when we believe I can do all all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Have faith.

It’s trusting his grace is sufficient when we’re weak and to know the power of Christ rest upon us. That’s wisdom. Praise The Lord.

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 2:15-18 – Wisdom Is From God Pt 4

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edge sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow; and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Hebrews 4:12-13

Sharing my thoughts…..

There are no gray areas, nor half truths, in The Word of God.

More examples of unwise choices and/or people.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 15

As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.
Psalm 125:5

Verse 16

To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
Proverbs 6:24

For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
Proverbs 23:27

Verse 17

14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of youth.
Malachi 2:14-15

Verse 18

Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Proverbs 7:27

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 2:11-14 – Wisdom Is From God Pt 3

But strong meat belongeth to them that are full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5:14

Sharing my thoughts…..

Discretion is discernment. It’s the ability to discern right versus wrong.

God has blessed many believers with the gift of discernment.

Discretion exercises a disciplined tongue.

Discretion is also knowing when God closes a door or removes us from certain situations. Praise him and move forward.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 11

They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
Psalm 82:5

When thou goest, it shall lead thee, when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Proverbs 6:22

Verse 14

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Proverbs 10:23

They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.
Habakkuk 1:15

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.

Proverbs 2:7-10 – Wisdom Is From God Pt 2

Sharing my thoughts…..

It’s a process. It’s a process. It’s a process.

Wisdom is gained through a process of growing.

The Word of God reveals wisdom.

It’s learning from unwise choices.

It’s embracing God’s amazing grace to grow.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 8

He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness: for by strength shall no man prevail.
1 Samuel 2:9

Verse 9

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgement:
Proverbs 8:20

Verse 10

Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
Proverbs 14:33

For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
Proverbs 22:18

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 2:1:6 – Wisdom Is From God

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is a gift from God to those who earnestly seek it.

Wisdom is learned through God and his Word, the source of knowledge and understanding.

We cannot create wisdom by our own efforts.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 1

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
Proverbs 3:1

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
Proverbs 4:10

Verse 4

For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain therefore than fine gold.
Proverbs 3:14

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls.
Matthew 13:45

Verse 6

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

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given to him.
James 1:5

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 1:28-33 – Voice Of Wisdom Pt 2

Sharing my thoughts…..

Choosing God’s wisdom is wise, as stated in Verse 33 and references to Verse 33 below. How powerful.    

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 28

Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
Job 27:9

They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
Psalm 18:41

Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
Ezekiel 8:18

Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:
Zechariah 7:13

Verse 30

But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
Psalm 81:11

Verse 31

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
Job 4:8

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
Proverbs 5:22

He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
Proverbs 22:8

Verse 32

Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the LORD God of hosts.
Jeremiah 2:19

Verse 33

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Proverbs 3:24-26

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 1:20-27 – Voice of Wisdom

Sharing my thoughts…..

My voice of wisdom acrostic was created using parts of Proverbs scriptures illustrating wisdom.


Scripture references to verses:

Verse 20

1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. 5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Proverbs 8:1-5

She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
Proverbs 9:3

Verse 22

Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
Proverbs 9:4

The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Proverbs 14:15

Verse 23

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:
Joel 2:28

Verse 24

Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did chose that wherein I delighted not.
Isaiah 65:12

I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Isaiah 66:4

Verse 25

So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the LORD, according to the commandment of king Josiah.
2 Chronicles 36:16

Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
Psalm 107:11

Verse 26

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
Psalm 2:4
Verse 27

As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
Proverbs 10:25

Abundant blessings and sleep well tonight!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 1:15-19 – Wisdom Keeps Pt 3

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:6-7

Sharing my thoughts…..

More verse examples of unwise choices and/or people.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 15

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

I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
Psalm 119:101

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
Proverbs 4:14

Verse 16

7 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. 8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgement in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
Isaiah 59:7-8

15 their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 and the way of peace have they not known.
Romans 3:15-17

Verse 19

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Proverbs 15:27

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.

Proverbs 1:11-14 – Wisdom Keeps Pt 2

6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.   Proverbs 1:6-7

Sharing my thoughts…..

To understand and know, God and his Word, is a vital key to wisdom.

Praise The Lord. He deepened my understanding to see the contrast between the two statements of the proverb. As stated in Proverbs 1:6-7.

Wisdom is staying away from unwise choices and/or people. Today’s verses are excellent examples….

Scripture reference to verse :

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.

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 lo