Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Celebrate Perseverance


Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
~ Victor Hugo ~

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulations worketh patience; and patience, experience, and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
~ Romans 5:1-5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to celebrate the small things. Hope all is well in your world.

Life. The ebbs and flows. The Y moments. The circus shenanigans. The lost of a someone. Health concerns or _________ fill in the blank. Ever had a moment where you thought life is not fair?

Although life can be unfair, it is, what it is. Don’t get stuck.

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 ~

This week, I celebrate perseverance and how things always work out in its proper time. Praise The Lord.

Perseverance is powerful when we realize all experiences get us there. Praise The Lord.

Progressing (keeps moving forward)
Encouraging (motivated by I can do this)
Renewing (changes our past thoughts)
Strongest (deep inner strength from above)
Enduring (learns from past experience to prepare for the present)
Visualizing (faith to believe in what we can’t see)
Empowering (validated by how far we come)
Recognizing (yes, been there, done that)
Achieving (deliverance through grace)
Noting (in time, we’ll make it through)
Changing (better than yesterday)
Experiencing (teaches something. It’s a process of life events)

Experience with the faithfulness of God, through our relationship with the Lord. He never leaves us, nor forsakes us is perseverance.

Experience with casting our cares is perseverance.

Experience with faith through all things is perseverance.

Experience with showing mercy and grace is perseverance.

Experience with forgiveness is perseverance.

Experience with seeing another perspective is perseverance.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Inner Strength


I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well in your world. This week I celebrate inner strength.

To God, be the glory.

Inner strength to endure. Inner strength to go the distance. Inner strength that the joy of the Lord is my strength.

To experience, the joy of the Lord strength is comforting when crawling or walking through challenging times.

To have inner strength through Y moments is powerful, encouraging and faith in action. (wink) Praise The Lord.

The ability to keep moving forward is inner strength.
The ability to weather storms is inner strength.
The ability to adjust in any environment is inner strength.

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

Enjoy your weekend!

As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Abundantly Blessed


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

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
~ John 10:9-10 ~

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

Hope all is well in your world. This week was rough. Sometimes, looking from a different perspective is a blessing. Why be or stay negative. Praise The Lord for faith and hope.

I believe that abundantly blessed is a state of mind. It took awhile to find a positive spin for such a ugly week.

Abundantly blessed to see the week from a different perspective. (wink)

The power of self encouragement can break old habits.

The choice, to keep moving forward, when challenged is a blessing.

The choice, to speak positive or turn the other cheek during a Y moment is a blessing.

The choice, to trust God, through uncertainty is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

Abundantly blessed is thankful and grateful for the things that matter.

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

Enjoy your weekend!
 
As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Recovering From The Flu


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

Hope all is well in your world. This week, I celebrate recovering from the flu. No witty words or winks. I’m just grateful I’m feeling better. Rest and fluids.

Praise The Lord.

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

Enjoy your weekend!
 
As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate It Is, What It Is


It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
~ William Shakespeare ~

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
~ Philippians 4:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy New Year, Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to a new year to celebrate the small things.

This week, I praise The Lord, for his love, mercy and grace during challenging times. Patiently content was spiritually manifested when I realized I’m encouraged to celebrate it is, what it is.

The power to be content in whatever state is liberating because it is, what it is.

Forgive. Show mercy and grace through offenses. It is, what it is.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your weekend. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG What Steps Have You Taken


All things have a perfect place in life.  Joy is balanced by sorrow.  Day by night.  Giving by receiving. Wisdom by humility. The secret of life is balance, living in harmony and honor with that which surrounds you.
~ The Ancient One ~

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

Hello friends and Happy New Year. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday, of the month, where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another. 

Welcome Alex and January IWSG Co-hosts: Tyrean Martinson, The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Rachna Chhabria, and Jennifer Lane.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Another good question. (wink) Finding balance, in the waking hours, of a day, encourages me to keep the faith. Eventually, all the pieces will come together.

A reminder, the circus pays the rent and provides meals to keep me moving, when I’m not sleeping. (smile) Praise The Lord.

I’m patiently content with taking baby steps until I can balance everything else. Patiently contentment is a good place to be. It’s steady state regardless of (fill in the blank) ____________________.

My problem is organizing writing time on a schedule.

Ha, it’s been difficult to stay on any schedule with demands all around. When I do find a few free minutes, writing hasn’t made the priority slot. Wahoo, something to work toward.

I’m encouraged this too shall pass, just not today. Maybe tomorrow (grin)

Until next month, abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Perseverance In 2017

Celebrate Perseverance in 2017
In life, you will realize there is a purpose for every person you meet. Some are there to test you, some will use you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the worst in you, while others bring out the best.
~ Unknown Author ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~

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

Hope all is well in your world. This week, I smile and say bye-bye 2017 and celebrate perseverance.  (wink)

Praise The Lord.

Perseverance is powerful when we know, who we are in Christ, everything we need comes from within us.

Spiritual fruit, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, over flows within us.
Celebrate Perseverance In 2017
Perseverance, through environments and Y moments, chooses to see another perspective while maintaining self-control.

Perseverance learns to endure.

Perseverance embraces contentment.

Perseverance forgives and forgets, by choice, through the grace, of God.

There are times, perseverance shows inner strength to those around us.

Perseverance has a purpose. Praise The Lord.

Happy New Year, my friends!

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

As always, your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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