Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Celebrate Hashtag # No More Stress


Making the choice to say no more stress requires faith and trust in The Lord, Jesus Christ through all things daily.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

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. This week, I share encouragement, to keep the faith, whether standing, sitting or squatting, be strong and wait on The Lord, because victory does come. Praise The Lord.

I also celebrate “hashtag #no more stress“. (wink) It’s a process.

Stress is cumulative.
Stress is energy draining.
Stress is not good for our health.
Stress is sleepless nights.
Stress is ____________(fill in the blank).

No more stress, the things that push our buttons.
No more stress, the little darlings that test our patience.
No more stress, the environment that’s unhealthy.
No more stress, the ebb that just won’t flow.
No more stress, ____________(fill in the blank).

Ain’t life grand, in situations, where we chose no more stress. (wink)

Making the choice no more stress brings an inner calmness and strength deep enough to know The Lord equips us to persevere and yield spiritual fruit in the process.

Making the choice no more stress is a life changing attitude.

Making the choice no more stress is wisdom to adjust.

Making the choice no more stress is emotionally healthy.

Hashtag #no more stress, robs the thief. How about that! (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends to enjoy your hashtag #no more stress weekend, because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate So What….It’s Liberating!


Some will, some don’t, so what!
~ American Proverb ~

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:31 ~

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. This week, I celebrate “so what” because it’s liberating.   “So what” helped my sense of humor remember that laughter is good for the heart.  (wink)   Praise The Lord.

The power of words and how we’re creative in using them is liberating.

“So what” is my updated metaphor of hashtag # careless, casting burdens, frustrations, everything to The Lord. (smile)

Things become too heavy for us to carry. 

“So what” is a attitude of faith that regardless of the many challenges, changes beyond our comfort level, if God be for us, who can be against us?

Whatever it is, we’re in good hands, equipped to walk through it, baby step through it, or my personal favorite–crawl through it.

“So what” when we stumble, thank God for his grace.

“So what”  we require glasses when we’re not sleeping, thank God,  we can see.

“So what” when the little darlings start strife, thank God, we can smile and walk away.

“So what” is quite liberating when we rise above anything.   Thank God, we’re more than conquerors. 

With all the things life situations can throw at us, “so what” we’re still standing, sitting or squatting strong.  (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Encouraged That I Can


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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Alex and March co-hosts to the first Wednesday of the month where we share….

Hope all is well in your world. (wink)

Thank God, my eyes adjusted to my two-in-one prescription glasses. Ugh, it’s been hoot! I’m thinking about getting a t-shirt that says objects are closer than I can gauge. (smile)

I was encouraged to keep wearing the glasses. I told myself, yes, I can do this.

It’s a beautiful and powerful attribute to encourage ourself, and one another.

Many times, it’s our self-talk that stops us. Life ebbs and flows and what we speak is enough to appreciate self-encouragement and encouragement to and from others.

I believe the ability to encourage ourself is empowering. It builds self-confidence when surrounded by negativity.

The ability to encourage “I can” and “you can” to someone can change anything.

Encouraged that I can write.
Encouraged that I can heal.
Encouraged that I can hope.

Encouraged that I can ___________ (fill in the blank).

Encouraged that I can keep the faith.

Encouraged that I can has unlimited possibilities.

Believe it, by faith, until you know, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Praise The Lord.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate and Appreciate The Small Things


We have to learn to appreciate and enjoy life! Try to enjoy the small things; like peace, silence, sleep, people, ability to walk, breathe and laugh easy.

Stop stressing over things you have no control over. Accept your life as it is and stop comparing it to others. You will learn to enjoy your surroundings and embrace your life in a better way!
~ Charles P ~

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

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

Hope all is well in your world. Praise The Lord, all is well in my world.

This week, my thoughts centered around the quote and scripture above.

Celebrate and appreciate the small things like the ability to see clearly (wahoo, new glasses); the ability to take a nap, the ability to enjoy peace and quiet anywhere, and the ability to pray about unhealthy situations, and comfort and healing friends.

Celebrate and appreciate courage to share thoughts and struggles. Joys and pain. Y moments.

Celebrate and appreciate encouraging one another. Virtual {{{hugs}}} and a (smile). (wink)

Celebrate and appreciate how God can work all things out.

Celebrate and appreciate faith and hope and the power of specific prayers.

God knows we need prayers.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Faith Through It


When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!
~ Author Unknown ~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
~ 1 Peter 5:10-11 ~

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

Hope all is well in your world. (wink) Nothing gets attention more than health challenges, plus accepting the fact that reading cheaters no longer work.

Celebrate faith through it.

Reality forces change. A realization that stress is cumulative.

To everything, there is a season. Faith through it.

The valleys and the mountains.

It’s been hectic and drama filled days at the circus. Challenging conversations. My little maladies stabilizing while adjusting to changes beyond my control. Sticking to a routine, of proper rest, helped to balance energy level.

The blessings.

The power of praying comforts and releases everything to God, who can change seasons. I’ve been praying and releasing everything to God. Thank you Lord.

By the grace of God, today, I can smile because all is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (wink)

There is something powerful about seeing good after a bad season.

There is something powerful about letting go.

There is something powerful about knowing who we are in Christ.

Too many times, energy is wasted on the why of it. It is, what it is.

Faith through it, whatever it is. I love the quote above because without the valleys, we wouldn’t recognize the blessings of the mountains. Praise The Lord.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Mercy and Grace


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

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~

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

Hope all is well in your world. This week, I celebrate sharing encouraging thoughts on God’s mercy and grace.

I love, love, love, the quote above.

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

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

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

Prayer and forgiveness steals from Y moments.

Faith and hope steal from Y situations.

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

Positivity steals from Y moments.

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

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate It’s The Weekend


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

Hope all is well in your world. I celebrate it’s the weekend.

Very busy week. Going to hibernate for a bit.

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

Praise the Lord, for peaceful rest.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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