Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Celebrate Roll With It


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

This week, I celebrate the choice to roll with it and a surprise blessing of a case of Dr. Pepper, from a dear friend, at my door. (grin)

The little things that touch us in mighty ways. (smile)

It is, what it is. It is my metaphor for things and stuff or the Y moments that test patience and self control.

This week, roll with it, kept my focus on the positive and put all else at the foot of the cross! Praise The Lord.

There are times, we give it too much power. Let it go  and move on.

No coulda, woulda, shoulda replays.

Roll with it, by keeping the faith.

Roll with it, by loving some folks, from a distance.

Roll with it, because you can’t help a fool.

Roll with it encourage the choice to let it go.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Celebrate The Small Things


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.

All is well in my world and I hope all is well with you. (smile)

My message is light this week.

This week, I celebrate feeling better physically and the small things like the air conditioner when it’s brutally hot; a cold Dr. Pepper, patience and the ability to nap after a very long day.

Sometimes, it is, what it is. (wink) Keep the faith and keep moving forward.

Abundant blessings and enjoy your weekend.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

IWSG August 3rd Question


Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Welcome August IWSG Co-hosts:

Tamara Narayan
Tonja Drecker
Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
Lauren @ Pensuasion
Stephen Tremp
Julie Flanders

Thanks Alex C for not kicking me off da list. (wink) I appreciate that I’m still part of this amazing group.

AUGUST 3RD QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

My first piece of writing as an aspiring writer came as a blogger in my second year. I was fortunate to be part of the IWSG’s Guide to Publishing and Beyond in 2014.

My writing draft is still in the pieces stage collecting dust! Until I retire, from the circus, finding dedicated time to writing the book falls short.

Sometimes writing ebbs and flows….

Like running a race, I have faith and stay encouraged while pressing forward until it’s finish. (smile)

Stay encouraged and keep the faith.

Blessings, my friends!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Blessings of Contentment


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

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contentment knows those “it” moments are temporary.

Contentment can smile and walk away from angst and foolishness.

Contentment can adapt.

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

How about you, what brings you contentment?

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Taking A Break


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

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

I will be back.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Self-Encouragement


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abundantly blessings and keep the faith to enjoy today.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

#atozchallenge Z is for…


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

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

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~ James 1:2-4 ~

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

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

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

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

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

Life goes on, whether we participate or not.

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

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

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy the weekend!

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

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