Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Celebrate Hashtag (#) Careless

Be fearless when it comes to life, and careless when it comes to what people say and think about you.
~ Unknown Author ~

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
~ 1 Peter 5:6-7 ~

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 hashtag (#) careless. (wink)

The creative ways to communicate our experience, through writing, is liberating.

No dead bones walking. Spiritually alive and open to life with all its stuff being   f  r  e  e.  (smile)

Hashtag (#) careless is my metaphor for letting go; rising above, moving forward actively and not passively.

Hashtag (#) careless is encouraging words to release and let go of stuff that weights us down.

To let go, is giving it to the one person, that nothing is to hard for him. Praise The Lord.

Hashtag (#) careless realizes circumstances are temporary because we walk by faith, not by sight. (wink)

Hashtag (#) careless puts anything negative or draining at the foot of the cross. Too heavy to carry.

Hashtag (#) careless can rise about opinions that are just that opinions. No internalizing garbage.

Hashtag (#) careless keeps the faith because the just live by faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends to hashtag (#) careless and enjoy your day and weekend. (smile)

Your thoughts are always welcome. (wink)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate KTF

Keeping the faith, praying and meditating, on the Word of God, defeats negativity every single time bringing tree standing inner strength. For me, praying Psalms 36, 91 and 109, with faith, has been powerful in situations and environments. Never lose faith in the power of prayer.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 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 ~

Hello friends, 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. (smile)

Hope all is well in your world. This week, I celebrate KTF and away from the circus. I left a gone fishing sign on my door. (wink)

Everyday we have a choice. The ability to remember that is wisdom. KTF.

KTF is a choice. KTF is seeing situations from a different perspective.

Regardless, of things and stuff or Y moments, nothing separates us from God’s love and his mercy and grace. KTF.

When we know who we are in Christ, we have empathy and can bless our enemies. KTF.

KTF is powerful through stressful and toxic environments.   KTF has hope.

KTF is knowing, we’re more than conquerors.

KTF is patience that endures.

God will never leave us or forsake us. KTF.

Praise The Lord for those things and the little darlings that help us grow and mature.  KTF.

Glory to God, each time we’re the light in a dark environment. KTF.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith. Enjoy your weekend.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG October 5th Question

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

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

Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Hope all is well in your world. Welcome Alex and October IWSG Co-hosts:

Beverly Stowe McClure
Megan Morgan
Viola Fury
Madeline Mora-Summonte
Angela Wooldridge
Susan Gourley

October 5th Question: When do you know your story is ready?

Ah, the possibilities to answer this question comes down to perspective and how we choose to share it. (smile)

Blogging a post is my metaphor for story.

I know a post is ready when the intent of my thoughts come together.

Intent being sharing experiences, offering encouragement to keep hope and faith, in spite of opinions that may discourage us from _______________ (fill in the blank).

I know self-encouragement is powerful to continue writing and sharing our work.

I believe when others encourage us, it’s validation to never give up.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith and tell our story, as only we can. (wink)

I would love to hear your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Celebrate A Sense of Humor

Hello friends, 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. (smile)

There are times, a sense of humor helps to change perspective, focus and attitude.

This week, I celebrate having a sense of humor. (wink)

Laughter can heal and comfort after a difficult moment.

Laughter is good for the heart.

Abundant blessings, my friend, have hope and keep the faith!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

The Fruit of Long-Suffering

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
~ Arthur Helps ~

Blessed is the man that trusted 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) Hope all is well in your world. I’m sharing my thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering. Thank God, there was a break through.

There are many things that bring about long-suffering.

Imagine living through unnecessary stress, dysfunctional relationships, toxic home or work environments, the object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers, health issues, the list can go on and on.

Bottom line, there are times, we can be too sensitive to slights or insults that are just opinions and a response is not required.

The fruit of long-suffering forces growth, builds character and teaches us something about ourself. Growth and maturity is a process that has no shortcuts.

It is quite painful to walk through long-suffering until we know who we are in Christ. Realize the situation is temporary. Understand we’re not victims but more than conquerors. Eventually the break-through comes.

Thank you Lord, for faith, to keep standing, in the meantime.

The upside to the fruit of long-suffering:

Storms come, we’re still standing.

Hope that keeps the faith, we’re still standing.

Inner strength to endure, we’re still standing.

Humility that comes naturally, we’re still standing.

Easy to let things go, we’re still standing.

Courage to walk through unhealthy environments, we’re still standing.

Contentment and f r e e from oppressive acts, we’re still standing.

Humor to see that it is, what it is, we’re still standing.

Healing in areas, where brokenness kept us stuck, we’re still standing.

Ability to walk away from dysfunctional relationships, we’re still standing.

The fruit of long-suffering results in experience and will produce more spiritual fruit, patience and inner strength.

The fruit of long-suffering experience helps to make better choices and gives abundant patience.

The fruit of long-suffering changes us from the inside out.

In time, we grow and become like a well watered tree deeply rooted, standing strong through anything or anyone’s shenanigans. (wink)

Praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace.

Abundant blessings, my friends, keep the faith and stay standing strong. (smile)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Celebrate The Ups and Downs of Life

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 ~

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.

This week, I celebrate keeping the faith, through the ups and downs of life, by knowing how God can work all things out.

Sometimes, that set-back is a set-up for something better.
Sometimes, that ___________, we want the most is not God’s best.
Sometimes, prayers are delayed or unanswered.
Sometimes, timing is everything.

Keeping the faith and contentment help to keep moving forward through the ups and downs of life.

Abundant blessings, my friends and enjoy your weekend.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG September 7th Question

One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.
~ Author Unknown ~

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) It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Hope all is well in your world. Welcome Alex C and September IWSG Co-hosts:

C. Lee McKenzie
Rachel Pattison
Elizabeth Seckman
Stephanie Faris
Lori L MacLaughlin
Elsie Amata

September 7th question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Hmmm, it’s a bit challenging when the non-writing job is busy and hectic; nonetheless, it pays the bills and provides for necessities. (wink)

It’s how we define priorities. It’s balancing time.

It comes down to choices, time management, and adapting through the seasons of life.

Someday, I’ll write full-time. Until then, I write when I can. It is, what it is.

Stay encouraged to do the best you can, when you can, while keeping the faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, and enjoy your day.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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