Smile That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore

Most of us have a button. You know, the button that gets pushed when something or somebody _________; or traffic jam, raining and walking with no umbrella, watching favorite tv show and the power goes off; somebody just has to tell you something and 30 minutes later, you’re still listening. Come on, my friends, let’s get real. (shock face) Until we surrender to the Holy Spirit, the mask we wear starts to crack thus the button. Ain’t life grand! (smile)

As we continue, to change and grow, in spiritual maturity, we start to understand how the Word of God ties to walking through life challenges.

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The bible is full of scriptures to apply to life challenges. For example, in Philippians 4:11-13, Paul states “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 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. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.

By faith, we’re learning to be content. By faith, we’re learning to live with little and with much. Painful sometimes and we praise The Lord! 🙂 We’re learning, we can only do all things through Christ. We’re understanding Philippians 4:19 that states “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.

So day to day, we can rely on God supplying what we need as we walk through life regardless of the circumstances. And depending on the many circumstances that life can throw at us, let us praise God, for the victory that would give us acquired experience with this scripture, as well as, Romans 8:28 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.

As we grow spiritually, and increase our prayer life, our fruit becomes evident when we can smile when something or someone pushes the button and there is no reaction. We can smile because the button doesn’t work anymore! How about that.  (smile)  God bless you and keep moving forward!

As always, feel free to share your thoughts about your button. (smile)

5/28/2013 Versatile Award Nominee

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I am so thankful for http://awardwinningdreamer.wordpress.com/ for nominating http://afriendofjesus2013.com/ About This Blog Page for the versatile blogger award and I accept your nomination.

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More Facts

1. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus 🙂 Glory to God 🙂
2. I am truly blessed with great friends 🙂
3. I have been blogging about 2 months and I am writing a book 🙂
4. I love music, especially Sing A Song 😜
5. I love bright colors 🙂
6. I enjoy all that life has to offer 🙂
7. I enjoy making someone smile 😜

Nominees for Versatile Blogger Award
1. http://treasureofhispresence.com/
2. http://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/
3. http://scripturenuggets.wordpress.com/
4. http://tworiversblog.com/

Always Pray

Another prayer to use as we grow to love like Jesus does. Let us remember growth is a life long process. Sometimes we stumble and are not loving, yet God continues to love us anyway. Maybe, when we can all love as Jesus loves….oh, the possibilities!

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV) – Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

God bless you!

A Person’s Actions Will Tell

Something to think about. What does our actions say about us? Are we increasing in the fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Are we led by the Holy Spirit?

 

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As always, we welcome your comments. 😜 God bless you!

God Will Always Provide

God will always provide what we need. Gods presence is always around us, we just need to slow down and pay attention. Sometimes we take things for granted and never truly appreciate how God provides our needs. Many times, the need is met, just not by the person we were expecting! God can use anyone to provide and meet a need.

 

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So the next time, God provides what we need, from an unexpected someone, let us thank God and be grateful! God bless you and keep moving forward. 😜

Growth is A Part of Life

Whether we like it or not, growth is a part of life. God created us for relationships–with Him and each other. In this process of life, every change and challenge that we walk through brings growth that produces more fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness and temperance within us. Growth is finding humor and learning to be content until God promotes us to something else.

 

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Growth is praising God instead of complaining. Growth is the moment we understand that the past does not define who we are today. Growth is forgiving past and present hurts. Growth is learning to enjoy life regardless. Growth is about adapting to differences. Growth is knowing that God is love and light. Anything and everything else is not. Growth is understanding that God gives “Free will to choose.”

As growth matures, and unconditional love is within, actions will draw us closer or drive us away. Growth realizes that actions speak louder than words, and preaching and constantly reminding about all the things that are wrong won’t encourage anyone anyway. Growth develops faith that in spite of the stuff in this world, God is and will always be in charge and His will be done.

To be continued….

We welcome your comments 😜

Oh, The Possibilities To Keep Moving Forward

Let us choose any or all of the possibilities to walk through this day by faith 😜

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Oh, the possibilities of choosing 😜

Dear God Prayer and Unconditional Love

There is power in prayer! We must keep praying and walking, by faith, through the changes and or challenges to get us to unconditional love. God is with us every step of the way! God will never leave us nor forsake us!

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God never gives us more than we can bear! This too shall pass! Let us pray without ceasing! We can continue to meditate and pray Psalm 23 and 1 Corinthians 13! Just know that God remains in charge!

Let us keep praying as God continues pruning and plucking to produce more fruit of the spirit in us–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness and temperance! God gives us mercy and grace when we stumble!

To love unconditionally, like Jesus, requires knowing the Word of God, being led by The Holy Spirit and lots of the fruit of the spirit!

1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV) – 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Monday Humor

A little Monday humor! 😜 Let us pace ourselves as we walk through each day by faith. We are thanking God as we grow and move forward 😜

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Let us choose to have a great and blessed day 😜

Sometimes We Have To Dig Deep

Overwhelming thoughts are different for each of us.

 

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Heavenly Father, we come before you grateful and thankful for all that you do. Heavenly Father, we thank you by faith for helping us to renew our minds.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for your continued blessings to the men and women you led to follow us on your afriendofjesus2013 blog.

Heaven Father, we thank you for speaking through us to provide words that comfort, words that bring a smile, words that touch others. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

Meditate On The Lord Is My Shepherd

God is and always will be in charge. God is our protector and provider. Keep the faith and meditate on Psalm 23 today as we keep moving forward.

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God bless you!

Forgive 70 Times 7

 

We are to forgive 70 times 7.  We must be spirit led, and have the fruit of spirit, to pull off the ability to forgive 70 times 7.  (shock face)

We must be rooted and grounded in love and the Word of God. Forgive anyone 70 times 7, and forgive ourselves 70 times 7.

 

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What are your thoughts?

We All Need Encouragement

We all need encouragement. Times are tough. Young or old, we need to encourage one another. There are times that an encouraging word, a thoughtful gesture, or even a smile can encourage someone to keep moving forward or change the thoughts going through the mind. There are times, in the Christian walk that encouragement keeps us moving forward and standing in faith.

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Some are experiencing, life changing things, for the first time in live–job loss, family estrangement, end of a relationship, health issues, death of a love one, mid life crisis, and any other something that an encouraging word brings comfort, peace, the ability to move forward.

God knows we all struggle with something. We are still growing and maturing in this process of life. Somedays, we get discouraged or frustrated. In those times, we can thank God when he leads someone to us or us to someone that will speak the encouraging words needed, as well as, searching through the Book of Psalms for inspiration. Psalm 147:3 – He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

God’s timing is always right on time. (smile) So let us encourage one another as we keep moving forward. (smile) So be blessed and thank God, we made it to Friday!

Between Each Individual and God

At the end of the day, it comes down to each individual and God. God sees all the things we do. God hears all the words we speak. Everything we do and say gives glory to God.

 

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Remember God is not looking for perfection. God’s love has no conditions. Choose to smile and laugh more. Choose to enjoy life in spite of this and that. Choose to keep moving forward. 😜

It’s Another Roll With It Wednesday

Wahoo, it’s roll with it Wednesday! We can smile and roll with it, by faith, that God has this day under control. (wink)
We can smile and roll with it because whether someone love us, God does.

We can smile and roll with it because we are renewing our mind and thinking better thoughts.

We can smile and roll with it because we are blessed and highly favored.

We can smile and roll with it because it is, what it is and God is in charge.

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We can smile and roll with it because if God is for us, who can be against us.

We can smile and roll with it because God does not give us more than we can bear.

We can smile and roll with it because God heals the hurts and we know that this too shall pass.

We can smile and roll with it because Romans 8:28 tells us “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”.

So regardless, of what we see, we can smile and move forward because God is working all things out and we just have to wait on the manifestation of it. Praise The Lord! (smile)

So lets smile and roll with it, and if we must, sing a song! (wink) God bless us, as we keep moving forward.

Talk and Think About The Good Stuff

Today, let us break the habit of talking and thinking about our problems or negative stuff. Instead, let us talk and think about the good stuff and the joy in our life. And if we must, sing a song! 😜

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All good things come from God. God loves us unconditionally. God will never leave us or forsake us. God provides for our needs. God blesses us. God gives us life. God protects us. God heals. The joy of The Lord is our strength. God is always in charge. The list can go on and on.

So what brings you joy? Have the courage to share. 😀

God Made Us Different

Everyday that God blesses us with life is an opportunity to sow love and kindness to people around us. Especially those who are different. We all can relate to different.

Sometimes different can balance us. Sometimes different makes us grow. Sometimes different is free will to choose. Sometimes different does not know any better. Sometimes different is lost. Sometimes different needs Jesus. Sometimes, we don’t know the journey of different.

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Just because we are different does not mean we can’t learn something new from one another. We must learn to adapt to different and recognize that actions speak louder than words and our actions can lead different to Jesus.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
~ Matthew 25:31-46~


Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

Change is A Lifelong Process

God is always in control, even when we don’t understand the why of something.

Change is a lifelong process of challenges, we must walk through to know the will of God for our lives.

God use challenges , whether it’s a person or group of people, place (work) or things (traffic, long lines) to help produce more fruit in us–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control). Fruit, as well as, our spiritual maturity takes time to grow and mature. (shock face)

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Sometimes change is about adapting without complaining.
Sometimes, it is, what it is, keep moving forward.
Sometimes, we just aren’t ready for the next step.
Sometimes, we allow the “what if” to stop us.
Sometimes, our pride and/or stubbornness blocks our fruit from developing.
Sometimes, our free will to choose keeps us stuck.

Sometimes, we just lack encouragement. Remember Romans 8-28 says “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.”

So change is the test to walk through challenges, by faith, trusting God without complaining.

The not complaining part, can be a retest many times before we mature in self-control.

When we surrender to the Holy Spirit, change and/or challenges become easier to walk through.

Somedays can be just brutal, as soon as we recognize a challenge, let us breathe and praise The Lord that this too shall pass and The Holy Spirit will lead us all the way through.

God bless as we keep moving forward. 😜

Proverbs 23:23, Buy The Truth

Source Proverbs 23 article from letgodbetrue.com

We should buy four things today, and no store carries them. They are truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. Do we want them? What will we pay for them?

There is only one way to buy something – pay for it. So buying the truth requires paying a price for it. All buying requires ranking our desires, for no man can afford everything. We spend our limited resources by the priorities we set. And here Solomon tells us to put truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding at the top of the list. (Pr 4:5 – Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth). (Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding).

And once we buy truth, do not sell it to anyone – keep it. Others will offer to buy it from us. How? By offering us pleasure or distraction in exchange for truth. Solomon tells us not to give these four back to anyone for any amount. (Proverbs 3:18 – She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.) (Proverbs 4:13 – Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life).
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What is the cost? Truth will cost us friends, remember free will to choose. (Proverbs 13:20 – He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed). Wisdom will cost us ease, for only fools believe and do anything they wish. Instruction will cost us pride, for we must accept correction from others. And understanding will cost us peace, for we will know the world’s insanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:18 – For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.)

Are there other costs? Yes, pleasure steals time for learning, so we give up some of it. Riches steal time, for we must work extra in our vain effort to get them. Give up the foolish notion of being rich. (Proverbs 3:13-14 – Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold).

(Proverbs 8:10 – Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold). (Proverbs 8:19 – My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.) (Proverbs 16:16 – How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!)

These four things come by dedication and diligent labor. so we will have to pay the price of effort and time. (Proverbs 2:1-9 – My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path). (Proverbs 18:1 – Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom).

If we divide these words by their slight differences in meaning, we might be able to see the following definitions.

Truth: right, honest, and real knowledge about any subject.
Wisdom: prudent ability to discern and to know what is right.
Instruction: directions and teaching from others wiser than you.
Understanding: comprehending the value and use of truth and wisdom.

Proverbs was inspired to sell these four things, and one of the prices for buying them is to read it often. A chapter of Proverbs a day fits the calendar and will teach us much. So read and apply it daily (action of buying), and make it a habit (action of not selling).

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

Solution for Stress

Sometimes, we just need to try something different. 😜 Sometimes, we just need someone to point us in the right direction. Reflect on Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

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How do you handle stress? God bless you!

How Well Do You Know Yourself? Revised

Thank God, he loves us unconditionally 😜. How well do you know yourself? Something to ponder. Some of us need to rip the bandages and masks off. This becomes difficult to do as we get older. Some of us need to release all the stuff we are carrying to God and surrender to the Holy Spirit to remove anything blocking the fruits of the spirit within us.

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Be blessed and keep moving forward. 😁

Ugh, It’s Monday

Ever struggle with Mondays? Choose to stay positive. It’s easier to smile knowing God is in charge regardless of what we see 😜

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Rain or shine, God bless you and keep moving forward 😜

A Spirit Led Life

A spirit led life trusting God is wisdom.

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A flesh led life, apart from God, is painful. Old habits die hard, when we jump, to the wrong conclusions, without having all the pertinent information–sometimes, it’s not pretty.

Trust in the Lord by faith and keep moving forward.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

🎶It’s Sing Your Song🎶 Friday

God blessed us with life today 😜 Smile, 🎶Sing your song🎶 😜 and keep moving forward 😜

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Singing a song helps keep those silly thoughts we get away 😜 Try it, you might like it. 😨

Energy, What Do You Attract

What energy do you attract? Life gets busy. Things get hectic. Never enough time. Too many distractions. People. God uses various ways and people in our growth process. Let’s face it, any combination of things or people can drain our energy. A good day or a bad day results from the energy we release So be positive!

 

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Sometimes, we just need to breathe before speaking or smile and say nothing. Have faith and lean on God because He never gives us more than we can bear. God is always in charge!

Smile and stay positive, it repels negativity (smile) Keep moving forward!

It’s “Roll With It” Wednesday✅

We’re blessed it’s “roll with it” Wednesday ✅ We’ve prayed Gods will be done ✅

We’re trusting God in all things✅ By faith, it will be a beautiful day✅ We’re lacking nothing, because He provides for our needs✅ We’re refusing negative thoughts✅

 

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We can do all things through Christ who strengthens me✅ We’re dressed with the full armor of God, to stand against the wiles, of the enemy and we have Gods protection✅

We praising The Lord throughout the day✅ We’re renewing our minds as we keep moving forward✅ God is in charge✅

😃 because we’re ✅ and ready for this day 😃 Wahoo, let’s choose to enjoy our day 😛