By Faith, I Declare

Faith, spiritual fruit and the Word of God brings a renewal of our mind, as well as, growth and maturity–all from within us! (smile) It’s a continuing process as long as we crawl, walk and run on this earth. (smile) Praise The Lord!

The Holy Spirit and obedience are required for faith, spiritual fruit and knowing the Word to keep moving forward in our Christian walk. (smile)

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We learn by repetition. Kind of like, a habit. It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit.
Can we get a volunteer to put this to the test? Anyone? Anyone? Remember, we must keep our sense of humor! (smile)

For our reading pleasure, scriptures below gives the cradle to grave, so to speak on the Word of God: Happy reading! (smile)

Word of God called:
Book of the Law – Nehemiah 8:3
Law of The Lord – Psalms 1:2
Scriptures – John 5:39
Holy Scriptures – Romans 1:2
Word of God – Hebrews 4:12
Word – James 1:21-23
Word of life – Philippians 2:16
Book – Revelation 22:19

Word of God descriptive of:
Old Testament Law – Mark 7:13
God’s revealed plan – Romans 9:6
God’s completed revelation – Colossians 1:25-27
Christ’s message – Luke 5:1
Christian Gospel – Acts 4:31

Word of God described as:
Pure – Psalms 19:8
Restraining – Psalms 119:11
Perfect – Psalms 19:7
Sure – Psalms 111:7, 8
Truth – Psalms 119:142, 151, 160
Enduring – Isaiah 40:8
Effectual – Isaiah 55:11
Sanctifying – Ephesians 5:26
Harmonious – Acts 15:15
Inspired – 2 Peter 1:21
Living and active – Hebrews 4:12

Word of God compared to:
Lamp – Psalms 119:105
Fire – Jeremiah 5:14
Hammer – Jeremiah 23:29
Seed – Matthew 13:18-23
Sword – Ephesians 6:17

Word of God agency of, to:
Heal – Psalms 107:20
Make free – John 8:32
Illuminate – Psalms 119:130
Bear witness – John 20:31
Produce faith – Romans 10:17
Make wise – 2 Timothy 3:15-17
Exhort – 2 Timothy 4:2
Rejoice the heart – Jeremiah 15:16
Create the world – Hebrews 11:3
Regenerate – James 1:18
Destroy the world – 2 Peter 3:5-7

Word of God proper attitude toward, to:
Stand in awe – Psalms 119:161
Tremble at – Isaiah 66:2, 5
Speak faithfully – Jeremiah 23:28
Search – Acts 17:11
Speak boldly – Acts 4:29, 31
Preach – Acts 8:25
Receive – Acts 11:1
Glorify – Acts 13:48
Teach – Acts 18:11
Obey – 1 Peter 3:1
Handle accurately – 2 Timothy 2:15
Do – James 1:22, 23
Suffer for – Revelation 1:9

Word of God in the believer’s life, as:
Restraint – Psalms 119:9, 11
Guide, Psalms 119:133
Source of joy Psalms 119:47, 97, 162
Standard of conduct Titus 2:5
Source of new life – 1 Peter 1:23
Spiritual food – 1 Peter 2:2

Word of God prohibitions concerning, not to be:
Preached in man’s wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:4, 13
Used deceitfully – 2 Corinthians 4:2
Altered – Revelation 22:18, 19

God bless us, by faith, as your Word is a lamp and light to us; help us meditate on your Word and continue to renew our mind. Let thy will be done.

Please feel free to share your thoughts. We’re all friends here. (smile)

Happy Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father, we thank you, for the many blessings, you bestow to us. By faith, we thank you Lord for touching hearts today. Someone is hurting, someone is alone, someone is struggling, someone is healing, someone is separated from their love ones, someone is lost, only you can touch hearts, to see past current circumstances and make a way, out of no way. By faith, we pray that this Thanksgiving be filled with love and thankfulness, regardless of where we are today. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

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Happy Thanksgiving and God bless all my friends and family! 😀

Happy Birthday to PC and DC, who are blessed x 2 today because their birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year! {{hugs}}

Psalm 103, Praise for The Lord’s Mercies

There is always blessings to be thankful and grateful for each day! Praise The Lord! 😀

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Psalm 103, Praise for the Lord’s Mercies (NKJV)

A Psalm of David

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

From my family to yours, have a safe and blessed Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Writing”

 

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Remember back in the day, when we wrote notes or letters and mailed them? Remember keeping a diary or journal, where you wrote every thought, feeling? We wrote about our joys, heartbreak, things and stuff! Ah, those were the days.  (wink)

 

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In the 21st century, we write letters–the email kind. Short hand text kind. Sometimes, I wonder just where would we be without today’s technology? Although, I do like having a portable way to jot my thoughts down on my phone!  (shock face)

Can you remember the last time, you actually penned a personal letter and mailed it?  (smile)

I love to write. Somewhere in a box, I have cards, notes and old letters that span over many years of things and stuff. Its been awhile, since I walked down memory lane with those timeless treasures and experiences. How about you? When was the last time, you walked down memory lane? Inquiring minds wanna know.  (wink)

We all have a story. No one can write it better then us.  (smile)

God bless you and have a great day!

Boundaries To Let Go

As we mature, there comes a time when we need boundaries, to know when, to let go and love from a distance. Adapting and adjusting to trials and tribulation, and things and/or stuff requires being spirit led with fruit of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

Possessing 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) within us helps with trials and tribulations, and things and/or stuff.
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Trials and tribulations, things and/or stuff happens. The test is how we react to it. There will always be something or someone testing us. It’s all part of life, change and growth. Many times, we forget to breathe and focus to stay spiritually calm.  (wink)   The flesh man rises.

Flesh man rising is where a warning should register but nope, we proceed anyway. Sometimes, we forget that we can choose to let stuff go. Too many distractions, coupled with hunger, tiredness, etc, fuels the challenging moment. We’re human and we all have a breaking point.

Again, thank God for his mercy and grace! None of us are immune from stumbling! (shock face)   It’s all part of growing, maturing and producing more fruit within us.

Learning to let go frees us from thinking we have to do everything.  We don’t! 

Learning to let go means putting it at the foot of the cross.  Let God!

Learning to let go keeps us with God’s peace. God is always in charge, regardless of what we see! Again, we must walk by faith trusting 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. (smile) 

God bless us, by faith, as we let go of unnecessary stuff blocking our spiritual growth. Let thy will be done.

Courage

It takes courage to be who we are and do what we do. Keep the faith and be encouraged to continue being you! 😜 The more comfortable we are with ourselves, our courage grows and gets stronger! 😀

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Let’s face it, there will always be different spirits around us. Have the courage to be the light in the darkness! Dark spirits run from the light!

We get to choose how to respond to spirits around us. Every opportunity is a chance, by faith, to show our kindness and loving nature. Faith it, until we make it!

Thank God for his mercy and grace!

Scriptures about courage:
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

Examples of courage in the Bible:
Manifested:
Among enemies – Ezra 5:11
In battle – 1 Samuel 17:46
Against great foes – Judges 7:7-23
Against great odds – 1 Samuel 17:32, 50
When threatened Daniel – 3:16-18
When intimidated Daniel – 6:10
When facing death – Judges 16:28
In youth – 1 Samuel 14:6-45
In old age – Joshua 14:10-12
Before a king – Esther – 4:8, 16
In moral crises – Nehemiah 13:1-31
In preaching Christ – Acts 3:12-26
In rebuking – Galatians 2:11-15

God bless us, by faith, as our courage grows stronger. Let thy will be done.

Expressing Patience From Charles Stanley Devotional

I am way off schedule today! 😜 Murphy and his brothers brought challenges early this morning! 😁

Sharing from my daily Charles Stanley devotion. This helped me understand my challenges this past week.

We must keep the faith. We must keep our focus on God. We must remember to breathe, when x, y or z shows up! We must forgive! 😰 Bottom line, sometimes, it is what it is! Roll with it!

Read | Ephesians 4:1-3

We’re called to demonstrate patience in times of conflict. As believers, we have an obligation to exhibit this quality because God knows there is great power in showing restraint. Our natural tendency is to shout back when we are wrongly accused, but to reflect Christ, we must choose a different path. We should:

• Stay quiet when verbally attacked. A person’s anger can feed our own and lead to a shouting match. Instead, we should allow him to have his say.

• Listen without responding. In our silence, it may be easy to mentally shut out the verbal assault, but we should listen to the other person’s concerns.

• Pray for whoever is attacking. We probably do not feel like praying, but feelings often get in the way of what God would have us do.

• Control our thoughts. It can be tempting to dwell on the injustice of a situation instead of focusing on God and what He thinks of us.

• Control our emotions. We’re to rely on the Holy Spirit to give right responses.

• Be ready to forgive. We are to be patient when wronged and willing to release our hurt (2 Tim. 2:24).

• Speak encouraging words. It’s good to express appreciation when someone brings a concern to our attention—and to ask forgiveness if we’ve made a mistake.

To our human flesh, these practices may seem foolish and ineffective, but in fact, the opposite is true. There’s great power in patience because so few practice it well. Responding rightly makes an impression on non-believers, who’ll notice something in you that they also want.

God bless you and enjoy your weekend! 😀

Thank You Friends

Glory to God!

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I am humbled and in awe for the many friends God has placed in my life! It is my faith as I pray, for each and everyone of you, that God blesses you with the desires of your heart! 😀

I thank my fellow bloggers and followers for sharing my words and your support of afriendofjesus2013 blog! Thank you, you’re the best!

It has been a rough few months and this week, God moved in a mighty to validate my faith and hope in Him! Praise The Lord!

Keep the faith in Him, walk by faith, not by sight. Distractions may come, keep the faith! 😀

I extend a heartfelt thank you and God bless you BIG for your support! {{hugs}}

Always a friend

Ann 😜

Roll With It Wednesday

“When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.”
– Author Unknown –

Roll with it! 😜

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“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
– Paulo Coelho –

Roll with it! 😜

God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it today, knowing You have equipped us for x, y or z and Praise The Lord for your mercy and your grace! Let thy will be done.

Encouragement

Many times encouragement blesses someone to walk into their season, conquer a fear, feel loved, move forward, get a job, smile. The possibilities are endless to what words of encouragement can do! 😀

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God bless us, by faith, as we encourage those around us today! Let thy will be done.

By Faith, I Declare

Thank you Lord, that you are always right on time! Your love and protection with your mercy and grace, keeps us standing on 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.

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God bless us, by faith, with our praise and gratitude that all good things come from above. Praise The Lord! Let thy will be done.

Psalm 91, God Is A Refuge and A Fortress

It’s a beautiful thing to know that we are loved and protected by God. 😀 Regardless of our things and stuff. We are forever a work in progress. This is my second favorite Psalm.

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God bless us, by faith, as we meditate on Psalm 91 today. Let thy will be done.

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Roll With It Wednesday

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
– Grandma Moses –

Roll with it!

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Our five senses are incomplete without the sixth – a sense of humor.
– Author Unknown –

Roll with it!

Sometimes, it is, what it is! Roll with it!

God bless us, by faith, as we meditate on 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.

Smile, it looks good on you! 😜

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Birthdays“

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My first post for Across the Bored’s Two Cents Tuesday Challenge. 😀 Birthdays!

Happy Birthday for all born in November. 😀 Happy belated birthday to the rest of us! 😜

I just love birthdays! Of the 365 days of the year, our birthday is our day. It the day God blessed us with life. It’s a day folks sing different versions of 🎶🎶Happy Birthday🎶🎶 to us. 😁

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As we get older, birthdays can be as special as we want them to be. Presents, free birthday meals, hanging out just enjoying time with friends and family. 😉

My BFF celebrates the whole month, in which, she was born. 😀 Years ago, she worked our nerves with her birthday count down. 😜 It went something like this–she would notify family and friends 120 days, from her birthday, until she made it, to the single digit of 1 day until her birthday. We never forgot her birthday because of the countdown. Thank God, she out grew it in her 40s! 😀

Like things in life, some birthdays may not be special each year but those who care will always find a way to celebrate and bring a birthday smile to us on our birthday! 😀

Thank God for friends and family who celebrate our birthdays with us!

Bible Verse Collage

Scriptures to think on today.

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God bless us, by faith, as we prepare for today with Ephesians 6:11-20,
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Let thy will be done.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness works like prayer, the more we do it, the easier it becomes. It’s another part in the renewing of our mind process. 😁

Forgiveness brings freedom as we release it to God. It keeps us from the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” replays. 😰 Even with the gifts and talents God gave us, we still can’t un ring that bell! 😨

Things and stuff (ours and others) will always bring challenges. Folks will speak and do unkind things to us, Matthews 5:43-44, tells us, 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

We give God glory each and every time we pray, show love and kindness to those around us.

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The more our spiritual fruit grows–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); forgiveness becomes a choice.

Until we can forgive regularly, the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” will replay and keep us stuck, while choking our spiritual fruit. Have faith and meditate on the scriptures below to renew our mind:

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

God bless and have a great weekend! Meet you back here, by faith, on Tuesday! 😀

IWSG Write

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Thank God for those who encourage us. 😀 So write. Continue to write. As words flow, by faith, our masterpiece will be born. 😜 😄

Keep the faith and write. Hang in there and write. Smile and write. Have fun and write. Do what we do and write!

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And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
– Sylvia Plath –

Letting Go Takes Love

This quote is a perfect illustration of love. Love can start with each of us. To let go, means adapting and adjusting to one another in spite of our things and stuff.

To let go, means understanding we’re different with our own preferences and ways of communicating.

Kind of like po-tay-toe or po-tah-toe. (smile) We must keep our sense of humor (grit teeth smile)

To let go, means checking our motives with our choice of words to one another.

To let go, means caring less about what someone says or feels about us. Psst, they talked about Jesus!

To let go, means recognizing we’re in different seasons of life and timing is everything.

To let go, means growth and taking responsibility for our actions.

All in all, right or wrong, it is, what it is. Life goes on. (smile)

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God bless us, as we have faith and trust, in you, to let go and stand on 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.

Scriptures for your reading pleasure:
Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

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.

Things and Stuff – Victory Over Fear Of Dentist

Friends, thank you so very much for your prayers, encouraging comments, text messages and emails regarding my things and stuff! Praise The Lord, I felt your prayers. Your heartfelt actions helped me confront and survive my fear of the Dentist!

 

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I will post when I can. Glory to God that he works all things out!

I have been overwhelmed by this whole dentist experience. 😰 I had serious oral surgery yesterday on both sides of my mouth. I would not wish this on anyone. I have medication to take every 3 and 6 hours for the next few days.

Just wanted to share my gratitude for your prayers and encouragement {{hugs}}

I also want to say a heartfelt “God bless you” to my family and friends, especially to “The Two Musketeers”, while the third musketeer recuperates! 😜