Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for December, 2013

Things and Stuff – All Things

I am way off schedule due to dental work yesterday and more first thing this morning! I’ve shared before that dental visits overwhelmed me. It’s the shots that bring anxiety to me!

Yesterday was rough. It seemed like stuff just kept coming at me! Ever have a moment where you entertain a negative thought that sends you spiraling down memory lane?

My last root canal was tough! I was not prepared mentally for complications! For a brief moment, old doubts flooded me like a ton of bricks! It’s interesting when we entertain one wrong thought and the emotions that creep to the surface. My day got worse, especially when pain and discomfort hit my face. I was starving and needed to stop to the store. The lines were long and this too added to the day that kept on bringing.

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As I was standing there waiting, thinking 2013 had some very rough spots and Thank God, the year is about to end when I remember all things. Romans 8:28.

This made me smile and remember that God can use good and bad things to grow and keep us moving forward. On my way home, I realized that I was being tested and decided to sing my 🎶🎶going around the mountain, one more time 🎶🎶🎶 song! Retesting is in my future!

Today was much better! Thank God. I had an abundance of grace today. Many times when we are going through stuff, we can feel like we’re all alone but we’re not. Let’s keep the faith and stand on Romans 8:28.

As 2013 comes to a close, let’s be thankful for those things and stuff that helped us grow and family and friends in our life.

Have a safe and blessed Happy New Year!

Psalm 143, Teach Me To Do Thy Will

“A good memory is one that can remember the day’s blessings and forget the day’s troubles.”
– Author Unknown –

Another Psalm that brings comfort when we are going through things and stuff. Pray and put it at the foot of the cross. Praise The Lord!

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God bless us, by faith, as we focus and talk about our blessings. Let us pray and put things and stuff at the foot of the cross. Let thy will be done.

Keep The Faith

Let us remember that God’s timing is not on the same time table as ours. His timing is always perfect and right on time!

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Be blessed and keep the faith!

Kindness

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
– Author Unknown –

Colossians 3:12, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering;

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Proverbs 19:21-23, There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. 22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. 23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

As we grow spiritually, kindness becomes a natural part of who we are as Christians.

People always remember kindness. They may not remember our name but they will remember our face and the kindness shown at a time they needed it the most.

Kindness, like love, never fails….

For our reading pleasure, scripture references on kindness – a friendly attitude toward others.

Kinds of kindness:
Acquired – Colossians 3:12
Developed – Proverbs 31:26
Commended – 2 Corinthians 6:6
Divine – Nehemiah 9:17

Of God, kindness described as:
Great – Nehemiah 9:17
Everlasting – Isaiah 54:8
Not removable – Isaiah 54:10
Manifested – Psalm 31:21
Through Christ – Ephesians 2:7
Cause of man’s salvation – Titus 3:4-7

Manifestation of kindness:
Rewarded – 1 Samuel 15:6
Recalled – 2 Samuel 2:5, 6
Rebuffed – 2 Samuel 3:8
Remembered – 2 Samuel 9:1-7
Refused – 2 Samuel 10:1-6

God bless you and have a great weekend!

Hope

Jeremiah 17:7 – Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Hope, like our faith, should remain in God. Each of us are walking and working through this process of life. Hope, like faith, keeps us moving forward.

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Never lose hope. Like faith, God will always provide someone or something to renew our hope in Him.

For our reading pleasure, scriptures on hope – the expectation of future good.

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectation – Acts 27:20
Sinful expectation – Acts 24:26
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Product of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 & Romans 15:4

God’s promises – Acts 26:6, 7 & Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25

Be blessed today, by faith, with hope of better things to come!

Harmony

Matthew 5:9, Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

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Harmony, like love and peace comes from within. Everyday that we are blessed with life on this earth, we will be challenged by something or someone. Keep the faith to adapt and adjust as we walk through stuff! We can choose to let things go!

Harmony is standing, by faith, 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.

Be blessed today! 😀

Happy Holidays

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I’ll meet you back here in a few days. 😜

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