Remember and Forget

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Those pesky thoughts. As life goes on, everyday, memories are made. Focus on the good ones. Nothing good comes from focusing on negative stuff. Give nothing and no one power enough to ruin your day!

Every conversation throughout life has left us with something to remember. It’s amazing the things we choose to remember and the things we refuse to forget. Notice I said choose and refuse because that’s what we do. (shock face)

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How many of us can remember something said more than x years ago that when stressed, it plays like it was said just yesterday? Positive or negative. I say remember good thoughts. Life can get tough enough without the added burden of remembering every negative thing someone told us or what we tell ourself. (shock face)

Pfft, here’s the thing, as we grow and mature with spiritual fruit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance; the ability to renew the mind becomes easier and you adapt and adjust to life challenges better. (smile)

The biggest aha moment, I realized lately was to talk less. I’ve had writers block for a few days because too many opinions were in my head. (shock face) Sometimes, it is, what it is.

So I had to mediate on Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. This helped me tremendously to cast those pesky thoughts! Praise The Lord!!

So my dear friends, what are you choosing to remember and refusing to forget? (smile)

Have a blessed and great weekend! (smile)

Hope and Strength

I had a long dental appointment yesterday. Once everything wore off, my face hurt so bad I had to sleep it off! (shock face) Thank God, I have a two week break from the dentist and 1 last appointment! (smile)

Many of us have struggles with something or someone; you know, things and stuff. This is what I’ve learned through this whole emotional dental experience. Too much negativity and constant complaining makes whatever trial or tribulation, challenge, storm, whatever we want to call it that more difficult. Sometimes, we are given advice contrary to what’s in our spirit. Sometimes it gets overwhelming that we must say “enough” and let it go and let God.

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Sometimes, we just need to unplug and pray heartfelt words to God. He knows everything anyway, so just be honest and tell Him the truth of how you feel. Free will gives some the right to say nasty things or wrong us. Forgiveness and praying, for them, gives us freedom to live our life without giving power or constantly replaying the thing in our mind. Let us remember, we reap what we sow. So choose to sow forgiveness. It’s liberating and powerful.

Here is where hope and strength comes into play. Sometimes, we have to walk through because it’s Gods will in His master plan for our life. 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.

God is always in charge. Most things, we will experience will put more fruit within us. As we grow and mature, our spiritual fruit is evident, as well as, led by the Holy Spirit. You can trust in Him. You can walk by faith knowing He is and will always be in control. His will be done.

He has put desires in each of us and when He says we’re ready; the manifestation comes. Until then, we have hope it will get better and strength to hold on while still moving forward.

Have a blessed evening!

Comments and thoughts are always welcome, (smile)

Thank You So Much

I wish to thank you all for hanging in there with me as I found a way to balance. (smile)

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Sometimes we just have to walk through the thing! (shock face)
I truly appreciate your patience and support. (smile)

A special shout out and thanks to TC and DC for your words of encouragement today! I felt The Lord talking to me through you. (smile)

I pray that God blesses you with the desires of your heart!

Mondays

2 Corinthians 12:9 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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Mondays is not my favorite day. Does anyone really like Mondays? Today, I will walk by faith because 2 Corinthians 12:9 says God’s grace is sufficient for me. Regardless of things and stuff, I’ll smile because I can.

My acrostic is my attempt to motivate myself to look at Mondays differently. Wahoo, something new to do. It takes 21 days to form a habit. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

How do you feel about Mondays? Inquiring minds want to know. (smile) Have a blessed and awesome Monday!

Pass The Test

Some challenges are tests. If we remain calm, keep our peace, and walk by faith, we’ll pass with flying colors! (smile)

Thursday was a test day for me (smile) I made a decision about someone in my life and found out that God had other plans. (shock face) Needless to say, I was not prepared for the sincerity I heard in their voice which completely cause my thoughts to go blank for my comeback remark. My spirit was quickened, my tongue bridled so I just let it go.

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I walked out of my house to be hit by the brutal cold and the slippery walk way because I did not shovel the snow off my patio. (Ugh)

I make it to my car and while it’s warming up decided to look for my work ID. Could not find it! (Panic time) So I go back into my house, snow all over my boots, (ugh) to look for my ID. No where could I find it! With no ID, you can’t drive onto the facility. So I called to get a ride with someone. By this time, I am feeling a bit numb but still peaceful. The person was coming to get me in fifteen minutes. Somehow in a matter of that time, I locked my keys in my car! (OMG) I think, are you kidding me!

By this time, my thoughts go through a series of coulda, woulda, shoulda. If you shoveled like you were supposed to…if you didn’t make that call… I felt my silly thoughts were trying to push any button. I thought I had road service assistance with my insurance.

I found out that I didn’t and for $75.00 they would send someone to get my keys. (shock face) It’s while waiting that it hits me, I am being tested! I smile because by the grace of God, I passed so far. (smile) I am not being prideful friends just praising God for the growing of spiritual fruit and the renewal of my mind to keep moving forward by not stopping and dwelling on the why is this happening.

See thoughts will come, it’s our choices that dictate the things that follows. Suffice it to say, I was tested all day. I kept choosing to breath and have faith that God was in control and He was! At the end of the day, I was exhausted with a victory by His grace! (smile)

I am also praying whether to continue blogging! It’s a bit overwhelming most days. Until I learn to balance, some days, there may not be any postings. Please bear with me as I figure this out! Be blessed my friends and enjoy your day!

Repeat After Me, I Am…

Repeat after me, I am free. When you know the will of God for your life, it’s a beautiful thing! (smile) As spiritual fruit and maturity grows, we see life, things and stuff differently. When God takes our brokenness and makes us whole, changes began, our mind gets renewed and our heart fills with such love that others will notice it, without us having to tell them. Seriously, the change is that evident! Thus, God gets the glory. (smile)

We sometimes forget that we are on different levels in life, phases for a better understanding; and that God is no respecter of persons. The specifics to heal and grow may vary depending on the things and stuff of each individual and the choice to choose Him. God will wait on us. Long-suffering and patience!

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Here’s the thing, there will be times when no matter what we say or do, that storm or challenge will assist in getting us where we need to go, when we’re stuck. (shock face) There are things in the heart that comes out when we’re pressed, stressed and a mess! (shock face)

Remember Romans 8:28. Change is a life long process! Thus, the race.

For many years, I didn’t know what my spiritual gift was. Can you guess what it is? (smile)

So today’s encouragement is to be in competition with no one. Run your race. Everything else is irrelevant and should be put at the foot of the cross!

No worries, no frets, just faith and confidence to repeat after me that I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me and greater is He in me than he that is in the world.

Real freedom comes when we careless about what others think! Remember, they talked about Jesus, among others things! Be blessed and keep the faith! (smile)

Your thoughts or comments are always welcome! (smile)

Me Too!

Thank you friends for your prayers. (smile) I find it amazing that when we are walking through a storm or challenge, it can seem like we are the only one going through until we share something and someone replies me too!

“Me too” can be two of the most beautiful words we can hear when someone can relate to what we are going through. “Me too” can bring sanity to us when our silly thoughts take us down a road we don’t need to go. “Me too” can bring comfort knowing this too shall pass!

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by things and stuff on a good day; especially when we’re still trying to balance everything and everyone in our life. Before I got overwhelmed from all my dental stuff, other distractions were happening simultaneously that I couldn’t connect the dots until recently.

Words can’t flow when I’m distracted. Does that ever happen to you?

Sometimes, we should share the things and stuff rattling around inside of us. It can drive us nuts when we don’t! (shock face)

Sometimes, we have to step back and adjust our approach to our hopes and dreams. Sometimes, God delays (fill in the blank) __________ or someone because one or both are not ready! (shock face)

Oh, (fill in the blank) __________ or someone will come in God’s perfect timing. In the meantime, God will continue to perfect fruit within us. Patience and long-suffering, got fruit?

Be blessed today and don’t be afraid to share with someone, they just might reply “me too!” (smile)

Weather The Storm

This post was originally published on 19 January 2014 and updated on 26 December 2018.

By faith, let us weather the storms, of life, with specific prayers to God.

Sometimes we pray the wrong things. Sometimes we speak the wrong things.

Someone is walking through a storm now and waiting for a breakthrough! Keep the faith! It’s coming!
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Some storms teach, change, and/or guide us into a new season. I encourage you to weather the storm. It will pass, just not today and only God knows about tomorrow.

So pray, without ceasing, for ourself, our family, our friends, and our enemies, that God moves in our life in a mighty way to give us a breakthrough! Our victory, by faith, as His will be done!

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.

Roll With It Wednesday

Hello friends, I just love roll with it Wednesdays (wink and a smile) Life is tough enough without having something to bring a smile or change the focus. Roll with it, does that for me. (smile) As well as, singing a favorite song because 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.” We can get comfort, from this scripture, knowing that He can work all things out. Roll with it!

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Everyday, we encounter things and stuff. There will always be something or someone just waiting to push our button. Traffic. Sleepless night. Noise. Fill in the blank_____________.

Roll with it equates to letting it go! Acknowledging it is what, it is. Life is too short to stress over something or someone. (shock face) Let it go!

You are too blessed to be stressed (smile) Roll with it!

Today, you are cordially invited to join me and roll with it and if we must, sing a song! (smile)

I’m talking a song that brings a pep to the step, a glide to the stride, uplifting to change the focus from negative to positive.

A song that makes you want to dance! A song you want to sing out loud. A song that makes you smile and remember a very good time. (smile) Come on now, you remember. (smile)

Smile on purpose, just because! (cheesy grin) Try it, you might like it! (wink and sticking tongue out) Smiling, makes others around us, wonder…..

Roll with it because “Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.” Author Unknown This means choosing to adapt and adjust regardless of x, y or z or things and stuff. Not allowing anything to put us in a negative mood to ruin our day. Roll with it and Let it go!

Roll with it because John 16:33 says “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.” This means when all is said and done, the peace of God can never be taken away. Whatever we are walking through, whatever it is, rest assured, He has already done it! We must keep the faith and run our race until the manifestation–victory. Hallelujah!!

Roll with it because Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” This means breaking our habit of thinking I can’t when His Word say I can! Faith it and roll with it!

Roll with it because Proverbs 21:23 says “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” This means speaking, by faith, life and blessings into our everyday challenges and relationships! Speak about the good stuff.

Roll with it because 2 Corinthians 12:9 says “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” This means, when our button is pushed or we feel powerless, call on Him for grace that is sufficient for the challenge! Call on Him for strength to keep moving forward. Wahoo, Praise The Lord!

I saved the best for last. Roll with it because Jeremiah 32:27 says “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” This means there is no one bigger than God! He is and will always be in charge. Nothing we bring to Him is too hard! Nothing. Roll with it!

Roll with it and let it go! By faith, be blessed and have a beautiful and awesome day! (smile)

As always, comments and thoughts are appreciated! (smile) Roll with it!

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Cook”

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I was going to skip this weeks challenge since I don’t cook and own no recipe for anything. I have cookbooks somewhere in storage. (smile) So I decide to have fun with this challenge. I’m laughing as I’m writing (smile) Here’s my sense of humor about cooking as illustrated by my acrostic. (smile)

Cook. Cooked. Cooking. Three words not on my resume. (smile) I tried cooking a few times. Can you say, disaster. I tried frying once. You can’t fry on high flames. (Ugh)

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I tried cooking with a crock pot. Put all the stuff in the crock pot and left for work, thinking when I walked in the door, I’d smell my masterpiece, (ha) I forgot to turn it on! (smile) Imagine my shocked face! Sometime back in 1990, I gave up trying to cook!

It was not for me. Someday, maybe, just not today or tomorrow, or the day after that…

You need patience and interest to cook. I have patience, just no interest for cooking! (shock face)

You know when you rent, then decide to move; you clean real well to get your deposit back. Most places I’ve rented, the kitchen stove was always immaculate! Of course, it would be, it was never used. They didn’t know that. (smile) I did enjoy boiling water for cup of noodles for awhile. (smile) I don’t think boiling water counts. (smile)

Nope, I am the queen of microwaving, dining out or ordering take out! (smile) Every year, restaurants can count on me to bring them profits! (smile)

Hope you enjoyed my cook challenge! (smile)

Smile, That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore Part 3

How is your button these days? (smile) To recap, part 1 talked about the button that gets pushed when something or somebody fill in the blank_________; or stuck in traffic; or raining and walking with no umbrella (ugh); my all time favorite–watching favorite tv show and the power goes off. Things and stuff that push our button! (shock face)

As we continue to grow spiritually, we understand how the Word of God ties to walking through life challenges. 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”. Learning contentment helps to adapt and adjust, or roll with it as I like to say. (smile)

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Our spiritual fruit becomes evident when we can smile when something or someone pushes our button and there is no reaction, except to smile because that button doesn’t work anymore! (big smile)

Part 2, talked about having another button and that no brokenness or mask wearing can exist in a spirit led life. Relationships without clear communication or being unequally yoked can push buttons. Carrying burdens God never meant for us to carry can push buttons.

To live a life of faith requires perseverance (long sufferings brother) (grin) knowing God will equip us as he leads us to walk, crawl or run through the challenge. Pray and cast, by faith and keep our hands off while releasing it to God so that button doesn’t work anymore! (smile)

Part 3 is sharing that as we continue to change and grow, we will be retested on many of life challenges–things and stuff, people. It’s all part of the process of life. Of all the spiritual fruit, (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)), long suffering (patience) is the one tested the most! Can I get a witness? (smile)

As I’ve mentioned before, God will use anything and anyone to assist in our growth. Knowing what triggers our button will help to adjust and refocus when that something or someone comes our way. Sometimes, the unknown of something gets us anxious and our button gets pushed.

My button is unnecessary distractions that just keep coming because someone wants something now, now, now. (gritted teeth smile) My patience gets tested because nine times out of ten, the something really could wait! But noooooooo, now, they must have it now! Ain’t life grand! (smile)

This last week was a little brutal, especially with the cold weather, so I spent Saturday just talking with the Lord and relaxing in His presence. Next thing I know, the day had passed (smile) Sometimes, we must remember to balance our stuff and take a pause to enjoy at least 5 minutes to ourself or more if you can get it! This helps with our button. (smile)

So how’s your button?

Be blessed and enjoy your Sunday! (smile)

Feel free to share comments about your button. (smile) I would love to hear about it!

Risk

Wahoo, TGIF, my friends (smile) This quote spoke to me! It represents taking chances or another way, to look at this, would be faith. Life happens, regardless of our status in life. (shock face)

I will mention it again, we all bring something to the table. Welcome to my table (smile)

Today, I’m serving up faith and encouragement. It takes courage to be different. It takes courage not to follow the crowd. It takes courage to come here everyday and share parts of life, sometimes with no feedback. It takes courage to ignore less than kind remarks. My friends, that’s faith, doing it anyway, day after day. (smile)

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Many search the internet for various things and stuff. Keep writing, keep posting. Our words will always be there. God gives free will to choose. When ready, eyes are open to the very message needed to be seen! (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when we get our “aha” moments. To truly understand living life, is when we’re comfortable and free to be ourself. We learn to adapt and adjust to surroundings and others. Sometimes, it is what, it is. Roll with it! (smile)

Life is too short to stay on the sidelines afraid to live life or worst, having a life of woulda, coulda, shoulda! (shock face) Have faith and choose to believe it is possible. It is different for each of us. Speak positive things to it. Have the courage to prepare for it because it will come, when we’re ready! (smile)

Here’s the thing, the past does not determine who we are today. If we must look back, look for reference only–not validation for today. There will always be something or someone trying to push a button to make us react.

Practice the pause, breathe, smile and say nothing. This is a tough one to do, it does require spiritual fruit–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) and practice.

Remember, this is one where my retest is in the double digits! There is a mountain that has my foots print all over it! (shock face) Thank God for mercy and grace! Friends, we must keep our sense of humor to stay balanced. (grin)

I have faith that someday, I will pass the retest! (smile)

Let us always remember God can use all things, as stated in 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, by faith, and have a marvelous day! (a wink and smile)

I welcome your thoughts.

IWSG – Write

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Sometimes, we doubt our ability to write. More often than not, it starts from a thought or comment made that we internalize. Things, we entertain in our minds, can drive us nuts or worst, block our writing creativity.

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Recently, this has happened to me. My thoughts were all over the place! To be honest, it’s so easy to put pressure on ourselves to think we have do everything in one day. Sometimes, we have to ask ourself, do I have to blog everyday? Just keeping up with emails and comments can bring a challenge. Add in visiting all the blogs, we follow…thus doubting thoughts. I unplugged from all electronic devices for a few day just to get a handle on things and stuff in my life!

When my thoughts were all over the place, I got a little frustrated so I wrote down every silly thought. Then I just read them over and started revising the negative statements into positive statements. Now I had positive stuff to write from a different perspective. I encourage you to try it. (smile)

Balance, finding balance is necessary and as Alex says “have fun” (smile) At least, once a week, lighten up and laugh and have fun doing something that is not writing. (smile)

After a break, with a fresh mind, words will flow!

I have faith, someday, we’ll all write a masterpiece! (smile)

Things and Stuff – Control Your Breathing!

Hello, my friends (smile) Wahoo, I survived the dentist but it was not pretty! (shock face) It’s official, I am not a fan of going to the Dentist! How about you?

I struggle with anxiety about those needles! Ugh! I rather walk on hots coals with no shoes than get those shots! (forced smile) Grace, I needed plenty of grace this afternoon! I did learn something. Control your breathing!

Today, when I sat in the chair, and the dentist came toward me with that needle, I held my breathe and tensed up. Wrong thing to do!

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By the time, I was numb and he dropped the chair way back, I couldn’t feel part of my nose and I thought, OMG, I can’t breathe. Once that thought lingered, anxiety gripped harder and every silly thought flooded my mind. I was overwhelmed and couldn’t think how to breathe through my nose. (shock face)

It’s at that moment, I start to remember old stuff, here I’m sitting working myself up in a frenzy, my mouth is wide open and for one split second, I want to jump up and flee. (smile) I almost said, never mind, I don’t need good teeth! Usually, when I get nervous or anxious, I can sing a sing in my mind, pfft, not day! No song stayed long enough to drive out the thought…I can’t breath! (shock face)

I started to squirm and He stopped and asked was I alright, as he removes the guard thing holding my mouth wide open, I sit up to catch my breath and we resume. I spent the rest of the time mediating on this too shall pass, this too shall pass. Praise The Lord! This too shall pass. (smile)

Oh and the funniest part, by the time, we are finished, I look and feel like I was in a fight…hair all messed up, face all numb. (big grin) Sometimes, we must keep our sense of humor!

Learning to control our breathing in any problem or situation, especially when anxiety shows up will help keep our insides calm. (smile)

I would love to hear one of your anxiety moments. (smile) Be blessed!

Things and Stuff – Distractions

Distractions can come at any time. Ever get so distracted that you lose half the day or evening? I’ve had too many distractions today plus thinking about stuff that should have been put at the foot of the cross!

I mentioned before that dental appointments overwhelm me. Well, I have two appointments this week. Ugh, this dental season needs to be over!

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I have to admit that I’ve worked myself into a frenzy and my thoughts are all over the place! By faith, this too shall pass, just not at the moment! (smile)

I share this because–sometimes, we just need to unplug to relax! I will be away from electronic devices for a few days. (shock face)

Be blessed until we meet here again. (smile)

Matthew 5:38-48, Love for Enemies

Hello my friends, hope you are enjoying your day. (smile) Seems I can’t use my emoticons anymore (sad face), something about them being code and blocking feeds.

So my friends, unless someone can send me a way to display (smiles), I have reverted back to putting my expressions in parentheses (shock face) (smile). No worries, it’ll give me something else to do! (grin)

In one of my earlier blog post, I shared about my love for The Lord! I am led by the Holy Spirit and enjoy a deep and personal relationship with Jesus! All of my postings are written from a “we” perspective because as Jesus changed my life, and my mind was renewed, my “I” became “we”. (smile)

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It is not my intention to offend or judge anybody by my way of expression. By faith, I hope the things and stuff shared helps someone. (smile)

Love for enemies requires six things: faith, maturity, spiritual fruit, choice, forgiveness and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. It comes down to spirit versus flesh.

Having spiritual fruit, 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), gets us closer to adapting and adjusting to others things and stuff, around us.

I’ve mentioned before, it all starts with us. Love, change, growth, forgiveness, things and stuff. The “it” has to come from within. We can’t give what we don’t have. God is in the people business. God is light and love. He expects us to love those around us, as He loves us. His love does not stop when we stumble.

I can tell you that the more fruit within, the easier loving our enemies becomes, especially when we’re obedient to God! Ever wonder why some people are in our lives?

Most times, they’re the very ones, God uses to help us grow. (gritted teeth smile)

Everyone has a testimony about someone and their thing or their stuff that hurt us, betrayed us, abused us, or fill in the blank ______________ . We have to forgive them, in order to move past the thing. God will take care of the someone, someday. Reap and sow.

Look at verse 44, we’re to love, bless, do good and pray for our enemies. Yes, this is a life long process. Some days are easier than others to love our enemies. We can thank God for His mercy and His grace when we stumble!

Here’s the thing, sometimes, we can love some from a distance! (shock face) This is where God’s mercy and grace helps us keep moving forward in our life; so that negative stuff does not enter into our heart! The key is not to beat ourself up when we stumble. There will always be another opportunity to show love to our enemies!

Be blessed! (smile)

Things and Stuff – Sowing Encouragement

No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers.” Author Unknown

Today, by faith, I am sowing encouragement for you to be you. There is no one like you. Sure, we may stumble or make mistakes; that’s life. Growing and learning is a part of life. That’s how we mature and change the world around us! Nothing changes, when we sit by and do nothing because we think we have nothing to offer. Be you!

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We tell ourselves so many things that contradict what the Word of God says about us.

Psalm 139:14 says “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

My simple but true acrostic is my way of encouraging you to be you. God created us different. Be you! There is uniqueness in each and everyone of us! Be you!

Let’s not mix apples and oranges, don’t focus on stuff that blocks you from being you. The past is, just that, the past. It’s a new year and by faith, we are realizing that we are fearfully and wonderfully made; and that each day, we get better! Praise The Lord!

The challenge is others judging; pfft, let them! Be you! Let’s just roll with it because many times, it is, what it is. Be you! People are going to think what they think, regardless, so be you!

Today, by faith, think on all the positive things about you and the things you like about yourself; all other thoughts are irrelevant.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

Have a blessed day being you!

Pressure

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Happy New Year!

This is my first of 31 posts to be published as a participant in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for January. The theme for January is pressure. In 2014, I am choosing to step out, of my comfort zone, and will be encouraging others to join me! Wahoo, it’ll be fun.

In the 21st century, pressure can come internally or externally; to anyone, young and old.
Pressure makes no distinction in this day and age. Pressure can be good or bad, depending on where we are in our spiritual life. Some like and thrive on pressure, bless their heart; and the rest, deal with pressure, as it comes. Sometimes, we have no control over pressure. I had so much fun thinking up the acrostic below.

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The process of life, with all its ups and downs, has no guarantee that any of us are exempt from pressures getting to us at some point.

Pressure can come from any source: ourself, family, job, friends, school, relationships, peer pressure, pressure in your face from dental surgery, blogging, or fill in the blank________________. Please feel free to add to the list.

In today’s environment, pressure can come when we least expect it. Sometimes, it feels as if everything is needed now, now, now, now. I believe as we get older, the constant reacting takes it toll.

Many times these two scriptures help me stay focused and spirit led by deep breathing and practicing the pause before I speak:

2 Corinthians 12:9, And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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

Others times, I thank God for his mercy and his grace because I’ll blink and let’s just say, its not pretty. Lately, I just try to roll with it because it is, what it is!

Pfft, here’s the thing, as we mature in life, and know who we are, pressure loses it sting within us.
We learn, to choose better reactions, by calmly breathing at the first pull of pressure from x, y or z.

I welcome your thoughts on pressure.