Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for January, 2014

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)

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