Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for February, 2014

Be Kind To Yourself

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.

It’s another crazy week. (shock face) No worries, because all is right in my world. I am walking by faith, trusting my Lord and Savior. Still working on breathing calmly, because I have another button that I didn’t know existed. (gritted teeth smile) I’ll tell you later. (smile)

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It’s a beautiful thing when we can end a bad day and be kind to ourself. (smile) It has become my new habit on challenging days!

Replaying where we stumbled and why we stumbled gains nothing. (shock face) Thanking God that we survived is cause to smile and be kind to ourself and enjoy a peaceful night’s rest. (smile)

Learn from it and move on! Mercy and grace. We have God’s mercy and grace! Praise The Lord!

I am hanging in there with things and stuff, by faith, because this too shall pass. (smile)

Be blessed and roll with it. (smile) Remember to keep your sense of humor. (smile)

Remind Yourself

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.

The things we think and fret over can become overwhelming. Positive thoughts encourage hope. Positive thoughts can replay memories of happier times. Positive thoughts help to promote a healthy state of mind. (smile)

It comes down to habits and choices. We are either pessimistic or optimistic in our perceptions of ourself, others, life and things and stuff. (shock face)

Depending on what we speak, draws that element to us throughout our day, week, month, year.

It takes courage to change and not allow peer pressure or other opinions to keep us stuck. It takes courage to out grow bad habits. (smile)

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A changed mind changes thoughts. Changed thoughts change perception. Sometimes, we have to talk positive, by faith, until it becomes a habit. Why entertain anything else. It’s draining! Sometimes, just listening without the need to speak is wisdom! Thank you Lord!

So when x, y, or z comes along, bringing drama or negative stuff, think differently before speaking it into agreement, by faith. (smile)

It been a tough six months for me. I started paying attention to what was spoken and what I kept agreeing too, all because my focus was on the challenges, the things and stuff. (shock face) I kept casting it to The Lord and praying. Then someone would ask about it, instead of speaking positive, I spoke against what I was praying. How about you, ever spoken against what you were praying?

Ugh, the lessons in life, will keep coming until we work through the thing. (gritted teeth smile)

We’re all working through something. Sometimes, we engage in conversations that add to our challenges, instead of making them better. The safest person to tell our troubles is God.

Thank God, when He brings someone along with a good word or an answer to our prayer when we need it! This is where He strengthens our faith in Him. (smile)

The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Any other fear is not of God.

Be blessed and enjoy your day! As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7 – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Wahoo, I am walking by faith today. You are welcome to join me? (smile)

God has equipped us with everything we need to get through this day. Let’s do it by faith! (smile)

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I thank God for my positive attitude today. (cheesy smile) I even have a dental appointment later this morning! (shock face) Praise The Lord! Ain’t life grand. (smile)

I am choosing to change my perspective on the things and stuff that bother me. (smile)

No looking backwards. No negative talk. No negative thoughts. Pray and talk to God for strength to endure challenges. Gratefulness for the good God has already done and will continue to do. (smile)

Remember to breathe calmly during things and stuff and keep the faith! Remember that God is in charge. There is nothing too hard for Him! There is no one bigger than Him. Believe and trust in Him by walking through the thing. (smile)

I hope these words help someone going through things and stuff get inspired, in their faith, to trust and believe in God.

We’re blessed because by faith, it’s going to be an awesome day! Your thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

One Another

“The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
– Oscar Wilde –

This last week was brutal. By the grace of God, I survived. But at times, it was not pretty. There is a lack, of respect, these days in regards to our time. Yesterday, I got angry and slammed a door. (shock face) My motive was two fold–one, I was frustrated and two, to show how rumors get started because some feel the need to gossip. (shock face) I think we forget about reaping and sowing. Karma.

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I mentioned awhile back that God will use anything and anyone to prune and produce more spiritual fruit within us. I guess I needed more pruning this week because each day brought more things and stuff. Yesterday, I realized no matter how kind or respectful you are to others; free will allows others to fill in the blank______________. (shock face)

I slammed a door out of frustration. I talk to God all the time. I pleaded with Him yesterday, help me, Lord Jesus, what are you trying to teach me because it’s obvious I am being tested and failing. I took a break and prayed. I tried meditating on 1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Nothing. I still had to walk through the thing.

Sometimes, we forget that no matter what happens; no matter what others say or how they treat us; we are loved unconditionally by God and the rest is irrelevant. (smile) There is a liberating freedom when your self worth comes from being a child of God! His love never fails. (smile)

That moment lasted twelve minutes before I was dealt the final blow of the day. (sad face)

I had been crashing and burning, on something, most of the week, to get a call to stop and pick it back up next week! What, I thought. Has this ever happened to you? Time wasted. (Ugh)

I didn’t breath calmly, my silly thoughts kicked in reminding me of all the things I didn’t do because of this something. I broke down and cried so hard that I asked God, why, Heavenly Father, why do I bother to do the right thing when it’s obvious I am not respected here!

It took almost twenty minutes for me to hear Him say softly, it’s not about you. Let thy will be done Lord. The one thing I love about my relationship with The Lord is my freedom to tell Him anything. Even when I am frustrated. He always listens. (smile)

Many times, obedience is about showing something to those around us. Let’s be honest, we’re all on different levels spiritually. Listed above has the scriptures, in the bible, on one another. When we can do these scriptures from a genuine heart, we sow into each other’s life. (smile)

I also like to thank and bless a friend–who likes to use K, when replying for emphasis. God had you in the right place at the right time! Thanks so much!

I had to repent and forgive quite a bit last night to let the things and stuff of the week go.

Be blessed my friends and enjoy your weekend! Comments and thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Roll With It and Let It Go!

Thank God, this week is almost over. It’s been a rough couple of days. I am still trying to get this balancing act together. (smile) By faith, I am so grateful that you are hanging in there with me. God bless you!

Sometimes, I run out of time and can’t post. (shock face) So I roll with it and let it go. (smile) Remember I equate roll with it to letting it go! It is anything that agitate the nerves, push buttons or tries to mess with your peace. It can be challenges beyond your control. It can bring negative energy that drains. Roll with it and let it go.

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Roll with it and letting go builds strength and confidence. How, someone is thinking. By keeping the faith that whatever it is will pass. Each time, we walk through it, its power loses the grip to paralyze, upset us or fill in the blank_____________. Really. (cheesy teeth)

Sometimes, we have to remember Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

The last two days were brutal and draining. Yesterday, I tried to keep my sense of humor by popping my left fingers and holding up my right hand singing and rocking–it is, what it is; it is what it is. (shock face) It worked until the last 2 hours of my day. I forgot to breathe when things and stuff hit hard. I stumbled miserably. (smile) I smile because of God’s mercy and grace.

Sometimes, we need to be creative to walk through the thing! Let’s face it, change does not happen overnight. Regardless of what we do, stuff happens. Life is too short to stress over something or someone. Thank God for His mercy and His grace.

Be encouraged to roll with it and let it go. Be content until God’s perfect timing prevails for changing the situation. Have faith that He will. The victory will come! Remember, 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 and roll with it by letting it go. Thoughts and comments are welcome. (smile)

Speak Life

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Speak life into every situation. Sometimes we speak the wrong things out of habit. Sometimes we speak things to ourself and others because we blurt it out without thinking. (shock face)

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Sometimes, we have to apologize for things we say. As I think back growing up, I don’t remember anyone explaining spiritual growth or maturity. So as we get older, it’s something we learn by trial and error. (gritted teeth smile)

Each day, we have opportunities to speak life or death in our life and situations. Many times, we are our worst critic. (smile)

Let us have faith and be positive in what we speak. (smile)

Be blessed my friends! (smile)

Encouragement

Romans 14:19 – Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Everyone is dealing with something. Encouragement gives us strength to endure. Encouragement lets us know, we’re not alone. Encouragement is about believing we can get that promotion; we can relocate and start over; we don’t have to settle for less than God’s best; or fill in the blank________________.

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Encouragement is making an effort to help someone see their struggle is temporary. Encouragement is keeping peace in unkind situations. They are challenges all around us, I’ve learned that we can only control ourself. Breathe, remain calm and listen. We don’t have to participate in angry ranting and raving.

It’s takes two. Most times, people just need to vent, so be a pair of ears that listen. This would be encouragement by presence, no words needed. (smile)

Encouragement is rare these days. When did we stop talking and encouraging one another? These days, it appears, it’s about what we don’t do or what we don’t have. (shock face)

The possibilities are endless to what encouragement can do for each and everyone of us. (smile)

Thoughts and comments are welcomed. (smile)

Be blessed, encouraged and enjoy your day! (smile)

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