Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for March, 2014

By Faith, I Choose to…

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

Friends, it’s a beautiful thing, to have choices. (smile) God bless you for not giving up on me as I work to balance and discipline things in my life. (shock face)

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I am also walking by faith, in everything. Not a care in the world. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to have courage to make our own choices. (smile) It’s take courage to keep pressing on. (wink and a smile)

No worries, my friends, because the joy of The Lord is my strength. (smile) All is right in my world. Praise The Lord!

Let’s just say, I’m choosing the positives! (smile) Putting stuff and Y at the foot of the cross. Looking at situations from a different perspective. (smile) Praying for my enemies. (shock face) Got to love em!

Doing my part and trusting God for the rest. Roll with it because it is, what it is. (wink and a smile)

I will be away a few more days because I’m the queen of procrastination and got behind on some stuff. Whoops! (gritted teeth smile)

So be blessed and keep the faith. Until we meet here again! (smile)

Things and Stuff – X, Y and Z

The best thing about trusting someone with every secret you have, is that they always have your back… The worst is knowing they can turn their back and use it all against you.
– Author Unknown –

Things and stuff. X, Y and Z. Choices. It takes two. Free will. Strife situations. Prayer. Aha moments.

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We must have spiritual fruit to breathe calmly and let God speak and lead us. 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) helps to stay spiritually minded and over look things and stuff from X, Y and Z. Love them. Bless them. Pray for them.

X, Y and Z can be anyone. When someone hurts us, cry, grieve and let it go. Pray about it and release it to God. When you don’t know who to trust; trust God. People will talk about us, people talked about Jesus.

I recently walked through a season of strife. It was not pretty and I thank God for His protection and giving me the courage to stand and have faith in Him. It was not easy by no stretch of the imagination. Each time, my mind wandered back, I spoke Vengeance is mine, saith The Lord. I prayed for my enemies.

One day, I woke up realizing that He walked me through the season wiser and stronger. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Sometimes, I believe, we don’t know any better. We do what we know. Somewhere in our formative years, we developed bad habits that begin strife. (shock face) Strife between us destroys trust. Strife ruins reputations. Strife wreck relationships.

We talk about others in times of frustration or just because, we can. Thank God for His mercy and grace for those times when we participate instead of walking away or speaking up.

Most of the time, it’s a lack of maturity, lack of spiritual fruit. Lack of what’s missing within. Like the Word of God, until we know it for ourself and be doers of The Word, we won’t know any better.

Let’s face it, there comes a time when we finally understand Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

It’s a beautiful thing to let God handle and walk us through things and stuff while dealing with X, Y and Z situations. (gritted teeth smile)

Sometimes, spring cleaning is more than the house. (smile)

Be blessed and keep the faith! (smile) As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)
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Roll With It Friday

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Wahoo, Happy Friday, my friends. (smile)

I encourage you to boldly walk through today, by faith, knowing that God has equipped us with everything we need. (smile)

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Sometimes, a positive focus makes the day go by quicker.

Sometimes, roll with it will help put things into perspective! It’s an attitude of gratitude. (smile) Praise The Lord.

Sometimes, keeping our sense of humor helps keep our attitude in check. Sometimes, practicing the pause will work wonders for x, y and z around us! (wink and a smile)

Smile more, it disarms folks and makes them wonder. (cheesy smile)

Be content until God changes where we are.

So roll with it and be blessed as you enjoy your day. (smile) Your comments are always welcome. (smile)

Thursday Blessings

Sometimes, keeping it simple brings contentment to make it through the day. (smile)

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By faith, focus on the blessings today! Anything else, roll with it! (wink and a smile)

Celebrating One Year Blogging

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24 ~

Wahoo! Celebrating one year blogging! (cheesy smile) First, I give thanks and glory to God for the many creative ways He blesses me to be a blessing to others! (smile)

Second, I humbly thank you friends! (smile) Your support and kind words give me courage to do what I do and roll with it. (wink, stick tongue out smile) Thank you! God bless you.

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Third, I am grateful for those friends who share my posts via their social networks. Thank you and God bless you big!

I am still learning how to discipline my time when it comes to blogging. (shock face) Somedays, I run out of time and get so overwhelmed that I just roll past posting. (smile) That’s the beautiful thing about blogging; we get to make our schedule.

I admire those who post daily. It’s my goal someday. (smile) Right now, I will continue providing faith, encouragement and a sense of humor, as often as I can to bring a smile or chuckle your way. (smile)

I’ve met so many great and wonderful bloggers! I look forward to another year. (smile)

Be blessed and keep the faith today as I celebrate my one year blogging anniversary! (smile)

Have a great and blessed day! (cheesy smile) As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Living In God’s Amazing Grace

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.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Friends, living in God’s amazing grace is freedom. (smile) No one and nothing is perfect. Life will bring things and stuff. X, Y or Z can be challenging. Every trial and tribulation brings strength and deepens our faith and trust in God. Every single time.

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Grace. Thank God for grace. Grace has blessed me to complain less. (shock face) Grace has freed me to understand that stuff happens and roll with it. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing to accept and know ourself brings real freedom.
It’s a beautiful thing to walk through life knowing that God’s got your back and nothing is too hard for Him.
It’s a beautiful thing to know He loves us unconditionally.
It’s a beautiful thing to cast all our cares at the foot of the cross.
It’s a beautiful thing to know He answers our prayers.
It’s a beautiful thing to be in a solid relationship with Him.

I encourage you to keep the faith, be blessed and let your light shine in His amazing grace! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Life Can Change In An Instant

Hello friends (smile) Life can change in an instant. I’ve shared before about my friends, the Two Musketeers. (smile) Yesterday, going to lunch with a friend, we had a car accident. Out of no where, an emergency siren was blaring behind us and two cars in front of us slammed on the brakes.

Here is the beautiful thing about faith and having a trusting relationship with God. No words were spoken by either of us. No fear was present either. I tensed my body for the impact and my friend calmly turned the wheel to the left to avoid hitting the cars in front of us, only to be hit by a driver behind us. There were a few seconds, we could not think of the next step, and we refused to speak the wrong things. So we called out, God help us. God showed how mighty He was when the Third Musketeer called with the next step. Praise The Lord.

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Praise The Lord, no one was hurt and no significant damage was done to the cars involved. The blessing was God’s protection and His presence with us at the moment of impact. This was at a busy intersection and by the grace of God, we realized, it could have been worst. Thank you God for walking us through!

After the police report was done, my friend choose to get back on the horse (driving without fear) as she called it. We continued on with our plans for the day. We both kept praising and thanking God. We talked about how God can work out all things and how blessed we are. We were grateful. (smile)

Many times, when things happen, our first response is to ask why or lose perspective on what’s really important and start speaking the wrong things into existence. Yes, life brings challenges. Yes, life has ups and downs. Yes, things and stuff happens, whether saved or not.

It’s all part of living and walking by faith and trusting God.

Focus on the positive qualities of people and situations to fully realize that life can change in an instant. Sometimes, we focus too much on the “cannot” and the negative instead of the “can” and the positive. (smile)

Be blessed and live life for today. (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

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