Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for July, 2014

Recognize God’s Grace

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.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week, so far, has been eye opening and hectic. Have no worries, all is well, in my world. I hope, all is well in your world. (smile)

Many times, things happen and we forget to recognize God’s grace. We start asking why.

We forget how He can work all things out. Praise The Lord!

Monday, I got my first ticket. I ran a red light! (shock face)

I noticed a small gash on my right rear tire. I know nothing about cars except to gas them up, use the air conditioner and listen to music as I drive. (wink) I entertained one negative thought. (nervous smile) What if the tire blows on the way home? Those pesky thoughts, we entertain makes us loose focus and faith. Where was my faith?

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As I was driving, very nervous not to slam on the breaks as the light was changing yellow, I kept going, right through the red light. (shock face)

Thank God, no other cars were around me, except the cop behind me! (shock face) The look of horror, on my face, when he flashed the lights for me to pull over.

Believe me, I was stunned but calm with faith that God was in charge. Lights still flashing, I felt like a criminal as cars slowed to watch the festivities. (smile) It seemed forever for him to run my license and registration.

I stayed calm and polite. As I sat in my vehicle, I looked up and told The Lord, ok, I’m going to just roll with this because you are in charge.

I became numb to the reality, that yup, stuff happens. I had no reference point of experience, to help me, I’ve never been stopped before. So I spoke Romans 8:28 and said Thank you Lord. Just get me home.

Little did I know, the blessing of that ticket.

After the ticket was handed to me, He said, it was a warning and told me to read the back for instructions and get the tire fixed because it could blow. After the officer drove off, I still sat there stunned until I finally ventured home.

This morning, I go to leave and see that the tire has lost some air. Ugh! I’ll cut to the chase, I had to get four new tires because each were dry rotted! The back rear tire was not the worst one! (shock face)

Anyone of those tires could have blown.

I thanked God for keeping me safe! Here’s the blessing–that ticket brought to life the fact that my tires were bad! If I didn’t get that ticket….

God opened my eyes to that afterward. I’m still thanking and praising God for his protection and grace. (smile)

Sometimes, we don’t recognize the power of God’s grace when walking through challenges.

Blessings, my friends, as we recognize God’s grace in all things. (smile)

End of Day Blessing

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Posting late. I was off schedule all day. A beautiful Susie Larson blessing to end the day. Regardless, of where we are at this moment, be grateful of the many blessings in our life.

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Realize how much God loves us. Remember, by faith, to carry our imaginary slingshot and put on the full armour of God to defeat Goliath.

Pray because there is power in prayer.

Blessings as we keep the faith and sleep well tonight. (smile)

I Said A Prayer Today

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
~ Matthew 18:18-20 ~

Hello friends. (smile) The power of prayer is a beautiful thing to behold. Prayers are heartfelt words to God for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, enemies, to name a few.

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Prayers give hope. Prayers give strength. Prayers give healing. Prayers give comfort. Prayers give life to dead bones walking.

Prayers are opportunities for God to provide blessings by way of breakthroughs.

Today, my friends, by faith, I’m praying for God to wrap His loving arms around us and strengthen us where we need it most.

For those who asked me to pray specific prayers, I’m praying for God to manifest healing after a serious surgery; property be sold; a job, a book deal, peaceful sleep, and courage to take that next step in rebuilding trust and reconciliation.

Thank you, Lord.

Blessings my friends as we continue to take everything to God in prayer and keep the faith in Him. (smile)

Start A Day Blessing

Today everything is possible…Yesterday is gone.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Let us walk by faith believing God has provided everything we need to crawl, walk or run through today. Thank you, Lord. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, that we know we are loved and have His mercy and His grace to sustain us. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Courage

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
~ David Brinkley ~

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
~ 1 Samuel 17:45 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a heartfelt thank you to friends, my brothers and sisters, in Christ, who encourage me when I need it most. {{hugs}}

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We all need encouragement at times to keep moving forward. Sometimes, courage is born, out of challenging situations, by words of encouragement. Faith. Have courage by faith.

As courage grows, you’ll feel like David with a slingshot and the full presence of The Lord to defeat every Goliath. (wink)

Yesterday, my buttons were pushed early. My flesh man had enough! (shock face) I had to go outside to work on my frustration and my attitude. It’s rough when the encourager can’t encourage herself out of a box. (gritted teeth smile)

I learned yesterday that if I entertain just one negative thought, others follow, and then I get so fired up about everything else negative that it’s not pretty. (shock face)

Patience and long-suffering. I am being pruned for more spiritual fruit!

It’s a beautiful thing when God shows up. My spirit was quicken and I thought of David and Goliath. I walked back in the building armed with the whole armor of God and my imaginary slingshot! Confident in God having my back. The rest of the day was a breeze. (smile)

Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace. (smile)

I share this to encourage someone to have courage and watch God walk you through the situation! Keep the faith. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day with confidence in God! (smile)

Be at Peace

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
~ Philippians 4:11~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, I am choosing to be content and at peace because God is in charge! I invite you to join me. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, to be content and at peace today! (smile)

End of Day Blessing

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, you need a safe zone to vent and just say what’s on your mind and gives thanks you survived. (wink)

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I encourage you to tell it, the good, the bad and the ugly to God. Mercy and grace.

That’s right, telling Him every frustration, every angst. It helped me realize it is, what it is and to move on. Thank you Lord! (smile)

Blessing to release it and sleep well tonight! (smile)

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