Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Archive for August, 2014

Counting Our Blessings

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~ Willie Nelson ~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, let us be thankful and count our blessings.

It’s truly a beautiful thing to behold all that blesses our life.

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Focus on the blessings in our life.

It reinforces that God loves and provides for us.

For my little worry-warts, keep the faith, and remember, Jeremiah 32:27, Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Blessings, my friends, as we count our blessings today! (smile)

Boundaries To Let Go

It’s a beautiful thing when we exercise boundaries. (wink) Life gets a whole lot easier! Wahoo!

Praise The Lord because the joy of The Lord is my strength at this very moment. Friends, blessings as you enjoy your weekend.

I’ve got a special date with my Lord and Savior, Jesus. (wink)

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As we mature, there comes a time when we need boundaries, to know when, to let go and love from a distance. Adapting and adjusting to trials and tribulation, and things and/or stuff requires being spirit led with fruit of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

Possessing 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) within us helps with trials and tribulations, and things and/or stuff.
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Trials and tribulations, things and/or stuff happens. The test is how we react to it. There will always be something or someone testing us. It’s all part of life, change and growth. Many times, we forget to breathe and focus to stay spiritually calm.  (wink)   The flesh man rises.

Flesh man rising is where a warning should register but nope, we proceed anyway. Sometimes, we…

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God and Me

Hello friends and TGIF! (smile) Blessings as we remember we are loved unconditionally!

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Thank God, that regardless of what is or isn’t in our life, at this moment, we can tell ourselves, God loves me and He never gives me more than I can bear.  (smile)

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He will never leave me nor forsake me and the joy of The Lord is my strength! 

Oh, to be loved, by God, is a beautiful thing! 

Praise God for blessing us with what we need!  (smile) 

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Trust

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
~ Psalms 118:8 ~

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
~ Luke 18:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) To have faith and trust in The Lord is a beautiful thing. Trust.

Once upon a time, I had trust issues with everything and everyone, until I learned to put my trust in God, through His Son, Jesus. Trust.

Broken trust can devastate anyone. Having faith to trustGod because there is nothing nor anyone bigger than Him brings comfort. Trust.

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Trust that He always provides and protects.
Trust His love.
Trust that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.
Trust that we can do all things in Christ that strengthens us.
Trust in His mercy and His grace.
Trust that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Trust in His plan for our lives.
Trust that He works out all things.

Trust Him.

Trust – to put one’s confidence in. Scriptures on trust:

Trust not to be placed in:
Wealth – Psalm 49:6, 7
Leaders – Psalm 146:3
Man – Jeremiah 17:5
Works – Jeremiah 48:7
One’s own righteousness – Ezekiel 33:13

Trust to be placed in:
God’s name – Psalm 33:21
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42
Christ – Matthew 12:17-21

Benefits of Trust:
Joy – Psalm 5:11
Deliverance – Psalm 22:4, 5
Triumph – Psalm 25:2, 3
God’s goodness – Psalm 31:19
Mercy – Psalm 32:10
Provision – Psalm 37:3, 5
Blessedness – Psalm 40:4
Safety – Psalm 56:4, 11
Usefulness – Psalm 73:28
Guidance – Proverbs 3, 5, 6
Inheritance – Isaiah 57:13

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we trust God and thankful in all that He does for us! (smile)

Roll With It Wednesday

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:19 ~

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. ~Will Rogers~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s roll with it Wednesday with a little humor. (wink) My message is short and sweet today. (smile) Roll with it!

Roll with it is similar to careless and letting it go. (smile)

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By faith, God has equipped us for everything we need to crawl, walk or run through this day. Roll with it!

Have faith, He will give wisdom with the right words needed for that big meeting.
Have faith, He will give courage to speak up.
Have faith, He will open a door to new opportunities.
Have faith, He will work all things out.
Have faith, He will _________________ (fill in the blank)

Say it with me, roll with it! (smile)

Today, I have to stand and mediate on Philippians 4:19 as I roll with it. My dental work resumes this afternoon. (shock face) Bottom teeth this round.

Praise The Lord, He delivered me from fear of the dentist. I just have angst over those needles! Ugh. Roll with it!

Please join me, in prayer agreement, by faith that God will provide calmness to endure the needles. (nervous smile) I humbly thank you in advance! Praise The Lord.

Blessings my friends, by faith, as we roll with it today! (big smile)

Understanding

Understanding is knowing things in their right relationship.
~Dictionary definition ~

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
~ Proverbs 4:5-7 ~

Hello friends (smile) With wisdom comes understanding. My testing and retesting, of growth opportunities, has the fruit of patience within me multiplying exponentially. (nervous smile)

Today, I refused to be baited with idle words. Although I had to boldly talk loud a few times. Understanding and thanking God for His mercy and His grace!

This was another day to careless and leave the circus smiling. (wink)

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Understanding anything can be different for each of us.
Understanding that not everyone has experienced the same things in life.
Understanding that there is more than one way to accomplish something.
Understanding that there is uniqueness to each of us and in the way we communicate.
Understanding change starts with each of us.
Understanding life does go on whether we change or not.

Scriptures on understanding:

Means of understanding, by:
God’s gift – 1 King 3:9-12
Revelation – Romans 1:20
Word – Psalm 119:104, 130
Books – Daniel 9:2, 23
Holy Spirit – Exodus 31:3
Christ – 1 John 5:20
Prayer – Psalm 119:34-125
Faith – Hebrews 11:3
Enlightening – Ephesians 1:18
Interpretation – Nehemiah 8:2-13
Explanation – Luke 24-45
Reproof – Proverbs 15:32
Later Event – Psalm 73-17

Limitations on understanding, by:
Unbelief – John 8:43
Unregeneracy – Ephesians 4:18
Spiritual blindness Isaiah 6:9, 10
Judicial punishment – Isaiah 44:18, 19
Difficulties – 2 Peter 3:16

Blessings, my friends! (smile)

Careless and Have Faith

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
~ 1 Peter 5:6-9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Careless. I am using careless from a carefree aspect; not as anything negative. The Word of God says to cast our cares upon Him. Hmmm, careless!

To truly enjoy life, even with the ebbs and flows, we can learn to careless by casting everything to God. Say it with me, I could careless. I put ___________ at the foot of the cross. (smile)

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Having a careless attitude can keep us from angst. When those pesky thoughts come, I just say I careless if I’m late. I careless if my shoes don’t match! I careless what they say about me. Careless!

It’s a beautiful thing to careless, by casting pesky, annoying thoughts to God and walk by faith, trusting and believing in Him. Remember, those uncomfortable challenges will be growth moments. Sometimes, it is, what it is! (shock face) Careless!

Keep the faith. Faith is speaking those things as if they are. By faith, I ______________fill in the blank. By faith, my work place environment is getting better.

Each day is an opportunity to change something. Changing thought patterns is a nice start to careless. (smile)

By faith and grace, I walked through today with a careless attitude. (smile) It inspired me to share this with you.

Blessings, my friends, careless and keep the faith! (smile)

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