Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Count It All Joy When…

Appreciate the Unexpected. ~ Anonymous ~

And we know that all things together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
~ James 1:2-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when The Lord gives understanding, to us, through His Word. It’s a beautiful thing to understand the power of specific prayers.

I’ll be the first to admit, once upon a time, I struggled in my Christian walk. I struggled in my faith. I struggled in developing a personal relationship with God, through His son, Jesus.

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Let’s just say, I struggled until I got tired of going around the same mountain and surrendered. Praise The Lord, I’ve come a long way.

I’ve learn to appreciate and count it all joy as I keep moving forward, by faith, as God puts more patience in my life.

Count it all joy, when we pray and God answers.

Count it all joy, when we have wisdom to understand life is sowing and reaping. Life is realizing we can’t give what we don’t have. It comes from with. Life is sharing and helping one another.

It’s a beautiful thing to share “once upon a time” testimonies. It’s truly tough when we don’t know what we don’t know.

Count it all joy, when things in life can feel surreal.

Count it all joy, when somethings are forgotten and somethings linger, just enough to dwell on day in and day out.

Count it all joy, when trials and tribulations (things and stuff) help us grow and builds patience.

Count it all joy, when X, Y and Z moments challenge us.

Count it all joy, when we take responsibility for wrong choices.

Count it all joy, when God removes anything or anyone keeping us stuck.

Count it all joy, when we realize the past can’t keep us prisoners or stop our future blessings.

Count it all joy, when we understand nothing nor anyone is perfect, except Jesus.

Count it all joy, when it is, what it is. Let it go.

Count it all joy, when we know who we are and what we bring to the table.

Count it all joy, when the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Count it all joy, when we know, if God is for us, who can be against us.

Count it all joy that God loves us even when we stumble.

Count it all joy, that there will always be naysayers.

Once upon a time, we were naysayers. Let’s bless them and live our life thanking God that we’re not where we use to be.

Blessings, my friends, as we count it all joy!

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  shade akinbiyi wrote @

Anne i’m sorry that the cookie on my browser does allow me to like your page. The “like button” only works when i do it from “WordPress Reader”. But recently, your posts are not showing on the Reader. I wonder why?

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Hi Shade. I have the same challenge too. I use the bloglovin app for those blogs that I can’t see or use the like button from the WP reader. Thanks and many blessings 🙂

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  shade akinbiyi wrote @

Ok thanks Anne 🙂

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  shade akinbiyi wrote @

Beautiful post! I love the focus on counting it all joy. We need that child-like trust in God. Thank you Anne! Hugs and blessings my friend 🙂

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Glory to God. Thanks Shade! Hugs and blessings right back to you, dear friend 🙂

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  k at Healthy Living 4 Him wrote @

Thanks Ann. The journey has been very difficult these last many weeks. I needed this encouragement this morning. I am definitely feeling battle weary. When we are weak…He is strong. Thank you again and may the Lord richly bless your day….k

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Hang in there k and keep the faith as you count it all joy (smile) Blessings

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  k at Healthy Living 4 Him wrote @

Amen…I listened to a teaching from Nancy Leigh Demoss’ radio program. And the Lord provides exactly what we need in His timing. It doesn’t change the situations we are dealing with….He just changed my heart. God is so good!! And yes Dear Friend….I count it all joy. Thank you again….k 🙂

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