Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for November, 2014

God’s Protection

Sometimes all we need is some personal space and time to release, reflect, and focus on all the amazing things that we have been blessed with in life.
~ Unknown Author ~

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 ~

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.
~ Philippians 4:10-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world and you had a blessed Thanksgiving! (smile) All is well in my world. Praise The Lord.

I’ve been enjoying life in spite of things and stuff or Y moments. Here’s the thing, adversity and free will. We’re all different and can press each other’s buttons. (shock face)

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In life, we could be the something or someone that irritates others. Sometimes, we, like others, are not ready. Ah, the cycle of life to adapt and adjust.

As spiritual fruit grows within us, it becomes easier to adapt and adjust to things and stuff or Y moments.

It’s a beautiful thing to learn contentment by renewing the mind and meditating on Psalm 91.

It’s a beautiful thing to realize faith and trust in God is all that matters; because at the end of the day, we’re still standing and life goes on. Glory to God. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing to let it go. The “it” will be different for each of us, nonetheless, letting go brings freedom and breaks the bondage that keeps us stuck.

It’s a beautiful thing to practice the pause before answering foolishness. Silence, at times, speaks of spiritual maturity.

It’s a beautiful thing to understand choices and know that God always provides when we walk by faith and our choice is aligned with His will for our life.

It’s a beautiful thing to know that God is for us, who can be against us.

It’s a beautiful thing to behold all things. God can use all things to bring about spiritual growth, healing, maturity (wholeness) that leads to contentment of where we are today and His protection along the way.

Be blessed and content, as we keep the faith until God manifests our next step! (smile)

Letting Go Takes Love

Hello friends. (smile)
Sometimes, when we’re ready, letting go brings freedom to live life, by faith and trusting God, in all things, because love never fails. ~

We have to hurt in order to know. Fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain, because most of life’s lessons are taught through pain.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

This quote is a perfect illustration of love. Love can start with each of us. To let go, means adapting and adjusting to one another in spite of our things and stuff.

To let go, means understanding we’re different with our own preferences and ways of communicating.

Kind of like po-tay-toe or po-tah-toe. (smile) We must keep our sense of humor (grit teeth smile)

To let go, means checking our motives with our choice of words to one another.

To let go, means caring less about what someone says or feels about us. Psst, they talked about Jesus!

To let go, means recognizing we’re in different seasons of life and timing is everything.

To let go, means growth and taking responsibility for our actions.

All in all, right or wrong, it is, what it is. Life goes on. (smile)

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God bless us, as we have faith and trust, in you…

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Faith In God Grows Stronger

Anything is possible, my friend. Anything.
~ Author Unknown ~

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 ~

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
~ Hebrews 11:1-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I’ve had a great time celebrating. Here’s the thing, many times, we can become overwhelmed by circumstances. Faith in God, is the ultimate companion, along with prayer.

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Sometimes, words spoken, over our situation, need to be rebuked and not received. Pray and have faith.

It’s a beautiful thing when our faith, in God, grows stronger. Praise The Lord.

Every single time, we choose faith, we are growing more spiritual fruit within us, faith grows stronger.

Every single time, we refuse to fret or have angst, about something or someone, faith grows stronger.

Every single time, we remember what He has already done, faith grows stronger.

How about that! (smile)

Faith, in God, is powerful when going through the ebbs and flow in life.

Faith, in God, is comfort when we remember we’re not alone.

Faith, in God, is peace from previous victories.

Faith, in God, grows when we know He can work all things out for our good.

Faith, in God, grows when we trust in His timing.

Faith, in God, grows when the blessing is manifested.

Faith is knowing God, through His Son, Jesus, and recognizing that anything is possible once aligned with His will.

Blessings, my friends, as our faith, in God, grows stronger today! (smile)

Wahoo! I’m Done

Hello friends. (smile) Today was my last dental appointment after 15 months of straight and serious dental work!

Wahoo, I’m done. DONE!

Praise The Lord. (smile)

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I will be celebrating for a few days because there was some angst about implants. I prayed and had faith.

Today, my dentist informed me that implants are not needed, after all! Whew!

Again, Praise The Lord! (smile)

So friends, be blessed and enjoy the rest of the week. See you in a few days! (smile)

Something to Ponder

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~ Proverbs 1:7 ~

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
~ Psalm 91:3-7 ~

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There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
~ 1 John 4:18 ~

When The Stranger Came Home

Blessings and an awesome read!

Good Time Stories

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A fascinating story to share with you today…

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town.  From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.  The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family.  In my young mind, he had a special niche.  My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.  But the stranger… He was our storyteller.  He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to…

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IWSG Balance

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The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
– Amy Gatliff –

Hello friends and welcome to this months co-hosts, LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy. (smile) My message this month is short and a reminder to keep life balanced.

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Balance is quite important these days. Trying to do everything without balance is exhausting.

I’m becoming content to do what I can each day. I encourage you to be content doing what you can.

Sometimes, a break from our normal routine does wonders for peace of mind.
Sometimes, just listening to music calms the nerves.
Sometimes, spending time with a friend talking and laughing warms the heart.
Sometimes, keeping our sense of humor lightens our mood.
Sometimes, quiet time promotes the best sleep.
Sometimes, ______________ (fill in the blank).

Just for fun, what is balance for you?

Blessings, as we remember to balance for the little things……

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