Appreciate

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
~ Galatians 5:1 ~

As long as we have memories, Yesterday remains; As long as we have hope, Tomorrow waits, As long as we have friendship, Today is beautiful.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thank you for your support of my blog this year. I appreciate your kindness and hanging in there with me. {{hugs}}

Let us give glory to God for His love and presence that walked or crawled us through 2014.

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Let us appreciate our answered prayers.

Let us appreciate the little things that family and friends done for us.

Let us appreciate the X’s, who worked our last nerve; the Y’s, who helped us grow; and the Z’s, who makes us smile.

Let us appreciate the beautiful memories that touched our heart.

Let us appreciate the things and stuff (challenges) that helped us produce more spiritual fruit. Got patience? (smile)

Let us appreciate God’s daily mercy and grace given to us.

Let us appreciate how God worked all things out for our good.

Let us appreciate each other’s uniqueness.

Let us appreciate knowing and waiting for God’s best.

Let us appreciate God’s protection. Thank you Lord!

Blessings and abundant faith, my friends, as we have a Happy and blessed New Year! (smile)

Psst, please feel free to add what you appreciate about 2014. (wink)

Practice The Pause

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

It isn’t always necessary to achieve great things. Sometimes, just surviving is a great achievement.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) How are you, doing? (wink)

I got a lot of book writing done the last few days with no stress. Praise The Lord. My chores, not so much. (wink)

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For those of us returning to the circus, let’s keep the faith to practice the pause while speaking “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.

Sing a song. Smile. Take a walk. Get a beverage. Praise The Lord until the mood changes. Anything, just keep the faith and practice the pause. (smile)

We’re too blessed to be stressed! (humor)

Blessings as we remember, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me! The rest is irrelevant and let’s put it at the foot of the cross. (smile)

Enjoy your day!

Greatest Test of Faith

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 ~

“Life is a series of surprises.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

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Keep the faith and trust in God’s timing!

Blessings as we remember God can work all things out and thanking Him through anything else.

Enough

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Expectations are like preferences and perspectives; they will be different for everyone. So getting angry and frustrated by differences is foolish; until God prefects unconditional love within us. This is a lifelong process. ~ Ann Friend ~

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 ~

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
~ Philippians 2:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Ever get tired of things and stuff and/or Y moments and say enough? I’ve been working on this “enough” rant for awhile. (shock face) By the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, I was able to finish this message with love and encouragement to illustrate negative and positive with regards to enough. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Even those of us, who love The Lord, get tired and say enough. I’m keeping it real. Everyday that God wakes us up brings opportunities, by faith, to run our race and work out our salvation, as well as, loving those around us.

Here is where faith and a relationship with God brings comfort. He is the only one who can change a heart. There are some things we’re not meant to carry. There are some Y’s, not ours to fix. Here is the wisdom of Romans 8:28, all things can and will be used by God to get us where we need to be.

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We learn by repetition. We learn by our mistakes. We learn by letting go. We learn to have faith and trust God’s timing.

Life will bring challenges via things and people. Idiosyncrasies. Adapting and adjusting. Loving one another in spite of our differences. In the 21st century, we must be open enough to change.

Being spirit led and 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), within us brings inner change that lights the outside of us.

Until we’re ready to take responsibility of our choices and let God walk us through, we won’t understand the freedom of saying enough, Lord, let thy will be done.

Enough of impatience. 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 – Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Enough of spitefulness. Romans 12:18-21 – Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Enough of fear. Isaiah 41:10-13 -Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

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Enough of doubt. Matthew 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Enough of unbelief. Matthew 17:20 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Enough of envy. Romans 13:12-14 – The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Enough of pettiness. Matthew 23-24 – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Enough of negativity. Luke 6:27-28 – But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And also Luke 6:45 – A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Enough of judging. Matthew 7:1-3 – Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Enough of anger. Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clam our, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Enough is to know what scripture to speak to situations. Enough is to know that prayer is powerful. Enough is to know faith.

Enough is a blessing when we’re ready, God will provide the next step to move forward.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Slice of Heaven

The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
~ Oscar Wilde ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thanks and God bless you for providing a slice of heaven into my life! (smile) and {{hugs}} I appreciate you!

It’s the little things that deliver a slice of heaven into someone’s life.

Providing encouragement in a time of need. Providing a smile can change someone’s challenging moment. Providing strength just by being around. Listening when someone has angst.

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One of the hardest lessons to remember is that each of us are going through something.

That something will test us to produce more 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)) within us.

No matter the something, we provide a slice of heaven into someone’s life every time we lessen their angst by the “one another” scriptures below:

Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Blessings, friends, as we provide a slice of heaven into each other’s life today. (smile)

Laughter

Hello friends (smile) I’m stuck with work and chores this weekend. I encourage you to laugh and keep the faith this weekend because we’re blessed! (a wink and a smile)

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Its true that laughter really is cheap medicine. It’s a prescription anyone can afford. And best of all, you can fill it right now.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to smile and enjoy a deep down in your belly laugh. (smile)

Laughter, sometimes, reminds us to lighten up! Enjoy life. Have fun. Roll with it. (cheesy smile)

Yes, it can be hard to laugh, when we’re going through things and stuff or Y is working that last nerve. (shock face)

Ever notice, how God can send someone to bring a smile or tell us something to make us laugh, before the flesh man makes an appearance? Many days, I’ve thanked Him for his timing and His grace. (smile)

I laughed so hard the first time I saw the phase “Not my Circus, not my monkeys.” I see this as a reminder to mind…

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Life Gets So Much Better

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
~ John 16:33 ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23 ~

Not everyone will support you. If you take every insult or rude slur of your fellow human beings personally, you will be offended for the rest of your life.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) I hope all is well in your world. (smile) It’s busy at the circus and all is well in my world. Just not enough hours in the day. Praise The Lord that He sustains us daily.

Every challenge, we crawl or walk through, brings more of the spiritual fruit we’re missing. I still believe long-suffering and temperance are tested the most in this process called life.

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It’s a beautiful thing to know the love and peace of God from within. It is even more beautiful when we stop taking things and stuff or Y moments personally.

It is, what it is. Spirit led trumps worldly led every time.

To put this in a proper perspective, there will always be someone saying something or something will test us, let’s keep the faith that we’re better than we were yesterday, last week, last month and last year. Remember, they talked about Jesus and like us, He was tested.

We renew our minds when we stop taking things personally. Folks are going to think what they think regardless of what we do. Let em! Sometimes, they don’t know any better!

How about that. Growth and maturity, a powerful thing.

Sometimes, comments are made that are wrong. Let it go, don’t give it any power because you know who you are in Christ. Thank God for wisdom from above.

Blessings, by faith, as we stop taking things personally.

Nothing Can Separate Us

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~Romans 8:38-39~

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

Hello friends. (smile). Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Even during challenging times, we can thank God for His mercy and His grace.

I failed many testing moments yesterday. (shock face) Discipline (self control) was tested big time.

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Roll with it went out the window 30 minutes after I got to the circus. Ugh, the insanity at o dark thirty in the morning. (grit teeth smile)

It was a long week. I was tired and every conversation was challenged. Every simple task caused angst. At some point, it was not pretty. Tested and failed.

Here’s the thing, I felt great. I felt bold. I felt loved. I felt God’s mercy and His grace. I never lost my peace. I felt no condemnation to beat myself up. I had no psst whispers because none of it separated me from His love. (smile) Thank you Jesus!

Although I failed the test, at the end of the day, after repenting of my bad behavior, I got victory to let go and move on.

Here’s reality, no matter what we go through, nothing can separate us from His love or His mercy and grace. He may not like how we handle things or how we act, the fact remains nothing can separate us from his love. Oh, I pray this helps someone.

The process of growing and maturing is to acknowledge that when we stumble or act ugly, nothing changes–we’re still loved, we still have mercy and grace. The world will keep on turning! Faith, we’ll pass the retest.

Wahoo, what a way to renew the mind and those pesky psst thoughts. Praise The Lord!

Blessings friends as we know that nothing can separate us from God’s love! Enjoy your weekend! (smile)

Roll With It Friday

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

Hello friends. (smile) Thank God, we’re blessed to see Friday. It has been a long week. I woke up with roll with it in my spirit. (smile)

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Sometimes, we just need to keep it simple. Roll with it!

Have faith and roll with it!

Meditating and speaking “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” is wisdom to roll with it today.

Blessings, as we roll with it today! (smile)

IWSG Congratulations

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

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a heartfelt welcome to the IWSG December co-hosts Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins.

Congratulations Alex and Company on publishing The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond! Wahoo!

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Congratulations to all of the members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

I, for one, feel truly blessed to see my name, among such distinguished writers, in a published book! (smile) Praise The Lord!

Thank you and many blessings to be a part of such talent! (smile)

Help Us Prayer

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
~ Proverbs 3:5-6 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Remember the power of prayer and meditating on God’s Word will help us walk through anything.
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Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
~ Isaiah 41:10 ~

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
~ 2 Timothy 1:7 ~

Blessings!