Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for January, 2015

Strength From Within

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 ~

I’m thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Strength grows every time we walk through struggles. It’s a beautiful thing to have inner strength that comes from above. Praise The Lord!

We are powerful vessels when we draw our strength from above.

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This is strength that can’t be taken away.

This is strength that can’t succumb to fear or doubt.

This is strength that says “I serve an all powerful God, bring it!”

It’s a powerful testimony to show strength through things and stuff and those Y moments. We never know who is watching. People are drawn to strength. To God be the glory.

Blessings, friends, every single time, we remember to trust God and keep the faith, our strength grows as He walks us through. I’m a witness. (smile)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
~ 1 John 4:4 ~

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

They

I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.
~ Author Unknown ~

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 ~

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) I’ve been adapting and adjusting at the circus. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. (grin)

It has been exhausting. It has been painful. It has been humbling. “They”.

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They like telling us our faults. They like pushing buttons to wear us out. They like projecting their issues onto us.

Sometimes, they think we are “they“.

They contribute to our growth. They will lead us to prayer.

God can use “they” to make us stronger in trusting and leaning on Him.

Praise The Lord, for the blessing, when “they” contribute to drawing us closer to God by praying our way through. (smile)

Blessings! (smile)

It’s What I Do

I get by with a little help from my friends.
~ John Lennon ~

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) I hope all is well in your world. I appreciate and thank those friends, who left heartfelt encouraging words as I prayed through my stuff. {{hugs}}

Praise The Lord that I’m back with a new vigor to continue blogging. It’s what I do.

Praise The Lord that His mercy and His grace will lead me to adapt and adjust to rhetoric.

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Praise The Lord that His love and faith will help me be the light at the circus. (wink)

The power of prayer and encouragement is a beautiful thing to receive when stuff comes and things get overwhelming.

The Lord reminded me that our gifts and talents within us help others when we share our experiences.

Understanding the will of God, for our life, is crucial. I wanted to quit but God had other plans. I give glory to God when I do what I do. (wink)

Friends, I encourage you to do what you do. God made us different for a reason. (smile)

It’s remembering all the times, He walked us through.

It’s remembering everyone has opinions and comments.

It’s remembering who we are in Christ.

It’s remembering to hashtag # careless anything that weighs us down.

It’s remembering at the end of the day, life does and will go on, in spite of stuff.

Praise The Lord.

Blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith and do what we do! (smile)

By the way, I’ll be catching up on all your posts that I missed this weekend. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Away from Blog

Hello friends. (smile) I hope all is well in your world. All is well in my world, I just find myself in a weird place these days.

Sometimes, I think about quitting blogging.

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Sometimes, I get tired of rhetoric.
Lately, I’m entertaining retirement from the circus.

I’m praying my way through.

Blessings until we meet here again. (smile)

Encouragement From Within

When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged, it’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) There will be times when we’ll have to encourage ourself.

I believe seven of the most powerful words, in scripture, is “I can do all things through Christ”. All things. How’s that for encouraging ourself. Praise The Lord! (smile)

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The ability to encourage ourself is powerful because it builds confidence and courage within us. It strengthens us spiritually and deepens our self worth.

The power of “I can” is positive and up lifting. Heck, it helped me out of bed today. (grin) Praise The Lord.

Sometimes, we have to have faith when we pray and speak encouraging words to situations and decisions .

Be our own cheerleader to encourage and motivate ourself forward.

No doubts. No worries. Faith. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Blessings, my friends, as we encourage ourself, by faith, with “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. (smile)

Know Your Worth

Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?
~ Unknown Author ~

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
~ Psalm 139:14 ~

Hello friends. (smile) How are you? I was under the weather. Medicated, slept and drank plenty of fluids. All is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (smile)

My encouragement today is to know your worth. For my little worrywarts, know it by faith. (smile)

Self worth cannot be found in material things, work, or other people. When we know that we are loved by and a child of God, self worth and confidence grows. I’m a witness. (smile)

Love is a powerful thing. A personal relationship with God, through His son Jesus Christ, is a beautiful thing to experience and behold because His love grows from within and never fails to sustain.

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To love others, as we love ourself, becomes easier by having a personal relationship with God.

As He changes us from the inside out, we begin to know who we are in Christ and the source of our self worth. Praise The Lord.

The Word of God is powerful to know, for ourself, because it becomes a lifestyle, builds faith and character, as it sets us apart, as children of God.

When we know our worth, we don’t settle for less than God’s best.

When we know our worth, we can hashtag# careless because we know who we are in Christ.

When we know our worth, we can express ourself freely without tearing someone down or competing with anyone.

When we know our worth, we recognize opinions as information to receive or reject with love.

When we know our worth, there is nothing to prove to anyone, our confidence shows.

When we know our worth, we know that nothing nor anyone is perfect. Thank God for His mercy and His grace when we stumble and make mistakes.

When we know our worth, we can let stuff go and believe all things are possible.

Blessings, my friends, as we know our worth, by thanking God, with confidence because His Word says that we’re fearfully and wonderfully made. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Giving It No Power

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Listen to life, it is the wisest teacher of all.
~ Author Unknown ~

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) Giving it no power is the encouragement today and boldly obtaining God’s mercy and grace for the it moments.

It can be anything. Drama. Negativity. Critical opinions. Angst. Fill in the blank __________________.

I realized why I keep failing my retest. (shock face) Do tell, I sense someone thinking. (smile)

I keep failing because I have more its than I realized! (shock face) Thank God for His mercy and His grace.

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The funny thing about it, is that, it’s usually a past incident that we never fully released or forgiven; and anything or anyone can trigger the memory. Those pesky thoughts.

Let’s stop giving it power. Take a pause to breathe before reacting. Do anything, just don’t give it power.

Growth and maturity is a beautiful thing once we understand that all things and everyone contribute to victory over it. Ain’t life grand. (smile)

We give it too much power to drain our energy.

Entertaining it drains energy.

Retelling it multiple times drains energy.

Forgive it. Forgive ourself and let it go.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we stop giving it power. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present. 

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