Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for December, 2015

The ABC’s of Faith

There’s a distinction between a spiritual and a worldly existence. Faith. Many things drive and contribute to life challenges. Victory comes when we realize ebbs and flows are temporary and it is, what it is. So count it all joy. (smile)

Ah, the blessing of a personal relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, and his daily mercy and grace, gives the ability to walk, crawl or baby step through seasons with the ABC’s of faith to count it all joy.
~ Ann V Friend ~

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
~ James 1:2-8 ~


Hello friends. (smile) As I say goodbye to 2015, I thank God for my faith in Him.  Throughout 2015, my faith was tested and retested.  Praise The Lord, faith and grace, to crawl and baby step my way through.

The ABC’s of faith is quite liberating to count it all joy, regardless of things and stuff or Y moments.

The ABCs of faith produce and sustain patience to run the race, while counting it all joy across temporary seasons of challenges.

Wisdom is faith in God that can make all things possible.

Keeping the faith speaks I can, I have and I will. Can I get a witness? (wink)

Abundant blessings my friends as we say adieu to 2015 and welcome to 2016. Happy New Year!

Feel free to share your 2015 comments or thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Forgiveness


There is a difference between like and love, wrong and right. Never run if you’re not ready to take a step. And never forgive, if you’re not ready to forget.
~ Unknown Author ~

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
~ Matthews 18:21-22 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

I must admit, I’m enjoying the weekly celebrate the small things. (wink) it’s quite liberating. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Yay, I made posting before midnight. Praise The Lord.

A quick reminder I write when I can because my day job pays the bills and provides food to microwave. (smile) Got to eat! This week, I celebrate forgiveness. Forgiveness is a choice. Seventy times seven? Yup, it’s a choice.

Forgiveness is powerful because it keeps a heart and mind open. No coulda, woulda and shoulda replays. No bitterness.  No resentment.

Forgiveness can work daily to release and renew the mind to move forward. Sometimes, it is, what it is; until it’s not.

Forgiveness helps to listen to the words and not react to the tone spoken. The Holy Spirit and spiritual fruit is required because the flesh can react to the tone.

So I celebrate choosing forgiveness as a beautiful release of emotions not meant to be carried.

Abundant blessings, my friends, enjoy your weekend and keep the faith. (smile)

Your comments or thoughts on forgiveness are welcome.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Being F R E E


Total self-esteem requires total and unconditional acceptance of yourself. You are a unique and worthy individual, regardless of your mistakes, defeats and failures, despite what others may think, say or feel about you or your behavior.

If you truly accept and love yourself, you won’t have a driving need for attention and approval. Self-esteem is a genuine love of self. Stop all adverse value judging of yourself. Stop accepting the adverse value judgments of others. Purge yourself of all condemnation, shame, blame, guilt and remorse.
~ 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) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

This week I celebrate being f r e e. Praise The Lord! Baby steps, prayer and faith, in The Lord, gave me victory over distractions and rhetoric. I thought I was free before.

We are not free when when a mole hill becomes a mountain. We are not free when someone’s hurtful words attack us. We are not free when we give it power to bother us.

When we know who we are in Christ; when we know our strengths and weaknesses; when we keep the faith; we eventually come to believe we are being f r e e in every area of life.

Being f r e e from angst.
Being f r e e from second guessing decisions.
No more coulda, woulda, shoulda. F r e e.
Being f r e e from strife.
Being f r e e from comparisons.
Being f r e e from ______________(fill in the blank).

See, there will always be someone saying something about nothing or causing angst. Bless them. Move on.  F r e e.

So this week, I’m totally f r e e, knowing that, at the end, of the day, God loves me, I have his mercy and his grace, regardless of others opinions or belief. Glory to God.

Abundant blessings my friends and enjoy your weekend being f r e e.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Sometimes Faith

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Faith is believing in something that sometimes doesn’t always seem logical.
~ Unknown Author ~

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Hello friends and IWSG co-hosts (smile) Welcome to the first Wednesday of the month.

Sometimes faith is all that is needed to baby step and keep moving forward.  (wink)

Sometimes faith is wisdom to release anything not positive causing angst. 

Sometimes faith __________(fill in the blank).

Sometimes faith in the beautiful and powerful prayer above changes our mindset.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we believe faith endures.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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