Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Celebrate Hope

I hope you always find a reason to smile.
~ Maya Angelou ~

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the LORD is.
~ Jeremiah 17:7 ~

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.  Hope all is well in your world.

This week, I smile and celebrate hope because of my trust and faith in The Lord.

I believe hope compliments faith to keep trusting God to ________________ (fill in the blank).

I love using the ______________ fill in the blank because responses can be different for each of us and it promotes participation. (wink)

Hope is a beautiful thing when we remember something or someone that brings a smile.
Hope is powerful when we know circumstances change and the power of prayer.
Hope is a lifeline to living out our purpose.
Hope is praising God regularly; sometimes moment to moment.

For our reading pleadure, scriptures on areas of hope – the expectation of future good. Wahoo, something to read!

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectation – Acts 27:20
Sinful expectation – Acts 24:26
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Product of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25</b
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 and Romans 15:4
God’s promises – Acts 26:6, 7 and Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25

Abundant blessings my friends with hope, by keeping the faith, of better things to come.

Your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.


  Lori Carlson wrote @

beautiful, Ann… I hope that each day I am still able to get up and move, to be able to do my writing, and to have time to share with friends… God willing!

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thanks Lori! Hope and Faith (smile) Blessings!!

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  Lori Carlson wrote @

My pleasure, Ann 🙂 Thank you!


  messagefromthefield wrote @

Love this! I plan to print it off for use in my daily devotional.

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

You are most welcome (smile) Blessings!


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  Lori L MacLaughlin wrote @

Hope is what keeps us going when the going gets tough. We must never lose it.

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Amen Lori. Blessings

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  Only a Season wrote @

I don’t know if you’re familiar with K-LOVE radio but early last year a song came out called “Hope Can Change Everything. ” Your post reminded me of this. Great encouragement!

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thank you! I give glory to God. (smile) I’ll check out the song. Abundant blessings.


  Lexa Cain wrote @

You know that old adage about “Hope springs eternal”? I pretty much operate under that idea. No matter how hard things get or how elusive success is, I just keep on plugging away, hoping that I’ll see results eventually. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Amen Lexa! Thanks and abundant blessings (smile)


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