Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for March, 2016

Smile That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore Part 4

Experience is something you cannot learn from others, but only yourself.
~ Unknown Author ~

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
~ Romans 5:1-5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Buttons. Things/stuff and the little darlings who push our buttons. (grin) I haven’t talk about my buttons in awhile.

I can smile because one button doesn’t work anymore. (smile) Silly distractions no longer bother me. I can smile as I let it go. (smile)

Changing perspective is wonderful when replacing the thought about the button into a positive like teaching patience, self-discipline or _________________ (fill in the blank).

There are times, when focusing on things and stuff or Y moments cause angst or push my buttons. Rhetoric and shenanigans are buttons that can still be pushed. Ugh. Wahoo, something to do!

Here is the beautiful thing about reacting when buttons are pushed. Grace. Praise The Lord for his grace when buttons are pushed and we stumble. (wink)

How about you, what pushes your button?

Abundant blessings and keep the faith to enjoy your day. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Encourage Someone Today

Hello friends. (smile) Let’s encourage someone today.

It’s the little things we remember most. (wink)
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Abundant blessings and I encourage you to smile and keep the faith. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Transformed and Empowered

I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ Unknown Author ~

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.
~ Ezekiel 36:26-27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I’ve been working on my book. To be honest, it’s been a slow process balancing work and trying to write on a specific schedule.

Faith, I have faith, it will all fall into place. (smile)

I’m a humble servant of The Lord coming here to share my faith journey and life challenges to encourage others that seasons of challenge always teach us something. It can be painful but the experience will make you stronger spiritually.

I don’t pretend to be better than anyone. I’m not. I share my experiences because once upon a time, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.  I ran from God’s calling.  

We all have a past. There are things from the past that may need resolving. Until we deal with it, it lays dormant until something or someone awakens it. This is probably why some things and some people rub us the wrong way.  

Memories from the past.
Transformed and Empowered
I feared everything and everybody until I made Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. He gave me a new heart and His Spirit. I read and applied His Word until I was rooted and grounded in it.  Then I renewed my mind.

I developed a deep and intimate relationship with Him by giving every area of my life to Him. I love to tell anyone that He loves and protects me well. Thank you Lord!

As He pruned and purged stuff from the past that was not spiritual fruit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, my heart was opened and obedience became easier. No fear. (smile)

When God gives a new heart and it’s opened to The Holy Spirit, change is inevitable. Here’s the thing, change is from the inside out. This is a lifelong process. It cannot be rushed and is so worth it.

I’ve had challenges, at the circus, that were used to prune me more. I still believe long suffering and patience are tested the most by way of challenges. This is our opportunity to show Jesus to those around us.

The thing about faith and trusting God is that one day you wake up transformed and empowered in Christ.

You learn to count it all joy because the challenge is temporary and you realize you are more than a conqueror.  Life can change in an instant.

I share all this because God gave me victory over circus woes once and for all. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends as we keep the faith and enjoy today. (smile)

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Controlling My Tongue


Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer. You see, silence can never be misquoted.
~ Unknown Author ~

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
~ 1 Peter 3:8-11~

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. (smile) Been busy at the circus and just returned from a TDY trip.


I celebrate controlling my tongue. No complaining when I was assigned the last seat on the plane.

No nasty response when security randomly selected me to be padded down in front of everybody.

No entertaining rhetoric when I got the middle seat with no leg room and a crying baby near my ear.

Silence is powerful, when we realize most times, no response is required. Now that’s wisdom from above.

Praise The Lord for self-control and understanding controlling the tongue is a process.

Thank God for his grace and faith, at the end, of the day, I’m blessed, smiling and still standing.

Abundant blessing and enjoy your weekend!

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

A to Z Theme Reveal

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, my second year participating in the blogging A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is the upside to everything.

The power of words, in situations, move, paralyze or keep us stuck.

My thoughts were all over the place deciding on which words to pick. The contrasting of words is interesting.

My plan is share the upside to everything positive from A to Z and visit other participants in the challenge. (wink)

It’ll be fun. Meet you here April 1. (smile)

Blessings and enjoy your day. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Spiritual Fruit Enhances Everything

Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.
~ Unknown Author ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

~ Galatians 5:22-25~

Hello friends. (smile) A spirit led life manifests spiritual fruit with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual fruit enhances everything from trusting God’s Word to spiritual wholeness.

Spiritual fruit is evident when the Holy Spirit lives within and Jesus is Lord and Saviour.

Prayer is enhanced
Love is enhanced
Giving is enhanced
Wisdom is enhanced
Faith to run the race is enhanced
Patience is enhanced
Self-control is enhanced
Smiling is enhanced
Character traits enhanced
Relationships enhanced
______________ (fill in the blank) enhanced.

A pruning progress season can be painful and the end result enhances more spiritual fruit within, to include inner strength. Praise The Lord.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

More Than Conquerors

You will meet two kinds of people in life: ones who build you up and ones who tear you down. But in the end, you’ll thank them both.
~ Author Unknown ~

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, 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 8:35-39 ~

Hello friends. (smile) We are more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ. Praise The Lord.

Things and stuff. Challenging little darlings at home or the circus. Choices. Testing. The its.

It’s temporary
It’s teaching and changing something
Its growing spiritually
It’s building inner strength

Praise The Lord for balancing out those who build us up and those who tear us down. Both makes us stronger. More than conquerors.

Knowing and thanking God, for his mercy and his grace, is a powerful reminder that we’re more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to believe and keep the faith, we are more than conquerors is wisdom.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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