Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

#atozchallenge S is for…

 A to Z Challenge 
Self-forgiveness, seventy times seven, is important as forgiving others. Self-forgiveness is empowering every single time we stumble and defeats those pesky coulda, woulda and shoulda thoughts from replaying. Self-forgiveness is a choice.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

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.
~ Matthew 18:21-22 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Day 22 of the A to Z Challenge and my Friday commitment to Celebrate The Small Things.

I extend a heartfelt welcome to Lexa Cain and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog.
This week, I celebrate hanging in there with the A to Z Challenge. (wink)   My thoughts on self-forgiveness.

The power of self-forgiveness is liberating. Seventy times seven is a lifetime to be …..f r e e from mistakes and/or ______________ (fill in the blank).
God’s mercy and grace is self-forgiveness anchor. Praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace.

The upside of self-forgiveness:

Self-talk becomes uplifting
Empowered to let go
Looks beyond imperfections
Faith to move on

Flexibility in new choices
Okay, life goes on
Respect self is important
Grounded in love
Insightful to another perspective
Vital to letting go
Encourage to try again
Necessary to replace replays
Effective in maturity
Self-esteem grows
Selecting to move forward

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your day.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present


  In my own words wrote @

My “S” focused on the Good Shepherd, and a treasured cross-stitch that my friend made me. It’s so encouraging to find other Christians who are journeying to become more like Jesus. Happy blogging!

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thank Diane ( smile) Praise The Lord! Blessings!


  Lexa Cain wrote @

This is a hard one for me, both forgiving myself and others. One of the things I regret most in my life is being treated poorly and being too polite to stand up for myself. But I do a lot better with it now! 🙂

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thanks Lexi (smile) I agree. I’m in a toxic environment at the circus. The Lord helped me understand self-forgiveness and grace. It helped me stop beating up myself and internalizing other people’s drama. I pray a lot and getting better with forgiveness…them and me. Blessings and enjoy your weekend.


  Lori L MacLaughlin wrote @

You’re right about how important self-forgiveness is. You can’t keep beating yourself over the head for past mistakes. No one makes the right decisions all the time. You have to learn from the mistakes, forgive yourself, and move on, doing the best you can.
Great job keeping up with A to Z!

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thanks Lori for the encouragement. (smile) I’m hanging in there. Blessings and enjoy your weekend!

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  Nilanjana Bose wrote @

I never get as much done as I plan. I guess I need to forgive myself sometimes.

Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Maybe plans get adjusted and what needed to be done gets done. (smile) Sometimes, our plans change. Remember, we have grace. Forgiveness is always a blessing. I don’t believe you have to forgive yourself for not getting as much done as you planned (smile) Thanks for stopping by. Blessings and enjoy your weekend!


  lucciagray wrote @

Thanks for reminding us how important it is. I’m a teacher and I can appreciate how lack of self esteem can affect children negatively.

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

You are most welcome. (smile) I agree, and Adults too! Blessings!

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