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, 2016

Celebrate Bye-Bye to 2016


In life, you will realize there is a purpose for every person you meet. Some are there to test you, some will use you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the worst in you, while others bring out the best.
~ Unknown Author ~

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) 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 celebrate bye-bye to 2016.

I’m smiling as I reminisce about God’s faithfulness through the joy and pain, the ebb and flow, the good and not so good experiences in 2016.

To be honest, this was a rough year. Thank God for his mercy and grace that walked me through all things. (smile)

There are moments that healing comes through all things.

There are situations that promote discipline through all things.

There are environments that develop courage and inner strength through all things.

There are times, it is, what it is through all things.

Bottom line, still standing, faith stronger than ever, loved and protected by the King through all things.

Praise the Lord, all things work together for our good. All things.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we say bye-bye 2016 and hello to a faithful and hopeful new year. (wink)

Happy New Year!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate The Ability to Adapt


Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.
~ Author Unknown ~

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
~ Philippians 4:11-13 ~

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.

Last week, the brutal Virginia cold had me down for the count for three days straight. Brrrr.

This week, I celebrate the ability to adapt.

The ability to adapt is contentment, to remain steady state, regardless of situations or Y moments.

It’s the quiet port in a storm.

It’s keeping the faith when all around is hectic.

It’s hope until victory comes and it does.

Praise The Lord when we find new ways to adapt anytime and anywhere. (grin)

As we get older, the ability to adapt is quite powerful. (wink) We have choices. We can only control ourself.
Those testing moments teach something.

Our tolerance level changes. Our focus changes. Especially when we remember I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Do it by faith. (wink)

Learning to adapt with aging and maladies remind us to slow down and get the proper rest.

Learning to adapt, in difficult environments, is comforting that I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Some days are better than others. Keeping the faith makes the ability to adapt and run our race easier. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to adapt anytime and anywhere because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Keep the faith.

Happy Holidays!

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Letting Go Takes Love


The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
~ Oscar Wilde ~

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
~ Mark 12:29-31 ~

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, celebrate letting go takes love.  It’s liberating to love enough to let go.

Loving ourself flaws and all is easier when we know God loves us unconditionally.

Loving our neighbor is shown when we let go of ___________________ (fill in the blank)

Praise The Lord.

There are times, letting go is the most loving gesture we can do.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to keep the faith, by letting go, and enjoy your weekend.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG December 7th Question


Even though they don’t have anything in common, doubt can be in a very big conflict with faith.
~ Unknown Author ~

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
~ Hebrews 11:1 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. Welcome Alex and December IWSG Co-hosts:

Jennifer Hawes
Jen Chandler
Nick Wilford
Juneta Key
JH Moncrieff
Diane Burton
MJ Fifield

Self-encouragement and belief in our ability is powerful and builds confidence. Remembering that is a beautiful and powerful thing.

The ebbs and flows contribute to everything that keep us stuck or moving forward. It is, what it is. It’s a choice.

December 7th Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

In five years, I see myself retired from the circus and enjoying life as a full time published author. How’s that for faith. (smile)

My plan is to just keep writing and honing my style. Finish my non-fiction book, embrace a full-time writing career and the blessing of being fabulous in my sixties. (wink)

Abundant blessings my friends, keep the faith and happy holidays!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Victory Does Come


The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.
~ Arnold Bennett ~

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:57-58~

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 no longer in a rut. Victory does come. Praise The Lord.

When faith is tested; challenging moments just keep on coming; and praying becomes a hour by hour survival; we can find ourselves in rut.

A rut experience can be positive and negative.

I pretty much stop talking about stuff and started castings my cares.

Hashtag # careless. (wink)

I slowly became okay with a sense of tranquility because it is, what it is. Keep moving forward.

I love the quote above because it helped me understand, yup, I’m in a rut, no pretending I’m not, and in time, victory does come.

Being in a rut can give clarity to a situation, by knowing it’s temporary, and evidently victory does come. (whew)

Being in a rut teaches something and is quite humbling.

Keep the faith and run your race.

Victory does come. Praise The Lord, my rut season is over.

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

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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