Psalm 119:25-32 – DALETH

God loves us. It’s a choice to love him back.

DALETH
25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.


29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Scripture references to Psalm 119:25-32 verses
Verse 25

For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleave thy unto the earth.
~ Psalm 44:25 ~

Verse 28
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
~ Psalm 22:14 ~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
~ 1 Peter 5:10 ~

Verse 31
For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
~ Deuteronomy 11:22 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Grateful

Grateful for what God has done. Grateful for what God is doing. Grateful for what God will do.

Grateful compliments contentment. Praise The Lord.

Acrostic grateful scriptures:
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
~ Psalm 18:32 ~

Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindness; for they have been ever of old.
~ Psalm 25:6 ~

As for me, I will upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
~ Psalm 55:16

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night
~ Psalm 92:2 ~

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
~ Psalm 139:10~

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
~ Psalm 48:14 ~

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
~ Psalm 25:1 ~

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
~ Psalm 18:2 ~

Have a marvelous day and weekend!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:17:24 – GIMEL

Psalm 119:17-24 continued. The contrast between scriptures is amazing.

GIMEL
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.


21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
~ Psalm 119:17-24

Scripture references to Psalm 119:17-24 verses
Verse 19
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
~ 1 Chronicles 29:15 ~

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
~ Hebrews 11:13 ~

Verse 20
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
~ Psalm 42:1-2 ~

Verse 21
Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.
~ Deuteronomy 27:26 ~

For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
~ Psalm 37:22 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 23 Update

As of yesterday, I’m loving the Book of Psalms. Psalm 23 is my first favorite Psalm.

Will continue Psalm 119 every other day until completed. I enjoy creating different ways to share God’s word. (wink)

I see acrostics in my sleep.

Scripture references to Psalm 23 verses:
Verse 1
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
~ John 10:11 ~

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
~ 1 Peter 2:25 ~

Verse 2
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies make thy way straight before my face.
~ Psalm 5:8 ~

He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
~ Psalm 47:4 ~

I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall be their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
~ Ezekiel 34:14 ~

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
~ Revelation 7:17 ~

Verse 3
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies make thy way straight before my face.
~ Psalm 5:8 ~

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
~ Psalm 19:7 ~

Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
~ Psalm 85:13 ~

Verse 4
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life ; of whom shall I be afraid.
~ Psalm 27:1 ~

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
~ Psalm 107:14 ~

Verse 5
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
~ Psalm 16:5 ~

Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
~ Psalm 78:19 ~

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
~ Psalm 92:10 ~

Verse 6
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
~ Psalm 25:6-7 ~

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
~ Psalm 25:10 ~

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
~ Psalm 27:4-6 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:2-16 – BETH

Lately, I’m finding comfort in the Book of Psalms.

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm and chapter in the Bible. My twentieth favorite Psalm. (wink)

Psalm 119 is a repetitive meditation of God’s Word using the Hebrew alphabet for the twenty-two sections, eight lines each.

BETH
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.


13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
~ Psalm 119:2-16 ~

Scripture references to Psalm 119:2-16 verses

Verse 9
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
~ 1 Kings 8:25
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Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.
~ 2 Chronicles 6:16 ~

Verse 11
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
~ Luke 2:19 ~
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
~ Luke 2:51 ~

Verse 13
I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
~ Psalm 40:9 ~

Verse 15
Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
~ Isaiah 58:2 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:1-8 – ALEPH

Staying true to God’s Word, regardless of shenanigans, is something to ponder and specifically pray without ceasing.

ALEPH
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently
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5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
~ Psalm 119:1-8 ~

Scripture references to Psalm 119:1-8 verses
Verse 1
They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
~ Proverbs 11:20 ~

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
~ Proverbs 13:6 ~

Verse 2
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
~ Deuteronomy 4:29 ~

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
~ Deuteronomy 10:12 ~

And it shall come to past, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
~ Deuteronomy 11:13 ~

and shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
~ Deuteronomy 30:2 ~

Verse 4
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tablets of stone.
~ Deuteronomy 4:13 ~

Verse 5
And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgements;
~ 2 Chronicles 7:17 ~

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
~ Proverbs 4:26 ~

Verse 8
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
~ Psalm 71:9 ~

Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
~ Psalm 71:18 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Challenged and Still Standing

Sharing encouragement for those challenging times. Once you pray about it and give it to God, let it go.

It’s a choice. It’s draining to replay or talk about it.

Forgive and forget it.

Bottom line, it’s not the end of the world and here is the beautiful part.

Still Standing.

Acrostic Still Standing Scriptures:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
~ Ephesians 6:10 ~

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his spirit.
~ 1 John 4:13 ~

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 ~

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
~ Psalm 119:105 ~

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
~ Hebrews 13:6 ~

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 ~


Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
~ Romans 15:13 ~

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
~ 1 John 4:18 ~

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
~ James 1:22 ~

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
~ 1 Timothy 4:6 ~

Give us this day our daily bread.
~ Matthew 6:11 ~

Look at the scriptures that spell out still standing. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things – Focused and All In


Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.
~ Unknown Author ~

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
~ Psalm 1:3 ~

Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate being focused and all in with my writing endeavors. (wink)

A heartfelt thank you to friends whose encouragement helped get me “focused” and be “all in” with my writing endeavors. May God bless you big!

Never underestimate the power and positivity of encouragement.

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Resilient In Christ – Wisdom

Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say.
~ Unknown Author ~

All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
~ Proverbs 8:8-9 ~

Resilient in Christ perseveres by experience. Everything we hear doesn’t require a response. It’s a choice.

Sometimes, no response is wisdom.

Enjoy your day!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Never Alone

Take comfort in knowing God is omnipresent. This means, he’s with me and he’s with you. We’re never alone no matter where we go. What comfort.

It’s a good day to have a good day because we’re never alone. (wink)

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Love One Another

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
~ 1 John 4:11-12 ~

The ability to love others, in a less than kind environment, is a choice.

To love imperfections, in others, is to love as God loves our imperfections.

These are just my thoughts and something to ponder….

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Focus and Think Positive

Thoughts are powerful. It takes practice to focus and think positive thoughts.

There is always a choice.

Philippians 4:8-9 scripture references:

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
~ Romans 15:33 ~

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
~ Romans 16:20 ~

For God, is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
~ 1 Corinthians 14:33 ~

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ~

Enjoy your day and think positive! Try it by faith…..

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

The Knots Prayer

I love this prayer of specificity. It helped me obliterate the nots, in my mind, that kept me stuck, for years, until God answered my prayer. Praise The Lord.

I encourage anyone stuck with troubling thoughts to pray without ceasing this prayer.

Moving forward or staying stuck is a choice.

Make it a great day.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

The Road Not Taken

Real Christianity

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

© 1916 Robert Frost

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Finding Balance

Hello everyone. Hope all is well. I had big plans today. Woke up not feeling well.

Ended up unplugged and sleeping all day.

I feel better. Rest is a beautiful thing. (wink)

Praise The Lord.

Sometimes finding balance is understanding why we do the things we do.

Finding balance still challenges me. By faith, victory will someday be mine.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things – Kindness


Caring people help others not because they expect a reward but because it is natural to show kindness.
~ Unknown Author ~

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and her tongue is the law of kindness.
~ Proverbs 31:26 ~

Hello everyone, hope all is well. Happy New Year and welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to the first Friday in 2019, to celebrate the small things.

Never underestimate the power of kindness. Such a little thing that people always remember.

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Busy At The Circus

Hello everyone. Hope all is well. Things are picking up at the circus. Will try to post either morning or evening. This morning, just ran out of time.

Don’t be alarmed if a day is missed.

I’ve mentioned before the circus pays my wages. I like having shelter, food to microwave and lots of Dr. Pepper. (wink)

I still have my sense of humor. Praise The Lord for peaceful nights rest.

Will catch up on all your blogs.

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Questions About Writing


Happy New Year everyone. Welcome Alex and January Co-hosts: Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue, to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), where we share and support all about writing.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

To be honest, I have no least or favorite questions asked about my writing. Keeps me neutral. (wink)

It’s the only way to keep my sanity and confidence as a writer.

It comes down to perspective, questions asked and answered are opinions.

Opinions can build up or tear down.

I had to learn opinions is information to accept or reject.

Make it a great IWSG day!

Abundant blessings, everyone, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

2019 – The Blessing of Daily Grace

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~


Remember the faithfulness of God and that we’re never alone in time of need.

Blessings and Happy New Year, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.