1 Timothy 1:5 – Heart

11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:11-12

Something to ponder……

A genuine heart is open and sincere.

Kindness and faith comes naturally to a genuine heart.

This heart glorifies God.

Scripture references to verse:

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:10

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Galatians 5:14

when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwell first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice, am I persuaded that in thee also.
2 Timothy 1:5

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Hebrews 4:12 – Heart

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

Sharing my thoughts…….

Issues of life. Choices. Motives.

The Word of God is a discerner of thoughts and intentions within a heart.

Praise The Lord for mercy and grace in our time of need.

Scripture references to verse:

And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
Isaiah 49:2

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23:29

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

25 and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
1 Corinthians 14:24-25

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Ephesians 6:17

who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1 Peter 1:23

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

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 – Being Free


If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
John 8:36

Thank God, It’s Friday. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

There will always be someone saying something about nothing.

Living and being free, to be ourselves, is a wonderful blessing.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day and a great weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Psalm 20:4 – Heart

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:4-5

Sharing my thoughts……

The desires of our heart.

Sometimes, we want something or someone that God knows is not right for us.

After the woulda coulda, shoulda replays get old, we must choose to move forward. Life goes on……

Last year, I realized the blessing of tears. Tears release the hurt felt in the heart.

I praise God for all the times, he removed the something or someone not right for me.

Thank you, Lord.

Here is wisdom, sprinkled with faith, what God has for us, will always be better than what we could possibly imagine.

It’ll be worth the wait.

He loves us too much to give less than his best.

Praise The Lord. (wink)

Scripture references to verse:

Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withhholden the request of his lips. Selah.
Psalm 21:2

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Psalm 145:19

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

#AtoZ Challenge -Theme Reveal


Decided to participate in April’s Blogging from A to Z April 2019 Challenge.

My Theme will be the blessing of positivity.

Wahoo, something else to do! (wink)

Abundant blessings!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Philippians 4:7 – Heart

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

Sharing my thoughts……

A heart that knows the peace of God is a beautiful thing to experience everyday.

The peace of God keeps our hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. What a blessing.

We’re branches connected to the vine and there’s fruit! Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.:
John 14:27

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Matthew 15:18-20 – Heart

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-25

Sharing my thoughts…..

Heart scriptures present results of wise and unwise choices.

Be encouraged God can change a heart. Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse 18:

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Matthew 12:34

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3:6

Scripture references to verse 19:

29 being filled with unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness: full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Romans 1:29-32

10 yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat.
1 Corinthians 5:10-11

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 20:5 – Heart

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. 21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Proverbs 19:20-21

Sharing my thoughts…….

A heart rooted in the Word, of God, has depth and love that flows within freely.

Wisdom and understanding, along with patience and maturity, gives the ability to listen completely before offering just any old advice.

Get to the heart of a situation.

Praise The Lord, for grace, when Y moments drill for the nerve. (wink)

Wisdom is a wise choice and learned experience with a bridled tongue.

Wisdom comes from The Lord.

Scripture reference to verse:

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
Proverbs 18:4

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Psalm 51:10 – Heart

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7

Sharing my thoughts…….

How amazing the Word of God ties together for us. Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse:

For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
Psalm 78:37

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8

8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

9 and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:8-9

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Deuteronomy 13:3 – Heart

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Sharing my thoughts…..

This is the first post, of many, featuring various heart scriptures lined up for your reading pleasure.

Scripture references to verse:

and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and will all soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:5

And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Deuteronomy 8:2

16 who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 8:16-18

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous night!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Our Identity In Christ – Scriptures

To know who we are in Christ……

being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is Christ Jesus:
Romans 3:24

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 1-2

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:30

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:22

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to good the pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:3-7

10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
Ephesians 1:10-11

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 1:13

and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 2:6

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:13

that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Ephesians 3:6

in whom we have boldness and access with coincidence by the faith of him.
Ephesians 3:12

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians 5:29-30

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by circumcision of Christ:
Colossians 2:10-11

Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2 Timothy 2:10

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

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 – Choosing Positivity


Thank God, It’s Friday. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Choosing positivity, as a gauge to see a different perspective, is encouraging as we age and things change.

The blessing of waking up each day, in spite of our malaises. The scriptures below are encouraging positivity.

Acrostic full scriptures :

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
~Colossians 3:15

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
~Psalm 3:3

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

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~Philippians 4:13

Then he said unto them, Go your way, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
~Nehemiah 8:10

I laid me down and slept; I awaken; for the LORD sustained me.
~Psalm 3:5

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
~ Psalm 31:1 ~

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
~Psalm 115:15

Abundant blessings and hope you had a marvelous day and a great weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

A Prayer To Face Down Giants

16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sharing my thoughts…..

Praying brings comfort through the ebbs and flows.

Rejoice. Give thanks. Have faith. It’s temporary.

Praying, with specificity, has a distinction.

Rejoice. Give thanks. Have faith. Victory comes.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 16

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:4

Verse 17

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Luke 18:1

Pray with faith and trust in God.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

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 – Light

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1:3


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

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

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
Isaiah 58:8


The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Matthew 4:16

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew 5:14

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is
full of darkness.
Luke 11:34

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:5

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12


As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 9:5

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
John 12:35

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Ephesians 5:8

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 Peter 2:9


This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John 1:7

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 4:18 – Path As A Shining Light

Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back in perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Hebrews 10:38-39

Sharing my thoughts…….

Off schedule today. It’s my birthday and slept past the alarm clock.

Praise The Lord, I’m blessed to celebrate another year older and wiser.

Shining light of Jesus.

A path as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

An encouraging path to follow. Praise The Lord.

It’s a beautiful thing that the just shall live by faith through the ebbs and flows…..

Scripture references to verse:

And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
2 Samuel 23:4

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Daniel 12:3

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Something To Ponder – Repetition

Sharing my thoughts….

Praise The Lord for creative ways to share God’s Word.

Think of all the things we do each day by repetition.

Now reflect on the repetition of God’s blessings.

Isn’t life grand. (wink)

Acrostic based on Proverbs scripture references:  

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 17:28

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

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth  among the wise.
Proverbs 15:31

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6

In the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life to depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Proverbs 15:33

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
Proverbs 4:10

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:25-26 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 11

38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 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 8:38-39

Sharing my thoughts…..

The repetition of how God’s Word ties wisdom to life moments is comforting.

Wisdom is valuable when we know fear does not come from God. Notice the highlighted words below.

Fear not because I am with thee. I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee. Powerful to know by experience.

Bottom line nothing can separate us from his love.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 25

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Psalm 91:5-6

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:23-24 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 10

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

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable to live and apply the blessing of God’s Word as a lamp and light for the path, of wise and unwise choices, made in life.

To know and experience peaceful and sweet sleep is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 23

When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
Proverbs 4:12

He that walketh uprightly walketh surely; but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
Proverbs 10:9

Verse 24

Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
Job 5:21

Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
Job 11:19

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
Psalm 3:5

But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Proverbs 1:33

When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Proverbs 6:22

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

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 – It’s What I Do


TGIF! Hope all is well.

Welcome to the weekly Celebrate The Small Things blog-hop hosted by Lexa Cain and Co-Host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge.

Recently realized, I miss sharing my thoughts about the small things to celebrate like life, faith, encouragement, hope, and sharing God’s Word.

I leave and always find my back. (wink)

So this week, I celebrate finding my way back to celebrating the small things.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day and weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:21-22 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 9

Sharing my thoughts…..

Repetition. Think of all the repetitive things we do daily.

The value of keeping wisdom and discretion is understanding how repetition plays a part in daily choices.

The ability to make wise choices, by applying the Word of God, to life moments is repetition.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 21

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Proverbs 4:21

Verse 22

For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
Deuteronomy 32:47

For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Proverbs 1:9

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:22

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Hebrews 13:8-9 – Yesterday, Today and For Ever

Sharing my thoughts…..

I’ll be picking Proverbs back up soon.

In a ever changing world, it’s a beautiful thing to know that Jesus Christ is our unchanging Lord.

Yesterday, I was reminded of that truth. There are times, silence is the wise choice. Praise The Lord.

His faithfulness. His mercy and grace. His love.

Faith and trust in him, allows angst moments to pass.

The joy of the Lord is strength.

Scripture references to Verse 8:

and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Hebrews 1:12

Scripture references to Verse 9:

14 that we hence-forth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:14-15

rooted and built up in him, stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:7

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Colossians 2:16-17

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day.

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:17-18 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 8

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable when we know the peace of God.

Wisdom is valuable when we’re learned in whatsoever state to be content.

For example, the whatsoever state could be the ebbs and flows we face.

Content in whatsoever state is faith and trust in The Lord.

Happy is holding onto and retaining wisdom as a tree of life.

Praise The Lord, God always provides.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 18

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:9

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 11:30

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:7

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:15-16 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 7

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable to a heart of wise living with a balanced lifestyle.

I especially love the Proverbs 16:7 reference below, where when a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

How amazing is that?

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 16

He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
Psalm 21:4

For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Proverbs 3:2

Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Proverbs 8:18

When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:7

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Proverbs 22:4

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:13-14 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 6

Sharing my thoughts…..

Life brings repetition. Everyday, we make choices.

Knowing the value of finding wisdom is to know God and his Word.

Wise and unwise choices is to understand choices have consequences.

We learn though applying and experiencing God’s Word in day to day living.

For example, when we’re in my twenties, we made choices that would eventually impact where we are today.

Happy is finding wisdom and getting understanding that our salvation is secured through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise The Lord.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 13

The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of find gold.
Job 28:17

Verse 14

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
Proverbs 8:10

Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Proverbs 8:19

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:11-12 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 5

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:1-4

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable when we understand God’s chastening and correction is done because he loves us.

Correction teaches discipline and grows us spiritually to abide in him.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 11

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
Job 5:17-18

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, not faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Hebrews 12:5-6

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Psalm 118:24 – Rejoice and Be Glad

Sharing my thoughts….

Thank God, it’s Friday! This is the day which the LORD hath made is reason enough to rejoice and be glad.

Keeping faith and hope as a focus point stops negative thoughts.

We are God’s beloved. We are more than conquerors. Praise The Lord.

Most importantly is God’s faithfulness, another reason to rejoice and be glad.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous Friday and weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:9-10 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 4

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable when giving and honoring the Lord with what we have is done with love.

I believe substance is more than money.

Giving of time, providing a need for someone, a kind word in difficult times could be examples.

Bottom line, giving always blesses someone and gives glory to God.

Scripture reference to verse:

Verse 9

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:10

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

IWSG Sixth Year Anniversary


Welcome Alex and March Co-Hosts: Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard! to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), where we share and support all about writing.

Today marks 80 days of writing and posting. I stumbled onto a routine that works.

March also marks my sixth year anniversary blogging and a part of this amazing writing group. I appreciate all the encouragement along the way, to include my fellow bloggers.

A heartfelt thank you and virtual hugs.

I give glory to God for his leading me. In my rush to post…, I neglected to mention my Lord, my spiritual source!

I have faith there is a masterpiece or two just waiting for me to get it done…(wink) 

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.

Proverbs 3:7-8 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 3

Sharing my thoughts…..

Spiritual things are foolishness to someone who knows him not.

Be not wise in thine own eyes, brought to mind the wise in this world scriptures below.

To fear the Lord is reverence and respect. It’s being honest with him since he knows our thoughts anyway.

Growing spiritually is a life long process.

The value of wisdom is a solid foundation of applying the Word to everyday choices.

Scripture references to verse:

Verse 7

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:1

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Job 28:28

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Proverbs 4:21

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 8:13

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Proverbs 16:6

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Wisdom Is Valuable Pt 2

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
James 1:5

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is to trust God completely for all aspects of life. Even in prayers.

Acknowledge him for direction. The Holy Spirit gives discernment for understanding.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 5

That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day.
Proverbs 22:19

Verse 6

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
1 Chronicles 28:9

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Proverbs 16:3

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 3:1-4 – Wisdom Is Valuable

Sharing my thoughts…..

Wisdom is valuable. Wisdom trusts in the Lord.

Wisdom learns and listens.

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 1

and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:6

in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgements, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 30:16

Verse 2

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalm 91:16

I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou has quickened me.
Psalm 119:93

For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
Proverbs 9:11

Verse 3

Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
Proverbs 6:21

Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Proverbs 7:3

forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
2 Corinthians 3:3

Verse 4

And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the LORD, and also with men.
1 Samuel 2:26

For whoso findeth me fine life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
Proverbs 8:35

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Proverbs 2:19-22 – Wisdom Is From God Pt 5

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 7:13:14

Sharing my thoughts as we close Proverbs Chapter 2…..

Choosing God’s wisdom is wise.

Wisdom is learned through God and his Word, the source of knowledge and understanding.

Wisdom is gained through a process of growing.

Discretion is discernment.

A reminder that life has two roads. Experience with wise choices is the strait gate and narrow way that leads to a life filled with wisdom and the gateway to eternal life. Praise The Lord.

Life and decisions come down to choices….

Scripture references to verses:

Verse 20

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Proverbs 13:20

Verse 21

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 37:9

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
Psalms 37:29

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
Proverbs 10:30

Verse 22

And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 28:63

But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalm 37:38

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Something To Ponder – Self Encouragement

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13

Scripture reference to Verse :

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ ‘s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Sharing my thoughts….. and an old acrostic. (wink)

Happy Friday! Encouragement from anyone, when we need it the most, is a beautiful thing.

Self-encouragement is powerful when we believe I can do all all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Have faith.

It’s trusting his grace is sufficient when we’re weak and to know the power of Christ rest upon us. That’s wisdom. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous Friday and weekend!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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