#AtoZ Challenge  – Zero Condemnation


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

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but 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

Welcome to the last day of the A to Z Challenge.

Concluding, the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…

There is zero condemnation in Christ.

Sometimes, our mouth speaks, the wrong thing…

Negative and disapproving thoughts or beat ourself up moments, are not from God.

Bad habits are hard to break. Thank God for mercy and grace, in those not so kind Y moments….

The ability to know there is zero condemnation, in Christ, in whatsoever state, is my final example of the many blessings of positivity.

Hope you enjoy the A to Z Challenge. I sure did. (wink)

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  – Y Moments


Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.
Oscar Wilde

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

Welcome to Day 29 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Y moments can be a positive or negative experience. Depending on perspective and understanding wisdom.

Remembering the faithfulness of God and Romans 8:28, going through Y moments, is a lifeline to faith and hope in Jesus.

The ability to endure Y moments, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

Gospel of John – 6:63-67

Sharing encouraging thoughts…..

Everything, in life, is a process about choices.

A spirit filled life is a beautiful thing. To know who we are in Christ is amazing.

To have a personal relationship with The Lord is quite satisfying.

To experience contentment, in whatsoever state, is liberating.

Scripture references to verse 63

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
John 3:34

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but 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

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:45

who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2 Corinthians 3:6

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 3:18

Reference to verse 64

For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
John 13:11

Spiritual renewal begins and ends with 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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – X


Welcome to Day 27 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

To be honest, I have nothing for X and I’m okay with it… (wink)

The ability to be okay with nothing, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Wisdom


Wisdom is a blessing only to those prepared to absorb it.
 Anonymous

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

Welcome to Day 26 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state is wisdom.

Wise choices come from experience. It’s a process.

The ability to learn wisdom, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Victory


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

Welcome to Day 25 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Having hope and faith, while patiently waiting is experience that brings victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Talk about a confidence builder….

The ability to experience victory, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Understanding


The pessimist says opportunities are NO WHERE. The optimist says opportunities are NOW HERE. Both see the same words, but read it differently. That’s Life!
Unknown Author

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalm 119:130

Welcome to Day 24 of the A to Z Challenge.

Yesterday’s quote is applicable again today.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Understanding is knowledge and/or experience based on preferences, perspectives, beliefs, opinions.

It depends on how we look at life…

The ability to be understanding is a choice, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Thank You Lord


The pessimist says opportunities are NO WHERE. The optimist says opportunities are NOW HERE. Both see the same words, but read it differently. That’s Life!
Unknown Author

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

Welcome to Day 23 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

The highest praise is Thank you, Lord, you woke me up today.

Thank you, Lord, even when I struggle, get disappointed, you always work it out.

The ability to say Thank you, Lord, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Still Standing Strong


Stand still, smile and be strong even if others are not, even if others will not, and even if others cannot.
Unknown Author


Welcome to Day 22 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Self encouragement through seasons sustain us to keeping the faith.

The ability to be still standing, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Smile, seasons are temporary…. Still standing strong.

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  – Resilient and Repetition


A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
David Brinkley

Welcome to Day 20 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Sometimes, in quiet moments, remembering how far we’ve come is a good thing.

Nineteen days left to work then annual leave starts and forty days until official retirement….

I’m grateful and blessed. Praise The Lord.

Reflection, on the ebbs and flows, shows how faith, patience, resilient and repetition endures.

The ability to be resilient by repetition , in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

A to Z Challenge continues Monday. Will not be posting Sunday.

Abundant blessings and have a blessed and marvelous Easter!

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  – Quiet Moments


Welcome to Day 19 of the A to Z Challenge.

I was off schedule this morning. Sometimes, the best plan falls apart. Adapt and roll with it. (wink)

Continuing the blessing of positivity, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Make time for quiet moments.

Quiet moments can ease the busyness of the day.

Quiet moments for prayer comforts.

The ability to make time for quiet moments, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous evening!

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  – Pressure To Peace Of Mind


You have more peace if you looked at things in a different perspective.
Unknown Author

These things I have spoken to unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

Welcome to Day 18 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state, using my never get old acrostics… (wink)

Pressure moments test the ability to remain calm and ask The Lord for a double portion of grace.

Perseverance is experience learned through wisdom.

The mindset of positivity is a choice to defeat negativity.

The ability to have peace of mind, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.
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  – Optimistic


Some see a weed, some see a wish…
Unknown Author  

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

Welcome to Day 17 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

An optimistic perspective is a mind-set that believes and trusts the faithfulness of God in all things.

Content is the ability to be optimistic, as we count it all joy, knowing that God can work all things out according to his purpose, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – No Weapon


Welcome to Day 16 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Positivity is a mindset and a choice.

Remembering the power of God’s Word during any situation is wisdom.

To pray no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper is complete faith and trust in The Lord.

Content is the ability to believe no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Making A Difference


Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Romans 14:19

Welcome to Day 15 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

Somewhere, it’s fun day, Monday humor.

Making a difference, can help motivate, encourage someone. The acrostic is a few ideas…..

The ability to making a difference, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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.

Ephesians 3:14-21 – Magnitude of God’s Love

Sharing my thoughts…..

A reminder that the magnitude of God’s love runs deep.

To know this love comforts, sustains, protects….

Embrace it during Y moments.

Scripture references by verse:

Verse 14

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Philippians 2:10

Verse 16

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

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Colossians 1:11

Verse 17

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:23

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

Verse 18

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
John 1:16

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:9-10

Verse 19

which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Ephesians 1:23

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:10

Verse 20

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to un-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 1:19-20

whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Colossians 1:29

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  – Love


Learn to love with all your heart and accept the unlovable side of others. For anyone can love a rose, but it takes a great heart to include the thorns.
Unknown Author

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:12

Welcome to Day 13 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

There are many expressions of love and different perceptions of love.

Love, the greatest commandment is the focus today.

Love comes from within.

Love gives time to listen, help, encourage, ______ (fill in the blank).

The ability to love, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Love gives, even to less than nice neighbors.

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  – Kindness


Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
Anonymous

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians 6:7


Thank God, It’s Friday! Welcome to Day 12 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

Constant kindness requires spiritual fruit, (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance), to overlook challenging people and moments.

Kindness, whether in spoken words or actions, is a choice.

Kindness shows the world, around us, Jesus.

The ability to show kindness, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Sow kindness. People always remember kindness.

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  – Joy and Jesus


Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, 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

Welcome to Day 11 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

The joy of the Lord is strength…. Jesus.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8

The ability of choosing the joy of the Lord as strength, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Inspire


The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
Amy Gatliff

Welcome to Day 10 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging and inspiring scriptures…..

Repeating I get it helps to discipline the tongue during those Y moments. (wink)

For your reading pleasure, the scriptures that reference one another.

The ability to encourage and/or inspire ourselves and others, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Be the light…

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  – Hope


Always have hope.

Welcome to Day 9 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts…..

Hope can be a life line during painful times while waiting on answered prayers for __________ (fill in the blank.

The ability to have hope, faith and trust in the Lord, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

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  – Grace


Welcome to Day 8 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts…..

Just as we’re saved by grace, choosing to live and be strong, in this grace, that is in Christ Jesus, is powerful and quite comforting.

This grace is underserved favor. No condemnation. Given daily.

The ability to live a life with this grace, trusts God, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 9.

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 124 – Comfort

The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.
Anonymous

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Sharing my thoughts…..

I’ve mentioned my love for the Book of Psalms.

If it had not been the LORD. These words give me peace and comfort when I get out of balance and/or overwhelmed at the circus. Thirty-two days left….

Today, I found myself needing rest.

Rested and found comfort with Psalm 124.

Tomorrow, the A to Z Challenge resumes…

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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Free


Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

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

Welcome to Day 6 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts…..

To live free, through Jesus, can persevere and be flexible, through any situation, doing it, by faith.

It’s showing Jesus to the hurting world around us. Free to radiate his light!

The ability to live free, through Jesus, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in Monday for Day 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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Ease


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
William Shakespeare

TGIF! Welcome to the Day 5.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts.

Ease is the ability to know there is a time and purpose for everything.

It’s how we experience life seasons.

To smile, with ease, during Y moments, steal from the thief and thank God, he woke us up that day.

The ability of ease, in whatsoever state, is a blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Defy


A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
David Brinkley

For with God, nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:37

Welcome to Day 4 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with short encouraging thoughts illustrating choices using acrostics. (wink)

Defy is the ability to overcome impossible situations, where the odds are stacked against us. Feels like a set-up…

The ability to keep the faith while trusting God’s purpose, allows us to defy the odds, in whatsoever state, is victory and another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Anything is possible, my friend.  Anything.
Author Unknown

Tune in tomorrow for Day 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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Can and IWSG


Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
Henry Ford


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

Welcome to Day 3 of the A to Z Challenge and my April’s IWSG commitment. (wink) 

I extend a heartfelt welcome to Alex and April’s IWSG co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

In the spirit of fun, why use a wish…I can write one scene/chapter by faith. (wink)

Continuing with my A to Z theme, C is the ability to believe we can.

The ability to believe we can do all things through Christ, in whatsoever state, is powerful confidence and one of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 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.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Be


Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but how it’s meant to be.
Unknown Author

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk 2:4

Welcome to Day 2. Woke up late this morning, it’s been a very rushed day.

Thought I have some fun to end this day.Will be catching up on visiting you soonest. (smile)

Continuing with my theme, the blessing of positivity posts being short encouraging thoughts illustrating choices using acrostics. (wink)

To be __________(fill in the in blank) in whatsoever state, is the end result based on wise choices.

B is for the ability to be ________(fill in the blank) is our choice to decide.

There’ll be times, faith is needed, to be _______(fill in the blank).

Praise The Lord for God’s mercy and grace.

The ability to be _________ (fill in the blank) when challenges come is just one of many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 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.

#AtoZChallenge  – Adaptable


A contented heart is a calm sea in the midst of all storms.
Anonymous

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Philippians 4:11

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, Day 1.

The blessing of positivity posts, from A to Z, will be short encouraging thoughts illustrating choices using acrostics. (wink)

To be content, in whatsoever state, is the end result based on wise choices.

A is for the ability to be adaptable in whatsoever state.

The ability to be adaptable when challenges come is just one of the many blessings of positivity.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 2.

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.