Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Celebrate Still Standing


Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.
~ Anonymous ~

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
~ Romans 5:1-5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. (smile) Still standing is my metaphor for Y moments that test us. This week, I celebrate still standing through challenging Y moments. (wink) Praise The Lord.

Still standing is experiencing and getting victory over yesterday’s unnecessary stress; dysfunctional relationships; toxic circus environments; object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers; betrayals; health issues; or _______________(fill in the blank).

Still standing is the most powerful self encouragement because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Still standing remembers the faithfulness of God.

Still standing believes in who we are in Christ.

Still standing puts on the whole armour.

Still standing forgives.

Still standing knows the love of God.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your weekend.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

IWSG What Would You Do Differently?


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
~ Thomas Edison ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday, of the month, where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another.

Welcome Alex and December IWSG Co-hosts: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner.

IWSG Day Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Great question. I wouldn’t do anything differently. If I could backtrack, I would develop the habit to encourage myself, to move on, not to get stuck on the why.

Some failures turn out to blessings. Some failures build courage, confidence and the ability to stretch our limits.

I love the Edison quote and Romans 8:28. (wink) I believe both illustrate changing our perception and expectation when failures happen.

I believe God has a way of working things better than we could hope or dream.

Praise The Lord for hope.

Encouraging one another is a powerful and beautiful thing. Thank you, friends for your encouragement in 2017. It’s been a rough year.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

Happy Holidays, see you in the New Year!

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Bygones


Let go, or be dragged.
~ Unknown Author ~

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
~ Ephesians 6:13~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things. 

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (smile)  Praise The Lord, all is well.

This week, I celebrate bygones from a different perspective. (wink)

Bygones can let go. Bye-bye yesterday stuff. Bye-bye minutes ago thing.

Bye-bye _____________ (fill in the blank).

Bygones forgive. Bygones move forward. Bygones bring wisdom to challenges.

Believing in who we are in Christ
You’re living in who we are in Christ
Growing in who we are in Christ
Observing in who we are in Christ
Nesting in who we are in Christ
Encouraging in who we are in Christ
Standing in who we are in Christ

Powerful is who we are in Christ. How about that.

To God be the glory.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your day and your weekend. 

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Peace Of Mind


The ability to listen and disregard certain voice tones, without reacting, demonstrates spiritual fruit and maturity. This helps to maintain a good attitude and peace of mind.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

These things I have spoken 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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. (smile) I’m content and doing well. (wink)

This week, I celebrate peace of mind. Peace of mind though trials and tribulations or the Y moments is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

Peace of mind stops tormenting thoughts. Peace of mind brings rest to a weary spirit. Peace of mind can comfort.

To speak and pray God’s Word in difficult or hurting times is powerful. To forgive and forget, is peace of mind. To let yesterday’s stuff go, is peace of mind.

Attitude is everything.

Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ
Effectual in enduring
Alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord
Continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving
Enter into joy of thy Lord

Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
Full of faith

Merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance
Increasing in knowledge of God
Nourished up in words of faith
Dwell in safety

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your weekend. 

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

IWSG Embrace Criticism


All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday, of the month, where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another. Welcome Alex and November IWSG Co-hosts: Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton,  MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

This month, I share encouragement to embrace criticism. Criticism is useful when motives are right. Accept or reject is a choice.

Sometimes, criticism can be brutal. Sometimes, we internalize or overthink criticism. There are times, criticism helps.

Removing feelings from the equation, realizes criticism does not change who we are or our abilities.

Here is the take away, when you know who you are and your abilities, hearing or reading criticism can be embraced. It’s an acquired process.

The upside to criticism:

Count it all joy – continues to try
Run with patience your race – perseverance
I can do all things through Christ – endures
To everything, there is a season – resilience
Iron sharpenenth iron – mentally strong
Continue in faith – abides
Inner man strength – abounding
Strong in The Lord – maintains
More than a conqueror – survivor

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy the rest of your week!

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Blessed Are


Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~ Author Unknown ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate The Beatitudes. Blessed are. All things work together.

Blessed are those situations, the environments, the little darlings drilling for that nerve or _______________(fill in the blank), test and serve a purpose.

Blessed are those who remember the faithfulness of God and who they are in Christ.

Beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety
Let love be without dissimulation
Experience of wisdom and knowledge
Set his love on me
Sow in tears, shall reap in joy
Edify one another
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you

Abound in hope
Run with patience the race that is set before us
Eyes of your understanding being enlightened

No matter where we are, we’re blessed.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your weekend. 

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Journey to Contentment


The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.
~ Unknown Author ~

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
~ Philippians 4:11-12 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Life moments give experience. Life moments require decisions. Life moments test.

Life is a journey of moments. This week, I celebrate all the things and stuff, as well as, the Y moments that became a journey to contentment.

Praise The Lord for grace that sustains.

Contentment is a learned choice. Contentment understands it is, what it is.

Adapt and adjust. Forgive. Let go. Move on. Be free.

Contentment is inner strength and peace in action.

The power of contentment brings a liberating mindset to endure.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your weekend.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

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