Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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IWSG Encouraged That I Can


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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Alex and March co-hosts to the first Wednesday of the month where we share….

Hope all is well in your world. (wink)

Thank God, my eyes adjusted to my two-in-one prescription glasses. Ugh, it’s been hoot! I’m thinking about getting a t-shirt that says objects are closer than I can gauge. (smile)

I was encouraged to keep wearing the glasses. I told myself, yes, I can do this.

It’s a beautiful and powerful attribute to encourage ourself, and one another.

Many times, it’s our self-talk that stops us. Life ebbs and flows and what we speak is enough to appreciate self-encouragement and encouragement to and from others.

I believe the ability to encourage ourself is empowering. It builds self-confidence when surrounded by negativity.

The ability to encourage “I can” and “you can” to someone can change anything.

Encouraged that I can write.
Encouraged that I can heal.
Encouraged that I can hope.

Encouraged that I can ___________ (fill in the blank).

Encouraged that I can keep the faith.

Encouraged that I can has unlimited possibilities.

Believe it, by faith, until you know, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Praise The Lord.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG January 4 Question


Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
~ Anonymous ~

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day. Wahoo, it’s the first Wednesday of the month where we share stuff. (wink)

Welcome Alex and January IWSG Co-hosts:

Eva @ Lillicasplace
Crystal Collier
Sheena-kay Graham
Chemist Ken
LG Keltner
Heather Gardner

January 4th Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard? To be honest, most of them. For me, writing rules are great as a guide but……

Rules can take away “the write it, like you say it”. I like writing when I can experiment with injecting clean humor and fun metaphors.

Sharing thoughts, in our own style, is powerful for confidence; yet bring a pins and needles thought, what if no one likes it?

So what is my mantra today. Write anyway. (wink) It’s quite liberating and powerful self-encouragement.

Thank God, I have a paying day job. (whew)

Yes, I’m still learning and growing as a writer; someday, by faith, all those writing rules will come together, just not today. (smile)

Stay encouraged and keep the faith.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG December 7th Question


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG November 2nd Question


Hello friends. (smile) I’m very late for the first Wednesday of the month. (shock face) Hope all is well in your world. Welcome Alex and October IWSG Co-hosts:

Joylene Nowell Butler
Jen Chandler
Mary Aalgaar
Lisa Buie Collard
Tamara Narayan
Tyrean Martinson
Christine Rains

November 2nd Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

My favorite aspect of being a writer is staying positive, by encouraging myself to be different, as I do my thing. (wink)

I like being different. It works for me.

There are times, I run out of time. Too many competing requirements.

There are other times, I just want to quit.

Praise the Lord, for faith and hope, because things eventually work out. (smile)

Abundant blessings friends and keep the faith.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG October 5th Question


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

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

Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Hope all is well in your world. Welcome Alex and October IWSG Co-hosts:

Beverly Stowe McClure
Megan Morgan
Viola Fury
Madeline Mora-Summonte
Angela Wooldridge
Susan Gourley

October 5th Question: When do you know your story is ready?

Ah, the possibilities to answer this question comes down to perspective and how we choose to share it. (smile)

Blogging a post is my metaphor for story.

I know a post is ready when the intent of my thoughts come together.

Intent being sharing experiences, offering encouragement to keep hope and faith, in spite of opinions that may discourage us from _______________ (fill in the blank).

I know self-encouragement is powerful to continue writing and sharing our work.

I believe when others encourage us, it’s validation to never give up.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith and tell our story, as only we can. (wink)

I would love to hear your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

IWSG September 7th Question


One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.
~ Author Unknown ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Hope all is well in your world. Welcome Alex C and September IWSG Co-hosts:

C. Lee McKenzie
Rachel Pattison
Elizabeth Seckman
Stephanie Faris
Lori L MacLaughlin
Elsie Amata

September 7th question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Hmmm, it’s a bit challenging when the non-writing job is busy and hectic; nonetheless, it pays the bills and provides for necessities. (wink)

It’s how we define priorities. It’s balancing time.

It comes down to choices, time management, and adapting through the seasons of life.

Someday, I’ll write full-time. Until then, I write when I can. It is, what it is.

Stay encouraged to do the best you can, when you can, while keeping the faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, and enjoy your day.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG August 3rd Question


Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Welcome August IWSG Co-hosts:

Tamara Narayan
Tonja Drecker
Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
Lauren @ Pensuasion
Stephen Tremp
Julie Flanders

Thanks Alex C for not kicking me off da list. (wink) I appreciate that I’m still part of this amazing group.

AUGUST 3RD QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

My first piece of writing as an aspiring writer came as a blogger in my second year. I was fortunate to be part of the IWSG’s Guide to Publishing and Beyond in 2014.

My writing draft is still in the pieces stage collecting dust! Until I retire, from the circus, finding dedicated time to writing the book falls short.

Sometimes writing ebbs and flows….

Like running a race, I have faith and stay encouraged while pressing forward until it’s finish. (smile)

Stay encouraged and keep the faith.

Blessings, my friends!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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