Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Improvise”


Life is full of surprises…not all these surprises are pleasant. So you need to be ready for what life gives you.
~ Unknown Author ~

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
~ Hebrews 11:1-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, it’s back, Two Cents Tuesday hosted by Ideflex, over at Across The Bored blog.  I’ve missed this challenge.

I believe we’ve all had to improvise at some point in life. My vision of improvise ties directly to faith that all things have a way of working out.

Those pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Those wardrobe blunders. Those kind and unkind conversations. Those challenges that makes us grow.

To have faith and improvise, when you lost a button just before an official ceremony.

To have faith and improvise, when you pulled a string that leaves a hole in your dress. Ugh!

To have faith and improvise, when you grab the wrong notes for a briefing.

To have faith and improvise, the art of listening when a conversation gets off topic.  

To have faith and improvise, through challenges that teach us something in the by and by.

Thank God for safety pins, tape and post its.

Thank God for creativity to think quickly on the spot.

Thank God for discipline to practice the pause and say nothing.

Thank God for faith.

Blessings my friends, as keep the faith and improvise, when needed, along our journey today. (wink)

Feel free to share a time you had to improvise. (smile)

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Heat”

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends (smile) I am starting to love these Two Cents Tuesday Challenges. (cheesy smile) It’s fun to be creative and show our vision. Whether positive or negative, heat can affect everything; depending on your perspective. (smile)

Having faith, to trust God, in all things, will produce more spiritual fruit and growth–either positively or negatively. Depending on that mountain, remember, the one, I like to go around. (gritted teeth smile)

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It’s truly a beautiful thing to have spiritual fruit so deep within that when the heat from fiery trials come, have the faith to walk right through them. (smile)

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. I am looking forward to that day when heat temperatures won’t bother me. Wahoo, faith!

My pros and cons of heat:

Pros of heat:
Great in the winter.
Great for cooking or warming food (not that I know anything about cooking; but I can warm in the microwave) (shock face)
Great for hot water showers.

Cons of heat:
Humidity can mess up the hair. Ugh
Tempers can get short in extreme heat.
Some fabrics don’t breathe well in the heat.
Can’t leave windows in car open, critters can get in the car.
Sunburn.

For you reading pleasure, some scriptures on heat:

Heat, hot

Figurative of:
God’s wrath – Deuteronomy 9:19
Man’s anger – Deuteronomy 19:6
Determination – Genesis 31:36
Zeal – Psalm 39:3
Persecution – Matthew 13:6, 21
Heavy toll – Matthew 20:12
Real Faith – Revelation 3:15

Have a blessed day and stay cool! (smile) Feel free to add your pros and cons of heat. (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Surprise”

Surprise, I have no quote or scripture today. (shock face)
~Ann Friend~

Hello friends (smile) Surprise. Most everyone loves a surprise. Almost anything can be a surprise these days. (smile) Some surprises are pleasant. Some not so much.

I thank God and am grateful for friends who bless me with surprises! (smile)

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A kind word of encouragement, a meal, like, reblog or retweet my stuff, giving your time, to listen, when I need to talk and virtual hugs. I say a heartfelt thank you and God bless you big! (cheesy smile)

I’m surprised when God gives me wisdom to bless someone with the exact words they need. (smile)

I’m surprised when I drive somewhere I’ve never been and back, in one piece. Thanking God along the way! (smile)

I’m surprised how addicted I’ve become playing TwoDots! It’s fun and it keeps me entertained. (shock face)

I’m surprised that I am still the queen of procrastination in my personal life! (gritted teeth smile)

I’m surprised that I’m still rolling with this blog. Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed. I’m still trying to find balance. (smile)

So friends have a blessed day and enjoy any pleasant surprises! (smile)

Tell me, what surprises you? (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Silly”

Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends (smile) We could really have fun talking about silly. The lighter side of silly. The positive side of silly.

Silly things. Silly people. Silly me!

Silly with regards to our own sense of humor. (smile) We need a sense of humor or things in life will not be balanced. (smile)

Sometimes, silly can make us laugh. Sometimes, silly can work our last nerve. (shock face)

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Today, silly thoughts kept me smiling in my own little mind. (cheesy grin) I’ve learned to lighten up, even if I need to have a silly thought every now and then. (smile)

It’s unfortunate when others can’t or won’t recognize that we are all different. We talk and express ourself differently. (smile) Ah, a topic for another time, silly me. (smile)

I am learning some folks are just not happy with anything and are no nonsense types. God bless them!

Somedays, to be a little silly can be a blessing, at the end, of the day, because we walked through and laughed along the way. (cheesy smile)

Blessings and enjoy your evening! (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Expectations”

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
~ Psalm 62:5-8~

Hello friends (smile) No acrostic this week because I could not find a good word for X beside xerox. (shock face) There were many thoughts in my head about expectations, disappointments and constantly adapting to X, Y and Z.

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My thoughts were all over the place, so I spent the last few days playing games and meditating in the Book of Psalms as I prayed for family, friends and enemies.

I see expectations right up there with my faith in God. My daily expectation is faith and to draw my strength from above, as I continue to renew my mind that all good things come from above and continue to walk through as God’s will be done. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and keep the faith! (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Lost”

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~

If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.
~Author Unknown~

Hello friends (smile) Happy Tuesday!

Lost of something or someone during our lifetime is inevitable. Lost can be many things in life. Lost can be tragic. Lost can be self imposed.

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Lost can be different depending on perspective. Sometimes, lost can be a blessing.

I get lost driving, especially, if I suddenly hit a detour and don’t know the area. Thank God for GPS!

I get lost, in time, playing Candy Crush and Angry Birds Friends. (shock face) Playing games can help clear troubling thoughts with mindless fun. (smile)

I get lost without focus. Especially overthinking the why of something. Maybe that is just daydreaming! (smile)

Lost can bring change and draw us closer. Lost can be a spiritual awakening.

Depending on where we are in life, sometimes, lost brings newness to something better for today, tomorrow or the day after that…..

Blessings!

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Abstract”

“One man’s trash is another mans treasure.”
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week’s Two Cents Tuesday Challenge is Abstract. Abstract to me is like opinions and preferences. (smile) We all see and view things differently. (smile)

We like, what we like. We prefer, what we prefer. Nothing else will do. (smile)

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These days I find some of the environments we find ourselves in abstract. (shock face)

Let’s face it, until we understand to adapt and adjust when we encounter different everything appears abstract. (grit teeth smile)

Simple things like communicating has become abstract. Manners is almost abstract from my point of view.

I’m in a weird place today as illustrated by my view of abstract. (smile)

Be blessed in whatever way you view abstract. (smile)

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