Weather The Storm

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

This post was originally published on 19 January 2014 and updated on 26 December 2018.

By faith, let us weather the storms, of life, with specific prayers to God.

Sometimes we pray the wrong things. Sometimes we speak the wrong things.

Someone is walking through a storm now and waiting for a breakthrough! Keep the faith! It’s coming!
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Some storms teach, change, and/or guide us into a new season. I encourage you to weather the storm. It will pass, just not today and only God knows about tomorrow.

So pray, without ceasing, for ourself, our family, our friends, and our enemies, that God moves in our life in a mighty way to give us a breakthrough! Our victory, by faith, as His will be done!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog…

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I Know Something Good About You

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Wouldn’t this old world be better

If the folks we meet would say – 

“I know something good about you !”

And treat us just in that way ?

Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy

If each handclasp, fond and true,

Carried with it this assurance  – 

“I know somethnig good about you !”

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy

If the good that’s in us all

Were the only things about us

That folks bothered to recall ?

Wouldn’t life be more happy

If we praised the good we see ?

For there’s such a lot of goodness

In the worst of you and me !

Wouldn’t it be nice to practice

That fine way of thinking, too ?

You know something good about me,

I know something good about you !

Louis  C.  Shimon,

I Know Something Good About You

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Faith To Silence…Psst

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

This post was originally published on 30 July, 2015 and updated 1 Dec 2018.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
~ Proverbs 18:21 ~

Forgive yourself first. Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind. Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving your mistakes. Don’t remind yourself of what should have, could have or would have been. Release it and let it go. Move on.
~ Les Brown ~

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Those…

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Count It All Joy When…

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

This post was originally published on 19 October 2014 and updated on 13 November 2018.

Appreciate the Unexpected. ~ Anonymous ~

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

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
~ James 1:2-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when The Lord gives understanding, to us, through His Word. It’s a beautiful thing to understand the power of specific prayers and to count it all joy.

I’ll be the first to admit, once upon a time, I struggled in my Christian walk. I struggled in my faith. I struggled in developing a personal relationship with God, through His son, Jesus.

Let’s just say, I struggled until…

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Celebrate The Small Things, 22 May 2015

Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week I celebrate:

Time off from the circus.

Taking a poetry class.

  

The many blessings in life.

The patience to just keep the faith.

Blessings and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
~ Anonymous ~

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week, I celebrate quite a few little things…….

Keeping the faith, at the circus, with God’s amazing grace.
Appreciating, MiniMe, who blessed me with cookies yesterday.
Completing the A to Z Challenge.

Meeting awesome and talented writers.
Thankful for friends and writers who help me grow.
Blessing enemies gets easier by the grace of God. Praise The Lord.

Everyday, things may not go as planned; kudos for trying. (wink)

Blessings and enjoy your weekend and just keep the faith! (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 10 April 2015

Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) These are the small things I celebrate this week:

Not giving up on writing and gaining more confidence from friends and visitors positive feedback. Thank you so much and God bless you.

Participating in the Blogging A to Z 2015 Challenge and visiting other writers and blogger websites. It has been fun!

Finding balance at the circus. Wahoo, Praise The Lord for his grace.

Sharing means a lot when we support each other writing efforts.

Blessings, my friends as we keep the faith and celebrate the small things. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

When The Stranger Came Home

Blessings and an awesome read!

My Good Time Stories

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A fascinating story to share with you today…

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town.  From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.  The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family.  In my young mind, he had a special niche.  My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.  But the stranger… He was our storyteller.  He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to…

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Learn To Love

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
~ Author Unknown ~

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Another illustration, of adapting and adjusting, to truly love others. Sometimes, we forget, we have unloveable sides too……

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John 13:34 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

God bless you!

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Start A Day Blessing

If God is for us, who can be against us? The power of prayer. Believe it, by faith. Blessings!

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Today everything is possible…Yesterday is gone.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Let us walk by faith believing God has provided everything we need to crawl, walk or run through today. Thank you, Lord. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, that we know we are loved and have His mercy and His grace to sustain us. (smile) Praise The Lord!

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Love is (Part 2)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

~ John 13:34 ~

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Continuing from Love is (Part 1), to truly love others, we must deal with our stuff first. (shock face) To love like Jesus requires being spirit led and spiritual fruit. Without them, love becomes conditional or non existent.

Just as change and growth is an individual thing; love is individual and begins with us. It gets back to life is a process of changes, as long as we crawl, walk or run on this earth. (smile) Love is a choice. Bottom line, God loves us in spite of our stuff. He may not like things we do but at no time does He withhold His love or stop loving us. This is our goal too. To love in spite of what someone does. Can we get a witness? (wink)

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As we grow and mature, we deal with our stuff, and we’re able to love ourself, flaws and all. Psst…

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Faith and Trust In God Will Build

Is there anything to hard for God? Blessings as we keep the faith and remember He provides. He protects. He loves. His timing is perfect. Every single time!

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Faith and trust, in God, will build every single time. (smile) There is nothing to hard for God!

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Another illustration of Romans 8:28, 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.

God bless us, by faith, as we trust you every single time. Let thy will be done.

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It’s Another Roll With It Wednesday

It’s hectic at the circus! (smile) Have a blessed roll with it day!

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Wahoo, it’s roll with it Wednesday! We can smile and roll with it, by faith, that God has this day under control. (wink)
We can smile and roll with it because whether someone love us, God does.

We can smile and roll with it because we are renewing our mind and thinking better thoughts.

We can smile and roll with it because we are blessed and highly favored.

We can smile and roll with it because it is, what it is and God is in charge.

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We can smile and roll with it because if God is for us, who can be against us.

We can smile and roll with it because God does not give us more than we can bear.

We can smile and roll with it because God heals the hurts and we know that this too shall pass.

We can smile and roll with it because…

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All the Writing Questions (A Blog Hop)

My beautiful friend, Shade, who blogs at Prophetic Voice, invited me to this blog hop. Shade is an awesome blogger. I encourage you to visit her blog.

The idea of this blog hop is to answer 4 questions and then introduces 3 blogging friends of your choice. You would then post on your blog your answers to the 4 questions and introduce your three blogger friends in the post.

Please take a look at this link for an example of how it works.

http://aliajoy.com/writing-questions-blog-hop/

Unfortunately, I did not coordinate to get 3 blogging friends, in time, so my answers to the questions are as follows:

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1) What am I writing or working on?

I am writing a spiritual book, plus posting to my blog, almost daily. I have a general idea of what I want to put in the book. Still bouncing back and forth with merging chapters.

I’m a member and post monthly to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). Its also a blog hop. IWSG post the first Wednesday of the month and I participate off and on for the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge.

Currently, I am having faith that I will complete the September National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) hosted by BlogHer.

2) How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

My work is not in any specific genre. I mostly write in the category of spiritual and life things and stuff. I’m still shocked that I continue to blog.

3) Why do I write what I write?

I write to encourage and help others. I write to share those difficult and challenging things that life throws at us; giving courage to keep the faith and roll with it. I write to share another perspective.

4) How does my process work?

I have no process these days. I’m thankful when words flow to complete a post! I keep the faith, trusting The Lord with words he pours into my heart to share.

Things and Stuff – Walking Through It

Happy Friday, my friends! 😜 A heartfelt thank you for your prayers yesterday. I felt His presence and the power of your prayers lifting me up! Glory to God!

I’ve prayed for God to move, in a mighty way in your life to manifest the desires of your heart. Again, thank you so much for your prayers. 😀

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Learning to walk through the thing or distraction that pop up in life becomes easier when we ask for help–especially prayers. There will always be power in prayer by faith! Praise The Lord!

When we truly walk by faith and stand on Romans 8:28, 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; we have comfort that God is and always will be in charge!

God bless us, by faith, as we walk through the thing or distraction today! Let thy will be done.

Light Walking!

God bless you as you walk in the light!

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“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,and the blood Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 NIV).

Why are we encouraged to walk ‘in the light’? In the previous verse of scripture, we are told that if we ‘claim to have fellowship and yet walk in darkness, we lie’. Wow!  When I think about all of the things that those who proclaim to be Christians do–that belie having fellowship with Jesus–I get a greater understanding of why we are not in pure fellowship with one another.  How do we walk in darkness? With the sins that so easily beset us and are usually committed in the dark or under cover of some “politically correct rhetoric” that refutes God’s Word in order to accommodate those who desire to pacify flesh–the carnal ones–keep people in darkness…

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What are your thoughts

We will use this to discuss our thoughts 🙂 We can just keep the comment discussions going and everyone can join in 🙂 We will start with how Jesus changed your life until someone changes the discussion with a new comment

This is the second new thing we are doing today 🙂 We have faith that this will inspire others to participate 🙂

Let’s roll with this 🙂

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Jesus changed my life by blessing me with a new life filled with love, acceptance and speaking His Word to any challenge and believing by faith. He helped me to know Him better through His Word and spending time talking with Him. He is my best friend forever (BFF), my defender, my comforter, my rock. 🙂 Thank you Jesus 🙂

Your turn to share….