Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Celebrate It Is, What It Is


It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
~ William Shakespeare ~

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. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
~ Philippians 4:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy New Year, Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to a new year to celebrate the small things.

This week, I praise The Lord, for his love, mercy and grace during challenging times. Patiently content was spiritually manifested when I realized I’m encouraged to celebrate it is, what it is.

The power to be content in whatever state is liberating because it is, what it is.

Forgive. Show mercy and grace through offenses. It is, what it is.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your weekend. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG What Steps Have You Taken


All things have a perfect place in life.  Joy is balanced by sorrow.  Day by night.  Giving by receiving. Wisdom by humility. The secret of life is balance, living in harmony and honor with that which surrounds you.
~ The Ancient One ~

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 and Happy New Year. (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 January IWSG Co-hosts: Tyrean Martinson, The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Rachna Chhabria, and Jennifer Lane.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Another good question. (wink) Finding balance, in the waking hours, of a day, encourages me to keep the faith. Eventually, all the pieces will come together.

A reminder, the circus pays the rent and provides meals to keep me moving, when I’m not sleeping. (smile) Praise The Lord.

I’m patiently content with taking baby steps until I can balance everything else. Patiently contentment is a good place to be. It’s steady state regardless of (fill in the blank) ____________________.

My problem is organizing writing time on a schedule.

Ha, it’s been difficult to stay on any schedule with demands all around. When I do find a few free minutes, writing hasn’t made the priority slot. Wahoo, something to work toward.

I’m encouraged this too shall pass, just not today. Maybe tomorrow (grin)

Until next month, abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Perseverance In 2017

Celebrate Perseverance in 2017
In life, you will realize there is a purpose for every person you meet. Some are there to test you, some will use you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the worst in you, while others bring out the best.
~ Unknown Author ~

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) 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.

Hope all is well in your world. This week, I smile and say bye-bye 2017 and celebrate perseverance.  (wink)

Praise The Lord.

Perseverance is powerful when we know, who we are in Christ, everything we need comes from within us.

Spiritual fruit, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, over flows within us.
Celebrate Perseverance In 2017
Perseverance, through environments and Y moments, chooses to see another perspective while maintaining self-control.

Perseverance learns to endure.

Perseverance embraces contentment.

Perseverance forgives and forgets, by choice, through the grace, of God.

There are times, perseverance shows inner strength to those around us.

Perseverance has a purpose. Praise The Lord.

Happy New Year, my friends!

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

As always, your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Self Encouragement


Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.
~ Unknown Author ~

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
~ Psalm 119:105 ~

Hello friends. (smile) 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.

This week, celebrate self encouragement to speak motivating and uplifting words as we walk, crawl or run, through challenging persons, places or things. (wink)

Praise The Lord for grace.

Self encouragement is powerful because our voice is what we hear the most. Let it be encouraging.

Self encouragement changes attitude.

Self encouragement builds confidence to ______________.

Self encouragement speaks “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheth me” gives hope.

Self encouragement recognizes God loves, even when we stumble.

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

Happy Holidays, friends, to you and your family {{hugs}}

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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.

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