Psalm 63 – God Satisfies

Hello and hope all is well. I’ve mentioned before that I love the Book of Psalms. I find comfort and peace in the Book of Psalms.

There are sixteen scripture references, to Psalm 63, shared for your reading pleasure:

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God.
~ Psalm 42:2 ~

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
~ Psalm 84:2 ~

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
~ Psalm 27:4 ~

Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
~ Psalm 69:16 ~

Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
~ Psalm 28:2 ~

I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
~ Psalm 104:33 ~

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
~ Psalm 36:8 ~

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
~ Psalm 71:23 ~


Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
~ Psalm 4:4 ~

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
~ Psalm 16:7 ~

An evil disease say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
~ Psalm 42:8 ~

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
~ Psalm 18:35 ~

Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
~ Psalm 40:14 ~

Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
~ Psalm 55:15 ~

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
~ Deuteronomy 6:13 ~

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
~ Isaiah 45:23 ~

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Faith Through Struggles

This post was originally published on 22 July 2015 and updated on 3 December 2018.

No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.
~ Unknown Author ~

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: through it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
~ Habakkuk 2:3-4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world.

My encouraging thought today is the just shall live by faith, even through struggles.

There are times, we must lighten up and remember the faithfulness of the Lord. Every struggle, He will walk us through. The just shall live by faith.

Faith through struggles teach and change something within that makes us better.

There will always be something or someone that _________. Keep walking and moving forward. The just shall live by faith.

When we focus on what we see, ugh, the mind wanders and we speak to what is seen. Thus, putting faith in the struggle.

Here’s the thing, have faith and believe in God. There is nothing too hard for Him.

Faith believes God is working in the background of the situation. The just shall live by faith.

God can put a vision within us with patience and faith to endure. It will come in his timing. The just shall live by faith.

Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe next week. Get ready. The just shall live by faith.

So keep the faith and enjoy your day!

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on So What….It’s Liberating

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Another positive perspective using so what….it’s liberating with scriptures. (wink)

Bringing light to a dark atmosphere. Praise The Lord.

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
~ Isaiah 50:4 ~


A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
~ Proverbs 15:23 ~

Make it a great day.

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate One Another Scriptures


Hello friends. (smile) Thank God, It’s Friday. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

I enjoyed my break. Thank you to my old and new friends that visited while I took a break. I appreciate that. It was a pleasant surprise. I’ll be visiting to catch up this weekend. (wink)

This week, I celebrate one another scriptures. One another. You and me, us and we with The Lord. Powerful and a beautiful thing to behold.

The power of sharing, especially those times, when we need it most. Praise The Lord.

Keep the faith (KTF) and enjoy your Friday.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Seasons

Seasons are more than just the weather. Moments in life can be a season. Some seasons can be harder than others. Seasons eventually pass. Have hope and keep the faith through any season.
~ Ann V Friend ~

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 ~

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Self-Forgiveness

Self-forgiveness, seventy times seven, is important as forgiving others.  Self-forgiveness is empowering every single time we stumble and defeats those pesky coulda, woulda and shoulda thoughts from replaying.  Self-forgiveness is a choice.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
~ Matthew 18:21-22 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sharing encouraging thoughts on self-forgiveness. I believe the power of self-forgiveness is liberating.

The ability to forgive period does not come naturally. It’s learned by various painful experiences. Praise The Lord, I’ve learned.

Going through unnecessary stress; dysfunctional relationships; toxic circus environments; object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers; betrayals; health issues; unresolved anger issues, were just a few challenges keeping me stuck until I learned forgiveness as a choice. Thank you Lord.

Forgive them seventy times seven. Huh? That’s when The Lord helped me learn to forgive myself as a choice.

Self-forgiveness can free those tormenting thoughts. So what, made a bad choice. So what, failed to see the signs by trusting them.

Sometimes, looking from a different perspective is a blessing.

Why be or stay negative. It’s quite draining.

Make it a great day.

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Power of Words


Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer.  You see, silence can never be misquoted.
~ Unknown Author ~

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
~ Proverbs 16:23-24 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Friday! Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate the power of words.

Whether positive or negative, words have the power to build up or tear down.

Make it a great day.

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Something to Ponder – Love

We have to hurt in order to know. Fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain, because most of life’s lessons are taught through pain.
~ Unknown Author ~

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ~

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today

There are times a quote says it all.

Make it a great day!

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 136 – For His Mercy Endureth Forever

For his mercy endureth for ever.

No need to worry that God will run out of love. His mercy flows from a well that never runs dry. Amen!

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Honoring Soldiers on Veterans Day

Appreciate your service.

You and your family are always in my prayers.

God bless you for all that you do.

I would also like to honor ARNG Soldiers, no longer with us. I miss them.

Acrostic on Enough In Christ

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ William Shakespeare ~

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
~ Proverbs 15:23 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, my encouraging thought is you and me, we are enough in Christ. Praise The Lord.

The ABCs, in the acrostic, are just the first words that hit my spirit.

The things we tell ourself can make or break our day.

So smile and steal from the thief bringing negativity. I’m enough in Christ. (wink)

The point is knowing and believing who we are in Christ.

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Faith


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

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
~1 Corinthians 2:5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, TGIF! Hope all is well in your world.

Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another Friday, where we celebrate the small things.

Lexa, my prayers are with you. Hope you’re feeling better.

This week, I celebrate sharing encouraging thoughts on faith. Faith is a spiritual fruit of the spirit.

It’s a beautiful thing to have and live life by faith. Even faith, the size of a mustard seed is powerful.

Faith, aligned with the will of God, speak things into existence.

Faith that trust and believe, in the faithfulness, of God, is a lifeline in challenging times. I’m a witness.

Faith, to renew the mind, brings freedom from torment.

Faith to forgive, frees the mind to release and let go.

I wouldn’t be me without an acrostic (wink)

Faith to conquer fear, changes everything.

Faith is walking through the fiery furnace  (the circus) and coming out stronger. Praise The Lord.

Faith is knowing, current situations are temporary.

Faith is believing for that job, that mate, that child, that house, that healing, that book, that ____________( fill in the blank).

Faith is thanking God, while waiting on the manifestation.

Have faith and enjoy your day. (wink)

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on The ABC’s of Faith

The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
~ Amy Gatliff ~

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
~ Romans 1:17 ~ 


Keep the faith and enjoy your day. (wink)

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, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Creativity


Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau ~

Hello friends. (smile) The first Wednesday, of the month, is The Insecure Writer’s Group (IWSG) where we share about writing.

Welcome Alex and November IWSG Co-Hosts:

Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/
J Q Rose  http://www.jqrose.com/
Ann V. Friend  https://afriendofjesus2013.com/
Elizabeth Seckman   http://eseckman.blogspot.com/  

Thank you Alex for the opportunity to co-host again. (smile)

November 7 question – How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

I’ve learned to embrace my own writing style. I’ve learned creative ways to use words, bible scriptures and my faith. Praise The Lord.

I’ve become a better writer. Still learning the work, write balance thing.

I must thank all the talented, creative and accomplished writers that I met since joining the group. (wink)

Thank you, your encouragement helped me embraced my abilities to keeping writing.

By faith, quitting is no longer an option.

Someday, there will be a masterpiece with my name on it. (wink)

I believe creativity promotes seeing from a different perspective.

Enjoy the rest of your week and see you back here next month. (wink)

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Making A Difference

What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
~ Unknown Author ~

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. My thoughts on making a difference.

Sometimes, making a difference comes down to giving and acts of kindness.

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, Aug 2013 to present

Acrostic on Peace of Mind

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
~ Author Unknown ~

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) Hope all is well. Sharing my thoughts on peace of mind. We always have a choice. Positive or Negative.

I work in a pressure cooker environment that I like to call the circus. It pays the bills and provides food to microwave. (wink)


Peace of mind is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

My faith and trust, in The Lord, provides peace of mind for the pressure cooker environment that pays my wages.

I thank God for the gift of encouragement and sharing my faith in creative ways.

I’m just a humble friend sharing life experiences from a different perspective.

Keep the faith and peace of mind to have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Those Who….


Hello friends. (smile) Happy Friday! Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another Friday, to celebrate the small things. Hope all is well in your world.
God bless those who…..

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Maturity Begins

This post was originally published on August 2, 2013 and updated on 1 November 2018.

Maturity is not when we start speaking big things. It is when we start understanding small things.
~ Author Unknown ~

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:11~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Thursday. (wink) The fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance), within us, becomes evident as we grow and mature through good and bad life experiences.

Sharing my thoughts on maturity and spiritual fruit within us.

They will know us by our fruit. (wink)
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The words we speak, how we carry ourselves, tell our maturity level and the spiritual fruit within us.

Knowing who we are, in Christ, has nothing to prove. That’s maturity.

The ability to listen, agree to disagree, and bridle the tongue, is maturity.

Ain’t life grand (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Perseverance

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
~ Victor Hugo

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

Hello friends. (smile) Perseverance, along with God’s daily grace, keeps us moving forward through the ____________
(fill in the blank).


The mindful confidence, of I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, replaces negative thoughts one by one.

This is faith in action. (wink)

Enjoy your day.

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Start A Day Prayer

This post was originally published on September 9, 2013 and updated on 29 October 2018.

Hello friends. (smile) The power of prayer. Have faith that God is indeed working in our life!
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God bless us as we continue to walk by faith and let thy 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, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on I Get It

Hello friends (smile) How many times, do we hear the phase I get it?

Another perspective on I get it. (wink)

The power of words. (wink)

Enjoy your day.

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, Aug 2013 to present

Celebrate Faith and God’s Amazing Grace


God never leads us where he cannot keep us. His grace is always sufficient for us in any and every circumstance of life.
~ Author Unknown ~

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Friday and welcome Lexa and co-host L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week, to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. This week I celebrate back to writing, sharing my faith and God’s amazing grace. (wink)

Simply put, have faith when we can’t, God can.

Have faith, when we’re weak, he makes us stronger.

So celebrate having faith and God’s amazing grace, for those unexpected challenges. Praise The Lord.

Make it great day and have a wonderful weekend.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

1 Thessalonians 5:18, In Every Thing Give Thanks

This post was originally published on April 29, 2013 and updated on 25 October 2018.

Hello friends (smile) Let us give thanks throughout this day. God has a way of using anything to promote our growth to keep us moving forward.
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Thank you Lord, for your mercy and your grace.

Thank you for equipping us with everything needed to get through today.

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, Aug 2013 to present

Acrostic on Criticism

You learn from both positive and negative experiences.
~ Unknown Author ~

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) Happy Wednesday! Hope all is well.

My encouraging thought today sees criticism from a positive perspective.

The beautiful thing about creativity is there are no limits. It’s why I love creating acrostics. The power of words. (wink)

Life situations give both positive and negative experiences.

Either grow or remain stuck. Internalize or let go. The choice is ours.

My acrostic, on criticism, chooses to defeat negative thoughts that arise during constant criticism. Do it, by faith.

Make it a great day. (wink)

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, Aug 2013 to present

Acrostic on Inner Strength

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Tuesday, hope all is well.

My encouraging thought today is remembering with God, all things are possible.

The acrostic, of scriptures, accentuates inner strength.

We’re stronger than we know. Believe it.

Make it a great day by faith. (wink)

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, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on It Is, What It Is

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Monday, hope all is well.

Another acrostic filled with various scriptures that spell out it is, what it is.

A positive perspective using God’s Word.

Make it a great day by faith. (wink)

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, Aug 2013 to present

The Sustaining Power of God’s Word

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

Hello friends. Hope all is well. My encouraging thought today is things and stuff, the Y moments, happen. None of us are immune.

During difficult times, comfort and solace can be found in the Book of Psalms.

Psalm 121 is one of my favorites.

Last year, I found comfort praying various Psalms.

To have faith and believe help comes from the Lord is powerful and sustaining until victory comes. Victory does come.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Expanding My Writing Experience

Hello friends (smile) I’m expanding my writing experience. Wahoo, something new to do (wink)

Praise The Lord for courage.

I’m blessed with another opportunity–an author with the Pencliff blog. Please bear with me as I blog between here and there.

Will baby step my way, to a routine that works, since the circus still pays the bills and buys food to microwave. (wink)

I embrace stepping out of my comfort zone to challenge myself.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Life

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

My encouraging thought today is celebrate life and what makes you happy.

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend!

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Still Standing

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

Another creative acrostic filled with various scriptures that spell out still standing. (wink)

How we define challenges is a choice.

Some challenges are easier than others.
Some challenges require endurance.
Some challenges grow us.

Still standing is just one perspective regarding challenges.

Simply put, still standing is encouragement, to have faith and keep moving forward.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Self Encouragement

Anything is possible, my friend.  Anything.
~ Author Unknown ~

Praise The Lord for creative ways to share his Word.

My acrostic is filled with various scriptures that spell out self encouragement. (smile)
Self encouragement from a different perspective. (wink) Enjoy your day!

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Motivation For Monday

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.
~Henry Ford~

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

Monday’s are tough for me. Ever need motivation on Monday’s, I sure do.

Motivation is different for everyone. Motivation becomes interesting when viewed from another perspective.

For me, the ten most powerful and motivating words are: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Especially when negative thoughts remind of past Monday’s.

Motivation builds a better attitude when Monday’s come.

What motivates you? By faith, let’s have a great Monday. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

A Positive Attitude

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.
~ Anonymous ~


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.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
~ Philippians 4:8-9 ~

A positive attitude can do so much to defeat negativity.

A positive attitude is powerful when it becomes as natural as breathing.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Hashtag (#) Care Less

This post was originally published on 17 December 2014 and updated on 13 October 2018.

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
~ Isaiah 54:17 ~

“Why can’t somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. ~

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
~ 1 Peter 5:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to cast anything and everything to God. Hashtag care less. Praise The Lord.

My sound bite “roll with it” evolved to “hashtag care less”. (wink)

Ah, the ebbs and flows of challenges. The testing of patience and self control.

Things and stuff. Those X and Y angst moments. Let it go and hashtag care less.

Don’t internalize garbage. Hashtag care less.

Don’t participate in every silly conversation. Hashtag care less. No fear, have faith. Hashtag care less.

We can thank God for his mercy and grace even when we stumble.

We can be grateful that God will never leave us nor forsake us.

We are too blessed to be stressed. Put it at the foot of the cross!

Hashtag care less! (smile)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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If your heart is full of love; you’ll always have something to give.
~ Unknown Author ~

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
~ Jeremiah 31:3 ~

Hello friends (smile)  TGIF! Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.
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Celebrate yesterday, today and tomorrow, by remembering, God’s everlasting love.

It’s unconditional and never fails.

Embrace it and have a blessed and wonderful day. (wink).

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Surprise

Hello friends (smile)  I was surprised when I broke a crown (one next to front tooth) while eating a snickers bar in April.

My first implant process ever. Surprise. Dental work be done between two dentists. Surprise.

Long and expensive process. Surprise.

Four months ago, my dentist referred me to oral surgeon for an implant. Surprise.

Yesterday was supposed to be a routine last visit to the oral surgeon before my dentist does final impression and abutment for tooth. Surprise.

I had no idea, minor oral surgery was to be performed. Surprise.

It took many needles to numb my mouth. Surprise. I thought about the circus, when the little darlings start drilling for the nerve. (wink)

The dentist told me of each step he was doing. My insides start freaking out. It was too much information. I couldn’t speak to say please don’t tell me, please.

For a moment, I thought I would faint. Then out of no where, The Lord calmed my spirit and I focused on my trust and the faithfulness of God.

In that moment, the last morsel, of unresolved fear, of the dentist, left my body. Surprise. Thank you Lord.

Bottom line, he had to insert a temporary abutment and stitches.

Once home, I slept for hours. Surprise.

I apologize, in advance, for delayed responses to comments yesterday. (wink)

I shared this to reminder us, fear can keep us stuck with faulty information and memories from the past. Bottom line, fear does not come from God.

I get to work from home the next two days while area heals. Yay. Surprise.

Enjoy your day.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Be Encouraged With Hope

Never give up hope.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
~ Proverbs 13:12 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Be encouraged by hope. Hope is a life line during painful times while waiting on answered prayers.

Sharing hope scriptures and types of hope – the expression of future good

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectations – Acts 27:20
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13 


Productive of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 and Romans 15:4
God’s promises – Acts 26:6-7 and Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25 

Friends, always have hope.

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.

Simply Stated

Hello friends. (smile) Simply stated gets to point.

Some of the most powerful gestures, come from the heart. Simply stated. (wink)

Simply stated, Praise The Lord for answered prayers.

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.

Praying With Specificity

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
~ Isaiah 40:29 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Prayer is powerful when it’s heart-felt and specific to a need.

Pray with faith believing God will answer.

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.

They Moments

I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.
~ Author Unknown ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Saturday. Hope all is well.

Encouragement to see “They” moments from a different perspective. “They” moments test and serve a purpose.

Home. The Circus (work). Life. These areas are where “They” moments happen. Got fruit?

“They” moments develop and produce spiritual fruit within us.

Love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control).

“They” moments teach.
“They” moments humble.
“They” moments change.


“They” moments are temporary.
“They” moments get easier to handle.
“They” moments eventually gives victory.

Praise The Lord, when we pray and keep the faith through “They” moments.

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 The Little Things Poem


Hello friends. (smile) Happy Friday! TGIF! Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate a new motivation to keep writing and do it daily. (wink)

Praise The Lord, I have courage to share another poem.

Celebrate the little things
Is a blessing in disguise
Not knowing what today may bring

Gives hope to recognize

Celebrate to keep the faith
No matter what we see
Believe enough to pray it

Whatever it may be

The it may be a person
The it may be a thing
Celebrate the little things

That faith in God can bring

Celebrate where we are
Celebrate where we’ve been
Celebrate where we’re going

Is daily faith and trust in God
Again and again and again

To celebrate the little things
Ones that touch the most
Are universally heartfelt

Know God and smile the most
Ann V. Friend Poem

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Major Life Events


The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.
~ Arnold Bennett ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. It’s the first Wednesday of the month where we share. Welcome Alex and October IWSG Co-Hosts:  Dolorah @ Book Lover, Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, andChemist Ken!

Major life events affect everyone differently.

IWSG Day Question: How do major life events affect your writing?

I shut down and walk away from writing. I choose not to write when my emotions are all over the place. Praise The Lord.

Certain emotions put me in a rut, which is why I love the Bennett quote. (smile)

Has writing ever helped you through something? Yes, once I cycled through my emotions, I write and share the experience.

Sometimes, sharing helps someone see a situation from a different perspective.

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

Enjoy the rest of your week and will meet you back here next month. (wink)

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Strength Deeply Rooted


I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ Unknown Author ~

Blessed is the man that trusted 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) 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. (wink)  Praise The Lord, I was able to post on time.  Wahoo.

This week, I celebrate strength deeply rooted. I love the Oak Tree Poem and today’s scripture.  Both helped me crawl through back-to-back seasons while praying round the clock.

The little things we share, build up, soften the rough edges, give a different perspective, show kindness, a virtual {{hug}} ______________________(fill in the blank), contribute to strength deeply rooted.

There are times, inspiration and encouragement comes when needed most.

It’s through the rough times, those fiery furnace moments, to learn and understand strength deeply rooted.

It’s putting on the full armour of God, praying the Word, having faith and trust in the Lord, to endure the mighty wind that blows.    Thank you, Lord, your loving faithfulness comforts and sustains.  

Like unexpected challenges, in life, it’s a process to develop strength deeply rooted.  It’s experience to sustain the mighty wind that blows.  

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

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Whoops


Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-host L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to Friday’s celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well in your world. Praise The Lord that I’m back to blogging.

I forgot how demanding it can be to come up with something to post and run out of time. Whoops.

This week, I celebrate whoops. Couldn’t think of anything specific to write. So I reblogged a few days. Whoops.

I was overwhelmed with writing this week. Whoops.

Now I get to develop and organize a blogging schedule with topics.

Wahoo, something to do this weekend. Bare with me as I get it together by faith. (wink)

Whoops make me laugh each day to get rid of the angst. LOL

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

In Whatsoever State, Be Content

I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ 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.

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

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. Praise The Lord, I can say all is well. (wink) I’ve missed writing.

Sometimes, taking a break is needed to gain perspective and pray without ceasing about a situation.

Thank God, the circus shenanigans are no longer the albatross around my neck causing angst. (wink)

This is learning in whatever state to be content. Here’s the catch, it is learned.

To endure less than kind things and/or people can wear anyone down.

I believe in whatsoever state will test and produce more spiritual fruit (love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance) within us, by God, removing anything that keep us stuck.

The strength and ability of perseverance comes from above.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

It’s knowing God grace is given daily and his faithfulness to never leave us nor forsake us.

To know and apply “for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” is powerful because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Hallelujah!

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present. 

Celebrate Perseverance


Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
~ Victor Hugo ~

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 tribulations 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 L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to celebrate the small things. Hope all is well in your world.

Life. The ebbs and flows. The Y moments. The circus shenanigans. The lost of a someone. Health concerns or _________ fill in the blank. Ever had a moment where you thought life is not fair?

Although life can be unfair, it is, what it is. Don’t get stuck.

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 ~

This week, I celebrate perseverance and how things always work out in its proper time. Praise The Lord.

Perseverance is powerful when we realize all experiences get us there. Praise The Lord.

Progressing (keeps moving forward)
Encouraging (motivated by I can do this)
Renewing (changes our past thoughts)
Strongest (deep inner strength from above)
Enduring (learns from past experience to prepare for the present)
Visualizing (faith to believe in what we can’t see)
Empowering (validated by how far we come)
Recognizing (yes, been there, done that)
Achieving (deliverance through grace)
Noting (in time, we’ll make it through)
Changing (better than yesterday)
Experiencing (teaches something. It’s a process of life events)

Experience with the faithfulness of God, through our relationship with the Lord. He never leaves us, nor forsakes us is perseverance.

Experience with casting our cares is perseverance.

Experience with faith through all things is perseverance.

Experience with showing mercy and grace is perseverance.

Experience with forgiveness is perseverance.

Experience with seeing another perspective is perseverance.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Inner Strength


I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ Unknown Author ~

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
~ Ephesians 6:10 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well in your world. This week I celebrate inner strength.

To God, be the glory.

Inner strength to endure. Inner strength to go the distance. Inner strength that the joy of the Lord is my strength.

To experience, the joy of the Lord strength is comforting when crawling or walking through challenging times.

To have inner strength through Y moments is powerful, encouraging and faith in action. (wink) Praise The Lord.

The ability to keep moving forward is inner strength.
The ability to weather storms is inner strength.
The ability to adjust in any environment is inner strength.

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

Enjoy your weekend!

As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Abundantly Blessed


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ William Shakespeare ~

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
~ John 10:9-10 ~

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 was rough. Sometimes, looking from a different perspective is a blessing. Why be or stay negative. Praise The Lord for faith and hope.

I believe that abundantly blessed is a state of mind. It took awhile to find a positive spin for such a ugly week.

Abundantly blessed to see the week from a different perspective. (wink)

The power of self encouragement can break old habits.

The choice, to keep moving forward, when challenged is a blessing.

The choice, to speak positive or turn the other cheek during a Y moment is a blessing.

The choice, to trust God, through uncertainty is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

Abundantly blessed is thankful and grateful for the things that matter.

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

Enjoy your weekend!
 
As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Recovering From The Flu


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 celebrate recovering from the flu. No witty words or winks. I’m just grateful I’m feeling better. Rest and fluids.

Praise The Lord.

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

Enjoy your weekend!
 
As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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.

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.

Celebrate The Long Weekend


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) Celebrate a long and relaxing weekend.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Enjoy The Journey of Writing


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 October IWSG Co-hosts: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes,and Tamara Narayan! Hope all is well.

My encouragement is short and sweet. Enjoy the journey of writing, even those times when distractions come.

Learning to enjoy the journey, of writing, is priceless. Patience is required to adapt and adjust daily.

To enjoy the journey is contentment. To enjoy the journey gains experience. To enjoy the journey builds connections. To enjoy the journey ______________(fill in the blank).

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Never Alone


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ William Shakespeare ~

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
~ Deuteronomy 31:8 ~

You learn from both positive and negative experiences.
~ Unknown Author ~

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
~ Daniel 3:26-28 ~

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) This week, I smile as I celebrate hopeful and faithful encouragement that we’re never alone in a fiery furnace or dealing with the persistent thief pushing until they hit a nerve.

Fiery furnace is my metaphor for less than kind environments and the persistent thief is my metaphor for less than kind people.

Fiery furnace and thief situations happen to all of us. No one can escape the ebbs and flows of life.

Praise The Lord for mercy and grace in the going through phase. He will never leave nor forsake us. We’re never alone. How about that. (smile)

Fiery furnace and thief situations are part of life lessons with the sole purpose to develop, produce and multiply spiritual fruit within us: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

To be strong in The Lord endures.

Fiery furnace and thief moments are temporary, like seasons. We may get bruised but not broken.

Changing perspective and focus helps to stop talking about it and/or the need to do something or explain anything.

Praise The Lord, God is the best vindicator.

Experiencing the fiery furnace and thief moments may be hurtful or even painful, just know this, we’re never alone.

Bygones. Casting cares. Greater is he, in me, than he that is in the world.

Self control. Self esteem. Strengths and weaknesses. Who we are in Christ. These things are great motivators to keep moving forward because we’re never alone.

Victory brings inner strength and wisdom experience.

Regardless of situations, we’re never alone. God goes before us, with us and after us.

Remembering this provides hope and comfort in the fiery furnace and dealing with the thief moments. I’m a witness. (wink)

To God, be the glory.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate The Mindset of Positivity 


There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.
~ Unknown Author ~

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) 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) This week, I celebrate a new month and the mindset of positivity. Why be negative?

Thoughts are powerful. Patience is required. Self encouragement is a necessity.  

July was dog barking rough for me. Been in a fiery furnace situation while going around the same mountain.  Bygones.

Praise The Lord, his presence provided strength that helped me walk and move forward because I was never alone.  

I share these encouraging thoughts:

Perseverance to keep going
Optimistic with hope
Significance of faith and trust in The Lord
Inspirational scriptures
Thrive on the power of scriptures
Inspiring thoughts encourage
Versatility in ways to stay positive
Inner peace is a blessing
Thankful everyday
Yielding to defeat negative thoughts

There are times when silence is a blessing to listen.

Positive thoughts lead to positive communication.

Changing focus and perspective, about a situation, is wisdom to keep moving forward.

To God, be the glory.

Positivity is energy.  It attracts people. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG August 2nd – What Are Your Pet Peeves


Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
~ Romans 15:4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Yay, its the first Wednesday of the month where we share…

Welcome Alex and August IWSG Co-hosts: Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner.

IWSG Day Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

I could have fun sharing about pet peeves. (smile)

I must share pertaining to reading/writing/editing. (wink)

Like everything else in life, learning to adapt and adjust brings contentment.

I love reading. I love writing. I’ve been in a season where time gets away from me. I blink and another month has passed. 

It’s extremely busy at the circus.

As we age, adapting and adjusting is a blessing.  

Praise The Lord for rest and peaceful sleep.

I’m encouraged with hope and faith the circus busyness slows down….

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG July 5th – One Valuable Lesson Learned


Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Yay, its the first Wednesday of the month where we share…

Welcome Alex and July IWSG Co-hosts: Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key and Doreen McGettigan.

IWSG Day Question:  What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

I love the quote above. Writing has been an ebb and flow learning experience. I believe we learn by repetition. I believe encouragement is the greatest blessing we can give one another.

I’ve learned many things the last four years as a writer.  Still struggle with the rules.  Bygones.

I’m blessed to be a part of two awesome and established writer groups.  Both groups have published authors.  

I’ve grown in my creative writing ability. (wink) Praise The Lord.

The one valuable lesson I’ve learned is confidence in my own writing style. I stumbled into finding my writer’s voice.

Thank you, friends, for the encouragement, it kept me from the “q” word. Bygones. (wink)

So the plan is to keep writing and moving forward until my book is finished because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Bygones


The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
~ Unknown Author ~

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
~ Isaiah 43:18-19 ~

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 in my world. Last week, not so much.  Bygones.

This week, I celebrate bygones. (wink) I just love the power of words and the various and unique ways to express them.

Bygones is like a mantra, for self-encouragement, to illustrate the ability to let go.   Remember casting our cares? Bygones.

Whether it’s yesterday, a year, a month, a day, a hour, it’s the past.  Bygones.

Things happen.   Bygones.   People leave.  Bygones.   Faith tested.  Bygones.

Bygones is that wilderness environment that changes a person.  Bygones teach.

Bygones is the ability to transition between seasons and the process of experience.  Bygones discover.

Disagreements. Challenges. Conflicts.  Bygones learn.

Perception. Contrast. Difference.  Bygones reflect.

Sometimes, speaking bygones out loud controls the tongue in a heated moment.  Bygones.

Bygones  releases yesterday as moved on with hope and faith for today.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Walk Through Experience Poem


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. (wink)

Wahoo, this week, I celebrate finishing my third poem. It took me a year and a half to get the words and timing right.

I love poetry. It’s my hope and faith to write spiritual poetry soon.

Wahoo, something to do. (wink)

Walk Through Experience

As we live and get older
Its much easier to see
Faith and trust in Jesus Christ

Is the safest place to be

Most won’t understand this
That makes it very sad
To know Him is to say out loud

He loves and protects me well

The many things in life
Bring forth ebbs and flows
Faith to go the distance

A quitter will never know

Life can change in an instant
Regret is what we’ll have
All because a little doubt

Is all we ever had

Belief becomes important
Validated by what we speak
This is faith in action

That will always trump defeat

To know him is love
To trust him is wisdom
Anything else is a substitute

Left empty and wishing

I share this with a passion
Because I believe it’s true
Jesus Christ died on the cross

Because God loved me and you

Ann V. Friend Poem
©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Have a blessed weekend.

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

IWSG June 7th Question: Did You Ever Say “I Quit”?


If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
~ Frederick Douglass ~

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 and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) I’m just a bit late for the first Wednesday of the month. Alex, may I get a C for effort? (wink)

Hello to our June IWSG Co-hosts:

JH Moncrieff
Madeline Mora-Summonte
Jen Chandler
Megan Morgan
Heather Gardner

IWSG Day Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Yes, the words, I quit, I’m DONE have left my mouth many times. Frustrations and struggles. Not enough time. Things that mount up to distractions. I believe these things serve a purpose.

Walking away, has been a form of quitting for me. Timing is everything. Self-encouragement helps. Refocus is key. Sometimes, its just a schism……

I quit, and I always come back. (smile)

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Roll With It


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ 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) 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. (wink) This week, I celebrate a roll with it attitude that stole from the thief. Praise The Lord.

The thief is my metaphor for test and retesting moments.

There are times, retesting can be a pressure cooker.   Retesting, coupled with distractions, that just keep on coming.  Two days in a row, distractions became overwhelming and draining.

I kept praying and asked how long Lord?  My prayer wasn’t with specificity.  The testing of my faith had something to relearn. Ugh.

I lost my cool and ranted for twenty whole minutes. Yup, I felt better then apologized.  Thank God for mercy and grace.

I internalized rhetoric, and those whispering psst thoughts.  My flesh man took that rhetoric with the whispering psst and reacted while the spirit man waited for my focus to shift.  I relearned praise The Lord through it verses complaining through it.   

When going through a retest, pray for the focus to remain on him and not the distraction or the retest. 

A new day brought the remembrance to roll with it and let go because it is, what it is, whether abased or abound, contribute to ebbs and flows of a situation.  Roll with it.

To be content, everywhere and in all things steals from the thief.

It’s remembering to breathe calmly because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Roll with it.

It’s remembering still standing because God equips daily.  Roll with it

It’s remembering being deeply rooted, when the mighty wind blows.  Roll with it.

It’s remembering that He’ll never leave nor forsake us.  Roll with it.

Words are powerful, everywhere and in all things, when the foundation, to be content, rest in Jesus Christ until victory comes because retesting never stops. 

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your day and have a blessed weekend.

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate It’s A Good Day


There is no danger of developing eye strain from looking on the bright side of things.
~ Unknown Author ~

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24

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. (wink) My thoughts are short and sweet.

This week, I celebrate and rejoice being ready for the long weekend.

Wahoo, something to do with an extra day to recover. (wink)     Praise The Lord.

It’s a good day to have a good day. 

Seeing all that the blessings in life. 

A glimpse of a brighter tomorrow. 

Believe in the possibilities, for such a time, as this.

Doing it, by faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your good day and long Memorial Day weekend.

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate The Process of Balance


Life is for most of us a continuous process of getting used to things we hadn’t expected.
~ Unknown Author ~

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)

I believe to be content, everywhere and in all things, requires learning the process of balance.

People.  Situations.  Time.  The unexpected.   Moments that test faith.

Balance, to be content, is living through life moments.

Balance, to be content, can do all things through Christ.

Balance, to be content, sees a different perspective and counts the blessing.

Learning balance, to be content, is a process. It’s a process, did I mention, it’s a process. (wink)

Never stop learning the process of balance. Content is the reward.

Praise The Lord.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG The Blessing to Keep Writing


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) Wahoo, its IWSG day. The first Wednesday, of the month, where we share. (grin)

Welcome Alex and May co-hosts: Michelle Wallace, Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet@Roaming About and Feather Stone. Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith.

Distractions. Time. Challenges. Many things can deter writing.

There are times, changing perspective on how we see is a blessing. (wink)

The blessing to keep writing strengthen the ability to persevere, even when the ebb and flow comes.

The blessing to keep writing builds endurance to hang in there.

The blessing to keep writing is encouragement not to quit. At least, we trying.

The blessing to keep writing ___________ (fill in the blank).

No matter what, it’s not failure, it’s finding what works for you. At the end, of the day, we’re still standing, sitting or squatting strong. (wink)   The power, of faith, to move forward.  

What faith and encouragement can do is a blessing. Thank you 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

Faith for Today – Wisdom

Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say.
~ Unknown Author ~

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto
wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~ Proverbs 1:5-7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Trying something different to baby step back to daily posting. I love the Book of Proverbs. It’s instruction and advice on every aspect of life. Wisdom.

It’s amazing how life can bring us full circle. Remember, back in the day, parents, grandparents, and elders would tell their knowledge and/or experience about anything and everything.

I half listened back then, so wisdom developed late in my life.

Wisdom is developed as life experiences teach

Wisdom is never stops learning

Wisdom has a self-control tongue

Wisdom brings discipline to listen

Wisdom understands wise advice

Now your turn to join the fun, wisdom ________________ (fill in the blank)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith To Understand Different, Forgiveness

Scars remind us of where we’ve been, they don’t have to dictate where we’re going.
~ Sergeant Harrison Scott, Criminal Minds
~

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
~ Matthew 18:21-22 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Stuff is my metaphor for scars and yesterday represents the past.

Stuff can be invisible and heard through words spoken. Stuff can be seen through actions.

No one is immune to stuff  life brings.  Stuff gives experience.  Stuff eventually heals yesterday’s wounds.  Stuff becomes a testimony.

Sharing stuff is the most powerful way to help others and so is forgiveness.

Stuff is experiencing and getting victory over yesterday’s unnecessary stress; dysfunctional relationships; toxic circus environments; object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers; identity theft; betrayal; failing health; or _______________(fill in the blank).

Forgiveness liberates today from yesterday’s stuff. Forgiveness stops the replay. Forgiveness shows the presence of the Holy Spirit within. Thank you Lord, for equipping, the ability to forgive as you forgive.

Faith to understand different, forgiveness shows Jesus, as Lord and Saviour, in any situation and glorifies God every time.  

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Hope and Strength


At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.
~ Unknown Author ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
~

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 while keeping the faith. (wink)

This week, I celebrate hope and strength through any season. Praise The Lord.

Praying specific prayers, for hope and strength, regarding things that challenge us most.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Psalm 91, A Refuge and Fortress

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink)

There are times, The Book of Psalms brings encouraging comfort to get through difficult times and hurting situations. Praise The Lord.

Psalm 91 is my second favorite Psalm when life throws testing after testing of my faith.

To crawl, walk and run with The Lord as a refuge and fortress, is the safest place to endure since he’ll never leave or forsake us.

Praise The Lord.

Praying a Psalm is powerful faith and praying with specificity.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate KTF Stimulates Hope


Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
~ Proverbs 4:23 ~

Before befriending others, you have to be your own best friend. Before correcting others, you have to correct yourself. Before making others happy, you have to make yourself happy. It is not termed as selfish, but personal development. Once you balance yourself, only then can you balance the world.
~ Unknown Author ~

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.

A friendly reminder, I write when I can since the circus pays my salary and I like a meal and place to sleep regularly. (wink)

This week, I celebrate Keeping The Faith (KTF) because faith stimulates hope. Praise The Lord.

People, environments, unexpected circus distractions can bring change whether we like it or not. We can only control ourself.

Change is my metaphor for personal development. Change forces self reflection. Change eventually heals, promotes and brings wholeness.

Spirit fruit comes from within. We can’t give what’s not within us.


There are seasons, change will separate us to crawl, walk and run to keep moving forward.

Life experience is the best teacher. It shows an ability to adapt when life brings issues.

KTF stimulates hope that tomorrow brings _____________(fill in the blank).

Everything, whether good or bad teaches something.

Thank God for his mercy and grace when we stumble.

As we change, the ability to be humble comes naturally. It demonstrates self-control and strength that runs deep.

Praise The Lord.

KTF stimulates hope to change perspective on those Y moments.

KTF stimulates hope during situations and conflicts that feel like a fiery furnace.

KFT stimulates hope when trusting the faithfulness of God in all things.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Hashtag # No More Stress


Making the choice to say no more stress requires faith and trust in The Lord, Jesus Christ through all things daily.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

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) 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. This week, I share encouragement, to keep the faith, whether standing, sitting or squatting, be strong and wait on The Lord, because victory does come. Praise The Lord.

I also celebrate “hashtag #no more stress“. (wink) It’s a process.

Stress is cumulative.
Stress is energy draining.
Stress is not good for our health.
Stress is sleepless nights.
Stress is ____________(fill in the blank).

No more stress, the things that push our buttons.
No more stress, the little darlings that test our patience.
No more stress, the environment that’s unhealthy.
No more stress, the ebb that just won’t flow.
No more stress, ____________(fill in the blank).

Ain’t life grand, in situations, where we chose no more stress. (wink)

Making the choice no more stress brings an inner calmness and strength deep enough to know The Lord equips us to persevere and yield spiritual fruit in the process.

Making the choice no more stress is a life changing attitude.

Making the choice no more stress is wisdom to adjust.

Making the choice no more stress is emotionally healthy.

Hashtag #no more stress, robs the thief. How about that! (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends to enjoy your hashtag #no more stress weekend, because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate So What….It’s Liberating!


Some will, some don’t, so what!
~ American Proverb ~

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:31 ~

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. This week, I celebrate “so what” because it’s liberating.   “So what” helped my sense of humor remember that laughter is good for the heart.  (wink)   Praise The Lord.

The power of words and how we’re creative in using them is liberating.

“So what” is my updated metaphor of hashtag # careless, casting burdens, frustrations, everything to The Lord. (smile)

Things become too heavy for us to carry. 

“So what” is a attitude of faith that regardless of the many challenges, changes beyond our comfort level, if God be for us, who can be against us?

Whatever it is, we’re in good hands, equipped to walk through it, baby step through it, or my personal favorite–crawl through it.

“So what” when we stumble, thank God for his grace.

“So what”  we require glasses when we’re not sleeping, thank God,  we can see.

“So what” when the little darlings start strife, thank God, we can smile and walk away.

“So what” is quite liberating when we rise above anything.   Thank God, we’re more than conquerors. 

With all the things life situations can throw at us, “so what” we’re still standing, sitting or squatting strong.  (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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

Celebrate and Appreciate The Small Things


We have to learn to appreciate and enjoy life! Try to enjoy the small things; like peace, silence, sleep, people, ability to walk, breathe and laugh easy.

Stop stressing over things you have no control over. Accept your life as it is and stop comparing it to others. You will learn to enjoy your surroundings and embrace your life in a better way!
~ Charles P ~

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) 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. Praise The Lord, all is well in my world.

This week, my thoughts centered around the quote and scripture above.

Celebrate and appreciate the small things like the ability to see clearly (wahoo, new glasses); the ability to take a nap, the ability to enjoy peace and quiet anywhere, and the ability to pray about unhealthy situations, and comfort and healing friends.

Celebrate and appreciate courage to share thoughts and struggles. Joys and pain. Y moments.

Celebrate and appreciate encouraging one another. Virtual {{{hugs}}} and a (smile). (wink)

Celebrate and appreciate how God can work all things out.

Celebrate and appreciate faith and hope and the power of specific prayers.

God knows we need prayers.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Faith Through It


When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!
~ Author Unknown ~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
~ 1 Peter 5:10-11 ~

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. (wink) Nothing gets attention more than health challenges, plus accepting the fact that reading cheaters no longer work.

Celebrate faith through it.

Reality forces change. A realization that stress is cumulative.

To everything, there is a season. Faith through it.

The valleys and the mountains.

It’s been hectic and drama filled days at the circus. Challenging conversations. My little maladies stabilizing while adjusting to changes beyond my control. Sticking to a routine, of proper rest, helped to balance energy level.

The blessings.

The power of praying comforts and releases everything to God, who can change seasons. I’ve been praying and releasing everything to God. Thank you Lord.

By the grace of God, today, I can smile because all is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (wink)

There is something powerful about seeing good after a bad season.

There is something powerful about letting go.

There is something powerful about knowing who we are in Christ.

Too many times, energy is wasted on the why of it. It is, what it is.

Faith through it, whatever it is. I love the quote above because without the valleys, we wouldn’t recognize the blessings of the mountains. 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

Celebrate Mercy and Grace


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ William Shakespeare ~

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~

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 celebrate sharing encouraging thoughts on God’s mercy and grace.

I love, love, love, the quote above.

There will be times, we’re to extend mercy and grace to situations around us.

Just like God freely extends his mercy and grace to us.   Ain’t life grand!

It’s quite comforting when we extend God’s mercy and grace to Y moments and/or situations.   It steals the ability to vex us.

Prayer and forgiveness steals from Y moments.

Faith and hope steal from Y situations.

Empathy and compassion, on a rough day, steals from Y moments.

Positivity steals from Y moments.

Thank God for his mercy and his grace when we stumble.   It steals from self condemnation and self ridicule. (wink)

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate It’s The Weekend


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. I celebrate it’s the weekend.

Very busy week. Going to hibernate for a bit.

I have enough Dr. Pepper and goodies to enjoy when I’m not sleep. (wink)

Praise the Lord, for peaceful rest.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013