Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Improvise”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank God for safety pins, tape and post its.

Thank God for creativity to think quickly on the spot.

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

Thank God for faith.

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

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Appreciate All Things


Sometimes life will test you but remember this:  When you walk up a mountain, your legs get stronger.  
~ 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)  Life moments can and will challenge us and so will people.  Appreciate every challenge, person, thing, because in the long run, these things contribute to making us stronger.
Appreciate the ones who support our writing efforts.
Appreciate the critics.
Appreciate the little things that make us smile.
Appreciate those “work your nerves” moments.
Appreciate the good and the bad.
Appreciate _______________ (fill in the blank).

As strength builds, walking, crawling through is liberating and powerful.
Appreciate all things, because at the end of the day, we’re still standing, we’re blessed and we’re loved.
Enjoy your Mike, Mike, Mike day! (wink)

 

IWSG Congratulations

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

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a heartfelt welcome to the IWSG December co-hosts Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins.

Congratulations Alex and Company on publishing The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond! Wahoo!

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Congratulations to all of the members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

I, for one, feel truly blessed to see my name, among such distinguished writers, in a published book! (smile) Praise The Lord!

Thank you and many blessings to be a part of such talent! (smile)

Self-Knowledge

Self-knowledge – knowledge or understanding of one’s own capabilities, character, feelings, or motivations. ~Merriam Webster’s Dictionary~

To know our true self brings wisdom. To understand our quirks and preferences is important in knowing our limits. Sometimes, we come to a point where enough is enough. Knowing our limits can provide insight to understand what pushes our buttons and what pet peeves set us off. (grit teeth smile)

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What we believe is also a key element. Every experience, from childhood to present, contributes and/or reinforces what we think, how and why we react to things and stuff or x, y and z. (shock face)

Life challenges happen to everyone. The more we know and understand our inner triggers, they lose power over us. Praise The Lord for the victory.

Recently, my eyes were open to realize I had another button that things and stuff, and x, y or z, could push! (shock face) The button is disrespect. I don’t like when others disrespect me or anyone else. How unfortunate, disrespect seems to be the norm in many environments. (sad face) Free will. We have free will to choose or maybe, we just don’t know any better.

Here’s the beautiful part, while it is painful when going through storms, disappointments, fill in the blank_______________; we come out stronger and better than before. God will use anything and anyone to bring about our growth. Many times, it’s a test. (shock face)

Sometimes, there are retests! Thank God for His mercy and grace.

I don’t have victory over the disrespect button yet; I thank God that I now know it’s trigger!

Be blessed and enjoy the rest of the weekend! (smile) Your thoughts are always welcome!

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

Self-Acceptance

Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

God loves you and me. Unconditionally. Accept that truth. We’re created in His image. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Flaws and all. (smile)

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There are times, God’s love for me and feeling His presence are the only things that keeps me going. Like today, I have a heaviness on my heart so I am praying for family, friends and my enemies.

Self-acceptance is knowing and loving ourself because God does. Anything else is irrelevant. His love never fails. We are not alone because He is always with us.

By the way, it’s cold and snowing here and I am dreading going out later to shovel a path to my car and shoveling off my car. Ugh. I have faith that this too shall pass. (smile) Trying to think happy thoughts about shoveling!

So have a blessed Monday knowing that we are loved unconditionally because God is love. (smile) As always, I welcome your comments.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Writing”

 

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Remember back in the day, when we wrote notes or letters and mailed them? Remember keeping a diary or journal, where you wrote every thought, feeling? We wrote about our joys, heartbreak, things and stuff! Ah, those were the days.  (wink)

 

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In the 21st century, we write letters–the email kind. Short hand text kind. Sometimes, I wonder just where would we be without today’s technology? Although, I do like having a portable way to jot my thoughts down on my phone!  (shock face)

Can you remember the last time, you actually penned a personal letter and mailed it?  (smile)

I love to write. Somewhere in a box, I have cards, notes and old letters that span over many years of things and stuff. Its been awhile, since I walked down memory lane with those timeless treasures and experiences. How about you? When was the last time, you walked down memory lane? Inquiring minds wanna know.  (wink)

We all have a story. No one can write it better then us.  (smile)

God bless you and have a great day!

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