Celebrate The Small Things, 20 March 2015

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 ~

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 in your world.  (smile)  

It’s a beautiful thing when God gives us what we need.  He always provides.  Praise The Lord.  A reason to celebrate the small things. 

Learning to celebrate the small things grow, as we walk through with faith, knowing how God can work all things out.  (smile)

 

Yesterday was my two year blogging anniversary.  Praise The Lord.  Celebrate the small things. 

Thank you friends and abundant blessings for supporting my blog.  I appreciate the support! Celebrate the small things.

I give glory to God for my second  year  anniversary.  Only He knows the number of times, I almost quit.  (shock face) Celebrate the small things.

So today, I celebrate the small things, I no longer take for granted.  

Keeping the faith is powerful when we keep walking through trusting the faithfulness of God working  all things out.  (smile) Celebrate the small things. 

Friends, have a blessed and great day, celebrate the small things! (smile) 

 

Be The Reason

Everyone smiles in the same language.
~ Author Unknown ~

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
~ Matthew 5:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, the power of a genuine smile changes things.

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Abundant blessings, my friends, as we have a good day, by faith! (smile)

Life

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. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
~ John 10:9-11 ~

Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone’s eyes.
Author Unknown

Hello friends. (smile) Sorry, I’m late in posting today. Took some extra time enjoying my clean house and staying unplugged. I had a great day reflecting! Praise The Lord.

How about you, how was your day? Anything, you,want to share? (smile)

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Sometimes, to sit and reflect on life, where we were versus where we are now can be an interesting walk down memory lane. Sometimes, to remember the struggles and how God walked us through warms the heart and a shout out “Thank you, Lord.”

It’s a beautiful thing to share our life experiences because as the quote above says “life looks different through everyone’s eyes”. I thank God for the courage to share my life experiences that, by faith, can help someone. (smile)

God is light. God is love. There is nothing dark about Him. No one or nothing is more powerful than Him. Here’s wisdom, thoughts of a negative nature, anger, doubt are not of God. Must have faith.

I see living an abundant life as peace and contentment because we make better choices by picking up our cross and following Him. He also provides for all our needs.

It’s about faith and asking with a right motive.

Friends, my encouragement today is to stand on faith and trust that we are where God wants us to be until He manifests our next step.

Abundant blessings and sleep well tonight!

As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

It

A friend is someone who knows you as you are, understands where you’ve been, accepts what you’ve become and still gently invites you to grow.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) I’m serving up a little humor today about one of my “its.” Remember, “it” will be different for each of us. One of my “its” is procrastination about chores. Ugh.

I stepped out of my comfort zone today and it rained because a friend and I cleaned my house. Praise The Lord! Thanks Cinderella!

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The queen of procrastination surrendered to discipline and did it. Top to bottom of my own free will. Sometimes, we can run from the stuff that isn’t interesting to do or find every excuse to procrastinate.

Today, Every chore was touched, except laundry. Maybe tomorrow. (wink)

To be honest, I usually say “maybe tomorrow” and it gets done whenever. I share all of this because God has been using family and friends to change my mind set about chores. Thank you, Lord. He gave them wisdom to encourage instead of harp and push. (smile)

Today, there was no game playing. No TV. I was unplugged to do chores. We did get lunch. (smile) Gotta eat!

At times, God leads the last person we would expect to nudge us forward. So there was growth in completing chores! (smile) Praise The Lord and Cinderella’s obedience.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we continue to grow in our “it” area. Sleep well tonight!

Feel free to share your “it.” (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Happy New Year

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. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
~ Romans 8:28-29 ~

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
~ David Brinkley ~

Happy New Year, my friends. (smile) This is my fifth time participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).

I have yet to complete a whole month. (shock face) That changes today. (smile)

The Lord renewed my confidence and courage, to come here and write, by reminding me that I can do all things through Christ that strengtheneth me. Thank you, Lord.

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So I share this same blessing with you. Be you, because you can do all things through Christ…. and only you can tell your story.

The theme for January’s NaBloPoMo is Habit. Oh the fun we can have with habits. (wink)

Stay tuned, it going to be interesting and encouraging!

I stopped making New Years resolutions years ago. It caused too much angst when I failed.

Here are some things I learned about failures:

Sometimes God has something better.

Sometimes, failure launches us toward our destiny.

Sometimes, failure is God’s will for that season because our motive is wrong.

Sometimes failure brings maturity and spiritual growth.

Sometimes, failure makes us humble.

Sometimes, faith is born out of failure.

Life is about sharing to help and encourage one another. It’s what The Lord leads me to do.

I’m just a humble vessel giving glory to my Lord and Saviour through obedience. Thank you Lord.

So friends, let’s have faith that 2015 is the year that God will bless us abundantly using all things to get us where we need to be! Praise The Lord. (smile)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

All the Writing Questions (A Blog Hop)

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

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

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

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

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

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1) What am I writing or working on?

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

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

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

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

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

3) Why do I write what I write?

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

4) How does my process work?

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

Discipline

Roll with it.
~ AF~

Hello friends. (smile) I’m walking on the wild side, by participating, once again in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) hosted by BlogHer.

I’m going to have faith that I’ll finish the month this time. (smile) Keeping the faith and building my courage up for the big writing challenge coming in November. (shock face)

The theme for September’s NaBloPoMo is healing. The neat thing about participating is that they provide writing prompts or we can write about anything; as long as we post daily. (wink)

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Discipline. Participating will help discipline my time for writing and meet other bloggers. I have found that I do better when I have a challenge with a timeframe. (wink)

I may have to reduce myself to one game I can play a day. (shock face) Withdrawals to one game with no baby steps. Ugh!

How about you, any discipline challenges?

Faith. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as you enjoy Labor Day festivities or just relax doing something fun. (smile)

IWSG Keep The Faith

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, too much negativity can drain you. (shock face)

Negativity breeds negativity.

Sure, there are times, when we don’t focus and hear something negative and bam, we walk away speaking or thinking negative thoughts. Ugh. Cast that stuff, it’s draining.

I am still building my confidence and courage with blogging. (smile) I just keep moving forward and I encourage you to do the same. (smile)

I am learning to block out all the coulda, woulda and shoulda. It gains us nothing to second guess ourself.

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Write or blog, the things that you know and create and the rest is irrelevant. Someone will like it. Keep the faith. (smile)

Please don’t feed the negativity! Remember, not my circus, not my monkeys! Humor, my friends, never lose our sense of humor. (wink)

Blessings as we believe in ourself and keep the faith! (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Heat”

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

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

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

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

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

My pros and cons of heat:

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

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

For you reading pleasure, some scriptures on heat:

Heat, hot

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

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

IWSG Encouragement to Roll With It

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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) My encouragement today is roll with it and do your thing and enjoy being you. (cheesy smile)

Seasons of life, ebbs and flows, experiences, all play a part in our sharing with others.

Roll with it keeps us moving forward and evolving. (smile)

So keep the faith that someday, fill in the blank __________________________ will happen! (wink and a smile)

Roll with it! (smile)

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A good friend reminded me yesterday that you can’t please everybody. With the power of prayers, from friends, I walked out of the rut and will return to doing my thing and being me. (cheesy smile)

Thanks again, my friends and Thank you Lord!

Roll with it! (smile)

We all have a style. That’s what makes us unique. We may continue to adjust our style, as it works for us. All in all, it’s our style. (smile) I like to say, if you love it, we’ll like it.

Roll with it! (smile)

Everyone needs encouragement. It helps us grow. It gives us hope. It strengthens faith. Roll with it!

By faith, have a blessed roll with it day, be encouraged to do your thing and enjoy being you! (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Surprise”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell me, what surprises you? (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Silly”

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

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

Silly things. Silly people. Silly me!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings and enjoy your evening! (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Expectations”

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

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

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

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

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

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Lost”

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

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

Hello friends (smile) Happy Tuesday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings!

IWSG Attitude

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“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.” ~ Unknown Author~

Hello friends (smile) Have an attitude of faith to believe that we can accomplish anything. Those of us, who write, perceive deep within us, that there is a masterpiece in the making. Here’s the catch, we must believe in our abilities first! In time, the manifestation comes! (smile)

Like everything else in life, good things come to those that wait. (smile) Reminds me of my favorite spiritual fruits–patience and long-suffering. (shock face)

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Let’s not forget, regardless of critics, having an attitude of faith, to believe, in ourself reinforces our belief in our talents to do what we do and not get discouraged. (smile) Think positive thoughts!

Many times, we put pressure on ourself…

Sometimes, it is what, it is. Roll with it! (smile) Bottom line, up front, by faith, we can and we will__________________ (fill in the blank)!

Blessings my friends, until we meet here next month. (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Abstract”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Grateful”

I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard. ~ Maya Angelou ~

Hello friends (smile) I’m sharing some of my grateful thoughts for the Two-Cents Tuesday Challenge. I encourage you to share your grateful thoughts. (smile)

I’m grateful everyday that my Lord and Savior wakes me up and equips me, by faith, for the day. (smile) I’m grateful that He answers my prayers! (smile) I’mgrateful for every good thing in my life!

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I’m grateful for the wisdom to understand that life will bring challenges and sometimes those challenges force me to continue to grow and mature in every area of life. (gritted teeth smile) Sometimes, it’s painful! Can I get a witness (wink and a smile)

I’m grateful that the spiritual fruit within me continues to grow and make me more spiritual. I’m grateful for His mercy and grace when I stumble. There are times, I stumble hard. (shock face)

I’m grateful for family and friends who encourage and hang with me when I’m overwhelmed or frustrated by things and stuff and/or X, Y, and Z. Thank you! God bless you big! (smile)

I’m grateful for disappointments because God loves and protects me and has something better. Thank you Lord. (smile)

I’m grateful for the courage to be me! I’m grateful that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. (smile) Praise The Lord!

I’m grateful for times when God moves, in a mighty way, to let me know, He’s working and to keep the faith. (smile)

I’m grateful for His Word being deeply rooted within to speak to situations by faith and prayer.

I’m grateful for His presence in my life. When going through stuff, He walks me through and comforts me through my tears. I’m grateful that when it’s over, I’m stronger than before. Thank you Lord!

Finally, I’m grateful that I truly believe and trust Romans 8:28! (smile)

Have a blessed and grateful day, my friends! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

IWSG Keep Writing

Roll with it!
~AF~

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Another month to encourage ourselves to keep writing and keep the faith. (smile) Write that chapter. Write that thought. Write that poem. Write that post. Write anything, as long as, you keep writing and keep the faith. (wink and a smile)

We learn and get better. Keep writing. Keep the faith. (smile)

If we like it, someone will love it! (cheesy smile) We will never know without the faith to keep writing. Remember along the way, have some fun! (cheesy smile)

(Writer’s write)

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Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Keep writing!

I plan to visit all the A to Z Challenge blogs; since I chickened out of the A to Z Challenge because I didn’t understand how to make it work. (shock face) Next time, by faith!

So I’ll be like a sponge learning something new! (smile) And encouraging all the participants. (smile)

Be blessed, my fellow writers and keep the faith! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Grace

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The time change has me off schedule. (smile) It’s another Monday, let’s have faith and stand on Philippians 4:19! Be positive. Be adaptable. Be strong. Be fruitful. Be encouraged for blessings.

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Maintaining our focus keeps things and stuff, and x, y and z in perspective. (smile) Life is too short to allow angst to ruin our day. Yup, I finally see how distractions all play a part toward losing focus of the bigger picture. (shock face)

It takes two. When that thing or x, y, or z, comes, choose to smile and say nothing or calmly breathe to assemble thoughts and let grace get us through it. Calmly breathe and pray to bridle the tongue, when pressed. (smile)

Scriptures on grace for our reading pleasure.

Grace – Unmerited Favor

Descriptive of Grace:
God’s favor – Genesis 6:8
God’s forgiving mercy – Romans 11:6
Gospel – John 1:17
Gifts (miracles, etc) – 1 Peter 4:10
Eternal life – 1 Peter 1:13

Is the source of Grace:
Salvation – Acts 15:11
Call of God – Galatians 1:15
Faith – Acts 18:27
Justification Romans 3:24
Forgiveness – Ephesians 1:7
Consolation – 2 Thessalonians 2:16

Described as Grace:
All-abundant – Romans 5:15-20
All-sufficient – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Glorious – Ephesians 1:6
Great – Acts 4:33
Manifold – 1 Peter 4:10
Rich – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Undeserved – 1 Timothy 1:12-16

Believers Grace:
Are under – Romans 6:14
Receive – John 1:16
Stand in – Romans 5:2
Abound in – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Be strong in – 2 Timothy 2:1
Grow in – 2 Peter 3:18
Speak with – Ephesians 4:29
Inherit – 1 Peter 3:7

Dangers of Grace can:
Be abused – Jude 4
Be frustrated – Galatians 2:21
Be turned from – Galatians 5:3, 4

Be blessed and enjoy your day, by faith, and roll with it with grace! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

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

Hold On

Keep the faith and hold on! (smile) Things are looking up. Sometimes, out of no where, I just sing. I’m talking loud and joyful singing. (smile) The kind of singing that make you forget your challenges, the end of the week, and just enjoy the music and the song.

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I experienced this on the way home today. I felt deep within my spirit to write hold on the blessing is around the corner for someone. (smile)

Be blessed, my friends, I pray it’s you. (smile)

Choices

Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance. ~Author Unknown~

A humor quote to start the day. (smile) I’m a bit sluggish at the moment. My energy level was depleted yesterday on things and stuff. (smile) I forgot to roll with it!

Choices. Unless, we live on a secluded island alone, there will always be something or someone trying our patience. (shock face)

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Of all the spiritual fruit, I believe patience is tested more, followed by temperance. (gritted teeth) Traffic, long lines in the store, trying to button that last button, when in a rush, or fill in the blank_____________.

Recently, I’ve found, if I do the opposite of what I feel, it’s a win for that moment. Just remember to breathe calmly before speaking or just smile. Either one changes the focus. (smile)

Sometimes, aha moments come by making a different choice. Sometimes, things are simpler than we realize. At times, we over think things. (smile) It is what, it is. (smile)

Here’s the challenge, when you’re tired or hungry, all bets could be off. (shock face) It’s like x, y and z come to push and push. You think, ok, feeling a little pressed then something comes, then another and another…

Here is where choices come into play. Free will. Spirit over Flesh. It’s a prettier situation to make the spiritual choice. (smile) Thank God for His mercy and grace when we don’t!

Be blessed, stay calm because it is, what it is. (smile) As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

IWSG Prove Them Wrong

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Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Them can be anyone who tell us we can’t, we will never or fill in the blank________. Society is filled with them.

Them speak things that we believed because we trust them or fill in the blank___________. Sometimes, I wonder the motives that make them discourage us.

Words spoken, by them, start the root of doubting abilities and losing confidence. Prove them wrong.

Refuse to replay the insecurity of can’t. Refuse to think the insecurity of can’t. Refuse to speak the insecurity of can’t. Prove them wrong.

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Write. Create like only you can. Only God knows our thoughts besides us and His Word says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”. Remember this the next time can’t creeps into the mind. (smile)

Sure there will be critics and opinions. Sometimes, it’s just information. Prove them wrong.

There are probably distinguished authors, who had to walk through seasons of proving them wrong. This should give us hope that every rewrite, every blocked thought or filled in the blank__________will eventually get us closer to our goal. The masterpiece! (gritted teeth smile)

A rejection today maybe become a possibility tomorrow. Faith! Believe in your abilities. Keeping your sense of humor and making time for fun promotes balance. (smile)

Let today be the day, we continue to have faith and refine our masterpiece because all things are possible when we believe.

Be blessed and enjoy your day! Comments are welcome. (smile)

Self-Confidence

Proverbs 3:26 – For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Self-confidence grows every time we step out of our comfort zone. Many times, we have to faith it and do it the best we can. (smile)

Free will. It’s unfortunate when something or someone shatters confidence. It does something within. No one likes to be ridiculed or criticized to the point their confidence is shaken. No one.

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My confidence gets shaken sometimes when someone tries to use the past against me. Yep, I still have a few buttons that get pushed. (shock face) How about you, what shakes your confidence?

Lets face it, many lack compassion and empathy because they have never experienced or have a reference, of understanding, of something or someone different. This is where prayers become a life-line to tell the specifics to God. (smile)

Confidence builds when we keep trying. That’s how we learn and get better. As our confidence grows from within, our thoughts become clear and more positive. We pay attention to distractions. We recognize better ways to handle x, y and z. At the end, of the day, your confidence will be stronger!

Yesterday, I had the confidence to shovel the path way and my car completely. (shock face) I felt the wahoo and thank you Lord when I finished. Today, my muscles are sore and I can barely move (smile) nonetheless, I had confidence to get it done. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Be blessed today and remember confidence grows as we try because Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Comments and thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Things About Me

Things about me. I love reading, music and playing games on my IPHONE. (smile) God blessed me with the gift of encouragement, ways to sow His Word, a sense of humor and a beautiful smile. (cheesy smile)

I’m an introvert by preference. (shock face) I’ve learned to adapt and adjust in situations and through the storms of life, it’s how “roll with it” and “let it go” became sound bites for me. The joy of The Lord is my strength. (smile)

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Like many others out there, I’ve had a difficult season to walk through. I was never alone. I love how my Lord and Saviour protects and takes care of me. (smile) I pray a lot. I pray for each of you. (smile)

I thank God for the courage to write and be different. There will always be someone who needs a kind word or courage to be their self.

I am grateful for the awesome people I’ve met through blogging. I am humbled by your words of encouragement back to me. (smile) God bless you!

I love blogging and writing, for the different writing forums, because it’s a way to sow encouragement and hope to someone who may or may not know they are not alone or the next step. I am a humble and nice person who tries to visit and support many different bloggers. (smile)

I blog from my own personal experiences in hope that someone finds comfort and gets to know God, through His Son, Jesus, like I know Him. (smile)

I sow and God waters. I’m an open vessel about my Father’s business. ( smile) I hope this gives you more insight into Ann Friend.

Be blessed! (smile) As always, your thoughts are welcome.

Self

Self – the essential person distinct from all other persons in identity. ~Merriam Webster’s Dictionary~

Self is the NaBloPoMo theme for March. This is where I share more about myself and have fun in the process. (shock face) It’s pretty much what I’ve been doing the past few months without the fun part. (smile)

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I come here to encourage others to keep the faith and keep moving forward. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when you are comfortable with yourself! When you have the courage to be you! (smile)

My courage and strength comes from above. Glory to God! When you know who you are, you don’t have to tell anyone, anything, because actions speak louder than words. (gritted teeth smile)

As displayed in the acrostic, life is knowing and being secure in yourself because Romans 8:31 says What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Be blessed and stand on Romans 8:31! Stay tuned for more self encouragement! (smile) Thoughts are always welcomed.

Pressure

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Happy New Year!

This is my first of 31 posts to be published as a participant in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for January. The theme for January is pressure. In 2014, I am choosing to step out, of my comfort zone, and will be encouraging others to join me! Wahoo, it’ll be fun.

In the 21st century, pressure can come internally or externally; to anyone, young and old.
Pressure makes no distinction in this day and age. Pressure can be good or bad, depending on where we are in our spiritual life. Some like and thrive on pressure, bless their heart; and the rest, deal with pressure, as it comes. Sometimes, we have no control over pressure. I had so much fun thinking up the acrostic below.

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The process of life, with all its ups and downs, has no guarantee that any of us are exempt from pressures getting to us at some point.

Pressure can come from any source: ourself, family, job, friends, school, relationships, peer pressure, pressure in your face from dental surgery, blogging, or fill in the blank________________. Please feel free to add to the list.

In today’s environment, pressure can come when we least expect it. Sometimes, it feels as if everything is needed now, now, now, now. I believe as we get older, the constant reacting takes it toll.

Many times these two scriptures help me stay focused and spirit led by deep breathing and practicing the pause before I speak:

2 Corinthians 12:9, 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.

Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Others times, I thank God for his mercy and his grace because I’ll blink and let’s just say, its not pretty. Lately, I just try to roll with it because it is, what it is!

Pfft, here’s the thing, as we mature in life, and know who we are, pressure loses it sting within us.
We learn, to choose better reactions, by calmly breathing at the first pull of pressure from x, y or z.

I welcome your thoughts on pressure.