Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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#atozchallenge Z is for…


Life is too short, grudges are a waste of perfect happiness, laugh when you can, apologize when you should and let go of what can’t be changed. Love deeply, forgive quickly, take chances, give it everything and have no regrets.

Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad, smile when you’re sad, love what you’ve got and always remember what you had. Always forgive but never forget, learn from mistakes but do not regret, people change and things go wrong but always remember life goes on.
~ Unknown Author ~

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~ James 1:2-4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, the last day of the A to Z Challenge. A heartfelt thank you to all who encouraged and supported my A to Z efforts. {{hugs}}

I appreciate it, more than you know. (smile)

I’m a bit late to the party. My thoughts. Zeal, like enthusiasm, draws people.

Zeal can be hard, to pull off, during a challenging season, until we remember to count it all joy. Challenges test our faith and teach patience.

Zeal, in attitude, helps to count it all joy; by faith or choice.

Life goes on, whether we participate or not.

The upside of zeal is amazing when we understand God can use anything, anyone, anytime to bring change, growth and balance to us. Praise The Lord. 

Zestful and free life
Energetic and full life
Abundant and blessed life
Living life and moving forward

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy the weekend!

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge Y is for…


The most three important words you can say to yourself: Yes, I can!
~ Aroha Janet ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to the Day 29 of the A to Z Challenge and Celebrate The Small Things, hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosts L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog.

My yes I can thoughts…… 

 
This week, let’s celebrate yes I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, by faith. Praise The Lord.

Adapting and abiding faith
Believing and blessing faith
Choosing and contenting faith
Discerning faith
Encouraging faith
Forgiving and freeing faith
Gracing faith
Habit-forming faith
Internalizing inspirational faith
Justing faith. Joy, a fruit of the spirit
Keeping the faith
Loving and long suffering faith
Minding and moving forward faith
Nurturing and never-ending faith
Opting faith through vulnerabilities
Persevering faith. Peace, a fruit of the spirit
Quickening faith
Reassuring and remembering faith
Strengthening “can do” and sustaining faith
Trusting in God faith
Unflinching and unconditional faith
Visualizing victory faith
Walking, witnessing and wholeness faith
Xeroxing words, of faith, on paper (wink)
Yielding faith
Zesting faith in God


The upside to yes I can:

Yields confidence
Enjoy living
Secured in Christ

Inspired by the love of Christ

Count it all joy
Achieve victory
Naturally moving forward

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy today.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge X is for…

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Day 28 of the A to Z Challenge. Not sure why I picked X-factor in my theme.

Googled to find it was once a TV show, never watched it; and X-factor is a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome; a noteworthy special talent or quality. These are my thoughts.

Jesus is my X-factor. I give him everything and I tell him anything. Jesus is the significant impact of my day-to-day living faith. Praise The Lord.

The upside of Jesus as my X-factor:


Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your day.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge W is for…


Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
~ Maya Angelou ~

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
~ Proverbs 3:13 ~ 

Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
~ John Patrick ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Day 27 of the A to Z Challenge. My thoughts on wisdom. I believe wisdom, like common sense, matures as we experience choices.

I love the know better, do better quote because somethings, in life, are known when we’re ready. The Book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom and instruction to live wise or foolish.

Remember, you can’t help a fool, only God can change a heart. (wink)

The upside of wisdom:

Wise enough to know better
I‘m too blessed to be stressed
Seeing distractions for what they are
Disciplined to stay balanced
Oh my God, I can choose to let it go
Moving forward, victory is coming

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your day.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge  V is for…..


When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability…To be alive is to be vulnerable.
~ Madeleine L’Engle ~

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 to Day 26 of the A to Z Challenge. My perspective on vulnerable.

Some seasons make us vulnerable to change.

Sharing our thoughts make us vulnerable. (wink)

Being vulnerable shows we’re human.

Being vulnerable removes the mask of perfection to be alive to who we are in Christ. Victorious. Praise The Lord.

The upside of vulnerable:

Value ability to be sensitive
Unite others by sharing experience
Let go and let God
Not a victim, more than a conqueror
Embraceable, when we show openness
Resilience through seasons
Appreciates God’s loving grace
Brings humility
Learns to praise God through difficult seasons
Eager to move forward

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your day.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge  U is for…


Total self-esteem requires total and unconditional acceptance of yourself. You are a unique and worthy individual, regardless of your mistakes, defeats and failures, despite what others may think, say or feel about you or your behavior.

If you truly accept and love yourself, you won’t have a driving need for attention and approval. Self-esteem is a genuine love of self. Stop all adverse value judging of yourself. Stop accepting the adverse value judgments of others. Purge yourself of all condemnation, shame, blame, guilt and remorse.
~ Unknown Author ~

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:38-39 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Day 25 of the A to Z Challenge. Happy Monday. Hope your weekend was blessed. Understanding the power of self-acceptance and the love of God. I love the self-esteem quote above. It’s quite liberating. These are my thoughts.

I praise God for self-acceptance and courage to share our relationship. Thank you, Lord.

When we absolutely understand that nothing can separate us from the love of God, that’s living life with all its stuff. It’s casting cares to someone who can do something about it. (wink)

He loves us even when we stumble or act a fool. Here is the best part, he loves us regardless of our past. He never throws anything back at us.

He accepts and sometimes correct us; but at no time does his love stop. His love is enough to believe all things are possible.

Self-acceptance brings wholeness. Self-acceptance is key to self-esteem. Self-acceptance is an inside requirement. What’s on the inside shows on the outside and dictates speech.

The upside to understanding self-acceptance:

Unique, God made us different
Never settle for less than God’s best
Disciplined in living
Embraces weaknesses
Respects self
Secured God’s love and protection
Transparent by his glory within
Appreciate what you bring to the table
Never alone
Dignity to rise above
Interconnected with The Lord
Needs supplied
Going forward is the natural thing to do

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your day because God loves you.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

#atozchallenge T is for…

  
Experience teaches only the teachable.
~ Aldous Huxley ~

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 to Day 23 of the A to Z Challenge. It’s been said “experience is the best teacher”. I agree. Being teachable contributes to experiences, both the good and not so good.

My thoughts, on teachable, reflect how God can use all things: angst, pain, tears, joy, happiness, love, X or Y, and ______________(fill in the blank) to give experience toward his purpose. Praise The Lord for experience that leads to a testimony.

Teachable experience helps growth and maturity, especially, as we get older. The younger generation will expect us to set the example.

   

The upside to teachable:   

To make better choices
Engaging in better communication
Approachable and open to a different perspective
Choosing to be positive
Having courage to learn something new
Astute in seeing the bigger picture
Balanced is a great place to be
Learning should never stop
Ever ready to move forward

Abundant blessings to keep the faith and enjoy your weekend.

I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

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