Faith Prays With Specificity

A good memory is one that can remember the days blessings and forget the days troubles.
~ Author Unknown ~

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
~ Luke 11:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day.

Today’s encouraging thought is faith prays with specificity.

Prayer is especially powerful when it’s heart-felt and specific to a need.

I love the specificity of the knots prayer.  I believe it speaks encouragement to self-esteem and replaces negative thoughts.   

Faith prayers with specificity trump negativity every single time. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Loved


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
~ Psalm 23 ~


It’s a beautiful thing to realize just how precious and loved we truly are.

What a blessings!

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith

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

Hello friends. (smile) Today, let’s walk by faith, in every aspect of our day!

Faith for that job. Faith that the property sells. Faith for that mate. Faith for that promotion. Faith to get through today. Faith for ____________(fill in the blank).

It’s a beautiful thing to have faith. I love this Pinterest quote!

IMG_0613.JPG
Say it with me, faith. Live it, give it, walk it, talk it, own it, loan it, grow it, show it. (smile)

In time, faith, in God, gives and builds courage to live and enjoy our life, in spite of things and stuff. Thank you Lord!

I chuckled, as I read the loan it part. I have enough faith to loan anyone, some of mine. (shock face)

For my little worry-warts, I’ll loan you some of my faith today. (smile) Enjoy it!

Blessings, my friends, as we live by faith and enjoy our day! (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith to Sleep Well Tonight

Take life day by day, and be grateful for the little things. Don’t get stressed over what you can’t control.
~ Unknown Author ~

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
~ Psalm 4:8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. I spent the day reflecting while doing much needed chores.


It’s truly a blessing to release everything and sleep well tonight.

Praise The Lord!

Feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Something To Do



The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.
~ Anonymous ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to my seventh time participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).

I have yet to complete a whole month. (shock face) Close, but no cigar.

By faith, victory is this month. (smile) Thank you Lord.

So buckle up friends, as I have fun, using Monday through Friday writing prompts. Psst, some may be modified. (grin) Saturday and Sunday are open topics.

Wahoo, something to do. (wink)

The theme this month is Know. Thank God, I know stuff. (smile)

Need cheerleaders, on the side, as I write this race and cross the finish line. Wahoo, something to do.

Blessings friends to enjoy your weekend and the beautiful weather.

Your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith and Grace

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
~ Unknown Author ~

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) Life comes down to choices. Praise The Lord with faith that his grace gets us through any challenge today.

Remember, challenges are temporary. The awesome power of grace.

Abundant blessings to enjoy the day.

Your comments or thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Celebrate Seasons


When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.
~ 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) Happy Friday! Welcome Lexa and co-hosts to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate seasons. To everything there is a season. We’re not just talking Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. (wink)

Seasons teach. Seasons change. Seasons become experience to our resume of life. How about that. (smile)

Seasons can last until we crawl or walkthrough ___________(fill in the blank) by faith.

Praise The Lord.

I love, love, love, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. It is a beautiful illustration of everything encountered through life. (smile)

The amazing thing about seasons is realizing we’re not alone and they will change.

Praise The Lord for providing what we need, by faith, as we crawl or walk through _____________ (fill in the blank). Wahoo, something to do. (wink)

He will always cross our path with someone who has what we need. A smile, a word, hugs are free little things given when we need them the most. God “is so worthy to be praised.

His mercy and grace is always available. Thank you Lord.

I’m ok, at the circus, these days because the grace of God brings strength to endure, with faith because challenges like seasons change. (wink)

Abundant blessings friends as we embrace seasons with the opportunities they can bring into our life. (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts on seasons.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 12 June 2015

Prayer is the best medicine. God is the best doctor.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Lexa and co-hosts as we celebrate the small things this week.

I’ve been nursing a pinched nerve in my right arm and shoulder area. Taking medication and trying to rest my arm. I’m right handed…

I celebrate no surgery is needed and answered prayers.

Praise The Lord.

Other than that, all is well in my world. (smile)

Blessings, my friends as we keep the faith to enjoy the weekend!

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 5 June 2015


Stand still, smile and be strong even if others are not, even if others will not, and even if others cannot.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know the love of God, His faithfulness, and His mercy and His grace. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Today, join me in celebrating that we are loved unconditionally and the praise of being fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.

I celebrate the blessing of grace and strength He provides, to keep the faith, to walk and sometimes crawl through the ebbs and flows, of life and the circus, as I run the race. Thank you Lord.

Friends, from my heart to yours, I celebrate your continued support of my writing and blogging efforts. Thank you with {{hugs}}

It is my prayer of faith that God blesses each of you in a mighty way.

Abundant blessings, my friends and enjoy your day! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 29 May 2015

It isn’t always necessary to achieve great things. Sometimes, just surviving is a great achievement.
~ 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.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a special smiling shout out to Lexa and co-hosts because we’re blessed to see another Friday to celebrate the small things. (wink)

Praise The Lord.

I pray you’re doing well. (smile)

I was back at the circus this week. Wahoo, something to do. (wink)

I celebrate surviving a brutal week, through prayer and keeping the faith.

Thank God for his mercy and grace that helped to endure things and stuff, as well as, the X and Y moments.

I celebrate the spiritual fruit within, faith, long suffering and temperance. Each grew by the grace of God.

Finally, I celebrate the smiles and laughter, among friends and co-workers, during this brutal week. We survived and are still standing.

Wahoo, we made it. God blessed us big!

How about you, how was your week?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your weekend. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Balance


The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome IWSG co-hosts and a special shout out to Alex Cavanaugh!

I hope all is well in your world.

All is well in my world. Thank you, Lord.

Ever feel so tired that a break is needed? I need to unplug and balance a few things.My fun meter is depleted. Sooooo, I’m taking a break from the circus and writing a few days. (wink)

Wahoo, like a spiritual retreat with mind numbing fun!

Wahoo, nothing but fun things to do. (grin)

Blessings, my friends, I’ll catch up with blogs, in a few days. (smile)

They

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

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
~ James 1:2-3

Hello friends. (smile) I’ve been adapting and adjusting at the circus. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. (grin)

It has been exhausting. It has been painful. It has been humbling. “They”.

IMG_0793
They like telling us our faults. They like pushing buttons to wear us out. They like projecting their issues onto us.

Sometimes, they think we are “they“.

They contribute to our growth. They will lead us to prayer.

God can use “they” to make us stronger in trusting and leaning on Him.

Praise The Lord, for the blessing, when “they” contribute to drawing us closer to God by praying our way through. (smile)

Blessings! (smile)

Away from Blog

Hello friends. (smile) I hope all is well in your world. All is well in my world, I just find myself in a weird place these days.

Sometimes, I think about quitting blogging.

2015/01/img_0790.jpg
Sometimes, I get tired of rhetoric.
Lately, I’m entertaining retirement from the circus.

I’m praying my way through.

Blessings until we meet here again. (smile)

I’ve Got Nothing

Hello friends. (smile) How was your day?

Snow. Challenging day. Distractions. No lunch. Too many thoughts. Another failed test. These were just some of the things I crawled through today.

Praise The Lord for friends, who encourage and help us release the angst. Thank you!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/656/48782359/files/2015/01/img_0589.jpg
I’ve got nothing specific today. (shock face)

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. It’s the end of the day and I’m still standing, just a bit tired. Ugh, it’s only Tuesday….

Blessings, as you sleep well tonight! (smile) By faith, meet you back here sometime tomorrow, if The Lord says the same.

Appreciate

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
~ Galatians 5:1 ~

As long as we have memories, Yesterday remains; As long as we have hope, Tomorrow waits, As long as we have friendship, Today is beautiful.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thank you for your support of my blog this year. I appreciate your kindness and hanging in there with me. {{hugs}}

Let us give glory to God for His love and presence that walked or crawled us through 2014.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/656/48782359/files/2014/12/img_0767.jpg
Let us appreciate our answered prayers.

Let us appreciate the little things that family and friends done for us.

Let us appreciate the X’s, who worked our last nerve; the Y’s, who helped us grow; and the Z’s, who makes us smile.

Let us appreciate the beautiful memories that touched our heart.

Let us appreciate the things and stuff (challenges) that helped us produce more spiritual fruit. Got patience? (smile)

Let us appreciate God’s daily mercy and grace given to us.

Let us appreciate how God worked all things out for our good.

Let us appreciate each other’s uniqueness.

Let us appreciate knowing and waiting for God’s best.

Let us appreciate God’s protection. Thank you Lord!

Blessings and abundant faith, my friends, as we have a Happy and blessed New Year! (smile)

Psst, please feel free to add what you appreciate about 2014. (wink)

Slice of Heaven

The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
~ Oscar Wilde ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thanks and God bless you for providing a slice of heaven into my life! (smile) and {{hugs}} I appreciate you!

It’s the little things that deliver a slice of heaven into someone’s life.

Providing encouragement in a time of need. Providing a smile can change someone’s challenging moment. Providing strength just by being around. Listening when someone has angst.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/656/48782359/files/2014/12/img_0748.jpg
One of the hardest lessons to remember is that each of us are going through something.

That something will test us to produce more spiritual fruit, (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)) within us.

No matter the something, we provide a slice of heaven into someone’s life every time we lessen their angst by the “one another” scriptures below:

Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Blessings, friends, as we provide a slice of heaven into each other’s life today. (smile)

Roll With It Friday

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

Hello friends. (smile) Thank God, we’re blessed to see Friday. It has been a long week. I woke up with roll with it in my spirit. (smile)

IMG_0433.JPG
Sometimes, we just need to keep it simple. Roll with it!

Have faith and roll with it!

Meditating and speaking “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” is wisdom to roll with it today.

Blessings, as we roll with it today! (smile)

Faith In God Grows Stronger

Anything is possible, my friend. Anything.
~ 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 ~

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) I’ve had a great time celebrating. Here’s the thing, many times, we can become overwhelmed by circumstances. Faith in God, is the ultimate companion, along with prayer.

IMG_0846.JPG
Sometimes, words spoken, over our situation, need to be rebuked and not received. Pray and have faith.

It’s a beautiful thing when our faith, in God, grows stronger. Praise The Lord.

Every single time, we choose faith, we are growing more spiritual fruit within us, faith grows stronger.

Every single time, we refuse to fret or have angst, about something or someone, faith grows stronger.

Every single time, we remember what He has already done, faith grows stronger.

How about that! (smile)

Faith, in God, is powerful when going through the ebbs and flow in life.

Faith, in God, is comfort when we remember we’re not alone.

Faith, in God, is peace from previous victories.

Faith, in God, grows when we know He can work all things out for our good.

Faith, in God, grows when we trust in His timing.

Faith, in God, grows when the blessing is manifested.

Faith is knowing God, through His Son, Jesus, and recognizing that anything is possible once aligned with His will.

Blessings, my friends, as our faith, in God, grows stronger today! (smile)

Wahoo! I’m Done

Hello friends. (smile) Today was my last dental appointment after 15 months of straight and serious dental work!

Wahoo, I’m done. DONE!

Praise The Lord. (smile)

IMG_0499.JPG
I will be celebrating for a few days because there was some angst about implants. I prayed and had faith.

Today, my dentist informed me that implants are not needed, after all! Whew!

Again, Praise The Lord! (smile)

So friends, be blessed and enjoy the rest of the week. See you in a few days! (smile)

IWSG Balance

IMG_0343.JPG
The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
– Amy Gatliff –

Hello friends and welcome to this months co-hosts, LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy. (smile) My message this month is short and a reminder to keep life balanced.

IMG_0736.JPG
Balance is quite important these days. Trying to do everything without balance is exhausting.

I’m becoming content to do what I can each day. I encourage you to be content doing what you can.

Sometimes, a break from our normal routine does wonders for peace of mind.
Sometimes, just listening to music calms the nerves.
Sometimes, spending time with a friend talking and laughing warms the heart.
Sometimes, keeping our sense of humor lightens our mood.
Sometimes, quiet time promotes the best sleep.
Sometimes, ______________ (fill in the blank).

Just for fun, what is balance for you?

Blessings, as we remember to balance for the little things……

Keep The Faith

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
~ Albert Schweitzer ~

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.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) TGIF!

IMG_0725.JPG
Blessings as we keep the faith that the grace of God will sustain us today.

Blessings as we keep the faith that we’re loved.

Blessings as we keep the faith that we’re fearfully and wonderfully made.

Blessings as we keep the faith that we truly are blessed and highly favored.

Blessings as we keep the faith, to enjoy our day, because His grace is sufficient. (smile)

Roll With It Wednesday

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
~ Eric Hoffer ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) My message is short today.

IMG_0786.JPG
Roll with it and say I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Roll with it because it is, what it is.

Roll with it and keep the faith.

Roll with it and remember the blessings God provides.

Have a blessed day!

God’s Amazing Grace

People don’t change until the pain of remaining the same becomes too great.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
~ Hebrews 11:1 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Everyday, we make choices. Everyday, something or someone plays a part toward our growth. Everyday, regardless of how we choose, we have God’s amazing grace. How about that. (smile)

IMG_0717.JPG
God’s Word tells us “my grace is sufficient for thee.” When we stumble, we have God’s amazing grace. When we lose our cool, we have God’s amazing grace. When we, fill in the blank_______________, say it with me, we have God’s amazing grace. (smile)

When those silly thoughts creep in, tell em, “grace, I have God’s amazing grace.” Say it with authority!

Learning, to move on, from past mistakes, brings freedom, to live life with God’s amazing grace. Move on, by faith, until it comes naturally.

Let God’s amazing grace replace the woulda, coulda, shoulda we carry by remembering Romans 8:28 tells us, 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.

Blessings, my friends, as we live life to the fullest today with God’s amazing grace! (smile)

Let Go

People will always talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them…you affected their lives, they didn’t affect yours.
~ Unknown Author~

Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Hello friends. (smile) Things are still busy and hectic at the circus. Glory to God for sustaining us. There is power in having faith and trust, in God, to let go.

IMG_0703.JPG
Let go of the past.
Let go of fear.
Let go of angst.
Let go of woulda, coulda, shoulda.
Let go of naysayers.
Let go of anything keeping us stuck.

Let go.

We give things and stuff or the Y’s in our world power each time we entertain nonsense. Shake free. Let go!

Sometimes, it’s only an opinion. Let go. Wisdom is to careless. Did you know, we give power to nonsense by engaging or taking it personal? Let go!

Sometimes, no response speaks volumes. It leaves a person speechless. (shock face)

Changing perspective on the way we look at a situation helps to let go.

It’s a beautiful thing to live and enjoy life because we know who we are in Christ.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for blessing us with wisdom and faith to let go of anything we’ve out grown. Amen!

Have a blessed and faithful let go day! (smile)

Renewing The Mind

Nothing changes if we never replace things and stuff keeping us bound to it.
~ Ann Friend ~

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 ~

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) Thoughts. Memories. The past, to include yesterday, has no power over our future, unless we continue to think on it. Renewing the mind can be a beautiful thing when we realize that nothing or anyone on this earth is perfect. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts helps to renew the mind!

IMG_0779.JPG
We all have something about ourself being worked or pruned to produce more spiritual fruit. It’s no secret that mine is patience and long-suffering! I stopped responding to every negative thought that I entertained. Thus, my new sound bite, I careless. (smile)

It’s truly freedom to have choices. Remembering the past can be a good thing if we’re looking back for reference. Once upon a time, I struggled with negative thoughts and bad memories that kept angst and fear within my heart. It was also draining to carry.

When I surrendered to the Holy Spirit and Jesus became my Lord and Savior, old things became new and I began meditating on Philippians 4:8 to renew my mind. Praise The Lord.

Glory to God for the victory!

Through the process of growing and maturing, sometimes, the things we remember are not as accurate as we perceived. Sometimes, we have to choose to acknowledge it, forgive it and let it go. Renew the mind.

Renewing the mind brings change. Renewing the mind brings growth. Renewing the mind sets us free to make better choices. Renewing the mind opens up possibilities to see life from a different perspective.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we renew our mind and meditate on Philippians 4:8. (smile)

Trust

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
~ Psalms 118:8 ~

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
~ Luke 18:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) To have faith and trust in The Lord is a beautiful thing. Trust.

Once upon a time, I had trust issues with everything and everyone, until I learned to put my trust in God, through His Son, Jesus. Trust.

Broken trust can devastate anyone. Having faith to trustGod because there is nothing nor anyone bigger than Him brings comfort. Trust.

IMG_0741.JPG
Trust that He always provides and protects.
Trust His love.
Trust that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.
Trust that we can do all things in Christ that strengthens us.
Trust in His mercy and His grace.
Trust that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Trust in His plan for our lives.
Trust that He works out all things.

Trust Him.

Trust – to put one’s confidence in. Scriptures on trust:

Trust not to be placed in:
Wealth – Psalm 49:6, 7
Leaders – Psalm 146:3
Man – Jeremiah 17:5
Works – Jeremiah 48:7
One’s own righteousness – Ezekiel 33:13

Trust to be placed in:
God’s name – Psalm 33:21
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42
Christ – Matthew 12:17-21

Benefits of Trust:
Joy – Psalm 5:11
Deliverance – Psalm 22:4, 5
Triumph – Psalm 25:2, 3
God’s goodness – Psalm 31:19
Mercy – Psalm 32:10
Provision – Psalm 37:3, 5
Blessedness – Psalm 40:4
Safety – Psalm 56:4, 11
Usefulness – Psalm 73:28
Guidance – Proverbs 3, 5, 6
Inheritance – Isaiah 57:13

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we trust God and thankful in all that He does for us! (smile)

Appreciate

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

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) Praise The Lord, my smile and sense of humor is back. (wink) My faith and trust in God gives me strength and courage each day to share what He pours into my heart.

I give a heartfelt thank you and abundant blessings to online and offline friends, for your prayers and encouragement during my challenges last week. {{hugs}}

I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than you could possibly know. By faith, I know God will bless each of you, in a mighty way, for your part in praying and encouraging the encourager. (smile)

IMG_0725.JPG
Sometimes, we forget to appreciate the little things.
Sometimes, we forget to appreciate the blessings that challenges bring.
Sometimes, we forget to appreciate that tears can be a blessing.

It’s a beautiful thing to bless others when we are hurting. I’ve been emotionally drained for a few weeks. By faith and God’s grace, I kept moving forward.

My emotions has been like a roller coaster ride since I got that ticket a few weeks back and realized the ticket was the blessings. (shock face)

The weight of God’s protection while I was unaware that I was driving on dry rotted tires, the sickness and pain that friends are going through; the death of friend; the challenges in my work environment, Friday night, I cried and prayed. I gave all that was hurting within my heart to God.

Praise God! He ministered and watered all the love and encouragement sown from you to me that I have a new appreciation of sharing my faith walk with others and ask for help when needed. To God be the glory!

Appreciate being different.
Appreciate those unexpected kind words.
Appreciate prayers.
Appreciate people’s time.
Appreciate smiling for no apparent reason.
Appreciate what we have.
Appreciate those who care.
Appreciate the ebbs and flows moments.
Appreciate (fill in the blank)______________.
Appreciate that God is still in charge and can work all things out.

So today, my friends, blessings as we appreciate each other and the things we share with one another. (smile)

Hang In There

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
~ Deuteronomy 31:6 ~

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. ~ Oscar Wilde ~

Hello friends. (smile) Again, I thank God for friends who take the time to echo back encouragement. I pray God bless you in a mighty way.

IMG_0775.JPG
Sometimes, we’re suppose to ask for help.

Tuesday, I was about to quit my job! Just get my stuff and walk. (shock face)

We have free will to choose. Sometimes, when we allow the flesh to reign, even for a minute, the spirit side just waits us out. Singing, my theme song–going around the mountain, one more time. Ugh!

God led me to a friend who said hang in there. Don’t quit. God bless Him.

Little did I know that God would water those very words back to me days later.

The beautiful thing about having a personal and intimate relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus, is that He knows there are times we get frustrated or fill in the blank____________. We can tell Him everything. It is not a one sided relationship.

I love that He allows me to work my way back to Him when I get tired of that mountain. God knows, I’ll always return back to my spiritual nature and Him. This is what growing is all about. Knowing apart from Him, we can do nothing. Hang in there.

By faith, I have more spiritual fruit. Thank you Lord. Hang in there.

Again, another validation of Roman’s 8:28 that ups and downs bring balance and produces more spiritual fruit. All things! Hang in there.

God knows exactly what’s needed to get us where we need to be. Can I get an Amen! Hang in there.

Yesterday, the hits just kept on coming. Before, I could entertained any negative thought, God watered hang in there, don’t quit. I smiled as I remembered those words sown Tuesday. Glory to God!

Quitting is no longer an option. I do need to verbalized the inner thoughts that are wrecking havoc in my mind. Hang in there.

Sowing encouragement goes a long way to help one another when we are walking through. Even if we have to crawl. Hang in there.

I’ve been emotionally drained lately. Yesterday, I crawled, my way, through the brutal day with words from encouraging friends and the grace of God. Hang in there.

Thank you, friends, I was able to smile at the end of yesterday. Thank you Jesus!

I see my work challenges as training to produce more fruit within me and to ask for help when I need it. Hang in there.

I encourage anyone with work challenges to see it as a training opportunity that is developing more spiritual fruit. Hang in there.

I share all this because at the end of the day, by faith, life does go on. Hang in there.

Today, by faith, we’re armed with the full armor of God, our slingshot and a smile. The plan is to light up the joint with the joy of The Lord as our strength.

Blessings, my friends and keep the faith to hang in there. 😜

Patience

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~ James 1:4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I believe next to long-suffering, patience is the fruit tested the most. (shock face)

Long lines. Traffic. Fill in the blank ____________. Waiting. They all test our patience.

IMG_0733.JPG
I believe there will always be retesting of our patience.

This week has been a little brutal on my patience. My energy level has been drained too!

I thanked God and left things at the foot of the cross. Patience. Got to love spiritual fruit. (wink)

How’s your patience level? (smile)

Ever feel like there is something in the air and things and stuff just keeps on coming? Patience.

Well friends, I need to reset, for a couple of days, and recharge my energy level. Too many withdrawals from my fun meter. (shock face)

Be blessed, have patience and keep the faith! Feel free to browse the website for earlier posts. (smile)

Hope

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

What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.
~ Rick Warren ~

Hello friends. I believe hope is precious to maintain in life. I believe faith and hope go together. I believe when hope is taken away, it can crush a spirit leaving despair.

I believe there people around us are losing hope and need prayer and encouragement to see the love and grace of God in life.

IMG_0764.JPG
I believe God continues to grow us spiritually, to be the light, for those who don’t know Him to illustrate hope.

My heart is heavy for friends, who are ill and fighting to keep their faith. A coworker’s loss of her husband. Those, who are suffering in silence and fearful to ask for help.

Sometimes, we take things and people in our life for granted. It is my faith, hope and prayer that God helps each of us extend hope to anyone He puts in our path.

Scriptures on 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

Blessings!

Give

Life is beautiful because it is a controlled yet chaotic dance of ups and downs where we are blessed with the ability to sense those pains and pleasures equally.
~ Suman Rai ~

Hello friends. (smile) Blessings, in life, can come in so many forms. Give. Sow. What we give out comes back to us. It’s reaping and sowing with a twist. (smile)

Everyday, there are opportunities to give, our time, a kind word, encouragement, love, a hug, a specific prayer, a smile or fill in the blank____________________, to those around us.

It’s the little things that truly show others that we care and they are not alone. Give brings balance.

We all bring something to the table. God blessed me with the gift of encouragement. Thank you Lord! It’s what I do. (wink)

IMG_0664.JPG
God gets the glory every time He pours words of encouragement into my heart to share with someone.

Do you know your gift?

I can honestly tell you, I did not know my gift was encouragement until I started blogging! (shock face)

As God walks us through things and stuff and challenging moments with X, Y or Z, He is expanding and perfecting our gift within us. Pfft, as we grow, the gift becomes a natural part of who we are. (smile)

Everywhere, we go, are opportunities to give something to others. Smiling, is one of the most beautiful things we can give to others. (smile)

Times are tough and to give, of ourself, can be a blessings that shows someone God loves them! (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as we give to someone today. (smile)

Matthew 7:24-29, The Two Foundations

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

Hello friends. (smile) Rock or sand. Milk or meat. Spirit or flesh. Knowing The Word or doing The Word.

Choices. Free will to choose. Foundations. A relationship with God.

IMG_0715.JPG
Spiritual fruit and obedience are necessary to build a solid foundation to weather changes and or storms in life.

Spiritual strength and faith grows every single time when God walks us through things and stuff and X, Y and Z moments.

As spiritual fruit grows from within, there is such peace and freedom, that wherever we go, the presence of God is evident and His light shines. It’s a beautiful thing to behold. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when God builds the house.

It’s a beautiful thing to recognize our inner strength comes from Him.

It’s a beautiful thing to know who you are in Christ.

It’s a beautiful thing when we can see disappointments as God redirecting us to something better.

It’s a beautiful thing to adapt and adjust because God walked us through better than we were before.

It’s a beautiful thing to renew our mind and speak to the lies the enemy likes to replay.

Life will have ebbs and flow. Nothing and no one is perfect, except Jesus.

Recognize God equips us to weather and walk through anything because our faith and trust is in Him.

Blessings, my friends, as we recognize our house is built upon a rock. Praise The Lord! (smile)

I Can

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

Hello friends. (smile) Motivation and encouragement goes a long way when we believe we can.

Today, have faith and believe I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

20140805-042624-15984427.jpg
For my little worry-warts, have faith and confidence with your imaginary slingshot, the full armour and power of God behind you to walk through this day believing I can. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as we speak, by faith, I can throughout this day! (smile)

A New Season

When you are older you will understand how precious little things, seemingly of no value in themselves, can be loved and prized above all price when they convey the love and thoughtfulness of a good heart.
~ Edwin Booth ~

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) It’s a beautiful thing to recognize the blessings in our life. It’s a beautiful thing to wake up and realize you’re in a new season.

It’s a beautiful thing to participate in the accomplishments of others in our life. (smile)

Promotion. Retirement. Birth of a child. New job. New relationship. Fill in the blank_________________. It’s the little things that touch the heart.

Accomplishments bring a new season. A new season of possibilities. A season of more faith.

At the end of a hectic week, I realized that I am walking into a new season. Praise The Lord!

Spending time thanking God for all that He has done, is doing and will do in our life draws Him closer and is heartfelt praise.

20140803-153406-56046316.jpg
Friends, I have come full circle in my faith and trust in God. I share this because there were times, I struggled to keep the faith. (shock face) Sometimes, we need to keep our hopes and dreams between ourself and God. (nervous smile)

Sometimes, we have to keep the faith, in spite of others speaking against the very thing that we are standing on faith for God to manifest. I believe, they mean well and speak from their own lack of faith experiences.

I encourage you to put anything not of faith at the foot of the cross. I encourage you to build your faith and trust in God.

To walk by faith, there is no doubt. To walk by faith, there is no what if. To walk by faith, is to trust God, believing our faith is aligned with His will for our life.

Walking through new seasons can be daunting, when we give thoughts to doubt and unbelief. This is where renewing the mind, and thinking on Philippians 4:8, helps to know that there is nothing negative about good things from above and remind us of all the other blessings God walked us through. (smile) He is worthy to be praised.

Blessings as we keep the faith and walk through our new season, trusting God to lead us step by step and to think on the positive aspects of our life. Glory to God! (smile)

I Said A Prayer Today

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
~ Matthew 18:18-20 ~

Hello friends. (smile) The power of prayer is a beautiful thing to behold. Prayers are heartfelt words to God for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, enemies, to name a few.

20140727-011009-4209006.jpg
Prayers give hope. Prayers give strength. Prayers give healing. Prayers give comfort. Prayers give life to dead bones walking.

Prayers are opportunities for God to provide blessings by way of breakthroughs.

Today, my friends, by faith, I’m praying for God to wrap His loving arms around us and strengthen us where we need it most.

For those who asked me to pray specific prayers, I’m praying for God to manifest healing after a serious surgery; property be sold; a job, a book deal, peaceful sleep, and courage to take that next step in rebuilding trust and reconciliation.

Thank you, Lord.

Blessings my friends as we continue to take everything to God in prayer and keep the faith in Him. (smile)

Reset

Hello friends. (smile) It’s official, I must declare Saturdays as a day to reset and unplug. (smile)

I have faith that this won’t last forever.

Thank God, I am balancing better. (smile)

20140712-011738-4658569.jpg
I have to tell you, courage to be different and do our own thing is truly awesome! (big smile)

Feel free to browse my website for inspiration, encouragement or a smile. (a wink and a smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day! (smile)

God’s Word

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:31~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know where to find comfort in God’s Word regardless of where we are in life. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when God’s Word gives strength to keep moving forward.

It’s a beautiful thing to know God’s Word for ourselves.

Instead of speaking idle, faithless words, speak words that give life to our weary bones and situations. (smile) Praise The Lord!

20140711-005741-3461928.jpg
More Word of God scriptures for our reading pleasure:

Word of God Called:
Book of the Law – Nehemiah 8:3
Law of The Lord – Psalms 1:2
Scriptures – John 5:39
Holy Scriptures – Romans 1:2
Word of God – Hebrews 4:12
Word – James 1:21-23
Word of life – Philippians 2:16
Book – Revelation 22:19

Descriptive of:
Old Testament Law – Mark 7:13
God’s revealed plan – Romans 9:6
God’s completed revelation – Colossians 1:25-27
Christ’s message – Luke 5:1
Christian Gospel – Acts 4:31

Described as:
Pure – Psalms 19:8
Restraining – Psalms 119:11
Perfect – Psalms 19:7
Sure – Psalms 111:7, 8
Truth – Psalms 119:142, 151, 160
Enduring – Isaiah 40:8
Effectual – Isaiah 55:11
Sanctifying – Ephesians 5:26
Harmonious – Acts 15:15
Inspired – 2 Peter 1:21
Living and active – Hebrews 4:12

Compared to:
Lamp – Psalms 119:105
Fire – Jeremiah 5:14
Hammer – Jeremiah 23:29
Seed – Matthew 13:18-23
Sword – Ephesians 6:17

Agency of, to:
Heal – Psalms 107:20
Make free – John 8:32
Illuminate – Psalms 119:130
Bear witness – John 20:31
Produce faith – Romans 10:17
Make wise – 2 Timothy 3:15-17
Exhort – 2 Timothy 4:2
Rejoice the heart – Jeremiah 15:16
Create the world – Hebrews 11:3
Regenerate – James 1:18
Destroy the world – 2 Peter 3:5-7

Proper attitude toward, to:
Stand in awe – Psalms 119:161
Tremble at – Isaiah 66:2, 5
Speak faithfully – Jeremiah 23:28
Search – Acts 17:11
Speak boldly – Acts 4:29, 31
Preach – Acts 8:25
Receive – Acts 11:1
Glorify – Acts 13:48
Teach – Acts 18:11
Obey – 1 Peter 3:1
Handle accurately – 2 Timothy 2:15
Do – James 1:22, 23
Suffer for – Revelation 1:9

In the believer’s life, as:
Restraint – Psalms 119:9, 11
Guide, Psalms 119:133
Source of joy Psalms 119:47, 97, 162
Standard of conduct Titus 2:5
Source of new life – 1 Peter 1:23
Spiritual food – 1 Peter 2:2

Prohibitions concerning, not to be:
Preached in man’s wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:4, 13
Used deceitfully – 2 Corinthians 4:2
Altered – Revelation 22:18, 19

Blessings my friends as we speak God’s Word into our life and keep the faith. (smile)

Feel free to share with a friend. (smile)

Nurture

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. ~ Romans 14:19 ~

Hello friends (smile) What a beautiful quote below. A positive perspective on Nurture.

Nurture, like love, kindness and peace, must begin within us first, to be able to give and do for others. When we’re balanced, things and stuff, roll off, like water off a duck. (smile)

20140518-234548-85548575.jpg
We able to keep a peaceful mind set. We able to keep our sense of humor. We able to smile because we can.

Words, we speak have such power to overcome anything. There are times, we may become overwhelmed, we need to have faith that when we unplug from busyness, life will goes on. We come back stronger and refreshed. (smile)

Some moments require stillness to get our bearings, even the need to break the day into increments. Trust me, it’s been my survival mechanism for the past few weeks. (smile)

I believe God puts certain X, Y and Z’s, in our life, to help us grow. (shock face) Ever wonder why we pray and bless our enemies. ( shock face)

Nurturing, like kindness, is a blessing to ourself and those we nurture in moving to the next step in our life. We always remember kindness. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we nurture ourself and those around us today! (smile) As always, feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

Friends

This post was originally published on 1 May 2014 and updated on 4 November 2018.

There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.
~ Anonymous ~

Hello friends (smile) Thank God for friends! Friends are a blessing. Friends encourage and believe in us. Friends provide comfort. Friends pray for us. Friends show up when we need them most. (smile)

There are times, we need a safe zone with at least one good friend. A safe zone where there is no judging, just listening and being there.
20140430-212951.jpg
Thank you and blessings to old and new friends supporting my writing efforts, and your kind words of encouragement. (wink)

I pray faithfully that God manifest your hearts desire exponentially. (smile)

Be blessed as you thank those friends in your life for all that they do! (smile)

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 143, Teach Me To Do Thy Will

“A good memory is one that can remember the day’s blessings and forget the day’s troubles.”
– Author Unknown –

Another Psalm that brings comfort when we are going through things and stuff. Pray and put it at the foot of the cross. Praise The Lord!

20131229-214541.jpg
God bless us, by faith, as we focus and talk about our blessings. Let us pray and put things and stuff at the foot of the cross. Let thy will be done.

Rise Above It (Part 2)

Continuing from yesterday’s technical difficulty….
We know that God can use anything and anyone to bring about our change and His will. I struggled a few times on roll with it Wednesday. 😨 I had a retest and failed! 😜 Stuff happens. 😨

20130718-191434.jpg

Somewhere between obstacles and challenges, I did not stop to breath. My tongue and lack of patience had a 5 minute rant! And it was hot, the air was thick. I got so worked up, I could not hear the Holy Spirit nor feel him. I share all this because no matter how deep in The Lord we are, as long as we are on this earth, we will continue to grow in grace and sometimes stumble.

I praised and thanked God because it was not about the failure! It was about accepting the failure and not beating myself up about it! Rising above the self condemnation and negativity. Ever berate yourself with “why did I this” or “why did I that”? Sometimes, we just have to walk through the thing and rise above it! 😀 After all is said and done, the people around understand that anyone can have a bad day! 😜

When we realize nothing really changes when we fail or stumble, it free us to relax and just live! 😜 Life still goes on, and God still loves us. I did repent. 😜 The quicker we realize that trials and tribulations help us grow, and sometimes the ups and downs of life gets to us, the easier it is to grow and rise above it. 😜

Thank you, Heavenly Father for blessing us with your mercy and your grace. Thank you for blessing us with no condemnation when we stumble! 😀

Blessings

Happy Tuesday! 😜 By faith, we thank God for equipping us to be a blessing to others!

 

20130624-185846.jpg

Smile, it looks good on ya! 😜

Talk and Think About The Good Stuff

Today, let us break the habit of talking and thinking about our problems or negative stuff. Instead, let us talk and think about the good stuff and the joy in our life. And if we must, sing a song! 😜

20130513-195134.jpg

All good things come from God. God loves us unconditionally. God will never leave us or forsake us. God provides for our needs. God blesses us. God gives us life. God protects us. God heals. The joy of The Lord is our strength. God is always in charge. The list can go on and on.

So what brings you joy? Have the courage to share. 😀

Hebrews 11:6, But Without Faith

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

20130426-023533.jpg

Let us keep moving forward by faith, knowing that God is in charge and has prepared us for the blessings of this day!

Opportunities

Every day is a opportunity to know the Word of God for ourselves. This helps to renew our minds that eventually changes our thoughts that eventually changes our actions. As children of God, having the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) we have opportunities to show Jesus to those around us by the way we respond to challenges–that thing or that someone who likes to bait us with distractions–let the Holy Spirit guide us in what to say or do and God will get the glory.

20130414-063741.jpg

Sometimes its not about us. God creates opportunities for us to sow a word, a smile, our time, a meal, any act of kindness to those around us–because we don’t always know or understand the why of it; we must be obedient and trust in God. As he blesses us, we are to be blessings to others.

We are the light of the world and they will know us by our fruit. Its about being a witness for Jesus. Praise God and keep speaking the word and moving forward.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also willI give you, and a new spirit willI out within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:15- 18 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bring etch forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bring etch forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

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

Philippians 4:8 Finally, breathen, 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.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.