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) 

 

Contentment

Until God changes our current situation, let’s stand in faith, on Philippians 4:11-12, Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

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Contentment – An uncomplaining acceptance of one’s share

Contentment opposed to:
Anxiety – Matthew 6:25, 34
Murmuring – 1 Corinthians 10:10
Greed – Hebrews 13:5
Envy – James 3:16

Contentment shown by our recognition of:
Our unworthiness – Genesis 32:10
Our trust – Hebrews 3:17-19
God’s care – Psalms 145:7-21
God’s provisions – 1 Timothy 6:6-8
God’s promises – Hebrews 13:5

God bless you, my friends and keep the faith! 😀

Learn To Love

Another illustration, of adapting and adjusting, to truly love others. Sometimes, we forget, we have unloveable sides too……

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John 13:34 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

God bless you!

Happy Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father, we thank you, for the many blessings, you bestow to us. By faith, we thank you Lord for touching hearts today. Someone is hurting, someone is alone, someone is struggling, someone is healing, someone is separated from their love ones, someone is lost, only you can touch hearts, to see past current circumstances and make a way, out of no way. By faith, we pray that this Thanksgiving be filled with love and thankfulness, regardless of where we are today. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

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Happy Thanksgiving and God bless all my friends and family! 😀

Happy Birthday to PC and DC, who are blessed x 2 today because their birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year! {{hugs}}

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Trials and Tribulations – Pray and Let Go

Challenges. Troubles. Things. Also known as trials and tribulations. (gritted teeth smile) At some point, we endure trials and tribulations on top of our stuff. (shock face) The good news is that God never gives us more than we can bear. We must pray and give it to God. Cast it, by faith, and let God work on our behalf. (smile)
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Here’s the thing, don’t take it back! Keep our hands off. (nervous smile) This means no talking about it! No worrying about it! No asking somebody, “What do you think?” Let go and Let God.

As a good friend, of mine, likes to say “leave it, at the foot, of the cross.” (smile) Friends, we must find little ways to renew our mind during trials and tribulations and things and stuff! Spoiler alert–I use things and stuff, as another way to fill in the blank. (wink and a smile) Besides, it gives us something to do–think. Smile, we must keep our sense of humor!

We are all working through something, right? Sometimes, we may feel compelled to help. Don’t. Have faith. Practice the pause and pray. Roll with it. Sing a song. Praise The Lord, each time the mind wonders. Sometimes, just talk to Him, be honest, He already knows what we’re thinking. Ask Him, what am I missing Lord? Many times, we just need to crawl or walk through it. (smile)

Finding little things that work. (smile) I share this because the Holy Spirit taught me various little things, through the years, that helped to renew my mind. Thats where I got the 🎶🎶going around the mountain one more time🎶🎶 it was my theme song for awhile. (shock face) Glory to God!

God bless and equipped us, by faith, as we give our things and stuff to You. Let thy will be done.

Scriptures for our reading pleasure. (smile)

Trials – Hardships That Try Our Faith
Characteristics of Trials:
Some very severe – 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
Cause of, sometimes unknown – Job 1:7-22
Sometimes physical – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Endurable – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Rewardable – Matthews 5:10-12

Design of Trials:
Test faith – Genesis 22:1-18
Purify faith – Malachi 3:3, 4 and 1 Peter 1:6-9
Increase patience – James 1:3, 4, 12
Bring us to a better place – Psalms 66:10-12
Chasten us – Isaiah 48:10
Glorify God – 1 Peter 4:12-16

Tribulations – A State or Time of Great Affliction
Description of:
National distress – Deuteronomy 4:30
Afflictions – 1 Samuel 10:19
Persecutions – 1 Thessalonians 3:4
Severe testings – Revelation 2:10, 22

Tribulations – Christian’s Attitude Toward
Must expect – Acts 14:22
Glory in – Romans 5:3
Overcome – Romans 8:35-37
Patient in – Romans 12:12
Joyful in – 2 Corinthians 7:4
Faint not at – Ephesians 3:15

Growth is A Part of Life (Part 3)

As long as we walk this earth, there will be stuff to bring about our growth and maturity. (shock face)

When we are going through stuff, it can be overwhelming to keep hearing, reading and seeing negative stuff. We mentioned that change and growth begins with us because it does. Growth and maturity will also enhance our prayer life.

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The various seasons of life can be daunting. There will always be something. Nothing in life is perfect except Jesus. Think about it, how many times do we expect something or someone to give us what we’re lacking within?

What’s that old saying, can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip? (wink) In relationships, we expect or desire something that is not present within to give. Sometimes, we have to love from a distance and bridle our tongues. We have to allow God to work. People can’t hear God if we are harping to them all the time. (shock face)

Sometimes, we or the people in our life need love, encouragement, compassion, and prayers, instead of just biblical theology. Yes, we must know the Word for ourselves and share the Gospel.

Here’s the thing, stuff in life happens to all of us–saved or not. We get so busy pointing out what’s wrong or bad instead of celebrating what’s right and good. (smile)

Instead of talking, let our actions speak louder than words. (wink) Let us pray God’s Word over the thing or someone. Only God can change a heart and/or a thing by our prayers. Here’s a fun fact, we must have faith that our prayers are in line with God’s will. This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. Sometimes, we have to check our motive. (shock face)

Each of us are on different levels in our growth and maturity. Sometimes, we forget that everyone understands or comprehends information differently. Sometimes we forget everyone communicates differently. Sometimes someone shows us love differently, but it’s the best that they know how. Instead of complaining, adapt and adjust, until they learn differently.

Sometimes we may not know the next step or how to get there. Pray without ceasing.

Kinds of Prayer
Secret – Matthew 6:6
Family – Acts 10:2, 30
Group – Matthew 18:20
Public – 1 Corinthians 14:14-17

Parts of Prayer
Adoration – Daniel 4:34, 35
Confession – 1 John 1:9
Supplication – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Intercession – James 5:15
Thanksgiving – Philippians 4:6

Personal requirement of Prayer
Purity of heart – Psalms 66:18, 19
Believing – Matthew 21:22
In Christ’s name – John 14:13
According to God’s will – 1 John 5:14

General requirement of Prayer
Forgiving spirit – Matthew 6:14
Simplicity – Matthew 6:5, 6
Humility and repentance – Luke 18:10-14
Unity of believers – Matthew 18:19, 20
Tenacity – Luke 18:1-8
Importunity – Luke 11:5-8
Intensity – Matthew 7:7-11
Confident expectation – Mark 11:24
Without many words – Matthew 6:7
Unceasingly – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayers not answered because of
Sin – Psalms 66:18
Selfishness – James 4:3
Doubt – James 1:5-7
Disobedience – Proverbs 28:9
Inhumanity – Proverbs 21:13
Pride – Luke 18:11, 12, 14

Posture for Prayer
Standing – Nehemiah 9:5
Kneeling – Ezra 9:5
Sitting – 1 Chronicles 17:26-27
Bowing – Exodus 34:8
Hands uplifted – 1 Timothy 2:8

That grass always looks greener until we get full disclosure and realize we’re grateful for what we have– this is contentment until God changes us. ( smile)

Changes in life will continue daily. As we grow and mature, we learn to handle things different. Spiritual fruit and being led by the Holy Spirit, to include the renewing of our mind is the end result to be effective in showing others Jesus. (smile)

God bless us as we grow, mature, pray and roll with it! (smile)

As always, your thoughts or comments are welcomed. (wink)

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

Smile That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore (Part 2)

Ugh, I have another button! (shock face) How about you? Can I get a witness? (smile) Sometimes, we must have a sense of humor to laugh out loud or if we must sing a song! (wink and smile)

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We talk a lot about the fruit of the spirit–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), because fruit is needed for growth and maturity, as well as, healing the brokenness we may not know exist within us.

I remember back in the day, when I was having issues. I had the nerve to think it was everybody else until someone told me , “honey, you have a lot of brokenness in you”. (shock face) God is the ONLY one who will put the right folks in our lives to heal stuff that is not fruit!

As we grow and mature, being rooted and grounded in the Word, having the fruit of the spirit within us, and led by the Holy Spirit, we become whole and emotionally healthy individuals in Christ. No brokenness or mask wearing can exist in a spirit led life. (wink and grin) They will know us by our fruit. (smile)

Communication is important, thus my button. smile) We all communicate differently. We are all on different levels. God is working on each of us for different things. Thank God for his mercy and his grace during those times, that button is pushed!

Relationships without clear communication or being unequally yoked can push buttons. Any one carrying burdens God never meant for them to carry can push buttons.
_________________(fill in the blank) can push buttons.

Let’s talk about faith. Having faith in God is a beautiful thing to behold! There is no doubt, worry or stress when our faith is in him! (smile)

To live a life of faith requires perseverance (long sufferings brother) (grin) knowing God will equip us as he leads us to walk, crawl or run through the challenge. Pray and cast, by faith and keep our hands off while releasing it to God so that button doesn’t work anymore! (smile)

God bless us as we have faith with regards to our button that doesn’t work anymore!

Please share any comments about your button. (smile)

I’ve Been Nominated: The Liebster Award

Glory to God and thank you Booklovers1, at http://booklovers1.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award.

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I’ve come to realize Blogs Awards can create camaraderie and acknowledgement that fellow bloggers enjoy what we do. 😉

I am humbled by the nomination and give glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus! He gives me life and purpose to let my light shine through words on a page. 😜 Thank you again, Booklovers1 for the nomination! 😉 Now onto the rules. 😜

However upon accepting the Liebster Award, there are a few rules that need to be followed:
– Link back the blogger that tagged you
– Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
– Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate
– Let your nominees know of their award
Booklovers1 Questions:
1. If you could pick a favourite author who would it be and why? No favorite author. I love to read a variety of books. I have a few recommended ones I am still reading. What specific book or series of theirs do you highly recommend? I really enjoyed and highly recommend First Dance by Brian Connolly.
2. If you could pick any fictional world to live in, which would it be? What is so appealing about it? I honestly have no answer for this question, I’m a reality in the present kinda girl 😉
3. Out of all the fictional characters you have been introduced to, who do you really want to meet? What is it about them that appeals to you? Nobody 😉. Nothing 😉
4. What is your favourite bible verse and why (if it is not too personal)? I have 2 favorites–Romans 8:28 is my favorite because no matter what we go through, God works all things out and 1 Corinthians 13 because love never fails. 😀
5. What has been your lifelong dream or aspiration? To be a awesome wife and do my Heavenly Father’s business 😃
6. If you were able to learn any language, which would it be? To be honest, I have not thought of learning another language. I enjoy butchering my native language English 😜. Ain’t life grand! 😉
7. You find a time travelling machine in your backyard. What period of your life would you revisit? If I found a time machine, I would call somebody to come get it quick 😃 I’ll just say there is no period I want to revisit 😰. God healed me from the past. I can talk about it with ease but no way would I ever want to revisit 😁
8. You are generously given 1 million dollars. How would you spend it? I would give 100k to my business and the rest to people in need. 😊
9. If you were able to pick an actor/actress for one of your favourite fictional characters, who would it be? I have no fictional reference…reality is my choice.
10. Are there any recent movies you highly recommend? No Sir, haven’t had time for movies 😜

I nominate the following 10 blogs:

SettledInHeaven.org
Philosiblog
Arlen Shahverdyan.Author’s Blog
HalfEatenMind
Free, Fun Or Interesting
Walking the talk
Writings of Rascoe
Written Thoughts
Jacob I Have Loved
Indigo Moon-Dazed

My questions are:
1. What makes you smile?
2. What makes you sad?
3. What motivates you?
4. How would you describe your personality?
5. What do you least enjoy doing in life?
6. What is your favorite song?
7. What is your favorite quote and why?
8. How do you relax?
9. What is your favorite bible verse?
10. Why do you blog?

Thanks again to Booklovers1 for nominating me. Your questions were a challenge but I had fun as you can see from my answers! 😜

It is ok if someone does not wish to accept the award. Either way, just leave a comment below so we are able to read your answers As Booklovers1 said “Have fun”!! 😉

Smile, We Have Friends

Let us smile and thank God, we have friends, in our life. 😀

 

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Smile and thank God for friends who are always there in times of need. 😉

Proverbs 17:17, tells us “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”. Smile and remember those times, a friend or friends stepped up, and had our back. 😃

Ain’t life grand! 😜

God bless us today, as we thank you, for old and new friends in our lives. We thank you, Heavenly Father, for always providing what we need and it’s always right on time! 😜

What We Got Here Is…Part 2

Failure to communicate. (smile) Starting today, let the grace of God give us the courage to communicate in our own style. Let’s rip the bandages off and just be real! (smile)

 

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Spoiler alert, it is not my intention to judge anybody, ever, that’s Gods job! (shock face) I sow, He waters. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when God opens your heart to your purpose! (smile)

We all bring something to the table! (smile) Friends, we have got to let go of fear! Fear keeps us stuck!

Pray and have faith! Life is to be enjoyed, in spite of our stuff. God will put people in our path to help us grow. As we open up and share who we really are, people get to know us and the awesome God we serve! Ain’t life grand! (wink and a smile)

God bless us as we move forward sharing our own communication style and let Your will be done.

Constant Kindness Can Accomplish Much

It cost us nothing to show kindness. 😜

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Gentleness is a fruit of the spirit. Gentleness is the compliment to kindness.

Everyday, God wakes us up is an opportunity to show His presence in our life by showing the world something different! 😜

Love and kindness defeats fear and doubt every time!

God bless us, by faith, as we sow love and kindness to those around us today! As always, let Your will be done. 😀

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend and afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 –

Here’s Your Assignment…

Something different to ponder. 😨

 

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Numbers 4, 7 and 8 are quite interesting. Ain’t life grand! 😜

God bless and enjoy your day! Feel free to share your thoughts. 😜

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 2013

Thankfulness

Top of the morning or night to ya! 😜 Remember our post Go 24 Hours Without Complaining?

 

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Thankfulness would be a sure way to avoid complaining. 😜 Think about it, when something or someone __________, speak out, whatever praise that works best! 😀

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. This would be a good habit!! Praising instead of complaining and another way to renew the mind! How about that! 😜

Wahoo, something new to do! 😜 Have a marvelous day by faith!!

Check you later alligator, after while crocodile. 😜 Laughter is good for the heart! 😜

Related Post:

https://afriendofjesus2013.com/2013/08/08/go-24- hours-without-complaining/ (afriendforever54.wordpress.com)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 2013

Love And Kindness

I extend a heartfelt thank you and God bless to heavenlyraindrops and sfoxwriting for presenting bloggers with an opportunity to grow their community yesterday! It was a awesome and thoughtful thing to do! Thank you both! 😃

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God bless us as we sow love and kindness to make a difference to someone today! 😃

Go 24 Hours Without Complaining

Thank God for his mercy and his grace! How was your day? I was challenged today. 😰 I blinked, lost my focus, and got frustrated. Then I tried explaining, well it was more like complaining, ever rile yourself up until you hear your flesh man tell your spirit man, “hold up, I got this?” 😜

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Let’s just say, today was priceless! I believe God has a sense of humor! 😃 Of all the Pinterest pins, this one caught my eye! 😜 I am still laughing that I just had to share. 😜

So, how was your day! 😜

It’s Roll With It Wednesday

Wahoo! It’s roll with it Wednesday! 😜 God woke us up today! Thank you Lord, roll with it!

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There is so much stuff going on around us, we just have to roll with it!

Be positive and have faith that God is working all things out, what do we say, roll with it! Right! 😜

There is always something to be thankful for–roll with it!

And if we must, sing a song, that’s roll with it, Ann “afriendforever54” Friend style! 😜

God bless us as we walk by faith and roll with it! 😜

Encouragement and Kindness

There are always opportunities to sow encouragement and kindness to each other. 😊

 

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It’s usually the little things, that mean so much, when we’re challenged. Our encouragement or act of kindness can make a difference when it’s needed the most.

God bless us as we extend encouragement and kindness today! 😊

7 Rules of Life

🎶Happy Monday to ya🎶 😜 By faith, let the joy of The Lord be our strength today!

 

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Everyone has a story. God knows what it takes to move us forward to grow. Until we realize change is an individual thing; 🎶🎶we’ll be going around the mountain, one more time🎶. 😩

We have to keep our sense of humor! 😜 Stuff happens, how we chose, to deal with it, shows our growth.

Here’s the thing, some stuff weights us down and should be released to God. God is the only one who can change and heal a heart! Stuff keeps us stuck. Let it go. 😰

We must learn to be ourselves! 😜 God loves you! Ain’t nobody like you! 😀

In a sense, these 7 Rules sum up Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me and 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.

I especially like Rule #2 and #7. 😜 What are yours?

God bless you! 😀

Gratitude

We’re going to learn today that when we are grateful for the little things, it’s easier to accept that stuff will happen in life. Some stuff will help us grow. 😜

 

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Each day that the good Lord wakes us up is a blessing! 😜 Good or bad, right or wrong, we make our own choices. There are times in life, we have to take responsibility for our actions.

Life is to be enjoyed, regardless of what other people are doing. Everyday, we have opportunities to sow love or a smile that could give a different perspective to someone.

Here’s the thing, whether we are saved or unsaved, life still happens! 😨 Gratitude allows us to know that regardless of what is going on, God is still in charge! 😀

Gratitude is thanking God for all good things and praying for a better tomorrow. Smile, it looks good on you!

God Bless My Old and New Friends

I extend a heartfelt thank you and God bless to my old and new friends at afriendofjesus2013, Facebook and the Friendsofjesus2013 Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Weheartit, Google+ and Pinterest! God is truly connected in the 21st century!

 

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Glory to God! This morning, I had tears of joy, as I prayed for God, to bless and move in each of your lives with the desires of your heart, for your blessing and choice, to follow, like, comment, reblog, retweet, share my posts, share my pictures with others! 😀 My cup runneth over!

Your support has encouraged and helped me, to keep moving forward, in growing this blog and finishing my book a reality! 😜 Glory to God!

Thanks and God bless you for your continued support as my friend! {hugs}

Always a friend

Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 😜

Please Help Little Riley O’Brien

Friends, let us support Brother Bruce Mills, share God’s group thoughts for 8/01/2013 to help Little 5 yr old Riley’s Urgent Need! God bless you!

Matthew 25:35-36… for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (NKJV)

Today my writing has a dual purpose. First, I am writing to share a little bit about what the Bible (God’s inerrant Word) clearly teaches us about having compassion for those in need…and second I am writing to help a specific little 5 year old boy named Riley.

Riley O’Brien is a walking, breathing, medical miracle…who is now in desperate need (along with his family), for a healthy place to live. Little Riley was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome and Congenital heart disease. The doctors said he had a 50% chance of living past age 1. Praise God…at age 5, Riley continues to beat the odds.

After 3 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, and 3 Days of waiting for 3 organs– Riley received his Bilateral Lung/Heart transplant on March 5, 2013. Dr. Spray and the medical miracle team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducted this very rare transplant surgery.

You can read about Riley’s miracle life to date at this link… www.HelpRiley.com Right now the family is in desperate need for a new home for Riley and themselves. The small 700 sq ft home, the O’Briens’ are still paying for, is laden with mold, which they could not bring Riley home to. So they are currently renting an apartment, until Camden County Habitat for Humanity builds Riley a new home. Praise the Lord for this organization !!

I am asking all readers to open their hearts and their wallets for a couple of dollars. If we can all share this e-mail…hit the share button on the posting in Facebook…re-blog on www.wordpress.com …re-tweet, or otherwise share this urgent need for the O’Brien family…this posting could go viral, and God willing, Riley will get his house !!

Bet you’re thinking you don’t know little Riley O’Brien. Here is where the opening scripture, spoken by Jesus Himself, comes into play. Jesus was speaking to both the righteous and the unbelievers in the opening scripture. The righteous responded with this, in…

Matthew 25:37-39… “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ (NKJV)

And the Lord answers them saying this, in…Matthew 25:40… And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (NKJV)

Friends, giving a blessing, not a hand out to Riley and his family, is in God’s eyes…giving to God directly. Please consider helping this family in need with a few dollars…or at least pass on this request any way you can, so that Riley and his family’s needs are met.

You can go to www.smile4rileyhouse.com for the latest on Riley. If donations are made on 8/02/2013 (this Friday), the donations will be doubled by the “Hero Network” up to $100 = $200, for this one days donations. You can send a blessings to help Riley and his family by going to www.smile4rileyhouse.com , clicking on “Donate to Wish”, and then clicking on “Grant a Wish”… You can also donate via check – Camden County Habitat for Humanity, 6955 Central Highway, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

If the Lord leads you, please consider asking your church to place a notice in the church bulletin with Riley’s help website www.smile4rileyhouse.com Thank you, and be blessed !!

Please help me in this prayer for the O’Brien family…

Heavenly Father, we pray that this urgent financial need by the O’Briens’ will be heard by You, and that the hearts of all those who read about this family’s plight will be urged to share their finances and/or forward this message on. Your Word tells us that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16b); and we pray boldly, so that You hear our request… If it be Your will, please grant this house for Riley, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce r mills

P.S. Any money donated that goes beyond the family’s needs, will be passed on to the
Camden County Habitat for Humanity, to help other families in desperate need of your help.

Roll With It Wednesday (Check)

Smile, it’s roll with it Wednesday, and by faith, we look marvelous (yup, you)! (smile) Our intent, on roll with it Wednesday, is to just breathe and enjoy whatever blessings God bestows upon us, in spite of stuff going on in our life!

Spoiler alert, God already knows the outcome for each of us today. Breathe, smile and roll with it! (smile)

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Stuff is happening, some good and some bad, breathe, smile and roll with it! (smile)

Roll with it is a choice! There are things beyond our control, breathe, smile and roll with it! God is always in charge! (a wink and a smile)

Growing is part of the process of life, as well as, the working out of our salvation. This leads to changes that will happen to us, through us, by us, in us, breathe, smile and roll with it! (smile) God is for us!

Roll with it, is encouragement, to become content until Gods perfect timing prevails–whatever we’re praying and standing on faith for–healing, promotion, job, money, spouse, or fill in the ________________. (smile) Roll with it, God loves us!

Roll with it helps me smile and stay focused on the good stuff. (smile) Try it, and let me know how it works for you. Don’t forget! (smile)

Heavenly Father, bless us today, as we roll with it, knowing you’re in full control of the stuff we’re going through and its temporary. (smile)

Ain’t life grand! (smile)

Practice The Pause

Practice the pause, next time we encounter stuff! Then pray! 😜

 

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God bless us as we crawl, walk or run through this day! We thank Lord for your mercy and your grace! 😀

Strength For A Friend Prayer

Let us pray without ceasing! God bless you!

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Happy Monday!

A little Monday humor to make us smile to start the week! 😜

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God bless us as we choose to stay positive today because we are casting our cares to you! 😀

Be Someone

What a powerful illustration of sowing and reaping! 😜 Bottom line, sow positive, reap positive! Sow love, reap love!

 

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Mark 12:30-31 tells us “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”. Without loving God, we can’t comprehend love.

We all have a story. Once upon a time, I thought to love unconditionally, you had to be a door mat! 😁 When I would over hear, someone talking on the phone and end each conversation with “I love you” or “Love you too,” I would think, it ain’t that much love in the world! 😁

Here’s the thing, I didn’t know any better! I did not like myself either. I had baggage! I figured it was always the other person! 😁 I could have been a poster child for the Book of Proverbs, you know the wise versus the fool and I was dead bones walking! 😰 Come on now, ever been there? Can I get witness? (Laugh out loud).

God knows what is needed to get each of us! It’s always about his timing and when we are ready. Remember, He gave us free will to choose!

Until we love and change ourselves, we will reap and sow the wrong stuff and wonder why. 😰

Love, like change begins with each of us. God has a plan for all of his children. As He prunes and purges, to produce more fruit, we come to realize, growth and loving, like Jesus, is a life long process.

Our actions and/or speech, shows our level of maturity. 😰 Our actions and/or speech, tells what’s in our heart! 😰 Our actions and/or speech displays the level of Christlikeness in our life.

To be continued….

As always, I welcome your thoughts or comments. 😜

Thank you Lord and God bless us as we think back and remember life before surrendering to you!

A Prayer for The Worrywart

This is a great prayer to fill in the blanks for my friends overwhelmed with worries!

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As faith grows, it replaces the habit to worry.

God bless you, by faith, as we pray without ceasing remembering only God can change a heart and set you free from worry!

Roll With It Wednesday

Wahoo! It’s roll with it Wednesday! 😜 Smile! God is in charge! Roll with it!

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As we grow, change, adapt, we need at least one day to just smile, have fun, enjoy life, sing that song, be positive! 😜 Roll with it and God bless you!

Any questions? 😜

May God Surprise You Today

 

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Smile, it looks good on you!! 😜

Pennies From Heaven

This made me smile!

 

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A heartfelt thank you and God bless to friends who pray for us! Let us praise God for his unconditional love and the many ways He shows His love each and everyday. 😜

Making A Difference

 

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The Starfish story is a beautiful illustration to recognize the opportunities God gives us everyday to provide encouragement, hope and love to those around us. 😜

Let our words build up. Let us show love through encouraging one another. Let us be doers of the word. Let us be positive. Let us be the light. Let us pray to be the change that makes a difference somewhere. 😀

God bless us, as we make a difference remembering Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”.

Going Through A Storm

Actions really does speak louder than words.

 

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Heavenly Father, bless us to be sensitive and available to those you lead to us.

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. 😨

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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! 😀

Rise Above It

There are times, we will stumble! We are a work in progress. 😜 As long, as we are on this earth, God will continue pruning and plucking anything not producing fruit within us. 😰 Sometimes, we are retested in areas where we already had the victory! 😰

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Somedays can be tough! Something or someone, hunger, lack of sleep, anything or everything, just keeps coming. We blink. Our flesh man rises. Boom! Repent and rise above it! Thank God for his mercy and his grace!

I had a rough roll with it Wednesday! 😨 Stuff just kept coming. I blinked. We know that God can use anything and anyone

To be continued…..

Having technical difficulties! Need to call my BFF!!

Roll With It Wednesday

Happy roll with it, Wednesday! Smile, we look marvelous! Roll with it! 😜 Remember, last week, we made Wednesday, our roll with it day! 😜 Even though, roll with it, can be everyday, let’s start with baby steps. 😜 Roll with it, Wednesday, can be anything, we want it to be! 😰

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Roll with it, Wednesday is our day to enjoy where we are in life, regardless of stuff, because God’s will be done! Roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is knowing who you are in Christ; because if God is for you, who can be against you! Roll with it! 😜

Roll with it, Wednesday is trusting God. His grace is sufficient for this day! Roll with it!
Roll with it, Wednesday is singing that song to smile and remember! Yep, roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is understanding, that although life has ups and downs; God works all things out. Roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is choosing to see the beauty in things around us! Smile and roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is praising God for all good things in life! Smile and roll with it!

God bless us as we roll with it today; and if we must, sing a sing! Got earplugs?😜

What would you like add to roll with it, Wednesday? Come on, friends, don’t be shy. 😉

Be Positive

Good or bad. Right or wrong. Happy or sad. The past is only a gauge of where we were. Thank God, it does not define who we are today! It always comes down to choices. 😰

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As 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.”

God uses many experiences to grow and mature us, in our Christian walk, producing more fruit of the spirit–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).

During our growth process, and prayer, our attitude about stuff changes, we handle stuff differently. We speak the Word to situations. As our mind gets renewed, positive thoughts, along with a favorite song, helps to maintain a positive attitude. 😜

To be continued…

God bless us as we move forward with a positive attitude because we’re not where we used to be. 😀

 

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Glory to God!! I extend a heartfelt and grateful thank you, to all of our old and new friends, following our afriendofjesus2013Blog! I am grateful for your support, to take the time, and like our stuff. 😜

Today, we got a 1,337 likes badge! Wahoo! 😜

 

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I’ve prayer, by faith, that God blesses each of you, in a mighty way, for your support!

Again, thank you so much

Always a friend

Ann Friend 😜

Children Learn What They Live

This is powerful!

 

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This can also apply to us! Once upon a time, we were children…..

God bless us as we think back and remember. Help us lead our children to you.

You Reap What You Sow

It’s a beautiful thing to live a spirit led life. No part of life is challenge free or without conflict. (shock face) It comes down to free will to choose. (forced smile)

 

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Let’s face it, until someone is ready, their favorite song lyric will be 🎶🎶 I’ll be going around the mountain, one more time🎶🎶. (smile)

When we are spirit led, they will know us by our fruit! (smile) There is a maturity level by actions and speech.

When we are spirit led, we light up the room! The positive energy and light radiating off men and women of God is a beautiful thing to witness. We sow loving actions and God waters until he draws them to him.

The Christian walk is hard sometimes and we have no worries because John 16:33 says “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”. (smile)

God bless us as we continued by faith to fight the good fight!

As always, feel free to comment. (smile)

Faith In God Grows Stronger

By faith, have a blessed Friday, my friends! Smile, in spite of this or that, because God loves us and God is in charge! (cheesy smile)

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Remember, we are what we attract–so be positive! Choose to think and speak positive words on purpose! (a wink and a smile)

And if we must, smile and sing a song, it’ll make your day! (a wink and a smile)

It’s Official! Wednesday Will Be….

It’s official, Wednesday will be our roll with it—here at afriendofjesus2013.com! 😜

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Roll with it, is encouragement by faith, to be who we are in Christ! Shining and loving in spite of stuff around us!

Roll with it, because God loves us unconditionally! 😜

Roll with it, because we can smile and praise God regardless of something or someone! 😜

Roll with it, because if God is for us, who can be against us!

Most of us have a favorite song. The one that speaks to our spirit, makes us wanna dance 😜

Come on, we are among friends here 😜 Some of us need our song to roll with it too!

Roll with it, keeps us balanced and gives us another way to adapt!

To be continued next Wednesday, if The Lord says the same!

God, we thank you for blessing us with ways to enjoy life as we change and keep moving forward and roll with it! 😜

God Bless Our Friends

God bless to friends–old friends and new friends! 😀

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Sometimes, the challenges of time gets away. Days become weeks. Weeks becomes months. Have no worries, my friend, just know, you are loved and covered in prayer!

🎶Thank you for being a friend
🎶Traveled down the road and back again
🎶your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant

🎶And if you threw a party
🎶Invited everyone you knew
🎶You would see, the biggest gift would be from me
🎶and the card attached would say,
🎶Thank you for being a friend!!

Smile, when times are tough because God blesses us, to get by, with a little help from our friends! 😜

Prayer For Waiting

There is a awesome prayer for those of us waiting…

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God bless us as we have faith in you and your timing!

Faith Talk For Today and Everyday (Part 2)

Continuing from yesterday’s post–Faith Talk For Today and Everyday (Part 1), faith requires a genuine belief in God and belief in ourself. We all want change in something or someone. 😰 By faith, let each of us BE the change. 😜 We are blessed by the specific BE areas, with specific bible scriptures below, to help us change and evolve in our spiritual growth.

 

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Everyday, God uses each of us, saved or unsaved to accomplish his will. We sow and God waters. Until we can adapt to one another, our actions speak louder than words. 😜 Sometimes, what we show and speak to others has a lasting impact. It will either draw or repel! Adapting is accepting, it is what it is, until it knows better. 😜 Adapting is enjoying life in spite of what others do. 😜 Adapting is having faith and hope that God will do what he spoke to your spirit!

God knows everything about each of us and loves us anyway! It always comes back to love. All of us want to be loved. God loves us! Saved or unsaved, we are loved! Until we understand God’s love has no conditions, that he loves us, baggage and all! 😜 We will search and search until we surrender to him. It’s a beautiful thing when we know and receive God’s love!

God bless us as we continue moving forward in our faith, to adapt and love one another as we become the person you created us to be. 😄

Thoughts or comments are always welcomed. 😜

Matthew 17:20 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV) – 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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

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.

Faith Talk For Today and Everyday

Happy Friday! 😜 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! Everyday God wakes us up is a blessing! Everyday, God loves us, regardless! His love has no conditions. 😁 Today is about building our faith and our understanding that change starts with each of us. 😰

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Let us meditate on Romans 10:17, that says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. The scriptures above, by faith, can be a start to change how we think of ourself. 😰 We all bring something to the table. We all express and share our experiences differently. Let us respect each others style 😜. God gives each of us different ways to reach each other. 😀

Faith is speaking those things as if they are and being aligned with the will of God. Change and growth is part of our everyday life. Learning to adapt to change requires faith in God. 😀 Without faith, it is impossible to please him. 😨

God bless us as we keep moving forward by faith understanding that change begins with each of us; and we’re learning to love ourselves because God loves us in spite our stumbles. Thank God for his mercy and his grace! 😜

To be continued….

We welcome your thoughts 😜

Faith It, Till You Make It

Ever wake up with the blahs and off schedule? 😨 Sometimes, we have to faith it, until we make it! Somedays are harder than others, faith it! Sometimes, even surrendering to the Holy Spirit requires us to faith it!

 

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Sometimes, God uses anything and anyone to complete his purpose, faith it!

Even when we are strong in The Lord and the power of his might, faith it! 😰
Having struggles, faith it!
This too shall pass, faith it!
Sometimes, it is, what it is, faith it! 😜

Sometimes, we have to keep repeating–Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Faith it!

Sometimes, we just have to smile and sing a song, faith it! 😜 How you doing?

God bless us as we faith it today! 😜

Blessings

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

 

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Smile, it looks good on ya! 😜

Ugh, A Bad and Challenging Day

How was your day? Ever have one of those days that this and that goes south! Stuff just keeps on coming, no matter what you do! 😰 Something must have been in the air today or God pruned me to add more fruit!

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Thank God for surviving this day! I thought I share in case someone else had a challenging day, where the stuff just kept on coming!

Let us always be kind to ourselves when we have a bad day! Refuse to entertain the “if I woulda this, I coulda that”😜 and just thank God for his mercy and grace!!

Your thoughts on challenging days 😜

It’s Roll With It Wednesday!

Praise God, it’s roll with it Wednesday and we’re blessed he woke us up today! 😜
Smile and roll with it is a choice! 😜
Smile and roll with it because sometimes, it is what it is! 😜
Smile and roll with it because the joy of The Lord is our strength! 😜

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Smile and roll with it because 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”.

Have faith that good or bad, right or wrong, God can work it out! 😜 His will be done.

God bless us as we keep moving forward by faith knowing your mercy and grace is sufficient for today! 😀

And if we must sing a song! It does a mind and body good! 😛Bring earplugs! 😜

Special Bouquet of Awards – 3 Nominations – Inner Peace Award

Glory to God! A heartfelt thank you and God bless to Ajaytao2010 for nominating the “Speak To The Lies To Renew Our Minds” post for the Special Bouquet of Awards – 3 Nominations. I am humbled and honored by your nomination because I am so new to blogging that I have no reference to draw from 😜.

Ajay’s blog is awesome! He posts some of the most beautiful photos and quotes! 😀.

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Ajay, back on 28 April 2013, I was struggling with something and the first post I read that day was yours. I can remember that day fondly because that was the day God used your post to dry my tears and move me forward! As I read your words that day, my spirit was quicken and I thanked God for showing me in a mighty way that He will always love me!! My eyes have tears of joy as I write this post because this is a testimony to everybody of how God can speak to us through others that only we would know it was Him! 😜 Glory to God!!!!

Thanks again Ajay, you have a special place in my heart x 2 😜

Again, God bless you Ajay!

Always Ann Friend 😜

Life Is About Love

Life is about love with no boundaries or conditions. Love starts with each of us. If we can’t love ourselves, it is impossible to love others. What’s sad is those who want love but don’t know how to give love or receive love because they don’t know God or that God loves them.

 

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Slowly read and ponder each line of 1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV):
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

God loves us regardless of what we can and cannot do. God loves us even when we disappoint him. His love has no have conditions.

To be continued….😰

God bless us as we keep moving forward loving ourselves and each other by faith! 😜

Slice of Heaven….

Today, may God’s will be done by crossing our paths with someone who needs what we have and someone who has what we need.

 

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God bless us as we continue to move forward. 😜

Check Our Motive

Let us check our motive about the words we choose to say at times. 😜

 

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Kindness is the next best thing we can offer each other as we grow to love unconditionally. Sometimes, we can choose not to make that comment, notice that flaw and assume the worst about someone. Kindness and unconditional love go together. 😜

Remember we are working to love like Jesus loves. 1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV) – 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

It always comes down to choices and our motives behind the choice! God bless us as we keep moving forward! 😜

 

Smile That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore

Most of us have a button. You know, the button that gets pushed when something or somebody _________; or traffic jam, raining and walking with no umbrella, watching favorite tv show and the power goes off; somebody just has to tell you something and 30 minutes later, you’re still listening. Come on, my friends, let’s get real. (shock face) Until we surrender to the Holy Spirit, the mask we wear starts to crack thus the button. Ain’t life grand! (smile)

As we continue, to change and grow, in spiritual maturity, we start to understand how the Word of God ties to walking through life challenges.

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The bible is full of scriptures to apply to life challenges. For example, in Philippians 4:11-13, Paul states “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.

By faith, we’re learning to be content. By faith, we’re learning to live with little and with much. Painful sometimes and we praise The Lord! 🙂 We’re learning, we can only do all things through Christ. We’re understanding Philippians 4:19 that states “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.

So day to day, we can rely on God supplying what we need as we walk through life regardless of the circumstances. And depending on the many circumstances that life can throw at us, let us praise God, for the victory that would give us acquired experience with this scripture, as well as, 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.

As we grow spiritually, and increase our prayer life, our fruit becomes evident when we can smile when something or someone pushes the button and there is no reaction. We can smile because the button doesn’t work anymore! How about that.  (smile)  God bless you and keep moving forward!

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

5/28/2013 Versatile Award Nominee

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I am so thankful for http://awardwinningdreamer.wordpress.com/ for nominating http://afriendofjesus2013.com/ About This Blog Page for the versatile blogger award and I accept your nomination.

Here are the rules:
Post the logo above.
Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you.
Share seven things about yourself.
Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination.

More Facts

1. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus 🙂 Glory to God 🙂
2. I am truly blessed with great friends 🙂
3. I have been blogging about 2 months and I am writing a book 🙂
4. I love music, especially Sing A Song 😜
5. I love bright colors 🙂
6. I enjoy all that life has to offer 🙂
7. I enjoy making someone smile 😜

Nominees for Versatile Blogger Award
1. http://treasureofhispresence.com/
2. http://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/
3. http://scripturenuggets.wordpress.com/
4. http://tworiversblog.com/

Always Pray

Another prayer to use as we grow to love like Jesus does. Let us remember growth is a life long process. Sometimes we stumble and are not loving, yet God continues to love us anyway. Maybe, when we can all love as Jesus loves….oh, the possibilities!

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV) – Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

God bless you!

Monday Humor

A little Monday humor! 😜 Let us pace ourselves as we walk through each day by faith. We are thanking God as we grow and move forward 😜

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Let us choose to have a great and blessed day 😜

Solution for Stress

Sometimes, we just need to try something different. 😜 Sometimes, we just need someone to point us in the right direction. Reflect on Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

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How do you handle stress? God bless you!

When You Know Who You Are

We love The Lord!! It’s a beautiful thing when we are rooted and grounded in the Word of God and know God through his Son Jesus. (smile) Trust us, when we say, there is freedom, when you know who you are in Christ. (smile)

It shows in the way we carry ourselves, the things we speak about–when we trust in God, we know – Romans 8:28-39 –

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. 29 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. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 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.

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God is in the people business. It’s about showing love and kindness to those in need. It’s about reaching those who don’t know Him or that He loves them. It’s about loving one another in spite of our free will to choose differently.

It’s about showing Jesus to a lost world. It’s about saving souls.

Christians are in this world but not of this world. We are the salt and the lightgiving all the glory to God–They will know us by our actions and speech. When we know God deeply, there are things, we just don’t do because our actions speak for us. (smile)

Can we get an Amen and keep moving forward (smile) God bless us all (smile)

Matthew 10:32-33 – Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 25:1-46 – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Mark 8:38 – Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

1 John 5:1-8 – Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.