Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Archive for Celebrate The Small Things

Celebrate Still Standing


Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.
~ Anonymous ~

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
~ Romans 5:1-5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. (smile) Still standing is my metaphor for Y moments that test us. This week, I celebrate still standing through challenging Y moments. (wink) Praise The Lord.

Still standing is experiencing and getting victory over yesterday’s unnecessary stress; dysfunctional relationships; toxic circus environments; object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers; betrayals; health issues; or _______________(fill in the blank).

Still standing is the most powerful self encouragement because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Still standing remembers the faithfulness of God.

Still standing believes in who we are in Christ.

Still standing puts on the whole armour.

Still standing forgives.

Still standing knows the love of God.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Bygones


Let go, or be dragged.
~ Unknown Author ~

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
~ Ephesians 6:13~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things. 

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (smile)  Praise The Lord, all is well.

This week, I celebrate bygones from a different perspective. (wink)

Bygones can let go. Bye-bye yesterday stuff. Bye-bye minutes ago thing.

Bye-bye _____________ (fill in the blank).

Bygones forgive. Bygones move forward. Bygones bring wisdom to challenges.

Believing in who we are in Christ
You’re living in who we are in Christ
Growing in who we are in Christ
Observing in who we are in Christ
Nesting in who we are in Christ
Encouraging in who we are in Christ
Standing in who we are in Christ

Powerful is who we are in Christ. How about that.

To God be the glory.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your day and your weekend. 

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Peace Of Mind


The ability to listen and disregard certain voice tones, without reacting, demonstrates spiritual fruit and maturity. This helps to maintain a good attitude and peace of mind.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. (smile) I’m content and doing well. (wink)

This week, I celebrate peace of mind. Peace of mind though trials and tribulations or the Y moments is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

Peace of mind stops tormenting thoughts. Peace of mind brings rest to a weary spirit. Peace of mind can comfort.

To speak and pray God’s Word in difficult or hurting times is powerful. To forgive and forget, is peace of mind. To let yesterday’s stuff go, is peace of mind.

Attitude is everything.

Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ
Effectual in enduring
Alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord
Continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving
Enter into joy of thy Lord

Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
Full of faith

Merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance
Increasing in knowledge of God
Nourished up in words of faith
Dwell in safety

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Blessed Are


Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~ 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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed week to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate The Beatitudes. Blessed are. All things work together.

Blessed are those situations, the environments, the little darlings drilling for that nerve or _______________(fill in the blank), test and serve a purpose.

Blessed are those who remember the faithfulness of God and who they are in Christ.

Beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety
Let love be without dissimulation
Experience of wisdom and knowledge
Set his love on me
Sow in tears, shall reap in joy
Edify one another
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you

Abound in hope
Run with patience the race that is set before us
Eyes of your understanding being enlightened

No matter where we are, we’re blessed.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Journey to Contentment


The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.
~ Unknown Author ~

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 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.
~ Philippians 4:11-12 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Life moments give experience. Life moments require decisions. Life moments test.

Life is a journey of moments. This week, I celebrate all the things and stuff, as well as, the Y moments that became a journey to contentment.

Praise The Lord for grace that sustains.

Contentment is a learned choice. Contentment understands it is, what it is.

Adapt and adjust. Forgive. Let go. Move on. Be free.

Contentment is inner strength and peace in action.

The power of contentment brings a liberating mindset to endure.

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

Celebrate Never Alone


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ William Shakespeare ~

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
~ Deuteronomy 31:8 ~

You learn from both positive and negative experiences.
~ Unknown Author ~

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
~ Daniel 3:26-28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well. (smile) This week, I smile as I celebrate hopeful and faithful encouragement that we’re never alone in a fiery furnace or dealing with the persistent thief pushing until they hit a nerve.

Fiery furnace is my metaphor for less than kind environments and the persistent thief is my metaphor for less than kind people.

Fiery furnace and thief situations happen to all of us. No one can escape the ebbs and flows of life.

Praise The Lord for mercy and grace in the going through phase. He will never leave nor forsake us. We’re never alone. How about that. (smile)

Fiery furnace and thief situations are part of life lessons with the sole purpose to develop, produce and multiply spiritual fruit within us: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

To be strong in The Lord endures.

Fiery furnace and thief moments are temporary, like seasons. We may get bruised but not broken.

Changing perspective and focus helps to stop talking about it and/or the need to do something or explain anything.

Praise The Lord, God is the best vindicator.

Experiencing the fiery furnace and thief moments may be hurtful or even painful, just know this, we’re never alone.

Bygones. Casting cares. Greater is he, in me, than he that is in the world.

Self control. Self esteem. Strengths and weaknesses. Who we are in Christ. These things are great motivators to keep moving forward because we’re never alone.

Victory brings inner strength and wisdom experience.

Regardless of situations, we’re never alone. God goes before us, with us and after us.

Remembering this provides hope and comfort in the fiery furnace and dealing with the thief moments. I’m a witness. (wink)

To God, be the glory.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate The Mindset of Positivity 


There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.
~ Unknown Author ~

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) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (smile) This week, I celebrate a new month and the mindset of positivity. Why be negative?

Thoughts are powerful. Patience is required. Self encouragement is a necessity.  

July was dog barking rough for me. Been in a fiery furnace situation while going around the same mountain.  Bygones.

Praise The Lord, his presence provided strength that helped me walk and move forward because I was never alone.  

I share these encouraging thoughts:

Perseverance to keep going
Optimistic with hope
Significance of faith and trust in The Lord
Inspirational scriptures
Thrive on the power of scriptures
Inspiring thoughts encourage
Versatility in ways to stay positive
Inner peace is a blessing
Thankful everyday
Yielding to defeat negative thoughts

There are times when silence is a blessing to listen.

Positive thoughts lead to positive communication.

Changing focus and perspective, about a situation, is wisdom to keep moving forward.

To God, be the glory.

Positivity is energy.  It attracts people. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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