Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Courage

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

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
~ 1 Samuel 17:45 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a heartfelt thank you to friends, my brothers and sisters, in Christ, who encourage me when I need it most. {{hugs}}

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We all need encouragement at times to keep moving forward. Sometimes, courage is born, out of challenging situations, by words of encouragement. Faith. Have courage by faith.

As courage grows, you’ll feel like David with a slingshot and the full presence of The Lord to defeat every Goliath. (wink)

Yesterday, my buttons were pushed early. My flesh man had enough! (shock face) I had to go outside to work on my frustration and my attitude. It’s rough when the encourager can’t encourage herself out of a box. (gritted teeth smile)

I learned yesterday that if I entertain just one negative thought, others follow, and then I get so fired up about everything else negative that it’s not pretty. (shock face)

Patience and long-suffering. I am being pruned for more spiritual fruit!

It’s a beautiful thing when God shows up. My spirit was quicken and I thought of David and Goliath. I walked back in the building armed with the whole armor of God and my imaginary slingshot! Confident in God having my back. The rest of the day was a breeze. (smile)

Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace. (smile)

I share this to encourage someone to have courage and watch God walk you through the situation! Keep the faith. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day with confidence in God! (smile)

Confidence

Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Confidence grows each time we build upon our belief in ourself. Just like faith and courage grows, the more we step out and do it, by faith. (smile)

To be honest, my confidence grows each time God nudges me outside of my comfort zone. (shock face) Praise The Lord! He has a plan for each of us.

I stand on Romans 8:28 daily because God really does work everything out. (smile) It may take time to see it but in time, we do. (a wink and a smile)

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It’s a beautiful thing to have confidence, faith and courage, along with the fruit of the spirit! (big smile) Anything is possible!

I’ve changed my (cheesy smile) to (big smile) because I can (smile) Would not want someone thinking I’m talking about cheese! (wink) Confidence to attempt humor. (smile)

As confidence grows, we should careless what X, Y or Z says, because bottom line, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (shock face) Sometimes, it’s just information.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Careless.

Confidence is the ability to be different. Confidence is the ability to believe in what you bring to the table. Confidence is trusting God every single time. (smile)

Friends, todays blessings is to walk, by faith, with confidence because we are loved and we can say “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Praise The Lord!

As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts. (smile)

IWSG Prove Them Wrong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Self

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remind Yourself

Philippians 4:8 – 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.

The things we think and fret over can become overwhelming. Positive thoughts encourage hope. Positive thoughts can replay memories of happier times. Positive thoughts help to promote a healthy state of mind. (smile)

It comes down to habits and choices. We are either pessimistic or optimistic in our perceptions of ourself, others, life and things and stuff. (shock face)

Depending on what we speak, draws that element to us throughout our day, week, month, year.

It takes courage to change and not allow peer pressure or other opinions to keep us stuck. It takes courage to out grow bad habits. (smile)

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A changed mind changes thoughts. Changed thoughts change perception. Sometimes, we have to talk positive, by faith, until it becomes a habit. Why entertain anything else. It’s draining! Sometimes, just listening without the need to speak is wisdom! Thank you Lord!

So when x, y, or z comes along, bringing drama or negative stuff, think differently before speaking it into agreement, by faith. (smile)

It been a tough six months for me. I started paying attention to what was spoken and what I kept agreeing too, all because my focus was on the challenges, the things and stuff. (shock face) I kept casting it to The Lord and praying. Then someone would ask about it, instead of speaking positive, I spoke against what I was praying. How about you, ever spoken against what you were praying?

Ugh, the lessons in life, will keep coming until we work through the thing. (gritted teeth smile)

We’re all working through something. Sometimes, we engage in conversations that add to our challenges, instead of making them better. The safest person to tell our troubles is God.

Thank God, when He brings someone along with a good word or an answer to our prayer when we need it! This is where He strengthens our faith in Him. (smile)

The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Any other fear is not of God.

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

Courage

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

It takes courage to step out of your comfort level and try something different. It takes courage to speak your hopes and dreams out loud. It takes courage to believe in the faithfulness of God and the desires He puts within us. It takes courage to believe in ourself.

It takes courage to stop running from life. It takes courage to make decisions and stand behind them. It takes courage to stand alone and not follow the crowd. It takes courage to recognize our weaknesses and do something about it. It takes courage to let go of controlling everything.

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Courage grows as we mature spiritually. Courage grows as we become comfortable in who we are in Christ. Courage grows when we take responsibility for our choices. Courage grows when we stop making excuses. Courage grows when we become honest with ourself. Courage grows when we realize the past no longer holds us captive.

As we get older, it’s takes strength and courage to live life without others approval. As we get older, it takes courage to continue regardless of critics. (smile)

Be encouraged to do it, by faith, until your courage is stronger that doubt, fear, or fill in the blank _____________.

Be blessed and enjoy your Sunday! (smile)

Risk

Wahoo, TGIF, my friends (smile) This quote spoke to me! It represents taking chances or another way, to look at this, would be faith. Life happens, regardless of our status in life. (shock face)

I will mention it again, we all bring something to the table. Welcome to my table (smile)

Today, I’m serving up faith and encouragement. It takes courage to be different. It takes courage not to follow the crowd. It takes courage to come here everyday and share parts of life, sometimes with no feedback. It takes courage to ignore less than kind remarks. My friends, that’s faith, doing it anyway, day after day. (smile)

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Many search the internet for various things and stuff. Keep writing, keep posting. Our words will always be there. God gives free will to choose. When ready, eyes are open to the very message needed to be seen! (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when we get our “aha” moments. To truly understand living life, is when we’re comfortable and free to be ourself. We learn to adapt and adjust to surroundings and others. Sometimes, it is what, it is. Roll with it! (smile)

Life is too short to stay on the sidelines afraid to live life or worst, having a life of woulda, coulda, shoulda! (shock face) Have faith and choose to believe it is possible. It is different for each of us. Speak positive things to it. Have the courage to prepare for it because it will come, when we’re ready! (smile)

Here’s the thing, the past does not determine who we are today. If we must look back, look for reference only–not validation for today. There will always be something or someone trying to push a button to make us react.

Practice the pause, breathe, smile and say nothing. This is a tough one to do, it does require 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) and practice.

Remember, this is one where my retest is in the double digits! There is a mountain that has my foots print all over it! (shock face) Thank God for mercy and grace! Friends, we must keep our sense of humor to stay balanced. (grin)

I have faith that someday, I will pass the retest! (smile)

Let us always remember God can use all things, as stated in 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.

Be blessed, by faith, and have a marvelous day! (a wink and smile)

I welcome your thoughts.

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