#AtoZ Challenge  – Wisdom


Wisdom is a blessing only to those prepared to absorb it.
 Anonymous

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Proverbs 11:30

Welcome to Day 26 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state is wisdom.

Wise choices come from experience. It’s a process.

The ability to learn wisdom, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Victory


But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57

Welcome to Day 25 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Having hope and faith, while patiently waiting is experience that brings victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Talk about a confidence builder….

The ability to experience victory, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Still Standing Strong


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


Welcome to Day 22 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Self encouragement through seasons sustain us to keeping the faith.

The ability to be still standing, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Smile, seasons are temporary…. Still standing strong.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Resilient and Repetition


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

Welcome to Day 20 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state….

Sometimes, in quiet moments, remembering how far we’ve come is a good thing.

Nineteen days left to work then annual leave starts and forty days until official retirement….

I’m grateful and blessed. Praise The Lord.

Reflection, on the ebbs and flows, shows how faith, patience, resilient and repetition endures.

The ability to be resilient by repetition , in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

A to Z Challenge continues Monday. Will not be posting Sunday.

Abundant blessings and have a blessed and marvelous Easter!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Pressure To Peace Of Mind


You have more peace if you looked at things in a different perspective.
Unknown Author

These things I have spoken to 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

Welcome to Day 18 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state, using my never get old acrostics… (wink)

Pressure moments test the ability to remain calm and ask The Lord for a double portion of grace.

Perseverance is experience learned through wisdom.

The mindset of positivity is a choice to defeat negativity.

The ability to have peace of mind, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.
Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Optimistic


Some see a weed, some see a wish…
Unknown Author  

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

Welcome to Day 17 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

An optimistic perspective is a mind-set that believes and trusts the faithfulness of God in all things.

Content is the ability to be optimistic, as we count it all joy, knowing that God can work all things out according to his purpose, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – No Weapon


Welcome to Day 16 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity, with encouraging thoughts, to be content, in whatsoever state…..

Positivity is a mindset and a choice.

Remembering the power of God’s Word during any situation is wisdom.

To pray no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper is complete faith and trust in The Lord.

Content is the ability to believe no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Ephesians 3:14-21 – Magnitude of God’s Love

Sharing my thoughts…..

A reminder that the magnitude of God’s love runs deep.

To know this love comforts, sustains, protects….

Embrace it during Y moments.

Scripture references by verse:

Verse 14

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Philippians 2:10

Verse 16

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

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Colossians 1:11

Verse 17

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:23

rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:7

Verse 18

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
John 1:16

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:9-10

Verse 19

which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Ephesians 1:23

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:10

Verse 20

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to un-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 1:19-20

whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Colossians 1:29

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Kindness


Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
Anonymous

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians 6:7


Thank God, It’s Friday! Welcome to Day 12 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging thoughts …..

Constant kindness requires spiritual fruit, (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance), to overlook challenging people and moments.

Kindness, whether in spoken words or actions, is a choice.

Kindness shows the world, around us, Jesus.

The ability to show kindness, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Sow kindness. People always remember kindness.

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

#AtoZ Challenge  – Inspire


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

Welcome to Day 10 of the A to Z Challenge.

Continuing the blessing of positivity with encouraging and inspiring scriptures…..

Repeating I get it helps to discipline the tongue during those Y moments. (wink)

For your reading pleasure, the scriptures that reference one another.

The ability to encourage and/or inspire ourselves and others, in whatsoever state, is another example of the many blessings of positivity.

Be the light…

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:113-120 – SAMECH

Never be ashamed for anything past or present. God takes and molds until we’re like his Son. While still loving us through the process.

The ebbs and flows….

Keep having faith, hope and trust in the Lord.

SAMECH
113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.


117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
~ Psalm 119:113-120 ~

Nineteen scripture references to verses:

Verse 114

Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
~ Psalm 31:20 ~

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
~ Psalm 61:4 ~

Verse 115

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
~ Psalm 6:8 ~

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
~ Psalm 139:19 ~

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
~ Matthew 7:23 ~

Verse 116

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
~ Psalm 25:2 ~

O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
~ Psalm 25:20 ~

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
~ Psalm 31:1 ~

Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
~ Psalm 31:17 ~

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 5:5 ~

as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
~ Romans 9:33 ~

according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that will all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
~ Philippians 1:20 ~

Verse 117

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
~ Psalm 12:5~

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
~ Proverbs 29:25 ~

Verse 119

Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
~ Isaiah 1:22 ~

And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
~ Isaiah 1:25 ~

18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
~ Ezekiel 22:18-19 ~

Verse 120

Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
~ Job 4:14 ~

When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
~ Habakkuk 3:16 ~

Abundant blessings and have a marvelous day!

The just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 119:89-96 – LAMED

It’s a choice to speak God’s Word in situations.

It’s powerful to pray, his Word, by faith.

There is comfort in knowing the Word of God shall stand for ever.

LAMED
89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.


93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
~ Psalm 119:89-96 ~

Eight scripture reference to verses:

Verse 89

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
~ Isaiah 40:8 ~

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
~ Matthew 24:35 ~

but the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
~ 1 Peter 1:25 ~

Verse 90

1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. 2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
~ Psalm 89:1-2 ~

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
~ Psalm 148:6 ~

Verse 91

Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
~ Jeremiah 31:35 ~

Verse 95

 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
~ Psalm 40:14 ~

The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
~ Isaiah 32:7 ~

Have a marvelous day!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Philippians 3:12-14 – Forgetting Those Things

Choose to forget things that torment.


Have just a mustard seed of faith.

Let the grace of God sustain moment by moment.

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

I Get It

Life and love apart from God has conditions and will never fill the emptiness within us. Only God can fill the emptiness within us that promotes self acceptance with the ability to love ourself and others, embracing the rough sides too. That’s the reality of living.
~ Ann V Friend ~

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 ~

I love Romans 8:28 because it gives perspective to know that all things work together.

The ability to encourage ourselves through Y moments is powerful when we speak words that lift us up.

The acrostic, I get it, helped me remember the faithfulness, of God, that I’m never alone.

Praise The Lord.

Enjoy the last day of 2018. See you in the new year!

Acrostic I Get It scripture references:

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
~ Psalm 32:8 ~

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
~ Psalm 46:1 ~

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
~ Jude 3 ~

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
~ Psalm 34:8 ~

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
~ Proverbs 3:6 ~

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
~ Job 32:8 ~

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought For Today – Psalm 121

Another favorite comfort Psalm of mine.

Enjoy your day!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Milk versus Meat – Hebrews 5:12-14

Maturity versus immaturity. Milk versus meat. It’s our choice when we’re ready.

References to Hebrews 5:12 (1 Corinthians 3;2 and 1 Peter 2:2)
I have fed you milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:2 ~

as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the world that ye may grow thereby:
~ 1 Peter 2:2 ~

References to Hebrews 5:13 (1 Corinthians 14:20; Ephesians 4:14)
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
~ 1 Corinthians 14:20 ~

that we hence forth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
~ Ephesians 4:14 ~

References to Hebrews 5:14 (Romans 16:19; 1 Corinthians 2:6)
~ Romans 16:19 ~

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
~ 1 Corinthians 2:6 ~

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Contentment While Waiting

This post was originally published on 2 January 2015 and updated on 6 December 2018.

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.
~ Harry Hepner ~

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 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 4:10-12 ~

Hello everyone, hope all is well. I apologize, am experiencing WordPress challenges.

Contentment is a good habit to acquire. To be content while waiting is endurance. It’s even more powerful, to do, by faith.

A season, of anything, can be challenging. Waiting can be brutal. Here’s the beautiful thing, seasons are temporary and waiting builds patience.

That thing, that stuff or that Y is temporary. Until it serves its purpose, it will be around. Keep in mind, it will be different for everyone. Similar, yet different.

Have faith. Be content. Have patience. Have self-discipline. Part of the process.

The ability to find contentment comes when the focus is on God and the blessings that He provides.

The ability to find contentment comes when we realize it is, what it is. Adapt and adjust by casting your cares, to the Lord, can work wonders.

It’s liberating to free the mind from angst that amounts to nothing. Put “it” at the foot, of the cross and be content until we can walk through it. Keep the faith.

We may still fail a test moment; praise God for His mercy and His grace because at the end, of the day, we’re still standing!

This WordPress challenge is validation to be content while I figure out the issue. How about that.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we acquire the habit of contentment, by faith, while waiting for our break through. Praise The Lord!

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Five Objects in My Writing Space


Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Alex and December Co-Hosts:  J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey! to the first Wednesday, of the month, where The Insecure Writer’s Group (IWSG) share all about writing.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?

You would find encouraging clutter, things to write about on colorful sticky notes, a laptop and IPAD, three bibles and reference material, and a place to sit my Dr. Pepper, in my peaceful and faithful writing space.

Sometimes, my writing space is mobile. (smile)

Wishing Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year! (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Psalm 63 – God Satisfies

Hello and hope all is well. I’ve mentioned before that I love the Book of Psalms. I find comfort and peace in the Book of Psalms.

There are sixteen scripture references, to Psalm 63, shared for your reading pleasure:

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God.
~ Psalm 42:2 ~

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
~ Psalm 84:2 ~

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
~ Psalm 27:4 ~

Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
~ Psalm 69:16 ~

Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
~ Psalm 28:2 ~

I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
~ Psalm 104:33 ~

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
~ Psalm 36:8 ~

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
~ Psalm 71:23 ~


Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
~ Psalm 4:4 ~

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
~ Psalm 16:7 ~

An evil disease say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
~ Psalm 42:8 ~

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
~ Psalm 18:35 ~

Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
~ Psalm 40:14 ~

Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
~ Psalm 55:15 ~

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
~ Deuteronomy 6:13 ~

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
~ Isaiah 45:23 ~

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Making A Difference

What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
~ Unknown Author ~

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. My thoughts on making a difference.

Sometimes, making a difference comes down to giving and acts of kindness.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

Acrostic on Peace of Mind

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
~ Author Unknown ~

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
~ John 16:33 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Sharing my thoughts on peace of mind. We always have a choice. Positive or Negative.

I work in a pressure cooker environment that I like to call the circus. It pays the bills and provides food to microwave. (wink)


Peace of mind is a blessing. Praise The Lord.

My faith and trust, in The Lord, provides peace of mind for the pressure cooker environment that pays my wages.

I thank God for the gift of encouragement and sharing my faith in creative ways.

I’m just a humble friend sharing life experiences from a different perspective.

Keep the faith and peace of mind to have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Criticism

You learn from both positive and negative experiences.
~ 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) Happy Wednesday! Hope all is well.

My encouraging thought today sees criticism from a positive perspective.

The beautiful thing about creativity is there are no limits. It’s why I love creating acrostics. The power of words. (wink)

Life situations give both positive and negative experiences.

Either grow or remain stuck. Internalize or let go. The choice is ours.

My acrostic, on criticism, chooses to defeat negative thoughts that arise during constant criticism. Do it, by faith.

Make it a great day. (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

Acrostic on It Is, What It Is

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Monday, hope all is well.

Another acrostic filled with various scriptures that spell out it is, what it is.

A positive perspective using God’s Word.

Make it a great day by faith. (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present

The Sustaining Power of God’s Word

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

Hello friends. Hope all is well. My encouraging thought today is things and stuff, the Y moments, happen. None of us are immune.

During difficult times, comfort and solace can be found in the Book of Psalms.

Psalm 121 is one of my favorites.

Last year, I found comfort praying various Psalms.

To have faith and believe help comes from the Lord is powerful and sustaining until victory comes. Victory does come.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Acrostic on Still Standing

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

Another creative acrostic filled with various scriptures that spell out still standing. (wink)

How we define challenges is a choice.

Some challenges are easier than others.
Some challenges require endurance.
Some challenges grow us.

Still standing is just one perspective regarding challenges.

Simply put, still standing is encouragement, to have faith and keep moving forward.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Motivation For Monday

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.
~Henry Ford~

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

Monday’s are tough for me. Ever need motivation on Monday’s, I sure do.

Motivation is different for everyone. Motivation becomes interesting when viewed from another perspective.

For me, the ten most powerful and motivating words are: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Especially when negative thoughts remind of past Monday’s.

Motivation builds a better attitude when Monday’s come.

What motivates you? By faith, let’s have a great Monday. (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Surprise

Hello friends (smile)  I was surprised when I broke a crown (one next to front tooth) while eating a snickers bar in April.

My first implant process ever. Surprise. Dental work be done between two dentists. Surprise.

Long and expensive process. Surprise.

Four months ago, my dentist referred me to oral surgeon for an implant. Surprise.

Yesterday was supposed to be a routine last visit to the oral surgeon before my dentist does final impression and abutment for tooth. Surprise.

I had no idea, minor oral surgery was to be performed. Surprise.

It took many needles to numb my mouth. Surprise. I thought about the circus, when the little darlings start drilling for the nerve. (wink)

The dentist told me of each step he was doing. My insides start freaking out. It was too much information. I couldn’t speak to say please don’t tell me, please.

For a moment, I thought I would faint. Then out of no where, The Lord calmed my spirit and I focused on my trust and the faithfulness of God.

In that moment, the last morsel, of unresolved fear, of the dentist, left my body. Surprise. Thank you Lord.

Bottom line, he had to insert a temporary abutment and stitches.

Once home, I slept for hours. Surprise.

I apologize, in advance, for delayed responses to comments yesterday. (wink)

I shared this to reminder us, fear can keep us stuck with faulty information and memories from the past. Bottom line, fear does not come from God.

I get to work from home the next two days while area heals. Yay. Surprise.

Enjoy your day.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate It’s A Good Day


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

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24

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. (wink) My thoughts are short and sweet.

This week, I celebrate and rejoice being ready for the long weekend.

Wahoo, something to do with an extra day to recover. (wink)     Praise The Lord.

It’s a good day to have a good day. 

Seeing all that the blessings in life. 

A glimpse of a brighter tomorrow. 

Believe in the possibilities, for such a time, as this.

Doing it, by faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your good day and long Memorial Day weekend.

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate The Process of Balance


Life is for most of us a continuous process of getting used to things we hadn’t expected.
~ Unknown Author ~

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)

I believe to be content, everywhere and in all things, requires learning the process of balance.

People.  Situations.  Time.  The unexpected.   Moments that test faith.

Balance, to be content, is living through life moments.

Balance, to be content, can do all things through Christ.

Balance, to be content, sees a different perspective and counts the blessing.

Learning balance, to be content, is a process. It’s a process, did I mention, it’s a process. (wink)

Never stop learning the process of balance. Content is the reward.

Praise The Lord.

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 So What….It’s Liberating!


Some will, some don’t, so what!
~ American Proverb ~

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:31 ~

Hello friends. (smile) 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.

Hope all is well. This week, I celebrate “so what” because it’s liberating.   “So what” helped my sense of humor remember that laughter is good for the heart.  (wink)   Praise The Lord.

The power of words and how we’re creative in using them is liberating.

“So what” is my updated metaphor of hashtag # careless, casting burdens, frustrations, everything to The Lord. (smile)

Things become too heavy for us to carry. 

“So what” is a attitude of faith that regardless of the many challenges, changes beyond our comfort level, if God be for us, who can be against us?

Whatever it is, we’re in good hands, equipped to walk through it, baby step through it, or my personal favorite–crawl through it.

“So what” when we stumble, thank God for his grace.

“So what”  we require glasses when we’re not sleeping, thank God,  we can see.

“So what” when the little darlings start strife, thank God, we can smile and walk away.

“So what” is quite liberating when we rise above anything.   Thank God, we’re more than conquerors. 

With all the things life situations can throw at us, “so what” we’re still standing, sitting or squatting strong.  (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate and Appreciate The Small Things


We have to learn to appreciate and enjoy life! Try to enjoy the small things; like peace, silence, sleep, people, ability to walk, breathe and laugh easy.

Stop stressing over things you have no control over. Accept your life as it is and stop comparing it to others. You will learn to enjoy your surroundings and embrace your life in a better way!
~ Charles P ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome 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.

Hope all is well in your world. Praise The Lord, all is well in my world.

This week, my thoughts centered around the quote and scripture above.

Celebrate and appreciate the small things like the ability to see clearly (wahoo, new glasses); the ability to take a nap, the ability to enjoy peace and quiet anywhere, and the ability to pray about unhealthy situations, and comfort and healing friends.

Celebrate and appreciate courage to share thoughts and struggles. Joys and pain. Y moments.

Celebrate and appreciate encouraging one another. Virtual {{{hugs}}} and a (smile). (wink)

Celebrate and appreciate how God can work all things out.

Celebrate and appreciate faith and hope and the power of specific prayers.

God knows we need prayers.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG January 4 Question


Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
~ Anonymous ~

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day. Wahoo, it’s the first Wednesday of the month where we share stuff. (wink)

Welcome Alex and January IWSG Co-hosts:

Eva @ Lillicasplace
Crystal Collier
Sheena-kay Graham
Chemist Ken
LG Keltner
Heather Gardner

January 4th Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard? To be honest, most of them. For me, writing rules are great as a guide but……

Rules can take away “the write it, like you say it”. I like writing when I can experiment with injecting clean humor and fun metaphors.

Sharing thoughts, in our own style, is powerful for confidence; yet bring a pins and needles thought, what if no one likes it?

So what is my mantra today. Write anyway. (wink) It’s quite liberating and powerful self-encouragement.

Thank God, I have a paying day job. (whew)

Yes, I’m still learning and growing as a writer; someday, by faith, all those writing rules will come together, just not today. (smile)

Stay encouraged and keep the faith.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG December 7th Question


Even though they don’t have anything in common, doubt can be in a very big conflict with faith.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. Welcome Alex and December IWSG Co-hosts:

Jennifer Hawes
Jen Chandler
Nick Wilford
Juneta Key
JH Moncrieff
Diane Burton
MJ Fifield

Self-encouragement and belief in our ability is powerful and builds confidence. Remembering that is a beautiful and powerful thing.

The ebbs and flows contribute to everything that keep us stuck or moving forward. It is, what it is. It’s a choice.

December 7th Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

In five years, I see myself retired from the circus and enjoying life as a full time published author. How’s that for faith. (smile)

My plan is to just keep writing and honing my style. Finish my non-fiction book, embrace a full-time writing career and the blessing of being fabulous in my sixties. (wink)

Abundant blessings my friends, keep the faith and happy holidays!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

The Fruit of Temperance (Self-Control)

Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer.
You see, silence can never be misquoted.
~ Unknown Author ~

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
~ Proverbs 25:28 ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. Wahoo, encouraging thoughts to share. Praise The Lord.

The fruit of temperance (self-control) is powerful to behold and amazing in action.

Self-control produces growth that eventually is an acquired skill in any environment.

Self-control has control over self, regardless of what others say or do.

Self-control is a choice.
Self-control is spiritual maturity.
Self-control is inner strength.
Self-control is a bridled tongue.
Self-control is a character builder.

Self-control weathers the seasons.

Self-control rises above mediocrity and pettiness.

Self-control can be intimidating to dead bones walking.

Self-control can keep moving forward.

Self-control recognizes opinions are just opinions.

Self-control thanks God, for his mercy and grace, when stumbling moments happen.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to keep the faith, during trying times.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate I Got Nothing…..


Hello friends. (smile) 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.

Hope all is well in your world.  Very long and busy week.  Using humor to end my day.

Abundant blessings, my friends to enjoy your weekend. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Hashtag (#) Careless


Be fearless when it comes to life, and careless when it comes to what people say and think about you.
~ Unknown Author ~

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
~ 1 Peter 5:6-7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) 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.

Hope all is well in your world. This week, I celebrate hashtag (#) careless. (wink)

The creative ways to communicate our experience, through writing, is liberating.

No dead bones walking. Spiritually alive and open to life with all its stuff being   f  r  e  e.  (smile)

Hashtag (#) careless is my metaphor for letting go; rising above, moving forward actively and not passively.

Hashtag (#) careless is encouraging words to release and let go of stuff that weights us down.

To let go, is giving it to the one person, that nothing is to hard for him. Praise The Lord.

Hashtag (#) careless realizes circumstances are temporary because we walk by faith, not by sight. (wink)

Hashtag (#) careless puts anything negative or draining at the foot of the cross. Too heavy to carry.

Hashtag (#) careless can rise about opinions that are just that opinions. No internalizing garbage.

Hashtag (#) careless keeps the faith because the just live by faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends to hashtag (#) careless and enjoy your day and weekend. (smile)

Your thoughts are always welcome. (wink)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

More Than Conquerors

You will meet two kinds of people in life: ones who build you up and ones who tear you down. But in the end, you’ll thank them both.
~ Author Unknown ~

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:35-39 ~

Hello friends. (smile) We are more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ. Praise The Lord.

Things and stuff. Challenging little darlings at home or the circus. Choices. Testing. The its.

It’s temporary
It’s teaching and changing something
Its growing spiritually
It’s building inner strength

Praise The Lord for balancing out those who build us up and those who tear us down. Both makes us stronger. More than conquerors.

Knowing and thanking God, for his mercy and his grace, is a powerful reminder that we’re more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to believe and keep the faith, we are more than conquerors is wisdom.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Hope


I hope you always find a reason to smile.
~ Maya Angelou ~

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the LORD is.
~ Jeremiah 17:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) 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.  Hope all is well in your world.

This week, I smile and celebrate hope because of my trust and faith in The Lord.

I believe hope compliments faith to keep trusting God to ________________ (fill in the blank).

I love using the ______________ fill in the blank because responses can be different for each of us and it promotes participation. (wink)

Hope is a beautiful thing when we remember something or someone that brings a smile.
Hope is powerful when we know circumstances change and the power of prayer.
Hope is a lifeline to living out our purpose.
Hope is praising God regularly; sometimes moment to moment.

For our reading pleadure, scriptures on areas of hope – the expectation of future good. Wahoo, something to read!

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectation – Acts 27:20
Sinful expectation – Acts 24:26
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Product of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25</b
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 and Romans 15:4
God’s promises – Acts 26:6, 7 and Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25

Abundant blessings my friends with hope, by keeping the faith, of better things to come.

Your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Contrast in Life


Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should let go of what you can.

Take chances. Give everything have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad. Smile when you’re sad.

Love what you got always remember what you had. Always forgive but never forget. Learn from your mistakes but never regret. People change things go wrong. but always remember, life goes on.
~ Unknown Author ~

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ~

Hello friends. (smile) 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.

Today, I celebrate contrasts, in life, by keeping the faith and trusting God with everything.

It always comes down to choices. Why let things and stuff or Y situations change the course of a moment?

Thank God for grace when I react negatively. (shock face) Yesterday, I stumbled. I should have stayed home.

Sometimes, enough is enough. Sometimes, I get tired of rhetoric. Sometimes, we can come full circle to a blessings that makes the stumble worthwhile. (grin) Thank you Lord.

Contrast in life brings growth and better choices.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we see the contrast of faith versus ______________(fill in the blank).

Enjoy your weekend!

Feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Purpose


In life, you will realize there is a purpose for every person you meet. Some are there to test you, some will use you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the worst in you, while others bring out the best.
~ Jay Danzie ~

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 and welcome Alex and my February IWSG co-hosts: Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar and Rachel Pattison.

Wahoo, I’ll excited for this co-host opportunity and displaying our new badge. (grin) Thank you Alex, I like it, I like it a lot.

It’s quite liberating to realize things and stuff, Y moments, even pushing our buttons serve a purpose.

The blessings is understanding that God can use anyone to test us.  Anyone.

A purpose, whether positive or negative helps us ________________ (fill in the blank).

Write that book. Break that habit. Job promotion. Meet new friends.

Keeping the faith makes 2016 a year of possibilities. Thank you Lord. (smile)

Abundant blessings, my friends to realize there is a purpose for every person we encounter. (wink)

I would love to hear your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Improvise”


Life is full of surprises…not all these surprises are pleasant. So you need to be ready for what life gives you.
~ Unknown Author ~

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
~ Hebrews 11:1-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, it’s back, Two Cents Tuesday hosted by Ideflex, over at Across The Bored blog.  I’ve missed this challenge.

I believe we’ve all had to improvise at some point in life. My vision of improvise ties directly to faith that all things have a way of working out.

Those pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Those wardrobe blunders. Those kind and unkind conversations. Those challenges that makes us grow.

To have faith and improvise, when you lost a button just before an official ceremony.

To have faith and improvise, when you pulled a string that leaves a hole in your dress. Ugh!

To have faith and improvise, when you grab the wrong notes for a briefing.

To have faith and improvise, the art of listening when a conversation gets off topic.  

To have faith and improvise, through challenges that teach us something in the by and by.

Thank God for safety pins, tape and post its.

Thank God for creativity to think quickly on the spot.

Thank God for discipline to practice the pause and say nothing.

Thank God for faith.

Blessings my friends, as keep the faith and improvise, when needed, along our journey today. (wink)

Feel free to share a time you had to improvise. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Baby Steps


Even though they don’t have anything in common, doubt can be in a very big conflict with faith.
~ Unknown Author ~

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Hello friends (smile) Wahoo, it’s the first Wednesday of the month where IWSG members are blessed to share our thoughts and support other writers.

I extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to Alex and our November co-hosts:

Tyrean Martinson http://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com/
Karen Walker http://karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com/
Denise Covey http://dencovey.blogspot.com/
Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/

I usually write encouragement about keeping the faith walking or crawling through things and stuff or those Y moments.

I have an insecurity this month that makes me smile because its self imposed.

There are times I put too much pressure on myself to write.

There are times I doubt my ability to complete a month of continuous writing.

Still a no-go to complete NaBloPoMo for a whole month.

Yay, I did complete the 30 day A to Z Challenge, by the grace of God. (smile)

There are times I unplug to have peace of mind from writing.

Baby steps. Baby steps as my faith is tested is another way to keep moving forward.

I’m learning to baby step my way to write shorter posts some days.

I’m learning to baby step my way to a better writing plan. (wink)

It is, what it is, until it’s not.

Keeping the faith and baby steps help to calm my angst and breathe easier. (smile)

Blessings and enjoy your day!

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Practice The Pause


Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause.
When tired, pause. When angry, pause.
When stressed, pause. And whenever
You pause, pray.
~ Unknown Author ~

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Praise The Lord for a new day of grace. By faith and encouragement, let’s practice the pause and pray moment by moment during challenges.

No need to stress about 2:00 pm when it’s only 6:00 am. Buttons getting pushed. Fill in the blank_______________.

Breathe and practice the pause. God is faithful to help us through.

It’s a choice. It’s spiritual. It’s a blessing to let it go.

No one nor anything is worth unnecessary angst. Breathe deeply and practice the pause, pray and keep the faith. (wink)

Abundant blessings as we enjoy this day and practice the pause.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Seasons


When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.
~ Unknown Author ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak, a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Friday! Welcome Lexa and co-hosts to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

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

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

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

Praise The Lord.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feel free to share your thoughts on seasons.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Thought

Even the most negative thoughts cannot agitate something call Faith!
~ 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) Hope you had a great weekend. I hung out with a friend nursing a broken heart. Some of us have this experience on our resume of life.

I praised The Lord for His presence and answering my prayers this weekend.

This post marks the birth of my first blog poem. Thank God for courage.

Entertaining one pesky thought can lead to many pesky thoughts.


Some thoughts overwhelm. Some thoughts torment.

There are times, thoughts are help by words spoken haphazardly.


There are times, comments are internalized that cause pesky thoughts to surface.

Faith to think on things that are true and positive. Grace to cover everything else.

Blessings friends as we start the week with faith and grace abounding.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Challenges

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

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
~ Romans 1:17 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Keep the faith to crawl or walk through challenges.

Some challenges are temporary.  Some challenges are long suffering.Challenges teach us something.  Challenges make us stronger.  

There is grace for when we stumble. 

Praise The Lord.

Pause and deeply breathe through challenges by faith. (wink)

Smile and say nothing, it disarms critics.  (grin)

Abundant blessings and enjoy today.

Comments are always welcome.


© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 19 June 2015

God never leads us where he cannot keep us. His grace is always sufficient for us in any and every circumstance of life.
~ Author Unknown ~

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ~

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

I celebrate the blessing of God’s amazing grace that walked me through this week.

Grace for the woulda, coulda, shoulda. (wink)

Grace to run the race. Wahoo, something to do. (smile)

Praise The Lord.

All is well in my world. (smile) I pray the same for my friends and my enemies.

Blessings, my friends, as we bask in God’s amazing grace and keep the faith throughout the weekend!

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 29 May 2015

It isn’t always necessary to achieve great things. Sometimes, just surviving is a great achievement.
~ Author Unknown ~

And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~

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

Praise The Lord.

I pray you’re doing well. (smile)

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

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

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

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

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

Wahoo, we made it. God blessed us big!

How about you, how was your week?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Count Our Blessings

Life is filled with happiness, sadness, tears, smiles, laughter and other emotions but when life gets you down, just be strong about it and keep your head up high and have faith in all things in life. Always remember: God is at your side, always.
~ 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) How you doing? Today, let’s keep the faith as we count the blessings in our life. Thank you Lord!Wahoo, something to do! (wink) Count our blessings.

Friends, I pray, by faith, abundant blessings from my heart to yours. Praise The Lord.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 1 May 2015

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
~ Anonymous ~

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week, I celebrate quite a few little things…….

Keeping the faith, at the circus, with God’s amazing grace.
Appreciating, MiniMe, who blessed me with cookies yesterday.
Completing the A to Z Challenge.

Meeting awesome and talented writers.
Thankful for friends and writers who help me grow.
Blessing enemies gets easier by the grace of God. Praise The Lord.

Everyday, things may not go as planned; kudos for trying. (wink)

Blessings and enjoy your weekend and just keep the faith! (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Q is for…

Your destiny also depends on the quality of your physical, mental and emotional health, as well as your attitude, toward life and your lifestyle.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. My message is quite short today. (wink)

Sometimes quiet reflection is helpful to start the week, by faith, with positive thoughts and a positive attitude.

Anything less quickly drains energy.

Blessings, my friends, to just keep the faith, enjoy your day and the R to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

K is for…

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
~ Maya Angelou ~

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) To know each experience, in life, teaches something is liberating when considering choices.

To know choices contribute to experience can develop knowledge to know better.

Know better for the job, the house, the mate, fill in the blank_______________.

Spiritual fruit helps to show kindness everywhere. People always remember kindness.

Knowing who we are in Christ is a beautiful and powerful thing to know and experience.

Knowledge is knowing life goes on regardless of choices.

Knowing kindred spirits is a blessing.

Blessings, my friends, as we know to just keep the faith and enjoy the L to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

J is for…

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
~ Hebrews 10:38 ~

Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering and doubting.
Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but how it’s meant to be.
~ Unknown Author ~

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~ James 1:2-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, choices and decisions can leave us just_____________ (fill in the blank).

Late yesterday, my tax guy called. I became numb during the call.

Numb enough to stay silent before speaking wrong things into existence. Praise The Lord!

It’s just human nature to tell our woes; not understanding that in the process, things spoken may make matters worst.I talked and prayed to The Lord numb. I had a moment of angst. So I shared with someone. Still numb but the angst went away. Thank God.

I left work numb. I prayed and was still numb when I went to sleep.

Sometimes, Faith and patience are tested. Numb can be a good thing to keep emotions, in check, to just keep the faith.

Today, I can count it all joy because God is always faithful when we just keep the faith.

Here’s the thing, life brings challenges to all. No one is exempt. Some of those challenges promotes growth and maturity.

The just live by faith. Faith, to remain steady state, until the manifestation comes.

It’s just remembering that faith grows in challenging times. So the soundbite, keep the faith, just evolved.

Blessings, my friends, as we just keep the faith and enjoy the K to Z challenge Monday! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

F is for…

Even though they don’t have anything in common, doubt can be in a very big conflict with faith.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Faith is a spiritual fruit of the spirit. It’s a beautiful thing to have and live life by faith. Even faith, the size of a mustard seed is powerful.

Faith, aligned with the will of God, speak things into existence. I’m a witness.

Faith that trust and believe, in the faithfulness, of God, is a lifeline in challenging times. Faith, to renew the mind, brings freedom from torment.
Faith to forgive, frees the mind to release and let go.
Faith to conquer fear, changes everything.
Faith is walking through the fiery furnace and coming out stronger.
Faith is positive energy that draws others to us.
Faith is knowing, current situations are temporary.

Faith is believing for that job, that mate, that child, that house, that healing, that book.

Faith is thanking God, while waiting on the manifestation.

Faith is enjoying precious times with family and friends.

Blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith and enjoy the G to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts on faith.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Appreciate 

Appreciate the Unexpected. ~ Anonymous ~

Hello friends.  (smile)  Today, let’s appreciate and praise God for the blessings in life.   Thank you Lord. 



Let’s have faith and appreciate the blessings to come.  Praise The Lord.

To God be the glory! 

Abundant blessings, by faith, my friends. (smile)

Faith

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

Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstandings, mistrust and hostility to evaporate. ~ Albert Schweitzer ~

Hello friends.  (smile)  Hope all is well in your world. 

Praise The Lord that I see light at the end of the tunnel with the projects I’ve been working.  

Praise The Lord that things and stuff and Y moments are easier at the circus.  (wink)

Praise The Lord for answered prayers. 



Faith builds every time we stay focused on Him and remember who we are in Christ.

Faith builds every time we remember that nothing is too hard for Him when we release and cast our struggles to Him. 

Faith builds every time we are kind to those not kind to us.

Faith builds every time we recognize walking through without complaining becomes powerful within our spirit. 

Faith builds every time we choose to let things go.  

Faith builds every time we stand and allow God to move on our behalf.

Faith builds every time, we remember God always provides what we need.  Yesterday. Today,  and each day we are blessed to see another day.

Faith builds every time we understand the wisdom of God working all things out for our good. 

Blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith!  (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present. 

Strength From Within

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

I’m thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Strength grows every time we walk through struggles. It’s a beautiful thing to have inner strength that comes from above. Praise The Lord!

We are powerful vessels when we draw our strength from above.

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This is strength that can’t be taken away.

This is strength that can’t succumb to fear or doubt.

This is strength that says “I serve an all powerful God, bring it!”

It’s a powerful testimony to show strength through things and stuff and those Y moments. We never know who is watching. People are drawn to strength. To God be the glory.

Blessings, friends, every single time, we remember to trust God and keep the faith, our strength grows as He walks us through. I’m a witness. (smile)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
~ 1 John 4:4 ~

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Life

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
~ John 10:9-11 ~

Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone’s eyes.
Author Unknown

Hello friends. (smile) Sorry, I’m late in posting today. Took some extra time enjoying my clean house and staying unplugged. I had a great day reflecting! Praise The Lord.

How about you, how was your day? Anything, you,want to share? (smile)

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Sometimes, to sit and reflect on life, where we were versus where we are now can be an interesting walk down memory lane. Sometimes, to remember the struggles and how God walked us through warms the heart and a shout out “Thank you, Lord.”

It’s a beautiful thing to share our life experiences because as the quote above says “life looks different through everyone’s eyes”. I thank God for the courage to share my life experiences that, by faith, can help someone. (smile)

God is light. God is love. There is nothing dark about Him. No one or nothing is more powerful than Him. Here’s wisdom, thoughts of a negative nature, anger, doubt are not of God. Must have faith.

I see living an abundant life as peace and contentment because we make better choices by picking up our cross and following Him. He also provides for all our needs.

It’s about faith and asking with a right motive.

Friends, my encouragement today is to stand on faith and trust that we are where God wants us to be until He manifests our next step.

Abundant blessings and sleep well tonight!

As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Contentment While Waiting

This post was originally published on 2 January 2015 and updated on 6 December 2018.

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.
~ Harry Hepner ~

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 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 4:10-12 ~

Hello everyone, hope all is well. Contentment is a good habit to acquire. To be content while waiting is endurance. It’s even more powerful, to do, by faith.
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A season, of anything, can be challenging. Waiting can be brutal. Here’s the beautiful thing, seasons are temporary and waiting builds patience.

That thing, that stuff or that Y is temporary. Until it serves its purpose, it will be around . Keep in mind, it will be different for everyone. Similar, yet different.

Have faith. Be content. Have patience. Have self-discipline. Got fruit? (wink)

The ability to find contentment comes when the focus is on God and the blessings that He provides.

The ability to find contentment comes when we realize it is, what it is. Adapt and adjust by casting your cares, to the Lord, can work wonders.

It’s liberating to free the mind from angst that amounts to nothing. Put “it” at the foot of the cross and be content until we can walk through it. Keep the faith.

We may still fail a test moment; praise God for His mercy and His grace because at the end, of the day, we’re still standing!

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we acquire the habit of contentment, by faith, while waiting for our break through. Praise The Lord!

Your thoughts or comments are always welcome.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Appreciate

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

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

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

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

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Let us appreciate our answered prayers.

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

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

Let us appreciate the beautiful memories that touched our heart.

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

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

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

Let us appreciate each other’s uniqueness.

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

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

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

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

Practice The Pause

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

It isn’t always necessary to achieve great things. Sometimes, just surviving is a great achievement.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) How are you, doing? (wink)

I got a lot of book writing done the last few days with no stress. Praise The Lord. My chores, not so much. (wink)

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For those of us returning to the circus, let’s keep the faith to practice the pause while speaking “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.

Sing a song. Smile. Take a walk. Get a beverage. Praise The Lord until the mood changes. Anything, just keep the faith and practice the pause. (smile)

We’re too blessed to be stressed! (humor)

Blessings as we remember, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me! The rest is irrelevant and let’s put it at the foot of the cross. (smile)

Enjoy your day!

Roll With It Friday

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

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

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

Have faith and roll with it!

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

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

Roll With It Wednesday

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

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

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

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

Roll with it because it is, what it is.

Roll with it and keep the faith.

Roll with it and remember the blessings God provides.

Have a blessed day!

Count It All Joy When…

This post was originally published on 19 October 2014 and updated on 13 November 2018.

Appreciate the Unexpected. ~ Anonymous ~

And we know that all things together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when The Lord gives understanding, to us, through His Word. It’s a beautiful thing to understand the power of specific prayers and to count it all joy.

I’ll be the first to admit, once upon a time, I struggled in my Christian walk. I struggled in my faith. I struggled in developing a personal relationship with God, through His son, Jesus.

Let’s just say, I struggled until I got tired of going around the same mountain and surrendered. Praise The Lord, I’ve come a long way.

I’ve learn to appreciate and count it all joy as I keep moving forward, by faith, as God puts more patience in my life.

Count it all joy, when we pray and God answers.

Count it all joy, when we have wisdom to understand life is sowing and reaping. Life is realizing we can’t give what we don’t have. It comes from with. Life is sharing and helping one another.

It’s a beautiful thing to share “once upon a time” testimonies. It’s truly tough when we don’t know what we don’t know.

Count it all joy, when things in life can feel surreal.
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Count it all joy, when somethings are forgotten and somethings linger, just enough to dwell on day in and day out.

Count it all joy, when trials and tribulations (things and stuff) help us grow and builds patience.

Count it all joy, when X, Y and Z moments challenge us.

Count it all joy, when we take responsibility for wrong choices.

Count it all joy, when God removes anything or anyone keeping us stuck.

Count it all joy, when we realize the past can’t keep us prisoners or stop our future blessings.

Count it all joy, when we understand nothing nor anyone is perfect, except Jesus.

Count it all joy, when it is, what it is. Let it go.

Count it all joy, when we know who we are and what we bring to the table.

Count it all joy, when the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Count it all joy, when we know, if God is for us, who can be against us.

Count it all joy that God loves us even when we stumble.

Count it all joy, that there will always be naysayers.

Once upon a time, we were naysayers. Let’s bless them and live our life thanking God that we’re not where we use to be.

Enjoy your day, my friends, as we count it all joy!

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Patience and Silence

Patience and silence are two powerful energies. Patience makes you mentally strong. Silence makes you emotionally strong.
~ Author Unknown ~

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 5:3-5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, life throws challenges, tests or fill in the blank____________.

Sometimes, we can forget about the retesting of a previous victory. (shock face) Sometimes, we participate in nonsense.

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I had to reset for a few days because I failed a retesting twice. Ugh. Two different days and it was still a no go on both tests.

Praise The Lord for His mercy and grace. (smile) Praise The Lord when we don’t beat ourself up for losing our cool and failing the test.

Remember Romans 8:28. All things.

I’m learning that patience and silence builds spiritual strength and produces spiritual fruit to endure things and stuff during Y moments. I’m understanding that life does go on even when I fail the test. (smile)

I believe patience has the most retesting. So I’m walking through retesting by faith. Do it by faith.

There are some things designed to help us grow. Walk through with patience and silence. Remember, everyone has an opinion. We don’t have to participate in every idle comment.

Patience and silence becomes easier when we choose to let stuff go!

Patience and silence becomes easier, when you know who you are.

Patience and silence disarms our button when being pushed.

Patience and silence can bring a smile when we know God is always in charge. Praise The Lord.

Blessings as we learn to choose better while walking through testing with patience and silence. (smile)

God’s Amazing Grace

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

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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

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

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

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

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

Let God’s amazing grace replace the woulda, coulda, shoulda we carry by remembering Romans 8:28 tells us, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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

Let Go

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

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

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

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

Let go.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contentment and Balance

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.
~ Carlos Castenada ~

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. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.
~ Philippians 4:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s been busy at the circus. Ever work so many days straight that you are not sure what day it is? I’ve just been there and done that. I didn’t even get a tee shirt. (smile) My sense of humor is back!

Things in life can get so hectic that all we can do is keep the faith and remember God’s amazing grace will get us through every single time. (smile)

Praise The Lord, I’ve been learning contentment and balance during the things and stuff, and X, Y or Z moments.

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It comes down to choices. It is, what it is, until it was. Choosing contentment and balance, to adjust, can make walking through easier.

I believe life is a balancing act everyday. Ah, to find contentment and balance is truly a blessing. Contentment and balance.

Balance time. Balance things and stuff. Balance emotions. Balance ebbs and flows. All lead to contentment and balance, when we stop trying to control everything. We can only control ourself.

Every challenge brings something needed to help us grow. Sometimes, when we lose focus, stuff just keeps on coming. Contentment and balance.

I’m at the circus 5 days a week. Somedays, it’s brutal at the circus. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. Contentment and balance.

There are all kinds of people at the circus. There are many tests at the circus. Contentment and balance.

Spiritual fruit grows at the circus. By the grace of God, my patience has grown. Contentment and balance.

Here is wisdom from above–going around the same mountain or having the same retest gets easier when we choose to adapt instead of react. Contentment and balance. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. (smile)

Contentment and balance is recognizing there will always be someone saying something about nothing.

Contentment and balance is understanding, at the end, of the day, life goes on regardless. Keep the faith!

Contentment and balance is trusting God, by faith, for the breakthrough.

Contentment and balance is thankfulness until God changes a situation.

Contentment and balance is changing our perspective and perception of things and stuff, even X, Y and Z. Sometimes, we don’t have all the right information.

Blessings, my friends, as we have contentment and balance where we are until God manifest the next step. (smile)

Faith and Grace

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) it’s a beautiful thing to walk by faith and understand God’s amazing grace. Faith and grace is an individual thing, no one can walk it for us. Faith it.

Faith and grace will keep us moving forward in spite of things and stuff.

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Faith and grace brings comfort that God does not give us more than we can bear.

Faith and grace builds trust that God can work all things out.

Here’s faith and grace in action, no matter what comes our way, no matter what X, Y or Z does, faith and grace in God will get us through, every single time. Faith it.

Blessings, my friends, as we walk by faith and grace knowing God has equipped us for this day! (smile)

Strong Enough

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.
~ Elaine St James ~

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) I’ve been walking through things and stuff. Romans 8:28, kept me strong enough to keep the faith and keep moving forward. Praise The Lord.

Strong enough is knowing our faith and trust in God will get us through.

Strong enough is understanding choices.

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Strong enough is forgiving and moving on.

Strong enough is realizing no answer is the answer.

There comes a time when we’re strong enough to say Thank you Lord for delivering me every single time I wanted to quit.

There comes a time when we’re strong enough to let go until timing is better.

There comes a time when we’re strong enough to know that God is working all things out and we can just wait on the manifestation.

Strong enough is courage to say enough. It is, what it is.

Strong enough is knowing friends who step up.

Strong enough is wisdom to let God change hearts.

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

Life Can Change in A Instant

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
~ Proverbs 27:1~

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
~ John 15:12 ~

Hello friends. Thank you for your kindness and prayers. I appreciate you! {{hugs}}. It’s a beautiful thing to let people know that we care. Glory to God. Life can change in an instant.

I don’t think anyone is ever prepared for the loss of those we know and love. Recently, I’ve come to realized that tears are a blessings too. Life can change in an instant.

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Sometimes, loss has a way of putting what’s important, in our life, in perspective. Life can change in an instant.

Things and stuff, or X, Y and Z moments can really be put in perspective when you realize it is, what it is. Let it go. Life can change in an instant.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Life can change in an instant.

Love and forgiveness comes from within our hearts. Love and forgiveness are essential in maintaining life in our relations. Life can change in an instant.

Sometimes, we must keep showing love until those, in our life, see Jesus within us. Many times, we judge what we don’t know or understand. Sometimes, we just don’t know any better until Jesus shows us how. Life can change in an instant.

To maintain life, in our relations, start celebrating the positive qualities, forget the past and appreciate what each bring to the table. Life can change in an instant.

Life is too precious to waste holding stuff that keeps us from loving and forgiving one another. Life can change in an instant.

God is the only one who can be all things to each and everyone of us. Even if we speak, Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me, we are not equipped to handle every single need. That role is designed for God. Give it all to Him.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we learn to maintain life in our relations. Life can change in an instant.

IWSG Don’t Mind Criticism

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Even if you are not the best, you are better than those who never try.
~ Author Unknown ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a warm welcome to Alex Cavanaugh and the IWSG September co-hosts, Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham.

IWSG celebrates their three year anniversary of posting! Wahoo, Happy Anniversary! (smile)

Don’t mind criticism is my encouragement this month. What wisdom in the criticism quote below. I like it. (wink)

Something new to practice! (smile)

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Sometimes, we have to wonder about the motives behind those who love to criticize others. (shock face) Free will, I suppose.

Believing in our abilities, where we know that we know, helps to deflect criticism. This is where faith and confidence grows, each time, we do our own thing, regardless of critics.

Sometimes, criticism is a good thing. It forces us out, of our comfort zone, to bigger and better opportunities.

Remember 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.

Sometimes, God has something better. Wahoo, thank you Lord!

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we look at criticism from a different perspective and as Alex likes to remind us–have fun along the way. (smile)

Renewing The Mind

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

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

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8 ~

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

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

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

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

Glory to God for the victory!

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

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

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

Discipline

Roll with it.
~ AF~

Hello friends. (smile) I’m walking on the wild side, by participating, once again in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) hosted by BlogHer.

I’m going to have faith that I’ll finish the month this time. (smile) Keeping the faith and building my courage up for the big writing challenge coming in November. (shock face)

The theme for September’s NaBloPoMo is healing. The neat thing about participating is that they provide writing prompts or we can write about anything; as long as we post daily. (wink)

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Discipline. Participating will help discipline my time for writing and meet other bloggers. I have found that I do better when I have a challenge with a timeframe. (wink)

I may have to reduce myself to one game I can play a day. (shock face) Withdrawals to one game with no baby steps. Ugh!

How about you, any discipline challenges?

Faith. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as you enjoy Labor Day festivities or just relax doing something fun. (smile)

Counting Our Blessings

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~ Willie Nelson ~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, let us be thankful and count our blessings.

It’s truly a beautiful thing to behold all that blesses our life.

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Focus on the blessings in our life.

It reinforces that God loves and provides for us.

For my little worry-warts, keep the faith, and remember, Jeremiah 32:27, Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Blessings, my friends, as we count our blessings today! (smile)

Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trust Him.

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

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

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

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

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

Hang In There

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

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

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

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Sometimes, we’re suppose to ask for help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patience

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

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

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

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I believe there will always be retesting of our patience.

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

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

How’s your patience level? (smile)

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

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

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

I Can

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

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

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

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

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

A New Season

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

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8 ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recognize God’s Grace

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) This week, so far, has been eye opening and hectic. Have no worries, all is well, in my world. I hope, all is well in your world. (smile)

Many times, things happen and we forget to recognize God’s grace. We start asking why.

We forget how He can work all things out. Praise The Lord!

Monday, I got my first ticket. I ran a red light! (shock face)

I noticed a small gash on my right rear tire. I know nothing about cars except to gas them up, use the air conditioner and listen to music as I drive. (wink) I entertained one negative thought. (nervous smile) What if the tire blows on the way home? Those pesky thoughts, we entertain makes us loose focus and faith. Where was my faith?

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As I was driving, very nervous not to slam on the breaks as the light was changing yellow, I kept going, right through the red light. (shock face)

Thank God, no other cars were around me, except the cop behind me! (shock face) The look of horror, on my face, when he flashed the lights for me to pull over.

Believe me, I was stunned but calm with faith that God was in charge. Lights still flashing, I felt like a criminal as cars slowed to watch the festivities. (smile) It seemed forever for him to run my license and registration.

I stayed calm and polite. As I sat in my vehicle, I looked up and told The Lord, ok, I’m going to just roll with this because you are in charge.

I became numb to the reality, that yup, stuff happens. I had no reference point of experience, to help me, I’ve never been stopped before. So I spoke Romans 8:28 and said Thank you Lord. Just get me home.

Little did I know, the blessing of that ticket.

After the ticket was handed to me, He said, it was a warning and told me to read the back for instructions and get the tire fixed because it could blow. After the officer drove off, I still sat there stunned until I finally ventured home.

This morning, I go to leave and see that the tire has lost some air. Ugh! I’ll cut to the chase, I had to get four new tires because each were dry rotted! The back rear tire was not the worst one! (shock face)

Anyone of those tires could have blown.

I thanked God for keeping me safe! Here’s the blessing–that ticket brought to life the fact that my tires were bad! If I didn’t get that ticket….

God opened my eyes to that afterward. I’m still thanking and praising God for his protection and grace. (smile)

Sometimes, we don’t recognize the power of God’s grace when walking through challenges.

Blessings, my friends, as we recognize God’s grace in all things. (smile)

End of Day Blessing

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Posting late. I was off schedule all day. A beautiful Susie Larson blessing to end the day. Regardless, of where we are at this moment, be grateful of the many blessings in our life.

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Realize how much God loves us. Remember, by faith, to carry our imaginary slingshot and put on the full armour of God to defeat Goliath.

Pray because there is power in prayer.

Blessings as we keep the faith and sleep well tonight. (smile)

I Said A Prayer Today

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

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

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Prayers give hope. Prayers give strength. Prayers give healing. Prayers give comfort. Prayers give life to dead bones walking.

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

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

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

Thank you, Lord.

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

Start A Day Blessing

Today everything is possible…Yesterday is gone.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Let us walk by faith believing God has provided everything we need to crawl, walk or run through today. Thank you, Lord. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, that we know we are loved and have His mercy and His grace to sustain us. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Appreciate

Look around you and appreciate those who care about you, be thankful they are in your life.
~ Catherine Pulsifer ~

Hello friends. (smile) Appreciate life. Appreciate family. Appreciate friends. Appreciate the positive and the negative of things and stuff, and X, Y and Z in life. Every encounter teaches us something.

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Sometimes, we neglect to appreciate the blessings in life. Have faith and appreciate God’s mercy and grace.

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 ~

Friends, I appreciate each of you, more than you could possibly know. {{hugs}}

Blessings!

A Good Day

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24 ~

Hello friends. (smile) By faith, it’s a good day to have a good day. Sometimes, we must focus on all the positive things and people that God has put in our life. Praise The Lord. (smile)

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Sometimes, we must adjust and recognize the blessings all around us.

Sometimes, we must rejoice and be glad that God really is in control. Focus on Him and not the challenge.

Smile, it can brighten the day. Smile, it can change the environment around us.

Most of all, smile, because we’re blessed and highly favored. (smile)

So my friends, by faith, be blessed because it’s a good day to have a good day! (smile)

He Sustains Me

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
~Jeremiah 32:27~

Hello friends. (smile) Walk by faith today knowing God has equipped us with everything needed to walk through this day. Praise The Lord!

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Let’s break down our day into faith moments–knowing He will sustain us moment by moment. (smile) We have His mercy and His grace!

Have a blessed and faith sustaining day, my friends! (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)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Heat”

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends (smile) I am starting to love these Two Cents Tuesday Challenges. (cheesy smile) It’s fun to be creative and show our vision. Whether positive or negative, heat can affect everything; depending on your perspective. (smile)

Having faith, to trust God, in all things, will produce more spiritual fruit and growth–either positively or negatively. Depending on that mountain, remember, the one, I like to go around. (gritted teeth smile)

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It’s truly a beautiful thing to have spiritual fruit so deep within that when the heat from fiery trials come, have the faith to walk right through them. (smile)

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. I am looking forward to that day when heat temperatures won’t bother me. Wahoo, faith!

My pros and cons of heat:

Pros of heat:
Great in the winter.
Great for cooking or warming food (not that I know anything about cooking; but I can warm in the microwave) (shock face)
Great for hot water showers.

Cons of heat:
Humidity can mess up the hair. Ugh
Tempers can get short in extreme heat.
Some fabrics don’t breathe well in the heat.
Can’t leave windows in car open, critters can get in the car.
Sunburn.

For you reading pleasure, some scriptures on heat:

Heat, hot

Figurative of:
God’s wrath – Deuteronomy 9:19
Man’s anger – Deuteronomy 19:6
Determination – Genesis 31:36
Zeal – Psalm 39:3
Persecution – Matthew 13:6, 21
Heavy toll – Matthew 20:12
Real Faith – Revelation 3:15

Have a blessed day and stay cool! (smile) Feel free to add your pros and cons of heat. (smile)

IWSG Encouragement to Roll With It

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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) My encouragement today is roll with it and do your thing and enjoy being you. (cheesy smile)

Seasons of life, ebbs and flows, experiences, all play a part in our sharing with others.

Roll with it keeps us moving forward and evolving. (smile)

So keep the faith that someday, fill in the blank __________________________ will happen! (wink and a smile)

Roll with it! (smile)

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A good friend reminded me yesterday that you can’t please everybody. With the power of prayers, from friends, I walked out of the rut and will return to doing my thing and being me. (cheesy smile)

Thanks again, my friends and Thank you Lord!

Roll with it! (smile)

We all have a style. That’s what makes us unique. We may continue to adjust our style, as it works for us. All in all, it’s our style. (smile) I like to say, if you love it, we’ll like it.

Roll with it! (smile)

Everyone needs encouragement. It helps us grow. It gives us hope. It strengthens faith. Roll with it!

By faith, have a blessed roll with it day, be encouraged to do your thing and enjoy being you! (smile)

Comfort

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ~

Hello friends (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know someone cares. That’s what comfort does. Sometimes, comfort comes from unexpected opportunities that form new bonds and connections. (smile)

Sometimes, comfort is simply listening. Sometimes, comfort is knowing we’re not the only one going through _________________(fill in the blank).

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Regardless of our spiritual maturity, life brings things and stuff. It’s a beautiful thing to give and receive comfort when needed, especially through our prayers. (smile)

Personally, I find comfort in prayer. Praying is giving it all to God, even tears.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always grateful when God sends someone my way, when I am truly struggling. Thank you Lord.

Bottom line, prayers activate our trust and faith in God to move in mighty ways. (smile) Praise The Lord.

Comfort is a blessing that pay dividends and glorifies God.

Comfort is a little thing that means so much when it comes unexpectedly.

I also like to send a shout out to my friend CW, you and your family are in my prayers. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as we comfort one another. (smile)

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend! (smile)

Have A Beautiful Friday

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 ~

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Hello friends. (smile) Be blessed and keep the faith, as we mediate on Romans 8:28.

Waiting Prayer

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
~Philippians 4:6~

Hello friends (smile) Waiting. Waiting requires patience. To be honest, sometimes, I get frustrated waiting. (shock face) Nonetheless, I stand and keep the faith as I wait; keeping my hands off the situation. (smile)

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How about you, ever get frustrated or anxious with waiting?
I do thank God for the prayers He does answer! Praise The Lord. (smile)

It all comes down to His timing and His will for us. So we keep praying and keep the faith!

Blessings friends as you enjoy your weekend! (smile)

Blessed

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) We are truly blessed. Regardless, of the season, we are walking through, we’re blessed.

I used to dread Mondays until I realized I’m blessed to see Mondays. (shock face) Ain’t life grand! (wink and a smile)

Sure, there maybe times that things and stuff or fill in the blank________________, causes angst, nevertheless, keep the faith that God has a plan and it’s something better. (smile)

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He can use all things to bring about our spiritual growth. (gritted teeth smile)

Recently, I had a few disappointments and another betrayal. I cried while praying, I thanked God that I was still standing and was blessed with more fruit of long-suffering and self control for my trouble! (shock face)

No worries, all is right in my world. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Sometimes, pain and hurt forces change. Learn to put things at the foot of the cross period.

No talking about woulda, coulda, shoulda. Chose to recognize that we blessed and God is in charge.

The process of spiritual growth becomes easier when we surrender.

How about you, what are your thoughts on spiritual growth? Inquiring minds want to know. (smile)

Today, regardless, of things and stuff or X, Y or Z, smile because you are blessed! (smile)

Recognize

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
~ Matthew 8:26 ~

Hello friends (smile) What a beautiful and specific way to express gratitude, by faith, as we walk through, things and stuff and X, Y and Z, challenges without fear. (smile)

Faith, in God, builds each time, we recognize His answers to our prayers.

It’s how we recognize that each valley (things and stuff, and X, Y and Z) eventually brings victory (blessings) over the mountain (challenges). Praise The Lord! (smile)

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It’s how we recognize our growth. It’s how we recognize the power of words that we speak into existence.

It’s how we recognize 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.

It’s how we recognize to roll with it, because it is, what it is. (smile)

Today, have faith, to thank God, for the valleys to recognize the blessings of the mountains! Amen.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Expectations”

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
~ Psalm 62:5-8~

Hello friends (smile) No acrostic this week because I could not find a good word for X beside xerox. (shock face) There were many thoughts in my head about expectations, disappointments and constantly adapting to X, Y and Z.

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My thoughts were all over the place, so I spent the last few days playing games and meditating in the Book of Psalms as I prayed for family, friends and enemies.

I see expectations right up there with my faith in God. My daily expectation is faith and to draw my strength from above, as I continue to renew my mind that all good things come from above and continue to walk through as God’s will be done. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and keep the faith! (smile)

Survived

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31 ~

Wahoo, TGIF friends! (smile) How was your week? This week was brutal. I thank God for His mercy and His grace that I survived. (smile)

We survive every single time when we keep the faith that God will walk us through.

We survive every single time when we choose to let go of anything weighting us down.

We survive every single time when we speak God’s Word in times of distress.

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We survive every single time when we stay positive and focus on the current moment.

We survive every single time when we realize that things and stuff and/or X, Y and Z, play a part in God’s plan for our continued growth. (shock face)

We survive every single time when we roll with it because it is, what it is. (smile)

We survive every single time when we can smile to change our mood and keep our sense of humor. (cheesy smile)

We survive every single time when we keep an attitude of thankfulness.

We survive every single time when we remember the power of 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. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, we survived the week! (smile)

Deposit

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) Deposit new thoughts is another way to renew the mind. (smile) A beautiful way to give words power to encourage, uplift and grown in grace.

We can change everything from pesky thoughts to a better way to communicate with others. (smile) Sometimes our thoughts are reinforced by what we think on and say to ourself. (shock face) It comes down to perspective.

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Words will always have power. Have faith to speak words to build up and grow from within.

When we deposit new thoughts, it can begin to renew our mind. It will also replace old things and stuff with positivity. We can draw from positive. We can relate from a renewed mind by drawing from a positive experience. (smile)

The words we think and speak affect what we do. For example, I have chores that I keep neglecting all because I reinforce the thought, what’s one more day or maybe tomorrow. (smile) I’ll be on this trend, until I deposit something else to replace that thought. (smile)

The same process can be used in communicating with others. Practice the pause and remember, we have the power to choose our responses. Spirit versus flesh.

Another example, when X, Y or Z likes to be argumentative or sees only the negative about something. I chalk this one up to God producing more spiritual fruit within me! (smile) Thank you Lord!

Blessings my friends as you enjoy your weekend! (smile)

How about you, what thought do you reinforce to yourself? (smile)

IWSG Attitude

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“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.” ~ Unknown Author~

Hello friends (smile) Have an attitude of faith to believe that we can accomplish anything. Those of us, who write, perceive deep within us, that there is a masterpiece in the making. Here’s the catch, we must believe in our abilities first! In time, the manifestation comes! (smile)

Like everything else in life, good things come to those that wait. (smile) Reminds me of my favorite spiritual fruits–patience and long-suffering. (shock face)

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Let’s not forget, regardless of critics, having an attitude of faith, to believe, in ourself reinforces our belief in our talents to do what we do and not get discouraged. (smile) Think positive thoughts!

Many times, we put pressure on ourself…

Sometimes, it is what, it is. Roll with it! (smile) Bottom line, up front, by faith, we can and we will__________________ (fill in the blank)!

Blessings my friends, until we meet here next month. (smile)

Be Thankful

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

Hello friends (smile) In the ebbs and flows of life, being thankful becomes easier when we realize just how blessed and fortunate we really are in whatever season we find ourself walking through.

It’s a beautiful thing to understand that everything happens for a reason and the most painful experiences brings growth. Things and stuff, and X, Y and Z challenges can happen to any of us.

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Be thankful to keep walking through the challenge because it builds inner strength, spiritual fruit and deepens faith, and trust in God. (smile)

Be thankful to learn adapting and adjusting promotes a healthy attitude and leaning more on God during difficult times.

Be thankfulthat the past has no power unless we allowed it.

Be thankful to understand free will to choose remains an obstacle when dealing with others. Sometimes, they are not ready for the next step. Sometimes, we’re not. Be thankful to know the difference.

By faith, be blessed and thankful each day that God wakes us up. (smile)

Strength for A Friend Prayer

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Friends, there is power in prayer. The last week, a few friends reached out for prayers. By faith, I am trusting and believing God to answer them as His will be done. Thank you Lord.

Tonight, I share this because sometimes we have to lay aside our own stuff to help those who need help. This morning, someone who dislikes me big time called out the clear blue asking me to pray for them. (shock face)

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By the grace of God, I listened and was praying as this person was speaking. The Holy Spirit within me gave words of comfort to speak and helped me put aside all the nasty things I was remembering about this person actions. I learned forgiveness and praying for my enemies a long time ago. Both played a part and truly helped me bless that person today. Thank you God for your mercy and your grace!

God gets the glory when we’re obedient to helping others, even our enemies. I thanked God for my spiritual growth and grace given to me today. Remember Romans 8:28.

Please join me in praying this beautiful prayer for strength to those we know going through challenges.

Thanks and be blessed as we start a new week! (smile)

He…

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.~John Wooden ~

Great scriptures for meditation. (smile) Great scriptures to speak and replace bad thoughts. There will be days when speaking the Word out loud can change the focus. The power of words and what we tell ourself.

Sometimes, remembering not to entertain negative and bad thoughts, by speaking and replacing with positive and kind words, breaks the cycle of emotions and questioning how did I get here moments. (shock face)

It takes just one wrong thought to change a good mood. Renewing the mind, one thought at a time, helps the cycle of emotions! Sometimes, God will bless us by leading us to read something or hear something to let us know He is with us! He may even use someone. (smile)

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Here’s a short and beautiful testimony of mine. Awhile back, I was singing a song hard, I mean out loud and with feeling. (cheesy smile) I shared with you before that I talk to The Lord all the time. About everything.

When I was singing the song, one line in the song is “so say you love me.” I spoke out loud to The Lord, I know you love me, so say you love me. Just say it. I laughed and went on about my business. (smile)

The next day, my friend was coming to work and out of no where, she heard God say tell Ann, I love her. Well at this point, she felt like, she already knows that, she will think I am crazy. (smile) Unbeknown to either of us, that day, we learned just how God can use open vessels, anytime, anywhere and our choice of obedience. Glory to God!

She started to compose an email message but never got to finish it because God led me to her. We started talking then she said, I have to tell you something and don’t think I’m crazy or snap I already know that. I agreed. When she said God told me to tell you He loves you. I was stunned and she was curious. (smile)

I laughed and explained about the night before and the song. (smile) See she thought she could email the message. As we talked about it, she realized she had to say His words to me not write them for me to know He answered my request. (smile) My relationship grew rapidly with Him from that point forward because He answered me up close and personal. No one knew what I said to Him! (smile)

We both got a huge lesson in faith and obedience that day, as well as, how God can communicate to us through others. It was a powerful and beautiful experience with The Lord that strengthen our faith in God and helped a few others who heard the story! We are in Virginia, that story made it all the way to Georgia! (smile)

Sometimes, when we’re going through stuff, we forget all the previous times He came through for us. Keep the faith! Pray!

So be blessed, my friends, and know He is always with us! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Forgiveness Brings…

Matthew 18:21-22 – Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Hello friends (smile) I’ve been walking through stuff! No worries, all is right in my world because I’m leaning on God and my faith to get me through this season. (smile)

Recently, I mentioned, the beauty of aha moments. (cheesy smile) Forgiveness. Seventy times seven.

The quote below speaks to me. It illustrates free will to choose how I react to walking through things and stuff; trials and tribulations; and my all time favorite, X, Y and Z situations. (wink and a smile) Attitude is key.

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Forgiveness brings freedom to move on by faith that if The Lord says the same, I live to fight another day. Forgiveness brings more spiritual fruit. Forgiveness is about releasing every single thing and every X, Y and Z or fill in the blank _____________ to God by praying the solution by faith. To be honest, I’ve been praying like nobody’s business and the break through is coming, by faith.

Like most things, in life, forgiveness is a choice. I refuse to carry any thing or stuff, X, Y or Z in my head or making my heart heavy. The Word of God is so powerful that our choice to speak it, live it, want it and share it keeps us walking in the spirit and denying our flesh. Glory to God for maturity and spiritual fruit!

It always comes down to choosing a better attitude. I choose forgiveness because it helps with the woulda, coulda, shoulda thoughts. Forgiveness frees me from the replaying it over and over again. Thank you Lord for helping me let it go.

I decided to post my thoughts since it may help someone else walking though something similar. It’s helping me these days and I’m sleeping better! (smile) Praise The Lord.

Be blessed and smile, it helps keep a positive attitude so roll with it! (smile)

As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Roll With It, Everyday

Thanks and God bless you big friends, who took the time to leave words of encouragement. (smile) Sometimes, starting over is a good thing. Once you accept that it is, what it is. Roll with it! (smile)

Yes, I was bummed to lose all of my reference notes, weeks of drafts, to include work for my book, until I was reminded that I’m a roll with it and it is what, it is, kind of woman! (shock face)

Sometimes, we stop doing the very thing that brings us the most joy in challenging times! Let’s not internalize other people’s stuff. (shock face)

Roll with it is an attitude of gratitude for me. (smile) It helps to keep my sense of humor. It helps to know that God will not give me more than I can bear. It keeps me grounded. I understand each trial and tribulation produces more spiritual fruit. Roll with it is my assurance that regardless or things and stuff, x, y and z, God is in control. God can use all things to get me where I need to be. (clench teeth smile)

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Adapt and adjust. Stuff happens. Roll with it! The beautiful thing about sowing words of kindness, encouragement and faith, is when we are going through things and stuff, dealing with x, y and z, God will bring to our remembrance the very thing we need to help us most, every single time. We just have to listen. (smile) Praise The Lord! (smile)

No matter where we are in our season of life, choose to see and speak about the positive and good parts. Pray about the rest. Life goes on, whether we participant or not. Understanding that we are not alone put things in perspective. Understanding that God can use all things brings hope that it’s temporary and it will pass! (smile) Roll with it!

So as I rebuild and restart everything writing related, I will use my computer for daily backups. No more relying on just the IPAD and IPHONE! Ugh, what a lesson. Roll with it! (smile)

Be blessed, keep the faith that whatever you are going through, remember Romans 8:28! Enjoy your day, my friends and roll with it! (smile) As always, thoughts are comments are welcome!