Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Everyday choices bring experience. Life comes down to choices. Some choices give experience to move forward, while another can keep us stuck.

Both positive and negative experiences teach us something.

The key is to evaluate and own our part based on our choice. Some choices are tied to emotions.

Spiritual fruit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance; develops and grows from within, and help balance the emotional roller coaster rides.

Encouragement can heal us to move on.
Encouragement can elevate us out of a rut.
Encouragement can teach us another way.
Encouragement can empower us to believe by faith.

Encouragement is a powerful blessing to give and receive when we endure the unexpected.

Blessings, my friends, as we encourage one another and enjoy the F to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Life Gets So Much Better

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 ~

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

Not everyone will support you. If you take every insult or rude slur of your fellow human beings personally, you will be offended for the rest of your life.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) I hope all is well in your world. (smile) It’s busy at the circus and all is well in my world. Just not enough hours in the day. Praise The Lord that He sustains us daily.

Every challenge, we crawl or walk through, brings more of the spiritual fruit we’re missing. I still believe long-suffering and temperance are tested the most in this process called life.

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It’s a beautiful thing to know the love and peace of God from within. It is even more beautiful when we stop taking things and stuff or Y moments personally.

It is, what it is. Spirit led trumps worldly led every time.

To put this in a proper perspective, there will always be someone saying something or something will test us, let’s keep the faith that we’re better than we were yesterday, last week, last month and last year. Remember, they talked about Jesus and like us, He was tested.

We renew our minds when we stop taking things personally. Folks are going to think what they think regardless of what we do. Let em! Sometimes, they don’t know any better!

How about that. Growth and maturity, a powerful thing.

Sometimes, comments are made that are wrong. Let it go, don’t give it any power because you know who you are in Christ. Thank God for wisdom from above.

Blessings, by faith, as we stop taking things personally.

Matthew 7:24-29, The Two Foundations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boundaries To Let Go

As we mature, there comes a time when we need boundaries, to know when, to let go and love from a distance. Adapting and adjusting to trials and tribulation, and things and/or stuff requires being spirit led with fruit of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

Possessing love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) within us helps with trials and tribulations, and things and/or stuff.
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Trials and tribulations, things and/or stuff happens. The test is how we react to it. There will always be something or someone testing us. It’s all part of life, change and growth. Many times, we forget to breathe and focus to stay spiritually calm.  (wink)   The flesh man rises.

Flesh man rising is where a warning should register but nope, we proceed anyway. Sometimes, we forget that we can choose to let stuff go. Too many distractions, coupled with hunger, tiredness, etc, fuels the challenging moment. We’re human and we all have a breaking point.

Again, thank God for his mercy and grace! None of us are immune from stumbling! (shock face)   It’s all part of growing, maturing and producing more fruit within us.

Learning to let go frees us from thinking we have to do everything.  We don’t! 

Learning to let go means putting it at the foot of the cross.  Let God!

Learning to let go keeps us with God’s peace. God is always in charge, regardless of what we see! Again, we must walk by faith trusting 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) 

God bless us, by faith, as we let go of unnecessary stuff blocking our spiritual growth. Let thy will be done.

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