Start A Day Prayer

This post was originally published on September 9, 2013 and updated on 29 October 2018.

Hello friends. (smile) The power of prayer. Have faith that God is indeed working in our life!
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God bless us as we continue to walk by faith and let thy will be done!

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.

Please Pray With Me

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.
~ Matthew 18:19 ~

Hello friends. Please join me in prayer for my beautiful and dear friend LTC Tomas DeLeon, his loving wife, and his son and daughter. Tomas has a cancerous tumor on his brain.

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God bless each of you adding your pray petition to mine, lifting LTC Tomas DeLeon and his family up in prayer.

By Faith, I Declare

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
~ Ephesians 3:17-20 ~

Hello friends (smile)  Life is a process. Good and bad. Ebbs and flows. Somedays are better than others. Choosing to stay positive, in spite of things and stuff, and X, Y and Z, requires faith and trust in God. No doubts. No worries. No fears.  Faith.  Trust.  Spirit led.

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Negativity is draining and gains nothing! (shock face) What’s that old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (gritted teeth smile)

Sometimes, we just need to breathe before speaking or smile and say nothing! (wink and a smile) Roll with it!

Spell it with us– C H A N G E. Change how we react to things and stuff! (shock face) As we grow and renew our mind, it becomes easier to keep our focus, which helps, when things and stuff, just keeps on coming! (shock face)

During challenging times, we can thank God for his mercy and his grace. No need to beat ourselves up when we stumble. Grace. (smile)

We always have a choice on how we react. Choose. Repel or draw. Negative or positive.

Blessings, as we have faith to enjoy this day! (smile)

By Faith, I Choose to…

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

Friends, it’s a beautiful thing, to have choices. (smile) God bless you for not giving up on me as I work to balance and discipline things in my life. (shock face)

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I am also walking by faith, in everything. Not a care in the world. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to have courage to make our own choices. (smile) It’s take courage to keep pressing on. (wink and a smile)

No worries, my friends, because the joy of The Lord is my strength. (smile) All is right in my world. Praise The Lord!

Let’s just say, I’m choosing the positives! (smile) Putting stuff and Y at the foot of the cross. Looking at situations from a different perspective. (smile) Praying for my enemies. (shock face) Got to love em!

Doing my part and trusting God for the rest. Roll with it because it is, what it is. (wink and a smile)

I will be away a few more days because I’m the queen of procrastination and got behind on some stuff. Whoops! (gritted teeth smile)

So be blessed and keep the faith. Until we meet here again! (smile)

Celebrating One Year Blogging

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

Wahoo! Celebrating one year blogging! (cheesy smile) First, I give thanks and glory to God for the many creative ways He blesses me to be a blessing to others! (smile)

Second, I humbly thank you friends! (smile) Your support and kind words give me courage to do what I do and roll with it. (wink, stick tongue out smile) Thank you! God bless you.

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Third, I am grateful for those friends who share my posts via their social networks. Thank you and God bless you big!

I am still learning how to discipline my time when it comes to blogging. (shock face) Somedays, I run out of time and get so overwhelmed that I just roll past posting. (smile) That’s the beautiful thing about blogging; we get to make our schedule.

I admire those who post daily. It’s my goal someday. (smile) Right now, I will continue providing faith, encouragement and a sense of humor, as often as I can to bring a smile or chuckle your way. (smile)

I’ve met so many great and wonderful bloggers! I look forward to another year. (smile)

Be blessed and keep the faith today as I celebrate my one year blogging anniversary! (smile)

Have a great and blessed day! (cheesy smile) As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Roll With It Wednesday

“When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.”
– Author Unknown –

Roll with it! 😜

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“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
– Paulo Coelho –

Roll with it! 😜

God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it today, knowing You have equipped us for x, y or z and Praise The Lord for your mercy and your grace! Let thy will be done.

Encouragement

Many times encouragement blesses someone to walk into their season, conquer a fear, feel loved, move forward, get a job, smile. The possibilities are endless to what words of encouragement can do! 😀

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God bless us, by faith, as we encourage those around us today! Let thy will be done.

By Faith, I Declare

Thank you Lord, that you are always right on time! Your love and protection with your mercy and grace, keeps us standing on 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.

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God bless us, by faith, with our praise and gratitude that all good things come from above. Praise The Lord! Let thy will be done.

Psalm 91, God Is A Refuge and A Fortress

It’s a beautiful thing to know that we are loved and protected by God. 😀 Regardless of our things and stuff. We are forever a work in progress. This is my second favorite Psalm.

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God bless us, by faith, as we meditate on Psalm 91 today. Let thy will be done.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness works like prayer, the more we do it, the easier it becomes. It’s another part in the renewing of our mind process. 😁

Forgiveness brings freedom as we release it to God. It keeps us from the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” replays. 😰 Even with the gifts and talents God gave us, we still can’t un ring that bell! 😨

Things and stuff (ours and others) will always bring challenges. Folks will speak and do unkind things to us, Matthews 5:43-44, tells us, 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

We give God glory each and every time we pray, show love and kindness to those around us.

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The more our spiritual fruit grows–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); forgiveness becomes a choice.

Until we can forgive regularly, the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” will replay and keep us stuck, while choking our spiritual fruit. Have faith and meditate on the scriptures below to renew our mind:

John 16:33 – 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.

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.

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

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

God bless and have a great weekend! Meet you back here, by faith, on Tuesday! 😀

Let Go

Things and stuff can take its toll, no matter how spiritually mature we are. 😨 Thank God for his mercy and his grace when we stumble. Praise The Lord! 😀

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God did some pruning on me yesterday! 😁 The fruit long suffering (patience) and temperance (self control) were tested. I blinked, did not practice the pause, and no smiling. Oh, and I forgot to breathe! 😁 Grace.

Let’s just say, I may have a singing career, in my future, because I am perfecting my vocal cords singing 🎶🎶going around the mountain, one more time🎶🎶. Ugh, I have to study for the retest! 😜

Sometimes, we just need to let go and realize it is, what it is! 😜 Adapt and adjust. Forgive others and forgive ourself. Anything else is irrelevant. Let it go! Don’t beat ourself up.

Keep moving forward! Growth and maturity is a life long process! Lighten up. Keep our sense of humor. 😜

God bless us, by faith, as we learn to let go and mediate on John 16:33, 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 and Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Smile and Silence, Practice The Pause

It takes two. Pick our battles. Pray. Praise The Lord.

 

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As our fruit, of the spirit, matures, practicing smile and silence goes hand in hand with practicing the pause. Just remember to breathe through it! 😁

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God bless us, by faith, as we practice the smile and silence tools, and practice the pause today. Let us stay focused on Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Let thy will be done.

Psalm 92, Praises For The Lord’s Goodness

Praise The Lord, we’re blessed to see another day! 😀

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God bless us, by faith, as we praise The Lord and meditate on Psalm 92. Let thy will be done.

Psalm 27, The Lord Is My Light & My Salvation

Psalm 27 is one of my favorite Psalms for comfort. 😊 It is my prayer that it brings comfort to someone today.

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God bless us, by faith, as we pray and meditate on Psalm 27, trusting and waiting on The Lord, to work in a mighty way. Let thy will be done.

I’ve Got Your Back

Have boldness today knowing God has our back! (smile) Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

It’s that simple! (wink)

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God bless us, by faith, as we meditate on Jeremiah 32:27, Behold, I am The Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? His will be done.

Roll With It Wednesday

It’s roll with it Wednesday! 😜 By faith, we look marvelous and it’s going to be a great day. Roll with it! 😁 Praise The Lord! We’re choosing to be positive. 😨 Roll with it!

God gives us grace, as written in 2 Corinthians 12:10 – 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. 10 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.

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Regardless of things and stuff or x, y, and z; we have sufficient grace today! Roll with it! 😀 Adapt and adjust, roll with it! Put stuff at the foot of the cross! Say it with me, roll with it! Right! 😀 God is in charge!

God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it, with grace that is sufficient for today. Let thy will be done!

Grace scriptures for your reading pleasure. 😀

Grace – Unmerited Favor

Descriptive of Grace:
God’s favor – Genesis 6:8
God’s forgiving mercy – Romans 11:6
Gospel – John 1:17
Gifts (miracles, etc) – 1 Peter 4:10
Eternal life – 1 Peter 1:13

Is the source of Grace:
Salvation – Acts 15:11
Call of God – Galatians 1:15
Faith – Acts 18:27
Justification Romans 3:24
Forgiveness – Ephesians 1:7
Consolation – 2 Thessalonians 2:16

Described as Grace:
All-abundant – Romans 5:15-20
All-sufficient – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Glorious – Ephesians 1:6
Great – Acts 4:33
Manifold – 1 Peter 4:10
Rich – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Undeserved – 1 Timothy 1:12-16

Believers Grace:
Are under – Romans 6:14
Receive – John 1:16
Stand in – Romans 5:2
Abound in – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Be strong in – 2 Timothy 2:1
Grow in – 2 Peter 3:18
Speak with – Ephesians 4:29
Inherit – 1 Peter 3:7

Dangers of Grace can:
Be abused – Jude 4
Be frustrated – Galatians 2:21
Be turned from – Galatians 5:3, 4

Who I Am In Christ

Smile and repeat after me, I am accepted. I am secured. I am significant. The Word of God says so! 😀 Tell a friend! 😜

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God bless us, by faith, as we renew our mind about who we are in Christ. Let thy will be done!

By Faith, I Declare

Life is a process. Good and bad. Ebbs and flows. Somedays are better than others. Choosing to stay positive, in spite of things and stuff, requires faith and trust in God. No doubts. No worries. No fears. Faith. Trust. Spirit led.

Negativity is draining and gains nothing! (shock face) What’s that old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (gritted teeth smile)

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Sometimes, we just need to breathe before speaking or smile and say nothing! (wink and a smile) Roll with it!

Spell it with us– C H A N G E. Change how we react to things and stuff! (shock face) As we grow and renew our mind, it becomes easier to keep our focus, which helps, when things and stuff, just keeps on coming! During challenging times, we can thank God for his mercy and his grace. No need to beat ourselves up when we stumble. Grace. (smile)

We always have a choice on how we react. Choose. Repel or draw. Negative or positive.

God bless us, by faith, as we have faith and trust in you and meditate on Ephesians 3:17-20 – That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Let thy will be done.

A Daily Prayer Reminder

Things and stuff. Ours. Others. Adapt and adjust. Renew the mind. This prayer can remind us that others are God’s children too. 😁

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We can thank God for his mercy and his grace while we adapt and adjust in renewing our mind because Philippians 4:13 tells us, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

God bless us, by faith, as we adapt and adjust, while continuing to renew our mind with the one another scriptures. Let thy will be done.

Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Hope

Hope is the confidence of speaking and praying God’s word into existence, by faith, according to His will and giving Glory to God!

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God bless us, by faith, as we see the power of your light breaking through the darkness and changing hearts around us. Let your will be done.

It’s Roll With It Wednesday

There is lots going on these days. Roll with it! Is there anything too hard for God? Working ourselves up in a frenzy gains us nothing. Faith. We must keep the faith. Remember Romans 8:28.

Sometimes, we speak the wrong things into existence. 😰 Sometimes, we must allow God to work on our behalf. Roll with it, can bring comfort when you trust in and lean on God. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Be you and roll with it! Yes, things and stuff are happening all around us. We must pray without ceasing. No fear! No doubt! By faith, God will walk us through things and stuff!

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

This gets back to replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. God is always in charge. We must learn to tune some stuff out. Someone will always have an opinion. We don’t have to comment on every thing we hear. Sometimes silence is best.

It takes two to argue. Sometimes, no response is better. Roll with it. Here are the one another scriptures to meditate on:

Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it and focus on You and Your Word! Let thy will be done.

At The Foot Of The Cross

Today, by faith, let us put every burden at the foot of the cross. Things and stuff, x, y or z, someone, lay it all, at the foot of the cross. Release it to God! God can make a way out no way. Praise The Lord!

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Sometimes, we just have to keep the faith and trust Him. Somedays, it will be hard to count it all joy, especially if we don’t understand why. It’s those times, we must dig deep and praise Him anyway! 😁 Thank you Lord, for your mercy and your grace!

God bless us, by faith, as we lay our burdens at the foot of the cross and meditate on Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am The Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? Let thy will be done.

Comments and thoughts are welcome. 😜

Repeat After Me, I Am…

Repeat after me, I am a masterpiece.  The power of words that we speak about ourself, by faith, will build confidence, as we renew our mind, by continuing to replace negative thoughts will keep us moving forward.  😜

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Remember, it’s a process. As we move forward, we must find balance. We must be able to smile or laugh at ourself during those times when things or stuff pop up. 😁 There will be times frustration creeps in, refuse to entertain the negativity. Refuse to give up! Faith, keep the faith!

Celebrate the small victories and praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace and keep moving forward! 😄

God bless us, by faith, as we choose to speak positive and uplifting words to ourselves, as our mind is renewed and we continue to grow in Christ. Let thy will be done.

Comments and thoughts are welcome. 😄

Stand Outside

Thank God, it’s Friday! 😀 Sometimes, we must lighten up. Smile, laugh, and recognize, there is more to life than things and stuff! 😨 If we must, sing a song, play a game, watch a movie, roll with it! 😜

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God bless us, by faith, as we’re outstanding and enjoying today by casting our cares to you. Let thy will be done.

Smile, it looks good on ya! 😜

Challenge Yourself

By faith, let us challenge ourselves to spend the next 24 hours without any complaints, criticism or speaking of the past. 😁 We have been renewing our mind, by faith! Right? 😉 Praise The Lord!

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Remember, life is a process. There will always be things and stuff. As we grow, things and stuff get easier to handle. 😰 Let us consider this fun challenge as our practice for the test! 😜 Wahoo, something to do! Ain’t life grand! 😜 Thank God for his mercy and his grace! 😀

God bless us, by faith, as we exercise our spiritual fruit long suffering (patience) and temperance (self control) while meditating on: Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Philemon 1: 6 – That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus; and James 3:10 – Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Let thy will be done.

Thoughts? Anyone? Anyone? 😀

Faith It and Roll With It Wednesday

Happy faith it and roll with it Wednesday! 😜 God has already equipped us, by faith, for things and stuff today! 😁 His grace is sufficient for this day! Roll with it!

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Smile, we’re blessed! 😜 It takes courage to be ourselves! Roll with it! If God be for us, who can be against us? 😀 All together now, roll with it! Right. 😉 Praise The Lord!

Things and stuff has no power unless we yield to it! Let it go. Faith it and roll with it! 😀 God is in charge!

God bless us, as we faith it and roll with it, by meditating, on John 16:33 – 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. Let thy will be done.

Repeat After Me, I Am…

Renewing the mind should be a daily thing! 😁 We’ll always have something to do. 😜 We’ll always be thinking of something or someone. 😁 Keep thoughts light and positive. Avoid dwelling on the negative.

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God bless us, by faith, as we continue to renew our mind and meditate on Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things and Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Let thy will be done.

Roll With It Wednesday

Can we name anything that God can’t do?

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God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it and meditate on Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am The Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Let thy will be done!

Roll with it! 😜

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend

Practice The Pause

Remember, by faith, to practice, the pause with things and stuff!

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God bless us, by faith, as we practice the pause. Let thy will be done.

Key scriptures to 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.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report.

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

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 😜

Trials and Tribulations – Pray and Let Go

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

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

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

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

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

Scriptures for our reading pleasure. (smile)

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

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

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

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

Colossians 3:12-17, The Christian Virtues

Christian virtues, along with the fruit of the spirit, show the level of Christ and our spiritual maturity. This is another illustration of unconditional love. By faith, we are spirit led. (smile)

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As we renew our mind, change negative thoughts into positive thoughts, we grow spiritually stronger. Fruit and virtues are evident by becoming so rooted and grounded in love, even our enemies are drawn to us.

Change is a process of life, whether we like it or not. (shock face) It’s about adapting and adjusting to move forward as we crawl, walk, run our race.

God bless us, by faith, as change begins with each of us. Let thy will be done.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, A Time For Everything

What a perfect illustration to 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.”

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As long as we live, we will experience seasons in our life. (shock face) Seasons to make us grow, mature, all in all, change. Remember 🎶🎶going around the mountain, one more time.🎶🎶 (wink)

We must keep our sense of humor because some seasons can be tough. Learning to live, by faith, and adjusting to stuff can make some seasons bearable. Sometimes, we have to get out of our own way. (nervous smile)

Being able to share with each other, through seasons, is a blessing. Having family and friends is a blessing. Casting cares to our Heavenly Father is a blessing. Faith is a blessing. Learning to look, at seasons, from a different perspective, is a blessing. (smile) Thank God for his mercy and grace!

God bless us, as we choose, by faith, more spiritual fruit within us–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) to walk through our seasons of life and let thy will be done. (smile)

Faith In God Changes Everything

Friends, we must have faith. 😃 Hebrews 11:6 tells us “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” And Romans 10:17 tells us “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Even faith the size of a mustard seed can grow! 😁

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Having faith in God changes everything. Knowing the Word of God for ourselves, as well as a personal relationship with God, through His son Jesus, deepens our faith to have freedom to live life knowing who we are! Sons and Daughters of the King! 😉 Our self worth is in Him by faith! Nothing or no one can change that by faith! 😀 Can we get a witness? 😉

Faith in God changes how we relate to stuff. Faith in God changes how we think. There is no doubt. There is no if. There is no confusion. Friends, the deeper our faith, the less we entertain negative thoughts or stuff! 😃 Praise The Lord!

Faith can also teach us contentment. What ever state God has us in today is temporary. Let us keep the faith as it relates to our health, finances, marital status, or fill in the blank________. 😁 God has a plan and as we trust in Him by faith, His will be done. 😉

Sometimes, our faith will be tested, and it’s those times, we trust and lean more on Him as we walk by faith and not by sight! Sometimes, we will have to praise Him through the testing of our faith, especially those days when we want to question stuff. The more fruit in our life, the easier it is to walk by faith!

It’s a beautiful thing to grow and become more spiritual each day by faith! Have faith and roll with it! 😜

Nature of Faith:
Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22
Work of God – John 6:29
God’s gift – Ephesians 2:8
Comes from the heart – Romans 10:9, 10
Substance of unseen things – Hebrews 11:1

Results from Faith:
Scriptures – John 20:30, 31
Preaching – John 17:20
Gospel – Acts 15:7

Objects of Faith:
God – John 14:1
Christ – John 20:31
Moses’ writings – John 5:46
Writings of the prophets – Acts 26:27
Gospel – Mark 1:15
God’s promises – Romans 4:21

Kinds of Faith:
Saving – Romans 10:9, 10
Temporary – Luke 8:13
Intellectual – James 2:19
Dead – James 2:17, 20

Described Faith:
Boundless – John 11:21-27
Common – Titus 1:4
Great – Matthew 8:10
Holy – Jude 20
Humble – Luke 7:6, 7
Little – Matthew 8:26
Mutual – Romans 1:12
Perfect – James 2:22
Precious – 2 Peter 1:1
Rootless – Luke 8:13
Small – Matthew 17:20
Unfeigned – 1 Timothy 1:5
United – Mark 2:5
Vain – 1 Corinthians 15:14, 17
Venturing – Matthew 14:28, 29

The fruits of Faith:
Remission of sins – Acts 10:43
Justification – Acts 13:39
Freedom from condemnation – John 3:18
Salvation – Mark 16:16
Freedom from spiritual death – John 11:25, 26
Spiritual light – John 12:36, 46
Spiritual life – John 20:31
Eternal life – John 3:15, 16
Adoption – John 1:12
Access to God – Ephesians 3:12
Edification – 1 Timothy 1:4
Preservation – John 10:26:29
Inheritance – Acts 26:18
Peace and rest – Romans 5:1

Faith in Christian Life:
Live by – Romans 1:17
Walk by – Romans 4:12
Pray by – Matthew 21:22
Resist evil by – Ephesians 6:16
Overcome world by – 1 John 2:13-17
Die in – Hebrews 11:13

Growth of Faith in Christian Life:
Stand fast in – 1 Corinthians 16:13
Continue in – Acts 14:22
Be strong in – Romans 4:20-24
Abound in – 2 Corinthians 8:7
Be grounded in – Colossians 1:23
Hold fast – 1 Timothy 1:19
Pray for increase of – Luke 17:5
Have assurance of – 2 Timothy 1:12

God bless us as we increase our faith in You!

As always, comments and thoughts are welcomed! 😜

Growth is A Part of Life (Part 2)

Picking up from Growth is A Part of Life (Part 1), they will know us by our fruits. Some love to tell what is wrong and blah, blah, without providing the how. 😰

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Let’s face it, until we’re ready to change and take responsibility for our choices, the process of life will keep bringing stuff until we let go and move forward in our growth process. 😁

Distractions and living vicariously through others, will only get us so far. As mentioned before, when we get sick and tired of 🎶🎶going around the mountain, one more time🎶🎶 we’ll do something about it. 😜 At the beginning and the end of the day, we choose our next step. 😨

Some of us are standing on faith for something or someone. Sometimes, we’re the reason for the delay! 😰 Bottom line, God knows, we are not ready! Change and growth comes from within!

That thing or someone won’t give us what’s lacking within! God bless us as we understand our own challenges and recognize change and growth begins within us. 😉

To be continued….

As always, feel free to share your thoughts! 😜

The Power Of Words

The words we use tell what’s in our heart. 😰 The words we use tells our level of spiritual maturity. Got fruit? 😰

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We are living in a time where words travel faster and can go viral quickly! Isn’t it amazing the things that grab our attention. 😨

We choose every time we communicate to draw or repel. We project a positive or negative attitude with our words.

God bless us as we learn to choose our words to build up, heal and encourage one another. 😊

Comments, thoughts, anyone? Anyone? 😉

Proverbs 8:6 – Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turn away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 21:23 – Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Faith It and Roll With It Wednesday

Wahoo! It’s faith it and roll with it Wednesday! (big smile) Friends, there will always be something that God is changing within us. Faith it! (smile) There will always be someone trying something, roll with it. (smile) Sometimes, we must lighten up! (smile)

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Hebrews 11:6, says “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him;” and Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Here’s the thing, we’re to have faith. Believe and seek God, with no doubting or wavering. Faith it! Learning to be positive, faith it! Adapting to things, we can’t change, roll with it! (smile)

Sometimes, standing on faith for _________, can take awhile for the manifestation, faith it and roll with it! (smile) Sometimes, x, y or z, continues, roll with it! (smile) Patience, faith it! Work drama, roll with it! Kindness, faith it! Heavy traffic, roll with it! (small smile)

Quit using emoticons and type (smile), roll with it! (smile, wink, stick tongue out)

Finding ways to stay positive during challenges will gain experience and provide another way to handle something or someone! (really big smile)

Faith it and roll with it are little methods to help walk through the thing or adjust to the someone. (smile) Sometimes, singing or listening to a favorite song helps, as well as, smiling and laughter. (big smile) God is always in charge and His will be done!

God bless us as we faith it and roll with it today! (smile) We look marvelous! Faith it and roll with it!

Comments? Anyone, anyone? (smile)

Smile, We Have Friends

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

 

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

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

Ain’t life grand! 😜

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

What We Got Here Is…Part 2

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

 

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

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

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

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

Constant Kindness Can Accomplish Much

It cost us nothing to show kindness. 😜

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

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

Love and kindness defeats fear and doubt every time!

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

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

It’s Roll With It Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Positive

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

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

God uses many experiences to grow and mature us, in our Christian walk, producing more fruit of the spirit–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control).

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

To be continued…

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

 

God Bless Our Friends

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

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

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

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

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

Faith Talk For Today and Everyday

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

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

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

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

To be continued….

We welcome your thoughts 😜

Faith It, Till You Make It

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

 

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

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

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

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

God bless us as we faith it today! 😜

Check Our Motive

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

 

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

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

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

 

A Shout Out To Friends

This is a “shout out” and “thanks” to all of our friends–old friends and new friends, who do what you do for us. 😀

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Thank you Lord, for the friends, you placed in our lives, to listen to us, hang with us, cry with us, laugh with us, sing with us and love us, when we are going through stuff.

God bless our friends!