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.

Celebrate TGIF



Appreciate the Unexpected.
~ Anonymous ~

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 to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate TGIF. Had a couple of emotional days. I refuse to beat myself up over it. Grace. Thank God for grace.

No worries, all is well in my world. (wink)

Things have a way of working out. Especially by keeping the faith.

How was your week? (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith to Practice The Pause

Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance.
~Author Unknown~

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

Hello friends. (smile) I require lots of faith, lots of deep breathing and God’s mercy and grace for Mondays. (shock face)

Praise The Lord, Monday’s are easier to bear. Just not my favorite day.

Faith to practice the pause.

So faith to practice the pause is appropriate today. Wahoo, something to do! (ha)

Breaking the day into moments work wonders at the circus.

Having faith in increments allow breathing to stay steady state. Grace is needed when hungry.

When the little darlings start pushing buttons, breathe and practice the pause.

When unscheduled meetings pop up, breathe and practice the pause.

When _________________(fill in the blank) breathe and practice the pause.

There are times, laughter helps. (grin)

Blessings friends, as we have faith and fun, to breathe and practice the pause today. (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts on practice the pause. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

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.

G is for…

The will of God will never take you, where the grace of God cannot keep you.
~ Unknown Author ~

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also 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 ~

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 12:8-9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Spiritual growth is a lifelong process. Years ago, I was genuinely shocked when I realized spiritual growth never stops. There is always something to learn. 

Spiritual fruit continues to grow and replace anything not of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, with the guiding of the Holy Spirit, within us.

Praise The Lord for his grace. Grace is given daily. We have grace even when we stumble. Grace frees us from condemnation or berating ourself for mistakes. Its all part of growing and learning.

Gratitude and giving to others keep us humble and gives glory to God.

Blessings, my friends, as we live today in God’s amazing grace, by faith and enjoy the H to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Giving It No Power

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Listen to life, it is the wisest teacher of all.
~ Author Unknown ~

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Giving it no power is the encouragement today and boldly obtaining God’s mercy and grace for the it moments.

It can be anything. Drama. Negativity. Critical opinions. Angst. Fill in the blank __________________.

I realized why I keep failing my retest. (shock face) Do tell, I sense someone thinking. (smile)

I keep failing because I have more its than I realized! (shock face) Thank God for His mercy and His grace.

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The funny thing about it, is that, it’s usually a past incident that we never fully released or forgiven; and anything or anyone can trigger the memory. Those pesky thoughts.

Let’s stop giving it power. Take a pause to breathe before reacting. Do anything, just don’t give it power.

Growth and maturity is a beautiful thing once we understand that all things and everyone contribute to victory over it. Ain’t life grand. (smile)

We give it too much power to drain our energy.

Entertaining it drains energy.

Retelling it multiple times drains energy.

Forgive it. Forgive ourself and let it go.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we stop giving it power. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present. 

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!

Roll With It Friday

“You are a master of the words you don’t say and a slave to the ones you do.” ~ Author Unknown ~

Thank God It’s Friday, my friends (cheesy smile) Roll with it! Let your light shine today. Roll with it!

Be the light that brightens up the joint. (smile) Roll with it!

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Smile and practice the pause, it helps to stay light and remember all good things come from above. Roll with it!

Speak positive things and be kind to yourself. Roll with it!

Remember things and stuff, and X, Y and Z challenges will help us grow. (shock face) Roll with it!

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. (smile)

Be blessed by faith and know we are too blessed to be stressed today. (a wink and a smile) Roll with it!

Grace

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

The time change has me off schedule. (smile) It’s another Monday, let’s have faith and stand on Philippians 4:19! Be positive. Be adaptable. Be strong. Be fruitful. Be encouraged for blessings.

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Maintaining our focus keeps things and stuff, and x, y and z in perspective. (smile) Life is too short to allow angst to ruin our day. Yup, I finally see how distractions all play a part toward losing focus of the bigger picture. (shock face)

It takes two. When that thing or x, y, or z, comes, choose to smile and say nothing or calmly breathe to assemble thoughts and let grace get us through it. Calmly breathe and pray to bridle the tongue, when pressed. (smile)

Scriptures on grace for our 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

Be blessed and enjoy your day, by faith, and roll with it with grace! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

Be Kind To Yourself

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 another crazy week. (shock face) No worries, because all is right in my world. I am walking by faith, trusting my Lord and Savior. Still working on breathing calmly, because I have another button that I didn’t know existed. (gritted teeth smile) I’ll tell you later. (smile)

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It’s a beautiful thing when we can end a bad day and be kind to ourself. (smile) It has become my new habit on challenging days!

Replaying where we stumbled and why we stumbled gains nothing. (shock face) Thanking God that we survived is cause to smile and be kind to ourself and enjoy a peaceful night’s rest. (smile)

Learn from it and move on! Mercy and grace. We have God’s mercy and grace! Praise The Lord!

I am hanging in there with things and stuff, by faith, because this too shall pass. (smile)

Be blessed and roll with it. (smile) Remember to keep your sense of humor. (smile)

Mondays

2 Corinthians 12:9 – 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.

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Mondays is not my favorite day. Does anyone really like Mondays? Today, I will walk by faith because 2 Corinthians 12:9 says God’s grace is sufficient for me. Regardless of things and stuff, I’ll smile because I can.

My acrostic is my attempt to motivate myself to look at Mondays differently. Wahoo, something new to do. It takes 21 days to form a habit. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

How do you feel about Mondays? Inquiring minds want to know. (smile) Have a blessed and awesome Monday!

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.

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.

Bible Verses for Tough Times

Challenges. Change. Growth. Things and stuff. No matter what we label it–this happens, to each of us. Regardless. Life is a constant process of change and growth to produce more fruit in our lives (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)). 😰

The goal is to walk through without complaining. Just so you know, I am in my double digits retest! 😁 I got to sing the 🎶🎶going around the mountain one more time.🎶🎶 😜 I realized after singing yesterday that negativity breeds complaining. 😰

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We must keep the faith! God is always in charge. Whatever season we are walking through, things and stuff is temporary! There is always a scripture, to speak to things and stuff, to help us grow spiritually. 😁

This too shall pass, just not today. Of all the spiritual fruit, long-suffering and self control gets tested the most. Think of it as a wilderness experience without luxuries. The key–not to beat ourself up when we stumble. Sometimes, it is, what it is! 😜 Roll with it and let it go!

None of it changes this truth–God is always with us. We have his mercy and grace. He loves us unconditionally. Praise The Lord!

God bless us, by faith, as we walk through our season, meditating 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. Let thy will be done.

Practice The Pause

Practice the pause, next time we encounter stuff! Then pray! 😜

 

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God bless us as we crawl, walk or run through this day! We thank Lord for your mercy and your grace! 😀

It’s Roll with it Tuesday

It’s “roll with it” Tuesday 🙂 because we know by faith and trust in God, at the end of this beautiful day, God’s will be done. We have grace and mercy for any challenge. We have security that He loves us. We have His Word to guide us should we need to speak to a situation. We have His ear to hear our prayers. We have His wisdom and knowledge to be brilliant on our jobs.

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We have joy because it is my strength. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are called according to his purpose. We know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We know we have the full armor of God to stand against the wiles of the devil and we have His protection.

We can Praise The Lord as we keep moving forward whether we laugh, smile or cry today because God is in charge and has provided for our needs. So smile, laugh or cry and “roll with it” 😀

Your thoughts?