Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Archive for Hebrews 4:16

Celebrate Mercy and Grace


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
~ William Shakespeare ~

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) 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 sharing encouraging thoughts on God’s mercy and grace.

I love, love, love, the quote above.

There will be times, we’re to extend mercy and grace to situations around us.

Just like God freely extends his mercy and grace to us.   Ain’t life grand!

It’s quite comforting when we extend God’s mercy and grace to Y moments and/or situations.   It steals the ability to vex us.

Prayer and forgiveness steals from Y moments.

Faith and hope steal from Y situations.

Empathy and compassion, on a rough day, steals from Y moments.

Positivity steals from Y moments.

Thank God for his mercy and his grace when we stumble.   It steals from self condemnation and self ridicule. (wink)

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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. 

Nothing Can Separate Us

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 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 8:38-39~

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). Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Even during challenging times, we can thank God for His mercy and His grace.

I failed many testing moments yesterday. (shock face) Discipline (self control) was tested big time.

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Roll with it went out the window 30 minutes after I got to the circus. Ugh, the insanity at o dark thirty in the morning. (grit teeth smile)

It was a long week. I was tired and every conversation was challenged. Every simple task caused angst. At some point, it was not pretty. Tested and failed.

Here’s the thing, I felt great. I felt bold. I felt loved. I felt God’s mercy and His grace. I never lost my peace. I felt no condemnation to beat myself up. I had no psst whispers because none of it separated me from His love. (smile) Thank you Jesus!

Although I failed the test, at the end of the day, after repenting of my bad behavior, I got victory to let go and move on.

Here’s reality, no matter what we go through, nothing can separate us from His love or His mercy and grace. He may not like how we handle things or how we act, the fact remains nothing can separate us from his love. Oh, I pray this helps someone.

The process of growing and maturing is to acknowledge that when we stumble or act ugly, nothing changes–we’re still loved, we still have mercy and grace. The world will keep on turning! Faith, we’ll pass the retest.

Wahoo, what a way to renew the mind and those pesky psst thoughts. Praise The Lord!

Blessings friends as we know that nothing can separate us from God’s love! Enjoy your weekend! (smile)

Roll With It Friday

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

Wahoo, Happy Friday, my friends. (smile)

I encourage you to boldly walk through today, by faith, knowing that God has equipped us with everything we need. (smile)

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Sometimes, a positive focus makes the day go by quicker.

Sometimes, roll with it will help put things into perspective! It’s an attitude of gratitude. (smile) Praise The Lord.

Sometimes, keeping our sense of humor helps keep our attitude in check. Sometimes, practicing the pause will work wonders for x, y and z around us! (wink and a smile)

Smile more, it disarms folks and makes them wonder. (cheesy smile)

Be content until God changes where we are.

So roll with it and be blessed as you enjoy your day. (smile) Your comments are always welcome. (smile)

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