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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.

They

I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.
~ 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 ~

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) I’ve been adapting and adjusting at the circus. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. (grin)

It has been exhausting. It has been painful. It has been humbling. “They”.

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They like telling us our faults. They like pushing buttons to wear us out. They like projecting their issues onto us.

Sometimes, they think we are “they“.

They contribute to our growth. They will lead us to prayer.

God can use “they” to make us stronger in trusting and leaning on Him.

Praise The Lord, for the blessing, when “they” contribute to drawing us closer to God by praying our way through. (smile)

Blessings! (smile)

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.