Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Celebrate Strength Deeply Rooted


I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ Unknown Author ~

Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink)  Praise The Lord, I was able to post on time.  Wahoo.

This week, I celebrate strength deeply rooted. I love the Oak Tree Poem and today’s scripture.  Both helped me crawl through back-to-back seasons while praying round the clock.

The little things we share, build up, soften the rough edges, give a different perspective, show kindness, a virtual {{hug}} ______________________(fill in the blank), contribute to strength deeply rooted.

There are times, inspiration and encouragement comes when needed most.

It’s through the rough times, those fiery furnace moments, to learn and understand strength deeply rooted.

It’s putting on the full armour of God, praying the Word, having faith and trust in the Lord, to endure the mighty wind that blows.    Thank you, Lord, your loving faithfulness comforts and sustains.  

Like unexpected challenges, in life, it’s a process to develop strength deeply rooted.  It’s experience to sustain the mighty wind that blows.  

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your day and your weekend.

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Hashtag # No More Stress


Making the choice to say no more stress requires faith and trust in The Lord, Jesus Christ through all things daily.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

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. This week, I share encouragement, to keep the faith, whether standing, sitting or squatting, be strong and wait on The Lord, because victory does come. Praise The Lord.

I also celebrate “hashtag #no more stress“. (wink) It’s a process.

Stress is cumulative.
Stress is energy draining.
Stress is not good for our health.
Stress is sleepless nights.
Stress is ____________(fill in the blank).

No more stress, the things that push our buttons.
No more stress, the little darlings that test our patience.
No more stress, the environment that’s unhealthy.
No more stress, the ebb that just won’t flow.
No more stress, ____________(fill in the blank).

Ain’t life grand, in situations, where we chose no more stress. (wink)

Making the choice no more stress brings an inner calmness and strength deep enough to know The Lord equips us to persevere and yield spiritual fruit in the process.

Making the choice no more stress is a life changing attitude.

Making the choice no more stress is wisdom to adjust.

Making the choice no more stress is emotionally healthy.

Hashtag #no more stress, robs the thief. How about that! (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends to enjoy your hashtag #no more stress weekend, because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

The Fruit of Long-Suffering

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
~ Arthur Helps ~

Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. I’m sharing my thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering. Thank God, there was a break through.

There are many things that bring about long-suffering.

Imagine living through unnecessary stress, dysfunctional relationships, toxic home or work environments, the object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers, health issues, the list can go on and on.

Bottom line, there are times, we can be too sensitive to slights or insults that are just opinions and a response is not required.

The fruit of long-suffering forces growth, builds character and teaches us something about ourself. Growth and maturity is a process that has no shortcuts.

It is quite painful to walk through long-suffering until we know who we are in Christ. Realize the situation is temporary. Understand we’re not victims but more than conquerors. Eventually the break-through comes.

Thank you Lord, for faith, to keep standing, in the meantime.

The upside to the fruit of long-suffering:

Storms come, we’re still standing.

Hope that keeps the faith, we’re still standing.

Inner strength to endure, we’re still standing.

Humility that comes naturally, we’re still standing.

Easy to let things go, we’re still standing.

Courage to walk through unhealthy environments, we’re still standing.

Contentment and f r e e from oppressive acts, we’re still standing.

Humor to see that it is, what it is, we’re still standing.

Healing in areas, where brokenness kept us stuck, we’re still standing.

Ability to walk away from dysfunctional relationships, we’re still standing.

The fruit of long-suffering results in experience and will produce more spiritual fruit, patience and inner strength.

The fruit of long-suffering experience helps to make better choices and gives abundant patience.

The fruit of long-suffering changes us from the inside out.

In time, we grow and become like a well watered tree deeply rooted, standing strong through anything or anyone’s shenanigans. (wink)

Praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace.

Abundant blessings, my friends, keep the faith and stay standing strong. (smile)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Strength From Within

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

I’m thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Strength grows every time we walk through struggles. It’s a beautiful thing to have inner strength that comes from above. Praise The Lord!

We are powerful vessels when we draw our strength from above.

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This is strength that can’t be taken away.

This is strength that can’t succumb to fear or doubt.

This is strength that says “I serve an all powerful God, bring it!”

It’s a powerful testimony to show strength through things and stuff and those Y moments. We never know who is watching. People are drawn to strength. To God be the glory.

Blessings, friends, every single time, we remember to trust God and keep the faith, our strength grows as He walks us through. I’m a witness. (smile)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
~ 1 John 4:4 ~

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Enough

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Expectations are like preferences and perspectives; they will be different for everyone. So getting angry and frustrated by differences is foolish; until God prefects unconditional love within us. This is a lifelong process. ~ Ann Friend ~

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 ~

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
~ Philippians 2:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Ever get tired of things and stuff and/or Y moments and say enough? I’ve been working on this “enough” rant for awhile. (shock face) By the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, I was able to finish this message with love and encouragement to illustrate negative and positive with regards to enough. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Even those of us, who love The Lord, get tired and say enough. I’m keeping it real. Everyday that God wakes us up brings opportunities, by faith, to run our race and work out our salvation, as well as, loving those around us.

Here is where faith and a relationship with God brings comfort. He is the only one who can change a heart. There are some things we’re not meant to carry. There are some Y’s, not ours to fix. Here is the wisdom of Romans 8:28, all things can and will be used by God to get us where we need to be.

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We learn by repetition. We learn by our mistakes. We learn by letting go. We learn to have faith and trust God’s timing.

Life will bring challenges via things and people. Idiosyncrasies. Adapting and adjusting. Loving one another in spite of our differences. In the 21st century, we must be open enough to change.

Being spirit led and having spiritual fruit–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 brings inner change that lights the outside of us.

Until we’re ready to take responsibility of our choices and let God walk us through, we won’t understand the freedom of saying enough, Lord, let thy will be done.

Enough of impatience. 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 – Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Enough of spitefulness. Romans 12:18-21 – Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Enough of fear. Isaiah 41:10-13 -Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

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Enough of doubt. Matthew 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Enough of unbelief. Matthew 17:20 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Enough of envy. Romans 13:12-14 – The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Enough of pettiness. Matthew 23-24 – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Enough of negativity. Luke 6:27-28 – But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And also Luke 6:45 – A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Enough of judging. Matthew 7:1-3 – Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Enough of anger. Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clam our, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Enough is to know what scripture to speak to situations. Enough is to know that prayer is powerful. Enough is to know faith.

Enough is a blessing when we’re ready, God will provide the next step to move forward.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Heat”

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends (smile) I am starting to love these Two Cents Tuesday Challenges. (cheesy smile) It’s fun to be creative and show our vision. Whether positive or negative, heat can affect everything; depending on your perspective. (smile)

Having faith, to trust God, in all things, will produce more spiritual fruit and growth–either positively or negatively. Depending on that mountain, remember, the one, I like to go around. (gritted teeth smile)

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It’s truly a beautiful thing to have spiritual fruit so deep within that when the heat from fiery trials come, have the faith to walk right through them. (smile)

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. I am looking forward to that day when heat temperatures won’t bother me. Wahoo, faith!

My pros and cons of heat:

Pros of heat:
Great in the winter.
Great for cooking or warming food (not that I know anything about cooking; but I can warm in the microwave) (shock face)
Great for hot water showers.

Cons of heat:
Humidity can mess up the hair. Ugh
Tempers can get short in extreme heat.
Some fabrics don’t breathe well in the heat.
Can’t leave windows in car open, critters can get in the car.
Sunburn.

For you reading pleasure, some scriptures on heat:

Heat, hot

Figurative of:
God’s wrath – Deuteronomy 9:19
Man’s anger – Deuteronomy 19:6
Determination – Genesis 31:36
Zeal – Psalm 39:3
Persecution – Matthew 13:6, 21
Heavy toll – Matthew 20:12
Real Faith – Revelation 3:15

Have a blessed day and stay cool! (smile) Feel free to add your pros and cons of heat. (smile)

Jeremiah 17:7-8, The Blessedness of Trusting The Lord

We are blessed when we put our faith, hope, and trust in The Lord! 😀

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God bless us, as we 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.

Thank you Lord, that your Word reminds us that you can bring about good from any situation.

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