Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

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Celebrate Roll With It


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

This week, I celebrate the choice to roll with it and a surprise blessing of a case of Dr. Pepper, from a dear friend, at my door. (grin)

The little things that touch us in mighty ways. (smile)

It is, what it is. It is my metaphor for things and stuff or the Y moments that test patience and self control.

This week, roll with it, kept my focus on the positive and put all else at the foot of the cross! Praise The Lord.

There are times, we give it too much power. Let it go  and move on.

No coulda, woulda, shoulda replays.

Roll with it, by keeping the faith.

Roll with it, by loving some folks, from a distance.

Roll with it, because you can’t help a fool.

Roll with it encourage the choice to let it go.

Abundant blessings, keep the faith and enjoy the weekend. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

IWSG Self-Encouragement


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
~ Thomas Edison ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, it the first Wednesday of the month; where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another. Welcome Alex and our IWSG May co-hosts:

Stephen Tremp
Stephanie Faris
Susan Gourley/Kelley
Bish Denham
Fundy Blue
M.J. Fifield
Loni Townsend

Today, I’m sharing self-encouragement. (wink) 

I’ve learned self-encouragement, with some faith, is vital to believe we have what it takes to do
__________________(fill in the blank).

For me, self-encouragement is required to keep learning and honing my writing style. (smile)

Self-encouragement and my faith evolved me to a novice writer.

I keep the faith that someday my book will be finished. Praise The Lord, I’ve finally settled on a title.

Self-encouragement drowns out doubt. Self-encouragement and faith will get us through seasons of waiting.

Abundantly blessings and keep the faith to enjoy today.

I would love to hear your thoughts on self-encouragement. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Smile That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore Part 4

Experience is something you cannot learn from others, but only yourself.
~ Unknown Author ~

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
~ Romans 5:1-5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Buttons. Things/stuff and the little darlings who push our buttons. (grin) I haven’t talk about my buttons in awhile.

I can smile because one button doesn’t work anymore. (smile) Silly distractions no longer bother me. I can smile as I let it go. (smile)

Changing perspective is wonderful when replacing the thought about the button into a positive like teaching patience, self-discipline or _________________ (fill in the blank).

There are times, when focusing on things and stuff or Y moments cause angst or push my buttons. Rhetoric and shenanigans are buttons that can still be pushed. Ugh. Wahoo, something to do!

Here is the beautiful thing about reacting when buttons are pushed. Grace. Praise The Lord for his grace when buttons are pushed and we stumble. (wink)

How about you, what pushes your button?

Abundant blessings and keep the faith to enjoy your day. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Encourage Someone Today

Hello friends. (smile) Let’s encourage someone today.

It’s the little things we remember most. (wink)
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Abundant blessings and I encourage you to smile and keep the faith. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Transformed and Empowered

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 ~

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.
~ Ezekiel 36:26-27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I’ve been working on my book. To be honest, it’s been a slow process balancing work and trying to write on a specific schedule.

Faith, I have faith, it will all fall into place. (smile)

I’m a humble servant of The Lord coming here to share my faith journey and life challenges to encourage others that seasons of challenge always teach us something. It can be painful but the experience will make you stronger spiritually.

I don’t pretend to be better than anyone. I’m not. I share my experiences because once upon a time, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.  I ran from God’s calling.  

We all have a past. There are things from the past that may need resolving. Until we deal with it, it lays dormant until something or someone awakens it. This is probably why some things and some people rub us the wrong way.  

Memories from the past.
Transformed and Empowered
I feared everything and everybody until I made Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. He gave me a new heart and His Spirit. I read and applied His Word until I was rooted and grounded in it.  Then I renewed my mind.

I developed a deep and intimate relationship with Him by giving every area of my life to Him. I love to tell anyone that He loves and protects me well. Thank you Lord!

As He pruned and purged stuff from the past that was not spiritual fruit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, my heart was opened and obedience became easier. No fear. (smile)

When God gives a new heart and it’s opened to The Holy Spirit, change is inevitable. Here’s the thing, change is from the inside out. This is a lifelong process. It cannot be rushed and is so worth it.

I’ve had challenges, at the circus, that were used to prune me more. I still believe long suffering and patience are tested the most by way of challenges. This is our opportunity to show Jesus to those around us.

The thing about faith and trusting God is that one day you wake up transformed and empowered in Christ.

You learn to count it all joy because the challenge is temporary and you realize you are more than a conqueror.  Life can change in an instant.

I share all this because God gave me victory over circus woes once and for all. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends as we keep the faith and enjoy today. (smile)

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Life


We have to learn to appreciate and enjoy life! Try to enjoy the small things; like peace, silence, sleep, people, ability to walk, breathe and laugh easy. Stop stressing over things you have no control over. Accept your life as it is and stop comparing it to others. You will learn to enjoy your surroundings and embrace your life in a better way!
~ Charles P ~

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, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

This week, I celebrate life with all its stuff. Please know I share my journey and all my vulnerabilities to help others. I give glory to God for courage to share the ebbs and flows.

Life gets so much easier when we work on our things and stuff. I’ve been around the same mountain for months. I’ve endured challenges that were not pretty. I chose to stay positive and be okay until…..

All in all, I’ve kept the faith trusting in the only person who strengtheneth me. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


I perceive victory as I continue to renew my mind and let the past go bye-bye.

It’s quite liberating to release the woulda, coulda and shoulda of yesterday.

It’s quite powerful to forgive daily.

It’s a beautiful thing, to understand, how God can use all things to make us better and bring his best into our life.

So I celebrate seeing life through different lens and appreciate his love and grace when I’m challenged. Thank you Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends and keep the faith.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

A Renewed Mind

A renewed mind is good for the soul. It’s faith that matures belief, perspective, and perception. It’s being spirit led. It’s silencing the psst of yesterday. It’s the blessing of releasing challenging situations to God. It’s spiritual and emotional wholeness to live and love abundantly.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Changing pesky thoughts, one at a time leads to a renewed mind.

The power of a renewed mind changes how situations and others are viewed.

The freedom of a renewed mind changes attitude.

A renewed mind reinforces inner calmness.

A renewed mind speaks words that build up.

A renewed mind lets stuff go.

A renewed mind can smile and keep the faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends and enjoy your day. (wink)

Your thoughts are welcome.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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