The Journey to Contentment 

A contented heart is a calm sea in the midst of all storms.
~ Anonymous ~

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
~ Philippians 4:11 ~

The journey to contentment is learned. Contentment is a mindset that develops with personal growth and maturity as we face life situations.

Contentment is a steady state, of well-being, for what we have and where we are today. Praise The Lord.

There’s no conditions to contentment. In whatsoever state, to be content.

To be content, in whatsoever state, is a beautiful thing because its temporary.

Life and/or circus situations teach or change something within us. It’s part of growing and maturing.

I’ve shared about the circus that pay my wages, until recently, I found contentment in that environment. Contentment comes from within. Praise The Lord.

Keep the faith and enjoy your weekend! See you Monday. I’m working this weekend.

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.

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.
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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, 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.

IWSG Encouragement


A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.
~ Unknown Author ~

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~ Philippians 4:13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome IWSG March co-hosts. Encouragement is a powerful motivator. Encouragement to others, as well as, to ourself is a beautiful thing.

Keeping the faith while speaking I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me motivates, moves mountains and brings inner strength to try and try again.

Keep writing, keep working toward that dream, because, say it out loud, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Praise The Lord.

Blessings my friends, be encouraged and keep the faith!

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 12 June 2015

Prayer is the best medicine. God is the best doctor.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to Lexa and co-hosts as we celebrate the small things this week.

I’ve been nursing a pinched nerve in my right arm and shoulder area. Taking medication and trying to rest my arm. I’m right handed…

I celebrate no surgery is needed and answered prayers.

Praise The Lord.

Other than that, all is well in my world. (smile)

Blessings, my friends as we keep the faith to enjoy the weekend!

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Misdirection

Hello friends. (smile) A belated welcome to our June IWSG Host and Co-hosts.

Misdirection is irrelevant things and stuff or Y’s wanting something that’s really nothing but takes up all your time.

Sometimes misdirection is what if drills.
Sometimes misdirection interrupts our ability to run the race.
Sometimes misdirection can take up the whole day.
Sometimes misdirection is a test.
Sometimes misdirection can drive someone nuts!

Misdirection is prevalent at the circus.

Working full time and trying to write toward the end of a work day is challenging.  Just keep the faith to run the race.

Keep the faith walking through misdirection because at the end, of the day, sleep comes easy and ah what a blessing! Praise The Lord.

Your thoughts are always welcome.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate The Small Things, 22 May 2015

Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week I celebrate:

Time off from the circus.

Taking a poetry class.

  

The many blessings in life.

The patience to just keep the faith.

Blessings and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.

Celebrate The Small Things, 15 May 2015

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.~ Romans 14:19 ~

If your heart is full of love; you’ll always have something to give.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things. (wink)

Sometimes, we just need to let things go, keep the faith, and celebrate the small things.

I celebrate having the day off and sleeping in this morning. I celebrate those in my life that bring balance.

I celebrate a faith filled life with all its ebbs and flows.

I celebrate joining a poetry class. Wahoo, something to do. (grin)

I celebrate answered prayers. Thank you Lord!

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we just keep the faith and celebrate the small things. (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

It’s What I Do

I get by with a little help from my friends.
~ John Lennon ~

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) I hope all is well in your world. I appreciate and thank those friends, who left heartfelt encouraging words as I prayed through my stuff. {{hugs}}

Praise The Lord that I’m back with a new vigor to continue blogging. It’s what I do.

Praise The Lord that His mercy and His grace will lead me to adapt and adjust to rhetoric.

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Praise The Lord that His love and faith will help me be the light at the circus. (wink)

The power of prayer and encouragement is a beautiful thing to receive when stuff comes and things get overwhelming.

The Lord reminded me that our gifts and talents within us help others when we share our experiences.

Understanding the will of God, for our life, is crucial. I wanted to quit but God had other plans. I give glory to God when I do what I do. (wink)

Friends, I encourage you to do what you do. God made us different for a reason. (smile)

It’s remembering all the times, He walked us through.

It’s remembering everyone has opinions and comments.

It’s remembering who we are in Christ.

It’s remembering to hashtag # careless anything that weighs us down.

It’s remembering at the end of the day, life does and will go on, in spite of stuff.

Praise The Lord.

Blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith and do what we do! (smile)

By the way, I’ll be catching up on all your posts that I missed this weekend. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Keep The Faith

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
~ Albert Schweitzer ~

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.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) TGIF!

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Blessings as we keep the faith that the grace of God will sustain us today.

Blessings as we keep the faith that we’re loved.

Blessings as we keep the faith that we’re fearfully and wonderfully made.

Blessings as we keep the faith that we truly are blessed and highly favored.

Blessings as we keep the faith, to enjoy our day, because His grace is sufficient. (smile)

Be Kind to Yourself

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. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. Thank you Lord.

My patience is still being tested. (shock face)   Trying to keep the faith!

Things and stuff. Ugh! X and Y challenges.

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Thank God for His mercy and His grace.

Sometimes, we’re tested from all sides that we can literally blink and get more frustrated or entertain a wrong thought that brings tears for no reason.

Be kind to ourself, in those moments, because, at the end, of the day, we survived and life goes on! Praise The Lord!

Being kind to ourself, when we are walking through or even when we stumble brings comfort that we are still blessed and God still loves us. Thank you Lord!

I thank God for friends. I thank God for those who pray for me. I thank God for the things and stuff producing more spiritual fruit in my life. Something else to do! Ain’t life grand! (wink)

Learning to change our perspective and take the day, moment by moment, can truly help.

Having faith that God can work all things out is wisdom enough to be kind to ourself because if The Lord says the same, there will be tomorrow!

Blessings, my friends,  as we keep the faith and be kind to ourself and sleep well tonight!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, A Time For Everything

Blessings as we keep the faith!

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

What a perfect illustration to 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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As long as we live, we will experience seasons in our life. (shock face) Seasons to make us grow, mature, all in all, change. Remember 🎶🎶going around the mountain, one more time.🎶🎶 (wink)

We must keep our sense of humor because some seasons can be tough. Learning to live, by faith, and adjusting to stuff can make some seasons bearable. Sometimes, we have to get out of our own way. (nervous smile)

Being able to share with each other, through seasons, is a blessing. Having family and friends is a blessing. Casting cares to our Heavenly Father is a blessing. Faith is a blessing. Learning to look, at seasons, from a different perspective, is a blessing. (smile) Thank…

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A Prayer for Daily Grace

Our past mistakes, can only hurt today, when we dwell on them.
~Ann V Friend~

Hello friends. (smile) A powerful and specific prayer for daily grace.

Change is a beautiful thing, once we walk through it. It’s understanding the why at times that really test our willingness to endure. (shock face)
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I believe every painful pruning is God preparing us, for bigger and better stages, to be a blessing to those around us. We can’t have a testimony without a test or that once upon a time experience to share. (smile)
We can thank God for His mercy and His grace for those colorful times we react without thinking.

So, my friends, the next time something or someone pushes, practice the pause and thank God for the opportunity to grow. (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy your day.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

A Right Time for Everything

Some seasons can be harder than others. Keep the faith regardless and roll with it! ~ AF ~

Hello friends. (smile) Timing is everything. Somedays, we may feel like that Washington Post commercial, where the parrot is squawking not another day, not another day, I can take this. I can’t take this. Then a man walks in saying Not another day, I can’t take this. (smile)

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Walking through various seasons can seem like I can’t take this, not another day. Remember, Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

The key is understanding the season we’re in and have patience for God’s timing and break through.

Knowing how to motivate ourselves during those times of waiting can help us keep the faith and fight the good fight. (gritted teeth smile)

To be honest, I still struggle with this one. I see it as long suffering through and through! (shock face)

Sometimes, putting everything at the foot of the cross brings comfort during times of challenges.

Hmm, it’s hard to do unless you release everything in that season!

My faith has been tested something fierce this week and I’m praising God as I walk through this season with a song in my heart and a smile on my face, all by faith and a little help from my friends. (smile)

Blessings, my friends! (smile)

How about you, what season are you walking through?

IWSG Keep Writing

Roll with it!
~AF~

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Another month to encourage ourselves to keep writing and keep the faith. (smile) Write that chapter. Write that thought. Write that poem. Write that post. Write anything, as long as, you keep writing and keep the faith. (wink and a smile)

We learn and get better. Keep writing. Keep the faith. (smile)

If we like it, someone will love it! (cheesy smile) We will never know without the faith to keep writing. Remember along the way, have some fun! (cheesy smile)

(Writer’s write)

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Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Keep writing!

I plan to visit all the A to Z Challenge blogs; since I chickened out of the A to Z Challenge because I didn’t understand how to make it work. (shock face) Next time, by faith!

So I’ll be like a sponge learning something new! (smile) And encouraging all the participants. (smile)

Be blessed, my fellow writers and keep the faith! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Living In God’s Amazing Grace

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.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Friends, living in God’s amazing grace is freedom. (smile) No one and nothing is perfect. Life will bring things and stuff. X, Y or Z can be challenging. Every trial and tribulation brings strength and deepens our faith and trust in God. Every single time.

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Grace. Thank God for grace. Grace has blessed me to complain less. (shock face) Grace has freed me to understand that stuff happens and roll with it. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing to accept and know ourself brings real freedom.
It’s a beautiful thing to walk through life knowing that God’s got your back and nothing is too hard for Him.
It’s a beautiful thing to know He loves us unconditionally.
It’s a beautiful thing to cast all our cares at the foot of the cross.
It’s a beautiful thing to know He answers our prayers.
It’s a beautiful thing to be in a solid relationship with Him.

I encourage you to keep the faith, be blessed and let your light shine in His amazing grace! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Thank You Friends

Glory to God!

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I am humbled and in awe for the many friends God has placed in my life! It is my faith as I pray, for each and everyone of you, that God blesses you with the desires of your heart! 😀

I thank my fellow bloggers and followers for sharing my words and your support of afriendofjesus2013 blog! Thank you, you’re the best!

It has been a rough few months and this week, God moved in a mighty to validate my faith and hope in Him! Praise The Lord!

Keep the faith in Him, walk by faith, not by sight. Distractions may come, keep the faith! 😀

I extend a heartfelt thank you and God bless you BIG for your support! {{hugs}}

Always a friend

Ann 😜

It’s Roll With It Wednesday

There is lots going on these days. Roll with it! Is there anything too hard for God? Working ourselves up in a frenzy gains us nothing. Faith. We must keep the faith. Remember Romans 8:28.

Sometimes, we speak the wrong things into existence. 😰 Sometimes, we must allow God to work on our behalf. Roll with it, can bring comfort when you trust in and lean on God. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Be you and roll with it! Yes, things and stuff are happening all around us. We must pray without ceasing. No fear! No doubt! By faith, God will walk us through things and stuff!

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

This gets back to replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. God is always in charge. We must learn to tune some stuff out. Someone will always have an opinion. We don’t have to comment on every thing we hear. Sometimes silence is best.

It takes two to argue. Sometimes, no response is better. Roll with it. Here are the one another scriptures to meditate on:

Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it and focus on You and Your Word! Let thy will be done.

Meditate On The Lord Is My Shepherd

God is and always will be in charge. God is our protector and provider. Keep the faith and meditate on Psalm 23 today as we keep moving forward.

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God bless you!