Faith To Sleep Well Tonight

Do not let your days be ruled by people. Let your nights be filled with peace. Sleep well and awaken to a new Blessed Day.
~ Unknown Author ~

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
~ Matthew 21:22 ~


Blessings, friends, as we have faith to sleep well tonight.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith, Step By Step

The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
~ Amy Gatliff ~

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
~ Romans 1:17 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Praise The Lord for the power of prayer and his love for us.

Blessings my friends, as we keep the faith, step by step.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith to Practice The Pause

Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance.
~Author Unknown~

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I require lots of faith, lots of deep breathing and God’s mercy and grace for Mondays. (shock face)

Praise The Lord, Monday’s are easier to bear. Just not my favorite day.

Faith to practice the pause.

So faith to practice the pause is appropriate today. Wahoo, something to do! (ha)

Breaking the day into moments work wonders at the circus.

Having faith in increments allow breathing to stay steady state. Grace is needed when hungry.

When the little darlings start pushing buttons, breathe and practice the pause.

When unscheduled meetings pop up, breathe and practice the pause.

When _________________(fill in the blank) breathe and practice the pause.

There are times, laughter helps. (grin)

Blessings friends, as we have faith and fun, to breathe and practice the pause today. (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts on practice the pause. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith to Sleep Well Tonight

Take life day by day, and be grateful for the little things. Don’t get stressed over what you can’t control.
~ Unknown Author ~

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
~ Psalm 4:8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. I spent the day reflecting while doing much needed chores.


It’s truly a blessing to release everything and sleep well tonight.

Praise The Lord!

Feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Something To Do



The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.
~ Anonymous ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome to my seventh time participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).

I have yet to complete a whole month. (shock face) Close, but no cigar.

By faith, victory is this month. (smile) Thank you Lord.

So buckle up friends, as I have fun, using Monday through Friday writing prompts. Psst, some may be modified. (grin) Saturday and Sunday are open topics.

Wahoo, something to do. (wink)

The theme this month is Know. Thank God, I know stuff. (smile)

Need cheerleaders, on the side, as I write this race and cross the finish line. Wahoo, something to do.

Blessings friends to enjoy your weekend and the beautiful weather.

Your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith to Run The Race

The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.”
~ Amy Gatliff ~

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
~ Hebrews 11:1-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I’m off schedule and late posting again today. Whoops.

I see run the race with many possibilities. At least 28 days, of possibilities, will finish the month. (wink)

Praise The Lord for giving me vigor to keep writing. Wahoo, something to do. (smile)Here is where my creativity and imagination met. (grin)

The possibilities, to run the race, will be a used as a metaphor–the way I use the circus. Oooh, the possibilities. (wink)

Facing a day, by faith, to run the race, while walking through can really be a blessings.

Blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith to run the race. (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Ready, Set, Go

There is no safest place in this world than that peaceful world you created with your imagination. There is no safest relationship in this life than your own relationship with yourself.
~ Unknown Author ~

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I’m walking on the wild side again. Wahoo, something to do. (wink)

It is my faith to participate and compete the BlogHer’s June National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) without quitting.

The theme for June is Ready, Set, Go.So, we’ll see how creative I can be with the ready, set, go theme, as we keep the faith to run the race.

Blessings, my friends and sleep well tonight. (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Encouragement From Within

When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged, it’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) There will be times when we’ll have to encourage ourself.

I believe seven of the most powerful words, in scripture, is “I can do all things through Christ”. All things. How’s that for encouraging ourself. Praise The Lord! (smile)

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The ability to encourage ourself is powerful because it builds confidence and courage within us. It strengthens us spiritually and deepens our self worth.

The power of “I can” is positive and up lifting. Heck, it helped me out of bed today. (grin) Praise The Lord.

Sometimes, we have to have faith when we pray and speak encouraging words to situations and decisions .

Be our own cheerleader to encourage and motivate ourself forward.

No doubts. No worries. Faith. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Blessings, my friends, as we encourage ourself, by faith, with “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. (smile)

I’ve Got Nothing

Hello friends. (smile) How was your day?

Snow. Challenging day. Distractions. No lunch. Too many thoughts. Another failed test. These were just some of the things I crawled through today.

Praise The Lord for friends, who encourage and help us release the angst. Thank you!

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I’ve got nothing specific today. (shock face)

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. It’s the end of the day and I’m still standing, just a bit tired. Ugh, it’s only Tuesday….

Blessings, as you sleep well tonight! (smile) By faith, meet you back here sometime tomorrow, if The Lord says the same.

Life

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
~ John 10:9-11 ~

Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone’s eyes.
Author Unknown

Hello friends. (smile) Sorry, I’m late in posting today. Took some extra time enjoying my clean house and staying unplugged. I had a great day reflecting! Praise The Lord.

How about you, how was your day? Anything, you,want to share? (smile)

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Sometimes, to sit and reflect on life, where we were versus where we are now can be an interesting walk down memory lane. Sometimes, to remember the struggles and how God walked us through warms the heart and a shout out “Thank you, Lord.”

It’s a beautiful thing to share our life experiences because as the quote above says “life looks different through everyone’s eyes”. I thank God for the courage to share my life experiences that, by faith, can help someone. (smile)

God is light. God is love. There is nothing dark about Him. No one or nothing is more powerful than Him. Here’s wisdom, thoughts of a negative nature, anger, doubt are not of God. Must have faith.

I see living an abundant life as peace and contentment because we make better choices by picking up our cross and following Him. He also provides for all our needs.

It’s about faith and asking with a right motive.

Friends, my encouragement today is to stand on faith and trust that we are where God wants us to be until He manifests our next step.

Abundant blessings and sleep well tonight!

As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

It

A friend is someone who knows you as you are, understands where you’ve been, accepts what you’ve become and still gently invites you to grow.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) I’m serving up a little humor today about one of my “its.” Remember, “it” will be different for each of us. One of my “its” is procrastination about chores. Ugh.

I stepped out of my comfort zone today and it rained because a friend and I cleaned my house. Praise The Lord! Thanks Cinderella!

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The queen of procrastination surrendered to discipline and did it. Top to bottom of my own free will. Sometimes, we can run from the stuff that isn’t interesting to do or find every excuse to procrastinate.

Today, Every chore was touched, except laundry. Maybe tomorrow. (wink)

To be honest, I usually say “maybe tomorrow” and it gets done whenever. I share all of this because God has been using family and friends to change my mind set about chores. Thank you, Lord. He gave them wisdom to encourage instead of harp and push. (smile)

Today, there was no game playing. No TV. I was unplugged to do chores. We did get lunch. (smile) Gotta eat!

At times, God leads the last person we would expect to nudge us forward. So there was growth in completing chores! (smile) Praise The Lord and Cinderella’s obedience.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we continue to grow in our “it” area. Sleep well tonight!

Feel free to share your “it.” (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Happy New Year

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. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
~ Romans 8:28-29 ~

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
~ David Brinkley ~

Happy New Year, my friends. (smile) This is my fifth time participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).

I have yet to complete a whole month. (shock face) That changes today. (smile)

The Lord renewed my confidence and courage, to come here and write, by reminding me that I can do all things through Christ that strengtheneth me. Thank you, Lord.

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So I share this same blessing with you. Be you, because you can do all things through Christ…. and only you can tell your story.

The theme for January’s NaBloPoMo is Habit. Oh the fun we can have with habits. (wink)

Stay tuned, it going to be interesting and encouraging!

I stopped making New Years resolutions years ago. It caused too much angst when I failed.

Here are some things I learned about failures:

Sometimes God has something better.

Sometimes, failure launches us toward our destiny.

Sometimes, failure is God’s will for that season because our motive is wrong.

Sometimes failure brings maturity and spiritual growth.

Sometimes, failure makes us humble.

Sometimes, faith is born out of failure.

Life is about sharing to help and encourage one another. It’s what The Lord leads me to do.

I’m just a humble vessel giving glory to my Lord and Saviour through obedience. Thank you Lord.

So friends, let’s have faith that 2015 is the year that God will bless us abundantly using all things to get us where we need to be! Praise The Lord. (smile)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Renewing The Mind

Nothing changes if we never replace things and stuff keeping us bound to it.
~ Ann 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 ~

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thoughts. Memories. The past, to include yesterday, has no power over our future, unless we continue to think on it. Renewing the mind can be a beautiful thing when we realize that nothing or anyone on this earth is perfect. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts helps to renew the mind!

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We all have something about ourself being worked or pruned to produce more spiritual fruit. It’s no secret that mine is patience and long-suffering! I stopped responding to every negative thought that I entertained. Thus, my new sound bite, I careless. (smile)

It’s truly freedom to have choices. Remembering the past can be a good thing if we’re looking back for reference. Once upon a time, I struggled with negative thoughts and bad memories that kept angst and fear within my heart. It was also draining to carry.

When I surrendered to the Holy Spirit and Jesus became my Lord and Savior, old things became new and I began meditating on Philippians 4:8 to renew my mind. Praise The Lord.

Glory to God for the victory!

Through the process of growing and maturing, sometimes, the things we remember are not as accurate as we perceived. Sometimes, we have to choose to acknowledge it, forgive it and let it go. Renew the mind.

Renewing the mind brings change. Renewing the mind brings growth. Renewing the mind sets us free to make better choices. Renewing the mind opens up possibilities to see life from a different perspective.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we renew our mind and meditate on Philippians 4:8. (smile)

Discipline

Roll with it.
~ AF~

Hello friends. (smile) I’m walking on the wild side, by participating, once again in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) hosted by BlogHer.

I’m going to have faith that I’ll finish the month this time. (smile) Keeping the faith and building my courage up for the big writing challenge coming in November. (shock face)

The theme for September’s NaBloPoMo is healing. The neat thing about participating is that they provide writing prompts or we can write about anything; as long as we post daily. (wink)

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Discipline. Participating will help discipline my time for writing and meet other bloggers. I have found that I do better when I have a challenge with a timeframe. (wink)

I may have to reduce myself to one game I can play a day. (shock face) Withdrawals to one game with no baby steps. Ugh!

How about you, any discipline challenges?

Faith. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as you enjoy Labor Day festivities or just relax doing something fun. (smile)

Grace

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The time change has me off schedule. (smile) It’s another Monday, let’s have faith and stand on Philippians 4:19! Be positive. Be adaptable. Be strong. Be fruitful. Be encouraged for blessings.

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Maintaining our focus keeps things and stuff, and x, y and z in perspective. (smile) Life is too short to allow angst to ruin our day. Yup, I finally see how distractions all play a part toward losing focus of the bigger picture. (shock face)

It takes two. When that thing or x, y, or z, comes, choose to smile and say nothing or calmly breathe to assemble thoughts and let grace get us through it. Calmly breathe and pray to bridle the tongue, when pressed. (smile)

Scriptures on grace for our reading pleasure.

Grace – Unmerited Favor

Descriptive of Grace:
God’s favor – Genesis 6:8
God’s forgiving mercy – Romans 11:6
Gospel – John 1:17
Gifts (miracles, etc) – 1 Peter 4:10
Eternal life – 1 Peter 1:13

Is the source of Grace:
Salvation – Acts 15:11
Call of God – Galatians 1:15
Faith – Acts 18:27
Justification Romans 3:24
Forgiveness – Ephesians 1:7
Consolation – 2 Thessalonians 2:16

Described as Grace:
All-abundant – Romans 5:15-20
All-sufficient – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Glorious – Ephesians 1:6
Great – Acts 4:33
Manifold – 1 Peter 4:10
Rich – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Undeserved – 1 Timothy 1:12-16

Believers Grace:
Are under – Romans 6:14
Receive – John 1:16
Stand in – Romans 5:2
Abound in – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Be strong in – 2 Timothy 2:1
Grow in – 2 Peter 3:18
Speak with – Ephesians 4:29
Inherit – 1 Peter 3:7

Dangers of Grace can:
Be abused – Jude 4
Be frustrated – Galatians 2:21
Be turned from – Galatians 5:3, 4

Be blessed and enjoy your day, by faith, and roll with it with grace! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

Self-Knowledge

Self-knowledge – knowledge or understanding of one’s own capabilities, character, feelings, or motivations. ~Merriam Webster’s Dictionary~

To know our true self brings wisdom. To understand our quirks and preferences is important in knowing our limits. Sometimes, we come to a point where enough is enough. Knowing our limits can provide insight to understand what pushes our buttons and what pet peeves set us off. (grit teeth smile)

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What we believe is also a key element. Every experience, from childhood to present, contributes and/or reinforces what we think, how and why we react to things and stuff or x, y and z. (shock face)

Life challenges happen to everyone. The more we know and understand our inner triggers, they lose power over us. Praise The Lord for the victory.

Recently, my eyes were open to realize I had another button that things and stuff, and x, y or z, could push! (shock face) The button is disrespect. I don’t like when others disrespect me or anyone else. How unfortunate, disrespect seems to be the norm in many environments. (sad face) Free will. We have free will to choose or maybe, we just don’t know any better.

Here’s the beautiful part, while it is painful when going through storms, disappointments, fill in the blank_______________; we come out stronger and better than before. God will use anything and anyone to bring about our growth. Many times, it’s a test. (shock face)

Sometimes, there are retests! Thank God for His mercy and grace.

I don’t have victory over the disrespect button yet; I thank God that I now know it’s trigger!

Be blessed and enjoy the rest of the weekend! (smile) Your thoughts are always welcome!

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

Hold On

Keep the faith and hold on! (smile) Things are looking up. Sometimes, out of no where, I just sing. I’m talking loud and joyful singing. (smile) The kind of singing that make you forget your challenges, the end of the week, and just enjoy the music and the song.

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I experienced this on the way home today. I felt deep within my spirit to write hold on the blessing is around the corner for someone. (smile)

Be blessed, my friends, I pray it’s you. (smile)

Self-Confidence

Proverbs 3:26 – For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Self-confidence grows every time we step out of our comfort zone. Many times, we have to faith it and do it the best we can. (smile)

Free will. It’s unfortunate when something or someone shatters confidence. It does something within. No one likes to be ridiculed or criticized to the point their confidence is shaken. No one.

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My confidence gets shaken sometimes when someone tries to use the past against me. Yep, I still have a few buttons that get pushed. (shock face) How about you, what shakes your confidence?

Lets face it, many lack compassion and empathy because they have never experienced or have a reference, of understanding, of something or someone different. This is where prayers become a life-line to tell the specifics to God. (smile)

Confidence builds when we keep trying. That’s how we learn and get better. As our confidence grows from within, our thoughts become clear and more positive. We pay attention to distractions. We recognize better ways to handle x, y and z. At the end, of the day, your confidence will be stronger!

Yesterday, I had the confidence to shovel the path way and my car completely. (shock face) I felt the wahoo and thank you Lord when I finished. Today, my muscles are sore and I can barely move (smile) nonetheless, I had confidence to get it done. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Be blessed today and remember confidence grows as we try because 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. Comments and thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Self-Acceptance

Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

God loves you and me. Unconditionally. Accept that truth. We’re created in His image. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Flaws and all. (smile)

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There are times, God’s love for me and feeling His presence are the only things that keeps me going. Like today, I have a heaviness on my heart so I am praying for family, friends and my enemies.

Self-acceptance is knowing and loving ourself because God does. Anything else is irrelevant. His love never fails. We are not alone because He is always with us.

By the way, it’s cold and snowing here and I am dreading going out later to shovel a path to my car and shoveling off my car. Ugh. I have faith that this too shall pass. (smile) Trying to think happy thoughts about shoveling!

So have a blessed Monday knowing that we are loved unconditionally because God is love. (smile) As always, I welcome your comments.

Self

Self – the essential person distinct from all other persons in identity. ~Merriam Webster’s Dictionary~

Self is the NaBloPoMo theme for March. This is where I share more about myself and have fun in the process. (shock face) It’s pretty much what I’ve been doing the past few months without the fun part. (smile)

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I come here to encourage others to keep the faith and keep moving forward. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when you are comfortable with yourself! When you have the courage to be you! (smile)

My courage and strength comes from above. Glory to God! When you know who you are, you don’t have to tell anyone, anything, because actions speak louder than words. (gritted teeth smile)

As displayed in the acrostic, life is knowing and being secure in yourself because Romans 8:31 says What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Be blessed and stand on Romans 8:31! Stay tuned for more self encouragement! (smile) Thoughts are always welcomed.

Smile

Psalm 118:24 – This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Smile and thank God for another day of life.

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Smile and see the bright and wonderful things in life.

Smile and see the wonderful friends in life who encourage us when we need it most.

Smile and have faith to be different.

Smile because we can.

Smile and fill in the blank__________________.

Smile because the simple things from the heart means the most.

Smile and have a blessed and awesome day!

Perspective on Life

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Perspective on life is truly how we choose to look at it. No where is it written that life will be perfect or trouble free. (gritted teeth smile) Most challenges in life comes from our choices. Right, wrong or indifferent. God gives free will. It always comes down to choices.

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What’s your perspective on life? I try and keep a sense of humor and focus on the positive things in life. I stay in the Psalms when life gets overwhelming. Keeping a thankful and grateful attitude helps too. (smile)

I only look at the news to catch weather updates because most of the time, the news is too gory and negative. Many times, the news is something that reinforces fear to those who haven’t received victory over fear. (keep the faith) They give a sound bite that sounds interesting but we have to wait until the next hour broadcast to know the rest. (shock face)

Good news stories barely get anyone’s attention. Old habits die hard. Just keep moving forward by focusing on changing ourself by adapting and adjusting to things and stuff that is out of our control. Our perspective on life can change. (smile)

Enjoy your Monday! As always, comments and thoughts are welcomed. (smile)

Perspective

Proverbs 4:23 – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

From childhood to adulthood, everything experienced has helped in shaping our perspectives. How each of us see the world is different. Somedays require a thankful attitude to remain positive and walk by faith, not by sight. (smile) Lately, my sleep pattern has been off; so here I am facing another Monday and thank God, my perspective on this Monday is 50% better than last Monday! (shock face) Praise The Lord!

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Once upon a time, there was more freedom to communicate and express ourselves. Today, we must be careful with expression because while we were distracted with things and stuff, rules and laws were made that in some places prohibit the expression of this and that. (shock face)

It was suggested that I share more about me in my blogging. (gritted teeth smile)

Personally, here is a fun fact to know: I don’t like to argue and I steer clear of politics and religion. Arguing is a waste of time and energy. So I am surprised that I am stepping out of my comfort zone to write more about myself, and other things. A writer writes. (smile)

Until we deal with our own stuff in our heart, it makes changing our perspective more challenging. The things I write about here are all part of my own painful experiences learned the hard way because I had no spiritual fruit and I could not love and surrender to God. I was angry and prideful. I was broken on the inside and a pretty train wreck on the outside. (shock face)

My perspective about everything was skewed based on my own issues. Years ago, after many hardships and gut wrenching tears, God started closing doors to get my attention. It took months for me to grasp how in control He was and how I could not hear Him. Long story short, I quit a job because the Boss was a biscuit and worked my last nerve (gritted smile) I worked all night on my resume and knowledge, skills and abilities. Put the envelope in the mail knowing I would get that job! One week later, that envelope came back undeliverable because I was short 2 cents on the postage! (Ugh)

I broke down in my front year crying so hard that I heard The Lord say “can you hear me now”! I became His that day because I had no place to go but to turn to God. He knows what it takes to break us.

He healed places within me so broken that his unconditional love drew me to surrender and accept His Son Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He gave me a new heart filled with love and new life. My faith grew, my capacity to see beauty around me grew. Spiritual fruit was developing and replacing everything not spiritual within me season by season. I got in His Word to learn about Him and understand spiritual life and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

I started to talk to Him daily about everything. Frustrations, disappoints, why does the Christian walk have to be so hard? It was a long, long, long process until one day I realized my perspective of everything I ever knew changed. He healed the brokenness and made me whole! (ain’t life grand, smile)

That’s why I say the past is the past and only look back as a reference. It is my plan to continue to share my life through encouragement and faith to help someone know that stuff can happen to anyone and that God is the only one who can heal and make us whole. (smile)

Be blessed and have a great Monday! Comments and thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Remember and Forget

Romans 12:2 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.

Those pesky thoughts. As life goes on, everyday, memories are made. Focus on the good ones. Nothing good comes from focusing on negative stuff. Give nothing and no one power enough to ruin your day!

Every conversation throughout life has left us with something to remember. It’s amazing the things we choose to remember and the things we refuse to forget. Notice I said choose and refuse because that’s what we do. (shock face)

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How many of us can remember something said more than x years ago that when stressed, it plays like it was said just yesterday? Positive or negative. I say remember good thoughts. Life can get tough enough without the added burden of remembering every negative thing someone told us or what we tell ourself. (shock face)

Pfft, here’s the thing, as we grow and mature with spiritual fruit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance; the ability to renew the mind becomes easier and you adapt and adjust to life challenges better. (smile)

The biggest aha moment, I realized lately was to talk less. I’ve had writers block for a few days because too many opinions were in my head. (shock face) Sometimes, it is, what it is.

So I had to mediate on Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. This helped me tremendously to cast those pesky thoughts! Praise The Lord!!

So my dear friends, what are you choosing to remember and refusing to forget? (smile)

Have a blessed and great weekend! (smile)

Things and Stuff – Sowing Encouragement

No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers.” Author Unknown

Today, by faith, I am sowing encouragement for you to be you. There is no one like you. Sure, we may stumble or make mistakes; that’s life. Growing and learning is a part of life. That’s how we mature and change the world around us! Nothing changes, when we sit by and do nothing because we think we have nothing to offer. Be you!

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We tell ourselves so many things that contradict what the Word of God says about us.

Psalm 139:14 says “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

My simple but true acrostic is my way of encouraging you to be you. God created us different. Be you! There is uniqueness in each and everyone of us! Be you!

Let’s not mix apples and oranges, don’t focus on stuff that blocks you from being you. The past is, just that, the past. It’s a new year and by faith, we are realizing that we are fearfully and wonderfully made; and that each day, we get better! Praise The Lord!

The challenge is others judging; pfft, let them! Be you! Let’s just roll with it because many times, it is, what it is. Be you! People are going to think what they think, regardless, so be you!

Today, by faith, think on all the positive things about you and the things you like about yourself; all other thoughts are irrelevant.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

Have a blessed day being you!

Pressure

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Happy New Year!

This is my first of 31 posts to be published as a participant in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for January. The theme for January is pressure. In 2014, I am choosing to step out, of my comfort zone, and will be encouraging others to join me! Wahoo, it’ll be fun.

In the 21st century, pressure can come internally or externally; to anyone, young and old.
Pressure makes no distinction in this day and age. Pressure can be good or bad, depending on where we are in our spiritual life. Some like and thrive on pressure, bless their heart; and the rest, deal with pressure, as it comes. Sometimes, we have no control over pressure. I had so much fun thinking up the acrostic below.

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The process of life, with all its ups and downs, has no guarantee that any of us are exempt from pressures getting to us at some point.

Pressure can come from any source: ourself, family, job, friends, school, relationships, peer pressure, pressure in your face from dental surgery, blogging, or fill in the blank________________. Please feel free to add to the list.

In today’s environment, pressure can come when we least expect it. Sometimes, it feels as if everything is needed now, now, now, now. I believe as we get older, the constant reacting takes it toll.

Many times these two scriptures help me stay focused and spirit led by deep breathing and practicing the pause before I speak:

2 Corinthians 12:9, 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.

Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Others times, I thank God for his mercy and his grace because I’ll blink and let’s just say, its not pretty. Lately, I just try to roll with it because it is, what it is!

Pfft, here’s the thing, as we mature in life, and know who we are, pressure loses it sting within us.
We learn, to choose better reactions, by calmly breathing at the first pull of pressure from x, y or z.

I welcome your thoughts on pressure.