Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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God and Me

Hello friends and TGIF! (smile) Blessings as we remember we are loved unconditionally!

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Thank God, that regardless of what is or isn’t in our life, at this moment, we can tell ourselves, God loves me and He never gives me more than I can bear.  (smile)

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He will never leave me nor forsake me and the joy of The Lord is my strength! 

Oh, to be loved, by God, is a beautiful thing! 

Praise God for blessing us with what we need!  (smile) 

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Trust

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
~ Psalms 118:8 ~

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
~ Luke 18:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) To have faith and trust in The Lord is a beautiful thing. Trust.

Once upon a time, I had trust issues with everything and everyone, until I learned to put my trust in God, through His Son, Jesus. Trust.

Broken trust can devastate anyone. Having faith to trustGod because there is nothing nor anyone bigger than Him brings comfort. Trust.

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Trust that He always provides and protects.
Trust His love.
Trust that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.
Trust that we can do all things in Christ that strengthens us.
Trust in His mercy and His grace.
Trust that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Trust in His plan for our lives.
Trust that He works out all things.

Trust Him.

Trust – to put one’s confidence in. Scriptures on trust:

Trust not to be placed in:
Wealth – Psalm 49:6, 7
Leaders – Psalm 146:3
Man – Jeremiah 17:5
Works – Jeremiah 48:7
One’s own righteousness – Ezekiel 33:13

Trust to be placed in:
God’s name – Psalm 33:21
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42
Christ – Matthew 12:17-21

Benefits of Trust:
Joy – Psalm 5:11
Deliverance – Psalm 22:4, 5
Triumph – Psalm 25:2, 3
God’s goodness – Psalm 31:19
Mercy – Psalm 32:10
Provision – Psalm 37:3, 5
Blessedness – Psalm 40:4
Safety – Psalm 56:4, 11
Usefulness – Psalm 73:28
Guidance – Proverbs 3, 5, 6
Inheritance – Isaiah 57:13

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we trust God and thankful in all that He does for us! (smile)

Roll With It Wednesday

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

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. ~Will Rogers~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s roll with it Wednesday with a little humor. (wink) My message is short and sweet today. (smile) Roll with it!

Roll with it is similar to careless and letting it go. (smile)

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By faith, God has equipped us for everything we need to crawl, walk or run through this day. Roll with it!

Have faith, He will give wisdom with the right words needed for that big meeting.
Have faith, He will give courage to speak up.
Have faith, He will open a door to new opportunities.
Have faith, He will work all things out.
Have faith, He will _________________ (fill in the blank)

Say it with me, roll with it! (smile)

Today, I have to stand and mediate on Philippians 4:19 as I roll with it. My dental work resumes this afternoon. (shock face) Bottom teeth this round.

Praise The Lord, He delivered me from fear of the dentist. I just have angst over those needles! Ugh. Roll with it!

Please join me, in prayer agreement, by faith that God will provide calmness to endure the needles. (nervous smile) I humbly thank you in advance! Praise The Lord.

Blessings my friends, by faith, as we roll with it today! (big smile)

Understanding

Understanding is knowing things in their right relationship.
~Dictionary definition ~

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
~ Proverbs 4:5-7 ~

Hello friends (smile) With wisdom comes understanding. My testing and retesting, of growth opportunities, has the fruit of patience within me multiplying exponentially. (nervous smile)

Today, I refused to be baited with idle words. Although I had to boldly talk loud a few times. Understanding and thanking God for His mercy and His grace!

This was another day to careless and leave the circus smiling. (wink)

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Understanding anything can be different for each of us.
Understanding that not everyone has experienced the same things in life.
Understanding that there is more than one way to accomplish something.
Understanding that there is uniqueness to each of us and in the way we communicate.
Understanding change starts with each of us.
Understanding life does go on whether we change or not.

Scriptures on understanding:

Means of understanding, by:
God’s gift – 1 King 3:9-12
Revelation – Romans 1:20
Word – Psalm 119:104, 130
Books – Daniel 9:2, 23
Holy Spirit – Exodus 31:3
Christ – 1 John 5:20
Prayer – Psalm 119:34-125
Faith – Hebrews 11:3
Enlightening – Ephesians 1:18
Interpretation – Nehemiah 8:2-13
Explanation – Luke 24-45
Reproof – Proverbs 15:32
Later Event – Psalm 73-17

Limitations on understanding, by:
Unbelief – John 8:43
Unregeneracy – Ephesians 4:18
Spiritual blindness Isaiah 6:9, 10
Judicial punishment – Isaiah 44:18, 19
Difficulties – 2 Peter 3:16

Blessings, my friends! (smile)

Appreciate

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

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) Praise The Lord, my smile and sense of humor is back. (wink) My faith and trust in God gives me strength and courage each day to share what He pours into my heart.

I give a heartfelt thank you and abundant blessings to online and offline friends, for your prayers and encouragement during my challenges last week. {{hugs}}

I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than you could possibly know. By faith, I know God will bless each of you, in a mighty way, for your part in praying and encouraging the encourager. (smile)

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Sometimes, we forget to appreciate the little things.
Sometimes, we forget to appreciate the blessings that challenges bring.
Sometimes, we forget to appreciate that tears can be a blessing.

It’s a beautiful thing to bless others when we are hurting. I’ve been emotionally drained for a few weeks. By faith and God’s grace, I kept moving forward.

My emotions has been like a roller coaster ride since I got that ticket a few weeks back and realized the ticket was the blessings. (shock face)

The weight of God’s protection while I was unaware that I was driving on dry rotted tires, the sickness and pain that friends are going through; the death of friend; the challenges in my work environment, Friday night, I cried and prayed. I gave all that was hurting within my heart to God.

Praise God! He ministered and watered all the love and encouragement sown from you to me that I have a new appreciation of sharing my faith walk with others and ask for help when needed. To God be the glory!

Appreciate being different.
Appreciate those unexpected kind words.
Appreciate prayers.
Appreciate people’s time.
Appreciate smiling for no apparent reason.
Appreciate what we have.
Appreciate those who care.
Appreciate the ebbs and flows moments.
Appreciate (fill in the blank)______________.
Appreciate that God is still in charge and can work all things out.

So today, my friends, blessings as we appreciate each other and the things we share with one another. (smile)

Risk

When motives are pure and our words are from the heart, blessing others is the blessing!
~Ann Friend ~

Thank you all for being a friend! {{hugs}}

Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013

Wahoo, TGIF, my friends (smile) This quote spoke to me! It represents taking chances or another way, to look at this, would be faith. Life happens, regardless of our status in life. (shock face)

I will mention it again, we all bring something to the table. Welcome to my table (smile)

Today, I’m serving up faith and encouragement. It takes courage to be different. It takes courage not to follow the crowd. It takes courage to come here everyday and share parts of life, sometimes with no feedback. It takes courage to ignore less than kind remarks. My friends, that’s faith, doing it anyway, day after day. (smile)

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Many search the internet for various things and stuff. Keep writing, keep posting. Our words will always be there. God gives free will to choose. When ready, eyes are open to the very message needed to be seen! (smile)

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Hang In There

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
~ Deuteronomy 31:6 ~

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. ~ Oscar Wilde ~

Hello friends. (smile) Again, I thank God for friends who take the time to echo back encouragement. I pray God bless you in a mighty way.

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Sometimes, we’re suppose to ask for help.

Tuesday, I was about to quit my job! Just get my stuff and walk. (shock face)

We have free will to choose. Sometimes, when we allow the flesh to reign, even for a minute, the spirit side just waits us out. Singing, my theme song–going around the mountain, one more time. Ugh!

God led me to a friend who said hang in there. Don’t quit. God bless Him.

Little did I know that God would water those very words back to me days later.

The beautiful thing about having a personal and intimate relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus, is that He knows there are times we get frustrated or fill in the blank____________. We can tell Him everything. It is not a one sided relationship.

I love that He allows me to work my way back to Him when I get tired of that mountain. God knows, I’ll always return back to my spiritual nature and Him. This is what growing is all about. Knowing apart from Him, we can do nothing. Hang in there.

By faith, I have more spiritual fruit. Thank you Lord. Hang in there.

Again, another validation of Roman’s 8:28 that ups and downs bring balance and produces more spiritual fruit. All things! Hang in there.

God knows exactly what’s needed to get us where we need to be. Can I get an Amen! Hang in there.

Yesterday, the hits just kept on coming. Before, I could entertained any negative thought, God watered hang in there, don’t quit. I smiled as I remembered those words sown Tuesday. Glory to God!

Quitting is no longer an option. I do need to verbalized the inner thoughts that are wrecking havoc in my mind. Hang in there.

Sowing encouragement goes a long way to help one another when we are walking through. Even if we have to crawl. Hang in there.

I’ve been emotionally drained lately. Yesterday, I crawled, my way, through the brutal day with words from encouraging friends and the grace of God. Hang in there.

Thank you, friends, I was able to smile at the end of yesterday. Thank you Jesus!

I see my work challenges as training to produce more fruit within me and to ask for help when I need it. Hang in there.

I encourage anyone with work challenges to see it as a training opportunity that is developing more spiritual fruit. Hang in there.

I share all this because at the end of the day, by faith, life does go on. Hang in there.

Today, by faith, we’re armed with the full armor of God, our slingshot and a smile. The plan is to light up the joint with the joy of The Lord as our strength.

Blessings, my friends and keep the faith to hang in there. 😜

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