Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for Life Moments

They Moments

I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.
~ Author Unknown ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Saturday. Hope all is well.

Encouragement to see “They” moments from a different perspective. “They” moments test and serve a purpose.

Home. The Circus (work). Life. These areas are where “They” moments happen. Got fruit?

“They” moments develop and produce spiritual fruit within us.

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).

“They” moments teach.
“They” moments humble.
“They” moments change.


“They” moments are temporary.
“They” moments get easier to handle.
“They” moments eventually gives victory.

Praise The Lord, when we pray and keep the faith through “They” moments.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

In Whatsoever State, Be Content

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 ~

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

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
~ Philippians 4:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. Praise The Lord, I can say all is well. (wink) I’ve missed writing.

Sometimes, taking a break is needed to gain perspective and pray without ceasing about a situation.

Thank God, the circus shenanigans are no longer the albatross around my neck causing angst. (wink)

This is learning in whatever state to be content. Here’s the catch, it is learned.

To endure less than kind things and/or people can wear anyone down.

I believe in whatsoever state will test and produce more spiritual fruit (love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance) within us, by God, removing anything that keep us stuck.

The strength and ability of perseverance comes from above.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

It’s knowing God grace is given daily and his faithfulness to never leave us nor forsake us.

To know and apply “for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” is powerful because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Hallelujah!

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. 

Faith for Today – Wisdom

Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say.
~ Unknown Author ~

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto
wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~ Proverbs 1:5-7 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Trying something different to baby step back to daily posting. I love the Book of Proverbs. It’s instruction and advice on every aspect of life. Wisdom.

It’s amazing how life can bring us full circle. Remember, back in the day, parents, grandparents, and elders would tell their knowledge and/or experience about anything and everything.

I half listened back then, so wisdom developed late in my life.

Wisdom is developed as life experiences teach

Wisdom is never stops learning

Wisdom has a self-control tongue

Wisdom brings discipline to listen

Wisdom understands wise advice

Now your turn to join the fun, wisdom ________________ (fill in the blank)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith To Understand Different, Forgiveness

Scars remind us of where we’ve been, they don’t have to dictate where we’re going.
~ Sergeant Harrison Scott, Criminal Minds
~

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
~ Matthew 18:21-22 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Stuff is my metaphor for scars and yesterday represents the past.

Stuff can be invisible and heard through words spoken. Stuff can be seen through actions.

No one is immune to stuff  life brings.  Stuff gives experience.  Stuff eventually heals yesterday’s wounds.  Stuff becomes a testimony.

Sharing stuff is the most powerful way to help others and so is forgiveness.

Stuff is experiencing and getting victory over yesterday’s unnecessary stress; dysfunctional relationships; toxic circus environments; object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers; identity theft; betrayal; failing health; or _______________(fill in the blank).

Forgiveness liberates today from yesterday’s stuff. Forgiveness stops the replay. Forgiveness shows the presence of the Holy Spirit within. Thank you Lord, for equipping, the ability to forgive as you forgive.

Faith to understand different, forgiveness shows Jesus, as Lord and Saviour, in any situation and glorifies God every time.  

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Psalm 91, A Refuge and Fortress

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink)

There are times, The Book of Psalms brings encouraging comfort to get through difficult times and hurting situations. Praise The Lord.

Psalm 91 is my second favorite Psalm when life throws testing after testing of my faith.

To crawl, walk and run with The Lord as a refuge and fortress, is the safest place to endure since he’ll never leave or forsake us.

Praise The Lord.

Praying a Psalm is powerful faith and praying with specificity.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith Prays With Specificity

A good memory is one that can remember the days blessings and forget the days troubles.
~ Author Unknown ~

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
~ Luke 11:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day.

Today’s encouraging thought is faith prays with specificity.

Prayer is especially powerful when it’s heart-felt and specific to a need.

I love the specificity of the knots prayer.  I believe it speaks encouragement to self-esteem and replaces negative thoughts.   

Faith prayers with specificity trump negativity every single time. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith Through Any Season

Life works in seasons; which means you won’t be stuck where you are forever.
~ Unknown Author ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well as we start the new year.  Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day.

Today’s encouraging thought is faith through any season.  Timing is everything.

Change is inevitable. Change is experienced based on choices and having faith through the experience.

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose is life experiences as illustrated in the scripture above.

Experience develops spiritual maturity.

Experience gives wholeness.

Experience shows and teaches.

Experience is showing Jesus to a hurting world.

Experience becomes a testimony to help others.

Faith through any season keeps moving forward and refuses to remain stuck.

Faith through any season trumps negativity every single time. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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