Psalm 63 – God Satisfies

Hello and hope all is well. I’ve mentioned before that I love the Book of Psalms. I find comfort and peace in the Book of Psalms.

There are sixteen scripture references, to Psalm 63, shared for your reading pleasure:

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God.
~ Psalm 42:2 ~

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
~ Psalm 84:2 ~

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
~ Psalm 27:4 ~

Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
~ Psalm 69:16 ~

Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
~ Psalm 28:2 ~

I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
~ Psalm 104:33 ~

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
~ Psalm 36:8 ~

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
~ Psalm 71:23 ~


Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
~ Psalm 4:4 ~

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
~ Psalm 16:7 ~

An evil disease say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
~ Psalm 42:8 ~

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
~ Psalm 18:35 ~

Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
~ Psalm 40:14 ~

Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
~ Psalm 55:15 ~

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
~ Deuteronomy 6:13 ~

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
~ Isaiah 45:23 ~

Abundant blessings, 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.

Acrostic on Seasons

Seasons are more than just the weather. Moments in life can be a season. Some seasons can be harder than others. Seasons eventually pass. Have hope and keep the faith through any season.
~ Ann V Friend ~

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 ~

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.

Acrostic on Self-Forgiveness

Self-forgiveness, seventy times seven, is important as forgiving others.  Self-forgiveness is empowering every single time we stumble and defeats those pesky coulda, woulda and shoulda thoughts from replaying.  Self-forgiveness is a choice.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

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) Sharing encouraging thoughts on self-forgiveness. I believe the power of self-forgiveness is liberating.

The ability to forgive period does not come naturally. It’s learned by various painful experiences. Praise The Lord, I’ve learned.

Going through unnecessary stress; dysfunctional relationships; toxic circus environments; object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers; betrayals; health issues; unresolved anger issues, were just a few challenges keeping me stuck until I learned forgiveness as a choice. Thank you Lord.

Forgive them seventy times seven. Huh? That’s when The Lord helped me learn to forgive myself as a choice.

Self-forgiveness can free those tormenting thoughts. So what, made a bad choice. So what, failed to see the signs by trusting them.

Sometimes, looking from a different perspective is a blessing.

Why be or stay negative. It’s quite draining.

Make it a great day.

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.

Something to Ponder – Love

We have to hurt in order to know. Fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain, because most of life’s lessons are taught through pain.
~ Unknown Author ~

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ~

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.

Thought For Today

There are times a quote says it all.

Make it a great day!

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.

Psalm 136 – For His Mercy Endureth Forever

For his mercy endureth for ever.

No need to worry that God will run out of love. His mercy flows from a well that never runs dry. Amen!

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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

The Fruit of Temperance (Self-Control)

Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer.
You see, silence can never be misquoted.
~ Unknown Author ~

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
~ Proverbs 25:28 ~

People will always talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them…you affected their lives, they didn’t affect yours.
~ Unknown Author~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. Wahoo, encouraging thoughts to share. Praise The Lord.

The fruit of temperance (self-control) is powerful to behold and amazing in action.

Self-control produces growth that eventually is an acquired skill in any environment.

Self-control has control over self, regardless of what others say or do.

Self-control is a choice.
Self-control is spiritual maturity.
Self-control is inner strength.
Self-control is a bridled tongue.
Self-control is a character builder.

Self-control weathers the seasons.

Self-control rises above mediocrity and pettiness.

Self-control can be intimidating to dead bones walking.

Self-control can keep moving forward.

Self-control recognizes opinions are just opinions.

Self-control thanks God, for his mercy and grace, when stumbling moments happen.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to keep the faith, during trying times.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

The Fruit of Long-Suffering

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
~ Arthur Helps ~

Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. I’m sharing my thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering. Thank God, there was a break through.

There are many things that bring about long-suffering.

Imagine living through unnecessary stress, dysfunctional relationships, toxic home or work environments, the object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers, health issues, the list can go on and on.

Bottom line, there are times, we can be too sensitive to slights or insults that are just opinions and a response is not required.

The fruit of long-suffering forces growth, builds character and teaches us something about ourself. Growth and maturity is a process that has no shortcuts.

It is quite painful to walk through long-suffering until we know who we are in Christ. Realize the situation is temporary. Understand we’re not victims but more than conquerors. Eventually the break-through comes.

Thank you Lord, for faith, to keep standing, in the meantime.

The upside to the fruit of long-suffering:

Storms come, we’re still standing.

Hope that keeps the faith, we’re still standing.

Inner strength to endure, we’re still standing.

Humility that comes naturally, we’re still standing.

Easy to let things go, we’re still standing.

Courage to walk through unhealthy environments, we’re still standing.

Contentment and f r e e from oppressive acts, we’re still standing.

Humor to see that it is, what it is, we’re still standing.

Healing in areas, where brokenness kept us stuck, we’re still standing.

Ability to walk away from dysfunctional relationships, we’re still standing.

The fruit of long-suffering results in experience and will produce more spiritual fruit, patience and inner strength.

The fruit of long-suffering experience helps to make better choices and gives abundant patience.

The fruit of long-suffering changes us from the inside out.

In time, we grow and become like a well watered tree deeply rooted, standing strong through anything or anyone’s shenanigans. (wink)

Praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace.

Abundant blessings, my friends, keep the faith and stay standing strong. (smile)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

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.

Spiritual Fruit Enhances Everything

Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.
~ Unknown Author ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

~ Galatians 5:22-25~

Hello friends. (smile) A spirit led life manifests spiritual fruit with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual fruit enhances everything from trusting God’s Word to spiritual wholeness.

Spiritual fruit is evident when the Holy Spirit lives within and Jesus is Lord and Saviour.

Prayer is enhanced
Love is enhanced
Giving is enhanced
Wisdom is enhanced
Faith to run the race is enhanced
Patience is enhanced
Self-control is enhanced
Smiling is enhanced
Character traits enhanced
Relationships enhanced
______________ (fill in the blank) enhanced.A pruning progress season can be painful and the end result enhances more spiritual fruit within, to include inner strength. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends and keep the faith. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

More Than Conquerors

You will meet two kinds of people in life: ones who build you up and ones who tear you down. But in the end, you’ll thank them both.
~ Author Unknown ~

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:35-39 ~

Hello friends. (smile) We are more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ. Praise The Lord.

Things and stuff. Challenging little darlings at home or the circus. Choices. Testing. The its.

It’s temporary
It’s teaching and changing something
Its growing spiritually
It’s building inner strength

Praise The Lord for balancing out those who build us up and those who tear us down. Both makes us stronger. More than conquerors.

Knowing and thanking God, for his mercy and his grace, is a powerful reminder that we’re more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to believe and keep the faith, we are more than conquerors is wisdom.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Faith to Weather The Storm


Keeping the faith and praying the Word of God defeats negativity every single time. Prayer and faith is powerful in any storm.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. Keeping the faith and praying as we weather the storm. I love the Book of Psalms. It provides comfort to dwell and abide in The Lord with faith and trust in him.
Psalm 91
These days, almost everything spoken is negative.

Thank God for balancing life by raising up encouragers with the gift of faith. Thank you Lord.

Abundant blessings and keeping the faith as we weather the storm praying and meditating on his Word.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith To Understand Different

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

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

You can’t help a fool. Only God can change a heart.
~ Ann V. Friend ~

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
~Matthew 15:18~

Hello friends. (smile)  Faith to understand different comes down to how we relate and communicate, to others and challenges, those things within our heart.   

I give glory to God for the different way he leads me to share his word.

I love how the Book of Proverbs illustrates wise and foolish living.

Proverbs has wisdom for everyone on any topic.

It’s what comes out that shows the condition of a heart.

How we see the world around us. Different.

Preferences
Perspectives
Perceptions
Judge
Belief
Opinions
Choices

Any of these, as well as, past and current life experiences, influence the way we process and communicate information; and stuff in our heart. Different.

Any of these change as our heart changes.

Spiritual fruit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, within changes the condition of our heart. Different.

Sometimes, we don’t know someone’s journey. Just because we are different does not mean we can’t learn and teach one another.

This is what our resume of life experiences is all about. Sharing our differences.

Everyday, we walk or crawl through something. Some days are easier than others. At times, faith and prayer and God’s mercy and grace are the only life line to get us through challenges.

Learning to adapt and recognize the power of words spoken is a choice. Sowing positive words of encouragement and support is truly a blessing.

Different can balance us.
Different makes us grow.
Different is free will to choose.
Different does not know any better.
Different is hurting.
Different is lost.
Different is not ready.
Different is _____________ (fill in the blank).
Different needs Jesus.

There are times that distractions or  Ys are non factors that we give too much power.  Choose to let it go.

There are times opinions are given, it is just information.

There are times we don’t know what right looks like until God opens our eyes.

Blessings, my friends, with faith, to understand different is powerful when we realize different can change our preferences, perspectives, perceptions, judging what we don’t know, beliefs, opinions and cause and affect of choices.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

 ©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith To Release Everything

It might take a year, it might take a day, but what’s meant to be will always find it’s way.
~ Unknown Author ~

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. Faith to release everything is a choice.

There are times, a specific prayer brings the breakthrough.

There is nothing to hard for God. Nothing. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings to keep the faith to release everything.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
~1 Corinthians 2:5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, let’s walk by faith, in every aspect of our day!

Faith for that job. Faith that the property sells. Faith for that mate. Faith for that promotion. Faith to get through today. Faith for ____________(fill in the blank).

It’s a beautiful thing to have faith. I love this Pinterest quote!

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Say it with me, faith. Live it, give it, walk it, talk it, own it, loan it, grow it, show it. (smile)

In time, faith, in God, gives and builds courage to live and enjoy our life, in spite of things and stuff. Thank you Lord!

I chuckled, as I read the loan it part. I have enough faith to loan anyone, some of mine. (shock face)

For my little worry-warts, I’ll loan you some of my faith today. (smile) Enjoy it!

Blessings, my friends, as we live by faith and enjoy our day! (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Spark

A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation, doesn’t always need togetherness, as long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part…
~ Unknown Author ~

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
~ Proverbs 27:17 ~

Hello friends. (smile) A smile. A hug. A look. A word. A call. A text. A prayer. __________(fill in the blank).

Any of these can rekindled a spark to keep moving forward, get out of bed and face the day, change focus or ___________(fill in the blank).

True connections always have a spark. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing, when friends get us.

It’s heartwarming, when friends just listen at times when we need a safe zone.

It comforting, when friends call or show up when we’re challenged and pray.

Its amazing when friends can grow and sharpen each other.

It’s wonderful to hang out and laugh with friends.

Praise The Lord for those, in life, who provide the spark when needed most.

Blessings and enjoy today reminiscing about those spark moments. (smile)

Your comments or thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith and Grace

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
~ Unknown Author ~

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.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Hello friends. (smile) Life comes down to choices. Praise The Lord with faith that his grace gets us through any challenge today.

Remember, challenges are temporary. The awesome power of grace.

Abundant blessings to enjoy the day.

Your comments or thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Celebrate Faith to Enjoy Life

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.
~ Unknown Author ~

There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
~ Ecclesiastes 2:24 ~

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

This week, I celebrate faith to enjoy life in spite of _________.

Faith to enjoy life  gives balance between work and play, as well as, other competing priorities in life.

To be honest, things and the little darlings continue to challenge me at the circus. Today was brutal.

Praise The Lord for crossing my path with two friends who reminded me to let go and hang in there.

Faith to enjoy life, in spite, of shenanigans, is quite powerful spiritually; as long as we don’t focus on the angst the shenanigans cause.

Faith to enjoy life recognize ebbs and flows lead to the blessing of precious moments in solitude and the faith to endure. Thank you Lord.

Nonetheless, this weekend, I have faith to enjoy life with my mind numbing games, among other activities, after today shenanigans at the circus. Wahoo, something to do.

There are things beyond our control, prayer strengthens faith to enjoy life with the little things that bring balance and the faithfulness of The Lord.

Faith to enjoy lifeunderstands it is, what it is until it’s not.

I have tears of joy and give glory to God, as I write this post because He poured positive words into my heart in spite of my challenging day. (smiling)

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we celebrate faith to enjoy life in spite of ______________.

Feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith Through Struggles

No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.
~ Unknown Author ~

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: through it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
~ Habakkuk 2:3-4

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. I’m enjoying the summer having mind numbing fun after my day at the circus. (grin)

Praise the Lord for hobbies and opportunities to unwind. (smile)

It’s been wahoo, something to do that helps me get through the day, as well as, God’s grace. Thank you Lord.

There are times, we must lighten up and remember the faithfulness of the Lord. Every struggle, He will walk us through. The just shall live by faith.

Day in and day out; week in and week out; month in and month out. Yup, year in and year out. Faith through struggles teach and change something for the better.

There will always be something or someone that _________. Keep walking. The just shall live by faith.

When we focus on what we see, ugh, the mind wanders and we speak to what is seen. Thus, putting faith in the struggle. (shock face)

Here’s the thing, have faith and believe in God. There is nothing too hard for Him.

Faith believes God is working in the background of the situation. The just shall live by faith.

God can put a vision within us with patience and faith to endure. It will come in his timing. The just shall live by faith.

Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe next week. Get ready. The just shall live by faith.

Blessings, my friends as the just shall live by faith.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

A Blessed Sunday

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everythingthat happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a steptoward achieving something bigger and
better than your
current situation.

~Brian Tracy ~

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

~ Psalm 118:24 ~


Contentment

Life is like a party.  You invite a lot of people; some go, some join you, some laugh with you, some didn’t come.  But in the end, after the fun, there would be a few who would clean up the mess with you.  And most of the time, those were the uninvited ones.~ 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)  It’s a beautiful thing to learn contentment, as we keep the faith.  The ebbs and flows, in life, will teach, change and grow us, one way or another.  Praise The Lord, by faith, for the victory.  

Sometimes, we want ________________ (fill in the blank) now.  Sometimes, God has something better.  

Contentment becomes powerful when we learn timing is everything as we walk through. 

Contentment becomes powerful when we learn ebbs and flows, in life, are temporary.   

Contentment helps to release our angst and have patience for the manifestation.    

Contentment helps to adapt while waiting. 

Contentment helps to let go and move forward.  

Contentment helps to keep the faith. 

Contentment is a state of mind, while going to the challenging circus everyday.  

Contentment is knowing who you are in Christ, in spite of words spoken about us. 

Contentment is blessings our enemies by choice.  It give God glory.

Contentment is loving ourself flaws and all.  Thank God for His mercy and grace. 

Contentment is loving those who support us when we need it most. 

Contentment promotes inner peace.  No angst.  

Contentment promotes trust that God can work all things out.  

Contentment promotes praise because we can.  

Blessings, my friends to be content until God changes our situation.  (smile) 

Your thoughts or comments are always welcome.   

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present. 

Appreciate 

Appreciate the Unexpected. ~ Anonymous ~

Hello friends.  (smile)  Today, let’s appreciate and praise God for the blessings in life.   Thank you Lord. 



Let’s have faith and appreciate the blessings to come.  Praise The Lord.

To God be the glory! 

Abundant blessings, by faith, my friends. (smile)

Faith

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 ~

Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstandings, mistrust and hostility to evaporate. ~ Albert Schweitzer ~

Hello friends.  (smile)  Hope all is well in your world. 

Praise The Lord that I see light at the end of the tunnel with the projects I’ve been working.  

Praise The Lord that things and stuff and Y moments are easier at the circus.  (wink)

Praise The Lord for answered prayers. 



Faith builds every time we stay focused on Him and remember who we are in Christ.

Faith builds every time we remember that nothing is too hard for Him when we release and cast our struggles to Him. 

Faith builds every time we are kind to those not kind to us.

Faith builds every time we recognize walking through without complaining becomes powerful within our spirit. 

Faith builds every time we choose to let things go.  

Faith builds every time we stand and allow God to move on our behalf.

Faith builds every time, we remember God always provides what we need.  Yesterday. Today,  and each day we are blessed to see another day.

Faith builds every time we understand the wisdom of God working all things out for our good. 

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

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present. 

The Power of A Renewed Mind

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 ~ 

There is a difference between like and love, wrong and right.  Never run if you’re not ready to take a step.  And never forgive, if you’re not ready to forget.   
~ Unknown Author ~
 
Hello friends.  (smile)  The power of a renewed mind enhances life and changes perception.  

It promotes replacing thoughts no longer relevant.  It is realizing the past does not define today.  It’s letting go of fear and anything not of love from within.
 
 
The power of a renewed mind….

Is the ability to have faith that God equips and provides everything needed to walk through things and stuff and the Y moments.  
Is the ability to praise God through good and bad choices. 
Is the ability to discipline what is spoken.  
Is the ability to love those who are different.

The power of a renewed mind….

Is a beautiful thing to forgive and forget.  
Is powerful to treat every challenge as spiritual growth.  
Is liberating to know God’s mercy and grace daily.  
Is contentment until God provides the manifestation.
Is comforting to know, whether stumbling or acting a fool, God will still love us. 
Abundant blessings my friends!
 
© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present. 

 

Praying and Keeping the Faith

Focus on what matters and let go of what doesn’t.
~ Unknown Author ~ 
 

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 pray that all is well in your world.  February has been a challenge for me and a few friends.  

I unplugged for awhile to pray my way through hectic days at the circus and healing for a few friends.  

Praise The Lord that I’m still standing and He is walking me through the rhetoric at the circus. 

I must admit that I have been playing a few of my mind numbing games (wink).   

I’m grateful that my faith, in Him, gets me through every single time I focus on Him. 

Sometimes, unplugging is a beautiful thing to experience.  No noise.  No angst.  Quiet.  IMG_0802

Today was the first day in a long time, my mind got some much needed rest.   

Praise The Lord. 

Abundant blessings, my friends, as you enjoy the rest of the weekend.  

 

Strength From Within

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

I’m thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) Strength grows every time we walk through struggles. It’s a beautiful thing to have inner strength that comes from above. Praise The Lord!

We are powerful vessels when we draw our strength from above.

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This is strength that can’t be taken away.

This is strength that can’t succumb to fear or doubt.

This is strength that says “I serve an all powerful God, bring it!”

It’s a powerful testimony to show strength through things and stuff and those Y moments. We never know who is watching. People are drawn to strength. To God be the glory.

Blessings, friends, every single time, we remember to trust God and keep the faith, our strength grows as He walks us through. I’m a witness. (smile)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
~ 1 John 4:4 ~

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

They

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

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
~ John 16:33 ~

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
~ James 1:2-3

Hello friends. (smile) I’ve been adapting and adjusting at the circus. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. (grin)

It has been exhausting. It has been painful. It has been humbling. “They”.

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They like telling us our faults. They like pushing buttons to wear us out. They like projecting their issues onto us.

Sometimes, they think we are “they“.

They contribute to our growth. They will lead us to prayer.

God can use “they” to make us stronger in trusting and leaning on Him.

Praise The Lord, for the blessing, when “they” contribute to drawing us closer to God by praying our way through. (smile)

Blessings! (smile)

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.

Away from Blog

Hello friends. (smile) I hope all is well in your world. All is well in my world, I just find myself in a weird place these days.

Sometimes, I think about quitting blogging.

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Sometimes, I get tired of rhetoric.
Lately, I’m entertaining retirement from the circus.

I’m praying my way through.

Blessings until we meet here again. (smile)

Know Your Worth

Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) How are you? I was under the weather. Medicated, slept and drank plenty of fluids. All is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (smile)

My encouragement today is to know your worth. For my little worrywarts, know it by faith. (smile)

Self worth cannot be found in material things, work, or other people. When we know that we are loved by and a child of God, self worth and confidence grows. I’m a witness. (smile)

Love is a powerful thing. A personal relationship with God, through His son Jesus Christ, is a beautiful thing to experience and behold because His love grows from within and never fails to sustain.

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To love others, as we love ourself, becomes easier by having a personal relationship with God.

As He changes us from the inside out, we begin to know who we are in Christ and the source of our self worth. Praise The Lord.

The Word of God is powerful to know, for ourself, because it becomes a lifestyle, builds faith and character, as it sets us apart, as children of God.

When we know our worth, we don’t settle for less than God’s best.

When we know our worth, we can hashtag# careless because we know who we are in Christ.

When we know our worth, we can express ourself freely without tearing someone down or competing with anyone.

When we know our worth, we recognize opinions as information to receive or reject with love.

When we know our worth, there is nothing to prove to anyone, our confidence shows.

When we know our worth, we know that nothing nor anyone is perfect. Thank God for His mercy and His grace when we stumble and make mistakes.

When we know our worth, we can let stuff go and believe all things are possible.

Blessings, my friends, as we know our worth, by thanking God, with confidence because His Word says that we’re fearfully and wonderfully made. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Appreciate

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
~ Galatians 5:1 ~

As long as we have memories, Yesterday remains; As long as we have hope, Tomorrow waits, As long as we have friendship, Today is beautiful.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thank you for your support of my blog this year. I appreciate your kindness and hanging in there with me. {{hugs}}

Let us give glory to God for His love and presence that walked or crawled us through 2014.

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Let us appreciate our answered prayers.

Let us appreciate the little things that family and friends done for us.

Let us appreciate the X’s, who worked our last nerve; the Y’s, who helped us grow; and the Z’s, who makes us smile.

Let us appreciate the beautiful memories that touched our heart.

Let us appreciate the things and stuff (challenges) that helped us produce more spiritual fruit. Got patience? (smile)

Let us appreciate God’s daily mercy and grace given to us.

Let us appreciate how God worked all things out for our good.

Let us appreciate each other’s uniqueness.

Let us appreciate knowing and waiting for God’s best.

Let us appreciate God’s protection. Thank you Lord!

Blessings and abundant faith, my friends, as we have a Happy and blessed New Year! (smile)

Psst, please feel free to add what you appreciate about 2014. (wink)

Practice The Pause

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

It isn’t always necessary to achieve great things. Sometimes, just surviving is a great achievement.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) How are you, doing? (wink)

I got a lot of book writing done the last few days with no stress. Praise The Lord. My chores, not so much. (wink)

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For those of us returning to the circus, let’s keep the faith to practice the pause while speaking “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.

Sing a song. Smile. Take a walk. Get a beverage. Praise The Lord until the mood changes. Anything, just keep the faith and practice the pause. (smile)

We’re too blessed to be stressed! (humor)

Blessings as we remember, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me! The rest is irrelevant and let’s put it at the foot of the cross. (smile)

Enjoy your day!

Greatest Test of Faith

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 ~

“Life is a series of surprises.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

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Keep the faith and trust in God’s timing!

Blessings as we remember God can work all things out and thanking Him through anything else.

Enough

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Expectations are like preferences and perspectives; they will be different for everyone. So getting angry and frustrated by differences is foolish; until God prefects unconditional love within us. This is a lifelong process. ~ Ann Friend ~

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 ~

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
~ Philippians 2:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Ever get tired of things and stuff and/or Y moments and say enough? I’ve been working on this “enough” rant for awhile. (shock face) By the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, I was able to finish this message with love and encouragement to illustrate negative and positive with regards to enough. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Even those of us, who love The Lord, get tired and say enough. I’m keeping it real. Everyday that God wakes us up brings opportunities, by faith, to run our race and work out our salvation, as well as, loving those around us.

Here is where faith and a relationship with God brings comfort. He is the only one who can change a heart. There are some things we’re not meant to carry. There are some Y’s, not ours to fix. Here is the wisdom of Romans 8:28, all things can and will be used by God to get us where we need to be.

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We learn by repetition. We learn by our mistakes. We learn by letting go. We learn to have faith and trust God’s timing.

Life will bring challenges via things and people. Idiosyncrasies. Adapting and adjusting. Loving one another in spite of our differences. In the 21st century, we must be open enough to change.

Being spirit led and having spiritual fruit–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), within us brings inner change that lights the outside of us.

Until we’re ready to take responsibility of our choices and let God walk us through, we won’t understand the freedom of saying enough, Lord, let thy will be done.

Enough of impatience. 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 – Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Enough of spitefulness. Romans 12:18-21 – Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Enough of fear. Isaiah 41:10-13 -Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

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Enough of doubt. Matthew 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Enough of unbelief. Matthew 17:20 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Enough of envy. Romans 13:12-14 – The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Enough of pettiness. Matthew 23-24 – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Enough of negativity. Luke 6:27-28 – But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And also Luke 6:45 – A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Enough of judging. Matthew 7:1-3 – Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Enough of anger. Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clam our, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Enough is to know what scripture to speak to situations. Enough is to know that prayer is powerful. Enough is to know faith.

Enough is a blessing when we’re ready, God will provide the next step to move forward.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Life Gets So Much Better

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
~ John 16:33 ~

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

Not everyone will support you. If you take every insult or rude slur of your fellow human beings personally, you will be offended for the rest of your life.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) I hope all is well in your world. (smile) It’s busy at the circus and all is well in my world. Just not enough hours in the day. Praise The Lord that He sustains us daily.

Every challenge, we crawl or walk through, brings more of the spiritual fruit we’re missing. I still believe long-suffering and temperance are tested the most in this process called life.

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It’s a beautiful thing to know the love and peace of God from within. It is even more beautiful when we stop taking things and stuff or Y moments personally.

It is, what it is. Spirit led trumps worldly led every time.

To put this in a proper perspective, there will always be someone saying something or something will test us, let’s keep the faith that we’re better than we were yesterday, last week, last month and last year. Remember, they talked about Jesus and like us, He was tested.

We renew our minds when we stop taking things personally. Folks are going to think what they think regardless of what we do. Let em! Sometimes, they don’t know any better!

How about that. Growth and maturity, a powerful thing.

Sometimes, comments are made that are wrong. Let it go, don’t give it any power because you know who you are in Christ. Thank God for wisdom from above.

Blessings, by faith, as we stop taking things personally.

Nothing Can Separate Us

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~Romans 8:38-39~

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~

Hello friends. (smile). Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Even during challenging times, we can thank God for His mercy and His grace.

I failed many testing moments yesterday. (shock face) Discipline (self control) was tested big time.

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Roll with it went out the window 30 minutes after I got to the circus. Ugh, the insanity at o dark thirty in the morning. (grit teeth smile)

It was a long week. I was tired and every conversation was challenged. Every simple task caused angst. At some point, it was not pretty. Tested and failed.

Here’s the thing, I felt great. I felt bold. I felt loved. I felt God’s mercy and His grace. I never lost my peace. I felt no condemnation to beat myself up. I had no psst whispers because none of it separated me from His love. (smile) Thank you Jesus!

Although I failed the test, at the end of the day, after repenting of my bad behavior, I got victory to let go and move on.

Here’s reality, no matter what we go through, nothing can separate us from His love or His mercy and grace. He may not like how we handle things or how we act, the fact remains nothing can separate us from his love. Oh, I pray this helps someone.

The process of growing and maturing is to acknowledge that when we stumble or act ugly, nothing changes–we’re still loved, we still have mercy and grace. The world will keep on turning! Faith, we’ll pass the retest.

Wahoo, what a way to renew the mind and those pesky psst thoughts. Praise The Lord!

Blessings friends as we know that nothing can separate us from God’s love! Enjoy your weekend! (smile)

Roll With It Friday

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

Hello friends. (smile) Thank God, we’re blessed to see Friday. It has been a long week. I woke up with roll with it in my spirit. (smile)

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Sometimes, we just need to keep it simple. Roll with it!

Have faith and roll with it!

Meditating and speaking “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” is wisdom to roll with it today.

Blessings, as we roll with it today! (smile)

God’s Protection

Sometimes all we need is some personal space and time to release, reflect, and focus on all the amazing things that we have been blessed with in life.
~ Unknown Author ~

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 ~

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 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 strengthen me.
~ Philippians 4:10-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world and you had a blessed Thanksgiving! (smile) All is well in my world. Praise The Lord.

I’ve been enjoying life in spite of things and stuff or Y moments. Here’s the thing, adversity and free will. We’re all different and can press each other’s buttons. (shock face)

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In life, we could be the something or someone that irritates others. Sometimes, we, like others, are not ready. Ah, the cycle of life to adapt and adjust.

As spiritual fruit grows within us, it becomes easier to adapt and adjust to things and stuff or Y moments.

It’s a beautiful thing to learn contentment by renewing the mind and meditating on Psalm 91.

It’s a beautiful thing to realize faith and trust in God is all that matters; because at the end of the day, we’re still standing and life goes on. Glory to God. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing to let it go. The “it” will be different for each of us, nonetheless, letting go brings freedom and breaks the bondage that keeps us stuck.

It’s a beautiful thing to practice the pause before answering foolishness. Silence, at times, speaks of spiritual maturity.

It’s a beautiful thing to understand choices and know that God always provides when we walk by faith and our choice is aligned with His will for our life.

It’s a beautiful thing to know that God is for us, who can be against us.

It’s a beautiful thing to behold all things. God can use all things to bring about spiritual growth, healing, maturity (wholeness) that leads to contentment of where we are today and His protection along the way.

Be blessed and content, as we keep the faith until God manifests our next step! (smile)

Faith In God Grows Stronger

Anything is possible, my friend. Anything.
~ Author Unknown ~

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 ~

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’ve had a great time celebrating. Here’s the thing, many times, we can become overwhelmed by circumstances. Faith in God, is the ultimate companion, along with prayer.

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Sometimes, words spoken, over our situation, need to be rebuked and not received. Pray and have faith.

It’s a beautiful thing when our faith, in God, grows stronger. Praise The Lord.

Every single time, we choose faith, we are growing more spiritual fruit within us, faith grows stronger.

Every single time, we refuse to fret or have angst, about something or someone, faith grows stronger.

Every single time, we remember what He has already done, faith grows stronger.

How about that! (smile)

Faith, in God, is powerful when going through the ebbs and flow in life.

Faith, in God, is comfort when we remember we’re not alone.

Faith, in God, is peace from previous victories.

Faith, in God, grows when we know He can work all things out for our good.

Faith, in God, grows when we trust in His timing.

Faith, in God, grows when the blessing is manifested.

Faith is knowing God, through His Son, Jesus, and recognizing that anything is possible once aligned with His will.

Blessings, my friends, as our faith, in God, grows stronger today! (smile)

Wahoo! I’m Done

Hello friends. (smile) Today was my last dental appointment after 15 months of straight and serious dental work!

Wahoo, I’m done. DONE!

Praise The Lord. (smile)

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I will be celebrating for a few days because there was some angst about implants. I prayed and had faith.

Today, my dentist informed me that implants are not needed, after all! Whew!

Again, Praise The Lord! (smile)

So friends, be blessed and enjoy the rest of the week. See you in a few days! (smile)

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness serves two ways, for us and for them. The memory loses power to sting.
~ Ann Friend ~

Hello friends. (smile) To say, I’ve been struggling with forgiveness is an understatement. I had to shut down and pray. Forgiveness kept coming to mind. 70 times 7.

I’ve been sharing my retesting failures and can honestly say there was a lacked of forgiveness on my part that was defeating me.

God opened my eyes to my lack of forgiveness. Until I forgave myself for reacting to things and stuff, that memory no longer stung. The power of forgiveness!

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Got to love those aha moments. Praise The Lord.

Here is the reality, things and stuff happen and there are unkind people in life. Forgiveness 70 times 7.

When I forgive the thing, them and myself, I became content at the circus! No more angst. No more giving power to the memory. Forgiveness 70 times 7.

It’s a beautiful thing to fully understand the power of forgiveness. For ourself and for others. Glory to God.

Forgiveness like most things, in life, is a choice. Choose to forgive. Forgiveness is spiritual growth.

Forgiveness 70 times 7 is a lifetime. Aha, to forgive and let go is powerful and liberating.

Forgiveness is easier as we’re become more spiritual than fleshly.

Sometimes, we make wrong choices. Forgiveness 70 times 7.

Forgiveness, at the end of the day, stops the instant replay of shoulda.

Forgiveness stops angst and releases us to move forward by letting go.

Here’s the thing, it is painful walking through things and stuff or Y moments; forgiveness takes away the angst we internalize about the thing or the Y, by providing power to let go and move forward.

Wisdom is to forgive them and forgive ourself. We live and learn by understanding the power that forgiveness brings.

Blessings, as we understand that forgiveness is powerful!

Feel free to share your thoughts on the power of forgiveness.

A Good Day

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 ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Today is a good day to let the grace of God sustain us through anything.

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Today is a good day to rejoice that we made it to Friday.

Today is a good day to remember I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Today is a good day to walk by faith that ______________(fill in the blank)

Blessings as we have a good day by faith. Praise The Lord. (smile)

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)

Count It All Joy When…

This post was originally published on 19 October 2014 and updated on 13 November 2018.

Appreciate the Unexpected. ~ Anonymous ~

And we know that all things together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
~ James 1:2-3 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when The Lord gives understanding, to us, through His Word. It’s a beautiful thing to understand the power of specific prayers and to count it all joy.

I’ll be the first to admit, once upon a time, I struggled in my Christian walk. I struggled in my faith. I struggled in developing a personal relationship with God, through His son, Jesus.

Let’s just say, I struggled until I got tired of going around the same mountain and surrendered. Praise The Lord, I’ve come a long way.

I’ve learn to appreciate and count it all joy as I keep moving forward, by faith, as God puts more patience in my life.

Count it all joy, when we pray and God answers.

Count it all joy, when we have wisdom to understand life is sowing and reaping. Life is realizing we can’t give what we don’t have. It comes from with. Life is sharing and helping one another.

It’s a beautiful thing to share “once upon a time” testimonies. It’s truly tough when we don’t know what we don’t know.

Count it all joy, when things in life can feel surreal.
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Count it all joy, when somethings are forgotten and somethings linger, just enough to dwell on day in and day out.

Count it all joy, when trials and tribulations (things and stuff) help us grow and builds patience.

Count it all joy, when X, Y and Z moments challenge us.

Count it all joy, when we take responsibility for wrong choices.

Count it all joy, when God removes anything or anyone keeping us stuck.

Count it all joy, when we realize the past can’t keep us prisoners or stop our future blessings.

Count it all joy, when we understand nothing nor anyone is perfect, except Jesus.

Count it all joy, when it is, what it is. Let it go.

Count it all joy, when we know who we are and what we bring to the table.

Count it all joy, when the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Count it all joy, when we know, if God is for us, who can be against us.

Count it all joy that God loves us even when we stumble.

Count it all joy, that there will always be naysayers.

Once upon a time, we were naysayers. Let’s bless them and live our life thanking God that we’re not where we use to be.

Enjoy your day, my friends, as we count it all joy!

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.

Patience and Silence

Patience and silence are two powerful energies. Patience makes you mentally strong. Silence makes you emotionally strong.
~ Author Unknown ~

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 5:3-5 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, life throws challenges, tests or fill in the blank____________.

Sometimes, we can forget about the retesting of a previous victory. (shock face) Sometimes, we participate in nonsense.

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I had to reset for a few days because I failed a retesting twice. Ugh. Two different days and it was still a no go on both tests.

Praise The Lord for His mercy and grace. (smile) Praise The Lord when we don’t beat ourself up for losing our cool and failing the test.

Remember Romans 8:28. All things.

I’m learning that patience and silence builds spiritual strength and produces spiritual fruit to endure things and stuff during Y moments. I’m understanding that life does go on even when I fail the test. (smile)

I believe patience has the most retesting. So I’m walking through retesting by faith. Do it by faith.

There are some things designed to help us grow. Walk through with patience and silence. Remember, everyone has an opinion. We don’t have to participate in every idle comment.

Patience and silence becomes easier when we choose to let stuff go!

Patience and silence becomes easier, when you know who you are.

Patience and silence disarms our button when being pushed.

Patience and silence can bring a smile when we know God is always in charge. Praise The Lord.

Blessings as we learn to choose better while walking through testing with patience and silence. (smile)

God’s Amazing Grace

People don’t change until the pain of remaining the same becomes too great.
~ Unknown Author ~

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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
~ Hebrews 11:1 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Everyday, we make choices. Everyday, something or someone plays a part toward our growth. Everyday, regardless of how we choose, we have God’s amazing grace. How about that. (smile)

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God’s Word tells us “my grace is sufficient for thee.” When we stumble, we have God’s amazing grace. When we lose our cool, we have God’s amazing grace. When we, fill in the blank_______________, say it with me, we have God’s amazing grace. (smile)

When those silly thoughts creep in, tell em, “grace, I have God’s amazing grace.” Say it with authority!

Learning, to move on, from past mistakes, brings freedom, to live life with God’s amazing grace. Move on, by faith, until it comes naturally.

Let God’s amazing grace replace the woulda, coulda, shoulda we carry by remembering Romans 8:28 tells us, 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.

Blessings, my friends, as we live life to the fullest today with God’s amazing grace! (smile)

Let Go

People will always talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them…you affected their lives, they didn’t affect yours.
~ Unknown Author~

Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Hello friends. (smile) Things are still busy and hectic at the circus. Glory to God for sustaining us. There is power in having faith and trust, in God, to let go.

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Let go of the past.
Let go of fear.
Let go of angst.
Let go of woulda, coulda, shoulda.
Let go of naysayers.
Let go of anything keeping us stuck.

Let go.

We give things and stuff or the Y’s in our world power each time we entertain nonsense. Shake free. Let go!

Sometimes, it’s only an opinion. Let go. Wisdom is to careless. Did you know, we give power to nonsense by engaging or taking it personal? Let go!

Sometimes, no response speaks volumes. It leaves a person speechless. (shock face)

Changing perspective on the way we look at a situation helps to let go.

It’s a beautiful thing to live and enjoy life because we know who we are in Christ.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for blessing us with wisdom and faith to let go of anything we’ve out grown. Amen!

Have a blessed and faithful let go day! (smile)

Contentment and Balance

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.
~ Carlos Castenada ~

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 strengthen me.
~ Philippians 4:11-13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s been busy at the circus. Ever work so many days straight that you are not sure what day it is? I’ve just been there and done that. I didn’t even get a tee shirt. (smile) My sense of humor is back!

Things in life can get so hectic that all we can do is keep the faith and remember God’s amazing grace will get us through every single time. (smile)

Praise The Lord, I’ve been learning contentment and balance during the things and stuff, and X, Y or Z moments.

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It comes down to choices. It is, what it is, until it was. Choosing contentment and balance, to adjust, can make walking through easier.

I believe life is a balancing act everyday. Ah, to find contentment and balance is truly a blessing. Contentment and balance.

Balance time. Balance things and stuff. Balance emotions. Balance ebbs and flows. All lead to contentment and balance, when we stop trying to control everything. We can only control ourself.

Every challenge brings something needed to help us grow. Sometimes, when we lose focus, stuff just keeps on coming. Contentment and balance.

I’m at the circus 5 days a week. Somedays, it’s brutal at the circus. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. Contentment and balance.

There are all kinds of people at the circus. There are many tests at the circus. Contentment and balance.

Spiritual fruit grows at the circus. By the grace of God, my patience has grown. Contentment and balance.

Here is wisdom from above–going around the same mountain or having the same retest gets easier when we choose to adapt instead of react. Contentment and balance. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. (smile)

Contentment and balance is recognizing there will always be someone saying something about nothing.

Contentment and balance is understanding, at the end, of the day, life goes on regardless. Keep the faith!

Contentment and balance is trusting God, by faith, for the breakthrough.

Contentment and balance is thankfulness until God changes a situation.

Contentment and balance is changing our perspective and perception of things and stuff, even X, Y and Z. Sometimes, we don’t have all the right information.

Blessings, my friends, as we have contentment and balance where we are until God manifest the next step. (smile)

Faith and 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 ~

Hello friends. (smile) it’s a beautiful thing to walk by faith and understand God’s amazing grace. Faith and grace is an individual thing, no one can walk it for us. Faith it.

Faith and grace will keep us moving forward in spite of things and stuff.

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Faith and grace brings comfort that God does not give us more than we can bear.

Faith and grace builds trust that God can work all things out.

Here’s faith and grace in action, no matter what comes our way, no matter what X, Y or Z does, faith and grace in God will get us through, every single time. Faith it.

Blessings, my friends, as we walk by faith and grace knowing God has equipped us for this day! (smile)

Strong Enough

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.
~ Elaine St James ~

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’ve been walking through things and stuff. Romans 8:28, kept me strong enough to keep the faith and keep moving forward. Praise The Lord.

Strong enough is knowing our faith and trust in God will get us through.

Strong enough is understanding choices.

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Strong enough is forgiving and moving on.

Strong enough is realizing no answer is the answer.

There comes a time when we’re strong enough to say Thank you Lord for delivering me every single time I wanted to quit.

There comes a time when we’re strong enough to let go until timing is better.

There comes a time when we’re strong enough to know that God is working all things out and we can just wait on the manifestation.

Strong enough is courage to say enough. It is, what it is.

Strong enough is knowing friends who step up.

Strong enough is wisdom to let God change hearts.

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your weekend! (smile)

Be The Light

Sometimes we don’t say what we feel, not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t know how.
~ Unknown Author ~

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
~ Matthew 5:14-16 ~

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
~ Matthew 6:22 ~

Hello friends. Be the light to those around us. Someone needs hope. Be the light.Someone needs courage. Be the light.

Someone needs a job. Be the light.

Someone lost their way. Be the light.

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Someone is carrying a burden too heavy to carry. Be the light.

Life can throw unexpected curves. Depression. Sickness. Brokenness. Fill in the blank______________. Be the light.

God is drawing people to the light. By faith, let’s be the light to those around us.

Blessings and enjoy your day being the light.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Counting Our Blessings

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~ Willie Nelson ~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, let us be thankful and count our blessings.

It’s truly a beautiful thing to behold all that blesses our life.

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Focus on the blessings in our life.

It reinforces that God loves and provides for us.

For my little worry-warts, keep the faith, and remember, Jeremiah 32:27, Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Blessings, my friends, as we count our blessings today! (smile)

I Can

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

Hello friends. (smile) Motivation and encouragement goes a long way when we believe we can.

Today, have faith and believe I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

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For my little worry-warts, have faith and confidence with your imaginary slingshot, the full armour and power of God behind you to walk through this day believing I can. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as we speak, by faith, I can throughout this day! (smile)

A New Season

When you are older you will understand how precious little things, seemingly of no value in themselves, can be loved and prized above all price when they convey the love and thoughtfulness of a good heart.
~ Edwin Booth ~

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) It’s a beautiful thing to recognize the blessings in our life. It’s a beautiful thing to wake up and realize you’re in a new season.

It’s a beautiful thing to participate in the accomplishments of others in our life. (smile)

Promotion. Retirement. Birth of a child. New job. New relationship. Fill in the blank_________________. It’s the little things that touch the heart.

Accomplishments bring a new season. A new season of possibilities. A season of more faith.

At the end of a hectic week, I realized that I am walking into a new season. Praise The Lord!

Spending time thanking God for all that He has done, is doing and will do in our life draws Him closer and is heartfelt praise.

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Friends, I have come full circle in my faith and trust in God. I share this because there were times, I struggled to keep the faith. (shock face) Sometimes, we need to keep our hopes and dreams between ourself and God. (nervous smile)

Sometimes, we have to keep the faith, in spite of others speaking against the very thing that we are standing on faith for God to manifest. I believe, they mean well and speak from their own lack of faith experiences.

I encourage you to put anything not of faith at the foot of the cross. I encourage you to build your faith and trust in God.

To walk by faith, there is no doubt. To walk by faith, there is no what if. To walk by faith, is to trust God, believing our faith is aligned with His will for our life.

Walking through new seasons can be daunting, when we give thoughts to doubt and unbelief. This is where renewing the mind, and thinking on Philippians 4:8, helps to know that there is nothing negative about good things from above and remind us of all the other blessings God walked us through. (smile) He is worthy to be praised.

Blessings as we keep the faith and walk through our new season, trusting God to lead us step by step and to think on the positive aspects of our life. Glory to God! (smile)

Recognize God’s Grace

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) This week, so far, has been eye opening and hectic. Have no worries, all is well, in my world. I hope, all is well in your world. (smile)

Many times, things happen and we forget to recognize God’s grace. We start asking why.

We forget how He can work all things out. Praise The Lord!

Monday, I got my first ticket. I ran a red light! (shock face)

I noticed a small gash on my right rear tire. I know nothing about cars except to gas them up, use the air conditioner and listen to music as I drive. (wink) I entertained one negative thought. (nervous smile) What if the tire blows on the way home? Those pesky thoughts, we entertain makes us loose focus and faith. Where was my faith?

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As I was driving, very nervous not to slam on the breaks as the light was changing yellow, I kept going, right through the red light. (shock face)

Thank God, no other cars were around me, except the cop behind me! (shock face) The look of horror, on my face, when he flashed the lights for me to pull over.

Believe me, I was stunned but calm with faith that God was in charge. Lights still flashing, I felt like a criminal as cars slowed to watch the festivities. (smile) It seemed forever for him to run my license and registration.

I stayed calm and polite. As I sat in my vehicle, I looked up and told The Lord, ok, I’m going to just roll with this because you are in charge.

I became numb to the reality, that yup, stuff happens. I had no reference point of experience, to help me, I’ve never been stopped before. So I spoke Romans 8:28 and said Thank you Lord. Just get me home.

Little did I know, the blessing of that ticket.

After the ticket was handed to me, He said, it was a warning and told me to read the back for instructions and get the tire fixed because it could blow. After the officer drove off, I still sat there stunned until I finally ventured home.

This morning, I go to leave and see that the tire has lost some air. Ugh! I’ll cut to the chase, I had to get four new tires because each were dry rotted! The back rear tire was not the worst one! (shock face)

Anyone of those tires could have blown.

I thanked God for keeping me safe! Here’s the blessing–that ticket brought to life the fact that my tires were bad! If I didn’t get that ticket….

God opened my eyes to that afterward. I’m still thanking and praising God for his protection and grace. (smile)

Sometimes, we don’t recognize the power of God’s grace when walking through challenges.

Blessings, my friends, as we recognize God’s grace in all things. (smile)

End of Day Blessing

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Posting late. I was off schedule all day. A beautiful Susie Larson blessing to end the day. Regardless, of where we are at this moment, be grateful of the many blessings in our life.

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Realize how much God loves us. Remember, by faith, to carry our imaginary slingshot and put on the full armour of God to defeat Goliath.

Pray because there is power in prayer.

Blessings as we keep the faith and sleep well tonight. (smile)

I Said A Prayer Today

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
~ Matthew 18:18-20 ~

Hello friends. (smile) The power of prayer is a beautiful thing to behold. Prayers are heartfelt words to God for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, enemies, to name a few.

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Prayers give hope. Prayers give strength. Prayers give healing. Prayers give comfort. Prayers give life to dead bones walking.

Prayers are opportunities for God to provide blessings by way of breakthroughs.

Today, my friends, by faith, I’m praying for God to wrap His loving arms around us and strengthen us where we need it most.

For those who asked me to pray specific prayers, I’m praying for God to manifest healing after a serious surgery; property be sold; a job, a book deal, peaceful sleep, and courage to take that next step in rebuilding trust and reconciliation.

Thank you, Lord.

Blessings my friends as we continue to take everything to God in prayer and keep the faith in Him. (smile)

Start A Day Blessing

Today everything is possible…Yesterday is gone.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Let us walk by faith believing God has provided everything we need to crawl, walk or run through today. Thank you, Lord. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, that we know we are loved and have His mercy and His grace to sustain us. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Courage

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

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
~ 1 Samuel 17:45 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a heartfelt thank you to friends, my brothers and sisters, in Christ, who encourage me when I need it most. {{hugs}}

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We all need encouragement at times to keep moving forward. Sometimes, courage is born, out of challenging situations, by words of encouragement. Faith. Have courage by faith.

As courage grows, you’ll feel like David with a slingshot and the full presence of The Lord to defeat every Goliath. (wink)

Yesterday, my buttons were pushed early. My flesh man had enough! (shock face) I had to go outside to work on my frustration and my attitude. It’s rough when the encourager can’t encourage herself out of a box. (gritted teeth smile)

I learned yesterday that if I entertain just one negative thought, others follow, and then I get so fired up about everything else negative that it’s not pretty. (shock face)

Patience and long-suffering. I am being pruned for more spiritual fruit!

It’s a beautiful thing when God shows up. My spirit was quicken and I thought of David and Goliath. I walked back in the building armed with the whole armor of God and my imaginary slingshot! Confident in God having my back. The rest of the day was a breeze. (smile)

Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace. (smile)

I share this to encourage someone to have courage and watch God walk you through the situation! Keep the faith. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day with confidence in God! (smile)

End of Day Blessing

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

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, you need a safe zone to vent and just say what’s on your mind and gives thanks you survived. (wink)

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I encourage you to tell it, the good, the bad and the ugly to God. Mercy and grace.

That’s right, telling Him every frustration, every angst. It helped me realize it is, what it is and to move on. Thank you Lord! (smile)

Blessing to release it and sleep well tonight! (smile)

They Say There Is A Reason

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
~ Matthew 5:4 ~

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
~ Romans 12:15 ~

Hello friends. Everyday, that God wakes us up is a blessings. Life is precious, no matter where we are in life. This beautiful quote is in loving memory for loved ones, no longer with us.

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One of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing passed away recently and his funeral is today. He always had a smile and was kind to everyone.

Yesterday, as I was reading about his service, I thought about his wife and children, his friends and other family members and I prayed the most heartfelt and sincere prayer for them and any others I may not know about that God comfort and wrap His love around them.

Then I remembered other friends and coworkers still mourning the loss of love ones.

I was blessed to find this beautiful quote to share and I pray it brings comfort to all. Thank you Lord.

Blessings.

A Good Day

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

Hello friends. (smile) By faith, it’s a good day to have a good day. Sometimes, we must focus on all the positive things and people that God has put in our life. Praise The Lord. (smile)

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Sometimes, we must adjust and recognize the blessings all around us.

Sometimes, we must rejoice and be glad that God really is in control. Focus on Him and not the challenge.

Smile, it can brighten the day. Smile, it can change the environment around us.

Most of all, smile, because we’re blessed and highly favored. (smile)

So my friends, by faith, be blessed because it’s a good day to have a good day! (smile)

He Sustains Me

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
~Jeremiah 32:27~

Hello friends. (smile) Walk by faith today knowing God has equipped us with everything needed to walk through this day. Praise The Lord!

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Let’s break down our day into faith moments–knowing He will sustain us moment by moment. (smile) We have His mercy and His grace!

Have a blessed and faith sustaining day, my friends! (smile)

Free

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
~ John 8:36 ~

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
~William Faulkner ~

Hello friends. (smile) I encourage you to reset and unplug from time to time. It brings a freshness and renewal from the day-to-day challenges in life. (smile)

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Everyday, we are free to choose the mercy and grace that God provides. Yesterday, I rejoiced because I was free to enjoy a day, of my life, without the things and stuff that causes me to rush. (smile) Praise The Lord!

How about you? Do you ever feel rushed? It’s a beautiful thing to realize it will get done and the world will keep turning, if it doesn’t. It just might be late. Praise The Lord, it will get done!

How many times do we rush because we think ______________ (fill in the blank). We are free to walk by faith and remember Romans 8:28, how God can work all things out.

Praise The Lord, for those things and stuff, He has broken the bondage of and set us free.

Wahoo, I am free from rushing. (smile)

Faith, in God, compliments being free, to choose living, with His mercy and His grace in every situation. Free from worries. Free from doubts. Free from the woulda, coulda, shoulda. That’s practicing living free. (smile)

Friends, be blessed today knowing we are free indeed! (smile)

Reset

Hello friends. (smile) It’s official, I must declare Saturdays as a day to reset and unplug. (smile)

I have faith that this won’t last forever.

Thank God, I am balancing better. (smile)

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I have to tell you, courage to be different and do our own thing is truly awesome! (big smile)

Feel free to browse my website for inspiration, encouragement or a smile. (a wink and a smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day! (smile)

God’s Word

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:31~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know where to find comfort in God’s Word regardless of where we are in life. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when God’s Word gives strength to keep moving forward.

It’s a beautiful thing to know God’s Word for ourselves.

Instead of speaking idle, faithless words, speak words that give life to our weary bones and situations. (smile) Praise The Lord!

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More Word of God scriptures for our reading pleasure:

Word of God Called:
Book of the Law – Nehemiah 8:3
Law of The Lord – Psalms 1:2
Scriptures – John 5:39
Holy Scriptures – Romans 1:2
Word of God – Hebrews 4:12
Word – James 1:21-23
Word of life – Philippians 2:16
Book – Revelation 22:19

Descriptive of:
Old Testament Law – Mark 7:13
God’s revealed plan – Romans 9:6
God’s completed revelation – Colossians 1:25-27
Christ’s message – Luke 5:1
Christian Gospel – Acts 4:31

Described as:
Pure – Psalms 19:8
Restraining – Psalms 119:11
Perfect – Psalms 19:7
Sure – Psalms 111:7, 8
Truth – Psalms 119:142, 151, 160
Enduring – Isaiah 40:8
Effectual – Isaiah 55:11
Sanctifying – Ephesians 5:26
Harmonious – Acts 15:15
Inspired – 2 Peter 1:21
Living and active – Hebrews 4:12

Compared to:
Lamp – Psalms 119:105
Fire – Jeremiah 5:14
Hammer – Jeremiah 23:29
Seed – Matthew 13:18-23
Sword – Ephesians 6:17

Agency of, to:
Heal – Psalms 107:20
Make free – John 8:32
Illuminate – Psalms 119:130
Bear witness – John 20:31
Produce faith – Romans 10:17
Make wise – 2 Timothy 3:15-17
Exhort – 2 Timothy 4:2
Rejoice the heart – Jeremiah 15:16
Create the world – Hebrews 11:3
Regenerate – James 1:18
Destroy the world – 2 Peter 3:5-7

Proper attitude toward, to:
Stand in awe – Psalms 119:161
Tremble at – Isaiah 66:2, 5
Speak faithfully – Jeremiah 23:28
Search – Acts 17:11
Speak boldly – Acts 4:29, 31
Preach – Acts 8:25
Receive – Acts 11:1
Glorify – Acts 13:48
Teach – Acts 18:11
Obey – 1 Peter 3:1
Handle accurately – 2 Timothy 2:15
Do – James 1:22, 23
Suffer for – Revelation 1:9

In the believer’s life, as:
Restraint – Psalms 119:9, 11
Guide, Psalms 119:133
Source of joy Psalms 119:47, 97, 162
Standard of conduct Titus 2:5
Source of new life – 1 Peter 1:23
Spiritual food – 1 Peter 2:2

Prohibitions concerning, not to be:
Preached in man’s wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:4, 13
Used deceitfully – 2 Corinthians 4:2
Altered – Revelation 22:18, 19

Blessings my friends as we speak God’s Word into our life and keep the faith. (smile)

Feel free to share with a friend. (smile)

Confidence

Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Confidence grows each time we build upon our belief in ourself. Just like faith and courage grows, the more we step out and do it, by faith. (smile)

To be honest, my confidence grows each time God nudges me outside of my comfort zone. (shock face) Praise The Lord! He has a plan for each of us.

I stand on Romans 8:28 daily because God really does work everything out. (smile) It may take time to see it but in time, we do. (a wink and a smile)

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It’s a beautiful thing to have confidence, faith and courage, along with the fruit of the spirit! (big smile) Anything is possible!

I’ve changed my (cheesy smile) to (big smile) because I can (smile) Would not want someone thinking I’m talking about cheese! (wink) Confidence to attempt humor. (smile)

As confidence grows, we should careless what X, Y or Z says, because bottom line, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (shock face) Sometimes, it’s just information.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Careless.

Confidence is the ability to be different. Confidence is the ability to believe in what you bring to the table. Confidence is trusting God every single time. (smile)

Friends, todays blessings is to walk, by faith, with confidence because we are loved and we can say “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Praise The Lord!

As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts. (smile)

I Can

Hello friends. (smile) Today, let’s walk by faith with a “can do” attitude! (smile) We lost power in our neighborhood last night. (shock face) Lightening and thunder was loud.

To be in your home with no lights, at night, gets eerie for me. I talked to The Lord until I fell asleep. The power just came on this morning! Praise The Lord.

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Things and stuff can get hectic, let us keep the faith, as we speak, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” in every situation today. (smile)

Let’s roll with it because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Blessings, my friends, to enjoy your day. (smile)

Enjoy

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
~ James 1:17 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Everyday, we have choices. Today, I encourage us to enjoy where we are, in life, because there are many who pray to be where we are.

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Enjoy the peace in life.
Enjoy those silent moments to think.
Enjoy the blessing of sleep.
Enjoy people who care.
Enjoy growing spiritually.
Enjoy living.

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

Learning to be content until God changes our situation brings freedom and frees us from angst.

The hardest lesson, I ever learned was enjoying who I am in Christ and enjoying the God giving faith and courage to share my Christian walk with others. Praise The Lord. (smile)

I am enjoying life free from fear and judgement of others. (cheesy smile) Thank you Lord!

It’s a beautiful thing to enjoy who you are in Christ without fear or judgement of others. It’s a spiritual thing to enjoy and behold. (smile)

People will talk. Let them! (smile) People talked about Jesus.

Yes, there are times when stuff happens. Remember Romans 8:28. Nothing is wasted when God is involved.

So my friends, let us enjoy and be content where we are until God manifests the next level.

Blessings and enjoy your day! (smile)

Your thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

Blessed Thursday

Sometimes all we need is some personal space and time to release, reflect, and focus on all the amazing things that we have been blessed with in life.
~ Unknown Author ~

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Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 115:15 ~

Thank You for Your Prayers

Hello friends (smile) Thank you for your prayers! (cheesy smile) I felt them all day. (smile)

I pray that God bless you all abundantly for your prayers and words of wisdom, encouragement and kindness.

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I am truly grateful and thankful. I realize that sometimes, we must ask for help.

Praise The Lord for friends! (smile)

Blessings and slept well tonight! (smile)

Please Pray For Me

The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.
~ Arnold Bennett ~

Hello friends. I am not feeling well and find myself in a rut. (shock face) Nothing serious, just not quite myself.

I’ve prayed. Spoken the Word. I’m asking for your prayers. Sometimes, we need others to help us walk through the thing.

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Thank God, for the power of prayer! (smile)

As God, as my witness, I need prayers. Thank you and God bless you, by faith, for your prayers.

Be blessed, my friends. (smile)

Have A Beautiful Friday

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 ~

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Hello friends. (smile) Be blessed and keep the faith, as we mediate on Romans 8:28.

Laughter

Its true that laughter really is cheap medicine. It’s a prescription anyone can afford. And best of all, you can fill it right now.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to smile and enjoy a deep down in your belly laugh. (smile)

Laughter, sometimes, reminds us to lighten up! Enjoy life. Have fun. Roll with it. (cheesy smile)

Yes, it can be hard to laugh, when we’re going through things and stuff or Y is working that last nerve. (shock face)

Ever notice, how God can send someone to bring a smile or tell us something to make us laugh, before the flesh man makes an appearance? Many days, I’ve thanked Him for his timing and His grace. (smile)

I laughed so hard the first time I saw the phase “Not my Circus, not my monkeys.” I see this as a reminder to mind our own business. (shock face) Pray, let go and let God.

I’ve learned that people ask when they want input! Free will to choose.

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For your reading pleasure, scriptures on laughter:

Laughter – an emotion expressive of joy, mirth or ridicule.

Kinds of laughter:

Divine – Psalm 59:8
Natural – Job 8:21
Derisive – Nehemiah 2:19
Fake – Proverbs 14:13
Scornful – 2 Chronicles 30:10
Confident – 5:22
Joyful – Psalm 126:2

Causes of laughter:

Man’s folly – Psalm 2:4
Something unusual – Genesis 18:12-15
Something untrue – Matthew 9:24
Ridicule – 2 Chronicles 30:10
Highly contradictory – Psalm 22:7, 8

So be blessed, my friends, and have a great day, by faith, taking time to laugh when you can. (cheesy smile)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts or comments on laughter. (smile)

What Does God Think About Me?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
~Jeremiah 29:11~

The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
~A.L. Kitselman~

Hello friends. (smile) Words have power. Especially The Word of God. The deeper, The Word is within us, the stronger our spirit man becomes over the flesh man. Glory to God.

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Knowing who we are in Christ is a powerful and beautiful thing! Having a personal relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, is even more powerful. (smile)

These two things bring faith and courage to be ourself and allows us to live life knowing that God loves and protects us well. (smile)

The joy of The Lord is my strength. (cheesy smile)

It comes down to choices and knowing His will for our life.

Let today be the day, we replace negative statements about ourself with God’s powerful Words of “I am” and “I can“. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and have a beautiful day, by faith! (smile)

Blessed

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) We are truly blessed. Regardless, of the season, we are walking through, we’re blessed.

I used to dread Mondays until I realized I’m blessed to see Mondays. (shock face) Ain’t life grand! (wink and a smile)

Sure, there maybe times that things and stuff or fill in the blank________________, causes angst, nevertheless, keep the faith that God has a plan and it’s something better. (smile)

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He can use all things to bring about our spiritual growth. (gritted teeth smile)

Recently, I had a few disappointments and another betrayal. I cried while praying, I thanked God that I was still standing and was blessed with more fruit of long-suffering and self control for my trouble! (shock face)

No worries, all is right in my world. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Sometimes, pain and hurt forces change. Learn to put things at the foot of the cross period.

No talking about woulda, coulda, shoulda. Chose to recognize that we blessed and God is in charge.

The process of spiritual growth becomes easier when we surrender.

How about you, what are your thoughts on spiritual growth? Inquiring minds want to know. (smile)

Today, regardless, of things and stuff or X, Y or Z, smile because you are blessed! (smile)

Thoughts and Prayers

Hello friends (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know someone is thinking and praying for us. (cheesy smile)

It’s the little things that mean so much. (smile)

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Sometimes, things become overwhelming and we forget the little things that can make a day. (smile) Praise The Lord!

By faith, enjoy your blessed day, knowing you are in my thoughts and prayers! (smile)

You Are Special

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16 ~

Hello friends (smile) No matter where you are today, know that, you are special and God loves you. (cheesy smile)

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Someone blessed me yesterday with this reminder. God bless you, AP!

Today, have faith and be encouraged to replace any negative thoughts with “I am special” and “God loves me“.

It’s a beautiful thing to receive surprises, blessings and love just because. (smile) Praise The Lord!

So my blessing today is reminding you that you are special and God loves you! (smile)

Faith Builds Courage

Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s a lot more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle. ~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends (smile) The quote above had me laughing for days. (grin) Yesterday, my thoughts were blank and I had the courage to share that fact. (smile) I’m still in a silly mood and it feels wonderful! (smile) Roll with it!

Faith builds courage to step outside of our comfort zone. Faith builds courage to trust God when things fall apart. Faith builds courage to be real about feelings, thoughts, life.

There are days that blogging overwhelms me. (shock face) How about you, ever feel overwhelmed about blogging or anything? Many times, I believe we become overwhelmed when we forget to do what we can or lose our sense of humor to roll with it. Whatever it is! (smile)

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I’ve shared that I am trying to balance better. Well, it’s on my list. (smile) I can be the queen of procrastination in my personal life! (shock face)

I love the fact that I’m comfortable doing my own thing whenever. (smile) Somedays, I have nothing to say. Even when all is right in my world. Praise The Lord. (smile)

I figured out the pressure I put myself under because I’m still willy nilly in self discipline. Ugh. I have faith that someday, it will fall into place.

Until then, I am content with rolling with it and playing Words With Friends! (smile) Username is Ann Friend, for those who like to play! Game on. (smile)

I have found, no matter what we do, there are critics and naysayers! (shock face) God bless them. Have courage, to do, what you do, in spite of what they may say. (smile)

Have courage to get past the negatives. Have courage to keep the faith and be different. Have courage to recognize, what you bring to the table that helps someone. (smile)

Write what’s in your heart or what’s on your mind. There is a chance, if you like it, have faith that we’ll like it. (wink and a smile)

Another fun fact, sometimes, I overwhelmed myself that words won’t flow. The last few days, I’ve felt a joy of release. I talking, the release of laughter and being a little silly. (shock face)

It’s done wonders for the flow of words from the mind to the page, except yesterday. (grin)

Courage comes when you do whatever moves you forward by faith. (cheesy smile)

Thanks and God bless you for your continued support of my blog. {{hugs}}

Smile and have a blessed day! (cheesy smile) Your thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

Happy Only Four Days Until Friday

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

Hello friends (smile) Happy only four days until Friday. (cheesy smile)

Faith and grace, with contentment, can get us through any day by changing our perspective. (a wink and smile)

I no longer say ugh, it’s Monday. Gotta love change. (nervous smile)

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It comes down to perspective. How we choose to see anything and everything. How we should not internalize things and stuff, just because someone said something about nothing. (shock face) Choose to let it go. Don’t give silliness power! Rise about it by faith.

I’ll admit, under the right conditions, it is easy to react. Lack of focus; lack of food; lack of sleep; will or can contribute to the rising of our flesh. (shock face) Thank God for His mercy and His grace!

It takes courage to be different and not follow the crowd. (smile) Contentment, to say, all is right in our world, gives freedom to choose–spirit over flesh. (smile)

Someone reminded me, we’re human. Perspective. Have faith, grace and contentment until God changes our situation. (gritted teeth smile) A double portion of grace please! (smile)

Somedays, I have to dig deep because things and stuff piles up, my faith is tested, I forget to practice the pause, and psst, repentance time and thanking God for His mercy and His grace. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Ever have those days where anything and everything wants a piece of you? Growth and change is a life long process. Roll with it!

Perspective, faith, grace and contentment will get us closer to Friday. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, and have an awesome day. (smile) Feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

Wahoo, It’s Friday

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

Hello friends. (smile) How was your Friday? I hope it was awesome! (smile)

Just a reminder, I blog when I can until I discipline my time better. (shock face)

Ever have those days where you run out of time? (gritted teeth smile)

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By Friday, I’m toast. I keep going because of Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I keep the faith that every challenge is God equipping me to walk through, while producing more spiritual fruit. Sometimes, grace covers me when I stumble.

Self control and long suffering are areas that my tests just keep on coming. (smile)

I changed my perspective on how I choose to see each challenge. I see them as a positive blessing of God working within me.

I share these thoughts, in hope, that it blesses others to see their situations differently.

It is, what it is, until it was. Today, thank God, I walked through a was. Praise The Lord! (smile)

Blessings as you have a blessed weekend. (smile)

Recognize

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
~ Matthew 8:26 ~

Hello friends (smile) What a beautiful and specific way to express gratitude, by faith, as we walk through, things and stuff and X, Y and Z, challenges without fear. (smile)

Faith, in God, builds each time, we recognize His answers to our prayers.

It’s how we recognize that each valley (things and stuff, and X, Y and Z) eventually brings victory (blessings) over the mountain (challenges). Praise The Lord! (smile)

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It’s how we recognize our growth. It’s how we recognize the power of words that we speak into existence.

It’s how we recognize 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.

It’s how we recognize to roll with it, because it is, what it is. (smile)

Today, have faith, to thank God, for the valleys to recognize the blessings of the mountains! Amen.

Nurture

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

Hello friends (smile) What a beautiful quote below. A positive perspective on Nurture.

Nurture, like love, kindness and peace, must begin within us first, to be able to give and do for others. When we’re balanced, things and stuff, roll off, like water off a duck. (smile)

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We able to keep a peaceful mind set. We able to keep our sense of humor. We able to smile because we can.

Words, we speak have such power to overcome anything. There are times, we may become overwhelmed, we need to have faith that when we unplug from busyness, life will goes on. We come back stronger and refreshed. (smile)

Some moments require stillness to get our bearings, even the need to break the day into increments. Trust me, it’s been my survival mechanism for the past few weeks. (smile)

I believe God puts certain X, Y and Z’s, in our life, to help us grow. (shock face) Ever wonder why we pray and bless our enemies. ( shock face)

Nurturing, like kindness, is a blessing to ourself and those we nurture in moving to the next step in our life. We always remember kindness. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we nurture ourself and those around us today! (smile) As always, feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

Love

Walk in the direction of love not fear. Look at things in another perspective. A life is the ability to love beyond yourself, extend yourself when change comes. ~ Charles P ~

Hello friends (smile) Love brings possibilities to many things. (smile) Love is a beautiful thing to behold, especially when love comes from within. Love is the first spiritual fruit. We must love ourself before we can truly receive love from others. (shock face)

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When we truly know the love of God, in our heart, love abounds in our life. Love conquers fear. Love can over look things and stuff. Love can over look differences. Love adapts. Love respects X, Y and Z’s choices, especially when different from our own. Love can bless others, even when they are unkind.

Love brings faith and trust in God for all things.

Sometimes, love gives us courage. I’ve learned that love is being spiritually whole and emotionally healthy to enjoy life regardless of anything or anyone else. It’s an inside blessings! Staying focus on what’s important helps to let stuff go. This was a long process to learn, nonetheless, I share it to help someone know that every person we encounter contributes to our ability to love. (smile)

Scriptures about love:

Love – Christian – Toward God:
First commandment – Matthew 22;37, 38
With all the heart – Matthew 22:37
More important that ritual – Mark 12:31-33
Gives boldness – 1 John 4:17-19

Love – Toward Christ:
Sign of true faith – John 8:42
Manifested in obedience – John 14:15, 21, 23
Leads to service – 2 Corinthians 5:14

Love – Toward Others:
Second command – Matthew 22:37-39
Commanded by Christ – John 13:34
Described in detail – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Love of Christ – Objects of:
Father – John 14:31
Believers – Galatians 2:20
Church – Ephesians 5:2, 25

Love – Described as:
Knowing – Ephesians 3:19
Personal – Galatians 2:20
Conquering – Romans:8:37
Unbreakable – Romans 8:35
Intimate – John 14:21
Imitative – 1 John 3:16
Like the Father’s – John 15:9
Sacrificial – Galatians 2:20

The Love of God – Objects of:
Christ – John 3:35
Christians – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Mankind – Titus 3:4
Cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7

The Love of God – Described as:
Great – Ephesians 2:4
Everlasting – Jeremiah 31:3
Sacrificial – Romans 5:8

The Love of God – As Seen in Believers:
Hearts – Romans 5:5
Regeneration – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Love – 1 John 4:7-12
Faith – 1 John 4:16
Security – 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Daily life – 1 John 2:15-17
Obedience – 1 John 2:5
Without fear – 1 John 4:18-21
Glorification – 1 John 3:1, 2

Blessings as you enjoy your day! (smile) Your comments are always welcome. (smile)

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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?

Untie The Knots by Faith

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

Hello friends (smile) A beautiful and specific prayer to conquer, by faith, those pesky “not” thoughts. Everyday, we have choices. Let today, be the choice, to replace every “not” with “can“! (smile)

I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Speak it, by faith, one “not” at a time. Be thankful, for God’s mercy and grace, as we conquer our “nots“.

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Practice the pause, smile, take a deep breath and remain calm because I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

We all have busy schedules. Instead of getting angst over something at noon, concentrate on the now moment. (smile)

Sometimes, breaking down the day, into smaller increments, can save our sanity! Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. (smile)

Have a great day, by faith, and untie those “nots” because I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Blessings, my friends! (smile)

Deposit

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) Deposit new thoughts is another way to renew the mind. (smile) A beautiful way to give words power to encourage, uplift and grown in grace.

We can change everything from pesky thoughts to a better way to communicate with others. (smile) Sometimes our thoughts are reinforced by what we think on and say to ourself. (shock face) It comes down to perspective.

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Words will always have power. Have faith to speak words to build up and grow from within.

When we deposit new thoughts, it can begin to renew our mind. It will also replace old things and stuff with positivity. We can draw from positive. We can relate from a renewed mind by drawing from a positive experience. (smile)

The words we think and speak affect what we do. For example, I have chores that I keep neglecting all because I reinforce the thought, what’s one more day or maybe tomorrow. (smile) I’ll be on this trend, until I deposit something else to replace that thought. (smile)

The same process can be used in communicating with others. Practice the pause and remember, we have the power to choose our responses. Spirit versus flesh.

Another example, when X, Y or Z likes to be argumentative or sees only the negative about something. I chalk this one up to God producing more spiritual fruit within me! (smile) Thank you Lord!

Blessings my friends as you enjoy your weekend! (smile)

How about you, what thought do you reinforce to yourself? (smile)

May God Give You…

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

Hello friends, by faith, may God give us everything we need to get through today. (smile)

What a beautiful illustration….

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Faith in Him grows when we understand 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. He will use anything to produce more spiritual fruit to help us grow.

I can tell you from experience, many times, I’ve asked for double grace to help me walk through challenging situations, to include, X, Y and Z. (shock face) I say, Lord, grace, your daughter needs a bit more grace, a double portion please, and Lord, a tad bit of mercy. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Challenging times or X, Y and Z become easier when we give it to Him. At the end of the day, we’re stronger in faith as He helps us walk through.

Blessings and enjoy your day! (smile)

Smile, Attitude Is Everything

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

Happy Wednesday friends! (smile) Attitude drives facial expressions. So smile and have an attitude of gratitude because we look marvelous today! Thank you Lord for blessing us with another day.

Roll with it!

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Be blessed and walk by faith throughout this day because we can! (smile)

Walking Through Builds Strength

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 ~

Hello friends (smile) Believe me when I tell you, I had every intention of writing about something else today. (nervous smile) I woke up with another message. It’s a beautiful thing when we’re given wisdom from above; and obedient to sowing words of encouragement, to someone to keep walking through. Thank you Lord!

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Walking through builds strength to walk by faith trusting God. (smile) Yesterday was not a bad day, per se, but my eyes were opened to fully understand how actions speak louder than words and the blessings of daily forgiveness brings strength. (smile)

Strength from within is powerful. The joy of The Lord is strength. Renewing the mind becomes strength. Faith is strength. Looking at things and stuff, or X, Y and Z, from a different perspective brings strength. Prayer brings strength.

Iron sharpens iron. Learning NOT to participate in every idle conversation is strength. It’s easy to do when we keep our focus and stay balanced. Positivity breeds positivity.

Remembering to breathe calmly and practice the pause gives strength to continue walking through, as God will provide the next step, as we remain focused on Him.

Blessings today, by faith, as we get stronger walking through this day! (smile)

Roll With It Friday

“You are a master of the words you don’t say and a slave to the ones you do.” ~ Author Unknown ~

Thank God It’s Friday, my friends (cheesy smile) Roll with it! Let your light shine today. Roll with it!

Be the light that brightens up the joint. (smile) Roll with it!

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Smile and practice the pause, it helps to stay light and remember all good things come from above. Roll with it!

Speak positive things and be kind to yourself. Roll with it!

Remember things and stuff, and X, Y and Z challenges will help us grow. (shock face) Roll with it!

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. (smile)

Be blessed by faith and know we are too blessed to be stressed today. (a wink and a smile) Roll with it!

Reset

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends (smile) Somedays, I don’t know if I’m coming or going due to distractions. (shock face) Ever feel this way? Nonetheless, I keep the faith and unplug when I can.

To unplug and reset our energy is a beautiful thing to behold. (smile) Its being renewed from above. Heavenly and so rewarding. (smile) Praise The Lord!

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To focus on the good and positive things, to include, the people, in our life, can bring contentment. (smile) Sure, somedays can be challenging but at the end of the day, we can thank God for His grace and reset for however long we can-five minutes, ten minutes, however long can make a difference to reset our energy. (wahoo)

During my unplug times, I am learning that growth and change comes easier when I pray, by faith, for His will, to be done.

Patience and long suffering are two fruits that will grow expeditiously by each and every challenge involving other people or we retest. (shock face) Got to love our buttons!

Adapting and adjusting will help to maintain energy too. I am learning to conserve energy by focusing on the positive of a situation and casting everything else to the one person who can walk me through! Thank you Lord.

So have faith and reset where you can! (smile) Blessings, my friends! As always, your thoughts are welcome! (smile)

He…

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.~John Wooden ~

Great scriptures for meditation. (smile) Great scriptures to speak and replace bad thoughts. There will be days when speaking the Word out loud can change the focus. The power of words and what we tell ourself.

Sometimes, remembering not to entertain negative and bad thoughts, by speaking and replacing with positive and kind words, breaks the cycle of emotions and questioning how did I get here moments. (shock face)

It takes just one wrong thought to change a good mood. Renewing the mind, one thought at a time, helps the cycle of emotions! Sometimes, God will bless us by leading us to read something or hear something to let us know He is with us! He may even use someone. (smile)

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Here’s a short and beautiful testimony of mine. Awhile back, I was singing a song hard, I mean out loud and with feeling. (cheesy smile) I shared with you before that I talk to The Lord all the time. About everything.

When I was singing the song, one line in the song is “so say you love me.” I spoke out loud to The Lord, I know you love me, so say you love me. Just say it. I laughed and went on about my business. (smile)

The next day, my friend was coming to work and out of no where, she heard God say tell Ann, I love her. Well at this point, she felt like, she already knows that, she will think I am crazy. (smile) Unbeknown to either of us, that day, we learned just how God can use open vessels, anytime, anywhere and our choice of obedience. Glory to God!

She started to compose an email message but never got to finish it because God led me to her. We started talking then she said, I have to tell you something and don’t think I’m crazy or snap I already know that. I agreed. When she said God told me to tell you He loves you. I was stunned and she was curious. (smile)

I laughed and explained about the night before and the song. (smile) See she thought she could email the message. As we talked about it, she realized she had to say His words to me not write them for me to know He answered my request. (smile) My relationship grew rapidly with Him from that point forward because He answered me up close and personal. No one knew what I said to Him! (smile)

We both got a huge lesson in faith and obedience that day, as well as, how God can communicate to us through others. It was a powerful and beautiful experience with The Lord that strengthen our faith in God and helped a few others who heard the story! We are in Virginia, that story made it all the way to Georgia! (smile)

Sometimes, when we’re going through stuff, we forget all the previous times He came through for us. Keep the faith! Pray!

So be blessed, my friends, and know He is always with us! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Ephesians 6:10-20 – Armour Of God

Isaiah 41:10-13 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

What beautiful scriptures to start our day. (smile) Praise The Lord! (smile) Fear not and clothe ourselves with the full armour of God. (smile)

Let’s take it a step further and let go of negative thoughts, things and stuff, and people from the past. The past includes yesterday, last week, last month and last year. Faith it. Love from a distance. Practice the pause and pray.

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If God be for us, who can be against us? God is bigger than any thing or anyone. Believe it! Anything and anyone are powerless unless we give our power away. (smile)

Walking by faith and praying is a lifeline during challenging or fearful times. It takes two. We can only control ourself. Some comments are not worth a response. When someone wants to make a mountain out of something, breathe calmly, practice the pause and pray about it. I’m learning it’s healthier this way. (gritted teeth smile)

Let us remember, challenges are temporary and God is in charge. (smile) In the end, we’ll be stronger and wiser because of it.

Today, by faith, God has blessed and equipped us with everything needed to walk through this day. Praise The Lord. (smile) Enjoy your day! As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Forgiveness Brings…

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

Hello friends (smile) I’ve been walking through stuff! No worries, all is right in my world because I’m leaning on God and my faith to get me through this season. (smile)

Recently, I mentioned, the beauty of aha moments. (cheesy smile) Forgiveness. Seventy times seven.

The quote below speaks to me. It illustrates free will to choose how I react to walking through things and stuff; trials and tribulations; and my all time favorite, X, Y and Z situations. (wink and a smile) Attitude is key.

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Forgiveness brings freedom to move on by faith that if The Lord says the same, I live to fight another day. Forgiveness brings more spiritual fruit. Forgiveness is about releasing every single thing and every X, Y and Z or fill in the blank _____________ to God by praying the solution by faith. To be honest, I’ve been praying like nobody’s business and the break through is coming, by faith.

Like most things, in life, forgiveness is a choice. I refuse to carry any thing or stuff, X, Y or Z in my head or making my heart heavy. The Word of God is so powerful that our choice to speak it, live it, want it and share it keeps us walking in the spirit and denying our flesh. Glory to God for maturity and spiritual fruit!

It always comes down to choosing a better attitude. I choose forgiveness because it helps with the woulda, coulda, shoulda thoughts. Forgiveness frees me from the replaying it over and over again. Thank you Lord for helping me let it go.

I decided to post my thoughts since it may help someone else walking though something similar. It’s helping me these days and I’m sleeping better! (smile) Praise The Lord.

Be blessed and smile, it helps keep a positive attitude so roll with it! (smile)

As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Things and Stuff – X, Y and Z

The best thing about trusting someone with every secret you have, is that they always have your back… The worst is knowing they can turn their back and use it all against you.
– Author Unknown –

Things and stuff. X, Y and Z. Choices. It takes two. Free will. Strife situations. Prayer. Aha moments.

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We must have spiritual fruit to breathe calmly and let God speak and lead us. Having spiritual fruit, 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) helps to stay spiritually minded and over look things and stuff from X, Y and Z. Love them. Bless them. Pray for them.

X, Y and Z can be anyone. When someone hurts us, cry, grieve and let it go. Pray about it and release it to God. When you don’t know who to trust; trust God. People will talk about us, people talked about Jesus.

I recently walked through a season of strife. It was not pretty and I thank God for His protection and giving me the courage to stand and have faith in Him. It was not easy by no stretch of the imagination. Each time, my mind wandered back, I spoke Vengeance is mine, saith The Lord. I prayed for my enemies.

One day, I woke up realizing that He walked me through the season wiser and stronger. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Sometimes, I believe, we don’t know any better. We do what we know. Somewhere in our formative years, we developed bad habits that begin strife. (shock face) Strife between us destroys trust. Strife ruins reputations. Strife wreck relationships.

We talk about others in times of frustration or just because, we can. Thank God for His mercy and grace for those times when we participate instead of walking away or speaking up.

Most of the time, it’s a lack of maturity, lack of spiritual fruit. Lack of what’s missing within. Like the Word of God, until we know it for ourself and be doers of The Word, we won’t know any better.

Let’s face it, there comes a time when we finally understand Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

It’s a beautiful thing to let God handle and walk us through things and stuff while dealing with X, Y and Z situations. (gritted teeth smile)

Sometimes, spring cleaning is more than the house. (smile)

Be blessed and keep the faith! (smile) As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)
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Roll With It Friday

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Wahoo, Happy Friday, my friends. (smile)

I encourage you to boldly walk through today, by faith, knowing that God has equipped us with everything we need. (smile)

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Sometimes, a positive focus makes the day go by quicker.

Sometimes, roll with it will help put things into perspective! It’s an attitude of gratitude. (smile) Praise The Lord.

Sometimes, keeping our sense of humor helps keep our attitude in check. Sometimes, practicing the pause will work wonders for x, y and z around us! (wink and a smile)

Smile more, it disarms folks and makes them wonder. (cheesy smile)

Be content until God changes where we are.

So roll with it and be blessed as you enjoy your day. (smile) Your comments are always 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)

Life Can Change In An Instant

Hello friends (smile) Life can change in an instant. I’ve shared before about my friends, the Two Musketeers. (smile) Yesterday, going to lunch with a friend, we had a car accident. Out of no where, an emergency siren was blaring behind us and two cars in front of us slammed on the brakes.

Here is the beautiful thing about faith and having a trusting relationship with God. No words were spoken by either of us. No fear was present either. I tensed my body for the impact and my friend calmly turned the wheel to the left to avoid hitting the cars in front of us, only to be hit by a driver behind us. There were a few seconds, we could not think of the next step, and we refused to speak the wrong things. So we called out, God help us. God showed how mighty He was when the Third Musketeer called with the next step. Praise The Lord.

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Praise The Lord, no one was hurt and no significant damage was done to the cars involved. The blessing was God’s protection and His presence with us at the moment of impact. This was at a busy intersection and by the grace of God, we realized, it could have been worst. Thank you God for walking us through!

After the police report was done, my friend choose to get back on the horse (driving without fear) as she called it. We continued on with our plans for the day. We both kept praising and thanking God. We talked about how God can work out all things and how blessed we are. We were grateful. (smile)

Many times, when things happen, our first response is to ask why or lose perspective on what’s really important and start speaking the wrong things into existence. Yes, life brings challenges. Yes, life has ups and downs. Yes, things and stuff happens, whether saved or not.

It’s all part of living and walking by faith and trusting God.

Focus on the positive qualities of people and situations to fully realize that life can change in an instant. Sometimes, we focus too much on the “cannot” and the negative instead of the “can” and the positive. (smile)

Be blessed and live life for today. (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

Roll With It, Everyday

Thanks and God bless you big friends, who took the time to leave words of encouragement. (smile) Sometimes, starting over is a good thing. Once you accept that it is, what it is. Roll with it! (smile)

Yes, I was bummed to lose all of my reference notes, weeks of drafts, to include work for my book, until I was reminded that I’m a roll with it and it is what, it is, kind of woman! (shock face)

Sometimes, we stop doing the very thing that brings us the most joy in challenging times! Let’s not internalize other people’s stuff. (shock face)

Roll with it is an attitude of gratitude for me. (smile) It helps to keep my sense of humor. It helps to know that God will not give me more than I can bear. It keeps me grounded. I understand each trial and tribulation produces more spiritual fruit. Roll with it is my assurance that regardless or things and stuff, x, y and z, God is in control. God can use all things to get me where I need to be. (clench teeth smile)

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Adapt and adjust. Stuff happens. Roll with it! The beautiful thing about sowing words of kindness, encouragement and faith, is when we are going through things and stuff, dealing with x, y and z, God will bring to our remembrance the very thing we need to help us most, every single time. We just have to listen. (smile) Praise The Lord! (smile)

No matter where we are in our season of life, choose to see and speak about the positive and good parts. Pray about the rest. Life goes on, whether we participant or not. Understanding that we are not alone put things in perspective. Understanding that God can use all things brings hope that it’s temporary and it will pass! (smile) Roll with it!

So as I rebuild and restart everything writing related, I will use my computer for daily backups. No more relying on just the IPAD and IPHONE! Ugh, what a lesson. Roll with it! (smile)

Be blessed, keep the faith that whatever you are going through, remember Romans 8:28! Enjoy your day, my friends and roll with it! (smile) As always, thoughts are comments are welcome!

My God Is Bigger Than…(Part 2)

Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Faith and trust in God brings comfort that sustains through anyone or anything, every single time. (smile) You feel a boldness to yell “bring it, I walk with God where possibilities are endless.” (smile)

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Having faith and trust in God helps when going through trials and tribulations, as I call things and stuff, in life. (gritted teeth smile)

Many times, we get caught up with a distraction or misdirection; while going through things and stuff. Many times, we give x, y or z, too much input over decisions, we should be taking to God in prayer.

I believe the hardest challenge, to go through, is disappointments. In ourself, others, situations. Too many times, speaking the wrong words to the wrong people, makes it that much harder to stand on faith and trust God. Sometimes, timing is everything. God knows things we don’t.

Praying and giving God all our things and stuff is wisdom. Psalms 118:8 says “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

There are things in life only God can change. Cut out the middle person and give it to God. There is nothing too hard for Him. Remember David and Goliath!

Be blessed and know, by faith, that God is bigger than anything or x, y, or z, that we face. (smile)

Forgive, Forgiven and Forgiveness (Part 2)

A powerful quote about forgiveness. Forgive others. Forgive ourself. Give it to God! Put it at the foot of the cross and by faith, forgive ______________ and ourself. This brings peace and freedom only God can give!

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Forgiveness and renewing the mind can work together. It is a process and must be our choice to forgive and release _________________, to God. Only God can heal areas, from the inside, with no emotional residue to linger. Sure, we may never forget but the power to cripple will diminish.

Heavenly Father, by faith, help us forgive and let go of anything keeping us from complete forgiveness. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

Not Everyone Thinks The Way You Think

We are all on different levels in life. There may be similarities, but differences depending on our life experiences. Learning to adapt and communicate with others is maturity. (smile)
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Our level of spiritual maturity and the presence of the Holy Spirit is evident by the fruit within us. This allows us to show Jesus to a hurting world.

When we know who we are in Christ, the 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) comes out in what we say (oral or written) and how we conduct ourselves. (smile) They will know us by our fruit! (smile)

When we are spirit led, people notice something different. (smile) They watch how we handle stuff in life. They watch how we adapt and adjust without judging. We never know who is watching or listening to the words we speak or how we act. (shock face) Just quoting bible chapters and verse doesn’t mean you are spirit led and know The Lord. Actions speak louder than words. (smile)

When we are spirit led, love flows out of us and we focus on positive and uplifting ways to help others, as we keep moving forward in life. We release things to God through prayer. We learn to roll with it because God is always in charge and works all things out. Thank God for his mercy and his grace, when we stumble!

God bless us as we move forward knowing that every good thing comes from above! (wink)

You Reap What You Sow

It’s a beautiful thing to live a spirit led life. No part of life is challenge free or without conflict. (shock face) It comes down to free will to choose. (forced smile)

 

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Let’s face it, until someone is ready, their favorite song lyric will be 🎶🎶 I’ll be going around the mountain, one more time🎶🎶. (smile)

When we are spirit led, they will know us by our fruit! (smile) There is a maturity level by actions and speech.

When we are spirit led, we light up the room! The positive energy and light radiating off men and women of God is a beautiful thing to witness. We sow loving actions and God waters until he draws them to him.

The Christian walk is hard sometimes and we have no worries because John 16:33 says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. (smile)

God bless us as we continued by faith to fight the good fight!

As always, feel free to comment. (smile)

A Good List To Live By and Remember

Everybody struggles with something. 😰 Remember, each day that God wakes us up, we have free will to choose. 😨

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Change is a life long process. 😰 As we change, and more fruit of the spirit grows within in 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), the things on the list, and that struggling something, becomes our testimony. 😜

We get up close and personal with long suffering and faith. As God uses that someone or that something, we will produce more fruit! 😰 Eventually. 😜

It comes down to the cause and effect of our choices! 😁 It comes down to releasing things to God. It comes down to letting go of the past, and finally, it comes down to renewing our mind daily.

God bless us, by faith, as we change and grow spiritually day by day, and we thank you for your mercy and your grace.

Are we having fun yet? 😜

Faith It, Till You Make It

Ever wake up with the blahs and off schedule? 😨 Sometimes, we have to faith it, until we make it! Somedays are harder than others, faith it! Sometimes, even surrendering to the Holy Spirit requires us to faith it!

 

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Sometimes, God uses anything and anyone to complete his purpose, faith it!

Even when we are strong in The Lord and the power of his might, faith it! 😰
Having struggles, faith it!
This too shall pass, faith it!
Sometimes, it is, what it is, faith it! 😜

Sometimes, we have to keep repeating–Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Faith it!

Sometimes, we just have to smile and sing a song, faith it! 😜 How you doing?

God bless us as we faith it today! 😜

We Can Smile Because

Wahoo! It’s Wednesday and we’re choosing by faith to smile because Matthew 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

God gets the glory, each time we extend a genuine 😄 to someone, in spite of how we feel or what we are going through! It shows his presence in our life. 😜

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We can smile because God woke us up today. 😜
We can smile because it brings positive energy and disarms negativity. 😜
We can smile because God loves us unconditionally.
We can smile because God answers our prayers.
We can smile because God’s mercy and grace is sufficient for today.
We can smile because God is more than able to deliver us from our stuff.
We can smile because God provides for our needs and we are blessed and highly favored.

So regardless, of things, going on in the world, we can give and receive smiles because God is in charge and will never leave us or forsake us!! 😜 How about that! 😜

Life

Life is always changing. Romans 8:28 says “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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We must be open to changes in life. God is always in charge and can use all things in life (opportunities) to keep us moving forward.

Opportunities help us grow and adapt to one another. Opportunities will test the fruit or lack of fruit in us–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) an