Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for mercy and grace

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)

Rise Above It (Part 2)

Continuing from yesterday’s technical difficulty….
We know that God can use anything and anyone to bring about our change and His will. I struggled a few times on roll with it Wednesday. 😨 I had a retest and failed! 😜 Stuff happens. 😨

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Somewhere between obstacles and challenges, I did not stop to breath. My tongue and lack of patience had a 5 minute rant! And it was hot, the air was thick. I got so worked up, I could not hear the Holy Spirit nor feel him. I share all this because no matter how deep in The Lord we are, as long as we are on this earth, we will continue to grow in grace and sometimes stumble.

I praised and thanked God because it was not about the failure! It was about accepting the failure and not beating myself up about it! Rising above the self condemnation and negativity. Ever berate yourself with “why did I this” or “why did I that”? Sometimes, we just have to walk through the thing and rise above it! 😀 After all is said and done, the people around understand that anyone can have a bad day! 😜

When we realize nothing really changes when we fail or stumble, it free us to relax and just live! 😜 Life still goes on, and God still loves us. I did repent. 😜 The quicker we realize that trials and tribulations help us grow, and sometimes the ups and downs of life gets to us, the easier it is to grow and rise above it. 😜

Thank you, Heavenly Father for blessing us with your mercy and your grace. Thank you for blessing us with no condemnation when we stumble! 😀

It’s Roll With It Wednesday!

Praise God, it’s roll with it Wednesday and we’re blessed he woke us up today! 😜
Smile and roll with it is a choice! 😜
Smile and roll with it because sometimes, it is what it is! 😜
Smile and roll with it because the joy of The Lord is our strength! 😜

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Smile and roll with it because 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”.

Have faith that good or bad, right or wrong, God can work it out! 😜 His will be done.

God bless us as we keep moving forward by faith knowing your mercy and grace is sufficient for today! 😀

And if we must sing a song! It does a mind and body good! 😛Bring earplugs! 😜

Speak To The Lies To Renew Our Mind (Part 2)

The renewing of our mind is a process! Each day, we speak life or death into our lives and situations. Each day, we can choose to replace a negative thought with a positive thought. But wait a minute, here is the catch–to replace our thoughts, something has to change. 😰 Change starts with each of us. Change is always hard until we are ready and willing to take responsibility for our part of whatever keeps that negative thought alive. 😰 Which brings us to conflict.

Every relationship that involves people brings stuff–theirs and ours! Let’s face it, we all have a once upon a time or back in the day, blah, blah. We made choices, right, wrong or indifferent. The challenge is owing our part of the choice and allowing God to set us free. 😰 Bad habits are hard to break. God knows what is needed to break each and everyone of us. Ouch. 😩

 

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As we mentioned yesterday, our past and present life experiences shape our memories, thoughts, perceptions and beliefs. Until we can accept each others choices and differences; we can’t be effective witnesses for Christ. It will always come down to love.

God is love. If we say we love Jesus but hate our _________, well change is a process and it may take us longer to get where we need to be! 😨 When we stumble, we can thank God for his mercy and his grace! 😜

No one is perfect, except Jesus. Pain, hurt and guilt, to include, forgiveness can all be released to God for healing. God loves us unconditionally; even when we are not kind and loving. 😰 He just waits until we choose him and the process to change begins again.

Other things we can use to renew our mind is music or paying a good strategy game–with either, the distraction keeps those pesky thoughts away. 😜 Try it, it helps!

God bless us by faith, as we release negative thoughts of the past, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, to renew our minds and set us free to keep moving forward.

To be continued…..

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Song of Solomon 2:15 – Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Matthew 12:25 – And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Matthew 25:42-46 – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

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.

2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, breathen, 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 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

1 John 4:2 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Ugh, It’s Monday

Ever struggle with Mondays? Choose to stay positive. It’s easier to smile knowing God is in charge regardless of what we see 😜

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Rain or shine, God bless you and keep moving forward 😜

Keep Moving Forward

God has blessed us with a new day. His mercy and grace is sufficient for this day. If we have to look back on yesterday, last week, last month, last year, look back to learn from it, not as validation to remain the same. Change is a beautiful thing when we surrender to God. He cleans us up and we shine!

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God has plans for each of us, we are given opportunities to grow and keep moving forward 🙂

Choose to enjoy this day regardless of x, y or z and keep moving forward with a 😃

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