Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Archive for patience

P is for…

It’s a blessing to have someone or something in your life that constantly provokes positive thoughts.
~ Unknown Author ~

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 
~ Romans 15:4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I slept in and enjoyed being lazy today. Praise The Lord for peace and quiet.

Everyday brings  possibilities to grow patience with things and others.I believe patience endures while perseverance pushes toward:

Personal Growth
Evolve
Repetition
Strength
Empathy
Value
Edify
Responsibilty
Abound
Nurture
Civility
Encouragement

Blessings, my friends, to just keep the faith and enjoy your weekend.

We return to the Q to Z challenge Monday! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Count It All Joy When…

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Blessings, my friends, as we count it all joy!

Patience

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~ James 1:4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I believe next to long-suffering, patience is the fruit tested the most. (shock face)

Long lines. Traffic. Fill in the blank ____________. Waiting. They all test our patience.

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I believe there will always be retesting of our patience.

This week has been a little brutal on my patience. My energy level has been drained too!

I thanked God and left things at the foot of the cross. Patience. Got to love spiritual fruit. (wink)

How’s your patience level? (smile)

Ever feel like there is something in the air and things and stuff just keeps on coming? Patience.

Well friends, I need to reset, for a couple of days, and recharge my energy level. Too many withdrawals from my fun meter. (shock face)

Be blessed, have patience and keep the faith! Feel free to browse the website for earlier posts. (smile)

Me Too!

Thank you friends for your prayers. (smile) I find it amazing that when we are walking through a storm or challenge, it can seem like we are the only one going through until we share something and someone replies me too!

“Me too” can be two of the most beautiful words we can hear when someone can relate to what we are going through. “Me too” can bring sanity to us when our silly thoughts take us down a road we don’t need to go. “Me too” can bring comfort knowing this too shall pass!

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by things and stuff on a good day; especially when we’re still trying to balance everything and everyone in our life. Before I got overwhelmed from all my dental stuff, other distractions were happening simultaneously that I couldn’t connect the dots until recently.

Words can’t flow when I’m distracted. Does that ever happen to you?

Sometimes, we should share the things and stuff rattling around inside of us. It can drive us nuts when we don’t! (shock face)

Sometimes, we have to step back and adjust our approach to our hopes and dreams. Sometimes, God delays (fill in the blank) __________ or someone because one or both are not ready! (shock face)

Oh, (fill in the blank) __________ or someone will come in God’s perfect timing. In the meantime, God will continue to perfect fruit within us. Patience and long-suffering, got fruit?

Be blessed today and don’t be afraid to share with someone, they just might reply “me too!” (smile)

Hang In There

Hang in there! We are all dealing with something or somebody. Sometimes, we just have to dig real deep in our faith and say many prayers to see that thing or that someone differently. It’s during these times that the fruits of the Spirit–patience and long suffering are tested the most.

Sometimes we just have to walk through the thing or pass the someone knowing that all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Usually in time, that thing or someone does not bother us any more 🙂 Sometimes, we just have to stand and allow God’s will to be done by that thing or someone.

Sometimes we just have to praise God when we don’t understand why.

Sometimes we have to remember that this too shall pass and to count it all joy that God can use anything or anybody, in our growth process, as we keep moving forward.

Your thoughts?

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