Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Encouragement

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

Everyone is dealing with something. Encouragement gives us strength to endure. Encouragement lets us know, we’re not alone. Encouragement is about believing we can get that promotion; we can relocate and start over; we don’t have to settle for less than God’s best; or fill in the blank________________.

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Encouragement is making an effort to help someone see their struggle is temporary. Encouragement is keeping peace in unkind situations. They are challenges all around us, I’ve learned that we can only control ourself. Breathe, remain calm and listen. We don’t have to participate in angry ranting and raving.

It’s takes two. Most times, people just need to vent, so be a pair of ears that listen. This would be encouragement by presence, no words needed. (smile)

Encouragement is rare these days. When did we stop talking and encouraging one another? These days, it appears, it’s about what we don’t do or what we don’t have. (shock face)

The possibilities are endless to what encouragement can do for each and everyone of us. (smile)

Thoughts and comments are welcomed. (smile)

Be blessed, encouraged and enjoy your day! (smile)

Pass The Test

Some challenges are tests. If we remain calm, keep our peace, and walk by faith, we’ll pass with flying colors! (smile)

Thursday was a test day for me (smile) I made a decision about someone in my life and found out that God had other plans. (shock face) Needless to say, I was not prepared for the sincerity I heard in their voice which completely cause my thoughts to go blank for my comeback remark. My spirit was quickened, my tongue bridled so I just let it go.

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I walked out of my house to be hit by the brutal cold and the slippery walk way because I did not shovel the snow off my patio. (Ugh)

I make it to my car and while it’s warming up decided to look for my work ID. Could not find it! (Panic time) So I go back into my house, snow all over my boots, (ugh) to look for my ID. No where could I find it! With no ID, you can’t drive onto the facility. So I called to get a ride with someone. By this time, I am feeling a bit numb but still peaceful. The person was coming to get me in fifteen minutes. Somehow in a matter of that time, I locked my keys in my car! (OMG) I think, are you kidding me!

By this time, my thoughts go through a series of coulda, woulda, shoulda. If you shoveled like you were supposed to…if you didn’t make that call… I felt my silly thoughts were trying to push any button. I thought I had road service assistance with my insurance.

I found out that I didn’t and for $75.00 they would send someone to get my keys. (shock face) It’s while waiting that it hits me, I am being tested! I smile because by the grace of God, I passed so far. (smile) I am not being prideful friends just praising God for the growing of spiritual fruit and the renewal of my mind to keep moving forward by not stopping and dwelling on the why is this happening.

See thoughts will come, it’s our choices that dictate the things that follows. Suffice it to say, I was tested all day. I kept choosing to breath and have faith that God was in control and He was! At the end of the day, I was exhausted with a victory by His grace! (smile)

I am also praying whether to continue blogging! It’s a bit overwhelming most days. Until I learn to balance, some days, there may not be any postings. Please bear with me as I figure this out! Be blessed my friends and enjoy your day!

Peace

My message today is short. No matter what, goes on today, have faith and keep your peace because this too shall pass! (smile)

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We always have a choice on how we react to things and stuff and something or someone!

Smile, it looks good on ya!

Roll with it and be blessed today! (wink and a smile)

Father God, Please Give

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God bless us, by faith, as we pray without ceasing for people, in our life. We thank you Lord, by faith, for answering our prayers. Let thy will be done.

The Set Me Free Prayer

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Sometimes, by faith, we should release everything to God! We’re too blessed to be stressed! 😁

End of Day Blessing

 

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God bless us, as we cast all cares and have a peaceful nights sleep! 😊

Maturity Begins

Maturity requires fruit. They will know us by our fruit. 😜 The fruit of the spirit 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)) becomes evident as we grow and mature through each life experience. 😰

 

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Here is the thing, the words we speak, how we conduct ourselves, tells our maturity level and the fruit within us! 😁 We are going to learn today that God loves us–unconditionally. He may not love the stuff we do but He loves us. When we stumble, thank God for his mercy and his grace! 😀

Maturity brings self acceptance to love ourself, flaws and all because Psalm 139:14 tells us I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knows right well. So careless what others think! We know who we are and whose we are, there is nothing to prove to anybody. To just listen or agree to disagree; to bridle the tongue, that’s fruit and maturity! 😜 Ain’t life grand!

Here is another fun fact–ain’t nobody bigger than God. So God loves you, keep growing and moving forward. 😜

Maturity also gives freedom, to walk the narrow path, as illustrated in Matthew 7:13-14, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Have courage to stay on the narrow path. 😀

God bless us as we continue to be content, produce more fruit and know the love of Christ which passes knowledge until we are filled with all the fullness of you.

🎶Happy Friday🎶

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