Celebrate The Mindset of Positivity 


There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.
~ Unknown Author ~

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) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (smile) This week, I celebrate a new month and the mindset of positivity. Why be negative?

Thoughts are powerful. Patience is required. Self encouragement is a necessity.  

July was dog barking rough for me. Been in a fiery furnace situation while going around the same mountain.  Bygones.

Praise The Lord, his presence provided strength that helped me walk and move forward because I was never alone.  

I share these encouraging thoughts:

Perseverance to keep going
Optimistic with hope
Significance of faith and trust in The Lord
Inspirational scriptures
Thrive on the power of scriptures
Inspiring thoughts encourage
Versatility in ways to stay positive
Inner peace is a blessing
Thankful everyday
Yielding to defeat negative thoughts

There are times when silence is a blessing to listen.

Positive thoughts lead to positive communication.

Changing focus and perspective, about a situation, is wisdom to keep moving forward.

To God, be the glory.

Positivity is energy.  It attracts people. (wink)

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith To Silence…Psst

This post was originally published on 30 July, 2015 and updated 1 Dec 2018.

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

Forgive yourself first. Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind. Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving your mistakes. Don’t remind yourself of what should have, could have or would have been. Release it and let it go. Move on.
~ Les Brown ~

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) Hope all is well. Those pesky thoughts that whisper psst. Entertain just one psst and that thought brings stronger than the last psst.

Today’s quote is quite powerful. Think about it, how many times do we internalize and replay, retell something that is just rhetoric?

Psst.

Speaking the Word of God, to psst, will renew the mind.

The power of words spoken give strength to move forward.

Replacing one psst at a time is powerful to our spirit.

Praise The Lord to realize we can silence psst just by changing the way we speak to ourselves.

Here are a few scriptures to dispel psst:

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
~ Joshua 1:9 ~

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
~ John 3:16-17


There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
~ Romans 8:1 ~

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 no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 ~

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ~

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

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.
~ 1 John 4:18-19 ~

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
~ 1 John 5:4-8 ~

Sometimes we give psst power to overwhelm us. In time, psst loses it power.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith, as we silence psst and smile because we can. (wink)

Feel free to share your thoughts on psst.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Thought

Even the most negative thoughts cannot agitate something call Faith!
~ Unknown Author ~

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) Hope you had a great weekend. I hung out with a friend nursing a broken heart. Some of us have this experience on our resume of life.

I praised The Lord for His presence and answering my prayers this weekend.

This post marks the birth of my first blog poem. Thank God for courage.

Entertaining one pesky thought can lead to many pesky thoughts.


Some thoughts overwhelm. Some thoughts torment.

There are times, thoughts are help by words spoken haphazardly.


There are times, comments are internalized that cause pesky thoughts to surface.

Faith to think on things that are true and positive. Grace to cover everything else.

Blessings friends as we start the week with faith and grace abounding.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Renewing The Mind

Nothing changes if we never replace things and stuff keeping us bound to it.
~ Ann Friend ~

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 ~

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) Thoughts. Memories. The past, to include yesterday, has no power over our future, unless we continue to think on it. Renewing the mind can be a beautiful thing when we realize that nothing or anyone on this earth is perfect. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts helps to renew the mind!

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We all have something about ourself being worked or pruned to produce more spiritual fruit. It’s no secret that mine is patience and long-suffering! I stopped responding to every negative thought that I entertained. Thus, my new sound bite, I careless. (smile)

It’s truly freedom to have choices. Remembering the past can be a good thing if we’re looking back for reference. Once upon a time, I struggled with negative thoughts and bad memories that kept angst and fear within my heart. It was also draining to carry.

When I surrendered to the Holy Spirit and Jesus became my Lord and Savior, old things became new and I began meditating on Philippians 4:8 to renew my mind. Praise The Lord.

Glory to God for the victory!

Through the process of growing and maturing, sometimes, the things we remember are not as accurate as we perceived. Sometimes, we have to choose to acknowledge it, forgive it and let it go. Renew the mind.

Renewing the mind brings change. Renewing the mind brings growth. Renewing the mind sets us free to make better choices. Renewing the mind opens up possibilities to see life from a different perspective.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we renew our mind and meditate on Philippians 4:8. (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)

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)

Remind Yourself

Philippians 4:8 – 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.

The things we think and fret over can become overwhelming. Positive thoughts encourage hope. Positive thoughts can replay memories of happier times. Positive thoughts help to promote a healthy state of mind. (smile)

It comes down to habits and choices. We are either pessimistic or optimistic in our perceptions of ourself, others, life and things and stuff. (shock face)

Depending on what we speak, draws that element to us throughout our day, week, month, year.

It takes courage to change and not allow peer pressure or other opinions to keep us stuck. It takes courage to out grow bad habits. (smile)

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A changed mind changes thoughts. Changed thoughts change perception. Sometimes, we have to talk positive, by faith, until it becomes a habit. Why entertain anything else. It’s draining! Sometimes, just listening without the need to speak is wisdom! Thank you Lord!

So when x, y, or z comes along, bringing drama or negative stuff, think differently before speaking it into agreement, by faith. (smile)

It been a tough six months for me. I started paying attention to what was spoken and what I kept agreeing too, all because my focus was on the challenges, the things and stuff. (shock face) I kept casting it to The Lord and praying. Then someone would ask about it, instead of speaking positive, I spoke against what I was praying. How about you, ever spoken against what you were praying?

Ugh, the lessons in life, will keep coming until we work through the thing. (gritted teeth smile)

We’re all working through something. Sometimes, we engage in conversations that add to our challenges, instead of making them better. The safest person to tell our troubles is God.

Thank God, when He brings someone along with a good word or an answer to our prayer when we need it! This is where He strengthens our faith in Him. (smile)

The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Any other fear is not of God.

Be blessed and enjoy your day! As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Something to Ponder 3

Those pesky thoughts. Romans 12:2 tells us “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.

By faith, let us replace thoughts that keep us stuck! Replacing one thought at a time work will result in victory and a renewed mind! Praise The Lord.

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God bless us, by faith today, as we meditate on Philippians 4:8 – 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.

Repeat After Me, I Am…

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

Hello friends (smile) Today, let’s replace negative thoughts, about ourself, one thought at a time. (shock face)

Renewing the mind is serious business to keep moving forward. Look back at the past, as a gauge, not to dwell or give up. (nervous smile)

Replacing thoughts is another part, in the process, of growing and maturing. Thus, renewing the mind. (gritted teeth smile) Old habits die hard!

Sometimes, singing or praising Jesus can stop thoughts that can overwhelm us. (smile) Finding something that works is the key.

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We have to choose and refuse to entertain negative self thoughts. (smile) Faith, we must do it by faith! (wink and a smile)

As we grow, mature, our mind is renewed, it becomes easier to roll with things and stuff, no matter, who slings it! (cheesy smile) In time, that button won’t work anymore! Smile and keep the faith!

Be blessed today, by faith, as we continue to renew our mind and meditate on Philippians 4:8 – 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.

Smile, it looks good on you!

Practice The Pause

Remember, by faith, to practice, the pause with things and stuff!

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God bless us, by faith, as we practice the pause. Let thy will be done.

Key scriptures to remember:

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.

Philippians 4:8 – 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.

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

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 😜

The ABC’s of Genuine Happiness

Sometimes, to renew our mind, we have to replace negative words with positive words and negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Anything practiced enough becomes a habit! 😀

 

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Philippians 4:8 – 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.

God bless us, by faith, as we renew our mind by replacing negative words for positive words and negative thoughts for positive thoughts! May your will be done!

As always, your thoughts or comments are welcomed! 😀

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

This post was originally published on 14 June 2013 and updated on 10 November 2018.

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 I mentioned before, 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 an effective witness 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.

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: 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. 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? 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. 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.

To be continued…..

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