Thought For Today – To Let Go

The power of letting go….

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.

Celebrate Friday Humor


Hello everyone, hope all is well. Welcome Lexa and co-host, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge, to another week to celebrate the small things.

It’s been a long week. TGIF! This week, I celebrate Friday humor. Circus. Get it? (wink)

Have a great weekend and keep the faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Thought For Today – Love

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.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ~


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.

Thought For Today – Stepping Stones

A quote of wisdom.

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.

Simply Stated

Hello friends. (smile) Simply stated gets to point.

Some of the most powerful gestures, come from the heart. Simply stated. (wink)

Simply stated, Praise The Lord for answered prayers.

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.

Celebrate It’s A Good Day


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

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

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. (wink) My thoughts are short and sweet.

This week, I celebrate and rejoice being ready for the long weekend.

Wahoo, something to do with an extra day to recover. (wink)     Praise The Lord.

It’s a good day to have a good day. 

Seeing all that the blessings in life. 

A glimpse of a brighter tomorrow. 

Believe in the possibilities, for such a time, as this.

Doing it, by faith.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your good day and long Memorial Day weekend.

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Faith Through It


When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!
~ Author Unknown ~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
~ 1 Peter 5:10-11 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well in your world. (wink) Nothing gets attention more than health challenges, plus accepting the fact that reading cheaters no longer work.

Celebrate faith through it.

Reality forces change. A realization that stress is cumulative.

To everything, there is a season. Faith through it.

The valleys and the mountains.

It’s been hectic and drama filled days at the circus. Challenging conversations. My little maladies stabilizing while adjusting to changes beyond my control. Sticking to a routine, of proper rest, helped to balance energy level.

The blessings.

The power of praying comforts and releases everything to God, who can change seasons. I’ve been praying and releasing everything to God. Thank you Lord.

By the grace of God, today, I can smile because all is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (wink)

There is something powerful about seeing good after a bad season.

There is something powerful about letting go.

There is something powerful about knowing who we are in Christ.

Too many times, energy is wasted on the why of it. It is, what it is.

Faith through it, whatever it is. I love the quote above because without the valleys, we wouldn’t recognize the blessings of the mountains. Praise The Lord.

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Loved


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
~ Psalm 23 ~


It’s a beautiful thing to realize just how precious and loved we truly are.

What a blessings!

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

A Good Day

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
~ Anonymous ~


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

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

Slice of Heaven

The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
~ Oscar Wilde ~

Hello friends. (smile) Thanks and God bless you for providing a slice of heaven into my life! (smile) and {{hugs}} I appreciate you!

It’s the little things that deliver a slice of heaven into someone’s life.

Providing encouragement in a time of need. Providing a smile can change someone’s challenging moment. Providing strength just by being around. Listening when someone has angst.

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One of the hardest lessons to remember is that each of us are going through something.

That something will test us to produce more 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.

No matter the something, we provide a slice of heaven into someone’s life every time we lessen their angst by the “one another” scriptures below:

Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Blessings, friends, as we provide a slice of heaven into each other’s life today. (smile)

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)

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)

Be at Peace

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) Today, I am choosing to be content and at peace because God is in charge! I invite you to join me. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, to be content and at peace today! (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)

A Prayer for Daily Grace

Our past mistakes, can only hurt today, when we dwell on them.
~Ann V Friend~

Hello friends. (smile) A powerful and specific prayer for daily grace.

Change is a beautiful thing, once we walk through it. It’s understanding the why at times that really test our willingness to endure. (shock face)
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I believe every painful pruning is God preparing us, for bigger and better stages, to be a blessing to those around us. We can’t have a testimony without a test or that once upon a time experience to share. (smile)
We can thank God for His mercy and His grace for those colorful times we react without thinking.

So, my friends, the next time something or someone pushes, practice the pause and thank God for the opportunity to grow. (wink)

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.

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.

Survived

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31 ~

Wahoo, TGIF friends! (smile) How was your week? This week was brutal. I thank God for His mercy and His grace that I survived. (smile)

We survive every single time when we keep the faith that God will walk us through.

We survive every single time when we choose to let go of anything weighting us down.

We survive every single time when we speak God’s Word in times of distress.

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We survive every single time when we stay positive and focus on the current moment.

We survive every single time when we realize that things and stuff and/or X, Y and Z, play a part in God’s plan for our continued growth. (shock face)

We survive every single time when we roll with it because it is, what it is. (smile)

We survive every single time when we can smile to change our mood and keep our sense of humor. (cheesy smile)

We survive every single time when we keep an attitude of thankfulness.

We survive every single time when we remember the power of 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. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, we survived the week! (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)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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)

Blessed

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. ~ Deuteronomy 28:6 ~

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Friends, be blessed and enjoy your day. (smile) I’ve learned somedays will challenge and push, while somedays will be steady state; just keep the faith knowing either way, we’re blessed.

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)

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)

IWSG Prove Them Wrong

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

Them can be anyone who tell us we can’t, we will never or fill in the blank________. Society is filled with them.

Them speak things that we believed because we trust them or fill in the blank___________. Sometimes, I wonder the motives that make them discourage us.

Words spoken, by them, start the root of doubting abilities and losing confidence. Prove them wrong.

Refuse to replay the insecurity of can’t. Refuse to think the insecurity of can’t. Refuse to speak the insecurity of can’t. Prove them wrong.

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Write. Create like only you can. Only God knows our thoughts besides us and His Word says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”. Remember this the next time can’t creeps into the mind. (smile)

Sure there will be critics and opinions. Sometimes, it’s just information. Prove them wrong.

There are probably distinguished authors, who had to walk through seasons of proving them wrong. This should give us hope that every rewrite, every blocked thought or filled in the blank__________will eventually get us closer to our goal. The masterpiece! (gritted teeth smile)

A rejection today maybe become a possibility tomorrow. Faith! Believe in your abilities. Keeping your sense of humor and making time for fun promotes balance. (smile)

Let today be the day, we continue to have faith and refine our masterpiece because all things are possible when we believe.

Be blessed and enjoy your day! Comments are welcome. (smile)

Self-Acceptance

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

God loves you and me. Unconditionally. Accept that truth. We’re created in His image. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Flaws and all. (smile)

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There are times, God’s love for me and feeling His presence are the only things that keeps me going. Like today, I have a heaviness on my heart so I am praying for family, friends and my enemies.

Self-acceptance is knowing and loving ourself because God does. Anything else is irrelevant. His love never fails. We are not alone because He is always with us.

By the way, it’s cold and snowing here and I am dreading going out later to shovel a path to my car and shoveling off my car. Ugh. I have faith that this too shall pass. (smile) Trying to think happy thoughts about shoveling!

So have a blessed Monday knowing that we are loved unconditionally because God is love. (smile) As always, I welcome your comments.

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)

Speak Life

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

Speak life into every situation. Sometimes we speak the wrong things out of habit. Sometimes we speak things to ourself and others because we blurt it out without thinking. (shock face)

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Sometimes, we have to apologize for things we say. As I think back growing up, I don’t remember anyone explaining spiritual growth or maturity. So as we get older, it’s something we learn by trial and error. (gritted teeth smile)

Each day, we have opportunities to speak life or death in our life and situations. Many times, we are our worst critic. (smile)

Let us have faith and be positive in what we speak. (smile)

Be blessed my friends! (smile)

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)

Hope and Strength

I had a long dental appointment yesterday. Once everything wore off, my face hurt so bad I had to sleep it off! (shock face) Thank God, I have a two week break from the dentist and 1 last appointment! (smile)

Many of us have struggles with something or someone; you know, things and stuff. This is what I’ve learned through this whole emotional dental experience. Too much negativity and constant complaining makes whatever trial or tribulation, challenge, storm, whatever we want to call it that more difficult. Sometimes, we are given advice contrary to what’s in our spirit. Sometimes it gets overwhelming that we must say “enough” and let it go and let God.

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Sometimes, we just need to unplug and pray heartfelt words to God. He knows everything anyway, so just be honest and tell Him the truth of how you feel. Free will gives some the right to say nasty things or wrong us. Forgiveness and praying, for them, gives us freedom to live our life without giving power or constantly replaying the thing in our mind. Let us remember, we reap what we sow. So choose to sow forgiveness. It’s liberating and powerful.

Here is where hope and strength comes into play. Sometimes, we have to walk through because it’s Gods will in His master plan for our life. John 16:33, 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.

God is always in charge. Most things, we will experience will put more fruit within us. As we grow and mature, our spiritual fruit is evident, as well as, led by the Holy Spirit. You can trust in Him. You can walk by faith knowing He is and will always be in control. His will be done.

He has put desires in each of us and when He says we’re ready; the manifestation comes. Until then, we have hope it will get better and strength to hold on while still moving forward.

Have a blessed evening!

Comments and thoughts are always welcome, (smile)

Updated Emergency Numbers

Hello my friends 😀 I need to be away from blogging for a few days. Have no worries, all is well in my world. 😜 I’ll miss your smiling faces. 😉

I came across an updated version of the bible emergency numbers for your reading pleasure. Feel free to visit the website anytime, I made some subtle changes and left the lights on for you! 😜

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God bless us as we keep the faith and keep moving forward. Let His will be.

Learn To Love

Another illustration, of adapting and adjusting, to truly love others. Sometimes, we forget, we have unloveable sides too……

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John 13:34 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

God bless you!

Letting Go Takes Love

This quote is a perfect illustration of love. Love can start with each of us. To let go, means adapting and adjusting to one another in spite of our things and stuff.

To let go, means understanding we’re different with our own preferences and ways of communicating.

Kind of like po-tay-toe or po-tah-toe. (smile) We must keep our sense of humor (grit teeth smile)

To let go, means checking our motives with our choice of words to one another.

To let go, means caring less about what someone says or feels about us. Psst, they talked about Jesus!

To let go, means recognizing we’re in different seasons of life and timing is everything.

To let go, means growth and taking responsibility for our actions.

All in all, right or wrong, it is, what it is. Life goes on. (smile)

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God bless us, as we have faith and trust, in you, to let go and stand on 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.

Scriptures for your reading pleasure:
Love one another – John 13:34 and John 15:12,17.
Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.
Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.
Pray for one another – James 5:16.
Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.
Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 and Colossians 3:13-14.
Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.
Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.
Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.
Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.
Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.
Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.
Receive one another – Romans 15:7.
Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.
Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16.
Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.
Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.
Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.
Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV)
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Bible Verses for Tough Times

Challenges. Change. Growth. Things and stuff. No matter what we label it–this happens, to each of us. Regardless. Life is a constant process of change and growth to produce more fruit in our lives (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 goal is to walk through without complaining. Just so you know, I am in my double digits retest! 😁 I got to sing the 🎶🎶going around the mountain one more time.🎶🎶 😜 I realized after singing yesterday that negativity breeds complaining. 😰

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We must keep the faith! God is always in charge. Whatever season we are walking through, things and stuff is temporary! There is always a scripture, to speak to things and stuff, to help us grow spiritually. 😁

This too shall pass, just not today. Of all the spiritual fruit, long-suffering and self control gets tested the most. Think of it as a wilderness experience without luxuries. The key–not to beat ourself up when we stumble. Sometimes, it is, what it is! 😜 Roll with it and let it go!

None of it changes this truth–God is always with us. We have his mercy and grace. He loves us unconditionally. Praise The Lord!

God bless us, by faith, as we walk through our season, meditating on 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. Let thy will be done.

God and Me

Thank God, that regardless of what is or isn’t in our life, at this moment, we can tell ourselves, God loves me and He never gives me more than I can bear.  (smile)

 

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He will never leave me nor forsake me and the joy of The Lord is my strength! 

Oh, to be loved, by God, is a beautiful thing! 

Praise God for blessing us with what we need!  (smile) 

Father God, I Come To You

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Regardless of what we are going through, let us faith it until we make it!

God bless us as we recognize the power of prayer and that you hear us!

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! 😜