Love One Another

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
~ 1 John 4:11-12 ~

The ability to love others, in a less than kind environment, is a choice.

To love imperfections, in others, is to love as God loves our imperfections.

These are just my thoughts and something to ponder….

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

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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

Praying With Specificity

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
~ Isaiah 40:29 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well. Prayer is powerful when it’s heart-felt and specific to a need.

Pray with faith believing God will answer.

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 Letting Go Takes Love


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

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
~ Mark 12:29-31 ~

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.

This week, celebrate letting go takes love.  It’s liberating to love enough to let go.

Loving ourself flaws and all is easier when we know God loves us unconditionally.

Loving our neighbor is shown when we let go of ___________________ (fill in the blank)

Praise The Lord.

There are times, letting go is the most loving gesture we can do.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to keep the faith, by letting go, and enjoy your weekend.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Sometimes Faith

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Faith is believing in something that sometimes doesn’t always seem logical.
~ Unknown Author ~

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Hello friends and IWSG co-hosts (smile) Welcome to the first Wednesday of the month.

Sometimes faith is all that is needed to baby step and keep moving forward.  (wink)

Sometimes faith is wisdom to release anything not positive causing angst. 

Sometimes faith __________(fill in the blank).

Sometimes faith in the beautiful and powerful prayer above changes our mindset.

Abundant blessings, my friends, as we believe faith endures.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

May God Remove

It only takes a simple attitude adjustment to build a little positivity, and little positivity is what makes great things possible.
~ Unknown Author ~

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration where the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve throne, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

And every one that forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
~ Matthew 19:26-30 ~

Hello friends. Sometimes, adjustment is wisdom, in action, because it is, what it is.

Especially when we breathe and practice the pause during challenges.

Abundant blessings and keep the faith.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Spark

A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation, doesn’t always need togetherness, as long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part…
~ Unknown Author ~

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
~ Proverbs 27:17 ~

Hello friends. (smile) A smile. A hug. A look. A word. A call. A text. A prayer. __________(fill in the blank).

Any of these can rekindled a spark to keep moving forward, get out of bed and face the day, change focus or ___________(fill in the blank).

True connections always have a spark. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing, when friends get us.

It’s heartwarming, when friends just listen at times when we need a safe zone.

It comforting, when friends call or show up when we’re challenged and pray.

Its amazing when friends can grow and sharpen each other.

It’s wonderful to hang out and laugh with friends.

Praise The Lord for those, in life, who provide the spark when needed most.

Blessings and enjoy today reminiscing about those spark moments. (smile)

Your comments or thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Faith To Sleep Well Tonight

Sleeping is a cure to forget about pain, problems, stress and everything for a while.
~ Unknown Author ~


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I an meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
~ Matthew 11:28-30 ~

Count Our Blessings

Life is filled with happiness, sadness, tears, smiles, laughter and other emotions but when life gets you down, just be strong about it and keep your head up high and have faith in all things in life. Always remember: God is at your side, always.
~ Unknown Author ~

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.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) How you doing? Today, let’s keep the faith as we count the blessings in our life. Thank you Lord!Wahoo, something to do! (wink) Count our blessings.

Friends, I pray, by faith, abundant blessings from my heart to yours. Praise The Lord.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Greatest Test of Faith

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.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

“Life is a series of surprises.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

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Keep the faith and trust in God’s timing!

Blessings as we remember God can work all things out and thanking Him through anything else.

Life Gets So Much Better

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.
~ John 16:33 ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
~ Galatians 5:22-23 ~

Not everyone will support you. If you take every insult or rude slur of your fellow human beings personally, you will be offended for the rest of your life.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) I hope all is well in your world. (smile) It’s busy at the circus and all is well in my world. Just not enough hours in the day. Praise The Lord that He sustains us daily.

Every challenge, we crawl or walk through, brings more of the spiritual fruit we’re missing. I still believe long-suffering and temperance are tested the most in this process called life.

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It’s a beautiful thing to know the love and peace of God from within. It is even more beautiful when we stop taking things and stuff or Y moments personally.

It is, what it is. Spirit led trumps worldly led every time.

To put this in a proper perspective, there will always be someone saying something or something will test us, let’s keep the faith that we’re better than we were yesterday, last week, last month and last year. Remember, they talked about Jesus and like us, He was tested.

We renew our minds when we stop taking things personally. Folks are going to think what they think regardless of what we do. Let em! Sometimes, they don’t know any better!

How about that. Growth and maturity, a powerful thing.

Sometimes, comments are made that are wrong. Let it go, don’t give it any power because you know who you are in Christ. Thank God for wisdom from above.

Blessings, by faith, as we stop taking things personally.

Help Us Prayer

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
~ Proverbs 3:5-6 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Remember the power of prayer and meditating on God’s Word will help us walk through anything.
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Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
~ Isaiah 41:10 ~

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
~ 2 Timothy 1:7 ~

Blessings!

Something to Ponder

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~ Proverbs 1:7 ~

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
~ Psalm 91:3-7 ~

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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.
~ 1 John 4:18 ~

Give

Life is beautiful because it is a controlled yet chaotic dance of ups and downs where we are blessed with the ability to sense those pains and pleasures equally.
~ Suman Rai ~

Hello friends. (smile) Blessings, in life, can come in so many forms. Give. Sow. What we give out comes back to us. It’s reaping and sowing with a twist. (smile)

Everyday, there are opportunities to give, our time, a kind word, encouragement, love, a hug, a specific prayer, a smile or fill in the blank____________________, to those around us.

It’s the little things that truly show others that we care and they are not alone. Give brings balance.

We all bring something to the table. God blessed me with the gift of encouragement. Thank you Lord! It’s what I do. (wink)

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God gets the glory every time He pours words of encouragement into my heart to share with someone.

Do you know your gift?

I can honestly tell you, I did not know my gift was encouragement until I started blogging! (shock face)

As God walks us through things and stuff and challenging moments with X, Y or Z, He is expanding and perfecting our gift within us. Pfft, as we grow, the gift becomes a natural part of who we are. (smile)

Everywhere, we go, are opportunities to give something to others. Smiling, is one of the most beautiful things we can give to others. (smile)

Times are tough and to give, of ourself, can be a blessings that shows someone God loves them! (smile)

Blessings, my friends, as we give to someone today. (smile)

End of Day Blessing

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Posting late. I was off schedule all day. A beautiful Susie Larson blessing to end the day. Regardless, of where we are at this moment, be grateful of the many blessings in our life.

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Realize how much God loves us. Remember, by faith, to carry our imaginary slingshot and put on the full armour of God to defeat Goliath.

Pray because there is power in prayer.

Blessings as we keep the faith and sleep well tonight. (smile)

Start A Day Blessing

Today everything is possible…Yesterday is gone.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Let us walk by faith believing God has provided everything we need to crawl, walk or run through today. Thank you, Lord. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, that we know we are loved and have His mercy and His grace to sustain us. (smile) Praise The Lord!

End of Day Blessing

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, you need a safe zone to vent and just say what’s on your mind and gives thanks you survived. (wink)

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I encourage you to tell it, the good, the bad and the ugly to God. Mercy and grace.

That’s right, telling Him every frustration, every angst. It helped me realize it is, what it is and to move on. Thank you Lord! (smile)

Blessing to release it and sleep well tonight! (smile)

A Good Day

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

Hello friends. (smile) By faith, it’s a good day to have a good day. Sometimes, we must focus on all the positive things and people that God has put in our life. Praise The Lord. (smile)

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Sometimes, we must adjust and recognize the blessings all around us.

Sometimes, we must rejoice and be glad that God really is in control. Focus on Him and not the challenge.

Smile, it can brighten the day. Smile, it can change the environment around us.

Most of all, smile, because we’re blessed and highly favored. (smile)

So my friends, by faith, be blessed because it’s a good day to have a good day! (smile)

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)

God’s Word

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:31~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know where to find comfort in God’s Word regardless of where we are in life. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when God’s Word gives strength to keep moving forward.

It’s a beautiful thing to know God’s Word for ourselves.

Instead of speaking idle, faithless words, speak words that give life to our weary bones and situations. (smile) Praise The Lord!

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More Word of God scriptures for our reading pleasure:

Word of God Called:
Book of the Law – Nehemiah 8:3
Law of The Lord – Psalms 1:2
Scriptures – John 5:39
Holy Scriptures – Romans 1:2
Word of God – Hebrews 4:12
Word – James 1:21-23
Word of life – Philippians 2:16
Book – Revelation 22:19

Descriptive of:
Old Testament Law – Mark 7:13
God’s revealed plan – Romans 9:6
God’s completed revelation – Colossians 1:25-27
Christ’s message – Luke 5:1
Christian Gospel – Acts 4:31

Described as:
Pure – Psalms 19:8
Restraining – Psalms 119:11
Perfect – Psalms 19:7
Sure – Psalms 111:7, 8
Truth – Psalms 119:142, 151, 160
Enduring – Isaiah 40:8
Effectual – Isaiah 55:11
Sanctifying – Ephesians 5:26
Harmonious – Acts 15:15
Inspired – 2 Peter 1:21
Living and active – Hebrews 4:12

Compared to:
Lamp – Psalms 119:105
Fire – Jeremiah 5:14
Hammer – Jeremiah 23:29
Seed – Matthew 13:18-23
Sword – Ephesians 6:17

Agency of, to:
Heal – Psalms 107:20
Make free – John 8:32
Illuminate – Psalms 119:130
Bear witness – John 20:31
Produce faith – Romans 10:17
Make wise – 2 Timothy 3:15-17
Exhort – 2 Timothy 4:2
Rejoice the heart – Jeremiah 15:16
Create the world – Hebrews 11:3
Regenerate – James 1:18
Destroy the world – 2 Peter 3:5-7

Proper attitude toward, to:
Stand in awe – Psalms 119:161
Tremble at – Isaiah 66:2, 5
Speak faithfully – Jeremiah 23:28
Search – Acts 17:11
Speak boldly – Acts 4:29, 31
Preach – Acts 8:25
Receive – Acts 11:1
Glorify – Acts 13:48
Teach – Acts 18:11
Obey – 1 Peter 3:1
Handle accurately – 2 Timothy 2:15
Do – James 1:22, 23
Suffer for – Revelation 1:9

In the believer’s life, as:
Restraint – Psalms 119:9, 11
Guide, Psalms 119:133
Source of joy Psalms 119:47, 97, 162
Standard of conduct Titus 2:5
Source of new life – 1 Peter 1:23
Spiritual food – 1 Peter 2:2

Prohibitions concerning, not to be:
Preached in man’s wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:4, 13
Used deceitfully – 2 Corinthians 4:2
Altered – Revelation 22:18, 19

Blessings my friends as we speak God’s Word into our life and keep the faith. (smile)

Feel free to share with a friend. (smile)

A Prayer to Sleep Well Tonight

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
~ Proverbs 3:24 ~

Hello friends (smile) I rested and slept most of the weekend. (shock face) Ever get so tired physically that sleep is all you can do to replenish the body? The weather has been so hot that it zaps the energy.

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I stayed in the comforts of my 56 degrees home and slept peacefully. (smile)

I stumbled across another powerful and specific prayer to bless us. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and sleep well tonight. (smile)

Blessed Thursday

Sometimes all we need is some personal space and time to release, reflect, and focus on all the amazing things that we have been blessed with in life.
~ Unknown Author ~

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Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 115:15 ~

Have A Beautiful Friday

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.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

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Hello friends. (smile) Be blessed and keep the faith, as we mediate on Romans 8:28.

Laughter

Its true that laughter really is cheap medicine. It’s a prescription anyone can afford. And best of all, you can fill it right now.
~ Unknown Author ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to smile and enjoy a deep down in your belly laugh. (smile)

Laughter, sometimes, reminds us to lighten up! Enjoy life. Have fun. Roll with it. (cheesy smile)

Yes, it can be hard to laugh, when we’re going through things and stuff or Y is working that last nerve. (shock face)

Ever notice, how God can send someone to bring a smile or tell us something to make us laugh, before the flesh man makes an appearance? Many days, I’ve thanked Him for his timing and His grace. (smile)

I laughed so hard the first time I saw the phase “Not my Circus, not my monkeys.” I see this as a reminder to mind our own business. (shock face) Pray, let go and let God.

I’ve learned that people ask when they want input! Free will to choose.

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For your reading pleasure, scriptures on laughter:

Laughter – an emotion expressive of joy, mirth or ridicule.

Kinds of laughter:

Divine – Psalm 59:8
Natural – Job 8:21
Derisive – Nehemiah 2:19
Fake – Proverbs 14:13
Scornful – 2 Chronicles 30:10
Confident – 5:22
Joyful – Psalm 126:2

Causes of laughter:

Man’s folly – Psalm 2:4
Something unusual – Genesis 18:12-15
Something untrue – Matthew 9:24
Ridicule – 2 Chronicles 30:10
Highly contradictory – Psalm 22:7, 8

So be blessed, my friends, and have a great day, by faith, taking time to laugh when you can. (cheesy smile)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts or comments on laughter. (smile)

By Faith, I Declare

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
~ Ephesians 3:17-20 ~

Hello friends (smile)  Life is a process. Good and bad. Ebbs and flows. Somedays are better than others. Choosing to stay positive, in spite of things and stuff, and X, Y and Z, requires faith and trust in God. No doubts. No worries. No fears.  Faith.  Trust.  Spirit led.

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Negativity is draining and gains nothing! (shock face) What’s that old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (gritted teeth smile)

Sometimes, we just need to breathe before speaking or smile and say nothing! (wink and a smile) Roll with it!

Spell it with us– C H A N G E. Change how we react to things and stuff! (shock face) As we grow and renew our mind, it becomes easier to keep our focus, which helps, when things and stuff, just keeps on coming! (shock face)

During challenging times, we can thank God for his mercy and his grace. No need to beat ourselves up when we stumble. Grace. (smile)

We always have a choice on how we react. Choose. Repel or draw. Negative or positive.

Blessings, as we have faith to enjoy this day! (smile)

Waiting Prayer

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
~Philippians 4:6~

Hello friends (smile) Waiting. Waiting requires patience. To be honest, sometimes, I get frustrated waiting. (shock face) Nonetheless, I stand and keep the faith as I wait; keeping my hands off the situation. (smile)

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How about you, ever get frustrated or anxious with waiting?
I do thank God for the prayers He does answer! Praise The Lord. (smile)

It all comes down to His timing and His will for us. So we keep praying and keep the faith!

Blessings friends as you enjoy your weekend! (smile)

What Does God Think About Me?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
~Jeremiah 29:11~

The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
~A.L. Kitselman~

Hello friends. (smile) Words have power. Especially The Word of God. The deeper, The Word is within us, the stronger our spirit man becomes over the flesh man. Glory to God.

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Knowing who we are in Christ is a powerful and beautiful thing! Having a personal relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, is even more powerful. (smile)

These two things bring faith and courage to be ourself and allows us to live life knowing that God loves and protects us well. (smile)

The joy of The Lord is my strength. (cheesy smile)

It comes down to choices and knowing His will for our life.

Let today be the day, we replace negative statements about ourself with God’s powerful Words of “I am” and “I can“. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and have a beautiful day, by faith! (smile)

A Prayer for You

Hello friends (smile) God bless you for your kind and encouraging words. (cheesy smile)

Let us walk, by faith, knowing that we can give all of our things and stuff to God! Talking and complaining, to everybody, won’t change anything–just gets us worked up or fired up. (shock face)

Let it go! Put it at the foot of the cross! Continue to pray! Remember to thank God for his mercy and his grace!

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By faith, choose to remain spiritual. Keep speaking His word! By faith, choose to keep moving forward. Refuse to remain stuck. Here’s the thing, God loves us unconditionally; there are no strings to his love. We stumble, He will still love us. His love never fails. He will never leave nor forsake us. All else is irrelevant. Praise The Lord! (smile)

God bless us, by faith, as You walk us through things and stuff and we meditate 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 and Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Let thy will be done.

Feel free to share your thoughts or comments. (smile) We’re not shy here. (wink and a smile)

Happy Only Four Days Until Friday

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) Happy only four days until Friday. (cheesy smile)

Faith and grace, with contentment, can get us through any day by changing our perspective. (a wink and smile)

I no longer say ugh, it’s Monday. Gotta love change. (nervous smile)

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It comes down to perspective. How we choose to see anything and everything. How we should not internalize things and stuff, just because someone said something about nothing. (shock face) Choose to let it go. Don’t give silliness power! Rise about it by faith.

I’ll admit, under the right conditions, it is easy to react. Lack of focus; lack of food; lack of sleep; will or can contribute to the rising of our flesh. (shock face) Thank God for His mercy and His grace!

It takes courage to be different and not follow the crowd. (smile) Contentment, to say, all is right in our world, gives freedom to choose–spirit over flesh. (smile)

Someone reminded me, we’re human. Perspective. Have faith, grace and contentment until God changes our situation. (gritted teeth smile) A double portion of grace please! (smile)

Somedays, I have to dig deep because things and stuff piles up, my faith is tested, I forget to practice the pause, and psst, repentance time and thanking God for His mercy and His grace. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Ever have those days where anything and everything wants a piece of you? Growth and change is a life long process. Roll with it!

Perspective, faith, grace and contentment will get us closer to Friday. (smile)

Blessings, my friends, and have an awesome day. (smile) Feel free to share your thoughts. (smile)

Untie The Knots by Faith

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

Hello friends (smile) A beautiful and specific prayer to conquer, by faith, those pesky “not” thoughts. Everyday, we have choices. Let today, be the choice, to replace every “not” with “can“! (smile)

I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Speak it, by faith, one “not” at a time. Be thankful, for God’s mercy and grace, as we conquer our “nots“.

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Practice the pause, smile, take a deep breath and remain calm because I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

We all have busy schedules. Instead of getting angst over something at noon, concentrate on the now moment. (smile)

Sometimes, breaking down the day, into smaller increments, can save our sanity! Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. (smile)

Have a great day, by faith, and untie those “nots” because I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Blessings, my friends! (smile)

IWSG Attitude

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“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.” ~ Unknown Author~

Hello friends (smile) Have an attitude of faith to believe that we can accomplish anything. Those of us, who write, perceive deep within us, that there is a masterpiece in the making. Here’s the catch, we must believe in our abilities first! In time, the manifestation comes! (smile)

Like everything else in life, good things come to those that wait. (smile) Reminds me of my favorite spiritual fruits–patience and long-suffering. (shock face)

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Let’s not forget, regardless of critics, having an attitude of faith, to believe, in ourself reinforces our belief in our talents to do what we do and not get discouraged. (smile) Think positive thoughts!

Many times, we put pressure on ourself…

Sometimes, it is what, it is. Roll with it! (smile) Bottom line, up front, by faith, we can and we will__________________ (fill in the blank)!

Blessings my friends, until we meet here next month. (smile)

Be Thankful

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

Hello friends (smile) In the ebbs and flows of life, being thankful becomes easier when we realize just how blessed and fortunate we really are in whatever season we find ourself walking through.

It’s a beautiful thing to understand that everything happens for a reason and the most painful experiences brings growth. Things and stuff, and X, Y and Z challenges can happen to any of us.

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Be thankful to keep walking through the challenge because it builds inner strength, spiritual fruit and deepens faith, and trust in God. (smile)

Be thankful to learn adapting and adjusting promotes a healthy attitude and leaning more on God during difficult times.

Be thankfulthat the past has no power unless we allowed it.

Be thankful to understand free will to choose remains an obstacle when dealing with others. Sometimes, they are not ready for the next step. Sometimes, we’re not. Be thankful to know the difference.

By faith, be blessed and thankful each day that God wakes us up. (smile)

Strength for A Friend Prayer

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Friends, there is power in prayer. The last week, a few friends reached out for prayers. By faith, I am trusting and believing God to answer them as His will be done. Thank you Lord.

Tonight, I share this because sometimes we have to lay aside our own stuff to help those who need help. This morning, someone who dislikes me big time called out the clear blue asking me to pray for them. (shock face)

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By the grace of God, I listened and was praying as this person was speaking. The Holy Spirit within me gave words of comfort to speak and helped me put aside all the nasty things I was remembering about this person actions. I learned forgiveness and praying for my enemies a long time ago. Both played a part and truly helped me bless that person today. Thank you God for your mercy and your grace!

God gets the glory when we’re obedient to helping others, even our enemies. I thanked God for my spiritual growth and grace given to me today. Remember Romans 8:28.

Please join me in praying this beautiful prayer for strength to those we know going through challenges.

Thanks and be blessed as we start a new week! (smile)

Forgiveness Brings…

Matthew 18:21-22 – Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Hello friends (smile) I’ve been walking through stuff! No worries, all is right in my world because I’m leaning on God and my faith to get me through this season. (smile)

Recently, I mentioned, the beauty of aha moments. (cheesy smile) Forgiveness. Seventy times seven.

The quote below speaks to me. It illustrates free will to choose how I react to walking through things and stuff; trials and tribulations; and my all time favorite, X, Y and Z situations. (wink and a smile) Attitude is key.

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Forgiveness brings freedom to move on by faith that if The Lord says the same, I live to fight another day. Forgiveness brings more spiritual fruit. Forgiveness is about releasing every single thing and every X, Y and Z or fill in the blank _____________ to God by praying the solution by faith. To be honest, I’ve been praying like nobody’s business and the break through is coming, by faith.

Like most things, in life, forgiveness is a choice. I refuse to carry any thing or stuff, X, Y or Z in my head or making my heart heavy. The Word of God is so powerful that our choice to speak it, live it, want it and share it keeps us walking in the spirit and denying our flesh. Glory to God for maturity and spiritual fruit!

It always comes down to choosing a better attitude. I choose forgiveness because it helps with the woulda, coulda, shoulda thoughts. Forgiveness frees me from the replaying it over and over again. Thank you Lord for helping me let it go.

I decided to post my thoughts since it may help someone else walking though something similar. It’s helping me these days and I’m sleeping better! (smile) Praise The Lord.

Be blessed and smile, it helps keep a positive attitude so roll with it! (smile)

As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

IWSG Have Faith and Believe in Yourself

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford –

Last month, I closed with encouraging words of faith, that someday, we’ll all write a masterpiece. (smile) This month, my encouragement goes one level deeper to say have faith and believe in yourself. That masterpiece will come. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing to believe in yourself. Flaws and all. Embrace that. Like everything else in life, it starts with each of us. It comes from within. (smile)

Want love, love yourself first. Want respect, respect yourself first. Want to believe in something, believe in yourself first. Sow positive to reap positive.

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Want to write. Write for you. Write from within your heart. Write what you know. Write about your (filled in the blank)_______________. If you like, we’ll love it. If you love it, we’ll like it. Words flow best in a peaceful and positive mood.

God made you unique. There is no other you. Have courage to do your thing….well. (a wink and a smile)

There will always be someone saying something thats really about nothing. (shock face) It’s only an opinion. No idle words. No negative thoughts. No doubts. And most of all, no fear! (gritted teeth smile) Roll with it!

Stay positive. Keep writing and believing draft to draft or post to post. That masterpiece will manifest in the proper season. (smile)

Timing is everything. Sometimes, we want (filled in the blank)______________ but the timing is not right. Have faith and believe it will come when we’re ready. But I’m ready now, someone is thinking (smile) it comes when we stop stressing and focusing on it. (shock face)

So keep the faith and believe in yourself and that masterpiece becomes closer to manifestation than you realized. (smile) Can I get a witness? (smile)

Stay blessed my friends and remember to have fun and keep your sense of humor because writers write! (cheesy smile)

As always your thoughts or comments are welcome. (smile)

Courage

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

It takes courage to step out of your comfort level and try something different. It takes courage to speak your hopes and dreams out loud. It takes courage to believe in the faithfulness of God and the desires He puts within us. It takes courage to believe in ourself.

It takes courage to stop running from life. It takes courage to make decisions and stand behind them. It takes courage to stand alone and not follow the crowd. It takes courage to recognize our weaknesses and do something about it. It takes courage to let go of controlling everything.

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Courage grows as we mature spiritually. Courage grows as we become comfortable in who we are in Christ. Courage grows when we take responsibility for our choices. Courage grows when we stop making excuses. Courage grows when we become honest with ourself. Courage grows when we realize the past no longer holds us captive.

As we get older, it’s takes strength and courage to live life without others approval. As we get older, it takes courage to continue regardless of critics. (smile)

Be encouraged to do it, by faith, until your courage is stronger that doubt, fear, or fill in the blank _____________.

Be blessed and enjoy your Sunday! (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!

Harmony

Matthew 5:9, Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

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Harmony, like love and peace comes from within. Everyday that we are blessed with life on this earth, we will be challenged by something or someone. Keep the faith to adapt and adjust as we walk through stuff! We can choose to let things go!

Harmony is standing, by faith, 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.

Be blessed today! 😀

Things and Stuff – Walking Through It

Happy Friday, my friends! 😜 A heartfelt thank you for your prayers yesterday. I felt His presence and the power of your prayers lifting me up! Glory to God!

I’ve prayed for God to move, in a mighty way in your life to manifest the desires of your heart. Again, thank you so much for your prayers. 😀

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Learning to walk through the thing or distraction that pop up in life becomes easier when we ask for help–especially prayers. There will always be power in prayer by faith! Praise The Lord!

When we truly walk by faith 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; we have comfort that God is and always will be in charge!

God bless us, by faith, as we walk through the thing or distraction today! Let thy will be done.

To Second Chances

Regardless of where we are in life, have faith and remember love never fails.

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God bless us, by faith, as we remember your unconditional love for us, in spite of our things and stuff. Let us meditate on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV), 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. Let thy will be done.

Happy Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father, we thank you, for the many blessings, you bestow to us. By faith, we thank you Lord for touching hearts today. Someone is hurting, someone is alone, someone is struggling, someone is healing, someone is separated from their love ones, someone is lost, only you can touch hearts, to see past current circumstances and make a way, out of no way. By faith, we pray that this Thanksgiving be filled with love and thankfulness, regardless of where we are today. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

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Happy Thanksgiving and God bless all my friends and family! 😀

Happy Birthday to PC and DC, who are blessed x 2 today because their birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year! {{hugs}}

Courage

It takes courage to be who we are and do what we do. Keep the faith and be encouraged to continue being you! 😜 The more comfortable we are with ourselves, our courage grows and gets stronger! 😀

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Let’s face it, there will always be different spirits around us. Have the courage to be the light in the darkness! Dark spirits run from the light!

We get to choose how to respond to spirits around us. Every opportunity is a chance, by faith, to show our kindness and loving nature. Faith it, until we make it!

Thank God for his mercy and grace!

Scriptures about courage:
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 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.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

Examples of courage in the Bible:
Manifested:
Among enemies – Ezra 5:11
In battle – 1 Samuel 17:46
Against great foes – Judges 7:7-23
Against great odds – 1 Samuel 17:32, 50
When threatened Daniel – 3:16-18
When intimidated Daniel – 6:10
When facing death – Judges 16:28
In youth – 1 Samuel 14:6-45
In old age – Joshua 14:10-12
Before a king – Esther – 4:8, 16
In moral crises – Nehemiah 13:1-31
In preaching Christ – Acts 3:12-26
In rebuking – Galatians 2:11-15

God bless us, by faith, as our courage grows stronger. Let thy will be done.

Encouragement

Many times encouragement blesses someone to walk into their season, conquer a fear, feel loved, move forward, get a job, smile. The possibilities are endless to what words of encouragement can do! 😀

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God bless us, by faith, as we encourage those around us today! Let thy will be done.

By Faith, I Declare

Thank you Lord, that you are always right on time! Your love and protection with your mercy and grace, keeps us standing 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.

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God bless us, by faith, with our praise and gratitude that all good things come from above. Praise The Lord! Let thy will be done.

Bible Verse Collage

Scriptures to think on today.

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God bless us, by faith, as we prepare for today with Ephesians 6:11-20,
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Let thy will be done.

By Faith, I Declare

Life is a process. Good and bad. Ebbs and flows. Somedays are better than others. Choosing to stay positive, in spite of things and stuff, requires faith and trust in God. No doubts. No worries. No fears. Faith. Trust. Spirit led.

Negativity is draining and gains nothing! (shock face) What’s that old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (gritted teeth smile)

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Sometimes, we just need to breathe before speaking or smile and say nothing! (wink and a smile) Roll with it!

Spell it with us– C H A N G E. Change how we react to things and stuff! (shock face) As we grow and renew our mind, it becomes easier to keep our focus, which helps, when things and stuff, just keeps on coming! During challenging times, we can thank God for his mercy and his grace. No need to beat ourselves up when we stumble. Grace. (smile)

We always have a choice on how we react. Choose. Repel or draw. Negative or positive.

God bless us, by faith, as we have faith and trust in you and meditate on Ephesians 3:17-20 – That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Let thy will be done.

Anxiety and Fear Prayer

Please join us, in faith, by praying, for our love ones and friends who are struggling.

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God bless us, by faith, as you answer our prayers. May your will be done.

Here’s Your Assignment…

Something different to ponder. 😨

 

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Numbers 4, 7 and 8 are quite interesting. Ain’t life grand! 😜

God bless and enjoy your day! Feel free to share your thoughts. 😜

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 2013

Thankfulness

Top of the morning or night to ya! 😜 Remember our post Go 24 Hours Without Complaining?

 

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Thankfulness would be a sure way to avoid complaining. 😜 Think about it, when something or someone __________, speak out, whatever praise that works best! 😀

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. This would be a good habit!! Praising instead of complaining and another way to renew the mind! How about that! 😜

Wahoo, something new to do! 😜 Have a marvelous day by faith!!

Check you later alligator, after while crocodile. 😜 Laughter is good for the heart! 😜

Related Post:

https://afriendofjesus2013.com/2013/08/08/go-24- hours-without-complaining/ (afriendforever54.wordpress.com)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 2013

Love And Kindness

I extend a heartfelt thank you and God bless to heavenlyraindrops and sfoxwriting for presenting bloggers with an opportunity to grow their community yesterday! It was a awesome and thoughtful thing to do! Thank you both! 😃

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God bless us as we sow love and kindness to make a difference to someone today! 😃

Go 24 Hours Without Complaining

Thank God for his mercy and his grace! How was your day? I was challenged today. 😰 I blinked, lost my focus, and got frustrated. Then I tried explaining, well it was more like complaining, ever rile yourself up until you hear your flesh man tell your spirit man, “hold up, I got this?” 😜

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Let’s just say, today was priceless! I believe God has a sense of humor! 😃 Of all the Pinterest pins, this one caught my eye! 😜 I am still laughing that I just had to share. 😜

So, how was your day! 😜

Encouragement and Kindness

There are always opportunities to sow encouragement and kindness to each other. 😊

 

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It’s usually the little things, that mean so much, when we’re challenged. Our encouragement or act of kindness can make a difference when it’s needed the most.

God bless us as we extend encouragement and kindness today! 😊

7 Rules of Life

🎶Happy Monday to ya🎶 😜 By faith, let the joy of The Lord be our strength today!

 

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Everyone has a story. God knows what it takes to move us forward to grow. Until we realize change is an individual thing; 🎶🎶we’ll be going around the mountain, one more time🎶. 😩

We have to keep our sense of humor! 😜 Stuff happens, how we chose, to deal with it, shows our growth.

Here’s the thing, some stuff weights us down and should be released to God. God is the only one who can change and heal a heart! Stuff keeps us stuck. Let it go. 😰

We must learn to be ourselves! 😜 God loves you! Ain’t nobody like you! 😀

In a sense, these 7 Rules sum up Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me and 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.

I especially like Rule #2 and #7. 😜 What are yours?

God bless you! 😀

Gratitude

We’re going to learn today that when we are grateful for the little things, it’s easier to accept that stuff will happen in life. Some stuff will help us grow. 😜

 

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Each day that the good Lord wakes us up is a blessing! 😜 Good or bad, right or wrong, we make our own choices. There are times in life, we have to take responsibility for our actions.

Life is to be enjoyed, regardless of what other people are doing. Everyday, we have opportunities to sow love or a smile that could give a different perspective to someone.

Here’s the thing, whether we are saved or unsaved, life still happens! 😨 Gratitude allows us to know that regardless of what is going on, God is still in charge! 😀

Gratitude is thanking God for all good things and praying for a better tomorrow. Smile, it looks good on you!

God Bless My Old and New Friends

I extend a heartfelt thank you and God bless to my old and new friends at afriendofjesus2013, Facebook and the Friendsofjesus2013 Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Weheartit, Google+ and Pinterest! God is truly connected in the 21st century!

 

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Glory to God! This morning, I had tears of joy, as I prayed for God, to bless and move in each of your lives with the desires of your heart, for your blessing and choice, to follow, like, comment, reblog, retweet, share my posts, share my pictures with others! 😀 My cup runneth over!

Your support has encouraged and helped me, to keep moving forward, in growing this blog and finishing my book a reality! 😜 Glory to God!

Thanks and God bless you for your continued support as my friend! {hugs}

Always a friend

Ann “afriendforever54” Friend 😜

Practice The Pause

Practice the pause, next time we encounter stuff! Then pray! 😜

 

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God bless us as we crawl, walk or run through this day! We thank Lord for your mercy and your grace! 😀

The Relationship Prayer

An awesome prayer for any relationship! 😀

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Let’s face it, relationships can be challenging and with conditions! 😰 Having a personal relationship with God, through His Son Jesus Christ, brings love, self worth, maturity and wholeness (to name a few) to know who you are in Christ without conditions! 😀

It’s a beautiful thing to know God loves you no matter what! Let us pray without ceasing because only God can change hearts! 😀

God bless you!

Strength For A Friend Prayer

Let us pray without ceasing! God bless you!

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Happy Monday!

A little Monday humor to make us smile to start the week! 😜

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God bless us as we choose to stay positive today because we are casting our cares to you! 😀

Be Someone

What a powerful illustration of sowing and reaping! 😜 Bottom line, sow positive, reap positive! Sow love, reap love!

 

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Mark 12:30-31 tells us “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”. Without loving God, we can’t comprehend love.

We all have a story. Once upon a time, I thought to love unconditionally, you had to be a door mat! 😁 When I would over hear, someone talking on the phone and end each conversation with “I love you” or “Love you too,” I would think, it ain’t that much love in the world! 😁

Here’s the thing, I didn’t know any better! I did not like myself either. I had baggage! I figured it was always the other person! 😁 I could have been a poster child for the Book of Proverbs, you know the wise versus the fool and I was dead bones walking! 😰 Come on now, ever been there? Can I get witness? (Laugh out loud).

God knows what is needed to get each of us! It’s always about his timing and when we are ready. Remember, He gave us free will to choose!

Until we love and change ourselves, we will reap and sow the wrong stuff and wonder why. 😰

Love, like change begins with each of us. God has a plan for all of his children. As He prunes and purges, to produce more fruit, we come to realize, growth and loving, like Jesus, is a life long process.

Our actions and/or speech, shows our level of maturity. 😰 Our actions and/or speech, tells what’s in our heart! 😰 Our actions and/or speech displays the level of Christlikeness in our life.

To be continued….

As always, I welcome your thoughts or comments. 😜

Thank you Lord and God bless us as we think back and remember life before surrendering to you!

A Prayer for The Worrywart

This is a great prayer to fill in the blanks for my friends overwhelmed with worries!

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As faith grows, it replaces the habit to worry.

God bless you, by faith, as we pray without ceasing remembering only God can change a heart and set you free from worry!

May God Surprise You Today

 

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Smile, it looks good on you!! 😜

Pennies From Heaven

This made me smile!

 

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A heartfelt thank you and God bless to friends who pray for us! Let us praise God for his unconditional love and the many ways He shows His love each and everyday. 😜

Making A Difference

 

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The Starfish story is a beautiful illustration to recognize the opportunities God gives us everyday to provide encouragement, hope and love to those around us. 😜

Let our words build up. Let us show love through encouraging one another. Let us be doers of the word. Let us be positive. Let us be the light. Let us pray to be the change that makes a difference somewhere. 😀

God bless us, as we make a difference remembering Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”.

Rise Above It

There are times, we will stumble! We are a work in progress. 😜 As long, as we are on this earth, God will continue pruning and plucking anything not producing fruit within us. 😰 Sometimes, we are retested in areas where we already had the victory! 😰

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Somedays can be tough! Something or someone, hunger, lack of sleep, anything or everything, just keeps coming. We blink. Our flesh man rises. Boom! Repent and rise above it! Thank God for his mercy and his grace!

I had a rough roll with it Wednesday! 😨 Stuff just kept coming. I blinked. We know that God can use anything and anyone

To be continued…..

Having technical difficulties! Need to call my BFF!!

Be Positive

Good or bad. Right or wrong. Happy or sad. The past is only a gauge of where we were. Thank God, it does not define who we are today! It always comes down to choices. 😰

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As 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.”

God uses many experiences to grow and mature us, in our Christian walk, producing more fruit of the spirit–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).

During our growth process, and prayer, our attitude about stuff changes, we handle stuff differently. We speak the Word to situations. As our mind gets renewed, positive thoughts, along with a favorite song, helps to maintain a positive attitude. 😜

To be continued…

God bless us as we move forward with a positive attitude because we’re not where we used to be. 😀

 

Children Learn What They Live

This is powerful!

 

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This can also apply to us! Once upon a time, we were children…..

God bless us as we think back and remember. Help us lead our children to you.

You Reap What You Sow

It’s a beautiful thing to live a spirit led life. No part of life is challenge free or without conflict. (shock face) It comes down to free will to choose. (forced smile)

 

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Let’s face it, until someone is ready, their favorite song lyric will be 🎶🎶 I’ll be going around the mountain, one more time🎶🎶. (smile)

When we are spirit led, they will know us by our fruit! (smile) There is a maturity level by actions and speech.

When we are spirit led, we light up the room! The positive energy and light radiating off men and women of God is a beautiful thing to witness. We sow loving actions and God waters until he draws them to him.

The Christian walk is hard sometimes and we have no worries because John 16:33 says “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”. (smile)

God bless us as we continued by faith to fight the good fight!

As always, feel free to comment. (smile)

Faith In God Grows Stronger

By faith, have a blessed Friday, my friends! Smile, in spite of this or that, because God loves us and God is in charge! (cheesy smile)

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Remember, we are what we attract–so be positive! Choose to think and speak positive words on purpose! (a wink and a smile)

And if we must, smile and sing a song, it’ll make your day! (a wink and a smile)

A Good List To Live By and Remember

Everybody struggles with something. 😰 Remember, each day that God wakes us up, we have free will to choose. 😨

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Change is a life long process. 😰 As we change, and more fruit of the spirit grows within in 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), the things on the list, and that struggling something, becomes our testimony. 😜

We get up close and personal with long suffering and faith. As God uses that someone or that something, we will produce more fruit! 😰 Eventually. 😜

It comes down to the cause and effect of our choices! 😁 It comes down to releasing things to God. It comes down to letting go of the past, and finally, it comes down to renewing our mind daily.

God bless us, by faith, as we change and grow spiritually day by day, and we thank you for your mercy and your grace.

Are we having fun yet? 😜

God Bless Our Friends

God bless to friends–old friends and new friends! 😀

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Sometimes, the challenges of time gets away. Days become weeks. Weeks becomes months. Have no worries, my friend, just know, you are loved and covered in prayer!

🎶Thank you for being a friend
🎶Traveled down the road and back again
🎶your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant

🎶And if you threw a party
🎶Invited everyone you knew
🎶You would see, the biggest gift would be from me
🎶and the card attached would say,
🎶Thank you for being a friend!!

Smile, when times are tough because God blesses us, to get by, with a little help from our friends! 😜

Prayer For Waiting

There is a awesome prayer for those of us waiting…

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God bless us as we have faith in you and your timing!

Faith Talk For Today and Everyday (Part 2)

Continuing from yesterday’s post–Faith Talk For Today and Everyday (Part 1), faith requires a genuine belief in God and belief in ourself. We all want change in something or someone. 😰 By faith, let each of us BE the change. 😜 We are blessed by the specific BE areas, with specific bible scriptures below, to help us change and evolve in our spiritual growth.

 

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Everyday, God uses each of us, saved or unsaved to accomplish his will. We sow and God waters. Until we can adapt to one another, our actions speak louder than words. 😜 Sometimes, what we show and speak to others has a lasting impact. It will either draw or repel! Adapting is accepting, it is what it is, until it knows better. 😜 Adapting is enjoying life in spite of what others do. 😜 Adapting is having faith and hope that God will do what he spoke to your spirit!

God knows everything about each of us and loves us anyway! It always comes back to love. All of us want to be loved. God loves us! Saved or unsaved, we are loved! Until we understand God’s love has no conditions, that he loves us, baggage and all! 😜 We will search and search until we surrender to him. It’s a beautiful thing when we know and receive God’s love!

God bless us as we continue moving forward in our faith, to adapt and love one another as we become the person you created us to be. 😄

Thoughts or comments are always welcomed. 😜

Matthew 17:20 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

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.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Faith Talk For Today and Everyday

Happy Friday! 😜 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! Everyday God wakes us up is a blessing! Everyday, God loves us, regardless! His love has no conditions. 😁 Today is about building our faith and our understanding that change starts with each of us. 😰

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Let us meditate on Romans 10:17, that says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. The scriptures above, by faith, can be a start to change how we think of ourself. 😰 We all bring something to the table. We all express and share our experiences differently. Let us respect each others style 😜. God gives each of us different ways to reach each other. 😀

Faith is speaking those things as if they are and being aligned with the will of God. Change and growth is part of our everyday life. Learning to adapt to change requires faith in God. 😀 Without faith, it is impossible to please him. 😨

God bless us as we keep moving forward by faith understanding that change begins with each of us; and we’re learning to love ourselves because God loves us in spite our stumbles. Thank God for his mercy and his grace! 😜

To be continued….

We welcome your thoughts 😜

Faith It, Till You Make It

Ever wake up with the blahs and off schedule? 😨 Sometimes, we have to faith it, until we make it! Somedays are harder than others, faith it! Sometimes, even surrendering to the Holy Spirit requires us to faith it!

 

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Sometimes, God uses anything and anyone to complete his purpose, faith it!

Even when we are strong in The Lord and the power of his might, faith it! 😰
Having struggles, faith it!
This too shall pass, faith it!
Sometimes, it is, what it is, faith it! 😜

Sometimes, we have to keep repeating–Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Faith it!

Sometimes, we just have to smile and sing a song, faith it! 😜 How you doing?

God bless us as we faith it today! 😜

Life

Life is always changing. Romans 8:28 says “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”.

 

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We must be open to changes in life. God is always in charge and can use all things in life (opportunities) to keep us moving forward.

Opportunities help us grow and adapt to one another. Opportunities will test the fruit or lack of fruit in 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). (shock face)

Life is about adapting to stuff that is different.
Life is about adapting to people who are different.
Life is about respecting a persons right to choose–whether we agree or not.
Life is about encouraging one another with our hopes and dreams.
Life is about respecting each others thoughts and the different ways we communicate.
Life is about loving like Jesus. (1Corinthians 13:3-8 (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).
Life is about forgiveness.

If God loves us, who are we not to follow his lead?

Your thoughts and comments are welcomed. (smile)

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.

Be Authentic, Be Kind, Be A Blessing

Awesome thought for today! Sometimes, we have to let go and let God fight our battles. God is and always will be in charge! God is the only one who can change and/or convict hearts! 😰

 

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So let’s walk by faith today because God blesses us as we move forward choosing to be authentic, kind and a blessing to others! And if we must, sing a song! 😜

Life Is About Love

Life is about love with no boundaries or conditions. Love starts with each of us. If we can’t love ourselves, it is impossible to love others. What’s sad is those who want love but don’t know how to give love or receive love because they don’t know God or that God loves them.

 

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Slowly read and ponder each line of 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.

God loves us regardless of what we can and cannot do. God loves us even when we disappoint him. His love has no have conditions.

To be continued….😰

God bless us as we keep moving forward loving ourselves and each other by faith! 😜

What We Got Here Is…

Hello, friends! We’re blessed to see the end of another week! Thank God! (smile)

Remember the movie Cool Hand Luke and the quote–“What we got here…is failure to communicate.” (smile) So let’s communicate! (smile)

Our message today is having the courage to communicate in our own way. After all, God make us different. We all bring something to the table! We should welcome and encourage each others communication styles. (nervous smile)

God can use anything or anyone for his purpose. Remember Romans 8:28 says “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”.
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We love The Lord! We each communicate our love for him in our own way. God is light and God is love. There is no darkness in him. Everyday, the way we communicate through our actions and speech, shows the fruit within us and how rooted and grounded we are in Christ.

Saved or unsaved, people watch us, to see how we handle situations, and how we talk to people, and our attitudes when circumstances are beyond our control. The choices we make in our communication style either draws people or repels them. Remember positive attracts positive. (smile)

When we know who we are and know our self worth in Christ, we display and communicate confidence that no one can shake! Praise the Lord. Love and need. Everybody wants to be loved and needed. When we love ourselves then we can love others. When we disclose our needs then our needs can be met.

When we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us then when we can count it all joy and walk through trials and tribulations (sometimes painfully) by faith because God provides for us daily. Thank you Lord!

How we communicate our lifestyle shows the level of our Christian walk and the likeness of Jesus to those looking at us looking at them. (smile)

Praise God, when we can communicate the free gift of salvation.
Praise God, when we can communicate he loves us unconditionally.
Praise God, when we can communicate we’re blessed and highly favored.
Praise God, when we can communicate in sharing the gospel.
Praise God, when we can communicate his protection and provision.
Praise God, when we can communicate enjoying a spirit led life.
Praise God, when we can communicate kindness and encouragement through difficult times.

It’s a beautiful thing to communicate in our own way. (smile) God did not create us to be robots and dead bones walking. (shock face)

Let us make time for fun. Let us make time to smile and laugh out loud. Let us make time to sing a sing. These things help us renew the mind and does a body good! (smile)

When our light shines, our communication is more open and honest, and people will be drawn to inquire about the God we serve! Now thats communication (cheesy smile)

Be blessed and continue to move forward communicating in your own unique way! (smile)

Slice of Heaven….

Today, may God’s will be done by crossing our paths with someone who needs what we have and someone who has what we need.

 

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God bless us as we continue to move forward. 😜

How God Answers Prayers

Heartfelt prayers to God are powerful. Believing God will answer our prayers is powerful. When we pray for parents; spouse; children; friends; enemies; co-workers; neighbors; or anyone, from an open heart, (no grudges against anyone), God will always answer in his time giving what is needed. So let us pray for each other to release anything negative from our hearts!

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Prayer changes us! Oh, the possibilities of praying over each of our relationships and specific challenges around us. God is the only one, who can change us and the people and/or things we are praying about! This brings to mind how the fruit of long suffering comes into play, as well as patience! Remember free will to choose, sometimes the person we are praying about, to include us are not ready and God waits until the trip around the same mountain gets so old and tiresome that there is complete surrender to Him. God bless us as we keep moving forward. 😜

Living With No Regrets

Let us live life with no regrets! Each day that God wakes us up is a blessing! Each day that we focus on what is wrong in the world, and in each other, negates the blessing. Let us adapt and love one another by the grace of God since none of us know what the next second, minute or hour brings.

 

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Yes, there are challenges everywhere. Let us be specific in our prayers to God and have faith that He will move in mighty ways and show just how powerful He is! After all, Revelation 1:8 says “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith The Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”.

Praise The Lord and God bless us as we keep moving forward! 😜

Always Pray

Another prayer to use as we grow to love like Jesus does. Let us remember growth is a life long process. Sometimes we stumble and are not loving, yet God continues to love us anyway. Maybe, when we can all love as Jesus loves….oh, the possibilities!

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV) – 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.

God bless you!

A Person’s Actions Will Tell

Something to think about. What does our actions say about us? Are we increasing in the fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Are we led by the Holy Spirit?

 

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As always, we welcome your comments. 😜 God bless you!

God Will Always Provide

God will always provide what we need. Gods presence is always around us, we just need to slow down and pay attention. Sometimes we take things for granted and never truly appreciate how God provides our needs. Many times, the need is met, just not by the person we were expecting! God can use anyone to provide and meet a need.

 

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So the next time, God provides what we need, from an unexpected someone, let us thank God and be grateful! God bless you and keep moving forward. 😜

Growth is A Part of Life

Whether we like it or not, growth is a part of life. God created us for relationships–with Him and each other. In this process of life, every change and challenge that we walk through brings growth that produces more fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness and temperance within us. Growth is finding humor and learning to be content until God promotes us to something else.

 

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Growth is praising God instead of complaining. Growth is the moment we understand that the past does not define who we are today. Growth is forgiving past and present hurts. Growth is learning to enjoy life regardless. Growth is about adapting to differences. Growth is knowing that God is love and light. Anything and everything else is not. Growth is understanding that God gives “Free will to choose.”

As growth matures, and unconditional love is within, actions will draw us closer or drive us away. Growth realizes that actions speak louder than words, and preaching and constantly reminding about all the things that are wrong won’t encourage anyone anyway. Growth develops faith that in spite of the stuff in this world, God is and will always be in charge and His will be done.

To be continued….

We welcome your comments 😜

Dear God Prayer and Unconditional Love

There is power in prayer! We must keep praying and walking, by faith, through the changes and or challenges to get us to unconditional love. God is with us every step of the way! God will never leave us nor forsake us!

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God never gives us more than we can bear! This too shall pass! Let us pray without ceasing! We can continue to meditate and pray Psalm 23 and 1 Corinthians 13! Just know that God remains in charge!

Let us keep praying as God continues pruning and plucking to produce more fruit of the spirit in us–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness and temperance! God gives us mercy and grace when we stumble!

To love unconditionally, like Jesus, requires knowing the Word of God, being led by The Holy Spirit and lots of the fruit of the spirit!

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.

Monday Humor

A little Monday humor! 😜 Let us pace ourselves as we walk through each day by faith. We are thanking God as we grow and move forward 😜

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Let us choose to have a great and blessed day 😜

We All Need Encouragement

We all need encouragement. Times are tough. Young or old, we need to encourage one another. There are times that an encouraging word, a thoughtful gesture, or even a smile can encourage someone to keep moving forward or change the thoughts going through the mind. There are times, in the Christian walk that encouragement keeps us moving forward and standing in faith.

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Some are experiencing, life changing things, for the first time in live–job loss, family estrangement, end of a relationship, health issues, death of a love one, mid life crisis, and any other something that an encouraging word brings comfort, peace, the ability to move forward.

God knows we all struggle with something. We are still growing and maturing in this process of life. Somedays, we get discouraged or frustrated. In those times, we can thank God when he leads someone to us or us to someone that will speak the encouraging words needed, as well as, searching through the Book of Psalms for inspiration. Psalm 147:3 – He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

God’s timing is always right on time. (smile) So let us encourage one another as we keep moving forward. (smile) So be blessed and thank God, we made it to Friday!

Love From A Distance

God always knows what is best for us. God never gives us more than we can bear. God gives us courage to love from a distance. Sometimes we must stand in faith, trusting God, by taking our hands off of situations that He knows we can’t handle. We are not God. God is the only one who know the reasons behind a why.

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Hurting people hurt people. Remember “power of words” and “free will to choose”–trying to interfere when God is working–gets our feelings hurt.

Once upon a time, someone loved us from a distance. The best thing we can do is have patience and keep them lifted up in prayer. Trust God to walk them through. Drop a {{smile}} or {{hug}} in a text or email to let them know someone is thinking of them. Keep moving forward, even if there is no reply back. Remember God is in charge of the situation.

Meditate 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.

We thank God, for his continued protection, even when we don’t know or understand why. There is power in prayer!

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?