Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Archive for Psalm 139:14

Celebrate Being F R E E


Total self-esteem requires total and unconditional acceptance of yourself. You are a unique and worthy individual, regardless of your mistakes, defeats and failures, despite what others may think, say or feel about you or your behavior.

If you truly accept and love yourself, you won’t have a driving need for attention and approval. Self-esteem is a genuine love of self. Stop all adverse value judging of yourself. Stop accepting the adverse value judgments of others. Purge yourself of all condemnation, shame, blame, guilt and remorse.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

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 I celebrate being f r e e. Praise The Lord! Baby steps, prayer and faith, in The Lord, gave me victory over distractions and rhetoric. I thought I was free before.

We are not free when when a mole hill becomes a mountain. We are not free when someone’s hurtful words attack us. We are not free when we give it power to bother us.

When we know who we are in Christ; when we know our strengths and weaknesses; when we keep the faith; we eventually come to believe we are being f r e e in every area of life.

Being f r e e from angst.
Being f r e e from second guessing decisions.
No more coulda, woulda, shoulda. F r e e.
Being f r e e from strife.
Being f r e e from comparisons.
Being f r e e from ______________(fill in the blank).

See, there will always be someone saying something about nothing or causing angst. Bless them. Move on.  F r e e.

So this week, I’m totally f r e e, knowing that, at the end, of the day, God loves me, I have his mercy and his grace, regardless of others opinions or belief. Glory to God.

Abundant blessings my friends and enjoy your weekend being f r e e.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate The Small Things, 5 June 2015


Stand still, smile and be strong even if others are not, even if others will not, and even if others cannot.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know the love of God, His faithfulness, and His mercy and His grace. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Today, join me in celebrating that we are loved unconditionally and the praise of being fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.

I celebrate the blessing of grace and strength He provides, to keep the faith, to walk and sometimes crawl through the ebbs and flows, of life and the circus, as I run the race. Thank you Lord.

Friends, from my heart to yours, I celebrate your continued support of my writing and blogging efforts. Thank you with {{hugs}}

It is my prayer of faith that God blesses each of you in a mighty way.

Abundant blessings, my friends and enjoy your day! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Know Your Worth

Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) How are you? I was under the weather. Medicated, slept and drank plenty of fluids. All is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (smile)

My encouragement today is to know your worth. For my little worrywarts, know it by faith. (smile)

Self worth cannot be found in material things, work, or other people. When we know that we are loved by and a child of God, self worth and confidence grows. I’m a witness. (smile)

Love is a powerful thing. A personal relationship with God, through His son Jesus Christ, is a beautiful thing to experience and behold because His love grows from within and never fails to sustain.

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To love others, as we love ourself, becomes easier by having a personal relationship with God.

As He changes us from the inside out, we begin to know who we are in Christ and the source of our self worth. Praise The Lord.

The Word of God is powerful to know, for ourself, because it becomes a lifestyle, builds faith and character, as it sets us apart, as children of God.

When we know our worth, we don’t settle for less than God’s best.

When we know our worth, we can hashtag# careless because we know who we are in Christ.

When we know our worth, we can express ourself freely without tearing someone down or competing with anyone.

When we know our worth, we recognize opinions as information to receive or reject with love.

When we know our worth, there is nothing to prove to anyone, our confidence shows.

When we know our worth, we know that nothing nor anyone is perfect. Thank God for His mercy and His grace when we stumble and make mistakes.

When we know our worth, we can let stuff go and believe all things are possible.

Blessings, my friends, as we know our worth, by thanking God, with confidence because His Word says that we’re fearfully and wonderfully made. (smile)

© afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Releasing It

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Sorry, I have been missing in action. It’s kind of hard to write when things and stuff are coming from all sides and some of it is not yours. (shock face)

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I had to walk through a difficult thing by faith and trusting God to get me through it. It took a few extra days because I kept putting my hands on the situation and getting in the way. (gritted teeth)

I realized there are some things we are not meant to carry. I realized sometimes you have to have courage to walk away because life is too short to be around negativity and someone who can’t receive love. (sad face) I realized that God knows best!

Life is a beautiful thing when God heals and makes you emotionally whole from the inside out. (smile) Praise The Lord. (smile) When God loves you, and heals the broken areas within, your heart becomes open and you are able to see your self worth in Him. You believe Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone. (smile)

Learning to release stuff, even other peoples stuff, by giving it to the one person who can do something about it is freedom! I’ve mentioned before, sometimes we have to walk through the thing in order to come out of it better than before. Wahoo, with God, all things are possible!

Be blessed!

Things and Stuff – Sowing Encouragement

No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers.” Author Unknown

Today, by faith, I am sowing encouragement for you to be you. There is no one like you. Sure, we may stumble or make mistakes; that’s life. Growing and learning is a part of life. That’s how we mature and change the world around us! Nothing changes, when we sit by and do nothing because we think we have nothing to offer. Be you!

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We tell ourselves so many things that contradict what the Word of God says about us.

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

My simple but true acrostic is my way of encouraging you to be you. God created us different. Be you! There is uniqueness in each and everyone of us! Be you!

Let’s not mix apples and oranges, don’t focus on stuff that blocks you from being you. The past is, just that, the past. It’s a new year and by faith, we are realizing that we are fearfully and wonderfully made; and that each day, we get better! Praise The Lord!

The challenge is others judging; pfft, let them! Be you! Let’s just roll with it because many times, it is, what it is. Be you! People are going to think what they think, regardless, so be you!

Today, by faith, think on all the positive things about you and the things you like about yourself; all other thoughts are irrelevant.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

Have a blessed day being you!

Maturity Begins

Maturity requires fruit. They will know us by our fruit. 😜 The fruit of the spirit within us (love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control)) becomes evident as we grow and mature through each life experience. 😰

 

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

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

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

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

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

🎶Happy Friday🎶

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