Celebrate Hope


I hope you always find a reason to smile.
~ Maya Angelou ~

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the LORD is.
~ Jeremiah 17:7 ~

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

This week, I smile and celebrate hope because of my trust and faith in The Lord.

I believe hope compliments faith to keep trusting God to ________________ (fill in the blank).

I love using the ______________ fill in the blank because responses can be different for each of us and it promotes participation. (wink)

Hope is a beautiful thing when we remember something or someone that brings a smile.
Hope is powerful when we know circumstances change and the power of prayer.
Hope is a lifeline to living out our purpose.
Hope is praising God regularly; sometimes moment to moment.

For our reading pleadure, scriptures on areas of hope – the expectation of future good. Wahoo, something to read!

Kinds of hope:
Natural expectation – Acts 27:20
Sinful expectation – Acts 24:26
Impossible – Romans 4:18
Spiritual assurance – 2 Corinthians 1:7

Hope described as:
Living – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessed – Titus 2:13
Good – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Better – Hebrews 7:19
Sure and steadfast – Hebrews 6:19
One of the great virtues – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Product of hope:
Purity – 1 John 3:3
Patience – Romans 8:25</b
Courage – Romans 5:4, 5
Joy – Romans 12:12
Salvation – Romans 8:23
Assurance – Hebrews 6:18, 19
Stability – Colossians 1:23

Grounds of hope:
God’s Word – Psalm 119:42-81 and Romans 15:4
God’s promises – Acts 26:6, 7 and Titus 1:2

Objects of hope:
God – Psalm 39:7
Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Salvation – Romans 5:1-5
Resurrection – Acts 23:6
Eternal life – Titus 1:2
Glory – Romans 5:2
Christ’s return – Romans 8:22-25

Abundant blessings my friends with hope, by keeping the faith, of better things to come.

Your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Celebrate Potato Chips


Everyone smiles in the same language.
~ Unknown Author ~

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

Hello friends. (smile) Happy Friday! Welcome Lexa and co-hosts to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

This week I celebrate anything that brings a smile. (grin)

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her some chips. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied! “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally.

Have lunch with God, bring chips.
~Unknown Author ~

Blessings, my friends, as we enjoy today by faith and with a smile!

Roll With It Friday

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

Hello friends. (smile) Thank God, we’re blessed to see Friday. It has been a long week. I woke up with roll with it in my spirit. (smile)

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Sometimes, we just need to keep it simple. Roll with it!

Have faith and roll with it!

Meditating and speaking “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” is wisdom to roll with it today.

Blessings, as we roll with it today! (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)

Be The Reason

Hello friends (smile) I truly enjoyed being unplug to reset! I encourage everyone to try it, at least, one day at week. It’s so refreshing. My message is short today.

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Happy Birthday to everyone born in the month of May!

Smile and have a blessed Tuesday! (cheesy smile)

Grace

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The time change has me off schedule. (smile) It’s another Monday, let’s have faith and stand on Philippians 4:19! Be positive. Be adaptable. Be strong. Be fruitful. Be encouraged for blessings.

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Maintaining our focus keeps things and stuff, and x, y and z in perspective. (smile) Life is too short to allow angst to ruin our day. Yup, I finally see how distractions all play a part toward losing focus of the bigger picture. (shock face)

It takes two. When that thing or x, y, or z, comes, choose to smile and say nothing or calmly breathe to assemble thoughts and let grace get us through it. Calmly breathe and pray to bridle the tongue, when pressed. (smile)

Scriptures on grace for our reading pleasure.

Grace – Unmerited Favor

Descriptive of Grace:
God’s favor – Genesis 6:8
God’s forgiving mercy – Romans 11:6
Gospel – John 1:17
Gifts (miracles, etc) – 1 Peter 4:10
Eternal life – 1 Peter 1:13

Is the source of Grace:
Salvation – Acts 15:11
Call of God – Galatians 1:15
Faith – Acts 18:27
Justification Romans 3:24
Forgiveness – Ephesians 1:7
Consolation – 2 Thessalonians 2:16

Described as Grace:
All-abundant – Romans 5:15-20
All-sufficient – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Glorious – Ephesians 1:6
Great – Acts 4:33
Manifold – 1 Peter 4:10
Rich – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Undeserved – 1 Timothy 1:12-16

Believers Grace:
Are under – Romans 6:14
Receive – John 1:16
Stand in – Romans 5:2
Abound in – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Be strong in – 2 Timothy 2:1
Grow in – 2 Peter 3:18
Speak with – Ephesians 4:29
Inherit – 1 Peter 3:7

Dangers of Grace can:
Be abused – Jude 4
Be frustrated – Galatians 2:21
Be turned from – Galatians 5:3, 4

Be blessed and enjoy your day, by faith, and roll with it with grace! (smile) As always, your comments are welcome. (smile)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

Smile

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

Smile and thank God for another day of life.

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Smile and see the bright and wonderful things in life.

Smile and see the wonderful friends in life who encourage us when we need it most.

Smile and have faith to be different.

Smile because we can.

Smile and fill in the blank__________________.

Smile because the simple things from the heart means the most.

Smile and have a blessed and awesome day!

Stand Outside

Thank God, it’s Friday! 😀 Sometimes, we must lighten up. Smile, laugh, and recognize, there is more to life than things and stuff! 😨 If we must, sing a song, play a game, watch a movie, roll with it! 😜

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God bless us, by faith, as we’re outstanding and enjoying today by casting our cares to you. Let thy will be done.

Smile, it looks good on ya! 😜

Roll With It Wednesday

Can we name anything that God can’t do?

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God bless us, by faith, as we roll with it and meditate on Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am The Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Let thy will be done!

Roll with it! 😜

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend

Smile That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore (Part 2)

Ugh, I have another button! (shock face) How about you? Can I get a witness? (smile) Sometimes, we must have a sense of humor to laugh out loud or if we must sing a song! (wink and smile)

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We talk a lot about the 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), because fruit is needed for growth and maturity, as well as, healing the brokenness we may not know exist within us.

I remember back in the day, when I was having issues. I had the nerve to think it was everybody else until someone told me , “honey, you have a lot of brokenness in you”. (shock face) God is the ONLY one who will put the right folks in our lives to heal stuff that is not fruit!

As we grow and mature, being rooted and grounded in the Word, having the fruit of the spirit within us, and led by the Holy Spirit, we become whole and emotionally healthy individuals in Christ. No brokenness or mask wearing can exist in a spirit led life. (wink and grin) They will know us by our fruit. (smile)

Communication is important, thus my button. smile) We all communicate differently. We are all on different levels. God is working on each of us for different things. Thank God for his mercy and his grace during those times, that button is pushed!

Relationships without clear communication or being unequally yoked can push buttons. Any one carrying burdens God never meant for them to carry can push buttons.
_________________(fill in the blank) can push buttons.

Let’s talk about faith. Having faith in God is a beautiful thing to behold! There is no doubt, worry or stress when our faith is in him! (smile)

To live a life of faith requires perseverance (long sufferings brother) (grin) knowing God will equip us as he leads us to walk, crawl or run through the challenge. Pray and cast, by faith and keep our hands off while releasing it to God so that button doesn’t work anymore! (smile)

God bless us as we have faith with regards to our button that doesn’t work anymore!

Please share any comments about your button. (smile)

Smile, We Have Friends

Let us smile and thank God, we have friends, in our life. 😀

 

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Smile and thank God for friends who are always there in times of need. 😉

Proverbs 17:17, tells us “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”. Smile and remember those times, a friend or friends stepped up, and had our back. 😃

Ain’t life grand! 😜

God bless us today, as we thank you, for old and new friends in our lives. We thank you, Heavenly Father, for always providing what we need and it’s always right on time! 😜

It’s Roll With It Wednesday

Wahoo! It’s roll with it Wednesday! 😜 God woke us up today! Thank you Lord, roll with it!

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There is so much stuff going on around us, we just have to roll with it!

Be positive and have faith that God is working all things out, what do we say, roll with it! Right! 😜

There is always something to be thankful for–roll with it!

And if we must, sing a song, that’s roll with it, Ann “afriendforever54” Friend style! 😜

God bless us as we walk by faith and roll with it! 😜

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!

Roll With It Wednesday

Wahoo! It’s roll with it Wednesday! 😜 Smile! God is in charge! Roll with it!

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As we grow, change, adapt, we need at least one day to just smile, have fun, enjoy life, sing that song, be positive! 😜 Roll with it and God bless you!

Any questions? 😜

May God Surprise You Today

 

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Smile, it looks good on you!! 😜

Roll With It Wednesday

Happy roll with it, Wednesday! Smile, we look marvelous! Roll with it! 😜 Remember, last week, we made Wednesday, our roll with it day! 😜 Even though, roll with it, can be everyday, let’s start with baby steps. 😜 Roll with it, Wednesday, can be anything, we want it to be! 😰

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Roll with it, Wednesday is our day to enjoy where we are in life, regardless of stuff, because God’s will be done! Roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is knowing who you are in Christ; because if God is for you, who can be against you! Roll with it! 😜

Roll with it, Wednesday is trusting God. His grace is sufficient for this day! Roll with it!
Roll with it, Wednesday is singing that song to smile and remember! Yep, roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is understanding, that although life has ups and downs; God works all things out. Roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is choosing to see the beauty in things around us! Smile and roll with it!

Roll with it, Wednesday is praising God for all good things in life! Smile and roll with it!

God bless us as we roll with it today; and if we must, sing a sing! Got earplugs?😜

What would you like add to roll with it, Wednesday? Come on, friends, don’t be shy. 😉

Silence and Smile

Wisdom in two words! 😜

 

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Sometimes, a smile brings unexpected blessings! Smile and praise God for his blessings as we keep moving forward! 😜

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. 😜

It’s Another Roll With It Wednesday

Wahoo, it’s roll with it Wednesday! We can smile and roll with it, by faith, that God has this day under control. (wink)
We can smile and roll with it because whether someone love us, God does.

We can smile and roll with it because we are renewing our mind and thinking better thoughts.

We can smile and roll with it because we are blessed and highly favored.

We can smile and roll with it because it is, what it is and God is in charge.

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We can smile and roll with it because if God is for us, who can be against us.

We can smile and roll with it because God does not give us more than we can bear.

We can smile and roll with it because God heals the hurts and we know that this too shall pass.

We can smile and roll with it because 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”.

So regardless, of what we see, we can smile and move forward because God is working all things out and we just have to wait on the manifestation of it. Praise The Lord! (smile)

So lets smile and roll with it, and if we must, sing a song! (wink) God bless us, as we keep moving forward.

Ugh, It’s Monday

Ever struggle with Mondays? Choose to stay positive. It’s easier to smile knowing God is in charge regardless of what we see 😜

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Rain or shine, God bless you and keep moving forward 😜

🎶It’s Sing Your Song🎶 Friday

God blessed us with life today 😜 Smile, 🎶Sing your song🎶 😜 and keep moving forward 😜

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Singing a song helps keep those silly thoughts we get away 😜 Try it, you might like it. 😨

Energy, What Do You Attract

What energy do you attract? Life gets busy. Things get hectic. Never enough time. Too many distractions. People. God uses various ways and people in our growth process. Let’s face it, any combination of things or people can drain our energy. A good day or a bad day results from the energy we release So be positive!

 

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Sometimes, we just need to breathe before speaking or smile and say nothing. Have faith and lean on God because He never gives us more than we can bear. God is always in charge!

Smile and stay positive, it repels negativity (smile) Keep moving forward!

Philippians 4:13, I Can Do All Things

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

Praise God, we’re blessed to see another Monday. Let’s choose to smile and keep moving forward because God loves us, we walk by faith, and we believe 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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Have a great and blessed Monday 😃 God is always in charge 😃

Roll with it and Sing A Song

Wahoo! Thank God It’s Friday 😃 Let’s just “roll with it😀 and “Sing A Song” 😃 Bring earplugs!

We are really blessed and God really loves us! Keep moving forward! 😃

Smile

Smile and thank God, we’re blessed to have made it to Friday 🙂 Life is tough enough. A smile causes change. We can all think of a time when a smile turned a challenging situation into a testimony; all because we smiled 🙂

God is doing awesome things through willing sons and daughters who choose daily to pick up their cross and follow Him. Smile and be the light that brightens today!

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Bless Someone

Bless someone today! God is using all of us to draw others to Him 🙂

Bless someone with a smile 🙂
Bless someone with a conversation about how they’re doing 🙂
Bless someone with a meal 🙂
Bless someone with a few minutes of your time 🙂

Back in 2005, someone had sent me the potato chips and God story that just flows with today’s word bless 🙂

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her some chips. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?”

He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied! “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!

Have lunch with God…….bring chips.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Choose

Choose to have a great day…choose to smile in spite of that challenge…choose to give a kind word…choose to do the opposite of what you feel 🙂

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Smile, it looks good on you 🙂