Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Archive for smile

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)

IMG_0433.JPG
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)

20140715-011352-4432754.jpg
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.

20140506-055751.jpg
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.

20140309-230618.jpg
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.

20140204-054419.jpg
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!

%d bloggers like this: