Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Faith

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

Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstandings, mistrust and hostility to evaporate. ~ Albert Schweitzer ~

Hello friends.  (smile)  Hope all is well in your world. 

Praise The Lord that I see light at the end of the tunnel with the projects I’ve been working.  

Praise The Lord that things and stuff and Y moments are easier at the circus.  (wink)

Praise The Lord for answered prayers. 



Faith builds every time we stay focused on Him and remember who we are in Christ.

Faith builds every time we remember that nothing is too hard for Him when we release and cast our struggles to Him. 

Faith builds every time we are kind to those not kind to us.

Faith builds every time we recognize walking through without complaining becomes powerful within our spirit. 

Faith builds every time we choose to let things go.  

Faith builds every time we stand and allow God to move on our behalf.

Faith builds every time, we remember God always provides what we need.  Yesterday. Today,  and each day we are blessed to see another day.

Faith builds every time we understand the wisdom of God working all things out for our good. 

Blessings, my friends, as we keep the faith!  (smile)

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Slice of Heaven

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

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

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

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

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

That something will test us to produce more spiritual fruit, (love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control)) within us.

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

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

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

Confidence

Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are.
~ Unknown Author ~

For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
~ Proverbs 3:26 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Confidence grows each time we build upon our belief in ourself. Just like faith and courage grows, the more we step out and do it, by faith. (smile)

To be honest, my confidence grows each time God nudges me outside of my comfort zone. (shock face) Praise The Lord! He has a plan for each of us.

I stand on Romans 8:28 daily because God really does work everything out. (smile) It may take time to see it but in time, we do. (a wink and a smile)

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It’s a beautiful thing to have confidence, faith and courage, along with the fruit of the spirit! (big smile) Anything is possible!

I’ve changed my (cheesy smile) to (big smile) because I can (smile) Would not want someone thinking I’m talking about cheese! (wink) Confidence to attempt humor. (smile)

As confidence grows, we should careless what X, Y or Z says, because bottom line, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (shock face) Sometimes, it’s just information.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Careless.

Confidence is the ability to be different. Confidence is the ability to believe in what you bring to the table. Confidence is trusting God every single time. (smile)

Friends, todays blessings is to walk, by faith, with confidence because we are loved and we can say “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Praise The Lord!

As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts. (smile)

Blessed

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) We are truly blessed. Regardless, of the season, we are walking through, we’re blessed.

I used to dread Mondays until I realized I’m blessed to see Mondays. (shock face) Ain’t life grand! (wink and a smile)

Sure, there maybe times that things and stuff or fill in the blank________________, causes angst, nevertheless, keep the faith that God has a plan and it’s something better. (smile)

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He can use all things to bring about our spiritual growth. (gritted teeth smile)

Recently, I had a few disappointments and another betrayal. I cried while praying, I thanked God that I was still standing and was blessed with more fruit of long-suffering and self control for my trouble! (shock face)

No worries, all is right in my world. Praise The Lord. (smile)

Sometimes, pain and hurt forces change. Learn to put things at the foot of the cross period.

No talking about woulda, coulda, shoulda. Chose to recognize that we blessed and God is in charge.

The process of spiritual growth becomes easier when we surrender.

How about you, what are your thoughts on spiritual growth? Inquiring minds want to know. (smile)

Today, regardless, of things and stuff or X, Y or Z, smile because you are blessed! (smile)

Wahoo, It’s Friday

Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance.
~Author Unknown~

Hello friends. (smile) How was your Friday? I hope it was awesome! (smile)

Just a reminder, I blog when I can until I discipline my time better. (shock face)

Ever have those days where you run out of time? (gritted teeth smile)

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By Friday, I’m toast. I keep going because of Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I keep the faith that every challenge is God equipping me to walk through, while producing more spiritual fruit. Sometimes, grace covers me when I stumble.

Self control and long suffering are areas that my tests just keep on coming. (smile)

I changed my perspective on how I choose to see each challenge. I see them as a positive blessing of God working within me.

I share these thoughts, in hope, that it blesses others to see their situations differently.

It is, what it is, until it was. Today, thank God, I walked through a was. Praise The Lord! (smile)

Blessings as you have a blessed weekend. (smile)

Risk

Wahoo, TGIF, my friends (smile) This quote spoke to me! It represents taking chances or another way, to look at this, would be faith. Life happens, regardless of our status in life. (shock face)

I will mention it again, we all bring something to the table. Welcome to my table (smile)

Today, I’m serving up faith and encouragement. It takes courage to be different. It takes courage not to follow the crowd. It takes courage to come here everyday and share parts of life, sometimes with no feedback. It takes courage to ignore less than kind remarks. My friends, that’s faith, doing it anyway, day after day. (smile)

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Many search the internet for various things and stuff. Keep writing, keep posting. Our words will always be there. God gives free will to choose. When ready, eyes are open to the very message needed to be seen! (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when we get our “aha” moments. To truly understand living life, is when we’re comfortable and free to be ourself. We learn to adapt and adjust to surroundings and others. Sometimes, it is what, it is. Roll with it! (smile)

Life is too short to stay on the sidelines afraid to live life or worst, having a life of woulda, coulda, shoulda! (shock face) Have faith and choose to believe it is possible. It is different for each of us. Speak positive things to it. Have the courage to prepare for it because it will come, when we’re ready! (smile)

Here’s the thing, the past does not determine who we are today. If we must look back, look for reference only–not validation for today. There will always be something or someone trying to push a button to make us react.

Practice the pause, breathe, smile and say nothing. This is a tough one to do, it does require spiritual fruit–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) and practice.

Remember, this is one where my retest is in the double digits! There is a mountain that has my foots print all over it! (shock face) Thank God for mercy and grace! Friends, we must keep our sense of humor to stay balanced. (grin)

I have faith that someday, I will pass the retest! (smile)

Let us always remember God can use all things, as stated in 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, by faith, and have a marvelous day! (a wink and smile)

I welcome your thoughts.

Matthew 5:38-48, Love for Enemies

Hello my friends, hope you are enjoying your day. (smile) Seems I can’t use my emoticons anymore (sad face), something about them being code and blocking feeds.

So my friends, unless someone can send me a way to display (smiles), I have reverted back to putting my expressions in parentheses (shock face) (smile). No worries, it’ll give me something else to do! (grin)

In one of my earlier blog post, I shared about my love for The Lord! I am led by the Holy Spirit and enjoy a deep and personal relationship with Jesus! All of my postings are written from a “we” perspective because as Jesus changed my life, and my mind was renewed, my “I” became “we”. (smile)

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It is not my intention to offend or judge anybody by my way of expression. By faith, I hope the things and stuff shared helps someone. (smile)

Love for enemies requires six things: faith, maturity, spiritual fruit, choice, forgiveness and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. It comes down to spirit versus flesh.

Having spiritual fruit, love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control), gets us closer to adapting and adjusting to others things and stuff, around us.

I’ve mentioned before, it all starts with us. Love, change, growth, forgiveness, things and stuff. The “it” has to come from within. We can’t give what we don’t have. God is in the people business. God is light and love. He expects us to love those around us, as He loves us. His love does not stop when we stumble.

I can tell you that the more fruit within, the easier loving our enemies becomes, especially when we’re obedient to God! Ever wonder why some people are in our lives?

Most times, they’re the very ones, God uses to help us grow. (gritted teeth smile)

Everyone has a testimony about someone and their thing or their stuff that hurt us, betrayed us, abused us, or fill in the blank ______________ . We have to forgive them, in order to move past the thing. God will take care of the someone, someday. Reap and sow.

Look at verse 44, we’re to love, bless, do good and pray for our enemies. Yes, this is a life long process. Some days are easier than others to love our enemies. We can thank God for His mercy and His grace when we stumble!

Here’s the thing, sometimes, we can love some from a distance! (shock face) This is where God’s mercy and grace helps us keep moving forward in our life; so that negative stuff does not enter into our heart! The key is not to beat ourself up when we stumble. There will always be another opportunity to show love to our enemies!

Be blessed! (smile)

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