Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Abstract”

“One man’s trash is another mans treasure.”
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week’s Two Cents Tuesday Challenge is Abstract. Abstract to me is like opinions and preferences. (smile) We all see and view things differently. (smile)

We like, what we like. We prefer, what we prefer. Nothing else will do. (smile)

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These days I find some of the environments we find ourselves in abstract. (shock face)

Let’s face it, until we understand to adapt and adjust when we encounter different everything appears abstract. (grit teeth smile)

Simple things like communicating has become abstract. Manners is almost abstract from my point of view.

I’m in a weird place today as illustrated by my view of abstract. (smile)

Be blessed in whatever way you view abstract. (smile)

Choices

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

A humor quote to start the day. (smile) I’m a bit sluggish at the moment. My energy level was depleted yesterday on things and stuff. (smile) I forgot to roll with it!

Choices. Unless, we live on a secluded island alone, there will always be something or someone trying our patience. (shock face)

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Of all the spiritual fruit, I believe patience is tested more, followed by temperance. (gritted teeth) Traffic, long lines in the store, trying to button that last button, when in a rush, or fill in the blank_____________.

Recently, I’ve found, if I do the opposite of what I feel, it’s a win for that moment. Just remember to breathe calmly before speaking or just smile. Either one changes the focus. (smile)

Sometimes, aha moments come by making a different choice. Sometimes, things are simpler than we realize. At times, we over think things. (smile) It is what, it is. (smile)

Here’s the challenge, when you’re tired or hungry, all bets could be off. (shock face) It’s like x, y and z come to push and push. You think, ok, feeling a little pressed then something comes, then another and another…

Here is where choices come into play. Free will. Spirit over Flesh. It’s a prettier situation to make the spiritual choice. (smile) Thank God for His mercy and grace when we don’t!

Be blessed, stay calm because it is, what it is. (smile) As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Self-Confidence

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

Self-confidence grows every time we step out of our comfort zone. Many times, we have to faith it and do it the best we can. (smile)

Free will. It’s unfortunate when something or someone shatters confidence. It does something within. No one likes to be ridiculed or criticized to the point their confidence is shaken. No one.

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My confidence gets shaken sometimes when someone tries to use the past against me. Yep, I still have a few buttons that get pushed. (shock face) How about you, what shakes your confidence?

Lets face it, many lack compassion and empathy because they have never experienced or have a reference, of understanding, of something or someone different. This is where prayers become a life-line to tell the specifics to God. (smile)

Confidence builds when we keep trying. That’s how we learn and get better. As our confidence grows from within, our thoughts become clear and more positive. We pay attention to distractions. We recognize better ways to handle x, y and z. At the end, of the day, your confidence will be stronger!

Yesterday, I had the confidence to shovel the path way and my car completely. (shock face) I felt the wahoo and thank you Lord when I finished. Today, my muscles are sore and I can barely move (smile) nonetheless, I had confidence to get it done. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Be blessed today and remember confidence grows as we try because 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. Comments and thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Remind Yourself

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, 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.

The things we think and fret over can become overwhelming. Positive thoughts encourage hope. Positive thoughts can replay memories of happier times. Positive thoughts help to promote a healthy state of mind. (smile)

It comes down to habits and choices. We are either pessimistic or optimistic in our perceptions of ourself, others, life and things and stuff. (shock face)

Depending on what we speak, draws that element to us throughout our day, week, month, year.

It takes courage to change and not allow peer pressure or other opinions to keep us stuck. It takes courage to out grow bad habits. (smile)

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A changed mind changes thoughts. Changed thoughts change perception. Sometimes, we have to talk positive, by faith, until it becomes a habit. Why entertain anything else. It’s draining! Sometimes, just listening without the need to speak is wisdom! Thank you Lord!

So when x, y, or z comes along, bringing drama or negative stuff, think differently before speaking it into agreement, by faith. (smile)

It been a tough six months for me. I started paying attention to what was spoken and what I kept agreeing too, all because my focus was on the challenges, the things and stuff. (shock face) I kept casting it to The Lord and praying. Then someone would ask about it, instead of speaking positive, I spoke against what I was praying. How about you, ever spoken against what you were praying?

Ugh, the lessons in life, will keep coming until we work through the thing. (gritted teeth smile)

We’re all working through something. Sometimes, we engage in conversations that add to our challenges, instead of making them better. The safest person to tell our troubles is God.

Thank God, when He brings someone along with a good word or an answer to our prayer when we need it! This is where He strengthens our faith in Him. (smile)

The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Any other fear is not of God.

Be blessed and enjoy your day! As always, your thoughts are welcome. (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!

Me Too!

Thank you friends for your prayers. (smile) I find it amazing that when we are walking through a storm or challenge, it can seem like we are the only one going through until we share something and someone replies me too!

“Me too” can be two of the most beautiful words we can hear when someone can relate to what we are going through. “Me too” can bring sanity to us when our silly thoughts take us down a road we don’t need to go. “Me too” can bring comfort knowing this too shall pass!

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by things and stuff on a good day; especially when we’re still trying to balance everything and everyone in our life. Before I got overwhelmed from all my dental stuff, other distractions were happening simultaneously that I couldn’t connect the dots until recently.

Words can’t flow when I’m distracted. Does that ever happen to you?

Sometimes, we should share the things and stuff rattling around inside of us. It can drive us nuts when we don’t! (shock face)

Sometimes, we have to step back and adjust our approach to our hopes and dreams. Sometimes, God delays (fill in the blank) __________ or someone because one or both are not ready! (shock face)

Oh, (fill in the blank) __________ or someone will come in God’s perfect timing. In the meantime, God will continue to perfect fruit within us. Patience and long-suffering, got fruit?

Be blessed today and don’t be afraid to share with someone, they just might reply “me too!” (smile)

Things and Stuff – Control Your Breathing!

Hello, my friends (smile) Wahoo, I survived the dentist but it was not pretty! (shock face) It’s official, I am not a fan of going to the Dentist! How about you?

I struggle with anxiety about those needles! Ugh! I rather walk on hots coals with no shoes than get those shots! (forced smile) Grace, I needed plenty of grace this afternoon! I did learn something. Control your breathing!

Today, when I sat in the chair, and the dentist came toward me with that needle, I held my breathe and tensed up. Wrong thing to do!

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By the time, I was numb and he dropped the chair way back, I couldn’t feel part of my nose and I thought, OMG, I can’t breathe. Once that thought lingered, anxiety gripped harder and every silly thought flooded my mind. I was overwhelmed and couldn’t think how to breathe through my nose. (shock face)

It’s at that moment, I start to remember old stuff, here I’m sitting working myself up in a frenzy, my mouth is wide open and for one split second, I want to jump up and flee. (smile) I almost said, never mind, I don’t need good teeth! Usually, when I get nervous or anxious, I can sing a sing in my mind, pfft, not day! No song stayed long enough to drive out the thought…I can’t breath! (shock face)

I started to squirm and He stopped and asked was I alright, as he removes the guard thing holding my mouth wide open, I sit up to catch my breath and we resume. I spent the rest of the time mediating on this too shall pass, this too shall pass. Praise The Lord! This too shall pass. (smile)

Oh and the funniest part, by the time, we are finished, I look and feel like I was in a fight…hair all messed up, face all numb. (big grin) Sometimes, we must keep our sense of humor!

Learning to control our breathing in any problem or situation, especially when anxiety shows up will help keep our insides calm. (smile)

I would love to hear one of your anxiety moments. (smile) Be blessed!

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