Celebrate and Appreciate The Small Things


We have to learn to appreciate and enjoy life! Try to enjoy the small things; like peace, silence, sleep, people, ability to walk, breathe and laugh easy.

Stop stressing over things you have no control over. Accept your life as it is and stop comparing it to others. You will learn to enjoy your surroundings and embrace your life in a better way!
~ Charles P ~

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) 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. Praise The Lord, all is well in my world.

This week, my thoughts centered around the quote and scripture above.

Celebrate and appreciate the small things like the ability to see clearly (wahoo, new glasses); the ability to take a nap, the ability to enjoy peace and quiet anywhere, and the ability to pray about unhealthy situations, and comfort and healing friends.

Celebrate and appreciate courage to share thoughts and struggles. Joys and pain. Y moments.

Celebrate and appreciate encouraging one another. Virtual {{{hugs}}} and a (smile). (wink)

Celebrate and appreciate how God can work all things out.

Celebrate and appreciate faith and hope and the power of specific prayers.

God knows we need prayers.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Faith Through It


When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!
~ Author Unknown ~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
~ 1 Peter 5:10-11 ~

Hope all is well in your world. (wink) Nothing gets attention more than health challenges, plus accepting the fact that reading cheaters no longer work.

Celebrate faith through it.

Reality forces change. A realization that stress is cumulative.

To everything, there is a season. Faith through it.

The valleys and the mountains.

It’s been hectic and drama filled days at the circus. Challenging conversations. My little maladies stabilizing while adjusting to changes beyond my control. Sticking to a routine, of proper rest, helped to balance energy level.

The blessings.

The power of praying comforts and releases everything to God, who can change seasons. I’ve been praying and releasing everything to God. Thank you Lord.

By the grace of God, today, I can smile because all is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (wink)

There is something powerful about seeing good after a bad season.

There is something powerful about letting go.

There is something powerful about knowing who we are in Christ.

Too many times, energy is wasted on the why of it. It is, what it is.

Faith through it, whatever it is. I love the quote above because without the valleys, we wouldn’t recognize the blessings of the mountains. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Faith Through Any Season

Life works in seasons; which means you won’t be stuck where you are forever.
~ Unknown Author ~

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well as we start the new year.  Thank God, we’re blessed to see another day.

Today’s encouraging thought is faith through any season.  Timing is everything.

Change is inevitable. Change is experienced based on choices and having faith through the experience.

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose is life experiences as illustrated in the scripture above.

Experience develops spiritual maturity.

Experience gives wholeness.

Experience shows and teaches.

Experience is showing Jesus to a hurting world.

Experience becomes a testimony to help others.

Faith through any season keeps moving forward and refuses to remain stuck.

Faith through any season trumps negativity every single time. (wink)

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Letting Go Takes Love


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

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. ~ Mark 12:29-31 ~

This week, celebrate letting go takes love.  It’s liberating to love enough to let go.

Loving ourself flaws and all is easier when we know God loves us unconditionally.

Loving our neighbor is shown when we let go of ___________________ (fill in the blank)

Praise The Lord.

There are times, letting go is the most loving gesture we can do.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to keep the faith, by letting go, and enjoy your weekend.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Celebrate Every Good Thing


Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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) 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 your Thanksgiving was blessed and all is well in your world.

This week, celebrate every good thing that blesses us. Thank you Lord.

Walking through challenges.
Family, friends and enemies that help us grow.
Aging and accepting physical changes.
God always provides for our needs.

Answered prayers. Encouraging words to keep moving forward.

___________________ (fill in the blank) to what blesses you.

A combination of things contribute to every good thing that blesses us.

Abundant blessings, my friends, keep the faith and enjoy your weekend.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

The Fruit of Long-Suffering

Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
~ Arthur Helps ~

Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. I’m sharing my thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering. Thank God, there was a break through.

There are many things that bring about long-suffering.

Imagine living through unnecessary stress, dysfunctional relationships, toxic home or work environments, the object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers, health issues, the list can go on and on.

Bottom line, there are times, we can be too sensitive to slights or insults that are just opinions and a response is not required.

The fruit of long-suffering forces growth, builds character and teaches us something about ourself. Growth and maturity is a process that has no shortcuts.

It is quite painful to walk through long-suffering until we know who we are in Christ. Realize the situation is temporary. Understand we’re not victims but more than conquerors. Eventually the break-through comes.

Thank you Lord, for faith, to keep standing, in the meantime.

The upside to the fruit of long-suffering:

Storms come, we’re still standing.

Hope that keeps the faith, we’re still standing.

Inner strength to endure, we’re still standing.

Humility that comes naturally, we’re still standing.

Easy to let things go, we’re still standing.

Courage to walk through unhealthy environments, we’re still standing.

Contentment and f r e e from oppressive acts, we’re still standing.

Humor to see that it is, what it is, we’re still standing.

Healing in areas, where brokenness kept us stuck, we’re still standing.

Ability to walk away from dysfunctional relationships, we’re still standing.

The fruit of long-suffering results in experience and will produce more spiritual fruit, patience and inner strength.

The fruit of long-suffering experience helps to make better choices and gives abundant patience.

The fruit of long-suffering changes us from the inside out.

In time, we grow and become like a well watered tree deeply rooted, standing strong through anything or anyone’s shenanigans. (wink)

Praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace.

Abundant blessings, my friends, keep the faith and stay standing strong. (smile)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

Celebrate A Sense of Humor

There are times, a sense of humor helps to change perspective, focus and attitude.

This week, I celebrate having a sense of humor. (wink)

Laughter can heal and comfort after a difficult moment.

Laughter is good for the heart.

Abundant blessings, my friend, have hope and keep the faith!

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.