Warrior or worrier?

Warrior or worrier, which are you? If you’re not sure, let me share this short story on worry. Once upon a time there was a Godfearing Warrior who had thought she had learned to let go and let God handle all her worries and cares. One night after making a tough decision about a matter, the warrior went to bed and fell peacefully asleep. Her mind was at ease. However, about 3:45 am, she slightly began to awaken, as her decision crept back into her head… and that was okay. What was not okay was when she began pondering about the probability of negative outcomes. I tell you this Godfearing Warrior went from one undesirable outcome to the next. After realizing she was only considering the negative outcomes, she began to notice she was getting a bit anxious, restless, and becoming oh so wide awake! At that point she recognized this to be her old archenemy, Ole Lady Worry.

How did she know it was Ole lady Worry? Because their paths had crossed before, and Ole Lady Worry tried to overtake her then, and the Godfearing Warrior knew she only came to try to do it again. But because of the Godfearing Warrior’s training, she never forgot what weapon was needed to combat Ole Lady Worry. In the past when the Godfearing Warrior became restless, she would cry out to her Lord with the weapon of prayer. She knew in her distress her God had always been there to answer her, faithfully. Through prayer, she had no doubt He would do it again.

Being that the Godfearing Warrior remembered how she finally overcame Ole Lady Worry from past encounters, she made it a practice to keep her weapon with her. She kept it in her heart. She never left home or slept without it. It became her protection even while she was sleeping. She had only to draw it out. Through her prior experiences with Ole Lady Worry, the Godfearing Warrior found that when she chose to use her weapon of prayer, Ole Lady Worry had to step aside, no matter how elegantly she was dressed, heels and all!

With that said, unfortunately, worriers tend to lie down and wallow in their anxiety, whereas warriors choose to call on the God of War and take courage in His strength. That is all the Godfearing Warrior needed to do, and she knew it. When she did that, her peaceful sleep returned. You may ask, what ever happened to Ole lady Worry? Oh, I don’t know. All I can tell you is, she did what she always does when she meets the Word of God in prayer; Ole Lady Worry goes away.

The moral of the story: I hope this helps you to know which you are, a warrior or a worrier. It surely encouraged me to choose to war over worry with the Word of God in prayer when I feel worry approaching. And believe you me, worry is always lying in wait; at noonday, midnight, or early in the morning light. Just remember what the Word of God says: “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1John 4:4, ESV). Also remember, greater is He that is in you than… Ole Lady Worry.

Helpful Hint: Just so you’ll know, worry will try to come back another day, (maybe even on your special day); but you don’t have to step aside and let it have it’s way, even if you’re sleeping in your bed. Take courage, and pray, pray, pray. If you pray and dig into the Word, you can root out worry every time! So war on soldier, war on. You got this in Jesus name, amen!

I will keep on thanking God for the power that’s in His Word. Dear Lord, thank you for calming my fears and anxiety through the power of Your Word, in Jesus name, amen.

“The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name” (Exodus 15:13,ESV).

In lieu of Mother’s Day: When we let God do our warring, we won’t be worrying.

Happy Mother’s Day!

By Hertistine Washington ?keeponthanking.com

Thankful, God is Jesus, Judge, and Justifier.

As we continue our search through scripture for Gratitude Gold Nuggets as to who God is , I’m excited about what we will find beginning with the 10th letter of the alphabet, letter “J”. Under this letter we can be grateful that God is Jesus our Lord, and the Justifier of our sins. His Word declares:

“Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9 ESV). “I and the Father are one” (Luke 2:52, ESV).

“The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge!’ (Psalm 50:6, ESV).

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus’ (Romans3:23-24, ESV).

Please pray with me: Dear Lord, I will keep on thanking you for all of who you are . Thank You that you are Jesus, Judge, and Justifier, amen.

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

Let’s Give Thanks To God

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 92:1,ESV). In my book “Something to Thank About from A to Z”, reminds us to be mindful to always thank and praise God for who He is; to give thanks to His Holy name, even if it’s not Thanksgiving Day. Everyday is a great day to acknowledge appreciation to God for Himself, according to Scripture. You’re sure to find He can be your All and All to your very on Zest for living!

I’m simply reminding you, if you haven’t purchased your copy it’s not too late. Mother’s day is right around the corner! Why not give mom, stepmom, grandmother, God mom, aunt, sister, wife, or that special someone, a timely gift that expresses love and appreciation to God for who He is; that will encourage everyone to keep on thanking God, from A to Z. Give mom and your love ones today the gift of gratitude. Indeed a timely book for all times, for any occasion.

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“And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:13, ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for Himself, for you, and your love, kindness, and support in spreading the beautiful message of gratitude. By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

Thankful, God is the I Am, Immortal, Invisible, and Impartial God.

As we come to letter “I”, let’s see what Gratitude Gold Nuggets we can discover to thank God for being who He is. You may remember there is an old spiritual that contains the phrase: “I love the Lord, He heard my cry and pitied every groan.” Just knowing that God is there hearing every cry is so comforting. No matter who is crying, makes no difference to Him; He’s not partial. He lets us know, He is present with us and we are not alone. God, The I Am God is with us.

Has anyone ever told you that they were with you and literally said these words, “I am here, for you?” How did that make you feel? I’m sure you felt strengthen knowing there was someone in your corner. Now how much better it should make us feel in knowing that God, the I Am, the Immortal, Invisible, and Impartial God is saying those very words to us today, “I am with you.”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14, ESV). “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41: 10, ESV)

“To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17, ESV).

“For God shows no partiality” (Romans 2:11, ESV).

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

Please pray with me: I will keep on thanking God for who He is; The I Am, Immortal, Invisible, and Impartial God. By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

Thankful, God is our Healer, Helper, and Hope.

As you know everyday is a good day to thank God for who He is. Now as we approach letter H, let’s see what Gratitude Gold Nuggets we can find in God’s Word to further thank Him for who He is. First let me ask, has God has ever healed you, helped you, or given you hope when you felt you were sinking in despair? If the answer is yes to that question, I’m sure you can join me in thanking Him for being your Healer, Helper, and Hope. Oh Lord, how we thank You for being who You are! You are the one who heals our broken hearts, helps us in times of need, and gives us hope that fills us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope. For in Your Word we find:

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,” (Psalm 147:3) ESV).

“If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence” (Psalm 94:17 ESV).

“May the Lord of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13 ESV).

Please join me in praying: Dear Lord, I will keep on thanking You for being my Healer, Helper, and my Hope, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

Thankful, God is Great and God is Good

So far we have found some great Gratitude Gold Nuggets as to who God is, based in His Word from A to F. Now as we look further, continuing with letter G, the first two nuggets that comes to my mind is, God is great and God is good. I’m not surprised that these two nuggets popped in my mind, because as a child my parents taught me (as many other parents taught their children) to say a simple prayer before meals. It went like this: “God is great and God is good, let us thank Him for our food, amen.” So from a child I was told, and now I have learned that the God my parents were speaking of is indeed great and good; and oh so worthy to be praised!

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3 ESV).

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for His goodness and greatness. Dear Lord, thank you for being so good and so great, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington /keeponthanking.com

Thankful, God is the Faithful Father and the Forgiver of Sins.

Since we will ever be in the season of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us never waver in thanking Him for who He is. As we approach letter F, let us see what Gratitude Gold Nuggets we can find that exemplifies our appreciation to God for who He is from A to Z. Let’s give Him thanks that He is the Faithful Father and the Forgiver of Sins, as found in His Word. May we find comfort in knowing…

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9 ESV).

“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8 ESV).

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for who He is. Please pray with me: Dear Lord, thank You for being the Faithful Father and the Forgiver of Sins in the name of Jesus, amen. By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

Celebrate The Risen Lord

When we think about it, we are blessed and grateful to celebrate so many special days and events in our lives; birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, raises, graduations, child’s first step; any and everything that is meaningful to us. We hang the banner, toot the horns, and shout hurray for that special day, as we should! We wish to recognize with honor and enthusiasm how important those milestones are and want others to know and join in celebrating with us. We use our creativity to go all out… even in a worldwide Pandemic to express to our love ones how proud of them we are for what they have accomplished, even ourselves.

Now for those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, how much more should we celebrate Him! In Him we have far more reason to celebrate. Why? Because it is He who suffered and died, and rose again from the grave that we might have life eternal, granting us Salvation through His name. It is He who is the only One who has conquered death, even the death of the cross. It is He who paved the way that made a way for sinners to come out of darkness into His marvelous light, and it is He who did it all without sin. That’s not all; it is He who gives us hope and is now sitting on the right hand of Power interceding for us. Therefore, today and everyday let us hang high our banner of praise, spread far the royal red carpet of honor and gratitude, and hunk loud the horn of joy and victory in celebrating our Risen Lord! He indeed is worthy! Oh, bless His Holy name!

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died, more than that, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34 ESV)).

Bless be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Perter 1:3 ESV).

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for Salvation through Christ Jesus. Let us pray: Dear Lord, I thank You for all You have done to provide eternal life for me and the world, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

To Remember Jesus

“When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken” (John 2:22 ESV). Father God, I thank You for what You went through that we might have life eternal, life anew. We remember You. Before dying the death of the cross, You endured many things for us who were lost.

Thank You for suffering humiliation and degradation from a sinful, crooked, and rebellious nation. You were ridiculed and accused, lied on and spied on, spat on and ratted on, betrayed, but not dismayed; never saying a mumbling word which no one can say they heard.

Your hands and your feet were nailed to the cross for all to see, and hopefully one day to seek. You were whipped and given vinegar to sip; You were pierced in the side as the crowd stood by; some mocked, others cried and sighed. Yet, for all men you still died. Knowing that You had a job to do and that You were the only One worthy and qualified to see it through, we remember You.

You were buried in a borrowed tomb. Not to stay there, but to rise early that Sunday morning before noon! In three days, as You said, You were RAISED from the dead! Therefore, we shout Halleluyah to the King of kings and Lord of lords, for the joy and Salvation You did bring! Jesus, we remember You.

“Which he will display at the proper time, he is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1Timothy 6:15 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for all He has done in providing for my salvation. Dear Lord, thank you for the mind to remember and share what You did from the foundation of the world, from the cradle to the cross, and by Your resurrection to save the lost, in Your name we pray, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Thankful, God is the Everlasting, Exalted, and Excellent God.

As we continue on our journey in thanking God for who He is from A to Z, let’s see what Gratitude Gold Nuggets we can find beginning with letter E. Thankful we don’t have to look far; we can find them in His Word.

“Your throne is established from old; you are from everlasting” (Psalm 93:2 ESV).

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 ESV).

“This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom” (Isaiah 28:29 ESV).

I hope you will pray this prayer with me: Dear Lord, I will keep on thanking You for being the Everlasting, Exalted, and Excellent God. You always was and always will be. You are exalted, oh Lord, and is excellent in counsel and wisdom in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com