‘Tis The Season; Peace

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What a time! What a Time! What a time when we all get together; what a time! When I hear that phrase, from a well known song, I think about the blessings that peace brings. When people get together; mothers, fathers, sisters, brother, husbands, wives, and all others decide to live in harmony, surely there will be great peace. The song goes on to say, What a time of rejoicing ‘it will be!’ I’m encouraging you to know that it can also be that way, this season, right now. You can have that peace that surpasses all understanding through Jesus Christ the Lord. You don’t have to wait ‘til we all get to heaven.‘ Peace is available this very moment; and what a time of rejoicing it is! Jesus came to bring peace between us and God; for where He is, there is peace. Truly ’tis the season to be at peace with God, self, and others. Accept Him into your heart and live in peace.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”( Romans 5:1).

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11). 

I will keep on thanking God for His peace.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Light of Life

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In life there can be some pretty dark days, making it difficult to see our way. But we can  be thankful that if we walk in the light of Christ, He will see  us through. He said, He is the Light of Life; He lights our paths and shows us plainly which to take. As this year is coming to a close, let the light of Christ shine in you so that when the New Year arrives, you will be walking and beaming in Him! Trust that His light will never go out, and His bulb will never need changing. He is the everlasting light that lights up our hearts, paths, and the world.

“And again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness. but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

I will keep on thanking God for His everlasting light.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

‘Tis The Season; Love

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“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14). Do you know something that’s good for every season of the year; every day, month, and hour? Something that’s good for you, me, and others too? I do. It’s that thing call love. Tis the season of love. Whatever you do, let it be motivated by love. Be determined to magnify the love that stems from Christ the Lord. He is love.

From the beginning to the ending, His love is always available. Despite cloudy days, rainy days, windy days, stormy days, or even crowded days, remember, tis the season of love. Don’t let it pass you by. Make time for it. Stand up, step up, stretch out, reach out, and grow up in love. Expand it; never need to demand it. Raise it; don’t abase it. Tis the season for love. Walk in it, and use it to exemplify the love of giving, sharing, helping, and caring. So as we work, play, shop, and go, remember, tis the season to let love flow.

“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2-3).

I will keep on thanking God for the present and presence of His love.  By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

 

 

A Grateful Moment

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For those who read my blog know that my motto is Expressing Gratitude in Everything. I believe that gratitude can be found in every situation; simply pay close attention. So, to those who follow my blog, I am pausing a moment to say “thank you.” I really appreciate you. Thank you for inspiring me, through your likes and comments, to continue sharing words of inspiration through the Word of God, poetry, short stories, and praise and thanksgiving to Him through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I’m sharing this post to inform you of some good news! Along with my regular posts, for the next four Mondays in December, I will be writing inspirations, entitled, “Tis the Season.” This is all in honor of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, for whom I’m so grateful. I hope you will join me and be encouraged as we glorify our Lord together that Tis The Season of love, joy, peace, and gratitude. Surely Jesus is the reason for the season!

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace.” ( Isiah 9:6).

I will keep on thanking God that we have a reason to celebrate Him; who He is, what He has done, is doing, and what He will do through Jesus Christ our Lord. By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

Things Worth Ignoring

Let me encourage you, some things in life should be ignored. Such things as gossiping, silly questions, and accusation are not worth our attention. Are you aware Jesus did not address everything on every issue. He was so wise in not letting things worth ignoring capture His attention. Sometimes He passed it by, didn’t say a word, didn’t give vent, turned it around, or simply ignored the comment.

Remember the woman that was accused of adultery, and the question her accusers asked Jesus? ((John 8: 3-11) Instead of answering it, Jesus ignored it and simply bent down and wrote on the ground; He could perceive the sinful nature of her accuser’s hearts. Instead of addressing their accusation, Jesus spoked to the real issue… their sin: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Upon hearing this, the woman’s accusers eventually walked away.

What a great lesson for us today, to let Jesus stand in our defense. Some questions or things are not worth our attention. It’s better to focus on Jesus, serve Him, and live righteously before Him, than to worry about what’s been said about you; ignore it and leave the results to God.

“And give no opportunity to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27).

“Abstain from every form of evil” (1Thessalonians 5:22).

I will keep on thanking God for spiritual discernment knowing that… not to ignore what should be ignored can result in spiritual ignorance. By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com.

Just You, Just Me

Here I am, Lord; not with mother, father, sister, brother, friend, foe, nor other…

just You, just me.

All by myself, I come. In the quietness, and in the stillness of the hour, I come. Yet, never alone…

just You, just me.

Here I am. The one You made and drew to Yourself before the foundation of the world, clothed and in my right mind; all because of You. Happy and grateful; not sad, mad, depressed, but glad to be alone with…

just You, just me.

Thank You for this moment, this privilege to be here with You. Thank You for making me feel so special that I can relinquish all my cares, secrets, desires, needs, and hang-ups with no one else around…

just You, just me.

Now, Precious Lord, I thank You for this One-on-one. Until we meet again;

just You, just me.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

“Am I a God at hand declares the LORD, and not a God far away?” (Jeremiah 23:23)

“Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence” (Psalm 140:13).

I will keep on thanking God for the closeness I share in Him.  By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com.

 

Unlock The Writer’s Block

Here I am sitting on my couch, with an urge to write with nothing in my mind or spirit, only a desire. So, I decided to stop scratching my head (before pulling out my hair), and go and sit at my computer, while saying a little prayer. I said, “Oh, Lord, if there is something You want me to write, grant it to me please or remove this desire before I pull out my hair, and withdraw my fingers from these computer keys.”

Still, there I sat, fingers on the keyboard with no inspiration coming. Then before I knew it, I began writing what I was feeling and thinking: “Surely, there are others,” I thought, “that have been here too; at a stalemate, a deadlock, on what to write when thoughts and words are few. I said to myself, “It’s okay. There’ll be another day. God is not finished with me yet; He’s always given me something to say.” Then, with calmness of mind and comforting words, I began to thank the Lord and write down exactly what I had heard:

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)

I will keep on thanking God for the strength to keep on keeping on; though words seems few, God always has something to say to me and you, as He just did! I encourage you, when you have a writer’s block or any other block, don’t stop; just keep showing up! By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com