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

 

God Works

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God is so good, and He also works! That’s one of the things that makes Him so good. Isn’t that great to know that we have a God that works, and that He works on our behalf everyday? Who do you think gives the sunshine in spite of dark clouds? God does. Who do you think prepares food for our nourishment? God does. And who do you think sends the rain to water the crop that grows and bears fruit? Again, it is God. He’s working all the time; never idle and never tired.

He not only works in the natural realm, He also works in the spiritual realm. Remember, God is a Spirit, and He works by His Spirit. It is His Holy Spirit that is working in the hearts of men right now towards Salvation in Jesus. He also works through His Word, revealing to man what is required in order to maintain a relationship with Him. And lastly, God works through His people, sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

I will keep on thanking God for His steadfastness; He works round the clock and never stops. He’s dependable, capable, and sufficient at all times to do the work in you and me.  By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

Soldier Up

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Hear ye! Hear Ye! There is a war going on. It is a spiritual war, not between God and the devil, but the devil and you. But don’t be afraid. Take courage. God has provided the armor that is needed in this spiritual warfare. Remember, God didn’t ask you to fight the devil, only to soldier up, be equipped, and be ready when he strikes. The way to do this is to put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the tricks of the devil. And when you have done all, to stand.

What is this armor? It is something pretty special and unique; it is designed by God. It is being fastened with the belt of truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, wearing shoes of the gospel of peace, carrying the shield of faith, wearing the helmet of salvation, and being equipped with the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:14-17). There is no excuse. You have the victory. Be assured, you can never be defeated when wearing God’s armor. He will do the fighting in and through you. He has never lost a battle, and never will. So, soldier up, and stand in faith!

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil’ (Ephesians 6:11).

I will keep on thanking God that I have His armor of protection, and that with it, I can never be defeated.  By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

The Process

Many things don’t happen by jumping from A to Z. For example, children don’t learn their alphabets all at once. There is a process of learning. Before they learn B, they must learn A; before D, C; before Y then Z. The span of letters that comes between the A and Z is the process it takes to learn the alphabets in order; the right way.

On a higher level, sometimes in life we must go through the process before we can grasp the product. The product in this case would be learning the way to say the alphabet correctly from A to Z. Often we don’t want to go through the process because it can be challenging and could appear too slow for us. For instance, we may have a problem and want God to solve it now. Because He doesn’t solve it then, we may get in a hurry and jump the gun. God doesn’t work like that. He doesn’t work on our time schedule. Many times we must learn to go through the process… of waiting on Him.

Have you considered your problem maybe the process God uses to reveal His purpose and plan for you? If you don’t go through the process, how will you know God’s plan? So why not trust and wait in Him through the process? In it you may gain patience, strength, and confidence to carry on.

“But all things should be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).

I will keep on thanking God for helping me to wait in spite of the process it takes.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.

 

Bless The Lord

Most have heard and appreciate the song, “Bless The Lord, O My Soul.” And what a wonderful song it is… to bless the Lord (yourself) with all that is within you! You may ask, how does one really bless the Lord, when He has everything? All belongs to Him! Let me share three of the many ways you are sure to bless the Lord:

First, if you know God, you can bless the Lord through worship, praise, and thanksgiving; acknowledging Him for who He is and for what He has done. Do you know that He was Jesus Incarnate, and through Him, He has done great things for you? Next, you can bless the Lord by blessing others; praying on their behalf, giving a hug or a smile, offering an encouraging word, or giving a helping hand. And thirdly, you can bless the Lord by blessing yourself. Clearly put, when you bless the Lord, you have already blessed yourself with the blessings that comes from blessing the Lord. The blessing is in “knowing” who you have in Jesus; a Savior, Helper, Healer, Strengthener, Friend, Lover, and so much more. In blessing the Lord, you will always reap the blessing. So, go ahead and bless the Lord, and experience the blessing you have already received.

“Then David said to all the assembly, ‘Bless the LORD your God.’ And all the assembly blessed the LORD, and the God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the LORD and to the king” (1 Chronicles 29:20).

I will keep on thanking God for the blessings that comes with the privilege of blessing His name.   By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

So I Write

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To write is an art. It reflects one’s conviction, purpose, and heart.

I don’t profess to be a great writer like Paul; but like Paul, for the love of God and with humility, so I write. As I was reading one of his letters to the Thessalonians, I could appreciate his style, tone, and purpose. He wrote with authority from God Almighty. His tone was one of loving and endearing, yet with conviction and warning.  His purpose was clear; to encourage, build up, and alert others of the danger in not walking in the light and truth of Christ.  Like Paul, so I write.

I write with the inspiration to motivate others to the love of God, and salvation of Jesus Christ. I write that my tone is one that is soothing and sincere; yet, with urgency that time is drawing near; and with the purpose that all may see and embrace Christ. Like Paul, so I write.

“The salutation of Paul with mine own hand which is the token in every epistle: so I write” ( 2 Thessalonians 3:17 KJV).

I will keep on thanking God for giving me inspiration to write for Him.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com