As 2020 has finally come to an end, I just wanna testify to you, my friend. I’m praising God for seeing 2021, which confirms, with me, He is not done. Thankful for His mercy and grace to me, despite my sometimes foolery. Through the pandemic, political chaos, mental strain, economic uncertainty, and civil unrest, I still thank Him for giving me His best.
I thank Him for the prayers received and the care given when my mind, body, and spirit needed healing. I thank Him for always being there and never leaving me alone, even though the CDC still encourages me to stay at home. I thank Him for helping me to stay on my knees, as He continues to supply all my needs.
Yes, 2020 is over and done, but not without leaving some residue for 2021. But… I hope you don’t worry, nor get in a hurry. For this I know and hope you do too, if you are still here, it’s cause God has kept you. And be assured, He’s gonna see us through!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2 ESV).
I will keep on thanking God for bringing me through. Dear Lord, I thank you that You are a constant keeper, helper, healer, provider, protector and friend, in Jesus name amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
What makes Christmas merry? One who does not know the very essence of this great holiday may wonder what makes Christmas so merry, and why? Especially, with all the pain and losses this year, they may think, how can anyone fine merriment in the Christmas season? So… what is it that makes Christmas merry? Why is it said “Merry Christmas?” For me and many others, Christmas is merry because of “The Gift” given and “The Gift” received in the person and embodiment of Jesus Christ. In His miraculous birth we celebrate the outpouring of God’s saving love and Salvation for humanity. He was born a Savior to save people from their sins. Knowing this produces great JOY on the inside and out to those who have accepted Him as Savior. That being said, Christians JOY in Jesus’s birth no matter what is going on in the world today.
We as Christians also know, because Jesus was born, He is very much alive and in control today. Being Lord of Lords and King of Kings, He has the whole world in His hand. Despite the times we’ve living in this season, I hope you can still say “Merry Christmas” because of what Christmas means in its very essence… a time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Savior, and King. Jesus is the good news of Christmas, as He is the Christ, Helper, Restorer, Immanuel, Savior, Teacher, Messiah, Almighty, and Supplier.
“For unto 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” (Isaiah 9:6 ESV).
“And the angel said to them, “‘fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people”‘ ( (Luke 2:10 ESV).
I will keep on thanking God for the JOY we have in Christmas because of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dear Lord, I celebrate You, and thank You that Jesus, the Savior is born, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
Merry Christmas everybody :)!
Amongst the boxes and the bows, the ribbons and the giving ; the dangling mistletoes, I hope we see Jesus.
Amongst the bright and shiny lights, the starry nights; amidst the sights, I hope we see Jesus.
Amongst the stuff, the chitter and the chatter, I hope we see the ‘One’ who always matter. I hope we see Jesus.
Amongst the gifts beneath the tree, I hope we remember the one born for you and me. I hope we see Jesus.
Amongst the online shopping or from a store, I hope we hear the one knocking at our door. I hope we see Jesus.
Amongst the stuff, let’s not fuss if we feel we didn’t get enough. I hope we see Jesus.
Amongst the climate that we’re in, I hope we know we still have a friend. I hope we see Jesus.
I pray we see, though born in a stable, He is still with us, and oh so able!
And if we’ve gotten what we think we wanted, I hope we realize amongst our stuff that nothing really matters as much and without Jesus.
Merry Christmas everybody!
“For to 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” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV).
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
I will keep on thanking God for the inexpressible gift of his Son. Dear Lord, thank you for the ‘One’ perfect gift of Christmas, your Son Jesus. Amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
Thankful, Lord, for the sunshine that falls on my face.
Thankful for Your divine grace on the human race.
Thankful for the air we breathe, as we fall on our knees.
Thankful for Your blessings throughout the land.
Thankful our times are in your mighty hand.
Thankfu, Lord: Oh, so grateful!
Thankful, Lord, for You are faithful.
Thankful, Lord, there’s no one like You, who deserves such thanks as You do.
Thankful Your sun (Son) doesn’t shine on just one or two, but on all the world through and through.
Thankful that we can lift our minds, despite these critical times,
To the One and Only God who stays on the frontlines.
That’s why all my ‘thankful’ goes to You.
Thankful Lord, so thankful to You.
“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds (Psalms 9:1).
“And let the peace of God rule in your heart, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).
I will keep on thanking God because He deserves it. Dear Lord, I can’t thank You enough for being in charge of everything and for handling all my stuff, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!
If you want your marriage to survive and thrive during and beyond this pandemic season, I hope you will order a copy of my book, Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives, which provides helpful hints on embracing the marriage journey. Like many of us, I can hardly believe we are in the ninth month of a worldwide pandemic, and is now quickly nearing the end of 2020! I pray that you are being safe by wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands. I also hope you are well and are hanging in there. Certainly, my prayers goes out to all who have been personally affected in someway.
Even though this is a very difficult time for everyone, my husband and I are also realizing this can be a very challenging time for married couples to stay focus, healthy and strong during this pandemic season. This is why I’m inviting you to tune into the following radio broadcast, as we share helpful insight from my book, Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives:
Reaching Out Radio (R.O.P.E.) ; Reaching Out Production Enterprises, “Where God Comes First”, with Host Ambassador Elisa Lane, on K-PRAISE (1210 AM and 106.1 FM), this Sunday, November 15, 2020, from 3pm to 5pm (PST). Also inviting you to listen online at reachingoutproduction.com
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“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,” (Ephesians 1: 16-17).
I will keep on thanking God for showing couples how to maintain a healthy and strong marriage during a pandemic. Dear Lord, thank you for your wisdom and revelation, as we go through these troublesome times in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
I don’t usually post about Halloween. I think this is the first time ever. However, because this 2020 Halloween is somewhat different due to the Pandemic and CDC guidelines, I am finding myself doing many things for the first time, some in a new way. I want all our children to be safe and still have fun this Halloween.
I’ve been thinking about what they’ve been accustomed to in the past, as they walked along with their parents through the neighborhoods trick or treating. And how they went from house to house dressed in fun and interesting costumes, gathering sweet treats from the same basket at the same time. Now because of the coronavirus and the need to social distance and wear masks, this practice is not encouraged or safe to do any more with the public. So what can we do to make this time a fun and exciting one for our children?
One way is to avoid going into the neighborhoods seeking treats. Provide treats at your home. Play in your own backyard. You can still dress up, decorate your homes, and hide treats throughout so your children can seek them out. Along with your children, you can pretend to be a child again! That maybe one of the best treats for your child ever, playing with you! Truly, we want all children to be safe, feel safe, and never worry about being tricked. So this year, let’s take the trick out of Halloween and fine ways to treat our children that will make them beam!
“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23 esv)
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17esv )
I will keep on thanking God that He never tricks but always treats his children. Dear Lord, I pray that you will keep all children safe this season, and help parents to find innovative ways at home to treat their children in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keepnthanking.com
Many are headed back to school right now, choosing classes that will hopefully help them be successful in this life. But there is another school for those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior; a school that never ends; where classes are not picked as in a physical curriculum. It is one where the classes have been chosen before the foundation of the world. These needed classes have been designed by the Master Teacher and Principal–God, Himself.
If we intend to be a good student of His, there are significant classes we must take to learn the lessons we must learn from A to Z. This semester, you might be enrolled in a class to learn about love, joy, and peace. On the other hand, you might be enrolled in one that teaches how to relinquish or respond to hate, malice, or deceit; especially during this time of pandemic. So don’t be surprised, if in this semester (or the next), you are enrolled in classes that involve disappointments, failures, forgiveness, rejection, impatience, or even loss.
If God have you enrolled in such classes as these, I hope you learn the lesson; not so that you can simply say you’ve passed the test, but that you’ve learned how to endure and be victorious through them. I pray you will come to discover that as we grow in Christ, there are always more to learn in God’s school of life. The Headmaster surely knows what every class will entail to equip every student’s need. He is there to teach students how to follow His lesson plan, and how to trust Him during each course. Let us embrace Him and His curriculum.
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” ( Hebrews 13:20-21).
I will keep on thanking God because He knows the lessons I need to learn in His school of life. Dear Lord, thank you. Please help me to be a better student for your glory in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
The Holy Bible tells us that without a vision the people perish: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18). We see from this statement there is a danger in not possessing a vision, and how important it is to have a vision. It keeps us from perishing; from perishing in hopelessness, in doubt, in purposelessness; from coming to complete ruin or utter destruction.
In order not to fall prey to any of these damaging qualities, we must have the kind of vision that causes us to lift our eyes above our struggles. Are you facing any challenges? See yourself coming out. Let me rephrase… see yourself ”out’! Refuse to walk in hopelessness, doubt, and purposelessness. Walk in victory no matter what you’re experiencing in your immediate surrounding. Visualize your end result and work to that end. See the picture you have in mind before you draw a single line, and let it formulate before the architect sketch his design.
“And the Lord answered me: ‘”Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end; it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come: it will not delay (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
I will keep on thanking God for a vision of victory.
Dear God, I thank you for the victory despite what I see. I thank You for helping me to lift my mind above what I may be going through in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.
Dear Lord, giving You all thanks and praise, especially in these dark and uncertain days. Grateful, You know all about this Covid-19 Pandemic. Who else would have known 2020 would bring in this kind of climate! It was no surprise to You; the One who knows all things, through and through.
There is no doubt 2020 came in with a bang! Not the kind we’d hoped for, but just the same, with a different kind, it came! Tragedy after tragedy, worldwide, on every side; people dying, mothers, fathers, children crying! Oh Lord, we hear everyday how another have passed away! When will it stop? When will it end? Help Lord, we say today “Please take this pandemic away!
You said in Your Word, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” ( 2 chronicles 7:14).
Now Father, we confess our sins. We acknowledge we have sinned as a people, a nation, a world. Forgive us, Dear Lord, we humbly pray. Please heal our land that we may once again, to You, faithfully stand.
I will keep on thanking God that He is the answer to my plea in any situation. Dear Lord, thankful, we who trust in You have this confidence, “Nothing is too hard for God.” Oh, how we love, hope, and look to You, to get us through, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com