Made Ready

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“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and  receive you unto  myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3 KJV)

Those are the very words of Jesus. We are thankful He has gone and made ready our heavenly home. Isn’t that just like Jesus, to have prepared a home for us after this life for those who have accepted Him as Savior. He has made ready not only a home, but a mansion, assuring that we will never be left homeless.

Think of it, a home eternally in heaven, whose gates are pearls and streets paved with gold! This is a home needing no down payment, nor continuing mortgage, nor up-grade or re-financing! Jesus paid it “all off” with His precious blood, once and “for all.”

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 KJV).

In God, I will keep on thanking Him for securing my future.  By Hertistine Washington


Gratitude Gold Nuggets


“Thanking God for the flavor of His favor.”

“Thanking God,  I can cope as long as I have hope.”

“Thanking God, He’s always right every day and every night.”

“Thanking God, He’s big enough to handle all my rough stuff.”

“Thanking God for the goodness of His blessings, regardless the lessons.”


Good Day, Smiley Face :)!



“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3 KJV). I thank God I can smile. I have so many reasons to do so. Why do you smile? I would like to share forty reasons why I love to SMILE, everyday: I smile because:

(1) I can (2) It’s a gift (3) It’s welcoming (4) It’s easy to do (5) I love it (6) It’s contagious (7) It’s a privilege (8) It’s free (9) It encourages others to smile (10) I look better (11) It feels good (12) It’s attractive (13) It’s accepting (14) It adds and never subtracts (15) It’s inviting (16) It makes my day (17) It makes me happy (18) It expresses my joy (19) It reflects my pleasing response (20) I’m free to do so.

(21) It shows softness (22) It removes frowns (23) It encourages warmth (24) It promotes kindness (25) It erases the hard look (26) It’s my choice (27) No one can smile for me (28) It demonstrates hope. (29) It conveys much without saying a word (30) It eradicates intimidation (31) It soothes my spirit (32) It promotes connectivity  (33) It lowers my stress (34) God loves me (35) God smiled on me (36) It relaxes my mood (37) It make me approachable {38) It raises my spirit (39) It’s gives comfort, and… (40) I’m blessed by God who made my lips to be flexible enough to do so.

If I happened to miss the reason why you smile, please share :)!

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Psalm 122:1 KJV).

In God, I will keep on thanking Him for giving me reasons to smile.  By Hertistine Washington /


Gratitude Gold Nuggets


“Jesus went deep enough to be buried, and rose high enough to be exalted forever.”  

“Loosing some battles may be a blessing. The battles aren’t ours anyway.”

“God’s Word will change you; just keep reading.”

“There is no lack or slack in God’s Word, and that’s a fact.”

“Sin will never escape God’s notice.”




Good Night



How  long has it been since you had a good night’s sleep? A night free of worries or  pressing issues? The other night (although nothing was pressing on my mind) I could not sleep! But there I was into the midnight hours, wide awake and alert! After a while, I thought to do what I encourage my readers to do from my book, (“Something to Thank About from A to Z,”, to take advantage of those waking hours to thank God. I began meditating and thanking Him for who He is in my life. I was blessed. Pretty soon, I found myself waking up at my usual time. Needless to say, I fell peacefully asleep.

Now, I’m aware we all have experienced some troubles that may prevent us from getting a good night’s rest. Life happens! But the key is, learning where to take those troubles so they don’t affect our night of rest. God desires for us to sleep well, so we can arise to a great morning!

Worried or not, I encourage you to start using those sleepless midnight hours to express gratitude and praises to God. Then watch how He rocks you to sleep. He’ll be so gentle you will never know when sleep arrives. I also encourage you to continue to thank God and pray to lay all your cares at Jesus feet so you can sleep sweet. Good Night!

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep” (psalm 127:2 KJV)

“When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet” ( Proverbs 3:24 KJV).

In God, I will keep on thanking Him for a good night of rest.  By Hertistine Washington/

The Whole Package


“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9 KJV). This scripture reminds me of what we have in Christ, completeness. We have “all” in Him; not half. Who wants a package to arrive with only half the intended contents? I thank God, He doesn’t work in halves! He gives the whole thing. He doesn’t give us half love, and tells Jesus to love the other half. Nor does He instructs the Holy Spirit to do whatever  part He wants. They work together as “one” performing the desired results for wholeness… eternal salvation.

Jesus is God. He loves, entirely; redeems, completely; saves, fully; and comforts continually. When we accept Him as our Savior we get the full contents within the package; God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These cannot be separated. What one says, so says the other. They all agree in one.

This package is for anyone who is willing to accept it. It won’t change, but it will change you. Thanking God there are no IOU’s or cash on delivery. This package is freely given and paid in full by the precious Blood of Jesus.

“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Corinthinans 1:21-22 KJV).

In God, I will keep on thanking Him for the whole package… God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.    By Hertistine Washington /


Gratitude Gold Nuggets



Thanking God, no matter what you’ve heard, Jesus is the Living Word.

Thanking God for making it possible for us to lie down in peace and sleep.

Thanking God for always knowing just where we are.

Thanking God for the privilege to help somebody.

Thanking God it pays to ponder a thought before acting on it. It may be a false thought.