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

With God, I Can Do Something

“… for apart from me you can do nothing.” So said Jesus. This is clear. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. We are helpless, powerless, and strengthless without Him. The flip side of this would be, “With Him, we “can” do something. I’m thankful that He didn’t leave us without the power to do.

Now what can we do with Christ? We can be productive in bearing fruit in Him. He is the power by which we can do it. He is the source of our help, power, and strength. Let’s use His power and do something that will motivate, encourage, and inspire someone today. Lets be kind to the unkind, give help to the helpless, and be a light to a dark soul. Yes, it’s as simple as that; nothing hard or difficult. With God, we can “do” something.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

I will keep on thanking God for giving me something to do in Him and for Him. By Hertistine Washington keeponthanking.com

Tasty

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A certain potato chip once has the slogan: “I betcha can’t eat just one!” Were you curious to know, why that was? Maybe, because that chip was so tasty at first bite, it made you crave for another. Though I don’t crave potato chips, cheesecake is another thing! Just one bite/slice stirs my appetite for more. Just tasting one time won’t soothe my palette. I think about it, smell it, and imagine how it would be to eat slice after slice (gobs and gobs) every day.

But as much as I love cheesecake, there is something far more tasty to me – Jesus. When I tasted Him, I could never get enough; the joy He gives me; His peace that stills me; His Word that heals me. I always want more. I dare you to taste Him today. When you do, I betcha can’t taste just one time!

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

I will keep on thanking God for stirring my appetite in Christ.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Good Morning, Lord!

 

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Good morning, Lord. How are You today?

I praise You, for You are wonderful!

I know You are Holy and Divine,

Sitting on Your throne,

Observing and guiding mankind,

In spite of the right and the wrong.

Even though You bring the sunshine and the rain,

I know You’re aware of the sufferings, heartaches, and pain.

Thank you, Lord, in spite of what’s going on, You tell us not to fret,

Instead, in your loving arms, to surely rest.

From Your Word, I hear Your response, Lord:

I AM THAT I AM. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending. I Am here. I Am there. I Am everywhere, watching over my creation with special care. And because you trust and know Me, this is what I say:

you can have a good morning and also a good day!

I will keep on thanking God for His inspiration every morning!

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3 KJV).

“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of they mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble” (Psalm 59:16). By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

 

 

 

Wait

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In a grocery store, standing in a long line, I looked to the heavens and silently shouted’ “My God, it’s so hard to wait!” Have you ever thought why that is? Physically speaking, one of the answers I came up is, selfishness; I want what I want, right now! I have no time to wait! That’s kind of selfish, wouldn’t you say? You go to the bank, there is a line. In traffic, there is a line. Oh my, you go to the lady’s bathroom, and there it is again, another line! Yet, you must wait. I assure you, if you wait long enough, you will get your turn, patiently or impatiently; it’s up to you.

Spiritually speaking ,waiting impatiently stems from a lack of trust in God. He calls for us to patiently wait; wait on His timing, and don’t be anxious or in a hurry. The time is not yet. In one way or another, the revelation, the help, the healing, the answer is coming, if you just wait.

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).

I will keep on thanking God for the patience to wait.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

Always

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I woke this morning with the prayer:

Thank you God for always being there. You’re always faithful when things seem uncertain.

You’re always powerful, though I am weak. You’re always looking and watching over the poor and the meek.

Through difficult times, when I can’t see, your love is always comforting me.

You’ve always provided when I didn’t know it was you, always bringing me through.

When I’m thirsty, you’re always my fountain, whether in the valley or on the mountain. You’re always present; never absent a second.

I thank you, Lord, that you’re always so kind; You are God, Most Holy Divine.

“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).

“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

I will keep on thanking God for His ever-present presence. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com