In 2020, Not Only…

 

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Not only rise… shine! Not only see the light… be a light.

Not only pray… praise! Not only praise… pray!

Not only read… study. Not only write… create.

Nor only meet… greet. Not only gather… relate.

Not only hug… embrace. Not only smile… laugh.

Not only believe… know. Not only look… perceive.

Not only try… will. Not only lend… give.

Not only like… love. Not only grow… develop.

Not only submit… commit.

Not only speak… listen. Not only teach… apply.

Not only follow… obey. Not only plan… enforce.

Not only say… do. Not only walk… run.

Not only dream… envision. Not only fly… soar.

Not only jump… shout! Not only go to church… be the church.

Not only start… finish!

“But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:30-31

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

I will keep on thanking God for showing me a better way. Dear Lord, thank you, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Focus on the Finish, Not the Fight

 

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I’m so grateful to God for letting us see another year. A year of new visions, insights, opportunities, hopes, and dreams. A New Year of prosperity; building up, not tearing down; looking forward, not backward; finishing the course, not regretting the paths to get there; knowing that all things are working for the good to those who are in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, I hope to encourage you to focus on the finish, not the fight. Have you considered setting your mind on your goal instead of the piles of work required? I have discovered, focusing on my struggles can lead to discouragement, hopeless, and despair. I’m now learning by setting my mind above and beyond my struggles, to imagine the results desired, produces gratitude and hope. I ask you, can you see your finished result? Can you smell it? Can you taste it? Can you see yourself crossing that finish line? Can you view yourself walking across the stage, being handed your degree while your family and friends stand in applaud? What about that issue, that situation, that trial, that test, that illness, or that pain you’ve been struggling with? Can you see it’s done? Can you see yourself placing it in Jesus’ hand, and Him handling it?

Last but not least, can you see how Jesus focused on the finish… and not the fight? How He didn’t let the fight deter Him, nor stop Him? He kept the ‘finished’ focus. He saw the big picture of victory for us at the finish line. He knew in the ‘Finish’ men, women, boys, and girls would have the opportunity for Salvation in Him. In the ‘Finish’ everyone would have access to a mansion not made by hands. In the ‘Finish’ there is life eternal with Him  heaven.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

“As it is written, “‘I have made you the father of many nations”‘– in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” Romans 4:17

I will keep on thanking God for finishing the fight that produced my faith in Him. By it I have a new perspective in helping me to left my mind above the trials to victory in Him. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Happy new Year!

 

You’d Better Watch Out!

“You’d better watch out! You’d better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.” Does this famous nursery rhyme ring a bell with you? Of course it does. Most of us learned it as a child, and is still singing it today. Oh how excited we were as children, as we waited in bed for Santa’s arrival! We could hardly sleep wandering had we been good enough… or not!

As you can see, this nursery rhyme conveys urgency, expectancy, along with a warning that someone is coming to town who may be the bearer of bad news, depending on how we’ve behaved. So “You’d better watch out!” Let me ask, are you still waiting and watching for that Santa? Has he come yet? The answer is a resounding no, because Santa is not real!

Now that we’re no longer children, there is someone who is not a fictional character, who’s been to town and is coming back again, who sees when we are sleeping, and knows when we’re awake. His name is Jesus, for goodness sakes! He’s not coming back as a babe wrapped in a manger, but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And His reward is with Him. So, you’d better watch out! Jesus has paid the sin price; He’s coming back again, whether we’ve been good or bad, naughty or nice.

“Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.”  Revelation 1:7

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25:13

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

Merry Christmas everybody!

A Simple Thank You

 

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I thank you Lord, today.

I thank you, Lord.

I thank You for loving me Your way.

What comes; what may, I shout out loud to say,

I thank you, Lord, for loving me Your way!

Not matter the test; no matter the rest,

Whether or not granted my request,

I’ve learned, loving me Your way is the best.

So I say, without delay, thank you Lord for seeing another Thanksgiving Day.

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).

I will keep on thanking God, as simple as that.  By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

The Salvation Army

Have you ever visited a Salvation Army store? If you have you may have noticed there were not too many new items available. You may see donated clothing that people have given because they don’t need or treasure anymore; or, simply want to share with someone in need. Instead of throwing those items away or in the trash, they would take them to the Salvation Army, in hopes that someone may find them useful and worthwhile to meet their physical needs.

In light of this, are you aware there is also a salvation army that is here to meet not only the physical needs, but the spiritual needs? This is God’s Salvation Army, and Jesus is the Source, Resource, and Captain. Those who have accepted Him as their Savior are apart of this army. He sends His soldiers into the world to share the good news of Salvation to win souls for Him; all souls that are lost, abandoned, mistreated, abused, and discarded by the world. God’s Salvation Army is here to stay. It covers all shapes, forms, and sizes to meet all needs— the world’s need. Walk into His store today and you’ll be sure to find your item on hand.

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age'” (Matthew 28:18-20)

For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

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

 

 

 

 

 

What Are You Looking For?

As we conclude our Saturday October series on the word “Look”, let us lastly take a look at “What Are You Looking For?”

We know some people are looking for many things in the earthly or physical realm in order to be successful in this life. Things such as a good education, a great job/career, and a big beautiful house. These are just a few of the things most are in search of. Many will work tirelessly, forsaken all others to achieve their goal.

But what are ‘you” looking for? Be mindful, there’s nothing wrong in seeking success and wanting to live the best life possible. We all desire a good life. And God wants us to live our best life possible here on earth. But if you’re looking ‘only’ in this world, putting ‘all’ your energy, time, and pursuits in what the world offers, there is a good chance your search will end at a dead end. For that reason, I’m admonishing and encouraging you to look to Jesus.

Don’t let your search begin and end in the earthly realm, where there is no lasting profit. I ask you, are you looking for peace that passes all understanding, contentment, joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction? If you are, you will not find them in your worldly pursuits. You can only find them… if you look to Jesus. He has what you need. He is the answer to your search. He will bring the spiritual blessings to your life that the world can never give.

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2)

I will keep on thanking God I have found what I was looking for–Jesus; my search is over.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

Look How You Walk

Now that we’ve looked in the mirror and taken a look at our priorities, let’s consider how we are walking. Are you aware that models are careful about the way they walk? They are on a runway, and they know people are gazing at their every move. They are not perfect, but they hope to portray the best walk possible. I bet many are nervous, hoping that their next step is not a stumble or a fall. Still, no matter how nervous, they have faith to believe they will walk successfully on that runway from start to finish.

Have you paid attention to how you walk? Physically speaking that’s something we seldom think about, right? Sometimes we just get up and start walking without looking down or around. Maybe that’s why we stump our toes at times. But nevertheless, if we stumble, walk straight, hunched over, or make use of a walking aid, we must strive to have the best spiritual walk possible.

Just like the models on the runway pay attention to how they walk, we must pay even more attention on how we walk spiritually. Are we walking in love? Are we walking in wisdom? Are we walking by faith? Know that we are models (God’s models), and the world is looking at us. We also are on a runway– God’s runway. Every step we take, every move we make is being observed at by Him. Just as the earthly judges note a model’s moves, our Heavenly Judge notes ours. The difference being, He knows we stumble and may even fall at times, but if we keep our eyes on the runway that leads to life through salvation in Christ, we are sure to have a walk that’s pleasing to Him.

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” Ephesians 5:1-2.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16.

“For we walk by faith, and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

I will keep on thanking God for making me mindful of how I live before Him and others.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com