“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (I Peter 4:12 ESV). Has anyone ever given you a heads up? If they have, how did it make you feel? Were you grateful? Did it put you at ease in knowing you can specifically pray, watch, prepare or plan for what was definitely going to happen before it actually happened? By given a heads up you may even prevent something from happening that was about to occur.
That’s what Jesus did regarding the fiery trial that are sure to come to test us. He gave a heads up, a warning, a notice to help prevent us from thinking something “strange” is happening to us. God wants us to be mindful to keep on standing in faith as if nothing peculiar is developing in our lives. In order to be aware, we must be prayerful and watchful. Thank God for giving us a heads up when we are experiencing such trials.
I will keep on thanking God for giving me a heads up. I pray that when there is something strange going on in my life that it is there to test me and not to overtake me. I pray that we would not be surprised, amazed, or stunned to the point where we may be overcome. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
“A prayerful attitude can get rid of a pitiful disposition.”
“Life doesn’t give us any blank pages. It’s always filled with something.”
“On Forgiveness: Thanking God for the undo button, the return and delete tab.”
“God’s Word is not highly opinionated, but highly factual.”
“I can stand, as long as I hold on to God’s hand.”
“And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment” (Revelation 21:6 ESV). Are you thirsty? Wouldn’t you agree that most of us get thirsty at least one time during the course of a day? Some wake up thirsty. Some may get thirsty during lunchtime or dinnertime. Others, throughout the day; perhaps during the night. No matter when we get thirsty, water is a welcome and refreshing drink.
Yesterday morning, I left home and forgot to bring a bottle of water with me. By midday, I had become so thirsty. My mouth was parched. I could barely wait to get to a vending machine and buy a bottle of water to quench my physical thirst. As I was placing the money in the machine, I couldn’t help but think about how much I desired and needed that physical water. After my thirst was satisfied, I thought, how much more do I need God’s spiritual water that’s available to me round the clock!
Do you know Jesus has spiritual water that wont cost us a thing? It’s free. All we have to be is thirsty for it. Are you thirsty for His spiritual water? Have you drank from His fountain today? If not, remember He said, “to the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” He also said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”
I will keep on thanking God for the availability of His Spiritual water. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
“God’s plan doesn’t demand our input.”
“Sometimes God allows uncomfortable situation in our lives to open our eyes.”
“Let Love continue. Let peace abide. Let joy resonate.”
“There are no exceptions to God’s rule.”
“The blessing in making a wrong turn is knowing it, then turning around.”
Lord, I’m grateful for this day, for placing it in my heart to pray. I’m grateful for your Word to read containing blessings and warnings, indeed. I’m grateful for the stillness of the night, and for the quietness of the morning light.
I’m grateful for Your strength today, walking in your love as you direct my way. I’m grateful to engage with the people I see, and not hesitate to share Your Gift of Salvation that makes men free.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28 ESV)
I will keep on thanking God. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking
Lord, we thank you for waking us this morning, and clothing us in our right mind. We thank you for giving us the ability to move our limbs as strength increased. Thank you for waking our ears to hear and eyes to see. Thank you for maintaining the constant beat of our hearts, and the flow of our breaths.
We realize you are the reason we woke up this morning. You are the reason we opened our eyes. You are the reason our hearts kept beating, and You are the reason we’re still alive.
Thank you for waking us to see another beautiful God designed day. Thank you for assigning something for us to do, learn, share, help, touch, give, and love. Thank you for giving us opportunities to tell others about Jesus, the truth , the life, and the way.
“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4 KJV
I will keep on thanking Him that, everyday my God wakes me both physically and spiritually. God, our Awakener, we say “thank you.” By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com
“Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household” (Philippians 4: 21-22 ESV). Good morning. I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We thank God for greeting us with His love to see 2018.
Everyday as flowers open to greet and welcome the butterflies to it’s nectar, so does our God (much more) greets us with His nectar of love, mercy and grace, never turning away any.
His greetings are never partial and does not change. Neither should ours. As He greets me, He greets you. We are blessed to be welcomed with the continual fill of His love, warmth, comfort, and embrace. Let us model the greeting of our Lord.
Dear Lord, we bless your name. You are marvelous in everything. Help us to love and greet one another as you have greeted us. Help us to use our worship, thanksgiving, and praise as the ultimate greeting to You in Jesus name, amen.
In God, I will keep on thanking Him for welcoming me with His love. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com