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Calm Down

 

 

received_648432695518453“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). Many of us have experienced how difficult it is to hear in a lot of commotion, in big crowds, in an uproar. In light of the spreading of the coronavirus, we’re seeing this today around the world. Many are in extreme anxious mode right now from fear: fear of the unknown, fear of infection, fear of lack, and fear of death. What is the answer? How can we get everyone to do what they need to do, and to remain calm__ including ourselves? Well, here it is. Jesus is the answer. Seek Him in His Word and you will find what to do to calm yourself down. So get away from the panicky crowds, get quiet, and listen to God for revelation. He’s speaking right now. In His Word, He promised never to leave or forsake us.

In quietness of reading and meditating on God’s Word, I pray we hear that God is all we need. He has all the water, for He is the Living Water. He has all the food, for He is the Bread of Life. He has all what we need, for He owns cattle on a thousand hills. Can you hear Him say, ”’I Am” the Living Water.”‘  “‘I Am” the Bread of Life.”’ “‘I Am” the Comforter.”’ With these affirmations and so many more, let us calm down, trust that God is in control, working all things according to His divine purpose, and knowing He has all of us in His righteous right hand.

“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you” (Isaiah 41:13).

I will keep on thanking God for a calm spirit in the mists of alarm. Dear Lord, I thank you for being in control of this situation and calming all my fears, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

 

A Declaration of Gratitude

 

DesignThose who possess a heart of gratitude know that it is a powerful thing. It helps us to see beyond the clouds to the sunshine; to live above and beyond our circumstances. It also gives us hope of a better day. All through God’s Word we read declarations of gratitude such as, “I will give thanks to the Lord…” , “I thank my God always…” , “Let us come before him with thanksgiving…”, and on and on.

As we meditate on scriptures like these, we’ll find that Paul and others were not ashamed to acknowledge and declare their gratefulness to God to friends and before the world. Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 1: 4-5, “I always thank my God…”, meaning (after having a sincere relationship with Christ), he had no intentions of ever again living a life without gratitude to his Father. He would keep on thanking Him willingly, gratefully, and openly.

Everyday I pray, we as believers and followers of Christ, will awaken with that same heart of gratitude. The Scripture states, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (1 Chronicles 16:34). “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (Psalm 95:2). Now us declare, “I will give thanks to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name, the Most High” (Psalm 7:17). “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1).

“Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:13)

I will keep on thanking God through it all. Dear Lord, I thank you, in Jesus name, amen.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

 

I Am Affirmations

 

20190912_083724-1“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). These are the very words of Paul, giving God all credit for who he is, and what was done through him. He knew that all the work he did for Christ, was not of himself. It was by grace___ God’s grace. Oh, what an affirmation! In this statement Paul had denied any ‘good thing’ that others may have thought he did. He refused credit. His desire was only to boast in the grace of God. Let us do the same. In this scripture I hope you can imagine how thankful Paul was that God’s grace never left him. Let us be grateful that the same grace that was with Paul is with us today. Knowing this, we also can affirm, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.”  Like Paul, we can acknowledge:

I am what I am, but by the grace of God.

I am a  warrior, not a worrier, but by the grace of God.

I am a peacemaker, not a peace breaker, but by the grace of God.

I am a lover, not a hater, but by the grace of God.

I am a fixer, not a destroyer, but by the grace of God.

I am a giver, not a borrower, but by the grace of God.

I am a stander, not a stupor, but by the grace of God.

I am a doer, not a hearer only, but by the grace of God.

I am a worker, not an idler, but by the grace of God.

I am useful, not a waster, but by the grace of God.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Revelations 22:21).

I will keep on thanking God for His grace. Dear Lord, I thank you for your grace that’s always with me, amen.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Peace of God is Our Guard

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We’re so blessed to rest in the peace of God. It is our guard. It stands before and around our hearts. Better still, it resides within our hearts to guard against restlessness, hopelessness, and despair. It lets us know that we can get through this… though all things are not fair. It keeps us calm in the mist of alarm. It wards off anxiety, envy, and jealously. It works with prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, which helps us to never give up, but keep on living in His peace, which surpasses all understanding.

Oh, yes, the peace of God is our guard. It guards from worry and its ever persistent attack. It prevents us from even trying to fight back. It gives sweet sleep during the night with the assurance that…. everything already is alright. Oh yes…. the peace of God is our guard.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6

I will keep on thanking God for His peace.  Dear Lord, I thank you, amen.  By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

First Step

Have you ever noticed a baby taking its first step? Ask any parent, it is an amazing sight to behold. For there was a time their child could only crawl. But now, suddenly one day, one moment he’s standing, attempting to take that first step! Seeing this, the parents  realize that something had motivated their child to reach for that which was beyond a crawl… whether a toy, his own parents, or food. Though wobbling, and at times falling down, and with panting breaths, the excitement on his face expressed how determined he was to reach his intended target. So he gets up again, and after several attempts, he finally takes that first step out and grabs hold of it. Pretty darn wonderful, wouldn’t you say?

I’m sure none of us remember our first step as a baby, but if asked, our parents may tell us it was pretty miraculous. As an adult, however, are you willing to make that first step toward reaching your goal? I encourage you to take that first step. It’s not too late. The year 2020, has just begun. Whether you wobble, or fall down at times, just step out and take that chance. Ask God for help; to give you strength, faith, and courage. He promised to be there for us, if we’d only lean and depend on Him. For it’s far better to take a first step with Christ than to sit there ‘alone’ and wait for all our dreams to come true.

“Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”  Psalms 37:24

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33

I will keep on thanking God for His strength to keep on stepping out in faith. Dear Lord, I thank you, amen.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

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!