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Merry Christmas!

What makes Christmas merry? One who does not know the very essence of this great holiday may wonder what makes Christmas so merry, and why? Especially, with all the pain and losses this year, they may think, how can anyone fine merriment in the Christmas season? So… what is it that makes Christmas merry? Why is it said “Merry Christmas?” For me and many others, Christmas is merry because of “The Gift” given and “The Gift” received in the person and embodiment of Jesus Christ. In His miraculous birth we celebrate the outpouring of God’s saving love and Salvation for humanity. He was born a Savior to save people from their sins. Knowing this produces great JOY on the inside and out to those who have accepted Him as Savior. That being said, Christians JOY in Jesus’s birth no matter what is going on in the world today.

We as Christians also know, because Jesus was born, He is very much alive and in control today. Being Lord of Lords and King of Kings, He has the whole world in His hand. Despite the times we’ve living in this season, I hope you can still say “Merry Christmas” because of what Christmas means in its very essence… a time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Savior, and King. Jesus is the good news of Christmas, as He is the Christ, Helper, Restorer, Immanuel, Savior, Teacher, Messiah, Almighty, and Supplier.

“For unto a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 ESV).

“And the angel said to them, “‘fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people”‘ ( (Luke 2:10 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for the JOY we have in Christmas because of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dear Lord, I celebrate You, and thank You that Jesus, the Savior is born, amen. By Hertistine Washington/

Merry Christmas everybody :)!

Amongst the Stuff

Amongst the boxes and the bows, the ribbons and the giving ; the dangling mistletoes, I hope we see Jesus.

Amongst the bright and shiny lights, the starry nights; amidst the sights, I hope we see Jesus.

Amongst the stuff, the chitter and the chatter, I hope we see the ‘One’ who always matter. I hope we see Jesus.

Amongst the gifts beneath the tree, I hope we remember the one born for you and me. I hope we see Jesus.

Amongst the online shopping or from a store, I hope we hear the one knocking at our door. I hope we see Jesus.

Amongst the stuff, let’s not fuss if we feel we didn’t get enough. I hope we see Jesus.

Amongst the climate that we’re in, I hope we know we still have a friend. I hope we see Jesus.

I pray we see, though born in a stable, He is still with us, and oh so able!

And if we’ve gotten what we think we wanted, I hope we realize amongst our stuff that nothing really matters as much and without Jesus.

Merry Christmas everybody!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV).

“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

I will keep on thanking God for the inexpressible gift of his Son. Dear Lord, thank you for the ‘One’ perfect gift of Christmas, your Son Jesus. Amen. By Hertistine Washington/


Thankful, Lord, for the sunshine that falls on my face.

Thankful for Your divine grace on the human race.

Thankful for the air we breathe, as we fall on our knees.

Thankful for Your blessings throughout the land.

Thankful our times are in your mighty hand.

Thankfu, Lord: Oh, so grateful!

Thankful, Lord, for You are faithful.

Thankful, Lord, there’s no one like You, who deserves such thanks as You do.

Thankful Your sun (Son) doesn’t shine on just one or two, but on all the world through and through.

Thankful that we can lift our minds, despite these critical times,

To the One and Only God who stays on the frontlines.

That’s why all my ‘thankful’ goes to You.

Thankful Lord, so thankful to You.

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

“And let the peace of God rule in your heart, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

I will keep on thanking God because He deserves it. Dear Lord, I can’t thank You enough for being in charge of everything and for handling all my stuff, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/

I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives

If you want your marriage to survive and thrive during and beyond this pandemic season, I hope you will order a copy of my book, Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives, which provides helpful hints on embracing the marriage journey. Like many of us, I can hardly believe we are in the ninth month of a worldwide pandemic, and is now quickly nearing the end of 2020! I pray that you are being safe by wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands. I also hope you are well and are hanging in there. Certainly, my prayers goes out to all who have been personally affected in someway.

Even though this is a very difficult time for everyone, my husband and I are also realizing this can be a very challenging time for married couples to stay focus, healthy and strong during this pandemic season. This is why I’m inviting you to tune into the following radio broadcast, as we share helpful insight from my book, Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives:

Reaching Out Radio (R.O.P.E.) ; Reaching Out Production Enterprises, “Where God Comes First”, with Host Ambassador Elisa Lane, on K-PRAISE (1210 AM and 106.1 FM), this Sunday, November 15, 2020, from 3pm to 5pm (PST). Also inviting you to listen online at

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“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,” (Ephesians 1: 16-17).

I will keep on thanking God for showing couples how to maintain a healthy and strong marriage during a pandemic. Dear Lord, thank you for your wisdom and revelation, as we go through these troublesome times in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/

Treat, No Tricks

I don’t usually post about Halloween. I think this is the first time ever. However, because this 2020 Halloween is somewhat different due to the Pandemic and CDC guidelines, I am finding myself doing many things for the first time, some in a new way. I want all our children to be safe and still have fun this Halloween.

I’ve been thinking about what they’ve been accustomed to in the past, as they walked along with their parents through the neighborhoods trick or treating. And how they went from house to house dressed in fun and interesting costumes, gathering sweet treats from the same basket at the same time. Now because of the coronavirus and the need to social distance and wear masks, this practice is not encouraged or safe to do any more with the public. So what can we do to make this time a fun and exciting one for our children?

One way is to avoid going into the neighborhoods seeking treats. Provide treats at your home. Play in your own backyard. You can still dress up, decorate your homes, and hide treats throughout so your children can seek them out. Along with your children, you can pretend to be a child again! That maybe one of the best treats for your child ever, playing with you! Truly, we want all children to be safe, feel safe, and never worry about being tricked. So this year, let’s take the trick out of Halloween and fine ways to treat our children that will make them beam!

“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23 esv)

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17esv )

I will keep on thanking God that He never tricks but always treats his children. Dear Lord, I pray that you will keep all children safe this season, and help parents to find innovative ways at home to treat their children in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/

God’s School of life

Many are headed back to school right now, choosing classes that will hopefully help them be successful in this life. But there is another school for those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior; a school that never ends; where classes are not picked as in a physical curriculum. It is one where the classes have been chosen before the foundation of the world. These needed classes have been designed by the Master Teacher and Principal–God, Himself.

If we intend to be a good student of His, there are significant classes we must take to learn the lessons we must learn from A to Z. This semester, you might be enrolled in a class to learn about love, joy, and peace. On the other hand, you might be enrolled in one that teaches how to relinquish or respond to hate, malice, or deceit; especially during this time of pandemic. So don’t be surprised, if in this semester (or the next), you are enrolled in classes that involve disappointments, failures, forgiveness, rejection, impatience, or even loss.

If God have you enrolled in such classes as these, I hope you learn the lesson; not so that you can simply say you’ve passed the test, but that you’ve learned how to endure and be victorious through them. I pray you will come to discover that as we grow in Christ, there are always more to learn in God’s school of life. The Headmaster surely knows what every class will entail to equip every student’s need. He is there to teach students how to follow His lesson plan, and how to trust Him during each course. Let us embrace Him and His curriculum.

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” ( Hebrews 13:20-21).

I will keep on thanking God because He knows the lessons I need to learn in His school of life. Dear Lord, thank you. Please help me to be a better student for your glory in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/

Vision of Victory

The Holy Bible tells us that without a vision the people perish: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18). We see from this statement there is a danger in not possessing a vision, and how important it is to have a vision. It keeps us from perishing; from perishing in hopelessness, in doubt, in purposelessness; from coming to complete ruin or utter destruction.

In order not to fall prey to any of these damaging qualities, we must have the kind of vision that causes us to lift our eyes above our struggles. Are you facing any challenges? See yourself coming out. Let me rephrase… see yourself ”out’! Refuse to walk in hopelessness, doubt, and purposelessness. Walk in victory no matter what you’re experiencing in your immediate surrounding. Visualize your end result and work to that end. See the picture you have in mind before you draw a single line, and let it formulate before the architect sketch his design.

“And the Lord answered me: ‘”Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end; it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come: it will not delay (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

I will keep on thanking God for a vision of victory.

Dear God, I thank you for the victory despite what I see. I thank You for helping me to lift my mind above what I may be going through in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/

A Pandemic Plea

Dear Lord, giving You all thanks and praise, especially in these dark and uncertain days. Grateful, You know all about this Covid-19 Pandemic. Who else would have known 2020 would bring in this kind of climate! It was no surprise to You; the One who knows all things, through and through.

There is no doubt 2020 came in with a bang! Not the kind we’d hoped for, but just the same, with a different kind, it came! Tragedy after tragedy, worldwide, on every side; people dying, mothers, fathers, children crying! Oh Lord, we hear everyday how another have passed away! When will it stop? When will it end? Help Lord, we say today “Please take this pandemic away!

You said in Your Word, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” ( 2 chronicles 7:14).

Now Father, we confess our sins. We acknowledge we have sinned as a people, a nation, a world. Forgive us, Dear Lord, we humbly pray. Please heal our land that we may once again, to You, faithfully stand.

I will keep on thanking God that He is the answer to my plea in any situation. Dear Lord, thankful, we who trust in You have this confidence, “Nothing is too hard for God.” Oh, how we love, hope, and look to You, to get us through, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/

Just A moment

This post will only take a moment of your time. As we know, no one can predict what a day will bring, nor can it be said what a moment will contain. Some can be so precious; others may not. Nevertheless, whether precious or not, we have moments for a reason and can very well learn from them. Could it be that the moment you are experiencing (right now) has a God given purpose? Paul said, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). I encourage you to look beyond what is seen to that which is unseen. No matter what, be assured God is right there ‘in your moment’ and is able to deliver. Though it may seem long for us… on God’s time table, it’s only just a moment in time.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

I will keep on thanking God for being ever present. Dear Lord, thank You for never leaving me for a moment, and help me to take in each one, giving You all glory and praise in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington

When Bad Things Happen… Punished or Not?

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“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” (1 Peter 4:12). Some people think when bad things happen in their lives, they are being punished by God. Do you think that way? Especially in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many are now looking within and taking a retrospective view of their behavior for the first time, which is not a bad thing to do. The Bible does tell us to examine ourselves. But are you one who thinks, “God must be mad and allowing this terrible sufferings in ‘my life’ because I may have done wrong?” None of us possess an all seeing eye, nor is the judge of right and wrong. But let me encourage you, if you have sinned, repent. For indeed unrepentant sin brings forth punishment. But God is faithful to forgive us of our sins. The point of this post, however, is to encourage you that when bad things keep happening in your life, it is not always the result of sin. Just keep praying no matter what happens. Briefly, let’s consider a few of the biblical characters that experienced bad things in their lives.

Job was a righteous man. Was he being punished because tragedy after tragedy kept occurring in his life? Clearly, Job was in his own pandemic; He lost all except his faith, his life, and his wife. Remember, Job also lost 10 children in one day! Was Jeremiah being punished when he was thrown into the deepest part of the dungeon for preaching the Word of God? What about Daniel, who was thrown into the lion’s den for praying? How about the three Hebrew boys; Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, who refused to bow to the king’s command? As a result, they were tossed in the burning fiery furnace. Surely, Scripture bares record that these men were not being punished because of the bad things that happened to them. They were men of faith willing to suffer for the cause of Christ. Like them, Scripture speaks of many more.

But there was another in particular. One who stood above the rest and was subject to like passions as we are, but did no wrong. His name is Jesus and He lives today. He is Savior. Was God punishing Him when He was ridiculed, spat on, whipped, pierced, died, and was buried? Absolutely not! Instead Jesus willingly took on the punishment for our sin. He was God, wrapped in flesh and sinless; yet allowed wrong to be done to Him that we might have life eternal. In view of this, no matter the cause of the pandemic you maybe  personally facing, when perilous times comes think on Jesus. Definitely repent if you have sin in your heart, and be thankful Jesus paid the price of sin’s punishment for everyone.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19).

I will keep on thanking God that although bad things do happen, those that trust in Him can find rest for their soul. Dear Lord, I thank You for your assurance that You have forgiven me and took on the punishment for my sin. In times of trials, I can still rest, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking,com

***Lifting prayers for all who risk their lives during the Covid-19 Pandemic and all  families affected.