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Thankful for the Gift

Last month we were blessed to celebrate another Thanksgiving Holiday. I hope your thankfulness didn’t stop there. Although this beautiful holiday was celebrated with much gratitude, let us be mindful that the spirit of gratefulness still simmers through the air in the hearts of God’s people. We have much to be thankful for; for gratitude is a constant ongoing act of love and appreciation for God and others.

Now here we are in another month when many think about expressing acts of love and appreciation for the gifts they will receive. I want to encourage you that of all the material gifts you may receive this season, I hope you are thankful for The Gift God gave. He gave The Gift of His Son, Jesus; who gave The Gift of His life for the world, providing The Gift of Salvation for all. Let us be thankful for “The Gift” God gave. For those who possess a grateful heart, expressing gratitude doesn’t begin nor end with Thanksgiving Day. Gratitude continues.

“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).

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, ESV).

Please pray with me: Dear Lord, I will keep on thanking You for ‘The Gift’ You gave in the person of Jesus Christ, amen. By Hertistine Washington /

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

A Picture of Gratitude

Here we are a week from celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday. Even prior to this great time of celebration, we’ve heard a lot about being thankful. As I was meditating on gratitude, I had the thought, what does my gratitude looks like? How does it appear in “visible” , “concrete” form? “Can I put a picture on it? I mean… I know all too well what my gratitude sounds like: “I thank you”. “I appreciate that.” “Much oblige.” And sometimes even just… “Thanks.” We tend to say one or more of these phrases when someone has done something for us. These phrases, however, are all well and good for the simple fact that acknowledging gratefulness from a sincere heart is always in order.

But now that we know what our gratitude can sound like, have you considered what your gratitude really looks like? Have you thought of taking your gratitude a step further, no matter how big or small the gesture? Can you put a picture on it? Gratitude looks like “Someone taking the time to do something (in concrete form) to show their appreciation in response to a kind act or gesture done for them.” Now that’s what gratitude looks like. Let me encourage you this month, and all throughout your life to put a picture on your gratitude. Let’s not only say, “thank you,” but “show” appreciation by putting our gratitude in action.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17. ESV).

Please pray with me: Dear Lord, I will keep on thanking You for blessing me to show gratitude to You and others. in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington /

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today. Happy Thanksgiving :)!

God Thinks About Us

Father God, although I’m poor and needy, l’m so grateful You take thought of me.

Though I lie on my bed to give rest to my body and head, You take thought of me.

When I rise in the morning, yet find myself longing, You still take thought of me.

When I leave for the day, as I go on my way, it is You who takes thought of me.

For this Dear Lord, I’m thankful that You are my help and my deliverer.

As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!” (Proverbs 40:17, ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for never forgetting about me, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington /

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

No Footprints to Show

We see many footprints in the sand on the beach. Actually, whose they are we don’t know. What we know for sure is, someone stepped that way and crossed that path. With God, however, I’m thrilled to say, I have no footprints to show. He has carried me every step of the way. The only footprints that I see is His… in the sand, over the rocks, in the wilderness, through the storms, and on the dusty and rugged roads of life; also, through the valley of the shadow of death.

So many footprints of God I see! I’m so thankful He carried me!

So grateful He’s been there all my life. Clearly, I have no footprints to show I was able to carry myself.

“And in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place’ (Deuteronomy 1:31, ESV).

“Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save” (Isaiah 46:4, ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for carrying me and carrying me still, in Jesus name, amen.

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

Sometimes God allows us to go through something that “Greater” may be manifested; keep on thanking Him for your desired outcome, anyway.

“But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it’ (John 11:4,ESV).

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1John 4:4, ESV).

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

Let’s Say It Again, Hallelujah!

Sometimes God just tickles me and makes me laugh out loud. Has He ever tickled you? It’s quite an amazing moment, really it is! At first, being alone with Him, you may not understand what is actually happening. There you are reading and meditating on the goodness of God, and there it is, that touch that only He gives. And now your heart is beginning to filled with so much joy, that it causes you to smile and feel all good inside; no one else around, just you and God the Holy Spirit. Well, God tickled me this morning in that very special way, and I had to shout “Let’s Say It Again, Hallelujah!” And then… I said it again, Hallelujah! And oh what joy filled my soul! As I was being tickled, this poem resonated from within.

Let’s Say It Again. Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, to the Great I Am. Hallelujah, to the Holy Lamb.

Hallelujah, to the God of Glory!

Hallelujah, to the Bethlehem story!

Hallelujah, til the church bell rings. Hallelujah, to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Hallelujah, this glorious morn. Hallelujah, from dawn to dawn.

Let’s say it again, Hallelujah!

“After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God” (Revelation 19:1 ESV).

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns” Revelation 19:6,ESV).

I will keep on thanking God I can shout Hallelujah over and over again to Him, the One and Only True Living God, in Jesus name, amen. Dear Lord, I thank you because of who You are. Hallelujah! Amen.

By Hertistine Washington /

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

Be Thankful Still

We may not get to do what we wanted to do everyday.

We may not win every battle that comes our way.

Yet, there is one thing we can do; be thankful still.

We can say, Lord, thank You. You know best, and in this we can rest.

Although we didn’t win that battle, we know we’re already winners because we are connected to You who has conquered all.

We may not have gone where we intended to go. Still, we are thankful You directed our steps.

And oh, Lord, we may not have accomplished all we hoped today, but we can be thankful that You did.

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

I will keep on thanking God, even when I don’t get my way. Dear Lord, thank You for guiding my steps even though they didn’t take me where I thought I wanted to go. You know best in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington /

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

I Give You Glory

I give You glory for who You are, a God so near and never far.

I give You glory, my God, my friend. I give You glory without and within.

I give You glory from heaven above. I give You glory, the God of love.

I give You glory for your Son that was birthed, who died and rose again right here on earth.

I give You glory that He died for my sin. I give You Glory , the victory He did win.

I give You glory that You are One; God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, God the Son.

I give You glory from my heart. I give You glory knowing from me, You’ll never depart.

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!” (Psalm 96:8, ESV).

“For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (I Corinthians 6:20,ESV).

“I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols” (Isaiah 42:8,ESV).

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today.

By Hertistine Washington /