Stepping Out of Comfort Zones

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Has God ever allowed you to do something that you “know” you couldn’t have done without Him; something beyond your comfort zone? I’m sure those who know Him, the resounding answer would be a yes! For we know, “Without Him we can do nothing” (John 15:5 KJV). He provides the strength, knowledge and wisdom to move forward. I’m thankful that He has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone in faith to write and publish a book that glorifies Him; a book entitled, “Something to Thank About from A to  Z,” thanking and praising God for God through Scripture. My book encourages us to be grateful to God for who He is, what He has done, is doing, and will do.

I’m grateful to be a participating vendor to share my book at the “Black Writers on Tour, and The Southern California Black Business Expo, this Saturday, April 21, 2018 (9-6pm), 801 E. Carson Street, Carson, California. All who can are invited. There will be opportunity to meet over 100 authors and 50 plus business exhibitors in one setting. Free admission. Free parking. Several free seminars. So come on out and encourage those who have stepped out of their comfort zone to share their crafts, products, and talents with you. I assure you, “stepping out of your comfort zone will take you places you have never roamed.” I encourage you to… step out!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 KJV).

I will keep on thanking God for moving me forward in Him.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com/ Book available xulonpress.com.

 

I’m Glad

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I’m glad we’re children of God, the Most High King. I’m glad we have new life in Him; that we can taste the sweet nectar of His fellowship, yet bearing one another’s burden at the same time. That we can rejoice together in His love, build one another up in His strength, and pray for one another as we go through various trials of life. I’m glad I’m not a single child in this family of God. I appreciate the sisters and brothers I have to play, pray, and worship with daily. I’m glad I’m not contented with “only” the brothers and sisters I have; I want more. I thank God that He has provided a way that I might gain more.

God  has made it possible for all children in their physical family to have joy and fellowship with sisters and brothers in His spiritual family. I’m glad God has given us His Word to share with them that they may know the joy of His salvation. I’m glad we have that privilege of letting others know how easy it is to be apart of our family; which is believing and accepting Jesus into their heart as Lord and Savior. Being apart of this family, they will become aware that this is the most loving family in this world… and in the world to come. Aren’t you glad to welcome new brothers and sisters into our family? I know I’m glad.

“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for the fellowship with believers that we have in Him. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.

 

 

Not About Neckbones: A Short Story on Witnessing

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One day a young lady decided to stop by a grocery store. As she made her way to the meat section, she saw a young man placing a meaty package of neckbones in his cart. Before she knew it, she exclaimed, “That’s a lot of meat!” The young man replied, “Yeaaah, and for this price, is a great buy!” Being from the country, she said, “Once upon a time neckbones were a very, very inexpensive meat. You could buy them a dime a dozen, but not now.” He laughingly agreed, and (without invitation) began helping her to find a meaty package of meaty neckbones.

As they continued their neckbone interaction, she was moved to ask him, “Do you go to church?” He said with a quick and definite “No… but, I love God.” The young lady looked puzzled, as if waiting for an explanation. He began expounding his answer by sharing his testimony that while in prison for two years, he accepted Christ as Savior, and Jesus had a good relationship. Now that he’s out, he still maintains that relationship, without attending church. She asked, “Why don’t you go? He replied, “Because I’ve seen a lot of falsehood… people wearing the fancy clothes, lies, and deception in the church.” In defense, she shared, “Not all are like that. We may see all kinds of behaviors on our jobs, but we don’t stop working, do we? We continue.” He then responded, “I know, but we go to work because we have to.” She replied, “That’s a valid point, but I want you to know, we go to church because we love God, and because He said for us to go.” He then answered, but now looking a little convicted, “Yeah, I know…” and continued… “Not forsaking to assemble yourselves together… I know.”

She was not impressed because like some, this young man knew the Word, but looking at other’s behavior had hindered him from assembling “himself” with the church in hearing the Word in obedience to Scripture. To further encourage him she added, “Attending church is not about looking at people’s behavior, but  looking at Jesus and what He did for us.” She continued, “Jesus died to save us from our sins. When we attend church, we take our eyes off man, and look to God.” With that said, she invited him to her church home.

After looking in her purse, she realized she didn’t have her church name and address card, which she tries never to be without. Then she asked, “Do you mind if I write the church address on a receipt?” He excitedly said, “No, certainly not.” As she handed him the receipt, he said he was going to come to church. Smiling as they parted ways, she placed in her cart that big package of meaty neckbones he had helped her pick out, all the while thinking, “it’s not about neckbones. It’s about Jesus. Then she joyfully continued her shopping.

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for every opportunity to witness for Him.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

The Gift that Lifts

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Have you ever been surprised with an unexpected gift/s? If you have, I’m sure it brightened your day. That’s what happened to me yesterday. After such a busy week, I was surprised with seven unexpected gifts at different times from three of my friends. They had no idea of how exhausted I was, and could use a lift. I’m grateful that from their hearts they shared their gifts. They were not big huge gifts, but simple ones; a bouquet of flowers, a thank you card, a bag of potato chips, a bag of popcorn, two packs of ginger tea, a can of almond nuts, and an Easter box of goodies. My heart overflowed with gratitude to God for them, and for showing His love and care for me in this simple, but big hearted way.

The love of my friends and their gifts lifted me. They made me think of that precious gift that keeps on lifting and giving everyday. The gift of the Holy Spirit. He keeps on lifting and surprising us with His gift of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. As you begin a new week, let the gift of the Holy Spirit give you a lift by soothing, bathing, and massaging in Him. He will brighten your day and make you happy, so that you can brighten someone else’s day, and make them smile.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22 ESV)

I will keep on thanking God for the lift from the gift of the Holy Spirit. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

Nothing too Hard for God

 

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There’s not a giant God can’t slay.

There’s not a tear God can’t wipe away.

There’s not a pain God don’t know.

There’s not a life God can’t grow.

There’s not a hurt God can’t heal.

There’s not a sin God can’t reveal.

There’s not a feeling God cant’ soothe.

There’s not a mountain God can’t move.

There’s not a foe God can’t band.

There’s not a reach beyond God’s hand.

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27 ESV)

I will keep on thanking God because He can do the hard stuff. By Hertistine Washington /keeponthanking.com

Breakfast With Jesus

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“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20 NIV).

Jesus wants to come in and eat with us. Why not open the door of your heart and invite Him in for breakfast?  To decide to eat your first meal of the day with the Lord Christ is a great way begin an awesome day! Have breakfast with Him and watch how fulfilled you become.

The amazing thing about having breakfast with Jesus is that we don’t have to prepare the meal. He has already prepared it… and sat the table. Jesus will gladly pour us a cup of juice squeezed fresh from the Fruit of the Spirit. He’ll never need a toaster; he can make toast from Himself, the “Bread of Life.” No need to worry about the main course. It will  be provided from His Word; included with choice sides that will sustain us until our next meal. So eat up, and have a “heart-ty” breakfast with Jesus. Every morning He’ll fill us up and leave us satisfied.

I will keep on thanking God for His willingness to dine with me. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.co.com

Jesus’s Return

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“He who testifies of these things says, “surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20 ESV)

Jesus is coming back, cold or hot, sunshine or rain. Jesus is coming back just he same. He’s coming back for you and for me, to transition from time, to live eternally.

Jesus is coming back for the living and the dead. Jesus will return, just as “Jesus” said. He’s coming back, whether we’re glad or mad, smiling or frowning, serving or clowning.

Jesus is coming back, so says His Word. Please tell every man, woman, boy and girl. He’s coming back and that’s no fairy tale. He’s coming back and that’s a fact.

Jesus is coming back. You must be born again. He’s coming back, calling time to an end. He’s coming back.; keep looking up. You’ll see Him in the clouds, coming back for us.

Jesus is coming back; every eye will behold, His holy Word unfolds. He’s coming back. Let that resonate in your mind. Return, He will. Don’t be left behind!

I will keep on thanking God for coming back for me.  by Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com. (written September 3, 1016)