Second Helping

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As I was eating a banana this morning,

I though about a second helping.

However, I wasn’t  thinking about eating another banana.

I was thinking about the Lord of Hosts; Hosanna;

How He went about helping  all,

Not missing any that could fall.

He was our first helper before He went away.

Told us to follow Him each and every day.

I believe that included helping others;

along with mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers.

Since He helped us, let’s follow through,

To give service of all that we can do.

Let’s be thankful that we can keep stepping,

in serving others with a second helping.

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).

I will keep on thanking God for the privilege to serve others.  By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

Rest To Refresh

 

 

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I used to get so tired. I was the type of person who would work until exhaustion. Can you relate? Whether it was cleaning house, gardening, running errands, or literally working. I’m aware there’s such a thing as work heartily, or put your heart into it. But I wouldn’t stop until I got done what I was hoping to get done no matter how long it took me, or the cost to my physical or mental self; leaving me feeling like a floppy rag; and too tired to move on. I was running myself into the ground.

But thanks be to God for stopping me before I buried myself. In His Word He showed me a new and better way to do what I was trying to do. He showed me the value of resting in between. I discovered that when I have adequate rest I can do my best not only for myself, but for others, and most importantly for God.

If you were like me, or perhaps still is, just stop and take a rest and refresh your soul. You will be stronger and more energized to do what you are trying to do without becoming exhausted. Please stop being too busy to take a rest.

“He makes me  lie down in green pastures, He leads me besides the still waters. He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:2).

I will keep on thanking God for providing rest for me.  By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

I Bow

In some countries to bow to the authority is a must. It shows honor and respect, not only for the individual, but the position they hold. Although the act of bowing goes back for centuries, the idea didn’t originate with people or countries. Bowing wasn’t man’s idea. It stems from God. Therefore, let us bow to Him. He is worthy of all respect, honor, and glory. Let’s bow our heads and bend our knees in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving to His name. He is the ultimate authority and holds the greatest position; He sits on the throne and… He’s got the whole world in His hands. He is Master of the universe.

Let us pray together: Lord, we bow in humility, honor and respect; with gratefulness recognizing that you are God, and without you we can do nothing, in Jesus name, amen.

“For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Roman 14:11 ESV).

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” (Psalm 95:6 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God for recognizing to whom I owe my allegiance. I bow in His name.  Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.

Time Schedule

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The other day I felt like I didn’t have enough time to finish my list of goals. The simple answer would have been to shorten the list.  But I was so invested in my time schedule, I failed to do that. I thought about putting things off until the next day. Then I thought, Now, I will have doubly the things to do in the same amount of time! So, did I solve my dilemma? No; only added to it.

Have you ever tried to pencil this in, or pencil that out for the lack of time? As we know there are twenty-four hours in a day, seven days in a week, and fifty-two weeks in a year. Yet, this doesn’t appear to be enough time to do the things we desire most. Can you relate? I ask you, how much time do you really need? God knows… He has not made a mistake on His schedule. If God allowed one more hour, would that be enough time for you? We cannot deny, He has provided adequate time to sleep, rest, eat, work, and play.

I’m learning since God has provided enough time for me. I need to choose time wisely. If, by chance, I run out of time, it’s on me; not Him. Just one more thing: Besides this, are you aware, God has also allotted enough time for us to accept Him as Savior? No matter your time schedule, don’t forget to pencil Christ in. And do you know, one day time will run out? Today, I admonish you to put all your hope and faith in Him, while there’s still time.

“As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do  not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:15 ESV).

I will keep on thanking God while I still have time; in providing sufficient time.  Hertistine Washington keeponthanking.com

His Loving-kindness

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Just saying that 14 letter word – lovingkindness ignites my soul to awe! I’m thankful that we can lie down in it every night, and wake up to it everyday. His loving-kindness never fails. Through the night it keeps us and is with us in each moment. It’s never passive, or stagnate; never dry or brittle. It’s always welcoming, active, flowing, protective, soothing, penetrating, comforting, generous, covering, gracious, saturating, giving, and forgiving. Oh, the lovingkindness of the Lord! We are grateful!

His lovingkindness reflects who He is; merciful and full of compassion. It produces warmth, comfort, and satisfaction to the lonely and needed soul. That’s God’s lovingkindness toward us. It is yours to wrap in today. You can also share it with another, as you go on your way. Isn’t it great to filled with His lovingkindness in the morning, and throughout the day? To bathe in it at night, and wake refreshed to the morning light! Being immersed into his love makes us quick to perceive and appreciate the lovingkindness of God.

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee” (Psalm 63:3 KJV).

I will keep on thanking God for His unfailing love towards me. Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.

 

A Word On Grudge

 

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Have you ever held a grudge? I’m sorry to say, I have. It made me feel as if I was in some type of bondage. That’s why I don’t like that word grudge. It even sounds like something awful; something gross that has come to take over. Please don’t let it invade your soul. Let go of that old grudge and be free. Try saying it very slowly – gggrrruuuddddggggeeee; a one syllable word that sounds like urge, judge or shrug. I just don’t like that word – grudge. I don’t appreciate what it means… to continually hold ill feeling against; and I definitely didn’t like the way it had made me feel.

Are you aware a grudge can leave you feeling cold, isolated, and alone? Why would I ever want to hold on to an old grudge, again? It can never comfort like a true friend. It never encourages hugs; but will bug you the wrong way. It steals joy, peace, and contentment, and never leads to repentance. It shrugs that which allows you to be free – forgiveness. So, I urge you to stay away, avoid, resist, and dismiss that spirit of an old grudge. It is a dangerous self-inflicted foe that will leave you on the sidelines, wondering which way to go.

I will keep on thanking God for the freedom to forgive.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.

“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD” ( Leviticus 19:18 ESV).

What is God Doing?

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Have you ever dared to think, what God’s doing? Well, I don’t know. Neither does anyone. No one can penetrate His mind. “His thoughts are not our thoughts; His ways are not our ways.” But one thing we can be confident, that God is working things out according to the purpose and plan He intended. Rest in Him. Don’t worry, pray. God is up to something.

What is God doing? I don’t know. Neither does anyone. He has a reason for the pain, hurt trials, uncertainty, even the victories that we are experiencing. God never wastes His time on us… or anything. Be encouraged, He has a divine plan and is working it in view of eternity. Let us trust Him.

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, ” (Ephesians 1:11 ESV).

I will keep on thanking You for knowing there is a divine purpose for what we’re going through in life. Please Lord, help us to maintain our faithfulness during uncertain times in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com.