Tear Drops

Here I am, on my birthday, writing about tear drops. Strange, wouldn’t you say? Why would someone be thinking and writing about tear drops on their special day? Could they be sad or depressed? No, not necessarily so. Tear drops falls for a many of reasons. One is that of sincere gratitude. When I think about the goodness of the Lord and all that He’s done for me, tears fall. They drop in buckets of gratefulness to God; my Savior, Keeper, Sustainer, Watcher, Helper, Provider, and Protector.  I can shout Halleluyah as the tear drops fall. On His name I will always call.

This I pray to my Lord:

Lord, though tear drops fall from my eyes, I know you have captured them in your bottle, no matter the reason I may have cried.  I thank you.

Oh, Lord, through my tears, I express gratitude to see many years.

I cry Lord, in joyful praise, and with my hands, I do raise

in thanksgiving, in love, and adoration of how you have covered me throughout this nation.

Through your salvation you’ve saved my soul; to share your glory is my goal. I love you, Lord. I love you, Lord. Let my tear drops of praise never stop…falling.

I will keep on thanking God for the overflow of gratitude that springs from my heart.  By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com

 

Seek the Secret Place

 

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Have you ever played the game, ‘Hide-and-Seek, or perhaps by another name, Hide-and-go-Seek?” As children, many of us have. In hiding, we were seeking a secret place where we wouldn’t be found so quickly by the seeker. To win the game, we would have to be the last one who couldn’t be found. We would stay hidden until the seeker finally gives up and calls out, “Olly, Olly Oxen Free”, meaning, “come on out, you won the game!”

Although we’re no longer children, nor entertain the game Hide-and-Seek, we do have a ‘Seeker’ who never ceases to seek for us; who will never gives up. His name is Jesus. He can easily find us in our secret place. A place away from the world, the crowd, noise, confusion, and distractions. That place is with and in Him. He is our secret place of communion, comfort, and care. I ask, “Can He find you in your secret place?” Be assured, He’s always readily available, and He’s always there. Let us seek the secret place. No need to run and hide; our lives are already hidden in Him. Just seek.

“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).

“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).

I will keep on thanking God for my secret place in Him.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Hope in Christ Podcast Radio Show

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For those who missed the podcast radio show, as I shared my book “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives” which provides helpful hints on embracing the married journey, the link is now available. You may listen at your leisure.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Link:https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/18580002/download.mp3

Books available: amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, booksamillion.com

I will keep on thanking God for opening doors to share His love. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives: Radio Show Tour

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You are invited to tune in or call in to the DIAMOND’S WORLD Blog Radio Show, hosted by Diane Rembert, this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 5:30pm -6:30 pm: (8:30 EST). as I will be a guest sharing my recent published book, “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives” ; helpful hints on embracing the marriage journey. The call-in number is:

(845)-277-9218.

I will keep you posted on the dates and times of each upcoming show. I hope you will join me in thanking and praising God for making this happen.

“Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives” is available: amazon.com, barnesandnobles.com, booksamillion.com

I will keep on thanking God for opening doors in our lives.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

“In all things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

**Feel free to share this post and invite others to listen in. I’m always thankful for your comments and kind support.

Smile a While

9893bad2767740c9859f6e97816062ba--happy-emoticon-smiley-happyWho smiles all the time? Certainly, no one does. For there are many things that affect our smiles; in a nutshell… LIFE: sickness, sorrow and pain, depression, grief; maybe sunshine and /or even rain. But wouldn’t you agree, it’s good to smile a while when you can see the setting sun, and see the good that God has done?

You’re still here to see a new day; a new month; SMILE. We woke up; we got up; SMILE. No matter what may be, know that God has set us free. SMILE. Though sometimes we feel bad and not so good, by God’s grace we can still SMILE.

By smiling we gain many things: To SMILE cause our cheeks to rise. It paints gratitude on our face. It shows we’re determined to be joyful beyond the challenges and changes that come our way. It shows we’re depending on God to take care of what could cause us to frown; but don’t let the frowns bring you down! If you could muster in a smile, I pray and believe, you’ll feel better in a while.

I will keep on thanking God, though at times my heart may ache, I’m determined to keep smiling for Christ’s sake. He brings the joy in my day, I SMILE.

“He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouting” Job 8:21

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more.” Psalm 16:11. 

By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

Lord, I Thank You

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Lord, I thank you for the morning. I thank you for the night. I thank you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, I thank you for Your mercy and for Your grace; for Your love, asI travel this Christian race.

Lord, I thank you for my health. I thank you for my life, and for never leaving me whether day or night. I thank you for Your direction, provision, and Your divine protection.

Lord, I thank you for the comfort in knowing I can rest in you; no need to worry what others may do.

You said, you’ll fight my battles; You know every one. I’m grateful that my victory is already won!

And now as I conclude this prayer, Lord, I thank you for always been there… and for the vision to walk in the decision to always trust and thank you.

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

I will keep on thanking God the Lord.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

“There-ness”

 

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Say “hello.” Say “hi.” Say “good day.” Say “good morning.” These are simple greetings that can make or lift someone’s day. Do you know greetings are very important? One reason they exists is to acknowledge the ‘there-ness’ of an individual. Jesus talked about greeting one another. On one occasion He said to greet one another with an holy kiss. Surely, He didn’t mean every time we see each other to kiss one another, but to greet with the spirit of love, caring, respect, and gentleness as He does us.

Simply acknowledging the ‘there-ness’ of a person lets them know  they are not being ignored, they matter. We can be grateful God acknowledges us and wants us to know we matter with His greetings of love, mercy, and grace everyday. So go ahead today, say hello, hi, good day, good morning to someone, and let them know you appreciate their “there-ness.” Who knows… you might just be that someone God chooses to lift or touch a person life in a special way. Hello.

“And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.” (Matthew 28:9)

“And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” (Luke 1:28)

“Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.” (1 Peter 5:14)

I will keep on thanking God for His greeting of love everyday.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com