Take a Look

We’ve heard people say, we’re living in a fast moving world! True? Not so. Well… what does that statement really means? Actually, the world is on its axial and is moving at a steady pace, as God has designed. It has not moved one centimeter out of place. He has the world in His hand. So… we can’t say this statement or sense of acceleration is true of the world, can we?

Why not take a look at how we’re moving? Have we considered how fast we move from point A to point B? Within those points, are we the ‘one’ who’s moving in a hurried fashion, not the world? Are we trying to accomplish 5, 10, 15 things at a time? I know that many women (and some men) are multitaskers, but this can be a bit much, wouldn’t you agree? If you do, take a look and see if you are trying to get everything done in one day. If so, start observing how exhausted you feel.

I know when I fail to pay attention on how fast I’m moving (in trying to do ‘this’ in order to get ‘this with that’ done), I feel myself becoming anxious, nervous, unsettled, and short tempered. This is definitely not the way to work effectively, especially when we’re working for the Lord. God said, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). Don’t tire yourself out where you can’t function in the right spirit; simply stop and take a look to get a good picture of a more excellent way.

One way to do this is to ask God to show you how to set priorities. The first thing– be still, and take a look in God’s looking glass (His Word) for wisdom. Look to Him in prayer for order and direction. He will surely show you what you need to see; do first, second, third, and so on. After which, when you take a look (a really good look), you’ll began to notice new, more orderly, timely, less costly, and better ways to get the task done.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5

I will keep on thanking God that I can always take a look into His Holy book–The Bible, for wisdom and insight.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com




First Look: How Do I Look?

Sometimes before leaving home, I may ask a family member, “How do I look? If there is no one to ask, I tend to look in the mirror for approval. I’m looking because I want to be sure everything is in it’s proper place: my hair is right, makeup is on point, colors are coordinated, nothing is hanging out, and accessories are complimentary. This is all well and good because it shows that I care about myself and how I’m presented and perceived to others. Lastly, just to make sure everything is in order, I might take one more glance in the mirror :)! Does that sound like your experience at times?

Now at a greater and deeper glance, I have come to realize how I look on the inside matters far more to God than my outward appearance. How I look on the inside can reflect how I look on the outside, good or bad. I ask, have you thought about how you look on the inside? On the inside no one can tell you how you’re really looking; no one but the Holy Spirit, of course. Why not ask, “Holy Spirit,  how do I look today?” Let Him be your mirror of approval.

After asking Him… do you like what you see? Do you look lovely, joyful, peaceful, grateful? Know that if you are lovely, love will be seen. If you are joyful, joy will be  reflected. If you are peaceful, you will exemplify peace. If you are grateful, gratitude will be shown in your life. I’m encouraging you to know that how we look matters to God. We are His representative. The world is looking at us, and it should matter how we look to the world, as we are ambassadors for Christ. I’m also encouraging you to look within first that your inward appearance may reflect the life of Christ, outwardly.

“Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear –  but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3-4.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

I will keep on thanking God for showing me His spiritual dress code.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Look… Always Say Thank You!


One of the most important things my parents taught me and my sisters and brothers was to say thank you. As children, (many times after my mom had given us a treat), she would asked, “Now… what are you going to say?” We would respond, “Thank You.” That said, I just want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who got a chance to call in or tune in on my July thru September Blog Radio Show Tour. Thank you so much! I hope you were blessed.

Also I’m grateful to all the hosts for allowing me the privilege to share God’s love, plan, and design for marriage based on His Word, as portrayed in my book, “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives” which provides helpful hints on embracing the marriage journey. If you are married or desire to be, separated, or divorced, this book will bring needed insight on this beautiful marriage union. Even if you are widowed, this book will serve as a great reminder of God’s love, grace, and mercy He provided throughout your union with comfort and encouragement from His Word. I hope you’ve gotten a copy for yourself and perhaps a gift for someone else. (amazon.com, barnesandnobles.com, booksamillion.com).

My next project on keeponthanking.com for October 2019, will consists of sharing insight on the word, “Look.” I hope you will begin reading scriptures and meditating on this most important word. Sight and insight are most valuable gifts from God, and not to be taken for granted. The posts will begin Saturday, October 5, 2019, and each Saturday following. I will “look” to God for insight on topics such as:

  • How Do I Look?
  • Look How You Walk
  • Take A Look
  • What Are You Looking For?

I pray you will consider these topics with me, and that God will open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things out of His Word.

On a personal note: For those who didn’t get an opportunity to listen to “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives” blog radio shows, here are the last four. Just tap on the links below.

Again, thank you for your prayers and loving support. Remember to keep on thanking God in everything.

“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” I Corinthians 1:4

I will keep on thanking God for you.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

Last Show on the Blog Radio Show Tour for “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives”.

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I hope you will join me as I conclude the Blog Radio Show Tour this Monday, September 16, 2019 on the “So Real With Madelyn” show, as I talk about my book “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives”, Helpful Hints on Embracing the Marriage Journey.

Host: Madelyn Bass.

Call in to listen: (347) 326-9924


Listen on line: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/sorealwithmadelyn

Time: 3:30pmPST, 5:30pm CST, 6:30pm EST

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

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

Books also available in e-book format.

How Good It feels to Be Hugged By You!

Sometimes we all just need a hug. The word “Hug “only contains three letters, but it does so much. It has great power, in that it fosters H- healing; U-understanding; and G- gratitude. It produces joy, warmth, and good vibes for the giver, as well as the receiver. It can be a greeting that leaves the feeling of being accepted and appreciated. Or, it can be an expression of good-bye, indicating that one is loved and going to be missed. That’s the way I feel at the end of my  water aerobics workout.

At the end of each class I, along with other pool attendants, gather in prayer in a big circle and shout, “Hug Somebody!” This phrase resonates in my ear everyday as I prepare myself for the class. There I know I’m going to get a great big group hug at the ending of the session, which helps motivate me to return :)!

Still, far better than that, I’m so thankful for the hugs I feel everyday from our Heavenly Father. We are His children and He loves and ‘hugs’ us one and all. I hope we will, as our aerobics group shouts in the pool, “Hug Somebody” today, and know how good it feels to be hugged by Him!

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).

I will keep on thanking God, for His loving embrace.  By Hertistine Washington/ keeponthanking.com


Blog Radio Show Tour Continues for “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives”


Restore Restore Sept 8, 2019

All praises and glory to God our Father for allowing me another opportunity to share my book “Sacred and Intimate Lives of Husbands and Wives”, as I am one of the guest speakers on RESTORE!! RESTORE! Radio Show Ministry.

I’m inviting you to call in or listen on line, Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4pmPST; 6pmCST; 7pmEST.

Call in: 347-539-5285

Listen on line: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/gumboforthesoul

Always grateful for your comments, prayers and support!

Books available: amazon.com, barnesandnobles.com, and booksamillion.com

Link to amazon author page is: amazon.com/author/hertistinewashington

Link for  e-book: http://bit.ly/sacredandintimatelivesebook

Book also available in e-book format.

God be praise, and always keep on thanking Him!

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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