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Love’s Way: Day 5; Fact #5 “Love Does Not Insist On It’s Own Way”

Good evening. Welcome back everyone. Again, I’m thrilled you’ve join me this Saturday evening on Day 5 to share Fact #5 of 14 on Love’s Way in celebration of Love and Valentine’s Day. Here it is: LOVE DOES NOT INSIST ON IT’S OWN WAY. Be mindful, however, the idea is not that love doesn’t insist. It simply doesn’t “selfishly” insists on it’s own way. There are times when love must insist on a particular way, God’s way; the right way. LOVE DOES NOT INSIST ON IT’S OWN WAY tells me that love is not about self and selfish motives. It’s not self-seeking. It’s not demanding. It’s not pushy. It’s not assertive for it’s own purposes. It does not insist on it’s own view. It does not force it’s way. It does not say ‘my way or no way’. Then, what does love do? Love seeks the good of others. Love is considerate. Love is thoughtful. Love wants the best for another. Love is understanding. Love works with you. Love hopes the best for you. Love will do for you to be all you can be. Love encourages and helps you grow. Now that’s Love’s Way, God’s way. Here’s to wishing you a lovely evening. Just bare in mind, LOVE DOES NOT INSIST ON IT’S OWN WAY. Love knows we’re in this together to support another.

Scripture reference: “It does not seek it’s own way…” 1 Corinthians 13:5b

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening. Thank you for joining in, and I pray you have a lovely and restful night. May the blessings of the Lord be with you always.

Submitted with love,

By Hertistine Washington /keeponthanking.com

Love’s Way: Day 4; Fact #4 “Love is Not Arrogant or Rude”

Good evening friends. Welcome back to another evening on Love’s Way, as we continue to celebrate 14 facts on love until Valentine’s Day. But first, how was “your” day? I hope it was one of being loved and sharing love. I also hope you are ready to hear Fact #4 on Love’s Way. It is: LOVE IS NOT ARROGANT OR RUDE. Have you ever encountered an arrogant or rude person in your relationship or marriage? That is… one who exemplifies dominance, control, superiority, a high opinion of self, inconsideration, and disrespect? How did that make you feel? Did it make you feel loved and appreciated? If not, you may have encountered Mr. or Ms. Arrogant, or Mr. or Ms. Rude. If you have, I hope you’ve allowed the love of God to have healed your heart by now. If not, however, just ask God for a forgiving heart, and than thank Him that you survived and now growing stronger in the knowledge of God’s way of love. Be assured, these two behaviors definitely represent what love is not. I want everyone this evening to know that if you are experiencing arrogance and rudeness in your relationship, you deserve better. You deserve to be loved God’s way; and that is with humility, love, and respect. This evening let God pour His kind of love into your heart. Receive it. So as you settle in for the night, I pray His love comforts and fills your heart. May His word comforts you to know LOVE IS NOT ARROGANT OR RUDE.

Scripture reference: “…It is not arrogant or rude…” 1 Corinthians 13:4c,5a

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening. Thank you for coming, and I pray you have a lovely and restful night. May the blessings of the Lord be with you always.

Submitted with love,

By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

Love’s Way: Day 3; Fact #3 “Love Does Not Envy or Boast”

Good evening again. I pray all is well. Welcome to Love’s Way Day 3; Fact #3. As we continue to celebrate Love and Valentine’s Day, I hope you are feeling the love, God’s love. I also hope you are comfortable and in your favorite place. Today’s fact is: LOVE DOES NOT ENVY OR BOAST. That’s it. So simple, yet profound. On this evening, I hope you will join me in praying and meditating on Fact #3, as you prepare for a good night’s rest. Only be still and listen to what God wants to say to you. Let us pray: Dear Lord, we are grateful to learn facts on Love’s Way, which is Your way of love. We are grateful to know that LOVE DOES NOT ENVY OR BOAST. It does not desire to be ‘anyone’ or ‘crave’ for the things others have. Please forgive us, Dear Lord, if we have been guilty of envy and boasting in ourselves. This evening, help us to be satisfied with You and what you have blessed us with. Lastly, help us to only make our boast in You, for You are worthy. in Jesus name, amen.

Scripture reference: “Love does not envy or boast…” 1 Corinthians 13:4b

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening. Thank you for coming., and I pray you have a lovely and restful night. May the blessings of the Lord be with you always.

Submitted with love,

By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

Love’s Way: Day #2, Fact #2 “Love is Patient and Kind”

In celebration of Love and Valentine’s Day, I again welcome you to the second evening of love. I hope you’re feeling relaxed and free of distractions, reclining in your favorite chair, or resting on your bed. That said, I’m so glad you decided to join me, and I hope you are ready to hear Love’s Way.

Fact #1 has already told us who Love is, right? : God is love. So this evening, I want to simply share a second fact on Love. It won’t take a lot of writing. Not a lot of reading; Not any nitpicking. Solely the fact that LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND. Before you retire for the night, let that sink in. Let it sink in until God gives you the revelation that you need. I surely don’t know what revelation that would be, and I dare not pretend to know. But God does. Therefore, sometimes you might need to repeat Fact #2 slooooowly (three or four times) before you actually hear what the Spirit is saying to you. But first, listen to this Love Alert: Be advised, this evening of love is not about your husband or your wife; not about the other woman or the other man; nor your significant other, and surely not your sister or your brother. It’s about you and me growing in the knowledge that LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND that we may be demonstrators of God’s love to the world. Simply put, love doesn’t get in a hurry. It is tolerant. It is patient, and it is kind enough to listen, wait, and receive. Ask yourself, am I patient and kind enough to listen, wait, and receive, especially on this evening of love? Again, let that marinate. Just stir it around in your mind so that the Holy Spirit can imprint in your conscious and subconscious… LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND.

Scripture reference: “Love is patient and kind… 1Corinthians 13:4a

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening. Thank you for coming, and I pray you have a lovely and restful night. May the blessings of the Lord be with you always.

Submitted with love,

By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

Love’s Way; 14 Facts

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! To all who follow my blog, Facebook and Twitter, I have good news for you if you are seeking love, giving love, in love, or need love. This month I will share with you 14 facts about this thing called love in celebration of love and Valentine’s Day. I hope you will tune in each evening. I’m praying by the end of these 14 evenings your hearts will be so full of love that you can’t help but demonstrate the way of love, on and throughout the following days. My simply request is that you think on and meditate on each fact before settling down for the night. With that said, on this first evening of February 1st, I want to share the first fact: GOD IS LOVE. Let this be your evening meditation. Let it marinate in your heart and in your spirit. Let this fact feed your soul in the evenings that you may be able to feed others on the following day that GOD IS LOVE.

To encourage you further along the way, I hope you will grab a copy of my book, SACRED AND INTIMATE LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES (amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com). You will find these 14 facts are also suggested and supported in my book. You will discover It’s never too late in the evening to learn about what makes the world go round… love.

As always, I’m so thankful for all of you who continue to support and inspire me on my blog, Facebook and Twitter pages to continue writing for Christ and sharing inspirations in every walk of life. Here’s hoping you will join me this evening and the next 13 evenings in February. Remember our first fact this evening is: GOD IS LOVE.

“God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him,” 1 John4:16

A Heart of Love

As you know Valentine’s Day is approaching; “The Love Day,” as referred to by many. Did you know that while some historians believe that Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine on February 14, others believe it actually has it’s origins in a Pagan fertility festival called “Luperalia” which was celebrated February 15 in ancient Rome? It wasn’t always celebrated with love and romance by everyone. I encourage you to research the history of Valentine’s Day. You will discover many interesting facts. You will discover how this holiday got switched around and is now focused on love, romance, and the sweet stuff :)! Are you also aware that love fulfills the law of Christ, and that we as Christians are called to love? Jesus said love one another. God is love, and it’s His love in our hearts that gives us a heart of love.

From researching how Valentine’s Day could have stemmed from Paganism to celebrating about love, reminded me of how God can take any confusing or questionable time in history and change it for the betterment of humanity. He can also take hard hearts (any heart) and change them into loving and affectionate hearts. With that said, if you have bitter and envying, hate and resentment in your heart, know that your heart is not too hard for God to change. Simply invite Jesus into your heart, and He will do the work. He will make the change. He can give you a heart of love.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8

Please pray with me: Dear Lord, I will keep on thanking you for a heart of love, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today!

This New Year, 2022

We thank God for welcoming us back! Here we are approaching the second week in 2022! I pray and hope you will join me in thanking Him for allowing us to see this New Year. With that said, keeponthanking.com is wishing you a very Happy New Year, 2022!

In this New Year let us keep on thanking God for His grace; His unmerited favor on us. Grateful, He has chosen you and me, despite our faults, shortcomings, missing the marks, imperfections for His purpose. And it’s by His grace that we’re still here. Because of His grace, let us continue to thank Him for who He is, what He has done, will do, and is doing. Even in the midst of these devastating times, He is still dispensing His grace on all mankind. If you’re reading this, you have already received a dose of His grace today. In this, we can rest assured and face the future with confidence, knowing that God knows what we need, and He knows what is going on.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'” Revelation 21:5, (ESV)

This New Year please pray with me: I will keep on thanking God for His grace, in Jesus name, amen. By Hertistine Washington / keeponthanking.com

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today and in this New Year!

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 / keeponthanking.com

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 / keeponthanking.com

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