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What Are You Looking For?

As we conclude our Saturday October series on the word “Look”, let us lastly take a look at “What Are You Looking For?”

We know some people are looking for many things in the earthly or physical realm in order to be successful in this life. Things such as a good education, a great job/career, and a big beautiful house. These are just a few of the things most are in search of. Many will work tirelessly, forsaken all others to achieve their goal.

But what are ‘you” looking for? Be mindful, there’s nothing wrong in seeking success and wanting to live the best life possible. We all desire a good life. And God wants us to live our best life possible here on earth. But if you’re looking ‘only’ in this world, putting ‘all’ your energy, time, and pursuits in what the world offers, there is a good chance your search will end at a dead end. For that reason, I’m admonishing and encouraging you to look to Jesus.

Don’t let your search begin and end in the earthly realm, where there is no lasting profit. I ask you, are you looking for peace that passes all understanding, contentment, joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction? If you are, you will not find them in your worldly pursuits. You can only find them… if you look to Jesus. He has what you need. He is the answer to your search. He will bring the spiritual blessings to your life that the world can never give.

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2)

I will keep on thanking God I have found what I was looking for–Jesus; my search is over.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

Look How You Walk

Now that we’ve looked in the mirror and taken a look at our priorities, let’s consider how we are walking. Are you aware that models are careful about the way they walk? They are on a runway, and they know people are gazing at their every move. They are not perfect, but they hope to portray the best walk possible. I bet many are nervous, hoping that their next step is not a stumble or a fall. Still, no matter how nervous, they have faith to believe they will walk successfully on that runway from start to finish.

Have you paid attention to how you walk? Physically speaking that’s something we seldom think about, right? Sometimes we just get up and start walking without looking down or around. Maybe that’s why we stump our toes at times. But nevertheless, if we stumble, walk straight, hunched over, or make use of a walking aid, we must strive to have the best spiritual walk possible.

Just like the models on the runway pay attention to how they walk, we must pay even more attention on how we walk spiritually. Are we walking in love? Are we walking in wisdom? Are we walking by faith? Know that we are models (God’s models), and the world is looking at us. We also are on a runway– God’s runway. Every step we take, every move we make is being observed at by Him. Just as the earthly judges note a model’s moves, our Heavenly Judge notes ours. The difference being, He knows we stumble and may even fall at times, but if we keep our eyes on the runway that leads to life through salvation in Christ, we are sure to have a walk that’s pleasing to Him.

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” Ephesians 5:1-2.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16.

“For we walk by faith, and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

I will keep on thanking God for making me mindful of how I live before Him and others.  By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com

 

 

 

 

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!

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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

Or,

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