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