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.
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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
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
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
Sometimes no matter what is going on in life (making you kind of crazy), I dare you to gratitude it! Yes, just say, “thank you, Lord” while you’re in that situation. I’ve come to realize after all that thinking and planning what to do, how can I fix it, what’s going on…. sometimes I just had to pause and say “Lord, thank you.” Yes, thank Him that things are not as bad as they could be. Then thank Him that I know that! Thank Him that I’m still living and breathing while in that situation.
I shared that to say, at this time in my life I know that it pays to gratitude it, and I pray you will too (what ever “it” is)! Yes, gratitude it! That’s my stamp on what comes, what may. I’m learning when I put a gratitude stamp on any issue or circumstance, things seems to look better. With God, I know it is better. So let me encourage you.
As we know, whenever we send a package, the postal clerk always put a stamp on it. This indicates that it is ready for delivery from your hands to his. No matter what route it will take, we can be assured that it’s going! It’s out of our hand and reach! No need to worry about the route it will take, or the hands it will pass through. We can be confident that our package is on the way! That’s how it is when we gratitude it. We’ve made the decision to thank and trust God for His way of delivery in any situation. Now… the method of delivery may not look so “good” to us, but we can ‘gratitude it’ by thanking God that He “is” Good!
“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High,” Psalm 50:14.
I will keep on thanking God, in spite of. By Hertistine Washington/keeponthanking.com