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


Seek the Secret Place



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

Hope in Christ Podcast Radio Show

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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.


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

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