Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 31, 2008

New Year

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A New Year

 

Today’s the first in two big ways

The month and the New Year

A day to toss bad habits

And pray to keep them back

A day to see my Father, God

And call upon His grace

To use my mouth, my hands and feet

For spreading Peace and Love

 

What a wonderful way to start the New Year, praying to God and calling for His grace to spread His Peace and Love.  What a wonderful way it would be to start every morning this way.  Before my feet hit the floor, I try to keep the habit of saying, “Good morning, Lord.  Thank You for this new day.  Keep me alert to You and Your purpose for this day.”

Last Day

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Last Day

 

Today’s the last day of the year

I pause and I look back

I find some things You told me to do

I let go by, my lack

And things I know You said to do

Again there I did lack

So tears I shed as I bow down

And pray, forgive my lack.

 

As I look to 2009

I pray I do not lack

To hear and feel Your gentle nudge

Through me to fill a lack

To hear when to shut my mouth

And not to criticize

But lift those round me up to You

I every way they lack

 

I don’t believe in making resolutions but on this last day of the year, I do believe in looking over my spiritual health.  It is such a good time to take stock and take time in prayer, asking forgiveness and asking for His Holy Spirit to continue to fill you and enable you to walk closer with the Lord.

December 30, 2008

Clean House

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Pro 14:1

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

It’s hard to believe then end of 2008 is almost here.  At the end of the year we close many things.  We close our financial records for the year.  Many medical insurance policies close accounts and start over in the New Year.  A lot of memberships end with the ending of the year.  I am not a person who does spring house cleaning.  I find the spring weather too tempting.  But, ever since a young teenager, I have made it a practice to thoroughly clean my room, and as an adult, my house before the start of a new year.  While going through financial papers and cleaning out the un-needed, I go through drawers and closets and give away things still good but no longer needed, or toss what is no longer good.  It feels so good knowing my house is clean and in order at the start of a new year.

 

More important than the house I live in is the house God’s Holy Spirit lives in – me.  This is also a time to be sure anything that crowds Him out of me is tossed away.  It is amazing how much praying can be done while cleaning the house.  It’s wonderful how God, through His Holy Spirit, impresses upon me old habits, which need to be discontinued as I look at old things, which need to be tossed.

 

Let’s start the New Year with clean houses for us and for God’s Holy Spirit

December 29, 2008

Crisp Morn

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Crisp Morn

 

 

The crispness of the cold morn air

Is very stimulating.

The redness of the rising sun

A beauty to behold.

The gift of love and life from You

By way of Your Own Son

Is the most amazing gift this world

Has seen since time begun.

 

How seldom I seem to take the time to tell God how much I appreciate Him and what He has done and is doing for me.  How seldom do I tell Him how amazing His love is.  He created the entire universe and yet He cares about every hair on my head and knows me inside and out.  In spite of His knowing me so well, He still loves me.  He loves me with a love beyond my comprehension.  It should not take the stimulation of cold air or the beauty of a bright red sunrise to encourage me to give God thanks and praise.  Just the privilege of waking up in the morning should bring forth praises out of my heart and mouth. 

December 28, 2008

Teamwork

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Teamwork

 

Pray as if everything depends on God

Work as if everything depends on you.

 

So many Christians think all they need to do is pray and God should mysteriously answer with everything they ask for.  Other think there is no reason to pray.  They have independent spirits and feel they have no need of anybody.  God has given us talents and abilities and expects us to use what He’s given us.  However, He is our Father and doesn’t turn His back expecting us to do totally without Him.  Jesus had all power as He walked this earth in the form of man.  Yet scripture is full of accounts of His drawing apart to pray to His Father.  For me, prayer is the Source behind my talents, abilities and efforts to do according to God’s leading on this earth. 

December 27, 2008

Trusted Man

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Trusted Man

 

Lord, it is so awesome

The way You’ve trusted man

To plug into Your creative acts

And make things new to man

Rockets, lights and fireworks

Just to please the eyes

Thing to use for good or bad

It’s man who must decide

Help me, Lord, to bring You back

Into this world called earth

To look to You for all we make

And all that we do use

to let You lead our government

And let You in our schools

Lord, help us put You first of all

Throughout this universe.

 

When I listen to the news and hear what man kind has and is doing to God’s creation, including to our fellow man, I wonder how much God hurts over our insensitivity to Him and His creation.  He trusted us to give us, through Adam, all authority over His creation.  If you are not in the habit of praying for mankind in general to treat all of God’s creation with respect, for the government of the earth to honor God, for our schools to honor God, think of the cost of God’s gift of Love and redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.  How can we not pray for the rest of His creation to glorify Him.

December 26, 2008

As I Sing

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As I Sing

 

As I sing today may I

Bless Your name

For all who are there to know

Your love, the Christ,

The only way

To bow before Your throne

Through my voice may they

Hear love

The love from You, my God

And may that love

Bring each to You

To worship and adore..

 

Singing isn’t the only way people can hear about the love of Christ.  The very tone we use to say words like hello, thank you, I’m sorry, can I help you, etc and etc. can convey the love of Christ.  When we speak, do we speak with the love of God or with irritation or impatience?  How about the expression on our face? When we find ourselves in a long, slow moving line what impression do we display to those around us.  Even though Christmas is over for this year, we still lead a very busy, hectic life.  It seems like everyone has more to do than they can handle.  One thing I’ve learned, if I start my day off with my Lord, asking for His direction for the day, and keep my heart tuned to His gentle nudges, I find what needs to be done gets done and what doesn’t get done is really not that important in the time of eternity.  Let’s be sure people hear and see the love of God through our words and actions.

December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jesus

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Happy Birthday

 

A happy birthday to you, Lord

We celebrate Your birth

When people look at me

May Your gift of love they see.

May Your light that is mine

Bring them to seek life from Thee

Happy Birthday to You, Lord

Thank You for Your gift of love.

 

Our family always had a birthday cake for Jesus.  On it we would put one candle for each child.  We would gather around on Christmas day and sing “Happy Birthday to You” to Jesus then each child would blow out their candle.  Today, the children are gone.  We don’t have a cake (can’t afford the calories), but we do continue to sing the birthday song and tell Him how much we love Him and thank Him for His most perfect Gift.  Next year at valentines shopping time I will continue to find a plain red heart (I tried this year unsuccessfully) On it I plan to write my name and put it under the tree as my gift to Jesus.

December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve

 

“Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house…..”  I’m sure you know how the story goes and have probably had it read to you when a child and read it to your own children.  Christmas eve and Christmas day are full of traditions.  One of my favorite family traditions is going to a Christmas Eve candlelight service.  On the way home, we would drive around and look at all the lights.  When the children were still with us, the would have me sing every Christmas carol I knew.  I could usually sing for about an hour, singing multiple verses but not repeating any of the songs.  When we got home, we would re-read the Christmas story from the Bible.  Sometimes the children would move the figures in our Nativity set to go with the story.  We had a birthday cake for Jesus with a candle for each child and they would blow out their candle.  Then each child would get to unwrap just one gift before going to bed.

 

I have a new Christmas tradition my husband and I want to start.  When Valentine’s Day shopping becomes available I want to get 2 plain, red heats and put our name on them.  Next Christmas I want to put them under our tree, symbolizing giving my heart to the Son of God.

 

Have a blessed Christmas Eve and a Christ filled Christmas.

December 23, 2008

Doers

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Doers

 

God, You gave me just one mouth

But two hands and two feet

Help me learn to use them twice as much

As when I choose to speak

Teach me how use my hands

The way that Jesus did

And use my feet to show Your Word

To everyone I meet.

 

Help me be a doer, God

Of all You’ve said to me

Help me show Your love, my God

To every one I meet

Let the words I speak each day

Be proved by all I do

Let me be Your witness, Lord

In all I say and do.

 

 

James 1:22

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves.

 

We all know people who are all talk and no action.  Even the best of us sometimes fall into that category.  I can remember times I’ve seen someone needing help and I’ve turned my head and gone another way without so much as a prayer in my heart.  After all, I’m busy and I’ve much to do and other people are counting on me.  But there are several instances in the Bible where Jesus stopped what he was doing or delayed where he was going to help someone.  Even it the help is nothing more than a smile and an encouraging word, it is better than ignoring and looking away as if the person doesn’t exist.  I am trying to learn to pray every time I becomes aware that someone needs help and ask God if I am to be a part of their help and if so, in what way.

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