Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 30, 2010

When Will the Second Shoe Drop?

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Mt 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

It’s like a living underneath another apartment.  You’re just dozing off to sleep when up above, you hear a shoe drop.  You lay there waiting and waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Life is often like that.  Some trial comes.  You think you’ve walked through that trial but you’re never really sure.  Is there more to come?  When and what will come.  This is especially true with medical problems we often face.  When saw the movie, “The Hiding Place.”  One line stuck in my mind.  The scene was Corrie Ten Boone in bed and her Dad saying goodnight to her.  It was in the early stages of Hitler collecting all the Jews for internment camps.  Her family was considering assisting the Jews by hiding a family.  Corrie asked her Dad, “Do we really know how to do this?  Are we really able?”  Her Dad responded, “When you were little and we were going somewhere on the train, when did I give you the ticket?”  “When I needed it.”  Corrie answered.  “Well,” said her Dad, “That’s when God gives us wisdom, ability and anything else we might need – when we need it.”

It is hard for us to live in the minute without using our energy on the past or the tomorrows.  So often we miss out on God’s blessings in the instant because we are so distracted about the future.  It is all a matter of choice.  We can choose where we will stay our minds.  When the temptation comes to move our focus, we must quickly stop and refocus on God and what He is doing in and through us in the instant.

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September 28, 2010

God Is Speaking

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Rev 13:9 He who has an ear, let him hear.

God is speaking.  Are you listening?  He is speaking through His written word, the Holy Bible.  Do you read it every day?  Do you listen to what He has to say to you through that written word?  God is speaking.  He speaks after you pray.  Do you give Him at least the same amount of time you talk to Him to let Him speak to you?  God is speaking.  He speaks through circumstances.  Do you listen to Him in your circumstances are just mutter and complain about them?  God is speaking.  He speaks through those around us.  Are you listening to what He would say to you through others or are you opinionated?  God is speaking.  Are you listening?

September 25, 2010

Headlights

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Mt 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world.   A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

I pulled up to the intersection of a major highway where the speed limit is 70 MPH.  Of course, many drivers go even faster.  Just as I pulled into the highway it started pouring – so hard you could hardly see.  I waited while good drivers with their headlights on drove on past.  Then, the way looking clear, I started to pull out.  Suddenly I saw a gray car with no headlights approaching.  I stopped just in time.  Many times our lives are like that gray car with no headlights.  We think we can see our path clearly.  We also think others should understand the path we’re walking.  But, without the lights of God’s Holy Spirit we really only see things dimly.  We not only need to look to God for our light, we need to let His light shine through us so others can see what God is doing.  Are your “headlights” on?

September 24, 2010

Eager for His Presence

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Isa 58:2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways

 

It’s football season.  As my husband watched the games I became aware of the excitement of the spectators.  They cheered; sometimes they clapped.  They were excited and enthusiastic.  It seemed the game was very important to them.  After the game I could hear my husband talking with neighbors about the game.  They recalled certain plays with great excitement.  During our vacation we visited some churches.  I looked for the excitement I saw in the spectators of the football games.  Where is the excitement for God?  Where are the conversations of excitement about what God is doing in our lives?  The “game of life” is the most important game we will every play.  God is our goal.  Are we looking to our goal?  Are we excited to come together with other believers and praise God with enthusiasm?  It is so sad to see people more excited over a game of football than they are over the Presence of God their Creator.  Think about it.  Let us show and share our eagerness to be in the Presence of our God.

September 23, 2010

Watching and Waiting

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Luke 15:20 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

 

She stood by the window watching, tears still staining her little cheeks.  She wouldn’t leave to eat.  She just stood there, watching, waiting for her grandmother to come.  I can visualize God doing that.  Watching and waiting for His children to come to Him.  The little girl told her grandmother she missed her and was waiting for her to come.  God tells us through the words of Jesus recorded in the Holy Bible that he is waiting and watching for us to come back to Him.  The grandmother heard the little girl and responded.  Do you hear God calling you to Him?  He wants our company.  He wants us to talk with Him.  He wants us to be aware of His Presence through His Son, Jesus.  When the grandmother came, both the little girl and the grandmother rejoiced in each other’s company.  Do you rejoice in the company of God?  He is standing and watching for us to come into His presence.  Don’t let a day go by without talking with Him and basking in His love. 

September 21, 2010

Open Arms

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Phil 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ  and to die is gain.

We text our daughter one word, “Home.”  Her response was, “yea.”  We had a beautiful six weeks traveling.  After work and school our daughter brought 4 of the children over.  As they got out of the car the yelled, “Grandma, Grandpa” and ran with arms opened for hugs.  It made me think of the parable of the Prodigal Son.  The Father was waiting and watching for him to return.  As the son came into sight, the father’s arms opened wide to receive his son.  I have a Father, God, waiting for me with His arms open wide.  Sometimes I can visualize my excitement of my first glimpse of His face and yelling, Father God.  I relate with Paul’s statement above.  My life on this earth is for Christ – to spread His Good News of forgiveness and salvation.  My life after I leave this earth is gain – gain face-to-face fellowship with God, my Father.  I appreciate my time here and the opportunity to share the Good News with others, yet, at the same time; I look forward with excitement and expectation to my eternal future in the physical Presence of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

September 20, 2010

The Heat

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Jas 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

It was still very hot and humid but the sun setting over the lake was beautiful.  I braved the heat and humidity to take a series of photos of the ending of a beautiful but very hot day.  As I was thinking I had to go out into the heat to see the beauty I realized that is what God does with us to bring out His beauty in our lives.  He puts us into the heat.  Heat burns away the chaff – the stuff in us that keeps us separated from God.  As the chaff is burned, the beauty of God is released in us.  So, when we feel the heat of life applied rejoice for God is at work.

September 19, 2010

Diamonds, Not Coal

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Ps 139:17 How precious to  me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Our RV is parked on the banks of the Navasota River in Fort Parker, TX.  Looking out over the reeds I can see diamonds in the river.  Of course, they’re not really diamonds but the sun’s reflection on the tips of the ripples from the river current.  Many times in our lives we see things not as they really are.  We see with our physical eyes and interpret with our emotions.  We need to practice seeing the events in our lives with the eyes of God, interpreting what we see through the faith God gives us.  Faith is a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit.  Fruit is attached to the vine, Jesus, God’s only Son, then must bud and grow.  To grow it needs the Food of God’s written Word and the fertilizer of God’s Holy Spirit.  So often, when we take the time to look from the perspective God gives us, we find what looked like garbage or black coal, through God’s hand becomes diamonds.

September 18, 2010

Our Dwelling Place

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Ps 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

We thought the red’s and gold’s of the canyon lands and the brown’s and gold’s of the high planes flat lands was really beautiful.  It wasn’t until we reached the lower lands of lush green grasses and full leafy green trees that we realized how much we missed the green.  Life is that way.  We get so consumed with the business of life’s demands we fool ourselves into thinking we really enjoy the “rat race.”  But, if we would stop and choose to take some quiet time with God we would realize how much we miss those precious moments.  Don’t be fooled by the rhythmic demands of modern life.  Make your daily (at least) quiet time of communion with God be your number one priority.

September 17, 2010

stay the Mind

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Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

 

I’m sitting in the car in Cameron Park in Waco, TX.  Right next to me, behind trees and shrubs, is the Waco Zoo.  I can hear various animals calling for their morning food.  A strange assortment of sounds: birds, monkeys, a roaring lion and a few sounds I don’t recognize.  While I sit here I am writing a few devotions while my husband plays disc golf.  Red tailed squirrels run around looking for their nuts and seeds for the coming winter months.  Crows complain about the lack of picnickers who leave scraps for them to eat.  The Brazos River flows and joggers hardly notice as they run the River Walk.  It seems nature and man are all involved in their little worlds and few seems to notice the other species.  God gives us each a job.  We are to listen to Him for His direction for us, not for His direction for others.  The park is quiet from the noise of traffic or people.  The sounds of nature prevail.  Nature is content to do as created.  We are created to have fellowship with God.  Do we or are we looking for other things to fill and consume us?  All of a sudden my attention is diverted from this to the sound of a horse.  Rangers patrol the park on horseback.  It is a much nicer sound than the roar of an engine and loud drone of a muffler.  But we live in a fast-paced world.  It is so important for us to use any waiting time or down time to communicate with God.  It is through that communication we hear His steps for us and receive energy and peace for our walk.  Stay plugged into God.  It’s a 2-way street. 

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