Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2016

Tomorrow

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 12:31 am

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

 

Several nights ago I didn’t sleep.  I was stressed and worried about something I was going to have to do in a few days.  I was full of “what if’s.”  I tried to tell myself it would be covered in prayer and God would be with me but that didn’t help the stress and worry.  I had already done the same thing a week before and it was very costly and difficult.  Granted, it could have been even worse but God did protect me.  A few days before this event was to take place I was told I didn’t need to do it.  What relief.  But what peace was waisted by my stressing out over what might be but turned out not to be.  Jesus gave such wonderful advice.  We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  Actually, we don’t really know what the next hour or minute will bring.  Stressing and worrying about what isn’t yet right in front of us is a waste of time, energy and emotion.  How wonderful that we needed do that.  We can choose to be in total peace because we have a loving and powerful Father Who has promised to meet all our needs and give us a full and abundant life.  Our Father always keeps His promises.  He holds all our tomorrows in His loving, powerful hands

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October 30, 2016

Voice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 3:51 pm

Acts 12:14 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

We live in a day where we text, message, twitter and e-mail people.  It seems that using our cell phones to actually make a call is a burden to us.  We would rather just send a text.  We might think it’s more convenient for all involved or maybe we think we’re saving time.  There is something about the human voice.  We can identify people by their voice.  Yes, our cell phones also identify who is texting or calling but, when we hear a voice, we hear more than just mere words.  We hear the emotions behind it whether it be pain, anger, love or any other emotion.  The girl at the door didn’t need Peter to identify himself; she knew his voice.  The voice and the expression in the voice gives meaning to the words.  When we actually speak vocally to one another we are actually communication more than just words.  We are putting real meaning behind the words.  There are times when just sending the words electronically is the right thing to do.  We need to have discernment.  Let us slow down a little and ask God how he wants us to communicate from time to time.

October 29, 2016

Sunrise

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 am

Psalms 113:3 3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.

I enjoy doing my prayer walk at sunrise.  It is such a joy to praise God while looking at His beautiful art work.  Today it was foggy.  No sunrise was visible.  That didn’t mean there was no sunrise. Actually, the sun never rises; the earth turns making it appear the sun is rising.  Even when we can’t see the sun “rise” it still becomes daylight, evidence of the sun “rising.”  God is Spirit.  We cannot see His Spirit.  But, like the evidence of daylight showing that the sun did indeed “rise,” there is evidence all around us that God’s Spirit is here.  We cannot deny God created all.  The variety in our creation, so many different kinds of insects in their intricate and unique forms, so many different kinds of vegetation with different forms of beauty and on and on.  As we look over our lives we can see evidence of God’s protection.  Many times we’re in the fog and the evidence is harder to see but that doesn’t mean God isn’t here.  As I walked in the fog seeing only the step in front of me, so we are to walk through life even when we only see the step right in front of us that God reveals.  I trust there will be mornings without fog and I can once again enjoy the “sunrise,” and I trust when I only see one step in front of me, God will show me each step to take in my (and your) life.

October 27, 2016

Scriptures

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 4:38 pm

Luke 24:45 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

After several decades of meditating and studying the scriptures I needed a fresh outlook.  One time I rewrote the book of John making it written to me personally putting in the appropriate pronouns or my name as fit the sentences.  I made it really come alive.  Now I am in the process of rewriting the book of Psalms, making those prayers personal prayers from me to God.  Sometimes I must change more than pronouns to make them my prayers.  I’ve even been able to include the elections in this country in some of the psalms and many personal subjects.  Below is an example.  I apologize for the formatting.  The first is my personal version and the second is from NIV translation.   I encourage you to give it a try, but in your own way.

Psalm 3

Lord, how many are the foes of this nation

Even many in this nation are against Your children

Many are saying

Christians cannot pray or say the name of God or Jesus in public

You are a shield around us

You lift our heads high

We call out to You, Lord

Answer us from Your holy mountain.

We lie down and sleep

When we wake, You sustain us.

We will not fear though our nation appears against us.

And assails our very freedom

Arise Lord

Deliver us from our enemies

Strike them in their mouths

Break their bit against our freedom

From You comes deliverance

May Your blessing be on us, Your children

 

Psalms 3 (NIV)

Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”

3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.

5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

7 Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.

October 25, 2016

Seeking God

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 2:58 pm

Psalms 27:4 4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,

To seek something means to go after with all your effort, to keep after until you find it.  When we misplace our keys, we seek after them until we find them.  When we forget our cell phone at home we turn the car around to retrieve it.  The question is do we really seek after our Lord?  When we know we have a very busy day ahead, are we willing to get up a little early and have time with Him to become aware of His presence with us throughout the day?  We must be honest with ourselves.  Do we really put God first and foremost above everything else?  Maybe sometimes, but are we consistent in our seeking and putting Him first?  There are so many distractions in this world, even in our homes.  The only way to win the battle over the distractions is to ask God for His help.  He says He will give us what we ask.  But we must really want it.  God knows what’s in our hearts.  He knows our desires.  Let’s ask His Holy Spirit to fill us with a real desire and thirst after intimacy with God and the desire to seek it above all else.

October 21, 2016

Boxes

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

 

Mark 9:23  “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (NIV)

Boxes are good and convenient.  We use them to sort like items, store items, mail items and so on.  Unfortunately, we also use boxes for people.  We put other people in a box.  We decide the will always act a certain way, the can only do certain things and many other judgements.  We also put ourselves in a box.  We decide we can only do certain things, think certain ways and limit our potential. 

One reason we put others and ourselves in boxes is because we put God in a box.  We limit God by our own experiences.  We limit God by our own fears and desires.  We limit God with our impatience. 

Jesus said “everything is possible for one who believes.”  We have a choice.  We can take Him at His word and believe what He said or we can choose to limit what He said even though He said “everything” not some things.  This “everything” applies to God, to us and even to all the others we have put into boxes.

Let us choose to keep an open mind to others, to ourselves and to God in what each of us can think and do.  We’ll find an amazing world opening up to us.

October 20, 2016

A New Blog Site

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 11:31 am

I am finally back to public writing on a new site.    Check out fromawidowsheart.wordpress.com  Become one of the first to follow.

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