Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 4, 2019

Speak Slow

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Ephesians 4:4 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  (NIV)

Just as there are different circles of family groups: the immediate, the 3 generational, the clan of relatives, yet they are all family, there are different circles of the family of God.  We call them local church, denominations and the entire body of Christ.  We always don’t act like a living family.  Sometimes we act like we’re in competition with one another.  When we read on in Ephesians and throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we are told over and over to bear with one another, to get along with one another.  It’s hard for some immediate families to do this and seems even harder for the Family of God to do this.  It starts with just one person who is determined to choose love, patience and the grace of God to swallow the sin of pride and self-righteousness and determine to get along with all of God’s children.  Let us each be that one.  The Family of God will be much more inviting for others to come into our family if they could only see more love, patience and grace actually practiced in our family.

October 24, 2018

Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:7 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

We humans have a strong desire for individualism.  We look after self to a high degree.  We even tend to think that the gifts God gives us are for our own self.  But God gives us gifts for the common good – the good of our fellow human beings.  We are each very important to the family of God.  We read in 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it  This is saying the you are very important and very special.  When I first started my walk with God I asked to be a little toe.  I didn’t think God would ever want to use me for anything special.  God told me toes are important because they keep the body in balance.  My reaction was, I was so unbalanced I couldn’t even be a little toe.  It takes being open to God through His Holy Spirit as we read His instruction book (The Holy Bible), meditate on it and learn to apply it to our daily lives and learning how to listen to the gentle, quiet voice of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into functioning with the gifts He gives us for the good of all of His family.  I want to encourage you in your walk.  You are very important in the family of God.  God has a specific ministry for you that no one else is called or equipped to do.  As you grow in Him your gift will grow and your ministry will grow.  Let us each grow for the common good of all of God’s family.

October 17, 2018


Filed under: Creation,devotion,Family,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Romans 9:19-21 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?(NIV)

Our relationship with our earthly fathers is different than it was in the writing of the epistle of Romans.  At that time fathers were the unquestionable ruler of the family.  They told their children what they would do, when they would do it, who they would marry – basically everything that would ever involve the children.  The children accepted the rule of the father.  Today in our culture children feel free to disagree both in words and in actions with their fathers.  This has affected us in how we relate to God.  Because we see Him as our Father we tend to forget to acknowledge with our word and actions Who He really is.  We think we know best what and when to do with our lives and only go to the Father when we get into trouble.  We forget we belong to God.  We thin we belong to our own self.  In actuality we don’t have the right to decide in and of ourselves what we will do with our time on this earth.  That right completely belongs to our Father, God.  It is He Who has made us and not we ourselves.  Let us remember when He made us He made us out of love and He has only the best for us planned for our time on this earth.  Let’s take the easy way and flow with Him.

September 3, 2017

Pass It Down

erbs 1:8-9 8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. (NIV)

 As I do my Bible study each day I write notes under different verses and paragraphs much like a commentary.  I do this not only for my own benefit but also to hand down to my children after I’m gone.  Though my age is well into the senior category I still miss the wisdom of my own parents.  I know there are some real gems from them that I have forgotten.  Many because, as a teenager or young adult we tend to have the misguided idea we know more than our parents.  I have a wonderful relationship with my children and they with me.  When I’m home with God, I want them to have something tangible they can read to remember the things I’ve taught them and the things I forgot to teach them.  Seeing that you have a computer device and probably have at least one Bible translation on that device, I recommend trying this, if only for your own benefit.  Writing what we learn helps to impress it more securely on our minds and hearts.  No matter how old we get, let us continue to pass the wisdom God imparts to us down to our children, not as hard rules, but as personal insights for them on our own personal relationship and growth in God through His Son, Jesus.

March 22, 2017

Honor Now

Matthew 13:57 57 And they took offense at him.  But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” (NIV)

 Sometimes it seems the people closest to us are the most critical of us.  Of course, we can turn that backwards and say sometimes we are the most critical of those closest to us.  We need to make sure we build our love ones up and let them know how much we love, honor, respect and appreciate them.  At memorial services, we say all sorts of good and loving things about the one who has died.  It is a shame we don’t say those things to the one who is with us while they are with us.  In our mind we can write an obituary about someone we have been criticizing and then pray and ask God forgiveness for our critical thoughts and words.  Then let’s be sure we verbally give love and honor to that person in the here and now.  Let us be sure we honor the ones closest to us even more than we honor others we hold in esteem.

November 6, 2016


Proverbs 17:6 6  Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children. (NIV)

My husband took pride in the complicated way he connected various electronic devices together.  Working them was also a puzzle to me.  After several months of trying to figure out the DVD player I have decided I don’t need to spend any time watching DVD’s.  We don’t have any new ones anyway.  There are a variety of ways God uses to discipline in using our time wisely and for His glory.  This is one way He chose to discipline my time.  I find it is better used in Bible study, reading an inspirational book or writing rather than watching reruns of DVD’s.  Next time you find yourself repeatedly frustrated by the same thing it’s time to ask God if You forgot to ask Him for wisdom or if maybe He wants Your attention on something else.  We all are prone to attention deficit when it comes to continuing to listen for His gentle, leading voice.

August 21, 2011

Pray for a Child

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Pr 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.


As I write this, our first-born grandson is out in 106-degree heat washing our cars to earn some extra cash for college.  After we will get in his “first” car, fill it up with gas and buy him a dinner.  We are also watching our daughter, his mother, getting nervous about his departure.  It is hard on parents as the nest starts to empty.  We know the temptations in the world.  We can easily be nervous or scared for our fledglings.  I am so grateful God gave us the privilege of prayer.  He loves our children even more than we can possible love them.  He is with them when we can’t be there.  He also promised us, if our children depart from the path we trained them, they will return.  With each of our children a time comes we must let go and let God.  The question is how much do we trust God, His love and His power to follow through on what He has promised.  As this school year starts, be sure to pray for your children or grandchildren and for all who come in contact with them.  Part of our preparing the way for the re-coming of Jesus is praying for the younger generations that they will walk in obedience and praise and thankfulness to God and His Son, Jesus.  If you don’t have your own children or grandchildren to pray for, adopt a child you know and pray them into adulthood.

June 2, 2011



Heb 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.


The “Common English Bible” words the end of this text “so that none of you become insensitive to God because of sin’s deception.”  Sin is very definitely deceptive.  It entices us for what it makes out to be the easier way or the way to more pleasure or comfort.  The deception is based on a short moment of truth but, in the long run proves to be pure deception.  We seem to be good at finding fault with each other.  Our instructions are to encourage one another.  Not just from time to time but every day.  We encourage by thanking, complimenting, sharing our walk and praying with others.  Let us guard our mouths and be sure what we say to any others is encouraging.

March 31, 2011

Unconditional Love

Pr 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

The love God has for His children goes beyond any human reason.  God loves the murderer and the adulterer (Read about David in the Old Testament).  God loves the one who looks away to another (Read about Solomon and his lust).  God loves those who deny Him (Read about Peter’s denial three times in the gospels of the New Testament).  God wants us to love others in the same way.  Let’s check ourselves out.  Do we keep score of hurts, of disappointments, of perceived or real wrongs done to us?  Do we complain about how others treat us?  If we are honest with ourselves, we all have that problem – some more than others.  No amount of wrong done to us can change God’s command of unconditional love.  It’s amazing what can happen to someone who is loved unconditionally.  Look how David, Solomon and Peter changed.  But our motive for loving unconditional must not be for someone else to change their behavior.  It must be because we Love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds and strength and we love our neighbors (all created mankind) as ourselves.  Is this hard?  Yes, when we put ourselves first.  Let’s ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us put Him first and choose to love those He puts around us.


March 2, 2011


Ps 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Jn 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

Today is my husband’s birthday.  I praise God for knitting him together in his mother’s womb.  I praise God for creating his inmost being.  But he remained a creation of God until we were both into our mid 30/s.  It was then we were both born anew.  We both changed dramatically after that and continue to change as we grow in God each day.  I praise God for my husband’s creation birthday.  But I praise Him even more for my husband’s spiritual birth.  Our marriage would have failed if we had continued in the direction we were each going before we received Jesus into our lives.  Now we are in our 46th year of marriage.  We have learned Jesus is the head of our marriage, not either of us.  We have learned to love each other with the love given through us by God, not just the physical love of human creations.  I take this day to thank God for my husband and his relationship with God.  I pray the same for those of you who are married.  It starts with you, not your spouse.


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