Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2011

Anniversary

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,marriage — by ginrich @ 1:57 am

Mk 10:7-9 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate

Today my husband and I are celebrating our 47th anniversary.  When we married we had been raised in church and active in church but we really didn’t know Jesus personally.  We believed He was the Son of God and died for our sins but church was just something we were supposed to do.  We certainly didn’t have Him as the head of our marriage.  The first ten years were hard.  There were a lot of fights and disharmony because we were each looking out for our own selfish desires.  The only reason we didn’t get divorced is our parents all raised us to believe divorced was never an option.  Just before our 10th anniversary I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life.  A few days later my husband did the same thing.  God has richly blessed us.  Yes, we still had our disagreements and still do but we don’t fight over them.  We pray through them.  Yes, we have still walked through valleys of the shadow of death but God was and is always with us and sees us through all things.  A marriage cannot succeed where God is not the head.  It is like a triangle with God on the top corner and the husband and the wife on the bottom two corners.  We’ve taught a lot of marriage enrichment groups and two things we teach: when you disagree, hold hand, look at each other and pray (you can’t stay mad when you do that) and when making a decision if you don’t have peace don’t do it until you both have peace.  I thank my husband for staying with me through thick and thin and thank God for making us one flesh as He continues to make each of us more one in Him and each other.

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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

Birthdays

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.

 

February 20, 2011

Our Mouths

Ps 17:3 Though you probe my heart m  and examine me at night, though you test me,you will find nothing;  I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

Ps 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Pr 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Pr 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.

Mt 15:11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ”

Several scripture verses because I want you to really understand the power of the mouth.  Sometime look up how many times the word “mouth” appears in scripture.  The majority of the time it deals with what comes out of the mouth—words that are spoken.  So many times our troubles are because of what has come out of our mouth.  We are so quick to complain, correct someone else, say words in anger and use words we shouldn’t.  God wants us to be quick to say thank you, to give praise to Him and appreciation to others, to accept the differences of others.  When we are experiencing bad times we must look back and review what has been coming out of our mouths.  We reap what we confess.

 

December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Day

Mt 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Eve’s are special times. These are the times we start celebrating the event of the next day. Today let’s prepare our hearts to make more room for Christ in our hearts, minds and life. Let us take time to be sure we are practicing the JOY of Christ – Jesus first, then others and yourself last. If you know someone who is alone today, give them a call. If possible, invite them to a candlelight service somewhere. At the service, be sure you are completely there. So often we have said and sung the rituals in our services so often that we can do it in our sleep. Let’s stay tuned in and really understand and mean the words and the songs we sing this evening. Have a blessed Christmas Eve.

December 4, 2010

Mary

Lk 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her

 

Mary really amazes me.  She was only a teenager.  Parents arranged marriages and she was engaged to a man named Joseph, a carpenter in her town.  The engagement period was a time for the couple to get to know each other.  Several things amaze me about Mary.  The most amazing is her willingness to be used by God in any way He wants.  She is very aware of the danger to her.  In those days anyone becoming pregnant when not married was stoned to death.  She was not married.  The prospects didn’t look good since Joseph was not the father of her baby.  How could she possible convince Joseph this was a miraculous event from God?  Although it was foretold in the old scriptures, it really wasn’t believed that God’s Son would really come through a virgin of a lower, middle class family.  Yet, in spite of her knowledge of the danger, she simple said to the angel, “Let God use me as you have said.”

 

Where are we when it comes to our willingness for God to use us in any way He desires regardless of the possible problems it might present to us in our time and space?  This is a good question to meditate on today.

 

July 31, 2010

Joined Together

Mk 10:9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

There is a song with the words, “The greatest thing in all my life is loving You.”  Loving God is the greatest thing in my life.  The second greatest thing is loving my husband.  Today we celebrate our 46th anniversary.  It was quite a challenge for both of us the first decade.  After 10 years of marriage we committed our lives to God through His Son, Jesus and made Him the head of our marriage.  We learned to pray together at least once a day.  We don’t make a decision until both of us have God’s peace about the decision.  So many marriages consist of two individuals trying to join themselves together.  Unless God does the joining, there is no real union.  Human love ebbs and flows. Only God’s love is consistent.  It is God’s Holy Spirit in us that stabilizes our marriage.  Happy Anniversary, Richard.  Thank you for being who God has made you to be.

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