Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 21, 2017

Make Time

Matthew 6:26 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (NIV)

 I had some free time yesterday and was sitting on the porch watching the birds.  They were flitting from tree branch to tree branch and singing the unique song God had given each one.  Though they were alert to danger, they were content doing what God created them to do.  They seemed to do it so naturally.  It mead me thing about me and other humans.  We tend to forget what God intended us to do.  He created us for fellowship.  Fellowship with Him and fellowship with one another.  Fellowship is our main business, yet we always seem to busy.  It seems we want to be too busy.  We mistakenly think our worth is tied to how much we get done rather than our relationship with God and each other.  Our priorities get out of order so easily.  What do we do about this?  We learn to start our day with fellowship and worship with and of God.  We ask Him to help us keep our priorities straight.  We think twice before we tell someone we’re too busy to be or talk to them right now.  We choose to make time.  Let us make time for God and for each other.

February 22, 2017

Mercy

Matthew 9:13 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ (NIV)

 When we are trying to live a life of obedience to God’s precepts we tend to become judgmental of those who don’t appear to be trying to live that way.  Instead of just not condoning their actions we judge the person.  Jesus didn’t judge the person and He had every right to do so.  Instead, He showed mercy and led them to turn away from their actions and encouraged them to follow His way.  How much more peaceful this world would be if, instead of sitting, thinking and speaking in judgement we showed mercy to the person we have been judging.  Showing mercy is not the same thing as agreeing with the action.  Showing mercy is accepting the person as one who is loved by God and setting an example both of God’s love and acceptance of the individual while showing the joy of following the precepts of God.  Let us quit pointing our fingers, saying harsh and judgmental words and encourage others by accepting them as people of value and showing them the love and joy that is available when following the precepts of God.

January 23, 2017

Ememies

Matthew 5:43-47 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? (NIV)

 I spent several months visiting most all the churches in my area.  I was looking to see what God was being allowed to do and not allowed to do in the various churches.  I found out a lot.  The big churches had their official greeters so I was greeted at the door.  Yet, even when the congregation was asked to shake the hand of those around them I found backs turned to me as they were shaking and talking to their friends.  The little churches had no official greater and, sad to say, a majority of them had no interest in welcoming a stranger except for the minister.  There was one church, a small church where I was the only one of my race.  Every person in that church came and welcomed me before the service than every person spoke to me and invited me back after the service.  I’m sure none of the churches considered me to be an enemy.  If they had a hard time welcoming a stranger coming into their church on a Sunday for the worship service, how would they obey the above verses.  The word love in these verses comes from the word “agape.”  This is not an emotional love but a love that wants God’s best for others.  But we are God’s hands, feet and mouth on this earth and it is up to us to communicate God’s love to ALL we meet.  Their race, gender, age, social status, profession or even religion doesn’t change our responsibility.  God’s desire is for all mankind to know and accept His love.  We must ask ourselves if we are being a good channel for His love.

December 21, 2016

Genealogies

Matthew 1:1-2 (NIV) 1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

 I’m not big on genealogies.  I’ve tried to get interested in my family’s genealogy but just can’t seem to pay much attention even though I’ve read it and been told it many times.  In the Bible, many times I tend to speed read through the genealogies.  Genealogies are part of the prophecy of the coming of Jesus.  They help tie the Old Testament and New Testament together.  In Judaism, females were basically in sequential though genealogy isn’t possible without them.  But there are 4 women listed in the genealogy of Jesus.  I will be looking at each one the next 4 days.  One prophecy said the Messiah would come through the linage of David.  The significance of the number 14 is only for the superstitious.  Some think it is because of the multiple of the number 7 which represents completeness.  If you’re interested in numerology there are several numbers in the scripture which would make interesting study.

November 15, 2016

Good or Best

Romans 8:28-29 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

Proverbs 19:21 21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (NIV)

One of my children is applying for a new position in their job.  It looks like a very good opportunity.  Many times we see something good and go after it.  But God wants more than the good for us.  He wants the best.  When we push hard to gain what we see as good, when we force doors open to gain it, sometimes we are settling for only the good when God has the best lined up for us at the right time.  It is hard to wait.  I’ve learned by experience not to force open doors for something I think is good.  I’ve learned to wait on God’s timing and find delightful surprises of things so much better than the good I was after.  We have a hard time waiting.  We live in a world of instant access.  God knows when we are ready to move on to something new.  We need to learn to be content where we are, yet, at the same time, always being ready to move on with God to something new.  When He moves us in His time we can be assured that He has also equipped us for success in the new.

November 6, 2016

Electronics

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.

October 29, 2016

Sunrise

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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

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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

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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 20, 2016

A New Blog Site

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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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