Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2011

Numbered Days

Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Mt 6:27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life

Every six months we have been having lunch in a near-by city with a cousin who flies in for her cancer check-up.  She’s been cancer free for over 2 years.  Today she told me she just bought 6 more months.  She feels she’s living with a shoe being held over her head and is waiting for it to drop.  God is the One Who numbers our days.  Some people usurp God’s control and take their own life, but God even has the power to stop that.  God hold our lives in His hand and no amount of worrying can change it.  God’s desire for us is to be at peace with our future and fellowship with Him, allowing Him to flow through us to others while our days are on this earth.  Instead of fretting over something we have no control, lets bask in His joy, peace and love and share His light with those around us.

 

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January 23, 2011

Another Year

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Ex 15:26b for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

Today is my birthday.  It is a miraculous day because I had stage 4-breast cancer 14 years ago.  Going through a serious illness and coming out in health changes one’s attitude to life.  There is not a morning I don’t wake up and thank God for another day with my family, another day on this earth and another opportunity to allow Him to flow His love, peace and light through me.  There are days I forget as I get into the day and I block God’s work through me with my own selfish desires.  At night, as I lay on my bed, I ask God to show me where I left Him in the day and ask forgiveness.  It is so important to confess daily.  When we confess, God is quick to forgive.  We have no guarantee as to where we will wake up the next morning; it might be in our own beds or it might be standing before the throne of God.  When I stand there I want to see Him smile and say, “Well done my child.”  I still have a lot of cleaning out selfish desires and a lot more of allowing the fruits of God’s Spirit to grow in me before that will happen.  But today, I say, “Thank You, God, for another birthday.”

November 1, 2010

A Cheerful Heart

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Sometimes it’s hard to allow our heart to be cheerful.  When a loved one or we are walking through a stormy time it is hard to find something to feel cheerful about.  We, as human, tend to be very shortsighted.  When I was critically ill I regularly recited the things that gave me joy, both in the past and in the present.  It’s amazing how many things in our lives bring us joy.  Dwelling on our current problem, be it illness or anything else, does no good.  We do need to give the current problem attention to walk through it but it doesn’t need to be all consuming.  When it’s hard to get our minds off, when it’s hard to get physical or emotional strength it is time to turn to God.  Start by thanking Him for the gift of salvation through His Son.  When we start into thanks one thing will lead to another and before long we allow God’s joy to enter our heart and cheerfulness returns.  If it helps, keep a thankful list written down to remind us of all our blessings.  In and through everything life brings our way, we can still give thanks to God.

 

October 31, 2010

When Loved Ones Are in Crisis

Ro 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

When loved ones are facing a crisis, it is hard on those who love them.  Feeling helpless is difficult.  It creates emotional pain and guilt.  We want to do something to ease their worry and/or pain but just don’t know what we can do.  We want to solve their problems.  We don’t know how they really feel, physically or emotionally because we cannot feel what others feel.  We can only imagine.  That makes it even harder for us.  What can we do for our loved ones facing critical problems?  We can be there.  We can learn when to be quiet, when to ask questions and when to give aid.  We can encourage them to share how they feel but not push them to share.  We can understand when they get angry but not get angry back.  When it gets to stressful for us we can share our stress with someone not involved.  Most important, we can get down on our knees and talk to God.  Sometimes it’s hard for those in crisis to pray for themselves.  We can fill the gap.  I’ve been on both sides.  I know how comforting knowing and feeling the prayers of others are.  I know the fears of watching and not being able to solve the problems.  I know walking through the crisis: the initial anger, the initial fear and moving into trust and peace as we feel the prayers of others.  I also know the need to keep our lives as “normal” as they have been.  We always have more than one thing going on in our lives.  To concentrate on just the one thing, like an illness or other problem, and ignore all the rest of our interest is not beneficial.  We need to encourage each other to continue on as best we can through whatever crisis we face and allow God His timing on seeing us through our crisis.  He is faithful.  He is all knowing.  He can do it in spite of us.

 

October 29, 2010

Tomorrow

 

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

 

A wonderful neighbor of ours just got word he has lung cancer.  He’s waited a long time to find out what was wrong.  Now he has to wait for them to find out what kind and what stage.  Waiting is very hard.  It’s hard to control our mind and emotions from doomsday thinking.  We are full of “what if’s.”  Our comfort is in God’s Word.  He promises to be with us to the very end.  When we have to wait on situations like this we must stand firm and trust God.  We must fill our minds on things that are good and lovely.  We don’t know what we will face tomorrow.  We don’t even know what we will face in the next hour.  We must choose, and continue to choose what thoughts we will allow ourselves to dwell on and choose trust and faith in the One Who created us and loves us enough to sacrifice His only Son, Jesus, for us.

 

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