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Still Alive

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I’m still alive. I wrote my psalm today. It is a great little activity. Try it. Read Psalm 103 to get some inspiration. Here’s my psalm:

Jane’s March 3 Psalm

Praise you Lord! Praise You!

Praise You for My warm House.

Praise You for my hot coffee.

Praise You for the quiet.

Praise You for the rushing wind outside that shows Your power.

Praise You for my children.

Praise You for their successes.

Praise You for my failures for you have taught me such great lessons through them.

Praise You for Your Provision.

And Praise You for Your promise of Provision for my whole life!

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LETTING THE BIRD FLY

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Jane Hinrichs: writer, columnist, author.

Do you have the courage?

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May 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

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GRACE

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“I do not nullify the grace of God” Galatians 2:21a

Do I? This is what I asked myself this morning.

“Are you foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3

Are there parts in my life I try to manage without God? Are there parts in me I handle myself because I want to be in control? Do I get irritated when my routine is changed? How about when things don’t go the way I want them to, what is my response? It is telling of who is in charge of my life.

Do I try to be a “good” Christian, or “good” person? Is it a show? Is it work and strife on my part?

I love Psalm 46. Here it is from http://Biblegateway.com:

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. 
                         Selah.
 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the I)’>(I)city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
                         Selah.
 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
10 Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
                         Selah.

Read verse 10 again. That is always good advice. Have a glorious weekend. I’ll talk to you Monday.

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May 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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Stumbling

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And when the men had come to Him (Jesus), they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?'” Luke 7:20

If you’ve heard this story you know Jesus didn’t give them a direct answer. He didn’t tell John’s disciples “Yes I am the One.” Instead He reminded them of all the miracles that were happening: the lame walk, the blind see, the sick are healed. And then Jesus said after He listed a bunch of miracles, “And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me.” Luke 7:23

I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten that before. This morning I did (at least in part). Jesus’ answer was one that encouraged John to look at the big picture, to see all that was going on, to help his eyes get on God rather than his own circumstances. When we rip our eyes off ourselves and the circumstances that are causing us pain or hardship and put them on God, our souls can rest in Him. We remember He’s got a bigger plan than we can see. Our circumstances fit into that plan, but for them to work within it we have to trust Him, be at peace.

We stumble over Jesus when our eyes are on ourselves and our situations. When we find ourselves saying, “Why is God doing this to me?” or “Why is God letting this happen?” in a way that somewhere inside us we are accusing God of gaining great enjoyment from watching us suffer. This is never the case.

Sometimes suffering/pain is necessary, but God allows it only then.

Last week my Maggie had surgery. She’s been in pain since. But daily she’s getting stronger and is quite proud of herself when she can walk farther than she did the day before. I’m not enjoying her pain whatsoever. But I allowed the surgery because I know after she heals she will grow straighter and it will benefit her whole body and mind.

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May 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

What’s that smell?

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“Therefore, he retains his flavor, And his aroma has not changed.” Jeremiah 48:11c

“And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma” Genesis 8:21a

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

These verses are what I read this morning after asking God this question: Why can’t I quit falling into the same hole over and over? These verses are God’s response.

A picture came to mind: I’m standing by a huge deep hole. I walk confidently but I’m walking around the hole rather than away from it. One wrong move and I fall back in. God’s trying to get me to walk away from the hole but somehow I think I’m doing fine as I walk confidently where I’m walking. God is trying to change the way I smell spiritually.

Think about smells: you might have a kitchen full of incredible smells, but if you open the refrigerator and there’s something hiding in there that should have been thrown away weeks ago, that’s all you are going to smell.
 
I remember a cartoon I saw years ago. The first picture is of a woman getting ready for date. She powders herself. She sprays perfume on herself. She wears deodorant — anyway she can make herself smell good she does it. Then before she meets her date she stops to get gas. A bit of gas dribbles on her hands. When she meets her date what does he smell? Yep, gasoline.

The longer you walk with Jesus, hopefully you are getting to be more like Him, getting closer to Him. And that means that aroma you are sending out (you can’t control this at all — good or bad) should be getting sweeter all the time. So if there’s a bit of human flesh or world thinking in you it’s going to overpower all the good stuff. That part of you has to be cut out. God doesn’t want it to stay there because it totally ruins the whole smell affect He’s going for in you.

Hawk and I are reading a book called “I Wear Midnight” by Terry Prachett. Love this YA series. Anyway, the main character of the book, Tiffany Aching, has been pursued by a demon of sorts throughout the book. He has no eyes. No one else can see him but everyone can smell him. And he smells so bad that everyone comments about the smell whenever he’s near. This demon’s smell overpowers everything.

Think about the reverse: if we have an incredible sweetness of Jesus flowing through us that overpowers all else in the room, that is what will color everything. That is what people will notice.

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May 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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Sacred moments

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May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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Where Great Sex Is Found

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Married couples have allowed Hollywood, tabloids and sitcoms tell them about sex for too long. We need to quit thinking we’re missing out. Married couples, especially those who have been married for several years, have the ideal situation to be wholly fulfilled physically. Young sexy things prancing about on a television show don’t have anything on us.

Married couples have sex more often than singles, and like many things in life, the more you practice the better you get at it. Plus, it’s the only sexual relationship that has God’s blessing on it. You got Divine Power waiting to help you and your spouse get it on.

If sex between spouses isn’t good there’s something wrong.

Too often sex problems last for years because they aren’t addressed honestly and with intelligence. And the longer they go on, the more emotional damage they will inflict on a couple’s relationship.

Marriages are meant to have three kinds of love: Eros, Philia and Agape love. Philia and agape loves are easily discussed anywhere. You know if you and your spouse are friends. If you aren’t, make it happen. Have fun together. Enjoy each other. Spouses can be each other’s best friends. It takes work but it’s doable.

Agape love, also known as unconditional love, is also easily talked about. You know it if you get it and you know it if you give it. It has to do with accepting each other for who we are, giving each other room to grow, giving each other the benefit of the doubt. Only God gives this kind of love perfectly all the time. This isn’t easy to do but we know that going into a relationship. We know it is something that needs to be worked on the rest of our lives.

And then we get to Eros.

We thought we were experts in Eros when we were teens. Our hormones were racing. We easily felt those in-love-turned-on feelings. We didn’t have to think about it. If we were the kind who waited to have sex till the wedding night, we couldn’t wait to be married strictly for the sex.

The memories of these strong urges have branded themselves onto our souls. We come to the marriage bed still believing we’re supposed to be experts.

In reality we were never intimacy experts as teenagers. We were just experiencing biological impulses similar to how a stud horse reacts when a nearby mare is in heat.

If we could discuss sex as we do the other kinds of love we’d be better off. Instead, it’s a subject we keep in the dark. We relegate it to bad jokes or a therapist’s over-priced whine session.

When we have intimacy problems we search for answers on the internet, get duped into buying things that will enhance our libidos. Some even turn to pornography to get their marriage bed hot. This might work once or twice, but it’s just a band-aid for a sore that’s festering, a sore that will get worse when it’s covered up with cheap thrills that only validate the sexual illusion that does so much damage to flesh and blood relationships.

God gave us sex as an incredible gift and we need to use it. God wants every married couple to have a breath-taking, outstanding, awe-inspiring sex life. He wants us to “breed like rabbits” as the cliché states.

If we can’t do that, we have to figure out what’s stopping us. There could be a physical problem that a doctor can address. Insecurity or a secret behavior you’re hiding from your spouse will kill a sex life.          

A great sex life is necessary for a good marriage.

And our society needs all the good marriages we can give it.

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May 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm