From the bottom of my heart.

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Thank you!

I don’t know if I have the words to say how much I appreciate the kind words and responses that you’ve sent my way since the release of my book. To say I’ve been blown away would be putting it lightly. So I figured I’d just say “thank you” face-to-face. Check out the video below. (If you’re reading through e-mail click on the link!)

Thank You, Thank You! from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

Today I concur with the Apostle Paul:

We felt so strongly about you that we were determined to share with you not only the Good News of God but also our lives. That’s how dear you were to us! 1 Thessalonians 2:8, GWT

Thank you, friends.

Following,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Ask for Wisdom

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God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, 
   his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning. 
   How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). 
   He’s all I’ve got left.

 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits
   to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope, 
   quietly hope for help from God.

Lamentations 3:22-26, MSG

Today I’m sharing a retro video post because I feel like the lessons from last spring are just as applicable to this current season. I still find myself looking for answers: waiting, seeking, and hoping. I hope you are encouraged by God’s promises for your situation today!

Thursday Tips: Silence from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

I’m still learning to apply those three things to my situation.

1. Passionately wait.

2. Diligently seek.

3. Quietly hope.

And I would add to that list:

4. Keep walking by faith.

Sometimes I forget to continue moving while I’m waiting, seeking and hoping. Jesus demonstrated leaving the throngs of people and going off on a mountain to pray… but after a few hours he came back down and kept loving those very people.

So how do I face the unknown future?

I walk in the truth that I know, I claim God’s good promises, and I confidently acknowledge that He will guide the life I have entrusted to Him.

Still learning,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Transitioning Transitions

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“We have no idea what lies ahead or how God will open doors of potentiality when we consciously choose to get out of the ruts we’re in and start moving down new paths about which we can be excited–even passionate.” 
― Luci Swindoll, I Married Adventure

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite video posts with you. I wrote about shaking knees in the midst of big changes and this clip was a reminder of how life is one transition after another. I hope you are embracing uncertainty and running full speed toward opportunities on the other side of possible.

Thursday Tips: Transitions from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

Here’s to transitions!

Following,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Hiding It

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“How can a young person live a clean life?
    By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
    don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
    so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
    train me in your ways of wise living.
I’ll transfer to my lips
    all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
    than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
    I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
    I won’t forget a word of it.” Psalm 119:9-16, The Message

I love the phrasing in this translation. “I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart.” We’ve spoken at length about combatting worries, fear, anxiety, negative self-talk, doubts, and the like. Over and over I’ve mentioned filling up on the good stuff for those desperate moments. Replacing negative thought patterns can come from community, reading, music… but I believe one of the strongest tools we have is memorization. Today’s Thursday Tip is all about banking those promises in the vault of our hearts. Check out the brand new video below.

Memory from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

Do you have any memorization tips to share? How do you stay accountable and active in this journey?

Following,
Ginger

Thursday Tip: Bathroom Mirror

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I don’t know if it’s true for you, but I feel like the reoccurring theme of my life is: “I am not in control.” This truth is most evident when I allow myself to verbalize doubts, fears, and worry. Anxiety creeps into the areas where I feel out of control.

This might look like:

-an unknown future
-unresolved conflict
-unmet expectations
-guilt and shame
-waiting for answers
-uncertain next steps

Need I go on?

Wouldn’t you know that this latest season of life (pregnancy) continues to show me just how much control I do not possess. Who would have thought? ;)

Prior to pregnancy I struggled through my fears of life-change. I’m selfish. I like freedom and I really like sleep. No one has to remind me the potential situations and challenges that are headed my way.

But once I discovered that I was pregnant I began to worry that it might not be true. I kept expecting a doctor to tell me that they had made a mistake. The waiting between appointments was agonizing. I’ve never felt so completely out of control.

Then I started wondering why I wasn’t feeling the baby when everyone said I would. On top of that, I wasn’t showing and growing the way my other friends were. My head seemed ready for me to believe that this was all a dream… that someone was going to say, “I’m sorry, but something has happened.”

And then we discovered that this little one is growing, a girl, and ready or not… coming in July.

I have not been in control for one tiny second in this process. It’s going to be like this always, isn’t it? This is yet another reminder that (thankfully) He is the one calling the shots.

So how do we relinquish control? How do we entrust to Him that which we hold dear?

I know that for me it starts with believing the truth about who has the control. As Emily P. Freeman says, “I first believe the truth is true, and then I wait to feel it.”

I’ve started memorizing Psalm 139. I’m not sure how long it will take, but I know that I need a steady diet of truth if I want to make it through the anxiety that pops into my mind at 4am when I’ve woken up for the 3rd time. (Awesome.) He has been in control from the very beginning, and He will continue to be in control through this little one’s entire life.

And so I will write it, memorize it, claim it, and recite it.

“I praise you because [she is] fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

If you need a starting place when it comes to memorizing, I’d love to share this tip that’s been helping me for over a decade. It’s cheap, simple, and guaranteed to hang in front of your face at least once a day. Check out the retro video tip.

Marker Memorization from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

Thanks for walking through the ups and downs and lefts and rights with me.

As always… learning and following,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Heart Checkup

We’ve been talking about awakening our passive hearts this week. I want to recognize that the transformation of our hearts isn’t something we can put on a to-do list or make into a resolution. Heart change comes from God alone, but I do believe that we also have a part to play.

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I was driving to an appointment last week and something just felt funny about my car. I turned off the radio and tried to listen hard. I’ve had a few friends traumatized by blown tires and I wanted nothing of the sort. I made sure I was in the far right lane of the freeway and then took an exit and pulled into a parking lot. Sure enough, the tire pressure in all four of my tires was low. After living so many years as a single independent woman I had prided myself on my car maintenance. But now that I’m married, it’s become easier for me to slack off responsibility and just think, “I’m sure he’s checking that.” But I’m the one that drives this car. Had I not been paying attention or listening while I drove, I could have experienced a worse case scenario. Thanks to a portable air compressor, the tires are now full and I’m back to driving with confidence.

Cue the metaphor.

We must keep checking on our hearts. We are the ones driving with them each and every day. I know from experience how easy it can be to just stop caring and fail to notice the state of our hearts.

The strength to fill, to revive, to replenish – that comes from an outside, greater Source… like the air compressor. But along the way we’ve got to be listening, asking and watching. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a blow-out to get me on course. Watch the retro video below for more…

Checkup from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Checkup. Fill up.

Following,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Work with what you got.

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Yesterday I responded to a question from a reader by examining a parable from Matthew 25. Believe or not, we aren’t done yet. Today’s retro Thursday Tip is all about living, loving, and serving with what we’ve been given, rather than lamenting what we don’t have. Watch the video below for more.

Talent? from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

 

“Make the most of your talents, and trust God with the rest.  These words ring true… Most of the people I know, myself included, haven’t done so well with the trusting God with the rest.  Many of my friends and I find trusting, in one area of life if not another, tough.

But… what I’ve discovered is that the Talent Giver isn’t twisted; he is gracious.  His response to both our repentance over our foolish failings and our regret over our earnest missteps is surprising.  Our messed-up views of ourselves or him, our misused talents in work or life, and our quiet line crossing do not elicit harshness.  Instead, he forgives at a cost to himself, draws us near, and beckons us to continue with him.  Somehow he turns our mistakes- our stumbling blocks- into stepping -stones for the journey forward… we’re set free to do the best we can with what we have and grow to trust God with the rest.”Connally Giliam, Revelations of a Single Woman

Here’s to trusting God with the rest. Happy serving!

Ginger

Thursday Tips: Let It Go.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2, NLT

In today’s Thursday tip we talk about letting go so we can keep moving forward. Too often in my own life I have grasped at things I thought would make me happy or fill me up, only to realize that they had kept me from the real source of joy. Join me and my favorite shirt as we talk about letting go:

Let It Go. from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

 

“Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you’re going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it. It’s like that with writing books, and it’s like that with life. People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.” Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Letting go so we can move forward…
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Slow To Post

 

Today’s Thursday Tip covers commonalities for all of us: Social media and Thanksgiving. Learning to live on mission with our words this month… and always. Check out the new video below:

Slow to Post from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

A November Challenge: Think before we post. May our words (typed or spoken) bring joy and encouragement to anyone listening or following…

“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” James 1:19-20, MSG

“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.” Ephesians 4:29, MSG

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14, NIV

Following,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Loving the Word

Tips for reading the Bible:

1.  Open.

2.  Read.

Ok.  Here are a few more. ;)

 

Loving the Word from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

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Translations mentioned in the post:

NIV = New International Version
NLT = New Living Translation
GWT = God’s Word Translation
ESV = English Standard Version

Excellent resource: www.Biblegateway.com

Following,
Ginger

P.S.  I also keep this collection of special pens and highlighters that won’t mark through the thin pages of my Bible.  It is a super handy dandy tool to have on hand while I’m reading at home.