Friday Matters-April 13, 2022
Everyday You Should
Today I want to encourage you to ask God to help you take the “should” out of your life. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Think how often you say; “I should read the Bible, I should memorize scripture, I should attend a Bible study, I should lead one.” But remember what Paul says in 2 Corinthians; “The code of the Law kills but the Holy Spirit makes alive.”
When we start thinking “I should” is when we get stuck in being religious. Some religious circles want you to believe that God can only be reached through rule keeping and good behavior. This “religious spirit” was alive when Jesus walked the earth but He died so we could have a close personal relationship with Him and not a religion. Today that same religious spirit still trips people up if they don’t know the truth. Remember the Law was given to show people their need for a Savior. Our personal relationship with Christ enables us to walk in freedom and to be loved as we are, not where we or others think we “should” be…everyday.
Friday Matters-May 6, 2022
Psalm 130:1; “From the depths of despair, O Lord, hear my cry.” I’ve had those feelings where I felt I was in the pit of despair along with thoughts, “What if ‘it’ is always like this.” Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. So, I go to Psalm 91:1 (my 911 verse) reminding me that no matter what I’m feeling I can remain stable by God’s presence and grace. I clearly remember a time in my anxiety where I was in a gas station restroom; filled with fear and the only way I made it out was to put my face against the tiled wall and repeat what I knew was true; “Debbie, you’re safe and stable with Jesus. Take the next step.”
Psalm 91:1 tells me that; “She who dwells in the secret place will remain stable, fixed under the shadow of the Almighty whose power no foe can withstand. I picture this secret place where the presence of Jesus is and where the enemy can’t touch me. I take a deep breath, and I move forward. I know God is with me, He’s with you…everyday.
Friday Matters-April 29, 2022
Everyday Bless Others
There will always be people in our lives who are difficult. And I also fall into the category of being a difficult person too. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Oh, but for the kindness, the grace of God, how can we live without Him? How can we love difficult people, including ourselves? We must realize that the Holy Spirit according to Bible in 1 Peter 1:22 is the One Who purifies our hearts so we can allow the sincere love of God to move through us to others.
Walking in the love of God is the ultimate goal of Christianity and should be the primary pursuit of our lives rather than trying to get even with others. Jesus came and pronounced that all other commandments are summed up by loving God and loving others. Life isn’t about me so when I think of other people and how I can bless THEM I find myself filled with the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of love…everyday.
Friday Matters-April 22, 2022
Everyday Keep On
Often our prayers are ones where we cry about all that is wrong, and we list what needs fixing. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Just so you know, it’s more than OK to do this. God cares about our pain and all that happens to us. But sometimes we stop praying and give up on God because He didn’t answer the prayer like we thought – our sick friend got sicker and the marriage we prayed would stay together ended in divorce. That’s hard.
I’m sorry if that’s been the outcome for you in a prayer, but please remember this; GOD WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU. Nothing you do or don’t will cause Him to withdraw His love and nothing is too small or too big for Him to take care of. There is something redeemable in your mess and pain right now and if you can manage to get up and serve someone else who’s having a hard time, you’ll find hope, you’ll find hope in Him…everyday.
Friday Matters-April 15, 2022
Everyday Marriage Well Water
Marriage Advice 101 from Proverbs 5:15; “Drink water from your own well--share your love only with your spouse, never share it with strangers.” Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters.
Problems with remaining faithful in marriage usually begin when a person doesn’t feel loved and think they deserve to be happy. The enemy creeps in with his lies telling us that marriage shouldn't be any work and if we really want to have a good time and feel good we should maybe start drinking with someone we find more fun and attractive.
When a person acts on those thoughts and feelings that’s usually the time when a marriage begins to dissolve. That’s why it's so important that couples work at making time for one another in a good ol’ fashioned date without their children. Find out your love language and begin communicating in the way each of you knows and feels loved. Validate and be refreshed from the well of love you both have…everyday.
Friday Matters-April 8, 2022
I was stinky. Oh, I had taken a shower, but I had pride and pride stinks. Pride is difficult to deal with because we don’t think we have it. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. I notice my stink most when I have zero patience with someone who’s hurt me. In the Bible in James 4:10 I read to ask God to humble me so I can see the other as He does. He then promises to lift me in hope. The signs of pride include an unwillingness to admit fault or take responsibility for our actions.
Pride wants to do all the talking and none of the listening. Yeah, I know you’re probably thinking of someone who needs to hear this, but perhaps it’s you! God gets you. He sees the hurt. I get you because I’ve been there. Are you still screaming? Maybe it’s time to stop and listen.” Humility and surrender to God will set you free and you’ll be a sweet fragrance for everyone to be around…everyday.
Friday Matters-April 1, 2022
Everyday The Tongue
“No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” James pulls no punches. That muscle in our mouth can kill or heal, spark wars or absolve a world. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters.
Hebrew Professor and Author Chad Bird says this; “From beginning to end, the Bible speaks about the power of speech, for good or for ill. With speech, the Lord God worded the world into being. And with speech, the serpent wooed the world into evil. When God commanded, “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor,” he made explicit what we all know: that human society, relationships, justice, and one’s own soul are destroyed by lies. Some of the hardest moments in my life were when, knowing a lie would be the easy way out, but being honest has always opened a door to healing. God’s words of forgiveness to our wrong actions brings freedom…everyday.
Friday Matters-March 25, 2022
Everyday Burning Coals
What in the world is Romans 12:20 talking about with this “burning coals” thing? “But if your enemy, (not your friend) is hungry, give them something to eat. And if they’re thirsty, give them something to drink. This will be the same as piling burning coals on their heads." Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. We are called to LOVE our enemies and not take revenge on them.
WE ARE CALLED TO LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE. Okay, but now, what about the burning coals? Giving kindness to someone who’s hurt us is like pilling coals of burning love on their head! God tells us to ABOVE all things have “fervent love” for one another and the verb form of the Greek word “fervent” translated means "to be hot, to boil." Our love needs to be hot, on fire and boiling over. Let’s not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good…everyday!
Friday Matters-March 18, 2022
Everyday Catch Em’
I have a favorite Christian cliché that I like to share with people because it has such wonderful truth to it; “Be ye fishers of men. You catch em’--He’ll clean em.” Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. It’s not our job to clean up the lives of others…that’s God’s “job!” It’s our “job” to live a life of love and through His love flowing through to others we can love one another fervently with a pure heart like 1 Peter 1:22 talks about. I pray that my love walk will help people catch on to the fact that God is crazy in love with them! The Bible has all the answers for getting cleaned up but if you don’t trust the One who loves and will never leave you, you’re probably not gonna be that interested in following Him!
But once you trust and receive God’s unconditional love for you you’ll be saying; “I get to read the Bible” and not, “I have to.” You’ll want to start a fishing program and tell everyone you can about His love…everyday.
Friday Matters-March 11, 2022
Everyday Cake Grace
“Dan, c’mon, please pay the bill. My allowance won’t cover it.” I was asking grace from my husband as I handed him the bill from spending too much at J. Crew Clothing. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Whew…he forgave and paid the bill. But when I went home I discovered that a stick of butter, my special cake plate and a container of frosting was missing. My nephew had baked a cake while I was away. I called and scolded him for not replacing my supplies.
When I hung up the phone I realized I was acting like the ungrateful servant in Matthew 18. A king was about to punish this servant for a debt of millions but instead had pity and forgave. The servant, not grateful, instantly found his friend who owed him thousands and had him thrown in prison. I got the memo. God gives fresh mercy to us so how can we afford to withhold mercy from others …everyday.