Monday Matters-July 6, 2020
Everyday Lord’s Prayer
How should you pray? Looking to the Bible for that answer or any other one is gonna give you a great answer. You can read the Message Bible for its relatable language. I mean look at Matthew 6 telling how to pray the Lord’s Prayer; "Here's what to do: Find a quiet place and just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.
The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don't fall for that nonsense. Pray simply: Our Father in heaven, reveal who You are. Set the world right; Do what's best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with You and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You're in charge! You're ablaze in beauty. That’s the kind of sincere prayer that’ll make a difference…everyday!
Monday Matters-June 29, 2020
One of the very first verses I remember learning in Sunday school was John 3:16; "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." And I understood as much as I could at age seven that because of the sacrifice of Jesus paying my debt I had inherited eternal life. But I never thought much about how my life on earth would affect my life in heaven.
It’s hard to understand that how we live and what we do in this life will affect how deeply we enjoy eternity. The gifts and talents God’s given us to fulfill a purpose continues into eternity. There are far too many people who end their life because they’re in complete despair with no hope. But oh to know the truth that this earth is not our home and that eternal life in heaven is a meaningful with purpose but no more pain and tears. Receive Christ and the hope of eternity …everyday.
Monday Matters-June 22, 2020
I was absent one summer, for an extended period of time, and even though I’m not a “flower person” I cried when I came home and saw this large bouquet greeting me on the kitchen table. It was special and apparently so for our teenage son Joey. He seemed to be continually asking me, “Mom, aren’t those flowers from Dad beautiful?” “Yes. Yes they are Joey.” And yes, the best thing we can do for our kids is to love our spouse. Unity. If our children see a crack in the foundation, they often find a way to slip through. Of course we have disagreements and we have had our share of fights but it’s how and where we choose to handle conflict, especially with our spouse. It’s important for our children to see unity, not division and so we often have to “agree to disagree” while privately we try and work things out. Jesus tells us that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. When you’re marriage stands strong so does your family…everyday.
Monday Matters-June 15, 2020
Everyday Feet Washing
Nancy felt she had forgiven her friend but every time she drove past her girlfriend’s home, the resentment and pangs of hurt would surround her. She prayed. God answered. He told her He wanted her to picture Him washing her feet everyday thus showing her how much He loves and forgives her. She spent this time with Jesus and then the day came when He said, “Now I want you to wash your friend’s feet, “Okay but make sure the water is scalding,” she thought. It startled her that this was where her heart was but she obeyed. She prayed and let the Holy Spirit change her as she mentally washed the feet of her friend. Nancy still not in a restored friendship but she no longer has deep hurt when driving by her friend’s home. I am not there either with letting go of some deeper hurts but I know God knows and His love continues to work in and through me…everyday.
Monday Matters-June 8, 2020
Everyday Real Forgiveness
Love is kind. Love forgives despite what the other person does. Yeah, I know the part about setting needed boundaries with the person who is still operating in dysfunctional behavior. But I’m talking about really forgiving someone who’s hurt you and not rehearsing the hurt by dragging the memory around in your head. I understand. It’s hard.
There are those days where you know you should stop recalling the past hurts but then you see the person in the grocery store or hear someone talking about an event and something triggers a past hurt and all kindness goes out the door as swiftly as it came in. I think of the woman prostitute who anointed Jesus’ feet with costly perfume and what Jesus said about her; “She loves much because she’s been forgiven much.” Thank God for His grace in your own life and give that to the other who’s hurt you. You need to take the person off your hurt list and let God’s love do His healing work…everyday.
Monday Matters-June 1, 2020
I drove almost 50 miles in the wrong direction coming home from an event and if that wasn’t enough this loud pop noise from my van told me a tire must have blown. I pulled to the side and discovered that a black plastic shield thing which protected my tire was now dangling by one screw. The tire was fine so I drove with this long black tongue dragging behind to look for an exit. I stopped when I saw a trucker tying his cargo down because the wind was whipping so fierce.
Ray, the trucker, kindly slid under my van and unfastened the plastic shield. Thanking Ray I handed him a CD of messages I’d recorded. He looked at it and then me and said, I’ve heard you on the radio. Ray started sobbing as he shared he had walked away from God. I began praying for him and crying too. We both sensed God had me go the wrong way to encourage Ray that God did not walk away from him. God goes the distance to meet us…everyday
Monday Matters-May 25, 2020
Everyday Cancer Dancing
After my pastor friend Dave and his wife Barb received the news of his cancer and were walking through the atrium at the Mayo clinic they came upon a group of ladies singing hymns around a piano. Two young women, one in a wheel chair and her partner were "dancing" and doing hand motions while singing to the music. Dave wrote, “Debbie, it was probably the most beautiful choreography I’ve ever seen. You can well imagine we joined in - to the extent I could with tears running down my cheeks. We learned later that the girl in the wheel chair is in a lot of pain, but does not feel any when she’s dancing.”
Cancer journeys are hard. Once Dave and his wife accepted the assault to his body they were free to laugh, cry and live in the season they were in. Jesus knows. Psalm 30:5; “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”…everyday.
Monday Matters-May 18, 2020
About eight years ago I never really ate breakfast; unless you counted the Diet Coke and chips. I ate what I wanted when I wanted. I even remember standing in my kitchen one morning at age 41; eating chips and drinking my Coke thinking, “I feel so great! I wonder how long I will be able to keep this diet going?!” And I thought because I was healthy in my relationship with God, reading the Bible and doing Pliates occasionally I’d be just fine. “Who needs green leafy vegetables?” But five months after having these thoughts I started getting sick with a lot of different infections and then came emotional anxiety and… well…I kinda crashed.
There were other factors that played into my “crash” but I heard God clearly speak to me. Yes, He had great plans for me but I needed to take care of my diet. 1 Corinthians 16:20; I don’t just belong to myself; I’m God’s girl and I honor Him by the way I live my life and take care of myself….everyday.
Monday Matters-May 11, 2020
Everyday Rachel & Leah
I’ve always felt so bad for Leah from the Old Testament because Jacob loved Rachel best, she was the more attractive sister but he’s tricked into marrying Leah first. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Oh…..the insignificance Leah must have felt based on her looks. It’s a battle girls face from the earliest of ages—the message that beauty is what the world tells you it is—instead of what God says it is.
In the Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones I am drawn to the story of Leah. She thought no one wanted her, only to find that God indeed loved her. He gave her the ultimate fairytale come true story: He made her a princess—one of her children’s children’s children would be a prince; the Prince of Heaven and Earth. The final redemption for eternity is Jesus who came from the lineage of Leah. The fairy tale really does come true. The Hero comes back for His lost treasure; the Prince comes back for the one He loves. And “the ending of our Story is Joy …everyday.
Monday Matters-May 4, 2020
Everyday Die to Self
I am SOOOOO over it. TV, radio, social media, newspapers and magazines all report the same ugliness and injustices in the world with wars, loneliness, hunger, death. But do you think the answer is to join in and complain more or perhaps find more people to blame? Nope-not so much. How about we look at ourselves to understand that revival begins with us. Really it’s humbly changing direction from thinking “life’s all about me.” Putting a Band-Aid, here and there, on this or that moral problem is not the answer as much as throwing out our selfishness.
What’s the answer? Jesus. Jesus is the answer. National and international meetings; crusades against immorality are good and have their places, but none of them is an adequate substitute for dying to self…everyday.