Monday Matters-July 26, 2021
Everyday His Thoughts
Well, what in the world are you up to God. I. Can’t. Even. We can’t know the mind of God. Isaiah 55:8 says; “His thoughts are nothing like our thoughts.” But we can know the heart of God. We can TRUST and hope in His promises. I know it should be obvious to us that His ways are past finding out. He wouldn't be a very big God if we could fully comprehend Him with our finite minds. Walter Wangerin wrote, "We chirp theories because we can't stand the silence." I guess that’s how it is when we try to fully understand the purposes of suffering. It’s better to admit, "We don't understand, but we believe that God loves us and, that 'our Redeemer Lives'."
Someone has suggested that in the margins beside many of our life's experiences is simply written: "to be explained later." Success for each day is not waiting for an answer to our whys but walking in the hope that He is making a way and there’s a purpose for it all…everyday.
Monday Matters-July 19, 2021
The message of Jesus is to LOVE and forgive others, which you can only do once you have seen your bad self and accepted His forgiveness. There’s this past so many people carry around that they cover because it’s filled with shame from harming themselves through “cutting,” an eating disorders, an affair, alcohol, abuse suffered, it’s all yuck. I read that 80% of memories are shame based. People carry shame because they think once they’re fully exposed or discovered they won’t ever be accepted or loved. But when their identity is solid, they’re stable.
Psalm 91:1 is my 911 verse. It reads; “She who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will remain stable.” It means that when I can stand still and let myself be exposed. God covers me, my shame, my fear and replaces all that I’m not with all that He is. God can see the real you and He loves you as you are no matter what…everyday.
Monday Matters-July 12, 2021
Everyday Dorothy of Kansas
Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Ya know, the question which Glenda asks Dorothy before her ruby slippers can bring her back to Kansas is one I’ve asked myself when trying to understand my own dramas. "Dorothy, what have you learned?" "Well, I guess it wasn't enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em and its if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll look no further than my own back yard because if it isn't there I never really lost it to begin with. Is that right?" "That's right, now those magic slippers will take you home in two seconds.” The scarecrow says, "That's so easy. I could've told her myself.” Wise Glenda replies, "No, she had to learn it for herself."
We certainly can learn from what others experience but life’s lessons never seem to hit “home” until we’ve learned them for ourselves. Glenda may have been wise but Jesus is the way and Truth and without Him we’ll always be lost...everyday.
Monday Matters-July 5, 2021
Everyday Mom Questions
I remember the season well in life when I had four sons under the age of 7 years old and it was constant busy and constant questions. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. I love my boys, don’t get me wrong but some days I thought I might explode if they asked me one more question with the sentence beginning with the word, “MOM______!” I remind young moms now, “The days are long but the years are short.”
But no matter how many questions they asked I always wanted them to be sure that they knew they were being heard and, no matter what I would never stop loving them. The same is true with the love of Christ. There isn't anything about us or our questions that would cause Him to withdraw from us. He welcomes are questions and He’s okay with where we’re at. But never forget the life changing answer He gives us in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me…everyday.
Monday Matters-June 28, 2021
Everyday I Am A Mom
Ah, children. I have four. All boys. I love them, but oh there was the season when someone would remind me to “Enjoy your kids while they’re young … they grow up so fast.” My thought was always, “Good, I can’t wait.” But NOW, I remind other moms with, “The days are long but the years are short.”
The funny thing is my dream was to be a Broadway star. I always thought I’d get married so I could have a husband to support me as I auditioned for shows, but I never really dreamed of having babies. Of course, now I have four, and I now see how God knew me better than I knew me. My children continue to teach me more about love, sacrifice, simplicity, battles, tears and the joy of loving someone so fiercely you’d give your life for them. And now I do get to travel, perform on stage, and many of the stories I share are that of being a wife, mom and the blessings and lessons I’ve learned…everyday.
Monday Matters-June 21, 2021
Everyday Best Friends
“We’re best friends now!” is something I seem to be saying a lot lately. Everyone has a story and I find myself taking the time to listen to people’s stories. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. I always take a selfie afterward too. This fall is Gigi, who is originally from Brazil. She loved this whole concept of “best friends in 30 minutes or less” because when you ask questions and listen to the heart there’s this wonderful joy that turns to love as you begin to fully know a real person and not a performer or poser.
Gigi shared her wild child past living in Brazil and as I listened to Gigi, it was fascinating to hear about her life. For many seasons she lived in darkness, making harmful choices and yet, because of her relationship with God, she has not let her past define her future. She is fully known by God (I mean Jesus knows the good, bad and ugly), loved and redeemed, which enables her to be a huge blessing as a friend, wife and mom…everyday.
Monday Matters-June 14, 2021
Everyday In Love
I believe God is crazy in love with us because He’s thinking about us all the time and wants nothing but the best for us! Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. But I had someone write who asked; “Why does using the phrase ‘in love’ when referring to Jesus’ love for us seem a little inappropriate to me? ‘In love’ always makes me think of the kind of infatuation feelings you get in Jr. High or something.”
And another friend on Facebook responded; "It's uncomfortable because we only have one word for all three kinds of love which in the Greek is explained clearly; Eros (romantic), Phileos (brotherly love) and Agape (Godly love). God has the purest kind of love for us-Agape. It's interesting too that true love between a husband and wife doesn't really happen if they are stuck in Eros- they have to expand to the other two higher levels to really love each other unconditionally. God doesn’t love us romantically, but He is totally crazy in love with us …everyday.
Monday Matters-June 7, 2021
Everyday Be Like Jesus
"How do we love and accept difficult people?” Someone asked me that question. I know…right? Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. God loves us ALL and we are all created in His image. The ONLY way to love others genuinely is by the love God gives to us. 2 Peter 1:9 really made me think, “For whomever lacks the genuine quality of love is blind to what they have been given from accepting Christ. Jesus has wiped off, erased from the books, our own sinful lives.” He has cleared us. We’re free.
I KNOW it’s hard. You’re hurt. It’s unfair. The “other person” has the problem and not you. BUT love covers. God covers you; He sees and knows all the stuff you shouldn’t have done and the things you should’ve done and He still loves you. THAT IS the kind of crazy love He wants to show you so you can give it to others! He calls us, command us to love and forgive others just like He loves and forgive us…everyday.
Monday Matters-May 31, 2021
Everyday Recovering Addict
If we’re honest we’ll all admit that we’re self-addicts to some degree. We need to try and focus on what God needs to change in us rather than asking Him to change everyone else. You see the self-involved person is always seeking a way to avoid pain whereas the God involved person embraces pain and they actually go to God to guide them through life. Instead of becoming bitter they become better.
We see in 1 Peter 5:10 hope and encouragement because it tells us that after we’ve suffered a little while, the God of all grace Who imparts all blessings and favor, will complete and make us what we ought to be. He’ll ground us securely, and strengthen, and settle us. That’s a great promise. Suffering is not something I’m a big fan of but I am of God. Let’s trust Him and know that through the pain we can praise Him because He knows cares and will bring blessings to us through all things…everyday.A
Monday Matters-May 24, 2021
Everyday Hope Ahead
Life is hard. An unexpected death of someone you love is hard. Yep. I’m a Christian because I am convinced that only in Jesus Himself is there any adequate, calming useful, clear explanation of any of life’s tragedies. When a friend loses the life of a loved one, what can we offer? I’ve found simply sitting beside them to grieve the loss, the shortness of life or perhaps how it all feels unfair, is best. But surely our Savior has earned the right to say to us, at the open graves of our loves, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
The Savior who has been there and back safely, who died and rose again and now can fully assure us. To say a loved one died because of some sin in our lives is not only unrealistic, distorted thinking for a Christian, in whom “the light of the world” lives, but is an insult to the forgiving heart of the Father. Love others as He does. Share the hope…everyday.