Monday Matters-October 25, 2021
Everyday Flood of Peace
Do you feel as if you’re drowning? Maybe it’s literal in the fact that the city you live in is flooding due to a storm. What do you do? You try and move to solid and higher ground to keep from drowning…right? And there you move with the love and help of God through others, so you’re not swept away by the water. Well, the same is true for holding unto the peace God gives us and promises in John 14:27, “Peace I give you. Don’t be afraid.” “But it’s flooding,” you cry out. He knows. He’s there.
God has peace to give no matter what difficult things flood your life. But we must choose to receive His peace and then practically speaking MOVE so He can move. Remember…He knows. He’s there. Sometimes I have to say aloud; “God I choose to receive the peace you give and not this fear I feel.” God is not surprised in what’s happening. He is always on the move. He is there for you…everyday.
Monday Matters-October 18, 2021
Everyday Welcome at the Table
Come sit down. Let me hear your story, your heart. All of your feelings are valid and you are welcome at my table. We all too are welcome at God’s table because we’re all His children. He will never reject or withdraw His love from us, but He does reject sin. Sin is not welcome at the table. It’s taken me years to really grasp that God fully knows me and yet He fully loves me, completely, just as am. What God doesn’t love is sin because it’s a barrier to us having a relationship with Him. Sin wins unless pardoned.
Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice on the cross to pay the full price for our sin. His resurrection proves He succeeded. Come and sit, invite others to sit with you. Through God’s love He will show Himself with all we need to be filled…everyday.
Monday Matters-October 11, 2021
Everyday Have a Backbone
I don’t sew, bake or volunteer for craft projects at school. I could feel like a lousy mom because don’t the good moms have all of those skills? But try and remember, along with me, that God doesn’t make mistakes and He created you uniquely and for a specific purpose. Sure we get stuck wishing we were someone else or had their skills but how productive is that? How about we try this: If you experience a setback or failure don’t fall apart but believe God will use the experience to train you for the next step. Read Ephesians 3:12 and discover that through faith in God we can approach Him with freedom and confidence. He loves us. “Plenty of people have wishbone but there are too few with not enough backbone.”
Once we’re rooted and established in His love, we can have the backbone to step out and be the very best of who He created use to be…everyday.
Monday Matters-October 4, 2021
Everyday Jesus Loving Sinners
You want to hide, not disclose your past because you think it defines you? It doesn’t when you’ve come into the light and let God reveal the truth of who He says you are, beautiful and redeemed. There was a woman Rahab, a woman who had worked as a prostitute who lived in the “Promised Land,” the land God had promised to give to the Israelites. Joshua, their leader sent spies to Jericho before entering the land to get the scope of the land and people. Rahab hid the spies in her home and in Joshua 2 she is told; “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the LORD gives us the land.” And that’s what happened.
Rahab had a past, but she got “past it” and at the end of her life she had come to love the God of Israel. No matter how bad your past is God has a future and new beginning for you…everyday.
Monday Matters-September 27, 2021
Everyday Jesus Opens Eyes
Jesus meets a man who’s been blind since birth. I don’t know how brief their encounter was but, in that time, Jesus bent down took some mud and rubbed the man’s eyes with it and when he opened them, he could see. Immediately the Pharisees-the Religious Leaders, questioned the man wanted him to proclaim Jesus a sinner…. WHAT? But the blind’s response is brilliant in John 9:25, “Whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see!” He didn’t know how or why he had been healed but he knew a miracle had taken place and he wasn’t afraid to tell the truth.
We don’t have to all the answers in order to share Christ with others. What’s important is that we tell people the truth of how God’s love and forgiveness has changed our lives. Use your experiences and share your testimonies, to help others see Him too …everyday.
Monday Matters-September 20, 2021
Everyday Clothes Hobby
When someone says, “I have a hobby” I usually think their crafty. My hobby is that I like to do self-decorate. I create outfits which I call costumes. Sometimes I wear my pajama costume for the day. God enjoys all of us and our unique hobbies. Not so enjoyable is when our hobby causes havoc in the home which it has for me when I’ve exceeded our costume budget.
God knows and cares about what you care about. We can always ask Him for help and balance. I wanted a new coat. I needed one (or so I thought). I prayed about it and as I was dropping off clothes at a consignment shop, I picked up a check which just happened to be the same amount as a perfectly perfect purple coat which had my name on it. Isn’t that so nice of God? He’s so awesome…everyday.
Monday Matters-September 13, 2021
Everyday Family Church
“Mom, why do we have to go to church? I don’t want to. I know Jesus loves me. Can’t we skip?” Years ago, getting four boys to Church on time with husband and buckled in our family van was not on my “favorite list” of things to do. I had complaining thoughts too because church is people and people can be super irritating. Often when we get there we begin judging; “Is the music good, the sermon effective, is Sunday school being taught right, and what about the format in general, are we inviting and engaging? Shouldn’t we be doing more?
Yes, we probably should but thank God that He loves us right where we’re at and not where we should be. We are all gathering as sinners in need of Savior who gives grace. So my answer to myself and boys remains the same, “We go because it’s not about you. Learn how you can give, not just what you can get. “Love God, love others, and get in the van.
Monday Matters-September 6, 2021
I don’t get why Jenny is so popular? She’s not that nice but people seem drawn to her. Maybe if I try act more like Jenny and dress and wear my hair the way she does I’d be liked more and more popular? Have you been stuck in the shadows where you don’t realize the beauty of how God created you? He doesn’t want us to compare ourselves to another and be something we’re not because He didn’t make a mistake with you.
Life can be hard, and I think we’ve all had those moments thinking the grass is greener on the other side but guess what? That grass must be mowed too. Read the Bible and find in Ephesians 12 that you’re God’s workmanship and He’s created specific things for each of us to do by the way He created us. Comparison is the thief of joy. Focus on being the blessing God created us to be…everyday.
Monday Matters-August 30, 2021
Everyday Feeling Fear or Hope?
I don’t like feeling afraid but what’s worse is letting fear make my decisions for me. Going into mediation with someone you have a conflict with can give you the worst feelings but the way to conquer fear is to press on through it and get to the other side where there’s freedom. Second Timothy 1:7 tells us that fear is not from God and that God gives us power, love, a calm mind, and self-control. You may FEEL the fear, but you can go forward despite it. When God told Joshua repeatedly to fear not, He let him know that fear was going to attack him but that he must walk in obedience to do what God asked.
You are not a coward if you feel fear. We are cowards only if we let fear rule our decisions. Fear produces physical and emotional symptoms. For me, when I feel fearful, I get dizzy and sick to my stomach. It’s hard to go forward. But the other side is freedom which is the side of power…everyday.
Monday Matters-August 23, 2021
Everyday You Are Not Alone
There’s someone hurting who needs healing, someone unloved who needs our touch; elderly, needing to feel that we care; and someone who is weak and needs the support of our shared weakness. I get it. Late author and speaker Brennan Manning gets it. He shared; “One of the most healing words I ever spoke as a confessor was to an old priest with a drinking problem. “Just a few years ago,” I said, “I was a hopeless alcoholic in the gutter in Fort Lauderdale.” “You?” he cried. “O Thank God!”
When we bring a smile to the face of someone in pain, we have brought Christ to them. I know hurt, ache and pain. What helps me? It’s NOT to hear more of what I should and should not do. I need to hear; “There’s hope. I’m sorry for this ache in your heart.” God fully knows and loves us and He’s not disappointed in us. He’s disappointed when we don’t change our sinful ways. Come alongside the one who needs God’s grace and mercy just as much as you do…everyday.