Monday Matters-November 23, 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-November 16, 2020
Everyday Just Say IT-Cancer
“My husband has cancer” I wrote that in the subject line of an email announcement that I sent to over 100 family and friends in 2010. My brother responded, “Wow, Deb that’s powerfully blunt to write in the subject line.” I know. It helps for me to face what I fear. If I can’t talk about the cancer or even it say then it has control over me. Many times Satan uses fear to immobilize us. Philippians 1:28 tells us not to be intimidated by our adversaries but stand with confidence and fearlessness because it’s a clear sign to the enemy of his doom, but sure evidence of our deliverance from God.
Satan knows that the only way he can overcome a believer is through deception and intimidation. It is okay if you’re shaking on the inside and feel afraid just don’t let it move you to let go and give up. Stand firm on the truth of God. My husband is cancer-free but no matter what happened I knew I would not be crippled by fear…everyday.
Monday Matters-November 9, 2020
Everyday God IS Alive
And although this world isn’t our home, God is here with us, living and actively concerned for our joy and well-being. Our well-being is compromised when we let the world’s worries and certain individuals become our enemies. I like how Timothy Keller explains it, “Most people love those who love them, yet God loves and seeks even people who are His enemies. God is good and loving, He cannot tolerate evil and while we were yet sinners He came for us.
The opposite of love is not anger, but indifference. “The more you love your son, the more you hate in him the liar, the drunkard, the traitor,” (E. Gifford). To imagine God’s situation, imagine a judge who also is a father, who sits at the trial of his guilty son. He knows his son deserves the punishment and as Judge He cannot let the crime go unpunished and so He offers his child a way out. Admit the wrong and accept the Judge’s pardon, or ignore the Judge’s offer and suffer the punishment. Jesus is the pardon, but only if accepted—Everyday.
Monday Matters-November 2, 2020
Everyday My Heart
Only God knows your heart. Yet, I know it stings when someone judges you harshly because they can’t see your heart. The human heart is arrogant, and often cares for itself above all, prone to judge others, prone to make demands of others. The heart is also needy and incomplete with holes that can only be repaired by God perfect love.
Where’s the healing? Jesus. He is it, His Word, which is both justice and mercy provides healing. First, we must deeply understand and truly own our brokenness. 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The Bible doesn’t call us to judge others. Christ calls us to always be mindful of our sin, recognize our own weakness and give grace to others. Whatever righteousness we possess was given to us by the victory of Christ’s death and resurrection. Humble yourself. Give grace to others as He does to you…everyday.
Monday Matters-October 26, 2020
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 have to 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 19, 2020
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 12, 2020
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 5, 2020
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 28, 2020
Everyday Open 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-August 31, 2020
Everyday The Cross of Christ
I’m a mom of four sons and one cute husband and I’m so grateful. Recently at Easter we were all together but for our one son who is in the Navy. We went out for pancakes, French fries, and bacon and there we talked about the meaning of “The Cross.
And all of us in agreement know we are made worthy, NOT by what we do, or how we perform, and certainly not by our righteousness but we’re made worthy by God’s great mercy. The sacrifice of Jesus washes away our sins and His resurrection secures are future. We are forgiven and set free to live with no condemnation or fear. So we all said, “YES!” and received. It was great. Paul speaking to the Colossians said, “God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross.” Receive this gift Jesus offers you too with the hope to live …everyday.