Everyday Thank You God for Everything
How many crabby days should you have in a row before you think you need to make a change? How about on Day One? Oh I get you, I know it is hard when life is hard but try this: For every one thing going wrong in your life, there are ten things going right. Don’t think about your problems. Don’t talk about your problems. Don’t exaggerate your problems and then look at Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without complaining.”
Try thinking and talking obsessively about your blessings. Take a few minutes to rapid fire each blessing that comes to mind or make a written list of your top 10 blessings and then hold that list in your hand and rapid fire say what you’re thankful for out loud. This earth experience is hard. It’s not our home but there is always something to be thankful for. Stay focused on what is true. You are enough and many are thankful for who you are…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
Everyday I Can’t Change
Even before I begin to encourage you I can hear some of you crying:
“BUT Debbie just listen to this injustice in my life…it’s so not fair!”
“BUT Debbie I don’t have a godly husband and my life is ruined because of him.”
“BUT Debbie I’m not like you I can’t just call on scripture when I need it!”
“BUT Debbie I know I shouldn’t care so much what others think but I can’t change.”
It sounds like a lot of you have “BIG-BUT SYNDROME.” Because there will always be excuses and even good reasons why you feel the need to start many of your sentences with “But-But… I can’t because…” But I’m telling ya while you can’t change someone else you can allow God to change you and the things you think on.
How about following what Romans 12:2 has to share; “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think”…everyday.
Everyday Love Enemies
God will never stop pursing you no matter how far we run and no matter what you do or don’t do. His heart breaks when we choose to do things that hurt ourselves or others. That is why He commands us in Matthew 5:44 to; “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
What? How does that make sense? Well, God created us in His image and we are His children whom He loves so just because someone is your enemy doesn’t mean they’re God’s. They’re His lost child, and He wants them back. Yes, there are circumstances where we’re called to face the bully, the tyrant and say; “No more,” and fight back. But not out of revenge. God is not willing that any be condemned, but that all come to repentance. His great love says; “Confess to me your sins, turn back to Me. Nothing can separate My love from you.” This earth is temporary and heaven is forever. Choose Love, receive love and follow Him…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
Everyday Hope (It Gets Better)
When God speaks He is full of love and truth, but when the devil speaks he speaks lies and offers counterfeit love. Life is already full of challenges and listening to the enemy’s lies makes it a zillion times harder.
On darker days remember this, “The enemy knows your name, but calls you by your sin. Jesus knows your sin, but calls you by your name.” In the Book of Revelation you can read of God’s power and authority and also read how the devil, the prince of this world is continually bringing accusations against us. BUT when you accept the sacrifice of Christ on the cross ALL your sins are forgiven and His grace is continual. You have the hope of heaven where you’ll be fully restored with continued purpose. Being “born again” is a term I don’t hear much anymore, but it means being made new with an implant of hope. It’s a place the enemy will no longer have access to us …everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
“Lisa,” I wrote; “I know exactly where you’re at. You’re not a “bad Christian” because you went on medication for your depression. God doesn’t think that. He loves you where you’re at.”
I went on meds for anxiety. It was hard. I felt; “Maybe I wasn't reading the right scripture, praying right or maybe I didn't have enough faith. We live in a fallen world with sickness and disease. The enemy wants us to believe we’re a failure when our sickness is mental but it’s a lie. We’re sick. We need healing and stability and we limit God when we say He can only work on way. It was pride that kept me from wanting to take meds. I wanted to say; “God healed me without medication." Instead He provided a way through meds. It’s a mind battle. It helped me to hear National Speaker Chonda Pierce dealt with meds and depression. She taped a message to her prescription bottle which read; “God loves you Chonda. Take your medicine.” Don’t lose hope. You will get better…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
Everyday Key to Success
“A key to success is playing the hand you were dealt like it was the hand you wanted.” I had to really think if there was truth to that. Yes, I may not have wanted what was dealt but “here it is” so what am I gonna do with it? My choices; scream, cry, complain and hide or I make the best of the situation and find the lesson, and blessing in it. We can let experiences change us for the better or ruin us. Character more often is developed in crisis when we stop focusing on the hurt and search for the good where success may be hidden. During my recovery of scoliosis back surgery, 15 years ago, I was miserable yet I don’t regret what I went through. God taught me things I couldn’t have learned another way. In brokenness we can find beauty and success…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
Everyday Airport Crabby
I was in the airport traveling to speak and I was crabby and I felt negative. Things weren’t right in my head. So I began to do what I tell others, “What does God have to say about “this” right now? . I recited some scripture aloud. Nothing. Then I realized I needed TO APPLY what God was telling me. I remembered Isaiah 32:17; “And the effect of righteousness will be peace--internal and external, quietness and confidence.” Righteousness means I’m in right standing with God but it’s not because of anything we do but because we receive what HE DID for us.
Righteousness means we know who we are in Christ! Quietly I walked around the airport saying; I’m the daughter of the King. He began a good work in me. He’s working all things for the good. And after a while of repeating and applying Isaiah 32:17 the effect of righteousness was peace-internal and external. Remember feelings are indicators but don’t let them be dictators. Walk out the truth and find peace…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
Everyday What are you wearing?
I got to meet David Crowder and he’s as cool as you think he is. He walks out his life by knowing who Jesus says He is. Mr. Crowder is known for his amazing worship music. However I talked to him about his book, "Praise Habit" where he writes, “A nun does not get up each morning and go to the closet and think to herself, Hmmm, I wonder what to wear today. The habit is what she wears. It’s what covers her. It’s what identifies her. Our condition is the same. Our habit is the Christ. He’s what covers us. He’s what identifies us. We wear Him into every moment, and when we live with this awareness, we PRAISE CHRIST!”
But very often I don’t think this way when I “get dressed.” Instead, I think on ways people have hurt me or the responsibilities I have. Let’s wake up the world by clothing ourselves with compassion and kindness (Colossians 3:12). Let’s love others truly with no judgment or condemnation…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
Everyday Perfect Grace
We have been called to be perfect. I know…right? Good luck with that? Yet God does call us to be mature and complete (“teleioo”) just as He is. Think what about Philippians 1:6, He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day He returns.
I like what Pastor John Piper has to say on the purpose of creation being one of the most amazing things about God and without us on His created earth His grace could not be realized. That is why He created us. He knew we would sin so He chose Christ’s sacrifice before creation - because He wanted to reveal the glory of His grace. This earth experience is hard with hard circumstances like our health and broken relationships and yet we have the hope of God’s promises and in faith we can SEE His grace displayed with love and wisdom over us all. God isn’t limited by our sin - only we are.” There is grace…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
I disagreed with a friend about using a photo they took of me and wanted to use for publication. And although I understood their reasons for using the photo, our lengthy debate in emails started to convince me I might be doing something wrong. So I asked God; “What should I do about the photo?”
My answer was in Romans Chapter 14 which told me about Paul not eating certain foods because if he did it would trip up his friends. It wasn’t wrong or sin for him to eat the food he wanted but the right thing was to refrain so there would be harmony. Verse 15 is great and by putting the word photo instead of food I had my answer; “But if your brother is being pained or his feelings hurt or if he is being injured by you not using the photo then you are no longer walking in love.” One thing I am convinced of? God wants us always to walk in love…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com