Monday Matters - May 20, 2019
Divorce is hard but sometimes that’s the course a couple must take. Of course, Satan loves when marriages break up but I don’t think most people divorcing see it as spiritual warfare because there are so many feelings of hurt and anger to work-out. When my lawyer husband was approached by a Christian friend who wanted to end his marriage I could see Dan was upset and unsettled and so each time the friend called or stopped by Dan would try to encourage him to work it out. One day I said; “Why not the next time this guy stops in or calls...simply pray with him.” Dan did. And I’m not kidding but the very next day the friend called reporting they wanted to stop the divorce and they’d already made an appointment with a counselor to work things out.
Without God a difficult relationship may seem like something impossible to mend. But there’s always hope. Zechariah 4:6; “Not by might or power, but by God’s Spirit, He is able to do anything. He’s God…everyday.
Monday Matters-March 13, 2019
Everyday Good Thought Life
We live in some dark times and a lot of that darkness is in our own thought life. The best way to overcome the enemy and his dark lies is to think on truth and light. We choose what we think on. I chose to memorize Ephesians 3:16 which goes, “God grant me out of the rich treasury of Your glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power
by the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling my innermost being and personality,” I think of that verse as a “sign-me-up” verse. Don’t you want that in your life too?
God gives us His Holy Spirit to make His home in us by the relationship we have with Christ. When the Spirit is stirred in us then there is no place for dark and destructive thoughts. God is good, with good truth and promises. Let Him direct your thoughts. Choose what you think on…everyday.
Monday Matters-April 29, 2019
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-April 22, 2019
Everyday Oh God
We hear it all the time, the phrase “Oh, my God!” to express a thought or idea that is incredible or unbelievable. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. But as we grow in a relationship with Christ we need to realize that when we say, “Oh, my God” we’re, in fact, violating one of God’s Ten Commandments; “You shall not use the name of the Lord your God in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)
My husband tells the story, when as a new believer returning to play cards with his buddies, he very intently asked them not to swear using God’s name; if they did he wouldn’t be able to play. There was a stunned silence until one of his friends spoke and said, “Okay, we’ll respect that.” Another guy said, “But can we still say, ‘blankity-blank and blank?’” My husband said, “Sure, that’s fine, just don’t use the name of the Lord in vain.” There’s such power in God’s name. He is Holy. He is Love. He and His name should always be respected and honored…everyday.
Monday Matters-April 15, 2019
Everyday Prayers Working
Something happens when we pray that doesn’t happen when we don’t. Let me say that again, “Something happens when we pray that doesn’t happen when we don’t.” BUT if we don’t feel or see an answer to what we were asking for then we may start to think that God isn’t listening. BUT He always hears. Sometimes the answer is “no” and sometimes the answer is “yes.” I think the hardest reply is to hear, “wait.”
“I don’t get it. It’s not fair and God I’m starting to wonder if You care or even exist.” We all may have had those thoughts at one time or another but don’t give up. God is always on the move. He’s on “it” whatever “it” may be. Psalm 27:13 I know, “I would’ve despaired unless I’d believed that I’d see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” There is goodness while on earth even though it’s not our final destination. Waiting is hard but with God it’s worth it…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
Monday Matters-April 8, 2019
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
Monday Matters - April 1, 2019
Cindy was a gal I mentored and even though she said she’d forgiven her father she continued negatively talking about him and avoided him. “I did forgive him,” said Cindy, “but you don’t know how much he’s hurt me.” She had become bitter. I sat with her as she cried and said, “I get it and no matter how great the offense is, we serve a God Who is greater and He promises to handle the offense in His perfect way. He will give us the grace we need while we wait for His justice.
In Isaiah 61:7 we are told that, “Instead of our former shame we’ll have a twofold recompense.” How great is that because recompense is a reward, it’s payback for past hurts. So think of it like worker’s compensation. You work for God and if you get hurt on the job, HE WILL PAY YOU BACK! With God’s grace and time Cindy finally let go and forgave her dad, and with boundaries in place they’ve reconciled. God wants restoration for you too…everyday. For more encouragement in Everyday Matters visit DebbieGriffith.com
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