Thursday Matters- June 23, 2022
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. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. So, I did what I tell others, “God to the Bible. Listen to God.” 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 I do but because I receive what HE DID for me.
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 in truth and receive peace…everyday.
Thursday Matters- June 16, 2022
Everyday Be the Church
I love people. I love traveling and meeting new people in everyday random places like gas station. You can have church anywhere, a gathering of others and sharing the grace of God. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Cuz when church stops being about us, it can be about God again.
Church is meant to crush our selfishness and church without God does none of that. Often our evangelism becomes winning people to our doctrine or our denomination instead of reaching the people next door who have no direct access to freedom in Jesus. As I travel speaking I get a reality check every “church person” would benefit from. Our job is to get people to know Jesus personally. People need God desperately and not in a Pollyanna, “it’s all for a reason” sort of way. Jesus came to save the lost by letting them know they are loved right where they are at and not where they should be. Don’t just go to church, be the church…love without conditions…everyday.
Thursday Matters- June 9, 2022
Everyday Repentance King David
King David was a great man who committed a great sin and he paid the consequences but he also received forgiveness because he was repentant. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. In Psalm 51, David’s repentance speech, we see that God desires truth in our inner beings. Make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart,” David pleads with God. That means if we want to receive God’s blessings, we must be honest with Him about our sins. Until we face the truth of our sins we can’t truly repent. Real repentance means we’re sorry enough to ask for forgiveness with the willingness to change. We need to be sorry for the hurt we’ve caused another instead of making excuses for our sin.
David became a man after God’s own heart because he confessed his sin. Repentance brings forgiveness and freedom which always leads to healing and restoration, anytime we confess…everyday.
Thursday Matters- June 2, 2022
Everyday Forgiveness Breakthrough
I get to share Cindy’s breakthrough in giving real forgiveness. I had been mentoring Cindy and even though she said she’d forgiven her father she continued negatively talking about him and avoided him. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. “I did forgive him,” said Cindy, “but you don’t know how much he hurt me.” She had become bitter. So, I shared; “Based on what the Bible says it doesn’t matter how great the offense was. We serve a God Who is greater and if we will handle the offense in the right way, He’ll bring justice and recompense when we allow Him to.”
God says in Isaiah 61:7, “Instead of your former shame you shall have a twofold recompense.” A recompense is a reward. It’s payback for past hurts. Think of it like worker’s compensation. You work and serve God and if you get hurt on the job, HE WILL PAY YOU BACK! It was a process, but Cindy finally let go and forgave her dad. She’s set boundaries but they’ve reconciled. Let God be your comfort and your Vindicator…everyday.
Thursday Matters- May 26, 2022
Everyday God Said
I went through Genesis chapter one and underlined all the verses where I saw the words, "GOD SAID." And I got really excited because I realized that everything on this earth came into existence by the power of God’s words! He this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God said, “Let there be stars and vegetation” and there was. And then the big finale’ when God said, “Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image,” and man was created!
It just made me think about Hebrews 4:12 knowing that His Word is living and active and when spoken can have such power in our lives. I don’t know about you but far too often I trust in my feelings rather than the truth of what God tells me in His Word, the Bible! I mean there are all these super truth promises He has for us! I really am trying to choose to say what I know rather what I feel …everyday.
Thursday Matters- April 19, 2022
Everyday Living Water
Life is not easy and frankly sometimes I think it should be because I’m following Jesus but just because we have freedom in Jesus doesn’t mean we have freedom from problems. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Only some days don’t you feel like it’s all upstream?
But it’s often the upstream swimming that makes us strong and more determined than ever to reach our goal. And hopefully that goal is following the path Jesus has for you because it really is the best path although it may not always FEEL that way. I always have to remind myself that Jesus is the WAY even though very often He doesn’t answer things my WHY. I remember speaking at a retreat with the theme; “Come to the Living Well.” My desire was to share the hope in Christ, so the gals were thirsty to drink from the fountain of Living Water which Jeremiah 2:13 talks about and not broken down cisterns that we make for ourselves which leave us dry and weary in a dusty world…everyday.
Thursday Matters- April 12, 2022
God will never tire of us seeking Him or of all our questions. I think of my kids and especially when they were younger and all the questions they had. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. But I always want them to know I love them no matter what. I imagine it’s a lot like God with us. As T.S. Elliot put it; “Oh my soul, be prepared to meet Him who knows how to ask questions.” I imagine questions from God might be? Did you know Me and how I much I loved you for all eternity?
There are things about God that are mysterious and secret, things we will never know about Him. But there also are things revealed, and those belong to us. Deuteronomy 29:29; “The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all He has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.” I follow and trust God because I know He loves me no matter what …everyday.
Thursday Matters- May 5, 2022
Everyday Aslan Peace
I love the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis and in the second book, Prince Caspian, there’s a wonderful illustration of how Aslan, the main character in the series, portrays the character of Jesus. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters.
There’s a scene where Aslan meets and comforts Susan; He’s all powerful but also gentle and compassionate. Aslan appears mysteriously to the four children to show them the way they should go in order to help Prince Caspian but because of her doubt, Susan is the last of the group to see Him.
When she must greet Aslan she’s crying and I expect that Aslan will reprimand Susan for her lack of faith but instead He says, “You have listened to your fears, child. Come, let Me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?” He doesn’t scold but instead breathes His peace into her heart and soul. This is so like God because as we read in 2 Corinthians 2: 3 the Father of mercies and God of all comfort longs to do the same for us...everyday.
Thursday Matters- April 28, 2022
Everyday Kingdom Belongs
The kingdom of God belongs to real and everyday people who aren’t trying to look good or impress anybody, even themselves. When you begin to really understand the grace of God and His purpose for coming to earth to save you, you realize there’s nothing you can do to earn His love. You realize, “you’re not enough” but by His forgiveness and grace you are made worthy and then yes, “you’re enough.” We are all sinners and in desperate need of God and not our good works.
Real people with real everyday lives that are messy are those who the kingdom of God belongs to. They’re not planning on how they can call attention to themselves, worrying about how their actions will be interpreted or wondering if they will get gold sticker stars for their behavior. Jesus gets us. He loves us and we don’t need to worry about faking it or trying to pretend that we get it. He loves us and welcomes as we are…everyday.
Thursday Matters- April 21, 2022
Everyday Feet Washing
Nancy felt she had forgiven her friend but every time she drove past her girlfriend’s home, the resentment and pangs of hurt would surround her. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Nancy prayed. God answered. He told her He wanted her to picture Him washing her feet everyday thus showing her how much He loves and forgives her. She spent this time with Jesus and then the day came when He said, “Now I want you to wash your friend’s feet, “Okay but make sure the water is scalding,” she thought. It startled her that this was where her heart was but she obeyed.
She prayed and let the Holy Spirit change her as she mentally washed the feet of her friend. Nancy still not in a restored friendship but she no longer has deep hurt when driving by her friend’s home. I am not there either with letting go of some deeper hurts but I know God knows and His love continues to work in and through me…everyday.