Wednesday Matters- April 18, 2022
Everyday God in Us
I shared on my Facebook page all the things love is according to 1 Corinthians 13 and then ended with; “Let God’s love live in you!” Someone made the comment; “So, then god is in all of us? Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters.
I responded by sharing 1 John 3:24; “And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us.” But we first must invite God into our lives in order for Him to make His home in us.” God is love, kind, patient, not boastful and doesn’t keep a record of wrongs. God is perfect and we are not. There are many times I’m jealous, rude, and I keep a record of wrongs done to me. But, by inviting God into my life and receiving His forgiveness I’m free to love as God does! When you’re conscious of God’s love all the time you can trust Him and say, “I KNOW how much He loves me. I put my trust in His love and I can walk in love…everyday!”
Wednesday Matters- April 11, 2022
Everyday Treatment of Others
How I treat my family and others from day to day, and how I react to others struggling in life with addiction, or whatever the challenging situation is and who can’t seem to get their act together, says a lot about who I am. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. How I respond to difficult people and how I deal with the frustrations of everyday life will speak the truth of who I am more clearly than a positive social media post.
We’re not here in life for ourselves but to live in hope and love others. The healing touch for us is most often to touch the hand of another who needs love and support. Because the fact is, we all need real love, and real acceptance. Jesus tells us in Ephesians 5:15-16; “Make the most your time on earth with taking advantage of each opportunity and using wisdom because the days are filled with evil. God is real, He is love and He is good. Proclaim His love by the way you live and treat others…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- May 4, 2022
Everyday Mouth Victory
Can I have real victory over the enemy in my life and especially with relationships unless I am in touch with God on a daily basis? I think not. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. And often what brings me defeat is when I open my mouth and express all my thoughts and feelings without checking in with God first. I need Him to help me sort out and filter my thoughts and emotions so that when I do speak Psalm 19:14 rings true, “that the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart are pleasing to God and everyone else around me.” When I wait on God for His wisdom, on how and when I should speak, that’s when I really do experience victory which means peace for everyone involved.
When we’ve been captured by His love and received His wisdom He leads and uses us to spread the knowledge of Him everywhere, like a sweet perfume” (it reads in 2 Corinthians 2:14) and often we need never open our mouths in many situations we want to…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- April 27, 2022
Everyday Mom Heartbeat
“Today, at 8:00 a.m. this morning, after four months of lifelessness in her hospital bed, we took my mom off life support,” said Robyn. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. “Mom’s heart continued beating on its own and she continued breathing on her own. “And then this evening when we thought we’d be saying goodbye…BUT” continued Robyn, “I squeezed Mom’s hand three times and she squeezed back three times. I can’t believe the miracle of it all. I think she’s coming back.” Wow. That’s the power of prayer, the love of God.
We’ve all had times where we’ve given up hope, but God is living and active NOW so there’s always reason to hope even when we can’t see or feel it. God also gives us grace in our day-to-day moments and promises that something good will come out of something bad when we trust Him. It doesn’t matter how many times we cry out to God, He’s always there, ready to meet us where we are at… everyday.
Wednesday Matters- April 20, 2022
Everyday Easter Cross
I’m a mom of four sons and one husband and I’m grateful. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. A couple of years ago at Eastertime we were all together but for our one son who is in the Navy (he would’ve been like minded). 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 on the Cross washes away our sins and His resurrection secures our future. Sitting at the table we all said, “YES” and “AMEN.” 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.
Wednesday Matters- April 13, 2022
“God how are You going to do this and when are You going to do it? Why is it taking so long?” Have those questions been yours? Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. But think about the farmer who tends his crops. He just keeps sleeping and rising and does what he can to enrich his soil and cultivate his crops but leaves the rest in the hands of God.
Jesus spoke of the patient farmer in the Bible from Mark 4:26-28. He sows his seed in the ground and then goes on his way, sleeping and getting up each morning and eventually the ground brings what the farmer has hoped for. The farmer doesn’t know how the harvest will come or exactly when it will come but his job is to get up in the morning, do his work and then go to bed at night. He’s patient until the harvest arrives. Wait in hope. God is working. And while you’re waiting you can grow by reading what God has to say in the Bible…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- April 6, 2022
Remember that song, “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in everyday way?” We laugh because, “as if.” But sometimes we’re so busy pointing out the faults of others that we don’t take time to look at our own. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. But, true humility is not a denial of your positive attributes. It isn’t a humble person who says, “I’m not good at anything.” This is an expression of pride which says, “Look at poor me. I must have special consideration because I’m so weak. Please pity me...treat me well.” On the contrary, the truly humble person recognizes their strengths and weaknesses and so rather than a concentration on yourself, humility leads you to look around you for opportunities to encourage and help others.
When you understand that humility is knowing both your strengths and weaknesses, it helps you to be confident in the gifts God’s given you rather than feeling bad about what you don’t have. Happy and free people are humble people…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- March 30, 2022
Everyday Mother Teresa
It’s so much easier to point out what’s wrong with everybody else rather than look at our own junk to clean up. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. We all need help which is why our first step toward reconciliation is to confess our sins, receive God’s pardon and walk forward in a relationship with Jesus.
We cannot do anything to merit grace, and yet we look at someone like Mother Teresa and think surely, she entered into heaven because of what she did. If we emulate her sacrificial love in some small fashion, we are lulled into a false sense of security that persuades us that we have no need of repentance today. When the little saint humbly confessed her brokenness and her desperate need for God, either we were uncomprehending, or we secretly suspect her of false modesty. Real love, real grace, receive it and then walk forward and give the same to others…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- March 23, 2022
We judge others by how they make us feel and we judge ourselves by our intentions. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Although my heart’s intent was right my action was sin by crossing the line into gossip. I shared information with some trusted friends because I was concerned and wanted prayer. My mistake was sharing unnecessary details. So, I confessed my sin to God and to every person who had been directly affected by my wrongdoing,
Was my heart intent good? Yes. But did I hurt people in the process? Yes. My responsibility then was to apologize for the hurt I caused without adding “but” or “if” after my confession. It’s simply this; “I’m sorry for hurting you.” Period. Oh I wanted to add; “BUT you gossiped about me and I never intended to hurt you. BUT, is that what Jesus does? Let’s follow Matthew 7:12; “In everything, do to others what you’d have them do to you”…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- March 16, 2022
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? Hey, this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Let’s try and remember that God doesn’t make mistakes and He created us 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. Look at Ephesians 3:12 and we read 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.