Wednesday Matters- July 28, 2021
Everyday Dead Body Friend
I have a dead body friend. You know… a friend you can call at 2:00am and say, “I’ve got a dead body at my house. Come help me.” And that person will come over and help you-no questions asked.
It’s great to have friends who encourage and help us carry our burdens through difficult times and it’s especially great to have at least one “dead body friend.” How interesting to understand the Greek translation when living out Galatians 6:2, “When someone is burdened by worries and difficult circumstances that are too much for one person to carry all alone, crawl up under that burden and help carry it.” The point Paul is making to the Galatians here is this; when someone is under a crushing weight and under pressure like they’re gonna break, reach out and help them. Help them carry it. They need your help not necessarily your words or another scripture verse. When we do help someone with their load, we’re actually following the rest of the verse by obeying the law of Christ…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- July 21, 2021
Everyday Hope Always
I’m trying to focus on God but just can’t seem to do it while I’m in the pit,” someone wrote me. “I wish my spouse would give up this other person and want to reconcile, but they have no desire. Yuck. I’m so sorry if that’s person is you. There’s ALWAYS HOPE. I clung to the words from Micah 7:8 when I was in a dark place. Listen. “As for me I will wait on the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch. I will wait with hope and expectancy in the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. So rejoice not against me, oh my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.”
Powerful…I know…right? There is light up ahead. Do what you can do while you wait and focus on helping someone who needs it. You’ll end up helping yourself. Never give up. Always hope. God knows and He’s got you…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- July 14, 2021
Everyday What About Me
Life isn’t all about me? Okay, but what do you think about me? There are all these others things more important than me and my needs but yet there is this loving personal God who says; “Talk to Me. I’m listening. I care.
There’s a lot of ugliness and injustice in the world with war, loneliness, hunger, death and these issues are rooted in man’s rebellion. The answer is not to complain about how awful it all is or heap the blame on others. It’s to look at myself and understand that revival begins with me. It’s humility. Submitting to God and changing direction from thinking “life’s all about me.” Putting a Band-Aid, here and there, on this or that moral problem is not the answer. Throw-out your selfishness. Acknowledging the death and resurrection of Christ is the one foundation for Christian community and world peace. National and international meetings; crusades against immorality are good and have their places, but none of them is an adequate substitute for dying to self…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- July 7, 2021
Everyday Guitar Love
Relationships that rock your world in the worst way are ones we want ejected from our memory and our playlist of heartache. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. But the pain of the past doesn’t have to define your future. Janet shared; “It’s been ten years since my abusive ex-fiancé sold my favorite guitar. He sold it on the day I left him. When I went to claim my belongings, he was proud that he had sold it to a pawn shop. Luckily, I managed to track down the guy who bought it from the pawn shop. He was sweet, and gave it back to me for free, on the condition that I join him on his front porch to play guitar with him. We ended up sitting there on his porch for the rest of the afternoon playing music, and talking.” He’s been Janet’s husband for nine years now.
With Jesus there’s redemption in all things, there really is. So, if you’re like me you need to pray something like; “I do believe God just help me in my unbelief…. everyday.
Wednesday Matters- June 30, 2021
Everyday I Want Love
I remember a discussion with girlfriends’ right out of college and the advice was given, “Love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.” Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. Another friend, who had been through a few relationships added, “Debbie, you become who you choose to spend the most time with. Choose wisely.” Girlfriend added, “I mean, if I line up all my ex-loves in a row, I can see the flow chart of my mental illness.” Advice taken.
In life’s journey we all want to be known and loved, and Jesus knows us better than anyone and still loves us. He knows me, my pain, my ache, my disappointments, my shame, anger at myself and the part of my heart that hasn’t fully forgiven others. He knows. HE IS here, waiting to make use of what has happened. He is always on the move. He isn’t wasting time, thinking about all the trouble He has with us or how awful we feel about where we are with ourselves and our troubles. God loves us unconditionally…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- June 23, 2021
Everyday Called to Love
I am thankful for God’s call on my life to love others. He hasn’t called me to hand out a rulebook or a list of “you should” and “you should nots,” which means He hasn’t called on me to point out the sins of others. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. He knows I have enough of my own stuff to cleanup, and with His grace, how can I afford not to extend this gift to others?
I love people. I want to have fun, be real, love God and love others. But it’s also important to note that at no point does God not stop being holy. Out of His great holiness and power and might and mercy, do we then deny our own sinful desires and bow to Him. Our flesh wants what it wants and more of it. So it’s only by God’s Holy Spirit in us that we can deny the flesh. I know the message of “sin is not in” and love always wins, but true love involves compassion with truth…everyday.
Wednesday Matters - June 16, 2021
Everyday Spinning in Love
God loves us like CRAZY! Zephaniah 3:17 tells us He delights in us with gladness which in the Hebrew gives us the image that He is literally spinning around us in love. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters. The picture of Him spinning around me in absolute unconditional love…WOW….it is so amazing.
Also, from the same verse we know “He rejoices over us with joyful song.” There is nothing we could do that would cause Him to withdraw His love from us. He will never stop loving us and He loves us with all of who He is in so very many ways. God is “in love” because He is the Bride Groom and we are His bride; His church. I know this is especially helpful to women who have never know the unconditional love of a man, be it a father or husband….God is really enough and it’s our maturity and receiving this love that confirms it is true love…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- June 9, 2021
Everyday Airport Lady
I was in the airport waiting to board yet another plane. It was all taking too long. I sat down and realized the woman next to me was crying and shaking she was so upset. Hey this is Debbie Griffith with Everyday Matters.
I didn’t think about it; it was as natural as could be to put my hand on her back and begin rubbing it. I leaned in and asked, “What’s wrong?” The woman replied, “No hablo Ingles.” So I did the other thing that seemed natural, I prayed aloud still rubbing her back while she leaned against my shoulder. I recited the name of Jesus over and over because there’s such power in His name. The woman stopped crying and walked on the plane. A gentleman asked if we wanted to sit together, “Oh,” I said. That’s okay, I don’t know her.” “Oh, I thought Y’all was together?” Nope. The woman departed the plane before I saw her again. This is Jesus. This is 2 Corinthians 1:4, “We can comfort those in distress with the same comfort we have received from God ourselves…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- June 2, 2021
Jenny said; “The knowledge of my husband's addiction caused me great shame. I remember being in a mom’s group and conversations were going on about all the normal mom-stuff like potty-training, sleepless nights, a shared recipe and the entire time I’m smiling and pretending. I thought; ‘If only they knew.’ I was afraid to let go of this image.” I’m so sorry if you’ve been through that hard place of betrayal like Jenny. But please share your story because you’re not alone. Shame keeps us hidden, hurting and silent. It builds walls and fights against being real.
You need to know that “guilt” says you did something wrong. “Shame,” on the other hand, says that you are something wrong. You are NOT something wrong you’re your hurt feelings aren’t wrong. Jesus loves you, me and all the “Jennies” our there. He loves us where we are and in Matthew 11 He says to come as you are. Alright then, let’s give it Him. It’s gonna be okay and it will get better…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- May 26, 2021
Remember that song, “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in everyday way?” We laugh cuz like yeah right, “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 that we need to address. My mentor friend Barb wrote, “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 just have to 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.” Snap.
When you understand humility that way 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.