Monday, July 25, 2016

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Dear friends and family,
I have been reflecting on this phrase my whole life. My mom used it and now it happens that I do too. The beginning of this phrase that most people refer to was before the Reformation of the church when the tax money from St. Paul's in London was used to pay St. Peter's tax in Rome.  Now, we use it to neglect Peter to pay Paul.   We are using resources that legitimately belong to or are needed by one party in order to satisfy a legitimate need of another party.   We are trying to solve a problem in a way that makes another problem worse. 

Let's think about this for a minute.....In Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God".  

And another favorite of mine is Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see".

I have a family friend that needs this faith where finances are concerned.....

A close friend just told me a story about her mother and her finances... The mother is a God-fearing Christian woman who loves the Lord with all her heart.  The daughter has stepped away from God for a time to regroup, six years and counting after the loss of her dad to suicide.  They both need our prayers, one for finances who has been robbing Peter to pay Paul her whole life who still works in her 70's that just lost her job and the other for a return to her compassionate heart, her thirst for faith and her acceptance of what has happened and the chance to move forward spreading the Good News using her past as her testimony.

Today, neither one of them have the faith that is so freely given to us by God because of their circumstances.  We all rob Peter to pay Paul, whether it is spending time with one child and not the other, whether it is doing laundry instead of washing the dishes, whether it is going out to eat instead of cooking, whether it is going on vacation instead of staycation, whether it is driving a financed car or a paid for car, whether it's living in a house we can't afford and the list goes on and on.

We decided to live intentionally and purpose about six years ago and that has taken a lot of faith and humility.  I would encourage you today to put your faith back in people and relationships.  We are the church, we are the community that comes together when it is needed, we are......

As a Christ follower, I am not perfect and have certainly had to rob Peter to pay Paul. My prayer for you today is that you spend as much time following Christ that you do following the world and that your faith can be restored in people and relationships.  Remember, you might just be the only Jesus that some people ever see.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Griffin Adventures....things we had not been able to do before

What a blast the kids are having in Pigeon Forge!  This is an island ropes course that Atlee loved and....
this is the escape game. Ian loved it!
This is when Ian worked a Rubik's cube for Paula Deen and her husband Michael. That was ALL Ian. He held his own with the 30 seconds of fame. 
We had absolute blast at the comedy barn. I laughed my head off. 
We rode go carts ALL DAY until 12 midnight. Whew!
Here's what's left of us after sliding down a gold mine, riding go carts, walking everywhere we went..... #priceless

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On the road again....

It's always a nice reminder to see the three crosses to know that Jesus died for our sins. We are headed out on vacation and saw this at a church along the way. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Website update

We should be up and running on the 15 th. Please keep a check here until we're live again. Exciting!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Checking on Brody.

I called to check on him tonight and he was swimming!  They had been to Popeyes and then they had gone to the pool. Sweet!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Angela:)

She wouldn't want me to post this picture but maybe she won't mind.... It's a lot easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. We have stayed at her river house this weekend in Muscle Shoals and had such a great time!! We have been friends since the second week of barber school in Murfreesboro, TN. That was 32 years ago. God has blessed me with christian friends and I am so thankful for the journey. We watched her change out her insulin pump last night and are so thankful for progress when it comes to diabetes. We don't see each other as often as we would like bit are determined to change that. I may keep her key to the river house. LOL.  #griffinadventures

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I can't express in words how it made me feel.

This last weekend, we had an outstanding show in Georgia.  At the close of the show, a beautiful girl came up to our booth which was already shrink wrapped and wanted to look at the jewelry.  I opened up the shrink wrap on several things and made as good of a presentation as you can when you are already closed and the rain storm is looming. 

After 20 minutes, Bubba had to go get the van and trailer to load up and left us alone.  She got out her credit card and bought an inexpensive bracelet.  As I turned my back, she lifted the lid on our jewelry box and slipped out a piece and dropped it in her purse.  I had no idea of course until a man who had been watching her came up and told her she had two choices.  He said he saw her put something in her purse and she could either give it back or we would call the police.  She looked like a deer in headlights as she gave back the necklace and quickly walked away.  I can say it was a very uncomfortable situation to be in and even more so to forget. 

I have since forgiven her even though I will most likely not see her again.  I ask you to pray for her and her future.  Maybe she will use this as a chance to have a fresh start....

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I'm getting luggage on wheels!!

A friend sent me this prayer this morning. 



I was praying for you this morning---seeing Jesus as your porter (like at a fancy hotel) who helps carry your heavy luggage for you and alongside of you.  Or at least that God would give you suitcases with wheels and handles that you can juggle with a little more ease! ❤

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sweet Brody.....

We had a meeting today with his school and they treated us to lunch at Café 336.  He is still doing amazing and we couldn't be happier.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Two Suitcases and the Journey of Hope....

As a hairstylist, I often have the opportunity to spend time with a "captive audience". There are so many memories of conversations being heard behind my styling chair over the last 32 years of working about both hope and healing.  My character and witness have grown from all of them.  I know my purpose in life and for what I have been called. I love my job and never feel like I've worked a day in my life. Well, except for the one day a year, I call in sick. LOL. 

For so much of my personal life, tragedy and challenge has been beside me.  I have always been so thankful that the Lord changed my life by allowing me to witness His hand in every milestone of my life.  I was married, divorced, married, widowed, and now happily married again.  Most people don't get to experience love once in a lifetime and I have experienced it more than once......

About 13 years ago in August of 2003, I had my first esophageal spasm.  Not knowing what it was and being in Guatemala at the time, I dismissed it until it happened again that September.  So for years, I have been experiencing excruciating pain without any answers.  Last September I was  diagnosed with Achalasia, a rare esophageal disorder.  Let me just say since then, it has been a journey.  I have had major surgery in October, a second surgery in February and a third surgery last month. I am on my HONEYMOON with the results of the last surgery and I can eat.  For how long, I am not sure but for now, I have picked my suitcase and I am on a journey of hope and healing.

Two weeks ago I had testing for neuropathy and I didn't pass as hard as I tried to cheat. All of this to tell you about my journey of hope.....


Romans 5:2-7   "2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into
our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die."


I feel like I had already picked up one suitcase and was carrying it with me even though I had learned how to lighten that load. Now, I have added another suitcase which feels a little heavier because I am at the beginning of that journey. I sort of know what it means to have achalasia but I don't know a thing about neuropathy. I also prefer to go on a journey with a lighter load than two suitcases.

All my life things have been beside me and now they are happening to me, which brings me to my "journey of hope". I know that my God is Great and I am worthy of His blessings so I am counting them day by day.  I am hopeful that my journey with either achalasia or neuropathy will bless someone as I find answers to the daily challenges.  I am hopeful that the people
watching me are inspired at my determination to rise above my daily challenges.  I AM HOPEFUL for healing.

Job 11:18-19    18 "You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.  19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor."
Psalm 147:11   "11 the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love."