B Moments, little

How Do You Turn Your Little into More?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

B Moment listeners, we’re not back in the studio just yet as I’m still in New York.

Today, I’m thinking about how God can turn your little into more. Yesterday, we talked about the graduation season and how, looking back on certain parts of our journey, we can claim that every step was worth it.

When I think more about it, graduation is about ending one season and starting a new one. Starting something new means we begin at an entry level where our earnings may be very little.

However, if we follow the teachings of Jesus, he shows us how to turn our little into more. He explained that there was a man going on a long trip, so he called his servants together. Giving one of his servants five bags of gold, the man told him to invest it for him while he was gone.

After he left, the servant was actually able to double the man’s initial investment of five bags of gold, so that when the man returned, there were ten bags of gold. Joyfully, he praised the faithful servant for a job well done. Additionally, because the servant had been trustworthy with the small amount, the man decided to begin giving him more responsibilities.

At the same time, the man had also given one bag of gold to another servant. Instead of investing it though, the servant buried it and did not produce any profit. That servant did not earn the man’s trust and instead, lost responsibilities.

The key is to embrace where you are and excel in your tasks, knowing that God is watching. Once you’ve mastered that entry level, He will surely open the doors to more.

The next time you need to be encouraged about your little turning to more, remember these words: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

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So today, invest well and be confident that your “more” is on the way.

B Moments, worth it

Every Step Will Be Worth It

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

B Moment listeners, I’ve been waiting to say this for some time. Today we are on location, and I am thinking about how every step was worth it.

Graduation season is upon us, and the idea that every step was worth it is often especially true for graduates. I’m thinking about this because I’m in New York celebrating my husband’s graduation from business school.

Some of you may remember that two years ago I shared that I taped the Bible verse Joshua 1:9 to the soles of my husband’s shoes when he started business school. I did that because I wanted him to be reminded with each step of what Joshua 1:9 teaches us. It tells us to be strong and courageous because the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go.

Well today, this part of his journey has come to pass, and he will say every step was worth it.

However, there are some parts of our journey that may feel wrong, causing us to believe that the path we’re on is not worth it. For example, I’m sure Joseph felt this way when he was sold into slavery by his brothers and was put into prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Yet Joseph was able to remember that God is always in control, even when one of the stops on his journey was a prison cell. Joseph continued to press forward, trusting God with every step. In the end, Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace.

Do you need to remind someone that every step will be worth it? If so, share these words with them: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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So today, trust God and know that every step will be worth it.

B Moments, flesh

Your Spirit Is Willing and Your Flesh Is Strong

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about those times when our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.

In this series, we’re focusing on how Jesus was prepared for Calvary. Recently, I had a woman share with me that no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t change a certain behavior. She prayed about it, she talked about it with her friends, but she just became weak every time the situation presented itself.

This woman’s struggle reminded me of the time when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew this would be the night they would come for him and arrest him. The Scriptures say he was filled with anguish and felt deep distress.

Therefore, he asked his disciples to keep watch while he went to pray. He prayed to God, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”

Jesus then turned to his disciples, only to find them asleep when he had specifically asked them to keep watch. To this, he said, “For though the spirit is willing, the body is weak.”

What’s interesting in this passage is that Jesus shows us how to overcome weakness. In his prayer, he asked that the suffering be taken away, showing his weakness as he knew his suffering was necessary. However, he overcomes that weakness by desiring God’s will over his own.

If your spirit is willing but your flesh remains weak, cling to these words for hope and inspiration: “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

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So today, your spirit is willing and so is your flesh.

B Moments, will

Press Toward the Center of God’s Will

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.

We are wrapping up our series on the distinction between an adventure and a quest. If you’ve been listening, you’ll remember that an adventure is about you while a quest is about something greater than yourself, where your journey leads you to helping others and you are redefined in the process.

Sometimes we resist embarking upon a quest because we are fearful. This reminds me of one woman’s account of being in the center of God’s will. The woman runs a nonprofit here in Chicago where she works with children who live in some of Chicago’s most at-risk neighborhoods.

Once, I heard an interview with the woman where she was asked whether she was frightened to serve in at-risk neighborhoods. Her response had such a profound impact on me that I will never forget it.

She said that she knew deep in her heart that God had called her to do this work and that as long as she stayed in the center of His will, she felt safe and protected. In other words, the safest, most fulfilling, most rewarding place for her was in the center of what He was calling her to do.

What do you believe God is calling you toward today but you haven’t fully committed to? Instead of being in the center of His will, you may still be dancing around the edge. Yet the closer you move to the center of what He is calling you to do, the closer you’ll be to the most rewarding place.

Be encouraged to move from the outskirts and closer to the center as you cling to these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, keep pressing toward that center.

B Moments, marathon

Your Purpose Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Today I am thinking about how my purpose is more of a marathon than a sprint.

When I look at the Scriptures, I think there’s one person who is an excellent example of looking at his assignment from God as more of a marathon. That man would be Zerubbabel. We read about him in the book of Ezra. He was a descendant of King David, and his task was to rebuild Solomon’s Temple.

While he was rebuilding the temple, he faced a lot of opposition both in and out of the rebuilding camp. There was a lot of infighting among the workers on the inside, and there were a lot of difficulties on the outside among the local citizens. There were also construction delays over which he had no control. It was a large, difficult project for numerous reasons, but Zerubbabel was up to the task.

The key lesson I take away from Zerubbabel’s example is that he knew how to define a short term distraction. He did not allow those short term issues to deter him from his long term focus. He kept a clear vision of his end goal. He essentially saw his work for God as a marathon and not a sprint.

Sometimes I can confuse the two so to get back on track, I stand on this scripture, “ Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

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So today, realize that God has a marathon and not a sprint for you to run.

B Moments, finish line

Cross the Finish Line in God’s Strength

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how you can’t see the finish line, but God can.

Previously, I talked about how the Israelites came under attack by the Midianites and how God chose Gideon to save them. When the angel of the Lord appeared before Gideon and told him that God had chosen him for the assignment though, he was shocked and doubtful.

Gideon immediately began to question everything. He asked the angel how he could be chosen for a task when his clan was the weakest in the entire tribe, and he himself was the least among his family members. The excuses poured out of Gideon.

This same thing can happen to us. When we can’t see the finish line of a task, we avoid taking on that task altogether. In other words, it seems insurmountable, so to avoid a false start, we just don’t start at all.

We know from Gideon’s story that he ended up facing 100,000 Midianites and conquered them all. Best of all, he did not do it alone. He did it in God’s strength. In fact, Judges 6:16, God told Gideon that he would destroy the Midianites as if he were fighting against one man.

What is on your agenda in this new year that seems insurmountable? Know that you’re not doing it in your strength alone, you’re doing it in God’s strength too. He will get you to your finish line.

As you move toward that finish line, cling to these words: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, keep the faith as you move toward the finish line.

B Moments, big picture

Embrace Your Life’s Big Picture

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Today, I am embracing the big picture of my life instead of sweating the small stuff.

There are times when I feel as though I am falling short, and I get in a pattern of chiding myself. This can happen when I feel overwhelmed by all of the things I have on my plate, or the fact that I’ve already fallen out of a routine that I just committed to this year. This morning, my feelings have been compounded by this cold my body is working hard to fight off.

However, what I have learned to do when these feelings come upon me is to remind myself that God sees the big picture of who I am. He’s not caught up in the day to day small stuff like I am.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Peter. In fact, whenever I think about someone who is spiritually evolved, I think about Peter.

As we know, Peter denied Christ, yet in the later years, his relationship with God evolved so much that sick people would bring their mats out into the streets in the hope that Peter’s shadow might fall on them. They valued even the power in his shadow.

When Peter made mistakes, God knew that He had already established a greater plan for Peter’s life. Just as He did for Peter’s life, He has a greater plan for our lives too.

As we reflect on that, let us remember these words: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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So today, embrace your life’s big picture.

B Moments, purpose

Your Trials Will Lead to Clarity

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we often seek a deeper understanding of our life’s purpose when we start a new year.

In Luke chapter 4, Jesus gives us a good example of what it looks like to have clarity of purpose. Specifically, he talks to the people in the synagogue and tells them that the spirit of the Lord is upon him and has appointed him to preach the good news to the poor.

It was a powerful moment. The Scriptures go on to say that everyone in the synagogue stared at him intently because he made it very clear who he was and why he was there.

This passage reminds me of the days when I tried to explain to someone what I believed God was calling me to do. I would ramble on and on, confusing both the person I was talking to as well as myself instead of speaking with clarity.

One thing I observed about this passage is that prior to Jesus’ appearance in the synagogue, he spent forty days and forty nights in the desert, being tested and being tempted. Clearly, going through a period of testing can bring about great clarity.

What trials have you experienced in the last few years that have been preparing you for this year? As you think about that, cling to these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, if you are being tested, know that clarity will follow.

B Moments, revisit

Revisit Your Social Circle in 2018

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to revisit our social circle as we embark upon a new year.

Recently, I’ve been talking about the things we need to be mindful of when we’re about to birth something great. One of those things may involve revisiting your social circle. When you have a great assignment, it’s important to be in relationship with like minded people.

This was clearly the case when Mary was pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth was carrying John the baptist. One day, Mary visited Elizabeth and they began to talk about the miracles of God. I envision two ladies sitting at the kitchen table having a good old worship session.

The Scripture also says that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for the next three months. Mary understood the importance of revisiting her social circle and deepening her relationship with another like minded person. This even entailed her leaving Joseph temporarily so that she could accomplish the greater calling on her life.

When you are embarking upon a greater assignment, you do what is necessary. Therefore, what great venture or assignment are you embarking on in 2018 that will require you to revisit your social circle and to be in relationship with more like minded people? Who within your social circle will support your endurance?

As you give all of that some thought, recall these words: “Whoever walks with the wise become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

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So today, commit to starting 2018 strong by revisiting your social circle.

B Moments, page

Stay on the Same Page with God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to stay on the same page with God in 2018.

Recently, I was talking about the things we need to be mindful of when we’re birthing something great. One of those things is that we must stay on the same page with God. Recall Zechariah’s story when the angel of the Lord appeared before him in the temple.

The angel told him that God had heard his prayer and would bless his wife Elizabeth with a son. Then, the angel went on to say that many would rejoice at his birth and that he would be seen as great in the eyes of the Lord.  Lastly, the angel told Zechariah to call his new son John.

However, Zechariah didn’t believe any of it. He was afraid and doubtful. At this time, Zechariah was not on the same page with God. Therefore, God silenced him until John the baptist was born. This is a clear example of what God will do to get us on the same page with Him.

After John was born, family and friends came over to celebrate. Everyone wanted to name the baby Zechariah after his father. Yet Zechariah motioned for a tablet to write on, recalling that the angel had told him that the baby would be called John. In the moment that Zechariah wrote on the tablet that his son’s name would be John, God restored his voice.

What do you need to do to get on the same page with God before you enter 2018? What will God restore for you if you do? Lean on these words for guidance: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

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So today, get on the same page with God and start your 2018 strong.