B Moments, father

Honor Both Fathers and Father Figures

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

Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

For all my dad B Moment listeners out there, we are honoring you today! Happy Father’s Day!

When I think about fathers from a scriptural perspective, I think about Abraham because God ordained Abraham as the father of many nations. When we recall some of the highlights of Abraham’s life, we see that he was incredibly faithful.

For example, Abraham demonstrated a blind faith when he journeyed more than a thousand miles away from his homeland with no idea where he was going. He only knew that God was ordering his steps. Abraham also exhibited his faith when he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice by giving up his son Isaac because it was God’s will.

However, if we look honestly at Abraham’s life, we see a man who also had flaws. While he was a man who mostly obeyed God, there were times when he disobeyed Him too. He sinned when he slept with his servant, and again when he claimed that Sarah was his sister instead of his wife.

Despite this, God still acknowledged Abraham and did not withdraw His promises from him. Instead, He blessed Abraham with a son in his old age, and Abraham is still known as the father of many.

Sometimes, we have to apply this principle to our actual fathers. For some of us, our dads could do no wrong. Our eyes weren’t big enough to see them. For others of us, including myself, we did not see our fathers. On this day, let’s transcend that and embrace the idea of seeing our fathers as God sees them.

As you reflect on that, remember these words: “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, take time to honor the fathers and father figures in your life.

B Moments, moms

Go the Extra Mile in Celebrating Moms

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 31:25-26 (ESV)

Today is Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day, B Moment moms!

Today I am thinking about how a mother’s sacrifice can be between only herself and God. As a young girl I always appreciated my mother’s love. I appreciated her simply for being there when I needed her. But as I grew older, and then especially when I became a mother myself, I understood the depth of the sacrifices she made for me.

Most often, the sacrifices mothers make for their children and for their families are obvious. Yet there are some sacrifices that are unseen and go unspoken. In these situations, only she and the Lord know the extent of what she is sacrificing.

When I think about that ultimate sacrifices like this, I think of Hannah. In First Samuel, we learn that Hannah has a son named Samuel, but that she gave her son back to the Lord.

Each year, Hannah visited the temple to deliver a small coat that she had made for Samuel. Only she and God knew what it must have done to her heart to see her child, give him a gift, and then to be separated from him again.

Hannah’s story reaffirms that only she and God knew the depth of her sacrifice yet she went on to genuinely care for others and to fulfill her life’s purpose. Go the extra mile today to remind a mom of her value with these words: “Strength and dignity are her clothing…she opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:25-26 (ESV)

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So today, go the extra mile in celebrating moms.

B Moments, thanks

Usher in Big Victories by Giving Thanks

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings come in small sizes too.

This week we’ve been talking a lot about the fulfillment of God’s promises. We even imagined ourselves exhaling in the arms of God after praying and journaling and hoping for our prayers to be answered.

Yet sometimes, when we take on that mindset, we think about the big, major blessings or, in other words, miracles. What I want to remind us of today is that His blessings come in small sizes too; in fact, sometimes those are the best ones to receive.

When I turn to the Scriptures and look for a person who knew this, I immediately think of David. David had a very close relationship with the Lord, and he gave thanks to Him for everything that he endured. He was grateful for the victorious battles he enjoyed. but also for the smaller victories as well.

We know David had a very raw relationship with God so he was always in a space of worship and gratitude. In fact, 1 Chronicles 18:6 tells us that the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.

David teaches us that after we’ve given thanks for the smaller victories and smaller blessings, we should remain in a state of gratitude to usher in those big victories.

As you move about the day and give thanks for your small blessings, remember these words: “I will give thanks to you, Lord…I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

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So today, usher in your greater blessings by giving thanks for your smaller ones.

B Moments, humility

The Rewards of Humility Are Endless

B Moments, humility

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

Scripture reference: Luke 14:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards of humility.

This week, I’ve been talking a lot about Gideon’s story. As we know, the Israelites came under attack from the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them.

Initially, Gideon was reluctant to take on the assignment, even though an angel of the Lord appeared before him. He doubted his ability to complete the task because he used logic and couldn’t comprehend how he was the best man for the job.

However, as I was reading Gideon’s story, I noticed something he did that I find very instructive. When the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he asked the angel for a sign to prove that it was really the Lord speaking to him.

Yet before he would see the sign, he brought the angel an offering. This was Gideon’s way of expressing a sense of humility and drawing closer to God.

Personally, I think this is what God was ultimately looking for in the man who would save the Israelites. Perhaps a person who was more qualified would have responded with a sense of arrogance. Gideon, on the other hand, responded with a sense of humility and sacrifice throughout the assignment until he ultimately achieved victory.

The next time we’re facing something that seems impossible, let us cling to these words to give us a sense of humility: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember humility wins.

B Moments, receive

Know that God Wants You to Receive

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

Scripture reference: 1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God really wants us to receive.

I had this thought as I was reading in the book of Ruth, which opens with the story of Naomi. In the story, Naomi lost her husband as well as her two beloved sons. Because of her staggering grief, Naomi decided to pack up and return to her hometown.

However, her two daughter-in-laws insisted that they return home with her so that she would not be alone. Yet Naomi had a very difficult time receiving this gesture of kindness from them because she didn’t have anything to give back to them.

Therefore, she said, “Even if I were to get married today and have more children, I still could not give you the security of another marriage.”

Naomi genuinely believed that unless she had something of value to give them in return, she wouldn’t really be able to accept their offer. She missed that God was covering her by His own grace, and that was all that she needed.

When we are being covered or provided for by God’s grace, there is no obligation, and there is nothing else to fulfill. All we need to do is come forward with a humble heart to receive.

As you think about that, cling to these words: “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” 1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV)

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So today, know that God wants you to receive.

B Moments, work through

God Works Through All of Us

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 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know who God will work through.

I had this thought as I was looking through some fun pictures of my birthday from last year. It was a significant birthday, so I was planning on going to NYC to celebrate with my friends and family.

A couple weeks before my birthday, I was casually talking to God about it, and I mentioned that there was a particular person in the entertainment world that I would love to meet. As soon as I said those words though, the thought left my mind.

Three weeks later, I attended a dear friend’s wedding. While I was at brunch the following day, I casually shared with one of the other guests that I was going to be in NYC for my birthday the following weekend, and that I would love to meet this specific person.

The lady sitting across from me overheard our conversation and asked me when exactly I would be in NYC and when I would want to meet this person. She said that she could simply text her to see if she was available to meet me.

Needless to say, I nearly fell off my chair.

The point of this story is just how unexpected God’s ways can be. The woman sitting across from me was the pastor who performed the wedding ceremony, so I never would have connected her to someone in the entertainment world in NYC. Yet she actually knew her.

The whole experience was a reminder that we never know who God will work through. That is why I always keep this scripture at the front of my mind: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, be open to who God might work through in your life.

B Moments, receiving

The Hidden Power in Receiving

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of receiving.

Recently, I talked about the story of Naomi, who lost her husband and her two sons, then decided to pack up and return to her hometown. Fortunately, she had two daughter-in-laws who offered to go home with her.

However, Naomi had a very difficult time accepting their offer because she didn’t have anything to give them in return. Sometimes, we prefer to be the one who gives because in addition to being able to give from our hearts, it also feels like we are more in control when we are the giver rather than the receiver. Being on the receiving end, especially if you don’t have anything to give in return, can make you feel vulnerable.

Yet, what I have learned is that what feels like vulnerability is actually surrendering to the power of God working within us. In other words, being the receiver positions someone else to be a blessing, hence creating an opportunity for them to be blessed. So, when we look at receiving from that perspective, we see that receiving is not vulnerable—it is both a powerful place and a purposeful place.

Let us remember that as we cling to these few words: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

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So today, remember there’s power in receiving.

B Moments, receive

God Wants You to Receive

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

Scripture reference: 1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God really wants us to receive.

I had this thought as I was reading in the book of Ruth, which opens with the story of Naomi. In the story, Naomi lost her husband as well as her two beloved sons. Because of her staggering grief, Naomi decided to pack up and return to her hometown.

However, her two daughter-in-laws insisted that they return home with her so that she would not be alone. Yet Naomi had a very difficult time receiving this gesture of kindness from them because she didn’t have anything to give back to them.

Therefore, she said, “Why would you do this for me? I have nothing to give back to you in return. I cannot give you the security of another marriage.”

She thought about it and figured out that even if she got married that day and conceived that night, it still wouldn’t work. She still couldn’t give them husbands.

Naomi rationalized that unless she had something of value to give them in return, she wouldn’t really be able to accept their offer. She missed that God was covering her by His own grace, and that was all that she needed.

When we are being covered or provided for by God’s grace, there is no obligation, and there is nothing else to fulfill. All we need to do is come forward with a humble heart.

Let us cling to these words: “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” 1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV)

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So today, know that God wants you to receive.

B Moment, destiny

You Don’t Need to Walk Alone

B Moment, solution

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the divine people God places on our path.

Yesterday I talked about how God has a divine solution for our problems. Just as He led the Israelites to the Promised Land, He is leading us to our destiny as well. Although He doesn’t promise the journey will be free of problems, He does, when we put our trust and faith in Him, have a divine solution to the obstacles we face along the way.

As I read deeper into the text detailing the trek of the Israelites to the Promised Land, it became more apparent to me that God often uses people as divine solutions, too.

For example, while He did use a cloud to shield the Israelites from the sun, He also used Moses as a divine solution. He actually imparted instructions to the Israelites through Moses. He even gave Moses’ brother, Hobab, the ability to act as a unique guide for the Israelites.

Through these instances, we are able to see that sometimes, on our journey to our destiny, God’s divine solutions come in the form of other people. This is an especially important point for me because I have not always recognized the purpose that people serve in my life while they are still there. However, I am trying to become more aware of and grateful for these various people.

Are you appreciating the people in your life who are helping you toward your divine destiny? Have you expressed your gratitude lately?

The words I am going to use to remind me of this are, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to acknowledge the people on your path.

B Moments, heroes

God Urges You to Honor Unsung Heroes

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

Scripture reference: Mark 10:45 (ESV)

Today, I am honoring the unsung hero.

While we’re all familiar with the extraordinary people in the Bible, including Moses, Noah, Mary, and the disciples, there were other influential people who were not mentioned as frequently, but who stood in the shadows to help carry forward God’s message.

One person who was particularly significant was Tychicus. As we know, Paul authored more than half of the New Testament. What we sometimes fail to acknowledge though, is that Tychicus helped Paul spread the gospel once it was written.

Tychicus’ role was to go to certain towns ahead of Paul to set the stage. In other words, he would speak directly to the hearts of the people before Paul came to address them.

In modern terms, we would most likely refer to Tychicus as Paul’s opening act. He prepared the crowd so that by the time Paul reached the stage, so to speak, they were ready to receive his message and embrace his teachings.

I must confess that this is an area I had to grow into. There was a time in my life when, if I did something great, I wanted to be out in front. I didn’t mind serving, but I didn’t want to serve in the shadows.

Yet, what I have learned is that the more my actions are motivated by my spirit rather than by my ego, the less the public recognition matters to me. Also, it puts me in a place where I can acknowledge another person who is working in the shadows.

The next time you are serving in the shadows, be inspired by these words: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)

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So today, honor your unsung heroes.