B Moments, clutter

Clean Out That Spiritual Clutter

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Today, I am asking the question: Am I blocking my own blessings?

In this series, we’re talking about our blessings and our relationship to our blessings. Sometimes we can have what I call “spiritual clutter” that blocks our blessings.

When I think about blessings, I usually think about wanting to be in a place to receive them. Yet subconsciously, I may be carrying around more weight than God wants me to, which interferes with any blessings I may receive.

Sometimes we may harbor certain feelings and emotions that add up to emotional clutter. I know for myself, when I know better but don’t do better, I feel guilty. That is emotional clutter.

We’re all familiar with physical clutter. We know what it looks like when our desk is cluttered, or our closet or garage needs cleaning out.

Occasionally, we may also need to do a spiritual cleaning so that we stay in tune with God and release emotions like guilt. Instead of trying to do things in our own strength, we ensure we are turning to God, seeking His help and guidance in every situation.

What emotional or spiritual clutter could be blocking your blessings? Understand that God wants you to receive these blessings, but He’s asking for you to turn it over to Him so that you can do it together, not in your own strength. Remember these words: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness…against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

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So today, let that clutter go.

B Moments, no title

When Your New Path Has No Title

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 being on a new path but with no title.

As we wrap up our series honoring graduates, I am reminded of an event I once attended when I listened to a lady rather awkwardly describe her new path. She explained how she had just lost her corporate job due to a merger, but she wasn’t going to seek another corporate job because she felt that God was leading her on a new path. In the interim, she was doing some temporary work.

I could relate to this woman’s every word, even the awkwardness in her delivery; she was telling my own story. Sometimes when you’re working for God, all you have is the feeling He’s put in your heart. All you have is the assignment. You don’t have a title. King David was in a similar position. Despite being named king, he wasn’t formally crowned king until nearly thirteen years later.

I believe God is doing two things when we start on a new path with no title. First, He’s preparing us. He wants to give us the title, but He also wants to make sure we’re spiritually strong enough to keep it. Second, He’s testing us. He wants to make sure we will be faithful with or without a title. This is why many are called but few are chosen. Many people can’t endure the preparation and testing periods.

David teaches us that he didn’t need a title to fulfill God’s assignment, and neither do we. As you think about your assignment, remember 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, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, remember that you’ve been chosen by God; that is all you need.

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, backup plan

To Trust God Entirely, Toss Your Backup Plan

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

Scripture reference: James 1:6 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how we can sometimes keep a backup plan to our prayers.

Lately we’ve been talking quite a bit about prayer. For example, I talked about how God will bless you in ways you haven’t prayed for or even imagined. That said, I also think it’s fair to examine why your prayer might go unanswered.

One reason a prayer might go unanswered is because it is not in alignment with God’s will. Another reason may be because we haven’t let go of our own backup plan. This is the plan that we create just in case God doesn’t come through. We are most likely to create a backup plan when the stakes seem high.

This was certainly the case for Sarah, Abraham’s wife. During this time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, and likely feeling that her stakes were very high, Sarah executed her own backup plan. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation for which you, even subconsciously, have a backup plan? If so, you might want to revisit your approach and cling to these words: “But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone.” James 1:6 (NLT)

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So today, trust God entirely and toss out your backup plan.

B Moments, unimaginable

God Will Bless You in Unimaginable Ways

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will bless you in ways you haven’t even imagined.

I’ve often heard the saying that you can’t dream a big enough dream for God to answer. Each time I would hear this, I would feel hopeful, but also a little guilty. I would conclude that since I had so much to be thankful for, I should just be content with what I possessed. Yet Hannah’s story teaches me differently.

Hannah was married to Elkanah, who loved her very much—even though the Lord had given her no children. Elkanah also had another wife, Peninnah, who had several children for him. Hannah would often pray to God for a child while Peninnah taunted and teased her for not having any.

One day, Hannah went to the tabernacle to pray, and as she was praying and crying profusely, a priest, thinking she was drunk, condemned her. Peninnah teased her, the priest condemned her, but God understood her. Even though God blessed Hannah with a loving husband, He also understood that she was not quite content.

Hannah prayed for one child, but God blessed her with five. She would even become mother to Samuel, who was the first prophet of Israel. In other words, God blessed her in ways she hadn’t even imagined.

Think about that situation you want God to bless you with beyond your wildest dreams and cling to these words: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

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So today, get radical with your prayer requests and see how God responds.

B Moments, full circle

Let Your Heart Come Full Circle

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

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when our hearts come full circle.

We are wrapping up our before and after series of our spiritual growth. We’ve taken a before and after look at how our prayers have evolved over time and how our priorities have shifted.

Now, we are reflecting on when our hearts have been touched and changed for the better, which reminds me of Rahab’s story. Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Before Joshua ultimately conquered Jericho, he sent two spies in advance, and Rahab allowed the spies to hide in her house.

While the spies were there, she talked with them about the Lord, saying she had heard all about their God of both heaven and Earth. She talked with them so passionately that it was almost as if she wanted their God to become her God as well.

The heart in Rahab that had once inclined her to sell her body now yearned to be open to explore what God had in store for her. Rahab’s heart had come full circle, and God knew that. A month later, Joshua returned to conquer the entire town of Jericho. In all the chaos, Rahab and her family were spared.

When did you have a closed heart about a situation? Is it open now? Take a moment to celebrate your progress, and let that be confirmation that God is continually working in your life. As you do that, remember these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

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So today, let your heart come full circle.

B Moments, door

Your Next Blessing May Come through Any Door

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how God will use the least among us to bless us. Because of this, we must keep an open mind about where our next blessing will come from.

In this series about blessings, we’ve talked about what to do in between our blessings. We also discussed the emotional clutter we may need to turn over to God so that we don’t block our blessings. Today, we are thinking about keeping an open mind about where that next blessing will come from because sometimes it comes from those we’d least expect.

As I think about that, I recall the story of the Samaritan woman. When Jesus met her at the well, she had previously had five husbands and she was even, at that time, living with a man who was not her husband.

However, Jesus still chose to reveal to her that he was the Messiah. She returned to her hometown and told everyone there that she had met a man who knew everything about her. In the end, this led to the entire town turning to God.

Therefore, we should be assured that our ways are not God’s ways. We never know which door or person God is going to use to deliver our next blessing. The key is to keep an open mind.

As you reflect on the next blessing you’re waiting for, keep an open mind as to which door God might come through. To remember that, cling to these words: “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

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So today, keep an open mind as to where your next blessing is coming from.

B Moments, eyes

God Is Using You to Open the Eyes of Others

B Moments, eyes

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus can use us to open the eyes of others.

Lately I have spent a lot of time thinking about how Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. To heal this man, Jesus spit on the ground, made mud with his saliva, and smoothed this mud over the blind man’s eyes.

Then, he instructed the man to wash the mud off. When the man returned from cleaning himself, it was with his full sight.

What’s truly fascinating about this is that the man was known all around town as the blind man. Therefore, once he was healed, everyone began inquiring about how something like that could happen and asking who had healed him.

When questioned, the man consistently professed that Jesus had, in fact, healed him.

This caused a great division. Some people believed that if Jesus had the power to restore the man’s sight, a man who had been blind since birth, then Jesus must not be an ordinary man. However, there were others who believed that Jesus was a sinner, and that no sinner could be acting on behalf of God.

Jesus was able to demonstrate though, that he was truly no ordinary man. He restored the sight of a blind man to open the eyes of many, proving that he had been sent by God, and that he was, in fact, the Messiah and the light of the world.

It is clear that while God may not restore our eyesight per say, He is constantly using us to help open the eyes of those around us.

The next time we want to be reminded about how God is using us to reach others, let us cling to these words: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

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So today, be proud that God is using you to open the eyes of others.

B Moments, turn

God Will Turn Your Dire Situation Around

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 20:6 (ESV)

Today, I am reminding myself about how God can turn any situation around.

In this series, we’re focusing on all of the ways God will move to comfort us. One way He does this is by turning a situation around no matter how dire it seems.

Recently, we talked about King Hezekiah’s reign and how he genuinely trusted in the Lord. Yet fourteen years into his reign, an enemy king named Sennacherib came against Judah, causing serious challenges for Hezekiah. God answered Hezekiah’s prayer for help by taking care of Sennacherib.

However, shortly after Sennacherib died, Hezekiah became ill and the prophet Isaiah, whom Hezekiah trusted deeply, told him the Lord said, “Get ready, for it is time for you to die. You will not recover from this sickness.”

To this, Hezekiah said, “Lord, please remember how I have walked before you and have been faithful with my whole heart. I have done what is good in your sight.”

Before Isaiah left, God gave him a new set of instructions to relate to Hezekiah. The Lord said, “Behold: I will heal you and add fifteen years to your life and continue to keep you safe from your enemies.”

From this story, we see that even when death is on the line, God can turn a situation around. Today, let us cling to these words: “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving might of His right hand.” Psalm 20:6 (ESV)

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So today, wait for the Lord to turn it around.

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.