B Moments, lesser

Don’t Settle for a Lesser Version of Your Life

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

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how we can settle for a lesser version of our lives.

In this series, we are talking about all the ways we settle for less than God’s best. We used the story of the lame man at the gate in the book of Acts to underscore this point.

Let’s first go over a few interesting facts. This lame man was about forty years old and had been lame since birth. In other words, being lame was all he knew; the only vision he had of his life was seeing himself as a cripple.

We also know that he was brought to the gate almost every day around the same time. This means that he enlisted others to buy into this lesser version of his life.

Then one day, he was sitting outside the temple and begging for money like he always did when Peter crossed his path. He asked Peter for money, but Peter chose to heal him instead. When this man rose to his feet and saw that he was able to stand and walk on his own, he was overwhelmed with joy and praised God all the way into the temple.

Sometimes you can live a certain way for so long, it becomes your truth because it’s all you know. Yet this means that you hold a lesser vision of your life’s purpose and you end up settling.

However, in this story, God shows us what’s possible with Him through this lame man. Where in your life today are you settling? As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, stop settling.

B Moments, factor

Don’t Settle for Less: Factor in God’s Power

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how we settle for less when we forget what’s possible with God.

In this series, we’re discussing all of the ways that we can settle, consciously and subconsciously. I was reminded of this idea when I read in the book of Acts about the time Peter healed the lame man outside the temple.

As Peter and John were walking up to the temple for their hour of prayer, a lame man asked them for money. Peter’s response to the man was, “Look at me.” The man became fixated on Peter’s face, thinking that Peter was going to honor his request and give him money or something of value.

However, Peter said, “I have no silver and gold to give you, but what I do have is healing in the name of Jesus.” Peter took the man by the right hand, and the man’s feet and ankles were immediately made strong. He not only walked into the temple, but he leaped in, praising God all the way inside.

Through this story, we see that the lame man’s heart’s desire wasn’t to be a beggar or to receive money from others. He truly wanted healing, but he settled for less because he wasn’t aware of what was possible with God.

When we forget to factor in the power of God, we end up settling for far less. Is there a hurdle in your life today that you would like to get over? Are you settling for less because you’ve forgotten what’s possible with God? Here is what Jesus told his followers: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

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So today, factor Him in.

B Moments, GPS

Turn on Your GPS for God

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about seeking God for GPS-like directions.

Recently, I talked about things feeling a bit out of sorts. Some things seem on track one week and off track the next. It is during these times when my circumstances feel overwhelming that I can forget to seek God for direction.

Similar to how we use GPS to give us step-by-step directions, it is important to seek God in the same way—especially when feeling impatient or overwhelmed. This is exactly what David did when he fought the Philistines.

It is important to note that the Philistines had a military advantage over the Israelites because they had a monopoly on iron. This meant that they could easily arm themselves with swords and spears, whereas the Israelites could not. However, as David knew all too well, even when you’re at a disadvantage, you can prevail if you seek God’s direction.

When the Philistines conducted their first raid on Israel’s territory, David asked God, “Shall I go up against them? Will you give them to me in my hand?” God instructed David to go into battle and assured him that he would win the battle.

After this battle, the Philistines conducted another raid. However, David didn’t become overconfident. He sought God’s guidance once again. This time, God gave David specific instructions on how to attack the Philistines from the opposite direction. At each step, David knew that in order to prevail, he needed God’s guidance.

Where in your life do you especially need God’s guidance? As you think about that, remember these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, turn on your GPS for God.

B Moments, settle

Don’t Settle for Less Than God’s Blessings

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am encouraging us not to settle.

Recently, we’ve been studying the miracles of the prophet Elisha. We talked about how God worked through Elisha to bless the poor widow and to give the rich Shunammite woman a son.

One day, Elisha approached the woman and said, “About this time next year, you’ll give birth to a son.” True to his word, the following year she gave birth to a son.

However, years later her son became ill while he was working in the field with his father. He complained of a severe headache, and shortly thereafter the boy was pronounced dead.

Yet the boy’s mother would not accept his death. She saddled up her donkey and quickly traveled to Elisha so that her child’s life could be restored.

When Elisha first learned about the child’s state, he gave his servant specific instructions on how to heal the boy. Although the servant traveled to the boy and did what he could, the child still didn’t wake.

Then, the woman turned to Elisha and said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you…” 2 Kings 2:2 (ESV). Elisha knew that this mother meant business. He quickly arose and traveled to the woman’s son to save him.

Not only did this mother not give up on her child’s life being restored, she also didn’t settle. She knew that God was working through Elisha, not his servant.

The same can be true for you. Do not settle for anything less than God’s blessings. As you remember 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, don’t settle.

B Moments, see

Believe God’s Word, Not What You See

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should proclaim what God told us despite what we see.

Lately, we’ve been studying Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. Despite the drought, which is what he experienced on a daily basis, Elijah focused on what he heard from God and proclaimed that.

First, Elijah told King Ahab to go and enjoy a good meal because a mighty rainstorm was coming. At this point, Elijah had not seen a drizzle of rain, much less a downpour, but he proclaimed it anyway because God had told him.

Next, Elijah instructed his servant to look toward the sea for rain, but the servant returned only to report that he didn’t see anything. Elijah sent the servant to look again and again, yet each time, he reported no sign of rain.

Finally, on the seventh time, the servant reported a tiny cloud, but still no rain. Elijah took this tiny cloud as a major sign and cautioned all the others that if they didn’t get home before the storm, the rain would stop them.

Elijah was a master of proclaiming what he heard from God and ignoring what his eyes didn’t see. Soon, the clouds turned black and what Elijah proclaimed came to pass. There was, in fact, a mighty rainstorm.

Think about what God has told you. Are you proclaiming it proudly, or are you holding off because you don’t see it yet?

As you focus more on what God said and less on what you see, remember these words: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

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So today, hold on to what He told you.

 

B Moments, endures

God’s Love Endures Despite Our Actions

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

Scripture reference: Romans 5:8 (ESV)

This week, love is in the air. So today, I am thinking about how God’s love endures despite our actions.

Recently, I was talking about how God is in the business of changing hearts. I spoke about Rahab, a prostitute, who chose God above her lifestyle.

What’s important to understand is that God doesn’t just start to love us or believe in us once we have a change of heart or begin to see the light. His love endures while we’re living in the dark places, and possibly making poor choices.

When I think about this, I think about Peter’s life. One day, Jesus was asking the disciples who people said the son of man was. Some of them replied John the baptist and others said Elijah.

Then, Jesus asked who they said he was. Peter said that he was the Messiah, the son of the living God. Jesus told Peter that he was blessed because Jesus’ Father in heaven revealed that to him.

The key is that God chose to reveal this to Peter even when he knew Peter would later deny Him. Similarly, He could have chosen another woman other than a prostitute, but He chose Rahab.

God’s love and grace are sufficient to endure despite our actions. Let us remember this as we are comforted by these words: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)

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So today, let’s let God’s love empower us to love and to extend kindness to others.

B Moments, blocking

Are You Blocking Your Own Blessings?

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 another question: Am I blocking my own blessings?

When I think about blessings, I usually don’t think about me being the one who is blocking them. However, as I began to give it a deeper look, I could see that there were ways that I harbor certain feelings and emotions that add up to emotional clutter and, in turn, block my blessings.

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. Yet what blocks our blessings is emotional clutter.

Earlier in the week, I talked about evaluating my life and how I sometimes avoid the process because that may mean I need to make changes. Sometimes, when I don’t make the changes I know I need, then I feel guilty. That’s the type of clutter that can block our blessings.

When we carry around guilt over not turning our problems over to God, or not asking for His help or guidance, we carry that around. That baggage makes our connection to God weaker.

I also talked about the difference between being right and doing right earlier in the week. When we sink a lot of energy in trying to be right, that adds to our spiritual clutter as well.

Therefore, let’s join together in identifying and cleaning up that spiritual clutter by clinging to 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’s give God all of that emotional clutter.

B Moments, truth

Stand in Our Truth

B Moments, truth

Most of our day we spend doing…This is our moment to be.

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, let us focus on standing in our truth.

Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to a candidate make a presentation as to why she should be elected to a prominent local school council. Also presenting that night were several very impressive candidates with advanced degrees and fantastic resumes.

Unshaken, this parent stepped forward knowing that she didn’t have the credentials of the other parents, yet standing strong in her deep passion to serve the students.

She lit the room up. Standing in her truth, she refused to shrink in their presence.

When the votes were tallied, this mom, who stood in her own light, was elected unanimously.

Let us choose to shine our light while clinging to these words: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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Detach With Love

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)

Lately I have been doing a lot of talking about love. So today, I am reminding myself of the importance of also being able to detach with love.

I learned this principle several years ago and subsequently captured it in my book, Blues to Blessings from Fearful to Faithful. Here’s an excerpt from the book on detaching with love:

“Sometimes, a loved one’s issues will spill over into your life. Your wish is that the situation would go away as quickly as it came, [but it doesn’t]…Meanwhile your loved one awaits your next move, because they’re accustomed to you being the glue that always keeps things together. Your back is against the wall. You dread being pulled into a situation you didn’t ask for, but you also feel it’s your duty to save the day for those you love. You reason, ‘If not me, then who?’ You ordain yourself as the one who knows what is best for everyone, so you proceed to take matters into your own hands. You have just moved into the realm of attempting to play God. [What I’ve learned is that] God longs for worshipers, not executive assistants.”

You may find that your role is not to serve as the glue, but to do something new–like to detach with love. This time, it might just be His will that things fall apart. Sometimes, it is in the tearing down of things that it is also in the building up of new things.

So, if you find yourself struggling to detach with love, cling to these words, “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)

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So today, detach with love.

B Moments, truth

Heaven Rejoices When You Stand in Your Truth

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of standing in our truth.

I had this thought as I was listening to a candidate make a presentation as to why she should be elected to my son’s local school council.

There were a number of extremely impressive candidates who had gone before her, including a few lawyers, former and current local school council officeholders, and several accountants. So, this parent stepped forward knowing that she didn’t have the credentials of the parents who had gone before her.

However, what she did have was a deep passion and the capacity to serve the children in the school.

She lit the room up.

She gave examples of how she tirelessly motivated those around her, of how she would reach out to parents if elected, and of the way she had participated in various fundraising efforts.

When she stepped up there, she stood in her truth. She didn’t compare herself to the credentials of others, or even feel small in their presence. Instead she stayed true to herself and her strengths.

After the voting, I realized that many of the attorneys didn’t make it to the council, but this woman, who had stood powerfully in her own light, was elected unanimously.

She reminds us of the importance of standing in our truth, just like these words that I’d like us to cling to: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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So today, no matter the appearances, stand in your truth.