B Moments, shapes

Sit Back and Receive God’s Myriad Blessings

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes.

Recently, we talked about how God won’t lead you where He won’t feed you. We also studied parts of the prophet Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. When Elijah started out on his journey, God directed him to the Kerith Brook and told him to drink from the stream. God also commanded the ravens to feed Elijah.

Eventually, the brook dried up, and Elijah could no longer receive his water from the brook nor his food from the ravens. God then sent Elijah to meet a widow and the widow became his source for food and water.

It is clear that ravens in the air and a widow look quite different. That’s because God’s blessings come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, we can be caught off guard when God’s blessings come from a different source. In other words, we can be guilty of confining God’s blessings to our own understanding.

For example, God used nature—the brook and the birds of the air—to bless Elijah during the first part of his journey. Therefore, the human inclination is to look towards nature again because we believe that if God used nature once, He will use it again. Yet that is not necessarily true.

This is how we can miss our blessings. We are looking for them to come from one way, and they end up coming from another direction and in a different form. However, they are all blessings from the Lord as it all belongs to Him.

The next time God’s actions feel like a Jedi mind trick to you, remember these words: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

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So today, don’t try to case God’s blessings—just receive them.

B Moments, shepherd

Know that Christ Is Your Shepherd

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

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of Jesus’ protection.

In ancient times, sheep would stay in a sheepfold—a stone corral with a very narrow opening. After all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door. Nothing could enter or exit the fold without the shepherd knowing about it.

The Scriptures teach us that the shepherd knew when his sheep needed him, or when one of them had gone astray, because he guarded the fold this way.

That’s the image that I have for us today. Imagine the covering and protection a shepherd provides for his flock. Thanks to Jesus, we have that same type of protection. Nothing can get to us and nothing can harm us because Jesus is right there at the gateway to guard us.

Cling to that image for a moment. Imagine that protection going before you and following you. As you do so, stand on these words: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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So today, feel that covering and protection, and know that Christ is your shepherd.

B Moments, heart

God Has the Power to Change Men’s Hearts

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 how God will change a man’s heart just for you.

Recently, I’ve been talking about taking action and the way we should respond if God calls us to action. So, this week, I decided to reflect on all of the ways God will move others on your behalf.

I had this thought as I was reading about the time when Paul and Silas were out and about spreading the good news. Then, suddenly, they were beaten, arrested, and jailed. To ensure they couldn’t escape from the prison, the jailer even put them in the inner dungeon of the jail.

However, shortly after midnight, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken at its foundation. All of the doors flew open, and the chains flew off all of the prisoners.

The jailer was deeply shaken by the whole incident. He ran down to the dungeon where Paul and Silas were being kept, then knelt before them and asked what he needed to do to be saved. So, Paul told him to believe in the Lord Jesus because not only would he be saved, but his entire family would be saved, too.

Here’s what’s interesting. The jailer who had thrown Paul and Silas into the inner dungeon earlier that day came to wash their wounds later that night. In this incident, we see how God can change a man’s heart.

Therefore, let us not shy away from an assignment because we know we have to deal with a hard heart. Instead, put those hearts in God’s hands and cling to 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, know that God changes hearts.

B Moments, rock

The Lord Is Your Rock and Refuge

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is our rock and our refuge.

In recent days, my heart has been aching for my fellow citizens who have had to endure some of the most catastrophic storms in this country’s history. In fact, just a short time ago, I was listening to a woman give an account of the devastation Hurricane Irma caused when it slammed into the island of Anguilla. She explained that many of their tallest buildings had been leveled along with many of their schools, the major hospital and the police station.

Then, I heard the crackling in her voice as she talked about the church most of the people on the island attended. It had been built in the 1800s, and it too had been destroyed by the storm.

Her story reminded me of the way the Israelites traveled to the temple in Jerusalem to be in the Lord’s presence. Sometimes, they would travel great distances just to worship God in this specific sacred temple.

However, in the New Testament it was discovered that we do not need to encounter God by traveling to a temple to dwell in His presence. Instead, the Scriptures told of the good news that the Lord doesn’t dwell in buildings per se, but that He dwells within us through the presence of His spirit.

Let us remember that despite the loss of physical buildings, God is still our rock and our refuge, and He is as close as our next breath. Today especially, cling to these words: “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

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So today, remember who your real rock is.

B Moments, resurrection

Jesus Will Restore What Has Been Lost

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

Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about Jesus as the resurrection.

This week, I’ve talked about the various ways Jesus reveals himself to us. He’s like a shepherd protecting us from harm and a light shining through our darkest circumstances. He is also the resurrection and the way. He teaches us this firsthand in the gospel of John.

One of the final miraculous acts that Jesus performed before his crucifixion was raising Lazarus from the dead. As the Scriptures teach us, this miraculous act was done for the glory of God. In other words, Jesus had to allow Lazarus to die and to remain dead for four days so that he could raise him from the dead.

The purpose of the act was to show others that he was the son of God and that they could have eternal life if they believed in him. What I find so striking is that as Jesus revealed himself to those around him, the same is true for us today.

Therefore, I want to say to my brothers and sisters in Texas, and to all those who are weary from the ravishing effects of the recent hurricane and its aftermath, don’t despair. Jesus is your shepherd and he protects you from ultimate harm. He is the light shining in the darkest circumstances, and he is the only resurrection known.

Be encouraged that Jesus is the master restorer. Whatever has been lost, he can restore it to you. Let us be inspired by his ways and cling to these words: “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)

So, if you know someone in Texas who desires to be inspired, please share this reflection with them.

Today, know that Jesus is your shepherd, your light, and your resurrection.

B Moments, Taking a Stroll with God

Taking a Quiet Stroll with God

B Moments, Taking a Stroll 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: Matthew 6:30

This morning I am feeling the Power of God’s Springtime. Some time ago, I started what I call my God Walks. It’s a form of exercise that allows me to be in communion with God while walking without music blaring in my ears.

Recently, while walking, this beautiful patch of flowers caught my eye. They were perfectly positioned at an angle.  To me, it looked like they were doing a graceful yoga stretch towards the light.  In a flash, it felt like these flowers were teaching me. If these flowers were stretching towards their light, how much could I be stretching towards my light, or rather the source of my Light?

I think, honestly, I’ve mastered how to stretch my hand to God when I am in need. I’m also really good at stretching my hand back in praise and thanksgiving. Where I can grow is stretching in my worship, which is dwelling in His presence for no reason at all. I can also be more of service to others, not out of duty, but out of love.

I think Springtime reminds me of one of the ways that God loves us and when we stretch ourselves back, that is our expression of our love back to Him.

The words on my heart are, “If God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you.” Matthew 6:30 (TLB)

Please find some light and beauty, as you go about your day and share that and this, with others.

Let’s stretch ourselves towards His light and let your renewed spirit be infectious.

B Moments, Sunshine and tulips

My Soul Needs Sunshine

Sunshine and tulips

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

Scripture reference: Genesis 1:3-4 (NLT)

Today I am reminding myself of the simple importance of sunshine. Spring is here, summer is just around the corner. But many of us, if we’re not careful, may miss a lot of it. If you live in Chicago, like I do, you don’t want to do that!

Here I really need to call myself out. I’m at the top of the list before I talk about anyone else. I can really run from point A to point B. I run to get my coffee and run to the office. Then may I run for a few errands. Sometimes I’m even guilty of running to church.

When we’re in this run, run, run mindset, we forget to take in the sustenance that we need, sustenance that God has designed especially for us. We can become so caught up in what we think we have to do, that we tell ourselves that we can’t take the time. Then we find ourselves running our metaphorical engines, if you will, on empty. There’s this idea pounded into so many of us, “we can’t take a break.”  We often reach a place where “taking a break” equals “setback.”

I’m going to move away from that thinking today. The Words that keep me grounded in this resolution and bring me back to the beginning of this reflection are “God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And then he separated the light from darkness.”  Genesis 1:3-4 (NLT) 

Tomorrow, let’s talk about how we can get in our own way. Please share this reflection with others, especially if you know someone who needs to be prodded just to take a deep breath. And today, let’s remind ourselves that we can take a break and it won’t be a setback. 

Stretching towards the Light, Springtime

I Feel a Need to Be Renewed

Stretching towards the Light

Our moment to Be still…to Be fed by the Word of God…to Be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:30

TRANSCRIPT:

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

This morning I am feeling the Power of God’s Springtime. Some time ago I started what I call are my God Walks. It’s a form of exercise that allows me to be in communion with God, which means I’m walking without music blaring in my ears. I was recently walking, and this beautiful patch of flowers caught my eye because of the way they were positioned at an angle.  To me, it looked like they were doing a graceful yoga stretch towards the light.  In a flash, it felt like these flowers were teaching me. It caused me to reflect that if these flowers are stretching towards their light, how much am I stretching towards my light, or rather the source of my Light. And I think, honestly, I’ve mastered how to stretch my hand to God when I am in need. I’m also really good at stretching my hand back in praise and thanksgiving. Where I can grow is stretching in my worship, which is dwelling in His presence for no reason at all. I can also be more of service to others, not out of duty, but out of love.

I think Springtime reminds me of one of the ways that God loves us and when we stretch ourselves back, that is our expression of our love back to Him.

The words on my heart are, “If God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you.” Matthew 6:30

Tomorrow, let’s talk about victories. Visit bmoments.org and share this reflection because others desire to be inspired. So today, let’s stretch ourselves towards His light and let your renewed spirit be infectious.

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