B Moments, came

Christ Came to Save Us All, Despite Our Shortcomings

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 9:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how it’s important to remember for whom Christ came.

We’re wrapping up our series on expectations today. In this series, we’ve talked about how sometimes God will bring us to the brink only to reveal His awesome power.

We’ve also talked about how we feel when we fall short and don’t feel worthy of His grace as well as how that grace is His loving gift to us, not a reward for our good behavior.

As we celebrate the birth of Christ and expect his second coming, let’s be extremely clear about for whom he came. One way to do this is by exploring his genealogy.

One observation is that there are five women in Jesus’ lineage: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. This is somewhat unusual because descent was usually traced through men as they were recognized as the head of the household.

Furthermore, as we take a closer look at these women, we also see that Rahab and Ruth were Gentiles, and Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba were all women who had character issues.

Rahab was a prostitute. Bathsheba was married to a man but fell in love with another man and ended up having a child for him.

We can easily see that Jesus’ lineage had a mix of heroes, Gentiles, prostitutes, and adulterers, just to name a few. Yet he came to be savior to them all.

Who do you know today that needs to be reminded that Christ came for them, despite whatever they believe their shortcomings are?

As you think about that, remember these words: “’I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, let God use you.

B Moments, ego

Respond in Spirit, Not in Ego

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of responding to situations through our spirit versus our ego.

Recently I have been talking a lot about how Christ responded to people with ill intentions, like his brothers and those who came to find him the day after he fed the 5,000.

Recall that after Jesus fed the 5,000, there were some who showed up the very next day to be fed by Christ again. When he came in contact with them, he told them that they were only there because of what Jesus could do for them, not because of who Jesus was.

However, they begin to chant at him, demanding that he become their king. They chanted this at Jesus with clenched fists, passionate down to the last person.

Yet Jesus responded that their chanting was not the way. They were attempting to accomplish all of that through force, and Jesus wasn’t going to respond to violent chanting. They tried very hard to play into Jesus’ ego.

This was their mistake, though. Jesus teaches us that when things in the natural realm are playing into our ego, we must reach for those things in the spiritual realm.

The words that I use to encourage myself through this are: “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, let us lean on those teachings of Christ, and respond in spirit rather than in ego.

B Moments, believe

Surrounded by Nonbelievers, Steadfastly Praise God

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 reflecting on how it feels when those closest to us don’t believe in us. This is on my mind because I talked yesterday about how Jesus’ brothers encouraged him to go to Judea for a festival when it wasn’t the right time for him to go.

Now while Jesus’ mother, Mary, knew his real identity and his true purpose here on Earth, Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe he was the Messiah until after his Resurrection. Not only did they not believe in him, they taunted him and made fun of him.

They would mock him by saying terrible things to him such as, “Go where your followers can see your miracles because you can’t become a public figure if you hide like this.” They even told him, “If you can do such wonderful things, then go and prove it to the world.”

Jesus teaches us three things about how to respond in a situation like this. When he was in this awful circumstance, the first thing he did was ignore their criticism and sarcasm. He did not allow their disbelief to stop him from fulfilling his purpose.

The second thing Jesus did was make sure that he didn’t play into their hands by responding to them. Most importantly though, through his actions, he demonstrated that while it would be nice if those closest to us would believe in us, that isn’t always how it works out. Instead, we should appreciate and be encouraged by those who do.

The next time we need to remain steadfast in our purpose, let us remember these words: “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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, remain steadfast even if those closest to you don’t believe.

B Moment, sanctuary

Creating Your Personal Sanctuary

B Moment, sanctuary

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Today, I am appreciating the value of my personal sanctuary.

Even though I often read the actual Scriptures, I am always fascinated to learn the circumstances surrounding certain events from the Bible. In fact, the other day, I read about an event that truly moved me.

Apparently, at the exact time of Jesus’s death, the veil in the temple was ripped from top to bottom. This was to represent the free and unlimited access people now had to God due to Christ’s sacrifice. I actually hadn’t known this incredible story before.

However, when I read about that incredible event, I felt it underscored the importance of having access to a personal haven so we can take advantage of this glorious gift Christ gave to us. For me, as you may have heard, my haven is my tub!

The story of the veil also reminded me of a time when I was really struggling and I reached out to a pastor I knew. When I told him that I had been feeling incredibly forsaken by God, he responded that perhaps it wasn’t that God had moved away from me, but that I had moved away from Him. So that personal sanctuary also keeps me close to God and in a constant relationship with Him.

The words I use to inspire me are, “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, identify that special spot in your home and make it your personal sanctuary.

B Moment, achievement

Hit a Divine Home Run!

B Moment, batter's box

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

Today I am promising myself that, for my 2017 goal, I will step out of the batter’s cage and into the batter’s box.

Sometimes, I am able to find the determination to work hard for a goal; I dream about it and plan for my triumph. All too often though, I stay trapped in a state of procrastination. I end up living in the fantasy of how things will be instead of taking responsibility for my own success.

One example of this was when I was writing my spiritual memoir, Blues to Blessings. In my book, I had to get very personal about my own struggle with my faith. There was one chapter in particular that I felt extremely vulnerable writing.

Because of my fear, I kept procrastinating. I outlined the chapter, then skipped it and went ahead, then went back and rewrote the previous chapter, and finally, I stopped writing altogether. I wrote a marketing plan instead and fantasized about being a New York Times Best Seller–even though I couldn’t finish the chapter!  

Then one day, my husband came up to me and said that it was like I was wearing a shiny baseball uniform, but I was still stuck in the batting cage. He told me it was time to step into the batter’s box.

Shortly after that, I found the courage to write the difficult chapter and it turned out to be one of the best parts of the book. In fact, it is the chapter that I use for my promotions today.

Through these struggles, I have learned that competence comes with taking action and that, when I do step into the batter’s box, I am not stepping into it alone.

The words I use to comfort me are, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.” Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, step into your batter’s box knowing that you are not alone.

Entry with Post Format “Video”

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo.

Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi. Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus. Aenean leo ligula, porttitor eu, consequat vitae, eleifend ac, enim. Aliquam lorem ante, dapibus in, viverra quis, feugiat a, tellus.

 

Read more

A small gallery

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem.

  • Nulla consequat massa quis enim.
  • Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu.
  • In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo.
  • Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus. Vivamus elementum semper nisi.

Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus. Aenean leo ligula, porttitor eu, consequat vitae, eleifend ac, enim.

Read more