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B Moments, waiting period

Don’t Be Tricked: Wait for God to Deliver

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done, if He’s changed His mind, or if the timing isn’t right. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that 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, Sarah took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet 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 that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, tricky

Struggling to Wait for God to Deliver

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done or if it’s just not His timing yet. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that 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 took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet 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 that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, believe

Believe It, and You’ll Receive It!

B Moments, believe

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

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (TLB)

Today, I am thinking that if you believe it, you can receive it.

Just a few days ago, my dear girlfriend gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. This miracle occurred after countless attempts at conception over the span of several years. Her journey to motherhood took many twists and turns, but finally, everything came together in God’s divine timing.

Being quite close to her, I can remember the many parts of her journey. In one instance, it was New Year’s Eve and we all thought that she was definitely with child. She refused to take even a sip of champagne because she believed she was pregnant, just as we all did.

It was the beginning of the new year, and we rejoiced because we thought she was going to start the year with this glorious news. However, her year began very differently than we expected, as we soon found out that she was not with child.

If there’s one word I could use to characterize her faith, it would be resilient. After we learned the news, I was worried this might not be a good year for her due to that huge disappointment at the start of it; yet somehow, she was back at it again.

She always visualized her dream and believed in her heart that she would someday walk with her child in her arms. The wonderful thing about my girlfriend is that she reminds us to carry our dreams with us and to visualize them coming to fruition.

This amazing woman was practicing what Christ teaches us in Mark 11. You can have the desires of your heart, “all that’s required is that you really believe and have no doubt!” Mark 11:23 (TLB)

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So today, that thing you’re praying for? Believe it, and you’ll receive it!

B Moment, date

Overcome the Need for a Due Date

B Moment, date

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

Today, let us release the desire for a due date.

As a mom, I know what it’s like to be pregnant and to be given a due date for the birth of my child. Yet as an entrepreneur, I also know what it’s like to be pregnant with a vision, but not be able to determine the day my vision will bear fruit.

I imagine this is the same impatience Abraham felt when God told him that Sarah would bear his child. After a number of years had passed, Abraham began to feel as though God’s promise of a child would never come to pass.

This same uncertainty can plague us, too. There may be times when we don’t have a specific date of when God’s promise to us will materialize, so our faith may begin to wane.

Yet, just as God kept His word to Abraham by blessing him with a child, He will keep His word to us.

So, let us cling to these words to fortify our faith: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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B Moments, reveal

God Uses You to Reveal His Miracles

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

Scripture reference: Acts 4:30 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God uses us to reveal His miracles.

Not long ago, I talked about the importance of keeping an open mind because we never know who or what God will choose to work through. As I mentioned before, I had this thought as I was reading about the Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land, and how hungry and thirsty they had become on their journey.

In the story, God then instructed Moses to command a nearby rock to pour out its water so that everyone would be fulfilled. Not only did the people quench their thirst, but the livestock had their fill as well.

One other thing I noticed when reading this passage is that before God instructed Moses to strike the rock, He asked him to gather all the Israelites so they could witness firsthand this miracle that God was going to perform through Moses.

In reading this passage the first time, I had focused on how we never know who or what God will use to meet our needs. However, when I read it a second time, I could see that God used both the rock and Moses.

The Scripture said God specifically asked Moses to gather all the Israelites together. This underscores how God uses us to reveal His miracles.

Recently, I talked about my girlfriend who had a baby after many attempts, over many years. Her story gives me hope about what’s possible. God can pour water from a rock, and put a beautiful baby in a womb. He does these miraculous things around us all the time.

Therefore, let us be reminded of His miracles and cling to these words: “While you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:30 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is using you to reveal His miracles.

B Moment, date

Overcome the Need for a Due Date

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the desire to have a due date.

As a mother, I know what it is like to be pregnant with a child and to be given a due date by my doctor. As an entrepreneur, I know what it is like to be pregnant with possibility, to be pregnant with a vision, and to be without a due date.

There are times when all you have is the vision God gave you, or the words you know God spoke to you and you alone.

I imagine this is how Abraham felt when God told him that Sarah would bear his son. As we know, Abraham’s initial reaction to God was one of laughter.

I’ve read this passage several times before, but when I read it recently, I realized something new. God not only gave this promise to Abraham, He also reiterated it three more times throughout the Scriptures.

However, after a number of years had passed, Abraham didn’t feel as though God’s promise would truly come to pass. All Abraham had was God’s word; he did not have a due date. This made him lose faith in what was coming.

The very same thing can happen to us, too. Sometimes, after God gives us a vision, He may even speak to us through someone else to reiterate the promise. Yet, because we don’t have a due date, our faith may begin to wane.

I want to remind us that in the same way God fulfilled His word to Abraham, He will fulfill His promises to us. Therefore, let us cling to these words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, release the desire for a due date.

B Moments, bless

Your Faith Will Bless You Abundantly

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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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the moment when our faith pays off.

I had this thought because a dear girlfriend of mine just gave birth to a beautiful little girl after many years of keeping her faith. It took several procedures, but the pieces all finally came together, and she was blessed with a child. It’s a beautiful thing.

In celebrating her blessings, I have also been reflecting on my own, because personally, I know what it feels like when your faith finally pays off. In fact, I have three key takeaways I want to share with you all.

First, when we have faith in something, and we believe that God is going to answer, the first thing we should remember is that God blesses abundantly. So whatever you’re praying for, kick that up a few levels because He will deliver–oftentimes in ways that exceed your expectations.

The second thing that happens when you have faith is that more of your questions will be answered. You will get a glimpse behind the scenes and will better understand why some doors never open, and why the ones you didn’t expect to actually do.

Lastly, when you have faith–and this is something I wish I was able to do more–you are able to be encouraged that all is well, even when it seems like it’s not. In other words, you can believe that all is well and that God has the situation under control because, in reality, He does.

These are the words that I’m going to cling to as I stand in my faith, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life.” James 1:12 (NIV)

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So today, be encouraged and know your faith will pay off.