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Detach from Your Outcome

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 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how detaching from the outcome may be easier than we think.

Recently, we’ve been talking about Joseph’s life, a man who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and wrongly imprisoned for twelve years. We know that even though Joseph ended up in some pretty dark places on his journey, like being enslaved and imprisoned, God was not only with him everywhere he went, but God also gave him special favor in those places.

We also know that although things sometimes happened to Joseph that seemed to have no rhyme or reason, in the end, Joseph’s story is a very beautiful one.

If we apply this thinking to our own lives, we see that despite how dark things may seem, God and His favor are always with us. Even though we may struggle through seemingly unrelated events, in the end, they are all woven into a beautiful story. Knowing these things makes it much easier to detach from the outcome.

Joseph teaches us to not get caught up on the when and how. He simply reminded himself constantly that God was orchestrating a greater plan for his life. We know that Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace in the same day—something he could not have orchestrated on his own.

Do you need to detach from a situation that is, in a sense, imprisoning you today? If so, remember these words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, go free and detach.

B Moments, magnificently

God’s Plans Are Always Magnificently Orchestrated for You

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)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s plans are magnificently orchestrated.

I opened this series with me feeling low, and it was the classic case of an unanswered prayer. My downward spiral began when I focused on my pain because pain only creates more pain. From that experience, I have three key takeaways to share.

The first is to keep your eyes focused on Christ. He is the problem solver. Don’t focus on the problem, focus on the solution.

The second is, don’t let the unknown hold you back. Close your eyes, press your hand into God’s, and step into the unknown. Your faith will be rewarded.

The third is to pray and ask God for the desires of your heart, and then detach from the outcome. Detach from the when and the how it will all unfold. We know that God’s plan is greater and can achieve greater results than any plan that we could even dream up.

We can see the results of trusting in His plan when we remember that Joseph went from the prison to the palace in a single day. We see it in a homeless veteran who gave away his only twenty dollars and who now has more than 300,000 dollars two months later.

I am so encouraged that God’s plans are magnificently orchestrated, so let us cling to these timeless words: “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, know that His plans are magnificent.

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.