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B Moments, hidden

Watch for God’s Hidden Hand in 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: Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

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Today, I am reminding you about God’s hidden hand.

This is when you know for sure that an event or outcome of a situation was shaped by more than just chance. Esther’s story is a perfect example of God’s hidden hand. What is particularly interesting about the book of Esther is that it never mentions God by name, even though you can see His hand throughout the book.

Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia who was chosen to replace Queen Vashti, who had recently been exiled. The fact that Esther was Jewish was a big secret; it wasn’t even known to the king.

However, not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all of the Jewish people. This left Esther in a tight place. She needed to approach the king and make an appeal for the lives of the Jewish people without revealing her own identity.

During this time, her cousin Mordecai encouraged her to take some kind of action as he continually reminded her that she had been elevated to the palace for such a time as this. We see that even though God’s name isn’t mentioned, it is clear that His hand perfectly positioned her to not only save herself but also to save the Jewish people.

Esther’s story is a great reminder of how God is always at work on our behalf, working strategically behind the scenes and on multiple levels. Let us use this Scripture to show us what we need to do, which is: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

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So today, watch for His hand.

B Moments, good deed

Your Good Deed Will Lead You There

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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Today I am thinking about when you’re unsure of where your good deed will lead.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the good deed Esther’s cousin Mordecai did on behalf of the king. One day, Mordecai overheard two eunuchs plotting the assassination of the king. He told Queen Esther of their plot, and she passed the information along to the king.

The king did an extensive investigation and found that what Mordecai had said was true; there really was a plot on his life. Esther told the king that Mordecai was the one responsible for uncovering the assassination plot, yet Mordecai’s good deed was not acknowledged at the time.

Oddly enough, shortly thereafter there was a plot to have Mordecai killed. Yet as God would have it, the night before Mordecai was to be executed, the king realized that he had still not done anything for Mordecai, who had saved his life. So, Mordecai’s good deed was not only rewarded, but it was rewarded at the most appropriate time.

Sometimes, we do a good deed and don’t see a return, but we need to remember that God always sees what we do and that our good deeds bring us even closer to Him. As you think about how God is working through you and in your life, hold onto these words: “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, remember where your good deed leads.

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Swing the Pendulum of Favor Your Way

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 91:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what it takes to swing the pendulum of favor our way.

There may be times when we are preparing for a big moment in our life, and everything is riding on our performance. Even one misstep could be very costly. In these moments, I think about Esther’s story.

Esther was a young Jewish girl who had been chosen to replace the queen. Not long into her reign, however, Esther had to face the king to save not only herself, but her entire race.

As Esther waited to meet with the king, she planned—but she also did something that was very instructive three days before her meeting. Esther prayed and fasted for three consecutive days. In fact, she even asked others to pray and fast on her behalf.

Therefore, when Esther went in to meet with the king, she was not only prepared mentally, but she was also fortified spiritually. By getting in the presence of God, praying, and fasting, she gained the power to swing that pendulum in her favor.

Sometimes, we prepare mentally for an important event, then say a simple, thirty-second prayer and expect amazing things to happen. However, making sure we are prepared spiritually is just as significant.

The next time we have a lot riding on our performance, let’s remember to get quiet and dwell in the presence of God to fortify ourselves. Let us cling to these words: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 (ESV)

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So today, swing the pendulum of favor your way.

B Moments, limbo

Even in Limbo, God Is Fixing Things

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 (KJV)

Today, I am thinking about what it feels like to be in limbo.

Limbo is that moment when you feel like you’ve done everything you can to get the ball down the field, but now you need God to help you get that ball into the end zone. However, I have learned from my own personal experience that my idea of fixing a situation is usually one dimensional, whereas God’s ways are much more strategic and multi-dimensional.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Esther. Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia who was chosen to replace Queen Vashti, who had recently been exiled. The fact that Esther was Jewish was a secret; it was even unknown to the king.

However, not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all Jewish people. This left Esther in a very bad place. She needed to approach the king and make an appeal for the lives of the Jewish people, but she didn’t want to risk revealing her own identity.

When you think about this, she was perfectly positioned to make the appeal to the king. In this, we see that God fixes things strategically, on multiple levels, and sometimes long before we even begin to pray about a situation. Just as He fixed this situation and saved all of the Jewish people’s lives, He will fix the problems in your life as well.

Let us cling to these words today: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

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So today, allow God to be your fixer-in-chief.

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Spiritually Armed for Your Next Big Moment?

b moments, prepared

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 91:1

Today I am thinking about what it takes to be spiritually prepared for that big moment. We’re all familiar with these types of moments. It’s when so much is riding on our performance. They can even be pivotal points where even one mistake is costly.

When I look to the Scriptures I think back to Esther’s story. Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia, brought into the king’s court as a candidate to replace the exiled Queen Vashti. Subsequently, she was elevated above all the other candidates and raised to the position of queen. Shortly afterwards a decree went out to the entire land to kill all those of Jewish blood in the kingdom. Esther found herself in the position of needing to save not only herself, but also all those of her racial identity within the empire. So much was on the line.

Esther prepared herself. She did not charge blindly into danger but rather gathered to herself advisers and allies. She strategized with her uncle. She engaged in prayer and fasting for three days prior to her meeting with the king. She even sent word to the Jewish people through her uncle asking them to join her in prayer and fasting.

When the day arrived, Esther walked up to the palace prepared, much like one would walk up to a podium. She was not only physically and mentally prepared, but spiritually prepared because of the time she had spent in prayer and fasting beforehand.

Sometimes these significant moments require us to prepare up to the last minute. We often show up prepared mentally, but will have forsaken the opportunity to prepare spiritually. Esther’s story shows us the importance of doing both.

The Words that I use to teach me are, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1 (ESV) 

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Today, become both mentally and spiritually armed for your next big moment.

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God’s Strategy

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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: Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

Today I am thinking about what it feels like to be in limbo. It’s that state when you feel you’ve done everything you can to get that ball down the field but now you need God to help you get the ball into the end zone.

Sometimes I struggle with asking for help, even from God. I’ll have the perfect vision of how things should be fixed. Nonetheless, I have learned from experience that my idea of how to fix things can be one-dimensional where as God’s purpose is strategic and multi-dimensional.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of Esther. Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia, chosen to replace the previous queen, Vashti, who had been exiled from the kingdom. When Esther was brought to the palace, her racial identity was unknown to the king and those around her. She was told by her uncle, who had raised her, to keep that part of herself secret.

Not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all those of Jewish descent within the bounds of the Persian empire. Esther found herself in the position of needing to approach the king and appeal for the lives of her people. Of course, Esther would risk revealing her identity while making her appeal to the king.

When you think about it, what were the chances that this young Jewish girl would be placed in the court of the King of Persia, just at this time? She was perfectly positioned to save her people.

But this is how God fixes things.

Strategically.

On multiple levels.

Sometimes long before we even begin to pray about a situation.

So the Words that I use to calm me when I begin to worry are, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

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So today, stop fretting and choose God as your Fixer-in-Chief, and let Him take over the strategy.

B Moments, Fixer

God is My Fixer-in-Chief

B Moments, Fixer

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

Scripture reference:   Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

Today, I am appreciating God as the Ultimate Fixer. Yesterday, I talked about my desire to fix things. We see that our way of fixing things can be more one-dimensional, and may involve a narrow way of thinking.

However, when we look at God, He does not see things as we see them. As the Scriptures teach us, God’s mind is not like our minds. God orchestrates things more strategically, and on many more levels than we do.

When I look to the Scriptures for a good example of this principle, I recall Esther’s story. Esther is a young Jewish girl chosen to replace the queen of the land. At the time, her nationality was unknown to the king and those around her.

Shortly after she is made queen, a decree goes out to extinguish all Jewish people in the land. Esther will ultimately have to risk revealing her nationality as she makes her appeal to the king.  She would have to do this not only to save herself, but her entire race.

When you think about it, what were the chances that this young Jewish girl would be placed in this foreign court at that particular time, so that she would be well-positioned to save her own people?

That’s how God fixes things – strategically…on multiple levels…and, sometimes long before we even begin to pray about a situation.  

Also, when God fixes a situation it can be everlasting.  To mark this event of Esther saving the Jewish people, there is an annual celebration called the Festival of Purim.  This event is still celebrated today.

The Words that strengthen my trust are, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

Tomorrow, let’s talk about God’s reward. Please share this reflection, because others desire to be inspired.

So today, choose God as your Fixer-in-Chief.