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B Moments, rainstorm

Get Your Umbrella Out for a Rainstorm of Blessings

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how a rainstorm of blessings awaits you.

Recently we talked about the Lent season and how it’s the perfect time to remodel our prayers and to examine our spiritual growth. We said it’s like watching the before and after images of a house being remodeled on HGTV.

Keeping that same line of thinking, we know what it looks like when we remodel a room. Let’s say you wanted to open a room up so that more light could enter it; you would simply rearrange the furniture, moving those pieces that are obstructing the light.

Sometimes, moving just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room. The same can be true for our spiritual lives. We have to move out those things that are obstructing our light and that are blocking us from more.

This is what happened to the Israelites when Elijah confronted them. The Israelites had been enduring a severe drought and, during that time, they wavered back and forth between worshiping God and the false god Baal.

When the Israelites ultimately chose God, Elijah knew without a doubt that a shift in their circumstances would soon follow. They would go from a severe drought to a mighty rainstorm.

What is the one action that you need to take to create a shift in your life? Sometimes, we can see the need to repurpose a room, but we continue to walk past the room day after day. The same can be true for our lives. We see the need for a change, but we postpone taking action—all the while, postponing our mighty rainstorm of blessings.

As you think about that, remember these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, get your umbrella out for a rainstorm of blessings.

B Moments, remodel

Lent Is the Perfect Time to Remodel Your Prayers

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

Scripture reference: Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am out of the studio, but I am still thinking about how Lent is the perfect time to remodel our prayers.

I always see the Lent season as a time to go deeper spiritually, so I’ll often look at how I’ve evolved in some ways and where my work lies in others. It feels like I’m focusing on the before and after. Imagine you’re watching HGTV and you see the before and after images of a house that has been remodeled.

For example, I can remember the days when my prayers were very “me” centered. I would get on my knees and would sometimes even pull out a writing pad to put my prayer requests in writing just in case God missed my verbal request.

I was so absorbed in my own needs when I prayed this way. I spoke my prayer requests as if I was rattling off my Christmas wish list. The tone of these prayers was always “me, me, me.”

While Scriptures, such as Mark 11:24 teach us, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you,” they also teach us that we should continually mature in our spiritual walk.

Therefore, I have since learned the importance of kneeling before God and worshiping who He is before I engage in any type of request. I’ve also learned to pray for things beyond my immediate needs and the needs of my family and friends. Finally, I’ve learned to give thanks before asking.

What is the before and after picture of your prayer life? Can you see how it has evolved over the years? As you think about that, remember these words: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, don’t let your prayers be too “me” centered.

B Moments, priorities

Keep Shifting Your Priorities toward 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 6:33 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when our priorities shift.

In this series, we’re focusing on our before and after. I’ve used the example of watching HGTV and seeing the before and after images of a remodeled house. The same can be true for our spiritual growth.

Now, I’m focusing on Peter and how his priorities shifted. If you know anything about Peter, you know that he loved fishing. It was in his DNA and was the center of his world. In good times, Peter would happily fish, and when he was down, he would retreat to fishing.

However, I noticed something interesting about this as I was reading in the book of John. One night, Peter and some of the disciples went out fishing. They fished all night, but by morning they had not caught a thing. An unsuccessful fishing trip was a big deal to someone like Peter.

At dawn, Jesus appeared on the shore and told Peter and the disciples to throw their nets on the right side of the boat, and there would be plenty of fish. In fact, there would be so many fish that the nets wouldn’t be able to hold them all.

Yet the moment that Peter saw Christ appear on the shore, the Scriptures say he threw on his tunic, jumped overboard, and swam to shore to join Jesus. In that moment, Peter made it very clear that fish were no longer the most important thing in his life. His priorities had shifted. He had something better: Christ on the shore.

Take a moment to celebrate yourself for shifting your priorities and growing closer to God. As you do so, remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, keep shifting your priorities for the better.

B Moments, evolved

Take the Time to Remodel Your Prayers

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

Scripture reference: Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how our prayers have evolved.

In this series, we’re focusing on our before and after. Imagine you’re watching HGTV and you see the before and after images of a house that has been remodeled. The same can be true for our spiritual growth.

For example, I can remember the days when my prayers were very “me” centered. I would get on my knees and would sometimes even pull out a writing pad to put my prayer requests in writing just in case God missed my verbal request.

I was so absorbed in my own needs when I prayed this way. I spoke my prayer requests as if I was rattling off my Christmas wish list. The tone of these prayers was always “me, me, me.”

While Scriptures such as Mark 11:24 teach us, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you,” they also teach us that we should continually mature in our spiritual walk.

Therefore, I have since learned the importance of kneeling before God and worshiping who He is before I engage in any type of request. I’ve also learned to pray for things beyond my immediate needs and the needs of my family and friends. Finally, I’ve learned to give thanks before asking.

What is the before and after picture of your prayer life? Can you see how it has evolved over the years? As you think about that, reflect on these words: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, don’t let your prayers be too “me” centered.