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B Moments, Holy Spirit

Prepare for a New Season with the Holy Spirit

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

Scripture reference: John 14:26 (ESV)

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Today, I am thinking about preparing for a new season.

Recently, I talked about the seasons changing and how we can sometimes feel as though we’re living between two seasons. This made me think about the proof we have that we are preparing for a new season.

For example, I live in Chicago, so in a few short weeks, I’ll be preparing for the fall season. My closet will be proof of that as I begin to move my winter garments and boots to the front of my closet while my summer clothes and open toe sandals fade to the back. If anyone were to walk into my closet, they’d see proof that I’m preparing for the fall season.

In the spiritual realm, we also have to have proof that we’re preparing for a new season. What I occasionally lose sight of (but was recently was reminded of) is the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our journey, especially when we’re embarking on something new or are on the cusp of change.

Sometimes, we forget to seek the Holy Spirit, but Jesus teaches us in John 14 that the Holy Spirit is sent as our Counselor, one that will never leave us and who leads into all truth. So, while we may get caught up in the newness of a new beginning itself, we might end up losing sight of what is actually important.

The next time you feel you are on the cusp of change or something new, invite the Holy Spirit in and remember these words: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)

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So today, remember the Holy Spirit.

B Moments, shine

Let God’s Light Shine through You

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of letting God’s glory shine through you.

Recently, I was reading in the gospel of John about the time Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. Afterwards, his disciples asked why the man was born blind. They wondered if it was a result of his own sins or the sins of his parents.

I thought this was interesting because sometimes our human inclination is to want to know why something happened or why it didn’t happen. Although we rejoice when what we perceived to be a bad season is finally over, we often want to know why it had to happen in the first place.

Jesus gives a profound response to his disciples in John 9:3.

He told them that the man was not blind because of his sins or his parents’ sins. He was blind so the power of God could be seen in him.

The short answer as to why certain things happen, or why the odds may not be stacked in our favor all the time, is that it allows God’s glory to be revealed in our lives.

As this is a holiday week and many of you will be vacationing or staycationing or just taking it easy in general, let the light of God shine through you. Allow all that He has done in your life to bring about a glow, and let someone else be touched and impacted by your glow.

As you do that, remember these words: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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So today, let God’s light shine through you.

B Moments, page

Stay on the Same Page with God

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to stay on the same page with God in 2018.

Recently, I was talking about the things we need to be mindful of when we’re birthing something great. One of those things is that we must stay on the same page with God. Recall Zechariah’s story when the angel of the Lord appeared before him in the temple.

The angel told him that God had heard his prayer and would bless his wife Elizabeth with a son. Then, the angel went on to say that many would rejoice at his birth and that he would be seen as great in the eyes of the Lord.  Lastly, the angel told Zechariah to call his new son John.

However, Zechariah didn’t believe any of it. He was afraid and doubtful. At this time, Zechariah was not on the same page with God. Therefore, God silenced him until John the baptist was born. This is a clear example of what God will do to get us on the same page with Him.

After John was born, family and friends came over to celebrate. Everyone wanted to name the baby Zechariah after his father. Yet Zechariah motioned for a tablet to write on, recalling that the angel had told him that the baby would be called John. In the moment that Zechariah wrote on the tablet that his son’s name would be John, God restored his voice.

What do you need to do to get on the same page with God before you enter 2018? What will God restore for you if you do? Lean on these words for guidance: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

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So today, get on the same page with God and start your 2018 strong.

B Moments, moment

Have the Faith to Embrace Your Moment

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 we should be careful not to miss our moment.

I was recently reading about Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. If you look at Zechariah’s life, he was a godly man. He was a priest who worshiped God often. In fact, the Scriptures say that he obeyed all of God’s commandments, so it is clear that he was a faithful man.

However, when the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he was overwhelmed with fear. The angel encouraged him to not be afraid. He told Zechariah that God was going to bless him and his wife with a son named John, and that many people would rejoice at John’s birth.

Yet this priest, this man of faith, still responded with doubt. He asked the angel how he could know for sure that this would all occur.

He missed his moment.

All of his years of worshiping and living as a godly man didn’t strengthen his faith when he needed it most. This prompts us to reflect on our own lives. When God wants to bless us with a new chapter, we shouldn’t miss our moment by doubting or by staying on that fence for too long.

Let us begin to see ourselves putting our hand into God’s hand and embracing the blessings He has for us. As we do so, let us cling to these treasured 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, don’t miss your moment.

B Moments, trust

Trust First, Then Seek Understanding

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 thinking about how trusting far outweighs understanding.

My husband and I are driving our son to college this week, and I think it’s fair to say that he has mixed emotions. On one hand, he’s ecstatic to be living on his own and starting this new chapter in his life. Yet on the other hand, he’s not sure if he will like the school, since it wasn’t one of his top choices.

My words to him thus far have simply been, “Sweetheart, let’s go with an open mind. Things are all in divine order.” Unfortunately though, it feels as though my words are falling on deaf ears.

Recently, I was led to the Christian author Skye Jethani’s post about the good shepherd. He makes the point that as close as the disciples were to God, they didn’t always understand what He was teaching them; this was especially true when Jesus used parables to teach.

In other words, the disciples often didn’t know where God was leading them or why. Yet, as Jesus points out in the Scriptures, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27-28 (NLT)

The disciples may have lacked understanding, but they compensated with a willingness to trust Jesus.

Therefore, I’m asking us all to think if there is a situation in our lives where we might need to trust more than understand—just as is the case with my son’s anxiety about college. In these situations, let us cling to the words of one of my favorite Scriptures, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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So today, remember that trusting outweighs understanding.

B Moments, glory

Let God’s Glory Shine Through You

B Moments, glory

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

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 5:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how things really do happen for God’s glory.

Recently, I was reading in the gospel of John about the time Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth. Afterwards, his disciples asked their teacher why was the man born blind. They wondered if it was a result of his own sins or the sins of his parents.

I thought this was interesting because our human inclination is to often want to know why. Although we rejoice when what we perceived to be a bad season is finally over, we often want to know why it had to happen in the first place.

Jesus gives a profound response to this ultimate question when his disciples asked in John 9:3.

He told them that the man was not blind because of his sins or his parents’ sins. He was blind so the power of God could be seen in him.

The short answer as to why certain things happen, or why the odds may not be stacked in our favor, is that it allows God’s glory to be revealed in our lives. There’s no other reason.

The key, however, is not to let our negative thoughts or energy shut that opportunity down. So the next time we need to be reminded of God’s hand in our life, let us cling to these words: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” 1 Peter 5:6 (ESV)

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So today, let’s keep these words on our heart: simply, to God be the glory.

B Moments, process

Celebrate Your Process, Not Your Outcome

B Moments, process

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of the process.

When I pursue something, I tend to be extremely focused on the end goal. I desire a spectacular outcome, so I focus my energy there, rather than on being excellent in each step along the way.

I was in a meeting the other day and a colleague referenced the coach John Wooden. Mr. Wooden is one of basketball’s preeminent coaches due to his record number of wins, and his philosophy actually pertains to the concept of the process.

It is said that Mr. Wooden did not focus on the wins, but instead focused on the team and the standards his team needed to meet to achieve the wins.

When I heard this, I had to ponder the concept for a while as I couldn’t understand how one could achieve all those wins without focusing on the win itself. I’m a lot more straightforward with my goals because once I decide I want something, I do everything I can to accomplish it.

However, what I tend to overlook from time to time is the idea of the process.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Daniel’s life. Daniel is mostly known for coming out of the lion’s den unharmed.

Yet that type of faith and courage didn’t just appear in Daniel. It grew in him from his daily act of worshiping. He nurtured his strength day in and day out through his process.

When we can trust the process each day, God will handle the rest. To do that, I cling to these words: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

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So today, trust your own process.

B Moment, handpick

God May Handpick YOU for His Service

B Moment, handpick

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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God can handpick anyone to be used in His service.

Recently, I talked about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us. In that instance I was specifically talking about God’s love. Specifically, we tend to hold onto things from our past when He actually has forgiven us long ago.

At the moment, I am thinking more about who He chooses to use for His service. I am also still reflecting on the passage about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. In fact, the gospel of John, chapter four is layered with lesson after lesson.

In the passages, Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman is revealed. It is clear that Jesus knew that the woman had been married five times before and that the man she was living with was not her husband.

In the Scripture, the woman was so moved by the fact that Jesus knew about her past that she ran back to her town and told everyone to come and see the man who knew everything she had ever done.

As a result, this woman, a Samaritan woman who had been married five times previously and was currently living in sin, brought an entire town to Christ. In this way we see that sometimes we can be so quick to see ourselves or others as unworthy that we forget that God can still use us to impact the lives of others.

Next time the word “unworthy” comes into our minds, let us cling to these words: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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So today, remember that God could be handpicking you for His service.

B Moments, done

It’s Already Done!

B Moments

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how it is already done. In other words, God has already answered our prayer; we simply haven’t seen it yet.

I had this thought as I was reading in John 4 about a government official who asked Jesus to heal his son. The passage detailed how the official pleaded with Christ to quickly go to his house before his little boy died.

Jesus, however, responded that the official should go back home and told him that his son would live. The man believed Jesus and started on his way home.

While on his journey back, some of his servants met him on the road with the news that his son was alive and well.

After rejoicing, the official asked his servants when his son began to feel better. The servants told him that the day before at around 1:00, his fever suddenly disappeared.

The man then realized that Jesus had told him that his son would live at precisely the same time that day.

When I read this, all I could think was, it is already done. I sincerely believe that there are times when we kneel in prayer and, before we even get up, God has already answered our prayer; we just haven’t seen it yet.

Just as God answered the official’s prayer in that instant, we should be encouraged that He is doing the same in our lives. The next time uncertainty creeps in about whether God has heard or answered one of our prayers, let us cling to these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

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So today, know this: it is already done.

B Moments, preparing

Allow the Holy Spirit to Prepare You

B Moments, preparing

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

Scripture reference: John 14:26 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about preparing for a new season.

Recently, I talked about the seasons changing and what we do in between seasons. This made me ponder what proof we have that demonstrates the fact that we’re actually preparing for our upcoming season.

For example, proof that I’m preparing for summer is evident in my closet. During this time of year, I begin to move more of my summer clothes and open toed sandals to the front of the closet, while my dark, heavier winter garments and boots go to the back. If anyone were to walk into my closet today, they would see proof that I am preparing for the summer season.

In the spiritual realm, we also want to have proof that we are preparing for a new season. What I occasionally lose sight of (but was recently reminded of) is the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our journey when we embark on something new, or are on the cusp of change.

Sometimes, we forget to seek the Holy Spirit, but Jesus teaches us in John 14 that the Holy Spirit is sent as our Counselor, one that will never leave us and who leads into all truth. So, while we may get caught up in the newness of a new beginning itself, we might end up losing sight of what is actually important.

The next time we are on the cusp of change and we want to invite the Holy Spirit in, let us cling to these words: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, remember to invite the Holy Spirit into your journey.