B Moments, travel

God Wants You to Travel Light

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)


Today, I am thinking about how God wants you to travel light.

Lately we’ve been studying from the Gospels. We’ve seen Jesus crisscross the land, traveling from the region of Galilee to Philippi and down south through Sumer, teaching and healing and casting out evil spirits.

Jesus knew his days were numbered, so he called together his twelve disciples. He then gave them the authority to go and teach about the kingdom of God, heal the sick, and cast out demons.

Before he sent them on their first journey, he gave them a set of instructions on what not to take. Imagine if you were traveling out of the country, you would have your lists of do’s and don’ts when packing. But I want to take a closer look at what he told them not to take so that we can better understand what he would supply them with.

First, Jesus said, “No need to put money in your belts.” Why? Because he will provide for you. Jesus then said, “Don’t take bread.” Why? Because he is your nourishment; he will sustain you. He went on, “No need for a traveler’s bag.” What’s that other than necessities? Christ knows your necessities better than you ever could.

Jesus continued, “No need for an extra tunic.” Why? Because he’ll provide your warmth and comfort. He also said, “Don’t take a staff,” which in those times was either used as a walking stick or as a defense against predators. In other words, he was saying to lean on him because he is your protection.

In summation, what Jesus was saying to the disciples then and to us now is to go free. He wants us to be who he called us to be, and leave the rest to him. As you think about that, hold onto these words: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

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So today, travel light.

B Moments, reveals

Jesus Is Revealing Himself to You

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know who Christ will reveal himself through.

This week, we’ve been talking a lot about our journeys, which reminded me of the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As the Scriptures say, the two disciples were engaged in a serious discussion about the events that had taken place during the crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection. The men were sad about all that had happened to Christ.

As they were walking and talking, a third man appeared before them, and he questioned them about their conversation. As we read on in Luke 24, we see that this third man was Jesus himself, but the disciples didn’t recognize him because they didn’t have faith in him. It was only after Jesus went home with them and broke bread with them that they recognized him for who he was.

This prompted me to think about all of the ways Jesus reveals himself to us through other individuals that we fail to see. Thankfully, we learn that Jesus was very patient with the two disciples when they failed to see him. He walked several miles with them back to their village. He listened to them. He sat down and had dinner with them.

The question for us is, who is Jesus revealing himself through that we are missing? As we think about that, let us remember these words: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

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So today, don’t miss it when Jesus reveals himself to you.

B Moments, outcome

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, worth it

Every Step Will Be Worth It

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)

B Moment listeners, I’ve been waiting to say this for some time. Today we are on location, and I am thinking about how every step was worth it.

Graduation season is upon us, and the idea that every step was worth it is often especially true for graduates. I’m thinking about this because I’m in New York celebrating my husband’s graduation from business school.

Some of you may remember that two years ago I shared that I taped the Bible verse Joshua 1:9 to the soles of my husband’s shoes when he started business school. I did that because I wanted him to be reminded with each step of what Joshua 1:9 teaches us. It tells us to be strong and courageous because the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go.

Well today, this part of his journey has come to pass, and he will say every step was worth it.

However, there are some parts of our journey that may feel wrong, causing us to believe that the path we’re on is not worth it. For example, I’m sure Joseph felt this way when he was sold into slavery by his brothers and was put into prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Yet Joseph was able to remember that God is always in control, even when one of the stops on his journey was a prison cell. Joseph continued to press forward, trusting God with every step. In the end, Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace.

Do you need to remind someone that every step will be worth it? If so, share these words with them: “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, trust God and know that every step will be worth it.

B Moments, Easter Monday

Begin Your Quest This Easter Monday

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 is what we traditionally call Easter Monday. This is still a day for rejoicing because the entire Lent season has been about spiritual renewal and going deeper to go higher.

For me personally, this spiritual renewal is about being used in God’s service. I am reminded of a time when I heard a pastor explain the difference between someone being on a quest and on an adventure.

The pastor explained that an adventure is personal. It’s about your journey. You can stop or turn back whenever you choose. Some families might even take an adventure this week as many students are on spring break.

Yet a quest is about something greater than yourself. It is when your journey leads you to helping others and turning back or giving up is not so easy. When you go on a quest, you are redefined in the process.

When we turn to the Scriptures, let’s remember the apostle Paul’s life. He professed in Philippians 3:12 that he would keep working toward that day when he was finally all that Christ Jesus saved him for and wanted him to be.

As you have been spiritually renewed this Lent season, how will you go deeper to go higher? What will you embark upon that is greater than yourself? As you think about that, cling to one of my favorite verses: “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, embark upon your life’s quest and never look back.

B Moments, blind faith

Embrace Your Blind Faith and Take that Journey

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will reward your faithfulness.

For most of this week, we’ve been talking about sacrifices. Today, I’m reminding us of how God rewards those sacrifices. Sometimes, our sacrifices even resemble a blind faith because we’re not sure what will come of them.

When I think about blind faith and sacrifices, look no further than Abraham’s life. God directed Abraham to leave the town of Ur and journey to a new home. This new home would be more than a thousand miles away.

Abraham had to make many sacrifices along the way for the lengthy trip, but he demonstrated a blind faith by taking the journey anyway. He placed less emphasis on where he was going and more emphasis on who he was following.

Abraham is the perfect example of how the blind faith we show and the sacrifices we make really do please God. In fact, God ultimately went on to call Abraham the father of many nations. Through his story, we see that when we sacrifice and demonstrate a blind faith, we are in fact seeking God.

The words that inspire me and remind me that our faith will be rewarded are very simply: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

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So today, go with confidence knowing that God will reward your faithfulness.

B Moments, prevailing

Take the Next Right Action

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

Scripture reference: James 1:22 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should take the next right action.

Recently, we were talking about how one event doesn’t stop God’s will from prevailing. Yet sometimes, one disheartening event will occur, or the outlook of something will be bleak, and we will become overwhelmed by it all. This may cause us to not take any action when the key is to keep things moving.

This reminds me of Ezra’s journey. Ezra was collecting treasures for the temple of God, and he had arranged a caravan of several Levites and priests to help him safely deliver these priceless treasures. Even though Ezra had a sizable caravan, the king was still concerned about them being attacked by enemies since the journey was four months long.

Let’s think about what Ezra was dealing with. First, there was the challenge of a four month long journey. Then, he had to worry about keeping the treasures safe. On top of that, he had to keep the families in the caravan safe.

Likely feeling overwhelmed by these responsibilities, Ezra had a choice. He could either turn back, or keep things moving and do the next right thing. For Ezra, this was praying and fasting, and he got everyone in the caravan to do the same.

Rather than becoming paralyzed by his circumstances, Ezra trusted in God and took the next right action, ultimately making it to his destination in precisely four months. Let’s let Ezra’s journey and these words inspire us: “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” James 1:22 (NKJV)

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So today, put your hand in God’s and take the next right action.

B Moments, name

Your Spiritual Walk Is Continually Evolving

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

Scripture reference: Colossians 1:10 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of not getting stuck on our spiritual journey.

One thing I have noticed from studying the Scriptures is that certain people of God have their names changed over time. For example, Abraham started out with the name Abram, but God eventually gave him the new name Abraham, which means “father of many nations.” Similarly, his wife, Sarai, became Sarah, meaning “princess.”

What was especially interesting to me was that their names changed after they received God’s miracle. In the case of Sarah and Abraham, their names changed following the miracle of Sarah giving birth so late in life.

In other words, their own names no longer seemed fitting for where God was taking them, or for the new blessings He bestowed upon them. This inspires me to keep pressing forward and to keep evolving spiritually, just like Sarah and Abraham.

In my book, Blues to Blessings, the last chapter is titled “8 Suzettes Ago.” By this I mean that I want my spiritual walk twenty years from now to look vastly different than what it looks like today. This means that my spiritual relationship is steadily evolving, the beautiful and the ugly intertwining, producing a completely new version of myself that grows in spiritual depth.

The words that I will cling to are: “The way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10 (NLT)

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So today, what name best characterizes your spiritual walk?

B Moments, acknowledge

God Wants to Acknowledge Your Spiritual Growth

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

Scripture reference: Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

Today, I realized that although Lent is a time to spiritually renew, it is also an opportunity to reflect on our own spiritual growth.

A short time ago, I was at a dinner party to celebrate a friend’s anniversary. During the dinner, my girlfriend didn’t partake in certain foods because she had given them up for Lent. Watching her do that made me reflect on the spiritual journey I’ve been on when it comes to fasting and the Lenten season.

I can still recall the occasions when I was supposed to be fasting, but did not show the strength my girlfriend did at the dinner party. Back then, I would give in to the moment, reasoning that it was a special occasion and God would understand.

I also remember the times when I would fast with a group of ladies to further my intimacy with the group, rather than to deepen my relationship with God.

However, I also acknowledge the way I have continued on my journey. I’ve learned to give up those things that create a distance between myself and God; for instance, rather than just giving up sweets and coffee, I give up worry, anxiety, impatience, and the need to be right.

Finally, I acknowledge myself for understanding that progress does not mean perfection.

Let us be reminded of these words when acknowledging our spiritual growth: “So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

So today, let this Lenten season highlight your own spiritual growth.

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God Has a Different Path for Me

B Moment iconMy moment to Be still…to Be fed by the Word of God…to Be grateful.

Scripture reference:  Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)