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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)

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

B Moments, risk

Will You Risk What You Have for Something More?

B Moments, risk

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking a question: Are you willing to risk what you already have for something more?

Personally, I’ve been at this place before; I’ve had the opportunity to leave the comforts of what I had for something more. Yet I couldn’t make the leap at that time. I got to the brink, but I lacked the inner strength to get to the other side. When I think back about what could have been holding me back, I think it was the risk of losing the safety of what I already had. Sometimes, that means existing relationships.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Gideon’s story. Gideon was chosen by God to defeat the Midianites, an army that significantly outnumbered Gideon and his men. Although Gideon would be victorious over the Midianites, his truest battle was taking on his God-given assignment among those who knew him best—among those who would be the first to judge him.

Gideon was already locked into a way of being with his family members and the other tribes. He played a small, non-threatening role, and in turn, they loved him as “Little Gideon.” Yet God had something more for him. In the end, Gideon chose to leave the safety of what he already had for more.

Now I ask you, are you willing to do the same? As today is the first day of the Lent season, see this question as an invitation to the more that God has for you. As you receive that, cling to these words: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

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So today, leap for your miracle and never look back.

B Moments, flesh

Choose Your Spirit Over Your Flesh

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the constant pull between our flesh and spirit.

As we begin to embark upon the Lent season, I’m thinking about those things that can draw us into a deeper communion with God. One way of doing this is by choosing our spirit over our flesh. This is exactly the decision David was faced with when his men brought him a drink offering.

One day, David expressed to three of his mightiest warriors that he was longing for a drink from a particular well in Bethlehem. So, the three warriors broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water from that very well in Bethlehem.

Yet when David learned that his own men risked their lives to get the water for him, he poured the water out on the ground. For those observing this, it must have been confusing because the three warriors had just risked their lives to get the water David really wanted, and David merely threw it on the ground.

However, David saw things differently. He understood that the liquid that his men brought back was far more precious than mere water to quench his thirst. Therefore, in that moment he decided to forego his flesh to offer the precious water as an offering to God.

During the Lent season, we are constantly faced with choosing between our flesh and spirit, but when we make the right choice, there isn’t a more rewarding feeling. What are you choosing to offer up to God today to go deeper with Him?

As you think about that, hold onto these words: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

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So today, choose your spirit over your flesh.

B Moments, flesh

Choose Your Spirit Over Your Flesh

B Moments, flesh

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the constant pull between our flesh and spirit.

In this series, I’m thinking about those things that can draw us into a deeper communion with God. One way of doing this is by choosing our spirit over our flesh. This is exactly the decision David was faced with when his men brought him a drink offering.

One day, David expressed to three of his mightiest warriors that he was longing for a drink from the well in Bethlehem. So, the three warriors broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water from that very well in Bethlehem.

Yet when David learned that his own men risked their lives to get the water for him, he poured the water out on the ground. For those observing this, it must have been confusing as the warriors had just risked their lives to get the special water, and David merely threw it on the ground.

However, David saw things differently. He understood that the liquid that his men brought back was far more precious than mere water to quench his thirst. Therefore, he decided to forego his flesh to offer the precious water as an offering to God.

During the Lent season, we are constantly faced with choosing between our flesh and spirit, but when we make the right choice, there isn’t a more rewarding feeling. What are you choosing to offer up to God today to go deeper with Him?

As you think about that, allow these words to encourage you: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 (ESV)

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So today, choose your spirit over your flesh.

B Moments, intentions

God Knows Your True Intentions

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

Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

Today, I am sending a gentle reminder your way: Jesus knows your heart.

This is an idea that is particularly important to me during the Lent season because this is a time when we are making sacrifices in an effort to be in deeper communion with God. Sometimes, I need to simply come up for air and know that even when I fall short, God knows what my intentions are. He knows that my heart is true behind my actions.

When I need to be inspired about how well Jesus knows our hearts, I go to the parable of the widow. We know that Jesus spent some time sitting in the temple, watching offering after offering get placed in a collection plate. While he sat there, many rich people came in and threw down large sums of money.

Then, a poor widow put in two small copper coins that were worth only a few cents, and Jesus immediately knew the heart of the widow. He knew the pure intentions of her heart as she dropped just two coins in the plate. Immediately, he turned to his disciples and made them aware of what she had just done.

If you’re on a journey to be in deeper communion with God this Lent season, be warmly reminded that God sees your actions and knows your heart. As you think about that, let us cling to these words: “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, go in confidence that He knows your heart.

B Moments, recharge

Take the Time to Recharge

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about the need to recharge.

This week, we’ve been laying the groundwork to genuinely renew ourselves this Lent season. We’ve talked about the need to replug into our source who is Christ.

Another way to take action is to recharge. This is exactly how I believe David felt when he and his men returned home after being defeated by Saul.

After they experienced such a great loss with Saul, they came home to find their wives and children missing. Imagine taking a trip that does not go well at all, then returning to find that things are even worse at home.

I know personally that when I feel like I’m being hit from all angles, the first thing I need to do is have a good cry. This is exactly what David and his men did. The Scriptures say that David and his men wept until they couldn’t weep anymore.

Yet here’s the key: once David dried his tears and turned to God for strength and guidance, he felt recharged. Even David’s communication with God improved, and he was able to gain clarity and wisdom to recover everything that was taken from him.

So maybe a part of recharging yourself this Lent season requires you to let go of the past and have a good cry as you do so. While you do that, hold onto these words: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

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So today, recharge and renew.

B Moments, source

Replug into Your Source

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 145:3 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the need to replug into my source, who is Christ.

It is the second day of the Lent season, and recently I talked about giving up those behaviors, such as worry and anxiety, that can create distance between you and God. Yet sometimes, rewiring my mind to not worry about something is easier said than done. It is at this time I know I need to replug into my source, who is Christ.

In fact, this is exactly what Mary did. Shortly after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Mary and Martha threw a huge celebration dinner for Jesus. During the party, Martha spent her time running around worrying about whether or not everything was perfect for Jesus.

Meanwhile, Mary was found at Jesus’ feet, breathing in, listening to, and soaking up every word that came out of his mouth. Mary knew the importance of plugging into her source, who was Christ.

Eventually, Martha complained to Jesus, asking him whether it seemed fair that Mary spent her time sitting while Martha spent her time trying to perfect things. However, Jesus told Martha that there was only one thing worth being concerned about and that was something that Mary had already discovered.

Let us begin to lay the groundwork for a good Lent season today by focusing on what really matters. To get refocused, you may need to replug. As you do so, cling to these few words: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3 (ESV)

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So today, replug and renew.

B Moments, renew

Renew Your Spirit to Love and Be Loved

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

Scripture reference: James 4:8 (ESV)

Today, both love and spiritual renewal are in the air as it is both Valentine’s day and the first day of the Lent season. It is the perfect day to love and be loved as well as to acknowledge your own spiritual growth.

Since it is the first day of Lent, I can easily recall the times I started a fast and was not able to keep up with it. I also distinctly remember the times that I gave up something in particular, like red wine or sweets, and then was invited to a social outing where I ended up going back on my word.

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

Yet today, those days are behind me. 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 work to give up worry, anxiety, impatience, and the need to be right.

When I give up the things that distance me from God, I can feel myself going into a deeper communion with Him. This renews my spirit. When I’m feeling renewed, it also means I’m in a better place to love and to be loved.

Therefore, remember to do two things. One: acknowledge yourself for how far you have come on your journey. Two: identify a behavior that you need to let go. This, in turn, will allow you to go deeper with God.

While you do that, recall these few words: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 (ESV)

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So today, renew your spirit to love and be loved.

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.

Blog, worrying

God Wants You to Stop Worrying

This Lenten season, rather than only abstaining from physical pleasures, such as sweets and other treats, let’s go a little deeper and give up our practices that hinder a more intimate relationship with God. For instance, we can make an effort to let go of our habit of worrying. When we are anxious and stressed, it can feel as though life is hitting us from every angle, just like a pinball machine whacking a ball from every side. When this is the case, it is difficult to focus on God and our faith.

Here are 3 powerful ways to “give up” endless worrying and deepen your relationship with God this Lenten season:

  1. “Give up” feelings of worry and anxiousness, and “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 (NLT). Sometimes taking action for the sake of taking action will relieve your anxiety and fretfulness—but only in the short term. Although we typically associate inaction with weakness or a lack of control (which is why we feel inclined to take some form of action, any action, in moments of despair), that is not always the best option. In fact, having an option in our back pocket actually gives us a false sense of control. I know that I am guilty of this in my own life, as I worried constantly until I had a solid Plan B to fall back on if my Plan A didn’t work. Instead, being still and allowing God to take control is our best option. The next move may not yours, but God’s, and only God’s.
    Maybe God is telling you at this time to:

    • Be still in your relationships and know that I am God
    • Be still in your health condition and know that I am God
    • Be still in your finances and know that I am God
    • Be still in your business affairs and know that I am God
  2. “Give up” a weak spiritual foundation. When your spiritual foundation is weak, you are more susceptible to feeling hit from every angle, and responding anxiously in the moment. This will lead you to focus on your greatest problem, or problems, of the hour and how to resolve matters. Your first approach to fixing things may be a spiritual one. In that case, you may pray to God, asking for guidance and relief, while trying your best to maintain a spiritual perspective. This is a wonderful option. However, if relief doesn’t come when you hoped it would, and you easily revert back to a state of perpetual worry, your spiritual foundation may not be as strong as you hoped it would be. Try to catch yourself the next time this happens and recall that even if your problem is great, the God you serve is greater, and He will give you help in whatever way He sees fit.
  3. “Give up” resistance and strive for acceptance. On one hand, you find relief in being still and turning matters over to God. On the other hand, you may want to know just how and when He will handle it all. When things don’t move on your timeline, you may start to resist your situation and become anxious all over again. Resistance weakens you because it creates internal anguish. It’s like running in mud. This is when you should strive for acceptance, even if it’s one moment at a time. Acceptance doesn’t mean that you agree with, or are willing to give into, the situation you find yourself in. It just means that you choose to accept things in the moment, knowing that God will take care of the next one. In other words, acceptance is faith in action because you are taking your hands off the steering wheel, and trusting in God to navigate your course.

The next time you feel anxious and fretful, like a pinball being hit from every angle, will you choose to be consumed by endless worry, or will you situate yourself on the solid rock of Christ, and know that He will take care of you?

This Lent Season, turn your blues into blessings by fully surrendering to God’s approach, which may involve the refining of your character and deepening your faith.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)

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