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B Moments, good works

Your Good Works Are Accruing 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: Luke 6:38 (ESV)

Today, as I am on the road, I am thinking about how your good works are accruing with God.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “accrue” as something that accumulates over time. As we wrap up our series about Joseph, his life is a perfect example of how our good works are always accruing with God. Even though Joseph ended up in some pretty dark and unjust places, his good works never stopped accruing with God.

One example of this was when Joseph interpreted the cupbearer’s dream. In turn, the cupbearer was supposed to help Joseph get out of prison. But he soon forgot all about Joseph. It wasn’t until two years later that the cupbearer remembered Joseph and referred him to the king. During this two-year period, there was no sign that Joseph would be released from prison.

It is during this period of inactivity that we may think our good works are not being considered. In the natural realm, it just looks like two more years in prison for Joseph. But in God’s realm, Joseph’s good works were steadily accruing, even when it seemed like nothing was happening.

Here is the key. When the day comes for your good works to be reconciled against God’s ledger, His blessings will far exceed your expectations. Joseph just asked to be released from prison. Yet God’s plan was not only to have him released, but to make him governor, to reunite him with his family, and to give him a loving wife and children.

Let us be inspired today by these words: “…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over…” Luke 6:38 (ESV)

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So today, know that your good works are accruing.

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, reason

There Is More to Your Story

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 when things happen to us that appear to have no rhyme or reason.

Recently, we’ve been studying Joseph’s life. During the time Joseph was in prison, he met the king’s cupbearer.

One day, the cupbearer had a dream, so he asked Joseph to interpret the dream for him. Joseph told him that his dream meant he would be getting out of prison very soon.

In turn, Joseph asked the cupbearer to have pity on him once he was released and to tell the king that he was an innocent man. Yet once the cupbearer got out of prison, he forgot all about Joseph.

In your life, have you ever wrongly believed that you found the solution to your less than ideal situation? You might believe that the reason you met a person was to solve your crisis, but in the end, you may find that the person was not the answer.

During these times, you might wonder why you encountered the person in the first place. You may even conclude that sometimes things happen to you without rhyme or reason.

However, I would encourage you to see things differently because it is not the end of your story. You can see evidence of this in the fact that all of the seemingly unrelated events that Joseph dealt with ultimately ended up being part of a beautiful story.

If you feel like things are just happening to you and not for you, hang on because there is definitely more to your story. As you remember that, hold onto these 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, know that there is more to your story.

B Moments, sing

Anticipate God’s Promises Being Fulfilled

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am anticipating God’s promises being fulfilled.

We are now wrapping up our series on exhaling in the arms of God. During this series, we’ve focused on recalling the promises He’s already fulfilled for us and on exhaling as we await new promises and blessings. We also talked about how we need to respond to God in a supernatural way while waiting for His blessings.

When we turn to the book of Acts, we see that’s exactly what Paul and Silas did after they were arrested. They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.

However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray.

Think about that for a moment. It makes perfect sense at midnight to cry out to God or even to complain to Him. Yet despite all they had been through, they chose to sing and worship and praise Him.

We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings. However, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them.

Paul and Silas’ singing was truly a supernatural response. They were able to shift the focus from their pain to their hope. They sang in anticipation of God’s promises to be fulfilled.

As you think about your own promises and prayers being fulfilled, cling to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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So today, start singing.

B Moments, changing

God Is in the Business of Changing Hearts

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

Scripture reference: Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will change a man’s heart just for you.

In this series, we’ve been talking about taking action, whether it’s starting with a change of heart, or simply doing the next right thing. We see that when we take action, God in turn takes action too. Sometimes, this results in Him changing a man’s heart, just for you.

This reminds me of the time Paul and Silas were arrested for spreading the good news. To ensure they couldn’t escape from the prison, the jailer even put them in the inner dungeon of the jail.

However, shortly after midnight, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken at its foundation. All of the doors flew open, and the chains flew off all of the prisoners.

The jailer was deeply shaken by the whole incident. He ran down to the dungeon where Paul and Silas were being kept, then knelt before them and asked what he needed to do to be saved.

Paul responded that he needed to confess to Christ because not only would he be saved, but his entire family would be saved too.

Here’s what’s interesting. The jailer who had thrown Paul and Silas into the inner dungeon earlier that day came to wash their wounds later that night.

Therefore, let us not shy away from an assignment because we believe a person’s heart is too hard. Instead, put those hearts in God’s hands and cling to these words: “I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 (ESV)

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So today, know that your God is in the business of changing hearts.

B Moments, detach

Detach from Your Need to Control the 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 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of detaching from the outcome.

Sometimes my faith will lead me down the path of praying for something and becoming fixated on achieving that one specific goal. Of course, I believe anything is possible with God, so I not only name it and claim it, but I show up with the time frame and the game plan too.

Therefore, when things don’t show up when I expect them to, or how I expect them to manifest, I can quickly become disappointed and ultimately feel defeated. The lesson is that while God urges us to ask Him for the desires of our heart, it is also necessary to detach from the when and the how our blessings will unfold.

This is exactly what Joseph did when he was wrongly imprisoned for twelve years. Even though Joseph was desperate to be free, he detached from the when and the how he would be released and trusted that God had a greater plan at work.

When we read the story of Joseph, we know that is exactly what was happening. God’s plan led to Joseph going from the prison to the palace in the same day. That is something that Joseph’s plan could not have resulted in.

So today, let us detach from our own plans and from our own understanding of our plans, and cling to these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

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So today, pray and then detach.

B Moments, retaliate

Embrace Compassion Rather Than Retaliation

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

Scripture reference: Genesis 50:20 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about the times when we have the perfect opportunity to retaliate against someone, particularly against someone who has hurt us badly, but we choose not to engage.

When I think of someone who had the perfect reason to retaliate but chose not to, I think of Joseph. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, and he ended up in a prison cell for more than twelve years.

As we know, Joseph did not become obsessed about how he would repay his brothers’ cruelty. Instead, he accepted his reality and looked to God for his release.

He also knew that if he was in jail, that was where God wanted him to be at that particular time. He trusted the Lord and His plan for him.

Joseph was eventually released, and when he gained his freedom, he went from his prison cell directly to the palace. Once he reached the palace, he was appointed second in command only to Pharaoh, who was Egypt’s ruler.

Given his new prominent position, Joseph’s brothers assumed he would surely retaliate against them since he had the perfect reason and the perfect opportunity.

Instead, Joseph did the opposite. When his brothers approached him, pleading for forgiveness, he responded with compassion and not revenge.

The words that I will use to inspire us to do the same are: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.” Genesis 50:20 (NLT)

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So today, release your intentions of retaliation and embrace compassion.

B Moments, loop

When Thrown for a Loop, Remain Hopeful

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what to do when we feel as though we’ve been thrown for a loop.

Earlier this week, I talked about my two single girlfriends. While one girlfriend is quite content with being single, the other is unhappy and wishes to remarry.

Sometimes, when God doesn’t show up—to bless us with a husband, for instance—we can be inclined to simply give up. This can especially be the case when we feel like we’ve just been thrown for a loop.

I wonder if this is how Joseph felt when he was in prison. He believed that God was going to work in one specific way, but then He didn’t.

In the Scriptures, Joseph met the cupbearer while in prison and ended up doing a favor for him: he interpreted the cupbearer’s dream. Joseph’s only request was, once the cupbearer got released (the man was going to be freed before Joseph), he should remember Joseph and ask Pharaoh to release him from prison.

However, once the cupbearer got out of jail, he forgot all about Joseph.

In that moment, Joseph must have felt that he had been thrown for a loop. That was the perfect opportunity for him to be released as he had done a favor for the cupbearer.

Yet God didn’t come in through that door.

Joseph remained steadfast, though, keeping his heart, spirit, and mind in the right place, and he was later liberated with the help of God.

The next time you feel like you’ve been thrown for a loop, cling to these words: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

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So today, keep your hopes high.

B Moments, choices

Choose Wisely: Your Choices Determine Your Destination

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: Matthew 7:13 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our choices determine our destination. I began thinking about this as I realized that the season of graduation is surely upon us.

This is a special time for graduates as they are embarking on a new part of their lives. They are starting to think about where they’re going, how they’re going to get there, and the new beginnings ahead of them.

However, what’s truly significant is the plethora of choices we make in life.

Many graduates understand that their choices have consequences, and that for some of those choices, they will be in the driver’s seat. They know that if they study hard and make good grades, they will ultimately be presented with many good opportunities.

Yet, there are other choices that we do not necessarily control. These are the times when life seems to just happen to us.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I look at Joseph’s life, a man who was sold into slavery and put into prison for a crime he didn’t commit. While I’m sure he didn’t plan for a prison cell to be a destination spot on his journey, Joseph chose not to become bitter after being in prison. Instead, he chose to forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery.

Through this choice—this reaction to a situation he could not control—Joseph was able to ultimately go from a prison cell to a palace.

Therefore, the most important question is how will we choose to react when life just happens to us. Remember, our choices determine our destination. So the next time we feel like life is happening to us and not for us, make a good choice by clinging to these words: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those that enter by it are many.” Matthew 7:13 (ESV)

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So today, make the right choice knowing that life is happening for you.

B Moment, using

Embrace the Life God Gave You

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the way in which God is using me exactly where I am.

I recently talked about desiring a due date, and how, as a mother, I know what it is like to be pregnant with a child and have a date for delivery. I also know, as an entrepreneur, what it is like to be pregnant with a vision and not have a due date.

However, I think the underlying desire for a due date is actually the desire for a particular period in my life to end, such as a period of uncertainty or monotony.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I reflect on the story of Joseph. As we know, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers for a crime he didn’t commit. It is one thing to want a due date for your vision, but it’s another thing to crave a date for your release from bondage! Can you imagine the overwhelming desire for a due date Joseph felt?

What is later revealed  though, is that during those twelve years that Joseph was imprisoned, God was preparing him for a very important role. In other words, God was using Joseph exactly where he was.

There are times when I can be so focused on moving beyond my current situation that I overlook the fact that God is using me just as I am, in my current moment. When I realized this, the sudden clarity of purpose prompted me to want to stand up and embrace my everyday life, as uncertain or monotonous as it seems.

If you’re feeling stuck, as I do sometimes, know that what feels boring to us is purposeful to God. Let us use these words to remind us: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

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So today, be of good cheer because God is using you exactly where you are.