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B Moments, waiting period

Don’t Be Tricked: Wait for God to Deliver

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done, if He’s changed His mind, or if the timing isn’t right. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, Sarah took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, tricky

Struggling to Wait for God to Deliver

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

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done or if it’s just not His timing yet. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, and likely feeling that her stakes were very high, Sarah took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, backup plan

To Trust God Entirely, Toss Your Backup Plan

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

Scripture reference: James 1:6 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how we can sometimes keep a backup plan to our prayers.

Lately we’ve been talking quite a bit about prayer. For example, I talked about how God will bless you in ways you haven’t prayed for or even imagined. That said, I also think it’s fair to examine why your prayer might go unanswered.

One reason a prayer might go unanswered is because it is not in alignment with God’s will. Another reason may be because we haven’t let go of our own backup plan. This is the plan that we create just in case God doesn’t come through. We are most likely to create a backup plan when the stakes seem high.

This was certainly the case for Sarah, Abraham’s wife. During this time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, and likely feeling that her stakes were very high, Sarah executed her own backup plan. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation for which you, even subconsciously, have a backup plan? If so, you might want to revisit your approach and cling to these words: “But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone.” James 1:6 (NLT)

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So today, trust God entirely and toss out your backup plan.

B Moment, date

Overcome the Need for a Due Date

B Moment, date

Most of our day we spend doing…This is our moment to be.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

Today, let us release the desire for a due date.

As a mom, I know what it’s like to be pregnant and to be given a due date for the birth of my child. Yet as an entrepreneur, I also know what it’s like to be pregnant with a vision, but not be able to determine the day my vision will bear fruit.

I imagine this is the same impatience Abraham felt when God told him that Sarah would bear his child. After a number of years had passed, Abraham began to feel as though God’s promise of a child would never come to pass.

This same uncertainty can plague us, too. There may be times when we don’t have a specific date of when God’s promise to us will materialize, so our faith may begin to wane.

Yet, just as God kept His word to Abraham by blessing him with a child, He will keep His word to us.

So, let us cling to these words to fortify our faith: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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B Moment, date

Overcome the Need for a Due Date

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the desire to have a due date.

As a mother, I know what it is like to be pregnant with a child and to be given a due date by my doctor. As an entrepreneur, I know what it is like to be pregnant with possibility, to be pregnant with a vision, and to be without a due date.

There are times when all you have is the vision God gave you, or the words you know God spoke to you and you alone.

I imagine this is how Abraham felt when God told him that Sarah would bear his son. As we know, Abraham’s initial reaction to God was one of laughter.

I’ve read this passage several times before, but when I read it recently, I realized something new. God not only gave this promise to Abraham, He also reiterated it three more times throughout the Scriptures.

However, after a number of years had passed, Abraham didn’t feel as though God’s promise would truly come to pass. All Abraham had was God’s word; he did not have a due date. This made him lose faith in what was coming.

The very same thing can happen to us, too. Sometimes, after God gives us a vision, He may even speak to us through someone else to reiterate the promise. Yet, because we don’t have a due date, our faith may begin to wane.

I want to remind us that in the same way God fulfilled His word to Abraham, He will fulfill His promises to us. Therefore, let us cling to these words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, release the desire for a due date.

B Moment, name

Let God’s Miracles Rename You

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 3:13 (NIV)

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’s pregnancy 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 the way I would characterize my spiritual walk twenty years ago is vastly different from how I would characterize it today. This means that my spiritual relationship is steadily evolving, the beautiful and the ugly intertwining, creating a completely new version of myself.

Therefore, let us remember these words as we strive to move forward on our journey: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what  is ahead.” Philippians 3:13 (NIV)

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So today, what name best characterizes your spiritual walk?

B Moment, regress

Avoid Regressing With God’s Comfort

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 23:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what it looks like to regress spiritually.

Recently, I was talking about how, in the Bible, certain servants of God would have their names changed over time. For example, Abram became Abraham, which means “father of many nations.” Similarly, his wife, Sarai, became Sarah, which means “princess.”

However, there is one example of a name change that was for the worse–Naomi. Naomi means “joyful and pleasant,” traits for which she was known. Yet she experienced several unfortunate hardships, and she was simply never able to overcome them, causing her name change.

First, Naomi lost her husband, and shortly after, her two sons. She believed that moving back to her hometown would help her feel better, but once she arrived back home, the people who knew her well immediately recognized that she was no longer the joyful, pleasant Naomi.

In short, life got ahold of Naomi, and she began to regress. She became bitter, and felt forsaken by God.

Eventually, Naomi began to ask that people no longer refer to her as Naomi. Instead, she wished to be called Mara,which means “bitter.” Rather than walking further into the light on her journey, Naomi (or Mara) seemed to regress.

The next time we, too, are struggling to release anger or bitterness, let us cling to these words for guidance: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (ESV)

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So today, if you are grieving, know that God is with you at each stage to comfort you.

Keeping a Back-Up Plan to Your Prayers?

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

Scripture reference: James 1:6 (NLT)

Lately, I’ve been talking about prayer.  Recently, I talked about how God can exceed our wildest dreams.  That said, I also think it’s fair to examine why a prayer might go unanswered.

One reason a prayer might go unanswered is because it is not in alignment with God’s Will.  Another reason may be because we haven’t let go of our “back up plan.”  This is the plan that we create just in case God doesn’t come through.  We are most likely to create a back up plan when the stakes are high.

This would certainly be the case for Sarah, Abraham’s wife.  Sarah was a wealthy woman with many servants, so her primary responsibility was to fulfill her role to Abraham.

During this time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had.  Women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts, and likely feeling that her stakes were really high, Sarah executed her own back-up plan. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in hopes that she would give him a son.  Shortly thereafter, Sarah became unhappy with her own plan.

It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she would become pregnant.  And, we know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety.

The Words that I will use to teach me are, “But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone.”  James 1:6 (NLT)

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So today, trust God entirely, and toss your back-up plan.