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B Moments, completely

Here’s How God Reacts When You Trust Him

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God reacts when we trust Him completely.

Lately, we’ve been talking about being in a new season and, regardless of what season we’re in, how important it is to keep God first. Now I want to show you how God responds when we keep Him first in our lives and trust in Him completely.

As we know, the Israelites were always instructed to observe the Sabbath day, which is the seventh day of the week when no one works. Yet the Israelites were also expected to recognize the Sabbath of the seventh year.

In the Sabbath year, they were not allowed to farm their land and had to let the land rest instead. In other words, the Israelites had to simply trust that God would provide for them for an entire year.

Here’s what’s significant. Farming their land was how the Israelites ate from day to day as well as how they provided for their families. So picture this. The Israelites walked by their own land every day for an entire year and resisted the urge to farm it, putting all their faith in God to provide for them.

Here’s how God responded. He allowed their land to produce two to three times more in that seventh year than it did any of the other years when their land was actually being farmed.

What situation have you partially turned over to God but now need to turn completely over to Him? As you think about that, remember these words: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

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So today, quite simply, trust Him completely.

B Moments, first

No Matter the Season, Keep Him First

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how, no matter the season, we have to keep God first.

We’re wrapping up our series on being in a new season today. So far, we’ve talked about trusting God’s path even when it seems indirect, avoiding having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow, remembering the Holy Spirit as our Counselor when we are embarking on a new season, and keeping our expectations high. Let us close this series by remembering to always keep God first no matter the cares of this world.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the one beautiful example of a woman who came into the home where Jesus was having supper. She carried an exquisite jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head to anoint him. In that moment, she was preparing his body for burial.

However, the Scriptures say that the disciples were indignant because it was a very expensive bottle of perfume. They believed it was a waste of money and that she should have chosen to use it another way.

Yet notice now how she poured the perfume gently over him anyway. She acted with a sense that her earthly needs and what she could have done with the expensive perfume were secondary to how she would put God first in her life.

Let her be an example to us today as we look to put God ahead of the cares of this world. As we do that, let us remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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So today, no matter the season, keep Him first.

B Moments, indirect

My Path to the New Season Seems Indirect

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am reminding us to trust God’s indirect path.

Recently, we’ve been talking about what it feels like to be in a new season and how we need to keep our expectations high. Personally, I’ve also often struggled with what I want in a new season. I sometimes feel like something is missing or I’m not being as useful as I could be.

However, once things become clear to me, I have an expectation that my path in the new season will be direct. In other words, the biggest issue for me is figuring out the right path, but once I have it all figured out, I expect my path to take me directly from point A to point B. I have learned though, that when God is guiding you, His path is rarely direct.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about when the Israelites fled Egypt after being enslaved for more than 400 years. God guided them out of Egypt, but He didn’t take them on a logical path from point A to point B.

Instead, He led them on a more scenic route that took them right between the wilderness and the Red Sea. Then, just when it seemed as though they had nowhere else to go, God instructed Moses to hold his staff over the Red Sea, and a path opened up for the Israelites.

Through this story, we see that God’s path for us appears to zigzag sometimes, seemingly without reason. Yet this is only so that His awesome power is revealed in our lives in the end. Let us remember this by reflecting on these words: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

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So today, trust your indirect path.

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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)

Transcription:

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, seasons

Living in Between Two Seasons

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am feeling like I am living in between two seasons.

Summer is winding down, and it feels like I can smell the fall season in the air. The back to school period is here too, and even though I am no longer in school, to me it represents a time of the year when playtime is over. I naturally become more focused on the goals I set for this year and on finishing the year strong. Said another way, it’s that classic case of feeling like you have one foot in today and the other in tomorrow.

Just as my mind can go back and forth between two seasons, the same can be true for the seasons in my personal life. When I am not content with what the present is offering me, I struggle with remaining in the present. I can easily become preoccupied with new beginnings, a new season, or a new door opening. It ends up being almost impossible to appreciate what the current season can offer me.

As we know, each moment creates the next. If my current moment is filled with a lot of anxiety and anticipation, I’m only continuing to create more of that. So over time, I have come to appreciate the importance of finding joy in the present—although sometimes I think I still need to be reminded of this.

If you’re like me with one foot in today and the other in tomorrow, let us both remember these words: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

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So today, savor the moment, knowing that tomorrow will take care of itself.

B Moments, precise

God’s Timing Is Precise

B Moments, precise

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 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about the precision of God’s timing.

Just a few days ago, I had a talk with one of my girlfriends about how I felt like I was in my season. In other words, I felt like the stars were finally aligning for me.

Then, the door I believed would open next stayed firmly closed. I was completely thrown off and couldn’t believe that God didn’t guide me where I had previously expected.

However, I had to remind myself about the precision of God’s timing. Sometimes, we may be in the right season, but it still may not be the right time for something to materialize for us.

This incident reminded me of a time when Jesus was in the temple and the Jewish leaders attempted to arrest him, but couldn’t. Jesus was, in fact, in his season since shortly after that incident he was arrested. Yet, he had to be arrested at the precise moment that was created for him in order to maximize the impact.

This precision in timing inspires me because it reminds me that so much is going on behind the scenes. Although it feels as though God isn’t answering, He is actually creating the perfect moment to answer your prayers.

Join me today in being inspired that your next door will open, your prayer will be answered, your house will sell, your new relationship will come—but it will come at the precisely right moment. Let us cling to these words to remind us: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, know that God’s timing is precise.

B Moments, internal

This Season, Embrace an Internal Change

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

Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the change within us.

Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about change. In fact, I started the week by referring to the change in seasons, both in our natural and in our spiritual lives.

What I have come to learn (sometimes very much in the hard way) is that change isn’t always external. In fact, the most important change that can occur is the change within us.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Naomi and her struggles with grief.

Naomi was a woman who experienced many unfortunate hardships. First, she lost her husband and, shortly after, her two sons.

Naomi believed that by changing her geography and her environment, she would begin to heal. Therefore, she moved back to her hometown.

However, when she arrived back home, the people that knew her well immediately recognized that she was no longer the joyful, pleasant Naomi that they had once known. In fact, she became so bitter and frustrated with life that she decided to change her name to Mara, meaning bitter.

In this way, we see that Naomi’s changed circumstances—her changed geography, that is—did not provide her any relief. This is because her heart was not changed. She failed to make the internal adjustments that she needed to make and, without them, her life didn’t change.

In the end, rather than walking further into the light, Naomi resisted an internal change of season, and she was incredibly unhappy for it.

Therefore, let us cling to these words the next time we’re grappling with change ourselves: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)

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So today, don’t ignore the change needed within.

B Moments, seasons

Changing Seasons, Deepening Faith

B Moments, seasonsWith summer just around the corner, the change of season is likely on everyone’s mind. However, rather than simply diving into the pool and rejoicing that the gray days of winter are behind us, we should also turn inward at this time, reflecting on the seasons of our own lives, both emotional and spiritual. While we put away our winter coats and take out our flip flops, we must consider what it means to savor the current season, prepare for the new one, and embrace a change of spirit reminiscent of the new season.

 

Here are 3 ways you can welcome your changing seasons this summer:

  1. Avoid obsessing over the next season. There may be times when you aren’t content with how your life is progressing in that moment, and you pray for a new beginning. While this may seem like the perfect solution to the situation, there are consequences that come with this desire. Instead of focusing on the season that you are currently in and savoring the joys that it presents you with, you become anxious and preoccupied with what will come next. This inability to appreciate the present for what it is not only takes away from the current season’s majestic nature, but it prevents you from obtaining the new beginning that you so desire. As each moment creates the next, an anxious, preoccupied present begets a similar future—no matter what season comes next. So, when you feel yourself begin to await the next season, remember these words: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
  2. Invite the Holy Spirit into your preparation for a new season. One of the most important things you can do when you know that a new season is coming is to prepare for it. For example, when summer comes, you prepare for it by moving your heavier garments to the back of the closet and replacing them with light, airy clothing that is perfect for, say, a backyard barbecue. This same concept applies to your spiritual seasons as well. When a new season is on the horizon, you should prepare for it just the same—and what better way to prepare than to open your heart to the Holy Spirit? As Jesus teaches in John 14, the Holy Spirit was sent to be a Counselor, one who would be truthful and never leave. Therefore, in a time of changing seasons, it is incredibly important to invite the Holy Spirit in, so that your change will be one for the better. To remember this, 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)
  3. Embrace the need for an internal season change. While the world continuously shifts around you, seasons changing from one to the next, consider that an internal change may deepen your connection to the Lord and bring you closer to your ideal self. The Scriptures also point to this as a necessity in the story of Naomi. A woman who had undergone the most severe grief that one can imagine, she traveled back to her hometown in search of a change of scenery, hoping that her spirits would shift as well. However, she neglected to change her mindset—her internal season—and she ended up being known as Mara because she was so bitter and frustrated with the world. This story reminds all of the importance of an internal season change. Today, embrace that idea with the words: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by helping God spread His glory.

“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

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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)

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

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Getting Only Your Daily Bread This Season?

blogYou may find yourself in a season where only your needs—and none of your desires—are being met. In other words, you are getting your daily bread, but not much else. You might begin to lose hope when things don’t materialize according to your plan and timeline. Here are 3 key insights that will help you make it through these times. 

 

 

 

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