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B Moments, simple

Seeing the Importance of Your Simple Role

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)

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Today, I am thinking about how God can take a simple role and position you with it for greater.

We’re wrapping up our series on dealing with our inner child. Sometimes, our inner child can cause us to see our role as simple and make us miss the fact that our role in this life is very purposeful.

Recently, we’ve been talking about David’s transition to king and all that he endured between the time he was anointed king and the time he was appointed king. After David was anointed king by God, he would fulfill various roles that didn’t resemble a king at all.

For example, David often played the harp for Saul because as the spirit of the Lord left Saul, he went into bouts of deep depression. Therefore, David would play the harp for him to soothe his mind.

In another instance, David was a shepherd boy where most of his life’s work was tending sheep. In fact, there was a time when all David did was go back and forth between playing the harp for Saul and tending sheep. Meanwhile, David’s brothers appeared to have a more prominent role as they served in the army.

However, one day David’s father sent David to the battlefield to bring lunch to his brothers. It was this moment and all of those moments that seemed so simple that positioned David perfectly for one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: defeating Goliath.

Although you might feel like you’re in a simple role that’s not necessarily leading anywhere, have faith that God is leading you to greater by clinging to my favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, go forth knowing that God can take a simple role and turn it into greater.

B Moments, role

God Will Turn Your Simple Role into Greater

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 how God can take a simple role and position you with it for greater.

Recently, we’ve been talking about how King Saul had fallen out of grace with God. Soon thereafter, God chose David as the new anointed one to serve as king. Yet by the looks of David’s life and the various roles he played, one may not see him as a king.

For example, David often played the harp for Saul. As the spirit of the Lord left Saul, Saul went into bouts of deep depression, and David was sent to play the harp for Saul to soothe his mind.

In another instance, David was a shepherd boy where most of his life’s work was tending sheep. In fact, there was a time when all David did was go back and forth between playing the harp for Saul and tending sheep. Meanwhile, David’s brothers appeared to have a more prominent role as they served in the army.

However, one day David’s father sent David to the battlefield to bring lunch to his brothers. It was this moment and all of those moments that seemed so simple that positioned David perfectly for one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: defeating Goliath.

So, although you might feel like you’re in a simple role that’s not necessarily leading anywhere, have faith that God is leading you to greater by clinging to my favorite Scripture, which is: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, go forth knowing that God can take a simple role and turn it into greater.

B Moments, good shepherd

Know Who Your Good Shepherds Are

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

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

This morning, my heart is heavy, and I’m focusing on what a modern-day shepherd looks like.

Our country experienced another blow with yet another mass shooting. This time, seventeen students were shot and killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. I know it’s been in the news for days now, but it is still on my heart this morning.

Two of the seventeen who were killed were Aaron Feis, a 37-year-old football coach, and 49-year-old Chris Hixon, who was the school’s athletic director and wrestling coach. I’d like to dedicate this morning’s B Moment to them.

I’ve talked before about the role of a good shepherd, and these two men epitomize that for me. In ancient times, the sheep would stay in a sheepfold, and when all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door.

This is exactly what happened in that high school. The students were in an open hallway and there was no door, so these brave souls lay their bodies across their students to protect them. There is no higher good on this earth, one would think, than to sacrifice your life for another.

I just want to sit with that and realize that we never know what a day holds; we never know who God will work through. As we do ponder that, let us cling to these few words and remember: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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So today, know who your modern-day good shepherds are.

B Moments, protect

Your Shepherd Will Protect You from Harm

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

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of Jesus’ protection.

This week, I am reflecting on all the ways Jesus reveals himself to us. In the gospel of John, he teaches us that he is the light, the king, and the resurrection. But today, I am focusing on his role as the shepherd.

In ancient times, sheep would stay in a sheepfold—a stone corral with a very narrow opening. After all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door. Nothing could enter or exit the fold without the shepherd knowing about it.

The Scriptures teach us that the shepherd knew when his sheep needed him, or when one of them had gone astray, because he guarded the fold this way.

That’s the image I have for us today. Imagine the covering and protection a shepherd provides for his flock. Thanks to Jesus, we have that same protection. Nothing can get to us and nothing can harm us because Jesus is right there at the gateway to guard us.

As we hold that image in our minds, let us also hold onto these words: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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So today, feel that covering and protection, and know that Christ is your shepherd.

B Moments, trust

Trust First, Then Seek Understanding

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)

Today, I am thinking about how trusting far outweighs understanding.

My husband and I are driving our son to college this week, and I think it’s fair to say that he has mixed emotions. On one hand, he’s ecstatic to be living on his own and starting this new chapter in his life. Yet on the other hand, he’s not sure if he will like the school, since it wasn’t one of his top choices.

My words to him thus far have simply been, “Sweetheart, let’s go with an open mind. Things are all in divine order.” Unfortunately though, it feels as though my words are falling on deaf ears.

Recently, I was led to the Christian author Skye Jethani’s post about the good shepherd. He makes the point that as close as the disciples were to God, they didn’t always understand what He was teaching them; this was especially true when Jesus used parables to teach.

In other words, the disciples often didn’t know where God was leading them or why. Yet, as Jesus points out in the Scriptures, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27-28 (NLT)

The disciples may have lacked understanding, but they compensated with a willingness to trust Jesus.

Therefore, I’m asking us all to think if there is a situation in our lives where we might need to trust more than understand—just as is the case with my son’s anxiety about college. In these situations, let us cling to the words of one of my favorite Scriptures, “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, remember that trusting outweighs understanding.

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God is Uniquely Preparing Me

Bmoments, Prepared

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 the various ways that God prepares us. Sometimes we’re being prepared, and we’re  well aware of it.  Other times God is preparing us, but we don’t realize it until after the fact.  One example, is how He used sheep to prepare David for the great work that lay ahead in his life. David started out as a shepherd boy. His primary role was to provide food and water for his sheep, and to ensure they did not go astray.  He also made sure they visited the salt lock to keep them healthy, and he protected them against external threats. God used sheep to teach David how to be a warrior-like king, and not a king in name only.

There have been times in my life where I felt like I was experiencing a humdrum period in my life.  It felt like a period where no real action was taking place, and things did not appear to be advancing for me.  What I didn’t realize was that God was using what I called “humdrum” to teach me discipline and to prepare me for the next level in my life.  I only made this connection in hindsight.

The Words that inspire me are, “For I know the plans that I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Tomorrow, let’s talk about how our words matter. Please pass this reflection on to those who are seeking the answers to the whys in their lives,  and let’s support each other in the exciting times and the preparation times.

If you feel like your life is a little humdrum, remember, God is preparing you for what is ahead.