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B Moment, perfect

God Will Deliver You at the Perfect Moment

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)

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Today, I am thinking about how God is creating the perfect moment to deliver things for you.

We recently talked about how trust far outweighs understanding. We discussed how as close as the disciples were to Jesus, they often didn’t understand him. Yet what they lacked in understanding, they compensated for with a willingness to trust in Jesus.

If I am to confess my weakness, I struggle with trusting God’s timing on things. As much as He has always delivered on time and has never been late, I still find myself fretting over His timing.

One passage that inspired me was a time when Jesus was in the temple, and the Jewish leaders attempted to arrest him but couldn’t. Think about this for a moment. The conditions were perfect for Jesus to be arrested, but the time itself wasn’t right.

Jesus was, in fact, in his season since shortly after that incident, he was arrested. Yet he had to be arrested at that precise moment that was created for him.

This precise timing inspires me because it reminds me that so much is going on behind the scenes. When it seems as though God isn’t answering, He is actually at work, creating the perfect moment to answer our prayers.

Join me today in thanking Him in advance for being at work, creating this perfect moment. As you do that, remember these words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, know that God is creating the perfect moment to deliver for you.

B Moments, impeccable

Your Father’s Timing Is Impeccable

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about God’s impeccable timing.

I recall when I learned that there were four hundred years between the last words uttered in the Old Testament and the first words spoken in the New Testament. In those four hundred years, one might think that time was randomly passing away.

However, Paul tells us in Galatians 4 that when the right time came, God sent his son. It is similar to how a pregnant woman delivers her child at that precise moment her child is due to enter the world. God chose that precise time when the world was prepared to receive his son.

God couldn’t just send his son at any time because He was thinking ahead. For example, by the time Jesus was born, there was a common language. Everyone spoke Greek, so the good news could be spread. If God wanted the good news spread throughout, a network of roads was needed as well. Therefore, by the time that Christ was born, there was a network of roads. Let us be comforted that God is always at work and thinking ahead, even when it appears time is just passing by.

On Christmas Eve, let us rejoice that God’s timing is always impeccable. One door closes and a new door opens at just the right time; the house sells at just the right time; the funds hit the bank account at just the right time. All we have to do is practice these words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

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So today, don’t fret. Be still and know that your Father’s timing is impeccable.

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, precision

In God’s Precise Way, You Will Succeed

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)

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

I talked recently about the precision of God’s timing, and I mentioned how we may sometimes find ourselves in a situation that seems so perfect that we can almost anticipate what will happen next. When that next event doesn’t come like we believed it would, we may sometimes get frustrated. However, it just comes down to the precision of the Lord’s timing.

Just as I’ve come to appreciate God’s exact timing of things, I have also begun to see the precision in God’s ways.

Recently, I reflected on the time Jesus was in the temple and the Jewish leaders failed to arrest him because, as the Scriptures teach us, the time was not right. If we take that a step further, we see that a simple arrest in the temple was not the way in which God ultimately wanted Jesus to be arrested.

When we look at how Jesus was actually arrested, we see that he was outdoors, in a grove of olive trees. He was then greeted by Roman soldiers with blazing torches and lanterns. Peter, an integral part of his inner circle, was with him as was his betrayer, Judas.

In this vivid picture, we see that although we sometimes try to figure out what door God is going to come through next, that is futile. We can’t pinpoint God’s ways, as precise as they are, because they are straight from heaven.

Let us be inspired by clinging to these words: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)

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So today, remember that God has a precise way of bringing your prayers to fruition.

God's Approach, b moments

Surrendering to God’s Approach

God's Approach, 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: John 15:5 (NIV)

Today I am thinking about the need to surrender to God’s approach.

When I talk about surrendering to God, I often refer to it as a three-legged stool. Leg one is surrendering to God’s Will. Leg two is surrendering to God’s Timing. The third leg, however, is where my own personal challenge and need for growth really lies. Leg three is surrendering to God’s Approach.

Sometimes when things are happening as I think they should be and everything seems to be on course, I can think to myself – “Wow, no one did this but God!”

I wait with anticipation for the next event to happen, and when that one happens I’m equally excited. I look forward almost breathlessly to the next event.

And then that final event does NOT happen.

My spirits plummet. I fall into a quandary, just trying to figure it out. I’m thinking to myself, “OK, why did all these things line up if the ultimate event is not taking place?

The other day I was talking to a girlfriend and suddenly it dawned on me. I needed to flip my thought process around. Perspective is everything.

Usually, I think that if something doesn’t happen it’s because of something that I did or did not do. But the opposite way to think about something – the new way that I’m working to think of things –  is to say, “This is not about my approach as much as it is about God’s approach.”

We are where we are today because this is where He wants us to be at this time in our lives, NOT because of something we did or didn’t do.

That light bulb moment was really instructive to me. It is not enough to surrender only to God’s Will or only to God’s Will and God’s Timing. It is important to surrender also to God’s Approach.

The Words that I use to teach me are, “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 15:15 (NIV)

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So today ask yourself, have you surrendered to God’s Approach?

B Moments, bmoment

Feeling Impatient as the Years Pass By

B Moments, bmoment

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 (ESV)

Today, I am getting honest with myself about how impatient I can become. I’m not talking about impatience when I’m standing in line at the store. I’m talking about impatience towards the goals I’m working towards in my life.

I’m also not talking about a wait of six months or a year. I’m talking about five, six, even seven years and yet things have not materialized on a specific goals. That’s when I can feel like throwing in the towel.

Then I turn to the story of Hannah in the Scriptures. Hannah was in a similar situation as well. She was a barren women. She prayed and prayed to God for a child. One time she was mistaken in the Temple as being drunk, because she was praying so fervently before the Lord.

When the stakes are high, I also feel like throwing in the towel, especially as they mount over time. That was also Hannah’s situation. She was growing older; she was losing status in her community because she had not given birth to a child. Her husband had several wives, of which one taunted her on a regular basis. In the end, though, we see that God prevailed for Hannah.

What I have learned from Hannah’s story is that it’s not taking a long time because it isn’t going to happen. It’s happening, but it’s happening in a much more magnificent way than we could have ever dreamed of.

Hannah not only goes on to have one child; she goes on to have Samuel, her son who becomes the first prophet of Israel, and God blesses her with four more children.

The Words that encourage me are “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

Tomorrow let’s talk about celebrating. Please pass on this reflection to others who are waiting on the Lord to answer their prayers.

Remember, as you go about your day, that God can answer your prayers on a level much greater than you could have dreamed.

B Moments, Timing, Procrastination, just say yes, do it

The Timing is Right; the Wherewithal is Missing

Timing, Procrastination, just say yes, do it

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:31-32 (ESV)

Today I am thinking about how I might fail to act when the timing is right, but the provisions are not in place. Yesterday, I talked about how I can fail to act, because I lack the confidence. That is one way I sometimes stand in my own way.

Sometimes, however, I also get in my own way when I worry about provisions versus timing. I can know deep down inside that the timing is right but I hesitate because I can’t see around the corner to know what will happen. As a result, I feel paralyzed and don’t act. This was my experience when I was on the fence about leaving my corporate job. I knew my soul had served its time. I knew I had outgrown the role. But I also knew that my household was a two-income household. I needed to have answers to those questions too. But one day I was in the office, in a meeting and the words came to me “It is time.” I heard those words.  I felt those words. It was that still small voice that sometimes I can go years and not hear but when I hear it, I’ve learned that it will not mislead.  I just need to simply respond.  I have learned that timing should be the compulsion behind my actions.   I shouldn’t allow insufficient provisions to hold me back because, ultimately, God is my Provider.

Last month I celebrated ten years of leaving my corporate job, and today I am an entrepreneur and an author.  I have not looked back. I have learned that there are two types of people:  those who leap and those who regret they didn’t. The Words that comfort me are “Do not be anxious saying, what shall we eat, what shall we drink, what shall we wear? For your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”   Matthew 6:31-32 (ESV) 

Tomorrow, let’s talk about having a genuine talk with God. Share this reflection with others and encourage those in your life who are on the edge to step into their truth.

Today, let’s be known for taking action and not for regretting that we did not.