• Capture the Moment


“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.”

These words from Psalm 90, prayed by Moses, reflect an eternal truth: we need God’s help to number our days, and to capture every moment, so that we can live it with wisdom.

Capture the Moment is a 365-day devotional that will help you do just that.

For those who get bogged down in the mundane, distracted by the noise, and lost in the busyness, pastor and author Gregg Matte has written these daily devotions to point us back to what matters most. Begin or end each day with a short snippet of Scripture and a helpful devotional thought so that you can capture each moment, rather than letting it slip away.


the author

Gregg Matte is the senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church and the founder of Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University, one of the largest college Bible studies in the nation. Gregg holds a marketing degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including “Unstoppable Gospel” and “Difference Makers.” Gregg has been married to his wife, Kelly, since 1997, and they have a son and daughter, Greyson and Valerie.

author q&a

Why did you write this book? What inspired you to write it?

This devotional was birthed from my Sunday morning messages. As it touched our people in the spoken word, we knew it could be even more impactful in the written word. I want to help provide a “moment” everyday with God to focus our hearts and lives in the midst of this busy and chaotic environment.  

For whom did you write this book?

I wrote this book for the people of the church. My heart is for countless churches to use Capture the Moment as a church-wide devotional for 2022 as our church did. It will bring three things to churches and readers:

  • Unity (imagine an entire church unified daily in their devotional reading)
  • Discipleship (each devotional will spur us on to a greater love for Christ)
  • Missions (each book feeds three people in need) 
Talk about the organization that you are supporting with the proceeds from your book. What is Send Relief and why are you partnering with them? How can people help?

Send Relief is a ministry arm of the North American Mission Board. They meet people in their deepest time of need after a disaster or tragedy. Growing up and pastoring in Houston, I know firsthand the devastation of hurricanes. Therefore, I want all of the author royalties to provide meals for those in need after a disaster. Each devotional purchased will provide three meals in a time of need.

Research shows that Christians are not spending time with God every day. How does your devotion address this need and help readers start?

Each day’s devotion is short yet engaging, easy to read yet offers deep truths. Whether a long-time Bible student or brand-new, all you have to do is turn to today’s date and a Scripture and thought will be at your fingertips.

How does this devotional allow Christians of all walks of life to grow deeper in their relationship with God?

The Scripture is the core of Capture the Moment, and it paves way for a deeper relationship with God. The devotional thought will help all readers understand the passage and give them something to ponder for the day. Each day, we will capture a moment with Christ in order to grow in godly wisdom and knowledge. As we apply these truths in our lives, we will move out of the chaos of life into the still wisdom of God.

How does this message resonate with you personally? What was formative in your own discipline of reading the Bible daily?

One of the most life-changing things that has happened in my Christian walk is spending time with God every day. In high school, I began reading the Bible each day by using a daily devotional. I was just a small pamphlet called “Our Daily Bread” I received in the mail each month. It was so impactful and also brought greater discipline and depth in my life.

How does this book help readers capture every moment and live it with wisdom?

Each day we receive thousands of messages. So let’s start the day with an eternal thought. Taking God’s truth into our day will help us identify the way, will and wisdom of the Lord.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

We’ve seen God use Capture the Moment in our church and look forward to seeing how the Lord will impact more lives. I hope readers will develop the discipline and desire to spend time with God each day. I hope these daily devotions will help us move out of the chaos of life into the still wisdom of God.

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