Good morning, beloved,
Happy May Day! How can April be gone and May be here? Amazing..amazing.
I love the Lord and what He is doing. I am sitting here reflecting on His teaching in my life and how cohesive it has been. I’m sure this hasn’t been as reflective in the blog but I sure am trying. He is pouring into me through some very interesting sources.
As I have mentioned before, I am using the application, Tune-In Radio, which I discovered, if you don’t have an Iphone or kindle you can use on your computer. Anyway, I am listening to Kay Arthur‘s teaching every day. I am learning and learning and growing. It’s exciting and I am beginning to pray and hope that I may go to the Women’s conference down at Precepts headquarters in the fall..praying…
I am reading, Half the Sky, and I cannot help but be affected and moved and praying about our role. These are God‘s beloved and these precious women and children are my sisters and brothers. It is so hard to engage and yet the stories of hardship are then followed by stories of hope. How can that not be encouraging?
I am studying Esther with a friend and finishing up with my kiddos. In fact, I’m having them help me. They finished their Grapevine study and my Precept upon Precept is much more in depth and we are learning so much more from this…:)
As we listened to the message last night, Kay asked two questions that brought all three activities together. I pray that you can consider these questions for yourself.
What are you living for? And is it worth dying for? ( She said it better than that..;) )
When the real conflict comes in my life, like it did for Esther in Chapter 4, she became more than just a pretty face or a girl that everyone liked. She knew why she was born. She understood her purpose for her life. (Kay Arther, Esther, For This Reason)
12And they told Mordecai what Esther said.
13Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.
14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?
15Then Esther told them to give this answer to Mordecai,
16Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.
17So Mordecai went away and did all that Esther had commanded him.
Pray on, beloved. Pray on.
Good morning, beloved,
I listened to a message of Kay Arthur‘s last night. If she said it once, she said it ten times: o, the wonders of the Word of God! How matchless, how amazing! Oh, friends, I’m listening and smiling. Her enthusiasm, her joy for the word of God…I love it. I love her joy. Well, I’m back in Esther today. Rather than give you back story and try to help you understand the story..that would be too nice of me. Ha! I’m going to make you read the first two chapters of Esther on your own and catch up to me. It will take you 10 minutes max. That’s if you have three dogs playing with a loud toy and four children whining about chores and a husband asking you questions about breakfast (thank God for that man..)…just sayin’. I’ll wait..
I marvel at God’s timing. I marvel at God. Spend time marveling. Isn’t it interesting that in Esther, you never hear or read God’s name mentioned? Yet His powerful hand is moving throughout this story. You can’t help but see Him moving the times. I love it.
Seeing the timeline is important…Understanding that the beginning of Esther was Ahasuerus‘ 3rd year of reign (never thought I would be able to spell that…). That he didn’t get around to thinking about picking another queen for another 4 years. That the virgins were in beauty treatments for an entire year…and cosmetics in Hebrew means a scraping, rubbing…and from all I can figure these precious virgins never went back home. There is so much here to see than just a story. These are real people. A real story. Lives affected by a king who decided to find a queen from the commoners from his vast kingdom.
Yet, what has always drawn me to this story is Esther. The inner and outer beauty of this woman who captivates all who meet her. Quite honestly she has much that could have embittered her…her parents are gone (2:7), she was taken to the king’s palace (2:8), she does not make know her people (2:10). Yet, Hadassah‘s name (means myrtle is changed by her guardian and cousin, Mordecai, her protector…to Esther which means star. And as I said…
…she please [Hegai] and found favor with him. (2:9). …when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail..came to go in to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the women advised. And Esther found favor in the eyes of all who saw her. (2:15)
Contrast this beautiful woman with Vashti. I’m not going to the king! I’m having a party of my own. No way. Have the king make his own sandwich! (Veggie Tales Esther…sorry..) Vashti did not think about others or an obedience to those over her.
There is much for me to “chew on” here. How about you? Esther’s story cannot be void in our lives today. Not at all. As we will see in the days to come, Haman moves slowly. The enemy moves slowly. Yet, he will take ground. Who will win the victory? Who will win in the end?
Pray on. Pray on.