The Providence of God

The Providence of God

Here we are at the end of our Esther study and I truly hope that you have been able to see this story in a new light. I pray that it has been a blessing to you and a means by which you have grown in your knowledge of God. The story of Esther is a beautiful picture of...

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The Act of Remembering

The Act of Remembering

The book of Esther has always been a favorite of mine. When I was young, I loved having a female Bible character I could look up to, but as the years have passed, I love the story because it clearly displays God’s love and protection for His people. We’re nearing the...

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Just Because We Can, Doesn’t Mean We Should

Just Because We Can, Doesn’t Mean We Should

After months of waiting, the sun finally broke free from the night and the dreaded day arrived, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. Yet God, in His amazing involvement in the story of Esther, had “turned the tables.” Though Haman’s evil plan...

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From Hopeless to Hope Filled

From Hopeless to Hope Filled

Have you ever been in a situation or relationship that seemed hopeless? Maybe you’ve had someone in your life devise an evil plan to hurt you or those you love, and not even a ray of hope can be found in it? Reading through Esther these past eight weeks and studying...

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Our Next Study Is…

Our Next Study Is…

Sitting by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus taught His disciples. His words were not like any they had heard before. Jesus taught them, in detail, how to live as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. He began this teaching with a series of statements called the Beatitudes. The...

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Not Settling For Small Victories

Not Settling For Small Victories

It ain’t over yet. All the events in our story have led us here to the moment when Haman is hanged on the very gallows he had meant for Mordecai. “So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.” {Esther 7:10} Although I’m a bit squeamish about...

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Such a Time as This

Such a Time as This

What if God has been orchestrating every single event of life in preparation for what you are about to face? What if this is your time? There is only one you. There is only one person in this world with your exact personality, your heritage, your skills and talents,...

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When Your Identity is Your Deliverance

When Your Identity is Your Deliverance

I tried to hide my tears in church that morning. I’m not a crier usually. My husband’s eyes were bloodshot by the time our wedding ceremony was over from the abundance of tears he shed… but me? Nothin’, baby. Not because I wasn’t deeply moved. Plenty moves me to my...

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Overcoming Worry

Overcoming Worry

The King and Haman go to have dinner with Esther. Remember that at this point neither one of those men know that she is Jewish. I assume Haman felt that he could relax a little despite the events of the previous chapter. He knew that Mordecai was a Jew and that his...

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Humble Spirits

Humble Spirits

These specific verses from Esther play out in my mind like the scene of the pivotal plot twist in a movie. We have access to the whole story, so we know that the king was contemplating how to honor Mordecai for his loyalty. We see Haman unintentionally set his own...

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Blessing Those Who Curse You

Blessing Those Who Curse You

So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”  - Esther 6:11 This verse is a perfect recap of what has been going on...

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Pride, Honor and a Royal Mess

Pride, Honor and a Royal Mess

It’s like he’d rehearsed this moment for years… His dreams are about to come true… He’d seen this scene play out in his mind before. He’s wanted it so badly he, at times, could almost feel the weight of the royal robe around his shoulders. He’s listened long enough,...

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Sleepless In Persia

Sleepless In Persia

Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right. - Proverbs 16:13 We left our drama last week with Haman planning the downfall of Mordecai. The gallow was being built and Haman was happy that, once and for all, Mordecai, who had been a...

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Our Desire for Significance

Our Desire for Significance

“Then Haman said, “Even Queen Esther let no one but me come with the king to the feast she prepared. And tomorrow also I am invited by her together with the king. Yet all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” -...

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The Power of the “Pause”

The Power of the “Pause”

I can almost imagine the scene… A beautifully decorated table adorned with all the king’s favorites. From first course to last course, every detail of this important night was purposely planned and executed. Esther was a queen who knew her king, and her king liked...

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Moving Forward With Confidence

Moving Forward With Confidence

I wonder what Esther was feeling as she watched the sunrise on that third day. “On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace…” ~ Esther 5:1 This was the day that Esther would either end up a hero or end up...

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The Guidance of God

The Guidance of God

Chapter 4 of Esther shows us why Esther needed to be queen. God had orchestrated all things in such a way that, when His people would be in trouble through the evil of Haman, Esther would be there to extend her arm of help toward them. Esther’s help would not be easy....

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God Can Use It All…

God Can Use It All…

The LORD has made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for the day of evil. -Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made ALL things for a purpose: His goodness and glory are revealed through ALL He has created. The Lord has made ALL things with a plan. It's staggering to...

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Saying “Yes” To The Here And Now

Saying “Yes” To The Here And Now

I stood in the kitchen with one crying baby on my hip and another at my feet, and I watched him walk out the door. Without me. Again. I waited until I heard his car drive away before I crumpled into a pile on the kitchen floor and let the tears trickle quietly down my...

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For Such A Time As This…

For Such A Time As This…

This is it… the week with the famous chapter with that famous verse. “For such a time as this…” It would seem a romantic story to get to this well-known portion of the book, but the truth is, the glamorous, movie-like scenes of banquets and beauty treatments and...

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Our Signet Ring

Our Signet Ring

“And the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was thrown into confusion.” Esther 3:15 I don’t know about you, but I am really quick to condemn this king, King Xerxes, for his brash attitude and unfeeling heart at what he has just done. He goes off to...

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One Year…

One Year…

“In the twelfth year of King Xerxes, in the first month…they cast the pur in the presence of Haman to select a day and month. And the lot fell on the twelfth month…” Esther 3:7 One year….did you catch that? The Jews had one year to prepare for the day of their...

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When To Stand And When To Kneel

When To Stand And When To Kneel

Our verses for today are Esther 3:1-4 and Psalm 95:6. We see in the Esther verses that Mordecai has decided finally to stand up for what he believes in. Up until now he has stayed a bit quiet, bowing to the King and keeping his customs and practices in line with the...

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Wisdom and Jelly Shoes

Wisdom and Jelly Shoes

I should have listened when my mother told me not to go into the river wearing my brand new, sparkly jelly shoes. Man, I loved those shoes. I loved how they felt and how they looked. Mine were clear slip-ons with sparkles embedded in them, how I imagined Cinderella’s...

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