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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What Sets You Apart

What Sets You Apart

I met my husband when I was 40.  At that point, I had not had a date in 10 years. On the day we met, I didn’t hear wedding bells or angels sing. It really wasn’t all that significant or memorable.  I just decided to show up for an outreach our church was sponsoring to...

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The Importance of Reaching Just One

The Importance of Reaching Just One

I have a lot to learn about parenting, but if there’s one thing that I’m sure of, it’s Taco Fridays at the middle school. Friday, I hop in the ol’ minivan, grab a twelve-pack in the drive-thru, and pray hard for the conversations I’ll have. You can learn a lot in...

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Esther Translations

Esther Translations

When I started the Love God Greatly Ruth study I felt empty, as if my soul and emotions were in a desert. I had been spiritually abused and had lost my trust in Christian leadership. I was filled with discouragement and frustration. I couldn’t worship. The Lord...

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How To Live Wisely

How To Live Wisely

The verse for today is found in Ephesians 5. I have been thinking about this for a while now and just want to share a couple of things with you. Ephesians 5:15 says “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” Why are we to live as wise? Paul tells...

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God Is Always At Work

God Is Always At Work

One of my favorite attributes of God is His providence. I could read and talk about it all day, because I don’t have to look far to see how little control I hold over my life. The fact that my lack of wisdom sometimes causes me to make poor decisions makes the truth...

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