The Courage Of Esther

The Courage Of Esther

Because every woman of God should know her story.
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“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 New Living Translation (NIV)

My sister writes this bible verse on the chalkboard in her room. It’s underlined in my bible. I see it on plaques and written across pillows at cute stores like Altar’d State. There’s no denying that as women, we feel an emotional attachment to Esther. Not because she was young, beautiful, and innocent. Not because she won the king’s favor and became his queen. We feel strongly about this book of the bible because she was courageous. God gave her a job to do and she faithfully did it.

“Then, Haman approached King Xerxes and said, “There is a certain race of people scattered through all the provinces of your empire who keep themselves separate from everyone else. Their laws are different from those of any other people, and they refuse to obey the laws of the king. So it is not in the king’s interest to let them live. If it pleases the king, issue a decree that they be destroyed, and I will give 10,000 large sacks of silver to the government administrators to be deposited in the royal treasury.” Esther 3:8-9 New Living Translation (NIV)

Haman was a high ranking official in the King’s empire and he had a hatred for Jews. He convinced the king to issue a decree that would wipe out all the jews in the region. Ironically, Esther was Jewish.

The king never knew of her family origins. While she was in the palace, her uncle, Mordecai, sent word of what was to come. She needed to take action. But, she was only a woman and despite being queen, she still had no rights. The king could have her killed if she approached him without being summoned.

Esther was scared and knew her life was at risk. But what is the infamous bible verse all women of God know? Mordecai told her “perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this.”

Esther’s story is universal. When you know what needs to be done, do it. When you see someone doing something wrong, say so. There might be repercussions when you do what is right but, what is right isn't always so easy to do. God chose Esther to be the one to save the jews. He put her in her position so she would make a difference. You are where you are for a reason.It could be a reason that you could never have dreamed of on your own.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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God Things Take Time

You may think you're too far behind, or too far ahead, but you are exactly where you should be.

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I recently saw this poem/story by Savannah Locke. I had never heard of her until this post went viral and I was immediately in awe of her wisdom.

It takes time for things to be made perfect because everything is perfect in God's time.

Sometimes God's timeline does not match up with our own and as annoying and frustrating as it can be, we have to accept it. We measure ourselves based on society, based on friends, and based on people we don't even know and it gets us nowhere.

Compared to basically everyone I am really, really bad at math. Because of that I probably won't graduate college on time but also because I am so bad at math that also means I spend extra time working with professors, TAs, and tutors because I know that that is the only way I will be successful. All throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I was extra close with the people who taught me math because I knew I needed to be. My mom would help me practice multiplication every single morning on the way to school with flashcards because she also knew I needed extra help.

The extra time it took me, and still takes me, to even slightly pass a math class is not a bad thing. It is not a bad thing that I may not graduate college at the same time as a lot of my friends because I am taking the time I need in order to get the grade I need.

Being bad at math does not make me any less of a human. Just like being bad at English doesn't make anyone else less of a human. Some things take time and that is good.

One of my most favorite Bible stories is the one of Sarah, Abraham, and their son Isaac. Sarah was not even close to in her prime when God told Abraham that she would have a son, but because of that her womb and their son Isaac were drenched in prayer. It took time, faith, and patience for Isaac to be born and wow look at what all he did.

Now, I am not saying that my inability to do math will one day turn into me being some brilliant mathematician, but prayer and patience can turn any doubt into the most beautiful thing.

God things take time and that is perfect.

Realizing that just because you aren't where you want to be, but you are right where God needs you to be is beautiful.

You have to stop measuring yourself with the world's ruler because the Ultimate Ruler created you for a time and purpose.

You do not follow the world's calendar, you follow God's divine plan for your own life.


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