Strength and courage

0C3AE635-3B74-4E43-A84B-58D96341A1D1It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubts.
It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to share a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to hide your own pain,
It takes courage to show it and deal with it.
It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on a friend.
It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

_ Author: Sylvia Kelly

Esther’s boldness and courage

B94C2118-695A-4043-AA65-BE5219E9C5DCHave Esther’s boldness and courage then go for it. If God is in it you are covered, protected and secured. The Book of Esther demonstrates that God can use anyone to fulfill His purpose and to serve His purpose. What if you are the one who can save your family, your community or the world for that matter. God can sometimes put you in an awkward, difficult, unsettling even life-threatening situation for a purpose.
Esther took a bold move and risked her life, she was concerned about others security more than her own security. How often can we do that? Are we willing to go an extra mile to help and stand for those around us? How frequently can we put aside self and put other people’s needs first?
Esther had an option 1. To decline/ignore or 2. To take a risk and go for it. She was open for advice and willing to act upon it. God Has a purpose for the situations He places us. We need to trust Him and obey His Word. Where God leads He always provides. Isaiah 58:11 says; The Lord will guide you always, He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Now Persian kings often held great banquets before going to war. Waging war was not only for survival, it was also a means of acquiring more wealth, territory and power. The king as the center of that power was one of the wealthiest people in the world during that time. Persian Kings loved to flaunt their wealth. So, King Xerxes threw a big party, the celebration lasted 180 days. When those days were over, the king gave enclosed banquet which lasted for seven more days. Meanwhile his wife Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace. Then on the last day of the seven days, King Xerxes commanded his servants to bring before him Queen Vashti so that he can show her off to the people but she refused to come and parade for the King and the people. Refusing the command of the King was against the law and once the law is broken consequences follow. King Xerxes had to issue a royal decree that Vashti shouldn’t never to enter the presence of the king ever again, she was burnished and her royal position was to be given to someone else, that is when we see Esther coming in.
The king was attracted to Esther more than any other women, he was taken by her beauty and character, she won his favor then he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen.
Have you find yourself in a situation that really doesn’t make sense to you but at the end of it you realize you went through it in a season for a reason to get you to the point where God wants you to be and then suddenly it makes sense to you.
Esther was an orphan, she lost her parents at a young age and her cousin Mordecai took upon himself to raise Esther as his own. God came through for Esther a nobody to somebody. Esther did not have a title after or before her name, she didn’t have a great status…BUT GOD hallelujah from an orphan to a queen how awesome and magnificent is that. It does not matter who you are or where you come from but when God wants to use you, He will use you hallelujah!
(Esther 4:1-17) When it was made known to Esther that not only Haman’s anger was directed to her cousin Mordecai but was also directed to all the Jews. Mind you Queen Esther never revealed her nationality and family background. How will she execute to ask the King to reverse the order commanded to kill all the Jews? When the order is issued it is unreversed it must stay forever. Esther then requested the Jews to gather together and fast for three days.
You cannot face challenges on your own strength, you need God’s intervention to guide you and protect you. God operates through our strength as much as through our weakness as well. Sometimes God puts you in a situation to act not just to sit and wait. Seek God more, His already in it and the victory is already on hand, only requires you to act.
When Esther finally made her petition known to the King, he not only agreed to spare her people’s lives but also honored Mordecai for the good deed when he exposed a plot to assassinate the King. It might look like your good deeds are not being noticed or acknowledged but God is the rewarder for those diligently seek Him. Hebrews 6:10 says; God is not unjust, He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.
Now going back to Esther; In the book of Esther we learn that God has a plan for each one of us. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future. What God placed in your heart, go for it. He has chosen you for such time as this….Hallelujah!
May God abundantly bless you!

 

Always make time to pray

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I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task;
‘Why doesn’t God help me?’ I wondered.
He answered, ‘You didn’t ask.’
I wanted to see joy and beauty
But the day toiled on gray and bleak
I wondered why God didn’t show me
He said, ‘But you didn’t seek’,
I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys in the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
‘My child, you didn’t knock.’
I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.”
-Author Unknown

 

 

What a friend we have in Jesus (hymn)

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What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer! Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer! Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge–
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you wilt find a solace there.

 

A note from God

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This is GOD I will be handling ALL your problems today. Please remember I WILL NOT NEED YOUR HELP!!! If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD Box (something for God to do). It will be addressed in My time not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem.

If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution. Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years. Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return. Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children. Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk. Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful! There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity. Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember … things could be worse. You could be them!!!

Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep. Rest, my child. If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.
Love eternally the Lord your God. Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!’!