Such A Time As This

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A DEVOTIONAL INSERT ~ From Biblehub

“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

— Esther 4:14 NLT

“Although we believe God shows us the way, it doesn’t follow that we have a perfect understanding of where He’s taking us and why.

When David contemplated the hand of God guiding him, when he saw that God had hemmed him in “behind and before,” he declared that such “knowledge was too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (Psalm 139:5-6).

It is true that God gives us glimpses of where He’s taking us from time to time, but at bottom such knowledge is beyond human comprehension. We don’t follow God because we’ve seen and pre-approved His direction for our lives, but because we trust Him.

But then the moment arrives when it all makes sense, when the goal becomes clear.

Surely Esther did not want to become a harem girl, surely she did not know why she became queen, but the moment came when God’s purpose was revealed. Mordecai’s words of our verse are rhetorical. Clearly, obviously, God had brought her to this point in time so she could help her people.

Although God did not previously reveal His purpose, He was speaking forcefully now through the circumstances of life and Mordecai knew exactly what Esther had to do.”

My thoughts:

To the queens out there, who’s your Mordecai?

Who is reminding you of why God has brought you to such a time as this?

Who is helping you see and understand why God permitted for you to be placed where you are, experiencing something you didn’t willingly sign up to do?

Lord, help us to endure the place you have us at and not miss the glorious blessing you will do through us after we have suffer for a little while.

While the tormenting makes us desire to run away, give us wisdom and boldness to persevere and listen to wise, godly counsel.

Lord, may we rise to the challenge like Queen Easter and allow your Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to our “such a time as this” moments in our lives as unbearable as they may be.

In Jesus name I ask. Amen.

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Don’t Quit! A Breakthrough is Coming!

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Where are you?
What have you found yourself in?
What belief are you walking away from?
 
I’ve witness broken hearts scream in pain to the point that I can’t imagine how on this earth anything will be fine again. Not only have I witnessed, but I too have screamed my whys.
 
Once the pain subsided, I recalled days passed, how God showed up, lifted me, took my hand and helped me recover. Many times, He had to carry me as I cried my nights to days. Then again when I’ve covered my pain with a smile until my day became night again. Impatiently I’ve waited for the breakthrough of wellness and goodness to come my way.
 
STRIVE TO SURVIVE.
 
Life is challenging. Yet, we must deal with the how, to live through sufferings, troubles, hardships, disappointments, broken hearts, loneliness and death. Then when the morning comes we can get out of bed and carry on. When the how isn’t known, then we walk in faith with what we have.
 
A time will come, when we will walk to obtain the promise, for it will be in reach. Along the way, let’s expect blessings, they will come. Let us not lose our faith. Let’s believe as we ride the wings of hope, for God will see us through.
 
STAND STRONG IN TRUTH.
 
Philippians #:7-14
“7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
 
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
 
May God be with you, protect and bless you.

Rise Above Troubles

Before one can rise above their troubles, one must survive the ride of the turbulence. 20180304_140010.jpg

When the waves of the circumstances hit hard, one’s support must hold strong.

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While others enjoys life, one should take time to regain purpose in spite of the loss.

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As the torment diminishes, one must fix their sight on the horizon, regain balance and move on.20180304_141936.jpg

Hope, love and faith are the sails to maneuver through the waves of doubt and unbelief. They are true life guards who save anyone in a life’s storms.20180304_143600.jpg

Stretch out your hand and grab God’s help. It often comes in human form.

UNTIL THE STORM ENDS ~ Find a way to survive the tempest.

 

Nature Is Conversant

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🍂WOES FROST MY SPIRIT🍂
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Unseen ground roots bind my soul long enough to hear the earth below my feet whisper valuable advice. “Don’t allow the obvious to mislead your heart and react from the immediate emotion.

Take a breather, hush your thoughts and pay attention to what is not easily seen.

There is much to learn about what lies under what first is presented before you.

Don’t allow difficulties or hardships to take your focus from the earth.

For God created you from the same dirt which brings spring back with its beautiful colors to paint the world.

You are to bring color into other souls. You are free to be what you were created to do.

Believe and you will brighten souls with what you know to be true.”
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Nature is conversant, are you listening.

Woes may frost my spirit, but truth melts the frost.

Holding On While Trying to Let Go

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🌬ICE COLD STORMS 🌬
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When life sends harsh cold traumas, one becomes frozen from shock, unable to respond or react. Then, the ocean of emotions comes in waves, washing out certainty.

The chill waves of the situation causes the heart to shattered and the mind to freeze.

Prayer and the loving warmth of others helps the emotional traumatized soul to slowly live on.

Yet, mourning, for a family member who committed suicide is a life long process that returns like floating icebergs chilling the soul with a false sense of hopelessness.

Please, if you suffer from suicidal thoughts call for help. Know you do matter to many and you will be greatly missed.

If you complete the action, the void you leave behind will be greater than the void you feel. For the loss, of a love one, reaches many souls leaving them with an uncertainty that may never be resolved.

A reminder, sympathize with those souls who can’t seem to leave the darkness of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Reach out, help out, bring the light of hope to them. Speak positive possibilities of a better tomorrow. Let them know, while they can’t seem to hold on to hope or belief, you will, until they can claim them for themselves.

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