Monday, September 23, 2019

WEEK TWO ESTHER WRAP-UP!

Last night was an incredible evening filled with awe and wonder at how God masterfully puts together HIS plans, in HIS timing, and how we can trust Him even when we can’t see where He is going.  

This Weeks Memory Verse

“You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”  
—Psalm 139:16


It was such a JOY to visit Holliday and Cathy’s group last night and to hear how God spoke to each woman using His Word to confirm and affirm what He was showing them in Esther and then how that lined up with our lives today.


๐Ÿ‘‘Jane’s Take-Away took her to other scriptures that God brought to mind:

๐Ÿ‘‘Esther 2:10: “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, BECAUSE MORDECAI HAD FORBIDDEN HER TO DO SO”

๐Ÿ‘‘Exodus 20:12:  “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the lord your God is giving you”

๐Ÿ‘‘Application:  God always blesses OBEDIENCE and His Word is His Will.  Esther honored Mordecai who had become a father to her.


Holliday’s take-away took her back to our study last fall in 1 Peter:  As she thought about how young Esther must have been and how scary her life circumstances must have felt she remembered that suffering gives birth to eternal fruit...

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.  Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”  —1 Peter 3:14



She would not return to the King unless He delighted in her and she was SUMMONED by name” Esther 2:14

SUMMONED-To Call into the presence of another; to appear at a place

๐Ÿ‘‘God delights in us and SUMMONS us into His presence each and every morning and then asks us to be purposeful to STAY IN HIS PRESENCE ALL.DAY.LONG!  

๐Ÿ‘‘“I KNOW MY SHEEP and my sheep know me” — John 10:14

๐Ÿ‘‘“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have CALLED YOU BY NAME”  Isaiah 43:1

๐Ÿ‘‘“I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whosever ABIDES IN ME and I IN HIM, he bears much fruit.”  John 15:5

๐Ÿ‘‘“For we know, brothers (daughters) loved by God that HE HAS CHOSEN YOU.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4



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And she FOUND FAVOR in the sight of all who saw her.”  Esther 2:15b

FAVOR-To promote, support, afford advantages—The Lords providential plan!

Now the king LOVED ESTHER more than all the other women, and she FOUND FAVOR and kindness with him more than all the other virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen in the place of Vashti.” —Esther 2:17

When her turn came to go into the king, she requested nothing except what Hegai the kings eunich who was in charge of the women, advised.  And Esther FOUND FAVOR in the sight of all who saw her.” —Esther 2:15b

“Now the young woman pleased Hagai and FOUND FAVOR with him” —Esther 2:9



Josie Dean and her walk in OBEDIENCE!

This week we had many conversations about Esther’s OBEDIENCE๐Ÿ‘‘

OBEDIENCE-Acting in patience and submission

This summer Josie humbly shared that she felt God calling her to step away from college this year.  There was lots of confusion as she waited for on the Lord to make His will crystal clear.  She had already completed one full year of college and was doing well, but God was moving in her spirit to WAIT ON HIM.  She was confused because there were no other plans at that time.  Just as we talked about with Esther...as she moved by faith and walked in obedience God gave her a new direction for this year.  If you are moved by the Holy Spirit to pray for or to financially support this God-Given dream here is a link:  




PUZZLE PIECES ๐Ÿงฉ 

This time last year Lani and her husband Chris were visiting from Oregon for my sons wedding.  While here Chris was being interviewed for a position in Illinois and he had made the top 3 out of 500 candidates.  We were positive that this is where God wanted their family and had been praying hard.  It was overwhelmingly disappointing when we discovered that Chris did not get the position...

BUT GOD❤️

Little did we know that just a few weeks later he was going to be offered a position right here! God was going to move their family back home after 11 years of traveling the country while Chris serves his country.  

GOD’S GOODNESS❤️

Lani’s mother had just been diagnosed with dementia and Today they find out if the lump in her mother’s breast is cancer.  Had God given them what they wanted her life would be filled with chaos and confusion as she would have to travel to be with her.  BUT GOD IN HIS INFINITE wisdom and ability to see beyond today, to know what’s coming, moved their family exactly where they are supposed to be.

Trust IN THE LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight”Proverbs 3:5-6


I don’t know what big decisions are looming in your life, but I know the ONE who does!  As you cry out without holding back and seek HIM with all your heart HE IS FAITHFUL and HE WILL SHOW YOU!







Monday, September 16, 2019

WEEK ONE ESTHER WRAP-UP



WOW!  What a P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. night of take-away’s! We had such an amazing evening packed and FULL of big aha’s!  What I love most about Sunday nights is that we get to take what God has shown us and share...but then we get to take what He has shown others and we get to learn with them and from them.  I encourage you to read every word here!  Your heart will be so overcome by the Holy Spirit as you get to see HIM in action among your sisters.



FUN FACTS, POWERFUL PERSONAL APPLICATION, & DEFINED WORDS:  Each Sunday night your small group leaders send me some big aha’s that were discussed in your group.  It’s my joy to share just a few with you so that you get to see how much bigger and fuller God’s Word becomes when we walk in community...WE’RE BETTER TOGETHER! 

Take a moment to discover how scripture is truly living and breathing and active!  It’s not just a history lesson, but it applies personally to YOU today for whatever you are going through.  Oh how He loves us!  


I love the visual here of the round table.  In Salt & Light we do not have master teachers...we just know the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.  We simply get to be Learners❤️



 

๐Ÿ‘‘FUN FACT: Ahasuerus is a title (like Cesar) and not his actual name. (Verse 1:1)





๐Ÿ‘‘FUN FACT:  Tammie from Angela’s group brought two tiny maps of the entire area that was under King Xerxes dominion.  One was the ancient map from when the story of Esther took place and the other modern was from modern day...it was HUGE and covered so much!(Think Greece, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, The question the group pondered was how long it took to get decrees out?  What type of transportation did they use?  A donkey?  A camel?  A horse?  (Verses 1:22)




๐Ÿ‘‘POWERFUL PERSONAL APPLICATION:  The details that were put into the banquet from the draperies to each goblet being completely different from the other and how each of us are unique and different.  (Verses 1:4-7)

You see ALL things; you saw me growing, changing in my mothers womb; every detail of my life was already written in your book; you established the length of it before I was born. Psalm 139:16




๐Ÿ‘‘POWERFUL PERSONAL APPLICATION:  Though it seemed unfair to some that Queen Vashti was banished or killed we were reminded that God had to remove Vashti so that Esther could carry out His plan to redeem His people. (Verse 1:19)

He controls the course of the world and all the events; He removes kings and sets up other kings.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.”  Daniel 2:21




๐Ÿ‘‘POWERFUL PERSONAL APPLICATION:  Xerxes was a show off, his life was extravagant, he loved to show off...Splendor, Glory, Majesty, but without God they mean nothing!  What are our hearts set on and chasing after?  Is it God or is it the beautiful things of this world? (Verses 1:4-7)

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

๐Ÿ‘‘POWERFUL PERSONAL APPLICATION:  The King drank a lot of alcohol and while in that state made a request that he might not have made in a sober state.  Once that action took place consequences followed that could not be undone.  His heart was joyful with wine.  (Verse 1:10)  Alcohol can take us places we might never go in a sober state and though wine itself is not a sin...too much is.  

Does alcohol stir your sinful nature to want more?  Then hang onto 1 Corinthians 10:23...”All things are permissible, but not all things are profitable”.  Scripture tells us that as believers we are to be Holy as he is holy. (1 Peter 1:6)




๐Ÿ‘‘FUN FACT:  Vashti was the daughter of Belshazzar!  Belshazzar was the grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar. (Think Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)






๐Ÿ‘‘BETH’S DEFINED WORD:  Crown-The 1828 dictionary quoted Proverbs:  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.  Of course, Xerxes didn’t seem very interested in Vashti’s beauty and royalty.  God is concerned with the inside of the package, not the outside, and I need to be a “Crown” of virtue.
(Beth is in the red)





THIS WEEK:  We get to dive into Chapter two!  Get ready because it just keeps getting better and better!

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your Father’s family will perish and who knows, but that you have come to your Royal Position for such a time as this!”  Esther 4:14

Friday, September 13, 2019

FCC Esther Study—For Such A Time As This๐Ÿ‘‘



We are so excited to launch our FCC Salt & Light Style Esther Study.  Fifty four amazing women are gathering together every Sunday to seek the Lord through His Word and specifically through the book of Esther.  We were so excited to kick off our evening with food, fun, fellowship, and photo’s.



Week One Memory Verse


Sherry, Merri, Gail, Denise, Judy, Barbara, and Sue๐Ÿ‘‘

Melanie, Angela, Margaret, Susan, Tammie, Jolie, Gwen, Erika, and Angela๐Ÿ‘‘

Holliday, Michelle, Angel, Cathy, Cathy, and Aja๐Ÿ‘‘


Tammy, Kathy, Marsha, Lynn, Kaila, Carol, Marissa, and Valerie๐Ÿ‘‘


Beth, Amanda, Marjorie, Kim, Linda, Nancy, Kim, Lani, Marissa, and Mary๐Ÿ‘‘

Chelsea, Jenny, Patty, Kelly, Cindy, Camille, Leslie๐Ÿ‘‘

We spent the evening digging into the first three verses of Esther...it was powerful๐Ÿ‘‘


This week we began the journey of getting to know King Ahasuerus, Queen Vashti, Esther, and Mordecai๐Ÿ‘‘

I love these two ladies leading our worship...Build My Life, God, I look to you, and Great Are You, Lord ๐ŸŽถ 



“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”