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Esther: The Making of a Queen 5: Esther’s Courage and God’s Plan

Esther: The Making of a Queen Day 5: Esther’s Courage and God’s Plan Scripture reading: Esther 4:12–8:17 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.…

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Esther: The Making of a Queen 4: The Big Problem

Esther: The Making of a Queen Day 1: Vashti, The Predecessor The Big Problem Scripture reading: Esther 3-4:11 And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the…

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Esther: The Making of a Queen 3: A Beauty Pageant

Esther: The Making of a Queen Day 3: A Beauty Pageant Scripture reading: Esther 2:1-18 After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. Then the king’s young men who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his…

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Esther: The Making of a Queen 2: Humble Beginnings

Esther: The Making of a Queen Day 2: Humble Beginnings Scripture reading: Esther 2:5-11 Now there was a Jew in Susa the citadel whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjaminite, who had been carried away from Jerusalem among the captives carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away. He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther,…

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Esther: The Making of a Queen 1: Vashti, The Predecessor

Esther: The Making of a Queen Day 1: Vashti, The Predecessor Scripture reading: Esther 1 Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces, in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne in Susa, the citadel, in the third year of his reign he gave a feast for all his officials and servants. The army of Persia and Media and the…

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Living the Mom Life 7: Loose Hands

Living the Mom Life Day 7: Loose Hands Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3, ESV) So often when you are raising toddlers and babies, in between changing a diaper and looking for a pacifier to soothe a screaming baby, someone will comment about how fast the time goes and to be sure you enjoy it. In that moment, as your hair…

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Living the Mom Life 6: Help Them See You in Me

Living the Mom Life Day 6: Help Them See You in Me And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:1-2, ESV). Early on, Hannah shows us that she…

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Living the Mom Life 5: A New Passion for Prayer

Living the Mom Life Day 5: A New Passion for Prayer Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV) A mom’s plate is usually a very full one. Your calendar is full of appointments, practices,…

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Living the Mom Life 4: A Serious Responsibility

Living the Mom Life Day 4: A Serious Responsibility Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, ESV) A harp seal stays with her baby for 12 days, and then leaves it. If a black bear only has one cub instead of several, she will often abandon it, as she feels it’s not worth her time. A…

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Living the Mom Life 3: Expectations vs. Reality

Living the Mom Life Day 3: Expectations vs. Reality But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV) We’ve all been there—building something up so perfectly in our minds, but the reality ends up being the complete…

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