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Archive for December, 2008

Ps 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

Ps 105:43

So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing.

Isaiah 41:9

you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;

Isaiah 43:10

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.

 

Remember with me the last time you were in a place where you were waiting to be chosen or cast aside, remember the feelings of fear, anguish, even excitement?

This morning as I was studying Esther, the question was asked in so many words, ” What was it about Esther that made her more sure of herself as she came before the King?”

My thoughts turned to the times in my life when I have felt inferior to others, (mostly female) and what it would have taken inside of me to stand in place not worrying about what others saw or what they may have even felt toward me. I realized very quickly, if I am  to be secure in “a place of waiting” I must know that I am ALREADY CHOSEN! By not just a king, but THE KING OF KINGS! I started looking up the scriptures that tell me I am chosen by Him, and I found over 100 very quickly that actually use this word; not including all of the other words that have the same meaning.

I can hold my head up and with joy serve others by simply knowing that I have been chosen, given everything I need for life and godliness and then commissioned to go tell others about this great and wondrous choosing!

For God SO loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER, ( even me, and yes, you!) Believes on Him should not perish( remember Esther’s famous quote? ” If I perish, I perish”) but have eternal life. Jn 3:16

We do not have to wonder about perishing as she did, we can come before this King, believe that He is God, and have eternal life! WOW! I need to shout!

 

Have a Merry Christmas, worshiping this King!

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Our King/Bridgroom

Revelation 19:16

On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords!

Today we were asked to contrast the King and Groom we have to the one that the girls in the book of Esther, including Esther herself, had to deal with.

I loved this task as I am really a hopeless romantic spiritually speaking. I love the truth of being purified by Christ and FOR Christ! And I love that my Groom is the KING OF KINGS! That is a Knight on a white horse that can’t be knocked off! He chose to leave His place in glory, lay His life down for us and rise again so that WE can be united with Him! You can’t defeat this One! You can’t put Him in a box! He is all consuming, all powerful and ALL GLORIOUS! This is Our King! This is the baby came down for us! GLORY!

I want to share these lyrics and if I can figure out how to upload the music I will

Beautiful    by Phil Wickham

I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
You’re beautiful

I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It’s all proclaiming who you are
You’re beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful

I see Your face, I see Your face, I see Your face
You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful

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What’s Inside Of Me?

Psalms 119:80

May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!

Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life

 

My son Jeremiah had to read about Billy Sunday a preacher from the mid 1800’s today in school. The “News Story” he wrote about him encouraged me to pick up the story myself and read about this man.

Billy’s grandfather once told him, ” It’s not what you have on but what you have in you that makes you a man.” I thought about Esther and how she had gained favour from the kings eunuch which tells us that it was what was “in her” that attracted him to her. I then thought about how we are instructed over and over in the Scriptures to work on our inner man and that God does not look at the outward appearance.

My husband talks often about  while he was growing up he asked his dad “what does it mean to be a man?” and the answer he recieved from his lost father being so unsatisfactory to his searching soul. Even when he joined the Navy later in life, his purpose was to answer this nagging question.

I think that most of us have this innate desire for purpose and passion in that purpose.

I desire to live with the same idea always on the forefront of my mind. “It is not what is on you, but what is in you that makes you a man.”

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This morning I did Week 2, Day 2 in our study..

The discussion was on the favor that Esther gained from the kings eunuch. Beth states the importance as a believer to be full of grace in our words and actions, or in other words, to have “good manners”. I read Proverbs 17 after doing the study and was laughing at how well this chapter went a long with this lesson. Please read it when you do this particular lesson and see if I am right.

This verse stood out among the rest and I would love to have feedback on it.

Proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.

I have had a life that has experienced both of these very different qualities and all I can say/shout is AMEN!

Hope the study of God’s Word is going great!

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Esther Study Underway!

Ok, Ladies! I am finally here and online! Yeah! I am looking forward to getting started with each other in this journey. I have started on the study and I am on week 2, day 2. It has been an amazing refresher in history and has put the story of Esther in a whole new light for me.. My poor husband has had to endure me “re-teaching” it to him… : )Start commenting today and lets encourage each other in this pilgrimage.

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