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Saddling Up Anyway

  • They told Esther's words to Mordecai. Then Mordecai asked them to return this answer to Esther: "Don't think to yourself that you will escape in the king's house any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent now, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Who knows if you haven't come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:12'14 WEB.

    John Wayne once said, "Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." A young woman named Esther faced a decision like that, and it could have led to her execution. A law was passed in the land to exterminate all the Jews who were living in Persia, and she was Jewish.

    Esther had hidden her family's identity. She was safely living in the royal palace when her uncle Mordecai asked to go plead with the king for her people. Mordecai wanted Esther to try and obtain the king's mercy. But if Esther went into the king's chamber without first being summoned, there was an automatic death sentence unless the king chose to pardon her by extending his golden scepter.

    When Esther hesitated to speak with the king, her uncle Mordecai told her that if she did not go, the Lord would send someone else, but she would miss out. Esther was just a young girl and scared, but she pulled herself together and said: "If I perish, I perish." After fasting and praying for three days and nights, she went in to meet the king and convinced him to spare her people. In the end, the one who came up with the evil plot was exterminated himself. There is a Jewish holiday called "Purim" that commemorates the event.

    It is easy to be strong when there is nothing to be afraid of, but faith is tested in the furnace, like refined gold. Don't cower back from whatever you have to face today. You are here for a purpose, for such a time as this. If God is for you, who can stand against you? If you withdraw, God will send someone else, but you will miss out on what He has in store for you. So stand firm, know that God is with you and that you are well able to face whatever comes your way.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me to Your kingdom for such a time as this. It is no accident that I am living here today, and I know that You have a plan and a purpose for me. Please fulfill Your will in my life. Guide my steps and draw me into a deeper relationship with You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: (Dianna had an angiogram done this past week, so we will be continuing last week's theme as she recovers - any prayers for her would be appreciated!) 1 John 4:7 "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." ~ This week our fun theme will be 'Reflections of the Father's Love' and, as always, is wide open for some creative interpretation! We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect just a few of the ways I see our heavenly Father's love surrounding us each day. In family and friends, yes, in the beauty of nature of course, but also in the scary spaces like an ER room. People with compassion helping others, and in a stranger's smile May your week be blessed and filled chances to love one another ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Mar 9
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Mar 9
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

Mar 9
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Mar 9
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Mar 9
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

My family had two horses we stabled in New Jersey years ago and I loved saddling up and riding in the park. Thank you God for allowing me to saddle up in life as well and get me through some rough times. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

Mar 9
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Amen! Who knows, perhaps we rode the same trails together if you stabled your horses in North Jersey!

Mar 9
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".  This verse has gotten me through some tough times. Amen

Mar 9
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Mar 9
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us.We love and worship you. Amen 

Mar 9
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for giving me the faith I have and for testing me and building my faith stronger I love you.

Mar 9
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this message of courage. The path is rocky. God is present! Lord, guide my steps, guard my mind and words, and draw me into a deeper relationship with You. Thank you. Amen

Mar 9
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

I thank You Heavenly Father for forgiving my sins and for leading me through life at all time . For giving me the strength to follow Your will and have a closer relationship with You, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise be the Lord, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for this great message, God bless you both, Amen. 

Mar 9
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes Lord, Amen 

Mar 9
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen and amen 

Mar 9
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Yes Lord, Amen and amen!

Mar 9
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Mar 9