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Happily married to the same awesome guy for 48 years. Love God, reading, cats and travel. Avid crafter, especially counted cross stitch and crochet.

For Such A Time As This

Happy Purim! This Jewish holiday is special to me because I can really relate to being put in situations that I don’t understand why I’m there.

If you remember the story of Esther – she was an orphan, raised by her uncle, Mordecai.

King Xerxes had thrown a big party, got really drunk, and ordered his wife to appear naked. She refused and he, with the advice of his council, determined to depose her. After all, they advised him, if she doesn’t obey him, other wives will think it’s OK to do that.

The king determined to get a new wife. He sent a notice that all the most beautiful, young, women of the land were to become part of his harem. He would choose one from among them to replace Vashti.  And so he did.

Sometime later, King Xerxes appointed Haman to be his next in command. With that came the ruling and expectation that everyone would bow to him.  Mordecai was having none of that. He would bow to no one but God. That upset Haman a great deal and he convinced Xerxes to make an edict that if you refused to bow to the king you would be hanged.  In fact, Haman even offered to give 10,000 pieces of silver to the king’s treasury.

There were many Jews at the time that were refusing to bow to the king so they also fell under this ruling. Well, Haman told the king and between them, they created a ruling that all Jews would be annihilated.

When Mordecai heard about this he told Esther that she needed to intervene. She was not sure how she would be able to do that so she told him she didn’t have the power to do so. He, basically, responded that perhaps she had been placed in her position ‘for such a time as this’. She said she would fast and pray and would then make a decision.

She came up with a plan but in the meantime, Haman had built a scaffold upon which to hang Mordecai because he refused to bow to him.

Her uncle was a scribe for the king and had saved his (the king) life at one point when he heard about a group that wanted to assassinate him. Well, one night King Xerxes couldn’t sleep so he got out the scroll that talked about his actions and what had happened in his country while he was king.  He came across the notation that talked about how Mordecai had saved his life. The king quickly called Haman into his chambers and asked him what should be done for someone like this. Haman thought the king was talking about him and said he should have a king’s robe put on him and sit on a steed and go through the city while people bowed to him.

Well, it wasn’t about him. The king made him lead the horse that his enemy sat on. Then, the king found out what Haman was building the gallows for and had him hanged on it instead.

Esther went to Xerxes and told him about what was about to happen to her people. She was able to stop the slaughter. Now Jewish people celebrate Purim every year on the 14th and 15th days of Adar to remind them of the time they were rescued. The actual verses say this:

  •  Mordecai recorded these events and sent letters to the Jews near and far, throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes, calling on them to celebrate an annual festival on these two days. He told them to celebrate these days with feasting and gladness and by giving gifts of food to each other and presents to the poor. This would commemorate a time when the Jews gained relief from their enemies when their sorrow was turned into gladness and their mourning into joy. Esther 9:20-22

I hope you are able to celebrate this special holiday in your own way. God is good!

Blessings to you and yours!


Thank you to Bible Gateway for providing scripture links.

God’s Love

Do you ever have moments when something you’ve read in the word many times has new meaning?  God’s word is new every morning.

Understanding God’s love for me (and You) is nearly impossible. Think about it. It’s too much. It’s higher, longer, broader, greater, extravagant, extreme, lavish, unconditional, unending…  His love is more than the width of His arms stretched out on that cross. If that is possible!

He wants us to know that in this incredibly unloving world His love is always there, always available, always within reach, always…  FREE! For Him, it cost his most precious Son. For us it is free. He wants to give it. We cannot earn it. We cannot buy it. We can only accept it. Have you?

Blessings to you and yours!


I’ve written these thoughts in response to week 5 of Deb Wolf’s 52-Week Devotional Journal for Women.

Thank you to Bible Gateway for the links to God’s Word.


I chose transformed as my word for the year and have been delighted at the number of verses that apply to it.

Having God change the way I think was a big part of my selection. I want every thought and every word to be acceptable and agreeable to the One and Only!



Blessings to you and yours!


God’s Girl

I love to go to seminars! I love hearing excellent God-speakers and enjoying the company of other believers. There is something really awesome about worshipping with thousands of women. Don’t get me wrong. I worship with my husband and the men of my church every Sunday and love every minute. But there’s just something special about worshipping with girls. I love it that God made me a woman.

Several years ago the topic of one of these seminars (Beth Moore, 2014 Simulcast, Fort Wayne, IN) was being women of God. During that time of worship, these words were spoken, together, by 11,000 women (and a few brave men).


I have these words framed and placed on the wall above my desk. To remind me how much He loves me. He has made me His child. I am His little Princess. He loves me so much. He protects me from all directions – my front, back, top, bottom, and sides. He wants to guide my thoughts, words, and actions.

Isaiah 41:10 tells us what God, the King, wants for us.

  1. He wants us to keep in mind that He is always present. There is no need for fear.
  2. Discouragement cannot/does not exist in the presence of the Great Encourager.
  3. He has already won every battle we will ever face.
  4. He gives us all the strength we will need for every endeavor.
  5. In every situation His help is immediate.
  6. He is, has been, and always will be, victorious!

Abba, Father, I give You all my trials, troubles, and discouragement. Deafen my ears and mind to those thoughts that are planted by the evil one. Let me hear only Your voice. Thank You for adopting me and making me Your princess.   Amen! Yes!

Blessings to you and yours!


This post was inspired by Deb Wolf’s 52-Week Devotional Journal For Women. 

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Some of the best years of my life were spent as an Elementary Music Teacher. Of course, I was always on the look-out for new ways of teaching the basics of music. Wouldn’t you know I would find a very usable book for the classroom after I had moved on to another education career?

This delightful book is perfect for introducing some of the basic words used by the instrumentalists in the orchestra. It is cleverly devised to show different animals that match the action words. The author uses sleeping animals to show the concept of the word adagio and animals that can move swiftly to portray allegro. The illustrations are fun to look at and clearly show how the animal’s movements match the Italian word.

I highly recommend this delightful book for the classroom and home. Although recommended for ages 3 to 7, I think most Elementary students would enjoy it. After all, we never have enough books. Right?

Blessings to you and yours!


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