Who Am I? Who Are You?

Who did God create you to be? Do you know His plan for you? Do you compare yourself to the world?

As I think about these questions my mind goes to Esther 4:14 – “…I am here for such a time as this”. God has a plan, a purpose, and a process for me. I know I am loved. I know He chose me. I know I’m forgiven. For me, that’s what matters.

Am I immune to the world? No! I am tempted by the same things you are. Let me tell you something that recently happened. I am very active in the music and worship services of my church. I do not want any service ever to be the Marie Show. I want my part in the services to be all about God. Last evening, I went to Facebook to check what my family and friends had done on this Easter day. The first thing that popped up were pictures of the Morning Worship Service. There I was, in four of the 10 frames. Not only was I prominantly there, the outfit I had on made me look horrible. Am I immune to the world? No!

Here’s the thing. The evil one uses this kind of stuff to get me to think I’m not what God thinks I am. Here’s another thing. I will not let him. I will be the woman God wants me to be. I will keep in mind that I am God’s Daughter, the He is expecting me as a permanent guest in His home, and most of all that He loves the real me! Even more than this He loves my family, friends, and neighbors, too!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

This blog post is written in response to Week 9 of the 52-Week Devotional Journal For Women, by Deb Wolf

Star of Persia — Book Review

Yes, the story is the one we know and love.  The one about the beautiful Queen Ester, the Star of Persia There’s a bit more to it in this retelling. Along with palace intrigue, politics, and jealousy, add a king who can’t make decisions without others telling him what to do, a queen who wants a ‘normal’ married life, a father who finally comes to terms with who he really is, and you have an awesome, can’t put it down story.

Family relationships abound and add sometimes surprising twists. Personality traits of manipulation, arrogance, scheming, brutality, stubbornness,  and more, clash with strength, internal beauty, loyalty, and love.

Throughout the story the sense of God’s presence permeates. Might that be because of knowing the story so well? Perhaps.   The threads of the story, just like those of the Biblical portrayal, point to the fact that God always has a reason for everything that happens in the lives of His people.

Esther is portrayed as an obedient, loving, and caring person. I would love to have seen more of her internal qualities of strength, wisdom, and leadership.

All in all, this is a really good portrayal of the story of Esther, the Star of Persia.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell/Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”