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I had a fabulous weekend…I had my grandgirls.  We spent time doing girl stuff.  Shopping, cooking, getting the Barbie hair untangled and put back to their former beauty.

When it was time to wind down for the evening they asked me to tell them a story.  I was thinking to myself they know all your basic fairy tales and the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me… “Esther.”

I asked them…how about a true story about a Queen?  They loved the idea.  Of course when I said, Esther…they said, who?

Esther was a beautiful, Jewish woman living in Persia.  She was being raised by her cousin, Mordecai because her father and mother had died.

King Xerses ordered and edict that all young girls where to be brought to Susa and put under the care of his servant Hegai so that he could pick a queen.   

Esther was brought to the palace and place under Hegai’s care.  She found favor in his sight.  Esther hadn’t revealed her nationalityand family background  as a Jewish because Mordecai had forbidden her to.

The King found favor with Esther and liked her more than any of the other woman.  He took Esther as his wife and she became Queen.

Now, one of Kings Xerses royal officials, Haman, had a problem with Mordecai because he wouldn’t bow down to him.  So he plotted to have all Jews killed.

Who else was a Jew but nobody knew about it, Esther!

Haman twisted the truth and had the King sign a paper saying that on a specific day all Jews would be killed.

Mordecai asked Esther to speak to the King on behalf of her Jewish people.  the was one catch…if she went before the King without being summoned. she would be killed unless he held out a golden scepter of acceptance.

Esther was frightened, but she went to speak to the king on behalf of the Jewish people.  “…I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16, NIV)

Esther did go before the king and he did hold out his scepter.  Yes, her beauty helped but it was her character that won the Kings heart.

God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He uses people to orchestrate His will!  David slaying Goliath, Nehemiah rebuilding of the wall, Moses leading of the Israelite’s and Esther saving God’s people.

Remember you don’t have to be supernatural…that God’s job.  We just have to be willing!  Deb~

 

 

 

 

 

Ashes to Beauty!!

March 3, 2016 — 2 Comments

Have you ever sat and watched a fire burn?  Notice the ashes? 

 I don’t find anything beautiful about ashes, but scripture tells us, He’s going to take us from ashes to…crown of glory, from mourning to…gladness, from despair…to praise!

 We will be “oaks of righteousness!”  Isaiah 61:1-11…rocks! Deb~

 

The Spirit of the Lord Sovereign is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor; 
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom to the captives,
and release from darkness for the prisoners,

2 to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 and to provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord, for the display of his splendor.

4 They will build up the ancient ruins;
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities,
that have been devastated for generations.

5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called the priests of the Lord;
you will be named  ministers of our God;
you will feed on the wealth of the nations,
and in their riches you shall boast.

7 Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion;
instead of disgrace they shall rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.

All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

8 “For I the Lord love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;

10 I will delight greatly in the Lord;
my rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up,
and as a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the  Sovereign Lord  will make righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.

 

Inchworm

August 1, 2015 — Leave a comment


This ole world is moving way too fast.  We need to stop and soak in the beauty of the Creator.

What if we took a moment to share with those we pass everyday?  A smile, word of encouragement or lend a helping hand.                  

I know that we may not receive the reception that we are hoping for but that shouldn’t deter us.

I remember one gentlemen asking me…”WHAT ARE YOU SMILING AT?”

I’ve discovered over the years that I’m not responsible for their actions or reactions.  I’m responsible for me!  If the Holy Spirit is prompting me to do something then, I need to do it.

Gwen and I have become discouraged several times during our ministry wondering if we are making any kind of difference.  All of a sudden we will hear from ONE person, just ONE person that has been touched by His message through us.

If we reach ONE person…that’s the goal of Love Heart Ministries.  What a difference we can all make if each one of reach out.

One more group of people we must remember…Family!

You’ve made it through the day without losing your temper  with that person that just gets on your last nerve.  You get home and your family does something you don’t like and you let it fly.   What?  

These are the people we should treasure most.  When is the last time you took your husband’s, wife’s or children’s face in your hands, looked them in the eye and said “I  LOVE YOU!”?

My challenge for you today: Don’t be like the inchworm and miss the beauty that surrounds you.  Make a difference and embrace those you love. ~Debra

 

Tunnel

July 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

Have you ever been in a tunnel that is so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face? 

This is a picture of a cavern that is just that dark until the sun light hits just the right angle and the light illuminates the beauty within.

We all walk in darkness.  The beauty is there but we can’t see it.  Then Jesus shines forth His light and the beauty is visible. (Psalms 4:6, NIV)

If you’ve been walking away from God and living in shadows and darkness, do not despair! “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” (2 Samuel 22:29, NIV) Christ can shine forth His light and make the beauty visiable for all to see. Deb~

 

thHave you ever heard the saying “Stop and smell the roses?”  In this fast pace world we live in, we fail to see the beauty that surrounds us.  Look around and see a glimpse of the power, majesty, and glory of His creation. 

Matthew 6:28-29 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Psalms 104:1-35 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. …(ESV)