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Potter’s Hands

March 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seem best to him.” (Jeremiah 18:4, NIV)

JEREMIAH 18…~Debra

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~

 

 

 

 

 

Unlikely Duo

July 27, 2015 — Leave a comment

Growing up is hard and this ole world isn’t always a pleasant place to be. People are cruel and say mean and senseless things.

How do we overcome such things? Love Heart, do what is right even if it hurts. Even if we lose friends, even if others think you are crazy! Don’t stand around and allow others to diminish another’s life!

“He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
(Proverbs 21:21, NIV)

As I watched this video my heart just sings! His friend is helping this shy, overweight young man reach for his dream (notice how his mic is shaking) . In turn…what does she get? Stomped on!

What does the young man do…stands firm on the friendship even when it may cost him his dream.

They are a Duo…
1. two items of the same kind
2. two performers or singers who perform together
3. a pair who associate with one another

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where mouth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-24, NIV)

I give this young Duo a HUGE round of applause!! ~Debra

What’s in a name??

December 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

Jesus, name above all names!  “God is salvation”…it expresses both his identity and his assignment.

Did Mary and Joseph choose his name or name him after a relative?  No, Matthew 1:22-22 tell us that “…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people for their sins.”

As we enter this Christmas season remember that Jesus was sent as a baby with a role and purpose!  To live and die as a man and give you the greatest gift you will ever receive…Salvation!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god” (Romans 3L23, NIV)

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NIV)

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord, “and believes in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, NIV)

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13, NIV)

Through His name we are given His purpose! ~Debra

 

 

Day by Day

February 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

th (1)The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. (Philippians 1:6 AMP)