Esther

This past week I focused on the book of Esther.  I find the book of Esther to be very interesting and thought provoking.

The first thing I noticed is that the name of our Lord is no where to be found in the book of Esther.  Although His name is not in the book the works of His hands are so evident!

The king was giving a large banquet that lasted seven days…. can you imagine serving food and drink to many, many people for seven days?  I get tired after one afternoon of entertaining!  Anyway, on the seventh day, after the king had become ‘merry with wine’ requested that his Queen come before him so that he could show off her beauty.  Queen Vashti refused and the king became very angry and removed her as Queen.  Seems a little harsh but God is working!

The king starts his search for a new queen and this is where Esther joins the story.  Esther found favor with the king and all of his servants and she eventually becomes his queen.  All this time never did she reveal to the king her kindred or her people just as Mordecai commanded her.  Mordecai became aware of a plot to kill the king.   Mordecai told Esther the plan and she told the king in Mordecai’s name.

There is another plot that Haman has devised and convinced the king to sign off on and that was to kill all the Jews.  Through Mordecai, Esther learns of this plot to kill her people.  Mordecai tells her she must go to the king but Esther knows that to do so would be very dangerous.  I love Esther chapter 4, verse 14 (NASB) “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”  That is the Lord at work!

Esther musters up the courage to approach the king and tell of the evil plan of Haman and in the end Haman is hung on the very gallows he had prepared to have Mordecai hung on.  The Jews were saved, Mordecai was promoted and the Jews destroyed their enemies.

Where else is God’s hand shown in Esther?  Chapter 4, verses 16 and 17 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my maidens also will fast in the same way.  And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”  So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him.  The people PRAYED!  God listened!

Esther mustered up the courage to approach the king… she said “if I perish, I perish.”  Wow!  God lifted Esther up ‘for such a time as this’ and because of her bravery her people were saved.

As I read Esther a verse came to mind… Philippians 2:15 “That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

Now, none of us are perfect and yes God does forgive our sins.  However, that does not mean it is ok to blatantly sin and then say to God ‘Well I know this is wrong but… I’m gonna do it anyway.’  Hmmm… that’s kind of off the topic of Ester isn’t it???

Anyway, when it came to saving her people Esther stood alone before the king and did what was right.

Am I able to stand alone and do what’s right?  I mean, let’s be honest, sometimes being a Christian is standing alone.  Especially in such a fallen world and being surrounded by so many who are convinced that there is no God or if there is that His love is all that matters, not sin.

I pray that I can be bold like Esther and stand alone, if I must, to go against  the ‘norm’ or politically correct in this world.

Thank you, Lord, for standing with Esther and for standing with all of us.

Gaylene

 

First Day of School!

So, I’m a little late in getting this posted but we had our first day of school a few weeks ago!  Below is our first day of school pictures and a summary of what each is working on.

We start each day with bible and character time where we are all curled up on the couch or chairs and read the bible and discuss various Godly characteristics.  We usually sing a song or two as well and finish up with each of us praying.

Natasha started 6th grade and is growing into a quite a young lady.  She is studying swimming creatures with Apologia Science, The Mystery of History – Creation to the Resurrection, math with RightStart Math, Geography with Expedition Earth, typing (when I was in school it was called typing; I guess now a days it’s called keyboarding!) Spelling with Spell to Write and Read and reading lots of other great books.  She takes weekly piano lessons with the wonderful Miss Rebecca and weekly Spanish class with a group of close friends.

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Mikayla started 4th grade and continues to amaze us with her incredible imagination.  She is also studying swimming creatures with Apologia Science, The Mystery of History – Creation to the Resurrection, math with RightStart Math, Geography with Expedition Earth, typing and lots of reading.  Mikayla also takes weekly piano lessons with Miss Rebecca and the same Spanish class with Natasha.

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Alex is starting 1st grade but is still finishing up some Kindergarten studies.  I’m not big at pushing academics to 4 and 5 year olds so I’m ok with where she is at.  She will be studying the same science and history as her older sisters as well as her own level of RightStart Math.  She still likes to do the letter of the week activities that Jonathan works on although she doesn’t need them as she knows her letters and all the sounds they make.  She continues her weekly speech therapy sessions and has shown incredible progress over the last 2 years.  She and I spend lots of time cuddled up on the couch reading together.  She takes weekly piano lessons with Miss Tori.

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Jonathan is in Prek and absolutely LOVES doing school with his older sisters.  He has lots of fun games, puzzles, crafts and activities to do as he learns letter names and sounds.  He also has fun math activities along with shapes and patterning.

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Katherine isn’t in school yet but isn’t she cute???  And can you believe she is already 6 months old?  We just started giving her mashed up avocados mixed with a little of her milk once a day and she loves it.

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I absolutely love homeschooling.  I can’t even imagine dropping my kids off at a building each day and let others get the experience of watching their eyes light up when they learn something new.

Gaylene