Thoughtful Thursday: A Change & A Challenge

As I mentioned previously (here) I’m on a very interesting personal journey.

One of the things I have realized is that this blog could use a little more transparency and a little less pandering to the people (whomever you are!). So, Travel Thursday is now Thoughtful Thursday!

by Brian Hillegas

I’d like to invite you to start this Thoughtful Thursday journey by joining me in a study.  A group of women and I are studying the book “Power of a Praying Parent”.  I’d invite you to grab a copy, pull up a chair and join us!

Every week I will post our thoughts, questions and challenges on each section. Some weeks we will read one chapter and some weeks we will read two.  I will do my best to let you know what we are covering in advance so you can follow along with us!

Here is a (somewhat lengthy) introduction…prepare your hearts.  Next week we will start with Chapter 1.

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Pursuing Our Purpose: Preparing Our Hearts

As women and as moms we know, either through our God-given nature as women or personal experience, how to relate.  We are relational beings.  Maybe we don’t struggle with the idea of interpersonal relationships at all.  But what about our individual covenants and interpersonal relationship with God?

Consider for a moment:  As women, our struggle is not necessarily a commitment to one another but instead, our struggle is making a commitment to the purpose God has for us at this very moment in time.

As we pursue praying for our children let us consider our commitment to God and his purpose for us at this precise moment in time – exactly where we find ourselves in life today.

Think about it this way:

If you keep silent, if you fail to demonstrate God’s love, your friends and neighbors will find encouragement elsewhere.  If you refuse God’s purpose for your role as woman, mother and/or spouse your family will suffer.  But maybe, just maybe, you’ve been put here – in this town, with this job, with these kids – to contribute, to give, to serve, to love, to be uniquely who you were crated to be, for such a time as this.

Be encouraged by scripture:  Esther 4:8-17

Esther’s history:

1) She became Queen
2) She was a Queen without privilege, she was at the Kings beckon call
3) She was Queen at a time when her friends/family/nation (the Jews) were being threatened
4) Now, Esther is being challenged to take a stand – confront her king, face the possibility of death but to plead for the salvation of her people.

Isn’t it interesting that we have all become moms, our families are regularly threatened by a sinful world and we are called on as mom’s to plead for the salvation of our families by pursuing Christ and exemplifying His calling in our lives for the benefit our children’s salvation?

Esther 4:8-17

Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people. 9And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. 10Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, 11“All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.”

 12And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” 17Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

 Take a moment and reflect on Esther’s Story:

  1. Esther was approached with a Godly challenge, to save her people, by someone who loved her (vs 8 )
  2. Esther was hesitant to accept and use her position (vs 11)
  3. Esther committed to act (vs 16)
  4. Esther engaged her community to act with her in pursuing God’s purpose (vs 16)

Reflection: Can you relate to Esther and in the process become a woman of God:

  1. Have you, or are you now through this study, being approached with a Godly challenge?  Ask yourself:  Do I acknowledge that my position as women, mother, resident of my city and child of God is my calling in life right now?
  2. Have you ever hesitated to accept your place in life?  Ask yourself:  Have I been or am I currently, hesitating to accept the position God has given me today?
  3. Are you committed to acting?  Ask yourself:  Going forward, what will be my commitment?  Can I commit wholeheartedly to God’ current calling for my life?
  4. Who is your community and can you engage them?  Ask yourself: How can I engage my community (family, moms group, friends and others) in helping me accomplish God’s calling in my life?

This week pray that..

1)      You can acknowledge any discontentment in your life and realize it is dishonoring to God and His purpose for you.

2)      You would be able to recommit yourself to God’s purpose for your life as it is in this very moment.

3)      God would provide His Spirit and people in your life that would be encouraging, help give you endurance in your pursuit and who would be gracious.

4)      Be thankful for what has already happened in your life and you acknowledge God as the source of your gifts and purpose.

Let us again consider our commitment to God and his purpose for us at this precise moment in time – exactly where we find ourselves in life today.

 For who knows…maybe you are here for such a time as this?

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