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all in perspective

By Irina Coombes
August 18, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

Esther 1:1-3:15
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Psalm 35:17-28
Proverbs 21:19-20

Have you ever watched One Night With the King? It's a movie about the story of Esther. A woman of faith, boldness, and bravery. I watched the movie while I was pregnant with our first child and had recently found out the baby was a girl. I was drawn to the name "Hadassah" (Esther's real name) and wanted to name my child after a woman who loved the Lord.

Well, let's say that our Hadassah is living up to her name! As the only female granddaughter on both sides of the family, she is treated as a queen! Let's face it, she acts like one too!

Some days, I ask God, "What. In. The. World?!?!" How did I get this girl who is so bold and so independent? Then my daughter reminds me that I prayed for her every day! Ha! She is correct. I have told Hadassah the story of how I prayed every single day for a girl until the day of her gender reveal. Every time we get into a lively mother/daughter conversation, she reminds me that I prayed for her!

Isn't it funny how life works? We ask God for something and then we complain about it? I know most of us make it funny, but I wonder what God thinks about the jokes we make out of the blessings he gives us. I'll be the first to admit that I am guilty of forgetting my blessings are actually blessings, and they are what I asked him to give me!

Today, thank God for the blessings he has given you instead of seeing them as challenges. Ask God to use your "challenges" to grow you and strengthen you. Example - I sometimes ask God how in the world Hadassah became so bold. He reminds me of Queen Esther. Her bold faith gave her what she needed to approach the king and save her people!

To memorize:

Wake up! Rise to my defense!
Take up my case, my God and my Lord.

— Psalm 35:23

Prayer to start with: Lord, use the character that you have given us for your glory. I pray that the challenges we go through are ones that strength and shape us and that they are used for good.