Stand Strong, Seek God First

Peer pressure is real, isn’t it?

I have work clothes, casual clothes, gym clothes, and gardening clothes. Just as we dress differently, we talk and act by the rules, specifically detailed or implied by the situation.

When we neglect to follow the rules of the setting, we suffer the consequences.

In Esther 3, we read that Mordecai stood strong and did not bow to expectations. Consequences followed.

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Inside / Out – Is Your Inner Beauty Showing?

“Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the LORD’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”
Isaiah 55:13

Esther was thrown into the desert with the briars and thorns of a highly competitive beauty contest in Persia, the land of her captivity. Yet, she lived up to her Jewish name, Hadassah, Myrtle.

Are you living in a desert with nettles and briars surrounding you? You can be that myrtle tree growing up among nettles and briars. You can provide shade and fragrance as you point the prickly annoyances to our sovereign God.

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