5 Prayer Points to Live By

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When the temple was completed, all the elders and Levites brought the ark of the covenant, the tent of meeting, and the holy vessels before King Solomon and the assembly of Israel. They sacrificed sheep and oxen–too many to number–before the ark. Then the priests placed the ark in the Holy Place.

When they came out of the Holy Place, all the Levitical singers, arrayed with fine linen and carrying harps, cymbals, and lyres praised the Lord in unison with 120 trumpeters.

“For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14

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Queen of Sheba-wisdom seeker

This is the first book that I’ve read by Liz Curtis Higgs, and I was delighted. It’s Good to Be Queen weaves interesting research, biblical truth, creative imagination, practical application, and today’s insight into a beautiful tapestry that could adorn the most elegant woman.

Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with difficult questions. 1 Kings 10:1

Higgs takes the reader on a journey through the eyes and mind of the queen of Sheba, beginning with an arduous trip from Yemen (Southern Arabia) to Jerusalem, about 1,500 miles.

Higgs provides discussion questions for a book club single session and a study guide in the back of the book for readers to delve deeper or to use the guide in a small group. In the study guide section, she writes:

Sheba’s desire for wisdom fueled her long journey north. … Sheba’s trek across the desert was dangerous, with the threat of wild animals and even wilder weather. On your spiritual journey, what are some of the challenges you face?

Just 13 verses, but Higgs painted a picture of a bold, strong woman who sought wisdom at a great price: her wealth, her time, her physical effort, her pride, and her gods. Yes, Higgs, believes that she turned from her pagan gods and worshiped the one true God, the God of Solomon.

In addition to the secondary research Higgs conducted for this book, she also asked her followers questions and included their insight:

Doris gets the credit for this one: “Today is a good place to begin finishing well.”

That’s part of the legacy the queen of Sheba passes on to us. The “bold and foward-thinking” woman was all about making the most of each day. She studied, she pursued, she asked, she listened, she marveled, she spoke truth, she encouraged, she learned, and in the end she praised the Lord and urged others to join her.

I had not pondered the queen of Sheba in-depth, and I am so glad that I read It’s Good to Be Queen. It made me ask myself how much I really pursue the wisdom of God.

Thank you, Liz Curtis Higgs for a great study.

About Liz Curtis Higgs

I received It’s Good to Be Queen, published by Waterbrook Press, from Blogging for Books for my honest review.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Liz Curtis Higgs and her commitment to You and to her sisters in the Lord. Bless her, I pray, and continue to pour out Your wisdom and Spirit upon her. Father, bless Your daughters and sons, and instill in them a desire to pursue You and Your wisdom. You are the Creator of the Universe, the All-Knowing God. Thank You for the queen of Sheba and her example to women of all ages.

Is your Christmas season filled with wildflowers among the weeds?

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Luke 12:25-31

I often walk to meetings about 1/4 mile away from my office. There’s a vacant lot that burst forth in vivid color this spring, and the flowers are still blooming in December. Weeds have grown up among the wildflowers, and, yet, the flowers lift their faces to the sun for warmth and nourishment.

In this hustle-bustle season, it’s easy to let the weeds of the season pop up around us. We  scurry from one department store to the next to buy gifts for people who will return them after Christmas. We bake treats that add pounds that we’ll work hard to remove after the New Year. We write newsy letters to people we haven’t spoken to all year. We decorate our homes and offices; several weeks later, we pack the decorations into boxes to store for the next season. We sing Santa and reindeer songs. We fill our calendars with parties and gatherings.

We wish “Happy Holidays” to everyone and “Merry Christmas” to a select few. We attend church services and children’s plays.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

Consider Jesus. What if we took time to lift our faces towards Jesus in the midst of the weeds of the season to let the Son kiss us with His warmth and nourishment?

What if we trusted that if we sought His kingdom and the true meaning of His gift to the world?

Could all these things be added — with a beauty and splendor that befits the King we serve?

My prayer for you:

Father, this is a season that is filled with tradition, festivities, demands. Sometimes, we drive ourselves into exhaustion. Holy Spirit, give us wisdom as we prepare our homes, our families, and our festivities and prompt us to lift our faces toward Jesus … to wait upon Him in the beauty of His holiness. Thank you, Jesus, for Your gift, You gave it all for us. You have brought Joy to the world!