You were Made for this, Baby!

I love Esther’s story. It’s one about virtue, courage, and surrender. Every experience that Esther ever experienced prepared her to be a queen and ultimately save her people from extinction. From being adopted to going through a full blown beauty pageant, going against society and culture, she was being prepared. It’s easy to think just reading the beginning, this could be a total sob story.
No parents? Competition? The possibility of death? Please spare me! Maybe your story is not like Esther’s, but I believe your life has been hand picked by God. Every moment up until this point has brought you to where you are in your life and is preparing you for your destiny. There are a few things I believe we can pull out of Esthers story. Número uno: Your insides must match your outsides. Have you ever met a beautiful person with an ugly heart, potty mouth, judgemental, or rude? The reason Esther was even picked from her home is because the queen did not have a submitted heart. The king did not want a woman who could influence other women to rebel! It was said that Esther was beautiful on the outside. Esther also had a submitted heart. She was kind, considerate, she did not try to prove who she was, it shined through her actions, speech, and how she carried herself. Is your life influencing others to live a life submitted to Christ? How do you talk to others, are you obeying people that are in authority in your life? Do you gripe or complain about what’s going on around you? I rather take a pretty heart than a pretty face any day. Número dos: Hide yourself in Christ: It is said that Esther had a year of preparation. Although it was physical training, I want dig a little deeper. As Esther was preparing to become a Queen, before she “arrived,” Esther was hidden from distractions, from family, friends, and most importantly the King. When I think about wine or what I’ve heard about wine, is that the best wine is stored away until it ferments and aged until 50 years later, it is the best wine ever. Think of your life like that. This season you are in is a time you can grow and flourish in Christ. Learn what to do and what not to do. Learn discretion, learn obedience to God’s voice, learn to cook, find ways to serve in your community church, an organization with a cause, do something! You will have to go alone. This season, for you to develop who we are as woman! Finding who you are in Christ and investing who you are in Christ is the best decision you could ever do. I also want to point out this was before Esther got her man! Come on somebody! Being single has this stigma that it is lonely, unfulfilling, and long. Do not rush this process. Instead of getting wine, you will get some grape juice or something gross! Relax, stay hidden in Christ and God will make you ready for the realm of influence you will walk in. Número Tres: Live without fear! Fast forward in the story, Esther’s people were about to become extinct. The door for Esther to become queen had opened and she could not only influence her husband but an entire nation. She had many opportunities where she could sit around and do nothing. Or when she tried to talk to her husband and it seemed like she had no segue to talk to her husband,  she could have quit and used the lame excuse, Welp, I tried. But somewhere between her first attempts and the last attempt Esther mustard up courage. Her perspective had changed. “If I perish, I perish,” which I personally have adopted for my own life. Sometimes God will have you walk in places that you are the ONLY ONE walking. You may be the only truth, only conviction, only voice of reason and people aren’t going to be in your corner. All great people have been there and walked that out, but that is what made them great! They did not fold under the pressure, they stood for what they believed in and what was right. And some have died for what they believed in. And I use die lightly, because it might not be a literal death. You could lose friends, lose a position, anything. I wanted to share that because everyone will not have an Esther ending. What are you willing to lay your life on the line for? Hopefully, it is for things that will outlive you and carry a legacy.
There are so many other things you can take from this story that I did not touch on. From now on, think of every experience as preparation for where you are going! Know that you are capable of not only finishing, but, finishing well! It’s gonna be worth it in the end! ❤️

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