“Esther also was taken.” Esther 2:8

With all the liberties I enjoy in my circumstances, I quickly forget the realities of oppression. I once thought Esther a lucky woman. Her purity and beauty was such, she was noticed by the king’s men and escorted to the palace. Bathed in sweet scents and expensive oils for months, I wondered how soft myContinue reading ““Esther also was taken.” Esther 2:8″

“The singers.” Nehemiah 12:29

Church music passed over my ears like a long, boring recital when I was a kid. Can we move this along, I thought—I’ve got dolls to dress and frogs to catch.  We’ll never bridle the power of true praise grabbing hold the broken soul. I’m ashamed to admit it—I’ve thought the singers less imperative than theContinue reading ““The singers.” Nehemiah 12:29″

“My God put it on my heart.” Nehemiah 7:5

We hear it all the time, “Follow your heart.” Well, I don’t know about you, but my heart has gotten me into a boatload of trouble. I shudder at the thought of returning to, and following through, every deep-seeded, passionate plan my heart compels me to do. So how do we know the difference betweenContinue reading ““My God put it on my heart.” Nehemiah 7:5″

“I sat down and wept and mourned for days.” Nehemiah 1:4

When Jerusalem was taken into captivity because of their rebellion against God, their enemies broke and burned down their city walls. The people who survived the exile returned to a city with no walls, no gate. When Nehemiah hears of Jerusalem’s trouble and shame, he sits down and literally weeps—for days.  Why? “Why is theContinue reading ““I sat down and wept and mourned for days.” Nehemiah 1:4″

“The vessels are holy.” Ezra 8:28

Are you God’s vessel? Are you washed clean and used for service inside the house of God? From Moses to Jesus the holy vessels were designed to hold pure water—living water. Water able to turn what God cannot even look upon into His own precious possession. Jesus is the one way to the house ofContinue reading ““The vessels are holy.” Ezra 8:28″