Tonight I met with my women’s group from my church called Esther’s Circle. We are a group of women who meet once a month in one of our homes and share in conversation, snacks, devotional time and dessert. It is a wonderful group of women from a multitude of backgrounds and life experiences. We had decided a few months ago to begin a book study of the Book of Esther in the Old Testament in the Bible. As the group appointed leader I purchased two study books and a commentary in hopes to share a variety of material about Esther. We were few in number tonight so we did not officially start the study but we still managed to talk for well over three hours, just the three of us. It was a wonderful and relaxed evening sharing good food and great conversation. I think too often we get busy with the “busyness” of life that we don’t take time to listen to other people’s stories. I left our time together with increased knowledge of the challenges we all face on a daily basis, too often we get so spun up and tangled with our own stuff it’s easy to forget that others are tangled as well. Tonight felt like a lifeline had been tossed to me and all I needed to do was, hang on! We each took a turn sharing life experiences and struggles and as we continued talking about the day-to-day stuff our conversation easily turned to God, God’s role in our lives and how we might be more drawn into who we were created to be, I felt very honored to have them share their parenting stories with me, since I am not a parent and most likely will not be one but I do admire the sacrifices they made for their children and the positive and responsible adults their children have grown into…that stuff doesn’t just happen by accident. We covered all the major issues in today’s headline news and well, we came up with some pretty good ideas to solve those issues as well, that’s what women do! The most important aspect is, we listen and support one another and pray for each other. I look forward to sharing our study of Esther with each of you in the coming months. I’m excited to read, discuss and apply lessons from Esther’s story to our everyday lives.
Esther 4:12-14 “When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
~Blessings and Peace~