Mornings, Ladies and Current Stirrings of My Heart

I've been inviting a couple of ladies to join me in my personal quiet time the last couple of weeks. As I wake each morning and grab my cup of coffee, I find them ready and waiting to spend some time together.

Beth has been accompanying me as we take off to visit Esther each day. What a delightful time I have been having visiting with and dialoguing with these two ladies as we learn about and listen to God.

I found Beth Moore's Bible study on Esther at the library. Although this means I can not physically write in the book, I am taking notes and writing in my personal journal.

Of course, God has been the central focus of our meeting times. My heart has not been disappointed in what it is He is showing me, teaching me and challenging me with.

I decided today to share five of my favorite encouraging and challenging quotes from this last week that Beth has said as we've been meeting with and getting to know Esther through this study.

1. "Social graces become a lost art in an assert-yourself, say-what-you-think environment where what we think is sometimes better left unsaid... and certainly unheard."

2. "Sometimes providence can be defined as times when God trumps your perfectly good plan with one of His own... then seems to disappear from it. Take heart! He's right there and He's there right."

3. "One of Satan's primary agenda's is to not let us enjoy the rest Christ has given us."

4. "Respond out of mind set rather than mood." (Col. 3:2)

5. "When we trust our lives to the hand and pen of an unseen but ever present God, He will write our lives into His story and every last one of them will turn out to be a great read. With a grand ending. And not just in spite of catastrophes. Often because of them. Don't just wait and see. Live and see."

I wonder, do any of these resonate with you as they do with me?

Thanks Susanne, for not only hosting each week, but letting us change it up a bit to include a variety of favorites from our week.

What has been a favorite in your week? A quote? A verse? A thing? A moment?... I sure would enjoy hearing about it/them!


  1. Right now number 2 rings loudly and clearly in my heart and mind.
    I did that study a couple of years ago and wrote down so many of the quotes that ministered to me.
    Thank you for this timely reminder of great truths.
    Have a blessed weekend!

  2. Hi Donetta, I did this study last summer and it is wonderful! You can print the study guides online; here is a link you can use....http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_wmn-Esther-VG-Answers.pdf
    I am thinking about maybe studying Ruth this summer. Do you know of any good studies?

  3. This was a great idea. I really like #4, respond out of mind, not out of mood. Very good.

  4. Your found that at the library? I'll have to look at mine! I've been wanting to check into that study.

    The first quote is really speaking to me. I just finished reading a book (not a Christian genre) on manners and that goes right along with what that author was also saying.

  5. My friend Jenni and I are about to start a new study together - except we don't do it "together" in the traditional sense. We do it ourselves, and then text, email, or in-person discuss it. :) Works very well for us, and I think she's choosing a Beth Moore study this time. I LOVE Beth's stuff.


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