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Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All

With Spring just around the corner, most of us will embark on our annual spring cleaning adventures.

We’ll sift through our closets and swap out our wardrobes. Our windows and furnishings will be meticulously dusted and polished to welcome in the new season.

But what if God is calling us to do a different kind of cleaning this year?

Proverbs 18:21a says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” and while many women are familiar with this scripture, watching our words can be a daily struggle.

That’s why our next book club read will be “Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All” by Karen Ehman.

The Book of Esther – A 10 Day Bible Study

The Old Testament book of Esther is one of the most intriguing and inspiring stories of faith in the face of adversity.

Tucked within its ten chapters are countless lessons and principles we can apply to our everyday lives. That’s why I’ve put together a 10 day devotional based on the book of Esther.

Included in this FREE eBook is:

  • A daily devotional passage based on each chapter.

  • Reflection questions to help you dig deeper into the Word.

  • Reflection Scriptures highlighting the lessons discussed in each chapter.

  • A ‘My Notes’ section for you to journal your thoughts each day.

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When You’re Afraid to Make A Decision

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 34: 23-24 

“Thank you for getting back to us. We will need your final answer by 10am EST on Monday. Have a great weekend.”

Have a great weekend?

With only 72 hours to figure out my next move, I knew my weekend would be anything but great. Faced with what would be a life altering decision, I immediately began to panic:

Should I take this opportunity?

Was this God answering my prayer? Maybe it’s the enemy trying to set me up for disaster?

What if I take this chance and things don’t work out, then what?

I knew I couldn’t move forward without praying. But every time I tried to pray, it felt like God was busy responding to someone else’s requests.

When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

I’m a planner! A serious and dedicated planner.

I planned the birth of my first child…before I even had a mate.

I also planned my role on the PTA before that child was born.

I planned my career path, my type of husband, and I even planned where I would live.  (Hey, go hard or go home! Right?)

Fortunately, none of these events unfolded the way I planned: 

My first child was born ahead of my timeline. My husband’s daily life is not what I anticipated. I have lived in some interesting places, and the list goes on and on.

I’m Not The Type of Girl To Wait

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”  Psalm 27:14 (ESV)

There are many things I can do well:

Being organized. Bargain shopping (or any kind of shopping). Braiding my daughter’s hair with minimal bickering.

But waiting?

I’m pretty sure when God was handing out the gift of patience, I skipped right past that line for something else.

Blame it on being the baby of my family for twelve blissful years. Or perhaps it’s because of my notoriously headstrong streak which dates back to my toddler days.

Whatever it is – I’m a huge fan of when everything and everyone around me moves in sync with my timing, my plans, and my way of doing things.

The world just seems to flow better when I feel like I am the one in control of my life and my circumstances.

So to hear the word “WAIT”, it’s the equivalent of someone trying to snatch that control out of my firm grip.

And my initial response is to put up a fight…even if it means fighting with God.