- Over the last week, each time I’ve flipped open my copy of the Esther study, I’ve slowed down and reread parts of page 11 to remind myself that Esther’s story is really God’s story. In this book of the Bible, we see God’s faithfulness, His sovereign control, and His mysterious, interesting Providence. “God’s Providence, His ability to work behind the scenes and make everything follow His plan, is a powerful truth. It fuels our faith and gives us great stories to share and celebrate! Have you seen Him ‘work all things together for good’? Have you experienced His unexpected grace in a blessing—or even surprising beauty in suffering? If so, tell your story of God’s Providence in this survey . . . and it might be shared to encourage others!”
- Hey, Pastor’s Kid! “It’s no accident your dad was chosen for ministry and you were chosen for your dad.” You are needed. “No matter your age, a pastor’s kid can radically bolster the ministry of your dad,” writes Bethany Melton. “This doesn’t elevate you above others; it simply compels you to abide by a different calling. Choose to use your position for God’s glory and your life can be a sweet fragrance to the church Body and the world.”
- If you caught any of Jackie Hill Perry’s messages at True Woman ‘18, you already know Jackie is hilarious and wise and honest (and she’s one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram). But did you know that Jackie and her husband Preston have a podcast? In Thirty Minutes with The Perrys, they discuss topics like how to love your “toxic” friends and what to do when you’re afraid to talk about Jesus. This week, they sit down to answer the question, “What’s up with Christian men not wanting to commit?”
- When you live with chronic illness, some weeks are harder than others—this week has been a tough one for me. Around 2 a.m. a few nights ago, I started reading The Promise is His Presence: Why God Is Always Enough by Glenna Marshall, and it has been so good for my heart. Glenna says, “As we follow the story of our present God throughout the whole Bible, we can see that the answer to what we long for is found in His unchanging, constant presence. His presence with us gives us enough comfort for our sorrows, enough contentment for our deferred hopes, enough patience for our waiting, enough perseverance for our pain. He is enough!” Amen.
- August has arrived, but thankfully, most of us still have a few more weeks to sleep in a little later and soak up the sun and spend longer in our quiet times. Proverbs 2:4 says to seek God’s Word “like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,” but it can be hard to dive deep into Scripture during a busy school semester. Take advantage of this extra time that you have right now! For some tips, check out this episode of He Restores My Soul, where Jani Ortlund talks about lingering with the Lord.
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