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so as a woman there are 3 things in your life that you need to be good
a best friend
a lady doctor
okay so i have some great besties (incl my hubby and kids!)
i have a fantastic doctor
my hairdresser just moved to australia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! eeeek!!!!!!!!!!!!
now this is even more gutting
because this week i’m preping for conference next week
aka get a haircut, get my brows down, sort out what i’m wearing etc
(as well as working on my message and praying!)
so to loose my hairdresser is more than a flesh wound – you hear me eh!
last week we had our wonderful women’s conference – and i was blest to be the speaker on the friday night… these are my notes for the message
So the theme of the conference is PREDESTINED for a PURPOSE and my goal tonight is to get you excited and wide open to what God is saying and doing in and through your life
One of the key verses that most of us will know from Esther is FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS – And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
This is our time. This is our “such a time as this” moment.
I love how Esther is introduced in the bible – she is to become the heroine of the story, the deliverer of her people and a mighty woman of God with a book in the bible named after her (which I think would be a pretty big deal!)
: and by the way – inst it interesting how so many of the bible heroes come from a place of obscurity and how God uses them: david the shepherd, Elijah who we have no idea what his past was, peter the fisherman, Lydia was in retail, matthew a tax collector, mary magdalane the demon possessed prostitute… God delights in taking the ordinary and the unexpected and using them as demonstrations of His greatness and goodness!
Just like esther. Now you have to flick through to esther 2 to find her…
Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, 6 who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin king of Judah. 7 Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.
Now we know the end of the story, that Esther is selected, along with all the single ladies, to enter the Ultimate Bachelor competition, undergoes a year of spa treatments and then is ultimately the one chosen, but when we meet her – she is an orphan, an exile, a grieving, broken, lost child. She has an unassuming unheroic ordinary beginning.
Esther was an orphan. We, can make loots of assumptions about when and how her parents died but her experience or ophanhood is probably very different from our glossed over Annie in the red dress picture we have in our head. As an orphan she had no rights. She had no one to depend upon. No sources of love and comfort. No to mention who would teach her to cook, how to apply mascara, how to deal with girl issues, how to meet mr. right.
Esther’s future as an orphan looked pretty bleak…
But the big point I want you to notice and catch is that God puts her in a family; He welcomes her into Mordacai’s family.
You see the reality is that like Esther we are, without God, all orphans and broken and lost and alone.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, Ephesians 2:1
You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. Colossians 1:20
O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off. You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You. Psalm 139
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139 MSG
Psalm 139 tells me that I am wonderfully and fearfully made, by God, and for God. For a purpose.
He intricately wove my frame, my external physical body was created and wired by God in respect that God knew how He was going to use my days. I am formed for a purpose.
God has a mission for our lives and we are created on purpose.
“your eyes saw my unformed substance” – my emotional makeup, my personality – was created by God, designed by God.
My qurikyness is not accidental but part of the very fabric of who I am meant to be. My shortness, as much as I wished it wasn’t, is part of who I am. The places I have grown up and the people who have influenced me and the experiences I have are all ingredients that make me unique and make me ME.
Before we were even born God purposed me and designed me.
I have been uniquely placed by God – where I live, my community, my workplace, my connections.
They are God ordained and God organised.
I have been uniquely wired and drawn towards certain things so that people might know God, hear from God and that I might show the people in my life that He is real and good and what the gospel is.
I want to see the entire world thorough the lens of how God has wired me and where He has placed me for His glory.
We are women of destiny – women called by God and created by God for unique individually tailored purposes.
We’re all at different stages of life and stages in walking out that destiny – and as women, and as a church, we want to be cheering each other on and encouraging and empowering each other – setting people free to be themselves and be who God has called them to be.
* words of affirmation
* sharing the gospel
* seeing people do new things
* the beautifulness of our church decorated up for the conference
* never take off your invisible crown
* great conversations
* guest worship leader
* ancient of days – blast from the past
* teasing my pastor that we’d wax his eyebrows (read that as I would wax his eyebrows) right there on the spot, before he had to preach (see my facial expression on the second photo above… thats the moment when i revealed my plan… yes up the front in front of everyone…)
* seeing Jesus draw people to Him
* hosting a chat show for the first time
* dancing on stage (ellen style)
* we are – kari jobe
* an undoing hug
* prayer ministry
* accurate prophetic words
* 3 different outfits over 2 nights and 1 day
* workshops and giggles
* video message from afganistan
* you are lovely because you are loved
* adopted by God
* secure in God
* empowered by God
* the next 5 years
* everyone raving about the gluten free cupcakes i made
* man cave
* happy sore feet
* all for HIS GLORY!
‘Launch out into the deep.’ Luke 5:4 NKJV
Dr Robert Schuller’s hobbies include raising koi fish. Asked why some grow big while others stay small, he replied, ‘If a koi fish lives in a small tank it will never grow longer than five or six centimetres. In a larger pond they can grow up to 25 centimetres long-in ponds the size of mine they’ll get to be 45 centimetres long-but if they live in a huge lake where they can swim and stretch, they can grow up to a metre long. The size of the pond determines the size of the fish.
Similarly, little ideas in little-thinking minds produce little achievements. But little ideas embraced by big-thinking minds produce enormous achievements.’
Jesus said, ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’ (Matthew 9:29 KJV) The size of your faith and your vision determines the outcome of your idea.
Edison had to install electric lights for free in an office building before anyone even came to look at them. The first sewing machine invented was destroyed by a mob in France. Morse waited for ten years before the world showed any interest in his telegraph. And when the idea of travelling by railroad was introduced, people scoffed because it was widely believed that travelling at 50 kph stopped blood circulation in the human body.
Ronald E. Osborn said, ‘Undertake something difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered, you’ll never grow.’ You attain in direct proportion to what you attempt, which is why Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Launch out into the deep.’
Listening To: citiepoint HOPE IS ERUPTING – awesome album. someone posted one of their songs on fb and then i was hooked. i love having fresh worship, esp leading up to preaching
This Weekend: its our daughters women’s conference PREDESTINED FOR A PURPOSE – i’m so excited i could burst. one more sleep. today while praying i was just so moved by the potentiality of what God can and will do. lives restored. marriages healed. destiny determined. He is so great and gracious. i am speaking tomorrow night and then am SL on saturday morning and then hosting a chat show on saturday afternoon. excited much.
Coming Up: i’m also preaching twice in july, a morning and a night service. stoked! priv’d.
Reading: the explicit gospel by matt chandler. so good.
nervous: so the conf is this weekend. i’m also going antihistamine free this weekend as i have allergy tests on monday. yikes. praying i am fine and well and protected. will be taking my own food and eating what i know is totally safe. will be stretching to trust in God for safety and health.
looking forward to: a turkish delight hot chocolate tomorrow with my friend