Wow, y’all! The first She Snapshots was a big hit! I’m glad to learn I’m not the only one who wants my girl to know about the women in Scripture.
Today, I’m thrilled to share the next She Snapshot — Esther!
It’s easy for us to think we know her story. It’s definitely one of the more familiar accounts in the Bible. After all, she has a whole book to herself. Before you sit down with your girl to talk about Esther, may I suggest you take some time to read the whole book. It’s 10 chapters but you could easily read it all in a week. As you read, think about the main characters and how they relate to Esther. Our girls are going to deal with all sorts of people in their lives.
- Scheming people like Haman.
- Oblivious people like King Xerxes.
- Godly people like Mordecai.
- Kind people like the chief eunich.
- Vicious people like Haman’s wife.
One of the greatest gifts we give our girls is helping them learn to be discerning and wise in their relationships.
Being able to see past the outside appearance and recognize the true heart and motives of another person will help them choose their friends wisely. Esther’s story teaches countless lessons. She was beautiful and brave. She was humble and honorable. She was caring and confident. These are all traits we want to see in our girls, aren’t they?
This She Snapshot focuses on a familiar part of Esther’s story, chapter 4. As you discuss Esther with your daughter, there are three important lessons for her note in this chapter:
Being brave always starts with being willing.
When Mordecai told Esther what was going on, she couldn’t see any way she could stop it. But she was willing to consider even the options that were scary to her. There will be times when our girls have to be willing in spite of any fears they have.
Our lives are not happenstance.
Mordecai’s powerful challenge to Esther, “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (v.14) is a reminder to all of us that God orchestrates every detail of our lives. We have to be on the lookout for what He is doing in us and around us.
But first, pray.
So often we want to barge right through once we have the plan in our minds. But Esther wisely called Mordecai to join her in fasting and praying before taking action.
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A Prayer for Brave Girls
Lord, sometimes You put us in places and we are afraid of what we need to do. And we know our girls face the same thing. Help us to show them how to be brave, to take the first step by being willing to do what you ask. Help us remember our lives are not accidental but are ordained by Your loving hand. And more than anything, may we show our girls by our own example the importance of prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.