Little bits of good stuff from Beth Moore's Esther Bible Study I'm currently doing...

"When was the last time you had to risk losing face to try to save something more precious that pride?"

"Sometimes we fear that fighting for what is right will kill us. Then again, it occurs to us that to stand by and do nothing out of self-preservation is to be dead already."

"Beloved, in the times of greatest struggle when you make the Godward decision over convenience, earthly comfort, or carnal pleasure, you too have come to a critical moment in the fulfillment of your destiny. A defining moment."

"The most critical breakthrough of faith you and I could ever experience is to let God bring us to a place where we trust Him--period. We don't just trust Him to let us avoid what we fear most. We determine to trust Him no matter what, even if our worst nightmare befalls us."

"Ironically, a person is never less aware of divine intervention than when he or she has been chosen to render it. Sometimes, God's hand is so close that it covers the eyes."

"Sometimes just surviving certain tasks without falling apart is our best and in those times God is not ashamed of our performance. He's proud of us for fighting overwhelming human emotions to do His will."

"Any time He calls us to die, His purpose is to reveal larger life."
I think recently I've taken the easy way out to make people happy with me and I'm not sure it was the right thing to do. Mainly because I made the decision out of fear. My feelings haven't changed.

Benita Joy