Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Today we begin our trek through Ecclesiastes. King Solomon, King David's son and the wisest man to ever live, is the author of this Book, which delivers a strong message on meaningful living. Solomon is, no doubt, a deep-thinker, and that comes across right away as we start into chapter 1. His approach is a little different in that he presents us with the a picture of what living apart from God looks like (vanity, pointless, worthless and empty) in order to highlight the opposite-the importance of having an eternal mindset and focus as we live out the days God has given us here on earth.

How has reading about and considering the constant and monotonous routine of earthly life impacted your thinking today? What did Solomon's words convey to you about the importance of eternal-minded living? In what or where are you placing your focus, hope and expectations? Tami

Today's reading: Esther 1-10

I hope you enjoyed reading through the Book of Esther and learning about how God used Esther and Mordecai to save the Jews. It is a story that is rich in details and history, but also rich in lessons we can learn from the different characters in the account--King Ahasuerus, Haman, Esther, Mordecai, even the eunuchs.

For our final day in Esther, take a few minutes to think back over the entire Book with the goal of identifying one lesson from each of the main characters. What did you learn from the examples (good or bad) of Ahasuerus, Haman, Esther and Mordecai? What was the most significant lesson God impressed on your heart from the Book of Esther, and why? Tami

P.S. We'll be heading over to the intriguing Book of Ecclesiastes tomorrow. So plan to join me as we begin the journey through its chapters which were penned by the wisest man to ever live, Solomon.

Today's reading: Esther 10:1-3

The Book of Esther concludes with comments about Mordecai. And when you look back at this Book, Mordecai is as much a key player in saving the Jews as Esther. It was Mordecai that sent the message to Esther telling her that perhaps she had been chosen as queen "for such a time as this." And as I thought about this story, those same words applied to Mordecai as well because God had also placed him right where he was at this time and for the specific purpose of saving the Jews. Neither Esther or Mordecai had any idea that they were going to be used by God in such a significant way--yet, they were ready and willing to take action for God. What a good reminder and lesson for each of us today.

Are you ready should God ask you to move and do something out of the ordinary for Him today? Take a minute to think about your personal "for such a time as this." How are you serving (or can you serve) God in your unique situation or circumstances? Tami

Remembering

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Today's reading: Esther 9:19-32

After the Jews were allowed to defend themselves and get relief from their enemies, they came together for "a day for gladness and feasting, as a holiday" (vs. 19). Shortly after this, Mordecai records all the events that took place surrounding the Jews and sends letters throughout the kingdom instituting and establishing this celebration, which came to be called the Feast of Purim.

I always find this passage interesting because I've had the opportunity to be in Israel and observe Jewish families celebrating Purim. It's a family affair with the children dressing up as the characters in the story--little girls as Queen Esther, boys as Mordecai or King Ahasuerus--and from what I could gather, the fellowshipping around food is also involved. So Purim is still being observed thousands of years after God used Esther and Mordecai to save the Jewish people. I love this because the account of God's provision and love for His people is being remembered, retold and passed on year after year.

What are some of your spiritual landmarks? Is it your practice to look back and remember how God has provided and moved on your behalf? How are you passing on the message of God's goodness to the next generation? Tami

Just God

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Today's reading: Psalm 94:1-23

The words being lifted to God by the psalmist in Psalm 94 drew me in and spoke to my heart. The psalmist is upset and troubled by the sin and unjust behaviors he is observing and experiencing. So he cries out to God, pointing out the injustices taking place. He next offers a warning message to those around him, reminding them about who God is, and then concludes with a personal recognizing and praising of God for being his strength during these difficult times as he waits for God to move.

Is your heart grieved when you see people rejecting God and turning away from His instruction? Does what you see in the world around you motivate you to tell others about Christ? How is God your help and stronghold as you live in a world that isn't following God? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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