A New Season

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Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Life is made up of many different seasons that come and go, and Solomon articulates this well in Ecclesiastes 3. As I write to you today, God has moved me forward into a new season.

A couple of times over the past few months, I've mentioned in my blog that I was in the process of starting a new business of baking and selling gourmet cookies and that I was waiting on God's timing to take it to the next level. Well, that time has come. In just the last four weeks, God has opened doors in a mighty way, which means that I will be opening a fulltime storefront soon (thank you, God!).

But with this new season, another season is coming to an end. I am forever grateful for the opportunity God has given me with Powered by 4 for over ten years. Authoring P4 has stretched, challenged, and grown me spiritually, and it has brought me incredible joy. For each and every one of you who are or have been part of P4, thank you for allowing me to speak into your life and for joining me in this Bible engagement journey. I am going to miss our daily interactions.

So here's my signing off final challenge:

Please continue to make spending time in God's Word a top priority! God is not distant, nor is He silent. He has given us His Word, and He will guide, direct, teach, encourage, and sustain each of us when we open up our Bibles and spend time with Him there. Tami

Pain for Good

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Today's reading: Psalm 118:1-29

The opening verse of Psalm 118 issues the command to "give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!" As part of the psalmist's giving of thanks, he recalls the "deeds of the LORD," which interestingly include his severe discipline (vs. 17).

As I look back over my life, I can clearly see how God has used discipline to teach and grow me spiritually. Those experiences were painful, but good came from each of them. So like the psalmist, I can proclaim:

"You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" (vs. 28-29)

Take a few minutes to recall how God has taught and grown you spiritually through both good and painful times. Then follow the lead of the psalmist and tell God thank you for His steadfast love in all situations. Tami

Praise God!

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Today's reading: Psalm 117:1-2

Psalm 117 has only two short verses, which give the command for ALL to praise the Lord.

"Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!" (vs. 1)

What's one example of how you publicly praised the Lord this past week? When you pray privately, do you offer words of praise to God? Tami

Ready

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Today's reading: Esther 10:1-3

The final chapter of Esther highlights Mordecai. And honestly, 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 challenging message to Esther telling her that perhaps she had been chosen as queen "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). Those same words also applied to Mordecai, because God had also placed him right where he was at this time for the specific purpose of saving the Jews.

Neither Esther nor Mordecai had any idea that they were going to be used by God in such a significant way. But because they had their eyes fixed on God and they trusted in Him, they were ready and willing to do what was necessary when they encountered situations that called for action.

Are you ready should God ask you to do something out of the ordinary for Him today? Take a minute to think about the phrase "for such a time as this" as it pertains to you personally. What is it that you can do right now in your unique situation to serve God to the best of your ability and, in so doing, impact your family, neighborhood, or city? Tami

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, Mordecai recorded all the events that took place surrounding the Jews and sent 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. From what I could gather, fellowshipping around food is also a component.

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, generation to generation.

Is it your practice to look back and remember how God has provided and moved on your behalf? Identify one or two spiritual landmarks in your life. How are you passing on or will pass on the message of God's goodness to the next generation? Tami

About Me

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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