Sleeping Less

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Today's reading: Esther 6:1-13

After enjoying one special dinner from Esther, on the eve of Esther's second feast for the king and Haman, the king is having difficulty sleeping.

"On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus" (vs. 1-2).

The first couple of verses of Esther 6 highlight for me the unique ways that God moves, communicates with and prompts us. Over the past several years, I've been experiencing something like King Ahasuerus did on this particular night--God wakes me up from time to time. And when those times happen, typically someone or something is on my mind that needs prayed for. What or who is on my mind doesn't always make complete sense to me at the time, but then the next day or perhaps a day or so later, it becomes clear why God woke me so I could pray. As much I enjoy my sleep (and I surely do), I'm happy to sleep less if it means hearing from and talking with God and praying for others.

What did this passage show you about God and some of the ways in which He chooses to communicate with, prompt and work through us? Have you ever sensed God rousing you from sleep? How did you respond? The next time you wake up in the night or have difficulty sleeping, I encourage you to talk with God and then respond to whatever He places on your heart. Tami

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Tami, I noticed God's timing.
I plan to give more details later!!

May I interrupt this lesson to bring a thought that came to me from yesterday's study.
Pride is tied to selfishness and self-centered

Now back to today's lesson:
I don't recall be awaken from my sleep being roused by God.

I did notice God's timing.
Why the delay for Mordecai who revealed the death threat by two of his eunuchs? God had not forgot his kindness.
God is patient with even Haman given him opportunities to repent before his pride became out of control to the point of plotting Mordecai's death.
Amazing timing. King Ahasuerus is read to by his servants ( possible a book that would be so boring that it would lull the king to sleep. ( Remember the servants' job it to please the king). Such a time as this,with the goal to free His people!!!
Esther fasted 3 days given her time to spend with the Lord for His guidance. She sets the stage to put the king in a good mood before she popped the request for her people to the king. She had a banquet,invited his honored guest, and was dressed in her queenly garb. Everything she did was fit for the king!

In all of this we see God had not forgotten His promise to His people and the same God has not changed!! Praise the Lord!!

Another good lesson, 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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