Do you feel small and uncertain? Are you tempted to stay quiet and passively do nothing—because you’re not sure what little you could possibly do in the face of such big problems?
On this episode, we’re talking about the story of Esther, who was a Jewish orphan girl, chosen by King Xerxes to be his new queen. In this part of the story, Esther faces some difficult decisions and challenges, which will affect the lives of her people.
Lynn Cowell and Amy Carroll are with me to talk about this story, and what the Bible has to say about the false narratives of complacency and passivity. Amy and Lynn both serve on the team at Proverbs 31 Ministries, and they’ve teamed up to write a new Bible study, which I’m so excited to tell you about.
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Bible Passage: Esther 4:12-17 CSB
Get your Freebie: The Live Like It’s True Workbook
- Esther: Seeing Our Invisible God in an Uncertain World (6 week study)
- Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World – Endorsed by Lynn!
- Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me) – Endorsed by Amy!
Music: Cade Popkin Music
Amy Carroll & Lynn Cowell
Lynn Cowell is a national conference speaker who passionately empowers women of all ages to understand the importance of Christ confidence. She is the author of several books including Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures for women, and Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You just for girls ages 8 – 12. She also serves on the speaking and writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Learn more about Lynn Cowell and her writing at lynncowell.com.
Amy Carroll delights in gathering a community of women with tender hearts and strong voices. She’s a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries, a speaker coach, and the author of Breaking Up with Perfect: Kiss Perfection Goodbye and Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You and Exhale: Lose Who You’re Not. Love Who You Are. Live Your One Life Well. Learn more about Amy Carroll and her writing at amycarroll.org.
six-week, in-depth study of the book of Esther is a gritty dive into a woman’s story that teaches us to:
• Listen to wise people who fill our gaps of understanding.
• Embrace your feelings as a catalyst for God-directed action.
• Do the work God assigns you even when in doubt.
• Speak up with confidence, knowing that God has a place for your voice
in His story.
This book includes biblical and historical background insights, Bible study, practical application, and
questions for reflection. InScribed is a collection of studies that lead women to not just survive but thrive
by encouraging them to immerse themselves in the Word of God.
Setting up the Story
Esther is a Jewish orphan girl, who was chosen by King Xerxes to be his new queen. And she has recently learned that her cousin Mordecai (who raised her), is in the middle of the city, wearing sackcloth and ashes and crying bitterly along with many other Jews. This frightens Esther, so she sends a messenger to find out what is wrong.
Mordecai sends Esther a copy of the edict the King has just sent out to all of the Provinces, declaring that all of the Jews will be killed on the 13th day of Adar. Mordecai asks Esther to go to the king and plead for their people to be spared.
But Esther sends word back to Mordecai saying, “If I go to the king without being summoned, it could mean the death penalty! Only if he extends his golden scepter, will my life be spared. And it’s been 30 days since I’ve been summoned…”
So the messenger sends this message from Esther back to Mordecai and that’s where we’re going to pick the story up.Queen Esther has been keeping a secret, but it's time for her to step out for her people. Join Lynn Cowell and Amy Carroll and I on the Live Like It's True podcast! Click To Tweet
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- The 4-page True Story Worksheet
- The 1-page True Story Worksheet
- 2-sided bookmark with Study and Story Tools
- False Narrative Watchlist
- “Awakening to the False Narratives”
- Four Reasons Journaling Prompt
- Storytelling Content Podcast Directory
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