generations

i’m taking the liberty of celebrating all women today on the verge of mother’s day. for we all came from our mother’s womb and have a purpose for the life we’ve been given. as women, i believe strongly that a part of the purpose is to interact with those who are steps ahead and hold out hands to those who are steps behind.

this is put on display in the historical account of Mordecai and Esther. Esther was a jewish orphan girl raised by her uncle Mordecai. {Esther 2.7 says that “Mordecai took her as his own daughter.”} He spoke into her table manners, her daily living, her religious beliefs. And when she was whisked away to be pampered and primed to be a candidate for queen, Mordecai was there. {Esther 2.11 says, “and every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening.”}

does Mordecai sound like your mom or someone else who speaks into your life?

and i thought my mom was bad for wanting to know my whereabouts in my teenage years! don’t take them for granted. Esther needed Mordecai. you and i both need women steps ahead of us speaking into our lives. that’s how God designed community. for such a time as this.

Esther 4.6-17 tells of the account when Mordecai got word that Haman wanted to kill the Jews. Mordecai knows that Esther could help with her “insider” position. she sends word that she might die if she goes before the king. yet, he doesn’t back down.

“yeah, that’s right. you’d better play it safe.”

no. that’s not at all what Mordecai said.

instead,”do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. for if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. and who knows where you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

 yet, the reciprocal is just as sweet. just as powerful.

Esther knew what she needed to do. Mordecai did not turn his back on her, but spoke directly and then stuck around to carry out whatever was needed. Esther asked Mordecai to gather the Jews and fast and pray.

“Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.” {Esther 4.17}

do you see the sweet and the powerful? 

the saving of the Jewish people was because two generations worked together.

maybe it’s your season to be Esther. to be in a position of influence. to model service before young women.

maybe it’s your season to be Mordecai and offer wisdom at the gates. raise a child to know the Truth.

if this is the season of getting a sister or daughter settled into college, support her.

if this is the season where husband or dad is experiencing stress at work, encourage him.

if this is the time of year when your friend is missing a loved one, be there for her.

Esther needed Mordecai. Mordecai needed Esther.

who are we to think our generation got it all or has it all figured out?

in His Kingdom, you play a vital role. sometimes that role is spreading your wings and flying. other times it’s helping someone else soar or get off the ground.

Esther might have a book of the Bible named after her. she might have worn the crown. bless her heart, she got a year’s worth of beauty treatments.  yet, she needed the supporting role of Mordecai.

 

one of my dearest friends just turned 85 this week. sweet nanny is what i’ve called her for almost 8 years. i moved away from her 5 years ago and she was the one who said, “i’ll keep in touch,” and really did. she writes me a beautifully scripted note on floral paper. i, in turn, write her back in my lowercase print on paper i buy just for her. we write consistently. we use stamps! we seal the envelope and have done so for years. she often includes a check and expresses gratitude for all that we’re doing for Christ. she will say, “i don’t see how you do it all, shauna.” to which i reply, “you keep praying, sweet nanny. we’ll keep working.”

it’s generations working together.

i just spent 5 days with another one of my dearest friends. she’s my age. she’s pregnant with her second girl due in june and is establishing a home in ghana for girls that will soon be rescued off the streets of accra, ghana. she never sleeps. she dreams of africa and speaks value and purpose over her own girls at bedtime. i could go and establish a home for girls also, but i’ve got a supporting role to play here. courtney has found her place at the city gates pleading on behalf of a precious people group. i’m the one she calls on to fast and pray.

we do our generation a favor when we link arms rather than reinvent the wheel. 

where do you see this played out?

determine who you can watch and engage with that are steps ahead of you.

look around at those you can pour into.

and to all of you, i’m honored you stop by today.

be blessed…

in honor of sweet nanny, i am giving away a stationery set.
in honor of courtney, i am giving away a pearl house necklace/bracelet.

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