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Esther 8:8 “Write ye also for the Jews as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.

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“Seal it with the king’s ring”

Letter writing is becoming a thing of the past with today’s technology. Recently, I mailed each grandchild a letter with a coloring sheet and a handmade toy.

When I finished the letter I sealed it with a wax seal that reminded me of their individual personalities. 

One was a Nautical sign for my adventurous grandson

             and a lace imprinted heart for the granddaughters. 

I wanted them to know they are loved and thought of throughout the week when I’m not with them. I wanted to begin a tradition in our family to pass down to their children and grandchildren for years to come.

I love receiving letters or cards in the mail. It let’s me know I’m thought of and cared for.

Letters are more personal and thought out than a quick text or email, they take time and emotion. Letters involve our personal reflection of others, to others.

Afterall, love is spelled “T-I-M-E.” 

Down through history letters have been a very important way to communicate. They have kept love alive while separated by miles and time. They have warned of the enemy approaching, sustained a weary soldier and ended wars. Letters have recorded our history over the years.

King’s would seal letters making a proclamation with the seal making it authentic. The imprint it creates as the seal impression. These impressions were made in relief and others in counter relief known as “intaglio” impressions which is a raised impression. Intaglio printing requires a considerable amount of pressure. It is defined as-“an engraving or incised figure in stone or other hard material depressed below the surface so that an impression from design yields an image in relief.” The Cameo is an illustration of this printing. 

There is a great story of a queen named Esther that saved many lives by writing a letter and sealing it with the king’s ring; by permission of course.  She saved the lives of her Jewish people as well as her own by asking for pardon from the king. Her life made quite an impression, so much of an impression that God preserved her story in the Bible for us to read and learn from.

Esther 8:8 says, “Write ye also for the Jews as it liketh you, in the king’s name and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.

Esther’s story is not as attractive as the Bible describes her appearance. The Bible says, “she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own.”

So Esther was an orphan. Not only was she an orphan but her family became slaves to the babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. After the passing of her parents her uncle, Mordecai, took Esther as his own daughter, only to be taken once again from the only family she knew. Esther was brought for preparation to be the next queen without her consent.

Was it fair? No, but Esther went anyway. Life is not always fair and it’s time to realize bad things are going to happen to decent people. These kind of hardship and trauma will change anyone, some it will soften, others it will harden. Like the “Cameo”, we can allow the impressions of life to harden us or we can permit God to carve out a beautiful story in “relief ” by giving our “hard things” to Him. When we give it to God he can make a beautiful impression of the mess life has left on us for His glory.

Esther didn’t seek pity for herself from others because of her past, she pressed on and rose above self-pity. Even in unfair circumstances, Esther maintained a positive attitude through all her trials. Her positive attitude helped her altitude. She became Queen Esther of Persia.

Esther 2:15 says, Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of women, appointed. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

Esther was a simple girl, not high-maintenance, she only used what was given her. This made her stand out from the crowd. She didn’t try to look like everyone else by trying to fit in. She didn’t spend an excessive amount of time on her outward appearance. Esther didn’t require a lot of attention. When will we as ladies learn the beauty in simplicity? Being genuine, kind, selfless and not “made-up” is real beauty inwardly and outwardly. There’s nothing wrong with enhancing our natural appearance with make-up and jewelry, but real beauty comes from God and His Word. Our inward daily “make-up” routine in His Word is so much more adorning than the outward make-up we apply daily. You can be the prettiest girl in the room, but if you have an ugly heart and attitude, it will surely take away from your outward appearance.

1 Peter 3:3-4 relays beauty as “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of the plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

Though she was beautiful in appearance, Esther’s inward grace and charm was more radiant than all the others and it won the heart of the king.

Esther 2:17 says, And the king loved Esther above all women, and she obtained favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Proverbs 31:30 says, “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Esther was a Jewish girl brought up to know about God and the coming Messiah. Without the inward beauty of God’s Word in her heart, she would have been just like all the rest. Like cubic zirconia or costume jewelry, at first sight, their attractive and dazzling but when the inward is revealed all the tarnish comes to the surface and it’s not pretty. Like diamonds, they’re common almost everyone wears them or has them. Standing out to be noticed is not outstanding and being like all the rest is boring.

“But I thought diamonds were a girl’s best friend?” Proverbs 31:10 says, “Who can find a virtuous women? for her price is far above rubies.” Rubies are rare, hard to find and more precious than diamonds.

Esther was placed just where God wanted her at just the right time. Yes, things looked tragic for Esther and it seemed all a misfortune for her. But God had a plan for her life and He allowed it to happen to shape Esther into the virtuous women she became. Without her character and influence, her lineage would have ended and she would have been killed by the evil plot of one of the king’s men named Haman. He was promoted by the king because, in my opinion, he took credit for Mordecai’s investigation of two men plotting to kill king Ahasuerus and Haman hated the Jews and plotted to have them annihilated along with queen Esther. Thus, ending the lineage of our Savior Jesus.

Esther was brought to the kingdom to save the people and many others in the future for years to come. Esther 4:14 says, …Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

A recent event happened to one of my friends, Crystal. She is always diligent to check on those that are sick or hurt. She’s been doing it for years. She stopped by to see our other friend named Pam, and Pam wasn’t feeling well. She became disillusioned and complained of her ear hurting, she began to tremble, she couldn’t speak and then unresponsive. Pam ended up having a major stroke which could have been devastating had Crystal not stopped by to check on her. She saved Pam’s life by knowing the symptoms of a stroke and calling 9-1-1. Had she not been there our friend Pam would not be recovering today. Crystal is a real hero in my book. Please keep them in your prayers.

Let this story of queen Esther be a reminder to us that being rare and a friend could possibly save someone’s life, literally. It may be that you encourage someone to keep going as you send them a friendly letter, card, or note of encouragement or stopping by for a visit.

My daily letter of Love and encouragement God wrote to me through His Word being sealed by the Holy Spirit, gets me through the hard times keeps me persevering in the face of my daily battles, preparing me for what may come.

The greatest preparation God ever enlightened upon my heart is the day I realized I am a sinner in need of a Savoir and that is the day I asked for pardon from the King of kings, Jesus, my Savior and he sealed my pardon with the “Holy Spirit” of promise, preparing me for eternity.

(Ephesians 1:13-14) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory. 

His authentic seal, The Holy Spirit, is on my heart till He decides to take me home, by death or by His return. I’m sealed! Are you?

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Ending the blog with this and sharing by permission:

It seems that all of these things fell into place while writing about the topic of letter writing, hearing the song, “For Such a Time as This”

The letters being sent weeks ago to grandkids, my friend Crystal saving the life of our friend Pam. Also meeting the ladies Lois and India through messenger and via facebook/blog post, with Faith music Radio’s Janice Wolfe and her show Eleven2one. Please listen to their song and interview here:

https://www.podbean.com/ea/pb-aew5k-e11db5

Stop by Lois and India’s CD Shop and blog and listen to their song.

https://loisandindia.com/shop/
The album “Stand Still” and the song:

“For Such a Time as This”

Mordecai came to Esther 
He said, "It is up to you.
You must go to the king to deliver your people, the Jews."

But Esther showed fear when she said,
"I might as well be dead."
That's when Mordecai would not back down,
he sent a reply like this,

"Who knoweth whether thou art come into the kingdom for such a time as this"
You might have other plans in your mind
but your thoughts are not as high as His
If you run from God's will all that you will find is a dead end.
So step up to what God has for you, for such a time as this.

You have a future ahead of you, you have goals and dreams.
A doctor, a lawyer, a pastor,
So many choices it seems
But when you make your choice
Don't ignore the Holy Spirit's voice
for you will be miserable if you don't do what He has planned for you.

Who knoweth whether thou art come into the kingdom for such a time as this.
You might have other plans in your mind
but your thoughts are not as high as His
If you run from God's will all that you will find is a dead end.
So step up to what God has for you, for such a time as this,
For such a time as this.

For such a time as this,

Mrs. Jennifer Turner

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“Write: for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5d)

“Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5d)


I love calligraphy style writing. The way the letters glide softly across the page with their fluid, motions.
It reminds me of simpler times; when someone’s character spoke louder than their words. 

It also reminds me of the Constitution, starting with the preamble,
“We the people” with the stately stance of the letters.  At other times, it’s as soft as a butterfly, like those love letters to an admirer of long ago.

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Calligraphy causes me to reminisce of nostalgic days when women and men had a blush about them and they cherished and held true to the vows between them. Those vows were more than just a signed contract. 

The letters flowing from the pen like a wedding gown onto the pages gracefully telling their tale sweeping down the sheet, like the train of the gown.
The bold black liquid ink, like revenced gentlemen, they stand out distinct and valiant, a treasure to all who behold.



Before modern day technology one of the earliest ways to communicate or record history was through writing.
The way we received God’s Word is through holy men that “spake” as God inspired them to do so and then wrote what was said.

In (1 Peter 1:21) the Bible says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

According to (Biblegateway.com) the word “write,” appears 109 times in the King James Bible.

The way history, “His-story,” was recorded is by what they called “scribes,” in those days.
A “scribes” definition is defined as someone who recorded what was said and wrote it down.

A “scribe” is also defined- In a general sense, a writer; hence, a notary or public writer, one who records transactions of an ecclesiastical church.

Ecclesiastical meaning, “the Lord’s house,”  a called-out assembly or church” where those that are called assemble because of the same connection, and that connection being faith in the Gospel of Jesus, His death burial and resurrection, to all who believe.

Scribes were those that in Judges 5:14 says, “…they that handle the pen of the writer.”

Jeremiah 36:4 states, “…and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.”

And verse 32 says, “wrote therein…all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.”

A “scribe” was not only someone who wrote the law, recorded history, but was also one who continues to learn God’s word.
A “scribe” was a student/teacher.
Many times these scribes were apprentices under other men of God and they taught as they learned.

According to (Ezra 7:10-11) the Bible says, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.
Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes to Israel.”

(Nehemiah 8:8) says, “So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.”

These verses teach that God helps those that read to understand what is read.
It is very important to continue to be a student of His word, learning first for ourselves and then teaching others.
It is in our best interest not to play “hooky” from God’s Bible class.

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You may wonder if I have ever skipped class?
Unfortunately, yes I have.
On the days I’m rushed to get to work, woke up late, or even the days when I just don’t feel good, I’ve skipped class.
Skipping class is like missing out on all the answers that will be on the test for that day. God gives us an open Book test.
We have a daily pop quiz in life and if we don’t have the Scripture answer hid in our heart, we’ll get a zero on the quiz for that day.

A wise man once showed me this verse about the “seed” of God’s word and how important it is not to miss reading it daily.
In (Matthew 13:12) the Bible says, ” For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”
God is a great mathematician and always fair about His grading system. He also gives bonus points. How about that?

To be a “passing” student we must be diligent to read and study His word.
When the time comes that others ask or need counsel from God’s word we must know it and rightly divide so we don’t use Scripture out of context.
I’d prefer not to remain in kindergarten for the rest of my school term, wouldn’t you? Let’s not be a failure.
We all should want to be promoted before graduating to Heaven and receiving our diplomas from the Master, Jesus.



Being a good student takes time studying, reading and developing techniques so that we can memorize and apply His word to our lives.

One of the best teachers known to mankind was Jesus.
Jesus always taught by using parables to tell stories that illustrate a truth He wanted to teach others. There are many examples in the Bible of these parables and one of my favorite is the parable of the sower.

It tells the story of how Jesus and a great multitude was gathered by the seaside and that the multitude was so great that Jesus had to get in a boat just close enough to the shore to teach them because it was so crowded.

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One thing that helps me in the classroom of reading God’s word is journaling.
I write the verses that speak to me.
I sketch drawings, use stickers, and highlight verses. Whatever it takes to help me stay focused and learn God’s word.

Another reason to journal is to leave a testimony behind to my children grandchildren and family. I want them to know that this student had a walk with God. Always learning, sometimes stumbling, yet never giving up.

I’d like to imagine that they would love to set down and read the thoughts I’ve recorded and how God spoke to me.
Writing is sort of like a time capsule, you see.

I pray whoever reads the conversations between God and myself will be blessed and possibly learn from my mistakes.
“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” ~ Otto Von Bismark~

You see, these journals contain my complaints, love, prays, and my deepest heartaches.
  I pray that one day these stories help someone, anyone, through their trials here in the school of life.
The point is that we, God and me, have a relationship and I’m thankful for that.

My children often make comments about my handwriting.
When I was learning in school we wrote cursive but my style of cursive is sort of like calligraphy but not as beautiful.
Calligraphy is a form of the art of beautiful writing, where cursive is a style of writing in which the letters are joined together and every word is written in one constant flow without taking the pen off the paper.

In a way, calligraphy reminds me of my relationship with God.
He’s still writing my story while I, on the other hand, scribble and mess things up.
That’s when I cry out to Him and ask if He’d dip the pen into the ink of His love and rewrite the “scribble” I’ve made and finish His-story through me.

(2 Corinthians 3:2) The Bible calls us written epistles,
“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.

Who will be reading you? And, what is written on your heart?

Mrs. Jennifer Turner

 

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“Sometimes it takes a slowdown.”


Hey everyone. It’s my first blog, hope you enjoy.

I’m thankful for the slowdown that recently happened in my life. I’ve been out of work because of some health issues and it’s been challenging and rewarding.

For now, I’d like to focus on the rewarding.

Some of you may say, “How can being ill be rewarding?”

Let me use an example of a car battery to illustrate. For every positive you must have a negative, or it will not function properly.

You see, if I had never became ill, been out of work, I wouldn’t have had more time at home with my husband and family.

Without my existing health issues, I wouldn’t have had the time to recharge my relationships, and to focus on the healing of my body, mind, and soul.

In this slowdown I’ve been able to spend precious time with my husband, kids, and grand-kids.

Time is a great way to say, “I love you,” and their time, whether it be in large amounts or small, “sparks” my heart and gets me going. I can never get enough of it.😊

Instead of rushing through the day as usual, I’ve had a little more time to reflect on what’s most important to me and to “be” where I’m at in the moment.

I’ve cooked more meals, done more sketching, writing, crafting, a little gardening, and a lot of soul-searching- just living a simpler way of life during this illness.

I’m thankful that God uses things like this in our life for a slowdown to reflect on what’s important.

Ephesians 5:20 reminds us, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I read in the Bible recently of a man who had a slowdown to recharge his life.

2 Kings 20 tells a story of a man named Hezekiah that became ill and was going to die. God used a slowdown of illness and a slowdown of time to recharge Hezekiah’s life.

Verse 1 says, “Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”

When Hezekiah heard these words he turned and became sad and wept.

I would have too if I’d just received a terminal illness diagnosis.

Illness can bring on depression, but we shouldn’t give in to that depression or dwell in it. Depression causes more illness.

When I become depressed or down because of illness and not having all the answers, I find the best way to overcome that depression is to do exactly what Hezekiah did- turn to God and pray.

Verse 2 says, “He turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord,”

Verse 3 says, that God heard, saw his tears, and answered Hezekiah’s prayers. God said, “behold, I will heal thee…”

God told Hezekiah to take notice, I’m going to give your physical life back.

Verse 6 goes on to say, “And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for Mine own sake, and for My servant David’s sake.”

God not only delivered Hezekiah and the city he lived in, but he also defended it.

Did you notice what God also did? He added.

God added days to the 15 years He gave Hezekiah.

In other words, and I’ll quote it for you,

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts, It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln~

Then the story goes on to say in Verse 8 Hezekiah asked, “What” shall be a sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?”

You see, Hezekiah knew God was going to do it.

He didn’t question the “How.”

He knew God was all powerful and that He could do whatever He wanted.

He wanted to know the, “What shall” of the thing God was about to do for him. He asked for “signs” or “hints” from God.

Verse 10 and 11 says,

“And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of A’haz.”

They used sun dials in those days to tell time.

Did you hear that??!! God just slowed down time for Hezekiah. I believe Hezekiah was a different person after God did that.

Somehow I just believe Hezekiah stopped to reflect on life more, appreciated what he had more, and let others know it. So much so that another man wanted what he had, but the rest of the story is for another day and time.

In the dial of God’s slowdown,

Jennifer Turner