I love the story of Esther because it teaches us a lot about how God moves in our circumstances. (I love it so much, we even used it for our weekly journal prompts on Instagram this month, check out the first one here).
In chapter 4, as Esther learns of the impending demise of her people, she is asked to use her position as someone living in the palace to help save her fellow Jews. As she realizes the battle facing her, Esther responds by saying, “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do.” (Esther 4:16a).
Esther recognizes that what she’s about to do can’t be done alone. She knows she needs other people to support her as she prepares her next steps. So, she submits herself to God in prayer and instructs Mordecai to join her in gathering others to do the same on her behalf.
In her book, Bittersweet, Shauna Niequist calls these people your “home team.” They are the ones you can call anytime, for anything, no matter what. By asking people to pray for her before she puts any plans in action, Esther shows us the value of having a home team in our lives. Knowing we’re supported and covered in prayer allows us to move forward wherever God is calling us with confidence.
Discovering and walking in our purpose, just as Esther did, can be a little intimidating, which is why we need a home team . . . specific people we can count on to lift us up to Jesus on the days when it’s too much for us to do on our own.
I’m genuinely and deeply thankful for my home team. As I’ve learned to trust them more and more, God has shown me how beautiful it is to have sweet friends who pray for me and come alongside me through difficult seasons.
What about you? What would it take for you to surround yourself with a home team as you continue discovering and stepping into your purpose?
Whether it’s a possession, a gifting, or even our time, we all have something God can use for the sake of others. But nothing is usable unless we first make it available. In this sermon from Sherita Harkness, she challenges each of us to dig deep and think about what it is we can surrender to God so that He can multiply it in our lives. This is a great message to watch with a friend and discuss the questions at the end.
As we begin to discover our purpose, it can be hard to get up and get going. In this 5-day devotional, Jo Saxton gives us the tools and encouragement we need to rise into the purpose and calling God has placed on our lives . . . with boldness, faithfulness, and grace.
We all experienced a massive amount of change over the last year. As our worlds begin opening back up, we could use insight to navigate these changes and new realities. Our friend, Eryn Eddy, author of So Worth Loving, is joining us for our next Collectively Speaking conversation to share how different people handle change and what we gain by leaning into hard times. You do not want to miss this! And since it’s not exclusively mentoring-focused, this is the perfect opportunity to invite your mentees and friends to be a part of this conversation.
It can be hard to set aside time in our busy schedules for Scripture memorization, which is why we created this wallpaper for your phone. Set it as your lock screen or home screen, and you’ll always have it ready when you have a few minutes to spare. Reading through the verse before you send a text or scroll through Instagram is a good reminder of Scripture’s power, and it will help you commit it to memory.
Mentor Tip: When you cover the topic of Purpose with your mentees, send this out as a way to help them keep that month’s Scripture front and center.
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