Good morning Friends, how are you today? How was your week? Can you believe we are four weeks away from 2019? Say it with me…2019. Wow! The year is almost over… but first; we have December. 2018 isn’t over until it’s over. There is still time to implement the changes we desire to make part of our lives. We have twenty seven days left in 2018; if we are intentional, we can still make new habits. We can call that sister or friend, we’ve not spoken to all year. We can decide now, we will not only read our bible but we will consider it the final authority over our lives. In spite of the cold weather and snow, we can decide, exercise and healthy eating is not optional and lose that weight we’ve been complaining about all year. Time can be our friend, if we see it as a gift from our Good God and use it wisely, in spite of the cold weather (have I said that already?). Really, we don’t have to move to like a slug, even though it’s 25°, but feels like 18°… maybe… I love that verse. I am reading the book of Esther and I love the historical background found there, as I read. Sometimes, I forget that history was also being made in other parts of the world, while Bible people lived their lives. For example, did you know that movie 300 was based on a battle fought by Esther’s king? I didn’t know that. So fascinating as it? It’s no wonder the Bible remains one of the world’s bestselling and most read books of all time. Do you believe in coincidence? Do you know there isn’t such a thing? Nope! There are no coincidences. Think about it… if God is God and He is in control and He controls everything, then that means He allows and He does. He allows the good, the bad and the ugly or He brings the good, the bad and the ugly. He allows and He does. It’s all for one purpose; to draw us to the feet of our Lord, Jesus Christ. For a minute there, Esther thought just about herself and her well being. For just a minute, she forgot that although we each have our own individual relationship with the Lord, our actions still will have a ripple effect. All our actions will affect others; the good, the bad and the ugly. As Christians, our actions tell others more of what we believe about God than what we actually say about God. Our actions say whether we believe our God is good, loving, kind and faithful. It tells others whether we believe that God is merciful and gracious. Our actions say whether we believe that God is an ogre, waiting to cut us off at the first offense. What do our actions says about our God? ‘For such a time as this’…; it’s not always easy to see the ‘big picture’ when we are going through difficult times. Did you know that God is always fair? When I don’t see or understand the purpose of my trial, it’s hard to believe that any good can come out it. It’s hard to see that far ahead in my pain. But… We can trust the Lord, friends. Although we were not promised only sunshine and roses days, we were promised that our Great God would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He promises to walk through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ (Psalm 23). When we know the nature of our God, we can trust Him. When we know the Person of our God, we can trust Him. Do you know my God?