Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)


Eyebuydirect Review and Giveaway!

The Winner of the pair of eyeglasses from EyeBuyDirect up to $100 (excluding sunglasses and designer frames) is

Congratulations # 11 Vickieb


I was invited to do a review and giveaway from I got so very excited about this because I really needed a pair of glasses and was putting off getting my eyes checked because of budget concerns.

There are so many choices of frames to choose from on Eyebuydirect and I think I found the perfect one! I've always wanted a rimless and you can just imagine my excitement when I found one that would support progressive and bifocal, the Rimless Eyeglasses - Hattie – Pink.

So I have my prescription and it turns out there is a little glitch. My prescription is off the charts! There customer service rep tells me they will try and see what can be done, so for now I don’t yet have a pair of glasses to review, but I’ll wait anxiously and do a review at a later date.

So can your papa or spouse or sibling use a new pair of glasses? EyeBuyDirect has a wide range of frames to choose from and it can also fit into your budget! Go check them out and treat a loved one to a pair of glasses in their favorite style for this Father’s Day!

EyeBuyDirect is named one of the Internet Retailer Hot 100 Websites of 2009! They provide prescription eye glasses starting as low as $7.95 and allows customers to try on their frames online before placing their order through their eye try system! Orders over $99 within the US gets free shipping ! Isn’t so cool!

About EyeBuyDirect Inc.
EyeBuyDirect Inc. is a global prescription lab and optical retailer specializing in the volume production of affordable prescription eyeglasses. As a manufacturer, supplier and retailer of optical supplies, EyeBuyDirect is not only involved in every step of the eye wear production and distribution process, but has also developed an efficient, streamline approach to the optics supply chain. With a global manufacturing program and three worldwide sites cooperating in unison to harness state-of-the-art technology, EyeBuyDirect is committed to producing innovative, high quality frames and lenses.

EyeBuyDirect regards quality, innovation, service excellence and unbeatable value as of utmost importance. As owner and operator of online retailer, the company has quickly emerged as a formidable and dependable brand in consumer optics. Fully integrated prescription labs and offices in the United States and globally have enabled the sourcing of in-house opticians, technicians, and professionals from around the globe. A close-knit team is focused on delivering high value services to customers and business partners alike, as the company aspires to become the world’s leading global prescription lab and online retailer.
Launched in 2005 and emerging today as a major player in the global online retail sphere, is a prescription eye wear website offering an extensive range of high quality, affordable frame and lens packages. The site offers its budget-conscious and style-savvy shoppers a fast, simple and efficient way to browse an extensive online catalogue, and enables them to purchase eye wear from the comfort of their own homes. Users have the added option of uploading their photo to ‘virtually’ try-on their desired eyeglasses, as well as receiving feedback and opinions from other users to help inform their decision – all contributing to a fun and interactive shopping experience.

About the Founder
Roy Hessel, founder and CEO of EyeBuyDirect Inc., is fervently committed to making prescription eye wear affordable to everyone. Mr. Hessel believes that sight should be a right, not a privilege, and therefore EyeBuyDirect aims to provide competitive prices in hope of reducing the disparity between those who own glasses and those who are not so fortunate. His management style places importance on superior product quality and customer satisfaction, in addition to continuous innovation in all facets of operation. Mr. Hessel is also the founder of the ‘Eye for an Eye’ charity.

You can watch a feature here on ABC about Eyebuydirect:


Now for the giveaway!

One person will win a pair of eyeglasses from EyeBuyDirect up to $100 (excluding sunglasses and designer frames).

This giveaway is open to worldwide entries. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win.

Here’s how to enter:

To Enter, you must do both of the following:
1. Visit EyeBuyDirect and post your "Eye Try" photo with your favorite frame to the Wall of Frame .
This cool “Virtual Dressing” room feature is a great help to customers that want to try on something before they buy it, and the Wall-Of-Frame is where customers can share tips and comment on each others photos.
Come back and leave a comment with a link to your photo.

2. Leave a comment stating the name of the eyeglass frame you would choose if you won.

Extra Entries:

3. Take a look at the EyeBuyDirect Wall Of Fame. Choose a person’s photo and leave a comment. Then leave a comment here with the link to the photo on which you left your comment.

4) Subscribe to my blog (2 extra entries)

5) Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post AND to Then come back here and leave a separate comment with the link to your blog post. (5 extra entries)

6) Follow me on twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.

7) Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. ( You can do this once a day) - @calliesan Eyebuydirect Review and Giveaway!

8) Follow my blog

9) Add my button to your blog.

10) Enter my Dr. Hippo Book Series giveaway: ‘I entered your Dr. Hippo Book Series giveaway.”

Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on June 20th 2009 at 11:59pm CT A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog.

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I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales DVD and t-shirts from Boca Beth Giveaway


Music Monday with Free Bilingual Song Download and Giveaway for Children from Boca Beth

Enjoy this FREE download of one of our biggest bilingual children’s hits titled I Know the Days of the Week / Yo sé los días de la semana

Simply click the title of the song above, and have fun introducing Spanish and English to the young children in your life!

Want to win the DVD that has the music video of this song (PLUS 7 other songs on it) PLUS two Boca Beth bilingual t-shirts?!?!? Head over to Boca Beth to enter.


Win the I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales DVD from Boca Beth PLUS one children’s and one adult Boca Beth t-shirt (the same shirts that were worn during the filming of some of the music videos!)

Contest ends Monday, June 15th at 5 pm EST. Winner chosen via random drawing.

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One morning she just showed up at my bedside, telling me she slept well. I was quite interested to find out how she got out of her crib. So after nap in the afternoon I heard her getting up and went in to see this :) I rushed daddy to come running with the camera.
So now I lowered the side of the crip so she can get out without injuring herself. I guess it's about time for her big girl bed ja :)

For More Wordless Wednesday check out, 5 minutes for moms

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Aloha Friday #uno

Kailani says "In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response."

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link on Kailani's blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question is:

What's the best thing that ever happened to you?

The best thing that ever happened to me was that I met my husband and got married and have my children and therefore my life became full and alive instead of monotonous and packed with echos of painful childhood memories that overshadowed future hope in anything or anyone. Today I feel like I mean something to someone and not just a shadow that isn't there. I must thank God for this journey.

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Dr. Hippo Book Series Review and Giveaway

The winner of the Autograph set of Dr. Hippo Book Series is

Congratulations # 23 Donna
The first stories published by the Hippocratic Press are the five titles in the Dr. Hippo Series about common childhood illnesses: cold, fever, ear infections, sore throat, and vomiting and diarrhea. Each picture book includes a separate Parent Guide written in question/answer format. The Parent Guide answers common questions about children health issues and offers parents advice about how to comfort children at home and when to call the doctor.

I received these five books to share with my family and they are just wonderful. I love how Charlotte make the stories come alive and very appealing to children so they can understand what's going on with their bodies when they are sick and also give parents some control in knowing what to do and what's normal and what to expect. I'm so glad for these because I do panic a bit when my children get sick and I'm not sure if something worse is happening on the inside.

My kids want me to read all of them at one time in every setting! They can't get enough! I love these books and will buy some as gifts for my family with younger children.

Here's a bit about Charlotte the Author and her much needed books:

The Hippocratic Press was founded by Dr.Charlotte Cowan with the primary mission of publishing medical children's stories that entertain, educate and reassure both parent and child.

A board certified pediatrician, Dr. Cowan worked with parents and their children for many years before leaving her busy practice at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston. She knows childhood inside out, and she has taken care of children both when they have been sick and when they have been well—but stumbling over developmental issues.

I hope that The Little Elephant with the Big Earache helps to reassure children and their parents as it educates them about ways to take care of earaches at home and suggests when to call or see the doctor. The accompanying Parent Guide, Ear Infections Made Easy, should certainly answer any questions parents may have. The decision to use antibiotics depends on several factors and should be made after careful consideration by the pediatrician and parent.

Katie Caught a Cold is a story written to illustrate the excellent care of a child with a cold. Katie is kept comfortable by her mother who avoids over the counter cold and cough medicines. Dr. Hippo explains that antibiotics are unnecessary and makes sure to tell Katie's mother when/if she should worry about Katie's illness. The separate Parent Guide, Conquering the Common Cold, offers helpful tips for worried parents.

Peeper Has a Fever demonstrates an intelligent and thoughtful approach to caring for a child with a fever. In addition to the comforting story, the included Parent Guide, Figuring Out Your Child's Fever, offers clear suggestions about calling the doctor for advice when your child has a fever.

Sadie's Sore Throat tackles the problem of strep throat in children. It shows both parent and child not only how to take care of a child with a sore throat but also what to expect at the doctors office. The Parent Guide, Simplifying Sore Throats, explains the appropriate care of a child with a sore throat; in the case of strep, this includes a full course of antibiotics after a visit to the doctors office for a necessary laboratory test.

The Moose with Loose Poops is written with warmth and whimsy to help children feel better when they have to deal with vomiting and diarrhea (gastroenteritis). The included Parent Guide, Getting Through Gastroenteritis, explains what to expect during this illness, how to avoid dehydration—including tips for how much fluid to give a sick child—and when to call the doctor.

This collection of stories has been written to entertain, educate and comfort sick children—and their parents. I hope they both feel better soon!



Charlotte has offered to give an autographed set of the Dr. Hippo Series to one lucky reader.

How to enter:

Please remember to leave an email address where I can reach you if you don't have a blog with your email.

1. Visit Dr. Hippo's blog and leave a comment on any post, leave a link to the where you left the comment. (Mandatory entry)

Extra entries:

2. Follow/subscribe to my blog (2 extra entries)

3. Tweet giveaway - @calliesan Dr. Hippo Book Series Review and Giveaway

4. Blog about giveaway and leave a link (3 extra entries)

5. Follow/subscriber to Dr. Hippo's blog

6. Grab my button

Giveaway ends June 20th 11pm central. Winner will be announced here and via email.

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Replenishment is good for a mama's soul..

Today was wonderful. I'm so glad I am alive and that I seized the day despite being chronically late. I'm always late. I hate being late and get anxiety attacks about being late and still I end up being late. I try to compensate by waking up two or three hours earlier than the time to leave and STILL I end up being late.

I think that maybe it has something to do with my culture. We are usually late and if people catch on to that right quick they know to tell us to come an hour ahead of time so that we'll actually be on time. Of course that's no excuse. Sigh.

My husband does not like to be late and we've had our hot words and hurt about this issue about me, and I have tried. I try especially for his sake, but fail miserably. It would help if he does help me along. Maybe he'll learn soon to give me extra time and to also give me a hand.

However this is not about being late really...well sorta.

Sunday worship begins at 11:15am. We have to leave by 10:30am or so to drive the 30 plus (depending on traffic and lights) minutes to get there on time.

Each night I plan in my head what I'll do and how soon I'll wake up. The kids clothes are already picked out so I'm not doing the chicken-without-head run around the house. Breakfast, grooming and return trip snacks are all thought out and easy to grab.

Today I woke at 10:24am!!!!! Nooooooooooooooooo! I was so exhausted that the 3 rings of the alarm did not even penetrate my sleep. I laid there thinking that I wouldn't have time to get everyone ready, make breakfast etc so I'll just not go, or that when the husband awakes, he can go alone since he can get ready in five, or if I can get the kids ready in time to go with him....

Then I thought to myself, I'm getting ready in 30mins and we are leaving with 15 minutes to get to service and if we missed the praise and worship, so be it, but at least we'd hear the message. We are going!

We got there in the middle of praise and worship. I seized the day. The kids went happily off to play with their friends.
I figured I couldn't tell God that I just didn't feel pretty enough to show up or that my hair wouldn't tame or the many excuses that quickly comes forth.

The message was awesome! Monday evening I was reading a book about the very same message. It made me cry. It gave me something I needed. It refreshed my spirit.

It was truly a lovely family time. After service we came home and we all had wonderful fun outside playing ball, frisbee etc. It was so good to hear the pure laughter in each others soul come out so sweetly. This is one of those days you want repeated and ends with ice cream :)

I guess I can get ready in 5...ok 10...alright, alright. 30+5 :)

And so I'll share it with you:

The Power of a moment makes it a source of immeasurable opportunity and hope. No matter what kind of life you've lived, no matter how many wrong choices you've made, the next moment is waiting to give birth to new life.

Perhaps no one illustrates this better than a woman named Rahab found in the book of Joshua. She was a resident of Jericho during the time when Joshua was the leader of Israel. Jericho would soon fall into the hands of God's people. To prepare for their conquest, Joshua sent two spies into the city, and they stayed in the house of Rahab. All the Scriptures tell us about Rahab before this point is that she was a prostitute. That was the sum total of her life. If you've ever observed the life of a prostitute, you would know the word life is an overstatement. Existence, torment, punishment, living dead - all are better descriptions of the waking hours in the life of a prostitute.

What nightmares could possible haunt her dreams that would over-shadow the nightmare that comes when she is awake? yet in one moment Rahab's life changed forever.

She had heard of the God of Israel. In her own words, she was convinced that "the Lord your God is God in heave above and on the earth below" (Josh. 2:11). Based on that conviction, she offered to help them if they would save her life and the lives of her family members.

The spies agreed and instructed her to tie the scarlet cord in her window. If she did that, all of her family who were with her in her house would be saved. The story tells us, "Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho - and she lives among the Israelites to this day" (Josh. 6:25).

The family that Rahab saved was not her husband or her children. Those are relationships rarely known in the world of a prostitute. She had no husband or children. She saved the lives of her father and mother, her brothers and sisters, and all who belonged to them. In truth, she had no one who belonged to her.

The questions that occur to me are: Where was her family while she was living the life of a prostitute? Where were her father and mother when she needed guidance and direction? Why didn't her brothers and sisters rise up to help her and save her from the life of decadence and destruction? And how could the heart of a prostitute that should have long gone cold still be filled with such compassion for the family she left behind? Surely the only future she was saving was theirs. What kind of future did she really have to save anyway?

Yet we find in this moment not a future saved, but a future created. Rahab found more than protection among the people of God. She found a new family. We are informed later that Rahab married an Israelite.

Rahab married a man named Salmon, whose son was Boaz, the husband of Ruth, whose son was Obed, whose son was Jesse, whose son was David, king of Israel.

And if you follow the lineage far enough, you find that the blood of Rahab flowed in the veins of Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The prostitute Rahab, in one defining moment, through one life-altering decision, began a journey that brought her everything she had lost and more than she ever could have imagined. Like Rahab, we are always just one choice from a different life. At our worst, good is only one decision away.

From the book Chasing Daylight by Erwin Raphael McManus

I shared the part in this book because I don't have a way to share our sermon CD which was a lot better I think.

So it doesn't matter where you are in are precious, wonderful, and full of potential....and you are loved. Yes you are. Don't dismiss it. Stop and think about it a bit. You are here now because you are supposed to be. You are important for this time. Grab it with all your might because soon we all will get out own little dash....xxxx - xxxx.


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This Is Water

“Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot or, will not, exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed."

That's a quote from This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace.
This is from a 2005 speech to the graduating class of Kenyon College. He reminded them that a Liberal Arts education is meant to teach one how to think. It was the only such address he ever made.

I received a copy of this book to review and I love the way it's written in short little paragraphs on each page, which made it so easy to read and savor and ponder. It's a very small, almost pocket-sized book which I think would make a great gift to anyone. You will find yourself wanting to read it over again and to share. This book so short and sweet, make you stop and review your path in this life journey which we all need to do constantly to ensure we aren’t just following along like zombies but making an effort to live fully and compassionately.
David Foster Wallace moved to Claremont, CA in 2002 to become the first Roy E. Disney Professor of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Pomona College. He was best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which TIME included in its All-Time 100 Greatest Novels list (covering the period 1923–2006)

He struggled with depression for years and committed suicide in 2008.

Pick up a copy today because it's worth the read. Consider it a gift to yourself. This is Water...

My review copy was provided by Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. The Little, Brown name and logo are trademarks of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

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A new and better way to do laundry - Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets Review

Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets

I received a packet of the Purex Complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets to try out and have been doing so the past few weeks. To be honest I was very skeptical that one single sheet of material could do a whole laundry cycle!

It is just one sheet that has laundry detergent, fabric softener and anti-static all in one. You throw the sheet in your washing machine (no measuring of liquids or scooping up powder), turn the water on and then throw your clothes in. After your wash is done rinse and all, you put both clothes and laundry sheet into the dryer and that's that.

It works fabulously.

This must take over the market like storm! I am for anything that will make laundry easier since I’m the only one in this house who knows that the buttons work as they are supposed to on the machines sitting in the corner in that part of the house titled ‘danger – laundry room: only mothers are supposed to enter.’

Imagine what this will mean for people (especially men) who have to lug their clothes to the laundromat. No more heavy bottles! I can hear people jumping in glee already.

I can’t wait to try out the other scents. Gosh I can't wait to blab to all my friends and family!

I also love how soft my laundry came out! I’m totally in love with this product and surely will be purchasing this for our family. We might just switch all together. I mean just imagine how much easier life will be in regards to saving time and money in doing laundry! Now if only someone will come up with a folding system all on it’s own!

Before my wash:
After my wash and before rinse:
I even get use for the sheets after they are used in the dryer. I use the sheet to help clean out the lint trap instead of paper towels or when lazy using my nails to scrape it away :)

This will definitely be life changing for families all around.

Below is some great information about the product and do not forget to check out Purex website.


What is Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Laundry Sheets?
Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Laundry Sheets are a load’s worth of detergent, softener and anti-static all in one powerful sheet.

How Does It Work?
Simply drop laundry sheet into washer, the detergent is released during the wash cycle. Once wash is complete, transfer the laundry sheet with clothes to dryer. The stripe is heat activated by the dryer to soften and remove static. It’s that simple.

Why Is It Better?
Simplifying the process. Say goodbye to separate products, measuring, bulky bottles, spills, and messes. Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Laundry Sheets are the trouble-free alternative to using multiple laundry products, like traditional liquids and powders.

Other available scents are Spring Oasis, Tropical Escape and Pure & Clean.

Size & Sheets
Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Starter Kits | 20 Sheets
Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Refills | 24 Sheets

Check our Purex website for more products and more information on Purex Complete 3-in-1

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My Life In Pictures - Flashback Thursday

A blog friend, Meg from My Edition Of Gab is having a week long fun event of my life in pictures. It's a very interesting and you should go check out her blog and participate.

Today's heading is Flashback Thursday - bring a photo back from the past. I'd love to include this into ATWT also.

That's me at nine months preggo in 2005. SIL came to visit from Alaska to help but baby was late a whole week and she thought this ball would help and walking and eat etc...nothing did. I was induced.

And then my son was born. (Daddy looking on anxiously)

Bringing him to mommy's room after being checked out and cleaned.
Oh yea he was a chunker :)

And in a few days he'll be four! Oy! He is already taller than most six year olds.

For more check out...

And for more Thousand words Thursday, check out The mom Jen @ Cheaper than therapy Cheaper Than Therapy
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Mother's Day Gift Guide


Featured Products
wristlet Chic and Carry Wristlet - Make mom’s quick trips out with baby much easier with this great product.

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Happy Mother's Day discount, giveaways, party and more...

Happy Mother's Day to all you lovely friends. I hope that just for a moment you'll have some time to yourselves to be replenished and pampered. If only for a day right?...a moment? hour? ...just hide in the bathroom for a bit. It's a legitimate excuse :)

Happy wishes also comes from Oliver's Labels and they are offering 10% all products on from May 5thth. to May 10
Happy Mother's Day

It's 2:00 a.m. and your three month old is crying...a lot. You're a first time mother, and while you've got a ton of questions, you called your mom at 2:00 in the morning last night about that crazy looking diaper, so you'd really like to get through this one on your own.

But where can you turn?

Mamapedia is a new site that takes the wisdom of thousands and thousands of moms and makes is searchable! You can head to the computer with that screaming infant in your arms and type,

"Why does my baby cry so much at night?"
And this is what you'll find - an article about a mom who asked a question titled "Sleepless Nights with a 13 week old" and the responses of forty-four moms. You can read those forty-four answers while bouncing your baby, and with a little luck by the time you are through your infant will be fast asleep and you will feel better as well.

To launch this new mom resource, the Momfluence network and Resourceful Mommy are throwing a party. Join us on Twitter this Friday, May 8th, from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. eastern time along with mom experts in a variety of parenting areas: multiples, kid crafting, health and safety, potty training, home schooling and more!

During the party, details about a "What Can I Learn Today?" contest will be revealed...along with the incredible grand prize.
Join us by">RSVP'ing here!
This event brought to you by Momfluence: rocking the cradle and shaping the world.
Frigidaire - Win home appliances!
How often do you have the time to do something for yourself? If you're like most moms, the answer is almost never. As Moms, we're proud of everything we're able to do for our families, but we think you'll agree that a little "me time" goes a long way! Luckily, there's a company out there who understands a mom's desire to spend less time doing routine housework and more time doing what we love.
Frigidaire, the appliance brand known for their legendary reliability, is unveiling 250 new appliances designed with specific time-saving features to give you more time for YOUR time.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that research shows that Moms are logging more overtime than most Americans. In fact, Frigidaire's recently released "Motherload Index" revealed that moms spend most of their waking lives - 200 hours each month - doing the activities they least enjoy rather than the things they love.

With their new line of appliances, Frigidaire is aiming to free up some newfound "me time" for Moms and they want to know what you'll do with it! By visiting, you can share the five things that you would do with an extra hour in your day for a chance to win an entire suite of the new time-saving Frigidaire appliances.

Frigidaire Washer Dryer
Share your 5 things to win Frigidaire Appliances. for your chance to win.

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Giant-Sized Obstacles: Esther and Her People

Giant-Sized Obstacles: Esther and Her People

Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14

In the introduction of the book Thirteen Days, former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara wrote of the pressure felt inside the White House during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. He called it "a period of the most intense strain I have ever operated under." 

Queen Esther could have said the same during the royal crisis that jeopardized her life and the lives of Jewish people everywhere during the days of the Persian Empire. Out of nowhere, a giant crisis emerged that put her under the most intense strain she had ever operated under. Her one assurance, relayed to her by Mordecai, was that God had anticipated this giant in advance; and, in His providence, had placed her on the throne to deal with it.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a period of intense strain. It's important to remember that God has anticipated it, and He has prepared us "for such a time as this." He will give strength for the strain and wisdom for the crisis.

When God can do what He will with a man, the man may do what he will with the world.
George MacDonald

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