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    Join me in discovering God as a good Father. A Father who reveals His nature not only in the times of peace and beauty, but especially in the trials and suffering of this life. The Esther of old was a voice for those lamenting; I hope to become one, too. Read more...

Two and a half years ago I said “no.”  After resigning from a job in California I loved, I penciled in three months for rest. Rest should be a part of our everyday rhythms, but rest is hard. I’ve become a person who needs to Sharpie-marker “rest” into my planner – a pencil will not […]

Karen Trigg - December 22, 2015 - 11:12 pm

I love your line, “Our resting puts God back on display.” it’s simply beautiful And to begin to think of ourselves as daughters…YES! We have so much more ability to breathe Him in as we rest and find ourselves more open to receive from Him. Thank you for this post.

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I’ll sit this one out. I have opinions. I’m known among my friends and family, not to mention across social media, for making them known. But this time I’m going to give silence a try. I am passionate about marriage and family – I make no apologies for that. I used to have a career […]

Jessica Kimball - November 25, 2015 - 4:00 pm

This is amazing, thanks for sharing.

Nancy Gage Allen - November 26, 2015 - 2:39 am

Good thinking.

Deni Magno - December 4, 2015 - 4:44 am

I have often reminded myself of so many scripture regarding this…Proverbs 10:19, 17:28, 18:2, 19:20, 21:23, 13:3, James 1:19, Ecclesiasties 9:17, 5:2, Psalm 141:3,…What an example Christ was…he didn’t just go around giving his opinion on absolutely everything…but…when he DID have something to say…it had substance…people listened…lives were transformed…when did people start speaking opinions as if they were facts..dear God…please let the words that leave my mouth bring be honorable and life giving…as words have so much more power than we ever really realize…

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It’s November, which means Facebook is going to be full of people posting the things they are thankful for each day. It’s good to be thankful; and I consider myself a thankful person, but there are days and circumstances in which I don’t feel very thankful. And just because Thanksgiving is on the calendar and […]

Stephanie Page - November 9, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Esther, thank you for sharing this. I was moved to tears as your words pointed me back to HIM on a day where I feel like I’m sinking. Choosing to give thanks IN even when I can’t give thanks FOR all. Instead of giving into hopelessness I’ll choose to remember His past faithfulness.

Donna Zetterlund - November 10, 2015 - 4:32 am

Beautifully said.

Sarah Parker Zacharias - November 10, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Just beautiful.

Deni Magno - December 4, 2015 - 4:16 am

I had said the other day…approaching Thanksgiving…God knows how Im feeling…so…in truthfulness…I can say to Him right now…I’m thankful my life doesn’t suck worse…I also said my God knows my heart…and my love for Him…and…through all my raw emotions…He still loves me…I suppose…I’m truly thankful to know, and rest, in this, more than anything….

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We are an impatient people who want our needs met yesterday. We want most things in life now. We don’t like waiting on people, or things, or results. But we’re not God. And He is much more interested in the process with us. Yet too often we forget to pause and see what God values, […]

Erica Chantal Mbanda - October 30, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Beautiful Sis!

Cheresa Simmons - October 30, 2015 - 5:28 pm

I love this!!…you know it always made me upset when someone would tell me oh I can’t even imagine your pain and I’m like your right you can’t!!…people don’t really know what to say and it’s best just to be quiet let people cry sometimes you just want someone there sitting with you. These words really spoke to my heart. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thanks for sharing

Ramona Simpson - October 30, 2015 - 10:36 pm

Another timely blog. This just spoke to my heart! Thank you!

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I am the worst at talking about my feelings. For most of my life, if you were to ask me how I was doing, I’d answer – “Fine”. It could have been the worst day of my life, and I would still utter something like “I am too blessed to be stressed” or, “Life is hard, […]

Rachel E Trevithick - October 5, 2015 - 3:20 am

I am SO proud and in awe of you! You are an amazing daughter of Christ and you inspire me each day! I have tears in my eyes after reading this! So incredibly happy for you! Xoxo

Jeru Frierson - October 5, 2015 - 1:18 pm

My girl….proud friend here. You inspire so many. Canny wait to read this book and grow

Amanda Sarka Yaqo - October 5, 2015 - 2:37 pm

This is amazing! Wow! So proud of you! Can’t wait for the book!!

Jen Gentry - October 5, 2015 - 3:56 pm

I am soooo excited to hear about this…I too faked fine for way too long. I love you and am so very proud of you!

Rebecca Rifenberg Green - October 5, 2015 - 4:01 pm

I fake fine far too often! Thank u for being wholly who you are and for letting God use your life to bless others on the journey. Love you so much!

Erica Chantal Mbanda - October 5, 2015 - 5:47 pm


Allison Weeks Bordato - October 6, 2015 - 12:35 am

You have me in tears Esther! I cannot wait to hear (and read) more.

Maria Mukrdechian - October 6, 2015 - 1:38 am


Melodie Arremony Lange - October 6, 2015 - 2:08 am

Can’t wait to read it!! A powerful message it will be. Thank you for following the urging of the Holy Spirit!

Janet Campbell Trenda - October 6, 2015 - 2:13 am

Beautiful. Truth. Thanks for being willing to speak it! Proud of you- Can’t wait for the book!

Megan Miser - October 6, 2015 - 2:27 am

I am so excited about this book! I struggle with faking fine a lot of the time. You are such an inspiration dear Esther!

Kimberly Mepham - October 6, 2015 - 2:56 am

Oh dear one, this book is sooo needed. I’ve been in such a similar season. I can’t wait to read this. In the meantime I will be covering you and your tender heart in prayer.

Joel Chandler Allen - October 6, 2015 - 5:02 am

Very proud of you Esther. May God continue to use you to bring a timely message to a hurting world.

Ramona Simpson - October 6, 2015 - 1:42 pm

I really needed this message this morning! I cannot wait until your book comes out!

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 3:56 am

I am so glad, Ramona! Thank you for your feedback. Already praying this book encourages you. Will try to keep you updated with some content in the meantime. Thanks for your support.

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 3:56 am

Thanks for your help in building the site! You are very much a part of this day.

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 3:57 am

Praying for you, Kim! Thank you for your note & support. #nmff 😉

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 3:57 am

We all struggle with it! So let’s help each other get out of it :) I believe in you, Megan!

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 3:58 am

So grateful for your support Janet! Thank you!

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:00 am

Thanks has been our prayer, Melodie. Thanks for your encouragement and being with me on this journey!

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:01 am

xo more 😉

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:01 am

Thank you, Allison! Back at you! Grateful for your love and support.

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:01 am

LOVE (you!)

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:02 am

Love you too, Rebecca! We are far too loved by God to fake fine any longer. Let’s learn together. xo

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:02 am

Means the world hearing from you, Cuz! Thanks for your love and support. Grateful for you.

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:02 am

Thank you my dear friend! Thank you for your love & support.

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:03 am

Thanks for allowing me the space in your home and life to live as I write. So, so grateful for all you are to me.

adminEsther - October 7, 2015 - 4:03 am

So meaningful to have you be the first to see the site. God is good and faithful, even when life let’s us down. Thanks for being a living example of perseverance through the storm. I believe in you. xo

Mike Meyerand - October 8, 2015 - 12:59 am

I am really proud of you and look forward to your story.

Julie Hamilton Batura - October 8, 2015 - 3:04 am

Beautiful, dear Esther! Well said and so necessary. I would never change my seasons of grief, for I would not know the wides and the deeps of God’s love. Congratulations on your new book!

Allison Trowbridge - October 8, 2015 - 8:04 pm

So proud of you, dear girl!!!! And cannot WAIT to read this book.

Deni Magno - December 3, 2015 - 9:39 pm

I look forward to the words the Holy Spirit continues to speak through you…to touch so many you have mine

Peter Goodwin - February 11, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Great post Esther!

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