The Courage of a Studette

Howdy, folks.

So last night we got together for a game night at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.  I love game nights, especially when the games get you laughing and goofing around.  (Personal favorites:  Cranium, Guess-tures, and the Game of Things…)

But my husband’s family is going through a fad right now.  A border-line obsessive one.  The new game of choice?

I know, nerdy, right?

We have played this game–no kidding–the last four game nights in a row.  It’s a somewhat Monopoly-meets-Oregon Trail type of board game, where you try to build your settlement by earning and trading “resources” and heeding the “robber.”  Oh, brother.


But all kidding aside, it really is a fun and slightly addicting game.  We have stayed up a little too late most nights playing this one!

So the morning was a little out-of-order today.  Instead of waking up at 6am to work out with the champs, I indulged myself in a little sleep-in. (7:30). (Remember the days when getting up at 7:30 for an 8am class was ridiculously early? And now it’s a sleep-in…pfft).

It didn’t leave me a lot of time before having to leave for the office, so my breakfast was a little hasty:


A piece of whole wheat toast, with natural chunky peanut butter & a sliced up apple.

hasty ingredients

With whole grains, protein & plenty of fiber, it does the trick in a snap.

Today’s reading inspired me so much.  I just finished the story of Esther.  If you haven’t read that book of the Bible yet, I definitely suggest you check it out.  It’s only 10 chapters long and reads like a story.

In short, Esther was a beautiful, young woman–a Jew–who was selected to become the next queen of Persia.  A series of events leads to all Jews in the kingdom to be sentenced to death by one of the King’s highest ranking officials.  Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, challenges Esther to approach the King and request that he undo the sentence–a task that can definitely result in execution.  (To even enter the King’s Inner Courts without having been summoned was punishable by death).

Esther shares her understandable concern with Mordecai, who responds with this:

“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will perish.  What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?” -Esther 4:14

I love this.  Mordecai is saying that either way, God is going to protect and provide for the Jews.  He doesn’t need Esther to save His people.  BUT…who’s to say that God didn’t align all the events that brought Esther to this position in the palace for this very reason?  This very moment?  Without a doubt it will take great courage and faith to do what he is asking of her, but the fate of the Jews isn’t resting on her shoulders.  God’s got it under control, he just wants to use Esther’s faith and obedience to carry it out.

So neat.  Esther’s response is pretty studette, too, but I’ll let you read that for yourself.  ;)

After a long, sedentary day of sitting at a desk, I came home to do my no-equipment cardio & leg workout.  It’s definitely easier to get moving and get motivated first thing in the morning, rather than after a long day when you’re tired and hungry, so I don’t think I’ll be sleeping in again too often in the near future.

Do you know of anyone that has displayed great courage and inspires you?  Please share, it might inspire someone else, too. :)

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