I am currently doing a Beth Moore study with a group of girls from church. We are studying the book of Esther. I have read this book several times but with the help of Beth I am learnnig much more. Have you gotten to a point with yourself where you are comfortable? Do you know what I mean? Things are going OK...you are comfortable but you are not being stretched. One thing I have learned in my own life as well as looking at Esther's life is that it will, at certain times, take a crisis to pivet our direction. Esther had been Queen for quite some time when her time had come to confront the King on behalf of her people. If you think about it she was probably getting pretty comfortable. She had maids, eunuchs, as well as food, clothes, and beauty treatments. Then she was hit with the fact that she and her people were going to be destroyed. She could confront the King and face death for doing just that or she could do nothing and perish with the rest of the Jews. Esther had a choice. She had to overcome herself in order to do what God had created her and positioned her to do. Often times we are the biggest obstacel in our own life. Our fear of "whatever" prevents us from allowing ourselves to be stretched. Take a bold step this week. That crisis that you are facing? You may be facing it to change the direction of your faith. Maybe you are getting too comfortable and not risking enough. Step out in faith, have courage, and overcome yourself so that you can do what God has positioned you to do. Do you know what the most frequent command in the Bible is? "Do not be afraid." Don't allow fear to prevent you from taking a bold step in your faith.