for such a time as this

Women whats holding you back?


I recently started running, which is just not like me, I am more at home sat with a book cuddled up on the settee than out exercising. I suppose I never really knew where to start exercising as I had let myself get unfit over the years.


The first week of running, I would think to myself whilst my legs hurt and lungs felt like they where bleeding, it's going to take forever for me to be able to run more than sixty seconds at one time.

I would say to Jon, I can't do this, or make excuses why I couldn’t run along side him, who by the way made it seem so easy, much to my disgust. 


The first day I believed, and rightly so that I couldn't run for 60 seconds and I couldn’t, this didn't change for a week or so until I changed what I was thinking. 

Over the period of a couple of weeks a few things changed. My muscles strengthened and my lungs had more capacity to cope with the increase in activity.


But really the main thing that changed was the belief in myself that I could do it. 


I know for me as it will be for some of you reading this, you’ve been held back from what God is calling you to do or just simply not know where to start walking out the vision He has showed you.

Through fear or false humility we say this is not for me at this time or maybe through our own negative words, like I can’t do this, or i’m not qualified.


Trust me I have used all the reasons / excuses I could think up, but how much longer are we going to put things off?


For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:14


We are created for such a time as this just like Esther was in her day, all those dreams and visions that God has set in your heart, you know the ones that you just can't shake free from, the ones that keep coming back time and time again and the Holy Spirit is reminding you of right now. 


I've personally felt like I've spent too much time waiting for something to happen or waiting for someone to do it for me, but this is not a time for looking back.

It's a time to stand up and be counted!


I was recently in a Hillsong conference and Christine Caine said we all feel compassion for certain situations, but it is only real compassion when we choose to rise up and do something about the issue.


But as I changed my thinking and changed therefore my ability to be able to run, I believe it is a time that we should let the compassion rise in us for the things that God has laid on us to do and do something about it.


My heart is to see woman of God rise up and be all they can be, to find their hearts desires and start to walk in them. 

We have all been in situations that want to hold us back but we are created by a loving God to be the Esther’s of our time 

We are created for such a time as this!

I know I have felt like I've wasted quiet a few years not doing anything about situations and ignoring the calling that God has put in my heart, but the good news is today is not too late.

I urge you to rise up and put one foot in front of the other and start taking bold baby steps towards the vision that God has placed within you.


So be encouraged.


It all starts now…..

Jonathan edwards 
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