I am currently studying the book of Esther with Beth Moore. Glor.i.ous. It is amazing, I am most sure I have mentioned this in the past, but everyday gets better and better. Run to the store and GET IT!
Right now I am reading where Mordecai is urging Esther to go to the king and plea for deliverance for all of the Jews. Not an easy task, espically when it could possibly mean death on Esther's behalf! Imagine what Esther had to weigh in the balance... life for her people OR death for herself and her people! I can hardly decide what I want for dinner, much less weighing out that decision! Thankfully, Esther had a Godly Uncle who reminded her that Esther had come to the royal position for such a time as that! (Esther 4:14)
Going through hard times in life are inevitable. It's what you do during that time that will define you.
"God has profoundly used the conviction that those heightened times of decision in my toughest trials could be "make or break it" moments in my destiny. Much like Mordecai suggested, I always knew God would accomplish His will and do what He intended, but if I made a man-ward (vs. Godward) decision, I'd be left out of a loop that would eventually mean everything to me.
... In the times of greatest struggle when you make the Godward decision over convenience, earthly comfort, or carnal pleasure, you too have come to a critical moment in the fulfillment of your destiny. A defining moment. " - Beth Moore (Esther)