Monday, January 16, 2012


Cherisse Stephens

Have you ever sat outside and looked up into the heavens on a clear dark night?  Aren’t you amazed by the stars that shine so brightly even through the darkness?  God’s creations of the heavens are so beautiful, that it leaves me in awe of him and all of his glory.  Just as God created the stars to shine in the heavens, he has created you to SHINE in the earth!  You are God’s Star!

I love the scripture that tells us that we are the light of the world, a city that cannot be hidden.  No matter what comes our way, God has given us the ability to shine through it all.  You have been given the power to light up this world with God’s glory.  How awesome is that?  Once we take on the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are empowered to let our light shine, so that men will be drawn to him.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of Esther.  Her story is so inspiring because Esther learned how to shine despite the odds that were against her.  In the 2nd chapter of the book of Esther, the king Ahasuerus decided to select a new queen as his wife.  All the virgins of the land were gathered together and began their preparation process before going before the king.  Esther who was an orphaned girl being raised by her relative Mordecai, was selected.  In most people’s opinions, she was not suited to become the bride of a king. I am sure that someone reading this passage has been denied something in their lifetime.  How many people have counted you or someone you know out, because in their minds, you don’t have what it takes to fulfill the assignment or walk in the role that’s presented to you?

The scripture in Jeremiah 29:11 says the following; “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you and expected end.”

God had a plan for Esther’s life and he has a plan for your life as well.  You may feel that your light is kind of dim right now.  Life has thrown you some blows that has literally left you feeling like there is no way to reignite the light and fire that’s on the inside of you.  I think of you as the diamond in the ruff.  A diamond in the rough comes out of the dirt in which it was buried and doesn’t seem to have much value and worth.  But once it is discovered that the rock is a diamond, the process of polishing begins.

Polishing is the process that Esther had to go through as well.  You see, she was not in any condition to go before the king in the state she was in.  She needed to be processed and polished before she would walk into her divine assignment.  She was a diamond in the ruff, waiting to shine! 

One of my favorite sayings is this, “Don’t judge who I am by where I am right now.”  Just because I don’t have it all together right now, doesn’t disqualify me from the plans of God.  We are a work in progress.  God is building character in us daily.  I am certain that those around Esther sized her up and tried to discourage her from going before the king.  Even in our Christian walk, there will be those who will try to snuff out your light and keep you from walking in your divine purpose.  But you have to be determined to shine, no matter what! 

Esther had the favor of God on her life.  Although she was surrounded by beautiful, wealthy women who came from royalty, she knew that God’s Glory was shining upon her and would bring her favor with the king.  That is so powerful!  We can use that same principal today.  We must live knowing that God’s Glory is shining so brightly upon us and because of it; we can walk into our kingdom assignment with authority.
The scripture says in Esther 2:17  “And the king loved Esther above all women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.”

Wow, look at the favor of God that was on Esther’s life.  She was now the Queen to King Ahasuerus.  Her life had taken a turn that left many in disbelief.  I believe that God wants to shift your life and bring that kind of favor to YOU!  Esther was now shining brightly!  Through all of her scars, disappointments, rejection and hurt, she was chosen to shine brighter than those around her.

God has selected you to shine through it all!  You are his special STAR! You have been given the gift Shine for him!  So embrace your journey and hold your head up high!  Tell yourself, I am God’s Star and I must…SHINE ON!

About The Author
Cherisse Stephens is an Author, Evangelist, Television Host, Recording Artist, and Producer.  She is the founder and CEO of the “God’s Cover-Girls Women’s Conference” and the “Spring Forth Into Destiny Family Conference.”  She is the author of the book series entitled “How to Be God’s Cover-Girl” for adults, teens and tweens.  To find out more about Cherisse Stephens, visit her website at and

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