The Courage of Esther

By Apostle Tonya

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14 

It is quite a magnificent story, that of the faith and courage of Queen Esther whom thy Lord prepared for royalty early on in her childhood with suffering.  In the Holy Bible, as we turn each blessed page in the Book of Esther, we may at times be left quite astounded reading this courageous story of one of our foremothers and queen who was once an unknown orphan raised by her beloved cousin, Mordecai.  Esther 2:7  In the Scriptures, we are reminded by our Great Sufferer, the Risen Lord of the glorious beauty whereby come forth with sacrifice, suffering and in rest with Him.  Most surely, it is in this hidden place, the sufferer receives the Blessed Holy Spirit’s generosity: an anointing to serve and the joy of the Lord.   

Thy Lord in His faithfulness to His will for the Jewish people miraculously used this humble orphan to giveth the Jews an escape, deliverance, and victory from the enemy’s wicked conspiracy to annihilate them.  Our Omniscient, all-Knowing God knew the thoughts and plans of the enemy before the deceiver attempted it and chose His fair and beautiful Daughter to give the Jews the victory.  Esther 8.  If we appraise the Hand of Jehovah Gibbor, the Man of War in the Book of Esther we can certainly discern His Strategic Plan to hide His Daughter until her arrival at King Ahasuerus’ Royal Palace.  Quite marvelously, this Strategy from our Great Architect reminds us of both the Birth and Ministry of our Humble King:  hidden and trained by His Father until His appointed time of public ministry.  Surely the Lord choses the hidden place to fulfil His will in the Earth during our preparation seasons, and to preserve destinies. 

The courageous story of Esther is surely most splendid.  Thy Lord chose an uncompromising man of faith who would not bow and worship man as the faithful guardian to raise and pour into young Hadassah.  In her pivotal years with Mordecai, we may imagine the future queen’s preparation for her Divine assignment: Heaven dressing their daughter in the most blessed garment of humility before her entrance into the heart of King Ahasuerus.  And, in the Royal Palace, a waiting king whose heart was in the Hand of Almighty God and reserved for Esther.  The coronation of this queen who was immensely loved by king Ahasuerus (whom the Bible describes was a most particular king) would be perhaps Esther’s reward for the suffering of a woman whom as a child carried with her the unimaginable loss of the love of her natural father’s protection and mother’s bosom.   

Most certainly, this ancient royal marriage manifested because of the faith of Esther and the help of Mordecai whom prepared and cultivated her to become a most remarkable queen: fearful of thy Lord, courageous, and a woman of prayer who saved the Jews.  

Surely the Blessed One’s ways are most glorious. 

We ascribe to thee Holy One of Israel the glory due Your Holy Name and worship You O Lord in the splendor of Your Holiness.  Amen. 

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A Prayer for our Nation

By Apostle Tonya

Holy Father, we bless You for Your holiness, mercy and faithfulness and we declare that You are our Righteous, Holy God.  

Wonderful Father, Whom causes the wars to cease we beseech You to hear our cry and attend unto our prayer as we cry out to You to end the violence, anger, division, dishonor, and unlawful protests whereby have destroyed businesses in our land because of the historic decision from the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.  

Righteous Father, we ask You to giveth Your Children grace to accept the decision from the Highest Court in the Land as Your will. Prince of Peace, we plead with You to release Your Angels of Peace over Washington, D.C. and throughout the states, cities and towns in this Blessed Country. And, we declare blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. 

Loving Father, we beseech You to remember the governors of each state in our Country. May You giveth them direction, wisdom, strength, and reveal Your will for them in this season. 

Righteous Father, we thank You for healing our Country. We bless You and ask You to giveth us Your heart in this matter and the grace to respond purely and holy in all manner of conversation. In the Blessed Holy Name of our Beloved Lord Jesus. Amen. 

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The Fragrance of The Holy Spirit

By Apostle Tonya

During the miraculous season of Christmas in the year of 2018, there came a season of the most unusual warfare against me.  After several months of that unexpected season, the Blessed Holy Spirit began to open my eyes of understanding to certain warning dreams He was most faithful to bestow upon me in a previous season.  As I began to meditate on the dreams, I suddenly realized the Lord had been most gracious to also give fundamental signs in them indicating there would become a long season with Him (for what I perceived was the Strategy of Heaven to suffer me for thy Blessed Master’s sake and causeth me to overcome opposition from the enemy).  

Ofttimes during that past time of preparation thy Dearest Holy Spirit Whom became my Closest Friend would guide me to pray strategically to overcome the enemy’s plots.  There were surely times when it appeared the enemy’s assignments would not cease and during those times the spirit of fear or discouragement would attempt to attack me.  In thy Lord’s faithfulness, He would come upon me with His strength to endure and oftentimes with an encouraging prophetic vision until every plot from the Deceiver was destroyed for His blessed glory.  The Spirit of God never spoke of defeat but in His lovingkindness continued to reminded me of His promises wherefore caused me to hope in my time of affliction.  

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  The Second Book of Corinthians, Chapter 2 verse 14. 

On a wintry evening during the unusual Christmas season wherefore I have written of earlier, I remember profoundly I sat most quietly on a sofa just holding onto the Holy Bible.  The oppression at that Christmastime wherefore has always been a time I celebrate most wonderfully; held me in that past season with great, quiet sorrow.  And to my surprise my Dearest Holy Spirit had become terribly silent as He continued to rest His magnificent presence on me to keepeth me peaceful.  I surely tremble at the thought of that past season of spiritual warfare.  And consequently, I have not yet received the grace or have been led by the Holy Spirit to begin an in-depth study of that momentary affliction in the Scriptures or have heard of a precious believer share of it in their own testimony.  Thy Lord is kind and thoughtful. 

Magnificently, the suffering began to change the manner in how I responded to pain; thy Lord had suddenly given me grace to suffer and in it I became most quiet.  By the Blessed One’s abundance of grace, it also produced the fruits of longsuffering, and peace.  Most of my life, I had spent surrounded by people (oh, how I adored my life!), yet, in that past season wherefore changed the trajectory of my life; thy Lord instructed me to forsake it all for Him for a season.  In it, I was surely favored and was taught the Closeness of the Godhead and this teaching and revelation from the Holy Spirit continueth to transform me. 

During one of the occasions of sitting with thy Lord in this glorious season, I suddenly began to smell a glorious floral fragrance. This fragrance of suffering descended from the ceiling and surrounded the area where I sat.  Thereafter, the Blessed Holy Spirit began to supernaturally move me for what I gather He favored to me to giveth me understanding on why I was suffering in that wilderness season.  

As I continued to seek the Blessed Master, the Holy Spirit kept me most focused on certain Books in the Holy Bible, primarily He taught me about the Lord’s Earthly life and although I surely am not worthy I was bestowed a marvelous dream wherefore I saw our Dearly Beloved Lord along with one of His faithful disciples whom was worshipping at His Blessed Holy Feet during His Earthly Ministry.   

Since that past Christmas season, the Holy Spirit has continued to be most faithful to release His Blessed Fragrance when I am in prayer, worshipping Him in the reading of the Scriptures and ofttimes in the ministry. I am most grateful for His generosity and for the wonders of the Eternal One.

In the Book of Psalms, Chapter four verse five, king David by the Spirit of God wrote that we should offer the sacrifices of righteousness and put our trust in our Holy Lord.  I encourage you when in challenging trials and suffering seasons for thy Lord’s glory put your trust in our Great Deliverer.  Thy Lord is surely our hiding place and shall preserve us from the trouble wherefore is contrary to His will and also be kind to sing over us with His songs of deliverance.   

Amazing grace. How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch; like me.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved: how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed. 

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The Blessed Hands of our Risen Lord

By Apostle Tonya

In the Scriptures, we read throughout thy Lord’s desire for His Children to fellowship.  Perhaps one of the dearest Scriptures of our Lord’s encouragement of fellowship is recorded in the Book of Saint John, Chapter 21 verse 12 when our Blessed Lord Jesus invited His Beloved Friends and Disciples to “Come and dine.”  Surely my heart becometh overwhelmed with love for our Risen Lord each time I read of Him Serving the grief-stricken Disciples; for in this most dramatic verse, our Lord Serves with the Blessed Hands that bore the marks from The Cross.  John 21:13. This is surely the greatest love.   
Let us remember as we prepare our tables to feast in the Word to be sure to invite the Blessed Master to be in the Center.  I want to also invite you to join me in fellowship during prayer, the Holy Podcast and upcoming live streaming of teachings as I am led by the Dearest Comforter.   

Friends, let us continueth grounded in faith and be not moved away from hope, abounding in love, walking in unity, forgiveness and gratitude for The Cross.  For this is the heart of our Beautiful King.   
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  Amen.

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Feasting on the Word of God

By Apostle Tonya

Surely, I most delight abiding with the Blessed Master reading and studying of His Birth, Earthly Ministry, and of His perfect and exemplary Leadership. And, it is the Heart of my Dearest Love and Beloved One whereby I love to teach on the most.

By thy Lord’s grace, the ministry has released The Glory catalog for summer 2022. It is my prayer you are led by the Holy Spirit to sit at the Feet of our Holy King and Feast on the teachings and prayers available. 

May thy Lord continueth to send you increase. Amen. 

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Mourning for the Precious Children in Texas

By Apostle Tonya

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Months ago, the Blessed Lord Jesus bestowed upon me a most heartbreaking vision. In the vision, I saw a painting of thy Lord’s Beautiful Face with a heavy tear coursing down His Right Eye as He looked sorrowfully down at the world.   

Yesterday’s most tragic shooting in Texas whereby the media reports 19 precious children perished while learning in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas caused me to weep deeply with thy Lord.  And, in the midst of the tears, thy Lord was most faithful as surely, I heard our Lord say: “No child should be hurt.”  

We surely mourn with the families of the precious children today.  Amen. 

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Joseph, the Lord’s Earthly Father

By Apostle Tonya

In a past season, while I was delighting in the Holy Father’s Presence, He brought to my remembrance Joseph, the Blessed Master’s Earthly Father and the instructions the Holy Spirit was faithful to giveth to Joseph in his warning dreams to protect the Young Baby Jesus. Thereafter, I began to reflect on the attributes of Joseph’ character that reminded me of our Heavenly Father. I began asking the Father what was it in Joseph’s heart wherefore He saw most profoundly that He would entrust Him to raise His only begotten Son, our Blessed Master.  Most faithfully, in a matter of days as I sat writing an assignment, the Holy Spirit answered my prayer.  The Spirit of God revealed that Joseph was obedient, humble and a meek father to His Beloved, Son in the Earth.  Most surely, the Comforter left me quite intrigued with His Answer about Joseph’ character. 

I must say, I adore studying about the Blessed Master most.  Particularly, of our Lord’s Heart, and His Blessed Family.  On one occasion, during my time of training with the Holy Spirit I was led by Him to the Book of Matthew, Chapter 2:14.  In this passage, we read of the faithful and obedient steps of Joseph after receiving a warning dream from thy Lord: 

This passage surely remindeth us of both the honor Joseph had for His divine dreams from thy Holy Spirit, and the Holy One’s Protection of His, Son our Savior. 

In a few weeks, we shall gather to honor our natural and spiritual fathers. Looking back at the rich memories of my childhood, I am most thankful thy Lord blessed me with an abundance of love from three grandfathers.  Such blessed life I experienced when my maternal and paternal grandfathers and a maternal step-grandfather who also loved me as if I were his own were on Earth.  As I have ofttimes written, my late father was such a handsome, wise man and was most protective of my mother, siblings and me until he transitioned to Heaven.  I surely miss my father. 

Fathers, I pray you will continue to be the pillars of strength expected from the Holy Lord to your families. Amen. 

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Declaring His Greatness on the Earth

By Apostle Tonya

Surely, I am in awe of thy Lord for your support of “Holy Podcast” and the most recent episode, “Portals of Heaven” whereby by thy Blessed Master’s Hand was the most listened to episode in the United States and throughout the world since the podcast officially launched in January.

Thank you kindly to each of you whom have supported the ministry and honor the work of thy Lord Jesus whereby He has entrusted to me to steward for Him.  It is surely my love for the Blessed Master wherefore strengthens me to arise every morning to serve Him as I serve each of you.

I pray you will listen to a new episode this Wednesday on “Holy Podcast” and most especially in the months of June and July. I am most excited for the summer and shall be giving away free books, tickets and other gifts from the most generous sponsors.

All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord, and thy saints bless thee. Psalm 145:10

“Holy Podcast with Apostle Tonya” is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Music. For more information, email info@esthercrownministries.org.

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Painting: Simon Dewey

The Praying Woman

By Apostle Tonya

By the Master’s Hand, on the occasion of Mother’s Day in the year of 2008 my younger siblings and me surrounded our dear mother for what would become her last. The photographs wherefore captured on that Mother’s Day reveal the legacy of love and memories of a faithful woman of prayer mother was and also a glance of what she left for us most precious to behold and honor. 
The Scripture records a most magnificent expectation from thy Lord God of His virtuous Daughters in the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 31 verse 28.  The Blessed Word reads: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”  Surely thy Lord favored me with a virtuous, meek and gentle mother whom loved her Lord more than her husband, my late father and her children. 

Ofttimes, during my visits to my mother’s home, I was left amazed as my eyes fixed upon her loyalty to thy Lord.  She was most disciplined sitting in the Lord’s Presence with the Blessed Holy Bible and annotating on holy pages the blessed revelation she had received from the Holy Spirit.  And quite marvelously, the Lord used mother to poureth upon me treasures from Heaven during the greatest valleys of my life.  Surely it was the season the Holy One willed me to walk through the most for His glory.    

The holy conversations from my mother filled many broken seasons of my life.  It was with the Holy Bible that she faithfully guided me to have faith in our Everlasting Father.  Most certainly, my mother’s blessed, fervent prayers Tip the Bowls in Heaven to place me on a purpose-filled path to honor thy Lord in serving others. It was also her devotion and loyalty unto thy Master which cultivated within me a life in the beautiful garden of prayer.  For sure, my mother’s tender voice and encouraging words continueth to echo in my heart and encourage me to serve.   

I remaineth in awe of our Father for His love to give us the love of mothers.  Amen. 

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Portals of Heaven

By Apostle Tonya

In the Father of Glory’s generosity, He most profoundly giveth to us His most glorious and unfathomable riches as we yield to Him in worship. May I share what I have particularly discovered of the Character of the Holy One in the last four years?  It is after we have endured to the end in our partaking of the sufferings of our Great Sufferer, He bestows upon us a greater measure of anointing to minister unto Him and in our service to others. I Peter 4:13. Most surely, to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven. Ofttimes we may experience the increase of the riches of thy Lord manifest quite swiftly after a season of suffering has concluded. Then, there are the times that our most Strategic, Faithful Lord store the precious anointing from our sufferings for a certain time for His glory.  Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! The Book of Psalms, Chapter 31 verse 19.

Thy Lord in His goodness has ushered me into a most glorious season of worship wherefore I have most delighted in ministering to Him. For the Master’s glory, I desire to share of a recent occasion of what began as a quiet evening spent alone watching archived recordings of a Christian television program.  Most surprisingly, whilst my eyes were fixed on the program, a marvelous supernatural Sign and Wonder occurred whereby was displayed on the television screen. It was a swift image of what was one of my most favorite musical television programs as a young girl.  Thy Lord be praised for His wonderful works! 

Even as I write on this blessed morning, I continue to remain in awe of thy Lord when I describe what He further granted to manifest before me after the marvelous Sign and Wonder image was revealed on the television. It was days later, as I sat on the floor resting in thy Lord’s presence when I suddenly heard the most glorious sound of Heaven coming from the midst of the ceiling in the sitting area of the ministry. Oh, what magnificent sound it was to hear the blessed choir of Angels worshipping our Holy God with the most splendid voices that my ears have never heard before this occasion.  At the conclusion of hearing the Angels worship, there descended from Heaven a most holy hush in the ministry sitting area and it remained throughout the afternoon. Amen. 

There’s within my heart a melody; Jesus whispers sweet and low, Fear not, I am with you, peace, be still, in all of life’s ebb and flow.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know, fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go. 

Righteous Father, thou Art a Holy God. 

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Standing in the Gap

By Apostle Tonya

The Holy Scriptures most wonderfully remindeth us how to walk as our Blessed Master walked as an Intercessor in His Earthly Ministry.  In the Book of Galatians, Chapter 6:10 there is a most profound verse for us to meditate on and apply to our lives as we seek thy Lord for His will in where to serve Him and others.  The Scripture reads:  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.  Amen.
Thy Lord in His lovingkindness has released me to extend an invitation for His Children to serve Him in prayer with strategic assignments in this hour with Esther Crown Ministries.  As we continue to witness the devastation of the war in Ukraine and the respective calamities within our own nations I pray you are led to volunteer with the ministry

Let us remember the kingdom of darkness is always at work to oppose and attempt to kill, steal and destroy the Father’s Children. We must look at the kingdom of darkness with the eyes of the Father, Jehovah Gibbor, whom the Bible declares is a Man of war and pray in the spirit seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus. 
The Blessed Lord is surely calling us to stand in the gap in this hour.  

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.  Ezekiel 22:30 
Will you join us? 

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