This episode is a reminder of how my mother-in-law stood in the gap for me at a time when I could not stand for myself. Everyone needs an “Esther” experience in hard times and an intercessor “to boot.” My beautiful mother-in-law left me a legacy that I cherish today. Her view of Esther continues to inspire me. “Is there an Esther in you?” she asked. Forty years later, her view of Esther has made a difference in my life, and I have shared it with others. I pulled from her strength at a time that I needed it most and God gave me an intercessor – a woman of strength in hard times.