4-25-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 24, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

2296861707_50dc877226Saturday, Apr. 25

Daniel 6:16-28

You know, sometimes I actually do more research than I need to for these E-Votionals. I knew that to be true when I looked up information about the thousand legger bugs. This is obviously not a technical term for these bugs, but I’m sure that you now have a vivid image of what I’m referring to when I use the term, a thousand legger bug. I have refrained from looking up the difference between a millipede and a centipede. I’m not going to busily count the number of legs to help in finding a difference. Nope. There is something very disturbing about thousand legger bugs, in particular, and most all bugs just in general. Maybe it’s the thousand legger’s bendy body or the way it seems to speed off with all of those legs. Eeewwww. My friend taught me that if you see a thousand legger bug, you can easily place a cup or bowl over it and that action removes the bug from your vision and the bug will die. I tried the bowl on top of the thousand legger trick and it did help in my being able to navigate around without having to worry about the bug’s location. Once you place a heavy bowl on top of the bug, it’s a sealed deal. I will say that I was very disturbed a few days later when I figured it was time to remove the bowl and get rid of the dead bug. I lifted up the bowl and there was no bug. I immediately deduced that the bug crawled up into the bowl and was hiding. I dropped the bowl almost instantly and no bug dashed off from under, around, over or thru the broken bowl debris. Then I worried for weeks that the thousand legger was waiting to appear suddenly.

The research I did revealed that millipedes are harmless, but when the millipedes are scared, they emit a nasty smelling liquid that can stain your fingers. Eeewwww.

6:16   The king caved in and ordered Daniel brought and thrown into the lions’ den. But he said to Daniel, “Your God, to whom you are so loyal, is going to get you out of this.” 

17   A stone slab was placed over the opening of the den. The king sealed the cover with his signet ring and the signet rings of all his nobles, fixing Daniel’s fate. 

18   The king then went back to his palace. He refused supper. He couldn’t sleep. He spent the night fasting. 

19   At daybreak the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den.  20 As he approached the den, he called out anxiously, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve so loyally, saved you from the lions?” 

21   “O king, live forever!” said Daniel.  22 “My God sent his angel, who closed the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt me. I’ve been found innocent before God and also before you, O king. I’ve done nothing to harm you.” 

23   When the king heard these words, he was happy. He ordered Daniel taken up out of the den. When he was hauled up, there wasn’t a scratch on him. He had trusted his God. 

24   Then the king commanded that the conspirators who had informed on Daniel be thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. Before they hit the floor, the lions had them in their jaws, tearing them to pieces. 

25   King Darius published this proclamation to every race, color, and creed on earth:  Peace to you! Abundant peace! 

26 I decree that Daniel’s God shall be worshiped and feared

in all parts of my kingdom. He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom never falls. His rule continues eternally. 

27 He is a savior and rescuer. He performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth. He saved Daniel from the power of the lions. 

28   From then on, Daniel was treated well during the reign of Darius, and also in the following reign of Cyrus the Persian.

The king had to follow thru with his commitment to throw Daniel into the lion’s den because Daniel continued to pray to God. Even though the king knew he had been tricked into this situation, the king felt certain that Daniel would be protected by God. Daniel was sealed in the lion’s den and he prayed to God for protection. When the king had the den unsealed the next day, Daniel was brought out of the lion’s den unharmed.

When you have seen a person strapped into a straight jacket and they were able to escape? What do you think happened that made it possible for them to escape? What are your own thoughts about millipedes?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you about their favorite bug

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer:  Roger, Kay, Will, Elise & family, Sue, Katie, Susie, Beth, Marvin, Landon, Ellie, Pattie, Marnie, Dot’s family, Missy, Jeremy, Nan, Dave, Chris,  Ginnie, Nick, Grant & family, Ginger, Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

Prayer Update:  Christina got news from her doctor that she is in remission. Christina still needs our prayers as her kidneys seem to be in some distress. Thank you for your prayers!! Debi

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:   O God, we thank you for this day. We thank you for surrounding us with your protection when we face things that seem overwhelming to us. May our trust be in you always. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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4-24-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 23, 2015 by luciaoerter
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paperairplane1Friday, Apr. 24

Daniel 6:1-15

There are a lot of games people play all in the name of trying to set another person up. I am reminded of a classroom scene from my childhood. Maybe in second or third grade a substitute was assigned to our classroom. Now, I would think that teachers would leave a heads up list for the sub so they might be on to the shananigans that some of the students were known to try from time to time. Whenever a sub showed up, I could count on the day to be a rocky day. The kids who thought they ruled would launch into something that would be disruptive. The sub would throw the principal card and that would simmer things down a bit. I knew that would not be the end of things. A few of the kids in our classroom had some difficulties in grasping reading or math and the teacher might need to take a little bit of special time with that student. The student might get up to read and feel the presence of these bullies close at hand. That might cause the student to stumble or stammer over words and that would launch the kids who were acting out into a full blown attack. It often seemed like they were working as a team as they would entice the sub’s attention one direction and then another. The sub would be caught off guard and total bedlam would erupt. Either the sub would send a student to the office to bring help back or the sub would just leave the room and bring the principal back to get things back under control. Because no one wanted to be a squealer and later be clobbered by a bully, we all got the punishment in some way. I never have liked it when people have taken advantage of an individual or a group for the purpose of stirring things up so that the focus would go in a different direction than intended.

1   Darius reorganized his kingdom. He appointed one hundred twenty governors to administer all the parts of his realm.  2 Over them were three vice-regents, one of whom was Daniel. The governors reported to the vice-regents, who made sure that everything was in order for the king.  3 But Daniel, brimming with spirit and intelligence, so completely outclassed the other vice-regents and governors that the king decided to put him in charge of the whole kingdom. 

4   The vice-regents and governors got together to find some old scandal or skeleton in Daniel’s life that they could use against him, but they couldn’t dig up anything. He was totally exemplary and trustworthy. They could find no evidence of negligence or misconduct.  5 So they finally gave up and said, “We’re never going to find anything against this Daniel unless we can cook up something religious.” 

6   The vice-regents and governors conspired together and then went to the king and said, “King Darius, live forever!  7 We’ve convened your vice-regents, governors, and all your leading officials, and have agreed that the king should issue the following decree:

 For the next thirty days no one is to pray to any god or mortal except you, O king. Anyone who disobeys will be thrown into the lions’ den. 

8   “Issue this decree, O king, and make it unconditional, as if written in stone like all the laws of the Medes and the Persians.” 

9   King Darius signed the decree. 

10   When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and praising his God. 

11   The conspirators came and found him praying, asking God for help.  12 They went straight to the king and reminded him of the royal decree that he had signed. “Did you not,” they said, “sign a decree forbidding anyone to pray to any god or man except you for the next thirty days? And anyone caught doing it would be thrown into the lions’ den?” 

 “Absolutely,” said the king. “Written in stone, like all the laws of the Medes and Persians.” 

13   Then they said, “Daniel, one of the Jewish exiles, ignores you, O king, and defies your decree. Three times a day he prays.” 

14   At this, the king was very upset and tried his best to get Daniel out of the fix he’d put him in. He worked at it the whole day long. 

15   But then the conspirators were back: “Remember, O king, it’s the law of the Medes and Persians that the king’s decree can never be changed.” 

When the other officers heard that Daniel might be promoted, they were envious and wanted to get rid of him. The officers lied and got the king to sign a decree that said that anyone caught praying to anyone but the king would have to be thrown into the lion’s den.

When have you witnessed a person trying to twist information or a situation so others would be swayed by their antics? Where do you believe the manipulator wants the focus of the attention to land? When have you seen a manipulator stopped in their tracks because of someone else paying close attention to where things were heading? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you why someone would be jealous of another person being successful

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer:  Roger, Kay, Will, Elise & family, Sue, Katie, Susie, Beth, Marvin, Landon, Ellie, Pattie, Marnie, Dot’s family, Missy, Jeremy, Nan, Dave, Chris,  Ginnie, Nick, Grant & family, Ginger, Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:   O God, we begin this day in you. We thank you for your love and care. Move us to stand up for those who are vulnerable to the attacks of others. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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4-23-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 22, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

1027_homeworkThursday, Apr. 23

Daniel 5:13-30

I was always amazed at my father’s mathematical ability. He was probably greatly disturbed that I didn’t have the same kind of aptitude for math. He was often the parent that would help with the homework, although he always seemed like he wanted to be moving on to the next activity. I know that a third grader’s math problems may seem quite easy to an adult, but my father always acted like he was bothered that I just couldn’t see the answer to a problem. It didn’t matter to him about how I got to the answer, it was that I didn’t have the answer to begin with that was troubling to him. In his mind, the answer should have been there without effort.

When he first started helping me with the math homework, he would just say the answer to the problem out loud without thinking. I would write down the answer and move on to the next problem. When I handed in my homework, the teacher asked me where my work was to show how I arrived at the answers. Apparently she knew that I was getting the answers without learning to solve the problems. The next time my father helped me with math problems, I told him that I needed to show how I got the answer to the problems. I think he was even more concerned about me because I couldn’t figure out the steps to solve the problem when the answer was already supplied.

I’ve since learned that mathematical minds are just quicker in calculating. I’m glad that some have that gift and I am quick to acknowledge that I am not one of the ones gifted in that area. Even though my father would call this a form of cheating, I’ve come to greatly appreciate the speed and precision of the calculator. Although, calculators don’t show their work either.

5:13   So Daniel was called in. The king asked him, “Are you the Daniel who was one of the Jewish exiles my father brought here from Judah?  14 I’ve heard about you—that you’re full of the Holy Spirit, that you’ve got a brilliant mind, that you are incredibly wise.  15 The wise men and enchanters were brought in here to read this writing on the wall and interpret it for me. They couldn’t figure it out—not a word, not a syllable.  16 But I’ve heard that you interpret dreams and solve mysteries. So—if you can read the writing and interpret it for me, you’ll be rich and famous—a purple robe, the great gold chain around your neck—and third-in-command in the kingdom.” 

17   Daniel answered the king, “You can keep your gifts, or give them to someone else. But I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means. 

18   “Listen, O king! The High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar a great kingdom and a glorious reputation.  19 Because God made him so famous, people from everywhere, whatever their race, color, and creed, were totally intimidated by him. He killed or spared people on whim. He promoted or humiliated people capriciously.  20 He developed a big head and a hard spirit. Then God knocked him off his high horse and stripped him of his fame.  21 He was thrown out of human company, lost his mind, and lived like a wild animal. He ate grass like an ox and was soaked by heaven’s dew until he learned his lesson: that the High God rules human kingdoms and puts anyone he wants in charge. 

22   “You are his son and have known all this, yet you’re as arrogant as he ever was.  23 Look at you, setting yourself up in competition against the Master of heaven! You had the sacred chalices from his Temple brought into your drunken party so that you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines, could drink from them. You used the sacred chalices to toast your gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone—blind, deaf, and imbecile gods. But you treat with contempt the living God who holds your entire life from birth to death in his hand. 

24   “God sent the hand that wrote on the wall,  25 and this is what is written: MENE, TEQEL, and PERES.  26 This is what the words mean: 

 “Mene: God has numbered the days of your rule and they don’t add up. 

27   “Teqel: You have been weighed on the scales and you don’t weigh much. 

28   “Peres: Your kingdom has been divided up and handed over to the Medes and Persians.” 

29   Belshazzar did what he had promised. He robed Daniel in purple, draped the great gold chain around his neck, and promoted him to third-in-charge in the kingdom. 

30   That same night the Babylonian king Belshazzar was murdered.  31 He was sixty-two years old. Darius the Mede succeeded him as king.

Daniel was called in to interpret the handwriting on the wall. He could see that the message was not going to be good news for the king, but he knew that he was to share all that he saw and not be afraid of the kings’ response. Daniel didn’t need to worry about being paid off with prestige or wealth because God would take care of things.

What things in life do you feel you have more difficulty understanding when compared with others you know? Who is someone you know who is very good at solving riddles, puzzles, crosswords, etc.? When were you able to see the handwriting on the wall before it caused you problems? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you a riddle they know

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer:  Roger, Kay, Will, Elise & family, Sue, Katie, Susie, Beth, Marvin, Landon, Ellie, Pattie, Marnie, Dot’s family, Missy, Jeremy, Nan, Dave, Chris,  Ginnie, Nick, Grant & family, Ginger, Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:   Thank you for this day, O God. Thank you for loving us and being patient with us. Help us with our own patience and live fully into the gifts you have given us. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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4-22-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 20, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

DSCN2333Wednesday, Apr. 22

Daniel 5:1-12

In college, there were lots of students who professed to be experts in particular areas. One young lady said that she could tell whether or not a particular date would be the one we should think about marrying. A young man said that he knew how to tell what kind of tests a person would have to study for with a particular professor. The student who lived next door to me in the dorm said that she could tell you everything about a person after she looked at their handwriting. My roommate said that she could figure out what dreams meant and she was accurate about 99% of the time. I don’t think any of them knew any more than the rest of us, but somehow they acquired some credibility along the way.

One day, I gave a note to the handwriting expert and asked her to tell me what it meant. When she said she couldn’t even read it, she asked me who wrote the message. I told her I wrote down a few words on the paper after I had a dream. That’s when my roommate got very interested in the message. I couldn’t even remember the dream and I couldn’t read my own middle-of-the-night handwriting. They spent days trying to figure out what to make of it. So much for experts.

5:1   King Belshazzar held a great feast for his one thousand nobles. The wine flowed freely.  2 Belshazzar, heady with the wine, ordered that the gold and silver chalices his father Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from God’s Temple of Jerusalem be brought in so that he and his nobles, his wives and concubines, could drink from them.  3 When the gold and silver chalices were brought in, the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines, drank wine from them.  4 They drank the wine and drunkenly praised their gods made of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. 

5   At that very moment, the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the lamp-illumined, whitewashed wall of the palace. When the king saw the disembodied hand writing away, 6 he went white as a ghost, scared out of his wits. His legs went limp and his knees knocked.  7 He yelled out for the enchanters, the fortunetellers, and the diviners to come. He told these Babylonian magi, “Anyone who can read this writing on the wall and tell me what it means will be famous and rich—purple robe, the great gold chain—and be third-in-command in the kingdom.” 

8   One after the other they tried, but could make no sense of it. They could neither read what was written nor interpret it to the king.  9 So now the king was really frightened. All the blood drained from his face. The nobles were in a panic. 

10   The queen heard of the hysteria among the king and his nobles and came to the banquet hall. She said, “Long live the king! Don’t be upset. Don’t sit around looking like ghosts.  11 There is a man in your kingdom who is full of the divine Holy Spirit. During your father’s time he was well known for his intellectual brilliance and spiritual wisdom. He was so good that your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him the head of all the magicians, enchanters, fortunetellers, and diviners. 12 There was no one quite like him. He could do anything—interpret dreams, solve mysteries, explain puzzles. His name is Daniel, but he was renamed Belteshazzar by the king. Have Daniel called in. He’ll tell you what is going on here.” 

Belshazzar’s use of the sacred vessels at a drunken orgy was a blasphemous act of sacrilege. Belshazzar’s actions demonstrated deliberate defiance of the true God. When the people saw a dismembered hand with fingers writing a message on a wall, none of those present could understand what the message said.

When have you spent the most time trying to figure out what a dream meant? Why was that dream so important to you? If you needed to find out what the best car for the money was, what sources would you contact? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you who they go to ask when they don’t understand something

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer:  Kay, Will, Elise & family, Sue, Katie, Susie, Beth, Marvin, Landon, Ellie, Pattie, Marnie, Dot’s family, Missy, Jeremy, Nan, Dave, Chris,  Ginnie, Nick, Grant & family, Ginger, Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

Prayer Request:  Our son in law Roger is having brain surgery tomorrow. He has a small tumor at the base of his brain – it is growing and must come out. Prayers for guidance of the surgeons hands and patience for him during a six week recovery time. Blessings and thanks to all. Donna

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:   O God, we begin this day with you. Thank you for the gift of another day. There are many more unknowns than knowns in this day. We place the care of this day into your hands. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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4-21-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 20, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

CandyStriperTuesday, Apr. 21

Daniel 4:28-37

When I was a Candy Striper in high school, I knew that my work was to assist the hospital patient. We could deliver mail, take the food trays to the patients, run things from the pharmacy department to the nursing floors and back, and take patients from one place to another. When I think of the control on drugs in our current culture, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be shuffling heavy-duty drugs back and forth as we did back in the day. On occasion, the candy stripers would be asked to feed patients who had difficulty in feeding themselves. I fed a few patients, but that wasn’t something I liked to do very much. We could also assist nurses, or work with another candy striper in changing the sheets on a patient’s bed.

In the candy striper program, we had the opportunity to advance our skills and become a green striper. The green striper was more of a nursing assistant on the floors and was a perfect fit for those who were moving on the LPN or RN track in life. Me, well, I had my lines and as much as I appreciate advancements in life, I was pretty sure that becoming a green striper was not something I wanted to do. If I’m not mistaken, the green striper helped in taking patients’ vitals and they would very often be asked to assist patients on and off the bedpan and then be asked to empty the bedpan. The candy striper instructors were very professional in introducing the possible duties we could perform, but I found that I was pretty disturbed with the thought of bedpan duty. Wisely, I said that I would proudly wear my pink striped uniform and feel like I was giving back in a way that was in my comfort zone. There were enough duties that candy stripers did that helped in humbling me in life and humbling was exactly what I needed.

4:28   All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar.  29 Just twelve months later, he was walking on the balcony of the royal palace in Babylon 30 and boasted, “Look at this, Babylon the great! And I built it all by myself, a royal palace adequate to display my honor and glory!” 

31   The words were no sooner out of his mouth than a voice out of heaven spoke, “This is the verdict on you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your kingdom is taken from you.  32 You will be driven out of human company and live with the wild animals. You will eat grass like an ox. The sentence is for seven seasons, enough time to learn that the High God rules human kingdoms and puts whomever he wishes in charge.” 

33   It happened at once. Nebuchadnezzar was driven out of human company, ate grass like an ox, and was soaked in heaven’s dew. His hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a hawk. 

34   “At the end of the seven years, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked to heaven. I was given my mind back and I blessed the High God, thanking and glorifying God, who lives forever.

“His sovereign rule lasts and lasts, his kingdom never declines and falls. 35 Life on this earth doesn’t add up to much, but God’s heavenly army keeps everything going. No one can interrupt his work, no one can call his rule into question. 

36  “At the same time that I was given back my mind, I was also given back my majesty and splendor, making my kingdom shine. All the leaders and important people came looking for me. I was reestablished as king in my kingdom and became greater than ever. 37 And that’s why I’m singing—I, Nebuchadnezzar—singing and praising the King of Heaven: “Everything he does is right, and he does it the right way. He knows how to turn a proud person into a humble man or woman.”

Nebuchadnezzar became insane, animal-like in his habits and senses. In that condition, the king learned more of God than he ever had before. Nebuchadnezzar had to be humbled before he could be exalted again.

When you think of the word humble, what things come to mind? When have you realized that you absolutely needed someone else’s help? What does humbling yourself mean and how does a person become humble? What is one way you have humbly served someone? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you who tied their shoes before they learned how to

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer:  Kay, Will, Elise & family, Sue, Katie, Susie, Beth, Marvin, Landon, Ellie, Pattie, Marnie, Dot’s family, Missy, Jeremy, Nan, Dave, Chris,  Ginnie, Nick, Grant & family, Ginger, Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:   We love you, O God, and we come before you this day in thanks. Thank you for the times when we can find you in our serving others. Help us to see those places where we can humbly serve today. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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4-20-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 20, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

7275632-doctor-ready-for-surgeryMonday, Apr. 20

Daniel 4:19-27

When I was in junior high, I experienced a freak accident that would require surgery. A two inch section of a darning needle became lodged in my knee. As I said, freak accident. I was pretty naïve so most of my questions to the medical staff were pretty basic. Actually, I was still thinking thru the questions I wanted to ask. I wondered if the surgery was going to hurt, but I never asked that question. If the surgery was going to hurt, I really didn’t want to know. The next question involved whether or not needles were going to be involved. Like I said, I was a bit naïve and I was relatively sure that there would be needles involved, but I was hoping that they would figure something else out before that. Pretty much when someone goes to the hospital, you can count on needles being involved. My only real memory of hospitals was when my brother had surgery. I recalled that my younger brother had his tonsils and adenoids removed when he was young, but he looked pretty goofy when he arrived home and I remember that he smelled like ether. His eyes kept going all googly and I didn’t know if that was going to be a permanent thing or not.

The medical staff was mostly interested in what I had eaten in the last day and what things I had done in the toilet. Wouldn’t it be great if people had time to get to know you a bit before they launch into these intimate questions? The doctor and his assistant said that they would be removing the needle from my knee and that would make it all better. Exactly how they were going to remove the needle from my knee remained a mystery to me and that was quite fine with me.

A day or two after surgery, the doctor did come to my hospital room; proudly presenting me with the 2-inch needle he removed from my knee. He suggested that I remember to keep future needles safely stashed in a pincushion or in another safe place and not randomly put them in the carpet. No kidding!

4:19   At first Daniel, who had been renamed Belteshazzar in Babylon, was upset. The thoughts that came swarming into his mind terrified him. 

 “Belteshazzar,” the king said, “stay calm. Don’t let the dream and its interpretation scare you.” 

 “My master,” said Belteshazzar, “I wish this dream were about your enemies and its interpretation for your foes. 

20 “The tree you saw that grew so large and sturdy with its top touching the sky, visible from the four corners of the world;  21 the tree with the luxuriant foliage and abundant fruit, enough for everyone; the tree under which animals took cover and in which birds built nests 22 —you, O king, are that tree. 

 “You have grown great and strong. Your royal majesty reaches sky-high, and your sovereign rule stretches to the four corners of the world.  23 “But the part about the holy angel descending from heaven and proclaiming, ‘Chop down the tree, destroy it, but leave stump and roots in the ground belted with a strap of iron and bronze in the grassy meadow; let him be soaked with heaven’s dew and take his meals with the grazing animals for seven seasons’  24 —this, O king, also refers to you. It means that the High God has sentenced my master the king: 

25 You will be driven away from human company and live with the wild animals. You will graze on grass like an ox. You will be soaked in heaven’s dew. This will go on for seven seasons, and you will learn that the High God rules over human kingdoms and that he arranges all kingdom affairs. 

26 “The part about the tree stump and roots being left means that your kingdom will still be there for you after you learn that it is heaven that runs things. 

27   “So, king, take my advice: Make a clean break with your sins and start living for others. Quit your wicked life and look after the needs of the down-and-out. Then you will continue to have a good life.” 

In chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of a great image, of which he was a part. His second dream involved a tree, which represented him. At this point it becomes obvious that the tree is a symbol of a person. Daniel was so upset by the content of the dream, he hesitated to divulge its meaning.

When have you known some information that you did not want to pass on to someone else? What were you sure that the information was going to do to the recipient of the information? When are you sure that others withheld information from you because they didn’t want to hurt you?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you when they have worried about something that might happen

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer:  Kay, Will, Elise & family, Sue, Katie, Susie, Beth, Marvin, Landon, Ellie, Pattie, Marnie, Dot’s family, Missy, Jeremy, Nan, Dave, Chris,  Ginnie, Nick, Grant & family, Ginger, Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:   O God, we thank you for this day and for your love. We trust that all things are in your care and that we have no need to worry. Our trust and hope remains in you. Amen

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4-19-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted April 18, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

AdultChild_HoldingHandsSunday, Apr. 19

Daniel 4:1-18

When I was a young mom, I can’t tell you how many times I had dreams that involved my children and my trying to protect my children. Actually, the dreams were more like nightmares and in those dream/nightmares, I was so afraid for my children’s safety. I must have been in total mom mode at that time and the lack of sleep probably didn’t help. In those dreams my children would be in the path of harm and I wanted to keep them out of danger.

In my regular walking-around-in-the-day kind of life, I wasn’t so sure I’d being able to defend myself, but in those dreams, I would take on anything and everything without batting an eye. It was the equivalent of a mom playing the fastest paced video game ever and winning. I could see the danger that was coming my children’s way and I would take on the enemy before it would have the power to overcome me or overcome my children. It was both wonderfully affirming of any power I might possess, and equally scary that there were powers out there that might be out of my control and seek evil.

4:1 King Nebuchadnezzar to everyone, everywhere—every race, color, and creed: “Peace and prosperity to all!  2 It is my privilege to report to you the gracious miracles that the High God has done for me.

3 “His miracles are staggering, his wonders are surprising. His kingdom lasts and lasts, his sovereign rule goes on forever.

4 “I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home taking it easy in my palace, without a care in the world.  5 But as I was stretched out on my bed I had a dream that scared me—a nightmare that shook me.  6 I sent for all the wise men of Babylon so that they could interpret the dream for me.  7 When they were all assembled—magicians, enchanters, fortunetellers, witches—I told them the dream. None could tell me what it meant. 

8   “And then Daniel came in. His Babylonian name is Belteshazzar, named after my god, a man full of the divine Holy Spirit. I told him my dream. 

9 “‘Belteshazzar,’ I said, ‘chief of the magicians, I know that you are a man full of the divine Holy Spirit and that there is no mystery that you can’t solve. Listen to this dream that I had and interpret it for me. 

10 “‘This is what I saw as I was stretched out on my bed. I saw a big towering tree at the center of the world.  11 As I watched, the tree grew huge and strong. Its top reached the sky and it could be seen from the four corners of the earth.  12 Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant—enough food for everyone! Wild animals found shelter under it, birds nested in its branches, everything living was fed and sheltered by it. 13 “‘And this also is what I saw as I was stretched out on my bed. I saw a holy watchman descend from heaven,  14 and call out: Chop down the tree, lop off its branches, strip its leaves and scatter its fruit. Chase the animals from beneath it and shoo the birds from its branches. 15 But leave the stump and roots in the ground, belted with a strap of iron and bronze in the grassy meadow.

 Let him be soaked in heaven’s dew and take his meals with the animals that graze. 16 Let him lose his mind and get an animal’s mind in exchange, and let this go on for seven seasons. 

17 The angels announce this decree, the holy watchmen bring this sentence, so that everyone living will know that the High God rules human kingdoms. He arranges kingdom affairs however he wishes, and makes leaders out of losers. 18 “‘This is what I, King Nebuchadnezzar, dreamed. It’s your turn, Belteshazzar—interpret it for me. None of the wise men of Babylon could make heads or tails of it, but I’m sure you can do it. You’re full of the divine Holy Spirit.’” 

Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream accomplished many things; it warned the king that his pride would lead to judgment, exposed the incompetence of his magicians, and it gave Daniel another opportunity to glorify the God of heaven.

What is the scariest dream that you ever had and who helped you in interpreting your dream? When you were growing up, did your family ever share their dreams openly? When have you had a dream that you really hoped would come true? What is the most amazing thing you have been able to do in a dream? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:   Ask a child to tell you about a dream that they remember

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer:  Kay, Will, Elise & family, Sue, Katie, Susie, Beth, Marvin, Landon, Ellie, Pattie, Marnie, Dot’s family, Missy, Jeremy, Nan, Dave, Chris,  Ginnie, Nick, Grant & family, Ginger, Paige, Kelly, Christina, Mark, Judy, Jay, Bonnie, Earl, Nilkanti, Katie, Vivian, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:   We love you, O God, and we thank you for this day. Thank you for the gift of those who have surrounded us with a mother’s love. May we extend your love to others this day. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

© 2015 Lucia Oerter

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A ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Florida providing for your daily walk with Christ!


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