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
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