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Jun 17

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me through so many rough moments, and thank you for teaching me more and more how to be a quiet mouse and not HAVE to speak, as well as how to just be in the present moment without having to think about the past or the future. Please continue your work in me, Lord, pruning away the things that get in the way of my serving you and being pleasing to you. Please be with my husband today, let your will be done in all things, and please help me to heal up and get over these debilitating dizzies well enough that I can go back to helping my husband by the time that he needs my help again. Please bless all those who have prayed for us recently, and thank you for hearing the prayers of your people. Thank you for being our awesome faithful Shepherd!

 
Daniel 3:16-28 ERV

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to explain these things to you. 
If you throw us into the hot furnace, the God we serve can save us. And if he wants to, he can save us from your power. 
But even if God does not save us, we want you to know, King, that we refuse to serve your gods. We will not worship the gold Then Nebuchadnezzar became very angry with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave an order for the oven to be heated seven times hotter than it usually was. 
Then he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He told the soldiers to throw them into the hot furnace. 
So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were tied up and thrown into the hot furnace. They were wearing their robes, pants, cloth caps, and other clothes. 
The king was very angry when he gave the command, so the soldiers quickly made the furnace very hot. The fire was so hot that the flames killed the strong soldiers. They were killed when they went close to the fire to throw in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell into the fire. They were tied up very tightly. 
Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped to his feet. He was very surprised and he asked his advisors, “We tied only three men, and we threw only three men into the fire. Is that right?” His advisors said, “Yes, King.” 
The king said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire. They are not tied up and they are not burned. The fourth man looks like an angel.” 
Then Nebuchadnezzar went to the opening of the hot furnace. He shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, come out! Servants of the Most High God, come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. 
When they came out, the satraps, prefects, governors, and royal advisors crowded around them. They could see that the fire had not burned Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their bodies were not burned at all. Their hair was not burned, and their robes were not burned. They didn’t even smell as if they had been near fire. 
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their God has sent his angel and saved his servants from the fire! These three men trusted their God and refused to obey my command. They were willing to die instead of serving or worshiping any other god.

 
Lord, I ask you to empower me to stand up to my own strong emotions like your servants stood up to King Nebuchadnezzar. Help me to remember, when I NEED to remember, that YOU are my defense, I do NOT need to say anything to explain myself, especially when I was doing something I feel certain that you gave me to do. I can be like your servants above and say, “I don’t need to explain things to you.” Meaning, I don’t need to explain to my Mate or anyone else why I have done something a certain way or in a certain timing, why I think a certain way, etc. When it does not go against you, and when he lets me know his preference, I can do things the way my husband likes. But when he attacks me for thinking or being a different way than him, I do NOT need to get myself worked up, defending myself. I can just hold still and let the fire of his anger pass over me like the King’s fire passed over your servants. I ask you to honor my desire to do these things, Lord, and let my calm behavior help BOTH of our tempers cool down. I want to do things YOUR way, Lord, not my own. Please help me in this, so that the enemy stops being able to use our intensity against each other, undermining our unity. In Jesus’ holy name I ask for this strength and this wisdom and this humility and self-control. Amen. 🙂

 

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