"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

11/12/09

Monday Manna for November 16 - Even if...


Monday Manna

The purpose of Monday Manna is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word.

On the first and third Mondays of each month, anyone who wants to participate can post their thoughts on a specific verse--posted here at my blog on the Thursday before, to allow you to chew on it over the weekend. It doesn't have to be long -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional. Just post it on your blog on Mondayish (early OR late is fine, by the way!), then come back here and link up in the MckLinky gadget that will be at the bottom of MY post at o'dark thirty that morning.

In my Bible reading, I'm in the book of Daniel. There is so much to learn and study in this wonderful Book. One of my favorite, and most inspiring, verses is in this OT prophetic book. Every time I read it, it challenges me. How real IS my faith? How much am I willing to put on the line?

And so, for this week's Monday Manna, I ask you to ponder, and write on, the very same thing.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." Daniel 3:16-18
Look forward to YOUR thoughts on these verses. See you back here on Monday, I hope!
Blessings!

9 comments:

  1. Terrific verses—a challenge to the depth of our commitment to God.

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  2. Oh, I love this story--and these verses.

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  3. Wow... I knew those words were there, but when you highlight them like this... it sets the mind thinking.

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  4. I love that verse. What a witness for the Lord. He can save us if He wants to, but even if He does not, we will still serve Him. All Christians need to recall this passage when times get tough.

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  5. LOVE this selection! Sure hope I can get something up for it!! =)

    That's a pretty big 'even if'...wow.

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  6. Jo,

    Your blog is so inspiring! I just nominated you for a Kreative Blogger award over on my blog today. Keep up the wonderful work!

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  7. HI Jeanne,
    And thank you for bringing that verse out that way!
    i have learned thru the years to proclaim, "When
    I pray for others that " God Answers My Prayer!"
    Saying those Words add (I believe Power to our Faith)
    and we are to be Standing On The Promises of God!
    As I study and attempt to Teach "Daniel" to my group, I am unable to go too far too fast, It is just so Good, So, PRAISE GoD FOR His Powerful Word,
    Sharper than any two edged Sowrd!
    Thank you Jeanne, for allowing comment,
    God Bless You in your writings!
    Sonny

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  8. GReat verse! And I love this whole story as well. One my dear Mum told me A LOT growing up.
    Looking forward to this upcoming Monday Manna :)

    ((hugs & blessings))

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  9. I have a home in Gloryland that outshines
    the Sun!
    Greetings in Jesus! I love to see you all writing
    such beautiful words, Love you all in Christ!
    YE are Complete IN HIM! and very gooood reading!!

    YOURS IN Christ,
    Sonny

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