This site is like Ruthe, the heroine of my novel, Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give surprise gifts,
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and marriage,
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
Daniel and His Friends in Captivity
Daniel and three of his friends, all assumed to be in their teens, had been captured in Judah and taken to Babylon. The king recognized that these young men already had some education, but he wanted them trained in the culture, language and mores of his country and then assigned to important governing posts.
When the king thought to honour and impress them by sending food and drink from his own table to these boys, Daniel took a look and recalled training at home in healthy foods according to God's laws. He negotiated with the official in charge of them, to do a test for ten days, giving them only raw vegetables and water instead of the greasy meats, gravies, pastries and wines. The test proved his point; they were brighter and healthier. So they were allowed to continue with a healthy diet.
The soldiers who bound and threw the three friends into the furnace were overcome and died from the extreme heat. Yet, as the king stared into the furnace, he saw four men walking about in the fire, and one of them, he was convinced was God Himself! So he called them to come out.
The three men came out, and everyone was astonished to see that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair on their heads singed, and their clothes were not scorched. There was not even a smell of fire on them! This converted King Nebuchadnezzar to faith in God. He commanded everyone everywhere to worship this much greater God.
These true stories prove the greatness of God, but also reinforce what we learned in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. “Two are better than one.... and a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” So another key lesson is the importance of standing together with our friends. On our own we will lack courage and fail, but you can overcome the world if you have a good friend or two standing firm with you!
Of course, that implies that when your friend seems to be standing alone, you will go stand with him or her too.
[Note: if you missed any articles in this series of article on Friendships in the Bible, and want to read them, you'll find them all linked from this index which is about Friendship]
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