Sunday, February 2, 2020

Journaling through the Bible: Daniel Explains the Second Dream


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Seeking some wisdom during a moment of extreme stress, I turned to my Bible. I thought I wanted to read some of the wise words of Jesus. Perhaps read through a parable or two. Maybe turn to the Acts or the Letters but I opened to Daniel. I am more familiar with the story of Daniel and the Lions' Den than that of his explanation of the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar but here I was – right in the middle of it all.

"...It is you, O King, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth."

illustration of tree

I have to admit this sounded great as I was reading it. A powerful image of a strong tree who provides shade, food, and protection for all. Isn't that what I want to be as a mother? But that isn't the whole interpretation. The king will be brought down low and no longer rule his kingdom if he does not turn from his sins and show mercy.

Bible quote: Daniel 4:11

I cannot be strong, powerful, and wise without giving my all to God. He is the one who has given me life. As a wife and mother, I must honor God and ask for His help and mercy. I cannot be so proud of what I have already accomplished without giving praise and honor to God. One does not want to be cut low or barred from the Kingdom of Heaven.



Please God accept my praise and help me be a better wife and mother.


  1. Comparing to a tree is so true. So many twists and turns in some trees. We have one that was hit by lightening and was split, but it just keeps growing...not as strong as it should be. It is trying, and I agree with your prayer. I've been a wife and am a mother to grown children probably your age and older, and my prayer was always that one too. Amen. Have a great week ahead

  2. Powerful lesson! We can be tempted to get caught up in our own strength and goodness if we forget that it ALL comes from God. I pray that I can always remember that HE is the source and should receive all the glory, so that he doesn't need to bring me low to remind me.

  3. Wow this is powerful! Sometimes I do forget to show mercy to my children. How awful of me to forget how much mercy God shows me on a daily basis. May I be reminded today to show mercy to the children God has given me and in doing so, remind them of God's goodness.