Fast Wednesdays: Week of October 17, 2017 – Failure to Thrive

Greetings Beloved!

Last week was my first encounter with the term or diagnosis “failure to thrive.” Failure to thrive is defined by The Institute of Medicine as weight loss of more than 5%, decreased appetite, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity, often associated with dehydration, depression, immune dysfunction, and low cholesterol. Failure to thrive is not a single disease or medical condition; rather, it’s a nonspecific manifestation of an underlying physical, mental, or psychosocial condition.

What was so personally striking for me about this illness, was, it is the opposite of me at my core. I have been accused of being too joyful lately. Apparently, I do not know how to “sit in my pain” when it comes to grief, loss and sadness. However, because of the promises of God, I do have a hard time exploring and examining my pain. I am learning how to work on it though because I feel I will gain and grow in my self-awareness so hope to share my progress some day. Which brings me further to the realization that life is hard. And, sometimes it can be just downright, seemingly unbearable.

Following is a reading I found on thriving which I share with you today for encouragement and to be used to help you thrive successfully from a biblical perspective. “The Bible is filled with the importance of thriving. Psalm 92:12 promises, “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree.” In Proverbs 11:28 we read, “The righteous will thrive like a green leaf.” The word “thrive” means to grow vigorously, to prosper, to progress toward or reach a goal. You know how vigorously babies normally develop. The apostle Peter challenges us with the following, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). And we are promised that we will prosper when we go God’s way. “They shall prosper that love you” (Psalm 122:6).

God wants us to focus on good goals and reach them. “Be like the runners in a race–run with all your might toward the goal!” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). The book of Proverbs is filled with sound advice on how to flourish:

  •  “If you accept my words and store up my commands within you…you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God” (2:1, 5).
  •  “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (11:25).
  •  “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (16:3).
  •  “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (16:20).
  • “He who cherishes understanding prospers” (19:8).

Think and pray about these passages. Then write down several things you are going to do in the days ahead to ensure that you will thrive.  https://www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/bible-resources/bible-verses-to-help-you-thrive

Song:
Today’s song was sent to me by my brother, Fred, this morning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
 
Tasha Cobbs – Happy
Some Lyrics:
You make me happy
You make me whole
You take the pain away
I’m so in love with you…..
Prayer:
Dear Lord, we come before you thankful for your grace and mercy which is new each morning. We pray for those who, for whatever reasons, may feel depression, despair and devastation from life’s ills, and have lost their way. They may have a “failure to thrive.” We all have experienced this probably sometime or season in our lives. We pray you will “sit in their pain” with those in this season now and allow them to be still, and then raise, knowing that you are God. The bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. May we look with hope to that future you are promising us. Amen…

Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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Fast Wednesdays: Week of October 4, 2017 – One Blood, One Love, One Human Family

Greetings Beloved!

This week’s Fast Wednesdays topic is based on my own personal worldview along with many others. Today is one of those times when words are inadequate, inappropriate or really do not matter. In honor of those tragically lost in Las Vegas, NV, those devastated by the recent hurricanes, and oh so many woes of the world, I am limiting my post to be respectful and in honor of them. I am attaching a picture depicting the One Human Family. I took this picture when visiting Key West, FL, years ago.Hopefully, you will find some solace and/or comfort this week by engaging in what gives you meaning, calm and sacred space, similarly.
Scripture: Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.
Writing: One Blood – After all is said, there is but one race – man – and to it every man belongs. All have the same lineage, a common ancestry. Thus man – not kinds – is the master race with dominion over every other creature.
And in the gain or loss of one man the race is lifted or lowered. If there is hope for humanity, we must find it in and for all. Being of the same ancestry, blood should be stronger than prejudice; it is, and in time shall prevail. In this, the rationalism of a common blood, is one hope for civilization.
From “Today is Mine” by Pastor Leroy Brownlow
Quote: We be of one blood, ye and I. – Rudyard Kipling
Song: Bob Marley – One Love
Prayer: Father … Amen…
One Human Family
Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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Fast Wednesdays: Week of September 27, 2017 – Empathy & Humility

Greetings Beloved!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful, graceful, hilarious, deep, mini me: Nicole Shermaine Fuller (Age 45) and all the other September 28 babies … Erin McGee Touhy, Ronte Murphy, Alvin Ellis, Sr., Zoe Almir Bey (Age 14), Harmony Grace Tinsley (Age 4), Oliver Fuller, others … interesting! What’s happening on this day? God is blessing the universe and creation with some awesomely wonderful people just like he does everyday!

Today’s topic is a reflection based on “some stuff” I have been meditating on this week. My personal opinion is that I see less empathy these days, one to another. Others have agreed with me so that’s partly why its the topic. In my CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) studies, they have shared a leader named Brene Brown, whom I believe has some excellent thoughts on Empathy vs Sympathy. Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. Do you believe “I am Enough?”

Following is a link/url/snipet. Tell me what you think, comment if you can please.

Brené Brown on Empathy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

Something else I see less of these days is “humility.” Following is a writing by Leroy Brownlow, from his book, Today is Mine, its the devotional for October 13.

Humility:

The truly great person never feels any worthy task is too low for him.

When James Madison completed his eight years as President, he retired to his Virginia plantation and filled the office of justice of the peace. No wonder he had climbed up, for he knew how to climb down. He didn’t have to appear to be great, for he was; and no office could make him less. His meekness was not his weakness. His humility was not humiliation.

The size of the job is not half as honorable as the size of the man who fills it.

Quote: I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. – John Ruskin 1819 – 1900

Scripture: Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.

Song: Litany of Humility by Danielle Rose
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=tightropetb&p=gospel+song+on+humility#id=36&vid=2065e197ca12c03c4b619d62640ec0fa&action=view

Prayer:  Father, remind us to be empathetic for each other and create in us meek and humble hearts. Amen…

Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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Fast Wednesdays: Week of September 20, 2017 – Declutter Part II

Define declutter:  to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc:
Greetings Beloved!

First of all, prayers and condolences to those impacted by Hurricane Maria this week in the Caribbean. Also, prayers are extended to those in recovery mode from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey as well as tropical storms Katia, Jose and Lee. We have had quite the unsettling weather pattern lately. I love the stories of people helping each other out. Image if that were the normal behavior and not just through the physical storms of life?

Second, happy Rosh Hashanah to our Jewish friends and colleagues.

What Is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year, anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, and sounding of the shofar . . .

What: It is the birthday of the universe, the day G‑d created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.

When: The first two days of the Jewish new year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall on September 22 (see more details here).

How: Candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn (shofar) on both mornings, and desisting from creative work.

Today’s Fast Wednesday topic is a follow on to last week’s on the topic. As I reflected, I went through our database of Fast Wednesday’s and am “recycling” one provided to you February, 2014. It was created along with the help of a dear friend who retired in 2013. It’s centered on “taking care of what you have already before moving on to new things” or what I am calling “decluttering” or “taking care of your perennials” for all you gardening enthusiasts .

When I asked my friend to give me an example, I was told “I can’t give you an example, that’s too much like work and I no longer play dat. But it’s like gardening, old friendships are the perennials, the backbone of the garden that always come back, not like the annuals that leave after a short time.”

SCRIPTURES:

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Remember, then, try to focus on the big things in life. How do we do that you say? Abide in God at all times. God is eternal and we are just vapors here on earth for such a short time. We then focus on our families. First, our significant others because the divine order of God’s plans are they are probably going to be around the longest in our lives. They are the perennials in our gardens. Next it’s our children, instill them with good habits and love by spending quality time with them which is free, you just have to set aside time, in this busy world we live in. And, its amazing how rapidly they grow up and are off on their own seems like way before you realize it! They are like the annuals of our gardens. Some of our friends are the perennials (thank GOD I have many of these) while others are the annuals (thank GOD for these also in my life who have taught we many things).

(Abide: comply with, obey, observe, follow, keep to, hold to, conform to, adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, uphold, heed, accept, go along with, acknowledge, respect, etc).

2 Corinthians 13:11 Living Bible (TLB) –

11 I close my letter with these last words: Be happy. Grow in Christ. Pay attention to what I have said. Live in harmony and peace. And may the God of love and peace be with you.

Psalm 127:2 (CEV) – It is useless to get up early and stay up late in order to earn a living. God takes care of  his own, even while they sleep.

SONG:

We are searching for a “home church” here in Tampa for the upcoming year. We attended one Sunday and we will see. I was feed richly by the word. The following song was used for Praise and Worship. It has stayed with my spirit all week.   I hope and pray it blesses you as well. I have heard the group performing this song many times and they are true worshippers.

YOU DESERVE IT   JJ. HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE    By EydelyWorshipLivingGodChannel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxL1m0uG8x4

10 Ways to Change the Atmosphere of your Home

(Especially When Overwhelmed)

  1. Light a candle.
  2. Turn on soft or upbeat music.
  3. Declutter for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake brownies.
  5. Put flowers in kitchen.
  6. Smile at family.
  7. Say an encouraging word to each and everyone in the household.
  8. Give a tickle, hug or back rub to each and everyone in the household.
  9. Play a game together.
  10. PRAY!

PRAYER:

Father, thanks for the constant things in our lives, such as you will “never leave us or forsake us.” Many times in our evolution, we find you are always there, but it is us who have strayed off the path. Thanks for resetting our compasses and putting us back on track with your divine order. Give us the desire to take care of what we already have so that we do not spend our days looking for the items we have lost or misplaced or building material idols in our lives which never satisfy and surely fade. But more importantly, help us to spend time with you, our husbands, wives, children, family, friends and all significant others, pouring into their lives so we do not lose or misplace what’s important in our relationships with you and them. AMEN.

Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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Fast Wednesdays: Week of September 13, 2017 – Food for Thought: Declutter

Abbreviated Fast Wednesday’s this week due to Hurricane Irma … for those of you who do not know, I was impacted as my lanai (media/sun room) blew off the back of the house at our house in Lehigh Acres, FL, and we lost power. We did not get power back until yesterday, Thursday September 14, since Sunday, September 10. Things can be replaced. I thank God I was not anxious for one minute, I think the only time I was anxious, was when I discovered I wasn’t and keep telling myself that wasn’t normal. I wasn’t at home but here in Tampa, FL, initially during the storm. I did not travel to the home until Tuesday. My nephew and family took care of the house for me and let their little lights shine!

Food for Thought – For your awareness International Declutter Day is Saturday, September 23, 2017 … do you know how toxic clutter can be in one’s life? What perfect timing as some of us have gone through a physical hurricane, to throw out “stuff” we don’t need, want, etc. … http://internationaldeclutterday.com/ethos/

http://extension.illinois.edu/clutter/dealing.html

Any thoughts or comments welcome???

Scripture: Matthew 5:14–16 (NASB) — 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

There were many instances this week where I saw the light breaking through the darkness … thanking God for neighbors, family and friends … for shining their lights!

Song:

Mavis Staples: This Little Light of Mine  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N6mp11PBcY

Sam Cooke- 1964 Live at the Copa, This Little light Of Mine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdsIjwwfhjk

Prayer:

Lord, thank You for being the light within us so we can shine brightly for the world around us. When it seems darkness is crowding in, use us to make a difference. We ask that You will help us share Your love, joy and peace. You are the hope we need and the One light that will never burn out, be overcome or fade away. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love, Joy and Peace,

Debra J. Fuller Ellis

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Fast Wednesdays: Week of September 6, 2017 – God Is Bigger Than The Storm

Greetings Beloved!

Thanks for all the prayers and support while I participated in the Summer Intensive Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL. It was one of the most rigorous things I have ever done in my entire life. The program was from June 5 to August 17, 2017. Time flew by, two of my dear friends were my host families as Tampa is 2 and 1/2 hours away from Lehigh Acres, FL, one way. Special thanks to them for their generous hospitality as this allowed me the ability to not have to commute daily, which would probably have been impossible. God just worked it all out from my acceptance into the program along with five peers, a fabulous supervisor and management team, and, even down to my husband being in agreement with me on this endeavor.

I shared with some but not all that I took the time as a hiatus. So my apologies to those of you I did not communicate this fact. My last post was July 12, 2017 which was a status update. In the meantime, I was selected for the CPE Residency program, on becoming a board certified Chaplain, at Florida Hospital Tampa, FL. This program is for one year and began yesterday. Its from September 5, 2017 to August 3, 2018. Please pray with and for me on this spiritual journey as I do for you all. The new program will allow me an opportunity to recommit to Fast Wednesdays. I pray you will join me and we will have some lively discussions, conversations, etc. Please feel free to invite others to the blog online, email or whatever manner is appropriate.

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This week I am delighted to share with you the topic “God is Bigger Than the Storm.” Family, friends and our nation have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey recently in Houston, TX, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on us as she leaves devastation in the Caribbean and right behind her is Hurricane Jose and Tropical Storm Katia. Beyond these physical storms there are many emotional, spiritual, and other storms raging in people’s lives. (Note: I had a feisty friend and mentor named Irma Foster from Grace Baptist Church. To have a storm with her name brings up some great and sad memories…RIP Mrs. Foster).

Reflection Question:

What causes you to lose hope in the storms of life? Ask a few friends or family members to share with you about a difficult time and what brought them through? From an interfaith perspective, reflect on times that God, Adonai, Allah, Jehovah, brought you through? Build a well of experiences you can dig from in your mind so you have “positive” food for thought when a storm wants to destroy you…

I must give credit to my prodigy, Nicole S. Fuller. She shared with me sermon notes from her church this past Sunday. This makes my job so much easier this week. I thank God for sending her to help me. May God ignite her with Fresh Wind/Fresh Fire for him.

Nicole wrote:

With so many varied Storm(s) Raging Literally & Figuratively, Thought I’d Share Some Notes.

Luke 8:22-26 / ‘Where Is Your Faith.”

22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.

NOTE: How We View God Should Align With How We View Ourselves.

  1. His Intentions Are Bigger Than Our Storm – Phil 1:6 KJV –Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
  2. His Interpretation Is Bigger Than Our Storm – Luke 8:25 KJV “What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”
  3.  His Inclination Is Bigger Than Our Storm – ‘ He Arose and Inclined Himself Toward You.”  – Psalms 34:17 KJV 17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  a) His Inclination Is To Hear Us b) His Inclination Is To Help Us
  4. His Intervention Is Bigger Than Our Storm – Romans 8:28King James Version KJV 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Closing Thoughts:  Psalm 34:19 KJV 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

Song:

Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers – Encourage Yourself    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbEaftzaFWA

Prayer:

Abba Father, as the physical, spiritual, and mental storms of life approach, help us to be like the eagle. Let us be aware that the storm is approaching long before it breaks. Help us to fly high above the storms. Hide us under your wings. Help us to learn how to use the storms of life to lift us higher. When the storms of life are raging around us, let us rise above them by setting our minds on you, God. The storms do not have to overcome us. Let us allow your power to life us above them. Enable us to ride the winds of the storms that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives and soar above them.

We ask for your protection with the physical storms that have come and devastated many communities. And we pray for the people who will be impacted by other storms that arise. Give your people wisdom to evacuate, make adjustments to their schedules, rebuild or do whatever it is your will for them. Help us who are not impacted to help those who are. Remind us that we are our brother and sister’s keepers. We know you are a God who can dissipate any storm. We love you, we thank you, in advance, for answered prayers and praise reports. Amen.

Debra J. Fuller Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

Romans 828

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Week of July 12, 2017 – Status Update, Summer Intensive Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL

Greetings Beloved!

Just checking in this week with a Status Update: The Summer Intensive Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL, reached the halfway mark this week! Time is flying and I am having fun indeed. This experience is life alternating for me. I look forward to sharing in the near future.

My apologies I have not been able to post consistently during this time but hope to be back on track in the fall, September, 2017.

In the meantime, hope all is well, everyone is having a good summer … make sure you take some down time. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and encouragement.

Here’s a few songs, that I hope provide some inspiration, comfort and meditative reflections:

John P Kees –Release | The Church Choir | Official Video

Lashun Pace “This Place with Lyrics”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n9U-0pj1Mc

Bishop Paul Morton – Flow To You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fIZoledUCc

Juanita Bynum – Peace
https://www.google.com/search?q=juanita+bynum+peace&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-

Debra J. Fuller Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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