Greetings Beloved! Happy Fast Wednesday …
FYI, I have finished my schooling for the last two years and I am now a Chaplain at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Wesley Chapel, FL (North of Tampa/New Tampa). I will be working to become board certified as well as a Spiritual Director which is equivalent to a Spiritual Mentor/Coach. I will share on that another time. In the meantime, I completed an intense program called Clinical Pastoral Education over the last year with 4 units of CPE. One unit was earned at Tampa General Hospital and the other three at Florida Hospital Tampa. I learned so much about myself including taking off the masks I created to put on and cover my emotions over the years to survive. It was transformative and healing.
One of the items I clung to throughout this period was the following scripture. I share my story because I believe this can encourage someone else out there who has big dreams to lasso your dreams and become “all God plans for you.” There were several times, when the conditions I was in, such as being On Call at the hospital working long hours, writing papers, intense classroom sessions where peers help you dive deep into your “mess,” being with families who were grieving or going through other sudden traumatic events, made my goals seem absolutely impossible. Yet I knew with my faith in God, I would succeed. At times, my faith was a mustard seed, sometimes, not even a mustard seed, and other times I had CRAZY FAITH. The more impossible something appeared, the more I knew I could not do it and it had to come from God. God gave me favor, grace and mercy throughout. I hung in there and the rest is now history.
Anyone else want to share your story centered on CRAZY FAITH??? Its welcomed within this community…
Hebrews 11:1 New International Version (NIV) Faith in Action 11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
God Will Take Care Of You – Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats 1999 album
Our song today is a tribute to and from the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who transitioned last week, God Will Take Care of You. Yes, He will.
Our Father in heaven, we come to you today, first and foremost just saying thank you. Thank you for the things we many times take for granted such as the air we breathe, family, friends and other loved ones, sunrises and sunsets. We delight in you (the Lord) and you give us the desires of our heart. (Psalm 37:4). We have tasted and see that you (God) are good. (Psalms 34:8). The earth is yours (the Lord’s), and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1). I pray and ask that you bless everyone reading Fast Wednesdays, you know what they need and how to bless. Bless them according to your will and may your kingdom come in their lives. I pray for healing, deliverance, and revelations so that we will become more than conquerors and all that you plan for us to be. Most of all, I thank you for CRAZY Faith, Amen.
Love, Joy and Peace,
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.