Fast Wednesdays: Week of April 18, 2018 — Outlook-A Tribute to Barbara Pierce Bush

Greetings Beloved…

At the hospital where I am working, they have a program, somewhat scripture based, called CREATION Health. Its actually an acronym:

C – Choice

R – Rest

E – Environment

A – Activity

T – Trust

I – Interpersonal

O – Outlook

N – Nutrition

Today I shared the following devotional I created on O (Outlook) with some of the staff. We all know that our outlook (attitude determines our altitude) plays an important role in our emotional, physical and spiritual health. This scripture is a “go to” scripture for me often these days because I see so much negativity and it helps me refrain from joining the parade, sometimes.
 
SCRIPTURE:
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, what is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

I have been watching and listening to some of the historical tapes and speeches on Former First lady Barbara Bush. She lived this verse. She was feisty and fierce. She did not mince her words but she was not negative. I will always remember her in her signature pearls as a classy lady.

As our nation and her family mourns the loss, I thought of her life and numerous initiatives she worked on. She embodied what you do here with your work in health- care.When the world was still scared about how AIDS was transmitted she went to the hospitals and embraced those afflicted. There’s a photo of her hugging a black baby with AIDS and her actions helped others embrace the illness and it lost some of its stigma.

She worked diligently on the subject of literacy because one of her sons had dyslexia. She stated that if people do not know how to read and write we will never break economic and other barriers. She lost her first daughter, Robin, to leukemia when the daughter was almost 4. Taking care of her daughter that year, her hair turned white, and, in honor of her daughter, she never dyed her hair as a reminder.Together, her husband of 73 years, and her, raised over a hundred million dollars for charities based on their special interests from the life changing ordeals that happened to them. Lastly, I believe she has opened up the floodgates for understanding of End of Life and Palliative Care, in her dying. She chose comfort measures only (CMO) and her choice is to be looked at as praiseworthy.

So I encourage you to be inspired by a matriarch like her and continue creating cutting edge initiatives and tools in the healthcare industry that have a lasting effective on our community and world. She stated that the things that were the most important to her were Faith, Family and Friends. I pray that this morning we all will have Faith, Family and Friends …

SONG:

What a Beautiful Name it Is – Hillsong (Lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmWkIDJEC2o:

Prayer: 

Father, I pray you will bless those who mourn. Your word says they shall be comforted in Matthew 5:4 (the beatitudes). We are to be reminded that first we have to “actively” mourn in order to be comforted. Many times I avoid the sting and pain of death by making busy work and ignoring my grief. In this I know that I am not alone. However, “the necessity of actively grieving losses is obvious. We may choose not to grieve, but inevitably we do so to our own detriment, if not to our emotional and spiritual peril. We are to take the beatitude at face value: Those who mourn can be blessed because they can be comforted. It is difficult if not impossible to comfort someone who does not mourn. The beatitude embodies a human truth for all people and places: that the resolution of grief presupposes its expression. Those who bury their grief, put on a brave face for all the world to see, neither invite nor allow the kind of care that can bring comfort. Those who do mourn may be comforted. Because you give us options grieving is optional even though the feeling response of grief is not.” So bless us, your children, in whatever way is best for as we wrestle with our struggles of loss and grief as you promised. And, on a lighter note, I pray you will bless us to embrace a healthy, positive Outlook, all the rest of the days of our lives, 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 (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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Fast Wednesdays: Weeks of January 31 and February 7, 2018 (Resolutions for 2018 & God Gives us a 911 in Psalms 91)

Greetings Beloved!

I hope and pray to post at least once a month for the time being in 2018. Things are hectic with all the noises in my life demanding my attention But/Yet/nd I still want to share some encouragement.

Week of January 31, 2018:

Many of us have stopped making resolutions at the beginning of the year for various reasons. Yet, here are some resolutions we can make anytime of the year. I found these in a “daily word” type book called Today is Mine by Leroy Brownlow from 1972 (1972 was a great year for me…).

SCRIPTURE: Luke 16:4 I am resolved what to do …

I am resolved:
– To forget past mistakes and press on to greater achievements.
– To put first things first.

– To make my work a joy.

– To allow nothing to disturb my peace of mind.

– To never lose self-control.

– To spend so much time improving myself that I have no time for criticism of others.

– To think the best, work for it and expect it.

– To be a friend to man.

– To stand for the right.

– To be true.

– To be kind.

– To take every disappointment as a stimulant.

– To live on the sunny side of every cloud.

– To smile.

– To look ahead.

– To keep moving.

SONG: Maranda Curtis – Way Maker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWhoQj0Fz4M

Week of February 7, 2018:
Last week I provided an opener for class based on “the shadow of our cup.” Have you ever took the time to explore your shadow? Even the shadow gifts that God may have given you? While you think they are not good and usable because they are in the shadows and we have not spent time discovering our shadow, if we embrace these gifts, think of them as golden shadows, perhaps they can become usable and help give you voice in your life? God has a shadow and he has given us all one. What do we choose to do with our shadow is the question. This thought comes from a wonderful book called The Cup of Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp.  It was based on the scripture Psalm 91:1 through 91:16 … when you need help, reach out to God through this Psalm as he is the ultimate 911 Responder.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 91:1-16

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. 

Note: God’s shadow (many scriptures on this, here’s a link for a few). https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Shadow-Of-God

SONG: Nicole Mullen https://sonichits.com/video/Nicole_C._Mullen/Under_The_Shadow

PRAYER: Dear Lord, we thank you for lighting up the dark spaces in us, in areas that truly matter. As we spend time drawing near to you, thank you God, for never leaving us nor forsaking us. We thank you for total healing: emotionally, financially, physically, spiritually and beyond. May you arise in our lives and let our enemies be scattered. Many of us excel at being our own worse enemies. Help us to connect to the disjointed places in our lives and become total, whole people, loving you, ourselves and each other, hiding us under the shadow of your wings. 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 (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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Fast Wednesdays: Week of December 27, 2017 – God’s Grace, Goodness and Glory!

Greetings Beloved!

First, thanks for all your prayers. I just finished the 1st of 3 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Florida Hospitals Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Tampa, FL! The second series begins the week of January 15, 2018! Time is flying and I am learning and growing in becoming more confident, being more transparent and vulnerable in my interactions with others so I can achieve my goal of becoming a Chaplain. Still have not decided what venue or industry I will work in when completed in August, 2018, waiting for God to decide.

I have missed sharing Fast Wednesdays but will continue to be on hiatus with occasional messages until further notice. My training is grueling with clinical assignments, classes, seminars, didactics, on call duties, essays, readings and more which does not allow time to prepare and be active. However, I felt compelled not to let 2017 close without sharing and looking forward to hearing from some of you. While I will still be on hiatus, I will try to periodically share messages, if possible.

Additionally, I am still looking for any of you who would like to be active with posting one, two or a few of our weekly messages. I know you ALL have the abilities. Therefore, just let me know anything pressing on your heart, God is seeking for you to share. (Y’all don’t want me to start naming names of those with a message). What’s also exciting is some of the major accomplishments of you my peers! God is doing great things in the midst for all of us.

Thanking God for his Grace, Goodness and Glory!!!

In the meantime, 2017 has been quite a year for us all. Mine started with my stepdaughter getting married the first weekend of January and us being caught in a major snowstorm in Hartford, New Haven and Stamford, CT. Mine ended attending one of my favorite uncles, Frank Fuller’s, funeral in Fayetteville, North Carolina last week. These two major events were symbolic of the year for me, beginning with Joy and ending with Sorrow. Throughout the year I experienced both more Joy and Sorrow. I learned in CPE this last unit, “the most helpful discovery of today has been that right in the midst of my Sorrows there is always room for Joy. Joy and Sorrow are sisters; they live in the same house.” … Marcina Wiederkehr

Some lessons learned for me and food for thought for all comes from a Care Notes called “Taking Care of Yourself While Grieving:”

  • I need to take care of my physical self People don’t always anticipate the physical toll that grieving takes. Losing Uncle Frank was highly stressful. I was going through final evaluations, I had lots going on at work with visiting patients, writing papers, as well as we traveled to North Carolina and back within 48 hours by van. Stress can create many kinds of physical responses including being tired, sleeping too little or too much, trouble eating either too much or not enough, and the lists goes on and on. One way to alleviate this is make sure I have a balanced diet, exercise and more which are my plans for 2018 and beyond.
  • I need to take care of my emotional self by processing what has happened by dealing with the painful emotions I am feeling such as anger, sorrow, loss, confusion, fear, bitterness, regret, etc. Then by crying and laughing and moving on based on my needs and nobody else’s for me.
  • I need to take care of my spiritual self. “There’s a marvelous story about some African people who had been pressed into carrying the baggage of a foreign explorer on his way to a distant settlement. Near the destination, the Africans put down their bundles and then refused to go on, unmoved by offers of more payment. They had to wait, they said, for their souls to catch up. The journey through grief is long and arduous; be sure to let your soul catch up. Make space in your schedule for meditation and prayer. Listen to the questions burning within you. Explore the answers you’ve accepted in the past; formulate new ones when you need to. I need to … for so long, I have avoided pain by just accepting it as God’s will and moving on. Yes, we most move on, but we must also experience and process the pain as well or we move on without “letting our soul catch up.”

SCRIPTURE:

My church, New Life Assembly of God, Lehigh Acres, FL, has a scripture a week they pass along throughout the year. The scripture for this last week of 2017, #52, is so appropriate for me as we close one year and move into the next.

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6 NIV

Thanking God for His Grace, Goodness and Glory!!!

SONGS:

With this scripture in mind, I transition into the songs I am sharing today. The first one is 10,000 Reasons. Been singing this song for awhile and did not even know its name … that happens to me. And actually, I have a million, billion, trillion x infinity Reasons to Bless the Lord!

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman (Best Worship Song Ever)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E

My new found knowledge on Joy and Sorrow, shared above, reminds me of the song by Frankie Beverly and Maze where they sing Joy and Pain are both one in the same…

“Joy and Pain, Sunshine and Rain”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix4beMNHxoI

Remember when you first found love how you felt so good

Kind that last forever more so you thought it would
Suddenly the things you see got you hurt so bad
How come the things that make us happy make us sad

Well it seems to me that

Chorus:

Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain,

Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain

Love can be bitter, love can be sweet

Sometimes devotion and sometimes deceit

The ones that you care for give you so much pain

Oh but it’s alright they’re both one in the same

Listen, don’t it seem we go through life going up and down

Seems the things that turn you on turn you around

Always hurting each other if it ain’t one thing it’s another

When the world is down on you love’s somewhere around

Over and over you can be sure

There will be sorrow but you will endure (you will endure)

Where there’s a flower there’s the sun and the rain

Oh but it’s wonderful they’re both one in the same

PRAYER:

His Unfailing Presence

Another year I enter
Its history unknown;
Oh, how my feet would tremble
To tread its paths alone!
But I have heard a whisper,
I know I shall be blest;
“My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest.”

What will the New Year bring me?
I may not, must not know;
Will it be love and rapture,
Or loneliness and woe?
Hush! Hush! I hear His whisper;
I surely shall be blest;
“My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest.”

–Unknown Author

I pray for you God’s Grace, Goodness and Glory, 2018 and forevermore, my friends and loved ones.

LetEverythingThatHasBreathPsalm1506

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 (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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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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