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.
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 (email@example.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.