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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Fast Wednesdays: Week of June 14, 2017 — Happy Father’s Day & Wait on the Wind (1 Chronicles 14)

Greetings Beloved!

Happy Belated Fast Wednesdays … as most of you know I started a Summer Internship Program last week at Tampa General hospital towards Chaplaincy. I have to get back into the swing of things working a 40 hour week, with people, commuting, preparing outfits for each day, idiosyncrasies, office politics, etc. This week is going much smoother but I did not get time to prepare Fast Wednesdays before now.

SONG:
Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_m5ZWchiZo

[Lyrics] –
I’ve heard a thousand stories
of what they think You’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love
in the dead of night

And You tell me
that You’re pleased and that
I’m never alone

You’re a good, good father
it’s who You are
it’s who You are
it’s who You are
And I’m loved by You
it’s who I am
it’s who I am
it’s who I am

I’ve seen many
searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all
searching for answers only You provide

‘Cause You know just what we need
before we say a word

You are perfect in all of Your ways
You are perfect in all of Your ways
You are perfect in all of Your ways
to us

Love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think

As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
Into love, love, love

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I did not want this Father’s Day Weekend to go by without wishing all the fathers, MEN out there, a happy father’s day. I know we live in a society where many women have been forced into taking over some of the “traditional” duties and responsibilities of men because they have encountered some men who do not, for whatever reason, perform their duties within their relationships. I honor and admire these women. I was one. However, we (women) are NOT men. God had and has a specific purpose and plan for them. Something that no woman, even when she works hard to perform both roles, of mother and father, can perform. This comes through loud and clear within many relationships I observe. Even when and where dads are minimally involved it made/makes phenomenal differences in the relationships with the children. My own daughter has her share of stories. She thanks me often for pressing her to have a relationship with her dad. He had a good heart but life threw some curves….. My thoughts on him, were if he’s good enough to have a child with, then I should “honor” him as best I can. (If he’s good enough to sleep with don’t bash him later…I went there.)

I listened to the following sermon this morning. I am sharing it today for I believe it will bless you as it is blessing me. It comes from ROHO, an online site with numerous sermons on it. The nugget is “Go back to God again. When a problem or issue shows up again, pray, and go back to God, don’t YOU just use the same strategy God gave you last time. God may be doing a NEW thing and needs you to do a NEW thing. Don’t let people get in your ear and tell you to move and you do so without God’s direction. Be Faithful in Waiting on God.”

http://roho.io/wait-on-the-wind/?utm_source=Mailchimp&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=6_17&ampEmail=djf52055@gmail.com&utm_source=ROHO+Daily+Sermons&utm_campaign=f6b8885c3e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_731e52dfe1-f6b8885c3e-133704025&mc_cid=f6b8885c3e&mc_eid=e0cc542059

For you father’s out there: “Even if you feel like your struggles are on repeat, don’t give up hope. God’s about to show up in a whole new way.”

SCRIPTURE: God’s about to show up in a whole new way. Don’t look for the same old, be ready for God to blow your mind. 1 Chronicles 14

Sometimes the issue that you thought you handled will show up again. At ROHO we’ve heard testimonies from people who thought they were healed from cancer, but then it showed up again. People who who did the difficult work of repairing their marriage, but then the issue showed up again. Today’s sermon is for all of the people who thought they left a problem in their past, but now it’s showing back up. This word will help prepare you for the devil’s second attack. More importantly, it will help you learn how to hold on and trust God when things are at the worst. Be blessed.

Click Here to Watch the Sermon: Wait On The Wind 

PRAYER:

Dear Father in heaven, we bring our prayers, supplications and petitions to you today. Your word states we are to cast our cares (burdens) on you for you care for us. Help us to learn, reinforce, and be reminded that there is no problem that you cannot heal. Discover how to take our challenges to you and leave them there. Thank you for being the ultimate father. Many of us only know you as father as some have lost their earthly dads in numerous ways. Thanks for representing the ideal dad. For those of us who have been blessed with precious earthly fathers, we thank you for the gift. We know some may not have been blessed with “good” dads. We ask that you would heal us where that is not the case. Bless expectant fathers, new fathers, mature fathers, dying fathers, happy fathers, concerned fathers, ill fathers, recovering fathers, ALL fathers, in Jesus name. 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 June 7, 2017 – Happy Anniversary & New Beginnings

Greetings Beloved!

I did not post last week, May 31st, partly because I was celebrating my one year anniversary in retirement as I am certain other colleagues such as Kathy Johnson, June Burger, et al were doing. I cannot speak for them but boy time has flown. I am thankful to God for some fantastic opportunities he has brought my way which give me an even stronger sense of purpose and destiny.

On Monday, June 5, I began a twelve week, summer intensive internship program at Tampa General Hospital, in Tampa, FL, as I plan to pursue becoming a chaplain. This opportunity happened so quickly that I believe only God could have blessed me with this miracle. Others in my life began new jobs and other experiences recently. I am excited for you all. Share if you would like any new opportunities you have or on your horizon. I solicit your prayers for me as I pray for you.

Yesterday, in our interfaith chapel services, we reflected upon the following Scripture. I am sharing this and hope you find it food for thought as you move forward on your own spiritual quest/journey.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 The Message (MSG) There’s a Right Time for Everything

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

2-8 A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

SONG(S):

1. Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season), often abbreviated to “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, is a song adapted entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible (with the exception of the last line) and put to music by Pete Seeger in 1959. Turn! Turn! Turn! is the second album by the folk rock band The Byrds and was released in December 1965 on Columbia Records (see 1965 in music). For the baby boomers out there, you will remember this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA2IYnGRYac

2. Donald Lawrence – “Seasons”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvKiwr9yIkA

3. Same song as above but depicted in praise dance, a form of worship I embrace fully.

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

PRAYER:

Father, as we walk into new beginnings and seasons in our lives, we thank you for blessing us past, present and future. We embrace your word that tells us there’s a time and place for everything by remembering you are an “on time God.” Help us learn to be more receptive to change realizing that change is good for us and inevitable. You also remind us of the great news that the only thing that does not change is you. You are the same yesterday, today and forevermore per Hebrews 13:8. With this in mind, we need nothing but you. Thank you for your amazing grace and mercy for they minister, heal, reconcile, renew and refresh us daily. We give you all the glory, honor and praise. 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 May 24, 2017 – “Jehovah Jireh: The Lord who Provides”

Greetings Beloved!

Source: Wikipedia – In the Hebrew Bible Jehovah-jireh (Jehovah will provide) was a place in the land of Moriah. It was the location of the binding of Isaac, where God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham named the place after God provided a ram to sacrifice in place of Isaac. Today it is still a phrase used in many Christian and Catholic Churches.

“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” – Genesis 22:14 (KJV)

Song:
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – More Than Enough (God Is Working)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y60BY50NSbY

The Seven Compound Names of Jehovah
Jehovah jireh (Gen 22:14) “The Lord will provide a sacrifice”
Jehovah rapha (Exodus 15:26) “The Lord our Healer”
Jehovah nissi (Exdos 17:15) “The Lord our Banner”
Jehovah shalom (Judges 6:24) “The Lord our Peace”
Jehovah raah (Psalms 23:1) “The Lord our Shepherd”
Jehovah tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6) “The Lord our Righteousness”
Jehovah shammah (Ezekiel 48:35) “The Lord is Present”

I discovered the following information and am sharing the piece on Jehovah Jireh. It comes from a blog titled “the compound names of Jehovah. Perhaps you will have time to look at the questions, answer them and save this little worksheet as a resource/tool for later bible study.

https://bible.org/…/60-compound-names-jehovah-jireh-rapha-n…

Purpose: There is no better way to discover what God is like than to look at His names as we seek to understand how He cares for us.

Objectives:

1. You will understand how God provides for our needs.

2. You will understand and learn to trust Him to make bitter things sweet.

3. You will learn to lean on Him and trust Him when the battle seems more than you can handle.
Scripture Memory: The Lord is good – indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him. Nahum 1:7
Scripture:
Jehovah – Jireh: The Lord Who Provides Genesis 22

1. Read the text carefully and answer the following questions.

a. What was the setting for the revelation of this name of God?

b. What made this especially difficult for Abraham? See Genesis 15:1-6; Genesis 21:1-6; Romans 4:18-22.

c. Did Abraham really think he was going to have to take the life of his son Isaac? Genesis 22:5; Hebrews 11:17-19

d. How was this story something like the story of Jesus and the offering of Calvary? See Genesis 22:2, 5, 6-9.

The Revelation of the Name Jehovah-Jireh, Genesis 22:12-14. The meaning of this name is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. This is what we long for when we have a need that is personal and special; One who will see to our needs and provide for us. This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord Who will see to it that my every need is met. One Who knows my need because He sees. One Who is able to meet my need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and One Who can meet it fully. For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the thicket that was offered in Isaac’s place. For us it is whatever we need.

Prayer:

Father, today, we thank you for being our Jehovah jireh, Jehovah rapha, Jehovah nissi, Jehovah shalom, Jehovah raah, Jehovah tsidkenu, and Jehovah shammah. Be with us, as we go about our work and play. Help us to remember that just like Father Abraham, as he sacrificed Issac, that you have a ram in the bush for us. We must always be mindful that obedience is better than sacrifice. You are looking for our freewill obedience, more than anything. Actually, there is nothing that pleases you more, like your servant David did. A man, filled with character flaws, but one who repented when he sinned, and whom your word says “had a heart after God.” Remind us to guard our hearts but to work on making them clean and pure like yours versus hard and stony. In Jesus Name, 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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