Last week, I took the week off because I was celebrating my birthday early, the fact that I got a new position at IBM and I had plateaued with my food/exercise lifestyle change. I was thinking, if I can’t inspire myself how in the world could I inspire others and nothing would come that I felt worth sharing.
GOD, in the meantime/however, is so good and stirred my creative “rivers” so I’m sharing some information today as “Food for Thought” on New Beginnings (pun intended).
Two quotes/thoughts/statements that have been speaking to me lately and I have seen many confirmations of them in various ways are, first, “Bloom Where You are Planted” … in essence, what this means to me, is that you will never have perfect conditions for what you want to undertake, you will just have to step out on faith and God will do the rest. Also, if God has put you somewhere (say, for instance, in Lehigh Acres, FL) he will make provisions for you. He will create “a way out of no way” and give you liberty and other miracles!
Ecclesiastes 11:4 Translations
King James Version (KJV) He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
American King James Version (AKJV) He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.
Basic English Translation (BBE) He who is watching the wind will not get the seed planted, and he who is looking at the clouds will not get in the grain.
Wesley’s Notes on Ecclesiastes 11:4
The second quote/thought/statement is: “Trust Me When/Where you Can’t Trace Me.”
Yesterday, Bishop T. D. Jakes posted on Facebook: You may be going through a valley, but the Holy Ghost told you that Jesus is the Lily of the Valley. God is telling you to “Trust Me when you can’t trace Me.” Though I am no Bishop Jakes, lets wrap our spiritual, emotional, physical and mental selves around these words and let them minister to our souls this week.
Here’s our scriptures for the week centered on Beginnings and Trusting God:
Genesis 1:1 (KJV) 1 In the beginning God
Psalm 111:10 (KJV)10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Isaiah 65:16 (CEV)16 I am God! I can be trusted. Your past troubles are gone; I no longer think of them. When you pray for someone to receive a blessing, or when you make a promise, you must do it in my name. I alone am the God who can be trusted.
Zechariah 4:10 (CEV)10 Those who have made fun of this day of small beginnings will celebrate when they see Zerubbabel holding this important stone.Those seven lamps represent my eyes—the eyes of the Lord—and they see everything on this earth.
John 1 (KJV)1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
PRAYER: Dear Father, I thank you for new beginnings, big and small. Give us the peace, confidence and courage to embrace them. We know that accepting change is a hard part of the human condition even when it ends up putting us in a much better place. So we ask you to help us take a step and we know when we take one you will fill the gap with the rest. We love, we praise, and we honor you…we count it all joy! AMEN!
Love, Joy and Peace…Debra J Fuller Ellis
Reminder & 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: Titus 2 — A God-Filled Life 3-5Guide 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.
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