Fast Wednesdays, December 5, 2012 — The KISS Principle (Keep It Simple Stupid)

Greetings Beloved!

John 3:16 New Living Translation (NLT)16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

In one of my first courses in college, I learned the KISS principle (Keep it Simple Stupid). I must say its been harder than you would think for me to keep lots of things simple, however, as I prepare to celebrate Christmas and other holidays this season (New Year’s, Kwanza, etc), I have made a decision to keep it simple and stop and take time to enjoy the reasons we celebrate in the first place versus participating in the chaos of trying to have the perfect tree, get the perfect gifts, send the perfect cards and blogs, etc…The simple truth of Christmas is that God loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus, who was born and died and gave the ultimate for our salvation.

With this in mind, I’m keeping it simple today with Fast Wednesdays and throughout the rest of the year. Actually, I may not have a post next week as I have a meeting in Tampa, FL. For today,  I’m sharing a blog I subscribed to after meeting the author who gave me inspiration and tips for maintaining my blog the beginning of this year. This year she’s celebrating a sweet and simple Christmas also!

Actually, I feel as though so much has happened this year, that I really need to reflect upon it and lessons learned as I move forward to all GOD has in store for me. Hopefully, you will be encouraged to join me…KISS!

P. S. (Don’t let my mother see this, we were never allowed to use that word in our household when we were growing up, STUPID, it was actually one of the times you would get sever discipline if you were caught using it…imagine how far families have come now with words that are used…)!
Dear Lord: We thank you today for the sweet and simple gifts you give us each and everyday starting with your amazing Love for us, then new grace and mercies every morning and wonderful relationships with others where we are given opportunities to share agape love with each other. Father, thank you. Amen.

Love, Joy and Peace,

Debra J. Ellis

Today’s blog is dedicated to the loving memory of one of our colleagues who worked with us at IBM. She inspired so many, was feisty, hard working, loving and loyal to the end, for her family and friends:  

Adeline Mary DeRosa Harpootlian, 88, of New Rochelle, New York, Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Best Friend, died on November 30, 2012 at Erie Presbyterian Lodge in Erie, Pennsylvania.  She was born July 25, 1924, in New Rochelle, New York, Daughter of the late Lucy Cioffari DeRosa Lapero and Carlo DeRosa.  She graduated from Albert Leonard High School.  She and her late husband, John Harpootlian, operated the family-owned business of Westchester Carpet Company for many years.  She also worked as an office manager for I.B.M for a total of 20 years.  Her greatest love was music and she was part of Violette’s Kazooettes for more than 25 years.  This wonderful singing group gave years of pleasure to the residents of nursing homes, senior centers, and New Rochelle Hospital (Sound Shore Medical).  She was a dedicated volunteer at Sound Shore for 30 years plus.  She was a great lover of life and was deeply loved by all her family and many many friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Harpootlian, her three sisters:  Rosemary Phillips, Frances Meyer, and Jean Macri, her Godchild John Patterson, and many beloved cousins. Survivors include her son, John Harpootlian, her daughter Linda Matz, her four grandchildren Rebecca Maschka,  Mark McGivern,  Andrew McGivern,  and  James McGivern.The family wishes to offer a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Erie Presbyterian Lodge for all their kindness and support.  We can’t say enough good things about all the wonderful people  there.  God bless them all.

Friends may call on Wednesday, December 5th at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel inc. 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, New York from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  A service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 6th at 12:00 noon.  Burial will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Long Island in Flushing, New York.

Charitable donations may be made in Addie’s memory to the following:
1) Erie Presbyterian Lodge,  2628 Elmwood Avenue,  Erie,  PA., 16508
2) Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation,  130 W. 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie, Pa., 16501
 3) Great Lakes Hospice, 1700 Peach Street., Erie,  PA.  16501

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 (, Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog

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