Fast Wednesdays, February 27, 2013 — Finances — Is it Well with Your Soul?

Greetings Beloved!

Question:
Last week I asked on Facebook if people see you as a person who makes deposits into their lives or withdrawals. I’ll go further this week and ask: What are your role(s) with your family and friends? Do they call you to ask you to join them in prayer for things they are praying to GOD for because they believe in your power of prayer, they feel you support them in their dreams and aspirations and you encourage them? Do they then call you because they know you will rejoice with them in their “successes, joys, and achievements?” It’s my goal to play that role for everybody in my circle of interaction (especially family members); I never want to be the “skunk at the picnic”. What about you?

As we culminate the celebration of Black History Month, I was reminded of my S-hero, Madame C J  Walker. I shared, last year, information on her and will share again this year because she inspires me. For those of you who don’t know, she was the FIRST American self-made millionaire…! I want to be like her when I grow up and plan on accumulating at least a million! Lofty goal but at least I set one!

With this goal in mind, here’s a financial challenge:

February 25 – March 2 is “America Saves Week” designed to “promote good savings behavior and for individuals to assess their own saving status.”

Ask yourself, “Am I saving adequately for long-term goals such as retirement and short-term goals such as paying down unnecessary debt and building an emergency fund?” If you are like most Americans, the answer is “no”. Now is the time to get started!

“America Saves Week” is a campaign coordinated by the non-profit Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and is dedicated to helping individuals save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. America Saves® is a registered trademark of the Consumer Federation of America Foundation.

http://www.americasavesweek.org/home-2

Scripture:
II Corinthians 9:6-15
6-7 Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.

8-11 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,

He throws caution to the winds,
giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
never run out, never wear out.

This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

12-15 Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!

 
Prayer:
Dear Lord, we come to you, concerning our finances. You are a very present help in trouble and You are more than enough. Your Word declares that You shall supply all our need according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. For those of us who have not tithed as we should, we repent and thank you. Lord of hosts you said, “Try me now in this, and I will open the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” You will rebuke the devourer for our sake. Our hearts are filled with thanksgiving. Lord, our God, we shall remember that it is You who give us the power to get wealth, that You may establish your convenant. In the name of Jesus, we worship you only and have no other gods before you. You are able to make all grace–every favor and earthly blessing–come to us in abundance, so that we are always, and in all circumstances, furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation. Amen. (Prayer on Prosperity, from Prayers that Avail Much for the Workplace, Germaine Copeland).

Song:

It is Well with my Soul

Hillsong  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwHj7l1M9g4

Jennifer Holliday   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90DkYkAsVT4

Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

http://www.biography.com/people/madam-cj-walker-9522174

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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