As we fast and pray today, let’s meditate on the following quote by Pastor Tony Evans: Fasting is giving up a craving of the body because you have a deeper need of the soul.
What craving will you be giving up for the deeper need of your soul, your relationship, your dreams, your future, your purpose?
So, can you believe next weekend will be Labor Day weekend? Where in the world did the summer of 2013 go? I’m going to try and go and find it, and, therefore, will be brief today.
For my summer activities, I did get to Unity Day in Port Chester and that was just so very special to see friends and neighbors that you grew up with. I saw lots of “children” I babysat at 12 years old, their with their “children” out and even in the bars and I thank GOD for such a blessed time as I think about the ones who did not make it and not because they did not want to but because they are no longer around…
Of course, I had some of my other summer outings as I was so happy to make it to Key Largo, FL, for a weekend with my BFF Karen. And, we had family reunions, though I only made the Murphy’s in Pensacola Beach, FL. Nicole, Aysha, Shayla, Ejah, James, Leroy, Marlon, Reggie, etc. you guys owe me…just about every year you teach me a new line dance…I was looking forward to learning this one below, based on one of the summer’s hottest songs, Blurred Lines but I guess I will have to wait, Lord willing, until next year in Atlanta!
Speaking of BLURRED — blur 1.to obscure or sully (something) by smearing or with a smeary substance: The windows were blurred with soot. 2.to obscure by making confused in form or outline; make indistinct: The fog blurred the outline of the car. 3.to dim the perception or susceptibility of; make dull or insensible: The blow on the head blurred his senses. verb (used without object) 4.to become indistinct: Everything blurred as she ran. 5.to blur.
Synonyms (cloud, dim, darken, veil, mask).
There’s many folks walking around with blurred minds, bodies and souls. They wear masks, frequently negative with a dark outlook, there’s always storm clouds in their lives versus some sunshine. What is the antidote for our mind, body and soul? Spending time in the presence of God, where all lasting transformation comes from. Remember, blessings are coming your way, as you fast and pray simply because you are where you belong and fulfilling your purpose.
Mark 12:30 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Romans 7:25 “With the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Let’s continue to meditate on the prayer last week for “Back to School.” There was that horrible incident at the school in Decatur, GA, yesterday, of a 20 year old with a gun. The young man from Australia who was here on a baseball scholarship in Oklahoma and was senselessly shot by three teenagers, where was their moral compass, and the list goes on and makes us weary…I am going to make a list of students, teachers, home school teachers and their students, anyone dealing with educating our youth 21 years or younger or still in college up to 25. I’m starting with Zane Cole, my sister’s son. Please send me your names and I’ll share the list next week for those who wish…we are praying for their moral, academic, sports, artistic, etc. achievements…and, that they receive GOD now at an early age so they will have a hedge of protection around them as they go about their duties.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: 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 (and some brothers) 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 blog 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/