My husband and I will be celebrating our 9th anniversary on 09/04/13…yikes, time flies…many of you were there at the event and I know you would agree. THANKS to GOD and to y’all for praying with us, for me, etc. Therefore, I’m taking a vacation day on Friday for some family quality time. I still almost cannot believe the summer is over…have you spent time with your significant others this summer, if not, shame on you and take off soon!
I mention the above because I plan to be short this week, like last week. Also, I won’t go into it too deep but how about the song I mentioned last week, and it was in the news this week, with just more BLURRED lines! All I will say is make sure you are spending QUALITY time with and talking to your young adult children and family, especially daughters (i.e. Miley Cyrus), we are still shocked, etc. for various reasons, I am sure, from the MTV Awards this past Sunday night…
On another note, the topic for today is conviction. God has been convicting me about lots of things lately. As I get myself in order, I thought I would share some powerful scriptures, that make me say “ouch” every time I read them. Can you all share scripture, song, prayer or testimony that CONVICTS you, please? I know someone can…
Proverbs 24:17-18 The Message (MSG) 17 Do not laugh when your enemy fails; don’t crow over his collapse. God might see, and become very provoked, and then take pity on his plight. (from the Life Application Bible — David, Solomon’s father, refused to gloat over the death of his lifelong enemy Saul (see 2 Samuel 1). On the other hand, the nation of Edom rejoiced over Israel’s defeat and was punished by God for this. To gloat over others’ misfortune is to make yourself the avenger and to put yourself in the place of God, who alone is the real judge of all the earth (see Deuteronomy 32:35).
James 4:17 Contemporary English Version (CEV) 17 If you don’t do what you know is right, you have sinned (from the Life Application Bible — We tend to think that DOING wrong is sin. But James tells us that sin is also NOT doing right. These two kinds of sin are sometimes called sins of commission and sins of omission. It is a sin to lie; it can also be a sin to know the truth and not tell it. It is a sin to speak evil of someone; it is also a sin to avoid him when you know he needs your friendship. We should be willing to help as the Holy Spirit guides us. If God has directed you to some kind act to do, some service to render, or some relationship to restore, do it. You will experience a renewed and refreshed vitality to your Christian faith.
Now, meditate on this reading, if the above is not enough CONVICTION for you; found this yesterday from a Facebook devotional.
Prayer (The Lord’s Prayer):
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
As we celebrate 50 years of the March on Washington and Labor Day weekend, I ask and pray for God’s blessings and peace throughout our land. Praying for our leaders. Praying for the discontented, the discouraged, the disgruntled, the disenfranchised and the disillusioned…
P.S. Reminder: Please let me know if you have children or a family member to add to our 2013 School Prayer list.
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/