We watched a video from “The Blessed Life” and the pastor in the video stated that he titled the sermon like that, “Am I Generous”, in case someone was out of church and they asked you what the sermon’s title was, you would not say “Are You Generous” which would put the person on the spot. By the way, “Are You Generous?” While that’s between you and God I suggest you ask yourself from time to time and put the spotlight on yourself.
It was a very clever play on words used by the pastor, so then I thought, what a tremendous amount of planning, etc. has to go in with sermon preparation and we only get to see the end results, and sometimes barely appreciate the efforts as we might be thinking where am I going for lunch afterwards, did I lock the front door, where did I put my keys, and all the other distracts that get sent our way during service (I see some of you smiling right now and adding to the list)!
I also thought, I believe we are all familiar with the song “It is Well with My Soul? My question today: “Is it Well with your Soul,” and I’m stating it like that so if someone asks you our topic for this week you can tell them “Is it Well with Your Soul”…you asking them just might be the catalyst they need to get things right for whatever reason. Then they will be rewarded by getting it right and obtaining peace and you will be rewarded for your bold, fearless encouragement.
(Bell just went off, guess I had to hear Melissa’s testimony last night to complete Fast Wednesday this week :-)!
Father, we humbly come to you, on this beautiful, glorious day you have made to say Thank You. Oh how excellent is your name in all the earth. Angels bow before you, heaven and earth adore you, what a mighty God we serve. You take our lemons and make lemonade. You take a widow’s mite and make us millionaires. You take our problems, give us victory and make us more than conquerors. We pray that we will continue to grow and please you in fulfilling our purposes, stirring up our gifts and being there for each other, because YES, we are our Sisters (and Brothers) Keepers. We give you all GLORY, HONOR and PRAISE, in your name, AMEN!
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/