Fast Wednesdays, March 5, 2014 – “To Fast or Not to Fast?” That is the Question

Greetings Beloved!

FYI, I just returned from a fabulous conference that honored “women owned businesses” and was hosted in Sarasota, FL. Yesterday’s Hall of Fame lunch with the acceptance speech, etc of Ping Fu author of “Bend, Not Break” still has me in tears, goose bumps and shivers. She told me “Debra, resilience is in all of us.” The event culminated in an Award’s Ceremony last night! What an astonishing group of women who were honored as well as the ladies who put the event together. The group is called Enterprising Women. Some of you are friends on this blog because we connected, at some time, way or another from the event. The list of volunteering activities, selfless giving and other acts of service the honorees are engaged in is so long that its almost “unbelievable!”

In the meantime, however, because of the activities, etc. my post today will be short but I wanted to put something out here for us to think about…because I learned at the conference, that its okay to start something when its less than perfect. Apparently, statistics reveal that, male entreprenuers are in the “GO ZONE” at 60% of planning and females get to their “GO ZONE” at 100% and sometimes even longer! I am certain I knew this but to have it measurable and quantifiable is fun to know!

 

Here goes: the following was posted by my cousin today in Wounded Healer Ministries, Inc, on Facebook:  “many fast and “give up” things for Lent. While we may fast from certain foods, let’s also be mindful to fast from things that separate us from the love of God and from others (gossip, mean-spiritedness, negativity, too much TV & FB, etc.).”

A brief description was posted by someone else on LENT: Lent is short for lengthen. It is the season of daylight savings time. It just so happens that it is in this season that we reflect as Christians upon the 40 day (excluding Sundays) journey of Jesus to his ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

My question for this week: “To Fast or Not to Fast?” or “Are you Doing Anything for Lent?” (Could you please share your comments, experiences, about fasting in general, or your first hand account concerning LENT, etc)?…

God is so amazing!

I have always found it so interesting that we go from Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday, which starts today for us, for 40 days, and centers around us “investing in practices that heighten our awareness of God.

Looking forward to your posts!

Scriptures on Fasting and Prayer:

http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Fasting-and-Prayer/
Matthew 6:16-18 – Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.   (Read More…)

Acts 14:23 – And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Acts 13:2 – As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

Acts 13:3 – And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away.

Esther 4:16 – Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

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 (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press:  https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/

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