Fast Wednesdays, April 30, and, May 07, 2014 – FOCUS: Redeeming the Time and Happy Mother’s Day

Greetings Beloved! TGIF!

 
Last week, I “planned” to talk about focus in the context of “time,” as a follow on to the topic of “Planting” from the previous week but actually ran out of time (but kept my focus) and did not even post! However, for me, there’s always a plan going on and God was letting me “marinade” on the subject of FOCUS. I felt as though I was applying some Miracle Gro to increase my harvest! I thought about when you plant something and how it does not just appear out of no where; it takes time before you achieve a harvest and requires concentration and focus. This thought then tied into motherhood for me. As mothers, you spend lots of “time” waiting and nurturing your harvest, which would be your children. Actually the first nine months you wait just to even get a glimpse of what you planted and its love at first sight when that harvest arrives.

I often think about how God gives men and women, for the most part, different roles when it comes to the family. I say many of the men I know are so impatient, that if having the babies were left up to them, humankind would have died off generations ago! However, when it comes to discipline and “common sense” in our family relationships our men are the leaders with that role. It occurred to me then, women are strategic when it comes to planning the family and men are tactical. Women have the vision, must stay focused and possess patience to care long term for their children…I’m 58 and my mother is still nurturing me in the way only a mother could…and men are tactical in the family…my dad, for instance, made sure there was food on the table daily, etc.
Therefore, then, I was delighted how the post came together from last week and leading us into Mother’s Day celebrations especially as women!

The following comes from The Daniel Plan:

God always gives you enough time to do His will. If you’re always out of time, you’re either doing things out of his will, OR doing the right things in wrong ways. — Pastor Rick Warren

SCRIPTURE:
Ephesians 5:16 ” Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

FOCUS…its long-term, sustainable, small step “successes,” so:

1 Make a plan.
2 Be ruthless with distractions. Stop focusing on what you don’t want and start focusing on what you want.
3 Change is a choice. If you change your brain, you can change your life. Goals focus your energy.
4 A goal is a dream with a deadline.

When it comes to time:

Ecclesiastes 3 The Message (MSG) There’s a Right Time for Everything 3 There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

2-8 A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

Joel 2:25 (KJ21) 2:25 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm and the caterpillar and the palmer worm, My great army which I sent among you.

During this week, write down seven (7) things you are grateful for. Just doing so will enhance your brain. Share a few with someone special. “The act of writing down your grateful thoughts helps to bring your attention to them to enhance your brain…researchers have found that people who express gratitude on a regular basis are healthier, more optimistic, make more progress toward their goals, have a greater sense of well-being, and they are more helpful to others.” The Daniel Plan

 

 

PRAYER:

Lord, as a mother protects her children, watching over them day by day, alert to danger, and ready if necessary to sacrifice herself for their sakes,so you Lord protect, your arms constantly encircling us, your hands delivering us from harm. For the intensity of your love, Lord Jesus we thank you.Loving God, we thank you for mothers – for all they mean or have meant, for the love they have shown and the care they have given. We thank you for the qualities of mothers – their patience, their kindness, concern and understanding. We thank you for the part they play in our lives, and we thank you for this day of saying ‘thank you’ this opportunity to say what we so often mean to say but so rarely do. For mothers and motherhood, for children and families we bring you this day our grateful praise. Lastly, we pray for those who have a rough time during Mother’s Day weekend. Whether they have lost their Mom, have an estranged relationship with their Mom or children, Lord, please take good care of all of us this weekend as we pray for each other. Amen.

 

SONG(S):

(The “unofficial” National Anthem Mother’s Day song in my community)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GjxlguPYo0&feature=kp

 

Various Artists- Gospel Mother’s Day: Songs of Recognition, Encouragement and Love

http://www.allmusic.com/album/gospel-mothers-day-songs-of-recognition-encouragement-and-love-mw0000351304

Mother’s Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/513668/mothers-day-playlist-20-songs-for-mom
Quotes:
“Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” —P.J. O’Rourke

“She could walk through a lightning storm without being touched; grab a bolt of lightning in the palm of her hand; use the heat of lightning to start the kindling going under her medicine pot. She turned the moon into salve, the stars into swaddling cloth, and healed the wounds of every creature walking up on two or down on four.”Gloria Naylor “Mama Day”

My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.’Tupac Shakur

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.  Stevie Wonder

“Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” —George Eliot

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou

Health Tip:

Did you know? Your brain (FOCUS) uses 20 to 30 percent of the calories your consume and requires the most resources above any other organ. Here are 19 super foods to feed your brain:

  1. Almonds
  2. Cashew Nuts
  3. Walnuts
  4. Dark Chocolate
  5. Apple
  6. Avacado
  7. Blueberries
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Oregano
  10. Kale
  11. Coffee
  12. Sweet Potato
  13. Coconut Oil
  14. Olive Oil
  15. Turkey
  16. Eggs
  17. Salmon
  18. Shirataki Noodles
  19. Green Tea

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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One Response to Fast Wednesdays, April 30, and, May 07, 2014 – FOCUS: Redeeming the Time and Happy Mother’s Day

  1. Sylvia Ross says:

    Debra Ellis, you are always right on time. Thank you my sista, Happy Mother’s Day to you.

    Sylvia Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 20:35:14 +0000 To: sylvia-lenny@hotmail.com

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