Fast Wednesdays, May 14, 2014 – Sweet Spot

Greetings Beloved!

Sweet Spot noun informal

noun: sweet spot; plural noun: sweet spots; noun: sweetspot; plural noun: sweetspots

  1. the point or area on a bat, club, or racket at which it makes most effective contact with the ball.
    • an optimum point or combination of factors or qualities.
    • “the market may have reached its sweet spot, with prices high enough to encourage sellers but still low enough to promise a good return”

“Ever swung a baseball bat or paddled a Ping-Pong ball? If so, you know the oh-so-nice feel of the sweet spot. Life in the sweet spot rolls like the downhill side of a downwind bike ride. But you don’t have to swing a bat or a club to know this. What engineers give sports equipment, God gave you. A zone, a region, a life precinct in which you were made to dwell. He tailored the curves of your life to fit an empty space in his jigsaw puzzle. And life makes sweet sense when you find your spot.

But if you’re like 70 percent of working adults, you haven’t found it. You don’t find meaning in your work, or you don’t believe your talents are used. What can you do? You’re suffering from the common life, and you desperately need a cure.

Best-selling author Max Lucado has found it. In Cure for the Common Life, he offers practical tools for exploring and identifying your own uniqueness, motivation to put your strengths to work, and the perfect prescription for finding and living in your sweet spot for the rest of your life.”

I gave this book to someone for Mother’s Day but thought I would share the topic with everyone today just to give us something to think about this Fast Wednesday.

After reading some excerpts in the book, I having been pondering them. Yesterday, for instance, I took a walk and climbed up a small hill in the park. As I was coming down the hill, there was such a momentum coming from behind me that I had to put on my “mental” brakes or I would have come crashing down. However, the exhilaration of going so fast, with hardly any effort was a feeling beyond measure. I recall having that feeling several times in my life, when the “good” times were so smoothly orchestrated by GOD, it barely took any effort for me to accomplish anything. I have decided I want to find my Sweet Spot and stay there for the rest of my life. I am sure it will take hard work, obedience, surrender, prayer, etc. but its definitely worth every bit of effort.

I challenge everyone this week to go out and find your Sweet Spot!

SCRIPTURE (on Spiritual Gifts, Contemporary English Version, Good News Translation and The Message Version of the Bible):

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (CEV)The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others. Some of us can speak with wisdom, while others can speak with knowledge, but these gifts come from the same Spirit. To others the Spirit has given great faith or the power to heal the sick 10 or the power to work mighty miracles. Some of us are prophets, and some of us recognize when God’s Spirit is present.[a] Others can speak different kinds of languages, and still others can tell what these languages mean. 11 But it is the Spirit who does all this and decides which gifts to give to each of us.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11  (GNT)The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. The Spirit gives one person a message full of wisdom, while to another person the same Spirit gives a message full of knowledge. One and the same Spirit gives faith to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal. 10 The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles; to another, the gift of speaking God’s message; and to yet another, the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not. To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues, and to another he gives the ability to explain what is said. 11 But it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.

 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (MSG)  4-11 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful: wise counsel, clear understanding, simple trust, healing the sick, miraculous acts, proclamation, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

During this week, read the scriptures on Spiritual Gifts and ask God to help you determine yours. Also, write down seven (7) additional things you are grateful for and share them with God the next time you spend personal time with him.

Once you have found it, your Sweet Spot, you never want to lose it because you’ll become like the 70% of folks who are just living the common life…!

Today’s Fast Wednesday is dedicated to Kim Klunder, Alvesta Mariah McKinzie and Jackie Shinn…you know why…showers of blessings!

Health Tip:
Think about what motivates you to move your body and live well. What is your deeper reason for exercising on a regular basis? In other words, “What is your why?” Take some time this week to write down your why on a 3 x 5 card or your smartphone.

SONG: “I Surrender All” 

CeCe Winans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IAz9artoBw

Ruben Studdard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R3jMLLMaEo

Faith Hill on Oprah Winfrey Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUIIKBx_mFU

Story behind the song – I Surrender All Composer Judson W. Van DeVenter Writes I Surrender All

Judson W. Van DeVenter (1855-1939) was raised in a Christian home. At age 17, he accepted Jesus as his Savior. He graduated university with a degree in art and was employed successfully as a teacher and administrator of high school art. He traveled extensively, visiting the various art galleries throughout Europe.

Van DeVenter also studied and taught music. He mastered 13 different instruments, sang and composed music. He was very involved in the music ministry of his Methodist Episcopal church and eventually found himself torn between his successful teaching career and his desire to be a part of an evangelistic team. This struggle within himself lasted for almost five years.

In 1896, Van DeVenter was conducting the music of a church event. It was during these meetings that he finally surrendered his desires completely to God — He made the decision to become a full-time evangelist. As he submitted completely to the will of his Lord, a song was born in his heart.

I Surrender All was put to music by Winfield S. Weeden (1847-1908 ), who published this and many other hymns in several volumes. Weeden so loved this song that the words I Surrender All were put on his tombstone.

The words and melody of I Surrender All have appeared in virtually every English hymnal, and are just as readily sung in churches that prefer contemporary music.

Lyrics:
All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live
All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldy pleasures all forshaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now,

I surrender all
I surredner all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all
All to Jesus I surrender
Make me Savior wholly thine
May Thy Holy Spirit fill me
May I know Thy power divine

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all

PRAYER:

Lord, teach us how to surrender all, bring us to our collective “sweet spots” and help, guide, lead, etc. and drag us there to spend the rest of our lives…forever.  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 (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press:  https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/

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