Fast Wednesdays: Week of June 11, 2014 – “Light Your Spiritual Fire — Part 2 — Color Blind or Color Brave”

Greetings Beloved!

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” ~ Ayn Rand

9 Ways To Light The Fire Of The Lord In Your Spirit

#1 Feed The Flames With The Word Of God

#2 Stoke The Furnace With Prayer

#3 Worship The Lord With Extravagance.

#4 Allow The Holy Spirit To Move

#5 Do A Spring Cleaning Of Your Heart

#6 Bring Your Flame Closer To Other Flames

#7 Start Making Your Fire Useful

#8 Find A Personal Firebrand

#9 Spread The Flame

Last week, as you recall, I shared the above 9 Ways to Light the Fire of the Lord in your Spirit. I mentioned that I would have commentary on some of these this week and for you to share your thoughts with me so I could share with others. Here’s three responses (THANK YOU):

#1 – Very Nice!!  Be Blessed

#2 – FIRE! Shut Up In My Bones……….

#3 – Amen. Amen. Amen…. Wow is this on point with what I have been feeling.  Thank you so much for using your gifts and talents to bless so many!!  I am truly blessed to have you in my life and letting your fire shine to me and my family!Most of these hit home for me.  But the one that really stood out was…All of them. Reading the word and sharing my testimony are probably my weakest points.  I do devotions but I don’t just sit and read and ponder like I know I should.  And I don’t share my testimony or have the boldness to talk to people.  But I am prayerfully and faithfully working on that and it is something that I have made steps towards but it is still a challenge for me. Find a personal Firebrand has been a challenge since I moved churches as when you shift life sometimes you loose people. So it is something else I am conscience of and am prayerful for. So thank you again for your light in my life and I look forward to what God has in store!

This week let’s dive deeper into Find a Personal Firebrand. The description stated “we need spiritual dads and moms to teach us how to light our spiritual fires.” This means we need coaches and mentors, not just spiritually, but I believe in every area of our life so we “can glean from their wisdom and experience. It as stated “get as close as possible to those who are burning for God, and you will be ignited. I believe that same spark is ignited no matter what the area or situation may be…so find a mentor and/or coach.


Mentors and Coaches

Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2:4 (The Message)

What do Peyton Manning, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, George W. Bush, and Olympic Gold medalist Apolo Ohno all have in common? Your first thought might be success in their particular field. While that is true, all of them attribute their personal success to one thing: having a buddy, mentor, or coach who brought the best out of them. They each had someone in their lives who instructed, encouraged, pushed, trained, and taught them to pursue excellence, assisting them in reaching their dreams.

—Exercise Physiologist Sean Foy

One of my “real life” heroines today is Mellody Hobson. Since I am not sure when I will meet her, I follow “her” in the media, etc. She’s president of Ariel Investments and married to The Star Wars creator George Lucas. I have been listening to speeeches, etc on Ted Talk, thanks to Heather Cole, a newly added “friend.” I discovered the following one from Mellody and it, in my opinion, is profound. Its titled Being Mistaken For Kitchen Help Just Made This Exec More Outspoken.” She discusses racism in such an eloquent and articulate manner. After you listen, think about it and tell me, if you wish, “are you Color Blind or Color Brave.” Without a doubt I am “Color Brave.”

I have been challenged from elementary school and throughout my life about hanging out with other races and ethnicities, etc. When I was younger, I lacked the self confidence I have now to know, its the only way I want to live. As a youth, when mean spirited or ignorant or jealous people challenged me about being an “uncle tom” hanging out with the gifted kids in junior and high school I would stumble on my words or be embarrassed because I was smart or they would tell me they needed a dictionary to understand me I would try to “act” dumb initially but I thank GOD for parents who provided such opportunities based on where I lived, grew up, etc. which opened up the world for me and forced me to become a global, multicultural “citizen!”

In honor of father’s day, I’ll share that I actually was raised, challenged and informed by my dad, who use to be a sharecropper in North Carolina at age 19 before moving to New York to create a better life for his family, THAT I COULD BE ANYBODY if I PUT MY MIND TO IT. He shared that he did not have the opportunities that life presented me and encouraged me to maximize on mine. He made me his bookkeeper when I was 12. I would do all his banking and he just thought I was the smartest daughter ever. His words made me feel “brilliant” and I knew I had to get good grades, be smart, work hard, laugh and party too because it would please him. My limitations would be set by ME and no one else unless I let them…is what he instilled in me. And, I RADICALLY believed him!

I have had quite a life, in my opinion, because of what he and my mom instilled in me. Dad only made it through sixth grade with his education but right before he retired, around 2000, he made a six figure salary as a truck driver! (With GOD all things are possible)! I ask, if you only do ONE RADICAL thing, just once, one day in your life, what would it be and how would it change the world? My dad changed my world!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/23/mellody-hobson-color-blind-color-brave-ted-talk_n_5380095.html

Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdsIjwwfhjk

Quiet Time Prayer:
Be still and know that I am God  – Psalm 46

I was asked last week to pass this on:

“There is nothing  better than other people praying for you.  We’re not getting older, just getting closer to  home!  Be Still. The instructions are to pick at least four people You want God to  bless. I pick you…this prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let’s always pray for one another. If you choose to send this to more than four people, you are truly blessed to have such  friends!  As I am.  We need to take some time for prayer and reflection every day. Have a very blessed day and know you are thought of often!

Here goes: 

Father,  Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us  here on earth. Thank You for Your tender mercies. Thank You for giving us friends and family to share these joys with. I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Where there is joy, give them continued joy, Where there is pain, give them your  peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence.  Where there is need, fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. In Jesus’ 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 (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press:  https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/


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