As we begin a new year, I believe its a great time to check out the condition of our heart and decide if we need to do some spiritual, physical, etc. conditioning on it. If your goal is for a new, spiritual heart, make worship and prayer a priority for your life. Ask God for a renewed passion for him, his presence and revelation from his word.
At my church we began 21 days of prayer on Sunday with this first scripture and I pray you find peace as you meditate and pray on it as well as the others:
2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
Lord I give You my heart
I give You my soul
I live for You alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I’m awake
Lord have Your way in me
Building Your Heart (Physical)
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) Your heart is a muscle, so when you challenge it, it will adapt and become stronger. Strengthen your heart as well as become young at heart by making active games and aerobic activities a part of your weekly routine. —Exercise Physiologist Sean Foy
Dear Lord I give you my wicked heart and soul, only you father, can take them and use them to do exceedingly abundantly more than anything I can ask think or imagine. Have your way in me Lord, the same way you did with David, a man you called “after your own heart” even in his mess. I pray that you will continue to prune me, move me from a heart of stone to a tender, responsive one that will yield in obedience to you. Continue to breathe on me as I continue to find ways to be a blessing in everything I say and do. Amen!
I dedicate this week’s Fast Wednesday to my loving uncle, Elvin Simmons, and his family…as we celebrate his life and passing on this Friday and Saturday, in Benson, Dunn and Fayetteville, NC…he trusted in the Lord with all his heart and taught all of us around him to do the same!
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/