Fast Wednesdays: Week of January 28, 2015 – Don’t Worry (Be Encouraged)

Greetings Beloved!

Over my life, I have had many opportunities to worry and I have actually spent much unproductive time doing it…however, there’s been much progress in my life and changes so I don’t worry as often or much as I use too…comes from my increasing ability to trust in God. To be honest, I occasionally “am concerned” about what topic I will post but God has always been faithful and gives me the right topics at the right time…that’s how we got to today’s topic because as of last night I was clueless. But this morning when I  did my daily devotions and prayer this topic came to me…he’s right on time! And, based on the conversations, etc. I have had with many of you, I pray this will encourage you as well.

Also, Happy Birthday to all the January babies and are YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL this weekend…looking forward to a great game! I know some of you ladies don’t watch the game(s), however, this is the big one, the SUPER BOWL…be nice to your mate, fix him a special dish as he watches, it will go a long way -:) 🙂 -:) And, impress him that you know its Seattle Seahawks  vs New England Patriots! And, if you ask them about “Deflate Gate” they will probably gasp…!

Seven (7) reasons Not to Worry:

Matthew 6:25       The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life.
Matthew 6:26       Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today.
Matthew 6:27       Worrying is more harmful than helpful.
Matthew 6:28-30  God does not ignore those who depend on him.
Matthew 6:31-32  Worry shows a lack of faith and understanding of God.
Matthew 6:33       There are real challenges God wants us to pursue, and worrying keeps us from them.
Matthew 6:34       Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.

SCRIPTURE:Matthew 6:25-34The Message (MSG) 25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life  than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. 27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. 30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

SONG:
“God Will take Care of You” — Whitney Houston
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zS56fgbTKA

PRAYER:
Dear Father, knowing that you will take care of us everyday, all the way, let us be anxious for nothing. May we continue to pray for each other because there’s power in prayer. Help us to not cross the thin line between genuine concern and worry, while worry immobilizes us, help our concern move us to action on the items in our life we need to be confronting. Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is wasted. Alleviate our fears and teach us how to put our full faith in you as you are Lord in our lives. We love you Lord and thank you for your patience with us. Amen.

Love, Joy and Peace, 
Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of FastWednesdays 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 FastWednesdays 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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