Fast Wednesdays: Week of April 29, 2015 – Prodigal “Sons and Daughters”

Greetings Beloved!

Firstly, I am asking that we all pray for the city of Baltimore and its residents, and, as a matter of fact, for the entire U.S.A. and the world actually. Violence is not the answer to our problems. And, the media has us so focused on “their” issues that we do not take the time, as a whole society, to collectively address the ills that we should really be looking at. My goal today is not to open a “powder keg” but just give some observations and food for thought…so bear with me, please.

I was truly touched by the story of the mother, who saw her son involved in the rioting, and she decided to come out and get her son and bring him home. She said she did not want him to grow up like the young man who died and all these actions are taking place because of him “Freddie Gray.” From my opinion, kudos to her! My goodness what a courageous act. I’m sure there will be lots of “spin” on this one but the mother took matters into her own hands and “rescued” her son.

Lord, we need more mothers. “Mothers are more than women who can give birth to a baby. Mothers know how to care for a baby and raise it properly. A real mother knows how to pray because she’s discerning. She senses it when her baby’s in trouble. Where are all our mothers? I’m afraid many are too busy at the spa, movies, mall and the like.” But, thank God, we do have a few, many of you on this list, who are the praying type we need. We also need more “real mothers” teaching our current generation how to raise children themselves. Some of us are teaching them how to fix their hair, dress and use makeup. Its time for us to teach them how to call on the Lord effectively, how to plead his blood over themselves and their family and how to pray through until victory comes.”

In the parable of the prodigal son, we see a father who has to take matters into his hands with his two sons. The younger one has gone out and “squandered his wealth with wild living.” He has learned of his sins, repented and reconciled with them, and is coming home to his compassionate father who shows him unconditional love upon his return. On the other hand, we have the older brother, though obedient on the outside, he is miserable on the inside, and, because he will not come inside and rejoice with everyone he missed out on so much and never utilized the blessings at his disposal (Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 1:5-8).

In the end, let us older wiser, women and men, accept our responsibility to be more accountable and begin to or continue to reach out to our youth and provide them with seasoned, wise advise, guidance and council. Also, let our next generation learn to have ears to listen and take appropriate actions.
SCRIPTURE:
Luke 15:11-32
Below is a great commentary of the entire parable
http://www.gotquestions.org/parable-prodigal-son.html
SONG:
Tasha Cobbs – For Your Glory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKetXJjMUZ0
PRAYER:
Father, thank you for working in our hearts, minds, bodies and soul. May we ever pursue your will for our lives. Thanks for making us mindful of where we are headed and how we can better order our steps, redeem the time, abide in you and number our days to give you glory and to save generations … 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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