Fast Wednesdays: Week of September 2, 2015 – “Keeping the Faith” Part II

Greetings Beloved!
I’m preparing for a vacation that cannot come too soon…today, I had less “day” than time, but wanted to be in touch with you. So, as many of you go back to school, back to work, back to whatever, fill in the blanks as you relax over the upcoming long holiday weekend:
“I should really ______________ more.”

“ I should do ________________ less frequently.”

“I really am just about right with ____________________.”

Give it some serious thought, you might surprise yourself with what’s inside of your heart.

Currently, I am a mentor and a mentee, and I have started taking the time to see how I am doing on my 2015 goals and I am not doing bad, actually fairly better than I thought but I need to make some more adjustments. Any body like me? I use to have a long list of “tangible” wants but now that list is incredibly short and full of intangible desires. It goes a long way in making my life simpler, for me.

SCRIPTURE:
And, while you’re filling in the blanks above, or instead of doing it how about the following: Quiz: What is Your Life Verse? (Take the quiz and it will determine your scripture this week) mine is Nehemiah 8:10 And Nehemiah[a] continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Isn’t that on time…)

And, one last challenge, no, I did not create the following but thought you would enjoy, hey, I’m relaxing, learning to work smarter and enjoying labor day!

1. Read a Proverb a Day: “Yes, I know there are 31 Proverbs and only 30 days in September, and its already September 2. We can blame September for that. Besides, most of the people who are reading or listening to this devotional are pretty familiar with most of Proverbs 31 anyway. The point is: it’s an easy goal with a big payoff. Not only are the Proverbs applicable to our daily lives, they are quite challenging.

2. Start a Prayer List: It’s hard to deny the importance of praying for others. For one thing, it takes the focus off our problems. Secondly, you will discover that there is no shortage in the amount of prayer requests you will receive once you let people know you are starting a prayer list. You’ll find the key to this exercise is to, not only compile a prayer a list, but to also actually pray for people once you create it.

3. Random Acts of Kindness: I love this one for so many reasons. For one, it’s almost always something totally spontaneous. It can be as simple as picking up that piece of trash that you walk by or as complex as taking 30 minutes out of your day to be there for that annoying someone that you’d normally make excuses to avoid. Like the Proverbs challenge, you could settle for a “one a day” quota, but I usually find that once I get started it becomes quite contagious.

Intersecting Faith and Life: There you go. Three simple things you can do to feel like you aren’t being a slacker in September. All three take very little time and just a little stick-to-itiveness. And, most importantly, all three are sure to bring you closer to your beloved Creator.

Song:

Dedicated to cousin Rhonda Murphy Clark, celebrating her 50th…this is all about her (fresh, clean, sweet, etc.) and my precious Vonetta Graham and she knows why. Which reminds me, y’all check your “spam” you may have some good nuggets in there 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agxi8cei9h8

Prayer:
Dear Father, Hebrews 12:2 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)  tells usWe must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. your word declares that you have promised us a hopeful future we can have faith in …  May we continue to rest in your faithfulness to us for we know you hold the answers for our future. 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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