Fast Wednesdays: Week of June 7, 2017 – Happy Anniversary & New Beginnings

Greetings Beloved!

I did not post last week, May 31st, partly because I was celebrating my one year anniversary in retirement as I am certain other colleagues such as Kathy Johnson, June Burger, et al were doing. I cannot speak for them but boy time has flown. I am thankful to God for some fantastic opportunities he has brought my way which give me an even stronger sense of purpose and destiny.

On Monday, June 5, I began a twelve week, summer intensive internship program at Tampa General Hospital, in Tampa, FL, as I plan to pursue becoming a chaplain. This opportunity happened so quickly that I believe only God could have blessed me with this miracle. Others in my life began new jobs and other experiences recently. I am excited for you all. Share if you would like any new opportunities you have or on your horizon. I solicit your prayers for me as I pray for you.

Yesterday, in our interfaith chapel services, we reflected upon the following Scripture. I am sharing this and hope you find it food for thought as you move forward on your own spiritual quest/journey.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 The Message (MSG) There’s a Right Time for Everything

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

2-8 A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

SONG(S):

1. Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season), often abbreviated to “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, is a song adapted entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible (with the exception of the last line) and put to music by Pete Seeger in 1959. Turn! Turn! Turn! is the second album by the folk rock band The Byrds and was released in December 1965 on Columbia Records (see 1965 in music). For the baby boomers out there, you will remember this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA2IYnGRYac

2. Donald Lawrence – “Seasons”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvKiwr9yIkA

3. Same song as above but depicted in praise dance, a form of worship I embrace fully.

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

PRAYER:

Father, as we walk into new beginnings and seasons in our lives, we thank you for blessing us past, present and future. We embrace your word that tells us there’s a time and place for everything by remembering you are an “on time God.” Help us learn to be more receptive to change realizing that change is good for us and inevitable. You also remind us of the great news that the only thing that does not change is you. You are the same yesterday, today and forevermore per Hebrews 13:8. With this in mind, we need nothing but you. Thank you for your amazing grace and mercy for they minister, heal, reconcile, renew and refresh us daily. We give you all the glory, honor and praise. Amen…

Love, Joy and Peace,

Debra J. Fuller Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: 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 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 sisterhood 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.

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