Fast Wednesdays: Week of September 20, 2017 – Declutter Part II

Define declutter:  to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc:
Greetings Beloved!

First of all, prayers and condolences to those impacted by Hurricane Maria this week in the Caribbean. Also, prayers are extended to those in recovery mode from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey as well as tropical storms Katia, Jose and Lee. We have had quite the unsettling weather pattern lately. I love the stories of people helping each other out. Image if that were the normal behavior and not just through the physical storms of life?

Second, happy Rosh Hashanah to our Jewish friends and colleagues.

What Is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year, anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, and sounding of the shofar . . .

What: It is the birthday of the universe, the day G‑d created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.

When: The first two days of the Jewish new year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall on September 22 (see more details here).

How: Candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn (shofar) on both mornings, and desisting from creative work.

Today’s Fast Wednesday topic is a follow on to last week’s on the topic. As I reflected, I went through our database of Fast Wednesday’s and am “recycling” one provided to you February, 2014. It was created along with the help of a dear friend who retired in 2013. It’s centered on “taking care of what you have already before moving on to new things” or what I am calling “decluttering” or “taking care of your perennials” for all you gardening enthusiasts .

When I asked my friend to give me an example, I was told “I can’t give you an example, that’s too much like work and I no longer play dat. But it’s like gardening, old friendships are the perennials, the backbone of the garden that always come back, not like the annuals that leave after a short time.”


John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Remember, then, try to focus on the big things in life. How do we do that you say? Abide in God at all times. God is eternal and we are just vapors here on earth for such a short time. We then focus on our families. First, our significant others because the divine order of God’s plans are they are probably going to be around the longest in our lives. They are the perennials in our gardens. Next it’s our children, instill them with good habits and love by spending quality time with them which is free, you just have to set aside time, in this busy world we live in. And, its amazing how rapidly they grow up and are off on their own seems like way before you realize it! They are like the annuals of our gardens. Some of our friends are the perennials (thank GOD I have many of these) while others are the annuals (thank GOD for these also in my life who have taught we many things).

(Abide: comply with, obey, observe, follow, keep to, hold to, conform to, adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, uphold, heed, accept, go along with, acknowledge, respect, etc).

2 Corinthians 13:11 Living Bible (TLB) –

11 I close my letter with these last words: Be happy. Grow in Christ. Pay attention to what I have said. Live in harmony and peace. And may the God of love and peace be with you.

Psalm 127:2 (CEV) – It is useless to get up early and stay up late in order to earn a living. God takes care of  his own, even while they sleep.


We are searching for a “home church” here in Tampa for the upcoming year. We attended one Sunday and we will see. I was feed richly by the word. The following song was used for Praise and Worship. It has stayed with my spirit all week.   I hope and pray it blesses you as well. I have heard the group performing this song many times and they are true worshippers.


10 Ways to Change the Atmosphere of your Home

(Especially When Overwhelmed)

  1. Light a candle.
  2. Turn on soft or upbeat music.
  3. Declutter for 15 minutes.
  4. Bake brownies.
  5. Put flowers in kitchen.
  6. Smile at family.
  7. Say an encouraging word to each and everyone in the household.
  8. Give a tickle, hug or back rub to each and everyone in the household.
  9. Play a game together.
  10. PRAY!


Father, thanks for the constant things in our lives, such as you will “never leave us or forsake us.” Many times in our evolution, we find you are always there, but it is us who have strayed off the path. Thanks for resetting our compasses and putting us back on track with your divine order. Give us the desire to take care of what we already have so that we do not spend our days looking for the items we have lost or misplaced or building material idols in our lives which never satisfy and surely fade. But more importantly, help us to spend time with you, our husbands, wives, children, family, friends and all significant others, pouring into their lives so we do not lose or misplace what’s important in our relationships with you and them. AMEN.

Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. 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 (, Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.

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