Episode 4: REALITY CHECK

GOD SEEKER MESSAGES with Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2022

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Song prayer: MASTER REDEEMER

I am just past the beginning of my 7th decade of life. Like so many before me, in my teens, 20s and 30s, it seemed as if anyone over 60 seemed old. However, now that I am here, it is as if I am just hitting my stride.

God has no rules which say any age is worth more than another. And there is no age or even condition He sees as worthless.  On the contrary, in God’s kingdom—in His culture—according to His way of seeing things—every person has a grand purpose. This means you. And every day is priceless because it is a day when you can productively serve Him, no matter your circumstances.

Personally, there remains so much I want to do! So much I feel as if He is calling me to. These are contributions which I hope He allows me to make. Yet, there are no guarantees any of us will live a certain length of time. We are not promised a particular number of years. That’s not how it works. It’s not how God set it up to be, though with our limited mortal human vision which can only see the here and now, sometimes we may wish it were.

There is one certainty. We were born and there will be a day we physically die. The lives we are living now will end. The soul will go on. But our time here—a time when we can have an effect—will be over. I do not say this to be negative or morbid, but because truly coming to terms with this, puts everything else into perspective. Ultimately this real realization brings hope and inspiration, motivation and galvanization to purpose, not discouragement.

There is a contrast between the intentionality with which most of us are raised to live and the intentionality with which we were designed to live under God.  Please stay with me. Where I am going with this is not the usual legalistic list of have-to-dos or even shoulds. Neither is it a recommendation to go forward with an attitude of laissez-faire—that anything goes. It’s truly that search for a life trajectory with meaning the way God intended it and offers it, so that here and now makes sense and begins to fulfill you while letting you affect yet others in the way that has always been planned. Life which is God-intended. God-planned. Worth living. With God-effect. And Holy Spirit-led.

We are born into human-invented cultural structures and ways of thinking which both consciously and subconsciously impart more limited ideas of how we are to live and what is important. These ideas are conveyed as if they are the only right ways to think, to prioritize and to value. Herewith I am not condemning human cultures. It is not wrong that various cultures exist. It is God-designed. He ordained many different cultures to spring forth as His creation spread across the earth. The cultures which developed are not a surprise to Him. Each people group needed to find a way to survive in the varied geographies in which they settled. There were different climates and different food availability. Like us today, all people groups needed to find a way to explain their existence. Where they came from and how they were to live.

What I am saying is that there is a God-culture beyond which we the people have been able to perceive on our own. A way of being which supersedes all human structures and is more satisfying and fulfilling because it’s what we were created for. God shares, that part of His story about His ongoing love for all of us, is that He Himself chose to reveal this different way of life through Jesus. It is a way of life which can exist and thrive within any limited human culture because it consists in how we treat one another. It is a way of life with ongoing honor given to God because we are imitating Him. It is a living not worried about dying but functioning in the peace of knowing here is not the end. It is an intentional living looking to have His effect here until that unknown moment He takes each of us to Him there. This is what Jesus’ coming was all about. Jesus alone provided the way for us to return to beautiful, right relationship with God, where we live according to His plan because it was this for which we were designed. Where we look to God to care for us even as we long to express our appreciation, devotion and love for Him by fulfilling our extraordinarily individual and unique parts of His plan.

By every day of His 33-year life, Jesus gave the true view of how God’s new way would be. This revitalized way of living. Jesus declared that He was the way, truth and life. In other words, how He lived is the actual way we are meant to live. His way of living represents not a single human-designed culture but the God-designed overriding truth of how life is to be. And through Him and with Him, He ushers those of us who choose to believe and follow into a reconciled, restored, renewed relationship with God Himself. This puts us on His intended continuum of here through forever purposeful, satisfying living, in unity with His purposes for all people from now through forever. Death no longer the stopping place, but just a door to move through.

Think about that for a moment. Death no longer the end! Once we really begin to wrap our minds and hearts around this fact, there is a holy freedom which comes. A great sigh of relief. Yes, the reality check that there is death. But so what? If you are a God-Seeker remember He promises to be found by you. If you are a God-Seeker, making trying to learn more about Him and imitate Him your priority, then He will make up the difference. He will do what you cannot. That’s what Jesus is all about. God’s love making up for whatever you might lack. (And you will lack. You won’t be perfect. Because you are not and never will be God.)

So what are we to do with the time that we have? Have a God-effect here. And that is something God longs to do through you every day. Supreme and satisfying intentionality! Every day filled with purpose. Every moment. Because God is not bound by our cultural perception of life’s meaning. He is unstirred by our emphasis on the vague and unsustainable concept of human-driven success. Whatever we have thought important and priority does not change His.

God has a plan for you to be part of His plan. Yes, His plan. The plan for letting people know He is here. The plan for loving on all people and providing for them even while we are in this tainted, less-than-perfect mortal existence. The plan for enabling all who want it, to be restored back to His kingdom so we can live in this continuum of working for God now through forever. Purposeful living. No longer worried about death, but choosing to be open for God to use us in every moment of this life, which He ordains us to have.

This is a beauty He puts into life regardless of circumstances—which often will not be heavenly and will frequently be troubling and cause us to have hurting hearts. And God still there through it all, calling to each one and wanting to help each one, even as He continuously deploys us for the aid of yet another. In the Kingdom of God every person matters and each one is equal to the other. This temporal world is a mess. His Kingdom is not of this world. But He works through each of us in this world specifically to bring His beloved Kingdom way nearer until the day He calls each of us home. He is Comforter. Consoler. Helper. Healer. Restorer. Justice-bringer. Shelter in storms. He uses you. You are called to a God-purpose in your life. Every moment. To live with unfathomable God-driven intentionality which fills you daily with joy! Holy Spirit, is there to communicate to you the specifics. More about Him to later. Are you ready? Are you listening for His marching orders? Have you already begun? Let the excitement build.

Listen to the song MASTER REDEEMER. It is a music prayer of offering yourself to God. To unite yourself with His overriding purposes. Listen more than once for the song to become your own prayer. You can find it on my YouTube channel. Just search for my name, Elizabeth Fulgaro. It is also available on various streaming services and CD.

Let’s finish with a Scripture—a verse from the Bible.

Luke 12:4 (AMPCE)

 I tell you, My friends, do not dread and be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do.

Until next time, I am praying for you. Offer yourself to God with the song MASTER REDEEMER and keep seeking God.

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THANKS BE TO YOU

Mini Devotion & Song Prayer

photo & text by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2022

There are times in life – many times usually – when what is or what is about to be is not what you would have ever wanted, but its the way life is going. God did not promise us ease. Jesus is the example and He certainly did not have it easy in any regard. This remains our sometimes lovely place of exile where that other dude rules. God overall all, standing by, accompanying and always, always leading us home. Even as at times He holds you as you weep. So…no matter what, we can give God thanks. At all times. Several of my albums have worship songs of thanksgiving on them. This evening I decided to release one on my YouTube channel a few weeks earlier than previously planned. It speaks my heart this night. Again. No matter what. Perhaps it will speak your heart to God too. Here’s the song prayer (worship song): THANKS BE TO YOU

Text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2022

Song prayer: THANKS BE TO YOU  

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Episode 3: TRAJECTORY RE-SET

GOD SEEKER MESSAGES with Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2022

 Text to accompany the podcast episode. Listen on YouTube or various other podcast services.

Song prayer: PUT YOUR HAND ON ME

There is a very real focus within Christianity on bringing God’s heavenly kingdom to earth. The grand overview goes like this. Christianity with its roots in Judaism is built on a premise that God created the universe and humanity and that all of history is an account of the story of the relationship of God with humanity which is running a course that will one day be complete. The story begins with God’s creation of humanity as an act of the true love essence He is. He created all people from this love in order to have fellowship with us. He has need of nothing. He is sufficient unto Himself. But He wanted us to live in the shelter of His perfect love in His care forever because this love that He is naturally finds an outlet. Of course, in our imperfection, early humanity made some decisions which demonstrated they would rather be in charge of themselves than trusting God for His care. God honored that decision. The relationship with God was broken. But He was still there, present and providing in His love. Only it was different. It was not as close as before or as intimate. And instead of living in a perfected creation where there was only good, now every person would also be impacted by evil. We would do harm to one another. We would encounter harm. And there would be hardship, illness and death. All-knowing God knew humanity would never be able to mend the relationship with Him in the way it needed to be done. He had known this since the beginning. So, since the beginning He had had a plan to offer each one the opportunity to reunite with Him forever. Jesus. Jesus was born, lived and died in a manner which opened the door for each one who chooses to have that relationship with God again which He always wanted for us. The relationship begins now but lasts beyond death through eternity. And in that forever place, which is our true home, He would wipe away the tears from the suffering which has been and there would be only good again.

For now, once people individually make a free will choice to believe in God and let Him be King of their lives, they become part of His eternal kingdom already now. It’s a strange sort of in-between living, where obviously here does not become the perfect goodness and joy of heaven, but where God’s presence is here in the midst, and He works through His followers to bring more of His goodness on earth as in heaven now. This includes kindness and gentleness, but also added firmness and perseverance where required in order to help bring justice. Especially to the suffering and voiceless, comfort to the sorrowing and help to those otherwise in need.

This job to usher in God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven now is supposed to mean goodness and better living for all. More of God’s intended way with each other here. More sincere compassion and care for one another. more relational peace and joy. Here during this temporary life, perfection in relationships will never be perfectly attained but we strive for it. Relationally. Because that’s what God’s original commandments to His people were all about. How we are to treat one another for love of God.

When we listen for God’s instructions as His subjects and work to treat each other the way He leads, this naturally results in additional expansion of God’s kingdom. When people experience His love given in the way He leads, their hearts melt and they long for restored relationship with Him, too.

I used to think bringing God’s kingdom more to earth meant changing all the laws, so that the laws of my country matched the laws of God. I loved and love God so much. This would honor Him, right? I had read, “blessed is the nations whose God is the Lord….” (Psalm 33:12) I believed it. I still do.

But I think in my earlier emphasis on working so hard for laws to be changed I missed the main Jesus-focused point.  I still vote. I still am active working what to me seems a more God-honoring society. But I no longer believe that how the establishment of laws proceeds ruins or enables God’s kingdom to come. It can’t be so. God has shown us through Jesus that His way is different and greater than this.

The culture Jesus modeled—the culture of the Kingdom of God—was unique in that Jesus treated people the way which is God’s will regardless of governmental structures. Jesus didn’t worry about changing who was in charge or what they ordered. He went about His business as the ambassador for the Kingdom of God representing God’s culture regardless. Rome was in power over the Jews when Jesus was born. Rome was still in power 33 years later when He was crucified. The Jewish leadership was focused on the minutiae of adhering to a web of hundreds of laws that had been built through centuries of trying to interpret what God wanted. Jesus demonstrated repeatedly that He had come not to abolish this law or the law-focus of the society, but to fulfill it and therewith to usher in the possibility of the true culture of the Kingdom of God there in the midst of everything less. Each person choosing whether to believe and work to imitate Him. Each person then becoming a member of His new society within society.

Jesus fulfilled the law by living according to its broader meaning. Not focused on every little detail of the shoulds and should nots but why a particular instruction from God was there.

If a person were to just do what the law said but did it with no love in their hearts for God or for fellow people, then the obedience to the law was as if worthless. What mattered to God was the heart. The attitude. The underlying motivation within a person. God is looking for sincerity.

Therefore, to make my main focus making sure the written laws match what I think honors God, doesn’t make sense. The main focus has to be living in a way in how I treat the others around me that more and more mirrors how He wants them treated.  So that in a way only God can know, these others experience Him in a manner that causes them to want to follow Him, too. This does not require laws a particular way, regardless of my preference. It requires a listening heart on my part which puts His work for me with people first and trusts Him to move on their hearts in the way each one needs through it.

Peace and joy. Love and patience. Gifts in every day through the simple rhythm of walking out His will for Him with one another. This is the emphasis of bringing His kingdom to earth now for His effect His way. Blessed life!

Use the song PUT YOUR HAND ON ME as your prayer while you rejoice in the freedom to just follow where He leads as He works through you to expand His kingdom in a multiplicity of hearts. And as He does, our world will change for the better now through forever.  Listen more than once until the song and its message become yours. You can find PUT YOUR HAND ON ME on my YouTube channel. It is also carried on various streaming services and is available on CD.

Let’s finish with a Scripture—a verse from the Bible:

1 Samuel 16:7b (AMCPE).

“…For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Remember, I am praying for you. Listen to the song PUT YOUR HAND ON ME and keep seeking God.

Until next time, I am praying for you. Offer yourself to God with the song PUT YOUR HAND ON ME and keep seeking God.

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Episode 2: PIVOT

GOD SEEKER MESSAGES with Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2022

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Song prayer: FREEDOM COMES FROM YOU

You can live your whole life oblivious to the reality of God. One reason you may choose to deny His existence is because no one can know for sure. That’s what I did. For a number of years, I set considering the idea of God aside as something which could not be considered because I did not want to be a fool. I did not to be one of those swooning about a Being that in the end didn’t exist. Because what if He didn’t?  I didn’t want to be ridiculous.

Thus, what changed for me? For each person, the trigger which causes the initial pivot towards the possibility of God instead of away from Him is different. Personally, what readied me to be open to Him was an inner desperation. A silent, incessant, interior scream for life to have greater meaning.

I had been an avowed gold-seeker. Raised in a Christian home, we were at church every Sunday and believed when we prayed God would hear and answer. We believed in trying to live in a way that would honor God. We focused on following His rules for living.  God was a distant seeming sort of fellow. We tried to honor Him from here in the hopes of becoming worthy of being with Him there. The weekly church and daily prayer gave a structure to the rest of my life and a sense of serenity. But once away from home at college, there were these existential questions others put before me, which I could not reconcile with the little I knew about God. I made some moral choices which did not match what I had been taught was God’s way. But it no longer seemed wrong. In the end, what little I had learned about God growing up was not enough and I slipped into a God-doubting, completely secular way of life.

But here was the rub. The secular way of life was not that far from the life under the label Christian, which I had been living. Like many people, though no longer considered myself Christian (and did not want to be considered Christian), I still wanted to be a good person. I still had personal values and ethics.  I just no longer had faith in God because where was the proof?

Rightly considered, the foundation for my life trajectory had not just been set by the faith habits of prayer and attending church, the direction for my life also had been largely influenced by the culture into which I had been born in the mid-20th century in the United States of America.

To be born and raised surrounded exclusively by a particular culture is to be mostly unaware of its influence.  Oh, I knew I spoke American and not British English, but since I was never outside the Unites States before I was seventeen and had been around almost exclusively fellow Americans, I could not imagine any other way to live and especially, a different way to think.

Deeply imbedded in seemingly non-stop cultural messages was the idea of gold-seeker as the way to live. To work to be financially secure. If possible, to have monetary riches. This would bring each and satisfaction, peace and joy. 

Thus, after losing faith in God, mine became a more focused trajectory towards this concept of success. My husband and I worked hard and saved what we made. We each progressed in our professions. The Vice President, Investments title became mine. We invested, buying low and then sold at a profit. We bought a home. Short-term pain for long-term gain. As a financial advisor I counseled my clients to set pursuit of financial security above almost all else.

But ten years after losing my faith in God, though on the surface my life was building into everything cultural messages implied was important, underneath—on the inside of me—where it really mattered, the structure of meaning and significance which I had tried to build into my life was falling apart. I could no longer keep it together by sheer will power. Nothing seemed to matter anymore, though I had done what my culture prescribed to have a successful and supposedly meaningful life.

Yet, here was the problem. I was so caught up in the conscious and subconscious drives from my culture, I did not know this was not the only way to set life priorities. What is success, really? All the pushing and inspiration from so many sides to reach this nebulous supposedly important place. Yet reaching anything of lasting, meaningful substance through it—at least for me—was an illusion. There was nothing there. Nothing which filled me up. Any initial thrill of achievement was not lasting. Instead, I was increasingly aware of an inner void. What was the purpose of it all? Life was hard and then we would die.

This was my pivot point. The deep need for life to have a significance beyond building towards elusive success and financial freedom. My culture taught me to get a good education and a good job. To achieve and save and live well. Tada! And then? Well then there were problems and you died. Title, position and power didn’t matter. I wanted the inner pain to stop. I wanted to feel something. To have hope. If God were real, then perhaps there was greater meaning. I had heard that you didn’t need much faith for it to grow. I asked if God were there, that I be given the gift of a small seed of faith so I could go on.

I received the ability to believe. But this time, instead of just accepting the rhythm of church and basic prayer, I wanted to know God better. I had questions and began asking them. Sometimes these were asked in my mind as a different type of prayer. After Jesus was killed, resurrected and then later ascended, He sent His invisible Spirit to be present as a Teacher, Counselor and Guide to those who sought Him. Well, that’s what asking questions and looking for answers is. It is seeking. Looking for. Trying to find. I was seeking God. Little by little the answers came. With it a significance to life beyond anything I could have imagined through a relationship with an invisible Being that I did not even know was possible. Gold-seeker to God-Seeker. It’s not just saying you believe and heading to church or even reading a Bible, though these can be part of it. It is an entry into a new life trajectory, where as you truly learn about God and become captivated by Him, you begin to adopt an entirely new way of seeing life, seeing others and living. You have become a citizen of the ongoing Kingdom of God and there is a new culture to become a part of which looks like Jesus and brings His love His way to the entire world. And…it may not look like what you think.

Take a listen to the song FREEDOM COMES FROM YOU. It is a musical prayer which describes my starting place. Perhaps it will give words and melody to yours as well. Listen more than once to allow the song’s message to begin to seep in. You can find it on my YouTube channel. It is also carried on various streaming services and is available on CD.

Let’s finish with a Scripture—a verse from the Bible.

Jeremiah 33:3

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you deep and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Jeremiah 33:3

Thank you for joining in. God Seeker is sponsored by Eagles Nest Foundation. Until next time, this is Elizabeth Fulgaro. I am praying for you. Listen to the song FREEDOM COMES FROM YOU and keep seeking God.

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Episode 1: Introduction

GOD SEEKER MESSAGES with Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2022

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Song prayer: GOD SEEKER

In small Northern California towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills where I grew up, there were old tools decorating the walls. Sometimes-rusted pickaxes with their long-curved heads and aged wooden handles, along with objects which looked like pie pans, but were not, proudly hung on Main Street storefronts and adorned their display windows. Passersby knew what these tools were for. They were for mining gold: that beautiful, glistening, coveted stuff, which was sometimes found in nuggets for the taking, sometimes in flakes and other times was locked away in rocks which had to be broken and blasted in order for the oh-so-precious metal to be extracted.

The entire gold country was a region where streams trickled down densely-forested, hillside gullies from mountain heights laden with the snow which had been deposited in winter. The stream waters gathered and melded into rivers where the water washed repeatedly over the rocks. It was there that much of the gold hid. This was a beautiful territory with a temperate climate where the original inhabitants, the Nisenan, for thousands of years had lived easily from what nature provided. By itself, the gold had no value. Its appeal was the worth and importance ascribed to it by our culture.

It was in the Southern Fork of the American River, which was part of the Nisenan homeland, that the first gold was found on January 24, 1848.  Over the next seven years, hundreds of thousands of money-hungry, would-be miners from around the world rushed into Northern California and flooded it. Over one hundred thousand the first year alone. The desperation to strike it rich was so great that ships lay abandoned in the San Francisco Bay because their sailors had fled to the gold fields. The wood from the ships was then used to build some of the first buildings in burgeoning San Francisco. These miners were called the 49ers. Many gave up everything they had in the hopes of finding wealth. They were gold-seekers. In the end, some of them found enough gold so they were helped. A few struck it rich, discovering more than they could ever want or need. Many more found nothing and were stranded in California broke. Meanwhile, the land where they grubbed for gold was ravaged. The Nisenan native peoples were pushed out or died. Their populations were decimated and eliminated in a shameful manner from which they never recovered.

            The Gold Rush region in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California is my heritage and home. It’s where I grew up and still live. My town exists because over 150 years ago people came seeking gold—hoping for lots of it—as the answer to their troubles. And it has struck me, that ultimately it didn’t matter how much financial wealth any of them actually found and accumulated. All of them died. They are dead and have been for quite some time. Their time for making a worthwhile contribution in this life is over. They’re done. That is, unless along the way they found faith in God, began to follow Him, loved others as He would while they were here, and are now enjoying life after death with Him there.  In other words, unless, while they were living, they went from being gold-seekers to God-Seekers. Hence, the name of this program.

What happens when instead of being focused on elevating a life that ends, our focus becomes trying to live according to the desires and purposes of God from here through eternity? What changes? What stays the same? What can we understand more? What makes our lives actually become better? What is real and what is myth?

            Now, don’t be tempted to think by this introduction that I am an anti-money sort of person. As of now—in the initial months of 2021—I have spent almost 40 years of my professional life serving hundreds of people in the field of personal finance. I understand the value of money. Of gold. I do not discount the role it needs to play in our lives.

            However, more than a century and a half after the gold rush ended, it seems as if people still come to California seeking the same thing as before, even if it is in different ways.. To acquire riches is the priority rumbling as an undertone of our society. Money. Get more. Prestige. Go after it. Rise to the top. Get what you deserve. Go after leisure. Comfort. Ease. This is the ultimate!

However, when has money ever secured happiness? When has solely financial wealth or position ever delivered what brings true fulfillment? The idea is myth.  Yet the gold-seeker attitude remains. And not just in California. I am not sure we stop to think about it. It is so enculturated into our way of life.

            So what happens—what changes—when we become God-Seekers instead. That is the thrust of this program, where every message focuses on some aspect of comprehending God better—of seeking to learn more about His way in all things, so that unbound from revealed lesser constraints of current culture, we can choose to enjoy greater freedom in how we live for God now and hopefully have a greater, more productive, lasting positive effect in community.

            I am not pretending we will find all the answers completely. But we will seek. We will wrestle with concepts humbly, understanding full comprehension of God is beyond our grasp. But we will reflect and ruminate. God-willing we will grow.  The goal is to try to go beyond quick, superficial biblical quips and platitudes. To avoid speaking Christianese—or better yet to take phrases which are thrown about so easily by the Christian community and dissect them. What is really meant by these phrases and how do they help? 

            Oh, and for those who may not know. I am also a song writer. I write musical prayers, known in Christianese as worship songs. Because of the power from the vibrating combination of melody and lyrics to calm and open our minds and hearts to God, each message will conclude with a song recommendation to use as prayer.

For the current message, a recommended song is GOD SEEKER. Take a listen. Take a look at the lyrics. See if this song is a prayer which helps you where you are now. Listen to it. Listen again. You can find the song, GOD SEEKER, on my YouTube channel. It is also carried on some streaming services and is always available on CD.

            These God Seeker Messages represent part of my journey to know God better. It is my hope that they will become a productive part of yours as well—whether you are already solidly on the God-Seeker journey are just considering beginning. Will you come along so we can explore together?

Let’s finish with a Scripture—a verse from the Bible.

Jeremiah 33:3

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you deep and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Thank you for joining in. This message was sponsored by Eagles Nest Foundation. Until next time, this is Elizabeth Fulgaro. I am praying for you.  Listen to the song GOD SEEKER and keep seeking God.

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SILENT NIGHT and GOD SEEKER MESSAGES

Mini New Year Reflection & Song Prayer

photo & text by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2022

JAN 8

To contemplate Jesus in the new year:

SILENT NIGHT

GOD SEEKER MESSAGES (new podcast)

“Silent night. holy night. All is calm. All is bright. Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child. Holy Infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace.” Ah the wonder of Christmas. You probably thought you have left it long behind. Here we are marching through January. A new year! Rah! And…if you really consider it, for those looking to follow Jesus Christmas is never really left behind. Emmanuel was born on that night, but His presence is still with us. Jesus asked Father to send His Spirit. And so each day—each moment—can be God filled if we put seeking God at the center of how we live. He calls us to seek Him like the wise men. He is beyond what we can fathom, yet He will progressively teach us more about Himself so that falling in love with Him more we are inspired increasingly to live for Him. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!! Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory at all times! Hosanna in the highest!

New song prayers continue to be released on my YouTube channel. Maybe Holy Spirit had me create some of them for you. Here also is a link to the first episode of the new podcast, God Seeker Messages on YouTube. Take a listen. See what you think. Subscribe to the channel to be kept in the loop. New episodes will be released every Monday and Thursday beginning January 13th, 2022. Each one includes Scripture and a recommended song prayer. Transcripts to many will be released concurrently on my blog. May God lead us to lives filled with His glory so others will see and know He is God in ways that make their hearts sing!

Song Prayer: SILENT NIGHT https://youtu.be/cDJHrExeDWg

Playlist to all Christmas Mini Devotion Songs in order.

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STAY THE COURSE

Mini Devotion & Song Prayer

photo & text by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2022

In the mists of winter, it can be more difficult to see clearly. Our vision can be veiled and hope can ebb when the vision is temporarily obscured. But one thing I have learned…what God has begun in you is not to be stopped. He is working in you for His glory—that you would become more in His image. In this way, your heart will heal and your thoughts and mind soar. And you will love and want His will and His Spirit will continue to energize and direct you in being His presence to others, even as the honing of your soul more into His image continues. God is not to be stopped. The enemy of your soul knows this. Thus, what I think I have learned? Well, one of the enemy’s greatest tools is discouragement, which is friends with apathy, depression and even anxiety and fear. If the enemy can press down on you with one or more of these in your thoughts (because thoughts are one of the enemy’s main places of spiritual attack), and you succumb to these so you quit, then what God has planned cannot come. If you quit. But if you recognize these thoughts are literally from hell and meant to cripple you and take you down and out so that God cannot work His glorious plan through you, then you can grab hold of those lies (the thoughts which threaten what negatively could be instead of telling what actually is). You can remind yourself that you are pursuing God’s plan and not your own. You can come to rest in today, even when the vision is foggy. Because its God’s power and God’s timing you rely on. All you need to do is listen for Him, be His child, take His hand and look to follow: worship, pray, listen, obey. STAY THE COURSE.

Song prayer: PUT YOUR HAND ON ME  

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NEW YEAR’S LIGHT FOR 2022

photo & text by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2021

For those of you who subscribe, I apologize for yet one more post today. But I thought it was important for you to have the link before tomorrow. Before New Year’s Eve. NEW YEAR’S LIGHT is a story I wrote in 1994 when I was frustrated with the end of year emphasis solely on parties and football. As we leave the season of Christmas, I wanted something more. The Holy Spirit downloaded a story. I read it for you here. Take a listen. See if its something which ministers to your soul and if its something to perhaps integrate into how you spend the last days current years and the first days of the next. (God-willing the story will be available as a little book next year.) May He bless you richly as you move from this day into the next (which sometimes includes a change in the formal date to a new year). ~ Elizabeth

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COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING

Mini Christmas Reflection & Song Prayer

photo & text by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2021

DEC 30

To contemplate Jesus with wonder at Advent…a song prayer (or carol) and mini devotion:

COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING

“Come Thou Fount of every blessing. Tune my heart to sing Thy grace. Streams of mercy never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount. I’m fixed upon it. Mount of Thy redeeming love.”  When the suggestion first came to put a hymn on a Christmas album, I had to pray about it first. But isn’t it really perfect? This ever-present connection between heaven and earth. God always seeking after us, looking to reunite us to Himself. To connect with you yet in deeper, closer and broader ways! Angels and those who have gone before singing His praises in heaven as we choose whether we will join in now—in this moment—from earth. Christmas enables Easter. Easter enables the reconnection to be complete. Oh, come let us adore Him—Christ the Lord!

Traditional hymn COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING

If you are following the ONLY JESUS REMAINS Day 70: CHRISTMAS POMEGRANATES audio where I read it. Here is the text for your reading.

Looking to catch up, or listen or read a bunch at once? Playlist to all 77 devotions. Search this blog for text versions. Print book available 2022.

Playlist to all Christmas Mini Devotion Songs in order.

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WE COME AND BOW DOWN

Mini Christmas Reflection & Song Prayer 🙂

photo & text by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2021

DEC 29

To contemplate Jesus with wonder on the 5th day of Christmas…a song prayer (or carol) and mini devotion:

WE COME NOW AND BOW DOWN

“We come and bow down. Lay down every crown. Jesus, enthroned supreme. We come and bow down for what You have done and who You are.”  The Christmas season wanes. Thoughts are easily distracted by other pursuits. And yet, the impact of what we have truly celebrated—the birth of Jesus the Christ remains irrefutable, forever and daily.  Jesus came. He did the work Father laid before Him. He laid down His crown to do Father’s will. We are set free! Not to our own devices, but to come into the kingdom-living God designed for us. Set free to re-connect with God and live for Him and be different positively with each other. So, we bow. We rejoice. We celebrate. And listen for Holy Spirit’s next word so we can follow.

Song prayer: WE COME NOW AND BOW DOWN

If you are following the ONLY JESUS REMAINS devotions, here are links to Day 69. CHRISTMAS CHOICE audio where I read it. Here is the text for your reading.

Looking to catch up, or listen or read a bunch at once? Playlist to all 77 devotions. Search this blog for text versions. Print book available 2022.

Playlist to all Christmas Mini Devotion Songs in order.

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