Let Freedom Ring!

Lord, may freedom ring through our land; may You guide us in what we are to do to. You are able - the One with the plan & power. We look to You alone.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011  www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org 

3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
   steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
   “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
   he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
   he will come to save you.”

5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
   and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
   and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
   and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool,
   the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
   grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

8 And a highway will be there;
   it will be called the Way of Holiness;
   it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
   wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lion will be there,
   nor any ravenous beast;
   they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10 and those the LORD has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
   everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
   and sorrow and sighing will flee away.  (Isa. 35:3-10 NIV)

There is a rose bush in our front yard which bears full red, ruffled blooms which gently open and cast their tender, alluring scent into the air.  This rose bush was a gift from two friends for my birthday in May 2007, the day before I invited a group of people representing different branches of the military (and different seasons of military service) to join me in the recording studio to sing as a choir of troops singing for troops on the song STAND UP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50gByW27aAE&feature=BFa&list=ULpiQYnPY1vIA&lf=mfu_in_order

My two friends, with me through thick and thin as I have endeavored to walk out God’s will, had searched long and hard for just the right rose for me, cognizant that each individual type of rose has a registered name.  The name of this beautiful rose is “Let Freedom Ring”, which is the final tag line in the song, STAND UP.  I was overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and significance of their gift!

It has been 4 1/2 years and still the rose blooms in our yard.  Each year the bush is pruned back until it appears to be only dead sticks, then day by day, month by month the canes grow and bear vibrant blooms which captivate the senses from May through November.

If there is one thing I have learned about roses, it is that in order to receive the blessing of the blooms, one has to deal with the thorns.  And as this rosebush continues to grow and flourish in our yard, bearing fragrant, delicate, stunning blooms on thorny branches, perhaps there is a message here regarding our military and our nation.

As in most areas of our lives, when we look at the “news” being broadcast, most of it is negative.  The focus is on the exceptional bad with little report of the general good.  Perhaps we need to consider the season we are in and learn to work with and cultivate through the thorns until we see beautiful, prolific blooms again.

We must be vigilant and diligent.  We cannot stand idly by and not tend to our country, and not care for our military and their families.

There has always been a price for freedom, both on the battlefield and in terms of citizen participation in government.  If we remain complacent and apathetic or give up, the result will be wild, erratic, uncontrolled, unhealthy growth which produces nothing good (and the thorns will dominate!)

We must help our military where we can.  (For Christians this means stepping in with tangible, emotional and spiritual support as the love of Christ, bringing the restorative power of the one true faith with us).  We must be involved in our government and not just throw up our hands in exasperation at the tangle of thorns.

Thorns in every aspect of life are to be expected.  Why do we let them surprise us.

May we sound a trumpet and declare by our prayers and actions, “Let Freedom Ring” and may we never, ever give up.  God is faithful.  He will hear us, direct us and bring His victory.

SELAH! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]
STAND UP  (words & music by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2007)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50gByW27aAE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

We will fight for freedom; we will fight the war.

Where enemies have vanished, they will be found

No more will they attack us, we stand up to fight

We will protect the nation; God is on our side.

Chorus

Stand up, stand up , stand up and fight.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight.

2) When darkness comes against us the battle is the Lord’s

We are true to You, victory is assured

You are sovereign General, You know how to fight

We seek You in the morning, praise You in the night

(Chorus)

3) Devoted to Your purpose, a charge for God to keep

We focus on the mission, though the path is steep

We bow down in prayer, You alone know the Way

You give us strength and courage, we march to victory

(Chorus)

Let freedom ring!  Let freedom ring!  Let freedom ring!

RESTORE  (words & music by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2009)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQYnPY1vIA&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

1) We call, You promise to answer

We cry, You promise to hear

So we call, call, Lord answer

We cry, cry, O hear

Chorus

Invade our presence, inhabit our praise

In us as we are in You

Living Water flow from the throne

Restore the wasteland to You

2) You alone are Creator

We are the work of Your hands

We join worship in heaven

We cry, restore the land

Chorus

Living Water flow (Living Water flow)

END

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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