Our Dwelling Place in the Storm

You are Dwelling Place & Refuge; we are always safe in You.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro   www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

The cool, damp, earthy scent of autumn is in the air.  Wooly sweaters and cardigans are suddenly welcome against outside temperatures which begin to redden our cheeks.   Harvest is drawing to completion as the earth enters a season of rest and replenishment in order to prepare for the spring which will follow.  With the shortening of days comes increasing storms in the Western Hemisphere bringing water so vital to next year’s harvest.

Many of us delight in the storms.  Cozy and snug in our homes, we listen to the soothing sound of rain on the roof, wind in the branches or the eerie silence which accompanies falling snow.  We cover ourselves in blankets before a warm fire, read books for which there was no time in summer, play board games and watch movies.  The warm scents, then tastes of spiced apple cider and hot chocolate tickle our noses then tantalize our palates.  These are days of which good memories are made.

But we can only enjoy these storms when we know we are safe & secure in them.  For instance, when the roof leaks, there isn’t enough food or heat, or when we are without a home entirely, we cannot enjoy the storms.

Beyond weather’s storms, there are financial, health-related, relational and emotional storms we will face in life as well.  In each of these, God promises to be our spiritual Dwelling Place, Refuge, Sanctuary and shelter if we will let Him.

God does not promise we will live forever or that we never will enounter difficulties.  Life here remains earth, not heaven.  But He does promise to be with us through these storms, making sure we get through them – so long as He is our Lord as well as Savior.

Thus when life’s storms come (which they will), we can remember His promises and lean into our invisible God.  He will not let us down.  Rain and snow storms bring the water needed to prepare the soil for the next year’s harvest.  God uses life’s storms to prepare hearts within us and around us for His kingdom harvest.

We can find hope knowing that no matter how ominous the clouds, the storm will eventually pass and the blue sky, which has been above the clouds the entire time, will be revealed again.

We can take comfort God will use every one of life’s storms for ultimate eternal good in the lives of those called according to His purpose.  (That’s us!)

So as the next life’s storm approaches, take a deep breathe.  Let out a sigh.  Breathe in His peace.  Rest in His promises.  Take time to recognize His little kisses and gifts along even the most difficult of paths.  And remember you are gazing at the storm from within the safest Dwelling Place of all.

PSALM 46:1-3,7-11 (NIV)

 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging….

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shieldswith fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

END

PLEASE view the new music video for “RESTORE” (with choir) on youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQYnPY1vIA&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL     (Made by upcoming, Holy Spirit-filled film director, Olivia Mowry.) 

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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