Be Patient With Yourself; GOD Loves You

You promise to protect & provide if we will turn, know You are God & acknowledge our need. Lord, You are the only One we adore. See us bowed before You!

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

Be patient with yourself.  God loves you.  He knows you are not perfect, nor will you ever be.  He is calling you and longs to draw you closer to Himself even now.  He knows in Him all that you don’t like about yourself is washed clean.  It doesn’t matter how “dirty” you are. Before you were even born, He died for you and already payed the price for everything offensive you will ever do before God.

He knows.  There is nothing hidden from Him.  He loves you with an everlasting love which knows no bounds.  He made you and knows all your thoughts.  He surrounds you with spiritual arms of love and acceptance if you will turn to Him and accept it from Him.

He longs for you to realize all that is needed is for you to tell Him you know you have done wrong and can’t be perfect enough, that you need His power (and the gift of His death on the cross) to save you from your imperfections (which keep you distant from God).  And then He offers you more.  He offers you not only eternal life, but beckons you to recognize He will lead you in the way you are to go if you will bow to Him as Lord, setting aside your will as Jesus did and submitting to His.  (Because if He is God and has the plan then certainly His will must be better than your own.)

It may seem like a high price to give up your own will, yet it is not.  Because He is God, all good, has the plan and the supernatural, incomprehensible power to accomplish whatever He wants, in His will are surprises which delight!  In His will is freedom from the world’s criticism and freedom from fear.  You don’t have to take to heart what others say and you don’t have to fear because you know you are in the will of God.

He is waiting for you to realize He is the answer to all that ails you.  He is waiting to fill you with overwhelming acceptance to replace rejection, love which defeats condemnation, forgiveness which is infinite, washes clean and forgets forever, and with freedom from fear because you are choosing to follow supreme, almighty God.  He never looks for perfection, but considers only the heart.  Is your intent to please Him?  Is your intent to follow?  Then it is enough.  He will take care of the rest.  Thus to those who will receive the promise, His perfect care awaits.

His gift is salvation from death, life everlasting with Him, purpose now and inexplicable, ongoing peace and joy in all circumstances.  The choice is yours. Will you accept the gift?

EPH 3:14-21 (NIV)

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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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