11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. (Jer. 29:11-14a NIV)
I am watching you and have not forgotten. Do not be discouraged. I am using you where you are. This is not where you wanted to be at this moment, but I will use you if you will let me to show My glory – the glory of My Way.
So many lost and floundering without My purpose. My heart is breaking for them; My heart is aching for fellowship with them. I love them. I created them. Like the story of the father in the parable of the prodigal son who lets his son go to do as the son wishes though it is not the father’s will for him, this is My story. I am that Father. I am waiting, I am aching, I am longing to have all of My children back with Me if they will but turn and seek to draw near. My arms are open wide and I stand ready to receive them, to forgive, to celebrate, to love…
But they do not know Me. They are blind and deaf, stumbling around as if in complete darkness for they cannot find the singular path which is My good and perfect Way for them. They think they are alive and yet they are dead. How I desire to revive and restore them!
You have been waiting. You have been patient. I have not forgotten and the time has come. I am elevating you – not in the way the world understands it, but in My Way. I am increasing My anointing upon you and My presence within you. I am increasing your ability to understand and express I AM. I am using the fire in which you have found yourself to draw you yet closer to Me and to teach you to love by constantly putting the choice before you whether to become My love (which manifests in mercy and forgiveness) or not.
I know you are ready and you want to please Me; you want to serve Me. But remember, to serve Me first is to love Me. To love Me is to love those I put in your midst.
Love is all, precedes all, envelopes all and resolves all. This is not a blind love which sees no faults, but a love which remains unconditional in spite of shortcomings. This is not a love which is simply a gushing of emotion, but a love which is resolved to walk through the hard places in gentleness and meekness considering others better than yourself, while standing for My righteousness where I would have you stand. Love does not mean backing down from what is right or supporting that which is not My way or acquiescing to let what is wrong be considered right. But it will all be done in love, not condemnation. It will be done with forgiveness and mercy. It will be done with forgiveness and mercy. It will be done My way or it will not be accomplished at all.
I have been allowing you to go through this hard season. It has not been easy. Neither is the path ahead. But because you are in My army to usher in My victory into the lives of as many as will turn and come, this path you have been on and on which you will continue is exquisitely blessed.
You have been waiting for the new beginning and now it is here. You have been waiting and this is now My gift to you. Well done. You have stood the test. Well done. I am pleased with you. I could not love you more than I do now for My love is always the same. And I will bless you with increased service to Me.
This new beginning for which you are at the brink will fulfill you as never before because it is part of that for which I created you. But be aware, it may not be great in the world’s eyes. My work is not always valued by secular society. Yet their wisdom and self-righteousness if foolishness to Me. Know that when I give you an assignment, whether visible to the world or hidden from it, this assignment is My specific gift to you. Unwrap it with reverential worship and awe and be amazed at what is inside. You will discover the depths of this blessing layer by layer by layer. But you must approach it with an attitude of thanksgiving or you will miss its beauty and perfect fit for you.
Receive what I am giving you. Walk it out. My Spirit will direct you. Lean on Him. Do not fret if it does not look like you thought it ought. You are My beloved child. How I love you!!! You will never be able to fully comprehend all that I am doing. TRUST. I am calling you to TRUST. Do you trust Me? Then walk into the newness and do not fret. Rejoice. Rejoice. Rejoice!!!
I have loved you with an everlasting love. That does not stop now, but goes on and on and on. Open your eyes. See the gift. Step into it. Begin to open it and rejoice.
humbly written out as “heard” on November 3, 2011 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011
Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas. There is nothing like it…..Christmas is coming. A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season. So I asked Him what songs He wanted released. The result is CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project. It is available for purchase at:
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May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season!
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.11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.