For the Praise of His Glory

Majesty, majesty, majesty, You are! Though often unnoticed by the press of humanity, all creation declares Your glory without ceasing. Yet Your glory is declared continually for You are!

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012     www.holyspiritpress.org    www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  (Eph. 1:11-12 NIV)

In the meadows, on hilltops, under the cover of trees, beside streams – few see the wildflowers growing, flourishing and unfurling their budded petals into blossoms declaring the glory of God.  Often their exquisite beauty goes completely unnoticed, yet they have great God-purpose.

The wildflowers may be here for but a season, yet in that season – however brief – through their very existence they faithfully proclaim, “All is well; the Creator is with us!  He reigns and His eternal plans and good purposes will not be thwarted!  (They cannot be thwarted, for He is Lord.)”

It does not matter who sees.  It is done because it is right, good and God’s purpose for these wildflowers to be simply as they are and declare “He is!” for whatever season He ordains.

The flowers rise up from the soil in which they were planted by the Creator’s grand design.  They bloom; too soon it seems they wilt; they dry into whisps as they are emptied of their seeds.   Their season is done.

The Lord, in turn, prepares the soil with storms in winter for the next spring and the next generation of wildflowers, which in turn will do their part to declare Him (whether any person sees or not).  Thus through the seasons there is a perpetual display of the glory of our God, which is done purely for God in order to honor Him, His power, sovereignty and majesty.  It is part of the ongoing relationship between the Creator and created: life continues displaying the wonder of His creation, which simultaneously honors Him for the Truth of who He is.

Too often we are tempted to measure success by visibility within our communities or accolades from others.  Yet our purpose is simply to declare His glory where we are. We were made for the praise of His glory. So simple.  So good. So right.  Because He is worthy….and His unending, infinite love and care reverbrates ongoing back to us in return.

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Col. 3:22-23 NIV)

Selah!  [Pause and calmly think of that!]

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Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

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 and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

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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