Lord God, 165 years ago today, John Marshall looked in the water of the American River at Sutter’s Mill in the village of Coloma in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California and found gold. This news went around the world bringing tens of thousands of gold seekers, all looking to discover enough gold to attain personal wealth. And yet, unless these miners came to know You somewhere along the way and dedicated their lives to You, no matter how much gold they found it did not save them from death. Their lives ended. Lord God, we know You are our true wealth. In You is everything we want and need. Through relationship with You, You provide perfectly for us and so we can trust in You and obey You, seeking to grow closer to You as we do the daily work of our hands which You set before us and You will make sure we have enough. Lord God, California has to a great extent remained a land of gold-seekers, filled with those coming here looking to better their financial circumstances, or gain fame or power (which often leads to improved financial circumstances as well). But this is not a worthy goal. You are the only One worth seeking. This does not mean we do not have to get jobs and work! It means that we do our work for You, know You are the source of all we have, that relying on You is the way and that through the everyday work of our hands if we will listen and follow where You lead, You will flow through us to touch the world. You are the Way, Truth and Life. Today we commit ourselves once again to be God-seekers, not gold seekers. Lord, lead us, we will obey. Lord, we will do the work You set before us as if for You and not worry about what others think. We will do our work because this is where You have placed us and we are thankful to be in Your service wherever that is. We know all work is equal and though income may result, income and position are not the goal, honoring and obeying You are. We lift our eyes to You, O loving, omnipotent, merciful Source. To You we give all honor, glory and blessing. To You we give constant thanks and pray that how we do our work by the power of Your grace at work in us and the through-flowing of Your Spirit for Your purposes would bring You great glory. And as we do, we know one heart at a time, You will turn California into a land filled with God-seekers, not gold seekers and in this we rejoice! In Jesus’ name, Amen
humbly written as “heard” by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2013www.eaglesnestfoundation.org
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She has just released her 5th full-length worship CD of original songs called GOD SEEKER, to give word and melody to our desire for Jesus to be Savior and Lord and to declare ourselves God seekers as compared to the gold-seeker mentality which predominates society (searching for life’s answers anywhere else besides in the Lord God.)
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 with audio clips are available at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro on itunes and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Fulgaro/14919192923?ref=ts&fref=ts where Elizabeth also posts worshipful prayers and teaches how to turn worry into worship for more of God’s power in our everyday lives.
Fulgaro is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
Through Eagles Nest Foundation which Elizabeth founded in 2007 she 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. Email email@example.com or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org for more information.
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