Continuing the Journey, Following My Lord

Your Spirit breathes Your life into us and leads us in the way we should go.  You adopt us as Your children and deploy us as Your ambassadors for Your glory. Your way is not easy. Your way is glorious. How we delight to follow. Thank You for Your love and good purpose in all things, especially when we cannot see.
Your Spirit breathes Your life into us and leads us in the way we should go. You adopt us as Your children and deploy us as Your ambassadors for Your glory. Your way is not easy. Your way is glorious. How we delight to follow. Thank You for Your love and good purpose in all things, especially when we cannot see.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2014

The Lord is my Shepherd. All my life He is with me. I am journeying home and He is leading. The diagnosis of cancer almost two weeks ago does not define or change who I am. It simply is one more step in the journey.  These are valleys through the shadow of death where we need fear no evil for our Lord is with us, guiding and directing us, never leaving or forsaking us, always ensuring we have all that we need.

None of us know the various valleys through which He will lead us as we journey through this imperfect world home for it is a place of problems, obstacles, difficulties, suffering and injustice. It was the same for Jesus. Here is not heaven, nor was it meant to be. This is not our God-intended home. We are journeying through it. This new place is but one more step and He will, will, will use even this for great eternal good, whether I can fathom it or even see it or not.

Contemplating the Way of Jesus and the Way of our God with us during this physical aspect of our existence, it is clear from God’s message to us in Matthew 6 and Luke 12 that there will be troubles. And yet, we are not to worry. We are to know, understand in the truth that God Himself will provide for us all that we need wherever we are until the day He calls us home to Him in eternity. This does not mean it will be easy. Every generation has experienced hardship, drought, famine, illness, battles and ultimately death. It does mean He will be there to get us through them. The conclusion which He caused me to draw from this years ago is that even in our illness (and other difficulties), perhaps especially in these, they are not just what is being done to us, they are places where God will take what the enemy intends for evil and use it for great good.   In other words, wherever life takes us, we are on God-assignment. We are lamps carrying His Light into the dark places. We are ambassadors called to re-present Him as we allow the free-flow of His Spirit through us in foreign places where we are not necessarily comfortable. (These are places where we would not choose to be if left to ourselves.)

For years as I have prayed for others on a journey into the harder, darker places, I have prayed God would use them for great good, that they would recognize if they can chose to trust Him and so walk in His peace, they may be the only glimpse of His Light of truth, love, and beauty which others see in that place on that day. Everything that happens to us, contains an assignment from God to be a representative of His kingdom as we walk out this assignment filled with the knowledge of Him which comes from time spent in His presence in worship, prayer and study of the Word of God and in stillness, letting Him talk with us about what is important to Him, letting Him teach us about Himself as we quiet our minds and consider our surroundings with His eyes.

This is my mission as well. I embrace it. Lord, not my will but Yours. Wherever You can use me in Your perfect will, that is the place I am willing to go. It is not sacrifice. It is joy—even if it is not to a preferred place. I can say this because of the many years already spent walking where He leads.  I know there is always such beauty, majesty and surprise in what He will bring to pass. It is not always fun. It is not necessarily without pain. But when seen from His eternal, all-loving, all-rescuing perspective, it is always way beyond anything I can imagine.

And so, though this newest aspect of life’s journey was not only my list of desired life experiences, I know God has great plans through it.  I am not in a hurry to be done here and now because I love being His ambassador!  I do desire to be healed here on earth, not just for heaven.  But my focus is not and cannot be the what-if’s which can unsettle and steal this moment’s joy.  My eyes are on my Savior, listening to and waiting for His next word, so that by the gentle leading and power of the Holy Spirit, I might follow Him in this next step on this journey home, which by definition contain His blessing and continue to usher in His comfort, peace, joy and healing for others both now and for eternity.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. ~ PSALM 23

God bless you!

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
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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.    For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

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

2 thoughts on “Continuing the Journey, Following My Lord”

  1. I think you may have left out a word in this message. I’ve inserted the word NOT where it is. I’m so to hear about your diagnosis but God had the final word on that and ‘by His stripes you have been healed!’ God bless you Elizabeth! Dave Johnson

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