The Dreams God Has For Us

Holy Magnificent King of kings, there is none like You. Mighty and Powerful, Love without beginning or end, You reign. It is in You alone we live, move and have our being and we are not destined for here. Merciful One, You have gone ahead and prepared a place for us, but now here where it is sometimes easier and sometimes quite hard we adore You in this foreign land and as sign of our allegiance to You we serve as Your willing ambassadors wherever You put us. Give us our strength for each day. We have none of our own, but You have sent Your Spirit to help us. We are relying on You. We are trusting You. We are rejoicing and giving thanks in all things because we know You will never leave or forsake us and will use all things for Your eternal good plan. Help us through another day. You are our hope, our shield, our purpose and our joy. In Jesus' name Amen
Holy Magnificent King of kings, there is none like You. Mighty and Powerful, Love without beginning or end, You reign. It is in You alone we live, move and have our being and we are not destined for here. Merciful One, You have gone ahead and prepared a place for us, but now here where it is sometimes easier and sometimes quite hard we adore You in this foreign land and as sign of our allegiance to You we serve as Your willing ambassadors wherever You put us. Give us our strength for each day. We have none of our own, but You have sent Your Spirit to help us. We are relying on You. We are trusting You. We are rejoicing and giving thanks in all things because we know You will never leave or forsake us and will use all things for Your eternal good plan. Help us through another day. You are our hope, our shield, our purpose and our joy. In Jesus’ name Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Note: I found this little devotion typed into my phone from late August 2014, just a few weeks following being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and undergoing surgery. Its truth stands for us every day. God bless you! ~ Elizabeth

We belong to a Magnificent God who is the One True God in the universe.  All other gods either pretend to be God, masquerading poorly or are made into gods (though they are not) by the power and importance we give them.

A Mighty Fortress is our God! There is no other.  He alone is High Tower, Sanctuary and Dwelling Place, inviting us to abide in Him as He does in us, once we pledge allegiance to Him.

Here in this life is but a shadow of what is to come. When our life here is done we will be fully restored to our rightful place with Him in His presence as His beloved children for all eternity.  There will be no more tears, or suffering, fear or grief–only joy! There will be no more night, but only day for His glory will shine on our faces as we gaze upon Him face to face.

However, while we are here, often our eyes of childlike wonder get caught up in that which is grossly inferior to Him because we do not begin with an understanding of the spiritual realm in which He dwells.  So often we are captivated by that which distracts us from the true treasure He has waiting for us.  We look and see mostly in the natural physical realm with our natural mortal eyes.  We have dreams, but sometimes these represent that which is lessor in comparison to His more.

Indeed, oh the dreams He has for us! When His match our own, our hearts immediately sing!  However, sometimes at first glance His plans hold no attraction for us at all.   Sometimes, that which confronts us is hard and undesirable, especially on the surface. Sometimes it is painful through and through. However, like a good present cleverly disguised beneath the Christmas tree, so are many of the most valuable and precious gifts our Lord wants to give us.  These often don’t look like they are something we even want to open.  The outside packaging doesn’t seem to match anything we hoped for at all. Sometimes when we receive the ugly, undesired package, we make a sad face of disappointment, gingerly take the package into our hands, but don’t open it.

Our Lord and His plans are so much greater than our present circumstances.  There is no promise for our will not His. He knows His way is greater. There is no promise for no hardship or grief.  This is earth not heaven. But even here in all that is lessor or distracts from His greater, He constantly is about great eternal work in our lives and the lives of those we love. Always.

We have to take the courage to open life’s ugly packages. Our God remains Lord.  Into each, He has put something which will provide blessing in some way, some how.  Our joy is found in His strength.  Our safe place is to trust in Him with all our heart and to lean not on our own understanding. Our goal is to let Him use all things, especially the packages which appear undesirable for His glory—that more would know Him, that more would have a chance to choose Him.  In this way His Great Commission is fulfilled.

Our God does not fail. He is God. He is Sovereign. He is the only One.  Open the packages and receive the hidden, incomprehensible, unanticipated gifts.

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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 albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Music can be purchased and audio clips heard 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 elizabeth@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

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