Because of the Brave

Lord, our hearts break that war exists and that so many have had to give their lives for our freedom. Our hearts break for the sorrow which then permeates the lives of the families of these heroes and the lives of all who have loved them. Such a high price Lord.....such a hard place this world often is. We are thankful for each of these men and women who sacrificed their very selves for our freedom. We have no way to pay them back for what they have done and so we pray for their families and look for ways to bless them. We also pray that even knowing that in this world there will always be war (for this is earth, not heaven), that You would show us ways to work toward whatever measure of peace is possible. Lord, there is so much sorrow in this world. We look for Your way to support each other more through the grief which will be there in this life and wait for the day in joyful hope when You will take us home and wipe every tear away. What a grand reunion it will be! In the meantime, Lord, bless our troops. Lord, bless every Gold Star family and every brother and sister in arms who grieves. Dispatch angels to hold them close and lead them forward, come as Healer day by day with balm for their hearts and never let them go (according to Your promises). And by Your grace and sovereign power, help us all remember and never forget each of those who have given so much. In Jesus' name Amen
Lord, our hearts break that war exists and that so many have had to give their lives for our freedom. Our hearts break for the sorrow which then permeates the lives of the families of these heroes and the lives of all who have loved them. Such a high price Lord…..such a hard place this world often is. We are thankful for each of these men and women who sacrificed their very selves for our freedom. We have no way to pay them back for what they have done and so we pray for their families and look for ways to bless them. We also pray that even knowing that in this world there will always be war (for this is earth, not heaven), that You would show us ways to work toward whatever measure of peace is possible. Lord, there is so much sorrow in this world. We look for Your way to support each other more through the grief which will be there in this life and wait for the day in joyful hope when You will take us home and wipe every tear away. What a grand reunion it will be! In the meantime, Lord, bless our troops. Lord, bless every Gold Star family and every brother and sister in arms who grieves. Dispatch angels to hold them close and lead them forward, come as Healer day by day with balm for their hearts and never let them go (according to Your promises). And by Your grace and sovereign power, help us all remember and never forget each of those who have given so much. In Jesus’ name Amen

Memorial Day’s primary purpose is not picnics and camping.  it is not the beginning of summer.  It is a day to remember the price of freedom and that because of those who have paid the price we can enjoy peace. So celebrate the peace in which we live because of the price they have paid with gratefulness, reflection, awestruck appreciation and prayer.   Jesus said, “GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAN TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.” (John 15:13) That is what these men and women have done for all of us.  God, help us remember the fallen.  God, bless their families and those who loved these heroes. ~ Elizabeth

BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2009

Written on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009 in honor of all who serve and have served, especially those who have given all and those who love them.

The sun rises on a new dawn

Which some will never see

Where we who live, live in freedom

Because of those who served

So we are free

All gave much, some gave more

And some gave all

Today we remember, will never forget

We are land of the free because of the brave.

 

Their blood spilled out in Flanders

Soaked the shores of Normandy

One by one they gave their lives

Not for themselves, but you and me

On countless islands in the Pacific

Pusan, Inchon and jungles of ‘Nam

All gave much, some gave more

And some gave all

Today we remember, will never forget

We are land of the free because of the brave.

 

For children playing baseball games

For lovers picnicking at the beach

For shoppers at the malls

For protestors lining the streets

For Buddhists, Hindus, Islamic, atheists, Christians, Jews and more

All gave much, some gave more

And some gave all

Today we remember, will never forget

We are land of the free because of the brave.

 

For Afghan women who go to school

Iraqis who now vote

They gave their lives in Fallujah,

Haditha, Baghdad, on the roads

In the mountains of Afghanistan and on nameless desert sands

May God be with their families

May He bless them every day

And may we never forget the Star Spangled Banner yet waves

O’er the land of the free because of the brave.

                                                                                                               

PLEASE WATCH “YOU CARRY ME”.  This was posted to honor and remember ALL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI45j-eR2Wc&feature=channel&list=UL   Please take the time to post a comment of thanksgiving, gratitude and remembrance.  May our thanksgiving to those who served and their families become habit!

Land of the free only because of the braveLand of the free only because of the brave

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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. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com

 

Good Report Not The Best and All Is Well With My Soul

Lord God, how great You are. Your view is so much greater than ours. You are in the small without losing view of the large, the critical, the vital, the eternal. We are so blessed to be able to simply take up our rest in You and in all things let You lead us in the way You have for us to go--despite any hardship or difficulty--for Your glory. For Your glory, Lord, oh yes. Let it all be for Your glory! In Jesus' name Amen
Lord God, how great You are. Your view is so much greater than ours. You are in the small without losing view of the large, the critical, the vital, the eternal. We are so blessed to be able to simply take up our rest in You and in all things let You lead us in the way You have for us to go–despite any hardship or difficulty–for Your glory. For Your glory, Lord, oh yes. Let it all be for Your glory! In Jesus’ name Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

We tend to like it when things in our lives come in neat little packages where the contents and boundaries are clear. This gives us a false sense of assurance so that we think we know where we stand and can anticipate the outcome. We tend to like stability and constancy. We do not tend to like it when things are unclear or unsure because then we feel as if on shifting sand, not knowing if we will be able to remain standing or will lose our balance and fall. And oh how we don’t want to fall. We want to keep standing. We want to keep going and not be knocked down. We want to live.

Yet when we consider this perspective of being most comfortable when we think we know how things are going in light of God’s perspective, we recognize this very human point of view has no credibility. We realize once again that it in the Lord that we have our hope. It is upon His promises alone which we can rely. His promises do have manifestation in our lives now because He is Emmanuel – God with us. Yet in truth it is once we have passed from this life to the LIFE which is to come (through Jesus) that the fullness of all God has for us is realized and we never look back.

Life here does not always come in the nice neat little packages which we prefer. We often do not find ourselves in circumstances of certainty, but uncertainty. Additionally, the reality is that even when we feel comfortable because there is a façade of certainty in our current situation, that which we think is certain is not certain at all. There are no guarantees except that there will be issues and struggles in this life. Eventually there will be physical death for each of us. And if we have chosen to realize and acknowledge that we need the grace and power of God to be with Him forever (because we cannot make this happen ourselves), then through Jesus as our Savior, Lord (Boss, Leader, Master) and Guide, in His perfect timing we will find our way to this forever home for which He made us, where there are no more struggles or tears.

Given the stark reality that nothing is certain, (except eventual death on a date not known to us) what are we to do? The answer is pure sigh of relief. We have the exquisite pleasure of abandoning ourselves to the will of God. For He promises that He loves us with an everlasting love, never leaves us or forsake us, carries us through the hard times which are part and parcel of this life, gives us His strength for the journey (and His joy is our strength) and uses us in all things so that others would know Him more.

We are journeying through. Here is not our permanent home. It is not the fullness of our destiny.

At first this realization can be hard. Often early in our faith life with Him the emphasis of our prayers is on asking the Lord to save us and heal us here in our temporal bodies with our temporal concerns. These are good and right prayers!!! And…eventually these prayers will seem to go unanswered when the moment comes that He has planned to bring each of us home to Him forever when He no longer answers prayers for temporary healing.

Actually, it is not that He has not answered. It is that He is giving the greater answer, the answer of complete, total and eternal healing and the gift of fullness of destiny forever with Him, the angels and all the others who have gone before where evil has no more power and can have no more negative effect.

Thus, though it is uncomfortable until we get used to it, uncertainty is the norm and eventual death is definite. We are not in control. We can never know for certain what will happen next. There are always unlimited factors which could come from a variety of directions which could affect our today as well as our tomorrow.

So what are we to do? Does this mean God has less power than we thought or that He cares for us less than His promises seem to convey? No. It means we have had our focus on that which is lesser and temporary and He is working towards helping us now but He never loses sight of His supreme focus, which is on all things eternal. We are moving through this fallen, hard place toward eternity and He is ensuring this journey never ceases.

Where does this leave us, if we choose to grieve for the stability we thought we needed to live in peace and realize uncertainty is the norm during this life? It leaves us needing to grab hold of Him more and leaning on Him as our unmovable, unshakeable Rock. In Him and His eternal ways with the promise that death is no longer a danger to us is our hope (because He has won the victory over death). In His plan to flow through us as His instruments so that more would know Him and be able to choose Him for eternity we find our purpose. By reliance on Him to get us through this life and usher us into eternity and use all for good along the way no matter what the adversary tries, we receive His peace which surpasses all understanding in all our circumstances now. By letting go of our need for a deceptive sense of control and choosing to be at rest in whatever comes because we know who He is and what He promises we receive His joy and we are swept up into an ocean of contentment and fulfillment no matter what is going on around us.

Remember, to rely on Him does not mean we are expecting He will protect us or those we love from every evil here. Often He will do this in answer to our prayers and simply for love of us, but not always. His eye is on His gift of eternity. He is bringing us through here. He is using us here. And it is temporary. We repeat so we remember: here is not our home. Heaven is where we will dwell forever with Him and all those who have preceded us through death’s door into His promised eternal Life. To rely on Him is to trust Him to accompany us and use all things and let nothing we go through go to waste.

Another fact of this life is grief. We grieve because we love and miss those who have gone ahead of us into His presence. This is normal. He created us to love. Grief means we have loved and cared and this is good! (And hurts beyond what can be put into human words.) We grieve because we wanted Him to answer every prayer here the way we wanted and to usher in the fullness of His eternal kingdom now so that pain, suffering and injustice would fully disappear now, not just in little bits when the seemingly few of us work towards it in seemingly minute ways in His name. We wonder why it can’t be the way we want and think would be best (after all He is all powerful) and grieve when it is not.

Yet in that moment when we finally embrace how His way really is, in it we find that freedom, peace (from Him), joy, contentment and fulfillment we have always sought. This remains with us in good times and bad. It does not make what is hard easy, but it gives it meaning, purpose and we understand it is temporary and we are confident in and clear about the eventual, ultimate good which is to come.

You may wonder why all this rambling writing now, today. Many of you have accompanied me on the cancer journey of the past year and know that there were scans and tests galore this past week, which had the objective of establishing whether or not the cancer was gone. Thyroid cancer is one where it is very possible that via the treatments I have undergone they can say—“cured”. That would be a nice, neat little box, wouldn’t it? Unlike remission where it’s okay for the moment but we know it the cancer may return, cured is done, over and never to return in that form. Nice. Neat. Preferred? Hmmm….in light of God’s perspective discussed above actually that is not necessary.

In fact, a report of “cured” is not quite what I received when my endocrinologist called with the report this afternoon and all I have written is to help you understand why in spite of this all remains extraordinarily well with my soul.

The report was a good report, but it was not the definitive “cured” report. The doctor shared (praise be to God) that the very thorough ultrasound of my neck where the goal was to find and evaluate every lymph node came back clear. It looked great. However, in the whole body scan there was one slight, tiny, faded “perhaps-something” around the center front of the neck. It is not a lump. It has no substance or form. Scans don’t show that, ultrasounds do and the ultrasound showed clear. The scan measures where radioactive iodine was absorbed into the body (as it is always absorbed more by thyroid tissue and thyroid cancer tissue.) Normally any areas which would indicate remaining thyroid tissue or thyroid cancer tissue would glow brightly! In this case there was nothing which lit up that strongly, but there was a little something faded which was oh-so-slightly illuminated. What does this mean? It did not match the ultrasound, so it is probably nothing….or she said it could be something. At present we simply don’t know. Even if it is a remnant of tissue reacting with the radioactive iodine, we don’t know if it is thyroid cancer or just remaining thyroid tissue. What to do? We wait. In three months we go through procedures again and see if there is increased glow or if it is definitely no more….or something else.

Yes, it would have been nice to be able to write “cancer-free” in this blog entry today. But I feel no anxiety at the report. First on a completely practical level, I have been told since the beginning that any remaining cancer following surgery would grow so slowly (because by its nature thyroid cancer is slow growing), that I would likely die of something else before that cancer would ever truly become a threat. On the greater spiritual level, there have never been any guarantees about this life and how long it would be—only the one to come.

Thus, first, thank you for walking with me this far. Next, please do continue to pray for complete temporal physical healing. (I do love my life and working for Him here.) His answers to your prayers have sustained me! However, please pray more that I would hear His will moment- by-moment and be able to keep eyes off self and always have the courage to walk into whatever places He can use me. My greatest desire for a long time simply has been to be used by Him in the way He wants for His eternal purposes to reveal Himself to others the way He knows is best for however long He ordains for me to live this temporary life. Period. This has not changed. We have today. Actually, we have this moment. It is all we have. Pray that I would be a vessel He can consistently use His way no matter what. And I will pray for you as well. There is nothing better than being in the will of the One True God. There is nothing better than having let go of all we thought we wanted and letting Him have His way with us. This is the way of awestruck wonder, where the supernatural supreme God shows up in our every-day. It is the way we become authentic followers of Christ. It is the way of His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as in heaven….for His glory, for His glory alone. Can I get an, “amen”?!

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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. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

Contributions for 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 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  

Prophetic Word: I AM With You Always

Lord, even in our worst, You are there. You know our sorrow. You know our suffering. You carry us through. Therefore our trust is ever in You and in You in all things our joy is complete for Your joy is our strength and it is on You alone we rely. Ah, Lord, we sigh with relief. Thank You for who You are and Your magnificent way in all things. In Jesus' name, Amen
Lord, even in our worst, You are there. You know our sorrow. You know our suffering. You carry us through. Therefore our trust is ever in You and in You in all things our joy is complete for Your joy is our strength and it is on You alone we rely. Ah, Lord, we sigh with relief. Thank You for who You are and Your magnificent way in all things. In Jesus’ name, Amen

I felt the first sentences of this word from the Lord welling up inside me as I fell asleep last night. It is for those who hurt and need a word of encouragement in a very hard place. It may be for you now. It may be for you later. It may never be for you, but it is for very specifically for some individuals who will find it at exactly the moment they need.  With this particular word, please remember that when our Lord speaks of healing sometimes it is healing here, always it is for eternity.  His greatest healing is the healing of our hearts which finds its completion in the Life without end which is His promise. Please also keep in mind, when the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word, it either will resonate with you or it will not.  No one prophetic word is for every person. Additionally, in seeking to write down what I think I “hear” from Him, by definition I am human and imperfect.  Please always pray before you read and as you read. And this is my prayer for you: ”LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

I have seen your pain and I will heal. I know it has not been easy. I know it has not made sense.

I know you often have felt alone in this journey, yet I have been beside you as you have walked through it. In this valley of the shadow of death where discouragement, confusion and even despair have also been your companions, I have never left you and never will. Though this place has been so hard that often you have not felt it, I have carried you on the days you thought you could go no further. In the same way I rejoiced with you, ever beside you whether you knew it or not, on the days where glimmers of hope and even joy have finally begun to return to the life you were tempted to think was lifeless and never again would be revived.

According to my very real promise, I have collected your tears in a bottle in complete awareness of every single one and have wept with you as you wept.   My angels have been dispatched to minister to you even though often the pain has been so great you were unaware of their presence and help. A life of sorrow and pain is not my best for you. In this fallen world there is so much of it, yet I, Jesus—the One who has also suffered—have made the way for this life not to be the end, but the beginning and not to be the best, but the least of what I have for you.

There is so much good to come! You cannot even fathom it. So great is indeed My love.

Here in that place to which I invite you and wait for you to be with me forever, I also wait to wipe away every tear which has ever fallen as you are ushered into that everlasting joy waiting for you when your service for Me here in this temporal, hard life is done.

I assure you, My child, that indeed you are Mine and though at present you are engulfed in the world, you are no longer of it. You have a purpose beyond yourself to be My ambassador, to shine My light, to usher in more of My kingdom My way to those around you—even in the hardest of places. Where there seems no hope even there I desire to use you.

Will you let Me? Will you be My instrument for My purposes even now?

I need you to look to Me even though sometimes you are not sure you see Me in this. I need you to choose faith, which believes in that which cannot be seen. I need you to listen and seek Me and I will teach you to hear My voice. You are my beloved, beloved, special, unique and treasured child and as Your Shepherd, I do so desire to lead you in the way I know is best for you to go.

Life in this world will never be easy. It will never be heaven. The enemy will always be nipping at your heels proclaiming your defeat and the demise of all you love. But this is and always will be a lie. Only I am Truth and I tell you that I will bring you and those you love through it. Those who have gone before are cheering for you and waiting for you. I know the day and time I will bring you home. Do not desire it sooner. Until then I have good work for you in every moment, whether you can recognize it or not.

For now, seek Me. Let My Spirit do a work in you. Through your pain I will use you for good in the lives of others. I will use you to help them see Me and begin their own healing journey. I will use you to be My love, encouragement and My right arm ushering in more justice and rescue for others who hurt. Do it My way. I will lead you. Listen. Trust. Seek. Listen. Wait. Listen. Obey. Do it in love. Choose love. Choose love for love of Me, not because they deserve it. Choose love because I love you and do it all for Me for often from others there will be no appropriate or reassuring response. Choose love to be My instrument. I will show you how to do it.

Find your place and your rest through the suffering in Me. Rest assured in My presence. Rest confident in My purpose. You are My instrument even in that which is worst. Receive the gift of My love. Let My peace go deep and sustain you even now. Eyes on Me, thoughts on Me, heart listening for My movement and instructions within. I will bring you through it and My results for eternity in you and especially in the others in ways you cannot see will be glorious!

humbly written out as “heard” May 2, 2015 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

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. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

Contributions for 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 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  

True Treasures From Trusting God

Oh, Lord God, Your sovereignty causes us to drop to our knees in awe. How inscrutable Your ways. Your superiority is supreme! There is no one and nothing greater than You. Majestic, all-holy One, thank You for Your good plans. Thank You for how evil is and remains conquered. We are so grateful. We cannot find our own way. There is no true purpose beyond Yours. Take our lives once again and have Your beautiful way through all circumstances with us. How we desire each moment of our lives to have Your eternal effect. We love You.  We are lost without You and so, dear Shepherd, lead us and we will follow wherever You go. We are Yours. In Jesus' name, Amen
Oh, Lord God, Your sovereignty causes us to drop to our knees in awe. How inscrutable Your ways. Your superiority is supreme! There is no one and nothing greater than You. Majestic, all-holy One, thank You for Your good plans. Thank You for how evil is and remains conquered. We are so grateful. We cannot find our own way. There is no true purpose beyond Yours. Take our lives once again and have Your beautiful way through all circumstances with us. How we desire each moment of our lives to have Your eternal effect. We love You. We are lost without You and so, dear Shepherd, lead us and we will follow wherever You go. We are Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

This morning was an ultrasound to check on the status of lymph nodes in my neck 6 month post-radioactive iodine treatment and 8 ½ months post thyroid cancer surgery. It is the first of a number of appointments to check whether the surgery plus treatment have indeed addressed last year’s thyroid cancer in a way they can state I am “cancer-free” and healed.

I was not stressed going to the scan. Yet I did not look forward to it. More than anything it was one more reminder of the brevity of life, which doesn’t cause me to fear death but sometimes makes me sad because I enjoy working for our Lord here so much and sometimes cannot quite fathom heaven. (Sometimes I have to apologize to our Lord. Do I love Him more or the work He gives me to do?! Oh, Lord, help it to be all simply for love of You!)

No question, this calm in the face of tests which have the possibility of bringing unwelcome news was due solely to my faith in God. Though He can heal every disease, the calm I experienced was not because I was sure He would miraculously heal me of everything which came my way. Certainly, He can and does miraculously heal. However, eventually every one of us will face physical death. Even those Jesus healed (about whom we read over and over again in Scripture) eventually died physically. Our bodies are not made for eternity. They will wear out. It is simply a matter of how and when.

This is not a negative mindset. I don’t dwell on it. It does not depress me. It is reality. As a Christian, I know death may be the end of our temporal physical lives, but it is the door from life to the eternal all-good Life with God for which we were created.

Thus though our Lord provides for us and heals us in answer to prayer many, many times, I have no expectation for our Lord to constantly deliver me from illness. He will for as long as it is His will. On the contrary, clearly at some point (it may be earlier or later) we will each die, and there will be suffering along the way. Such is the condition of this life in this world, which will never be heaven.

Jesus is our perfect example. Where the Father wanted miraculous healings to reveal the reality of who He is, these occurred. However, even Jesus died at the hands of evil and in the eyes of worldly wisdom His physical life was abbreviated grossly from that which might have been considered a normal lifespan. Yet through this sacrifice, our Lord ushered in salvation for the world. Unspeakable goodness worked through evil! He will work goodness through us as well.

Rest assured I do not seek early physical death. (One of my grandmothers lived to 100. Lord, may I live till 100 too?) I am blessed here. Indeed I would mourn if evidence showed likelihood my physical life would be over soon. There are people here I love and there is such good, purposeful work to be done for our Lord here in addition to unabashed worship of Him. But I am not afraid.

No, the reason for my calm in the face of tests is that I trust Him, whether I am physically healed or not. I trust His plan and His will, no matter what it is—death to Life, longer life here, sickness, or health—whatever!

This is my mindset lying on the table as the sonogram begins. The technician clicks and clicks again over and over, scanning places which are beyond the scope of the area I had expected. Why is she marking so many areas? Fear tries to begin to creep in. What if she found something? Oh ugh! Really?! My trust is in the Lord, and yet there is still such a mental battle! Really?!

I realize in that moment, that once again I have a choice. I can let myself fall into anxiety or I can receive this as one more reminder God is in control, He alone knows what is to come from today until the day He takes me home. I do know and believe He will use all in my life for eternal good in the lives of others and my own –even cancer—if I will let Him. Jesus went to the cross that we might live FOREVER. If He allows more cancer, then He can use it as a vehicle through which more people He loves can be helped to choose His kingdom. I need to trust Him and be at rest in it.

I don’t believe there is more cancer, but I do in this moment want to be reconciled with the possibility and in His peace no matter what. I do not want to feel anxiety. I do not want to feel fear. These are not constructive to my Lord using me in this place and oh, how I want to be used by Him in all places at all times!

“God, to You alone I give once again my life. Lord, I have given you my life before to do with as You will, but here I am turning it over to You again, and this time I mean it on a deeper level. Where before there has been a part of me which has wanted to ask You not to cause my life to have to go through the dark spaces and places as You use me, this is no longer the case. My life is Yours, Lord. It has never been my own. Lord, use me for whatever days I am here for whatever you want. Put me wherever I can have the greatest God-effect for You. There are many dark places which would not have been my choice, but I lay all those at Your feet and bow to You. Use my remaining life according to Your perfect will and I will glorify Your name forever.”

In the face of authentically offering myself to Him once again, the inkling of fear loses its power and leaves. A blanket of His peace descends upon me there on the table in the sonogram room—a gift from Him in the midst of what is not earthly fun. I am swathed in His peace and even joy. Bliss. True contentment. Purpose. Love. I am blessed there in that place without measure (as He blesses us every place that we let go and let God).

I am in His will. It is right. It is good. The prayer was good. I meant it. I am at such peace in Him, through Him, by Him and for Him.  True riches this side of heaven!

And undoubtedly there will be future moments where I will have to turn myself over to Him yet again. *Sigh* The humility of our humanity. Lord, how great Thou art!

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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. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

Contributions for 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 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