In the Storm

text and photo by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Storms are natural. They are part of the seasons. An aspect of this mortal human existence on this planet. Storms tend to wake us up out of our complacency and re-awaken us to our own vulnerability. Which was always there, but we like to find ways to pretend is not. When we have faith in God, He promises to be there with us through every storm. However, He does not promise to eliminate the storm. And He does not promise no consequences from it. He tells us not to worry, because we can rely on Him, but at the same time….reminds us that each day will, will, will have troubles of its own…(Matt. 6:34)

What are we supposed to do with this? He calls us to pray, yet not worry. This may be a different type of prayer than that to which we are accustomed. We pray in an awareness of many aspects, including these four: God is in control; there is a supernatural battle swirling around us at all times (and God is greater); God calls us to partner with Him in prayer for release of His power for His will in all circumstances; in this world we will have many troubles (and God is with us unto eternity through them).
Thus how to reconcile these. Perhaps it is to both pray forward what the Lord lays on our hearts–to partner with Him to pray for His move in those things which He lays most on our hearts–AND simultaneously to release all expectations. To lay it all at His feet. Put it into His hands. Release everything to Him for Him to move according to His will. Sometimes it will seem as if evil is winning. Sometimes evil does win a battle. But never the war.

Consider the cross. There is no way the murder of Jesus Christ could be seen as a win for God in the moment. To all present and all those who had fled into hiding–to each one who had known, believed and loved Him–the murder of Jesus had to have seemed like the end. Yet, yet, yet what the adversary does use for evil, God works through to bring His eternally-minded good. Eternally-minded. Even though sometimes the current events are horrible…

Our eyes are so focused on here and now. We grieve. We weep! We fear. We are like little children thrilled with what is less and even as the Lord delights in us, He knows He is leading us through it all to more.

There is nothing wrong with appreciating the beauty of here and now and valuing the relationships. He made us for one another! He gives us gifts in the midst! He expects us to love and to grieve and to mourn when there is loss. He made us in His image. He made us to love! If we love, then we will also mourn.

If we lift our eyes to Him and let Him continually feed us with His eternal view where there will be messes and yuck and horror and hardship (where this life is never mistaken for heaven), then He can strengthen us through this storm. He can help you to stand firm in the midst with His armor on, while it rages around you. Hands emptied of expectations and heads bowed in united prayer, even as you then take the courage to raise those hands in abandoned worship. Trusting Him through the worst to bring His ultimate best not just for your life but for each one. (Yes, because He loves each one equally.) He will answer our prayers. The storm will end. In the meantime–

Lord, our times are in Your hands. Our trust is in You. Even in this storm because You are, we dare to rejoice. And give You thanks. Especially for Your action and presence and care because of love in the places where we cannot see. We trust in You. Lord, please let this storm pass at Your earliest moment. For now, please continue the work of healing bodies and hearts and of protecting those who so need it in this hour. Thank You. In Your mighty, wonderful, precious Name, Amen.

4/1/2020

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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

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner, Accredited Financial Counselor and Financial Coach (FFC) with a heart for helping people know and encounter God more.

For more information on books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro  please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Her book called: Truth-Spiritual Manual for Battle now available on amazon.com. Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes and Spotify.

Elizabeth also posts brief devotions and prayers on Facebook on her page: Spiritual Armor and Ammo where you will find more posts of God’s truth and His way to help you stand strong against the battles of this life in which we all find ourselves.

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 heyeaglesnest@gmail.com 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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