Only Jesus Remains– 9.Christmas Well

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

Just because I can give expression in words for feelings in hard times does not mean I live a downtrodden, discouraged or desperate life. My days are mostly filled with JOY. This joy from God because joy is never of your own making. You cannot create it or make it happen.

Jesus-joy is the only true joy and it is a joy which remains because it is not put on. It wells up from deep within. With each progressive way that you get to know God better throughout your life, it is as if where before you were wandering aimlessly in a starving, dry place, scavenging to get by, now you have come upon an oasis still surrounded by the desolation, but different for it is fed by a ceaseless underground stream.  Thus, there is a source of thriving and not just surviving life there.  The water literally wells up! It gathers below hidden from view in quantities ever-flowing which must out! Overflowing fountains offering those who choose to come and find this place a revivifying drink. This is not like an off-and-on geyser which bursts forth and fades until the pressure builds again.  Once you find this Living Water of God which quenches every thirst, it enables a way of being where literally in your troubles there is rest for your soul. In your innermost being! Peace. Joy.

Oh, how these we sing about this longed-for, peace-filled, joy-infused state at Christmas! However, the only true place for the peace and joy which are not superficial, but last is through increased intimacy with God. The real joy you seek does not find its source in surface circumstances, but deep-down, foundational facts. About God and His way. How He is and what He promises to do.

You learn to drink from this water and stay refreshed and at rest instead of scavenging in the midst of desert—like problems and troubles which the enemy wants to use to decimate you. But you can remain resolute, strengthened, firm and even bold because you are drinking from the Source. You are nourished by His great truth so though the environment is dry, you are fine and aware and learning and sensing (Him) even now.

You need to know more about God—about Father, Son and Spirit. This comes from spending time focused on Him. This is where His promise comes true. That when you seek Him, He will be found by you and impart over time that increased understanding of Him which becomes your roots reaching down in the Stream. That enables you to live well in the midst of pain. That give you peace that you cannot make up. Side by side with what is hard. Like Christmas as it truly was when Jesus was born. This includes Jesus-joy because of the well within the midst of your today, now welling up in your heart.

Holy One, how I long to be a well for You, filled up and overflowing with Your joy, love and peace. To be a carved out vessel through whom You essence can flow. Help me to place my attention on You in a way You fill my heart in the way for which I yearn. Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Let Your Living Water flow!

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

Psalm 1:1-3

37 Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!

38 He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.

39 But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive…

John 7:37-39

SONGS (Recommended): YOU CAME TO SET US FREE (Christmas Worship album)

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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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