Only Jesus Remains– 14.Christmas Time

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

Like every other relationship, to know God more, you spend time with Him. With Christmas-different you have this time, if you will choose to spend it His way. Yes, spend it. Invest it.

Time like every other resource during this temporary life is precious because it is limited. There is only so much of it and only God knows the amount allocated to you until you see Him face-to-face on the eternal side of the veil.  All you can be sure of is this moment. God does have a plan for this moment. You choose whether you will try to listen for what Spirit is saying about it. If you will look to spend this time as He is leading. It is time He has given you. Will you choose to invest it His way or continue to muscle forward on your own?

Of course, there are some ways life will seem to require of you to spend time fulfilling your obligations.  As you do, these times can also be offered as prayer. There is a definite, important, ongoing God-connection to be found in it when you consecrate your daily work to Him.

However, relationship with God must be cultivated by investment of one-on-one time as well. Just like any other relationship. You cannot expect Him to speak so you can hear, direct you, progressively heal and grow you in your understanding, if you are not spending quality time with Him.

That said, the whole idea of beginning to spend focused time on God can be intimidating. He is invisible. He is God! And there are so many ideas out there on how to do it. It can be overwhelming! Yet, you can keep it simple.  Holy Spirit knows. He knows you because God made you a certain way and this plus your circumstances causes you to have specific needs. Spirit also knows how much time you have and the detail of God’s will regarding how that time is best invested.

Dare to try. Stop for a moment and consider. Truly stop even though life seems to want to keep whirling around you, pulling you with it (focused on lesser priorities).  Pause. Where in your day does God want more time with Him to be set? A regular meeting time. What might He be calling you away from that might seem nice or even important but actually distracts? What might He be drawing you towards?

This is the investment which is true richness and leads to more. Here is where the true treasures of this life (which then leads to the next) are buried.

Only this pursuit of God leads to true wisdom, peace and joy beyond every Nativity scene deep into the heart of God! To balm for your inner hurts. To awe! And eventually to rejoicing!

Let Spirit lead you in knowing the Reason for this season more than you ever have before. The journey begins with one step in this moment and continues with each subsequent one. This journey is the worthy investment of your time and heart for the refreshing and God-activation of your soul.  You have already begun.

You are beyond knowing fully and yet You ask me to seek to know You. So many mysteries bound up in how You must be, that there are times just the thought of seeking to know You more can be intimidating. You but promise, if I seek You, You will reveal more of the hidden secrets of meaning of life to me. I want this. I want You. Thank You for drawing me closer. I am relying on this!  Show me the spaces of time in each day where my focus is to be You alone. My life belongs to You. Lead me in Your perfect will.

29 For You, O Lord, are my Lamp; the Lord lightens my darkness.

30 For by You I run through a troop; by my God I leap over a wall.

2 Samuel 22:29-30

103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

107 I am sorely afflicted; renew and quicken me [give me life], O Lord, according to Your word!

Psalm 119:103-105, 107

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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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