Only Jesus Remains– 23.Christmas Waiting

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

The Lord promises if you seek Him, He will be found. He will answer.  Holy Spirit hears your heart. It is His job in God’s timing and inscrutable way to supply all your needs.  Encountering Jesus by taking time to gaze at Him provides the Truth you need to still stand in life’s storms without collapsing, while bowing low in trusting, surrendered submission to the God you choose to believe is there. He will show you with ever greater clarity the actual life for which you were created (instead of how you may have thought it should be). His comfort coming alongside you and staying even when there may be evil. Not a denial of the ugly that is, but His compassionate care through it.

            Yet, patience required. Sometimes excruciatingly. The answers will come in His timing. But this timing likely will not be yours. Thus, the pain of now which stands naked and seemingly without relief even though you are doing what you can to trust Him.

In the despair while you wait, try not to despair more. The truth is will come. If you wait, ultimately what is revealed and where He leads will allow you to come along more consistently behind your Shepherd. To better follow Him. In His peace. With new understanding which has been God-revealed but helps you through your every day. Especially when your daily life has become more likely different than you thought. What gift this long sought, accompanying God-given relief.

How the Lord provides this increasing understanding may seem fractured. Delivered in what seem like pieces and gradually instead of all at once.  But eventually, bit by bit, these pieces strung together will eventually give you His revelation and in a way that is comfort to your hurting heart even as new, subsequent questions for Him arise.

He is not slow. Really, He isn’t. The answers will come like new spring must, if you hold fast before Him seeking and do not give up!

Baby Jesus, what an amazing Teacher You are. In You and how You came I do see the sufficiency of God. And Your presence in and through all things. Interestingly and perhaps especially when I cannot see.  I want to have all the answers now. But I know You are greater than this.  Heavenly One who loves, release an increasing river of Your peace to flow through my heart as I learn to wait on Your answers and will as the Holy Family did. You are faithful!

Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8-9

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

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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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