Only Jesus Remains– 35.Christmas Calling

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

Just as God called the Holy Family, in the midst of the hardship, uncertainty, wrongness and suffering He is calling you.  He is calling you to do your God-given part in the world in this time.  Just do your part. What you can. As He leads. As He enables. In the midst. In the now. For in this moment—even now—God wants to work in you and in those around you, working through you when you feel as though you cannot, and when you may not even be aware.

 Thus, the essential need to keep looking at Him.

 Who does He say that He is? How does He say to expect life to be? What have you learned? What have you come to know so far? Where will He be in it? What is your role? 

This is not a condemned role where He says you are “bad” if you don’t do this or that.  It is not a failed role if you do not produce the perfectly, societally-dictated holiday. It is the God-given role of being an ordinary person subject to natural limitations because He made you to love and you have loved or looked for love or thought you had human love and now at the moment everything seems broken and in pieces. No, it is a role He knows you can do, and it begins with simply gazing at Him so you can grasp what He is trying to say and gain His strength for the moment.

Begin once again (and always) by turning your thoughts to Him. Ponder and consider and ruminate on what He has said about Himself and what this means to you and to this life of all of us together in this world. What does it mean to you today? How does it ignite hope—not in what is not promised but in what is.

To consider what God has said and how He made life to be and where He sees your role in it right now according to Jesus, is to find your heart and mind being re-formed like ready clay to have different expectations that before. For Christmas and beyond.

In these new expectations, which are based on the God-designed, God-created reality, there is not only hope for the outcomes He actually promised (and enabled), but peace in the process. 

You can rest in the journey. Rest. Like lying own in a very safe place. Here you are realizing who God is more and understanding at an even deeper level what He actually said, what Jesus really came to do, who Trinity is and how Spirit is here with us now. You comprehend how things will be and thus, no longer hurt as much in what is.  At least for now.

And you rest in knowing, He is using you. Here. In this place. Like the Holy Family. Today. In what was unexpected and perhaps more challenging than you ever could have imagined. You are an instrument for God’s personal use in your today. And for tomorrow. This is blessed! Do you feel it?  Press in for His will for you in this moment. Your part. You can do it because Spirit is right there to help you.

Lord God, both when I am aware and when I am not, You are working through all things to form my heart to be more like Yours.. I admit, too often I cry out in unwanted pain and ask You to stop as lovingly through that which I wanted and that which I did not, You continue to form me. But how could I not want to be more like You? It’s just that I am so attached to what I have become. It is the way I have coped and survived. Yet, You invite me to more. To leave my lesser goals and hopes and aspirations behind in order to embrace Yours. This is hard.  You help. Consistently and persistently. In Your kindness. There is freedom for me in this. Great freedom. The hunger in me for what You brought and are bringing grows. I long to hear Your call more clearly and with You more in view, for You to reflect Yourself through me for the turning and healing of more hearts. Have Your way, Beautiful One.

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord:

2 Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was working at the wheel.

And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.

Jeremiah 18:1-4

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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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