Only Jesus Remains– 38.Mystical Christmas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

So interesting that You, my God promise to replace my heart of stone with a heart of flesh as part of Your new creation. Doesn’t this make me more vulnerable to hurt? Why would I want that?

Jesus, You talk about a relationship with You which is beyond what I can imagine…No matter how much I think about it, it is beyond my grasp to fathom this mystery You offer. There is no human relationship that can compare.

Yes, Baby Jesus, You were called Emmanuel—God-with-us.  The God-command was to name You, Jesus, which means “God saves”.  Yes. You will invite me to the relationship of abiding which You have with Father. You in me and me in You. But hold on now… What?! You knock on the door of my heart to see if I will invite you in where I unite my purposes to Yours and become a vessel for Your work to flow through in the world. A soldier in Your army. An instrument of Your love which stands for Your Spirit-led truth in compassion to usher in Your justice and be your warm hug for all.

Your tender touch less a condemning one and more transforming. You are changing me in Your loving-kindness so I am a willing vessel emptied and still emptying. Thus ever-ready for flow-through of the Spirit. You are the One who empties me. Who molds me. You reveal Yourself and motivate me from within. To act with-out. Beyond myself. But this also stems from choosing to walk through the Door You are to abide in You. Not just You in me, but I in You. Both at the same time.  To be at rest in You as Your child with You, the Parent. You, my Refuge and Hiding Place. My High Tower. My Sanctuary (safe place) and Fortress (my defense).  My place of steady, constant inner rest. Home!

You are the Guardian for my heart so it can stay vulnerable and not hardened. You are my Shield where Your view of me and Your purpose for me is my protection and motivation to live and live fully even now. For You! Thus, through You and in You is all the armor I need!

What You think is all that matters. What You know. (You know everything!) More like You is how I long to be, so like Jesus it won’t matter anymore what people think. The One I answer to is You. The One I long to please. And then to find my life ever and always in that safe place. In You as You are in me. In Trinity. Living here now.

Oh, be still my heart. How am I to fathom the gift of this place of abiding?! Awe and revel in this! My King, Savior and God!

I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me].

10 If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.

11 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.

12 This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.

John 15:9-11

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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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