Breathe and Receive

DEVOTION

text and photo by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro

copyright 2020

Yesterday afternoon the errands were taking triple as long as I had hoped. The pink slips for packages to be picked up at the post office remained unresolved after a total of 40 min of standing in line because there was a veteran in need of financial coaching, so I gave up my place. It meant going back and trying another day. For at least another hour. Now still two grocery stores to be muscled through for the once-every-three-week purchases.

Discouragement that the afternoon was now spent and there were other things-yes, other things-which seemed of more worth and more significant long-term meaning which now remained untouched another day.

I exited the final grocery store before heading home to a pre-scheduled phone meeting which would likely last till bedtime. I was looking forward to the call, yet, still pressing were thoughts of those things important to me which would remain again undone. This though I was managing my time as best as I knew how and asking the Lord at every moment, what to do and what not to do. I pushed my loaded cart through the store’s automated doors to cross the parking lot to get to my car.

My days begin early. I was tired. And I almost missed it. The God-kiss. The gift of the moment. The beauty in the present which was the present. But I had to choose to notice. I could have put my head down and kept pushing… But instead, I parked the grocery basket next to a random car and pulled out my phone in order to access the camera. An intentional pause. Not a great photograph but the purposeful grasping and holding onto a moment. The moment. The moment I was in. The beauty of now. A moment to breathe. To acknowledge God’s presence and to thank Him. For nothing in particular beyond the present moment, because isn’t the present moment enough? It is all we have. He is sufficient to everything else.

A verse echoed through my mind with lovely familiarity. A verse which had given me my marching orders so many times before: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5‐6)

Oh, the bliss to lean into Him and trust in Him so take I could take in the beautiful drink of the moment there provided by Him just after the sun had edged beyond the horizon. This gift there and free for the taking for whoever would pause and see.

God-presence most often does not call loudly but in exquisite whispers. Where is He in your day? Do you see Him?

text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2020

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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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