Prophetic Word for Christmastime 2011 and 2012

Lord God, bless every person with an increase of You that by Your Spirit we might be Your love to the world.

from Elizabeth:

On December 16, 2011 the Lord gave me a prophetic word which He released me to publish today.  It has been posted at the link below to the Christmas Worship blog.  I encourage you to read it. 

http://christmasworship.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/prophetic-word-for-christmastime-2011-2012/

In the meantime here are links to three songs for you (all of which are accessible at www.youtube.com/user/ascendinworship

1) our family’s Christmas card to you – a slideshow of some of our home’s Christmas decorations to the rendition of “Carol of the Bells” as recorded for the Christmas Worship CD featuring our three young adult children and me in the background.  This is a gift of love and prayer from our home and family to yours!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qj0JFYovBI&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL  

2) A slideshow to “You Came To Set Us Free” – a new worship song on the Christmas Worship CD  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJemQQSTcyk&feature=related 

3)  “One Nation Under God” – to remind us of the path before us as we move into 2012 to do good work for our King.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL 

Regular postings to this blog begin again after January 1st (though you are always welcome to find good nuggets of His Wisdom in the blog archives!)

To God be the glory!  May God bless you all!

~ Elizabeth

Christmas Worship

Lord, You are the gift. There is no greater gift - no greater love. We look to You, bow to You and adore You with all the angels in heaven and those who have gone before.

Dear “Nuggets of God’s Wisdom” Readers,

We have entered the time of year traditionally known as Advent where we “prepare our hearts” for Christmas and the annual commemoration of Christ’s birth. This is less about celebrating His birth than remembering what this birth represented to us – how the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ changed our future, making physical death into the door of reunification with God in heaven instead of an end to hope.  In His birth, life and death He gives us the path back to God.  He shows us the way. He shows us how we can expect life to be and how God is ever-faithful.  He will use all things for good in light of eternity.

With the release of the CHRISTMAS WORSHIP music CD November 2010, our Lord laid on my heart to have a special blog dedicated to restoring Christ to the heart of Christmas. This is a blog where posts from November through December help us press deeper into the heart of God and understand His way in a manner we can implement into our own lives and better be His sheep following Jesus, our Shepherd.

Through Christmas there will continue to be periodic posts here in “Nuggets of God’s Wisdom”, but my priority will be pressing into God for how He wants to speak to us this Christmas season.  Please join me! 

Here is the link to Christmas Worship:  www.christmasworship.wordpress.com   As usual, you can choose to receive these emails automatically by subscribing by email.  Please let others know about this blog and the Christmas Worship CD.  Can you imagine how our world would change if the focus became Jesus once again and He were truly worshipped for who He is at the center of all things this year at Christmas and beyond.

May God continue to pour the abundance of the riches of the wisdom of His way into you and through you for His glory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Merry Christmas!

~ Elizabeth

Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro         www.holyspiritpress.org    www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas. Christmas is coming.  A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season.  As a result in December 2009 I was in the studio beginning to record CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project.   It can be purchased at www.holyspiritpress.org or amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Worship-Elizabeth-Fulgaro/dp/B004D9931G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320069144&sr=8-2  or  itunes or CDbaby.com  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elizabethfulgaro3.  Music clips can be heard at the CD Baby or amazon.com links.  May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season.

Christmas is Coming! Before Spending, Pray

We remember the profound, miraculous gift of Your birth.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011    www.holyspiritpress.org      www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Christmas is coming.  Before we spend, we need to pray.

In our culture there is a beautiful tradition of giving each other gifts at Christmas as an expression of love and caring.  But too often if not handled correctly, this can put undo financial pressure on households which potentially causes ongoing discord and unrest long after the annual “holy”-day festivities are past.   To stay in the peace God intends for us, we must avoid the cultural landmines of too many commitments and too much spending.  Our focus today is “holy”-day finances.

It is still November, yet already permeating the airwaves, cyberspace and written media is a plethora of messages encouraging you to focus on spending.  Either you will be “merry” if you give the right gifts or you will be “merry” if you finally get what you want.

When did a gift ever bring lasting inner peace and happiness?  It is not possible, because that is not what God ordains as the source of true inner peace and joy – He is.

Now you may say – let’s be practical. I have to give gifts.  It’s expected!

Perhaps it is expected, but this is where our faith should give us strength and courage.  The Bible is clear that we are not to worry about what others think of us, but only about what God thinks.  So before you shop, PRAY!  God knows your financial circumstances.  He knows where you are now, where you’ve been and what’s coming up.  He is the One who enables us to have all that we have.  He is the One to whom everything we have belongs.  We are mere stewards, which means it is our job to put the money He provides to work the way He ordains.  To whom we give what is part of this.  God knows how He wants money spent.  We are obliged to seek His will even in this and not succumb to any social pressure or pressure within families.

Sound hard?  Might be.  On the other hand you might find it quite freeing!  That’s the way God intended it to be.

Cultural pressure is to spend lavishly on others so they know they are loved and yet, no gift should be a prerequisite to love.  If there is a threat you will lose someone’s love or friendship if the gift isn’t “good” enough, then perhaps this friend’s love or friendship was never authentic.  Love can never be measured by how much money is thrown at it.  Love is separate from money.

As Christians we are blessed!  Our Christmas focus is the Gift of Jesus,  not the gifts.  We can stop and pray when the pressure to buy sneaks in and do a double check with God to see what He thinks.  In this way, we can avoid spending more than perhaps we can afford.

So make your list.  Check it twice.  Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you exactly what to do to cause each person you cherish to feel valued – but within your budget.

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

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Note: I have another blog called: THRIVING ~  NOT JUST SURVIVING ~ MONEY BLOG (live purposely, live responsibly, live well) where I will begin posting more practical money management tips.  I encourage those who want to become better stewards to subscribe.  You are also welcome to submit money questions.   We are to live in the world, not of the world, but we must know how to handle what God provides rightly.  However, it is not taught.  Thus the blog:  http://thrivingstudentmoneyblog.wordpress.com/.    May God guide our every step! ~ Elizabeth

Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas. Christmas is coming.  A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season.  As a result in December 2009 I was in the studio beginning to record CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project.   It can be purchased at www.holyspiritpress.org or amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Worship-Elizabeth-Fulgaro/dp/B004D9931G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320069144&sr=8-2  or  itunes or CDbaby.com  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elizabethfulgaro3.  Music clips can be heard at the CD Baby or amazon.com links.  May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

His Name Is Emmanuel

Jesus, You fill our lives with Your presence. We adore & rejoice!

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c)2011                                              www.holyspiritpress.org     www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

 20 But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit.  21  She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior],  for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].  22 All this took place that it might be fulfilled which the Lord had spoken through the prophet, 23 Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us. (Matt. 1:20-23 Amplified)

Several years ago, the LORD laid on my heart that He wanted me to record a Christmas CD.  How ridiculous that seemed!  Who was I to record a Christmas CD?  Weren’t such recordings only made by successful professional artists in order to capitlize on their followings who would now make additional purchases?  That certainly was not me!  Yes, in 2006 I had begun recording new worship songs the Lord had had me compose in obedience to very specific promptings by the Holy Spirit, but the idea of recording a Christmas CD seemed ludicrous – even pompous!

But as usual, the Lord’s idea was not about me.  It was about creating a collection of mostly new songs with which people could be ushered into worship of Him during the season we celebrate His incarnation.  God showed me how at Christmas there are many wonderful songs which tell His story, evangelizing beautifully.  But God wants to be worshipped!  And there were few to none traditional Christmas songs with lyrics which worshipped Him for who He is and what He did, while contemplating His birth.

Therefore in December 2009, when He opened the door widely to begin work on the CD which would become, CHRISTMAS WORSHIP (released November 2010), I walked through.  By His design, the CD would contain 7 new Christmas worship songs, but it also includes 4 newly arranged rendition of well-known Christmas carols in order to give the CD a “Christmas” feel (until the new worship songs themselves become a sound of Christmas to our hearts).

One of these is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.  Over the year of going through the various stages of working to complete the CHRISTMAS WORSHIP CD, the Holy Spirit kept emblazoning one message more than any other on my mind.  His name is Emmanuel, which means “God With Us.”  And He wants us to know that He remains Emmanuel – God With Us – even today (and at all times).

He wants us to remember.  He wants us to be encouraged.  He wants this message to go deep.  He is not a God who is far off, but one who is near.  Jesus came, lived, died and rose again, but He did not thereby remove Himself from our midst.  He sent His Spirit and He remains God With Us.  But just as when He was born and almost no one was aware of His birth (and Presence), today He is here and still few are truly aware He is here.

He wants them to know.  He wants all to know.  He wants as many as possible to enjoy the gifts He has for us, such as freedom from condemnation, eternal death and the world’s lies, true inner peace which surpassses human understanding and irrepressible, undefeatable joy.

He wants us to dare to plumb the depths of the singular most valuable treasure we have (which is He), to seek after the Wisdom of His way with all our heart so that we no longer are beaten down by what the secular world wrongly deems “wise”.  He wants us to live in the freedom He always intended for us, while we fulfill our life’s purpose by re-presenting Him to all around us as His ambassadors.  He wants the world to know the kingdom of God is already here, if they will but look for it and follow where He leads.  He wants to use us to show them – not by self-righteousness, but by the righteousness we receive from Him through Jesus and the poweer of the Holy Spirit daily at work in our lives.

We cannot reveal Him and who He is to the world by our good intentions.  It will only be by His Spirit, as His supernatural invades our natural in response to the simple act of our obedience.  All we have to do is believe He hears and believe He speaks according to His promises.  All He wants is for us to seek to listen spiritually (and He will answer), ask Him to help us discern what we hear and have the courage to follow.  Sometimes (often) it won’t seem to make sense, but it won’t contradict His Word and He is setting up circumstances through which His Presence will be recognized.

He is and always will be Emmanuel: God With Us.  He wants to be found by all. He uses us.

Selah.  (Pause and calmly think of that.)

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CHISTMAS WORSHIP is available on itunes, via cdbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elizabethfulgaro3  and at www.holyspirtpress.org

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.