Ascending in Worship ~ Sunday, April 15, 2012

LORD, heaven and earth declare Your glory, for You alone are worthy. We join creation and all those who have gone before in the heavenly throne room to sing Your praise! You are greater than every obstacle, Conqueror in every battle. What You have promised You will fulfill. We are safe and rejoice in You!

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

No matter what is going on in our lives or the world around us, God is unchanging, with us, there and faithful.  He will use all for good in light of eternity and so we can rest in Him, lay our head on His shoulder when we are discouraged and trust He will bring us out of the circumstances which oppress us and back into freedom and joy of His promises.  Praise honors our King!  Worship connects us intimately with Him here and now.  And so on Sunday we make a divine pause to worship our King and reflect upon His majesty.  Our worship is our gift to Him for we turn focus from us and onto God.  And yet we are the ones blessed in the process for as we worship He writes His Truth upon our hearts, which fills us with His peace, hope and joy and causes us to be able to stand strong in all circumstances because we have learned who He is.  The Israelites used to sing Psalms as they ascended the mountain to go and worship God as He instructed.  We still ascend when we worship, but now spiritually by the power of His Spirit entering His throne room every time we choose to worship and praise Him.  As a result, He fills us with His presence and power, thereby strengthening us for the battles which invariably come.  It is God who is our strength;  He is our shield.  We only need to worship, seek to hear His voice and obey, then watch how He will use all things for eventual good.  What a mighty God we serve! ~ Elizabeth

PSALM 46:1-7 NIV

1 God is our refuge and strength, ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fail; God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

WORSHIP SONG

“Worship in the Waiting” ~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c)2009          from the RESTORE worship CD

1) We choose to worship, to bow, to adore

Almighty, All-knowing, Redeemer and Lord

We choose to worship You.

 Chorus

We worship in the waiting, we worship in the storm.

We raise hands in thanksgiving, before Your answer has come.

We worship in the waiting, we worship in the storm.

We praise in expectation, before Your answer has come.

2) Ascending in worship, now at Your throne

We join with the saints to adore.

Hallelujah, halle Yahweh, we worship You, oh, Lord.

will rejoice!

“Worship In The Waiting” is available on the RESTORE CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store 

WORSHIP PRAYER ~ when we address God, focusing on Him and adoring Him, our prayers and proclamations become declarations of worship which honor our King.  According to His promises, He responds to our authentic worship with release of His sovereign power into our circumstances in the way He deems best. 

Lord God, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, Lover of our souls and only One who can save.  We are at Your mercy.  We cannot do everything right.  Yet, You created us this way and so we bow to Your sovereignty, are in awe of Your majesty and ask You to fulfill Your promises according to Your Word.  You are the One who redeems us.  You are the One who calls us by name and keeps on calling until we hear You. You are the One who promises to be found if we will turn and seek You.  You are the One to bring good out of all the evil which we experience in this lifetime by turning it and using it for eternal good, just as You did the cross.

Lord God, You are beyond our complete understanding and yet, You, Supreme Creator and Ruler of the universe promise to speak to us and teach us when we call to You.

Your mercy reaches to the heavens and down the the dirty, ugly places where we sometimes find ourselves.  You pick us up, hold us close, carry us, and guide us in the way we are to go. Nothing is too terrible for You to redeem or to painful that you can’t heal it. And so we pause today to honor You and to bow to You, giving You our lives once again for however You ordain right and good to use us in Your good plans for the eternal destiny of all who will turn and call You Savior and Lord. Thank You for being a God who is always merciful and loves. Thank You for being a God who redeems us. Thank You for giving us purpose now as Your ambassadors and life with You and all those who have loved You before forever.  You are our all in all and everything. Our delight and hope are in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen

END Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts. 

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth

  

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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 and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

Ascending in Worship ~ Sunday, November 27, 2011

LORD,You are our strength and our song! In You we have life and have it to the full! We join creation to sing, worship & declare Your glory!

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

Sunday is a divine pause to worship our King and reflect upon His majesty.  Our worship is our gift to Him for we turn focus from us and onto God.  And yet we are the ones blessed in the process for as we worship He writes His Truth upon our hearts, which fills us with His peace, hope and joy and causes us to be able to stand strong in all circumstances because we have learned who He is.  The Israelites used to sing Psalms as they ascended the mountain to go and worship God as He instructed.  We still ascend when we worship, but now spiritually by the power of His Spirit entering His throne room every time we choose to worship and praise Him.  As a result, He fills us with His presence and power, thereby strengthening us for the battles which invariably come.  It is God who is our strength;  He is our shield.  We only need to worship, seek to hear His voice and obey, then watch how He will use all things for eventual good.  What a mighty God we serve!  ~ Elizabeth

PSALM 111 (Amplified)

 1PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) I will praise and give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart in the council of the upright and in the congregation.

2The works of the Lord are great, sought out by all those who have delight in them.

     3His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.

     4He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious, merciful, and full of loving compassion.

     5He has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever and imprint it [on His mind].

     6He has declared and shown to His people the power of His works in giving them the heritage of the nations [of Canaan].

     7The works of His hands are [absolute] truth and justice [faithful and right]; and all His decrees and precepts are sure (fixed, established, and trustworthy).

     8They stand fast and are established forever and ever and are done in [absolute] truth and uprightness.

     9He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant to be forever; holy is His name, inspiring awe, reverence, and godly fear.

     10The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of [a]Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. [Job. 28:28; Prov. 1:7; Matt. 22:37, 38; Rev. 14:7.]

WORSHIP SONG

I WILL REJOICE ~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2007                 from the WALK ON WATER worship CD

1) I will praise Your name, I will rejoice

I will praise Your name, I will rejoice

I will praise Your name to the heavens every day.

I will rejoice!

Chorus

For You are God; yes, You are God

You are the only One who can.

For You are God; yes, You are God.

You are the only One who can.

2) I will lift my hands, I will rejoice

I will lift my hands, I will rejoice

Lay my burdens down and dance before Your throne

I will rejoice!

3) I will shout Your names, I will rejoice

I will shout Your names, I will rejoice

Redeemer and King, You set the captives free

I will rejoice!

“I WILL REJOICE” is available on the WALK ON WATER CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store 

WORSHIP PRAYER ~ when we address God, focusing on Him and adoring Him, our prayers and proclamations become declarations of worship which honor our King.  According to His promises, He responds to our authentic worship with release of His sovereign power into our circumstances in the way He deems best.  

Holy God, we praise Your name.  All of heaven above adores You.  Sometimes in the rush and press of our daily lives, we succumb to fear that we won’t have enough or that you have forgotten us.  And yet, when we forcefully pause and reflect on Sundays, we remember You are.  You are always with us, always providing, always enabling exactly what we need at the proper time.  You never fail, are always faithful and cannot lie for You are truth.  You give us the work of our hands and promise to use all for good.  You speak to us in a way we can hear if we are seeking to listen.  You lead us in the way we should go, forgive us all shortcomings when we repent and love us infinitely now, exactly as we are.  How blessed are we to be under the sovereignty and dominion of You, the One true God.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

END
Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts. 

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth

Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas.   There is nothing like it…..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.  So I asked Him what songs He wanted released.  The result is CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project. It is available for purchase at:

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.

Ascending in Worship ~ (Worship for Difficult Times)

Unto You, O Lord, do we lift our eyes. Our hope is in You all day long. We do not understand, but choose trust. Be our Helper. Be our Comforter. We know it is You we need

Sunday, November 20, 2011

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

As many who follow this blog know, on Sundays posts pause from regular devotions and prophetic words to purely lift up the Lord and worship Him using His Word, lyrics from worship music and prayer.  To help us along, usually there are introductory remarks about worship.

On Friday, the Marine son of a friend and  her dear family who was deployed to Afghanistan was killed in action.  Two weeks ago, I already had written, and scheduled publication of the Ascending In Worship post for today. I could not let it publish in light of this news and have moved it to another Sunday.

Today, I could not simply cheerfully praise the Lord – which could come across as uncompassionate, ignorant, and even flippant.  There is pain in this world.  There are times when worshipping God does not come easy because the hard things in life overwhelm us and threaten to overtake us.  Certainly God calls us to worship Him still because He knows who He is, what He plans and how He will use all things for eventual good. But in the moment, with only what we can see, the worship comes hard. There are times where in the moment God’s hand – though we trust He was and is there (because it is what He promises)  – is not immediately evident.   At these times our choice to attempt to worship in spite of pain is a sacrifice of praise.  And our words change.  Certainly we still adore Him, but we adore Him as we wait for Him to wipe our tears away.  In honor of LCpl Joshua Corral and out of respect for his family, today Ascending In Worship is dedicated to those who grieve, mourn and are suffering.

We do not need to attempt to hide our sorrow and pain from Him when we come before Him in such circumstances.  He knows our innermost thoughts.  He created us to “feel” as we do.  He Himself is well-acquainted with sorrow.  He gave His Son.  He watched Him die so that those who loved Him and those who hated Him would both have the opportunity to accept life eternal through Him.  We do not have to (nor should we) pretend everything is all right, when it is not.

So today this post is dedicated to lifting up a sacrifice of praise on behalf of all who may be hurting.  If today, all is well with you and yours, give praise and mighty thanks to God and print this off or “bookmark” it for when you may need it. 

We will all face sorrows and hard times.  This is earth, not heaven. 

Lord, help us come alongside those who hurt in the way they need most…In Jesus’ name, Amen

Now let us praise Him in a way we can when we hurt bitterly, deeply and when things are not how we wanted and they do not make sense.  ~ Elizabeth

PSALM  (42:1-8 Amplified)

1AS THE hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.

     2My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?

     3My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, Where is your God?

     4These things I [earnestly] remember and pour myself out within me: how I went slowly before the throng and led them in procession to the house of God [like a bandmaster before his band, timing the steps to the sound of music and the chant of song], with the voice of shouting and praise, a throng keeping festival.

     5Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.

     6O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon, from the little mountain Mizar.

     7[Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts; all Your breakers and Your rolling waves have gone over me.

     8Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

WORSHIP SONG

THE ANSWER WAS NO ~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2007   from the WALK ON WATER worship CD

1) I have prayed till my knees are aching; I have prayed for what I thought best.

Persevering and travailing; giving Your throne no rest.

Now I have Your answer.  Father God, it’s not what I sought.

Yet I know You are sovereign; You must know something I do not.

Chorus

The answer was no, still I worship.

The answer was no, lift my hands to You.

The answer was now yet, I still trust in You.

I cry and praise You anyway.

Give me strength, Lord, for I trust in You.

2) I will trust without understanding; I will trust for You are God

Oh, it hurts so I lean on You, Lord; and Your promise to restore

For now I have Your answer.  Father God, it’s not what I sought.

Yet I know You are sovereign; You know something I do not.

“The Answer Was No” is available on the WALK ON WATER CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store 

WORSHIP PRAYER ~ when we address God, focusing on Him and adoring Him, our prayers and proclamations become declarations of worship which honor our King.  According to His promises, He responds to our authentic worship with release of His sovereign power into our circumstances in the way He deems best.  

Lord, You are the only God.  There is no other God, but You.  All things are in Your hands and in You all things live, move and have their being.  You are LIFE.  There is no life besides in You and through You.  You have the plan for each of us to eternity. You ordain the times of birth and the times of death for each one of us.  All of our days are numbered in Your book before they began.  You created us to love for You are love.  You created us to love children and family because we are Your children and together we are family.  It is Your Way.  Lord God, we do not understand and yet we bow. We do not understand and yet we choose to praise You. We do not understand and yet we consciously choose to say once again You are God and pledge allegiance to you from this place of hurt, confusion and questioning.  Lord, send Your angels of comfort.  Lord, wrap those who hurt in Your arms of love in a way they can feel.  Re-engrave Your promises on the hearts of those for whom these promises momentarily seem de-void of meaning.  Send other people to come alongside those who are hurting in exactly Your way to be Your arms and words of love.  Holy Spirit come powerfully and lift those who are hurting up and help them walk hour by hour into the new day.  Remind them of Your promises that they might never lose grasp of Your hope.  Help them to choose to trust You.  Help them to rest in You.  Lord, it is not easy.  But You are the only answer.  We cannot make it through this without You.  Speak to us; we are listening.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

END
Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts. 

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth  

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.

Ascending in Worship ~ Sunday, November 13, 2011

LORD,You are our strength and our song! In You we have life and have it to the full! We join creation to sing, worship & declare Your glory!

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

Sunday is a divine pause to worship our King and reflect upon His majesty.  Our worship is our gift to Him for we turn focus from us and onto God.  And yet we are the ones blessed in the process for as we worship He writes His Truth upon our hearts, which fills us with His peace, hope and joy and causes us to be able to stand strong in all circumstances because we have learned who He is.  The Israelites used to sing Psalms as they ascended the mountain to go and worship God as He instructed.  We still ascend when we worship, but now spiritually by the power of His Spirit entering His throne room every time we choose to worship and praise Him.  As a result, He fills us with His presence and power, thereby strengthening us for the battles which invariably come.  It is God who is our strength;  He is our shield.  We only need to worship, seek to hear His voice and obey, then watch how He will use all things for eventual good.  What a mighty God we serve!  ~ Elizabeth

PSALM 138 (Amplified)

 1I WILL confess and praise You [O God] with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praises to You.

     2I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!

     3In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.

     4All the kings of the land shall give You credit and praise You, O Lord, for they have heard of the promises of Your mouth [which were fulfilled].

     5Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord and joyfully celebrate His mighty acts, for great is the glory of the Lord.

     6For though the Lord is high, yet has He respect to the lowly [bringing them into fellowship with Him]; but the proud and haughty He knows and recognizes [only] at a distance.

     7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.

     8The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever–forsake not the works of Your own hands.

WORSHIP SONG

AT REST IN YOU ~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2009                 from the RESTORE CD

1) Holy, holy, holy

You are holy, holy Lord.

Worthy, worthy, worthy.

You are love; You are  Lord.

2) Mercy, mercy, mercy

You wash away my sins.

Mercy, mercy, mercy

You are love; You are Lord.

Chorus

You’re my peace, You’re my joy.

I place my trust in You.

You protect, You provide

I am at rest in You.

“At Rest in You” is available on the RESTORE CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store 

WORSHIP PRAYER ~ when we address God, focusing on Him and adoring Him, our prayers and proclamations become declarations of worship which honor our King.  According to His promises, He responds to our authentic worship with release of His sovereign power into our circumstances in the way He deems best.  

Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. You are our all in all and everything and in You all things (all things!) live and move and have their being.  We lay all burdens at Your feet and lift up our hands, free to worship You because You are.  You take all our burdens upon You shoulders.  You promise we can worship instead of worry for You are faithful to provide perfectly for all those who love You – who seek Your kingdom first.  Lord God, You are not a God who hides, but a God who is there, ready to be encountered at every moment.  You seek relationship with us – not to distance Yourself but to draw nearer.  Lord, once again today we declare our trust in You.  We declare our faith in You. We choose to rejoice in You and embrace Your will for our delight and Your glory. Speak, Lord, Your servants are listening.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

END
Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts. 

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth

Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas.   There is nothing like it…..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.  So I asked Him what songs He wanted released.  The result is CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project. It is available for purchase at:

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.

 

Ascending in Worship ~ Sunday, October 30, 2011

LORD,You are our strength and our song! In You we have life and have it to the full! We join creation to sing, worship & declare Your glory!

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

Sunday is a divine pause to worship our King and reflect upon His majesty.  Our worship is our gift to Him for we turn focus from us and onto God.  And yet we are the ones blessed in the process for as we worship He writes His Truth upon our hearts, which fills us with His peace, hope and joy and causes us to be able to stand strong in all circumstances because we have learned who He is.  The Israelites used to sing Psalms as they ascended the mountain to go and worship God as He instructed.  We still ascend when we worship, but now spiritually by the power of His Spirit entering His throne room every time we choose to worship and praise Him.  As a result, He fills us with His presence and power, thereby strengthening us for the battles which invariably come.  It is God who is our strength;  He is our shield.  We only need to worship, seek to hear His voice and obey, then watch how He will use all things for eventual good.  What a mighty God we serve!  ~ Elizabeth

EXODUS 15:2,6-7,9-11,13,18  (NIV)

2The Lord is my Strength and my Song, and He has become my Salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

    3The Lord is a Man of War; the Lord is His name.

… 6Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power; Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.

     7In the greatness of Your majesty You overthrow those rising against You. You send forth Your fury; it consumes them like stubble.

 …  9The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

     10You [Lord] blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; [clad in mail] they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

     11Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders?

…  13You in Your mercy and loving-kindness have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation.

18The Lord will reign forever and ever.
WORSHIP SONG

ASCEND IN WORSHIP ~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2006

1) I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies

I will not be afraid

You are greater than he who comes against me

Mighty Warrior King.

2) I enter Your gates with thanksgiving,

Your courtyards with my praise

You are mercy, love and forgiveness.

I adore You all my days.

Chorus

I ascend in worship, ascend in worship, ascend in worship, descend in battle

Ascend in worship, ascend in worship, ascend

For Your glory, Victor and King

3) I boldly enter Your throne room; rejoice with the angels in You

My Refuge, Fortress, High Tower

I put my trust in You.

(Chorus)

“Ascend in Worship” is available on the ASCEND IN WORSHIP CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store 

WORSHIP PRAYER ~ when we address God, focusing on Him and adoring Him, our prayers and proclamations become declarations of worship which honor our King.  According to His promises, He responds to our authentic worship with release of His sovereign power into our circumstances in the way He deems best.  

Lord, You are the answer.  In You we find the Truth of our existence, our purpose, and our eternal Dwelling Place in Your Love.  Lord, God as we come and bow before You usher us deeper into Your heart.  Show us Your Way, teach us to walk in Your paths.  There is no other life we want than life in You and for You.  The enemy has no power when we bow and worship You for You are eternal Victor and there is no other.  Life no longer ends in death, but bridges into an eternity beyond anything we can imagine.

We delight that even in our battles here, You are with us.  Heaven and earth collide in the spiritual realm, woven together in inextricable ways and this is our blessing for at every moment on every day, no matter what our circumstances, there are You with us.  Where evil and ugliness confront us, You help us through, never leaving our side and redeem the suffering by using it all for good in light of eternity.

To You belong all things, in You all things live, move and have their being.  You give us the work of our hands for it is You who has the perfect plan for each of us and the power to bring it to fruition.  And so, we have no need of worry because You are.  We can listen, follow and at all times rest in You.

We rely on Your Spirit.  We are so thankful for the gift of Your Spirit – guiding, comforting, speaking, healing, flowing through us (who are sinners and so imperfect) to bring Your love perfectly to the world.

And so today we choose to remain at rest in You.  We choose to rejoice and receive the gift of Your peace deeper.  We lift our arms to You for we need not work today.  We lift our eyes to You, for You are the only focus we need.  We bow to You, for You alone are Lord, Savior and God.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

END
Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts. 

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth

PLEASE watch the new music video to “RESTORE” (with choir) on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQYnPY1vIA&feature=related  SHARE the link!  Let’s worship together as we pray, seek His will, stand and re-take ground for Christ in our communities and beyond (for His glory)!

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.

Ascending in Worship ~ Sunday, September 25, 2011

LORD, heaven and earth declare Your glory. We join creation and all those who have gone before in the heavenly throne room to sing Your praise! You are greater than every obstacle, Conqueror in every battle. We are safe & rejoice in You!

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

Sunday is a divine pause to worship our King and reflect upon His majesty.  Our worship is our gift to Him for we turn focus from us and onto God.  And yet we are the ones blessed in the process for as we worship He writes His Truth upon our hearts, which fills us with His peace, hope and joy and causes us to be able to stand strong in all circumstances because we have learned who He is.  The Psalm selection below is one of what are called the “songs of ascent”, which the Israelites would sing as the climbed the mountain to go and worship God as He instructed.  We still ascend when we worship, but now spiritually by the power of His Spirit entering His throne room every time we choose to worship and praise Him.  As a result, He fills us with His presence and power, thereby strengthening us for the battles which invariably come.  It is God who is our strength;  He is our shield.  We only need to worship, seek to hear His voice and obey, then watch how He will use all things for eventual good.  What a mighty God we serve!  ~ Elizabeth

PSALM 25:1-15 (Amplified)

1 Unto You, O Lord, do I bring my life.

2 O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You.  Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me.

3 Yes, let none  who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.

4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.

5 Guide me in Your truth and wait hopefully and look for You to be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause.

6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercy and loving-kindness; for they have been ever from old.

7 Remember not the sins (the lapses and frailties) of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your mercy and steadfast love remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He instruct sinners in [His] way.

9 He leads the humble in what is right, and the humble He teaches His way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and steadfast love, even truth and faithfulness are they for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.

11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity and my guild, for [they are] great.

12 Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord?  Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose.

13 He himself shall dwell at ease, and his offspring shall inherit the land.

14 The secret [of sweet, satisfying compaionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.

15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out the net.


WORSHIP SONG

ASCEND IN WORSHIP~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2006

1) I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies

I will not be afraid

You are greater than he who comes against me

Mighty Warrior King.

2) I enter Your gates with thanksgiving,

Your courtyards with my praise

You are mercy, love and forgiveness.

I adore You all my days.

Chorus

I ascend in worship, ascend in worship, ascend in worship, descend in battle

Ascend in worship, ascend in worship, ascend

For Your glory, Victor and King

3) I boldly enter Your throne room; rejoice with the angels in You

My Refuge, Fortress, High Tower

I put my trust in You.

(Chorus)

“Ascend in Worship” is available on the ASCEND IN WORSHIP CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store  

WORSHIP PRAYER ~ 

How great are You, God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  You are Creator of all things seens and unseen, Ruler of heaven and earth, all good and all love.  You know how we are made and put a plan in motion to redeem us from our fallen state and invite us to be with You forever. You were the plan in the name of Jesus and You have brought the plan to completion.   The vistory is already won.  All who seek You will find You and You will care for each one of us as a shepherd cares for each of his sheep.  You lead us; You provide for us; You protect us until the day when we leave this physical life and pass into life forever with You in heaven.  You ask two things of us – that we acknowledge our need for You as Savior (and worship You) and bow to You as Lord (commit to follow where You lead instead of asking for You to follow and bless where we lead).  You desire to be known as God that You are.  And so today we come before You and acknowledge that we cannot get beyond physical death without You.  We are in control of nothing.  We cannot redeem ourselves for we are not perfect, nor will we ever be.  You are the greatest, most magnificent and all-powerful One.  You are the only One who is worthy of honor and glory (credit for all You have done).  We bow before You as Most High and pledge our allegiance to You.  We only want Your plan and Your way.  We trust in You and know that as Truth You cannot lie.  What You have said you will do, You will do and so we choose to rest in You because You will always care for us.  We commit not to worry, but to rejoice in all things.  We can do this because You have already won the victory, conquering the adversary for eternity and You promise to use all things for good in the lives of those who are called according to Your purpose.  We give You high praise.  We rejoice in Your way.  We choose to follow and not to seek to lead.  We give You our hearts and our lives because You are.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

END
Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts. 

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth

PLEASE watch the new music video to “RESTORE” (with choir) on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQYnPY1vIA&feature=related  SHARE the link!  Let’s worship together as we pray, seek His will, stand and re-take ground for Christ in our communities and beyond (for His glory)!

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.

Ascending in Worship ~ Sunday, September 18, 2011

LORD, heaven and earth declare Your glory. We join creation and all those who have gone before in the heavenly throne room to sing Your praise! You are greater than every obstacle, Conqueror in every battle. We are safe & rejoice in You!

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

Sunday is a divine pause to worship our King and reflect upon His majesty.  Our worship is our gift to Him for we turn focus from us and onto God.  And yet we are the ones blessed in the process for as we worship He writes His Truth upon our hearts, which fills us with His peace, hope and joy and causes us to be able to stand strong in all circumstances because we have learned who He is.  The Psalm selection below is one of what are called the “songs of ascent”, which the Israelites would sing as the climbed the mountain to go and worship God as He instructed.  We still ascend when we worship, but now spiritually by the power of His Spirit entering His throne room every time we choose to worship and praise Him.  As a result, He fills us with His presence and power, thereby strengthening us for the battles which invariably come.  It is God who is our strength;  He is our shield.  We only need to worship, seek to hear His voice and obey, then watch how He will use all things for eventual good.  What a mighty God we serve!  ~ Elizabeth

PSALM 121 NIV(a song of ascent)

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber or sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day, no the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
WORSHIP SONG~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2006

MIGHTY WARRIOR KING

Mighty Warrior King, Protector, Shield and Refuge

Victor, Counselor, Lord, by Your power all battles are won.

You died on the cross and rose back to life

By Your mercy and love all is conquered.

Chorus

The enemy has no power, when we bow and worship You.

When You are Lord, the battle’s won.

We are free to sing and praise You, for the battle is the Lord’s

You use all things to bring glory to  Your name!

 “Mighty Warrior King” is available on the ASCEND IN WORSHIP CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org

WORSHIP PRAYER ~ when we address God, focusing on Him and adoring Him, our prayers and proclamations become declarations of worship which honor our King.  According to His promises, He responds to our authentic worship with release of His sovereign power into our circumstances in the way He deems best.  Now we will take the beautiful, honoring Psalm written by David above and turn it into pure worship. 

Lord, I lift up my eyes and question where my help comes from.  O Lord, You are the one from whom my help comes.  You are Maker of heaven and earth.  You will not let my foot slip – You watch over me at all times for You will not slumber.  Indeed, You are the one who watches over Israel and You will neither slumber or sleep.  Lord, You watch over all of us.  You are the shade at our right hand.  Because of You and how You protect us, the sun will not harm by day, neither will the moon by night.  You, O Lord, will keep all of us from harm – You will watch over our lives.  Lord, You will watch over our coming and going (individually and corporately both now and forevermore.

END
Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts. 

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth

PLEASE watch the new music video to “RESTORE” (with choir) on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQYnPY1vIA&feature=related  SHARE the link!  Let’s worship together as we pray, seek His will, stand and re-take ground for Christ in our communities and beyond (for His glory)!

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.

Sunday Praise & Worship ~ ASCENDING IN WORSHIP ~ September 4, 2011

LORD, heaven and earth declare Your glory. We join creation and all those who have gone before in the heavenly throne room to sing Your praise! You are greater than every obstacle, Conqueror in every battle. We are safe & rejoice in You!

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

Sunday ~ a divinely ordained pause to worship and praise Him.  And today we give special thanks for how He has heard our prayers!!! Halle Yahweh! (Hallelujah – Praise God!)

Note: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture, song lyrics and prayer to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts.  ~ Elizabeth

Ephesians 2:6 (NIV)

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:1 (NIV)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Revelation Chapter 4 (Amplified)

1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven!  And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future.

2 At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit’s power, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne! [Ezek. 1:26.]

3 And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of ] emerald. [Ezek. 1:28.]

4 Twenty-four other thrones surrounded the throne, and seated on these thrones were twenty-four elders (the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin), arrayed in white clothing, with crowns of gold upon their heads.

5 Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne seven blazing torches burned, which are the seven Spirits of God [the seven-fold Holy Spirit];

6 And in front of the throne there was also what looked like a transparent glassy sea, as if of crystal.  And around the throne, in the center at each side of the throne, were four living creatures (ones, beings) who were full of eyes in front and behind [with intelligence as to what is before and at the rear of them]. [Ezek. 1:5,18.]

7 The first living creature (one, being) was like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature had the face of a man, and the fourth living creature [was] like a flying eagle. [Ezek. 1:10.]

8 And the four living creatures, individually having six wings, were full of eyes all over and within [underneath their wings]; and day and night they never stop saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty (Omnipotent), Who was and Who is and Who is to come. [Isa. 6:1-3.]

9 And whenever the living creatures offer glory and honor and thanksgiving to Him Who sits on the throne, Who lives forever and ever (through the eternity of eternities), [Ps. 47:8.]

10 The twenty-four elders (the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin) fall prostrate before Him Who is sitting on the throne, and they worship Him Who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, crying out,

11 Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the gllory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created. [Ps. 19:1.]

Revelation 7: 9-12, 14b-17 (Amplified)

… 9 After this I looked and a vast host appeared which no one could count, [gathered out[ of every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. These stood before the throne and before the Lamb; they were attired in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

10 In loud voice they cried, saying, [Our] salvation is due to ur God, Who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb [to them we owe our deliverance]!

11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and round the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] and the four living creatures, and they fell prostrate before the throne and worshipped God.

12 Amen! (So be it!) they cried.  Blessing and glory and majesty and splendor and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and might [be ascribed] to our God to the ages and ages (forever and ever, throughout the eternities of the eternities)!  Amen! (So be it!)

….14…And he said to me, These are they who have come out of the great tribulation (persecution), and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. [Gen. 49:11; Dan. 12:1.]

15 For this reason they are [now] before the [very] throne of God and serve Him day and night in His sanctuary (temple); and He Who is sitting upon the throne will protect and spread His tabernacle over and shelter them with His presence.

16 They shall hunger  no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun smite them, nor any scorching heat. [Isa. 49:10; Ps. 121:6.]

17 For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to the springs of the waters of life; and God willl wipe away every tear from their eyes. [Ps. 23:3; Isa. 25:8; Ezek. 34:23.]

PRAYER

Lord God, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. When we come to faith in You as Savior and Lord, You lift us up spiritually now and seat us as Your adopted children beside You in the heavenly realms.  Our worship joins with the worship of You in the heavenly throne room by those who have gone before.  It is our honor and privilege to give You the praise You are due!  And so we ascend in our worship of You, that You might empower and equip us to descend back into the battles in which we stand as Your representatives while here on earth.  Thank You that we do not have to worry or fear, for You are greater than any obstacle or enemy we will ever face.  Hallelujah!  Halle (praise to You) Yahweh!  You make our burdens light.  We dance before Your heavenly throne with the communion of saints. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

ASCEND IN WORSHIP  song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2006

1) I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies; I will not be afraid

You are greater than He who comes against Me; Mighty Warrior King.

2) I enter Your gates with thanksgiving; Your courtyards with my praise.

You are mercy, love and forgiveness; I adore You all my days.

CHORUS ~

I ascend in worship, ascend in worship, ascend in worship, descend in battle.

Ascend in worship, ascend in worship, ascend, for Your glory Victor and King.

3)  I boldly enter Your throne room; rejoice with the angels in You.

My Refuge, Fortress, High Tower; I put my trust in You.

CHORUS~

“ASCEND IN WORSHIP” is available on the ASCEND IN WORSHIP original worship music CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store 

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.

Sunday Praise & THANKSGIVING ~ August 28, 2011

LORD, You are the Way; Your Way is perfect. We bow before Your majesty, joining creation to declare Your glory.

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

Sunday ~ a divinely ordained pause to worship and praise Him.  And today we give special thanks for how He has heard our prayers!!! Halle Yahweh! (Hallelujah – Praise God!)

Note: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture, song lyrics and prayer to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts.  ~ Elizabeth

PSALM 95 (Amplified)

1 O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights and strength of the hills are His also.

5 The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and supplication].

7 For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.  Today, if you will hear His voice, [Heb. 3:7-11.]

8 Harden not your hearts…

LION AND LAMB  song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2009

1) Lamb of God, You have won.

Lion of Judah, You reign.

What You have said, You have done.

We rejoice.

CHORUS~

Lion of Judah, Lion of Judah

Lamb of God, Lamb of God

King of heaven, our Redeemer

You reign, You reign.

2) Lion of Judah on the throne,

Lamb of God, You were slain

Every battle, You have won.

We rejoice.

“LION AND LAMB” is available on the RESTORE worship CD on itunes, at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and at www.holyspiritpress.org/store  

PRAYER

Lord, we bow once again and remain in awe of You.  We are so thankful.  Lord God, what looked like the worst has been a difficult storm, but You have spared us the wide-spread devastation which could have been.

You are God; there is no other.  You are Lord; we bow to You.  You alone can do all things.  All worship, praise and honor belong to You.  We pledge our allegiance, lives and hearts to You.  We rejoice.

END

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.

Sunday Praise ~ August 21, 2011

LORD, You are the Way; Your Way is perfect. We bow before Your majesty, joining creation to declare Your glory.

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

Sunday ~ a divinely ordained pause to worship and praise Him.

Note: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship.  For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music.  But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven.  (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.)  Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things.  I needed to understand what the vision meant.  I needed to understand His way.  After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things.  Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship).  Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times.  Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything.  It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t. 

Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle.  However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come.  Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.

On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts.  ~ Elizabeth

PSALM 90 (Amplified)

1 LORD, You have been our dwelling place and our refuge in all generations [says Moses].

1LORD, YOU have been our dwelling place and our refuge in all
generations [says Moses].  2 Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.  3 You turn man back to dust and corruption, and say, Return, O sons of the earthborn [to the earth]!  4 For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night….8 Our iniquities, our secret heart and its sins [which we would so like to conceal even from ourselves], You have set in the [revealing] light of Your countenance….11 Who knows the power of Your anger? [Who worthily connects this brevity of life with Your recognition of sin?] And Your wrath, who connects it with the reverent and worshipful fear that is due You? 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom….14 O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning [now, before we are older], that we may rejoice and be glad all our days….16 Let Your work [the signs of Your power] be revealed to Your servants, and Your [glorious] majesty to their children. 17 And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands–yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

PRAYER

Lord, for each of us life seems to be filled with constant tumult, but You are constant throughout all generations.  No matter what we face, You are there with us until You call us home.  What we face if not new to You and You foreknew.  You also are never ending, unchanging, infinite love.  And so, You already know what You plan to do in response to all which we will ever face.  You invite us not to worry, and to put our trust in You.  In fact, to the extent we worry, our faith could be questioned, for how can we say we have faith if we do not trust You to be who You say You are and to do what You say You will do.  We confess holding onto our own plans instead of embracing Yours.  We confess wanting what we want for we are like small children as compared to You and we do not have Your overview.  Help us, oh Lord, to let go of our plans and trust that You know our hearts’ desire.  Help us to trust that as the perfect parent You will give us and our loved ones what is best for each of us in light of eternity.  Help us to gain Your overview and stop viewing our lives from here until natural death and begin to view life from here to eternity.  See our hearts.  We do seek You and Your way.  How we desire to rest in You for You have been our dwelling place for all generations.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

END

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.