Put Down Your Fear. I AM!

Lord, there are hard things. You know. Speak. I am listening. Help me to be in this space. As Guide and Love I know You will show me the way forward. One true God, Savior and Lord all trust is in You. Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening. In Jesus' name, Amen
Lord, there are hard things. You know. Speak. I am listening. Help me to be in this space. As Guide and Love I know You will show me the way forward. One true God, Savior and Lord all trust is in You. Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening. In Jesus’ name, Amen

This is what is called a prophetic word.  I hear it as if the words are being spoken into my mind and write it down as I “hear” it.  Please always pray before and as you read.  By definition I am human and imperfect.  In addition, when the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word, it will either resonate with you or it will not and that’s okay.  No one prophetic word is for every person.  And this is my prayer for you: ”LORD, please lead each reader perfectly and cause them to receive and remember, only that which is from You for them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ~ Elizabeth

Humbly written out as “heard” January 9, 2016 Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2016

Put it down. Put it down. Put it down. You picked it up again and it is too heavy for you. I am all that you want or need. I see. I know. I have not forgotten. I have not been overwhelmed or overcome. I am still here and have not changed. I know. I am not finished. I have not left. I am still about my business. Look to Me.

Where you are there is danger. You have correctly discerned. This can destroy you or through it I can make you stronger in Me (for Me and by Me). The choice is yours. I desire to make you stronger for with Me you will overcome. Will you let Me?

I know what you are facing is difficult. I am well aware you have neither been this way before nor is it a way you would have chosen for yourself. Even though that which you face seems so much larger than any obstacle or enemy faced in the past—even though you know it is not within your control—it is I who am with you always even to the end of the age. I have not left. My arm and reign remain supreme. NOTHING changes that. Nothing—not even that which causes such fear in you now.

This fear is not from Me. No fear is from Me. I am the One to be feared—the only One. This is not because I will harm you, but because I am Supreme, above all, the Most High! Everything else is less. Everything. I am Creator. I am the only Creator. I laugh at every other entity which seeks to exalt its own power for it shall not be. I am to be revered in My place. Fear of anything else is not from Me and cripples. Do not allow it to have this power. Look to Me and rely on Me instead. Trust ME. There is no other one trustworthy and I am faithful.

You realize you are not in control. You know that which comes against you is greater than you are. Indeed! It is! Yet I AM Greatest! This is not large to Me. It is as nothing. I already know what I will do with it. More importantly, I already know what I will do through it. Nothing thwarts My purposes. Nothing. Never. Ever. Nothing. I AM GOD. Remember this. Engrave it on your mind and heart. Look to Me and don’t look away and I Myself will do the engraving and you will be able to stand strong.

Even though suddenly this is before you, it is not new to Me. I have known. I have the plan and I remain the same. I AM Emmanuel, God With Us, so God with you now and even now. I have not changed. My power continues to be almighty. I remain Conqueror. I am ever Victor. Even in this. Especially through this.

You cannot see the way forward, but I can. Do the same as I have always asked of You: look to Me, worship, listen and obey with complete abandon. You are right. This is out of Your control, but it is not out of Mine. You have never been in control. Any sense of control which you thought you had was really illusion. I have always been in control. Surely the adversary acts as if he can, but in the end I win for My people, always and eternally because of My zeal for every person, because of My love.

Set down your need to know and understand. This is critical if you are to receive My peace in this place. There will be much in this season which you will not know in advance. I am the One Who knows. That is all that is required. Look to Me and let go of your fear. You fear because you know you have no power in this. You can make nothing happen. Your fear is unhelpful for you and it is an obstacle between you and Me and all I want to do for you and those you love.

Where have I ever told you to fear what you see in the world? Where have I told you the enemy is worthy of being feared? You are giving glory and credit to him which belongs only to Me. I am the One to be feared with a reverential awe and awareness for nothing is greater! I am the One with all power. I am the One who can change all things in a moment in ways you cannot anticipate. I am the One who knows what I am about and what I will accomplish through this. Yes, the enemy is evil and has reared his head. And I am greater or I am not God. Do you believe in Me? Then put down your fear of the unknown which lies before you. The enemy is indeed crouching near, lying in wait and whispering lies that he is more powerful and will win. Why do you listen? Stop listening. Do you believe in Me? Then believe in My power and My promises. Put down your fear of what you cannot control. I AM. Lift your eyes to Me and remember. Worship Me. Choose to receive My peace where it does not make sense (it is there for you) and I will guide you and those you love through this.

I will be glorified. I am victorious. I will be exalted in the earth. People will see and know I am God because of what I will do through this and through it all and it will be great. Fear Me alone.

PRAYER:  Lord, You are right. This is too heavy. I cannot carry it and am breaking under it. Trying to hold this up before You is even causing me to be sick. I am so thankful that this is not Your will for me. Thank You for inviting me to be Your child where I can simply sit at Your feet and play until You tell me what to do next. Thank You that I don’t have to figure this out, but only have to trust You and Your sovereignty over all things. The growing awareness of Your dominion helps me to receive Your peace. How thankful I am for your kingdom. I choose to seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness understanding that when I do, I need fear for nothing else for there You are with me and those I love even to the end of the age. It doesn’t matter how the adversary rears his ugly head or the threats or whispers of lies made. You are the only One with Supreme power, ever-Victor, Savior and Lord. You are the only One whose plans are not thwarted and can see the best and the good and the right not just for the moment but from here to eternity. How I love You! Thank You for this freedom which I have in You. You are my hope. You are my shield. You are my Mighty Warrior. You are just. Your Way is Supreme. You are love. I will take up my rest in You again today. You beckon me and I am thankful. I am thankful Lord. I am thankful for this place for You are in it. Thank You, Lord that You ever and forever are. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

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 more information on books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth also posts brief devotions and prayers on Facebook on her page: Spiritual Armor and Ammo where you will find more posts of God’s truth and His way to help you stand strong against the battles of this life in which we all find ourselves.

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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

 

 

The Power of Choosing Worship

Lord, You are the Light in our Darkness. You are the dawn which illumines our Way. You are the strength by which every mountain in this life is climbed and from this place and every place we choose to adore You. Thank You for who You are. Thank You for Your promises which never fail. Thank You for Your love and that You are our one and only God and Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen
Lord, You are the Light in our Darkness. You are the dawn which illumines our Way. You are the strength by which every mountain in this life is climbed and from this place and every place we choose to adore You. Thank You for who You are. Thank You for Your promises which never fail. Thank You for Your love and that You are our one and only God and Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Since the Lord asks us to worship Him—to adore Him now on earth as is happening in heaven—and He promises to respond to mightily in return, perhaps practicing turning worry into worship would help us. What is it which concerns you? What is it that you are fervently praying for?  How could you take this heavy duty prayer request and rephrase it into worship which acknowledges you know the Lord is aware, in control and You trust Him for His result?

For example, for parents–say you are worried about your child.  Yes, He asks us to pray so He welcomes your prayers, “Lord, help.  Help with this child. Help him or her to…..”  AND, we can rephrase this as worship and honor Him as in-charge, all-powerful Lord and Shepherd who sees and goes after every lost sheep as a promise not a “maybe”.  So….how could we rephrase it.  “Lord, thank You for Your sovereignty in all things. Thank You that You love xxxx more than I do. Lord God, how amazing You are.  You are the good Shepherd.  You look after every sheep.  You do not lose even one and I know I can trust You to look after xxxx. How blessed to be able to rest in Your promises because You are faithful. I look with great anticipation to the result You will bring and will worship You and partner with you in prayer until it is done.”

Another example, when we are afraid.  Again, He welcomes our prayers. “Lord, help. Lord, something is not right. Lord, I am afraid this or that is going to happen. Lord, fix it please. Fix it please!  Lord, don’t let this or that happen.  Lord, fix it!”  AND, we can rephrase this into worship, such as: “Lord, You know this is afoot.  You know what could happen. Holy One, You are almighty. It is in You alone I trust. I trust in Your power, Your love and Your sovereignty. I trust in Your promise to use all things for good in light of Your eternal plans for all of us.  Lord God, because You are faithful, I choose (and this is hard) to lay down my will and entrust this situation to You.  You know my heart!!!  Lord God, You will bring the best result.  And in trust and adoration I thank You before I can see it.  Magnificent One, You reign.”

Any and all prayer requests can be rephrased into worshipful declarations. We are strengthened by them because it writes the Truth of who He is on our hearts and we are strengthened by this.  There will be storms in this life and so this helps us stand strong on the Rock of who He is as our unshakeable foundation so that we are not carried away by the wind and waves of life.

Even more importantly, our Lord is given the glory (the credit) and thus the honor He is due for the place He does hold in our lives.  This is not a place He has because we give it to Him (though He is honored through this). It is a place He has period. We choose whether to honor Him in this place or not.

It takes practice.  It begins with being aware of what we are thinking–what is running around as worry or concern in our minds—taking hold of these thoughts and actively putting them up against the truth of Christ.  St. Paul writes about this as taking our thoughts captive to Christ in his second letter to the Corinthians:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  (2 Cor. 10:4-6 NIV)

What are we thinking? What does the Lord promise? When we rephrase our thoughts to focus on His promises, our worries become worship.  He is honored and given the credit He is due (which is part of our purpose while we are still living in this world, though  no longer of is) and He responds with a release of His power in His timing always, always, always in ways which exceed our human expectations. He is almighty. His ways are eternal. He does not fail. His word returns victorious to Him.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  (Eph. 1:11-12)

By His magnificent promised response to our worship, we are blessed and the work of His kingdom is furthered in us personally and the world around us. Yes, the power of worship is the power of His promised response.  We can rest in it (and rejoice!)

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

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.    For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

His Love Now

Lord, here I am. I know You love me because You made me. Yet, I am still astounded and in awe that You would love me as I am in this moment and that no matter what You are always there for me. Thank You for Your care and perfect plan. Thank You that You will never let me go. My hope is in You because of this. Keep leading me and guiding me. Oh Father God, I am completely dependent on You and so thankful that You are there.
Lord, here I am. I know You love me because You made me. Yet, I am still astounded and in awe that You would love me as I am in this moment and that no matter what You are always there for me. Thank You for Your care and perfect plan. Thank You that You will never let me go. My hope is in You because of this. Keep leading me and guiding me. Oh Father God, I am completely dependent on You and so thankful that You are there.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

“Lord, I am doing the best I can.”

This is all He asks of you.

Are you  seeking Him, trying to do things His way?

If you fail and fail again His love does not change for you. His hand is still there to save you.  He loves you!

He is perfect parent. He is Father and you  are called not to be His peer, but His child.

Loving Father beyond human comprehension, there is no measuring stick that you have to attain a certain level of goodness.

Are you trying? He beckons, waiting as if crouched down like a parent who with open arms cheers the child on as he or she attempts to get up and walk even though the muscles are as yet too weak and proper coordination is not yet in place.  The child falls again and again.  The parent keeps cheering and encouraging for the parent loves the child immeasurably as the child is and believes fully in all the child is yet to be.

Our Lord, the all-loving, all-good, infinite, supreme Father God is cheering you on.  He loves you where you are.

Keep going.

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NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

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.    For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Contemplating His Majesty

Radiant One, You give us purpose even in the hard places. You are always at work in us and we beckon You to do more. Holy Spirit we know this is not our home and rely on You to work through us now that more might receive Your hope and healing and so that Your glory is revealed.  Our eyes are on You. No matter what our eyes are on You. We are seeking and You will be found. Our delight will increase and our joy will be complete for You are. In Jesus' name, Amen
Radiant One, You give us purpose even in the hard places. You are always at work in us and we beckon You to do more. Holy Spirit we know this is not our home and rely on You to work through us now that more might receive Your hope and healing and so that Your glory is revealed. Our eyes are on You. No matter what our eyes are on You. We are seeking and You will be found. Our delight will increase and our joy will be complete for You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

One cannot gaze at Jesus, truly reflecting on and contemplating Him—Who He is, what He has done and His faithfulness to every promise without being changed. He is Majesty, Most High and exquisite, infinite, incomprehensible Love. This love manifests in unending mercy for those who seek it and restoration of person to all the riches of relationship with Him from here through eternity with Him.

The needs of the one with eyes constantly fixed on Jesus do not change. There is still need for food and water to sustain the physical body during this lifetime, clothing to protect the physical body from the ravages of climate and circumstances and shelter to give the body a safe dwelling in which to live and rest. But when our eyes are focused on the Magnificent One and our preoccupation is contemplating His glory, our wants change because moment-by-moment, day-by-day we are being transformed by His Truth from the inside out and therewith our lives.

Knowing He is all-powerful and promises to protect and provide for us perfectly like a Shepherd for His flock, the buzzing, swirling preoccupation with worry, fear and figuring everything out can cease. In the quiet which begins to form within, we can begin to listen better. Then hearing His voice, trusting in who He promises to be, we can listen and consequently, purposefully take up the courage to obey.

This is our role: not to hurry after human plans to get “it all” done, but to gaze upon the only Holy One, revel in His superiority and bow to His plans which are always greater than ours. This is an aspect of the freedom to which He calls us and which He is offering ongoing to those who will turn from other mental pre-occupation, look to Him and follow.

Our gaze through contemplation of Him is shifted. Our gaze through considering Him is lifted. We no longer see our lives from a temporal point of view. We see the true path, which no longer leads to physical death, but through it. We understand here is not our ultimate home, thus it can never be perfect and never will be. Here is the valley of our decision.

There are supernatural powers at work. This means their power is greater than ours. There is the supernatural spiritual enemy of God and humanity and there is the Lord God. The spiritual adversary has many wicked henchmen who strive to work evil through human hearts, which then flows through lives to harm one another in every regard. This evil is the anti-thesis of our Lord, bringing with it hate, anger, pride, self-seeking, exaltation of sexual pleasure, greed, self-reliance, self-focus and the like.

But this evil will always remain less than the Victorious One who gave all for us so that we can receive the fullness of our true destiny—life with Him forever.

There is nothing which can snatch us out of His hand, stealing this destiny from us. Nothing.

No matter how much pain, injustice, illness and sorrow we suffer here, our destiny is with Him. Even now in this imperfect place where we currently live, He will work by His Spirit through us to be vessels carrying the desperately needed Living Water of His Truth, Love, Mercy (manifesting in forgiveness), healing and ongoing restoration to others in His Way, by His power, straight from His eternal, all-good, heavenly throne.

Death is not the end. It is a door. Made to love, we miss those who precede us into eternity with a pain which is not merely feeling, but is also tangible physical. Yet we journey on for there is the promise we will meet again in His Presence where finally we will see the One we now seek and contemplate face to face and where we will finally be at bliss-filled, joyous, eternal rest—living right where we have always belonged.

The journey begins and continues by seeking and then contemplating Him. Through these even now we receive many blessed gifts—portions of our full inheritance from Him which is yet to come.

8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you…16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor. 4:8-12,16-18 NIV)

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM

God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

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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  Music can be purchased and audio clips heard 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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Not My Will But Yours

Magnificent One, how mighty You are with ways which exceed our comprehension.  You have lifted our sight from that which is here and now to understand our true destiny in You for all eternity. We do not merit this gift and yet You offer it to us. You bless us here. You accompany us through every hard thing and yet we are merely journeying through.  Master Shepherd, thank You for leading us through many valleys of the shadow of death, providing for us along the way and using all, all, all things for eventual good.  Our trust is so great in You, that we delight to do Your will no matter what. Speak, Lord, Your servants are listening.  Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. In Jesus' name Amen
Magnificent One, how mighty You are with ways which exceed our comprehension. You have lifted our sight from that which is here and now to understand our true destiny in You for all eternity. We do not merit this gift and yet You offer it to us. You bless us here. You accompany us through every hard thing and yet we are merely journeying through. Master Shepherd, thank You for leading us through many valleys of the shadow of death, providing for us along the way and using all, all, all things for eventual good. Our trust is so great in You, that we delight to do Your will no matter what. Speak, Lord, Your servants are listening. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. In Jesus’ name Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro ©2014

Today begins the process of radioactive iodine treatment which doctors feel strongly is the next step in “cure” of the thyroid cancer discovered July 14th and surgically dealt with on August 13th. I am thankful the treatment exists, sorrowful the only conventional treatment option is to put a substance into my body on purpose that in and of itself can be cancer-causing (potential leukemia down the road), and disconcerted at the prospect of putting something so unhealthy into my body on purpose though the hoped-for outcome is better health.

I am one who does not treat the body un-healthfully on purpose. I exercise, avoid artificial sweetener, do not drink soda, eat sugar and drink coffee in moderation, avoid most junk food, use mostly whole grains, eat my vegetables and even make and drink fresh vegetable juice. When the birth of our second daughter was delayed two weeks beyond her due date, I was able to safely postpone the idea of induction until natural labor set in. For all three births of our children I was tremendously blessed to be able to give birth naturally with no drugs or IV at all. Bottom line, it is not my will to take anything radioactive on purpose! But it is the advice of my doctors of the next best course to ensure the cancer is gone and when I pray, the Lord is not telling me to refuse it.

Our lives are not our own. They have never been. This brings me back to Jesus and one critical aspect of the example He gave us. Though being equal with God the Father, He set aside His own will to fully do the will of the Father, meaning Jesus did not pursue His own ideas and plans, but looked to the Father, listened for HIS will and did it—even to death on the cross (and as I recall, this was so massively not His will, Jesus asked to be relieved of the task and sweat drops of blood due to anticipatory physical stress).

Not my will but Yours. This has to be my heart’s cry. I need to thank God for today and every blessing which will be in it. I need to thank Him that this procedure exists and for His perfect will for my life.

Nowhere does the Lord promise life in this world will be easy. Nowhere does He promise ongoing bliss instead of hardship. This world is not our home. With Him forever in heaven is. But here is our place of decision. Will we stop, turn and recognize our need for God and Jesus’ gift of reconciliation with Him? Will we let Him use us for His purpose to reveal Him to the world His way wherever this life takes us (both the places we are glad to go and those which cause us to cringe)?

I say, yes, Lord, yes. Have Your way! Is there anything better than to be used by God for His purposes? How could there be if He is really Most High?

Ultimately there can nothing better than the will of God for each of us. We cannot assure our own future. Death is coming. We are less than God. God as all-good Creator and Master of the Universe, who in His essence is love, has much better plans than we do. He must.  He has the power to take what the adversary means for evil in our lives and use it for great good with eternal effect if we will pick up our crosses and follow. When we follow our Master Shepherd, He uses us as His vessels through which His goodness flows, just as He did Jesus. He wants to be seen in this world. He generally does not choose to manifest miraculously in the sky. He chooses to use us. But that means a submission to His will with an inner quiet born of trust in Him. Jesus said not My will but Yours, Father, and through Jesus’ obedience the Father provided the way for all who desire it to be reunited with Him forever in the destiny for which He created us. Because Jesus laid down His own will, death is not the end, but a door to all which has been promised to those who choose to believe and follow.

None of us are Jesus, but we are each a part of His Body which He uses His way as an expression of the fullness of Himself to a weary, discouraged, despairing and dying world. None of us will live forever here. These bodies are not meant to last, so yes, I will do what I can to ensure my health, but no matter what I do with each passing day I am nearing His time when I leave this body behind and take my eternal place with Him and all those who have gone before. Only He knows when that day will be. Only He knows what lies in between. My hope is to believe that through all things if I keep my focus on Him and listening for His will and following where He leads that He will, will, will bring eventual good through it because this is His promise (and as One whose name is Truth, our Lord cannot lie).

Cancer is a potential aspect of life’s journey which was not on my to-do list. It is not something I am excited about. But I am excited about what my Lord can do through it—what He promises to do through all our challenges and battles. He promises to become known to more through them and along the way we are strengthened spiritually as well which increases our joy and His effect. There is goodness through the storm when we choose to keep our eyes on Him, seeking always to see His eternal perspective instead of our limited temporal one (even though some days it is hard to feel anything good, let alone comprehend it). As always we are returned to the choice to trust in Him especially when we cannot see and do not understand.

So, Lord, I confess a bad attitude about this procedure. Please forgive me. With renewed conviction I declare, dear Lord that my trust is in You alone. I cannot control any outcomes but You can. I ask dear Lord, that if it be Your will, this procedure indeed kill any remaining cancer so it can be said as the doctors described, that the cancer is cured. I ask also dear Lord that the radioactive iodine would not affect my body in a negative way which causes undesirable consequences down the road. But more than anything, Lord, I thank You for the gift of every day and Your perfect plan for my life. Thank You that You not only love us but give us good purpose every day of our lives until You ordain the day to bring us home. Thank You that with You nothing is wasted. Thank You for the promise of the life for which You created us after our physical death through the gift Jesus accomplished on the cross. Thank You for coming and giving us Your example. Lord God, I will keep my eyes on You and by Your power and grace You will help me to walk on top of the waves through all storms. The storms will be there but so will Your strength and grace to get through it until You call me home. Lord, my trust is in You. I lay down my will and say not my will, but Yours. You are all that I want and all that I need on this journey home. Thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Thank you for all of you having been praying for me. May the Lord bless you and keep you and use you for great good through all life’s storms from here till eternity!

Note: in 2010 I composed, recorded and released a song on my first Christmas worship CD, “Christmas Worship” about the beauty and necessity of choosing to submit to the will of God focusing on the Christmas story as inspiration.  Here are the lyrics, which help me even today make my prayer to be in His will and not my own:

NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS music and lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2010

1. Mary and Joseph knew You were God. Humbly they bowed, You are Lord. They trusted, they worshiped, gave up their lives. Not my will but Yours.

Chorus: Not my will, but Yours. Not my will but Yours. The manger, the cross, resurrection. Not my will but Yours.

2. Mary and Joseph far from home. No place to lay their heads. They trusted, they worshiped, laid down their lives. You led to Bethlehem.

Following Final Chorus: Now in my time of decision, will I choose my will or Yours? Yes, I lay down my life this Christmas, and say, “Not my will, but Yours.”

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isa. 26:3 NIV)

For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. (John 6:38 NIV)

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:35-38 NIV)

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome(1 John 5:3 NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:5-6 NIV)

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

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Christmas is coming. For new original worship music with which to usher in this blessed season and stay focused on Christ, visit the CDBaby link below. “Christmas Worship” is available now. “Christmas Bells Call to Worship” will be available the beginning of December.

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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

 

 

Walk on Water Worship

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Magnificent God with eyes filled with unfathomable love. You are the all-powerful One, and You see all that is going on in this world. You did not promise life would be easy here. But You promised to be with us. And so we lift up our thoughts so we can see only You, believe in Your Word and step forward knowing You are there and will not let us drown. You are the only One with the power to save now and forever. All things are in Your hands and we choose to rest in You in all the rocky, difficult places. Thank You for Your constant love and care. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2014

When you are in a hard place or having a difficult time, choose to worship God and let Him meet you in that place.  By persevering to worship when it doesn’t seem as if one could, we are reminded of who God is, the height, depth, majesty and infiniteness of His nature, the eternal unending expanse of His love, and the glorious manifesting of His care and power which come into our circumstances and are for us and never against us no matter what this temporal world throws at us.

The manner of worship does not have to be weighty, complicated or fancy. God cares nothing for that.  He is about the heart. He is always about the heart.  Simple worship in difficult and even desperate times is an expression of faith. It is an outworking of trusting in Him with our whole heart and leaning not on our own understanding. It is a commitment to follow Him wherever He leads knowing only He will make our paths straight.

And isn’t this what our Lord asks of us?  When we choose to trust our invisible, almighty, all-knowing, all-good God in spite of contrary thoughts running rampant in our minds, when we choose to rely on God by determined self-will when all seems wrong and nothing seems right, we are demonstrating we have the “fear of the Lord”, which He requests from us in order to be in right relationship with Him.

Choosing to worship in the storm means we are choosing to believe He is who He says and will do what He has promised when there is as yet no visible, tangible evidence. It shows we know He is most powerful and still in control when everything seems to be falling apart. Worship when the waves are high and it seems certain we will go under and never rise again is a sacrifice of praise the Lord meets with the kiss of His power released in ways beyond anything we could anticipate into the circumstances which have been weighing us down.  And by it, He will cause us to walk on top of the waves because by worship our eyes are kept necessarily on Him (unlike Peter who looked down).

You may not be able to tell how great His power is within you enabling and sustaining until the crisis has passed, but He is there–ever faithful–to help those who look to Him to get through the difficulties in this hard life which will be.

What do I mean by “worship”?  Contemplate His majesty. Bring to mind the many names by which He is called for in each one is a beautiful aspect of who He is.  Extol Him for His promises such as that He will meet our needs.  Thank Him for what He has done–remembering and listing it out–and expressing our gratitude now before the prayer we have uttered is answered for what we know He will do because He has promised He will get us through until that day when He personally calls us out of this hard life and takes us home.

Until then we worship on earth as in heaven, worshiping in song when we can, for angels, elders, living creatures and those who have gone before are singing forth their adoration of our Lord ongoing in heaven, just as our Lord sings over us. But in the absence of song, the singing of our hearts adoring Him in thought, word and deed honors Him as well.

When we make this difficult choice to worship in the hard places, our Lord is honored and glorified more than almost any other way, for it takes a conscious choice to believe He is who He says in order to do this. It is “Walk On Water” worship for our choice to have faith and trust in what we can neither see nor prove causes our eyes to stay on Him and He blesses us by ensuring we do not drown.  We do not pretend we understand. But we acknowledge that through it all, He remains unchanging God.  As a result of our choice to let Him be who He is, He draws near and answers, strengthens us and uses all, all, all, all, all things for good in light of His eternal, all-good, rescuing plan.

Selah! (Pause and calmly think of that!)

Below are lyrics to several worship songs I have recorded which are for use when you are trying to keep your eyes on Him in life’s storms so indeed He by your worship He can enable you to walk on water.

Walk on Water

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2007, recorded on the WALK ON WATER CD

1 The way, the Truth and the Life the only Light in a darkened world. Word made flesh and crucified. Yes, that is who You are.

2 Redeemer, Savior, Lamb of God, the only perfect Sacrifice. Merciful Father, Spirit of Truth. Yes, that is who You are.

Chorus: Walk on water, straight into You arms, You will keep me safe no matter what the storm. Walk on water, eyes on Your gaze. I will trust in You for who You are.

3 Peace, peace, when waves come, when storms roar, when mountains fall down.  Peace, peace, you reign in my heart, in I AM I rest secure.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.  (Ps. 46:1-2)

Lion and Lamb

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2009, recorded on the RESTORE CD

1 Lamb of God, You have won. Lion of Judah, You reign. All 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.

Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob. He displays his glory in Israel. (Isa. 44:23)

 

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

Contributions for Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.  (Ps. 46:1-2)

 

 

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

Contributions for Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

 

 

Prayer to the LORD, Our Peace

Your love reaches to the heavens and down to us. Your love is everywhere and Your peace emanates from everything You have created. How we wait in expectant hope for how You will manifest yet again in that which human experts say is hopeless so that all will know without doubt that You alone are God. We trust in You and revel in the wonder that You are. In Jesus' name, Amen
Your love reaches to the heavens and down to us. Your love is everywhere and Your peace emanates from everything You have created. How we wait in expectant hope for how You will manifest yet again in that which human experts say is hopeless so that all will know without doubt that You alone are God. We trust in You and revel in the wonder that You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2014

Sometimes when the news circulating is dire, it is good to pause and focus on the Lord for He is our Peace.  Simply because of who He is and what He promises, we have nothing to fear. We can contemplate the wonder of the God we are blessed to know and serve and just focus on the blessings of this moment and His presence in our circumstances.  This is worship–eyes on Him, extoling Him in light of who He is and His promises. Worship is our offering to Him–an expression of our trust.  And by it, we are strengthened for the next moment of what is unknown but to all but our Lord. In addition, He responds to our worship with an outpouring of His power into our circumstances beyond what we ever could have imagined. What a mighty God, we serve!  Oh, Lord, we can receive Your peace, for our Peace is who You are! Let us pray.  ~ Elizabeth

Wonderful Savior, magnificent Lord, You reign. As far as the heavens are above the earth stretches Your authority. Nothing is outside Your span of ultimate control. You allow evil to exist and this is anything which chooses to follow self-rule over Yours—pretending that by our choice we can actually have authority over ourselves to lead good lives.

But there is no goodness outside You. And what the enemy means for evil, You do use for ultimate eternal good. You see that which treats us in ways and causes us to have hard experiences which never would have been Your will for us. Your right hand prepares a response and Your infinite compassionate loving heart—while Comforter even now—longs to wipe every tear away.  And this you will do when once our battle and choices here are done and evermore we are in Your presence.

There we will be ever in Your love where there is nothing but Your love. With You finally forever, all that is not of You will have lost its temporary hold and power and have fallen away where it is no more.

Majesty, Majesty, Majesty, You are. How great You are with Your ways beyond our understanding!

We are so thankful to You that You are not leaving us to find our own way out of this exile for You know we cannot. It’s how you created us! You have a rescue plan of restoration and reconciliation to relationship with You so we can receive once again that life for which you created us.

Awesome God, how wonderful You are! There are no words in the languages You have enabled us to develop—based on what we see, know and understand with our human, God-made capacity–to express how thankful we are for You, only You. Majesty, how we love You!  How we adore You!

Your plans are from eternity to eternity and You are never finished using all plots with which the enemy strategizes to destroy in order to bring Your eternal good to Your many children. So thank You, Lord for this day. Thank You for the beauty You have placed in it beyond all the enemy’s schemes. Thank You for the stunningly exquisite work You are constantly about taking what looks to be damaged goods and knitting them into something beautiful.

The tapestry You weave together of all our lives is magnificent beyond description in the eyes of all those who choose to look to You.  Therefore once again today, we rejoice that You are the Master Designer as we wait with childlike giddy anticipation and expectation for the unveiling of each new piece of Your awe-inspiring, intricate perfect design, which with our human sensibilities we cannot possibly imagine.  You surprise us and fill us with great joy!

Personally, I thank You for Your design so far in my life, in the lives of all I love and all those for whom I am blessed to intercede. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Holy, holy, holy are You! Thank You for Your eternal, conquering, infinitely victorious reign!

NUGGETS OF GOD’s WISDOM
God’s Wisdom is more precious than gold.
This blog by Elizabeth Fulgaro helps readers discover God’s way versus the world’s one “nugget” at a time. 
http://www.ascendinworship.wordpress.com
 

   

Contributions for Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

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.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org