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  

 

 

Thoughts on Healing

Lord, You offer us the door from here to eternity. We do not want to cross over a moment before it is Your timing, for we have one another here and You created us to love. And yet, we do not want to lose sight of Your greatest gift--our healing from here to eternity. Lord God, by Your grace help us to keep our eyes on You, help us to stand in the gap for healing for those for whom You have ordained more time here and to gentle walk those whose time has come to Your door where You call to them as You did to St. John: "Come up!" How blessed we are that You love us infinitely and fully, providing for us in every way from here through eternity. We adore You our Savior, Redeemer, Healer and Lord!!! In Jesus' name, Amen
Lord, You offer us the door from here to eternity. We do not want to cross over a moment before it is Your timing, for we have one another here and You created us to love. And yet, we do not want to lose sight of Your greatest gift–our healing from here to eternity. Lord God, by Your grace help us to keep our eyes on You, help us to stand in the gap for healing for those for whom You have ordained more time here and to gentle walk those whose time has come to Your door where You call to them as You did to St. John: “Come up!” How blessed we are that You love us infinitely and fully, providing for us in every way from here through eternity. We adore You our Savior, Redeemer, Healer and Lord!!! In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

November 1st All Saints Day is celebrated. It causes me to think of all those who like us have been imperfect and yet never gave up persevering to follow our Lord more. It reminds me of heaven and the blessings of eternity which await. It brings to mind those I have loved who are already there and those I know who are preparing to be there soon. And so come thoughts reflecting on our Lord–Jehovah Rapha our Healer and the immense gift of His healing now and in eternity.  God bless you! ~ Elizabeth

There are different types of healing from the same Lord God. All healing, whether people recognize it, is by the power of God flowing into our world through the conduit of the Holy Spirit, enabled by the spilling of His own blood by Jesus as He submitted to the ultimate injustice of the cross.  Sometimes healing is for more time here.  Sometimes it is the ultimate healing, the ultimate rescue from here – for eternity.

Too long have we as Christians continued to fear death when that is the ultimate bondage from which we are freed because of Jesus.  It is why He came.

True, Jesus performed miracles while he walked the earth. Yes, He tells us that we will usher in greater miracles than these. Yet to some extent we have lost sight of the greatest miracle of all–the gift of reinstated relationship with Him, of adoption as His children and entrance even now into His eternal Kingdom.

Eternal.  No more suffering. No more pain. No injustice.  No difficulties. Celebrations. Joy. Ultimate love. Engulfed by it.  In His presence.

This is our inheritance.   This is the ultimate gift of Christ and why He came. All else is indescribably less–hugely, monstrously–to the point it can be dangerous to hang onto here so fiercely as our focus.  Is that our call as followers of the eternal, all-good Lord? Hmmm…

This does  not mean we can’t enjoy here. He made it to enjoy. There is so much beauty.  And these are His gifts to us.

It does not mean we do not have a destiny here. We do.  He does have plans to use us to flow to touch the world His way until the day He calls us home.  We have good work to do here no matter what our circumstances! And, and, and beyond all that we are aware of here, our true destiny is eternal.  It is His ultimate gift. It is the ultimate source of supreme joy.

Yes.  there is grief when someone graduates or goes home to eternity with Him in heaven.  He made us to love. He made us to be with others.  Each of us are individual and none of us are replaceable. This means we will suffer the loss of the ones we love–those who go on ahead of us until we are reunited.  Sorrow is a part of this exile in which we dwell and serve Him until He sovereignly opens the gate to heaven for us and sets us finally free.

To fix our eyes on Jesus and be His effective witnesses–witnesses of the Truth–we need to keep our eyes on what is to come in addition to what is here.  And we need to praise Him for whatever is His perfect will.  Whatever it is, it is all, all, all for His glory.  People will be blessed. They will find their way home. We will be together forever in heaven.  We are on our way.  We are journeying there and He alone is leading.

Healing….we pray for now! We pray for Him to heal us temporally yet in this life. And we pray for the complete, ultimate healing unto LIFE everlasting which each will need when His appointed day has come. (Every person Jesus healed temporally when He walked this earth ultimately died. They are still dead unless they chose Jesus as their Savior, Lord and Way.)

Thus with the same fervency we pray for more life, let us also pray for LIFE eternal.  Let us also look forward with great expectation, anticipation and delight to eternity.   Heaven is our home.  With Him forever is the gift.  It is the ultimate healing that we all await.  Let’s not miss it.

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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.  She is also a cancer survivor.

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  

Ordinary Day (part 2)

Oh, Lord God, You never cease to amaze me. The wonders of what You enable! When we trust in You, You take what seems impossible and make it so easy! Thank You, Lord for how You provide for all our needs perfectly in Your perfect timing. Thank You, Lord for the photographs You enabled, for this Your Christmas worship music project.  That which seemed for me too much and impossible, You enabled in an instant. I am in awe of You!!! In JESUS' name, Amen
Oh, Lord God, You never cease to amaze me. The wonders of what You enable! When we trust in You, You take what seems impossible and make it so easy! Thank You, Lord for how You provide for all our needs perfectly in Your perfect timing. Thank You, Lord for the photographs You enabled, for this Your Christmas worship music project. That which seemed for me too much and impossible, You enabled in an instant. I am in awe of You!!! In JESUS’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2014

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)

Beginning with the gift of rain, the morning of October 15th had been as amazing and filled with “kisses” from the Lord, showing us His presence as the afternoon before. This is the way of a life dedicated to being followers of Christ as directed by the Holy Spirit. I returned to our home in awe, extoling the Lord for His incredible ways.

Back at the house the Lord was very specific in having me prepare early for departure. Normally I departed from El Dorado County in the evening after dinner, but this afternoon the Lord had me set most everything together to move into the car as soon as I got back from the special tea time in Coloma. “Pack your overnight bag now and move it to the door.” “Close the windows and lock the other doors now.” It was still hours before I expected to go run my errands. This meant when it was time to leave, I would not to have to pack up, but merely set the last items in the car and be on my way. This was unusual, but the Lord always knows what He is doing, so I obeyed.

On my mind that afternoon was when He wanted me to go to town to make the donation of the other items now in the back of my car to the hospice thrift shop. I also needed to get gas and I really wanted to get some packages in the mail. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure yet if going to the post office was on His list for me. I knew the packages needed to be mailed, but as usual my “to-do” list was greater than the time available, so I needed Him to put His order to it. His will was always better than my plan. I wanted His.

Too many times in the past I had been delayed from mailing packages when I wanted and had ended mailing them when I thought I was late only to discover when the packages arrived that the Lord had known the exact moment the recipient needed to receive them and had orchestrated my schedule to set up His timing. Thus already before lunch as I sat on the front porch working on some writing, I was asking, “Lord, am I going to the post office today? When do I need to leave for town Lord?” The questions repeated in my mind to Him over and over. He had given me as yet no sense of His answer.

Initially I had hoped perhaps October 15th would be the day I get to visit my dear friend, Grace, for the first time in a while. Since August’s cancer surgery I had been keeping more or less to myself, minimizing the need to speak while my vocal area healed. Ability to speak had improved somewhat so it sounded a bit more like me, but there was still pain while speaking and an accompanying hoarseness. Speaking was not fun. However, I missed my time with Grace. Whenever we spent time together we both left encouraged and touched by the marvelous Spirit of God. Was it the Lord’s will to spend time with her that afternoon? A quick text would prompt a response that might hold my answer.

Yes, Grace was available, but the window was brief and put me on an even tighter timeframe. Since surgery I had been too weary to ramp myself up to speed to meet time targets like that. And as the afternoon progressed and I continued to work on the writing, I felt the Lord’s certain nudge that today was not the day to meet with Grace. Today had been the day to begin the back and forth which would lead to getting together, but it would not be today. In obedience, though disappointed, I sent the text we should re-schedule another day. Sigh! Okay, Lord, You know best…

No sooner had I sent the text to Grace, my phone rang and Lori, another close, close friend who had been moved by the Lord to Florida a few years ago was calling. Family obligations made it difficult for us to have phone time, so when I saw her number coming through I picked up the phone to answer,  even though in general I was still avoiding phone calls until my voice healed fully.

Oh, my goodness we only get one or two good phone calls per year!!! This was a gift which I could not have received had I been on the schedule to try to see Grace. I felt like it was a reward for obeying. I felt as if God had known. (Duh!) Lori and I were able to talk, share and pray for about an hour. Pure bliss!

After our conversation I continued writing. The afternoon had been kissed with seemingly slow moving time and gentle breezes while I worked on a document for my French exchange sister, Hope, to help her in her quest to draw closer to God.   It was already over 20 pages in length. I had been working on it for well over a week. However, by mid-afternoon it was clear I would not be able to finish writing her all that was on my heart. She was leaving the next morning (Paris time) for 3 weeks away from her farm wife responsibilities at a special program for healing for her back.  While there she might have more focused time pursuing God. I had wanted to complete this for her. But now it looked like I would simply have to email her what I had and trust God it would be enough. (He had never failed to provide enough to meet the need that He knew was there. What He knew was needed, often differed from what I thought was needed. I had to let it go.)

Meanwhile, I had continued to ask the Lord, which errands I was to run and when I was to depart. Running errands at some point was not optional. The bags of clothes and little household items left in the back of my car after giving away the chair definitely had to be dropped off at the donation center before it closed at 6pm. There remained the question of the post office. With me ready to ship were the belated birthday gift for our German exchange daughter, Sonja, and a gift for Hope’s daughter in France who was expecting. I really wanted to get these on their way! The post office closed at 5pm and had no automated after-hours shipping option. The document for Hope needed to be emailed before 7pm in order to have a chance for it to arrive for her in France in time for her to print it off to take with her while she was gone. I had no internet connectivity where I was, so needed to drive into town where I could send the email.   I continued to bask in the late autumn afternoon warmth and press in to write for as long as the Lord allowed.

All of a sudden the prompt from the Lord came. “Now. Move now.”

All day He had been getting me ready so I could leave quickly. I thought the prompt was to get to the post office before they closed at 5pm prior to running to the donation center, send the email to Hope and get on the road. I did not want to get caught in any remnant of the evening Valley commute, but I also did not want to get arrive where I was going too late. I wanted to get there in time to spend time online chatting (typing since my voice is not yet up to par) with one of our daughters.

Immediately I hopped up, pulled together my computer and other tools to assist with writing and loaded them into the car. Next I put in the overnight bag. The only items left to load were two canvas bags in which I carry work in progress. They seem to go everywhere with me because there is always plenty which remains undone yet for me personally (and not always to God) has an urgency to be completed. One held binders of old journals and emails to review for possible incorporation into the book manuscript I am also working on. The other held items I intended to ship to others as gifts from Eagles Nest Foundation, but first I needed to write the individual cards which would go with each. I hauled the bags back and forth each week with me wherever I went in the hopes the Lord would provide the time and words to take care of these. The contents of the gift bag constantly changed as some items got shipped and new requests for Eagles Nest shipments came in and waited to be fulfilled.

I grabbed the first canvas bag filled with journals, reached for the second and stopped. There on the top of the second bag covering the gifts to be sent was an all-too-familiar roll of night sky fabric which made up the current top layer in the canvas bag. It was broad and loosely rolled in order to provide padding so that the beautiful china Christmas angel clad in a blue dress studded with golden stars and carrying a bell would not break.

On my, really? Was I really going to put the bag with this fabric, angel and all the little accompanying Christmas ornaments which went with it back in the car yet again? Was the task related to them to remain once again undone? My heart felt a little sick. But I didn’t know what else to do. I had no idea where to start.

The Lord had blessed me richly during this time of vocal healing where it hurt to speak and I could not sing at all by setting up circumstances so that there was still a CD project of His new worship songs which would be released during this time. The previous year in August, I had begun working with once again with Mike at The Creation Lab, Mark and Brandon to produce a second album of Christmas songs. Like CHRISTMAS WORSHIP released November 2010, this was to be an album focused on releasing new songs with which to worship the Lord in light of Jesus’ birth at Christmas (and what this means to us today).

I have always loved the Christmas season. I have always loved singing Christmas carols. As a child after Thanksgiving dinner with my family at my aunt and uncle’s, I would sometimes forgo the special movie running in the living room to stay in the kitchen with my mother, uncle and several others to sing the first Christmas carols of the season using the little music books of songs given away at that time by the Texaco gas station where we usually filled our tank.

In 2006 Grace and I had been invited to lead December worship at a property in Elk Grove, CA, which the owners dedicated to events which honored the Lord and helped bring hope and healing to others. We decided to use Christmas carols with which to worship. However, as I rummaged through my favorite book at home of over 150 carols from around the world, it struck me how few had lyrics which actually worshiped the Lord in light of His birth. Oh, make no mistake, the songs were beautiful! And oh how beautifully many of them told the story of Jesus! The lyrics were evangelizing! If we really listened to what we were singing, we were singing the good news of Jesus! However, few if any of the songs actually adored the Lord, addressing Him personally. A few called to adore such as, “Oh, come all ye faithful….oh, come let us adore Him.” But there were not many which actually worshiped. That year I heard the Lord whisper to my heart He wanted to be worshiped at Christmas. I was to listen for new songs. I had already composed and recorded one, “A Baby’s Cry” as the final song on the ASCEND IN WORSHIP album. Yet, the Lord was letting me know He was not done. He wanted more.

In autumn 2009, He nudged me strongly that the time was “now” and indeed it worked out that in the days before Christmas we were able to gather at The Creation Lab in Turlock and begin the recording process for CHRISTMAS WORSHIP. The recording experience was truly out of this world. As we worked there were actually times I saw angels dancing in the studio with joy that the project to honor our Lord was underway. The presence of His Spirit so overwhelming at times I almost could not keep singing and indeed the sense of joy, at least for me, was profound. CHRISTMAS WORSHIP contained 7 new Christmas worship songs for those who wanted to adore Him at Christmas (and go deeper in their relationship with Him contemplating the true meaning of Christmas), along with 4 traditional carols with newly inspired arrangements done by Mike and Mark so that the album had a traditional Christmas “feel”. (New songs don’t cause us to “feel” like Christmas until they are no longer new but known and used regularly during the Christmas season.)

In May 2013 after the RESURRECTION JOY album of new worship songs for the season of the Lord’s resurrection, spanning through the week of His passion and death, to the resurrection and on to Pentecost was out, the Lord nudged me strongly to book The Creation Lab with Michael Everett to begin a second Christmas worship project in August. In May, during a June trip to Europe for the wedding of Hope’s daughter in France and throughout the month of July when our exchange daughter, Sonja, from Germany was here, I listened for the new songs He wanted released. One was written in the attic of Hope’s French farmhouse several mornings after the wedding. Another dropped into my mind while lying down for a nap upstairs in the Mannheim bedroom of Annemarie, the daughter of my German exchange sister Ingeborg. Several of these were written in El Dorado County.

One of these seemed to be only part of a song. Perhaps a chorus? I had woken up with the lyrics and catchy melody:

Christmas bells call to worship You, to leave all behind for You’re worthy

Bells declare and celebrate You came and Jesus You are coming again.

I liked it. I knew it was from the Lord. I knew it was for this album. However, no matter how long I sat with it, the Lord did not provide anything close to what could be considered a melody for the verses. I took it to the studio anyway, along with a series of chords the musicians might use to create music for verses which I would then write later. (God was always faithful to provide what I eventually needed.)

When we gathered at The Creation Lab in Turlock in August to begin, the recording process was beautiful. As usual before arranging or recording there was prayer and the presence of the Lord palpably with us. The songs came together as usual far more beautifully than I could ever imagine. The Spirit kept whispering to me to savor the sweetness of every moment. I did. It was three very special days!

On the third day as I brought forward “Christmas Bells Call To Worship”, Mike proposed an arrangement where what the Lord had given me become the whole song, by repeating what I had but escalating the music higher and higher each time it was sung, resting in an instrumental section then bringing the song back down to the key where it started. The lyrics could stay the same or change somewhat. What Mike “heard” felt right. It sounded right, so we proceeded to begin recording it in this way.

On August 14th—the third day at the studio as Mike created the “Christmas Bells Call To Worship” arrangement and interiorly I celebrated what the Lord was allowing me to be part of at the studio, I simultaneously was remembering and thanking God for my dear friend and long-time prayer partner Andrea. It was so cool that on that particular day we were both walking out our separate God assignments.   She had been the one who had led Lori and Nicole at our Bible study that February day in 2004 to lay hands on me and pray I would begin “hearing” new worship songs from heaven, which the Lord wanted released on the earth. Andrea had a call on her life to function in governmental circles for the Lord. Thus on August 14, 2013 while I was in the studio beginning the recording process for new Christmas worship songs and she was at the California state capitol doing her God assignment lawfully speaking out against an ungodly bill proposed for passage in the California state legislature, it was something to celebrate and for which to thank God.

That night, the Lord visited Andrea and gave her an assignment to worship Him at Christmas at the California state capitol. Similar to Psalm 100 which says we enter His courts with praise, the Lord told her to enter the highest “courts” in California (the courts of the seat of government) with Christmas carol worship. In response He would bring a righteous leader. It was the most profound encounter with the Lord she had ever had.

She called me the next morning, August 15th when we were both local to each other again so we could meet. As we talked, prayed, worshiped to some of my brand new Christmas songs and prayed some more, the Lord gave us a picture of what Carols At The Capitol was to be. Not just for California, we could “see” Christmas carol sing-a-long gatherings all around the country every second Saturday in December. Eventually it would be in all 50 states with a large event at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and perhaps in other countries as well. It would be a national or even international day of worship, not unlike the National Day of Prayer in the USA which since it was signed into being by President Truman in 1952 was held on the first Thursday every May and participated in by millions annually across the United States. It would begin with California, God-willing in December 2013. How our hearts soared! Our Lord had the best ideas! –welcoming Him into our society and government by singing Christmas carols in unity. Praise You, Lord!

As planning for the inaugural 2013 ensued, Andrea felt led for the first event to be opened by a sign of unity between different streams of Christianity. At her request both the Roman Catholic Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and Presbyterian Church adjacent to the state capitol in Sacramento agreed to toll their bells, calling the people to worship in unison exactly as the event began. Yes, Carols At The Capitol was about calling the people to worship with Christmas carol sing-a-longs. I remembered the unique song we had begun to record in the studio the same day Andrea had been at the state capitol: “Christmas Bells Call To Worship”. Andrea listened to it, too. This would be the Carols At The Capitol theme song.

Now, the seeming press was on. Originally Mike and I had planned to have over a year to complete the recording process of the 12 songs for the second Christmas worship CD. In light of the establishment of Carols At The Capitol it seemed it would be ideal not only to complete the song “Christmas Bells Call To Worship” for the inaugural event, but the remainder of the album as well. How wonderful it would be to have this CD to hand out that day! Mike and I worked and worked on it as much as possible all September and the beginning of October, however, we were unable to finish. Only the song for “Christmas Bells Call To Worship” for Carols At The Capitol was completed.

As usual what God enabled turned out to be enough. The song was premiered at the beginning and end of the inaugural Carols At The Capitol, held Saturday, December 14, 2013 on the western steps of the California state capitol in Sacramento.

In the months of preparation for this momentous occasion, the Lord brought many alongside to help and to pray and added one member to the core team, Maryal Boumann, Director of Pray California. In November 2013 we prepared for our single all-day planning session. The Lord led me to acquire a special gift for Andrea, Maryal and myself to commemorate the inaugural 2013 California event. I scanned the internet seeking what the Lord had in mind. He led me to angel Christmas tree ornaments, which were actually bells under their skirts. The two for Andrea and me had blue star-studded dresses and carried bells and the one for Maryal carried a trumpet to honor Maryal’s active, broad involvement in shofar ministry.

This year in 2014 Carols At The Capitol was quickly spreading to other states with the first international event to be held in Australia. Both Andrea and I were diagnosed with different types of cancer (she on January 14th and I on July 14th). Recovery from surgery to treat my cancer unexpectedly made it so I could not sing. However, in the week before surgery because Mike and I had already done so much of the work the fall 2013 on the upcoming Christmas worship album, all I had to do was record 20 or so harmonies and my part on the project was done.

Now in mid-October I was waiting for the call from Mike that this project called, CHRISTMAS BELLS CALL TO WORSHIP, was ready to go to manufacture. As a part of this process I would have to turn in the exact text I wanted printed on the CD case, within the lyric booklet and on the CD itself. In addition, I would need to give any input I had regarding graphic design to the designer at the manufacturer. Well, already in August or so the Lord had begun to give me pictures of what the CD case was supposed to look like. There was to be a starlit night sky background with the ceramic angel bell holding the golden bell featured on the front. The angel was not supposed to be either at the bottom or the top of the image, but somewhere in the middle.

This meant I was going to have to create these photos! How much easier it seemed it would be to get full value for the flat fee charged for graphic design by just instructing the designer to do something with angels, bells and stars. But the image the Lord kept placing in my mind was quite specific. I had even gone to our local Hobby Lobby the middle of September on a morning when I felt the Holy Spirit nudge and He had led me to purchase very specific Christmas ornaments which would make up additional artwork for lyric booklet. Added to this had been a trip to the local fabric shop, where He had led me to pick up several different fabrics which could serve as a potential background to the angel and ornaments in the photographs. Included in these was a Van Gogh like night sky fabric covered with swirls and twinkling stars.

But this is where my abilities stopped. I had no idea how to create these photographs. For weeks I carried the ornaments and the ceramic angel wrapped in the night sky fabric (praying it would not break!) back and forth in the canvas bags everywhere I went. I was waiting on the Lord’s timing to shoot these photographs. I was waiting for the Lord to tell me how to do it!

I had no clue. I pondered how to set the photos up. How was I supposed to get the angel to look like she was in the middle? If I hung her in some way as the ornament that she was, it wasn’t going to look the way I saw in my mind. If I hung the fabric as background and set her in front of it then she would be on the ground. Unless….well maybe if I set up the fabric to hang on a wall and then set a basket or box upside down and draped the remaining fabric over it in front of it, then I could set the angel on top of the covered basket. But that seemed like it would leave a line where the fabric had been folded to bring it out from the wall to cover the basket bottom and drape over the basket side, trying to create that image of the angel in the center. Oh, I could not figure it out! I asked and asked the Lord how to do it. Even more overwhelming was the idea of lighting. How was I supposed to handle that?!? I didn’t know the first thing about setting up lighting (and I had no lights to set up!) Back and forth I carried everything in the canvas bag, hoping and hoping for His answer.

Time was running out—actually to me it seemed it had run out. If the CD was to be ready by Christmas, I was going to hear from Mike shortly. I had reached a point where either these photos needed to be taken as I thought the Lord wanted them to be or I needed to acquiesce and simply let the graphic designer do whatever he or she thought best for the project.

Now here again was that canvas bag with the carefully wrapped angel bell on top and ornaments underneath. Everything was ready except I didn’t know how to do it. Oh, Lord, am I really going to haul this bag back the other direction again one more time without completing the task. Really???

Then came the unexpected prompt. “Take the pictures now.”

What, Lord? What? But how? I don’t…..

There was not even time to get out my complaint. He drew my eyes to the counter in the kitchen next to where I was standing which included the stove.  The kitchen had been designed so that one looked at the small back garden while cooking. Directly to the cook’s back was the sink in the middle of additional counters. The entire wall behind the sink was a broad window which faced west. The late afternoon sun was shining through this window in an unusual way. The sunlight was indirect instead of piercingly direct because of the remaining light cloud cover from the morning’s rainstorm. The Lord had me notice for the first time how perfect the counter next to the stove was for trying to set up these pictures. Behind this counter was a second raised counter so people could sit on barstools chat and eat. This raised back was the perfect place over which to drape the fabric. The fabric could then fold forward to cover the counter and the angel could set upon it. Maybe, just maybe this would give the illusion that the angel was not on the ground, but somehow suspended in the middle like the picture the Lord had given me in my mind for the cover. But what about the lighting?

I set up the fabric and placed the angel bell upon it and snapped a few sample photos with my inexpensive camera. I was stunned at the result. The lighting coming through the window was such that it caused both the angel and fabric to be aglow in such a way that the stars literally sparkled. It was as if the scene came alive! Tears of joy, amazement and thanksgiving slipped down my cheeks as I snapped photo after photo of the angel, then one by one of the various ornaments exactly as the Spirit led. Within forty minutes I was done, the sun had faded and the moment was over. Oh My Lord and My God. I am stunned and in awe!!! You made it so simple, so easy. All that needless thinking about how to take care of this!  There are no words, just bowed-down, reverential praise. Thank You, Lord. Thank You. Thank You, Lord. Oh Lord, how I love these photos You have enabled! They will make this album so beautiful!!! T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U!!!

I re-packed the second canvas bag and re-grabbed the first and dashed for the car. It was about 5:30pm. The post office was obviously now out of the question. Clearly it had not been His plan for the day, though it had been my desire. The reason He had had me get ready early and the reason He had told me to “move now” had been for the sake of the photos. Oh, Lord, what a gift!!!

All goods were dropped off at the donation center around 5:50pm–just in time. Next I drove to where there would be internet connectivity. However, before I could open my computer and set up to send the email to Hope, I received a text from Mike at The Creation Lab letting me know the songs should be ready to go by the middle of the next week. By then I would need all graphics, instructions and text ready to go, too. Well, now it would be ready, wouldn’t it? Wow, God, wow! Really??? Again, You amaze me with Your amazing timing!!! A texting conversation ensued regarding getting a copy of the songs to me once completed, so I could review for final sound and song order.

Another text arrived. It was from my sister. We were working on arranging a birthday lunch with our mother for two days later. We communicated back and forth a bit, too.

I opened my computer and sent the email to Hope. In France it would be about an hour before she was getting up to go.

I turned off the computer and readied for my drive. It was not too late, but it was later than I would have wanted. Yet, I had not known the Lord was going to provide the magnificent photos, which was soooo worth the time! A miraculous gift! It was late enough there would be no traffic. That was past. And besides the miracle of the photos, there was the blessing of not being on the road yet when Mike and my sister’s texts arrived so I could respond.

I put on worship music and began my 2 hour drive. There should still be time to chat via typing on Skype with my daughter online tonight, too. As the almost finished versions of the CHRISTMAS BELLS CALL TO WORSHIP songs played while I drove, suddenly Scripture verses for each song began dropping into my head. Except for the intro and acknowledgements, this was the last piece needed to completion of the text to accompany the CD. On every CD album in the booklet, the Lord had me place a Scripture with each song. This project was to be no different, but for months whenever I asked the Lord to show which Scripture He wanted my mind had stayed a blank. Once again, here in His perfect timing—rarely early, but never late—He was providing the perfect Scripture. In His perfect timing, it was suddenly easy—the answers simply there.

Thanksgiving burst forth from my heart the for entire drive. What an extraordinary day! It was one more day where what could be considered ordinary was made extraordinary by the care and perfect, perfect provision of our supernatural, loving God, who is ALWAYS in the details.

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.  For more information about Carols At The Capitol and attending or hosting an event in your area visit http://www.carolsatthecapitol.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 elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

The LORD Is Blessing And Keeping You!

Blessed Savior, how hard life here can be and yet even in the driest of places You come with Your Holy Spirit and cause us to bloom forth Your love and way. We are nothing without You! We cannot survive but for Your help. Thank You for never leaving us of forsaking us, for caring for us and causing us to be fruitful for You until that day You call us home. In Jesus' name, Amen
Blessed Savior, how hard life here can be and yet even in the driest of places You come with Your Holy Spirit and cause us to bloom forth Your love and way. We are nothing without You! We cannot survive but for Your help. Thank You for never leaving us of forsaking us, for caring for us and causing us to be fruitful for You until that day You call us home. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro ©2014

The end of June 2014 I was on my way to The King’s University Spirit-Filled Worship Conference in the Los Angeles area.  As I began the ascent into the Tehachapi Mountains which separate the more northern parts of California from the Los Angeles Basin and below, the Lord began to fill me with words. I grabbed the empty notebook off the passenger seat and began to scribble “by feel” as I drove without ever looking at the paper.  The “download” continued as I continued through the Angeles (Spanish for “angels”) National Forest, while songs from the Resurrection Joy worship CD (original music the Lord had me compose, record and release) filled the car about the Way of our Savior, our great current need for the Holy Spirit and our inheritance in the Kingdom of God .  Below is what was scribbled from Him that evening.  It has been slightly edited to improve flow.  May it bless us to realize He is blessing us now and will continue doing so through all circumstances until He calls us home.

We are born with seeking hearts. At first we don’t know what we are seeking. We subconsciously sense—even know—that we are somehow incomplete no matter how much our practicality tells us we may have everything we would seem to need.

Yet no matter how fully our physical and emotional needs are met, in our hearts—at the core of our being—we still know better than we know almost anything, that that which gives core meaning and significance to us and our brief existence is lacking. This is because we are more than physical and emotional beings. At our core (essence) we are spiritual. We were created for relationship with God and until we find ourselves in a growing relationship with Him, nothing else is of but momentary (thus not of lasting) significance.

Once we make the leap of faith that God is indeed real, this invisible God with whom we cannot connect in the way we are used to—we are not done seeking. In fact, our journey has only begun.

God created us for relationship with Him. Our ancestors decided to go it on their own and walked away. Like the prodigal son, they discovered just as every generation of their heirs, that life without God is not so simple. Existence this side of heaven is hard!

Yet like the story told by Jesus of the son who walked away, the Father is waiting for us to turn and seek to return home to our true inheritance and family. And so we seek and keep on seeking. The Holy Spirit is our Guide.  To some a euphemistic wisp that cannot be grasped–He is the third Person in the three-in-one Godhead, the Spirit of the Living God, the Spirit of Jesus filled with the Wisdom of God.

He is God With Us NOW—Emmanuel!!! The Spirit was given to us by the Father as Jesus promised He would because after Jesus ascended to the Father, He asked the Father to send the Spirit to us. This Spirit comes to dwell with us and in us when we become believers. He is waiting to speak to us, teach us straight from Father’s heart, and lead us practically day by day in the Father’s specific will for us if we will but believe and seek and listen.

Jesus promises His sheep hear His voice. The Father declares—call to me and I will answer you (!) and tell you deep and unsearchable things you do not know.  Jesus promises the Spirit will teach us all these things. Deep calls to deep. The Spirit searches the very heart of God and reveals these things to us.  They are secrets of the heart of God–jewels greater in value than the greatest earthly (natural) riches.  This is our inheritance when we become children of God.

We are beginning to understand our destiny.  The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! The Lord is dwelling place and refuge and underneath are the everlasting wings. In heaven God sits upon His throne, the Lamb who was slain at His right hand still interceding for us. The saints are singing, the angels are singing, the prayers of the saints are being offered upon the altar of God in a golden bowl with incense by an angel.  Then after the prayers have risen as incense to our Lord,  while heavenly praise and worship of God continues without ceasing, the angel uses the golden bowl to scoop up some of the power of God from His alter and hurl it upon the earth.  This is part of the picture of heaven St. John paints for us in the Book of Revelation.

Yet God in all His fierce power, because His essence is Love, when the Lord releases His power always and ultimately about His redeeming purposes–it is about His ongoing rescue plan.  He is calling ever calling all people to Himself. He is working through our lives and circumstances by the power of His Spirit to reveal Himself as real to a hungry, dying, desperate, hurting world of which we were a part.

Now His ambassadors, no longer of the world, but in the world to be the lamps through which He shines His light, He provides for us now through eternity.  We will be okay.  He is our ever-present Helper.  Thus as Father, He had Jesus exhort us not to worry.  We no longer have to be consumed with how we will survive. The need to fear or dread death has been removed because it has become a threshold we must cross in order to come into our true destiny with Him, complete, content and filled with unspeakable joy forever. Through seasons of abundance and lack, there will be enough to get us through as our Master Shepherd leads us home.

His promise of provision does not mean we will not have to work.  We will!  This is earth, not heaven! But He calls us simply to do the work He enables for our provision and to focus on other things, greater things–eternally-significant, God-focused things.

He calls us to trust in Him by looking for Him, seeing Him more and in so doing putting ourselves increasingly under His protection (covering).  We can be at rest in Him at all times, no matter what. He exhorts us to become as children where He is the parent if we are to enter the Kingdom of heaven.

Nowhere in this does God promise He will take all our pain and problems away now—this remains earth not heaven. But He promises He is with us,helping, strengthening, encouraging, saving, reconciling, guiding, enabling, comforting, using all things for great purpose, giving us value and significance and purpose each day, every hour, no matter what we are going through until HE calls us home to eternity.  There He waits upon His throne even now to wipe every tear away. God Most High, forgiving, reconciling, restoring, redeeming, calling, caring, providing and protecting, and then ushering us home.

22 The LORD spoke…23…”Thus shall you bless the people…; you shall say to them,           24 ‘The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.’ 27 So shall they put my name upon the people…and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:22-27 ESV)

As you read this now, may you receive this blessing and may He respond according to His promise to put His name upon you and bless you MORE, as He offers you His peace (and even joy) now through forever.

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  

 

Wearing My Dancing Shoes

In You, oh Lord, do we put our trust. You are with us always and in all things and so we choose to receive Your joy as our strength and to rejoice in You in all things. In Jesus' name, Amen
In You, oh Lord, do we put our trust. You are with us always and in all things and so we choose to receive Your joy as our strength and to rejoice in You in all things. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2014

written Monday, August 25, 2014

Wednesday marks two weeks since surgery to remove my thyroid due to cancer.  Tomorrow is the post op appointment with the surgeon for him to take a look at me and let us know how he thinks I am doing and where he recommends things go from here.  It is at this time he will share with us the pathology report of how much cancer there was and if they think there is still anymore.

On the day of surgery the Lord laid on my heart specifically to wear a pair of pale pink flats He pointed out for purchase a few years ago, which had tickled my fancy because they had the look of ballet shoes.  As a child, how I loved to dance!

Here in this season where we know for certain the only certainty is uncertainty, the Lord has made clear His theme for me is JOY.

JOY is not a new message from Him to me. In 2010 for the third Sunday in Advent, my friend Margaret gave me a special hand-made piece she had felt led by the Holy Spirit to crochet for me in a brilliant fuchsia color.  The Lord had had her give it to me specifically that week because the third Sunday of Advent (Advent is the four weeks preceding Christmas where Jesus, His birth, the gift of salvation and His promised second coming are contemplated) is traditionally marked with the lighting of rose or pink candle, to signify “Gaudete” or Rejoice Sunday, where we are reminded the end of Advent (the coming of Christ then, now and forever) is almost here and we can hardly contain our JOY! Her hand-crocheted piece was to remind me to have JOY—the JOY of Christ which is not dependent on, nor the same as happiness. JOY goes far beyond happiness. JOY is not dependent upon today’s circumstances.  JOY is a gift from the Lord, whenever we pursue Him and are willing to receive it.

Less than a month later in the middle of January 2011, another dear, constant, friend, Lori came over for our weekly Bible study and fellowship time together. We had not met during the final weeks in December and so she was bringing my Christmas gift.  She parked, but did not immediately get out of the car and come to the door.  She was asking the Lord to give her His words with which to write me a note to accompany the gift.  Under the wrapping paper was a beautiful large teacup, saucer and plate with the word JOY sprinkled all over them in the reds and greens of Christmas. The note said:

“The Lord gave me the word ‘Joy’ for you before Christmas and I believe that Joy is your word for 2011.  He says that you will not strive this year for every time you fall into striving, He will replace it with joy. You will experience joy as a covering….a blanket that lays on top of you and surrounds you.  You have to choose to put it on but He will be faithful to fill you and cover you in joy!” (January 13, 2011)

Lori did not know that I had gone to the fabric store under unction of the Holy Spirit following Margaret’s gift, purchased fabric and made a blanket covering for John and my bed, sewing Margaret’s bright fuchsia crocheted border along the top edge.  Lori did not know the Lord had me choose a fabric of wildflowers for the quilt-like blanket top cover and soldier camouflage for the blanket bottom underneath to symbolize the choice of joy in all circumstances—even when life seemed a battle.  God was at work through Lori and Margaret to bring me cohesive, confirming pieces of His message for me.

That was the first season of choosing JOY. This is the second.  When the diagnosis of cancer came and the surgery date had been scheduled, the Lord impressed upon me that His theme for me during this time was also JOY.  Then He proceeded to shower me with ongoing confirmations.

First, He prompted me to procure a thinner copy of the NIV Bible translation for the hospital.  I have many Bible translations.  Amplified tends to be my favorite, but the Lord was clear. Specifically He nudged me on Monday evening the week before surgery to head to the local family-owned Bible bookstore to look for the exact copy He wanted me to have.  On the shelf there I found three in the size He had shown me: black, navy and….bold fuchsia pink.  It was the identical color as Margaret’s hand-crocheted blanket border for me.  The pink seemed a little too bright based on what I would usually pick, but the Lord’s prompt was undeniable.  To have me purchase this Bible was a confirmation that despite the word “cancer” which had entered my life so abruptly, it was to be a season of JOY.  Once home, He also led me to pick up the new empty journal off my desk, which He had had me purchase a least a month earlier.  Wow.  It also was shades of pink. The Scripture embossed on the front by the publisher pointed further to choose joy because of who He is:

 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I will give thanks to Him. (Psalm 28:7)”

Okay, Lord. I am listening….

He gave me an idea.  Over the next 8 days whenever I was with a fellow believer, I would ask them to pray if the Lord gave them a particular Scripture for me and have them either write it in the Bible or mark it with their signature and the date.  There was, however, one I was to mark in the Bible first:

…for the joy of the LORD is my strength.  (Neh. 8:10)

How I loved and love this verse.  It does not say, the Lord gives me joy. It does not say joy from the Lord is my strength. It says: the joy OF the Lord is my strength. His joy is the source of my strength.

Oh Lord, You are joyful, for joy is one of the fruit of Your Spirit. It is one of Your core, unchanging attributes. Oh Lord, through Your joy I have strength to endure whatever comes. And I know You are with me at all times. And I know You will use all, all, all things for eventual good in the lives of those who love You. And I know You will never leave me or forsake me, that You are my Dwelling Place, Refuge and Sanctuary. And I know You are my Healer, not just for now but through eternity. Lord, Your joy is my strength. Your joy is my strength. Your joy is my strength. Oh Lord, in trust born of faith, I choose to receive and dwell in your JOY!

I picked up the Bible the next morning, August 5th, after my name and a Holy Spirit symbol were embossed on it and went straight to Andrea’s house for a Bible study.  Attending this Bible study was a surprise for me.  Only God had known that on this morning Andrea, a dear, dear friend and sister-in-Christ who is also going through cancer, would invite me to a special monthly Bible study cancer support group to be held at her home and hosted by Geri and Marcia, faith-filled cancer survivors.

All the others in the group had met before and so in addition to massively powerful prayer for one another that morning, Andrea shared certain Scriptures to which the week’s Bible study lessons had led her.  The first Scripture she shared was one of the first the Lord had had me memorize when I came back to faith in Him over 20 years ago.

1 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-3)

Next Andrea brought forward verses from Romans which expanded on this:

1 Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  2 Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand.  And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.  3 Moreover, [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.  4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.  5 Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 Amplified)

 I had shared with no one yet God’s word to me that this was to be a season of JOY, where I chose JOY and endeavored to understand His JOY more. Another verse kept repeating through my mind.

2 For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3)

I had sung about this JOY for which He had endured the cross in the song, “For The Joy” which is now recorded on the RESURRECTION JOY worship CD.  This verse along with Nehemiah 8:10 stating His JOY is our strength seemed so key to me.

I continued to read on my own in Hebrews, remembering that discipline frequently refers to training, not necessarily punishment:

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all…10…God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.  (Hebrews 12:6-8,10b-13)

All right, Lord. I do want to be closer to You. I do so desire to reflect You more, because my eyes are on You and Your way alone.  Have Your Way, Lord. Have Your Way.

Following the amazing Bible study time, I traveled to Placerville and had a wonderful time with my cousin Loretta at Holy Trinity Church, followed by the blessing of spending that evening with Lonnie and Angela.  Lonnie gave me the following verse:

The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still. (Exodus 14:14)

This also had long been one of my favorite verses.  Given the significance of the number 14 in my life this past year, this verse from Lonnie was really cool!  I began to page through the Bible for what Angela had put.  The Lord stayed my hand.  NOT NOW. Rats!  The little girl in me wanted to find it like a gift at Christmas!  I obediently though reluctantly closed my Bible and my eyes for the night.

Several mornings later, I stumbled upon her message and highlighted Scripture:

You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. (1 Thess. 1:6 NIV)

To this Angela had written in the margin: “Keep in the joy!!! J Have FUN in IT ALL!!”

JOY….again, JOY.  The Lord was amazing me with the clarity of where He wanted my focus to be.

It struck me that God and thus His Spirit are consistent in all circumstances. When there is a hard time, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the character of the manifestation of His presence in our lives does not change.  And one of these fruit is JOY.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control…”

My husband entered the hospital room where I had been moved following recovery on the day of surgery with a bouquet of flowers festively packaged in a bright yellow mug with a smiley face on it.  JOY! The flowers I have received from friends in the Lord since the surgery are all shades of pinks and red.  I did not tell them the color the Lord has given me for this season of JOY, but the Holy Spirit nudged them each in just the right way to unknowingly re-affirm His message.

And so proceeding to this appointment, I do not know what the future holds.  Yet, honestly nothing has changed.  Before the cancer diagnosis I did not know what the future held either.   It is God in my life from now through eternity, Who is my certainty.  He has always been the only certainty for He knows all and we do not, have not, will not and have never been in control.  Thus He is the One upon whom I have relied for years and He remains the only One upon whom I can rely. He knows the plans He has for me and these He promises are for good and not for evil all the days of this mortal existence until He calls me home. (Based on Jeremiah 29:11.)  This is not an empty-headed joy which I force upon myself with imagination, but a JOY given by God, which I choose to receive, because I choose to trust in God and His promises.  This does not make me brave or courageous or even strong.  His JOY is my strength, remember?  It means I know all I can do is lean on Him and trust in Him.

Several of the verses the Lord gave me on this journey affirm this.  First from Danielle:

5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  6  I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.  (Psalm 13:5-6)

From Grace:

1 In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. (Psalm 25:1)

And one He brought me to right after diagnosis, while spending my private morning time with Him:

Because You are my help; I sing in the shadow of Your wings. (Psalm 63:7)

Therefore for this appointment I choose once again to wear my rose-colored top and my light pink, ballet-styled dancing shoes. I choose to count it all JOY for the JOY of my Lord is my strength now and forever.

May you also feel His blessing upon you at all times no matter what, and as you lean on Him more and more may you be filled with and strengthened by HIS JOY!!!

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  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  

 

Turn to Me; I Will Refresh You

You are the Living Water who refreshes us, sustains us and gives us life. We yearn for more of You as in a desert and You always answer with an increased outpouring of Your love & revelation of Your Way.

PROPHETIC WORD

Please remember, when the Holy Spirit “downloads” a word, it either will resonate with you or it will not.  No one prophetic word is for every person. But there are some for whom God had intended this.  I am human and imperfect.  Please always pray before you read and as you read. 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

I AM the stream in your desert.  I AM the water in Your wasteland.  I am calling you because I love you and desire to refresh you.

You keep running the other way, chasing after other things as if they would satisfy, but they will not.  I AM the One who satisfies for fellowship with Me is that for which you were created.

I delighted to create each of you and I created each of you differently, but equally and for the same purpose – to be in Me as I am in you (once you have invited Me in) and to be My ambassadors for My glory leading others in My way that they might be free as well.  How I love it when you work together in unity, the many parts of My Body functioning as one under My Head, Jesus Christ. This is the synergy and unity for which I created humanity and it is beautiful in My sight.

You are My beloved adopted children.  You are My servant and friend.  Does this confuse you?  I delight in your inquisitiveness!  It is good!  I want you to ask.  I want you to seek Me. For the more you seek and mine for My Wisdom as for gold, plumbing the depths of My word and worshipping as you seek to understand My heart and My strategy and praying as you unite your purposes and plans with mine, the richer you will be.

I am your abundance.  In Me all things live, move and have their being.  You can do nothing unless I enable it.  You have no need to worry or fear because I love you and promise to care for you if you will look to Me and seek My kingdom as your singular priority and the most precious of jewels.

My kingdom is a place of reverence, respect, unity, worship, awe, prayer and action.  To seek My Kingdom is to seek My Kingdom-view of your life which I view from the perspective of eternity.

Seek My view; seek My purpose.  It is in My view that you will discover My way.  It is in My view that the secrets are unlocked in which you will delight yourself like a child and find the peace, joy and contentment which you never knew was possible.

I am Supreme. There are secrets.  I will share My heart with you when you seek Me.

In My Way of viewing your life (and the lives of others) you will find My peace – an inner peace which surpasses all understanding. In My Way, your joy will bubble up like a perpetual fountain in the lush oasis of times which are easy and the desert of times which are hard.  Your waters will never fail, for they will be the Living Waters of My Spirit. You will be immersed in My Spirit, who will continue to fill you to overflowing and flow through you as the River of Life to touch others in My perfect way.

I am a mystery because I am Supreme to you but I will reveal Myself layer by layer to you if you will seek Me and stop running away.

Does the idea of being My servant scare you?  Are you afraid to give up your will for Mine?  My Son was your Servant, healing the sick, releasing those captive to ungodly spirits, feeding the hungry (spiritually and physically), serving even in the seemingly unglorious task of washing His disciples feet.  Servanthood is My glorious way!  It was in Jesus’ role as My Servant-Son, serving Me with complete obedience, that He served you by dying on the cross.  He was obedient to Me unto death, giving up His physical life so that death was conquered and you could have life.  He died for you as Your servant and Mine for love of Me and for love of you.  He died for you, if you choose to respond in love or if you reject Him and continue in your own way.  Your response changes nothing.  He served. He serves.  It is My Way of perfect love.

I cannot be mocked.  You are either with Me or against Me.  You are either seeking My Kingdom perspective and My will or you have chosen Your own way. Do not expect My sovereign covering which includes My provision and protection to accompany you if you have chosen any way which is not Mine.

There is a right Way – Mine – and a wrong way (anything else).  You can make up your own way, which you call right, but this will not make it right.  You can try to justify a way I have told you is wrong, but no matter what you say nothing will change what I have created as wrong into My right.

I will not bless wrong paths.  I cannot.  For you have walked away from Me, are not with Me and have opted to put yourself outside under My Lordship and under your own (which is that of my adversary).  I honor your choice.

I say it again.  I will not be mocked by you.  I AM the Lord.  If you choose not to treat Me authentically as your Lord there will be consequences.  You cannot expect the blessings of My covering when you are not with Me under that covering.

And yet, I love you and I am waiting for you to turn.  I have more for you.   Plumb My depths.  Seek My Way and let Me use you as My servant ambassador displaying My righteousness and love through you for My glory.

You do not have to be perfect, just a seeker who keeps seeking.  I will work with you, refining you as silver and transforming your heart day by day as one by one My secrets are revealed to your heart in response to your seeking.

Be My shining jewel.  Worldly wealth leads to no where.  I am all You need. I am enough.

In My will is freedom from all the oppressive messages of your culture.  I define success in a different way – it is obedience to Me.

When will you learn that I put no value on celebrity or earthly titles?  These are of no use to Me.  My kingdom is a kingdom of the heart where you already are infinitely valued for I created you and love You.

My Kingdom is a place where every person in every circumstance has good purpose revealing the reality of who I am through their lives.  My Kingdom is a place without fear, worry or anxiety because you never have to fear losing My love, I have plans and steer you in them (when you listen and take courage to obey), all My plans are for good and not for evil, I can be entrusted to enable you to have enough financially, by My power opportunities are placed before you which I have ordained for you and others are closed to you because it is not in My good and perfect will for you, and in My kingdom death has been conquered.

Physical death will occur! There is no avoiding it.  I have something better for you!  With Me physical death is no longer to be feared because the fire of eternal death is extinguished for those who  follow Me and physical death becomes only a door to your eternal, good destiny with Me and all the faithful who have gone before.

To those of you who have been running from Me and all the goodness I offer, I am calling and won’t stop. All of you who have begun to turn, keep on turning and let Me be your delight.  All of you who have been seeking more, keep on seeking My Wisdom (My Way) as the most precious of treasures and you will be satisfied and content in all circumstances.  Your peace will be great and your joy will overflow. Your wasteland will become a field for My harvest, which bears My fruit for My glory all the year round.  And many, many will find their way back to the fullness of faith and life in Me (and for Me) from here through eternity, which has always been My purpose.

I love you. I am here for you.  Let Me refresh you.  ~ Love, the Father, Son & Holy Spirit.

humbly written down as “heard” on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012

  

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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!

Thanks-Giving for Thanksgiving

Thanks be to You, Lord from whom all things come. Your love overwhelms us. We bow in awe, continual thanks upon our lips.

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

PSALM 100:4-5 (NKJV)

 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. 
         Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, 
         And His truth endures to all generations.

In the United States we have entered the season of Thanksgiving.  Over the years this has become a time to celebrate friends and family.  This is good, and yet Thanksgiving is so much more. Consider the name, “Thanks-giving”.  Giving thanks….Give thanks to whom? Of course, Christians know.  Not just general thanks, but thanks to the One who is in control and from whom all things come: the One true God who is LORD.

When we give thanks to God it is an expression of our trust in Him – that we believe He is who He says, and will fulfill what He promises.  Our thanks is an outward representation of our fear of the Lord above all else.  We are not afraid of Him, but we have a reverential awe before Him.  We understand it is His approval we need –  no other.  We know it is His power which will have highest effect – no other.  We know our life is in Him and He is the One who enables us to have all we have.

When we give thanks to God it brings us into the intimacy of His Dwelling Place and it helps us enter the REST He offers us in all circumstances.  We receive His gifts of peace and joy.

Giving thanks is not hard.  We tend to worry (which He cautions against) and as soon as God answers one prayer we are  quick to send up another. We tend to be unnecessarily consumed with our needs (expressed in worry) instead of resting in how God promises to answer them.  Stopping to give thanks is powerful.

To get started pause and consider the many prayers He already has answered. Make a written list.  Include both those things which seem small (like His opening traffic-filled roads to get us somewhere on time) to those which seemed larger (getting us through illnesses or unemployment.)  Funny thing is, to Him all our prayer requests are the same size.  Next consider and make a list of all God promises through Jesus.

And so we give thanks and God is honored, but we are the ones who are blessed.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Selah! [Pause and calmly think of that!]

END

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

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

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