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  

 

 

Carrying Christmas in Our Hearts into the New Year

Heavenly One, with eyes for all that goes on in this life, we know You see all that is not right and all that could be other than it already is. You lived in this world and understand it. We are here now too and it effects us sometimes in ways which simply press down and discourage. Heavenly One, our trust is in You and you are our hope. We choose to believe that according to Your promises You are using us through all things--both good and bad--to be Your love and reveal Your kingdom, to represent You so that together we can rejoice and individually more and more can find their way home. Lord, continue to encourage our hearts by Your Spirit. Illuminate the dark places and help us to be Your love. Lead us oh, Good Shepherd in the way we are to go and through it all we will praise Your name now and forever. Thank You for the privilege of being Your child. Thank You that You came. Thank You for the cross. Thank You for the hope of heaven and good, God-work now. We are Yours and celebrate Your majesty with the angels with resounding joy. In Jesus' name, Amen
Heavenly One, with eyes for all that goes on in this life, we know You see all that is not right and all that could be other than it already is. You lived in this world and understand it. We are here now too and it effects us sometimes in ways which simply press down and discourage. Heavenly One, our trust is in You and you are our hope. We choose to believe that according to Your promises You are using us through all things–both good and bad–to be Your love and reveal Your kingdom, to represent You so that together we can rejoice and individually more and more can find their way home. Lord, continue to encourage our hearts by Your Spirit. Illuminate the dark places and help us to be Your love. Lead us oh, Good Shepherd in the way we are to go and through it all we will praise Your name now and forever. Thank You for the privilege of being Your child. Thank You that You came. Thank You for the cross. Thank You for the hope of heaven and good, God-work now. We are Yours and celebrate Your majesty with the angels with resounding joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2016

The light from the Christmas tree is waning. This is not because the ability of the little colored bulbs to illuminate is fading but because a season is coming to an end. The season of Christmas in the part of the world where we live coincides with the time of year when light is least and darkness seemingly ever-increasing. More than a day when we give each other gifts or a week when we endeavor to spread kindness, Christmas is a season of remembering, contemplating, reflecting to grasp the deeper, temporal significance and eternal meaning, of quieting ourselves within during days which are darker and generally colder inviting us to be more inside than out. Personally it is also a time when I seek to take time off from jobs other preoccupations and simply look inward. Still before Him, He continues to reveal ever more layers of beauty—the beauty He is and the magnificence of His way.

For years, I have fought the end to this always-too-brief time of year. I want to continue to be at rest in Him, before Him and with Him, contemplating the solemnity of Christmas in abject awe—this commemoration which must be accompanied by grand celebration. I want to remain in the stillness with heart soaring upward in song and reverence, considering how it must have been for those who were there and what it means and how it is for those of us now. Christ-mas. Celebration of Christ. Feast of Christ (the meaning of the word ending “mas” in the English word Christmas).

However, even as we return more to the activity of our every-day which fills the rest of our year and the festival abates yet again for a while, we continue to carry Christmas forward in our hearts. Jesus was born. The angels declared it, the star announced it, the shepherds believed in the angels and their message and came to adore the Baby (who in that moment looked very un-kingly and showed no sign of any ability or authority to do anything for them). The men from the East came far at likely large personal expense to pay homage in faith.

Then they all went home. To their ordinary, everyday lives. It would be decades before the King of kings would reveal the Kingdom which He had brought with Him for all of us. They may have completed their lives here before there was any additional related news. Joseph and Mary of necessity became caught up in the everyday activity of raising the Son and obeying the Lord to protect and provide for Him, even not long thereafter fleeing into exile because to stay in their homeland was no longer safe for Him. Joseph and Mary did what was necessary day in and day out to provide a home for their family and to make sure there was shelter, food and clothing. It was work. It could have been considered monotonous. It was normal. It was blessed. They went back to the work of living in this world where there will always be work which must be done in order to survive and thrive. It is normal for us. It remains blessed.

The shepherds, wise men and Holy Family carried the hope of Christmas in their hearts. The Savior had been born. God would fulfill His promises.

That said, even the shepherds and wise men probably misunderstood God’s message. For generations they had prayed for the redemption of Israel. They sought to be a free self-governing people again—a nation under God. Even the prophets had declared what they understood was the promise the Lord would answer this prayer and restore the nation.

However, what the Lord God brought was so much more. Beyond their ability to recognize and understand, He was indeed that hope. However, instead of bringing temporary, faulty independent governments, He ushered in His government where we are to live by His Way (not because of laws but because of love, comprehension of Him and devotion to Him) and where death has been conquered.

The image of the grim reaper remains true. Life here continues to be temporary with no assurance of what our last day in this worldly existence for each of us will be. But death is no longer the end, but a door into the eternal existence with the Lord God for which He created us.

This is the reason He was and is our hope. We cannot change the nature of our current existence in terms of its temporal nature and the hardship, injustice and eventual death which are part of it. We can choose to let Him use us to have a good God-effect in the way He wants, when He wants on those around us. We can be a positive influence, a lamp shining His light of hope and an instrument of His love improving the circumstances during the time we are here, even while we keep in mind that this world and how it runs will not be permanently fixed by us. Here is not our destination. Here is merely where we are for such a time as this.

Joseph, Mary, the shepherds and wise men all had their time here—their season where they could choose to believe and follow Him to have His effect, to fulfill His God-purposes for them or not. Now it is our turn. Like each of them, we do not know how much time we will have.

Oh, the joy and never-ending celebration of heaven await! Yet, we do not want our time here to have been for naught.

We re-enter the season of ordinary everyday as we move past the season of Christmas for another 11 months. We carry Christmas in our hearts. God-willing our understanding of Him and relationship with Him is deeper than it was before we entered this special season just a few short weeks ago.

It is in the ordinary, everyday where Jesus did His best work. It is where He desires to use us.   He was the King of kings, born into virtual obscurity except for the few to whom the Father chose to reveal Him. He lived and walked and was known for such a short period of time by such a few people relative to the world population and yet, the power of His life!

Our lives will never match that of Jesus. That is neither the purpose nor the goal. Obedience is the goal. God made manifest in this world is the purpose so that more may find their way home for eternity. He loves each personal equally and desires each one to have the opportunity to know Him, choose Him and be built up by Him for His use for such a time as this and to be with Him in that place for which He created us forever. He wants to use you—where you are at this moment, in what may seem the monotony of your every-day as well as in those places in your life which are as yet still to come.

Do not lose sight of the Savior who lived in the everyday of His time just as you do. Continue to follow the Shepherd and you will be amazed as He reaches through you to touch the world. Receive His peace for He is with you and His purposes are greater than what the majority see or recognize. Live in His joy that in this life you will have many troubles, but the promise of the Faithful One whose initial coming we celebrate on Christmas day has also promised, “I have overcome the world.”

Be of strong and cheerful heart as we move into this New Year for by the presence and activity of His most Holy Spirit, at all times through all circumstances until we each are home with Him forever, Jesus remains Emmanuel, which means “God With Us”

Blessed 9th Day of Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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  

Veterans Day Prayer 2015

courtesy of Ken Chandler www.columellaarts.com Lord, bless every person who serves or who has served as well as their families in the exact way they need. We are land of the free only because of the brave. Thank You! In Jesus' name, Amen
artwork a gift of  artist Ken Chandler http://www.columellaarts.com to Eagles Nest Foundation in 2008
Lord, bless every person who serves or who has served as well as their families in the exact way they need. We are land of the free only because of the brave. Thank You! In Jesus’ name, Amen

humbly written out as “heard” on November 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Lord God, You know. You see. You were with them on the battlefield. You were with them in the camps. You were with them on base and at home with their families and You are with them still.  Lord, we have no power; we have only our prayers.

We come to You because we know who You are. All powerful, wonderful Lord. Though we work for peace. Here it will never fully be for this is the world where the adversary runs rampant seeking to ruin hearts. This is not heaven.  Here there will always be conflict and war. Here there will always be times we must stand up for ourselves and fight back.

Lord, we remain land of the free because of the brave. Help them because they help us. Help them. We know You see and know and yet You ask us to partner with You in prayer to birth on earth that which You have already purposed in heaven.

Lord, we call forth Your perfect provision and protection for every service member and every veteran and every member of their families at every place along their life journey.  Take care of them as they take care of us!

Be with the ones still serving and give them Your strategy.  Be with the ones just beginning and give them Your courage.  Be with the ones who have finished their service and give them their place in society where they can continue to contribute and contribute well for their hearts remain to serve even though their time in the military is done.

Come to our enemies in dreams and visions and help them gain an understanding that You are there. Shine Your Light in their darkness in magnificent miraculous ways so that they might turn and find You.  As they do, Lord remove the need they feel to take ground from other countries. Usher Your peace into their hearts to re-build their own families and homes—and to build these on and in love instead of on a foundation of attack, anger and hate.

Lord, we will do whatever You ask of us to serve those who serve and have served. You have answers. These are the answers we seek.  Speak to us; we are listening. Answer our prayers according to Your promises. Lord God, as long as they are, we will stay and pray and bow down and worship until the fullness of Your answer is seen for we have placed all hope and trust in You. 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 books, worship albums, 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  

Prophetic Word: Give Me Your Hand

Wonderful One, all I want and all I need is to take your hand. You lead from darkness into Your light. You restore. You heal. All I want and all that I need is Your way.  You promise to bring mountains down and raise valleys up so that there is a level place where I can stand and take your hand and move forward into all that You have for me. My heart is rejoicing. Yes, Lord, here is my hand. Lead me.
Wonderful One, all I want and all I need is to take your hand. You lead from darkness into Your light. You restore. You heal. All I want and all that I need is Your way. You promise to bring mountains down and raise valleys up so that there is a level place where I can stand and take your hand and move forward into all that You have for me. My heart is rejoicing. Yes, Lord, here is my hand. Lead me.

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” November 3, 2015 Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Give Me your hand and I will lead you. I have so much to show you. I want to reveal more of Myself to you and My Way. I want to love you more. I want to use you more. But the love comes first. I want to heal you. My love heals. This is the greatest aspect of My power which is all love.

I give life now and I give LIFE forever and I heal and restore. Fallen one, it is I who lift you up. How do you expect to pick yourself up if you do not take My hand? How will the world see Me and come to k now Me if it is not through you?

I know you are broken. This world is not kind, but I am. The world’s ways are not my ways. Climbing over each other for power, vying for greatness defined by invisible accolades from the masses. Who are they anyway, that they should value you?

You are Mine. You have always been Mine whether you choose to recognize Me or not.

There are opinions of you which have no true hold on you. They will pass away. Their opinions won’t matter.

Yet, I AM. I have always been and I will always be. No matter what others say or do to you in the end it all loses its power. It does not last. I alone reign. I am eternal and eternal life is with Me alone. My way—how I have ordained things to be will always be. I AM He and there is no other.

Will you take My hand? Will you believe Me? Will you choose to see your life and yourself the way I see you and be free? That which holds you captive is not from Me.

How I long to free you from it. It will take time. It is a process. You need a new way of thinking and of seeing.

I will help you. Will you take My hand?

I am all good. I am gentle. I will help you. I will lead you. As I lead you I will heal you, wounded one. Do you know? Can you see? Through my wounds I have restored and redeemed the world. This is the full, complete healing—to eternity with Me!

By My wounds. Because I suffered. My wounds were inflicted by the evil one who desires to reign, pretends to reign, yet from an eternal perspective is already defeated.

By your wounds—through your wounds, I desire to heal others.

Do not be mistaken. I do not delight in your wounds. It is not from Me that you hurt. I have wept as they hurt you and how I long to hold you yet closer in My eternal arms of love, to comfort you and let My love be a balm, a bandage and a miracle, which restores to you all I have meant you to be.

You are My beautiful one, My handsome one, and I long to finally usher in full justice for you.

And yet, and yet, My way is so superior, so supreme that even in the hard, ugly places of this worldly temporal life I will use all things for eternal good in the lives of those I have called and I have called all.

Will you hear Me? Will you come? Will you let Me be in You and heal you? Will you let Me flow through your wounds to bring My healing to others even as I heal you?

I have purpose for you. It is great. It will be one of refreshing and joy to you.

Listen. I am calling. Will you take My hand? Don’t let go for I desire to lead you.

I can. I will. I AM.  Give Me your hand.  It is a choice. Will you do 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. 

For books, worship albums, 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  

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  

His Path Home

Heavenly One, we desire the path to You alone. Our eyes are searching and You promise to be found. You rejoice in how You lead us even when it does not seem to make sense and we celebrate You before we know quite where we are.  This is because all our hope and trust are in You and we know You will not, cannot fail.  Oh how we seek to love You because we know You have loved us first and still love us beyond everything we can understand. Thank You for being our God. In Jesus' name, Amen
Heavenly One, we desire the path to You alone. Our eyes are searching and You promise to be found. You rejoice in how You lead us even when it does not seem to make sense and we celebrate You before we know quite where we are. This is because all our hope and trust are in You and we know You will not, cannot fail. Oh how we seek to love You because we know You have loved us first and still love us beyond everything we can understand. Thank You for being our God. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Illness, injury, injustice, heartache. No matter how much we try to avoid these under our own power and no matter how much we pray, these cannot be escaped.

Many of us have this mistaken notion that if we pray hard enough or try hard enough this temporary life in this temporary world can become heaven. It cannot. It was never intended to be that way. However, two things are certain.

First, when we are in a dark valley and it is hard, Jesus is there with us for He never leaves or forsakes us. Jesus suffered here too and understands. Even in the worst places for us, He is still there and still leading us through.

Secondly, if we let Him, our Lord will work through us—sometimes especially in those undesirable places—to do His exquisitely beautiful forever-(eternity)-focused work in us and through us to touch the world.

He wants to touch the world. This includes each and every person because here is not His best for us. There is so much more! But He needs us to give Him our attention so He can lead us there. He needs us to know we require Him and depend on Him so we will follow where He is leading. The path—His path—leads home. His path leads to completion and fullness. It leads to everlasting life and JOY.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’  (Isa. 41:10,13)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.  (Joshua 1:9)

28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.  (Isa. 40:38-31)

SELAH! (pause and calmly think of that)

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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 albums, 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   or on Facebook

 

Prophetic Word: I AM Using You in the Seemingly Small and Great

Lord, sometimes we forget we are Your delight created for Your purposes. We forget that in and through all things You desire to use us and even when what the enemy intends is evil, Your purpose is to bring Your eternal good eventually through it. We forget to remember that You never leave or forsake us and that our value is in Your eyes and no one else's.  Lord, like the lilies of the field, we bow again to You. We desire only You--to delight in You!  Use us where we are. It does not matter whether others see. We delight in You for we know You delight in us and there is no stopping Your care and love. Thank You! In Jesus' name Amen
Lord, sometimes we forget we are Your delight created for Your purposes. We forget that in and through all things You desire to use us and even when what the enemy intends is evil, Your purpose is to bring Your eternal good eventually through it. We forget to remember that You never leave or forsake us and that our value is in Your eyes and no one else’s. Lord, like the lilies of the field, we bow again to You. We desire only You–to delight in You! Use us where we are. It does not matter whether others see. We delight in You for we know You delight in us and there is no stopping Your care and love. Thank You! In Jesus’ name Amen

Going through full notebooks where a seemingly endless stream of messages from Him have been scribbled over months and years, I came across this message from December 10, 2012.  Perhaps there are some who will be blessed by the encouragement He gives us through it.  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

Keep marching forward even when it feels as if you are not moving. I am with you. I am using you to build a highway of holiness to bring them closer to Me. I want them to see Me. I want them to know Me. Do not worry when it seems as if that which I am having you do has no effect. It is having My effect. I love you. I love them.

I am working on your heart even as I flow through you to touch them. I desire to use you as I used My Son Jesus. There is a message they need to know—a vision they need to catch. True greatness is in shining me with the joy which is as of a trusting child every day. That is everything.

So many push for great moments. Tirelessly and fruitlessly they push to go faster and higher to reach the greater, striving to reach a pinnacle and dwell there. The mountain they climb is not Mine. I am the pinnacle and only when seeking to be pursuing close relationship with Me, waiting on My every word, then obeying, will you live on the pinnacle of life, in the fullness of all I have for you and all I created you to be in Me and for Me every day.

Be in Me as I am in the Son and the Son is in the Father. Be in Me reveling in My love and My purpose for the world, seeing your life from My perspective instead of Your own.

Stay in the exquisite beauty of life even through unavoidable difficulties, suffering and sorrow because you know I am with you, using you for eternal benefit and good in the lives of others.

There is nothing better or greater than being in my will—nothing.

There is such beauty in what others consider the smallness of life. Do not miss it. So many quote my teaching to consider the lilies and yes, it is to remind you that I am your provider, I have the plan for your life and I will take care of you in your season of life until I ordain it is time for you to come home to Me forever. Yet there is another aspect to the lilies of the field—the wildflowers. Few are ever seen by the masses. Few are ever acknowledged individually for the purpose they serve in My creation. Few notice when the first wisps appear above the earth—tender-shoots. Few notice when they bloom declaring and proclaiming My glory by their existence. And few notice when they wilt and fade.

But their value is not determined by the measure of any human being or human attention. I give them their value and it is greater to me than can be measured by any human means. I say it again—listen to Me. The value of every wildflower which lives, its entire existence unseen and unappreciated by any human is greater than can be measured by human means. YOUR VALUE TO ME IS GREATER. You were made in My image.  The flowers, plants, trees, rivers, streams, mountains, animals and fish of the sea which all proclaim My glory through their mere existence are not. You alone are made in My image. My love for you is infinite and everlasting and unconditional. Your value cannot be measured by the type of home in which you dwell, the occupation you pursue or the company you keep. Remember and never forget, your value cannot be measured with any human method of measurement.

If today you find yourself in a dark place –a place where you would rather not be, understand first, that I see and I know. I know it is not easy for you there and when you weep, I weep with you. When evil comes against you, I too grieve, just as I grieved for My Son and every prophet when they murdered Him and them.

I will not leave you in this hard place. It is but a season, but know even there I desire to use you if you will let Me. There are those who need to see and experience My light and My love. You are My lamp through which My light and My love can illuminate the darkness by My Spirit if you will let Me. I desire to ignite the flame of My light to shine through your broken spaces. You are My vessel, My jar of clay through which I desire to flow My river of life–of love, grace, righteousness and justice. This is the river of My Spirit which ushers My way into the world and with it the rewards of My joy, peace and perfect contentedness now and eternal life with Me forever.

And so My beautiful child by all the seemingly small acts of obedience which bear fruit you cannot see, You teach the beauty of the smallness—the fullness of life which is there for each to grasp who will follow, and reveal the blessings of obedience in the everyday which are also beyond measure. This is blessed work because it is Mine, for Me.

Come to rest in it daily and revel in Me. Remember and never forget (be encouraged) everything which is My way is beyond human measure and oh how I delight in confounding those who choose to try to see life only through the eyes of the world. I AM, I AM, I AM and I will be known throughout the earth and the work will be done in part through you—wherever you are.

humbly written out as “heard” December 10, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

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 albums, 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  

True Treasures From Trusting God

Oh, Lord God, Your sovereignty causes us to drop to our knees in awe. How inscrutable Your ways. Your superiority is supreme! There is no one and nothing greater than You. Majestic, all-holy One, thank You for Your good plans. Thank You for how evil is and remains conquered. We are so grateful. We cannot find our own way. There is no true purpose beyond Yours. Take our lives once again and have Your beautiful way through all circumstances with us. How we desire each moment of our lives to have Your eternal effect. We love You.  We are lost without You and so, dear Shepherd, lead us and we will follow wherever You go. We are Yours. In Jesus' name, Amen
Oh, Lord God, Your sovereignty causes us to drop to our knees in awe. How inscrutable Your ways. Your superiority is supreme! There is no one and nothing greater than You. Majestic, all-holy One, thank You for Your good plans. Thank You for how evil is and remains conquered. We are so grateful. We cannot find our own way. There is no true purpose beyond Yours. Take our lives once again and have Your beautiful way through all circumstances with us. How we desire each moment of our lives to have Your eternal effect. We love You. We are lost without You and so, dear Shepherd, lead us and we will follow wherever You go. We are Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

This morning was an ultrasound to check on the status of lymph nodes in my neck 6 month post-radioactive iodine treatment and 8 ½ months post thyroid cancer surgery. It is the first of a number of appointments to check whether the surgery plus treatment have indeed addressed last year’s thyroid cancer in a way they can state I am “cancer-free” and healed.

I was not stressed going to the scan. Yet I did not look forward to it. More than anything it was one more reminder of the brevity of life, which doesn’t cause me to fear death but sometimes makes me sad because I enjoy working for our Lord here so much and sometimes cannot quite fathom heaven. (Sometimes I have to apologize to our Lord. Do I love Him more or the work He gives me to do?! Oh, Lord, help it to be all simply for love of You!)

No question, this calm in the face of tests which have the possibility of bringing unwelcome news was due solely to my faith in God. Though He can heal every disease, the calm I experienced was not because I was sure He would miraculously heal me of everything which came my way. Certainly, He can and does miraculously heal. However, eventually every one of us will face physical death. Even those Jesus healed (about whom we read over and over again in Scripture) eventually died physically. Our bodies are not made for eternity. They will wear out. It is simply a matter of how and when.

This is not a negative mindset. I don’t dwell on it. It does not depress me. It is reality. As a Christian, I know death may be the end of our temporal physical lives, but it is the door from life to the eternal all-good Life with God for which we were created.

Thus though our Lord provides for us and heals us in answer to prayer many, many times, I have no expectation for our Lord to constantly deliver me from illness. He will for as long as it is His will. On the contrary, clearly at some point (it may be earlier or later) we will each die, and there will be suffering along the way. Such is the condition of this life in this world, which will never be heaven.

Jesus is our perfect example. Where the Father wanted miraculous healings to reveal the reality of who He is, these occurred. However, even Jesus died at the hands of evil and in the eyes of worldly wisdom His physical life was abbreviated grossly from that which might have been considered a normal lifespan. Yet through this sacrifice, our Lord ushered in salvation for the world. Unspeakable goodness worked through evil! He will work goodness through us as well.

Rest assured I do not seek early physical death. (One of my grandmothers lived to 100. Lord, may I live till 100 too?) I am blessed here. Indeed I would mourn if evidence showed likelihood my physical life would be over soon. There are people here I love and there is such good, purposeful work to be done for our Lord here in addition to unabashed worship of Him. But I am not afraid.

No, the reason for my calm in the face of tests is that I trust Him, whether I am physically healed or not. I trust His plan and His will, no matter what it is—death to Life, longer life here, sickness, or health—whatever!

This is my mindset lying on the table as the sonogram begins. The technician clicks and clicks again over and over, scanning places which are beyond the scope of the area I had expected. Why is she marking so many areas? Fear tries to begin to creep in. What if she found something? Oh ugh! Really?! My trust is in the Lord, and yet there is still such a mental battle! Really?!

I realize in that moment, that once again I have a choice. I can let myself fall into anxiety or I can receive this as one more reminder God is in control, He alone knows what is to come from today until the day He takes me home. I do know and believe He will use all in my life for eternal good in the lives of others and my own –even cancer—if I will let Him. Jesus went to the cross that we might live FOREVER. If He allows more cancer, then He can use it as a vehicle through which more people He loves can be helped to choose His kingdom. I need to trust Him and be at rest in it.

I don’t believe there is more cancer, but I do in this moment want to be reconciled with the possibility and in His peace no matter what. I do not want to feel anxiety. I do not want to feel fear. These are not constructive to my Lord using me in this place and oh, how I want to be used by Him in all places at all times!

“God, to You alone I give once again my life. Lord, I have given you my life before to do with as You will, but here I am turning it over to You again, and this time I mean it on a deeper level. Where before there has been a part of me which has wanted to ask You not to cause my life to have to go through the dark spaces and places as You use me, this is no longer the case. My life is Yours, Lord. It has never been my own. Lord, use me for whatever days I am here for whatever you want. Put me wherever I can have the greatest God-effect for You. There are many dark places which would not have been my choice, but I lay all those at Your feet and bow to You. Use my remaining life according to Your perfect will and I will glorify Your name forever.”

In the face of authentically offering myself to Him once again, the inkling of fear loses its power and leaves. A blanket of His peace descends upon me there on the table in the sonogram room—a gift from Him in the midst of what is not earthly fun. I am swathed in His peace and even joy. Bliss. True contentment. Purpose. Love. I am blessed there in that place without measure (as He blesses us every place that we let go and let God).

I am in His will. It is right. It is good. The prayer was good. I meant it. I am at such peace in Him, through Him, by Him and for Him.  True riches this side of heaven!

And undoubtedly there will be future moments where I will have to turn myself over to Him yet again. *Sigh* The humility of our humanity. Lord, how great Thou art!

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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
 

   

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 albums, 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  

The Dreams God Has For Us

Holy Magnificent King of kings, there is none like You. Mighty and Powerful, Love without beginning or end, You reign. It is in You alone we live, move and have our being and we are not destined for here. Merciful One, You have gone ahead and prepared a place for us, but now here where it is sometimes easier and sometimes quite hard we adore You in this foreign land and as sign of our allegiance to You we serve as Your willing ambassadors wherever You put us. Give us our strength for each day. We have none of our own, but You have sent Your Spirit to help us. We are relying on You. We are trusting You. We are rejoicing and giving thanks in all things because we know You will never leave or forsake us and will use all things for Your eternal good plan. Help us through another day. You are our hope, our shield, our purpose and our joy. In Jesus' name Amen
Holy Magnificent King of kings, there is none like You. Mighty and Powerful, Love without beginning or end, You reign. It is in You alone we live, move and have our being and we are not destined for here. Merciful One, You have gone ahead and prepared a place for us, but now here where it is sometimes easier and sometimes quite hard we adore You in this foreign land and as sign of our allegiance to You we serve as Your willing ambassadors wherever You put us. Give us our strength for each day. We have none of our own, but You have sent Your Spirit to help us. We are relying on You. We are trusting You. We are rejoicing and giving thanks in all things because we know You will never leave or forsake us and will use all things for Your eternal good plan. Help us through another day. You are our hope, our shield, our purpose and our joy. In Jesus’ name Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Note: I found this little devotion typed into my phone from late August 2014, just a few weeks following being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and undergoing surgery. Its truth stands for us every day. God bless you! ~ Elizabeth

We belong to a Magnificent God who is the One True God in the universe.  All other gods either pretend to be God, masquerading poorly or are made into gods (though they are not) by the power and importance we give them.

A Mighty Fortress is our God! There is no other.  He alone is High Tower, Sanctuary and Dwelling Place, inviting us to abide in Him as He does in us, once we pledge allegiance to Him.

Here in this life is but a shadow of what is to come. When our life here is done we will be fully restored to our rightful place with Him in His presence as His beloved children for all eternity.  There will be no more tears, or suffering, fear or grief–only joy! There will be no more night, but only day for His glory will shine on our faces as we gaze upon Him face to face.

However, while we are here, often our eyes of childlike wonder get caught up in that which is grossly inferior to Him because we do not begin with an understanding of the spiritual realm in which He dwells.  So often we are captivated by that which distracts us from the true treasure He has waiting for us.  We look and see mostly in the natural physical realm with our natural mortal eyes.  We have dreams, but sometimes these represent that which is lessor in comparison to His more.

Indeed, oh the dreams He has for us! When His match our own, our hearts immediately sing!  However, sometimes at first glance His plans hold no attraction for us at all.   Sometimes, that which confronts us is hard and undesirable, especially on the surface. Sometimes it is painful through and through. However, like a good present cleverly disguised beneath the Christmas tree, so are many of the most valuable and precious gifts our Lord wants to give us.  These often don’t look like they are something we even want to open.  The outside packaging doesn’t seem to match anything we hoped for at all. Sometimes when we receive the ugly, undesired package, we make a sad face of disappointment, gingerly take the package into our hands, but don’t open it.

Our Lord and His plans are so much greater than our present circumstances.  There is no promise for our will not His. He knows His way is greater. There is no promise for no hardship or grief.  This is earth not heaven. But even here in all that is lessor or distracts from His greater, He constantly is about great eternal work in our lives and the lives of those we love. Always.

We have to take the courage to open life’s ugly packages. Our God remains Lord.  Into each, He has put something which will provide blessing in some way, some how.  Our joy is found in His strength.  Our safe place is to trust in Him with all our heart and to lean not on our own understanding. Our goal is to let Him use all things, especially the packages which appear undesirable for His glory—that more would know Him, that more would have a chance to choose Him.  In this way His Great Commission is fulfilled.

Our God does not fail. He is God. He is Sovereign. He is the only One.  Open the packages and receive the hidden, incomprehensible, unanticipated gifts.

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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
 

   

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 albums, 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  

Light of the World Devotion and Prayer

IMG_1616by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro

1 In many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, 2 [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order]. 3 He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high (Hebrew 1:1 AMP)

When Jesus was born, the Light of the world came into the darkness, yet few knew He was here. In fact, they were not interested in His arrival. They were too busy hustling and bustling. The King over all kings and the Master of the universe had left His very real heavenly throne and surprised us all by coming not in the clouds, but as a baby born to a poor family which no one noticed.

His fanfare is always ongoing in the heavenlies. The angels in tandem with the creatures around the throne and the saints who have gone before with harps, trumpets, voices and lifted hands alternating with bowed down faces never stop giving him praise and celebrating His Master plan for all who will choose it. The phrase often quotes this time of year is that wise men still seek Him and indeed He is waiting to be sought.

As we proceed through the final days commemorating the gift of the birth of Jesus, let us continue to make time daily to pause and breathe Him, contemplating Jesus in spirit and truth—our Light of the World who leads us home. Let’s pray:

Light of the world, You came into the spiritual darkness which we naively thought was truth and fullness. But You loved us too much to leave us in that which was not Your best for us. You loved us too much to leave us without a future and a hope for without You we had no way to overcome the ultimate end in physical death and no way to live life now well. You knew that for which You created us. You knew You had created us to be with You forever, where death is not the end, but the threshold to our true destiny where there will be no more problems, illnesses, grief, sorrow or injustice.

This is the hope of Christmas: that You came, lived, died, rose and sent Your Spirit to be with us until such time as You are coming again. This is our proclamation of joy which is not just declared during times of happiness, but is our abounding, unchanging joy regardless of circumstances. This is what the world must know even as we bow before You individually to adore.

Light of the world, we cannot get through this life without You. As we go into the new year we need You lighting the one and only true path moment by moment which leads us back to You. Nothing really belongs to us. We are not in control; You are. You are all power, wisdom and knowledge. You are all Love.

God with us through the Holy Spirit, You help us to love well even as we dwell in Your love when we bow and submit. The fruit of Your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control working for us, then through us.

Emmanuel, You are the life which is Light. We bow and adore. Thank You for Life. Our existence here can be very hard. Our hope is the future inheritance that You have kept in heaven for us and blessed, treasured reunion with You and all who we miss so much.

Lord God, we look to You! We wait for You like the ancient Israelites and like Anna and Simeon in the temple. We hear the Word You have come and like shepherds who believed the angels, and wise men who believed the prophecy of the star, we rise up to seek You and follow. Nothing else has value once we have encountered You, our King. Your Light fills the darkness with hope. Each step You illuminate for us. We are no longer lost but found.

On this 6th day of Christmas, we thank You for the meaning Your birth infuses into every single day and how this encourages us, beckoning us onward as we enter yet another New Year. Thank You for today and every day which was, is and each one which is to come until that blessed promised day of ultimate reunion. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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  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