Prayer to the Lord my Rock

“My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:1-2 NIV

text and photo by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

PRAYER Lord, sometimes there are echoes of praises resounding in my soul which are extoling You even as I long to extol You more. But as I seek to bring these forth instead of wordy, they are wordless. There. Awe. Confident trust. Majesty. Your essence and nature and being of Love. The Source of all confidence in what is because of what will be.

So I guess for the moment I will just enjoy You. You know all on my mind and heart. I know what You have asked of me and what You have promised. I have counted off the list of people and situations to You that matter so much to me and then laid them before You. Laid them there and let go obediently so I can be before You emptied. With empty hands and a mind no longer buzzing with thoughts which tend towards worry because You have impressed upon me that Your order for my day is praise. In this place. Because of who You are and how You love and that You are with every single one which I might be tempted to pick up and carry – because You made me to love, too.

You see. You know. And You are working through it all (it all!) -especially when I cannot see – for the consoling and healing of untold hearts and greater activation of Your exquisite, unfathomable plan of forever. (Jesus is is the season of Your cross!! And resurrection!! I see how and who You are!! And I cannot worry in Your presence!!)

In this moment, thank You that You are here, ready and looking to lead each one through what is and what is next unto life with You as You always intended forever.

You reign. Here my humble offering in response. Awe. Gratitude. Wordless petitions which are so deep and core they don’t even reach lips. And You are already addressing these. Sacrifice of praise (!) in the midst of whatever is and will be. Choice, choosing and choosing again to trust because You are. Humble bowed-down thanks. Yes, You reign. And in every storm, this makes You the Rock. The only One upon whom I can lean and rely. Richest blessing!! In Your mighty, wonderful 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, Accredited Financial Counselor and Financial Coach (FFC) with a heart for helping people know and encounter God more.

For more information on books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro  please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Her book called: Truth-Spiritual Manual for Battle now available on amazon.com. Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes and Spotify.

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 heyeaglesnest@gmail.com or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

PRAYER When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship.  In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days.
Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship. In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days. (photo by Lia Maria (c) 2009)

Lord God, the path upon which You set our feet is not easy.  Grief, sorrow and suffering accompany us along the way.  In moments like these it seems unbearable and it is as if a unified cry of anguish goes up from the earth.

These are the times, where human wisdom fails us.  Life (and death) do not make sense.  In times like this where the existence of evil is not far away, but horribly, palpably near our hearts break, for You created us to love and be loved back, not for the violence which seems to have overtaken us.

Yet, if we will stop the whirlwind of in our minds for a moment and pause from our spinning never-ending webs of useless thoughts, which lead us nowhere in our efforts to explain that which is unexplainable in human terms (because that which has occurred is something supernaturally, spiritually evil, played out on the physical field of life and as such, is so contrary to that for which You created us), then we will see You are still here.  In all Your majesty and in the face of the unspeakable, You surround us, standing ready at every moment to shower us with Your supernatural, inexplicable, extreme, supreme, incomprehensible comfort and love.   Because You are God and so superior to us, often the touch of comfort, love, grace and a little bit of healing comes from unexpected places.  Yet by in Your sovereign will, it is there.  Often Your love flows softly and oh, so gently through one individual to another.  One by one by one as we reach out to one another and let You minister to us through one another: a hug, a glance, a word, a look of understanding, a touch on the arm.  And by Your great grace through the power of Your Spirit and the guidance of Your ministering angels, we can pause, notice and receive it.

And through it all You point to Your Son.   Jesus – born temporarily homeless, and into a make-shift shelter deemed fit for animals, not humans, yet this was the roof You allowed over His head.  .  Jesus – mocked, scorned, put down by leaders of His day.  Jesus – criticized and plotted against by those who exalted their human wisdom above His way (yet they died and He lives!)  Jesus – completely innocent and SON OF GOD whom they murdered – executed – in a manner which today would be considered inhumane, and yet the One who rose showing by His sacrifice eternal life through reconciliation with the Father had been made available once again to all.  Jesus – the Master Shepherd, the One who shows us the way of life and is in fact the Way and the Life because He is the Truth.

Oh Lord, You lead us home.  Father God, You know the difficulties here and yet You never leave us or forsake us, Your eyes ever on the eternity You have planned for us which will be beyond anything we can imagine.

Lord God, You do not promise life in these physical temporary tents we call “bodies” will be easy, neither do You promise no problems or hardships, but You do promise to get us through.  You ask us to rely on You.  You ask us to listen to You and simply follow where You lead as Jesus did.  You promise what the enemy meant for evil and use it for eventual, eternal good – through the pain and suffering.  You want us to know we will need You to make it through our time here.  You want us to know You speak to us and make a way where there seems to be none.

No matter what is going on around us, You offer us shelter and comfort under Your eternal, loving, incomprehensible wings in a way which is spiritual, supernatural and beyond what our humanity can grasp.  You are always there, always ready to give us what we need in every moment  – even the most desperate ones.  Your love ever-flowing and Your victory over evil (which seems to win in the short-term) is eternal.

Our inability to understand does not negate the fact that You are.  Lord, with each passing day we know more than ever that we are nothing without You.  We can make no sense out of all that is happening around us – especially that which is so evil and wrong.  And so, Lord, we are relying on You.  Choosing to believe in You and seeking to follow You because You are all that we have.  In response, we choose to receive Your gift of peace and even joy in all circumstances, because in the end….You win.  Let Your love go forth, Lord, in this devastating hour in a myriad of forms which astounds the world and ushers in Your day by day healing.  Our eyes are on You. Speak and we will obey.  You are our only Savior and Lord. Thus You are our hope…. In Jesus’ name, Amen

humbly written out as heard December 16, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012

Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

NOTE from Elizabeth: 

REACHING OUT TO NEWTOWN, CTFor 4 years, Eagles Nest has sent a special gift book, called “GRIEF-Thoughts & Reflections” many grieving families of fallen warriors.  Now in this time of immense grief in CT, Eagles Nest is preparing packages which will contain a copy of this powerful book, which is suitable for children as well as adults (see link for sample pages http://www.amazon.com/Grief-Thoughts-Reflections-Michael-Everett/dp/0615158552/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355601064&sr=8-1&keywords=grief+thoughts+and+reflections+everett ), reverent, peaceful Christmas music, a coin of remembrance, inspired art by Danny Hahlbohm showing a child in the arms of an angel, and notes of condolence, prayer, blessing and support from you.  These gifts will be sent to one or two local churches. The families will NOT be contacted directly. Privacy at a time like this is so important.  We are relying on the Holy Spirit to connect these initial packages to the families, neighbors and colleagues in need. Initially 40 gift bags will be sent.  If feedback is positive, Eagles Nest wants to be prepared to send more.  Eagles Nest Foundation has been collaborating with Griefsource.com, established by Michael Everett (co-author of “GRIEF-Thoughts & Reflections) to create a special book for grieving children.  In addition, a collection of special songs which lift hearts to God during difficult times, is scheduled for release in approximately 4 weeks.  If response is favorable to the first shipment, Eagles Nest wants to ship more of the same, plus copies of the children’s book and special music.  Here is how you can help.  By all means continue your prayers!  Secondly, if you would like to write a note of condolence, blessing or prayer, to be included please send it to: Eagles Nest Foundation 231 Market Pl., #193 San Ramon, CA 94583.  Additionally, in order to send more gifts, as well as speed production of the children’s book and music donations are needed.  Currently donations can be made by clicking on the DONATE link at the bottom of yesterday’s blog post PRAYER in times of senseless death” or by mailing a check or money order to the address above. Donations are tax-deductible. (Thank you for your prayerful consideration.)

Through Eagles Nest Foundation which Elizabeth founded in 2007 she 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. Email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org for more information.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visitwww.holyspiritpress.org Worship music with audio clips are available atwww.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro on itunes and Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Fulgaro/14919192923?ref=ts&fref=tswhere Elizabeth also posts worshipful prayers and teaches how to turn worry into worship for more of God’s power in our everyday lives.

Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship.  In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days.
Lord Jesus, You are our hope. In You is the Way through suffering & hardship. In You is our future now and forever. Be with us with increase and help our hearts through these difficult days.

PRAYER in times of senseless death

Lord God, we do not understand.  It does not make sense.  You are such a good God, how can it be that these events such as the shootings of innocent and suicides of the guilty continue to happen.  Lord God, You did not give us life in order for us to kill each other and ourselves!  You ordained our lives to be lived with great purpose according to Your magnificent redeeming plan for humanity.  You sent Your Son Jesus to give us hope that our lives are planned by You, that Your plan is good and extends from here through eternity.  Yes, Lord life is not easy, but You use all, all, all things for good when considered in light of Your eternal good plan.

Lord God, we declare Your Spirit of Truth, Light, Love and LIFE go forth through this land and the world, that there be no more need (or occurence) of these horrific incidences!!!

But now, oh God, in this moment our hearts hurt!!!!  So much senseless death!  Again…..and again…. Help us know how to help this stop!  Lord, it is You we need, for You are the Source of all hope, peace, purpose and life.  Lord God, again we declare, let Your Spirit of Truth, Light, Love and LIFE go forth.  Lord God in this moment we need more of You!

If there is anything each of us could do personally to reach out and help, show us individually what this is.  We are listening and waiting for Your Holy Spirit’s instructions.  And Lord, now, now, now send an increase of Your angels to the families impacted by this – the families of the victims and the family of the one who has inflicted injury on the others.  Lord, You are the Comforter.  In response to our prayers, pour out Your supernatural comfort in ways You know will reach and touch each individual impacted by this in the manner they each need.

For those who have been witness to the evil, in Jesus’ name, we come against a spirit of fear and ask Lord God that You help them not go down into the pit of anxiety, recurring flashbacks, and their own internal destruction, but that You somehow help them to feel safe!

We know safety is in You alone.  We know You are with us from here to eternity.  We know though You allow evil to continue to exist in this world, You send Your angels to gently, lovingly usher those whose lives are ended here by such evil into Your heavenly presence.

Oh Healer of hearts, be about Your work.  Come alongside the grieving, comfort the anxious with an ongoing gush of Your peace which surpasses all understanding.  Help each of us to trust in You with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding.

Lord, our comprehension is so limited…..in all these things we acknowledge You alone are God and we do not understand…we are counting on You to lead us and every person touched by this through it….in a way which has eventual healing….in a way which leads to Your promised eventual good….though there is no way in our humanness we can find anything good in this now.  We are broken before You in our shock and grief!

Lord God, thank You for making us with tender hearts made after Your own image to feel and care.  Now heal these hearts and restore Your peace as only You can for we cry out in anguish!  You promise You will restore….we are relying on You. Lord God, we know that You are all that we have and how glorious to know even in this horrible event You are with all of us and when we look back, though the grief will remain, we will see You got each person through.  You are all we want and all we need.  Defeat the spirit of death, Lord.  Usher in Your Spirit of LIFE to this world.  Be Comforter and supernaturally help all in need…..We will continue to pray…..our trust is in You….. In Jesus’ name, Amen

humbly written out as heard December 14, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012

Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

NOTE from Elizabeth: 

REACHING OUT TO NEWTOWN, CT: For 4 years, Eagles Nest has sent a special gift book, called “GRIEF-Thoughts & Reflections” many grieving families of fallen warriors.  Now in this time of immense grief in CT, Eagles Nest is preparing packages which will contain a copy of this powerful book, which is suitable for children as well as adults (see link for sample pages http://www.amazon.com/Grief-Thoughts-Reflections-Michael-Everett/dp/0615158552/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355601064&sr=8-1&keywords=grief+thoughts+and+reflections+everett ), reverent, peaceful Christmas music, a coin of remembrance, inspired art by Danny Hahlbohm showing a child in the arms of an angel, and notes of condolence, prayer, blessing and support from you.  These gifts will be sent to one or two local churches. The families will NOT be contacted directly. Privacy at a time like this is so important.  We are relying on the Holy Spirit to connect these initial packages to the families, neighbors and colleagues in need. Initially 40 gift bags will be sent.  If feedback is positive, Eagles Nest wants to be prepared to send more.  Eagles Nest Foundation has been collaborating with Griefsource.com, established by Michael Everett (co-author of “GRIEF-Thoughts & Reflections) to create a special book for grieving children.  In addition, a collection of special songs which lift hearts to God during difficult times, is scheduled for release in approximately 4 weeks.  If response is favorable to the first shipment, Eagles Nest wants to ship more of the same, plus copies of the children’s book and special music.  Here is how you can help.  By all means continue your prayers!  Secondly, if you would like to write a note of condolence, blessing or prayer, to be included please send it to: Eagles Nest Foundation 231 Market Pl., #193 San Ramon, CA 94583.  Additionally, in order to send more gifts, as well as speed production of the children’s book and music donations are needed.  Currently donations can be made by clicking on the DONATE link at the bottom of yesterday’s blog post PRAYER in times of senseless death” or by mailing a check or money order to the address above. Donations are tax-deductible. (Thank you for your prayerful consideration.)

Through Eagles Nest Foundation which Elizabeth founded in 2007 she 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. Email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org for more information.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visitwww.holyspiritpress.org Worship music with audio clips are available atwww.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro on itunes and Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Fulgaro/14919192923?ref=ts&fref=tswhere Elizabeth also posts worshipful prayers and teaches how to turn worry into worship for more of God’s power in our everyday lives.