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

Morning Prayer of Awe, Thanksgiving and Consecration

P1030687 (2)by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2018

Holy Lord, to begin the day with praise for You is sweetest joy. To revel in Your sovereignty and bow down to Your majesty.  In You all riches are found and life’s only abundance. There is no other true or lasting joy. Your love spirals out unceasingly in Your unstoppable all-good plan. There is no other flourishing except through life in You.

What the adversary means for evil, You use for good even unto Your  magnificent sacrifice of Yourself on the cross.  The cross was a plan born in evil, twisted, power-hungry, self-righteous minds.  But God, You knew. And You were not done. In Your dominion where no one and nothing is ever above You (You cannot be out-witted), You took the enemy’s most heinous moments, plotted and executed against You as King of kings, to usher in Your plan to restore eternal life to all of us. To me. Death encroaching could not have its way. For through the death, resurrection life gushed forth. Like new life bursts forth from seeds as winter moves into spring and gives birth to a voluminous harvest far beyond itself, thus by this ultimately failed plot, countless now through innumerous generations can receive this same resurrection life. You gave Your life for each and every one… For me…

Though it appeared all was lost, You used the enemy’s own design in Your greater, omnipotent, omniscient design of immense, transcendant, transforming good.  You remained Conqueror. You are always Victor. You do not fail. Evil remains, but it is passing away.  Because of You, this is certain.

Gentle Shepherd, You lead as a Guide through all of it to bring Your sheep (every single one) into fullness of life in You and with You now and forever.

What the enemy means for evil You use for good. What the enemy means for evil, You use for good!

Evil is real. Hearts ache. Injustice is.

Yet there You are with us–with me–having sweat Your own drops of blood and stretched out Your arms to receive the unjust, humiliating, excruciating nails in Your hands. There You were and remain as Comforter, wrapping Your great, supernatural, spiritual arms around each of us, often through the arms of others and sometimes via angels who come alongside. You weep with me as I weep and oh-so-graciously moment by moment, You get me through.

You made me to love and so there are times tears fall, but I am never alone. You are not done. Your redemption unto eternity and sweet, forever reunions lie ahead.

Your ways are inscrutable. You remain unknown even as You allow Yourself to be partially known.  You came down to allow encounter with You. You came down to allow Yourself to be seen. (JESUS!)  You came down so that You can be in me (Spirit) and I can live in You.

My refuge. My hiding place. My high tower and sanctuary. My dwelling place…Every moment Every day. No matter what. You are!

And in this moment even now there is a waterfall of Your grace pouring out to give me strength to carry on, especially when the path for the day’s journey is arduous. When I cry out because I stumble and get so weary, You take the rocky roads before me and You make level paths. Then in those moments when despite all my attempts at ardent faith and best intentions, it just becomes too much for me, You carry me through.

Held close to Your chest, You let me encounter the heartbeat of Your love. Sometimes this is subconscious and sometimes this is conscious. You enable me to survive. To keep going. Even when there can be moments I’m not sure I want to.  Holy, mighty, loving, kind, gracious God.

Your love reigns. Your love supercedes. Your love wins. Eternity in reach because You are and nothing can stop You.

Pain will end. At Your appointed time. Grief will dissipate because You care and You came down. Sorrow, disillusionment and horror at the moment are never lasting because You created me to be ever living with You, who have always been everlasting.

You and only You are my life, my love and my hope. Because of who You are.  No human words adequate to tell You.  Yet and yet with childlike wonder, abject reverence and unspeakable gratitude I say, thank You that You are.

I am Yours. Lead on. I will go rejoicing because all, all, all trust is in You. Gentle Shepherd, Holy One, I love you.

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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  please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Newly published is a 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.

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 eaglesnestfoundation2007@gmail.com or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

PRAYER: I Love You, O LORD, My Strength

IMG01033-20111002-1432 (2)I love You, oh Lord my Strength for that is what You are. There is no other strength besides or beyond Yours. You are my everything. You made us so we are not able to carry the burdens of the world. But then neither do we have to. We are not even supposed to. You are.

We keep looking for here to be heaven, but it’s just not and never will be. There is such a battle afoot here—such an onslaught and we miss our ability to understand if we don’t recognize the battle.

Holy, infinite One, You are with us in this and You are so far beyond it. None of that which shakes us to our core, shakes You at all for You are not surprised. Through it You reign and bring Your victory through Your victorious, conquering love.  The enemy smashes and wreaks havoc and destruction. You cause eternal life to rise from it. This is Your goal. Life by Your, through You, in You and for You. This is success: a life turned to You recognizing Your Godhead and seeking to follow (never perfectly, but in abject humility, grateful for Your supremacy and constant leading. There is no other success.  Every other striving fades.

You work through all things. All things. Your efforts never stop. No. You are not surprised at the enemy’s strategies. You simply turn these against Him eventually to bring Your victory, which is reconciliation with You, restoration and life into many hearts.

Love unstoppable. Love unconquerable. Love, which contains all dominion and uses this only for eternal good.  Love ever-vigilant. Love always compassionate.  Walking with us through the worst (because You Yourself have been there for love of us), and carrying us when necessary.

Reveal to me more of You today. Cause me by Your Spirit’s work not to miss Your voice. Lead me in the way You would have me go in spite of circumstances around me and for those I love. Reign in me. Ravage me with Your truth. Conquer me with realizations of Your awesome wonder and majesty. For these and these alone, buoy me up with resiliency for today.  You ask me to stand firm and watch the deliverance You will bring. You promise to beat back the adversary’s advances and bury this enemy who pursues to destroy, beneath the same sea that You part for me and my family.

But I can only stand firm long enough to see Your victory with the unveiling of Your majesty before my eyes. With a vision of heaven’s throne room where You are at its center and the joy of all those who have gone before reverberating in unceasing worship through the atmosphere. You are where my help comes from. From You. You are where the only true purpose is found—uniting my heart to Yours. Your joy is my strength. Your confidence and unwavering resolve is the Rock upon which I stand. From here through eternity Your love does not fail.

This is one of Your most foundational promises. You say You love all beyond what I will ever grasp. I can and must rely on this. Your perspective, Lord. Your view. So much more than from here to natural death. Eternity. Reunion. With You where we will hunger and thirst no more for we will be finally, fully satiated in Your presence. Justice. Mercy. All because You are love unstoppable. All confidence is in You. Glorious and victorious.  All hope is in You, holy Repairer of every breach, because You, too long for and work for this eternal, blissful reunion through all things. Yes, through all things.

I can do nothing without You. Keep my eyes on You. Keep my eyes on Your vision for our future. Help me guard my heart, mind and thoughts to keep them captive to Your heart and thoughts. Give me the help I need to lean on You. Lead on, blessed Shepherd who goes after every lost sheep. Lead on. You reign, and Your reign is glorious.

( copyright 2018 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro. Written May 27, 2018)

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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  please visit  www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Newly published is a 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.

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 eaglesnestfoundation2007@gmail.com or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Ascending in Worship ~ (Worship for Difficult Times)

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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PSALM  (42:1-8 Amplified)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORSHIP SONG

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

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

Persevering and travailing; giving Your throne no rest.

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

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

Chorus

The answer was no, still I worship.

The answer was no, lift my hands to You.

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

I cry and praise You anyway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To God be the glory forever and ever!

~ Elizabeth  

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

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