Prayer for the World

As the darkness around us seems to increase, we rely on Your light. We trust in Your sovereignty from here through eternity, which has manifested through the darkest times of history to bring Your resolution, victory and deep inner healing. We will not make it without You and so we look to You for You promise to be our Light in this darkness and Son who is not just rising, but risen. Hallelu Yahweh! All praise be to You---the One in whom we place all hope. In Jesus' name Amen
As the darkness around us seems to increase, we rely on Your light. We trust in Your sovereignty from here through eternity, which has manifested through the darkest times of history to bring Your resolution, victory and deep inner healing. We will not make it without You and so we look to You for You promise to be our Light in this darkness and Son who is not just rising, but risen. Hallelu Yahweh! All praise be to You—the One in whom we place all hope. In Jesus’ name Amen

Lord, our hearts are sorrowing, ever sorrowing in these days which seem so dark. You made us to understand the difference between good and evil and to long for the good!–Your good. You are love, not hate. The spirits of death and rage unleashed around the world right now make our hearts ache. And so since we know who You are, we come to You.

We cannot come to terms with how things are right now. We need Your peace within to help us to stay calm in the midst of this great, great storm. Would You come now? Would You fill us with more of You. Great One, who is also Comforter, would You bring that comfort which cannot be explained for it is in the midst of so much horror which is senseless, and help us?

Part of why this hurts so much is that You made us to have compassion—to feel for what others are experiencing. Lord, the immense grief which continues to result from the senseless rage and murder! The rage and murder are momentary, but the effects last for as long as we are on this earth in this hard, temporal life. Lord, we hurt for those who hurt and cry, help them! Help them, Lord!

Lord, dispatch multitudes of angels to protect Your people–those You have created–both those who know You and those who don’t yet. Let the massacres stop.

We know we are not worthy. We understand the ways as humanity we have taken it upon ourselves to decide how life should be lived instead of looking for Your way. Those of us who understand have bowed and kept bowing seeking Your mercy. We know You are merciful. We know we need more of You. We are repenting. We are worshiping. We are praying.

We are praying for the whole world. We are praying for those who are injured, for those newly grieving and for those walking out the long journey of mourning. We are praying for the atmosphere of hate and rage, anger and murder, suicide and death to be replaced by an atmosphere filled more with Your Spirit and way–where we can live side by side and accept one another, leaning on You for whatever transformations You eventually need to make in each of us to help us be more like You.

Your Spirit brings Your power and Your way of love. We have so much to learn. Will You help us? We know this is Your heart. We will continue to repent–turning with intention toward You and calling on Your mercy and asking for Your help.

We will wait in joyful hope and expectant thanksgiving for the outpouring of Your grace and the turning one by one of hearts. We will look to You and You will not fail, to pour out Your comfort, to dispatch angels of protection to push back evil in the spiritual before it manifests so heinously in the natural. We will trust in You as the singular Source for our answers, the power beyond all other powers and the victorious One who never stops working in the hearts of all.

We do not ask You to bring the end to existence here. Instead we call, hurry, Lord Jesus. Send forth Your Spirit and renew the face of the earth–for the great, needed deep healing of hearts and the expansion of Your eternal Kingdom. Your kingdom come. Oh Lord, please Your will be done on earth as in heaven. For You alone are our Father.

We know You hear us. We know You will answer. We are bowed in allegiance to You, united in prayer. Your supreme power and way are our answer. Give us the work of Your hands for today and come Holy Spirit, come with more. You are welcome here! Thank You!  In Jesus’ name Amen #prayfortheworld

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2016

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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  

 


There is Enough Time For His “Enough”

Holy magnificent God, You reign. Mighty and awesome Your plans are superior to ours and only Your plans bring Your result. Lord God, we no longer want our plans but only Yours. Holy Spirit, we lay down our will. Lead us and guide us. Usher us into Your life, LIFE everlasting and peace. Our trust is in You. Our wholeness is in You. All life is in You. Teach us to hear Your voice. We long to follow. In Jesus' name, Amen
Holy magnificent God, You reign. Mighty and awesome Your plans are superior to ours and only Your plans bring Your result. Lord God, we no longer want our plans but only Yours. Holy Spirit, we lay down our will. Lead us and guide us. Usher us into Your life, LIFE everlasting and peace. Our trust is in You. Our wholeness is in You. All life is in You. Teach us to hear Your voice. We long to follow. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Easy does it. Are you in a rush? Is there more to be done than time to do it? Stop. Pause. Breathe. Listen. Yes, there will always be more to be done than time to do it. Such is life. However, what does our Lord want you to do? Jesus never rushed anywhere. He stayed perfectly in Father’s will only doing what the Father told Him to do. In this way, by setting a side His own will, His life was a perfect reflection of Father. We could see Father in it—in Him!

We will never be the perfect reflection of Father God. But we are to be followers of Jesus, thus setting aside our own will to do the will of God (empowered then by Him for His effect) that others might get a glimpse of Him through us.

And….Jesus never rushed anywhere. He never ran to get there faster. He walked.

Consider when He received word that Jairus’ daughter was dying and chose to accompany Jairus to go to her in order to heal her. In the intense urgency of the moment, Jesus stopped to deal with the woman who had had a problem with bleeding for 12 years. He did not say, “I’ll be back. Wait for me here.”, or “Not today. Try me another time.” He did not dismiss her or only give her a trite greeting. He was present to her in the most formidable, transformative way! While he was present to her word came that it was too late. Jairus’ daughter was already dead. However, Jesus had been in the Lord’s will not to rush and in Father’s will not to make it to Jairus’ daughter seemingly in time. The purpose of the miracles of Jesus was to reveal God the Father and the coming of the already-here, but not-yet-fully-manifested Kingdom of God.   The will of Father was for the greater temporal miracle of raising her from the dead.

Jesus did not get caught up in hectic. He did not run to get there faster or get more done. He simply did what the Father told Him to do and He was only in ministry 3 short years. Yet….according to what Father wanted, Jesus completely finished the work. He came with a global ministry. He never left the Middle East. He never even fully travelled around the Middle East. None of us would dispute that Father’s work was accomplished.

Hmmmm….We are to be followers of Jesus, so what about us? On the streaming, seemingly unending list of to do’s, He knows what you actually need to do in what order because He knows the actual consequences of each and what He wants to accomplish through it. No one else does. There is only One who knows the future and so He knows the present and where your priorities need to be for His glory manifesting in your life.

Dare to listen interiorly for His soft, quiet, gentle voice. Dare to trust and obey, doing the step HE lays before you in this moment, letting the rest go—for now. He may bring it back as a task for later.

Come to rest in His enough. Receive the peace, contentment and unabashed wonder of simply doing that which He lays on your heart as He does so. His plan is perfectly enough.

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

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Overhearing[c] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat  (Mark 5:21-43 NIV)

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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  

A Pause for Gratitude and an Update

Lord God, thank You for Your perfect magnificent Way.  Your love and care for us astounds.  We are in awe of how You work out all the details in each of our lives so each person receives what he or she needs from here to eternity. We can be at rest in You and rejoice because of the magnificence You are. In Jesus' name, Amen
Lord God, thank You for Your perfect magnificent Way. Your love and care for us astounds. We are in awe of how You work out all the details in each of our lives so each person receives what he or she needs from here to eternity. We can be at rest in You and rejoice because of the magnificence You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

It’s time for a cancer progress check-in. First the practical, then a reflection on God and His mysterious, wonderful way.

When last I wrote, the May 2015 ultrasound and scan (which were in the hopes of declaring my body cancer-free) showed some type of slight illumination on the scan which was not confirmed by the ultrasound. In other words, there was iodine uptake of some sort or a false positive of iodine uptake the neck and thyroid area, representing the scan detected some bit of thyroid tissue or thyroid cancer remaining. To be cancer-free the scan should have been completely dark. However, the ultrasound, which was to reveal potential masses growing where there should be nothing growing, indeed revealed nothing. So the ultrasound was terrific to which the scan added a question mark. Thus they could not say, “cancer-free” because they could not be sure. Perhaps there was something still there which was not yet large enough for the ultrasound to detect. Perhaps it would grow enough to be detected. Perhaps the scan had been a false positive of iodine uptake and there was nothing going on there at all. Perhaps….

The end result was a decision by the endocrinologist who oversees my care for me to have ultrasounds on the thyroid/neck area every few months to see if anything had grown enough to now be visible on the ultrasound or to gradually ultrasound by ultrasound confirm that actually no hidden cancer is growing there at all.

August 2015 was the first of these ultrasounds and indeed there was nothing there at all. So in January or February 2016 back to the blood draw and ultrasound I will be sent to do it all one more time. Meanwhile I have complete peace. Nothing in this life is sure except that eventually none of us are getting out of here alive so I have moved on. God knows the number of my days and I’m good with that.

However, I am grateful to God that in His grace He has seen fit to continue to provide vocal recovery—a recovery through recuperative, rehabilitation efforts by multiple experts, which now seems as if it will deliver an eventual result which enables me to have a stronger singing and speaking voice than ever before. I am abundantly grateful! For without the Lord showing me the way to Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski, who then has overseen my care with the others (notably Lucy Beck and Amy Lesico), there would have been no recovery. And while the ability or inability to talk easily or sing at all does not define quality of life, it is a gift to be able to use my voice!!! Though not fully restored yet and though for some unknown reason it is still painful to create sound vocally, my speaking voice finally has times when it sounds “normal” to me and like it used to be and I am beginning oh-so-slowly, but firmly (thankfully and joyously) to sing again. Oh how I have missed it!

For years I have used my voice almost exclusively to praise the Lord I love. It was something I truly took for granted for it was so easy. I simply opened my mouth whenever I willed it and song came forth. After six months where my post-surgery singing range was 3 tones (do-ray-mi-ack!!! no more sound!!!), and following over 9 months of active, daily vocal-therapy-specific exercises for improvement overseen by these wonderful people in whose care the Lord has placed me, what a gift to be able to do this again!

It gives me profound joy to announce that as of July 24, 2015 I returned to The Creation Lab in Turlock, CA to begin recording the lead vocals for the upcoming worship CD, “You’re My Healer”. This was my first time back to the recording studio since the same week in July exactly one year prior in order to make sure I completed recording the background harmony vocals for the “Christmas Bells Call to Worship” worship CD (released December 2014) in case I could not sing following the August 13th surgery—which I could not.

The Lord’s plan is awe-inspiring on so many levels. Though the cancer had been growing silently for a number of years, it was found and diagnosed in mid-July 2014.  A year earlier in August 2013 as I was in the studio with Michael Everett, Mark Davis and Brandon Davis laying the initial tracks for my second CD of mostly original Christmas worship songs (“Christmas Bells Call To Worship”), the Holy Spirit nudged me firmly to talk with Mike about booking the studio for February 2014 to begin recording another new full length worship project of original songs, but this time it would be songs with which those who were seeking healing from the Lord could worship Him. Interiorly I was thrilled the Lord was asking me to do this because the February dates marked the 10th anniversary of my friends Andrea, Lori and Nicole praying over me to begin hearing new worship songs from heaven during our Bible study worship time in February 2004 as well as the day after their prayers when I “heard” the first new song. What an incredible, truly God-given way to commemorate the event!

Of course, I obeyed, booked the studio and began listening for His new melodies and lyrics in late 2013 for this new healing worship project.  Along the way I did mention to the Lord how aware I was that He was asking me to write lyrics for something I had never experienced myself. Certainly, I had been ill before. But since coming back to faith in Christ as Savior and Lord over 20 years before, I had not had to endure an illness which required me to lean on Him for His healing.

The timing of the scheduled initial recording of the songs in February 2014 became even more impactful when my close, close friend Andrea was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer on January 14, 2014 exactly one month following the first Carols at the Capitol event which she had obediently put on in response to an assignment from the Lord. I knew and know here is not our final home, but only a place of temporary fallible living (and eventual physical death). However, Andrea’s diagnosis and prognosis was so close to the February 2014 recording date, that it definitely effected how I listened for His lyrics and caused me to select certain songs I had composed earlier to be added to the “You’re My Healer” project.

Indeed, in a way only the Lord could have orchestrated, in February 2014 we laid the initial tracks of a few basic instruments for all the songs for “You’re My Healer”. However, after this strong start, progress on “You’re My Healer” stopped. This was not our lack of focus, but the Lord’s plan.  I did not know it then, but He did not want me to have time the remainder of spring 2014 to work on singing my final vocals for the project. He already knew I had cancer and would be officially beginning my own healing journey by mid-year. The singing of these songs was to be during my own journey.  However, He had wanted the music ready.

Is it not amazing as my voice now slowly has been recovering, that these songs are already prepared musically, just waiting for me to vocally recover enough to sing them in the studio? Is it not beyond belief that He has ordained my voice to be added to this worship project while it is still recovering when this project exists to accompany others on their own healing journey as they seek to lean on God through it? Only our Lord could have set this up. Who knows all and thinks this way but Him?! Wonder of wonders!

Especially the first few times in the studio starting in July 2015 it was excruciatingly hard. I drove the 1.5 hours each way sometimes to do one song each time. It was hard to sing, hard to move from pitch to pitch and hard to form the sounds required for each of the lyric’s words. Certain consonants and vowels were still quite difficult.

Though standing behind the microphone to record is always humbling and one has to fight a fear of inadequacy or insufficiency, these times it was intensely more than ever before. And the sound which came out was not exactly as I would have wished! However, I knew this was how my Lord wanted His music done—singing through my healing for those seeking healing to join in.  As always, I prayed both before we began and interiorly as I was offering Him the worship songs one by one into the microphone.

These were His songs, which He had given me to sing. Like all the other worship projects which have preceded “You’re My Healer”, this one was also His not mine and I knew what He enabled me to do would be sufficient for His purposes. He had told me clearly it was time to begin singing again. I had obeyed. I trusted Him. My singular request on all of my worship projects is not that people would experience my voice, but that through my obedience to His call for me to release these songs, that He would imbue the songs with the power of His Holy Spirit so that all who listened and sang along would be touched by Him in the way they each needed to grow closer to Him day by day. It was my prayer for this one too. JOY!

In addition, I was once again blessed by Michael Everett, who in his role as producer was oh-so-gentle with me, working with me in the short bursts of singing stamina I had to make the recording of the songs as easy on me as possible.

As of September 25, 2015 the final lead vocals for all 11 songs have been completed. There remain only two harmonies each to add to the last six songs and my work on this project is done. God is so good! He has been so immeasurably kind to me! His provision of this healing has bordered on miraculous because it didn’t have to go this way.

In addition because of what I experienced in the first weeks following the 2014 cancer surgery, there will be another new worship project produced in the next month. It will be an improvisational piano-only worship CD of original music called, “Worship When Words Are Too Much”.

Directly following surgery, I tried to listen to worship music and offer the lyrics heavenward as I always, always do. However, following the cancer surgery this was more than I could mentally accomplish. My body required so much energy directed towards the immense physical recovery that there was no mental energy left with which to engage with the words. In fact, the lyrics made it so I couldn’t listen to the music because the message of the words automatically began to draw me in, but it was simply too much for me. Thus as I began to recover (and during that time I could not sing at all), He began to give me little melody lines which have developed into worship music where the offering is music only with no words. Each song has a theme—a basic worshipful thought behind it which I contemplate as I play the song instrumentally. For instance for one the theme is “His peace”, for another “trust”, for another “at rest in Him”, etc. My prayer is that since all this is done in obedience to His promptings that His Spirit would be on this new music so it would touch those who hear it His way to accomplish His healing, restoring purposes in them (as only He can.)

Both these music projects will be available latest February 2016, the 10th anniversary of stepping out in faith and beginning to record original worship music in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s instruction with Michael Everett at The Creation Lab in February 2006. Wow….what an amazing journey.

Meanwhile I continue seeing Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski and Lucy Beck, two specialists who continue to guide me toward fuller and more complete vocal restoration. They are kind to me. They are patient with me. They guide me expertly, willingly using their God-given gifts to help me and help others. When I could find no help, the Lord led me specifically to them. For Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski, Lucy Beck and Amy Lesico (who helped me for months with speech), I am grateful beyond what any human words can express—both to the Lord God who gave me the gift of connection with Dr. Izdebski and for how the Lord has used him and those to whom he has referred me for vocal song and speech therapy to enable my recovery (a recovery which would not have just happened on its own). There would be no good speech or song from my voice if they were not willing to do the work the Lord has given them!

I am also profoundly grateful to the Lord God, who in His plan decided to allow me to suffer a cancer which is curable. I know my eternal destiny. I am confident in it. I know here is not God’s long-term best for me. Yet, I do so love serving Him here and for the moment He has granted me more time to do this. (He knows at what instant—any instant—when my time here is done.) So I am thankful for now, for this moment, and at rest in how His way from here to eternity works.

Yet through this cancer journey our magnificent Lord God also has affirmed yet another aspect of His often incomprehensible way. Our Lord most definitely uses us for His kingdom work wherever this life takes us. Wherever!  And I am thankful!

It is not only how He takes what the enemy means for evil and uses it for good, but how He uses it for His more. He makes out of the ugliest places an assignment –a God assignment—which is part of furthering His kingdom and making it known on earth as in heaven. He uses our most undesirable circumstances out of which to write a God-story, raising beauty from ashes and anointing the heads of many with His oil of joy and gifts of salvation and abundant inner peace, all from an increasing knowing from the inside out of who and how He is.

Therefore wherever life takes us (and we know this will include suffering, unfairness, evil, hate and injustice because this is earth where Satan rules, not heaven), becomes a critical part of accomplishing His Great Commission, that He would be revealed to all people and every individual would have the opportunity to see Him and begin to know Him as both Savior and Lord.   There are also God-assignments which take us into trenches where despite the hardships we personally endure, He can flow through us to be His triage unit and safe place for recuperation and strengthening for all those who have been wounded (which includes every one.) It is when we are on these God assignments, which He has made of the hard places and spiritual battlefields which take us places which we would never have chosen for ourselves, that He uses us to spread the fragrance of His truth (by the power of His Holy Spirit) which contrasts so sharply with the stench of the wisdom of this world.

There are those who are seeking Him even if they do not yet even know His name. Inherently interiorly they know there is more for us in life than is apparent even though they don’t know what (who) it is and how to find it. It is God they seek because He created us for this intimate connection with Him. We are incomplete without it—without HIM—and deep down inside we recognize the lack.

There is an intrinsic incompleteness, a discontent and dissatisfaction until we find our fulfillment in adopted sonship and daughtership in Him, restored to the place in His eternal kingdom for which He created us. This is an aspect of the darkness our Lord speaks about and how He is the Light of the world.

He is the Truth. Looking but not knowing how to find Him or having begun to know Him yet not knowing how to pursue the fullness of relationship with Him—this is the darkness, sadness, depression, discouragement and lack of hope into which Jesus came and into which the Holy Spirit still desires to come to others working through us.

Thus sometimes the places we have to go in life are dark. We do not want to be there. We wish we could be somewhere else. And yes, often these hard places are an aspect of this fallen world and not at all like the heaven He has planned for us. It feels more like the desert wilderness than the Promised Land.

Yet, He is with us there too and we must be attentive to the assignment He has for us there. We are not the Light of the world. But we are lamps He has made to carry His Light into the dark places—the truth about life now, life eternal, God in it and through it and the living and active Holy Spirit here with us now with His gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.

Like in Isaiah, our Lord is calling—whom shall I send! He is looking for response: “Send me.” How will they see His Light if we don’t go on or if we are filled with so much fear and despair that He Himself must send those to help us and we are incapable of being used by Him to be His love, truth and comfort to others?

Rarely is it so one-sided. Usually we have times of both: times where He can flow through us because our trust in Him is strong and times of being utterly human where we forget He is there using us there and that we have a hope and a future promised (a good one) even if that promise is heaven sooner than we thought we wanted.

Our hope—the hope of Jesus—is that death is no longer the end. It is in this promise we rejoice. It is in this promise we can stand strong in the storm which seems to envelope us in darkness and tries to steal what we thought we had. Our Lord is the Light to our future. Nothing and no one can steal this destiny. When we grasp this by His grace and choose to rely on it, the Holy Spirit can flow through us as the river of Life that He is, especially in the dark and dry places, to touch the world.

On a very practical note, in my own journey into the dark places of cancer eradication and recovery where I continue to pray to be His light, there have been many wonderful, caring, self-less prayer warriors (family, friends and others where sometimes we have not yet even met face-to-face—you know who you are!!!) who have been oh-so faithfully with me by His Spirit the whole time covering me in prayer. I am grateful beyond ability to adequately express it. Such selfless giving to pray for another! I can never pay you back. Thank you so very, very, very much for praying for me so faithfully all this time!

As you can see, I am here to formally report your prayers are answered and better than you may have been able to imagine. He did not answer your prayers for immediate, instant, complete healing. It has been oh-so-gradual and therein lies the last point for which I am thankful because the gradual healing has been the greater blessing.

There are multiple aspects to this. He has taught me to enjoy the quiet even more than before through the months of inability to speak in most situations. He has taught me that often fewer words need to be spoken. He has allowed me to clearly hear the difference between chatter and what my grandmother called, “good talk”.

However the most powerful aspect of the blessing of gradual healing over immediate healing is that through it He has graced me to come to know individuals whom I never would have met (because I never would have needed to ask the Lord to help me find them). Between us, we have been blessed to pour into each others’ lives in incredible, indelible ways. I never would have known these individuals who are literal gifts to me and for whom I now pray daily. My life would have been less without them. They have made my life richer and I would not have wanted to miss knowing them. Oh the wonder of His magnificent ways from here until the day He finally calls each of us home.  His way is perfect. I am grateful. Let’s rejoice!

Selah!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:1-5,9-13)

16 the people living in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
    a light has dawned.  (Matt. 4:16)

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. (Matt. 5:14-15)

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  (Isa. 6:8)

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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  

Prophetic Word: Little One, I See You

Holy, mighty, magnificent One, You reign! You reign over heaven and earth. Today, I choose again to put my trust  in You, for You are the One who leads me home.  I will live for today and trust You for tomorrow, knowing You will use all things for good when considered eternally.  You are my hope, my purpose and my love. You are all that I have and all that I need. In Jesus' name, Amen
Holy, mighty, magnificent One, You reign! You reign over heaven and earth. Today, I choose again to put my trust in You, for You are the One who leads me home. I will live for today and trust You for tomorrow, knowing You will use all things for good when considered eternally. You are my hope, my purpose and my love. You are all that I have and all that I need. 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” October 12, 2015 Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Little one, I see you. I know you and know the places of your pain. Little one, how I long to hold you. I am here even in those moments when you are unsure whether I am real at all.  I never leave your side. I am your Comforter at all times.

There will be a moment–Father knows the time–when the season of suffering will be over. Pain shall cease and you will see Me face to face. Then you will know I am wiping every tear away.  The fullness of My justice will have come.  And the fullness of My love.  All will be complete, redeemed and restored.   That time is not yet, but I am still with you.

Get up and walk. I will show you the way.  One step at a time. Keep going. There is good work for you through this place. It is My work. By My grace, if you will let Me, I will work through you tohave my eternal effect in the lives of others. You do not decide what this is. I do.

Little one, I love you. I am holding you. I am leading you. We will go there together and every step (no matter how hard) when considered  from My eternal perspective will be glorious!

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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  

The New Suitcase Is (NOT) Too Big

Lord God, there is none like You. Thank You for Your perfect care for all of us at all times. Help us to always hear Your voice and follow oh-so-specifically where You lead for our delight and  Your glory. In Jesus'  name, amen
Lord God, there is none like You. Thank You for Your perfect care for all of us at all times. Help us to always hear Your voice and follow oh-so-specifically where You lead for our delight and Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

It has been discussed in prior devotions and will likely come up many times again. Our Lord is in the small stuff. The King over all the universe and Creator of everything in it, who is greater than we can ever see or fathom is intensely involved in the details of our lives—even more so when we will let Him. Sometimes this is so evident we must share the story. It reveals the incredible, incomprehensible love of our God of all of us. We must share the God-stories so that He gets the credit and honor (glory) He is due and others will be able to see His magnificence as well.

This is a story of the Lord’s perfect provision. It is shared—not because it is the only time He has provided in such wondrous ways, but because it a resplendent example of the many times He is, well, just the way He is (supernaturally awesome)! Be prepared for a longer read than a traditional devotion. Since this is a God-story about how our Lord is in the details, the story has to—well—share these details.

This particular story seems to begin with the arrival of the deep blue purse. I had ordered a style of purse that came in a variety of colors. I had ordered it in black because I wanted to use it for work. I opened the package excitedly when it arrived and saw indeed it was the right style and…..it was blue! They had sent a deep blue purse when I had ordered a black one. Rats.

Or? It would not be the first time that the Lord arranged for a “mistake” to bring me what He knew I needed instead of what I thought I should have. I decided to keep the deep blue purse. Indeed, it seemed to work for what I needed almost as well as black. What a treat, since I am more a blue type of girl than one who goes for black anyway.

A few weeks later on August 19th, it was time for a 5 day trip which would take me to Denver, Colorado with our son while he moved into his dorm room at the college where he will finish his bachelor’s degree and then on to Spokane, Washington for my nephew’s wedding.   My husband had to work and so stayed home. I packed light and smiled when the Lord had me put dark blue satin shoes and a long dark blue silk duster jacket to go over a dress for the wedding. Aha! The purse went perfectly with this. There would only be one handbag on this trip because the one the Lord had provided (and I had not known I would need) would be perfect for every event and activity, including the wedding.

Everything I needed fit in the small black carry-on suitcase with plenty of room to spare. Our son and I drove to the airport for the flight to Denver Wednesday morning and we were off!

Moving into his dorm went like clockwork Thursday. His time slot was from noon until 1pm. After errands to get most of the last items he needed (which were too cumbersome to buy ahead and bring on the plane flight) we arrived at 12:45pm, took loads up the three flights of stairs to his room and had him moved in by 1pm. Awesome! He had an orientation to attend. I noticed we had forgotten a pillow! I would run to the store one more time while he attended his mandatory meeting.

The Lord was nudging me and nudging me again. Our son had brought his belongings to college in two large suitcases. The Lord was prompting me to leave my small suitcase with him. He would need it for short-term trips, like coming home on breaks. Oh my. This was not the first time the Lord had had me give away something I liked. Actually, He did it pretty often. Part of this was that I was not supposed to be attached to things.

Yeah. I did like this small suitcase. I had bought it a number of years ago because it was just the right size with a seemingly ideal configuration for good use.

“Give it to him.”

I knew I needed to obey. I offered it to our son. He was ecstatic. The suitcase stayed. I left to run the final errands. The Lord put a particular department store in my mind which I had seen from the road as we ran other errands. That store should a pillow for him and a new suitcase for me. I didn’t exactly know how to reach the store, but trusted the Lord. He led me directly to it via a backroad parallel to the streets and freeway with which I was familiar.

The store was two stories. I had expected what I was looking for to be all upstairs, but it appeared the upstairs was not open. The escalators were blocked off and all which could be seen beyond them was construction. Wow, what a disappointment. I was so sure the Lord had pointed me to this store. Well, He must have had another reason. Maybe it was to use up time so I would arrive somewhere else in His perfect timing. He had done this before. I continued my second circle through all the downstairs departments just to make sure. Even if the upper floor were closed for now, I had expected to find the merchandise offered in another area. Nope.

As I circled round at a brisk pace, I kept my eyes open for a wrap, like a shawl or pashmina for the wedding. The weather report had just been updated to say it was expected to be a little cooler in the evening where the wedding and reception were being held outside north of Spokane. A wrap of some sort was recommended. This store had nothing appropriate.

Just before I reached the door where I had entered, an employee was suddenly in front of me leading another customer. She led her to an elevator hidden away in the last corner before my exit. When the customer entered the elevator I entered with her. Aha! So the second floor was open!

Upstairs was everything I needed for our son and luggage. The Lord had been right to direct me here. (Duh!) I was looking for a small little carry on suitcase in a similar size to what I had had. For years that had seemed just perfect. My eye immediately fell on a deep purple set of luggage. I knew it was the Lord emphasizing these particular suitcases. I was to purchase from this set. I read all the labels and checked sizes. I pulled all the hidden ones out from under the shelves. The smallest one in the set—the one I would want to purchase—was missing. They didn’t have it in stock.

Well, then, I must be hearing the Lord wrong. He couldn’t want me to buy from this set because there was no small one!

I knew better. I knew His nudge. He was telling me to get the suitcase one size larger than I had had and than I wanted. This suitcase size would not be as flexible. I could not opt to check it or carry it on. It would have to be checked every time. It would not replace the suitcase I had left with our son in terms of its utility. Surely the Lord did not mean this suitcase. “Lord, it’s too big.” No answer. “Lord, this one is too big.” Silence and the ongoing firm nudge to take what He was providing. “Lord, I want to make sure I am hearing you correctly.” I walked around the entire luggage department asking Him if it were any of the other suitcases. In my heart I already knew the answer, even though it did not make sense.   This matched prior experiences with my Lord, when He would have me purchase something I did not know I needed—yet. The purchase would go against everything which made sense, yet I would do as I could sense Him nudging and receive a marvelous surprise at some future date.

I really did not want so large a suitcase. Oh, it wasn’t huge—only 24” versus 20”—but I did not want it. Even as I apologized to Him for not wanting what was His gift, I also reminded him how much I had wanted a smaller one.

There was not a lot of time before I was supposed to meet up with our son again. This was supposed to have been a swoop in, see what the Lord wanted me to get and swoop out , sort of shopping spree. There was no time for browsing. I knew the Lord is always right! I was choosing to take too long. Ugh. A little defiant or rebellious. “Sorry, Lord. Sorry!” I didn’t like not just straight away obeying, but I really did not want to pay for the larger bag.

In the back corner of luggage as I asked Him over and over if this or that suitcase were the one, He impressed on my mind strongly that He had already shown me what He wanted for me. He reminded me that we were wasting time because I already knew this and shouldn’t be asking Him if He meant something else. Ouch. Yup. Okay, then back to the purple suitcases I went. I walked around the collection and looked under the table where all the extra suitcases were one more time. Precious minutes were ticking passed. There was no 20” bag. I grabbed the 24” one from the collection which He had highlighted immediately as I approached the luggage department, thanked Him profusely in faith for His perfect choice for me and headed to pick up the pillow. Going through housewares on the way from luggage to bedding my eyes scanned the entire department. “Lord, You know I don’t have a wedding present yet. Lord, what do you want me to do about the wedding present for my nephew and his wonderful bride?” He did not highlight anything which was His plan for them.

Joseph and I said our final good-byes that afternoon. The next morning I prepared to head to the Denver airport for my midday flight to Spokane, Washington. My too-large new purple suitcase was packed with the anticipated loads of room to spare. It was pretty! And oh, so big.

In recent years, often the gift the Lord has had me give newlyweds either at the shower or the wedding reception has been a small one piece Christmas nativity. We received one when we wed 34 years ago and it had been so wonderful to have some sort of nativity to set out until we had decided what we really wanted for ourselves (and could afford it). This was not usually something couples received in duplicate and it was a gift I enjoyed giving which also was appreciated.

T-minus only a few hours until the plane departed Denver for Spokane. It was Friday and the wedding was the following day. “Lord? What do you want me to do about a wedding gift? Do you want me to try to find a place which has nativity sets on the way to the airport? I did not feel Him confirm this in my spirit when I asked.   Instead, I felt His inner nudge reminding me that I would have all Friday afternoon in Spokane. The only flight I had been able to book had me arriving much earlier than I would have preferred. “Ok, Lord, where shall I look in Spokane?” Once again, I felt His peace which surpasses all understanding surrounding the idea of a one piece nativity. His nudge caused me to search for Catholic book and gift stores in Spokane. These stores often carried at least a few nativities year-round.

There were two which came up on my internet search. “Lord, which one?” I asked as my eyes scanned back and forth between each search entry waiting for Him to cause one to stand out over the other. Repeatedly and consistently, there indeed was one He seemed to be highlighting. Interiorly, it just felt right although there was nothing really on their website to make me think this store was more apt to have what I needed instead of the other. I looked it up on a Spokane map. Wow. This store was just a few blocks from the freeway and literally on my way to where I needed to go. I noted the business name and finished getting ready for the airport.

As it often does, time was slipping by more and more quickly. I loved arriving early! So often the Lord arranged my schedule so that my “early” didn’t happen and His “on-time” did instead.

“Lord, if I leave now I will be early and I can just relax at the airport and perhaps read my Bible or write a little on the book manuscript for you.”

However, His inner nudge in response was not to go straight to the airport. He was nudging me to go to a store for a pashmina shawl.

What?! “But, Lord?! Airplane flights don’t wait. I know You know that…but just saying….”

Yet, I already knew what I needed to do. I researched the particular department store He had brought to mind. Indeed there was one not too far from me, but it was further away from the airport instead of closer. Well, He had never let me down when I obeyed. I would obey again—regardless of potential consequences—quite simply because above everything else I trusted Him. Over and over and over again He had shown Himself faithful. Wherever I thought He was leading, no matter how crazy it seemed, so long as it did not contradict His Word, I would obey. Okay then: on to the department store instead of the airport.

(It should be noted that I am not a big shopper. I purchase most of what I wear via the internet and enter shopping malls as infrequently as possible, usually one once or twice per year because I have to and not because I want to. So heading to a department store further away from the airport to shop for something which I was not sure I needed was not my idea of fun. I much rather would have set out for an early airport arrival. However, my Lord is NEVER wrong and I will follow Him anywhere!)

Down one unfamiliar road, then another I went in search of the store which I thought He had pointed out. There was not much extra time to get this done. The rental car had to be returned, the shuttle taken to the airport terminal, my now larger purple suitcase checked, then through security, then riding the tram out to the terminal to the departure gates, then getting to the actual gate itself. This all would take time.

About two-thirds of the distance to the store where I thought I was headed, I saw another company’s department store on my left. It felt right. This was a way the Lord frequently communicated with me. He would get me headed in a direction He knew I would recognize and then show me what He actually wanted once I was on my way.

“Oh my goodness, Lord, is this what You meant?” It was a store with less expensive prices than where I thought I had been headed and I did not have to find it, it was right there! Sensing His peace increase interiorly as confirmation that this was His intended destination, I did a U-turn at the next signal and drove into the parking lot.

I felt the urgency of the moment. No time to waste. No need to rush either. (Jesus never rushed anywhere.) However, I needed to be attentive to where He was leading and not meander. I walked into the store and immediately found a plethora of pashmina in almost every color of the rainbow. I asked the Lord if any were for me and he highlighted several—one exactly the color I had thought He wanted for the wedding and another two for winter. All of the prices were reduced.

He had me walk by a rack of dresses which were on clearance. I felt His nudge to pause and look through what was offered. I have always loved dresses. Since I was a little girl I have loved dresses and worn dresses. That is, until the extra pounds which kept piling on due to undiagnosed thyroid issues in the years prior to discovery of the thyroid cancer made dresses a less attractive choice for attire. In recent months my body finally had begun decreasing in size. As it adjusted to the presence of the proper amount of thyroid hormone bit by bit the extra pounds were disappearing in the same manner they had appeared. I was wearing dresses again!

My eyes scanned the racks of dresses. He showed me which ones to pull out and consider. He had me purchase 4 (four!) new dresses along with the pashminas. There was not time to try any of them on. I was to trust Him that these were His choices for me.

Well then, so be it! Off to the airport we go!

I smiled as I loaded the dresses and pashminas into the back of the car. Maybe this suitcase wasn’t too big after all. Am I surprised? No, not at all. Simply, completely blessed.

Of course, I made it to the rental car drop off with much faster than anticipated because He knew there would be less traffic than anticipated. Of course, the rental car shuttle was standing by as if waiting for me. Naturally, there was no line at baggage check in and security was a breeze. The tram took much longer than expected to arrive and transport all of us to our departure terminals, but the timing was exactly perfect. I arrived at my gate, without stress, exactly as passengers were asked to line up to board. I had obeyed and now He took care of the rest. Isn’t He wonderful!!!!! Oh, yes, He is!!!!! Golly, how I LOVE His plans over my own!!! Every….single….time!!!

The flight landed in Spokane on time. Rental cars were conveniently right outside the door. I got into the rental car and prepared to leave the airport for the hotel. Once again I felt the Lord’s nudge. Oh my goodness, He still wanted me to head for the Catholic goods store to get a nativity for part of the wedding gift. Sigh….Errands……I would so much rather just head for the hotel and a nap. And yet…..His plans always ended up being extraordinarily (supernaturally) better than mine. To confirm that the store I thought He was highlighting was indeed His destination, I called the store to ensure they had nativities in stock. The woman who answered said interestingly this year she had ordered nativities for the store earlier than in prior years, so yes, she had a few in stock and on display. She believed one in particular would suit my needs. She confirmed the ease with which I could reach the store on my way to the hotel.

I arrived at the store about 15 minutes later. Yes, she had a really beautiful miniature nativity which was perfect! And…the Lord had other reasons why He had brought me here. He is sooooo smart. He loves each one of us sooooo much that He would work through each of us to ensure the needs of each other are met. He is astounding! The way He works is stunning!

Soft Christmas music was playing in the background.   I had not taken note of it. The owner pointed it out. She said she had surprised herself by putting Christmas music on so early (after all it was just August). She actually had decided to change out the CD and put on something which was not Christmas. That’s when my phone call came and I asked about a Christmas nativity. She decided the Holy Spirit must have a reason and left the Christmas music on.

As she went into the backroom to find the box for the little nativity, I asked the Lord what else I was supposed to purchase. I knew He had other items for me there and He already had confirmed in my spirit that I was to bless this business by paying for additional items. My eyes scanned the store. “Lord, show me what else is here that I am supposed to purchase.” It was not a book on one of the shelves. It was not a music CD. “Lord? What is it? I know You are telling me there is something else here.”

I turned around and immediately my eye fell on two figurines on the shop counter near the cash register. Both of them were of warrior angels. One was full color of Michael the Archangel which was between 12” and 18” tall, with a wing span of 8” to 10”. As traditional, the adversary was under his foot and his sword was unsheathed and positioned to slay him. However, for the first time, the adversary had a more human appearance instead of the traditional serpent representation. It almost gave me chills. I knew exactly for whom the Lord intended this statue. It was for a specific veteran.   The second figurine was bronze and also different than any I had ever seen. It was of Gabriel the Archangel also carrying a sword and suited in full warrior armor. This figurine was slightly smaller, perhaps 8” to 10” in stature and not nearly so broad in width. I had never experienced Gabriel as a warrior angel before. Of course, Gabriel was a warrior! All angels had this capacity. It was just a new view. The Holy Spirit instantly let me know I was to purchase this angel statue as well. I knew for whom He wanted it presented as a gift.

The owner returned from the backroom. I explained that I had a non-profit called Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support in the name of Christ to military, military families and veterans and that the Lord had pointed out I was to purchase these two archangel figurines to give to two particular veterans. These two individuals gave all they had daily to serve fellow veterans, helping them forward with their lives.

The owner’s eyes teared up. I inquired the reason. She explained that her husband was a Vietnam veteran who exactly at that time, in that moment, on that day was in crisis. There were things afoot which should help in the long-term, which should be good. And they were hard. She was in awe that the Lord would send me to her shop precisely now. To her my appearance in her shop represented hope—a confirming sign that God was in this (as she already believed He was)—but now He had sent a sign that He would handle this and they would come through it okay. She laughed that my name was Elizabeth, whose baby leapt in her womb at the visitation of her cousin Mary who was with Child with Jesus. The Lord had sent and “Elizabeth” to visit her.

To me this was also the reason for her selection of Christmas music. The birth of Christ represents the beginning of fulfillment of all that God had promised—that He would rescue His people from captivity and lead them home (to our eternal home as well as being with us here). Christmas was the promise the adversary would not, could not win. Amen to the prompt by the Holy Spirit for Christmas music to be playing in this shop on precisely this day!

The owner and I reveled in awe at the beauty and exquisite care of our Lord, who had caused me to not purchase the nativity for the wedding months in advance as I usually did. In this way, I needed to search for her shop and come at this exact moment. In addition, she not only had the perfect, blessed nativity for the wedding (because she had felt led to order early this year), she also had two items in stock which I knew were to bless these two veterans in California. Wow, God! Wow!!! Our Lord is always multi-tasking!

We prayed together for her husband and for her. She prayed for me. She gave me the nativity as a gift along with a frame-able piece of artwork depicting the Holy Family. I purchased the angels. Oh-so-carefully she packed the archangel figurines in layer after layer of bubble wrap. The boxes in which they had come were too large. The Lord nudged me bubble wrap would be sufficient to safely transport them so I knew it was.

We exchanged contact information. I assured her the prayers would continue and promised to send some of my worship CDs of original songs because there were particular songs on several which I knew were His plan for her and others which were for him for such a time as this. She set the bags with the ceramic angels oh-so-carefully in the rental car, we hugged and off I went to the hotel.

Only after I reached the hotel did I realize that in order to transport these rather large bubble-wrapped angels back to California they would have to fit –IN MY SUITCASE!

“Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord! How AMAZING you are!!! The suitcase now with the dresses and pashminas I didn’t know I was going to have and these rather cumbersome gifts you have provided is not too large at all!!! It is just right!!! THANK YOU, LORD for Your perfect provision every single time!!!”

Addendum: Of course it was all just right. He is God and LORD. His plans are always better than our own. All the items He had had me acquire fit perfectly. No surprise. In addition, all the dresses fit. He had prompted me to purchase dresses one size smaller than I had been wearing and not allowed me time to try them on. They all fit—perfectly. Not only that…..instead of prompting me to wear what I had packed to the wedding, He had me wear one of the new dresses which happened to go with the light blue pashmina, which happened to match the shoes He had had me pack, which happened to match the purse. Yes, He alone is God and Lord. WE REJOICE!

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  

Prayer: Remembering Who You Are & Why I Need You

Majesty, You are beyond what we can know and yet You seek relationship with us. We look to You. You are what we seek and we know You will be found. You are our delight and our entire reason for being now through eternity. You amaze us and we are grateful! In Jesus' name amen
Majesty, You are beyond what we can know and yet You seek relationship with us. We look to You. You are what we seek and we know You will be found. You are our delight and our entire reason for being now through eternity. You amaze us and we are grateful! In Jesus’ name amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

Lord, You have opened the eyes of my heart that I might begin to see You. Awestruck by the Wonder that You are and reveling in Your majesty, You are and there is no One greater than You. You are and there is nothing and no one more powerful. You created all things. In You all of creation lives, moves and has its being and at the point You ordain it or allow it, we find ourselves at our end and nothing can stop that end from coming.

Through Jesus, You conquered death, nullifying its seeming power to steal everything away and You give us a hope and a future which death cannot steal from us when we choose to be part of Your everlasting kingdom. We understand this is Your gift to us, provided by You through Christ Jesus. MESSIAH, You quite literally save us from death.

Messiah, therefore You reign over every other so called leader and king because no earthly leader created all, setting even the sun, moon and stars in their places and ordering the seasons. Only You hold all things in Your hands and have dominion over all. In addition, clearly no earthly leader can leap beyond physical death, stop death’s coming or provide a way through it but You. Death is the destiny we thought was ours, yet through Jesus this has changed. We can look beyond it and see You are our destiny.

Holy One, perfect and good in every way and all love, we do not deserve to be near You. We will never be pure enough. You actually made us this way, so that in knowing it, we would begin to understand the difference between You and us, gain ever brighter glimmers of who You are and Your sovereignty, and realize there is no way beyond death but with You. You established that our salvation through death is through recognizing our need for You and You have provided us with the ability to individually choose to make a decision for Your Way or not.

Majesty You are! Your ways do often do not make sense to us. This is because You are God and Lord and we are not. Your ways are higher and better and eternal in their effect. Your ways are perfect because You are perfect.

Magnificent, awesome One, we are safe in You—protected, with our eternal destiny assured, so long as in our weakness we choose to try to follow You as Master and Guide. Wonderful One that You are, even when we begin to stray Your love is so great that You pursue us as our Good Shepherd without ceasing, for You love each one of us infinitely and desire for every one of us to be together with You forever.

Awestruck humbled, grateful I seek to draw nearer again to thank You, to delight in You and once again take up my moment-by-moment rest in You—for Your glory. 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. 
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship 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