Worship Song Stories: YOU are Always Singing

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

In the morning, I will dance to YOU. Twirling spinning declaring my love back to YOU. YOU’re always singing over me…. https://youtu.be/yHneLQ876lg

the story behind: YOU ARE ALWAYS SINGING

It was the night before. Where I didn’t know what was coming yet. The next day would bring an accident with our daughter hit by an SUV while standing on the sidewalk at a street corner waiting for the light to change so she could cross the street. This would be an incident she would sense coming. Not knowing what it would be, but with a deep foreboding it would be something evil. And where the whole afternoon of the day it happened, but before it occurred, the Holy Spirit kept whispering to me interiorly not to be afraid. Repeatedly emphasizing this to my heart even though I had no inkling why.

It was the beautiful rare evening before that which He foreknew would be, where the Lord enabled me to spend treasured time with my friend, Grace. At the piano, Grace released a new progression of chords. A hallmark of our friendship was worshipping God together.  Here we were waiting to see if the Spirit birthed a new song to the King of the universe. 

A melody  came into my mind with lyrics which would go with the flow of the chords. Incomplete but there. “You Are Always Singing” began to take form. She played. I sang. We prayed our united worship would rise up to the spiritual heavens, joining the worship ongoing in heaven. That it would be as honoring, pleasing incense to the One who knew all things and had all power and loved us infinitely before we even know Him.

A year later in February 2018, as prayed about which songs to take to the studio to begin creating the Eternity worship album, the Holy Spirit highlighted this one. As he often did with new song ideas I bought, producer, Michael Everett, had a different idea of how the song should be. It felt right. In the months following the initial tracking, the Lord gave me the final lyrics. I recorded my final vocals and harmonies. With more of life lived in the time inbetween, I also understood more His reason for the song. The place it had gained in my life and may have in yours.

 Have you ever been in a place of sadness, disappointment, general malaise or depression where you just needed God to be there, and you remembered that He promised He was? You needed to remind yourself He was providing and all things were in His hands, even when there was nothing you could see. And so you stretched up and out your hands to Him in faith toward that invisible which is greater than the visible. And you knew by that same faith and without doubt exists.

That’s what this song is about. That’s what it is for me. It’s an offering of consecration to God in trust that He is who He is and that He never leaves and never forsakes no matter what is going on. Especailly when I cannot see. So when I am singing this song, I am literally offering to dance for Him because He is. In that trust as I sing the song, and as I remember how He sees me and how He is there for all–in that moment–time stops and troubles fade. And I cry because His way is all so beautiful. Then through this worshipful declaration of what actually is, I am refreshed and strengthened with resolve so that I can continue to persevere in whatever is going on.

I hope this song will do the same for you! If you are in such a place and need a way to offer your love to Him in faith and abandon while letting Him remind you of where He is in this (and all things), listen to this song. Then listen again. Let it wash over you. Let the lyrics go deep. Listen and offer it to Him with me until He has etched these lyrics into your mind and onto your heart. Until you own the words as part of what you know with certainty down deep and you can offer them yet again. For in this place, which may well be a place of pain, hardship or perplexity, He will meet you. His Spirit will minister to you (which means serve you). He will refresh and replenish your heart. Its like putting your feet deep into the cool runnings of a stream. Its an encounter with the Holy Spirit who is known as the Living Water and water of life. You keep using the song (often repeatedly) to gaze at God in truth and at one moment the Holy Spirit is there touching you deep within and giving you just what you need.

Listen. Use it to become your own expression of worship.Come to rest in the song. Look for His encounter there beyond what you could hope or imagine. No matter the difficulties. No matter the day. May we worship His majesty together now and forever.

In the morning, I will dance for You. Twirling, spinning, declaring my love back to You. You’re always singing over me. Your love pours forth infinitely. In the evening I will dance for You. Praising, praying, declaring my love back to You. You’re always singing over me. Your love pours forth infinitely. Your song goes forth. Heaven resounds. All creation vibrates with His sound. There’s no place I’ve rather be than immersed in Your melody!

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Growth Happens in the Waiting

Thus where we are impatient and just want to get on with it or where we just want Him to put His pow-er into making what we want happen immediately, in God’s magnificent and true way, waiting is never just waiting…

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Ps. 27:14 NIV)

text and photo by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Spring is so wonderful! Blossoms! Flowers! Bright greens in grasses and leaves in those unmistakeable hues which indicate newness! Hope seems to rise up in these new beginnings! And it should because in spring is the hope of fruit to come at harvest. That with which to be fed, but moreso with which God can feed others with Himself. The true Food, which heals us from the inside out and genuinely satisfies and accompanies us, leading us from here to eternity.
But spring is not to be mistaken as harvest. It is the promise of what could be, but is not realized yet. First there must be that spark of life which converts the potential of the blossom into the start of that which could become fruit. There must then be growth and conditions which maximize it.

This is how God works in us at all times and in all seasons. He wants us to benefit from a harvest of His healing as He nurtures and grows His priceless, eternal fruit within our souls. He wants to produce the fruit of His Spirit in us so that His love (the fruit-the evidence and proof of who He is) can flow through us His way to touch others with the reality He is. Tangible, practical acts of love and support. Spiritual encounter when His Spirit rolls through our obedience to Him (often in ways we do not realize) to help hearts know Him more on a yet deeper level.

Thus where we are impatient and just want to get on with it or where we just want Him to put His pow-er into making what we want happen immediately, in God’s magnificent and true way, waiting is never just waiting. Indeed, sometimes waiting is like winter, where storms seem to only destroy and growth is hidden away underneath where it cannot be seen. Sometimes growth is disguised by severe and painful pruning which life in the fallen realm dishes out. Sometimes being made smaller first is what enables that eventual productive harvest. God knows… Sometimes we get so excited about the signs and the start of what God seems to be planning or we believe is promised that we forget blossoms are not the ultimate, but the beginning. To be celebrated with childlike joy and wonder. But we must not stop there.

The world needs fruit. His. That must be grown in us. Usually this happens hidden under leaves close to the branches and of a color that the emerging fruit cannot be easily seen. This is by the Master’s design. The fruit is sour and cannot provide His sustenance as it was meant to if it is mistakenly plucked before His time.

Growth doesn’t just happen. It must be perserved through. This is not necessarily easy. Sometimes growth happens in spite of conditions and circumstances. When we are weak (and we will sometimes be weak) growth is happening because of God, but in spite of ourselves.

Growth must continue through challenges like pests and heavy summer heat. Or too much cool and dampness. Through climates which are less than would be ideal. Always dependent upon care and watering from the Master Gardener. And He is Faithful.

But as long as life remains, growth is always there. It must. No matter our age or period of life, in God’s eyes we are always His children and we remain in a constant stage of becoming. It is His way. Thus it is blessed.
In the waiting, whatever you are waiting for, God is using it to grow you to be more like Him to be His even more fruitful fruit to the world. Whether or not you are aware.

This can be hard. This is bliss!

Lord, have Your way with us!

Text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2020

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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.

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