This year has been filled with personal restoration. And, while I am eager to move into the coming new year to learn to walk as an overcomer, God gently reminds me there are still many days left to this year of restoration. He reminds me of what His restoration has done for me. Restoration has given me hope. He reminds me that His beautiful Son, Jesus, is not only The Gate, He is the Hope Gate. He reminds me the Holy Spirit continues to be my comfort during times of waiting and guidance in those times requiring action on my part.
Is there something you have been walking and praying around, wondering when the walls will come down? Keep walking, keep praying, keep praising, keep pressing in and persevere. I know, many times this is really difficult, but the end result is God’s perfect will for your life.
Precious One, walk through the Hope Gate and find rest for your soul.
Is it really that simple? Jesus is instructing his disciples in a new level of prayer. Rather than pray to God they are to pray to God in Jesus Name. They are to ask and keep asking and they will what? They will receive! It is the same for us. Are you asking and asking and asking even more? Prayer changes things. Mainly it changes our hearts, it aligns our heart and will with the Father’s and as we continue to ask we begin to ask according to His will and when we ask according to His will HE WILL ANSWER our prayers. He is such a good and gracious Father, not only will he answer our prayers, he will fill us with full and complete joy! He will fill you up exceedingly with His joy.
#praywithoutceasing, fervent prayer is powerful and effective, #connectedtoTheVinedaily
I have always reminded our children, regardless of those times it may be hard to remain in God’s will, it is the best place to be. Before I knew Jesus I lived too many years outside His will and when I reflect back on the many unwise choices I made and the consequences that followed, it was not a pleasant place to be. Just like a race car driver that travels too fast and isn’t paying attention, we can get ahead of ourselves and God and end up in harms way or outside our guardrails.
The Psalmist tells us we have a beautiful inheritance in Christ. I believe that inheritance is our identity in Christ Jesus.
©2017 Terese Belme @restoredbygrace2017
Posted in Blessings, Culture of Honor, Depending on God, Discipleship, Faith, Freedom, God's Word
Tagged Christianity, faith, knowledge, Life, Shalom, Truth
For the first time in many, many weeks, maybe even months, I am sitting at my writing desk inspired to write. We have a wonderfully large window in our living room that faces our front yard, which is recovering nicely from the drought and is a joy to look upon again. It has been my habit to rise early, open the curtains to the still dark world and spend sweet time with Jesus in prayer and study of His Word. When God gave me the word restored for this year I thought it would be an easy journey of healing. What I haven’t shared is a few weeks after I received restored God also told me, “Your life is about to change.” I didn’t realize the deep struggle emotionally, spiritually and physically restoration would be. But I can’t say I was unprepared because God did tell me things were about to change. It is akin to pregnancy. Hopefully the time leading up to labor is delightful and expectant and then labor happens and it can be long, intense and painful right before new birth. I have been praying for healing for a few years and simply because it has been harder than anything I have ever done, I don’t want to miss God’s answer to my prayers. I am learning to trust the process, to seek God and not rely on my own understanding and above all thank and praise Him.
A few weeks ago during worship at church Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and I sensed something wonderful was about to happen when Fall began. Yesterday was the first day of my favorite season, (I wish it could be Fall all year long!) and this morning I sit at my desk overwhelmed by Who He Is and his amazing grace.
I want so badly just to finally get well
But I don’t want a quick fix and emotional self
I will be honest with my humanity
No I’m not perfect and I don’t pretend to be. We Are Messengers.
Posted in Behavior, Blessings, Contentment, Culture of Honor, Depending on God, Discipleship, Faith, God Willing, God's Word, Health
Tagged Christianity, Comfort, faith, Life, Peace, prayer, Truth
Do you ever wonder why it takes disaster for people to put aside their differences and come together and help one another? I’m not much on labels but it amazes me how left can reach out to right and red can reach out to blue. How people of all cultures, race, creed and background work in unity with one another as a community. Its as if suddenly we see each other for who we truly are, human beings made in the image of God.
I implore you to ask yourself over the next few days, weeks, and months, what it would look like if we chose to respect one another by putting aside our strong opinions, and instead, praying for our Nation and all the people that live within. If you truly want to see peace be a peacemaker.
Perhaps, in this way, we can call on each other not only when we need a friend, but at all times.
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Tagged Christianity, faith, Life, prayer, Shalom, Truth
These verses stand powerfully on their own, but when they are strung together they hold hands and are beautifully intertwined, walking side by side and instructing us with guidance from the Holy Spirit’s heart.
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