Palpable Love

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I use to be a list checker. I would sit to spend some quiet time with God and begin checking my list. I prayed, studied, listened to worship music, check, check, check and another check for good measure.

One day the Holy Spirit broke through and I was undone by His amazing grace and He began to show me how to engage with him in a completely organic way. Allowing Him to set the tone for our time together. Gone was the list checking.

This morning as I sat with my Sweet Savior I started by listening to some worship music. Playing one of my new favorites songs multiple times, because one time through simply wasn’t enough. I really wanted to sing at the top of my lungs, but the rest of the house was asleep, so singing and dancing within myself was a prudent idea at the time.

I began reflecting on this past year, well, the past several years. Plagued with health issues, marital and parental challenges, and grief of seasons ending, that ushered in new beginnings. I thought about all the moments of time spent on my knee’s literally crying out to God. All the prayers that were answered through those challenges. The moment God asked me to step away from ministry for a season of health and healing, not only for me but for my family.

God began to show me a picture show of where I was and where He has brought me. All the people He placed in my life to encourage me and help me stay focused on Him.

And as I sat listening to music that is meant to give glory and honor to Him, I felt His palpable Love. That is my Savior, He gives back more than I can receive and then gives even more.

Today I am thankful and grateful that He chose to die on the Cross so I could choose to believe in Him.

Shalom!
©2017TereseJMBelme

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Lift up your Eyes

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I am always overwhelmed by God’s grace, especially when He confirms for me, “Yes, that was Me speaking to your heart.” This morning I was challenged and encouraged to ponder where I look for my help. Where do I place my attention, particularly when I am in need of good, sound advice?

It was suggested that where I look is where I will give my attention to hear and this will affect how I feel and determine what I expect.

This morning in spin class, as our body’s were beginning to fatigue, our instructor was encouraging us to think grateful thoughts. And not just for that moment but throughout the entire day. Her belief is that as we think about what we are grateful for our bodies begin to respond in positive ways and that positiveness splashes onto the lives of others.

As I remind myself to take time, throughout each day, and think about what I am grateful for, I always find myself looking toward the One who is enthroned in heaven. I give Him my attention and this gives me comfort and peace and I expect to hear him answer me!

Shalom!
©2017TereseJMBelme

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Carried Away

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Carry. This word gives me such hope! God was sending the Israelites into exile, yet He carried them there! As I read this verse I immediately pictured Jesus carrying each of His beloved children on his shoulders.

Reading further, God tells the Israelites, build houses, settle down, plant gardens and eat what they produce, marry and have sons and daughters, increase in number not decrease.

And then this….

“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7.

Are you struggling today. Do you feel like God has turned His ear away from you? Take heart, Precious One, God has carried you to where you are now. It may not be fun, in fact, it may be very painful, BUT, The Good Shepard carries you. He has made provision for you exactly where you are. He has something to show you and to teach you. Will you listen and learn? Pray for the place where you find yourself and prosper according to His will.

Shalom!

#bloomwhereyoureplanted.

©2017TereseJMBelme”

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Prayer

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May I ask you a few questions? Have you bound your will to the will and righteousness of God today? Are you willing to exercise your free will to do this? Whether you stand on the mountaintop or on the valley floor, would you like to see more of your prayers answered?

At the same time, would you be willing to loose from yourself your unsurrendered soul and any false thinking or beliefs, generally called stronghold thinking, from yourself?

Recently, others have remarked to me, “If God already knows what is going to happen why should I pray?” Or, “Nothing is happening, prayer doesn’t work.” My response is always, “Prayer changes things. Mainly prayer changes our heart”

Prayer aligns our heart to the heart of God. But, what if, we made a preemptive strike? Before we even begin to pray we determine to align our will with God’s will and righteousness and loose from ourselves anything God is revealing to us that needs to go (fear, anger, pride, ego, rebellion).

I challenge you to begin praying this way for thirty days. When we align our will with God’s we begin to pray according to His will and His righteousness and he is always faithful to answer these prayers.

More to come!

Shalom!

©2017 TereseJMBelme

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The Ancient of Days

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I have heard others remark, “the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath and anger. A God of discipline.” However, when we give ourselves a chance to dig deep into the Scriptures of the Ancient of Days, Holy Spirit illuminates a God of compassion, of love and of goodness.
The blame cannot be put upon God. Once the fruit was eaten, free will had been exercised and sin entered the world. God in His lovingkindness, as a parent and through His prophets, told the Israelites exactly what would happen if they didn’t follow His commands and decrees. Yet, they continually chose the cycle of disobedience to God. They chose to wander off on their own, and as a result, they suffered many consequences.
Our hearts love to wander! And our hearts love to exercise their free will. In doing so, God allows us to be torn and wounded. And when we are ready to turn back toward him in confession and repentance, He also heals and binds up our wounds.
Precious One, I implore you to stay tethered to God daily. Even if you read one verse a day, it will soon blossom into two verses and then three verses and before long you will find yourself digging deep into the dense, rich soil of God’s love for you.
Fall into the tapestry of God’s love in the Old Testament and ask Holy Spirit to open your mind and your heart to His love, which remains alive in those ancient stories.
The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament, yesterday, today and for ever.
Shalom!
©2017 TereseJMBelme

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