About Terese

Terese is a wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Best of all a daughter of the King! Terese is a Bible study teacher and speaker. One of her passions is investing in the lives of other women and encouraging them in their identity and authority in Christ. Terese is a life long student of God's grace. Follow her on Face Book teresebelme@restoredbygrace2017 and Instagram @terese_belme

Friends and Enemies

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It all started over lunch with my beautifully sunny friend, with golden hair, a ready smile and encouragement always upon her lips. She even uses yellow hearts in her text messages. Like a sunflower follows the sun, she consistently follows and points others to the Son. Yet, she is raw and intimate and transparent in her close relationships and has no qualms about coming alongside her friends and walking life with them.

This particular day we were eating robust salads and chatting about being creatures of habit and always ordering the same salad over being adventurous and trying something different. (I have been there since and ordered the salad she had that day and it is now my new favorite!).

Our conversation turned to life and opportunities that had come along. We discussed being seen and heard by God, as we both had been in holding patterns ministerially. She has recently accepted a wonderful position at her church, that God tailor-made just for her!

Since that day, God has been connecting things together in my life like a dot to dot coloring page. Over the last several days I have had three people, so far, (and one of them was a complete stranger I met at the post office!) confirm God’s anointing on my life, that HE hears me and HE sees me.

As many of you know, last year was a season of restoration and God gave me Joel 2:25 promising to restore all the locust had eaten. This year God has given me Isaiah 49:25 promising to return the plunder the enemy has stolen.

While in prayer this morning, I was impressed to take a closer look at Malachi 3:11. The word devourer means an animal that feeds on agricultural produce such as a, wait for it, LOCUST! (definition taken from LOGOS software, FAITHLIFE study Bible).

Isn’t God AMAZING?! Through all the sifting, delivering and healing God was right there. And today He reminds me that HE restored everything the locust had eaten, He returned all the plunder the enemy had stolen and now HE protects the fruit of my labor and tells me I will continue to bear fruit!

Oh, my sweet friends! If you believe in Jesus I encourage you to start or continue to dig deep into His word for the truths He wants you to imprint on your heart that speak to you of his love and commitment and promises to you.

If you don’t yet know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I pray that the Holy Spirit is hard at work softening your heart to hear the truth of His love for you, crowding out all the darkness with His marvelous light and you will choose Him by the power of the Holy Spirit, who gives you the faith to believe. And that Papa God will protect your new found trust in Him from the devourer.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

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He Died for All

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Isn’t this a great barometer to live by, knowing that Jesus died for EVERY man, woman and child?! And, what is our responsibility? To LIVE for HIM! What does living for him look like? Seeking Him and His righteous first. Asking the Holy Spirit to create those opportunities to share the good news with everyone He brings to us, knowing that He goes ahead of us and softens the hearts of those that are longing to fill the empty place in their heart with something more and the opportunity to choose salvation in Him. You see, even we cannot create something as simple as the time and place to share the good news, we must rely totally and completely on God. Why not ask Him today to send to you those He has already prepared to hear the words He has given to you just for them?

 

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

Immeasurably More

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Let’s encourage one another today! In the comments tell us how God has answered prayer immeasurably more than all you could ask or imagine!

Shalom!

#giveGodtheglory  #answeredprayer #immeasurablemore

©2018TereseJMBelme

A Regular Custom

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I love my children, but I am sure glad I don’t have to offer a burnt offering for each of them, for their sins, like Job. A lot of what the ancient Israelites had to do seems cumbersome in light of the society we live in today. That is the beautiful love of Christ. He took care of our sins once and for all, past, present and future, on the Cross.

Now, that doesn’t mean we are to continue in sin simply because all our sins have been forgiven. There are still consequences for sin. One of the greatest consequences is broken fellowship with God. Nothing can ever separate a believer from the love of God, but our fellowship with him is interrupted by the sin in our life. Yet, God remains faithfully gracious. He gives us the gifts of confession and repentance, which restores our fellowship with Him. And, the Holy Spirit is always available to help us confess and repent.

But, what really stands out for me in Job 1:5, is the regular habit of Job’s burnt offerings on behalf of his children. Burnt offerings were a sacrifice. Job had to literally give up the animals he offered, this was a monetary sacrifice. He had to give up what was most likely a large amount of his time, (he had ten children!), yet Job regularly prayed for his children, which deepened his relationship with God.

Ah, and maybe this is one of the reasons bold, audacious prayers for our loved ones and the Bride of Christ never leave our lips, prayer deepens our relationship with God, prayer draws us into a more intimate relationship with God. And, it is there in that intimacy that God reveals our wandering heart to us and desires to heal us.

Encouraging you to make prayer a regular custom.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme/Hope forToday.

The Man in the Circle

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Stand in a circle?! And pray?! That is exactly what Honi the Circle Maker did. He was an ancient Israelite scholar mentioned by Josephus in the book of “Jewish Antiquities.”

Honi drew a circle and stood in it and told God that he would not move until God provided the rain that had not come that winter. Honi prayed and God brought rain.

Rulers, scholars and religious types all thought Honi had a special relationship with God. Actually, what he had was prayer. He was so closely knit to God he knew the goodness of God’s character.

Honi wasn’t satisfied with just rain. Honi’s heart ached for the people of God. He not only desired the seasonal rain, he wanted God’s rain of favor, blessing and graciousness. Honi didn’t give up, he prayed consistent and persistent, big audacious prayers, that could only be answered by God. Then he waited in expectant anticipation for God’s answer.

Audaciously bold prayers our part of our inheritance in Jesus. You will never know unless you ask and when you ask let it come from a heart that has been steeped in the truth of God’s word and promises.

Boldly go where every man, woman and child ought to go…before the throne of God, drawing circles around your prayers.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

 

Just be Held

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photo courtesy Pintrest.

I was scheduled to speak at a moms event at church, when I received a call from my child’s school counselor. As I stepped outside to take the call, she told me she was calling mom to mom; friend to friend. My child wasn’t in any danger nor was she in trouble, rather this was an informative call.

There was a storm brewing in our lives.

When I walked back into the event, “Just be Held” by Casting Crowns was playing. I DID NOT want to listen to this song. I sat in defiance with my arms and legs crossed, bouncing my leg up and down, up and down in anger and pain. I was upset with my friend, who was the ministry leader of the event, for choosing this song, but she was simply being obedient. I praise God now that she did choose this song, but for a very long time I couldn’t listen whenever this song was playing. 

With tears in my eyes, I was crying out to God, “Why are you allowing this?” The ‘this’ of that moment was nothing like the ‘this’ that was yet to come. The moment propelled our family into three years of a challenging struggle, that without our faith, could have destroyed us. It was a time of sifting, deliverance, and healing and the enemy took advantage, at every opportunity, to cause us to doubt Who God says he is.

I delivered my presentation and life went on. A few years later, I was cleaning up the files on my computer, and I came to my presentation. I was about to toss it in the garbage, when I very clearly heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart, “Don’t do that.” I moved the cursor away from the garbage icon and dragged the document back to its original spot on my desktop.

This  morning as I sat and peacefully listened to “Just be Held,” I reflected back to the maelstrom of those years and the Holy Spirit showed me pictures of all the pieces He connected together. How He birthed His will in my life through those tumultuous years. How the presentation I almost threw away became my first ever published piece. 

Storms will rage around us but you have a choice. Just be held.

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held. Casting Crowns.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

Shamless Audacity

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I’m reading the devotional, “Draw the Circle,” by Mark Betterson. Today’s reading is about prevailing in prayer according to Luke 11:8. As I was reading, I kept asking myself, “Does God’s word really say shameless audacity?” Sure enough, right there in the NIV translation….shameless audacity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this parable and those words have not stood out to me until today.

The Greek word is ἀναίδεια and literally means shamelessness as it relates to carrying out God’s plan with unembarrassed boldness, in dignity of faith. It is the faith-led believer who isn’t concerned with human fears even when they are being accused of being extreme or excessive. 

I want to live everyday in shameless audacity. So strongly connected to my Lord and Savior Jesus that I am the bold ambassador to His kingdom that he has called me to be. Throwing human fears to the pit because Jesus is my strong shelter and His banner over me and mine is love.

Shameless and dignified because of Jesus. Persistent in prayer and he will surely give you all that you need.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme