Words

 

Learning is a privilege. Consider all the people around the world who do not have access to teachers and curriculum, especially girls in some areas where learning is against the law. A travesty to say the least.

Learning subjects such as language, math and social sciences helps us to form our world view and engage in intelligent conversation. While learning is a privilege we have always taught our children to not believe everything they read. Simply because it is printed in a book does not make it true. We have taught them not to gloss over what they don’t agree with but to dig deeper and understand why they don’t agree. Believe me when I tell you, as young adults, this approach has created some very spirited conversations and I wouldn’t have it any other way.! I love to experience their minds at work and ask the Holy Spirit to help me understand their point of view and to give me His kind and gentle words when I have an opposing view.

As students of God’s word we don’t need anyone to teach us His word. Yes, God has gifted us with pastors and teachers to help us understand His word but allow me to give you this to ponder. It begins with us. Our responsibility is to open God’s word, and often, and allow His word to speak to us. To learn by the power of the Holy Spirit all the goodness within His word.

God’s word is alive and active, (Hebrews 4:12), yes, you can have a relationship with God’s word because Jesus is the word of God. God’s word is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2Timothy 3:16), the question is will you allow His word to do all these things for you?

Precious One, God’s word speaks to you and you know God’s voice (John 10:27).

Are you listening?

Shalom!

©TereseJMBelme 2018

 

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Calling all Generations

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He looked down from His holy heights—
the Lord gazed out from heaven to earth—
to hear a prisoner’s groaning,
to set free those condemned to die,
so that they might declare
the name of Yahweh in Zion
and His praise in Jerusalem,
when peoples and kingdoms are assembled
to serve the Lord Psalm 102:19-22.

Let’s be that future generation that wasn’t yet created when these words of truth were breathed into existence. Let’s be the Church and arise across denominational lines and theological differences to praise the One true God. Let’s raise our voices as one and declare His name, which is Yahweh in Zion. Let’s be a people that includes all with one purpose…to serve the Lord.

Shalom!

#collectivegenerations #generationupongeneration #servetheLord #churcharise

Every Life

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When I was in elementary school I had a great group of friends, even still, I was teased. Today we would call it bullying.

God and I have completely worked through this but I wonder how many years of image shame could have been avoided had I been seen as created in the image of God? True, elementary aged children most likely don’t understand this concept. But you see, it starts with us. With the Body of Christ.

How many of us in the Body blatantly or inadvertently shame others simply because they don’t yet believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Raising my hand here because I am a former legalistic queen, that is, until God opened my eyes to His unending grace. What would it look like if believers around the world joined together as one and viewed every single human being as created in His image? The lies of piousness and holier than thou would fade away and be replaced with who God is––Love.

Tether yourself daily to Jesus and He will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3). Tuck these truths into your heart, write them on 3×5 cards and beautiful scraps of paper, placing them around your house and carry them with you wherever you go, but most importantly, teach them to your children, your children’s children and to every generation you are blessed to be alive for.

Teach them that all humankind is made in the image of God, therefore God loves His entire creation and so ought we.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

 

The Seasons of Life

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I thought the first time prepared me. When it happened again a few years later I was caught off-guard. It is happening again in a few short months, actually, I kid myself, it has been happening for more than a few months and I find myself completely unprepared.

Empty nesting. A season filled with innumerable changes, grief and hopefulness. It is important to allow ourselves to grieve through this process. I am still a mom but my role as mom has changed. My days are no longer dictated by drop-off and pick-up, three yearly two-week breaks and a seven week summer vacation. My days are filled with what I have been anticipating and looking forward to the past twelve months. Time. I have nothing BUT time. I have thought about, dreamed about and chomped at the bit for this exact moment. To have days filled with learning more about this gift of writing, spending endless hours traipsing through God’s word and actually writing, but this empty nest thing keeps getting in the way.

I have been expressing to others that I have been in a holding pattern for the last year and I was wrong. Today God revealed to me one of my favorite verses and one of God’s promises – James 5:17. I’m not in a holding pattern, I’m in between the rains. My responsibility is to be patient and God promises to bring the autumn and spring rains.

In between the rains is where new seeds of truth are planted in rich, deep and dense soil waiting and preparing for the new growth that is about to spring forth.

Empty nesting, like so many seasons in life, is a process. As we stay tethered to Jesus by reading and studying His word and through prayer and fellowship with those who have gone before us, we will learn to trust the process.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

MTHFR…What?!!

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Yes, I know, let’s not go there, shall we? MTHFR is the acronym for Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. It is a very common genetic deficiency (mutation simply sounds so decisive, as if nothing can be done to help alleviate the symptoms). Thankfully, there is help for this condition.

 

All of us have two of every gene. Sometimes, there is a SNP (pronounced snip) on one or both genes causing a deficiency. Someone with the MTHFR deficiency does not produce the enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, which is responsible for eliminating toxins from the body, through a process called methylation. Some people with this condition have very serious symptoms and others go their whole lives unaware of the condition. This condition causes the inability of the body to hold onto B12 and B9.

Some of the health concerns from this deficiency are:

Venus Thrombosis.

Heart Disease.

Stroke.

Anxiety.

Depression.

Some practioner’s even suggest that

ADD/ADHD, Bi-Polar, Autism, Fibromyalgia, MS, among others, may be directly related to this genetic condition.

I am a researcher by nature so when a family member began to have some mental health concerns, I started researching. I came across information on MTHFR but wasn’t sure how to proceed and, unfortunately, it wasn’t until a full year and a half later that my family member was tested. I say unfortunately because this family member was subjected to too many harsh drugs over a long period of time that only exacerbated the situation making it worse than it should have been. There is a reason for this, as explained to us by our doctor. The neurological pathways in someone with this condition are stuck in the on or open position. When medication is introduced to help alleviate, for instance, anxiety or depression, it actual makes the situation worse. I can definitely attest to that. On the same token, if someone is experiencing anxiety or depression and is not receiving the right type and right amount of B12 and B9, they can exhibit signs of impulsivity, anger, erratic behavior, adiction, anxiety, depression and self -medicating.

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, I encourage you to do a genetic test, such as 23andme. Once you receive the link that your data is available, you can link it to a free service, like genetic genie and it will give you the information about any deficiency in relation to MTHFR, the methylation cycle and liver detox.

Once you have this information you can take it to a doctor that understands what MTHFR is all about and come up with a supplement protocol that works best for you. You may have to find a naturopathic, osteopathic or functional medical doctor because not many doctors understand the condition at the present time. Please don’t get discouraged they are out there and you may have to pay out of pocket but it is worth it to feel better. To enjoy living in your skin again! Also, what works for one person may not work for you. For example, what works for my loved one definitely does not work for me.

Get tested, find a knowledgeable doctor and work with him/her on a supplement protocol.

As for my loved one, completely off medication and enjoying life again!

 

Shalom!

©2017TereseJMBelme

 

I Point to Him

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.

I point to Him.

Shalom!

Standing Still

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This is one of my most favoite verses. It speaks to my warrior heart. I can’t tell you how often I need this reminder, especially when the enemy is ‘barking up the wrong tree’! It helps me to remember that my fight is not with my words or actions, that my power as a warrior AND an ambassador to the kingdom of God is through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit within me. Isn’t it a relief to know that Jesus consumes and devours our foes?

#standstill #shatteringstrongholds

Shalom!

 

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