Don’t Look Back!

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Why do you suppose Lot’s wife looked back after being warned by the angels of the Lord? What was it that was so important to her that she should turn for one last look?

With little notice she and her family were whisked away by the angels of the Lord. And, Lot’s wife looked back. Was she thinking about the house she had made into a home? The upcoming weddings of her two daughters? The friends she had to leave behind? The success of her husband and the status that brought her? What about their household items? How would they get along without those? She had no time to pack all she had were the clothes she wore.

Perhaps she couldn’t resist looking back simply because she was told not to, like a child when told, “Don’t touch that.” Or, perhaps, she looked back because she was sad and upset at having to leave everything behind, making those things her idol rather than God her God.

It isn’t always easy when God says, “This is the way walk in it.” When He does, how often do we pine for the past, when remaining in the past only keeps us rooted there? What if we chose to step out in faith? Stepping out in faith allows us to live in the present and step into the future with God. It is in the present and the future that we find God’s will for our life and position ourselves to receive every spiritual blessing that is showered upon us from the Father of Lights as part of our inheritance here and now.

Sadly, Lot’s wife didn’t understand that not looking back was God’s protection.

Shalom!

©TereseJMBelme 2018

 

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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

You Don’t Need to See to Believe

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Well if this isn’t icing on the proverbial cake! I am slowly emerging from my season of restoration, like a caterpillar going through metamorphosis, after having spun its cocoon and waiting patiently, ( a virtue I am still acquiring), until that day. That perfect day God ordained and caused the caterpillar to slowly but steadily break through the cocoon it had earlier spun and reveal itself as a beautiful butterfly.

Many times I need sweet reminders like Luke 1:45. Seasons are but a blink of the eye for God, but for us they can seem extremely long and our faith and endurance are tested.

Fulfillment is God’s perfect completion. It is the end-phase, the final stage in the process. Our responsibility is simply to believe.

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…. Joel 2:25a

Shalom!

#trusttheprocess #restoredtoovercome #fulcrumyear #promisefulfilled

©2018TereseJMBelme

Waiting

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Waiting. We wait in line at the grocery store, we wait patiently for our appointment time at our doctor’s office, some of us even wait eagerly, with anticipation and excitement, for the thrill of being strapped into a one-person seat, as a black cushioned harness comes down over our shoulders and secures us to our spot, signaling the end of waiting and the beginning of twists and turns and heights and drops, that cause our stomachs to reside momentarily in our throats.

Yet, waiting on God can be one of the hardest places to be. Especially when life mimics a roller coaster and we feel we need His answer right now.

Of all the definitions of waiting in Numbers 9:8, the most significant is to be present. We’ve already travelled the road of yesterday and the road to tomorrow is waiting to be stepped upon. But, the here and now is where we can be fully present, nurturing our relationship with Jesus, while we wait for His perfect timing and answer for what we’ve been waiting.

Shalom!

©TereseJMBelme

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

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