The Desert Place

 

 

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I wonder if you ever feel as if your living your life in the desert. Alone, hot, dry and parched. You may wonder how you found yourself there. What were the choices and paths you took that led you to a place that can be both beautiful yet overwhelming?

We read in God’s word the story of a mom named Hagar. Hagar had a son named Ishmael. Due to circumstances beyond Hagar’s control she found herself walking with her young son in the desert. Their water had run out and Hagar, not wanting to watch her son die, placed him under a bush to shield him from the hot desert sun and went a short way off, sat down and began to weep.

Many times because of the steps we’ve taken God lures us to a desert place out of His love for us. He blocks our path and walls us in and waits patiently until we’ve come to the end of ourselves, sit down and begin to weep. He speaks tender words of restoration and hope while He removes the idols from our life, those things that we turn to hoping they will do only what God can do, fill the empty space in our heart.

He cleanses our heart and takes the desire to sin from our heart so that we will love Him with all our heart and soul so that we may live as recipients of His blessings. (Deuteronomy 30:6)

Precious One the desert isn’t barren or a place of punishment. It is God’s gift and love for you. Restoring you.

Choose God. Choose His will and righteousness. Choose His blessings in your life.

Shalom!

©Terese JM Belme 2018

 

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Blessings from Adversity

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Oftentimes, blessings find their birth inside adversity. Life this side of heaven is tough. Many times things go wrong more often than they go right. But when we choose to hang out with God He leads us in the right direction where everything goes right according to his will and we are filled with His peace, joy and comfort regardless of our current situation.

Choose peace, choose Jesus.

Shalom!

©2018 Terese Belme

Give and Recieve

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As a little girl my daddy always worked hard to provide for our needs. We always had everything we needed yet there was always a sense of lack and scarcity. My daddy, was himself, a Great Depression age child. Scarcity and lack was a way of life for him and his family. The unwanted legacy for me was scarce and lack imprinted on my soul before I was born.

In Christ I have all I could ever want or need or imagine. I don’t need to strive according to the world’s standards. This is my inheritance, here and now, and my identity in Him.

When we choose to give we will receive. Any gift we give in Jesus Name, whether it is monetary, our time or talents, will be given back to us pressed down, shaken together, running over and poured into our laps. And this we cannot do of own thoughts and efforts, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit who determined before our existence the good work we would do in His Name. It is by faith we have been saved not good works regardless of how charitable we are.

Praise and thanks be to God for the many faithful promises He has given us to remind us of His love and care for us.

Shalom!

©Terese Belme 2018

Humility

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Recently, I met a former band member of a popular Christian band. I had no idea while I was talking with him. I came across the information as I was looking at his wife’s website and it wasn’t because she had posted anything about this, but someone had posted to her site with this information. I was immediately struck with how humble they are.

I have learned that shame can cause us to overcompensate for our lack of confidence in Jesus resulting in pridefulness.

As we let the light of Jesus shine within us for the world to see the good works He has created us to do, let it be all for His glory and point the way to our Father in heaven.

Shalom!
#humility #lifegoals

©2018 TereseJMBelme

Wanting the Giver More Than the Given

 

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I love to give gifts. I especially love to give gifts for no reason. There is something beautifully simple yet profound as I watch the expression of joy on the face of the recipient and their eyes light up when they open the gift that was chosen specifically for them.

We learn to be good gift givers from the One who gave the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Who died on the cross so that all creation would have the opportunity to choose Him and the hope of being with Him forever.

Imagine the delight of His disciples as they were rowing back to shore and they realize their beloved Jesus is standing on the beach waiting for them! They thought He was dead! Perhaps they had been fishing for many hours but caught very little. Jesus tells them to let their nets down one more time and when they pull their nets from the water their is a bounty of fish heavy enough to tear the nets!

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11.

Jesus loves to give us good gifts. Physical gifts and especially spiritual gifts. He has tilled the soil of our soul and placed goodness there and he has placed an eagerness to know Him in our heart. He wants to fill our nets to overflowing.

But His greatest desire is for us to know the Giver more than the given.

Shalom!

©2018 TereseJMBelme

The Music of Scripture

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I am sitting in LAX waiting for my flight home and I absolutely had to take this opportunity to share with you THE most amazing worship experience I have ever had. I spent the last three day at Biola University attending the SoCal Christian Writers Conference.

I struggle to explain to you exactly what transpired but here we go!

Thursday night we had the opportunity to attend two solid hours of worship. Sandi Padilla, the worship leader, hinted earlier that morning that she would be sharing a part of her story as it relates to her current work.

After some familiar worship, Sandi began to share her story. She told us of the time when she was eight years old and excited to say her memory verse to her Sunday school teacher and receive the coveted gold star. She was also excited to tell her teacher that there was music for the verse. She asked her teacher if she knew what that music was and where could they find it. The way Sandi explains it, I imagine the look on her teacher’s face, one of compassion and love not wanting to disappoint her sweet, young student with her answer. No, she didn’t know of this music.

In that moment God laid a seed in Sandi’s heart that would eventually lead her to extensive research of the ancient Hebrew language and how it relates to worship. Sandi discovered that each letter of the Hebrew language is both alpha and numeric. The numbers of the letters that form the words of the verses in God’s word coincide exactly with musical frequencies when put together create a sound that I have never heard before but resonated so deeply within me.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11.

The word eternity in Ecclesiastes 3:11 in the original Hebrew translates to ‘the world’ and it means antiquity, forever, ancient. The Ancient of Days has placed ancientness in our hearts with His words and His music forever.

You can find Sandi at http://www.sandipadilla.com to learn more!

Shalom!

©2018 TereseJMBelme

 

Re-born to Walk in Victory

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Have you ever gotten into your car turned the key and nothing? No click, no sound, only silence. You realize you most likely have a dead battery. The solution is a new battery. In the meantime a jump start may bring the dead battery back to life.

Over the last several months my time with Jesus has not been the vibrant, exciting, can’t wait to meet with Him time it has been in seasons past. I have known for quite some time that I needed a jump start, something to propel me into new territory with Him.

Today I had the amazing opportunity to attend a small intimate gathering of women and learn some new and valuable ways to enter into some very sweet time with Him. I experienced Jesus on a new glory plane. As is His nature, he went above and beyond anything I can ever ask or imagine. He showed me wounds from my childhood that I didn’t realize were within me. He walked me through healing and reminded me of my identity and authority in Him.

He increased my freedom!

My prayer for you is that you would ask Jesus to meet you in new and unexpected ways and teach you to simply sit in His presence, listen for His voice and draw you ever closer through His word.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme