Living in Hopefulness

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In June I attended the SoCal Christian Writers Conference. I had planned three full days of mostly non-fiction writing workshops. During one workshop, which was actually on website building etiquette, I overheard another instructor mention her workshop was next and that it was on magazine writing. I felt God nudge me to change my plans and attend this particular workshop, so I did.

As soon as the instructor started speaking God began showing me an article He wanted me to write. The information was coming so quickly I had to ask Him to slow down! I ended up pitching God’s idea, quite informally, to the instructor who happens to be the editor for SoCal Christian Voice. She loved the idea and encouraged me to write the article.

Then the doubt set in. “You’ve never written a magazine article before” “You don’t even know how to write a magazine article.” “What does writing a magazine article have to do with writing Bible studies?” Lies, lies, lies, because my God knows all about writing magazine articles.

Throughout the remainder of the conference God kept creating opportunities for me to talk with this editor, to the point it was becoming a bit awkward for me. One of the last conversations I had with her was when I noticed one of her latest books (it was hot off the press!) she had written with three other authors, one of the authors was there with her. I exclaimed that this was my passion and her colleague handed me her business card and told me if I ever needed help to contact her.

And that is what magazine writing has to do with Bible study writing. You see, their latest book was a Bible study.

Here is my third published piece (first of many with SoCal Christian Voice) and I am as giddy as if it were my first and I hope I ALWAYS feel that way! I encourage you to subscribe to SoCal Christian Voice (its free) as well as their national site One Christian Voice.

All praise, glory and honor to my Savior Jesus and you know, BUT GOD!!!

Here is the link to the article Shepherd’s Gate|Living in a House of Hope.

 

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He Sings Over You

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For as much as the Old Testament is filled with violence, rules and regulations, it is also filled with the sweetness of His love. He is with you, He saves you, He takes delight in you and He rejoices over you with singing. Imagine that, God sings!

Shalom!

©Terese JM Belme 2018

A Different Perspective

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Twice this morning I had conversations about the Israelites leaving Egypt. About their grumbling after their deliverance and their desire to have been left in Egypt even though Egypt meant slavery to them that was better than stepping out into the unknown where God called them by faith. In the unknown they had to completely rely on God to provide food and water for them, which He did and yet they grumbled.
 
The poignant point of the story Don’t Go Back To Egypt, regardless of how familiar and ‘comfortable’ that may be. I wonder if you might take a look at a different perspective?
 
When the Israelites left Egypt God caused them to plunder the Egyptians right before their eyes, a miracle in itself, by asking for the Egyptians gold, silver and clothes, which they gave to the Israelites without question.
 
Perspective shift – God blessed the Israelites as they walked out of Egypt. He BLESSED them. He blessed them as the left a place of slavery and walked into a place of faith.
Precious One, God longs to bless you in ways unimaginable. The only thing required by you is to take that first step in faith into what may be unknown to you but completely known to God and His will for you. And by all means remember to praise, thank and worship God.
 
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Shalom!
©TereseJMBelme 2018

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

 

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

In Order That

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11,12.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6,7.

Our stories are important because it displays God’s manifest glory of what He has done and is doing in our life and He creates the opportunity for us to share our personal message with others in hope that they too will freely choose Him.

Twice in the first two chapters of Ephesians we read “in order that.” We were predestined by God’s plan to have the gospel message shared with us and by our free will choose Jesus. When we did we were raised up with Christ and are seated with him in the heavenly realms.

Predestined in order that the hope we’ve placed in Jesus might be for the praise of His glory.

Raised up in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of his grace, which He expressed to us in His kindness by sending His one and only Son to take our place on the cross.

We were created to be in perfect fellowship with God and live out our earthly life walking in His will. The challenges, struggles and trials we face are not given to us by a mean, distant or totalitarian God. Rather, He allows these things in order that we will choose to continue to praise Him (and prove the accuser wrong!). In order that His rich grace will be poured out. In order that all will have the opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel and choose Jesus!

Thank you to Kristin and Jon over at http://www.christiansinmotion.org for publishing the beginning of my story with Jesus. When you have a moment please check out their website and follow them!

This link is my story.

Terese’s Testimony

Shalom!

God’s Prehistoric Revelation of Himself

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Ancient of days. One of my favorite names of God. It resonates deep down in my soul as if I have always mysteriously known Him as the Ancient of Days. Infinitely ancient day after day. In Aramaic it is attiq similar to our word for antique.

I love old things especially those that tell a story. If the horseshoe crab in this picture could talk it would tell us that it is, according to science, prehistoric descending from lineage 450 million years old and predating dinosaurs by 200 million years and considered a living fossil.

Think about that. Hundreds of millions of years old and yet the Ancient of Days created them. Do you wonder what they looked like before they evolved into what they are today? Were they bigger, much bigger, like dinosaur big? Why did they survive yet the dinosaurs they predated did not? Why would God leave a creature that evokes an innate feeling of ‘pre-historic’ within us for us to witness?

The answer my friends is God’s sovereignty and His gentle, reassuring nature that ties all things back to Him. He is before all creation. He created the heavens, the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

The Ancient of Days revealing Himself to you through all His creation. Are you looking?

Shalom!
©2018 Terese Belme