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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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

Wanting More

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Last night my husband and I enjoyed Wine Down a weekly Friday night Summer event hosted by a hometown vineyard and winery in our community. These gatherings are family friendly and bring together our community with live music, food (either purchased at the winery or bring your own), and wholesome, clean fun.

We decided to purchase our meal from the food vendor, which was pizza, a rare treat for us! I had the Sopressata, an Italian divinity and my husband had the Hawaiian with jalepeno. Each pizza was thin crust and had eight pieces. Before I knew it, mine was gone and I asked my husband if he wanted to share another pizza, because I simply wanted more!

What causes us, at times (perhaps many), to go off on our own to gain more rather than wait on God for His provision for our circumstances? God told David he would have given him even more but David didn’t ask for more he only took matters into his own hands.

As children of God he desires to give us yasaph. He desires to continue to add more, to surpass His increase again and again. Do we trust Him and turn to Him first? May it be so in every situation.

Shalom!

©2018 TereseJMBelme

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