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

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Just be Held

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photo courtesy Pintrest.

I was scheduled to speak at a moms event at church, when I received a call from my child’s school counselor. As I stepped outside to take the call, she told me she was calling mom to mom; friend to friend. My child wasn’t in any danger nor was she in trouble, rather this was an informative call.

There was a storm brewing in our lives.

When I walked back into the event, “Just be Held” by Casting Crowns was playing. I DID NOT want to listen to this song. I sat in defiance with my arms and legs crossed, bouncing my leg up and down, up and down in anger and pain. I was upset with my friend, who was the ministry leader of the event, for choosing this song, but she was simply being obedient. I praise God now that she did choose this song, but for a very long time I couldn’t listen whenever this song was playing. 

With tears in my eyes, I was crying out to God, “Why are you allowing this?” The ‘this’ of that moment was nothing like the ‘this’ that was yet to come. The moment propelled our family into three years of a challenging struggle, that without our faith, could have destroyed us. It was a time of sifting, deliverance, and healing and the enemy took advantage, at every opportunity, to cause us to doubt Who God says he is.

I delivered my presentation and life went on. A few years later, I was cleaning up the files on my computer, and I came to my presentation. I was about to toss it in the garbage, when I very clearly heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart, “Don’t do that.” I moved the cursor away from the garbage icon and dragged the document back to its original spot on my desktop.

This  morning as I sat and peacefully listened to “Just be Held,” I reflected back to the maelstrom of those years and the Holy Spirit showed me pictures of all the pieces He connected together. How He birthed His will in my life through those tumultuous years. How the presentation I almost threw away became my first ever published piece. 

Storms will rage around us but you have a choice. Just be held.

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held. Casting Crowns.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

Mizpah

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This beautiful verse jumped off the page at me and I knew I must share it. It was spoken out of tension between Laban and Jacob, as Jacob was obedient to God, who told him to go back to the home of his father.

Although Jacob was deceitful to Laban in the way he left to return to his father’s home, and Laban most likely wanted to harm Jacob, he instead extended the gracious words of Genesis 31:49. Some theorize that these words were actually a denunciation to Jacob for the way he treated Laban in parting, but only God could reveal it as a beautiful benediction.

With the sincerest of heart, I bid you mizpah!

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

 

Ambushed by God

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Such a beautiful reminder to thank and praise God for his goodness, blessings and favor, especially when we aren’t feeling in a praiseworthy mood. That is the time to praise Him most, for our praises becomes a sweet fragrance of sacrifice right to His ears! Praising God causes the enemy to flee. Praising God causes us to walk in His victory that He won on the cross for you and me. When we praise God He ambushes the enemy for us and He rescues and delivers us!

Shalom!

#praisewarrior

©2018TereseJMBelme

The Heart Knows

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The theme for this season of walking as an overcomer is becoming clearer to me. Head knowledge is transpiring to heart knowledge, which ultimately leads to a deeper trust in and dependency on God. A richer and more intimate relationship with Him.

This morning as I thanked God for His protection, The Holy Spirit reminded me that the trials, the challenges and the struggles of living a life of faith in Jesus is meant for the saving of lives of others so eternity can be spent in the presence of God and not a part from him in darkness.

Are you lonely? Are you sad? Are you filling the hole in your heart with things that don’t last? Turn to Jesus and he will fill you with His peace, His joy, and His comfort.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

#2018pivotalyear #restoredtoovercome #heartknowledge

The Passage of Time

 

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Even with the passage of time, God’s word still holds true. His decrees and promises stand for all time.

“To live the way I teach them.” This is as true for us as it was for David’s descendants. It is really a simple theory. We stay connected to God through reading His word, prayer, worship and praise. He promises to teach us how to live His way. Do you find it hard to live the way He is showing you? Do you allow other things to distract you from spending time with God or forgetting to simply ask Him his opinion in situations? I know I do! Everyday I find myself confessing and repenting of the things that have become or threaten to become idols in my life.

As God’s restoration continues in my life and He invites me into a season of learning to be an overcomer because of this restoration, I sense there is a season of freedom, standing in the middle, and holding hands with restoration and overcoming. The Spirit reminds me that the same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in me, in you and every person that calls Jesus Lord and Savior.

As we prepare to enter into 2018 I invite you to join me in learning to walk in the freedom of Christ and becoming an overcomer. And, we are overcomers because Christ has overcome the world, its part of our inheritance in Him.

I would love to hear the word or words God have given you for the new year! You can leave those in the comments section of this post. If you don’t yet know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and feel you are ready too, please message me, I would love to pray with and for you.

Shalom!
©2017TereseJMBelme

Inherent Blessing

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From Eugene Peterson’s broad view of family in Psalm 128. “The illustration is, as we would expect, conditioned by Hebrew culture, in which the standard signs of happiness were a wife who had many children and children who gathered and grew around the table: fruitful vine and olive soots. This illustration is just that, an example that we need not reproduce exactly in order to experience blessing. (We, for instance, don’t try to have as many children as possible-or try to get them to stay home for all their lives!) But the meaning is still with us: Blessing has inherent in it the power to increase.”

Blessing being inherent is the character of God, belonging to His nature. And His power is in each blessing, maintaining the ability to increase the blessing and spill into the live of others, whether we have children or not and whether our children are able to live on their own or not.

You are blessed to be a blessing regardless of your earthly family situation.

#beablessing

Shalom!
©2017TereseJMBelme