The Man in the Circle

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Stand in a circle?! And pray?! That is exactly what Honi the Circle Maker did. He was an ancient Israelite scholar mentioned by Josephus in the book of “Jewish Antiquities.”

Honi drew a circle and stood in it and told God that he would not move until God provided the rain that had not come that winter. Honi prayed and God brought rain.

Rulers, scholars and religious types all thought Honi had a special relationship with God. Actually, what he had was prayer. He was so closely knit to God he knew the goodness of God’s character.

Honi wasn’t satisfied with just rain. Honi’s heart ached for the people of God. He not only desired the seasonal rain, he wanted God’s rain of favor, blessing and graciousness. Honi didn’t give up, he prayed consistent and persistent, big audacious prayers, that could only be answered by God. Then he waited in expectant anticipation for God’s answer.

Audaciously bold prayers our part of our inheritance in Jesus. You will never know unless you ask and when you ask let it come from a heart that has been steeped in the truth of God’s word and promises.

Boldly go where every man, woman and child ought to go…before the throne of God, drawing circles around your prayers.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

 

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Lift up your Eyes

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I am always overwhelmed by God’s grace, especially when He confirms for me, “Yes, that was Me speaking to your heart.” This morning I was challenged and encouraged to ponder where I look for my help. Where do I place my attention, particularly when I am in need of good, sound advice?

It was suggested that where I look is where I will give my attention to hear and this will affect how I feel and determine what I expect.

This morning in spin class, as our body’s were beginning to fatigue, our instructor was encouraging us to think grateful thoughts. And not just for that moment but throughout the entire day. Her belief is that as we think about what we are grateful for our bodies begin to respond in positive ways and that positiveness splashes onto the lives of others.

As I remind myself to take time, throughout each day, and think about what I am grateful for, I always find myself looking toward the One who is enthroned in heaven. I give Him my attention and this gives me comfort and peace and I expect to hear him answer me!

Shalom!
©2017TereseJMBelme

Spaghetti or Waffles

 

 

 

Raw homemade pasta with pumpkinHave you ever heard the analogy that women are like spaghetti and men are like waffles? Women’s thoughts tend to overlap and intertwine together in an elaborate patchwork of words, actions and pictures mixing together like a big pot of pasta! Men’s thoughts tend to be compartmentalized, rarely touching, if at all, but still their own elaborate patchwork of words, actions and pictures.

 

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The husband of one of my good friends says he even has a box or compartment for nothing. He says it is his compartment where he simply is. How can this be?! How on God’s green earth can he have a box for nothing? No thoughts, no distractions, no nothing?! I have to, no, I must find my own box of nothing!

This morning as I read through Acts and came to 14:23b …..“with prayer and fasting.” It stood out at me because I had just read a few days ago in Chapter 13 ….“fasted and prayed.” These two instances had me thinking about when the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t drive out the demon in the boy from Mark 9:27-29 and Jesus told them this kind can only come out through prayer and fasting. Some translations list prayer only but the original Greek states prayer and fasting.

The Holy Spirit began to impress on me that not only is it important to stay connected to Him through prayer so that we can have a clearer understanding of his power, his will for our life and how he wants to work through us on behalf of others, but that fasting brings us to a deeper level of understanding where we begin to ‘see’ through prayer.

Fasting is directly related to the Day of Atonement, the day that occurred once a year when the Nation of Israel would seek atonement for their sins.

Atonement is God restoring harmony and unity between Himself and humanity. Because of God’s atoning grace and forgiveness we experience a restored relationship with him in spite of our sin because of our belief in his beloved Son Jesus.

We are “at-one-ment” with God. Fasting then, draws us closer to God where we can experience being one with him. Fasting brings us to a place where we can experience a box of simply receiving his lavish love for us. No thoughts, no distractions, only His love. Fasting makes us aware of the gift of atonement that is the result of what Christ did for all humanity as he hung dying on a tree at Calvary. The forgiveness of sin, the defeat of death and eternal life for all who believe.

set of gift box isolatedPrecious One, join me in preparing a box among the compartments or spaghetti of your mind. Not a box of nothing but a box of simply being. Being at-one-ment with Him.

Shalom!

Had Me A Moment

1962716_10203221625159881_1132597702_nYou know those times when God chooses to show you where He is working even though he isn’t obligated to? When you realize in the sweetness of the moment it is God? When you are aware you are seeing or hearing the sum of your prayers? When your heart if full  and complete with awestruck wonder?

Yep, had me one of those moments this morning! And, while I would love to share this moment with you, which I have partially done, the fullness of the moment is for me, at least for now.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3.

Precious One go in the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the peace only He can provide.

Shalom!

Talk About It

The word LOVE highlited in the dictionary. Shallow focusWhen I was little I use to love to talk – a lot. Okay, maybe talking is just what I like to do even now as an adult. I grew up in the free love and peace of the seventies, that would be the 1970’s. And, as decades go the 70’s was not one of my favorites. None the less, during this time many parents still practiced ‘children are to be seen and not heard.’ At least mine did to some extent, greater than less.

My paternal grandmother was a little, itty, bitty, stern Italian woman who immigrated to her new Country from the Old Country  with her husband to start their new life and family. She use to love to say in Italian that she didn’t understand English, which is funny because in English she would call me a talking machine!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in our Country and we were invited to celebrate with an amazingly gracious family. They were loud, there was laughter and most of all there was love. There was one other thing, they love to talk! All of this reminded me of our family get togethers when I was younger.

As I was having individual conversations throughout the night I sensed it wasn’t my time to talk but to simply listen. Sometimes we talkers are not good listeners, something Holy Spirit and I are working on! I realized something I have known and that made the shift from my head to my heart; everyone has a story and everyone wants to be heard.

As I reflect on these thoughts this morning I am reminded of James 1:19,20.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

These verses are some good food for thought as we make our way through leftovers for the next several days.

Precious One what would the world look like if we practiced being quick to listen and slow to speak? Perhaps there would be less anger and more love.

Shalom!