Just be Held

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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

Shamless Audacity

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I’m reading the devotional, “Draw the Circle,” by Mark Betterson. Today’s reading is about prevailing in prayer according to Luke 11:8. As I was reading, I kept asking myself, “Does God’s word really say shameless audacity?” Sure enough, right there in the NIV translation….shameless audacity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this parable and those words have not stood out to me until today.

The Greek word is ἀναίδεια and literally means shamelessness as it relates to carrying out God’s plan with unembarrassed boldness, in dignity of faith. It is the faith-led believer who isn’t concerned with human fears even when they are being accused of being extreme or excessive. 

I want to live everyday in shameless audacity. So strongly connected to my Lord and Savior Jesus that I am the bold ambassador to His kingdom that he has called me to be. Throwing human fears to the pit because Jesus is my strong shelter and His banner over me and mine is love.

Shameless and dignified because of Jesus. Persistent in prayer and he will surely give you all that you need.

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

The Booty

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I just love God’s sense of humor! My verse this year is Isaiah 49:25. I was thanking God for returning the plunder the enemy has stolen throughout our ancestral lifetime and on a whim I looked up plunder in this verse and it literally means booty!

Isaiah 49:25 connects to my verse from 2017; Joel 2:25. Both verses are numbered 25. A coincidence? Maybe, but, then again, I don’t believe in coincidences. Last year God promised to restore everything the locusts had eaten. Believe me, I have held onto that verse for dear life! Now, he promises to retrieve the boo…er plunder the enemy has stolen!

Many, many times God will direct us to His promises in His word but we may not see them materialize in the physical right away. Sometimes we have to wait a really long time. PLEASE don’t give up! God is faithful, he can be nothing less. Faithfulness is His character.

Try this, move from praying about the promise He is giving you to thanking Him for producing His promise. This doesn’t guarantee you’ll receive His promises sooner than His perfect timing, BUT, you are praising and giving Him glory for something you haven’t even experienced yet. That is a faith booster!

May you always boldly approach His throne of grace.

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

 

Move that Mountain!

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When our oldest was younger she loved watching a certain show with the catchphrase, “Bus driver move that bus!”

This morning as I sat down to pray a song by Jeremy Camp came to mind, “Same Power.” As I listened the Holy Spirit highlighted this part of the lyrics, “The same power that moves mountains when He speaks.”

This same power, the Holy Spirit, lives in every person who calls Jesus Lord and Savior. Then, with His wonderful sense of humor, but in all seriousness, He spoke to my heart, call out to Me, “Holy Spirit move that mountain!”

If you’re struggling today and you don’t yet call Jesus your Lord and Savior, call out to Him and he will offer you the gift of eternity.

If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, boldly call out to Him and say, “Holy Spirit move that mountain.” And, with childlike faith, keep asking because He is faithful to give according to His promises and His will.

We don’t have because we don’t ask. (James 4:3). Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). Do you believe?

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

 

Don’t Stop Short

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I  wonder why Abraham stopped short of asking God to save Sodom and Gomorrah for ten righteous people. Yes, the sins of these cities was severe and surely God’s heart was incredibly broken. But, Abraham had already established that he was being bold and God had established that he would answer Abraham’s multiple requests that began with fifty righteous down to ten.

The angels of the Lord even warned Abraham’s nephew, Lot, about the coming disaster telling him to gather his wife, two daughters and both sons-in-law (six people) and flee the area quickly.

What if Abraham would have asked God to spare these cities for the sake of his relatives living there?

Sometimes, perhaps many, we stop short of asking God for what is really on our heart or we ask out of the alignment of his will. The work of Jesus on the cross gives us the ability to approach God and ask big, bodacious things.

You will never know unless you ask.

Shalom!

#2018fulcrumyear #restoredtoovercome

 

In Between the Rains

 

fullsizeoutput_a08It is a gorgeously pre-dawn morning here in the Pacific Northwest. The tail-end of a storm is passing through and we wait in anticipation for the next storm to arrive. The gray-white, broken clouds look like floating mountains in the sky.

We are in between the rains (or storms) that sometimes bring chaos, uncertainty and even destruction but always new growth.

As the sun slowly makes its welcome on this brand new day, the Holy Spirit reminds me to praise God in all circumstances because our praises cause God to ambush the enemy on our behalf.

This morning as I watch the majestic mountains in the sky slowly drift by, I am thankful for Joel 2:25-26 and for God’s promises.

And, as I look back at this chapter in Joel I discover even more of God’s goodness and confirmation of what He is speaking to my heart this morning.

“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.” Joel 2:23.

Papa, thank you for the early rain of your vindication, for abundantly pouring down the early and latter rains.

May you walk in wondrous praise and worship of the Lord your God today and every day.

Shalom!

#2018fulcrumyear #restoredtoovercome #inbetweentherains

©2018TereseJMBelme

He Saves our Children

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I love the book of Isaiah, it is one of my favorites! Over the past several weeks this verse has been skipping along in my mind and every time it makes a cognizant appearance, I thank God for this promise.

Last night, our son was delivering for Postmates and there were several glitches in the system. He finally decided to simply go home, well before midnight. Our youngest lovebug was suppose to work until 1:00am but called and said she was on her way home, also well before midnight. Our oldest lovebug had celebrated the New Year several hours earlier and was already safe and sound.

While our son was slightly frustrated that he was trying to earn money and couldn’t, this verse once again made an appearance. This promise that God will save our children, ultimately is speaking about salvation. However, it can also mean, be or live in abundance, placed in freedom or be saved in battle.

I went to sleep last night thanking Him that all my ducklings were home safe on one of the craziest nights of the year. Many times His roadblocks are actually His protection.

Walking in greater faith and eyes wide open.

#pivotalyear2018

Shalom!

©2018TereseJMBelme

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

Lingering with God

 

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Do you linger with God? Are you wondering what lingering with God might even look like? I know I was yesterday morning as I was reading this article The Lingerers And The Fragranced Ones Are Catching The King’s Attention” by Dawn Hill.

The word linger means, “to stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave; to spend a long time over something.” I am reminded of King David’s words in Psalm 27:4, One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. Dawn Hill
Later in the day I was caught pleasantly by surprise as I sat down to listen to a teaching on writing by Lisa Allen over at Compel Training and the title of her teaching is “The Most Important Hour of your Day – Learning to Linger.”
Lisa has many wonderful insights but the core of her teaching for me were these points on what lingering with God might look like. As Lisa explained what her lingering with God looked like I realized that I have been lingering all along but now see it with a fresh set of eyes. I use to be a list checker and call it a day, however, that wasn’t really spending time with God it was completing a task. Since I can sometimes be tempted to go back to list checking, I like the flexibility of lingering. Lingering helps me to remember there isn’t a right way to spend time with God. He simply wants you to come and seek Him and he will show you how He wants to spend this special time with you.
  • Have a special place that you go to sit in the presence of God, making sure it is comfortable but not overly so that you are too comfy and could possibly fall asleep.
  • Have all you essentials at your finger tips.
    • Any devotions that are speaking to you at the moment.
      • for me this includes “Power of a Praying Parent” and “Praying for Your Adult Children” both by Stormie Omaritan, and “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young.
  • A book that you are reading that furthers your spiritual growth.
    • I’m currently reading “The Letters in Red A Study on the words of Jesus” by Lee Wilkerson.
  • Bible study material perhaps something you are studying on your own or with a small group/life group.
    • I’m working on “Nehemiah a heart that can break” by Kelly Minter. Great study by the way!
  • 3×5 cards. I like to buy the pack with all the different colors. As I’m reading Scripture and a verse(s) stand out at me I write them down as prayers over my family.
  • A journal to record what you feel Holy Spirit speaking to your heart.
  • A Bible or two and different translations.
    • My go to favorite is my NIV study Bible prior to 1984.
    • The Message, although this is not an official translation, I really like to easy to understand thoughts of The Message.
  • Worship Music.
  • Sermon or training podcasts. This is ought to be used with great care, only because we can become distracted by this tool and the result is it takes away from our lingering with God rather than contributing to our growth.

I hope this has encouraged you! Please leave some ways that you linger with God in the comments.

Shalom!

 

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