Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thankful Life - June 30, 2015


He calls us to Love Him first... and we can only do that with the work of the Holy Spirit in us. We have to be weary of those who say they have the power to heal, because only the LORD can heal, and heal He does. He has shown me that I have many areas that require healing, and I am not on my own with this one. It is because of this illness that I am closest to the LORD... that I know Jesus like I do... yet realize I need to be closer and know Him more. This illness has shown me my daily, moment to moment need for a Savior. He draws us in the midst of our struggles. Learning to be grateful is my every day challenge for sure. Our nature is to live in the flesh. Our physical life here is neither our reward, nor or punishment. My prayer every day is to see Him more. My personal journey has brought me to pray for others, and count on a mighty God to show me where I can see Him... EVEN IN ALL OF THIS.

Heart check... the LORD knows your needs, desires and complications. He sees your every struggle, knows your pain and tribulations - He cares what happens to you and knows your doubts and fears... keep crying out, keep lifting others in prayers, trusting others are doing the same for you - and thank Him for the miracles seen and unseen.

Father, in this we see strife, trial and heartache... help us to see glimpses of what we do not know that You are working out for us. Help us to know Your peace in the midst of every single storm. Help us to be mindful of our purposes, even and especially in the muck and mire. Confirm our hearts mighty and faithful God through the visible work of the Spirit in our lives. Through Christ Jesus we pray, plead, cry out and trust...

"They cried, and Jehovah heard, And from all their distresses delivered them." -Psalm 34:17 (Youngs Literal Translation)

When your body doesn't detox... it seems "all is for nothing"... but God shows me that my battle is minor, compared to the victory I already possess through the work of the cross and resurrection.

So, everything, even this is for something... grateful as I wait to see God's plan work out.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thankful Life – June 28, 2015



Sometimes, we spend way too much energy in defeat.... WHEN ALL OUR FATHER DESIRES IS TO KNOW THE VICTORY THAT IS CHRIST's finished work!

It's in the stillness that You are God... let us come to You in the moments of our despair, doubt... and delight.

There is no defeat in Christ, just sayin'!

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." ~Matthew 6:33 (English Standard Version)

Dear Hearts, I so understand the question of why.... I pray for the Spirit to guide your heart to hope and joy, even and especially in the midst of all this pain you are going through. I have been in similar places... God has given me some amazing coping skills and tools, and I am here to share if you are open.

It's truly amazing how God reveals that answer to us individually. I discovered that we all have challenges... as sometimes of our life, ours are less than others, and sometimes more than others... in the middle of our own struggles, God uses our weakness to show that He is strong... that the Holy Spirit is our strength, all of our strength. (Psalm 73:26, Psalm 41:3, Psalms 30:2)

I have had horrible detachment issues since 1982, when I began to get sick. I wanted to die in high school and tried to make that happen. After having ablation (I was having periods every 9-11 days for 5 years), the doctor gave me hormone replacement, and I was suicidal. That was after pre-cervical cancer was removed for the 2nd time. I did not know the LORD than, but I remember how that felt, my thoughts, the despair)...that was in 2000, or so. In 2002, I accepted Christ as my Savior, but it has been 13 years of learning to know His presence. I had 4 more recurrences of the pre-cancer cells... it may not sound serious, but I basically have no cervix left. I have had 6 years free of that cancer risk. AND Thirteen years of freedom, and life everlasting.

Life in this broken world, is harsh to say the least. But because of Him, we are not broken. "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6 (English Standard Version)

"For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory." -Deuteronomy 20:4 (English Standard Version)


HE IS YOUR/OUR STRENGTH...

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." -2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (English Standard Version)

Together, we are encouraged... and strengthened, because He is God and He loves His children.

"How lovely is Your temple, Your dwelling place on earth,O Eternal One, Commander of heaven’s armies.How I long to be there—my soul is spent,wanting, waiting to walk in the courts of the Eternal.My whole being sings joyfullyto the living God.Just as the sparrow seeks her home,and the swallow finds in her own nesta place to lay her young,I, too, seek Your altars, my King and my God,Commander of heaven’s armies.How blessed are those who make Your house their home,who live with You;they are constantly praising You." ~Psalm 84:1-4 (The Voice)

I will leave you with this... KNOW THAT THE LORD HAS ALREADY gone before you. He knows your every need, plea, cry for help, doubtful thoughts and, most importantly, your heart's desires.

That's it..

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thankful Life - June 16, 2015



Healing may look differently to us, than it does to God... we have to be aware if this as we look to see God's work in our lives... in our bodies.... in our minds... and hold every thought captive in the process to seek God first, as He never ceases to pursue us toward perfection. We know that we will not get to perfection here on this fallen earth, but we can count of the fact that we have a perfect God rooting for our every moment.

Your mercies are many Father, and I pray I can be even more grateful for Your goodness.
I pray for those who are feeling hopeless and helpless Father. Help us to intercede greatly. Through Christ Jesus and in hope of the Holy Spirit working for our good.

I personally don't think we can 'schedule' a healing session. I believe we must be watchful and hopeful at all times and believe that God is always with us. We are to live in gratitude for the ultimate healing for our sin, and trusting that our Father has our life and our healing under control, all the while continuing to praise Him in our circumstances, and ask others to pray on our behalf. AND knowing that our greatest intercessor is our Savior, who diligently goes before our Father on our behalf... and the Holy Spirit always working all things out for our good.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[man] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." ~2 Corinthians 4:16 (English Standard Version)

God expects us to come to Him for healing... and expect an answer, it just may not be "yes, right now" or "yes" period.

We have prayer whenever we gather corporately at our church... we pray for one another, in the hope that we will all be encouraged through the Spirit and remember the very reason we are hopeful.

"By His stripes" refers to the shed blood for our transgressions.... it does not promise healing of this body. And, we should remember that when we are praying for healing of this body.

If I didn't make it clear above, I completely believe that God heals us physically and emotionally today... and I have seen it. And, we should continue to pray expectantly.

My prayer tonight is that we can truly "hold every thought captive", which we KNOW it is His desire that we live for today, through His Word, IN HIS STRENGTH.

"Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king; great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe. In war the strength of a horse cannot be trusted to take you to safety. But the LORD watches over ALL who honor Him and trust His kindness." ~Psalm 33:16-18 (Common English Version)

On the days that I cannot focus, I find myself reeling into the depths of darkened moments. God has used many ways to draw me back into the light, however, it has been through deciding to have the action of gratitude (to clarify, gratitude for all He does for His children). These past few days have been much more clear than this past year. I am grateful for clarity of His Word, not only in my mind, but in my heart - I cannot convey wholly how amazing my soul has soured these past few days engaging in His Word.

I can tell you being ill before Christ, and being ill now is so much different.

THOUGHTS, THOUGHTS AND MORE THOUGHTS... that is what this life's trials deserve. Every thought that is Christ... in and out of each storm.

Perspective!
Sometimes in our own circumstances, we can get stuck and unable to move, or be moved. LORD, I do not want that for my life.
I have noticed that praying for others, helps my own communication with God. How about you?
When I intercede for my brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit ministers greatly to me.
Perspective!
Looking at things through the eyes of Christ, takes work. In the moments when our flesh is weak, the Holy Spirit continues His work in us.
Believing that perspective today.

Awesome Father, You are the answer for every single need here with our brothers and sisters in this group. Help us LORD to see Your plan and purpose in all this, that is lyme disease and all that goes with it for many of us here. There is great need here Lord Jesus, and we ask boldly for Your pleading with our Father for all in need. Holy Spirit we count on Your counsel, strength, courage and wisdom to guide us to Your will for our lives here. We pray in Your whole strength, and believe the Father's promise, "to never leave us" and that we are loved beyond measure, and created out of love for love. Help us to encourage one another. Help us to abide in Your desires for our lives, in our hearts... Let our lives, with or without pain, challenge or obstacles glorify You. Thank You for Your constant pursuit of us to be Christ-like to love one another, and hold Your Word deep in our thoughts to easily share in Christ-like lives. We come to You corporately Lord, in trust, hope and love in Christ Jesus. Amen

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Thankful Life - June 13, 2015



So grateful today... I may not always be able to communicate effectively while speaking audibly, and that can be frustrating, but God has given me the desire to write, and share visually through art and writing.

Today, as I sit at a local coffee shop with my beautiful and amazing daughter, Myranda. I am soaking in the moments of just being "mom"... "friend"... she is patient with my formulation of words and thoughts.

It's been a seemingly "stale and stagnant" few weeks of treatment... I kept hearing, "settle in, be still and KNOW I am here with you..." from my times with the LORD. He has encouraged me to seek Him, focus on the Word and all that I need to be grateful for. And, sometimes it really is work to see, but so worth the searching of heart, mind and soul.

He is faithful.

"Search my soul..." (Ps139) is His desire for all of us... gratitude is a gift received... and given to others. For when we live in thankfulness, we shine the glory of our Father and Savior... and is proof of the Spirit living in us.

Touching the Hem of His garment, going into the moving waters, rising from our mats... is the ultimate desire of all of us. Many of us have also had "religious abuse" in our lives (Pharisees and over zealot people) directing us to prayer meetings, laying of hands... ALL THIS CAN HAPPEN of course, God is our POWERFUL Creator and can do all things. Even, and especially healing from ALL that this world delivers - physically and spiritually.

Change has to happen in all aspects of our spiritual life though the effort of the Holy Spirit, as we choose, submit and adhere.

Help us LORD to gather to worship and pray with like-minded, like-needs brothers and sisters to bring us closer to Christ's desire for our lives to be more like Him. As for me, I know that discouragement, doubt, fear and not being in His Word are the most harmful for us, and we have to start encouraging one another to stand firm in Him... and allow the Holy Spirit to work through our weariness and unbelief.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting." ~Psalm 118:1 (NASB)

I desire to connect with believers, so we can also grow in faith so that we can realize His healing in all ways - heart, mind, body.

I am thankful for His leading during this past week. We are here to bless one another, as He so sweetly requests and desires.


Five reasons I am grateful at this very moment....
5. A beautiful day today, and the opportunity to choose to make every day in my life beautifully lived out. Knowing that every moments counts.
4. Amazing people in my life who support, love and encourage my heart.
3. Having the understanding that everything is possible through Christ, who strengthens me. Even, and especially during this time in my life.
2. Family, near and far... (alive or not), who have helped my life's story be filled with the moments to heal from and heal for.
1. Choices daily... and the one choice to be a child of God.
  What are yours?

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Thankful Life - June 12, 2015

My prayer tonight is that we can truly "hold every thought captive", which we KNOW it is His desire that we live for today, through His Word, IN HIS STRENGTH.

"Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king; great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe. In war the strength of a horse cannot be trusted to take you to safety. But the LORD watches over ALL who honor Him and trust His kindness...." ~Psalm 33:16-18 (Common English Version)

On the days that I cannot focus, I find myself reeling into the depths of darkened moments. God has used many ways to draw me back into the light, however, it has been through deciding to have the action of gratitude (to clarify, gratitude for all He does for His children). These past few days have been much more clear than this past year. I am grateful for clarity of His Word, not only in my mind, but in my heart - I cannot convey wholly how amazing my soul has soured these past few days engaging in His Word.

I can tell you being ill before Christ, and being ill now is so much different.

THOUGHTS, THOUGHTS AND MORE THOUGHTS... that is what this life's trials deserve. Every thought that is Christ... in and out of each storm.

excerpt from Tight Rope or Solid Ground

"I have come to realize that “balance” only comes when I allow God to be the focal point of my life:

My thoughts toward His – “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

My eyes to see like His – “The Lord’s eyes scan the whole world to find those whose hearts are committed to him and to strengthen them. You acted foolishly in this matter. So from now on, you will have to fight wars.” ~2 Chronicles 16:9 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
My heart, pure and sincere – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10 (Amplified Bible)

My days filled with Him – “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” ~2 Peter 1:4 (NIV)

Always remembering who I call on – “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

"Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset--rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world." 1 Peter 5:8-9 (The Amplified Bible)"


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thankful Life - May 21, 2015

I was reminded today, that growth is continual in my life, and thankfully this is true.

This has been a week of events I definitely would not have chosen, yet I am thankful to know that there is always light at the end of every trial. Although, it is over, my heart is still reeling and ready for respite. It is a time to reflect and reconnect to what the Holy Spirit has encouraged me to do for these last seven years, and I am in need of His encouragement and wisdom in so many ways. 
"The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!" ~Psalm 46:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
So help me Lord to follow through with the commitments I make. Help me pursue them lovingly and full of joy of the process.
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." ~ Hebrews 10:24 (New International Version)
Yes, it's been a heart-wrenching few days... I will not lay down and forget "whose" I am.
When we are called, and others question that calling, TRUST in the LORD's leading... the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and pray. Pray, and pray some more... head into the Word, and KNOW that God is present.

We are fortunate people to know God's love, forgiveness and mercies every day - in every way.
The Samaritan at the well - and Jesus met her where she was... and in His love she saw the changes necessary to be His.

Oh to be His... thank You Jesus. 

None of us is Selfless, or wholly Christ-like on this earth - and will not be as long as we draw breath. Our job is to love one another... ask questions, allow the Spirit to work in our lives, to submit and glorify every work in our lives to the glory of God.
All to His glory...
Help Your people be like You. Let our character reflect You in our daily activities and toward the Hope that is ETERNITY WITH YOU. Let no part of what I do hinder another brother or sister. Protect my heart Father, as only You can.

HEALING INCLUDES ONIONS...
Peeling, evaluating and correcting the many layers are tough, many tears - but God is good and faithful to those who live for His instruction and obedience.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thankful Life - May 7, 2015

I stayed home today to rest... did I? Rest? NO! My head would not stop - the pounding, the ringing - constant and unceasing ringing, the lack of concentration... yes! But more than that the thoughts, the fears, the scenarios, the anticipation of not knowing what any of this means... that I am no farther along than I was before. So, I called my doctor to let them know what was going on.

And, the words, "Be still...." "Do not be anxious!!!" " Trust Me"... I hear and sense, yet the flesh screams... HOW? I believe I know the why... but in this flesh, I plead, "how?"

As this process progresses, and my thoughts digress so much, I find it very difficult to know what I am supposed to do. Today, I am tired and so weary.

But as I said before, I have the support of my family and friends... and God is with me - so I am not alone in this - despite the fact that I sometimes loose sight of that.

Father, thank You for showing Yourself in the hearts and "fight" of others.

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Shawn Delia Boreta