Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Weekend

My dad was a prisoner during WWII, in Germany. Never once did I hear him complain because of what he went through. At 5'9", he was a healthy 150 pounds or so when he went off to fight for our country. He even lied about his age, so he could help earlier. He ended his short career in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sgt... He spent two years as a POW, and in his journal, he wrote about his beautiful wife, my mom... and his son, Richard, my brother. He loved our country, even after returning to the U.S., nearly starved to death, at around 100 pounds; malnutritioned, to the point of losing his teeth, and compromised health for the rest of his life.

I watched my dad fight for his life, all of my younger life; and maybe that is where my fight stems from. He is no longer with us here on earth, but this weekend I honor him... the love for his country, family and our God.

This weekend, everyone who has served for our country, I pray you are honored... that you know how privileged I feel because of that service. From the bottom of my heart I thank you... let us pray for those still serving, in harms way right now, and those who daily prepare to protect us.

Thank you, my friends, brothers and sisters, who have fought for my freedom and life here.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Giving Thanks Daily, Struggling to Write

My intentions are to write every day, yet my heart isn't connecting with my mind to grasp the habit. Lord, I am grateful. I am living a thankful life - and I truly want to share with others. Help me to re-habitualize the act of gratitude through writing. 

As I was praying about and pondering my writing exercise, this note came into my inbox... Darci has been a frequent guest writer, and is an amazing friend and sister in Christ.

"I read this verse and thought about what my marriage went through last year - “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”” -‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬
In chapter 14 God has instructed Moses to lead his people out of Egypt. People were so scared... “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” -‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬
God responded to the fear in verse 14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” -‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:14
Obviously, they escaped Pharoah and eventually made it to the promised land. When I left Leo, I had to leave knowing it could be possible that my marriage could be over. Leo seemed like “my enemy” but I held out hope deep down in my heart. However, I had to go forward with my life as if I’d never see my marriage again. 
As you know, God did fight for me...for my marriage. It’s one of those times that God's words leap off the pages of the Bible and come alive!! -Darci Escandon 

Many times I run to the LORD... with this exact verse.

"This is what I know about my creator, no matter what the struggle, whether it is pain, heartbreak or just quieting my mind, He is there to take it on for me or with me, whatever my need.  So I am reassured with His words again, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” ~ Exodus 14:14 (NIV) (Day 575)

Our minds are very powerful, and sometimes in my “odd” way of reprogramming, I have had to look at descriptive words very differently – today, that word is exhaustion. There is a huge conflict at times, my mind and my attitude say, “Not today!” And, I suck it up and move on. There are other days, like today, my body answers with, “TODAY, let’s fight.” I was reminded that those are “fighting words”, “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” ~Exodus 14:14 (NKJV) (Day 699)
Are you dealing with daily pain? Emotional build up? Hurt that just won't release? 
"The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." ~Exodus 14:14 (King James Version ©2003)
As we come to Him, we can openly and heart-fully ask for His strength, courage, comfort and wisdom to bring you through whatever the pain is.
Today is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. Bring each day and each moment to Him. (Day 976)

So, today is a new day... live well in every moment because you are His.

© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily

Shawn Boreta

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Giving Thanks Daily (1)

I am finding it difficult to begin and stay focused on writing daily. So, when this happens, I will take the approach of keeping things simple... Today, I'm simply thankful. 

"The Similes of Salt and Light.[By their deeds the disciples are to influence the world for good. They can no more escape notice than a city set on a mountain. If they fail in good works, they are as useless as flavorless salt or as a lamp whose light is concealed]“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.[The unusual supposition of salt losing its flavor has led some to suppose that the saying refers to the salt of the Dead Sea that, because chemically impure, could lose its taste.]  You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
-Matthew 5:13-16 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

If we awake with a thought of gratitude, it can change our entire day... and a changed day, can create a beautiful life.

We are called to be light and salt... so, today, and the next day, and the next... "Let your light shine".  Lord, help me to let my Your light in me shine, shine, shine.

Not only are we called, but we can be the light when we tap into He who is "for us".

Today, I am grateful that I belong to my Creator. I am grateful that I know of His gift of salvation.

Father, help me to know Your Word more deeply, and let my life reflect "know You"!

© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily

Shawn Boreta

Friday, December 29, 2017

Giving Thanks Daily - Begin Anew

In 2010 I was prompted to journal about gratitude - in fact, this is the blog that grew from that challenge. In the past few years, writing has been difficult. If you have read some of my entries, you have followed some of my journey - wading through chronic illness, and treating a seemingly impossible disease. Yet God!

The foundation that was set in the over 1,000 entries of Giving Thanks Daily, and the promises of our Creator have kept my thoughts in the right place, for the most part... lately, I have noticed that I am struggling much more, and my thoughts, although I am not doubting God's goodness or gifts, I am finding that I am less positive. I experience much more anxiety, frustration and disappointment than when I am not in the Word and finding gratitude in my daily routine.

So, today, as we draw near to the beginning of a new year, I will begin again.

As I was thinking and pondering a new start with the daily writing, I remembered why, for me it's so very important for me to share my faith. To share what I learn. To share the struggles and the victories. Because I need it, I desire to draw nearer my Savior, and know all that He has given for me to learn.

I am thankful for this opportunity, and I thank you for joining me. As I have done in the past, I invite you to give thanks daily as well.

(c) 2017 Giving Thanks Daily

Shawn Boreta

Friday, May 19, 2017

Be Not Troubled

Are you going through troubles?
Try to allow God to reason with you... rebuke the enemy. You've come way too far.
This too shall pass.
Remember WHOSE you are.
Talk to those who will affirm you, not beat you down. Often, it's those who we love the most who tear us down the most.
BACK OFF SATAN...This man/girl speaking right now.... belongs to God... and Jesus is on the throne is now pleading for me to be encouraged... Holy Spirit move me toward peace... comfort and wholeness in You. Help me know that 'man's' word means nothing - because nothing compares to YOUR goodness.

"Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes."
Romans 11:33 (The Message)

"Having problems that seem impossible to solve? Are you in a situation that you would like to remove yourself from? Would you like to see light without having to go through the tunnel?
Well--you certainly can . . .
Because God loves to answer the prayers of those who put their trust in Him and cry out to Him for deliverance.
Don't believe me? Give it a try and see for yourself!!!
Go ahead---I dare you!"

Strength and Honor - Ron McIntyre

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pray Always

Heavenly and gracious Father... thank You for doing what I wasn't able... for sending Jesus to take "it all away"... for giving me choice so that I am truly Yours... help me Holy Spirit to keep in Your presence... stay true to Your desires, Your Word, Your will. Help me to (DAILY) BREAK FREE... help me to remember that I am forever forgiven - that gratitude comes in humility and is a gift that I can take in, give out and never let go of. Help me to fight through the grind, the challenges and reap the blessings in it all. Coming to You Lord Jesus and trusting Your intercession and knowing what my needs truly are.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Day 1 - Giving Thanks Daily

Today's Giving Thanks Daily Thought

Hold tightly to God's Word and promises!!!!
In the tough times and good times, meditate and reflect - dwell in what is good and what is right. Let go of the world, the fear, the uncertainty!
Remember that the enemy's (satan) only goal is to get your eyes off the Lord… to divide, incite fear, deceive and lie, and put blinders on people. Let it be the Word that washes over you, and the words of this world roll off. Remember who you are in Christ.
And, hold your ground in His presence - seek wisdom and truth.

Love in Christ,

Shawn Delia Boreta

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