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Friday, October 16, 2015

God's Reminders through the Pain by Stephanie G. Mangum Hoefsmit

This was shared in the Christian Lyme Support group on Facebook. I was so blessed by Stephanie's heart and the beauty of her words.  

Pain courses through my water slowly dripping, wearing away at the rocks and forming ruts in the stone...

 How is it possible for the human body to survive such a continuous torture?

 It seems as though there is no hope in sight. No light at the end of the tunnel, just continuous darkness.

 Then God reminds me of a most beautiful thought. The ocean. The tide that forever rolls in. Crashing on shore in a never ending dance with the sand. The beach never disappears even though for thousands of years it has been pummeled with sea water. The waves offer small treasures that we may stumble upon as we walk along the hemline of this great and awesome thing called the sea.

 Glass that was once sharp and jagged--able to sever veins and tendons--is now a softer color and smooth, rounded and almost soft. If broken glass was found on the sidewalk it would be avoided or discarded, yet after spending time in the ocean being tossed again and again into the sand it is now a treasure sought after and valuable.

 A bottle once used to hold liquid, serving a purpose, broken and shattered by great force, endured such an abrasive experience only to become something unique and beautiful.

 I feel like a bottle shattered, being tossed again and again in the sand as the waves toss me on shore only to suck me back into the edge of the ocean. The process of being remade into something treasured is such a long and tedious process. My God took this shattered shard of a soul and has tossed it into His ocean of love. Each wave of mercy blends my soul with the sand of grace again and again, slowly wearing away what is sharp and vain and softening edges of selfishness and pride. I'm unable to stop the process just as a piece of glass is unable to leap from the ocean and rest untouched on the land. I don't want to be shattered shards of glass on land waiting to be swept and tossed into the garbage serving no purpose but to be a danger to others who come in contact with it. I want to be sea glass. I want to endure the agony of being smoothed and shaped and tarnished. I want to finally be released from the ocean's grasp and picked up by the nail scarred hands and declared a treasure.
I hope I'm found worthy to be called such a thing.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thankful Life - October 8, 2015

“Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life” ~Psalm 23:6a (The Message)
I am really trying to stay in the Word (listening and hearing)... trust the process and live in hope... as I strive to pursue a Christ-like life, I am assured that He never ceases to pursue me.

These are very hard things to do in this broken body (which we all have because of a fallen state of this world)... b...ut with illness, it's even tougher. As I pray down the group posts yet again, I think on this past week and how I have coped. I really try to keep my mind occupied by things other than dwelling on the daily aches and pains, changes or non-changes symptomatically. It's working! He's strengthing me... and making me tougher.

Art by Shawn Boreta 2015
Removing the Mask...
I am on 'mask' kick right now... and what I learned when I went through Stephen Ministry years ago, is that we all have one (maybe more)... the mask can look like many things, and sometimes they appear to be the "real" you, but when the Holy Spirit moves... and we are open to see Him move, the Christ-like us can be seen... so today, this moment, remove the mask of pain and suffereing to reveal the you that He is working on for the world to see.

I have been able to focus on my art - which is such a lift - as I create, I can dwell on the Creator, pray for others... and imagine my pain lifting as the "canvas" transforms from nothingness to masses of color. That I will one day immerge differently and miraculously out of the pain that exists... to the hope that we are ever surrounded by through His fulfilled work.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them." ~Ephesians 2:10 (American Standard Version)
workmanship: masterpiece, handiwork...

Even in the midst of pain and suffering, our God will provide respite as we pursue to glorify Him as we live out the talents He gives us.

"Now may the God of peace, who brought the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, back from the dead through the blood of the new everlasting covenant, perfect you in every good work as you work God’s will. May God do in you only those things that are pleasing in His sight through Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, to whom we give glory always and forever. Amen." ~Hebrews 13:20-21 (The Voice)

"Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." ~Matthew 5:16 (American Standard Version)

... let our days be filled with "Even so" moments!

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thankful Life - September 20, 2015

In the Midst

In the midst of it all, I am fortunate.
As I hold tightly to my Father's Word, I am encouraged.
In the midst of it all, I am grateful.
As the daylight turns to darkness, I am not afraid, for God is present.
In the midst of it all, I am filled.
As the world ravages my heart, the mercies through Christ are near.
In the midst of it all, I am blessed.
As I hold onto His promises, His purpose is revealed.
In the midst of it all, I hang on to let go.

"Yahweh your God is in your midst;
    a mighty warrior who saves.
He shall rejoice over you with joy;
    He renews you in his love;
    He will exult over you with singing." ~Zephaniah 3:17 (Lexham English Bible)

In the commentary, "He renews" is literally translated as "he will silence you in his love." How beautiful is that assurance?

As I sit and soak in our Father's heart through music, His Word and thoughts to glorify my Creator, I am energized in my heart and soul. The world, and all it delivers can really "work me up" - and my desire is for God TO WHOLLY WORK ME UP in His presence.

If you read Zephaniah in whole, you see God moving in both the believer and unbeliever... the obedient and those not obedient. God moves in our midst as children of God, and removing Himself from the midst of those who reject Him. I desire to be obedient... to know His presence. My God will not leave me (His promise).

Heavenly and gracious, merciful and exalted Father, help us in our times of trial and trouble. Be with us in this ravaged world, so that we can shine Your light for others to see Your glory, for Your glory and honor. In these times, that are temporary, at times harsh, unrelenting hurls from the enemy's attempts to derail God's purpose in us, WE KNOW THAT WE ARE STRENGTHENED beyond comprehension through the Holy Spirit.

Giving Thanks Daily, often, becomes a challenge in this broken world, and broken body and many saints have gone before us... lived through it... and were strengthened by the hand of God through it all. I have to ask myself daily, what 'god' do I put before my God and Savior? Is it my illness, my search for wholeness in this body through 'healing' and 'restoration' of the flesh? Is it my perceived physical need? Whatever it is, LORD, my Father, help me see Your purpose and wholeness in Your presence FIRST and LAST. Help me to shine Your light regardless of what my physical limitations might appear to be. Let my  heart soar, move and grow closer to Your work in my life. Let me seek You diligently with a determined and deliberate motive, and KNOW YOUR strength in new ways. Help me share Your light with others... I thank You Lord Christ Jesus for delivering me and showing me righteous through Your blood covering. Thank You for giving me strength in knowing that my prayers, needs, both known to me and those not known to me, perfectly to our Father in heaven. Thank You for giving me direction, discernment and determination through the Holy Spirit. Here my heart through my writing, my incoherent cries and pleas, my silent sufferings, and lift my pride as I learn to ask, seek, learn, grow toward and hear Your voice... let me not falter in the days that seem so far from You... let me stand FIRM AND IN EXAMPLE OF A CHRIST-LIKE LIFE. Help me give thanks in the midst of good, bad and the indescribable. Let me allow you to continue working me up in the midst of it all. Praying in whole heart and thanksgiving to my Abba, through our precious Christ Jesus I pray and trust the intervening and delivery of my request in the Holy Spirit before my King... to our heaving Father. Amen.

photo of Hope Center, Beaver Crossing rebuilding after the Mother's Day 2014 Tornado

Psalm 138

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Favor.
A Psalm of David.

"I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I sing praises to You before the [pagan] gods.

I will bow down [in worship] toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word together with Your name.

On the day I called, You answered me;
And You made me bold and confident with [renewed] strength in my life.

All the kings of the land will give thanks and praise You, O Lord,
When they have heard of the promises of Your mouth [which were fulfilled].

Yes, they will sing of the ways of the Lord [joyfully celebrating His wonderful acts],
For great is the glory and majesty of the Lord.

Though the Lord is exalted,
He regards the lowly [and invites them into His fellowship];
But the proud and haughty He knows from a distance.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me;
Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever—
Do not abandon the works of Your own hands."

(Amplified Bible)

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thankful Life - September 18, 2015

As a child of God, I have already been healed... "by His stripes..." (Isaiah 53:5)

The worst illness of all is sin - and with the blood of my Savior, I am covered, and righteous in my Father's eyes. This body is temporary and the lessons that come from its frailty and inadequate state is priceless (2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

Daily, I am rewarded by His presence - mercies and miracles (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We have not been promised a healed body as we live and breathe on this earth, but we are promised a perfect resurrection through Christ (Romans 6:5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Timothy 2:11).

Our hope is in the life we live for Him... not by what pain is avoided.

Living a miracle filled life - and praying you find your daily miracles as well.

Let our prayers be filled with interceding for others... and seeking God's presence...
Heavenly and gracious Father, we seek Your presence and pursue Your purpose in our lives. We pray for our brothers and sisters, and trust for Your daily provision and Word-filled hope, that comes from knowing our Savior, Christ Jesus. We submit to You for the strength, that can only come from You to make it through each and every day. We trust Your presence, Your mercies and Your timing for all things and to stay the course.

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thankful Life - September 17, 2015

If a ministry claims the promise of healing and financial stability .... run. These are not promises of God. I see so many false teachers "having their way" with God's people and my heart breaks. Let us pray for discerning hearts, minds and actions (see 1 John 4). TEST EVERYTHING (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

God promises us eternity with Him, only when and if we choose to accept His gift of our Savior Christ Jesus, while admitting that we are sinners and need to be saved.

I have so many people tell me if I "believe more", "trust more"... God will heal me.
That is not what God's word says. He promises to never leave nor forsake His children (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5), His beloved in times of trial. He promises to strengthen us (Isaiah 40:28-31, Psalm 18:32-34, 2 Timothy 4:17) and help us press on in times of trial - as we pursue His will for our life (1 Peter 4:11)... I have learned that my attitude changes everything. There are times when I have nothing left, but I seek Him diligently... often.... wholly, and I am strengthened to keep going (Psalm 27:1, Matthew 10:52).

Let my life reflect Your will precious Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 12:2). In a nutshell, "Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;" ~1 Peter 1:23 English Standard Version

I am reminded often, to seek God and His instructions for my life - He'll handle the rest in His time. If I am not getting what I desire (healing, for example), He has something amazing set aside for me as I pursue Him.

"Don't be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me." ~John 14:1 Common English Bible

What are some of the verses you hold dear to allow God to move you from desperation to glorifying Him through submission?#LymeLifeHOPE
Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Life is a Prayer - August 27, 2015

My heart is breaking LORD.... as I peruse the pages that used to interact, engage and glorify You, I am broken-hearted that they are barren with Your children's engagement. We have truly become a society of "little bits and pieces", without depth or pursuit of going into Your Word with vigor. I am saddened. I am praying Father for Your work in my own life, that I can dig deep, pursue greatly all that You have set before me, and that my desire will grow and flourish with the Holy Spirit's steam beneath and around me. Help me LORD to seek You in whole heart, mind and spirit. In the name of Christ Jesus, I request and expect Your work to be done. Amen.

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thankful Life - July 26, 2015

Are you in despair? Praying for your despair to lift, and the fire of our Lord Jesus to ignite in your Spirit to see Him in your moments of hopelessness... that you will know deeply that satan, and his scheme to take your joy, has already been defeated...

When we allow the flow of God's grace to wash over us through His Word, while going deeply into His presence, we are assured and reassured that He will handle our every need.

Don't every feel bad that your faith is not enough, or you don't believe enough, or you doubt way too much... but do give all those feelings to God. Keep running toward Him, even and especially when you cannot sense hope...

Allow your moments to be consumed by thoughts of our Father, the Creator... Jesus, our Redeemer... and keep asking the Holy Spirit to bring you closer, deeper, wholly into His presence.

Today, I am believing that walls within my life that are holding me back from His presence wholly, blessings abundantly, miracles to unspoken prayers, hope delivered, joy lived... and His light displayed.

SOAKING in my LORD God and Redeemer in whole presence with the Holy Spirit.
The Breaking by Christopher Georges

Know His Word... to know His Beauty in your life.
Hebrews 11
The Voice (VOICE)
11 Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. 2 It was by faith that our forebears were approved. 3 Through faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible.
Faith begins as hope and indeed is unseen; so many doubt that it is real. What follows is the proof that faith is a reality that can be trusted.
4 By faith Abel presented to God a sacrifice more acceptable than his brother Cain’s. By faith Abel learned he was righteous, as God Himself testified by approving his offering. And by faith he still speaks, although his voice was silenced by death.
5 By faith Enoch was carried up into heaven so that he did not see death; no one could find him because God had taken him. Before he was taken up, it was said of him that he had pleased God. 6 Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking.
7 By faith Noah respected God’s warning regarding the flood—the likes of which no one had ever seen—and built an ark that saved his family. In this he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham heard God’s call to travel to a place he would one day receive as an inheritance; and he obeyed, not knowing where God’s call would take him. 9 By faith he journeyed to the land of the promise as a foreigner; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, his fellow heirs to the promise 10 because Abraham looked ahead to a city with foundations, a city laid out and built by God.
11 By faith Abraham’s wife Sarah became fertile long after menopause because she believed God would be faithful to His promise. 12 So from this man, who was almost at death’s door, God brought forth descendants, as many as the stars in the sky and as impossible to count as the sands of the shore.
13 All these I have mentioned died in faith without receiving the full promises, although they saw the fulfillment as though from a distance. These people accepted and confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on this earth 14 because people who speak like this make it plain that they are still seeking a homeland. 15 If this was only a bit of nostalgia for a time and place they left behind, then certainly they might have turned around and returned. 16 But such saints as these look forward to a far better place, a heavenly country. So God is not ashamed to be called their God because He has prepared a heavenly city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when he endured God’s testing, offered his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice. The one who had received God’s promise was willing to offer his only son; 18 God had told him, “It is through Isaac that your descendants will bear your name,”[a] 19 and he concluded that God was capable of raising him from the dead, which, figuratively, is indeed what happened.
20 By faith Isaac spoke blessings upon his sons, Jacob and Esau, concerning things yet to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed the sons of his son Joseph, bowing in worship as he leaned upon his staff.[b]
22 By faith Joseph, at his life’s end, predicted that the children of Israel would make an exodus from Egypt; and he gave instructions that his bones be buried in the land they would someday reach.
23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born because they saw that he was handsome; and they did not fear Pharaoh’s directive that all male Hebrew children were to be slain.
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown, refused to be identified solely as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter 25 and chose instead to share the sufferings of the people of God, not just living in sin and ease for a time. 26 He considered the abuse that he and the people of God had suffered in anticipation of the Anointed One more valuable than all the riches of Egypt because he looked ahead to the coming reward.
27 By faith Moses left Egypt, unafraid of Pharaoh’s wrath and moving forward as though he could see the invisible God. 28 Through faith, he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of blood on the doorposts among the Hebrews so that the destroyer of the firstborn would pass over their homes without harming them. 29 By faith the people crossed through the Red Sea as if they were walking on dry land, although the pursuing Egyptian soldiers were drowned when they tried to follow.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho toppled after the people had circled them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab welcomed the Hebrew spies into her home so that she did not perish with the unbelievers.
32 I could speak more of faith; I could talk until time itself ran out. If I continued, I could speak of the examples of Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah, of David and Samuel and all the prophets. 33 I could give accounts of people alive with faith who conquered kingdoms, brought justice, obtained promises, and closed the mouths of hungry lions. 34 I could tell you how people of faith doused raging fires, escaped the edge of the sword, made the weak strong, and—stoking great valor among the champions of God—sent opposing armies into panicked flight.
35 I could speak of faith bringing women their loved ones back from death and how the faithful accepted torture instead of earthly deliverance because they believed they would obtain a better life in the resurrection. 36 Others suffered mockery and whippings; they were placed in chains and in prisons. 37 The faithful were stoned, sawn in two,[c] killed by the sword, clothed only in sheepskins and goatskins; they were penniless, afflicted, and tormented. 38 The world was not worthy of these saints. They wandered across deserts, crossed mountains, and lived in the caves, cracks, and crevasses of the earth.
Stories of faith and faithfulness are central to the First Testament. The writer of Hebrews recalls some of the most memorable examples of how people of faith lived their lives. But what is faith? Faith is more than belief; it is trust, assurance, and firm conviction. Ironically most of those who lived by faith never fully realized the promises God had made. Like us they journeyed as strangers and exiles, longing for another country. We should remember their patient faith when we face prolonged hardships and allow the trials we face to strengthen our faith rather than destroy it. If we are comfortable here and don’t face suffering for our faith, perhaps we aren’t fully living by faith and looking forward to a future hope.
39 These, though commended by God for their great faith, did not receive what was promised. 40 That promise has awaited us, who receive the better thing that God has provided in these last days, so that with us, our forebears might finally see the promise completed.
11:18 Genesis 21:12
11:21 Genesis 47:31
11:37 Some early manuscripts read “sawn in two.” Other early manuscripts read “tempted.” Later manuscripts have both.
Joy is in the journey... Hope is in the accomplished work of a perfect Savior.

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

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