Saturday, November 15, 2014

Being His - November 15, 2014

Everything that happens in this life... is forgivable... redeemable.., purposeful... only because we have a God who loves so much, we are forgiven when we approach the throne and ask for forgiveness... Through that comes redemption, the amazing gift that our Creator and heavenly Father so lovingly prepared for those who love Him... And, every decision and direction of this life began with purpose and with His direction and pursuit, He calls us to that purpose.

Even in this... there is forgiveness... redemption... purpose!

My body is fighting LORD... and I need Your fight in me. There is just so much I can do, and I am seriously done for the moment... help me fight so I can then rest.

The physical pain Father and the dealings with this disease are nothing compared to the heartbreak You know because so many have fallen away from Your truth. It breaks my heart to know that I too can and will let you down. That I too fall short every single day and so desire to be Christ-like in my actions, thoughts and pursuits. Help me LORD to work through the heart issues that arise, the temptations that are ever present in this life, and to know You completely - as you desire for me. Help me to pursue Your Word diligently and to recognize what needs to change in me. Help me to love others, be patient and walk in a manner pleasing to You... even in and especially in my momentary states that seem to disallow clarity and wisdom. Forgive me for my shortness with others and let not my physical pain be a stumbling block to compassionate and passionate witness, but allow me to be empathetic to the pure needs of others. Help me pursue and believe whole restoration regardless of my physical being. I trust You Father and love You so much. Help me live out that example... not by complaining or bringing attention to myself in my own trials, but glorifying You as I am strengthened, comforted and healed "yet more" by Your mercies daily. Thank YOU Father for loving me completely, and giving me hope daily through Your tender and perfect presence. Let my life reflect Your grace as I relate to others in their need despite my own needs. In the glory of our Creator, and through the saving blood of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

You are the fight I need right now Father... take it from here.

©2014 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thankful Life - November 12, 2014

The precious Words of Jesus, and Truth of the Word must be spread throughout the world... this is done, when we step out of our own little life and engage with another's life. Through love, tenderness and sharing the truth is done as we relate to others... care about others... love on others... and live as Christ would live... not a simple "what would Jesus do" in action, but "who am I" through Jesus as we LIVE OUT being Christ-like.

What are you doing daily to spread the Word and Live the Word? How can your life, through the act of living, impact the Kingdom? How is your life representing a mighty, awesome, PRAISE WORTHY God?

(Matthew 28:19, Matthew 5:13-16)

"In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven." ~Matthew 5:16 (New English Translation)

Give Honor.... Glorify... Praise... your Father in heaven.

Let me PRAISE YOU LORD.... every day, in every moment.

PRAISE report ... I believe I have found a doctor, still working out all the details, and God's working in the lives of those who have seen this journey through the eyes of doubt and validity... just wanted to share a little bit.

The image is a typical night's sleep pattern (pretty active throughout the night). "Let your light shine among men"... is so in my thoughts (one of my life verses). God has really placed it on my heart that ALL is for a purpose, especially in the waiting upon Him to move in, and around us. During my "Kingdom Coffee" time with my BF and Myranda on Saturday, several things were said, that confirmed this route of healing. God is the God of restoration, and He has created a restorative body... one that He and only He can restore through the LIGHT. I will have much more to share, but just wanted to shine a little on you all today.

KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH US. He has restoration and hope in our DNA because of Jesus' work and our acceptance of that gift. We are His people. 

So appreciate all of you... your prayers and love. Much love in Christ to all of you who follow Giving Thanks Daily here and through my Facebook pages.

For my brothers and sisters today, I pray for health, restoration, God's peace, healing... LORD our Father, You know the cries of Your children, and I pray for their hearts to be peaceful and wholly Yours. You know the prayers and needs of these beautiful brothers and sisters, and those who do not know You to come to Your saving knowledge through and in their trials... we pray for the workings of the Holy Spirit to be recognized and acknowledged in the hearts of all. We love You Lord Jesus for the work already accomplished and that which is yet to be done in us. Thank You for loving us so much and desiring us and pursing us. And, it's in Your precious name and trust in Your plans we pray. Amen.

‪©2014 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Life is a Prayer - November 11, 2014

Tirelessly our Father in heaven is here for each and every one of us... and He expectantly answers His children's prayers. Let us abide in His Word... through the active work and influence of the Holy Spirit this is possible. I am thankful for the lessons as I act in faith and trust our Father's plan even in the storms and trials. I am grateful for the restless moments when I am unsettled, for those are times when I seek Him more, and often more diligently... thank You LORD for Your constant reminders... thank You LORD for bringing clarity and lifting the fog that seems to settle in when I should be walking in the light. Keep me directed, and with a passionate desire to stay connected and in PRAISE. Asking this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen

Be encouraged tonight... there is nothing our heavenly Father cannot, will not do for His children, whom He loves!

Tonight I need the assurance that my Father is present, aware and "for me..."

Psalm 30 (New American Standard Bible)Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death.A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House. A Psalm of David.
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I will never be moved.”
O Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;
You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
To You, O Lord, I called,
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
“Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me;
O Lord, be my helper.”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

‪©2014 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thankful Life - November 9, 2014

Breathe in all that our Risen Savior has for us today... 
we sing hallelujah, the Lamb has overcome. 

Healed by Your light Father and with every new sunrise, "I am renewed". I am blessed beyond measure or my imagination.  I cannot comprehend how much You LOVE me. In Your pursuit of me to know You more and be more like You, I desire "yet more" of You, and I pursue You, "yet more". I am so grateful for His pursuit. I can see how this path has been paved by Your mercies and sealed by Your grace. So that every detour, or road hazard and all of its lessons are enveloped and delivered by Your amazing plans for my life. I am thankful beyond words and thoughts. 

"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day." ~2 Corinthians 4:16 (New American Standard Bible)
Regardless of what happens in this life - as children of God - we live through it because of what He did... because "it is finished", we live toward an eternity with a mighty and perfect God. The circumstances of this life that seem devastating... will not devastate us, but will form us. I had to hear this again today. God will sustain me. (Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 46:4; Psalm 37:24)

I am grateful for reminders and God's mercies throughout my day today: I can do all things... 

©2014 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thankful Life - November 5, 2014

Awesome GOD… That is what I'm truly THANKFUL for today. As I hit the wall of no energy, I have an opportunity to sit back, relax and take in all that has happened over the last few days. There were no high points, no low points… Just moments where I could see God working. Praising God for getting me through this day, these days... I still have more to do, yet this moment feels like "freedom" in the greatest way as I work and listen to some great music... 

Mighty, awesome, faithful… My God, my God thank You. Yes, there is work to be done. And I wholly depend on strength that is not mine, but is for me.

“‘Now therefore, our God,
great, mighty, fearsome God,
who keeps both covenant and grace:
let not all this suffering seem little to you
that has come on us, our kings, our leaders,
our cohanim, our prophets, our ancestors,
and on all your people,
from the times of the kings of Ashur
until this very day." ~Nehemiah 9:32 (Complete Jewish Bible)

I am thankful that I could cry out for yet more God, and more strength, and more mercies to be appreciative of. I am grateful that I have a God who loves me, and has done it all for me. Thank you Lord for being here today. Thank you Lord for giving me yet another day to "feel".

With every challenge and "challenging" person, we have the opportunity to look upon our source to come through. In the strength of the LORD God, in the power of the Holy Spirit in me and because the work of Christ Jesus "is finished", I CONTINUALLY HAVE VICTORY. Lord I don't want the crowds… I don't want the many looking in, not caring, oblivious of my heart and its breaking. I want intimate relationships based on Christ. In the crowds there is familiarity in the eyes, yet no wrap of comfort. Where is that found? You are where! Let me seek you…See You!

Today, a new day! This life affords every possibility to see God's mercies in abundance, and for this (today), I am grateful. I am honored to GIVE THANKS for all things. So, this day… Today’s reminders, and truly for every day. 

Keep going to His Word. 
Keep pondering His promises. 
Keep praying for clarity and wisdom for your life. 
Keep obeying Him and seeking His will.

LORD, You've got this time that will be spent with yet another doctor over the phone... help me keep my frustration at bay, and my mind open to hear possibilities, not road blocks. Help me to see my way through to Your grace and mercies regardless of what is said during the phone call. Let my heart not be discouraged by the world's limitations, or my "little faith", but encouraged by Your abounding love and dedication to seeing me pursue You Father, in Jesus name and in the whole strength of the Holy Spirit in my moments of weakness and triumph. Help me to know Your name, Your holiness in all my breaths, whether relief or exasperation. Father, You are my calm, my refreshing rain... my survival. You are my everything. Thank you God for opening up my world… For letting me see You through eyes different than mine. Thankful, very thankful for God’s mercies and direction through this, and all my struggles. 

I am in the midst of the greatest love story ever... my God's perfect, powerful, endless love is all need. Praise Him, I am redeemed. 

"It is through the Son, at the cost of His own blood, that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that full and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and opened our eyes to the truth. For God had allowed us to know the secret of His plan, and it is this: He purposes in His sovereign will that all human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth shall find its perfection and fulfilment in Him." ~Ephesians 1:9-10 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

©2014 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thankful Life - October 28, 2014

"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever." ~ Psalm 107:1 (New Living Translation)

My thoughts over the weekend, as I continued my four days of rest - I was home resting all day... and guess what I am doing tonight? Yep, resting. I turned the TV on for noise as I match socks, pick up and dose off & on!

I am grateful for a day of rest, and time to think. I also wrote out the past 32 years of health challenges, what I can remember anyway. And, in this process today, one thing has become very clear - my life has been blessed!

I believe God has saved me from so much on this journey and exposed my heart to amazing doors, and there will be so many more. He has journeyed with me, and during the times when it was unbearable... He lifted me and carried me onward. Through days and nights of prayer, I have been assured in my salvation, yet drawn in to His mercies. I am grateful that no matter what part of my journey, our Father has been faithful. I am reminded daily to engage. We engage through prayer and reading His Word, through worship and praise!

Find a way to engage with our Father daily and you will see His faithfulness.

[We have seen God’s mercy and wisdom: how shall we respond?] With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity." ~Romans 12:1 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Prayer is necessary to keep us focused... staying focused on the LORD, glorifying Him, admiring Him... Praising Him will guide your motives during prayer. The Holy Spirit is an amazing encourager as we do. Help us LORD to remember You in our prayers.

©2014 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Life is a Prayer - October 23, 2014

Through my darkest times there has been reward of God's amazing treasures; mercy, grace, restoration and peace.

I AM HIS... 

I am not... 
my past, my circumstances, my illness, my doubt, my fears.... 

I am His.

Sometimes we have to look at where we are, physically, emotionally and how we are connected to Jesus. Today, I am at a loss (I am never lost.... for I have Jesus). I am overwhelmed with exhaustion and, most days physical pain racks up "weight to carry" on the 1-10 scale, and tips it. But today.... "I can do all things"... while letting Him bear the burden and weight.

My prayer today, Lord help me through the physical by assuring the Spirit in me today... to have strength, endurance, "to run this race"... To know Your promise to "never leave or forsake me"...

The routine of "not feeling well", is no routine at all - it is used, however, by the enemy to distract us and persuade us that our illness is more important than God's purpose in our life. I have seen that clearly this week - and honestly, there have been several moments that I wanted to just lay down and close up, or cry.... and I did do that a few times, I will admit... but the moments that I pushed through, smiled at the circumstance and said, "Lord have Your way", I was blessed.

Today there were several of these moments. The moment I decided to fight my way out of bed to get to our church serve... the moment I just "let go" so God could enter the moment... the moment I asked for prayer... the moment I pushed to go to the store so that I will be prepared for the week.

Thank You Father for the gift of .... giving thanks daily!

For the days I don't want to get out of bed and sleep all day.... but do and go to work.

For the moments I look at the stairs going up or down, and want to cry, but step by step make my way. 

For the time I walk, stretch and don't take pain medication...


LORD, as my brother in Christ read through Psalm 22, and during the reading I thought... wow, "I don't feel like God is not here..." I always seem to know His presence... and today, I sense nothing. How, in less than 24 hours can my heart plummet and move so deeply away from the light? Help me Father to come into Your presence... as the Holy Spirit embraces my every part; physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Today, I do cry and request in whole heart - FATHER BE NEAR!

"They open their mouth againstme like a lion tearing and roaring.I am poured out like water,and all my bones are out of joint.My heart is like wax;it is melted within me.My strength is dry like a potsherd,and my tongue is sticking to my jaws;and you have placed me in the dust of death." -Psalm 22:13-15 (Lexham English Bible)

Father we come to you this today and we just thank You for your presence and Your love. We thank You that You love us so much. We thank You God there is nothing we can ever want because we have You! Help us tear the walls down that hinder our progress to a greater faith and closer relationship with You. Help us let go of the burdens in the woes of this life. Let us come to You and praise and worship many moments today. Thank you Jesus.

©2014 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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