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Friday, August 15, 2014

Thankful Life - August 15, 2014


In the midst of "life" good or bad, we MUST stay grounded, engaged and moved by the Holy Spirit. After speaking and praying with my sister and ministry leader last night, we heard much from God. I am determined to stay on track... keeping the LORD first and at the forefront no matter what goes on around me is the key. Wisdom, strength and clarity to do this is sought through prayer and petition.

We mustn't depend on others to fill our gaps and our needs, that creates 'neediness', which essentially is 'independence' from God. Seeking God and knowing we are dependent on Him fulfills and develops our daily walk in freedom.

"He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,[steadfast love]
    and to walk humbly with your God?" ~Micah 6:8 ESV

I am being very convicted to seek counsel and prayer for these personal struggles, and to the masses encourage as I am encouraged through the amazing Word of God, and encourage as to be encouraged.

As I met with my sister and friend last night, it was 'made very clear', that I am not trusting, "God's got this!" when I dwell in the hollowness of this world, or the depravity of all that is delivered of this world - WE MUST DWELL in the place of our Almighty God. "Blinders On" in this case are good.

"In your unfailing love you will lead
    the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
    to your holy dwelling." ~Exodus 15:10 NIV

Faith without action is dead (James 2:17). 

For me, that means serving others in my own times of desperation... reaching out, encouraging and depending on Christ through the Holy Spirit to strengthen me to do so... we cannot grow when we are constantly 'waiting' for God to change our circumstances, we grow when we move to action despite our circumstances. We often become paralyzed in our situations (me included). Focusing on the obvious instead of the Divine Promises... 

We are already healed through salvation.
Our God will never leave or forsake us.
He will protect us, encourage us. 
Through our obedience and abiding, our prayers are answered. 

We must ask God to give us eyes to see, ears to hear and the voice to minister... In my own experiences, His words will come as I pray for, minister to, encourage others....

So today, in this thankful life I seek to serve more, as well as more graciously. I seek to be humbled and lifted, and today I pray. Father God You always know the Word and encouragement I need, thank You. You guide me amazingly to this daily when I obey and do what You request. My heart is full today of hope and contentment that You are 'for me', 'with me' and 'desire me to know joy'. HOW GREAT ARE YOU LORD! How great is Your will! I lift those up Abba who are struggling today in light of news or their past or the deliveries of what this life brings - that they too will be strengthened, encouraged, filled with hope AND they will step out and serve toward healing today. It truly is a thankful life! In the power of the Holy Spirit, I start another day and seek You throughout. In Jesus' mighty name, I pray and petition... amen.

#givingthanksdaily
#lifeincolorandwords

©2014 Shawn Boreta

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thankful Life - August 7, 2014



Today, I am grateful for friendship and the leading of my Father to keep me in His Word.  As this week has progressed, so has my study in the Book of Acts. There have been some key passages - words - urgings. Sometimes in the midst of busyness, we are challenged to seek solitude. Lord, help me with that today. Help me to let go of the moments that are overwhelming me and lead me to that quiet place and those quiet times to be with You.

Thank You for this time with You Father.

Acts 2:

“And everyone who calls
on the name of the LORD will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the LORD has said,
even among the survivors
whom the LORD calls.” -Joel 2:32

Vs. 37 Pierced at the heart.

Received His Word and were baptized in the Holy Spirit!

“Feeling a sense of Awe…” vs. 43 - Don’t we want that sense of AWE? That sense that all is good and He is working in all aspects of our heart, through our hearts and His desires for our lives? Desiring to see the “wonders and signs”? Father, it’s in this time of being in Your Word, seeking Your presence that I am at peace and wrapped in Your tender mercies. Even in the roughness of the days end, I know You are here – pursuing, stretching and giving me what I need. Help us LORD to grow in praising Your every direction, correction and elimination of the flesh as we seek to be wholly engaged, wholly present and wholly committed.

Acts 3:

Vs. 6 “I don’t possess silver or gold, but what I do have I give to you” and with that Peter healed the beggar – the heart of a servant. The draw of our Lord and Savior to His Work and purpose. And the beggar did not just ‘get up’ he leaped.

What are your thoughts?



#givingthanksdaily
#lifeincolorandwords

©2014 Shawn Boreta

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thankful Life - August 6, 2014

Good morning... Today we have a choice - to have a good day, or not. The "nots" are not so good, I am sure you agree. Decide today that no matter 'what' comes up or at you, that God can strengthen you to get through it. That with the Holy Spirit, the battle is not of flesh. You decide how to respond or not... in this case, the "nots" might just be the good answer. But in the case of listening to the Holy Spirit, we must comply.





Daily, we come before our King and request His favor for our day, and daily, we can trust that He has us. I am grateful for His Word, His Instructions, His Protection!



"And he said to them, “Men and Israelites, take care for yourselves what you are about to do to these men! For before these days, Theudas rose up saying he was somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was executed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and caused people to follow him in revolt. And that one perished, and all who followed him were scattered. And now I tell you, keep away from these men, and leave them alone, because if this plan or this matter is from people, it will be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you even be found fighting against God.” So they were persuaded by him. And they summoned the apostles, beat them, commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and released them. So they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin rejoicing, because they had been considered worthy to be dishonored for the sake of the name. Every day, both in the temple courts and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that the Christ was Jesus." ACTS 5:35-42 (Lexham English Bible)


Brothers and sisters, despite what is to come in this life, we give thanks... Give thanks and do what you have been called to do.



"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!" ~Psalm 91:1 (English Standard Version)



"But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [a]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!" ~2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible)



You control you responses, but not your circumstances. We can be prepared for mishaps and the unexpected because we know "they are part of this life". So, now what? HIS WORD... GOD's promises apply here. NEVER LET THEM GO.


Move from being a worrier to a Warrior! We do this knowing that we already own victory!

God is for you!



Wooah... and all His people said Amen!







#givingthanksdaily
#lifeincolorandwords

©2014 Shawn Boreta

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thankful Life - July 27, 2014

We have to be very careful in how we approach this life... if we worry, fret and live in fear, we miss out on the blessings that are in the midst of real challenges. I know for me, I have (over the years) created my own disasters because I 'thought' wrong. How about you?

Today, I reflect and look deep in my heart to see what I really need to let go. Confronting situations are definitely not one of my strongest attributes and I desire to be bolder and less fearful when it comes to speaking up and defending my ground in certain areas. Yet, looking back, I have seen change... and for that I am truly grateful and I pray I not become complacent in what is already done, and focus on what God can yet do in His strength and toward His will for my life. In a recent teaching, we were asked... "what is abundant life?" My first thought was simply, "knowing God"... and onto, "knowing God's mercy, tenderness and the knowledge that He does have a plan", seemed to finish the thought so much more satisfactory. We all struggle, fight the flesh and can get sucked into despair because "we just can't get 'there'". Friends, let us know that God, yes, the God who loves you passionately, desires you to KNOW ALL THAT HE IS FOR YOU.... to know that His love is like nothing you can ever fathom. but He will pursue you over and over (continually) so you will know. And this, I am telling myself as much as I am sharing it with you!!!

Abundant Life... is not a bank account or stuff... it is knowing whose you are and knowing His love is everything... the blood of Jesus will cover and carry you through. Get to know the power of the Holy Spirit... not as a 'fix all', but as the mighty and perfect mercy and grace of our Savior. I am thankful I have so much to learn... as well as so much to heal from. Thank You LORD for pursing my heart and Your will for abundancy.

And again, I am facing an internal challenge to step out and speak up... Father, there is something that really needs to be done. This thing that is uncomfortable, because I was uncomfortable with what and how something was said to me. Help me to, not only be bold, but to be wise with my words and attitude. Help me to present my case lovingly, while intelligently and with conviction. I want firm boundaries, yet flexibility to work well with others. As I come to You Father, help me to lean in to Your desires for my life and my life's work. Help me to see Your will as I carve out this life and what is to be done and how I do it.

In the mighty name of Jesus, help me keep my eyes on You and doing what You will have me do... serve - love - encourage - engage with and believe that You are for me.



"We should consider these examples and Christ the perfect example
Surrounded then as we are by these serried ranks of witnesses, let us strip off everything that hinders us, as well as the sin which dogs our feet, and let us run the race that we have to run with patience, our eyes fixed on Jesus the source and the goal of our faith. For he himself endured a cross and thought nothing of its shame because of the joy he knew would follow his suffering; and he is now seated at the right hand of God’s throne. Think constantly of him enduring all that sinful men could say against him and you will not lose your purpose or your courage." ~Hebrews 12:1-3 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

We mustn't wait til "things" are good to serve others... We serve knowing God is good.

#givingthanksdaily
#lifeincolorandwords

©2014 Shawn Boreta

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thankful Life - July 22, 2014



Today Father, I just want to thank You for the people in my life. For those who know they are an influence, and those who have no idea, I thank You. As I sit here tonight, reflecting back on my day, I am so grateful for moments of weakness; those moments when I fall flat, yet can remember that I am Yours and be comforted. I am grateful for moments of weariness; those moments I scrape and scramble to get by, because I AM YOURS and find peace in that very instant. I am grateful for moments of recognition; those moments when I see Your hand, more than mine, and realize I desire to be like You even more deeply.

Today Father, I just want to thank You always finding ways to remind me of who I am becoming is not who I was... and I was has no relevance of who I am now...

Today Friends, I just want to remind you that You have a Creator who divinely loves you and desires your life to be His, wholly. For those who have yet to 'believe', I pray for you now... that there will be many around you, who surround your every day life with love and example of a Christ-like life. That during times of weakness, weariness and need to recognize something more is here for you, that you will cry out, call upon and believe that you were created for His pleasure and to live this life out for His glory. 

May we Father be wholly Yours and desire to be wholly committed to living the life that You desire for each of us. Let us know that there is nothing perfect outside of God. We must be content with the perfecting process that God has for each and everyone of us. In moments of my defensiveness, I would often say "well, I'm not perfect.… "and really, does anyone really expect you to be? And, if they do we do have the right to set that expectation straight. This also goes for many of us, who have the 'perfectionist' in them. Let us remember who actually is perfect and who He is for each of us.

#givingthanksdaily
#lifeincolorandwords
#thankfullife

©2014 Shawn Boreta

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thankful Life - July 21, 2014

Digging into the Word is essential for this life. We cannot survive the strife, pain, obstacles or even the good without the right direction and insights. This only comes from His Word and guide of the Holy Spirit. We must be careful to dwell in and meditate on the Word of God. Let us, LORD God depend on the Spirit for every step, every thought and desire to be in Your will.

"I have chosen the way of truth and faithfulness; Your ordinances have I set before me." ~Psalm 119:30 (Amplified Bible)

Remember to note the things of joy in your life... so that, when the times of challenges and obstacles arise, you can remember... "this is only temporary"... Why? Because we have an amazing, wonderful, faithful and perfect God directing our paths, loving us intensely and who has already prepared "the Way".

#thankfullife #givingthanksdaily #lifeincolorandwords
©2014 Shawn Boreta 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Being His - July 12, 2014

As I sit here tonight, I am once again reminded how fortunate I am for this journey of gratitude and truly grasping His gift of His Word and promises. It truly seems like a lifetime ago, or even someone else's life, when I think of the road traveled with my Savior began. In the "trenches", not in the "glow" is where I see His light shining brightest for me. It has been through the harshest of circumstances and the bleakest of moments that He lifted my heart, soul and mind to meet His glory. And, it's the gift I so desire for everyone I meet, and the greatest news is our Creator, our Savior, our Helper also desires that for our lives.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~Isaiah 41:10 (New International Version)

Heartache....

Don't let the enemy have any of these moments... all your moments belong to God... belong to God to work out, filter through and repair. JESUS LOVES YOU... so much that He left us with the Holy Spirit (Him in us) to help us with all the details of living this life. Allow Him to work...

Hope...
His Orchestrated Purpose [toward] Eternity

First, choose Him!
Believe that He is your Salvation.
Trust He knows your circumstances and will not leave you stranded!

You Know that people will tear you down.
You know the enemy wants you to believe that.
You KNOW THAT GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT.

Let the Holy Spirit be your GATEKEEPER!

There is no "but" in this life we lead with God... we say, Yet God!

Yet God, has great things for you. Yet God, desires His children to KNOW His promises...

God promised that He is all you need... "My grace is sufficient for you..." (2 Corinthians 12:9)


"But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [a]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!" ~2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible)