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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Reboot - Day 10 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 10 of Giving Thanks Daily


I had a very long conversation with one of my very best friends today, a prayer partner and fellow warrior. We've both had need for healing, decisions to make regarding our health, and lots of opinions weighing in throughout our journeys. Right or wrong, this is how it is.

Our "chat" was a good one. She is in the Word so much, and her faith inspires me to press on with my own studies and growth - she has always influenced me in this way.
As I contemplate my current physical state, I found myself doing the "what if" conversation in my mind. Fortunately, I was so very busy today, after talking with the nurse, that I haven't had much time to go there. I am grateful for the times I can ignore the inevitable... but also very grateful to confront the inevitable and face it with the guidance and strength of God.

Despite the possibility of surgery, I've experienced a great calm. I am sure that the revitalized giving thanks daily is greatly preparing me, and keeping me focused on what is most important.

“Every God-begotten person conquers the world's ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world's ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.” ~1 John 5:4-6

I am grateful that the enemy will not gain ground in my heart, mind or life because God has me, and I will not let go of Him.... even if I am only holding on by a thread, He's GOT ME.

I have called upon Him poured out my thoughts and laid down my fears, but now it's time to listen... wait... hope. I am triumphant through Christ.

#givingthanksdaily #thankfullife #lifeincolorandWORDS

© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Reboot - Day 9 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 9 of Giving Thanks Daily



I had a follow up appointment with my Lyme specialist. There has been so much improvement, and although I was feeling a bit under the weather, I know that I've improved greatly since the first time I walked into that office over 3.5 years ago. I have shared my faith with my doctors, my nurses and the reception staff, today was no different. Today, I specifically shared how I am able to write again; that I am able to consider learning new things, actually finish projects I start, and maybe consider changing my career - these are miracles. I shared that I have witnessed many miracles - and expect to recognize many more in my lifetime. I have been told by both my doctor and PA that my ability to be grateful, hopeful through this all has been a key to my healing... I always add, in God's strength.

I have said this before, and will reiterate it over and over, that the greatest healing I have received, or anyone can receive is the gift of salvation. I am healed by the blood of Christ; I am healed because He chose me; I am healed and will live in eternity with my Creator - it cannot get any better than that. And, today, yesterday and tomorrow, I live in constant hope that no matter what I go through, I go through it with my God... in the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit - part of God's family. Nothing else could ever beat this.

Thank You Father for giving me great resources physically, but mostly spiritually - through the Word, the example of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and the correction, encouragement and tenderness of the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank You LORD for making sure I have come this far... have the opportunity to choose You daily to live in righteousness... thank Your for helping me live Christ-like - and Your assurance that is so freely and wonderfully given.

Christ Is Our Example
"For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. While being reviled and insulted, He did not revile or insult in return; while suffering, He made no threats [of vengeance], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in His body on the [g]cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been [h]healed. For you were continually wandering like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls." 1 Peter 2:21-25 (Amplified Bible) 
  1. 1 Peter 2:24 Lit wood.
  1. 1 Peter 2:24 Generally regarded as a reference to being spiritually healed from the illness of sin; however, many also consider physical healing to be included in Christ’s atoning death.

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© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta 

Reboot - Day 8 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 8 of Giving Thanks Daily


I am grateful for a good night sleep. Most of yesterday, which is why I didn’t get to writing, I spent fighting off pain and discomfort.  After four plus hours at urgent care and ruling out “an emergency“, I went home and did absolutely nothing. Chris and I are quite a pair... he is still a mess from his ‘most recent’ biking accident, and me dealing with an abdominal issue. We are a great match... and shared empathy well with one another last night.

It Is Well With My Soul When peace like a river, attendeth my way,When sorrows like sea billows roll;Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowaIt is well, it is well, with my soul.
Refrain 
It is well, (it is well),With my soul, (with my soul)It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,Let this blest assurance control,That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!My sin, not in part but the whole,Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:If Jordan above me shall roll,No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,The sky, not the grave, is our goal;Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,A song in the night, oh my soul! bł
a "know" (at the end of the third line) was changed to "say".b "A song in the night, oh my soul" (last line) was changed to "Even so, it is well with my soul".”Horatio Spafford

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© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Reboot - Day 7 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 7 of Giving Thanks Daily


Let me count the ways, the so many ways we are blessed. 

On my way to church this morning, my heart raced, and I felt that way too familiar “panic”... so I pulled over, prayed and continued on to arrive only a few minutes late. God’s strength and the nudge of the Holy Spirit. I'm working on little steps, and I know that when I am in the Word, in prayer and trusting God, that this preparation will be well purposed. 

I was going to meet Chris around 1pm today, so we could go to the Cycle Shop to get his bike looked at. I arrived home about 13 minutes late, and I didn't see Chris. My phone was dead, so I needed to charge it. I looked in the garage for his bike, and it wasn't in its normal spot; Chris was no where to be found. I assumed he was still on his ride or he decided to bring the bike down earlier. I busied myself, waiting for him to finish his ride, so we could go run our errand. He rides on our street, and I usually see him go by the house every 4-5 minutes... After 10 minutes, pulling weeds, and picking up around the yard, expecting to see Chris buzz by. He did not. 

I went back through the house, out to the garage... but this time I noticed his bike was on the other side of the garage. I felt something was wrong. By this time, I turned my phone back on, and it was glitchy. I saw I had two . missed calls... but couldn't retrieve my voicemails. After restarting my phone again, I saw two transcribed messages from Eden Medical Center - yes, my heart stopped just a bit... 

I tried to call, but no answer. I finally reached someone at 1:40p, and they told me Chris had a fall off his bike, and was getting ready to be released... Another urgent situation, but this time Chris was coming home with me. Today, I am grateful that his injuries are not that serious, and he is home with me tonight. 

LORD, thank You that I have good friends to pray with, and that You prearrange all that so my heart and mind are prepared beforehand. Thank You that I am able to seek You greatly in my times of need.  Thank You for continuing to work on those I love, and pursing them greatly. Thank You for surrounding me with prayer warriors.  Help me LORD to keep my time with You at the forefront, and maintaining the calm through the Spirit. Help me Father to know that with You, even all that seems "unreal", that "all is well" with You. 

Thank You Lord for the loving notes from my daughter, again, in the midst of it all. 






#givingthanksdaily #thankfullife #lifeincolorandWORDS

© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Reboot - Day 6 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 6 of Giving Thanks Daily



Joy is in the little things... and the little things can be the major things.

Today was spent with my granddaughter. Time with her brings so much joy to my life. I am grateful that I have this time, and it is cherished.

As I watch her grow, and see her change so much every week. Lord, I lift this little girl up to You for protection, and the work of the Holy Spirit in her heart, mind and in her daily life. Help her to grow toward Your ways... help her to be a prayer warrior, disciple of Christ, and a light in this world. Help me guide her rightly, and encourage her in faith and throughout her days.  Thank You Father for the opportunity to be part of something so amazing. Thank You LORD for loving her so greatly, and giving her the personality, character and will that she has... thank You that she is strong and smart... and loving. Thank You for being with her as she grows... through and in Christ Jesus. Amen.

I am grateful Lord...

"Love From the FatherSee the kind of love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are! The world does not know us, because it did not know him. Dear friends, we are children of God now, but what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he is revealed we will be like him, and we will see him as he really is. Everyone who has this hope purifies himself just as Jesus is pure."  1 John 3:1-3 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

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© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Reboot - Day 5 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 5 of Giving Thanks Daily

A day of rest, after an extremely busy week. This is what I am grateful today. 

My body and mind are tired. Let appears that my week has caught up with me. But all is good. Tomorrow I will finish a project, see my girls!

And, tonight.... I rest.

Care and Anxiety
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith?    So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:25-34 (New International Version)

Know the things that refresh you, and do them.... stay in the Word.

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© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Reboot - Day 4 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 4 of Giving Thanks Daily


I've mentioned that I have been struggling for quite some time, and today, my heart soared a bit as I felt that familiar calm of the LORD dwelling... and encouragement that is the Holy Spirit directing me. It's been a very busy time, at work, and in general.

Despite the fact that today was a stack of stuff to do, I was able to stay focused, and accomplish much. I am grateful for the knowledge to do my job well, and work through the challenges. I am grateful that the calm had an overflowing effect with my energy. This evening I am calm, collected and at rest, without the feeling of exhaustion - which is a major positive.

Thank You LORD for filling me, calming me, encouraging me through my day. Thank You for giving me a sense of accomplishment and the confidence to press on even as tasks and responsibilities piled up today. Help me to continue on this trajectory in Your presence. Help me Father to reboot to restore what is so deeply embedded in my heart, mind and spirit, through the renewed desires, hunger and need to be in Your presence. Help me to know Your desires for my path. Help me to pray more. Show me LORD how ask for more help from the Holy Spirit. All these things I ask in Christ Jesus.

"To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV)

YOU LORD ARE... 
my daily hope
my daily desire
my daily fulfillment

YOU LORD ARE...
who sustains me
who strengthens me
who holds me

YOU LORD ARE... 
all that I want
all that I need

YOU JESUS ARE...
who I want to be like

NOTHING BUT YOU.

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)
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© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta


Reboot – Day 3 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot – Day 3 of Giving Thanks Daily


This season of my life is a season of little steps… maybe even half of that.

Moment to moment efforts to get right with God... and to fully sense His presence, once again.

I have spent months contemplating the “how” to get restarted or rebooted, when all it takes is the decision to start the conversations; to set time aside and speak with God; to listen in the stillness.

"No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are “in” Jesus Christ. For the new spiritual principle of life “in” Christ lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2
There are several areas that truly need attention in my life, but none of it can be accomplished without the primary need of God in my every day and every moment.

As I write this, I remember that It is not God’s whispers that draw me away, but the voice of distraction and doubt. I remember that the enemy can move me to begin, yet it is my own behavior and habits that keep me in the unhealthy pattern. This evening I was greatly ministered to by the words of my daughter (thank You Father for you work on her).

"The Law never succeeded in producing righteousness—the failure was always the weakness of human nature. But God has met this by sending his own Son Jesus Christ to live in that human nature which causes the trouble. And, while Christ was actually taking upon himself the sins of men, God condemned that sinful nature. So that we are able to meet the Law’s requirements, so long as we are living no longer by the dictates of our sinful nature, but in obedience to the promptings of the Spirit." Romans 8:3-4

I am grateful for my family, especially my daughter. I am thankful when God shows me that He’s “in this” which has been laid before Him and that my prayers matter. That those I love are in His presence and work is being accomplished.

What a great work You do my LORD. Thank You for showing Yourself. Thank You for the healing and mercies upon my family. Thank You for quieting what does not matter, and moves me away from the importance of time in Your presence.

"But you are not carnal but spiritual if the Spirit of God finds a home within you. You cannot, indeed, be a Christian at all unless you have something of his Spirit in you. Now if Christ does live within you his presence means that your sinful nature is dead, but your spirit becomes alive because of the righteousness he brings with him. I said that our nature is “dead” in the presence of Christ, and so it is, because of its sin. Nevertheless once the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives within you he will, by that same Spirit, bring to your whole being new strength and vitality." Romans 8:9-11

God does work all things out for His purpose; and in concluding this tonight, I am drawn to Romans as my mind releases these thoughts to the page. The entire chapter is so rich and encouraging for me... a daughter, who sons, falls short so often and is in great need of knowing the assurances of salvation - yet I know I am His and He loves me anyway. It’s not why I do, have done or will do - it’s what He did... because “it is finished”. So very grateful He is not finished with me yet.

"In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own. The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope. And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!"
"It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail. And it is plain, too, that we who have a foretaste of the Spirit are in a state of painful tension, while we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that at last we have realised our full sonship in him. We were saved by this hope, but in our moments of impatience let us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we haven’t yet got. But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience." Romans 8:18-25

JB Phillips New Testament translation used, but I highly recommend you also read, NASB. 

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© 2018 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Reboot - Day 2 of Giving Thanks Daily

Reboot - Day 2 of Giving Thanks Daily

Heavenly and gracious Father, there is so much noise in our world - noise that can distract, annoy, influence and take us completely away from our purpose. Today, Father, I ask for discernment as I face my day, as I wade through the tide of circumstances and busyness. Help me to remember those in need of prayer and encouragement. Help me to remember that I am Your daughter first, and not a daughter of my environment. Thank You for guiding me through my day, and keeping all my thoughts on the things that are of You. In this moment, as the work day winds down, and the tasks are completed, I am grateful for the calm to accomplish the necessary and to maintain an openness and willingness to serve others today. Thank You for the energy required to continue in the "doing", even the things that I really don't enjoy or like. Thank You for this life that is imperfect, as this keeps me knowing that I NEED YOU through all my moments; so I can keep running to You, and knowing so greatly that I need the presence of the Holy Spirit; even for the simplest of things, among the greatest of things. I come to You LORD, through my Savior and King, Christ Jesus.

I am grateful for so much, and mostly today, the energy to keep going. I am grateful for having great people surrounding me. I am encouraged. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to know my God, and Savior... that I have scripture to run to and prayer to help me daily to shine His light.

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." ~Matthew 5:16 (NASB)

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