Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day 234 of Giving Thanks

Restoration was the word search done this morning, and in the process of praying, contemplating and deciphering what God has for me today – I had to stop and start again. He forced me to face a few things that I have worked very hard to avoid.

My personal journey with God has shown me that it is truly is me doing what He set out for me to do – and regardless of my desire to have someone beside me in a certain quest, it is just not what He has laid out. And, for many years I have fought and argued with Him over this. And, in the process I have lost precious time and energy. But this past month has clearly defined my role in reaching my dream. And, I am good with that. Today, I embark on an area which is completely new for me. This new role lifts my dependence on others and forces me to lean completely on God. A freedom which I have never felt before, a victory is now visible for me in this journey. My journey brings me to people – and in that - my personal fight is to know everyone, so everyone can know Him. To shine my light where ever I go; make it so bright that it takes time for their eyes to adjust to the glory that surrounds me.

Isaiah 61 states, “The Year of the LORD's Favor”. And, today I am claiming this phrase. This is my year, Lord, grant me favor in reaching my dream. Keep me steady in Your word for me.

Father, I am humbled today by how graceful You truly are – and I am grateful for the wisdom that You decided to pour into me. I look to You more now than ever, and I am more free through dependence on You than ever before. In this time of ashes to restoration, I seek Your face, the peace that comes from knowing You and as others look into my eyes, they see a soul owned by You, and as I look onto the world, I pray my actions attract toward You.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 233 of Giving Thanks

It is true that in the pain I can see God’s glory. Today I asked for prayer – day 6 of a migraine and all that goes with it. And, so many of you prayed, and I am healed by the knowledge that when two or more come together…. I am very thankful that I can function and even though I would like to sit in a dark room and be quiet and alone, I don’t always have that luxury. Today has been one of those days. As I look at the screen to type this, I am grateful that I can see corners of text and I am pretty good with typing accuracy (not perfect, but good).

I was overwhelmed with the response – I am so grateful for the friendships I have in my life. Relationship is my strongest character trait – I live for it. And, as I get closer to God, I understand more and more what [relation]ship should look like. My past, which is now ashes in the wind, was marred with “feelings” of hurt because of what others did to me, or did not do for me. How much time has been wasted on those feelings? And, by the way anything to do with others, I now believe, strongly and with my entire heart believe, was only what I perceived.

I am grateful for a renewed spirit; a spirit that cannot be taken down by anyone or anything that anyone can say to me or about me. Over the years, I have heard Hector LaMarque say “what anyone else thinks about (or says about me) is none of my business”. And, I pray that I can live that out. Oh, Lord, as I look back on these years of knowing You, and this past year of KNOWING YOU, I am in awe of the work You accomplish. And, I am humbled by the work yet to be done in me. Thank You for the grace revealed and the hope restored. I love you Lord.

"And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers." ~Philemon 1:22

Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 232 of Giving Thanks

I may as well keep on the theme from the weekend. What an amazing training we had in Anaheim, with Tom Hopkins, Hector LaMarque and Chris Howard. The timing for all this could not have been more perfect. With all the changes God has orchestrated in my life; my walk with Him, my health and my business, a statement made this weekend has been marinating on my heart. Tom said “our past is ashes”. And, the visual is probably one most of us can relate to. When we have a fire in the fire place, what was once wood, and paper, after intense heat and flame, becomes the finest powder. So fine that if left in the wind it is carried off instantly. If placed in the dirt, it blends right in. If you play with it, what ever you touch is covered in soot.

My past has many things that should be turned to ash; and I don’t want to continue to “play” with it, as it keeps me dirty; if I put lay it to the side, I can walk on it and track it back in. So, today, in my mind I take all the past memories – the pictures in my mind, the feelings of pain so fresh on my heart, the thinking that does not belong in God’s temple – and I put them in a bucket.

Lord, I place these memories to burn, as they do not serve me. With your fire, turn them into ashes Lord. As I sit and release all the pain, heartache, illness, anger, “unresolved feelings” and suffering to You, I feel a weight lifted that has been placed here for so long.  Father, I am grateful for a new start, one that gives new meaning to a “child of God” for me. Almighty Father, take these ashes and scattered them to the wind, far away.

Beauty for Ashes "and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor." ~ Isaiah 61:3

Day 232 Video Blog:

·        Today, put my past, my bucket of ashes into the compost.
·        Today, the good you have learned will germinate; think of all the pain as fertilizer.
·        Today, the process that began the day you were born continues.
·        YOU are blooming into the most amazing creation of God.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                    

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 231 of Giving Thanks

What an amazing learning experience this has been this weekend. We are at the Tom Hopkins Boot Camp for our business, and I am quite amazed at how well we are all doing in our memorization; how well I am doing. Typically, I do not fair so well with the memorization portion of the training – I am more of a para-phraser. This morning, as we arrived at the convention center, we prayed for retention, open minds and that our day would be spent making sure that we got the most out of our time. We prepared our spirits and our minds by asking God for help. The day has been relaxed and confirmation has occurred a few times today that I truly am in the right place for me at this time of my life.

I am grateful for seeing how I have changed. I trust that God has things under control; and that with every passing day, every moment He gives me signals that I am on track – confirmation through phrases and others. This morning, Hector LaMarque said “Some people believe in God, but very few know Him” – and this area I feel strongly has been my most growth recently – KNOWING God; knowing how to relate “Shawn” to God has been such a hurdle. Later in the day, Tom Hopkins shared that “we must prepare ourselves through continuous growth; be over-prepared and become fanatical”, now he was talking about my business, but I can see where a preparation in my walk with the Lord, is the only way to live out the rest of my life effectively. And, at times I feel a little fanatical – praise God for this desire.

Lord, as I present my life to You, I feel the pull of where You want me; I know that my life is nothing without You involved, without giving You control. Father, I submit to Your taking the lead – where I falter, keep me accountable; when I am less than humble, reel me in. Thank You Lord for your grace in my life, for the learning I can now be part of and the capabilities I have because of trusting You. Help me Lord, to walk always in Your presence and in Your ways.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 230 of Giving Thanks

My entire life has been spent living for others, doing for others and thinking of what I can do to be accepted, loved and respected.  I was the “good” girl. As a kid, I never got in trouble, I played by the rules, followed them to a “T”.  I carried that into my adult life too. I was a good person. I was so confined by all this. I always felt that I needed to follow the rules, not that I necessarily wanted to. Then someone shared the gospel with me, “the truth will set you free”. And, then more rules, more restrictions, I wasn’t feeling so much freedom. I was being told I “should” do this, and that.

I am here to tell you, that it is not what God had in mind for me; it is when I started listening to Him, and not others that the truth set me free. It is when the opinions, thoughts and instructions of others are none of my business.

It is in the freedoms I now have that my life is so great. Galatians 5:1 says it perfectly for me this morning.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

We are Wonderfully Made (, living to encourage and Equip His People ( and completely committed to believing greatly Psalm 139 with purpose (

Friday, June 25, 2010

Day 229 of Giving Thanks

My lesson from yesterday is so fresh in my mind, and as I readied myself to leave for my trip, I again found myself behind – we are on our way now. I sit, as passenger, with worship and praise music in the background – my time with God commences. I can see the scenery go by, at this moment I see acres and rows of grape vines, followed by open rolling hills of dry California oat grass. Along the highway, on either side of the road, are yellow daisies of some kind – a weed but pretty just the same. It is astounding to me that we live in this vast world – a world created by God, for God and overseen by the almighty Himself. I can be so humbled when loosing myself in this knowledge and Him.

I am grateful that the proof of God is all around me. On days, when my faith is less – He shows me something awesome that snaps me back – and other times, it is the simplicity of a moment. It is in my daily life now that I can totally appreciate what God has given me – salvation, of course – but it’s my ability to see things differently now; I allowed Him in; and that is what He truly desires. For, I am here to worship Him, to know joy in my life, to feel his presence so that every day I can show Him to others. What an amazing gift – there is nothing better than hope.

I am grateful for so many things today, that less than a year ago, I was grumbling about. Before God, there was me looking at life as an observer and NOW I am participant. Lord, thank you for Your awesome gift of eternity with you, hope daily, knowing the greatest love ever, laughter and joy. I also thank you for pain, hardship, obstacles and illness for without all these, I could never know the best parts of life – or when to look for them. Father, as I grow – I pray that I can emulate You – that my life is transformed to show how awesome You are.

Today, I rest by knowing Your presence.

"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." ~ Hebrews 11:3
"Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." ~ John 1:13

(New International Version)

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

We are Wonderfully Made (, living to encourage and Equip His People ( and completely committed to believing greatly Psalm 139 with purpose (

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 228 of Giving Thanks

I am grateful for my daily time with God. And, today, I didn’t have it in the morning, in fact, I haven’t had it yet. Let me tell you about my day. I am getting ready to be out of town for some training this weekend in Anaheim (near Disneyland) – we will leave Friday early afternoon and return really late Sunday or early in the morning on Monday. In preparing, which, honestly, the only part I planned well was getting my work done at work - which meant getting ahead of schedule there – good luck! As far as the actual trip, I have put very little thought in to it.

I was all on track this morning, I had exactly 5 hours of work to do, and then I was out the door for a date with my husband at 1pm. I arrived at 8am, skipped lunch and I left at 2:02. I should know better than to plan so well.  It was still early, so I thought I would jump on the freeway, and get home a few minutes earlier than going the side streets (which at 5pm is the best route). My fifteen minute ride home was thirty seven minutes.

And, I say, why do I go through all this? Because I know for a fact, if I had set the time aside, like I normally do, and given my day to God – His time management assistance would have controlled my day and I wouldn’t feel rushed right now.

So, as I head to rest tonight, I will sing His praises and quiet my mind and find rest in His Presence.

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving thanks.
 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
 Worship the LORD with gladness; 
       come before him with joyful songs.

 Know that the LORD is God. 
       It is he who made us, and we are his 
       we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving 
       and his courts with praise; 
       give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; 
       his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 227 of Giving Thanks

Some times I just have to laugh at myself – my mistakes as well as my mishaps or even the missed opportunities. Today, as I was editing a document, I got a call and my CEO who says “did you see that in the last letter, we had ‘cherish our enemies’ instead of ‘cherish our memories’”? Well, nope, I missed that one. And, it got me to thinking; what if we cherished our enemies?

What do I do when I cherish something? I give the best of myself to those people and things I cherish – I have a fondness in my heart when I think of them or talk about them or to them. I pray for them. I speak highly of them.

So, in analyzing that statement – “cherish my enemies” I can go from a type-o to a changed heart. God, has worked on this one with me for some time now; the old me is wronged, bitter, angry, sulking and down right grouchy when I think of them.

I do notice the difference between, “my enemies” and “the enemy”.  And, Jesus tells us “But I tell you: Love your enemies”.

”But I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." ~ Matthew 5:44-48

So today, I am grateful that I have learned to laugh at myself. And, as I make the mistakes remember that everyone makes them, and that forgiveness from me is the one I need to get first. I am grateful Lord that you have changed me and CONTINUE to change me into your likeness.  Lord, help me to "cherish, even my enemies", that I can have a clear heart in everything I do. That even when hurt, I can know when to let go and learn to pray for those who have hurt me. And, even if I start with cherishing the not harboring, that I can be grateful in that.

Video-Cherish My Enemies

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 226 of Giving Thanks

I seem to be dusting off my sandals a lot lately; and moving on to the next town. I am trusting that this is part of the journey, and as I read through Acts 17 and 18 today, and I can see that when good information is being shared that only the ones ready for change or ready for enlightenment will take advantage of the opportunity. Meaning I cannot convince the unready. And, in the process of going from city to city, town to town and family to family, as it is in my business – I am assured that the numbers are the numbers.  It was after hearing the numbers the other day that it truly started to sync in. I pray that I can become more discerning as I live my life. That I can accept what cannot be changed, and embrace what can. I pray that I can omit what society does as a whole; making decisions based on the masses, rather than fact or my own research – and follow God’s lead.

I believe that our muscle memory for decision making has been weakened – and we become tired and weary when we depend on our own power and we get opinions from those not on the same page, those who allow despair to lead their paths and the past to dictate their future.  I am grateful that these things are starting to be recognizable patterns in me; that before I get “too out of hand”, I can modify the path or behavior.

Lord, this world is such a distraction and menace to Your work, but in this world Your work must be done. Thank You for reminding me that You are in charge and in control – that when I submit to Your instruction, guidance and I am obedient, I will see Your blessings. Thank You for helping me to be joyful, even when and especially when it “feels” messy and uncomfortable.

reference: Matthew 10

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 225 of Giving Thanks

I never could have imagined the changes my life has had over the past year – I feel like my faith, although planted a long time ago, is just now beginning to blossom. For the first time in my life, my faith is attractive, that it is not “having faith” with life  happening and me waiting for the blessings – I am living faithfully, and the blessings have been here all along – I just did not have the eyes to see. And, where I was deaf to what God was saying, I can now hear – and it is not a booming, jump out of your chair type voice; most of the time it is a settling in the heart, a confidence in judgment and nudge toward or push away from something. My decisions are no longer painful, and I am filled with joy as I live my life.

Part of this is that I am confident that no matter where I turn, or end up, it is with God at my side and in my heart that give me the ability to live expectantly.

There are many things that I must do in life and they all take discipline and dedication to accomplish. As I work to form the best practices or good habits for all areas of my life, I am grateful that although the steps I am taking are not clearly identified, they are certain to deliver me safely to my destinations; and the accidental short cuts, unforeseen detours, wrong turns, as well as the perfect routes will all be overseen by the ultimate navigator. I am grateful that I am assured that at the end of this earthly road, there is a destination that is perfect in every way – that the pain here will be wiped away, and in His presence I will spend eternity without another wrong step.

“The LORD said to Moses, Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:The LORD bless you        and keep you;the LORD make his face shine upon you        and be gracious to you;the LORD turn his face toward you        and give you peace.So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."~Numbers 6:22-27

He was with the Israelites and I know He is with me too.

© 2009 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day 224, of Giving Thanks

I love to cook and do the things at home, but lately feel like there is just so little time. I realized today, that my life runs on full all the time. Chris tries to reel me in, but I resist – “I can’t rest yet. I have too many things to accomplish”. And, as that thought came in this morning. I had to reflect a bit on that. I have always had so much pressure to perform, and in the years when I lay dormant, I always prayed about the days when I would be back in the swing of things again. I promised I would take a day of rest, and with my family. And, now in the midst of this cycle, I “feel” I cannot take the time to rest. There is a time to rest and replenish. These times will either be planned or forced.

Today was one of those days. I had 5 appointments on my calendar for today, and all rescheduled. The first two, allowed me to get my exercise in that is so needed – I walked the hills and the stairs at the college near my house for an hour – that itself forced rest. Then I received a text message rescheduling my other three, instant schedule change and change of plans.

There are always things to be done here at the house – Chris always calls it the WIP (works in progress) house. We have so many projects that we will stay busy until we die, according to him. We worked on a few things and cleaned up a couple messes and I even took a nap, which only occurs about twice a year. I am grateful for forced change, on occasion and the rest and time at home I needed today. Lord, thank you for giving me this time today with Chris, thank you for putting a little fire back into my soul so I can be ready and on fire for the coming weeks. 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 223 of Giving Thanks

Simply said, today was a great day. And, as I have gotten used to over the years of working with people – the things that were on the calendar moved, and new people were met. Myranda and I spent the day, working to make things happen – I am grateful that we get to work together toward a common goal. It was a very long day and it is good to be home. This week has included long regular work days and extended business time as well. And this moment, I am just grateful to have a chance to unplug and shut down ‘til it all starts again. 

Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 222 of Giving Thanks

The desert is familiar territory for me only because I have traveled the same path for such a long time. But, like Joshua, I feel like I have stepped into leadership – it is scary where I am right now. And yet, He commands us “be strong and courageous” over and over. We are told that we can trust Him, and that His love is like no other, yet, I am fearful. “But do it anyway” I hear; no matter the cost, “do it anyway”. I have stepped in to the promise land over and over in my mind, but the actual steps that take me from where I am to where God has me going is all new. Someone said today, you beam confidence, and before I would say I sported bravado, the confidence I have now is real, secure and trusting that His command is clear.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

I am grateful that I realize, that if I try to step in on my own power, I will continue to travel this horrible desert. And, I must go boldly without hesitation, in confidence.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

How many things have I given up on in the past, that if I had just plowed through, I would have realized this dream that I have fought so hard for. And, today in confidence, I am grateful that I believe. I believe that His promises are for me; not the other gal or guy; I believe that I can see the Promise land because God has already given me what I have been so afraid to take? How much has the blood of Christ paid for?

Press in instead of running away. When you believe that you are in the will of God and people tell you to shut-up, stop because it is too hard - believe in “fear not, God is with you”. (see Joshua 1)

I am grateful that today I have a sense of urgency that has been hidden; the one that says “it’s ok to feel fear, but confront it anyway! Go ahead Shawn, do things afraid.”

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

We are given a spirit of power, love and we must harness all that He has for us.

Video Blog

© 2010 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
New International Version used for this lesson.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 221 of Giving Thanks

There is a lot of attention on hoarding; there are even reality television shows that illustrate people whose lives have been taken over by clutter. “Getting rid of the clutter” is a very good idea, I am sure we would all agree. Yes, I am a pack rat, I hate clutter, but I tend to do it anyway.

As I enter into a phase of my life that two years ago was incomprehensible, I know that I need to remove from my life all that is worldly and not glorifying to God; exfoliate comes to mind. I need to remove the dead, and lighten the load! He has come in, and although I was made new, my shell is the old me; one that hands on, disobeys, is fearful, is sinful and I sin.

Lord, thank you that I am visual - that as the words are spoken, Your picture for me is revealed – my body houses the Lord. This morning as a few of us were talking about someone’s move, and what a chore that is, especially as a fellow ‘collector’, Val said “Have you ever thought about how many times we come into our house with full bags of stuff, and how much goes out?”

I pictured my body, and all the stuff that has gone in, comes in and will come in. And atop this balloon is my little head. Horrifying, isn’t it? I am grateful for this snapshot – and realize that I must clean the Lord’s house. His work will only be done when I join Him for eternity in Heaven, but I am grateful that God values me enough to continue the work in this imperfect, overstuffed house.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 220 of Giving Thanks

I had my quiet time completed, and a writing already prepared for this morning’s post – a moment of accomplishment. Unlocking the door, turning the lights on, I thought “awesome, quiet again”. A couple days a week I am the only one here in the office – solitude. This morning my mood is good, attitude up and ready or not world here I am! I am armed with everything I need to take on the world.


We all have had that feeling as though the carpet was pulled right out from under you, right? That you are hit right in the gut and it takes your breath away? That’s how fast my outlook can change. From God-working to Shawn-doubting can happen so quickly. I share this, because my message today is about attitude, and knowing that with God, how can I fail?


Well as easily as these feelings occur, the opposite is very possible. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’" ~ Matthew 19:26

He has given me the tools to change how I think, to see what is around me, and in the moments when I doubt myself, I firmly say S T O P!!!  I heard Joyce Meyer say this morning, “with the right attitude, you can turn anything in to a good time”. And really that is what He wants for me – to enjoy life and share that joy to others.

You never know when you will be entertaining Angels. Doing good and being a blessing - Is that what I do? What an encouraging thought really, that God checks in with us, wants to know where we are – my attitude is important to Him and thinking of and doing for others is crucial to my growth.

To my amazement (not God’s), the resources I have found or those who found me, have been completely used by God. I have said this before that I am grateful that God finds me where I am; in the times when I am seeking His voice, His comfort, His confirmation, His validation or His word for me – that I see them in the pages of in front of me.

There is also the promise that he will command his angels concerning (me) to guard (me) in all (my) ways; ~ Psalm 91:11

How can I ever think I am ordinary when I have Jesus with me EVERY moment of EVERY day? I am a child of God, how could I ever doubt that God is at work in my life, and when He is, there is. “The greatest honor we can do God is to be happy no matter where we’re at, trusting His timing in our life and His ways” Joyce continued in her talk. I am grateful that my position is ordained, and I must move forward with a great attitude as I continue to prepare.


Lord, today I come to you - You know my desires, You have heard my dreams so many times; yet it still seems so far way.  I trust that as I am tested, that You will send Your Angels when I am in need. And, that as I continue to prepare, I know that I may be entertaining Angels as well. Thank You that everyday can go from ordinary to extraordinary because You are with me in EVERY thing I do.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 219 of Giving Thanks

I have a new addition to my morning routine. As I get ready, I go to YouTube and type in a word, and see what comes up. This morning I typed in “time”. There was an amazing video that came up (Time is so important). And, as I reflected on the word “time”, I realized how much time I have wasted in my life “dealing with situations”, and honestly, the process I go through at times to “make my point” or “make them understand where I am coming from”, are all efforts to “have my own way” many of the times.

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." ~James 4:6

In other’s revelations and walks I learn a lot. “Go in humility…” were the words that came from God and through my mouth, as today I had a chance to peer into my own windows through the eyes of two friends.

My first friend was dealing with a boundary issue – you know the ones where people walk on you, abuse your generosity and their actions somehow get you in trouble? The solution, unknown to us, but we gave it to God in prayer today.

In the second instance, my friend felt that she was caught with no options but to cut ties and run – to deal with the ramifications of her actions later. My experience in such matters was what I shared. In calm and collected wisdom, I shared that it was best to acknowledge the differences in style and philosophy with this person; and to not waste time on identifying these areas where they differed; to just move forward and learn to work with one another; so that each can grow into the leader God intends.

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." ~Proverbs 11:2

And through their situations the image of one area of God’s completed work in me appeared. Lord, I am grateful that I have seen so many circumstances more than once in my life; that these lessons, although painful at the time, were designed for this purpose. Thank You for being faithful in teaching me to use them for good, and helping me to understand that again, “time is of the essence” and is purposed.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 218 of Giving Thanks

I was reminded today while reading a post on “MOVING TIPS” how many times I have moved in my lifetime. The number is 18 – which means, I have moved, on average every 2.5 years; most of which have been in the last fifteen years. While reading the tips, I saw a tip that mentioned getting rid of stuff and thought “let go of everything weighing me down”. Then in reading His Love Extended’s blog, Sandy talked about letting go of pride – and my first thought was “I am doing pretty good here… right?” Well, that killed it right there.

Full circle as I journey from location to location and from move to move, I am comforted and grateful that He knew my here and now even before the earth was formed. Each and every step is noted and He acknowledges them. I am humbled by His light shining on my path and by my stubbornness. After reading the brief list of where pride hides – I know that there are many more prideful things for God to illuminate and share with me. I am grateful to know that these things that are note-worthy and will be life-changing if I can just let go of myself to become more of Him. Lord, I am so arrogant to believe that I can be better with my own works, I pray that You will intensely highlight where pride keeps me from Your presence and from Your blessings. I pray for wisdom and humility as You identify me and as I seek You to work in me.

And, again I pray “Lord I am ready for my dream, if I am not ready, continue to prepare me.

"The arrogance of (me) man will be brought low and the pride of (me) men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day..." ~Isaiah 2:17

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Day 217 of Giving Thanks

Today was spent with some good friends, their kids and decoupage. We did a pretty good job, considering the youngest artist was almost four and the oldest about nine. And we had a two year old running around to make sure we were not bored. The idea was to teach the basics of layering pictures, glue and tissue paper onto a canvas for practice, then to the real thing.

We set up in our theater room right below the stairs; and I realized that fore thought would have been a great idea – I made several trips up and down the stairs, and when we were in the middle of our task, I thought “what a mess it is to create art”. Picture this, kids, furniture and four boxes of tissue paper, paper cut outs, two moms and an adopted aunt (me). It was quite a scene. The kids did great and their projects are almost done, just a few final touches.

As I was cleaning all the bits of paper and looking at the placed images on the two pieces of furniture with all the white glue hiding the collage, I reflected on Hebrews 11;1 -“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” I have been doing decoupage for some time, and I always know that when the glue dries, there will be a beautiful and very colorful piece of art. My life is much like what I create.

There are many times when I feel like I am covered with so much, that what is ready to come out cannot be seen; sometimes not even felt. Thinking back to the mess it is to create art, I can liken my life to the layering of memories that include wins and losses; and in the process of living it, it is messy. I am grateful to know that with each phase of my life, there can be a beautiful image, just waiting for the glue to dry.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day 216 of Giving Thanks

“Time is of the essence" came to mind as we talked about business planning casually this afternoon. The suggestion was that I become very good at discerning how my time is spent – what I do, who I do it with and always following a set schedule. I was curious to see where that phrase came from, so I looked it up on Google. To me, the phrase seems to be very vague. It is actually a contractual or legal term which is very specific to time frames.

My perspective drastically changed today in a couple of areas. First through the discussion about how my time is spent and how I think about my time is so important. My determination is that my time frame for reaching my goals is a priority and the more specific I am, the better it will be. And, as I identify my goals the people to spend my time with will be figured out also.

Timing is everything, right? We had a team gathering tonight and went over goals. One of the action items is to label each goal as 1, 3, 5 and 10 year goals; then put specific dates to the top 5 goals. As a moderator, I was able to take a lot in. So, second, I observed that most people, including myself, also require accountability of some kind. Today was another one of those days where seeing what I am supposed to see today, took most of the day. As I prayed this morning, I sought to be wise with my time, to be productive as I went through my day, and to align with the right people.

I am grateful for perfect timing, awesome people, and God’s hand in EVERYTHING!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Day 215 of Giving Thanks

I am finding that blessings are coming in all shapes and sizes. When I started this journey of Giving Thanks Daily in November 2009, I found that my posts were one or two sentences and possibly a paragraph. And, God has made me aware so many blessings as I seek Him, become better and share with others. The list could truly go on and on for what in my life I am grateful for: God, Chris, Myranda, all of my family, my job, my church family, my business, friends (old and new), my home and yes, my health.

The gifts I have received from sharing some of my pain, struggles and hardships have opened my eyes wider than they have ever been before. And through all these times, I am greatly aware that they are with purpose; and change is exposed and embraced. What I see now, and what I had never seen before, is a purposeful past that is leading to a wonderful future. You see, my future is controlled, not by me, or my circumstances, not by the economy or anything else of this world or even by the universe, but by the creator of everything and the universe Himself. My life’s verse is Psalm 139:14 – as doubts throughout my life about who I was were hindering who I could be. And, when you know all these things about the creator; that every detail of everything works perfectly, why, then would I be created any differently.

My job is to stay in step with what He has instructed. He will illuminate the way, and I never have to seek that light as He placed it within me; my guide on this journey is the Holy Spirit; and the path He set before me is never dark, yet it is narrow. Thank You Lord for leading me perfectly!

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~ Psalm 139:14

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 214 of Giving Thanks

A friend said she was working out some heart issues recently, and I thought “what in my heart is not settled?” Where can I turn to make sure that my heart is in tact? Then I prayed for another friend, as she was tired, weary and worried – and all my fatigue and feelings of worry lifted as well. My heart is filled with so many things that are new; newness in my relationship with God, and how I can relate to others, as well as a newness of outlook and who I am becoming.

As I read through Psalm 145 this morning, I realized how far He has brought me and that even though I am nowhere that is notable, He is with me and that is notable. I am grateful for all my dreams and desires over the years. I am grateful that my dream has taken the time it has for me to fully comprehend what it actually is. And, I am grateful that as I embark on this new path, where God leads and I follow, that hope has never been more real.

“By wisdom a house is built”. I have spent years seeking for the voice; watching for the signs that my faith could be trusted and it wasn’t until I heard God speak to me in my language that the understanding began – “and through understanding it is established”. Lord, thank you for helping me to build this house on solid ground; for always knowing what I need, how to make me hear and when to push me even more. I am so grateful for knowing that Your work in me is nowhere near completed and there is so much hope for the future in knowing that.

 “It takes wisdom to build a house, a
and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms
   with fine furniture and beautiful draperies.”
 ~Proverbs 24:3 (The Message)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 213 of Giving Thanks

I am finding that blessings are coming in all shapes and sizes. When I started this journey of Giving Thanks Daily in November 2009, I found that my posts were one or two sentences and possibly a paragraph. And, God has made me aware so many blessings as I seek Him, become better and share with others. The list could truly go on and on for what in my life I am grateful for: God, Chris, Myranda, all of my family, my job, my church family, my business, friends (old and new), my home and yes, my health.

The gifts I have received from sharing some of my pain, struggles and hardships have opened my eyes wider than they have ever been before. And through all these times, I am greatly aware that they are with purpose; and change is exposed and embraced. What I see now, and what I had never seen before, is a purposeful past that is leading to a wonderful future. You see, my future is controlled, not by me, or my circumstances, not by the economy or anything else of this world or even by the universe, but by the creator of everything and the universe Himself. My life’s verse is Psalm 139:14 – as doubts throughout my life about who I was were hindering who I could be. And, when you know all these things about the creator; that every detail of everything works perfectly, why, then would I be created any differently.

My job is to stay in step with what He has instructed. He will illuminate the way, and I never have to seek that light as He placed it within me; my guide on this journey is the Holy Spirit; and the path He set before me is never dark, yet it is narrow. Thank You Lord for leading me perfectly!

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~ Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 212 of Giving Thanks

I can find solace in His presence and in knowing that He is at work. That my worry should be given to Him and my pain washed away with His promises. The world will seduce you to believe its standards, and lull you to sleep in what God wants for your life. The enemy is tactful, decisive and focused. I think back to years ago, when I was the farthest from God in attitude and action, and really it was only a feeling, for He is always right where He has always been –near me, above me and surrounding me; and until I knew Him, He waited. Now he is in me, near me, above and surrounds me. I am grateful that I hear Him say, “Don't you know that you were made for my enjoyment, and you are purified with the blood I shed? I am jealous, I want You for myself, leave the world behind. The world has NOTHING for you.”

And in the times of heartbreak or pain, I know His presence; He reminds me that He loves me, He cares for me, that His is the ultimate love affair– one that no man on earth can replace; and when my husband sees that love in me and confidence I have because of the security – how could he ever refuse me. This is a lesson I pray that our young girls will know. That when they love their heavenly Father and obey His desires for us; And, adore our King, as he loves his bride – then the man they choose will see this glorious relationship and love her more for it. Lord, I am grateful for knowing Your truth. I am grateful that I seek to please You. And, as I know You more, I know there is so much more to know.

Lord, I cannot be as graceful as I should. Help me to look at things in new ways and shine the light appropriately on my sin. Help me to see where I fall, and how to change me.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Day 211 of Giving Thanks

My life as I knew it is gone forever. And, in this I am able to fully rejoice. Change for me was ever-present (changed jobs, homes, friends and health). But the changes I made were typically for change alone. I was so dissatisfied with my life, where I was that I kept looking for things to make me feel better, covering my life with a Band-Aid.

When I first accepted Christ, I didn’t really understand what that meant. And, I feel many people are right where I was. I expected to have God’s hand, reach down and shake out of me all the stuff I no longer wanted or needed – others expected that as well (instant change, poof – you are now a Christian). And, I truly am getting what I expected, but it is God’s timing, and it is perfect, just in case you are wondering. On October 30th, 2002 I realized that where I was headed, was more disastrous than I had already experienced.

With a heart filled with hope, I came before the throne of the Lord and asked for forgiveness, acknowledged that sin is a part of me and I am unworthy in my current state to be in His presence. I accepted Christ’s gift of blood, which would cover me completely so I could bow before the thrown, pure and clean. Today, I am grateful that this journey of really getting to know who I bowed to on that day is. Knowing, today, that without His allowing storms in my life, disappointment and hardship, He would not be who He is to me today without all that.

Lord, thank you for growing my faith. For making me understand, that faith is not a Band-Aid, that what I had before You was the Band-Aid. Thank you that Your covering is all I need.

Shawn Delia Boreta

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