Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 250 of Giving Thanks

I am going to go back to November 3rd, 2009, and if someone would have told me that in 250 days, my life would be completely different than it was at that time I would not have believed it would have changed in the way it has; and here’s how I compare (these are just a few):

Before
After
I was very uncomfortable praying, would struggle, even alone
 I pray all the time, and love praying with others – Colossians 1:10-14
Could never be quiet, always had to have something on or someone with me
 I love being still and alone with God – Psalm 37:7
I loved God
 I am passionate about God, and KNOW who God is
For years I have been unhappy with how I looked
 I can accept who I am as He perfects me – Psalm 139:14
Shared my faith once in a while, when comfortable
Getting very comfortable sharing my testimony all the time
I complained all the time; I was afraid,  doubtful and felt it was everyone else’s time
 I am so grateful for where I am and how I got here – Joshua 1:9
I worried all the time; and made my circumstances worse
 I learned how to give everything to God
Felt like the world was against me – so many things went wrong
 I am on target with God’s plan
Plagued with depression, illness and exhaustion – couldn’t understand “why me”
 I am encouraged every day, that everything I experience is to make me strong – because there are great things for me to accomplish

Today I am grateful for many things, but I am mostly grateful for God’s words, the gift of understanding, the desires of my heart, the amazing life I have now and the people He has used during this time to reel me in. This morning I was blessed with the following – Psalm 37.

1  Do not fret because of evil men 
       or be envious of those who do wrong;
 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, 
       like green plants they will soon die away.

 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; 
       dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
 4 Delight yourself in the LORD 
       and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 5 Commit your way to the LORD; 
       trust in him and he will do this:
 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, 
       the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; 
       do not fret when men succeed in their ways, 
       when they carry out their wicked schemes.
 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; 
       do not fret—it leads only to evil.
 9 For evil men will be cut off, 
       
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
 10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; 
       though you look for them, they will not be found.
 11 But the meek will inherit the land 
       
and enjoy great peace.
 12 The wicked plot against the righteous 
       and gnash their teeth at them;
 13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, 
       for he knows their day is coming.
 14 The wicked draw the sword 
       and bend the bow 
       to bring down the poor and needy, 
       to slay those whose ways are upright.
 15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts, 
       and their bows will be broken.
 16 Better the little that the righteous have 
       than the wealth of many wicked;
 17 for the power of the wicked will be broken, 
       but the LORD upholds the righteous.
 18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, 
       and their inheritance will endure forever.
 19 In times of disaster they will not wither; 
       in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
 20 But the wicked will perish: 
       The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields, 
       they will vanish—vanish like smoke.
 21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, 
       but the righteous give generously;
 22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, 
       but those he curses will be cut off.
 23 If the LORD delights in a man's way, 
       he makes his steps firm;
 24 though he stumble, he will not fall, 
       for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
 25 I was young and now I am old, 
       yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken 
       or their children begging bread.
 26 They are always generous and lend freely; 
       their children will be blessed.
 27 Turn from evil and do good; 
       then you will dwell in the land forever.
 28 For the LORD loves the just 
       and will not forsake his faithful ones. 
       They will be protected forever, 
       but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;
 29 the righteous will inherit the land 
       and dwell in it forever.
 30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, 
       and his tongue speaks what is just.
 31 The law of his God is in his heart; 
       his feet do not slip.
 32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, 
       seeking their very lives;
 33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power 
       or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
 34 Wait for the LORD 
       and keep his way. 
       He will exalt you to inherit the land; 
       when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
 35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man 
       flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,
 36 but he soon passed away and was no more; 
       though I looked for him, he could not be found.
 37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; 
       there is a future [b] for the man of peace.
 38 But all sinners will be destroyed; 
       the future [c] of the wicked will be cut off.
 39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; 
       he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
 40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; 
       he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, 
       because they take refuge in him.

Shawn Delia Boreta

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