Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 293 of Giving Thanks

We always have people in our lives who try with all their might to get a response – and truly expect a lecture or sermon because I am a Christian. I trust that the Lord will handle any reprimanding of non-believers and those who oppose Him – and arguing and preaching will not come from me. I had one such incident I am grateful that lesson came early in my Christian life.

There was one such comment on a posting of Psalm 93 I did yesterday. And my response is simple. “In friendship, you love the other person for who they are - and mutually respect one another's view. I will keep on my path. Repeating the pattern of loving everyone no matter what! And, it feels pretty darn good doing so.” My prayer is to always be loving, to cherish my enemies, to love the unlovely – and through my journey, God is sure to lay people in my path to ensure that this will be accomplished.

In my walk, on this road as I live out my journey, I am confirmed daily. I am grateful for these tattered shoes – that have journeyed so many miles. And ready for more.

Yesterday, as I put on these shoes, I decided to commit to reading one Bible book at a time, chapter by chapter. I started in Philippians at the recommendation of the study I am doing – and God is so good.

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 2:5

I meditated on the chapter, and re-digested it at lunch time.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing..” ~Philippians 2:14-16

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 292 of Giving Thanks

“Are You saying that I have to love the unlovely? How could You ask me to do that? It is painful, frustrating, unproductive and so darn uncomfortable.”

This is a conversation I had with God recently. It actually went on and on – and patiently, lovingly and through my tears, I heard His answer – “because I love you….” And really that was all I needed to hear. There are times when, even before I go before God, that I know the answer – and yet, I ask anyway. I complain about my circumstance anyway. It truly is about proper perspective – He died for me, one of the unlovely.

"And what is eternal life? It is knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” ~John 17:3

In the mirror, searching my eyes for You, I am grateful that I do seek You, that my life is not void and without purpose. I am grateful that because I have You in my life, my life is full and purposeful. Lord, I am emptying myself so that I can be filled with Your light and purpose.

As I am convicted, the tears dry and leave no stain. And I am renewed, I am restored and I am refreshed in knowing that my pleas are heard. I am grateful that my time spent is self pity or dwelling in the past, is minor today. It is when I fully remember what I have, where I came from and what He has done, that I know true joy. And in these realizations through His love and tenderness, I can love the unlovely – because he loves me; one of the unlovely – and oh, how I am thankful.

“Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies; 
Praise him for his acts of power,  praise him for his magnificent greatness; 
Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings; Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute; Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise GOD! 
Hallelujah!” ~Psalm 150:1 (The Message)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 291 of GivingThanks

“Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You've heard, of course, of Job's staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That's because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.” ~James 5:10-11

Last week was a week of perseverance and I am so blessed that I have acquired a “never” quit attitude and that now, it is backed up with the greatest power ever. I could obviously never compare my trials or tragedies with Job – the heartache alone would have defeated most men (women) – the perseverance is one that comes only from God – for if anyone had to depend on their own power, powerlessness would be met head on.

Many times over the last several months, I have had times of defeat, overwhelming despair and physical pain, and no matter how my circumstances look, I can never again have an outlook of anything but powerfulness – one that is strengthened by getting to know my creator.

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, (my)  joy overflows! “ ~John 15:11 (New Living Translation)

Today, I see my life as a work of the master – one that is being molded toward perfection – and until then, every detail counts, and every second matters.

“Those who stop associating with dishonorable people will be honored. They will be set apart for the master’s use, prepared to do good things. Stay away from lusts which tempt young people. Pursue what has God’s approval. Pursue faith, love, and peace together with those who worship the Lord with a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:21-22 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                    

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 290 of Giving Thanks

Today, as I literally collapse after a long day of painting, catching up on 3 weeks of laundry, and general house-work, I am now relaxing and catching up with my reading. This is has been such a busy week, that the time I usually set aside for reading did not happen. In a normal week, I will read 2-3 blogs a day, plus another 1-4 articles, depending on my time. I am feeling illiterate this week – even my time with God, and in the scripture has been shortened with my hectic schedule.

I am so thankful that even after years of avoiding Facebook, I finally did arrive here – and my life has been truly blessed by the people I have met, and who have influenced my walk with the Lord.  As the life I knew unraveled, I was set up with some wonderful new friends and resources –you all helped me get through those days – and I was well into the habit of writing Giving Thanks Daily when I was reeling from the changes that were happening, and isn’t God’s timing is perfect?

Lord, I pray today for my friends, the connections I have – old and new. I pray for those who know You that they will grow in their knowledge and faith; and I lift those up who do not know You yet, that they will realize Your part, Your desire to know them and their need for You.  Almighty Father, I pray that I can be used– and my life glorifies You. In all things, I desire to resemble Christ.

And as I close out my day, I read 1 Timothy, and was struck by the following:

Simple Faith and Plain Truth
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
"He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we've learned: that there's one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.” ~1 Timothy 2:1-7 (The Message)
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.  ~1 Timothy 2:1-6 (New International Version)

© 2012 Shawn Boreta, Giving Thanks Daily

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 289 of Giving Thanks

There is richness in my life that has never been here before. I am excited and confident when I talk about the future – what God has for me – a confidence that it is my time for greatness in my business – and God’s hand is completely on my life

My life is rich because I have access to seeing God’s work and miracles personally and all around me. This is a priceless treasure.

“Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever." ~Psalm 112:3

There is nothing more that I could want or ask for – I only want to get better at becoming like Christ.  I am content and I am grateful that there is that struggles occur and I am learning to depend on His strength and not mine. And through all this I become a better communicator and have become less worried about “why” things happen and only concern myself with how I react.
I am grateful that I realize what an amazing creation I am, and that I can truly do all things because of the image I reflect and the DNA that is His. I am grateful I realize that I have access to the greatest guide and counselor possible and the best handbook with everything I need at my fingertips.

“A faithful (w0)man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.~Proverbs 28:2

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 287 of Giving Thanks

My favorite time of the year is summer, and this year we have not had very much of it; however yesterday and today were beautiful, high 80s are perfect for me. Today as I woke up, I could already feel the heat pour into my soul, and as I got into my car to head to work, it was like rushing waves of warmth and comfort. The sun seeped deeply into my body. It is truly my power and energy source.

I am grateful for the sunshine, really no matter what season – the sun is my refuge, I am like a sunflower; I will always follow the sun. And, my walk as a Christian is just like that sunflower, I will always follow the son. My life is to emulate, and attract others to the son – to become fellow son worshipers.  And, as I think about how awesome that is, I know that He is my power and energy source; one that is unending, and constant; one that is not seasonal, but eternal.

We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me." ~Colossians 1:28-29

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 288 of Giving Thanks

I love surprises, don’t you? Today was one of those days – from the moment I woke up, it was one unexpected thing to another. I had my day planned out, and not a single thing I had planned on happened.

Our internet at work, at first was extremely slow, then it stopped working all together. I received a call from one of my Facebook friends, and although I knew we would talk, I didn’t realize I would have time to actually do it today. When I arrived at the office, I found out I was speaking. And my business evening ended with a new teammate – all unexpected and a great outcome for the day.

Before I became a Christian, I had these ideas of what a Christian was like. Dull, boring, restricted and rules, rules, rules – maybe this sounds familiar to someone else. What I got was totally unexpected. I am more excited than I have ever been. My life is amazing and fulfilled. And, I am guided by my heart, not by rules - all unexpected and a great outcome for my life.

I am grateful for the hope I feel – for the joy I live daily, and every day, I look forward to what He has for me to learn. My job is to live life to the fullest, while glorifying my God – all though He knows what that looks like for me, every day has been an unexpected gift. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 287 of Giving Thanks

I was one of those kids who played Monopoly and helped the underdog, “you should buy that… are you sure you want to do that?” and often times I was not the winner, but I sure felt that way. And, I don’t believe I am much different today. I love to see others win, to do well and to learn. I am grateful for having wonderful examples I have had over the years of love and true leadership.

God’s lessons for me have given me higher standards to reach for. I had someone mention the other day that I was “doing too much of the wrong things” and he also questioned how I was praying as well as mentioned that I was not allowing God’s grace to work in my life. Initially, I felt very indignant, a little hostile, some-what angry; then doubt started to slip in. “Am I doing the right things?” The old me would have allowed that to dwell in my heart, the new me – gave it to God.

It is truly my desire to be God’s ambassador. And through the years, months, weeks, days and down to each hour of my journey, I want what I reflect to be attractive. I want so much to glorify God in my work and have it completely evident in all areas of my life. And, I pray that my personal mission statement is apparent to those around me.

Exemplify God as I fulfill the obligations of my family and helping others reach their dreams for their families.

As I went through several readings today, I had confirmation, after confirmation… and another friend sent me the most incredible note of encouragement, she may think it was nothing, but Heather, God’s timing is always perfect!

“Because of this, make every effort to add integrity to your faith; and to integrity add knowledge; to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness; to godliness add Christian affection; and to Christian affection add love. If you have these qualities and they are increasing, it demonstrates that your knowledge about our Lord Jesus Christ is living and productive.” ~ 2 Peter 1:5-8 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

"To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." ~Mark 12:33 (New International Version)

‎"Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive." ~Titus 2:9-10 (New International Version)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 286 of Giving Thanks

August 22nd, 1998 my life changed forever. As my card said to Chris for our anniversary, “This may not be the happily ever after we had in mind, but it’s our happily ever after”.  I would not trade a second of it for anything. I believe it is the best place for me spiritually and emotionally.  We celebrated our twelfth, or as he calls it our “plus ten”, which comes from his family telling us the day before our wedding, that we wouldn’t make it two.

It has not been a straight and easy road; we have had many turns, road-blocks, both minor and major detours, as well as full stops. But we are still moving along this journey, and for me, I love him more today than I ever have. I am grateful that it is a labor of love, because with good work, the accomplishment is that much sweeter.

I am grateful that he has put up with all my fanaticism, insecurities, ideas (good and bad), my whims and my dreams. I am grateful that we can still talk about dreams together – and although our ideas are very different on how to obtain them, we are moving in the same direction. Tomorrow will be day one of our next twelve years. All glory goes to God for His love and guidance for our marriage; and I praise God for all He has done to keep me grounded in the right things, and how to be a better wife. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 285 of Giving Thanks

Today was a husband day. For the first time in months, we actually slept in (me, like a rock) until after 8am. It took a bit of work to get moving today – and exercise was first on the agenda; his was to run a 5k on the treadmill, my plan was to walk to Castro Valley to run a couple errands. A little over 3 miles down the hill, then back home.

Thankfully, I was able to make it without calling Chris to come get me. Mostly pride kept me going – making it up that 2 miles was pretty tough – but I did it!

I am grateful for a restful, yet productive day and time with Chris. Now, it is movie night and I am looking forward to a great night.

© 2010/2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 284 of Giving Thanks

What an “absolutely” amazing love story. This morning, as I sat down to start my time with God, I read my friend’s blog LeadHerShip ( after seeing her post on Twitter.

While reading her post, the picture of Jesus as he was nailed to the cross (The Passion of the Christ), and the image of that is overwhelming. Yet, he did even more, he became our sin, he took it all on, past, present and future sin (the guilt, sorrow, grief, regret, anguish, bitterness, anger, hatred, everything that represents sin, everything not God) and he felt it without God – an emptiness beyond empty, a pain beyond pain, the darkest loneliness.

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ~Matthew 27: 45-46 (New International Version)

It is sobering, and I can never imagine that kind of sacrifice and I can only imagine what it will be like when I lay down and worship before the one who laid down and died for me.

He did this all for me, and I have absolutely nothing I can ever do to add to this. “It is finished,” and with a choice by me to believe this, I am set free – free from an eternity of the guilt, sorrow, grief, regret, anguish, bitterness, anger, hatred, everything that represents sin, everything not God – an emptiness beyond empty, a pain beyond pain, the darkest loneliness.

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” ~John 19:30 (New International Version)

There is no question today what I am grateful for. And, the reason is you (….

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day 283 of Giving Thanks

The song that has been playing in my head today has had my heart singing all afternoon and the beautiful harmony and melody of MercyMe is what I am hearing. And the words that played over and over were:

“I can only imagine. I can only imagine.
Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!”

And after the start of the morning, I cannot even imagine what I would be like without God in my life. A glimpse of the past me was evident, anger and anxiety swept over me like the perfect storm early this morning. I allowed myself to rant and vent – but then I had to STOP, BREATHE and CALM DOWN. As I prayed for guidance for my circumstance, I felt horrible, convicted that I was overreacting. And, even then, I even tried to justify my actions and feelings.

As I tore through my emotions, I felt God grab hold and assure me that it would be ok. These were just feelings and not reality, that all was under control. I wish I could say that was only a few minutes, but I smoldered in my anger for over 40 minutes. I even cried!

Now it is almost laughable. I managed through the situation, calmly, articulately and like an adult. I am grateful that my Father sets me straight, that I can see much more quickly than before that I should change directions. I am grateful for an awesome God, and if my life with Him is so much more than I ever imagined, than “I can only imagine… I can only imagine.”

I can only imagine what it will be like, when I walk by Your side...
I can only imagine, what my eyes will see, when Your Face is before me!
I can only imagine. I can only imagine.
Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! I can only imagine!

I can only imagine, when that day comes, when I find myself standing in the Son!
I can only imagine, when all I will do, is forever, forever worship You!
I can only imagine! I can only imagine!

Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?

Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!

Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?

Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!

I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!! Only imagine!!!
I can only imagine.

I can only imagine, when all I do is forever, forever worship You!
I can only imagine."

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 282 of Giving Thanks

I am rarely bored. Today I am grateful that I am a little ADD. I love projects and I love that I can switch pretty-easily from one activity or task to the next. Today that skill was used a lot. There were times, years ago, that I couldn’t stand my inability to focus.

I am grateful that I love to do so many different things, but I am also thankful that there are people in my life who can reel me in and remind me that I have things to accomplish beside playing with photos, glue and tissue paper.

My life is full and today as I started to feel overwhelmed, unsettled and overworked, I remembered to turn on my music – listening to the glorious music of my faith brought me back to the place where I am content.

It is a simple post today – Father, in heaven, I am grateful for all the wonderful people who you have placed in my path – for all the blessings of my life – for all the gifts that I am able to share.

“God's name is a place of protection— good people can run there and be safe.” ~Proverbs 18:10 (New International Version)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Day 281 of Giving Thanks

I believe in miracles, do you?

If I wrote everything down that was going on with me since last Wednesday, someone would probably recommend a psyche evaluation.  It has been interesting to say the least. My lesson is never to stop praising, especially through the storms and bad times. He is listening. Our God is not a fair-weather God, and He does not want a fair-weather body. I was on the verge of going to the doctor, although describing myself like a “fruit roll-up” probably would not have gone very far, and an hour ago, like “that”, I felt almost back to normal – and totally functioning. My God is an awesome God!

As I prepared to pray for others this morning, I had determined that my time was meant to be in His presence as much as possible. I listened to all my favorite worship songs and a couple of them a few times.  And, in my silence today, I was peaceful, after yesterday I had no idea what to expect with my “feelings” today. In 2 Chronicles 20, it is a story of God going before His people, and the people being prepared, being obedient and following God’s commands.

"Give thanks to the LORD,
       for his love endures forever."

I am grateful to have the many assurances through His word. As I continue on my quest, His quest, I am grateful for His presence, His peace, His power and His promises. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 280 of Giving Thanks

Today I began my first praying fast. And, I have to tell you that as I prayed this morning, I haven’t felt that much emotion in a very long time. As I brought my request to my Lord, I knew His presence. I had a really difficult time getting started. The past 4 or 5 days have not been good days physically, and my energy has been at unusual lows. It has truly been a fight. And, I confess when I do not feel well, the idea of eating right and comfortable battle wildly – in my weakness, the comfort comes into play, which leads me back to my sluggard and slothful behavior.

I woke up, again today, exhausted. When I say exhausted – I don’t mean I can muster up my energy with “good” self talk, motivating or uplifting music – it is a true battle. I took the day off and I am still trying to get moving longer than a few minutes.  My verses help, and knowing that there is purpose to all this makes it manageable; and I will wait patiently for it to be revealed, either here or in eternity.

So, as I knelt to pray, with the list of people to pray for and my list of things I am praying for, I overwhelmingly broke down. It is like all the emotions of the past 40 years, the ones, I thought I had dealt with, were right there on the surface. The picture in my mind was Hannah, when she was in the temple and Eli asked if she had been drinking.

“Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk” 1 Samuel 1:13

Every emotion came rushing through me, and I had yet, more self-discovery. Father, I am grateful for being pushed, poked and leveled in moments of discovery. I claim, all the things I brought before You today. It is in my quiet times with You that so much become clear. Thank You for silence Father. 

  "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." ~Matthew 11:28-30 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 279 of Giving Thanks

When I first became a Christian, I read about the Proverbs 31 woman… and today, I believe that we are all “this” woman at different times in our life, and we all make up this woman as the mighty women of Christ.

I love the entire Proverb, but especially the end. Father, I am grabbing on and claiming the energy to do what You have planned for me. I am grateful for the hope of healing, the promise of restoration and the ability to be joyful as I live my life.

Today I claim, energy, and pray that I am given favor in the area of strength and energy:  “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” ~Proverbs 31:17

“A wife of noble character who can find?       She is worth far more than rubies.Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.She gets up while it is still dark; and portions for her servant girls.She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.and faithful instruction is on her tongue.She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” ~Proverbs 31:10-31

(New International Version)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 278 of Giving Thanks

I am learning so many things about myself in this phase of my life – some I am excited about, and honestly, some I grieve. The revelation is that I am no longer stuck. My thoughts are mine, and I am going to the right source to help or take over when the change “seems” impossible.

I was asked to talk at our event today – and the theme was “Buy In, Sell Out!” What a great topic and way to live my life. If I  believe in what I am doing, who I am and where I am going; if I am totally committed to all these things, then I am living my life as it is intended – and for me, my business represents all these things for me. I believe and I am committed.  This is the first step to freedom – which was the word that came to mind when I need to say why I will win.

I am grateful for change. Again, today I heard “if you are not growing, you are dying”, a great quote by the great Jim Rohn. I love change – always have, however, change is only good when growing or pruning to promote growth occurs.  And, Albert Einstein said, "You can never solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created the problem in the first place”. Concretely stated, and I am claiming this for my life.

There are things that I know – my beliefs are in order and that I have a unique part in this world; no one can do what I can do. I am uniquely qualified to do great things. What I am learning is that my thoughts are what prompt the change and growth – that I need to do what I can do, and God will do the rest. I cannot ask Him to do what I am capable of doing on my own. This is freedom to me.

“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.” Galatians 5:1

I put myself in position and I do the things necessary to win. I get around people who are tough on me, who I know can push me, stretch my limits, and love me through the process!
Affirmation: I am not going to live an ordinary life. When I position my life, I stand out. My business fits “me”, it fits my style, it fits my personality and it fits my desires to be free. I decide everyday to BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS and I do it even if I am afraid, discouraged or things are not going as you want them to. I expect the changes necessary to accomplish what God designed me to do.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 277 of Giving Thanks

Hope is the word I am clinging to right now. This is a great outpouring of truth in action. Preparation is the hardest part for me, as it demands me to be disciplined and diligent in my work – and with so many things that distract me and things that work to keep me from the “task at hand”. And, for me, right now the task is moment by moment to help others get what they want. This is my joy. Giving of my time – loving the people I work with and honoring what God calls me to do.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” ~1 Peter 1:13 (New International Version)

"So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that's coming when Jesus arrives. Don't lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn't know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, "I am holy; you be holy." ~1 Peter 1:13 (The Message)

I love this, for without getting in, and doing what is necessary, maybe even getting dirty and messy, we are idle and docile in our lives. And, as this work is done (for Him, with His strength), I keep my eyes on what is to come, where I will to be when I am truly with Him.

What an amazing thought to keep me moving forward, especially when distractions of people and things that don’t go “according to plan” jump in to my path. Today, I set into motion something that is the scariest thing I have done in a very long time. And, through fear I will persist. I am grateful for the powerful force around me and in me, and the watchful eyes upon me, and because of this I will win; I will know victory in dignity and with integrity.

“I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered to the four winds. Not one is missing, not one forgotten. God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus. May everything good from God be yours!” ~1 Peter 1:1-2 (The Message)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 276 of Giving Thanks

Yesterday morning I felt like a fruit roll up. Like I was stuck but pliable enough to move and be lifted. In my mind, I am dancing around, jumping up and down and I just keep going as though my energy source is endless. My heart is filled with the hope that this will be true. So, as I drifted off to sleep that is what I thought about; boundless energy – overflowing and abundant!

I can’t say that I was bouncing off the walls, or even skipping down the hallway first thing this morning, but I am upright and getting through another day at work. My mind is clear and pace is steady – this is a start. As I look up I see a verse stuck to my desk… right above Matthew 11:28 – a permanent resident at eye level. I am grateful for these reminders – that my eyes can see, and my mind can take in all the promises of God. And all of the hope I know when I read His word.

What I see on my desk...

  • “For You Lord are Good, and ready to forgive (my doubt), And abundant in mercy to all those (me) who call upon You.” ~Psalm 86:5 (torn from a donor’s return mailing label, many months ago.)
  • I am who God says I am. (a laminated tiny banner as a personal reminder!)
  • "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." ~Matthew 11:28-30 (on a Post-it note, hand written has been there since my first week working here)
  • In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 (a verse chosen for a thank you card for donors)

And, as I read through Psalm 86, again, there are several things than stand out for me today. Lord, I thank You.

“Bend an ear, GOD; answer me. I'm one miserable wretch!
   Keep me safe—haven't I lived a good life?
      Help your servant—I'm depending on you!
   You're my God; have mercy on me.
      I count on you from morning to night.
   Give your servant a happy life;
      I put myself in your hands!
   You're well-known as good and forgiving,
      bighearted to all who ask for help.
   Pay attention, GOD, to my prayer;
      bend down and listen to my cry for help.
   Every time I'm in trouble I call on you,
      confident that you'll answer.” ~ Psalm 86:1-7 (The Message)

Psalm 86 (Amplified Bible)
A Prayer of David.

"1 INCLINE YOUR ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly and dedicated; O my God, save Your servant, for I trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt]. 3 Be merciful and gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day. 4 Make me, Your servant, to rejoice, O Lord, for to You do I lift myself up. 5 For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You.
"6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and listen to the cry of my supplications. 7 In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me. 8 There is none like unto You among the gods, O Lord, neither are their works like unto Yours. 9 All nations whom You have made shall come and fall down before You, O Lord; and they shall glorify Your name. 10 For You are great and work wonders! You alone are God.11 Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name. 12 I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore.13For great is Your mercy and loving-kindness toward me; and You have delivered me from the depths of Sheol [from the exceeding depths of affliction].
"14 O God, the proud and insolent are risen against me; a rabble of violent and ruthless men has sought and demanded my life, and they have not set You before them. 15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness and truth. 16 O turn to me and have mercy and be gracious to me; grant strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) to Your servant and save the son of Your handmaiden. 17 Show me a sign of [Your evident] goodwill and favor, that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because You, Lord, [will show Your approval of me when You] help and comfort me.

© 2010 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 275 of Giving Thanks

I heard an acoustic guitar yesterday afternoon – someone just strumming, nothing in particular, but a wonderful melody nonetheless. And, I thought of the first time I met my “Dad” Mickey. A friendly warm, loving smile and tender hands that played his instrument and a voice that told a story – our first in-person meeting was when I was eighteen. I traveled down to Southern California to meet my family. A family I always knew about, but hadn’t known. Parents that loved me so much, that they gave up everything to make sure I had a good life. Mission Accomplished!

Honestly I don’t remember much about that day, it was a bit overwhelming, however I do know that it was a day I had waited for all of my life. My mom’s smile that day was bright and she was satisfied in knowing that I had turned out “just fine”.

As a child there were traits that I processed, that I always wanted to understand where they came from, and it was at that time, that weekend, that so many things became clear. Genetic traits in the arts, music, dance, creativity were all present in that house. And, I finally understood how I came to have such wonderful gifts. Today, it is the way God helped me to identify with a group of people that until that day were strangers – God’s way to tie me to, and connect me in a way that I could understand. I am grateful for God’s nuances, His subtleties, and His boldness.

“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. 
The things you planned for ME I cannot recount to you; 
were I to speak and tell of them,  they would be too many to declare.” ~Psalm 40:5

I am grateful that I have had three amazing Fathers in my life. Mickey, who gave me life and loved me so much; Bill, who took over and guided me until he died; and my Heavenly Father, who was there, knitted me in my mother’s womb, gave me life and loves me so much, takes over and guides me when I am in need.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." ~Psalm 139:13

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 274 of Giving Thanks

How beautiful God’s word is. How promising is it to know that no matter what I am going through, that hope is in my life because of my Father. In times when my body just isn’t up to the tasks my mind lays out for it, I can go to Him. As I sit at my desk and look at the tasks to be completed, and I dig deep to find the energy to do it and I come up empty; then I remember to pray.

Simply said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28

Today Lord, I am light on energy, heavy on weary. It sometimes feels as I start to see things move in the right direction, my flesh pulls up the memory of exhaustion and pain. I thank You Lord, that through my journey, I am healed; that in my perils I know where to go – that all I have to do is come to You. Father, it is Your strength I seek and desire today. I give you Lord my emotional uncertainty, pain and tired joints. In Jesus’ name I bring this to You. Amen.

It is in my exhaustion that I remember that when I empty myself, I leave room for God to come in – to fill me with promise, hope and joy. And, this is what I am grateful for today, and reading Psalm 119 again, to be refreshed. .

You are my portion, O LORD; 
I have promised to obey your words.
I have sought your face with all my heart; 
be gracious to me according to your promise.

I have considered my ways 
and have turned my steps to your statutes.” ~Psalm 119:57-59

“Your word, O LORD, is eternal; 
it stands firm in the heavens.~Psalm 119:89

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 273 of Giving Thanks

This morning as I arrived at work, I needed a lift… so I listened to: Seize the Day, by Carolyn Arends.

“Chai Tea, soy latte, no water”…. I may be up all night – but that wasn’t the best part of Starbucks tonight. I met with the most wonderful and beautiful ladies and I am excited about the possibilities. Both of them are moms with daughters the same age as Myranda, professional and are around my age. I am so grateful for the encounters that I am given in my life; and the great people God places in my path.

A few months back, while shopping for shoes and I met Sandra; we had several times on the calendar set to get together and we moved and shifted our times.  She at one point determined that we did not need to get together – and I convinced her to just “grab a cup of coffee”; tonight we met, she brought a friend, and I am confident that they will both join me in business.

This afternoon, I prayed for movement; for a feeling of contentment as I visited with my two new friends. And, it was good.  I will trust that God’s plan includes all the details of every day; and that I can give all my concerns to Him. And in all this, I will find joy in every moment and do the best work I can do, and let others know that I am different, I hold His light!

 “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!”~Philippians 4:4-5 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 272 of Giving Thanks

I used to think “how much more information can I fit in my brain” – as information came in from work, school, studies, life, etc., I felt a bit and sometimes BIG overwhelmed, maybe even ill equipped to manage all the incoming.  I have felt this for most of my life. I believe that is why I never did well in school, or did I? I did graduate high school, but it was through relationship building, lack of effort and work (slothing begins)!

My coping mechanism has always been to relate. To become familiar with the people in my surroundings and the people in my life are my safe guard and my light. I am grateful that God uses people to give me purpose and desire to help; and, today, although the lessons are plentiful, I can only ponder on the lesson today, which was another revealing learning experience from God through our pastor John Bruce. I am grateful for the truth and the identification of the areas I am to work harder.  

I have spent my life as a doer, so I thought! My goal is the make sure that my actions do not represent either a sloth or a sluggard. My least favorite insect or yucky thing is a slug, so I am motivated sincerely to not be one.

Lord, the most unappealing things are revealed and I am open enough to recognize and taken them in. I am grateful that the delivery is acceptable to me and I can take it in whole-heartedly. I am open Father, and ready for change; changes that never would have occurred without Your fire and the breaking of my undesirable will. Lord, I pray for Your favor as I seek and change to become who You desire me to be. 

Sloth or Sluggard?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 271 of Giving Thanks

Tonight I am grateful that I can witness many things. A community coming together for a cause is what I saw tonight. A young woman a year older than my daughter had a dream and that was to put on a benefit event – she pulled in local artists, gathered a community of people and provided an evening of magic for several people. She was eloquent, professional and showed leadership – pulling all this together.

I hadn’t met her in person until tonight. Kelsey, you are gifted, not just as a dancer, but as a promoter and encourager. My simple thanks today, is that I could be a small part of your evening. I look forward to getting to know you better.

There is something very special about dance for me. When I was very young, about four, my career in gymnastics started, with that came dance lesson, after dance lesson – and traditional type was required in those days, but I was the rebel – and tonight I saw a bit of me as I watched these young men and women perform. A standing ovation to all of you, is well deserved.

My prayer is that the Lord continues to bless you as you all follow your dreams – and may you always have the tug of an artist deep within your soul. Father, we also pray for the cause that this event brought to the forefront, that modern-day slavery is stopped and those responsible be brought to justice, in this life or after. Father we pray for the safety for all those who work to free these people. In Jesus’ name we lift these needs to you. Amen.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 270 of Giving Thanks

As I sit here quietly this morning, I can really only reflect on one thing – and that is the joy and pride I feel for the wonderful gift God brought me 21 years ago. Today, my daughter, Myranda is 21. Through the years, like most mothers and daughters, we have learned many things getting to know one another. It has always amazed me how much this mother and daughter are alike – but today is a tribute to her uniqueness and her character!

For every day, I am grateful for my daughter, Myranda –
When you were born, you moved my heart and soul in a way that nothing ever could before, or in my life-time ever will move me like the love I have for you.

I would sit for hours and stare at you. In my arms, tightly and securely and never wanting to let go.      

Myranda, you were the best baby, happy and rarely cried – your laugh was and still is infectious – I loved to sit with you and tickle you, make funny faces for you, sing to you, bounce you, or whatever possible just to hear you laugh.

Smart does not describe you. You are brilliant!

Myranda, through the years, you have tugged my heart, with your will, your wit, your courage, your tenacity and your hard work – you are an amazing young woman. You love people so much – you put your heart out there; do not stop. You care so much for those in your life, you feel what they feel; this is your gift. People look up to you, and admire who you have become; and others want to be around you; know this and remember this. You are beautiful, bold, courageous and lovely.

And, today, 21 years from the day I first laid eyes on my beautiful daughter, the love of my life, I still want to hold tightly and securely and never let go, but you are grown – and the time has come...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 269 of Giving Thanks

My entire life I have had many say “work on your weaknesses”, and have failed miserably, sorrowfully and with great pain through self-defeat. I will no longer go through a grieving over these failures; I will change my focus – and will be triumphant – easily. God has given me gifts – gifts that no one else possesses like I do. And, these unique gifts and qualities were put within me to share with others and provide an example for others.

I recently went through a couple of personality and strength type tests. My gifting is not in the mundane. I completed two of these tests in the past week - Strengths Quest™ test, which does a personality profile and last night took another quick test from Tamara Lowe’s, Get Motivated book and no surprise, my De-Motivators are: Rigid structure, routine, delays, time-consuming details and bureaucracy. This is so true, and this is what drives my husband the craziest. In the process of “getting better” and self improving, I am really working on my strengths.

But these strengths can only be fine-tuned  and perfected with the coaching and guidance from the creator who gifted them to me. To be used properly, I must read the instructions and be “trained” properly so that the most effective use of these tools is perfected.  Lord, thank you for insights, for great people who help You identify in me where You want me. As I work through Your instructions, take to heart and practice “proper uses”, I am grateful that I am not alone.

This morning, as I read through Mark 1 & 2, I was reminded of the miracles performed by Jesus, and as I sat down to write, the relevance did not quite connect.  Father, I am grateful for the obvious word, and yet the subtle is quite comforting – as it is in silence that they come – and in silence, I am greatly comforted lately because I know that it is when You can prepare me most.

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed….” Mark 1:35

And, when I found you Jesus, I exclaimed, “I have been looking for you”, thank you for finding me.

“… and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"~ Mark 1:37

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Day 268 of Giving Thanks

My mind is being used in ways that I never thought possible. God is using others to help do His work, imagine that.  I am grateful that so much wisdom is passed on out of love – this love runs deep in the true body of Christ, and I am grateful that after so long, I understand that I have a place that is uniquely designed by my creator. My uniqueness, talents and bubbly self is viewed as specifically qualified because it was blessed before I was born.


My personal journey has always been discovering who I am with God, through Christ – on my own, there have been trials without verdict; “hung jury” or “stale mate” situations. In knowing who I am, allows for so many possibilities and “all systems are ago”. I am excited about my life, even though several things are still not clear. I am trusting, completely trusting, that everything is under control. There is so much from hope from the devastation of my past, to the joyful hope of my future.


“O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you." ~Isaiah 30:19


I am honored to have a new friend and, now coach who has lovingly answered my prayer, and his calling to minister through sharing his leadership and talents in developing other leaders. My blessings cannot be counted, as they are more than I ever thought possible.


Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.” ~Isaiah 30:20 

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." ~2 Corinthians 10:5

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 267 of Giving Thanks

Another day of flying out of the house after getting ready in record time and really no time to stop and be still for very long... As I woke up, I looked at my alarm clock, which when I normally get up is 6:45AM – and 7:22AM; I was already 37 minutes behind. My immediate thought was, I have plenty of time to get ready.  And, with “words” on my mind, as they are a lot lately, I knew that I had to tell myself the right things to keep things from spinning out of control. As I got ready, I heard a great message on about keeping our words in check.  Wow, is God awesome or what?

I did arrive at work a bit late, but jumped right on what needed to be looked at and handled early; and then a 10:30AM training sessions, lunch and another training session completely filled my day. Father, keep me grounded in a time when scheduling my time is so imperative to reach my goals. I am grateful that my thoughts have changed. That my words spoken aloud or just in my mind, are a priority to me now. Thank you for always reminding me of the things I need to change. Thank you for helping me understand how important your word is, and that self edification through your word is relevant.

The tongue has the power of life and death, 
       and those who love it will eat its fruit.

~Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 266 of Giving Thanks

Today, as I sit down, and try to digest the weekend; I find that silence is preferred, but still have a hard time – all the verses from yesterday’s church lesson infiltrate my soul. There was an event that took place on Saturday that completely took my parental breath away, and I am pained so deeply for the family of the young man who took his life. There are so many questions, so many feelings that just cannot be pinpointed, leave me going to Him to lay it all at His throne.

And in a moment of prayer for his girlfriend yesterday (my daughter’s best friend), the Lord gave me these words:

Father in a time of grief there is no way to comprehend reasons as to why things happen the way they do. I do not want to be numb Lord, yet I tend to be more at ease by allowing no sensitivity.

I pray for your arms Almighty God to hold me tightly, to shield me from the world and my current circumstances – give me the strength to wake up – and get up and face another day. It is in Your presence Abba Father that will preserve my heart, for as it breaks, and repair at this time does not seem possible.

Lord, in my sorrow I pray for healing – for restoration deep within my heart. Lord I plead that I know the time to grieve, that I allow Your timing in this process, and listen only to Your promptings. I ask for Your grace to overflow so I can receive it and live it for myself.

Allow me Lord to feel what I should feel, and know that only through this I will heal, and start to rebuild. In Jesus name I pray.

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
       turning a man from the snares of death.” NIV
“The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water
   so you won't go off drinking from poisoned wells.” Proverbs 14:27 (The Message)

Just in the time I have been engaged in the word, which on and off over the past 8 years, this has been truly the first time I am loving the interactions, feeling like I am truly connecting and communicating with my God, my creator. I have deep thoughts about Him, and cannot imagine the old feelings I had ever creeping back in. Many times, feelings of deep darkness, despair and desperation were a majority of my existence. Although no one really saw, or knew – it was the loneliest time and I had already given my life to Christ.

When I first became a Christian, I was alone. When Chris and I met, we were very alike – spiritual and part of unorganized faith in a supreme being. We both hated religion, the pretention of people who judged, preached and were hypocritical. And, yet as a new Christian, I was becoming one of those people. The one that was not attractive, one no one would ask about. And, really it was in my head, my own pretenses that held me hostage. I continually had expansive dialog with the enemy. I would carry on conversations with him about myself - doubting, then preaching and not living. Fearing, and not giving any of it to God. I didn’t know how. I blamed others for veering me wrong, for condemning my sin, for preaching “to the choir”; “I am already a Christian, why are you telling me this?” What I did not know is that God was reaching out, pleading and reeling me toward Him.

Yes, dark times came because I did not pursue or believe God. My sins are many, I realize the ones of envy, prejudice, pride, lying, self-righteousness and hatred of myself mostly. I knew I was saved, but I wasn’t living like God had intended me to live. My life, my passions, my “everything” suffered. I was living out of control – but from the outside, it appeared pretty normal to everyone else.

It truly was like a switch went on in my life. The day I realized that God loved me for me. That I am uniquely made for a specific purpose and my life has meaning. My heart breaks for people like me, the me of before, a me that no longer exists. My prayer everyday is that someone, anyone will hear God cry out “really, listen, I am here. I have always been here, I created you – don’t be sad, you are worthwhile, trust me and you will see; believe that I gave you everything, because I love you so much…..” and they will take action.

I am grateful for light. A light that cannot be put out or lose power as long as I plug into the ultimate power source… I am grateful that I know God and can be excited about the possibilities of my life.

© 2010 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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