Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 323 of Giving Thanks

I sat for a few hours tonight in a waiting room and in that time I was able to reflect on many things. First, I want to relay to everyone how thankful I am that God pulled me to where I am; that my skepticism didn’t turn into hatred, distrust or torment. I am grateful that I am loving, kind, compassionate and trusting. I am so thankful that I heard God, despite that at one time I turned my heart and mind off to the possibility of Him.

As I sat and watched the people around me, I could see pain, not just in the physical aspect, but in some of the faces. Some were alone in that waiting room, and no one to call; some called, but no one answered. I spoke to a couple of people and prayed for them – three unknowingly to them, one I prayed for and told her. Prayer is an awesome gift we can give to anyone, with no cost to us at all.

I thought again of how rich my life is. How just having a heart of gratitude changes everything. It truly changes everything – my perspective, my outlook, my history and my time to come. Through Your word I can read Your promises, but Lord it is the confirmation I receive that embeds Your promises so deeply in my heart.

It is my heart’s desire to do Your will, to be one that others will see something different.

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 9:11

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 322 of Giving Thanks

The moments of staring at a blank page do not happen often, in fact, the writing here is usually done in about five minutes. If it takes too long, I know it is me, and not God - when it is time to write, it is like running water at the sink.  Today, my mind is reeling, but my body is not – so being still is easy tonight.

As I sit here, with the dishwasher swishing in the background, it is almost hypnotic. The electric breeze from the fan keeping me comfortable, it has not been a comfortable week at all.

Several things went a little haywire over the last week – people with the flu, muscle spasms, internet connection down, broken A/C and very few people to talk to – Yet again God pulled us through to the end with time to spare and over the goal.

It is mind-blowing, when I think about it! In every way of my life – there is purpose. And, in my work, His work is done.  I am grateful that I am in a place where I have such strong faith. Not once did I ever believe we wouldn’t make it. Thank You Lord for Your faithfulness.

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
"He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” ~2 Corinthians 9:6-12

And, it is true joy to worship and honor such a faithful God.


Day 321 of Giving Thanks

Diagnosis – in need of healing, repair, change and restoration
Prognosis – perfect, daughter of the King

Tonight I gave some advice to teammate, and suggested a change in how they ‘talk to themselves’. I have been giving myself this same advice for years – and until recently, it didn’t really click. I need to be my own best encourager and cheerleader, outside of God. And, I do that by going to God. I do that by listening to what God has to say, who He says I am. I must hold every thought captive, simply said…

“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


And again I pray “Lord I am ready for my dream, if I am not ready, continue to prepare me.” In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. I am grateful Lord that Your voice is becoming the loudest voice I hear; that even in turmoil (in my mind) or through challenges, because I seek You, I hear You.

“The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” ~2 Corinthians 10:3-6




Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 320 of Giving Thanks

How am I to know all that You have for me? All I know is that is is so much more than I will ever comprehend!

“…so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.” ~1 Corinthians 2:5

There are moments when I am overwhelmed!  Overwhelmed with joy; anticipation; hope and life!  Joy is not dictated by my circumstances, anticipation of all that God has for me and hope that my life has purpose.

“People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," ~Mark 7:37
“As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him." ~Mark 9:15

As I sat to digest all that occurred today, which, by the way was a very “normal” day, I realized that there is much I have seen and much I have learned. And, knowing that my life is a continual journey, I know there is much more to see and learn. How exciting it is to know that I will never know it all, and I will always be growing. I am so in love and in awe of a God that does this for me – and for anyone else who chooses Him. I am grateful for my personal journey.

”However, as it is written:
   "No eye has seen,
      no ear has heard,
   no mind has conceived
   what God has prepared for those who love him" but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.”  ~1 Corinthians 2:9-10



Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 319 of Giving Thanks

Sticking to a plan has been very difficult for me. I definitely have some form of attention deficit and I am sure that it is mostly habitual. At the beginning of every year I put my goals down. Does anyone else to that? And, I usually have on my list “schedule my time and stick to the schedule”, or something like that. I know there are great rewards for me when I can finally do that.

I have gone three weeks in a row – pretty good for me – so far so good.

Father, I am grateful that You pull me gently toward You. That Your corrections are getting much easier to recognize as I learn to connect better with You. I am thankful that this correction appears to be “not too late”, and my life is getting into a rhythm, and I do understand that normalcy is ever changing. My desire is to become better, be a person of my word 100% of the time, eliminate excuses and always keep my eyes, heart, mind and actions on You.

Thank You for a wonderful day today.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 318 of Giving Thanks

There were a couple things very present in my mind today – visible hope for the restoration of my body – with a plan and confirmation that this is where God wants me; and visible evidence that my husband and I can still have a good time doing normal stuff.  For these simple things I am grateful.

A normal day – it has been a very long time since I felt normal.  Settling back into normalcy when all has been chaotic for many years is like trying on a dress that I haven’t worn in years, yet it still fits. I remember how the fabric felt, what the reflection in the mirror looked like and how a compliment from Chris gave my spirit a boost. The style is a bit outdated, but it is still ok – because I have a God who assures me that when I am restored, I will be better than before; because the restoration is all part of His mighty plan – where I am perfected over time.

Every day God gives me many gifts; His attention – His voice – His will – His words and promises. Today I praise Him again that I am content with my journey – normal or chaotic, He is with me – and what a wonderful thing to praise.

Psalm 150
 Praise the LORD.
       Praise God in his sanctuary;
       praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
       praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
       praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
       praise him with the strings and flute,
 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
       praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
       Praise the LORD
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 317 of Giving Thanks

For so long now I have prayed the same prayer and for months I have truly felt on the verge of realizing it. The closer You draw me near, the closer I am to knowing what You have for me.

I found myself, again, complaining yesterday about my “situation” – working hard to justify where I am by blaming, rather thank taking responsibility. This is not an attractive place to be, and yet, I know that this part of the path. This path, that I have taken, is completely necessary for me to fully comprehend how to lead others with a servant’s heart.  You are my leader Lord, and it is when I implement that practice, I understand fully where You want me.

“It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people.” ~Psalm 118:8

I am grateful LORD, that every time I find myself dwelling on things I thought were already repaired, I realize that I am trying desperately to depend on me, rather than You. I am greatly aware that I must allow You to work this out through Your process.

And again I pray “Lord I am ready for my dream, if I am not ready, continue to prepare me.” I am ready, open and willing to do what it takes and give you what I cannot do. Lead me now, show me how to serve as Jesus served.

“And whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~Mark 10:44-45 


Leadership happens when I decide to listen. This is two-fold. I must first listen to what God has for me and second, I must listen to others so I can hear how to best serve them. Father, thank You for keeping me grounded in hearing Your voice, and pulling me back when necessary.

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” ~Luke 6:38 

 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 316 of Giving Thanks

I now look at my life as a journey and roads traveled, where detours will occur and road blocks are inevitable – where storms will blow me right and left and off the road all together – where I will breakdown and crash – but the final destination, no matter the journey is under control of the perfect navigator – and if He is close, I am always closer than I realize.

F A I L U R E
malfunction, stoppage, collapse, disappointment,
let down, crash, not a success

None of these words describe me, or you – not in God’s eyes, not by His amazing purpose for us. I now know that I must have the correct dependence and source to remind of who I am all along my path.

And, while on my path, I am passionate about living out God’s purpose for my life in partnership with others who make up the beautiful body of Christ. I am grateful that my LORD loves for me to be edified and encouraged through His words and people. I am grateful that through His ministering to me, others can too, be encouraged and edified.


 “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” ~Thomas Edison

Know that you have not failed, you are on your journey, and God is always with you. All you have to do is seek His presence, love Him with all your heart and He will guide You along a lighted path.

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.” ~Isaiah 51:6


“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas Edison


“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.”
~2 Corinthians 13:5-6 (NIV)

"...Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 315 of Giving Thanks


I have been wrestling with an issue for years.

“…because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." ~Genesis 32:28

I don’t want to “suck it up” any longer. I want to take that tiger by the tail, and conquer all the feelings of inadequacy and failure – and I am ready for God to bless this area of my life.

Today, I ask, is this what God wants for me in this area?

And, as I continue to listen for God’s answer, I feel like Jacob; and this has truly been a long night. I am thankful that I know struggle is necessary and I am even more thankful that all struggles will end at some point.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” ~Ephesians 6:12

New International Version

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 314 of Giving Thanks

For years I saw God as the check out line god. Where I would put in my request, I would wait in line and He would get back to me. And, when I did not hear, I felt unworthy or undeserving as though I was unimportant.

What I have come to realize is that God is not a task master trying to keep up; He is the master and all is under control - He answers all prayers - yes, no, not now, this way, my way are all answers.

I am so grateful that He sees it all, that He is in control and I can trust that no matter what His answer, it is always the right answer.

My mind has a hard time comprehending that God knows all - but the more I get to know Him, His promises and discovering His character I see it. In my life, as I experience and through all of my history, I can mark the times when I thought the “no” was the end of the world – and in the end, it saved me. And, now I want to be the light – the light that is seen for miles no matter what the weather.

“Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:14-16

I am grateful for an amazing God, who not only planned my rescue from day one, but who lovingly rescues me over and over. And, all I can dwell on is the wonder of His actions. I can rejoice in so much – Matthew 5 was a sincere blessing today.

“You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.
You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.
You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.” ~Matthew 5:7-10 (The Message)

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:12

Day 313 of Giving Thanks (2nd Post)

For years I saw God as the check out line god. Where I would put in my request, I would wait in line and He would get back to me. And, when I did not hear, I felt unworthy or undeserving as though I was unimportant.

What I have come to realize is that God is not a task master trying to keep up; He is the master and all is under control - He answers all prayers - yes, no, not now, this way, my way are all answers.

I am so grateful that He sees it all, that He is in control and I can trust that no matter what His answer, it is always the right answer.

My mind has a hard time comprehending that God knows all - but the more I get to know Him, His promises and discovering His character I see it. In my life, as I experience and through all of my history, I can mark the times when I thought the “no” was the end of the world – and in the end, it saved me. And, now I want to be the light – the light that is seen for miles no matter what the weather.

“Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:14-16 (New International Version)


I am grateful for an amazing God, who not only planned my rescue from day one, but who lovingly rescues me over and over. And, all I can dwell on is the wonder of His actions. I can rejoice in so much – Matthew 5 was a sincere blessing today.

“You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.
"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.
"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.” ~Matthew 5:7-10 (The Message)


“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:12 (New International Version)




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Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 313 of Giving Thanks

Whatever the reason, I know that there are no unnecessary tears. My tears, which for years were few and far between, have purpose – they are part of a perfect process. A way for me to wash away all the feelings that are unwanted, the fears to be let go and the pain to release – a way to begin again.

The only way I can truly know and understand His grace and mercy is to have Him bring me through the unwanted feelings, fears and pain. With this awareness, it makes all my circumstances tolerable.

Yesterday I spent time reflecting on all the amazing ways that God is communicating with me and showing me He is right here -  and praising the peace in my heart, home and life. This morning on my way to work, in the quietness of my car, I was a bit overwhelmed and filled with the knowledge that God’s mercy is absolutely amazing.

I realize that there are emotions that I feel, that make absolutely no sense at all for that moment – it is a reaction from some time before. And, if I am having moments like that, I would conclude that it is a common occurrence for everyone. Lord, help me be graceful and mindful of this in all my responses to others.

This sheds tons of light on many circumstances I have been living through – and because I have the love and grace of a mighty God, I can respond lovingly every time, rather than react emotionally. I am grateful that I have experienced grace and mercy so perfect – and I am grateful that God loves me so perfectly. I pray for wisdom as I live through and love toward a heavenly eternity.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 312 of Giving Thanks

Thank You LORD for the many chances, and the tender ways that You remind me that I can trust You – that You have everything under control.

 “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” ~Hebrews 11:1

Building my faith through trial and holding on to hope through restoration has been my year. And though there have been many moments of pain and hardship, I am so thankful that for the first time in my life, I truly know joy.

Father, I thank You for this time in the moments when all was lost, that all was actually won over two thousand years ago at Calvary. Thank You God for loving me so much that You won’t give up on me, that You will never quit drawing me toward the perfect plan for my life. That when I am falling, You are already there with open arms to catch me – and even when I jump from Your arms, You are loving me and encouraging me back on track. Father, I live to please You, and I pray that my times of jumping from Your arms are few and the cushion of Your mighty arms are always present.  

With my eyes open, I step off into Your care, and know that I will land safely. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 311 of Giving Thanks

I only fail when I quit, and I will never quit!

I am learning that my feelings mean nothing – that it is a choice to push forward while God pulls. My priorities must remain correct – and how could I possibly fail? In trials, in the moments when it feels like it is just too much, I call out to God and He answers. The strength and power of the creator – and knowing that all was already accomplished before I even began, is of great comfort.

“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

God comes first, when I am right with God, and I place Him ahead of everything, the rest of my life will fall into perfect order – I have come to realize that “perfect order” does not always look like I think it should look.  My family, in particular, my husband is second – my business and job are third and everything else comes behind it all.

Lord, I mess this up so many times. I am thankful that messing up does not equal failure. And I am grateful for Your reminders of who I am in You; I pray for Your correction, Your guidance and Your protection as I work through making things right and allowing Your perfect order.

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

I live day-to-day to realize Your perfect order and I commit to becoming better every day. And, I commit to always fighting what I am responsible to fight for, giving up what I cannot do to You – and I commit to “never quit!”

If you haven’t seen this video, you must watch it now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_wyBftd8gk&feature=player_embedded

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 310 of Giving Thanks

The assurance I know and the peace I live in has been an amazing transformation. I wake up every morning with the assurance that I have a mighty God whose promises are trustworthy. And, as I think of this, I reflect on the question, yet again, that I was asked when I was deep in the thralls of unbelief “Do you believe in heaven?


“Absolutely, Yes!”

I have a God who is available to everybody. A God who loves me so much that He laid everything on the line for me. And, as I live my life out here, on earth, no matter what my circumstances are or who “thinks what” about me, I know that my self worth is already determined – and although I don’t have a complete picture of the rest of my life here or my eternity with God, I am very sure of one thing, with a God like mine, there is nothing that is impossible – and I am excited daily about all the possibilities of both.

I am thankful for a faithful God – where there are no secrets or mysteries when it comes to who He says I am – A Child of God!

Today's word is NAME on the Giving Thanks page and the questions were asked. “What would your name be based on your character or personality? If you could be known by another name, besides your given name, what would that be?” My answer “"Shawn" means "God is gracious". I don't think I could have been named any better - and over the years, God has shown me so much grace and has taught me the true meaning of grace in receiving and giving.

With heaven in mind, but not the motive, I live in hope, with extended joy and pray that my life will reflect the greatest gift ever given.

"Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness." ~Romans 10:1-3

With Jesus the work is DONE... when we work to win God's favor, we become religious and believe we must DO. There is no "do" on our part EXCEPT to believe that Jesus already was prosecuted, carried the cross, was crucified, died, laid in a tomb and rose from the dead, all as promised and written. That is what I believe and I pray others will come to realize. He is truly an awesome, trustworthy and faithful God.

Father we pray for a revealing in the hearts who seek to know You; who desire Your truths and promises to be etched deeply into their hearts; we pray for Your truth to be poured through on every level in response to their needs - intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Almighty and powerful God, we ask that You boldly move and soften hearts toward you, pull Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

In conclusion today, I will end where I began my day “Thank You for forgiving me first Father God, and thank You Jesus for making that possible. My heart overflows with praise!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 308 of Giving Thanks

The first post that I saw today came from my friend … “Never never never never never never never never never never never never never GIVE UP. Stay in it. Work thru it. We'll make it!” Thanks Heather. And, as usual the other things I have been meditating on come together. I am grateful for the whole picture – that all pieces when they are scattered appear to be incomplete, but as God lays the path, and the pieces are placed by His mighty hand it is all perfect.

And, it is perfect today.

Wow, this verse is so real to me right now. It's like it has jumped off the page and into my heart.

"We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to us." ~Romans 5:3-5 (GNT)

I am grateful that when I “feel” close to the end physically, I am given, yet another gift – the gift of His promises through His wonderful word. Today, as every day, I will hold fast. I will move forward in my day, in gratitude that I am here to see the sunshine again. As I sit in silence this morning, in Your presence, Lord, I imagine the warmth of the sun on my face – as You pour Your energy into me. And, again, I am up and moving. Father thank You for your grace and mercy and Your power beneath me to push through.

Mercy Me, Hold Fast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hny-xp4k9c

Father, you know my needs - I pray for Your will, and I pray that Your will match the desires You have placed so deep within my heart. For me the obstacles seem too many, the pain and exhaustion too much to bear today. Help me Lord to fulfill my obligations today and continue toward realizing my dream.  Thank You Lord for the gifts of hope and joy – and the perfect placement of all things.

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot, and hang on.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


“The best way out is always through.” ~Robert Frost

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 307 of Giving Thanks

It really seems surreal to think back on this last year – it is very “dream-like”, there are moments that are vivid, and full of color, and then others that seem to have been lived by someone else. Yesterday I put over 20 years of medical history onto paper – that too was quite surreal, as there are moments when I truly have outer-body experiences; and I believe that is God’s regular gift to me. The ability to remove myself from the pain or memory of the pain has allowed me to function pretty normally over the years.

I was told a couple weeks ago that I live my life in the clouds, and I became very defensive – and now, putting this all in perspective, I would have to agree with that accusation. But I am viewing that as a compliment, rather than a dig.

I was also told that I was too positive, that I focus way too much on what is right, and would be better off to focus on what I need to change. And, I will focus on how I can change to be more like Christ, and in the process, I will change and my life will enhance. There is nothing better to focus on than that, in my opinion.

I am grateful that God made me in a way that every day is a new day in my mind. For the most part, I can release yesterday’s day and start anew. Today, I am a new creation. And every day, I must look upon every day and every moment as a gift – a gift to be enjoyed and shared. Come be joyful with me.

“The Lord will fight for ME; I need only to be still.” Psalm 37:7

Father, remove my prayers of needs today, let me praise You for all You have done, for all You give and all I have to look forward to. Lord, help me to live a life that glorifies You – a life that I knowingly and willingly choose to be grateful for, no matter the circumstances.  

“When I walk into the thick of trouble, 
keep me alive in the angry turmoil. 
With one hand 
strike my foes, 
With your other hand 
save me. 
Finish what you started in me, God. 
Your love is eternal—don't quit on me now." ~Psalm 138:8

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 306 of Giving Thanks

Today I armed myself with the Spirit, and put my research cap on. And, this evening, I had an opportunity to talk to a physician who validated that I am not crazy – that all the years of educating myself, trying things and working toward becoming whole physically again; I have been on the right track.

I am grateful for technology today, and the connection that it offers. Simply said today, I am stepping forward believing that relief and healing is secured – that my God has all things lined up and in order. Thank You Lord for Your healing hands and Your faithfulness – as I embark on this leg of the journey, I am hopeful for the restoration of all my cells, that the old will be replaced with the new – that my body will be reborn, as my heart and soul.

In Your hands Lord, I trust all of me to Your hands for healing and restoration.  This week I cried out “enough Lord” I knew that my breaking point was near, and again, as so many times before He answers “yes, I AM ENOUGH FOR YOU!


“In every healing we experience, we have a pledge of the resurrection of the body. Jehovah-Rapha, who brings us up from the gates of death, will, at the time appointed, bring us up from the very pit of corruption. He who restores health to our bodies will restore life to our bodies in the resurrection (I Cor. 15:51-56).

Day 305 of Giving Thanks

I am so grateful for great teaching. We have been in Proverbs for a while and the way that John brings this all together is amazing. I am thankful that I can be counted among the ones becoming smart – the topic today:
Smart People Manage Their Anger
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1.     Smart people have a BIG God.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, 
       but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” ~Proverbs 1:7
“The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; 
       he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” ~Proverbs 21:1
(see also Proverbs: 10:22, 16:4 & 9, 19:21, 20:22 & 24, 21:30, 28:25, 29:26)

2.    Smart people keep their mouths shut when angry.
‘Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; 
   the prudent quietly shrug off insults.” ~Proverbs 12:

3.    Smart people know when anger is appropriate.
“A king delights in a wise servant, 
       but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.” ~Proverbs 14:35

4.    Smart people understand the power of patience.
Better a patient man than a warrior, 
       a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” ~Proverbs 16:32

5.    Smart people avoid angry people.
“Don't hang out with angry people; 
   don't keep company with hotheads.
Bad temper is contagious— 
   don't get infected.” ~Proverbs 22:24-25

Just a few of the references from today’s teaching, but very revealing. Right here is a lifetime of wisdom!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 304 of Giving Thanks

What a great day!

I have the greatest opportunity in the world – to live my life out with God as my center and incorporate everything I do around that. I am grateful for where I am right now in my life – challenges and all.  I thing back on the last year, and know that the plan, however not the one I would have chosen, has perfect purpose – and since I am learning to better trust in God daily, I am right on target.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Everyone always says “the Lord never gives you more than you can handle”, and today, I truly believe that. And, with all that He has given me, I am thankful that the preparations have been in love – and the tenderness of all He is can be seen at every point in my life, when I said “enough Lord”, and He answered “yes, I AM ENOUGH FOR YOU!”.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Day 303 of Giving Thanks

There are a couple of storms that seem to repeat in my life. I am sure others feel the same way that I do with certain things, and yesterday God was so revealing to me.

When I respond the “same way” to a certain circumstance, how can I expect the results to be anything else than what it was before? “Keep doin’ whatchya been doin, you’ll keep gettin’ whatchya been gettin’!” Wow, now why hasn’t anyone told me that before (obviously, tongue in cheek)?

“If the LORD delights in my ways, he makes my steps firm;though I stumble, I will not fall, for the LORD upholds me with his hand.” ~Psalm 37:23-24

Often times I can feel like I go backwards instead of forward – and that can be devastating when I have a goal or objective in mind, and I blow a deadline or just blow it, period. What I heard as I went to God with this today is “in reality, it is stepping in the right direction that counts, Shawn. I (God) may even have you step in reverse or even side ways to keep moving forward.”.

Like breathing, I just need to remember to walk, keep my feet moving!

‎"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

I must remember to keep moving even when, especially when (my favorite phrase this week), adversity arises or the adversary steps in my path. ALWAYS Walking toward God and with God no matter what. I already know that He hears me and knows my desires and my dreams.

My objective is to listen for His voice and hear His steps ahead of mine, even when, especially when I can't see Him there.

Walking for me means so many things, as it is when I walk upright and justly, that I know I am heading in the right direction.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” ~Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
‎"As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." ~Micah 7:7

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 302 of Giving Thanks

I love when God is clear -
even when I don't like it!
 
I stand my ground and I am learning not to question things when they come up – I already know who is in the eye of the storm with me. What an amazing assurance to have. He will rebuke the winds and calm the seas – And no matter what type of storm I am going through, He stands in the eye of it with me. Lord, I know You are here with me – thank You!

Storm to storm!
Clearing to clearing!
Promise to promise!
Confirmation to confirmation!

I am not saying that all is figured out, and that my circumstances have changed all that much since my journey began – however, I am saying that God is perfect in every way!
  • The way He loves me
  • The way He teaches me
  • The way He uses others to speak to me
  • The way He lovingly corrects me
  • The way He empowers me
  • The way He guides me

So storm or clearing I am settled in knowing that all is purposed for me to become who God created me to be and His plan is perfectly laid before me, and He goes before me every time.

Today I am grateful for three specific things; one, that though I still fight with God in how I should do things, the time it takes me to figure out He is right, is becoming less and less – and two, that I can count on His promises and He promises healing and I wait for him joyfully – and three, that even if I “feel” I am going down, I know His hand is right there, keeping me above it all.

"…Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace." ~Luke 8:48

"As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." ~Micah 7:7

"Jesus Calms the Storm - One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown! He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" He asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him." ~Luke 8:22-25

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 301 of Giving Thanks

As I woke up this morning, I knew that my circumstances have not changed, but I know that I can step into my day with confidence because I experience freedom through Christ. And I am thankful that this is where I choose to dwell. Every day I have a choice to stay in the pit that the enemy desires me to be in. And every day I choose to take the high road, to go with God – and when I cannot lift myself up, I reach for Him to lift me up to the highest level.

For it is in these times that I know my Heavenly Father’s desires for me to be wholly His and to glorify Him through the transformation from grief to glory and everything between Lord – for all that I can see, and all that I cannot. 

And, it is from the vantage point of my Heavenly Father that I can see that my life is His. With Him as my guide, my mentor and support, I have a foundation of perfection that will lead me to the destiny and my standing as the child of a God, daughter of the King – and a woman grateful for her position. I am grateful for the perfection of all that is His – Lord thank You!

“according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” ~ Ephesians 3:11-12

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. ” ~Ephesians 3:16-19

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; 
For you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” ~Psalm 59:16 (NIV)

”Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.”  ~Hebrews 11:1

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 300 of Giving Thanks

A spectacular image to ponder... Likening myself to a butterfly, who recently shed the confines of the cocoon; and is now ready to soar through life and touch others with the beauty of the transformation. And as I live out my life, Father, help me to bring the beauty of Your creation and shine as a light. Let my actions and motives be pure, lovely and attractive. Lord, I pray that my transparency and honesty reflect You in me. Let my wings be windows to Your love and truth and glorify YOU. Let my life only reflect YOU, the almighty creator of heaven and earth.

Father as I spread my wings and I learn to fly, be with me, let the Holy Spirit be my map and navigator, and the draft I need to stay in the air. Lord, it is Your power, Your strength and courage I seek – and it is my heart’s desire to be in Your presence. For it is You who makes me soar; it is You who keeps me moving forward; it is You in which all my hope is placed; and You who completes me and keeps me joyful.

 “Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
   or, whine, Israel, saying,
"God has lost track of me.
   He doesn't care what happens to me"?
Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening?
God doesn't come and go. God lasts.
   He's Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath.
   And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes (me) who get tired,
   gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
   young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
   They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don't get tired,
   they walk and don't lag behind.” ~Isaiah 40:27-31 (The Message)

“Life is this simple: We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time. This is not just a fable or a nice story. It is true. If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe frequently. God shows Himself everywhere, in everything - in people and in things and in nature and in events. It becomes very obvious that He is everywhere and in everything and we cannot be without Him. It's impossible. It's simply impossible. The only thing is that we don't see it.” ~ Thomas Merton

Day 299 of Giving Thanks

I praise you lord for the friendships I have in my life. some of the deepest friendships I currently have are with people who I have never met. now, with that said, I also have friends who live within walking distance, a phone call away – I believe that the beauty of Facebook is that I can connect with others who are like-minded, as well as those who stretch me.

Today it is so simple – I am thankful for friends, all sizes and all  backgrounds – I am grateful for all of you who are praying for me. Thank you for your friendship. I am encouraged. I am hopeful. I trust that all is being worked out exactly as it is all planned!

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Day 298 of Giving Thanks


It truly is an alluring world we live in – if I watch television, for example, I see things that are portrayed so much more “wonderful” than they actually are – many things that I was attracted to before my life changed eight years ago. We truly live in a society of “anything goes”, “it’s all about me” and “my family  is my charity”, how many times have I heard these statements over the years? And, really there was a time when all those things applied to my own life.

I am grateful for changed priorities – a changed heart – a changed life. I am grateful for God’s grace and faithfulness.  There was a time in my life when I thought that being a Christian meant giving up all of me, and becoming someone not fun, not attractive with a life of many rules and many restrictions – and what I have found is a life of freedom like I have never experienced. A freedom from worry and anxiety – right there has transformed how I live, and I am fulfilled on a whole new level.

And today as I live differently than I did before. God allures me to being Christ-like – living in a way that gives me hope for every day and joy in the little moments or the major experiences. And gratitude and thankfulness that renews be daily.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” ~Colossians 3:1-4  (New International Version)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 297 of Giving Thanks

As I close my eyes, I consider many things from the day. And, first things first – I am grateful for an amazing God! I am grateful that through my pain, sorrow and tears, I feel the outstretched arms of my heavenly Father. Through His promises, I am reminded that it is He I must emulate, that it is me that I must give up and in the process of all this, I become greater than ever imagined.

And at the right time, when He deems perfect, I will be perfected.  

 

Lord, I have been so full of myself - wanting every little thing to be done the way I want them to be done... and truly when I think back on all decisions I made against Your will, I know that loosing myself to gain You is completely in my best interest. Lord, help me to become self-less so that I can be my best self in You. 

 

It is my pleasure to serve selflessly, wholly!

"He must become greater; I must become less." ~John 3:30


It is my pleasure to serve selflessly, wholly! And, I am excited that in the process, although I am not where I "feel" I should be I "believe" I am in a much better place than I ever dreamed. 

“Do you see the difference? Sacrifices offered to idols are offered to nothing, for what's the idol but a nothing? Or worse than nothing, a minus, a demon! I don't want you to become part of something that reduces you to less than yourself. And you can't have it both ways, banqueting with the Master one day and slumming with demons the next. Besides, the Master won't put up with it. He wants us—all or nothing. Do you think you can get off with anything less?


Looking at it one way, you could say, "Anything goes. Because of God's immense generosity and grace, we don't have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster." But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.” ~1 Corinthians 10:19-24

All I can do is become more like Christ, and get better. After all, I am the daughter of the King!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 296 of Giving Thanks

My mountain is not to be moved or removed; it is to be climbed – one step after the other. And through this climb my only job is to follow Him – foot hold after foot hold. When I fall or fail, I am to trust that He has be securely in His arms and His footings will carry me until I can carry on for myself.  

 

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals." ~Henry Ford


I have prayed for a nice steady hillside, and in the end received a rock face like The Himalayas, and honestly been angry at God for giving me so many obstacles and hard routes to follow. My entire climb, every “one step forward and three steps back” forces me to keep my eyes on the right things, the right focus is my God and where He is leading me.

"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:31-32

Father as I steady my pace, and learn to trust that only with You I will reach the top of my mountain, I look to You –  I trust You Lord, help me through all the things I cannot see, and all the things I can see make them as they truly are – another way to let You be in control. And again I pray “Lord I am ready for my dream, if I am not ready, continue to prepare me.” In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." ~Hebrews 11:1

 

”It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you. “
~ Phillips Brooks





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