Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 693 of Giving Thanks by Tina Wetor

As Christians, we are all on different maturity levels but we should never stop growing.  As a tree grows it matures to bring fruit, may our fruit be worthy for others to eat from.  What do others feast upon from our lives?  Also, what are you picking from other people’s lives?

Just recently, a co-worker who just graduated from college was leaving to start his exciting career and future with his fiancĂ©. As his last day approached, he was packing up his stuff to take to the car.  Before he could leave, I shouted, “You are leaving without saying, “Good-bye!”  He responded, “No, I had to give you a hug before I left.”  Although, he didn’t know it, I cherished the sweetness of this moment, I touched his life.  During those precious months, I was able to invest in him, give wisdom, and display God’s love.  Nevertheless, I wasn’t really aware; he was watching me so closely.  Ryan walked up to me and said, “You are a hard worker and a very good person.”  (This is coming from a young man who doesn’t share his thoughts at all, he is very quiet.) As the months passed, we developed a friendship so I was able to share Christ.  Who knows what God’s got planned?  Maybe he will get saved and be a missionary pharmacist!! With God all things are possible!

Fruit is important, it’s evident you belong to the vine.  We are aware people are watching but do we realize how close.  If so, what are they picking up?  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 If we belong to Christ, we crucified the sinful nature with its passion and desires.  Since we live in the Spirit, let us KEEP IN STEP with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:24-26)

A life of abundance can blossom if it’s faithfully being nourished in God’s Word, guarding your heart from evil, and staying connected to the Vine-Christ. Keep delighting in God’s Word, it will satisfy your soul but feed the multitudes.

If you feel disconnected from God, realize He wants to be with you.  We all have felt disconnected from God or ashamed of the fruit we have left.  It’s never too late to begin with God; it’s only a tragedy never to start.  If you have fallen, reach for His hand-it’s time to get up.  We all stumble at times or feel inadequate of God’s love but we have to walk towards the solution-the cross of Christ.  Forgiveness is always available with a bountiful supply, so God’s ready.  Are you?  

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Tina Wetor                

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 692 of Giving Thanks

I have moments where I am afraid, but know that I can find courage through seeking God’s presence. I have moments where I doubt my ability to accomplish something great, and remember who created me. I have moments where life’s circumstances become too much to handle, and know that it is His desire to take on what is too much for me.

Remove from my Spirit Lord that disallows me to revel in all of Your gifts for me. Allow me to see what You have at every moment of every day. Give me confidence to believe in the greatest of all great gifts from You. Give me the strength to accept all that You have promised. Give me the desire to burn from the inside out. Let the Holy Spirit light the fuel of salvation, for the ministry of promise.

The more I learn, the more I know I must learn. It is my heart’s desire to be completely absorbed with His word for my life, while learning to share His word with others, and not looking like a total freak. However, being a freak is not so bad…

I plan to seek His word F.orever so that I can R.eceive revelation after revelation. As I seek Him, it is my desire to E.mbark daily on a steady diet of A.bsolute truth while realizing His tenderness and learning His promises and how they relate to His desires for my life. I intend to K.eep the great commission of sharing the gospel with others. So, if that makes me a freak, than freak it is. 

And, if you can relate to this, even a little bit, maybe you are a freak too. So, this freak is grateful for the opportunity to praise an amazing God. My God, who chose me – thank You. My God, who shows me daily miracles and signs of His presence in my life – thank You. My God, who works all things out, and He is greatly glorified – thank You.

My God, who is your God too for the asking Him into your life. My God, who I praise and worship.

“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 (the Message)

"I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips." ~Psalm 34:1 (NIV)

"I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever." ~Psalm 145:1 (NIV)
“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for He has been good to me.” ~Psalm 13:5-6  (NIV)

Praising and honoring You LORD... Awe, how I love to be in Your presence and hear Your word running through my heart and mind.

Physically having some moments today (this week) LORD, and could use a few hours of relief. I am praising all the wonderful things You are doing in my life right now, Abba Father and so look forward to seeing the blessings revealed. Thank You for allowing me to share what you have done in my life with others. I never dreamed that would be such a blessing.

“Every day is a gift... unwrap it with care and accept it with sincere gratitude, and remember to share what is so freely given.” ~Me, Day 520 of Giving Thanks

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 691 of Giving Thanks

Wow, how God speaks to me as I pray for others. It has been one of those days, where my needs were greatly met through others’ needs. Every day He enlightens me, and every day I realize amazing blessings from our phenomenal God.

Only God defines me... my past, my circumstances, my mistakes, my fears and my hurts DO NOT DEFINE ME.

Thank You Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, did you know that you are loved in an amazing way too? This love is given and has no end. Yet this love began for you at the beginning of all time. This love is perfect and through this love for you, you have been redeemed with a simple, "Yes God I know what You did, and I accept Your gift."

Think about a love so great, that He came down to live a very giving life, and was willing to die for us, for you and for me. He did so, so that we can live in eternity with Him. His daily graces and mercies are abundantly available to all of us…

“To us, the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us has been his sending his only Son into the world to give us life through him. We see real love, not in that fact that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to make personal atonement for our sins.” ~1 John 4:9-10 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

And, God has revealed much in me. Why would or should I be so grateful? I was learning impaired all through school (labeled anyway), and found out at 30ish, I fight through dyslexic. I couldn't get into college because I could not pass the writing portion of the entrance exam...  and now I write. God? Absolutely!

“Show me the right path, O LORD;  point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me for you are the God who saves me.  All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O LORD, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O LORD.” ~Psalm 25:4-7 (New Living Translation)

Losses and challenges are a way of life, but so are blessings and gratitude in all things. I have had to learn, that it was ok to be out of control a bit... because quite honestly I’m not in control anyway. At any moment, my circumstances can change...

It is said, “We change out of desperation or inspiration”... I was inspired many times. It was when I was on the verge of complete loss and devastation that I finally got that God was there.

There have been many challenges, the list goes on, but without all that, I would not have gone to God. I would have been ignorant in my blissfulness. Without Jesus in my life, I would be ignorant and a fool. 

I have learned that through time, He restores.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And, the God of love and peace will be with you." ~2 Corinthians 13:11 (New International Version)

I have learned that allowing myself to mess my prayers up, to mess faith up, to allow life to be a bit messy (on occasion) has been tremendously liberating... Like I said, I have faced many challenges, illnesses, losses abuse, to name a few, yet, He loved me through it, and loves me forward every day and there are many days, that He loves me through many moments and a moment at a time.

So many need to see hope through someone else's eyes, why not yours?

I cannot imagine my life without the intervention and amazing insights from He who dwells in me - thank You Jesus for the great interpreter of the Holy Spirit. Thank You that I can see.

My friends I will share with you, what I shared with a friend tonight, which at some point in my journey, was lovingly shared with me, “Ask the Holy Spirit to share your heart with God... and to reveal God to you as you sleep.”

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 690 Giving Thanks

September 27th, Day 690 of Giving Thanks Daily

I am grateful for my life today. Tonight as I write, I can remember, distinctly the steps that I have taken to get me here.  It seems that it has been a million baby steps, amongst a few giant steps, but nonetheless, I have advanced on this journey and I am thankful for every single step.

“A person’s steps are made secure by the LORD when they delight in his way. Though they trip up, they won’t be thrown down, because the LORD holds their hand.” ~Psalm 37:23-24 (Common English Bible)

One step was to believe that I needed Him. The next was that He loves me. And, yet another was that everything He did, He did for me. Many steps were believing I can trust Him for all my needs and tonight as I believe in what is to come I am grateful for the steps of belief more than many of the others. For without believing, I would still be lost.

“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” ~John 14:26 (New Living Translation)

Now, it’s your turn to believe. 
Go to Him for all your needs.
Trust Him for all your needs.
Believe. Pray. Trust.

One step is learning to stand firm, when you want to keep moving, or when others are pushing you to move. I am grateful that  standing firm can be that when knees are weak, probably is a good sign to get to my knees to pray.

Several steps lead to showing me that to be happy, is to know that we have a God who desires to see us experience joy. We have joy when we have hope. There is hope because we have an eternity with a mighty and merciful God.

“We make our own plans,  but the LORD decides where we will go.” ~Proverbs 16:9 (Contemporary English Version)

Thank You LORD, Thank You Jesus and thank You for giving me the perfect delivery of my prayers to You through the Holy Spirit. This morning as I awoke, my first thoughts came running to Your presence and right into Your (always) open arms. Thank You for giving me that comfort, so much tenderness in Your words and refuge from the trials of this world, if even for a few moments. Thank You for the amazing hope of heaven and the grace that You have abundantly given. So, again I say, thank You God.

Lord, keep working on me, and shining brightly where I need to see, remind me often of who You are, what You are to me, and what You have done.

“He Took on the Status of a Slave
If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” ~Philippians 2:1 (The Message)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 689 of Giving Thanks

Tonight I am exhausted. I have been going for two weeks straight. As I awoke this morning, and I sat to get with the Lord, my mind raced right to Him, it’s like I couldn’t start talking fast enough, or waiting to be silent with Him urgently enough. And that is right where I am again tonight...

Does that ever happen to you?

“I pray to GOD—my life a prayer—and wait for what he'll say and do. My life's on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.” ~Psalm 130:5-6 (The Message)

My heart was set on a couple of people, as well as a circumstance I am in the middle of, it’s not personal, however, I am personally involved. It is a circumstance that has a group of us in the middle of spiritual warfare; dealing with the enemy  and watching evil transpire before us almost on a daily basis. I know there are many praying for this circumstance and many, just like me, believe that God is bigger and greater than anything the enemy throws at us, and we just have to be patient as we wait to see His work and miracles.

I am learning that the best defensive and offensive plans revolve around prayer. It is a plan that has come by way of great need for me, and has now become an amazing habit, that I absolutely depend on throughout my days. My moment to moment chats with the Holy Spirit truly get me through each day.

2 Corinthians 13:14 says, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."

I love to pray. I love to connect to my Lord. And what I have learned that it is only through the connection of prayer, that I will hear from God, the answers I seek, the confirmation I desire and the instruction that I need. Thank You Lord for revealing and leading me through Your plans.

"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan." ~Romans 8:28 (GODS WORD Translation)

Prayer for me comes late at night, as I drift off to sleep and prayer begins my day, the instant I am coherent. There are many days, that I pray before every decision, and there are days when praying for others is a constant on my heart. Lord, thank You that I can ask, and that You answer. Thank You that through time, You recognize my knock, my cries, my heart and allow me to enter into Your presence. Thank You for giving me all that I need and sharing with me my heart’s desires.

“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened. If your child asks you for bread, would any of you give him a stone?” ~Matthew 7:7-9 (New Century Version)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 688 of Giving Thanks - Tina Wetor

Growth doesn’t come without healthy nourishment, so why do we desire unhealthy people in our spiritual lives?  Do we seek godly change or desire to wallow in ourselves or weakness?  If we stumble, do we accept to be held accountable?  Discipleship isn’t a new concept, yet it’s an important teaching neglected by the church.  We are called to make “disciples” in this world to train people for godly success in their walk with Christ.
Regardless of whom you study in Scripture, either someone invested in one’s life or they followed the life of another: Elijah taught Elisha, Moses taught Joshua, Paul taught Timothy, Paul was trained by Priscilla and Aquila; Jesus followed Our Father who taught the twelve disciples.  In other words, we are not called to be “Lone Rangers”, we are to teach, rebuke, train, and invest in others.  If you have a healthy church or fellowship with Christians who challenge your walk with Christ, you are blessed.
As a new Christian, I carefully observed who had a strong relationship with God, so I could learn from them.  My mother and Aunt Elaine nourished my walk with their lives, prayers, and counsel.  Through many questions, studies, and Bible verses these precious women poured their heart into me.  Still they are my hero’s for their strong faith in God, unshakeable faith, and dedicated prayer life.  Besides my family, I had various members of the church who I could trust with confidence.  Still as a Reverend, I am accountable to officials over me.  It’s an important investment of my soul, I am truly thankful for.  Also, I have a few beautiful friends who God has blessed me with and keep me on my toes: Shawn Boreta, Sue King, Julie Gorman, and Pastor David Arnold and his wife Linda.
Maybe it’s time to evaluate who’s pouring into our lives?  If the relationship isn’t healthy nourishment, we need to remove it before it causes weeds to develop.  If you hang out with a gossip, you will become a gossip.  Do the people around you complain?  Listen carefully to the words you speak, it could be damaging.
As Jesus was accountable to the Father for His ministry, we are accountable too.  It’s an eternal investment, one we need to take more seriously.  Jesus said, “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be call great in the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 5:19
Being a disciple is more than praying a sinner’s prayer, it’s following the complete teaching of Christ, the Living Word.  Christ “chose” us to be a disciple, it’s a sobering thought I have tonight.  Yet, I am so honored to share Him, to know Him personally, and called to follow.  It’s one of the most beautiful mysteries of walking with Christ.  May we never take for granted the love of our Savior or the investment He gave us, we are His disciples.  We really never stop learning, growing, or being shaped into the vessel He wants unless we are unwilling.  May everything we do bring honor to Christ, Our Teacher.  My desire is to be a disciple who followed my Master with a heart of pure dedication.  If Christ paid it all to make me a disciple, may I do all to honor Him.  A relationship with Christ starts with grace but it ends with honor, we will lay down a crown.
Throughout my life, I have made many mistakes but one decision I have never regretted: Being a disciple of Christ.  Everyday is a journey to keep going heavenward, being transformed, and learning.  Yet, it all started because He chose me. (John 15:16)  May this statement get into your heart, "He chose you."

 Oswald Chambers said, “Our Lord’s making of a disciple is supernatural.  He does not build on any natural capacity of ours at all.  God does not ask us to the things that are naturally easy for us-He only asks us to the things that we are perfectly fit to do through His grace, and that is where the cross we must bear will always come.”

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Tina Wetor              

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 687 of Giving Thanks - Darci Esandon

Why me? Why did God choose me? What can I offer? My past alone, one would think, would be enough to discourage most people of choosing me to lead anything, especially in a church setting. God, why me? God’s response to me: “Why not you?

We all have a past. We all make mistakes. I heard a saying once, “God equips the called, not calls the equipped.” If God wants us, He will call us and He will give us what we need to do His will in our lives. God doesn’t doubt my talents, I do.

Often, I catch myself comparing myself to other ministry leaders or people doing God’s work in public. I watch then on stage and I listen to them encourage people and I think to myself “Boy, I wish I could do that, I wish I could be like them!” But God made me as me. I am who I am in Christ. The devil wants to keep me looking to my past but God wants me to look at who I am today and who I can be.

My past is a part of me. My past are hard lessons learned. My past is a tribute to what God can do with a changed life. My past is an example of pains and hurts and God’s healing and His promise to me. My doubts about my abilities and being able to spread God’s word and my worthiness in His eyes, are not of God. God gives me everything I need to carry out His plan in my life. He supplies me with His strength, His courage, His patience, His insight…all the tools I will need to carry out His will.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse that I often tell myself over and over again when I doubt my abilities. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

I will not fail when I do things God’s way. When I remember this, I am encouraged and motivated and so full of thanks that the Lord would choose me to be His servant. Me. Not my sister, not my neighbor, not my sister, me.

I am not alone in this as I reflect on 1 Timothy 1. In this letter to Timothy, Paul reflects on his past and his present and his future:

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do His work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve Him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.
"This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; He alone is God. Amen.” ~1 Timothy 1:12-17 (NLT)

Oh, how I can relate to Paul’s words to Timothy!!! Pau’s past was pretty bad. He was known around the area as the man who persecuted Christians. He stood by and allowed the crowd to stone Stephen to death (Read Acts chapter 7) and Christians (including the disciples) feared him. BUT, on the road to Damascus, Jesus came to Paul and asked him:

“Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” ~Acts 9:4

 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” ~Acts 9:5

Of all the people for Jesus to call to be His Servant, he chose Paul (or Saul as he was known before his conversion) The man who was responsible for the deaths of many Christians was now being called to serve God.

God sees in us, what we can’t see in ourselves. God knows our hearts both before we come to know Him and after we are born again. God believes in me and He believes in you. Cast your doubts to the wind…let the wind carry them as far away from you as possible and as you go through your day, hold your head up high and know that you are God’s child. He chose you and He does know the plans for you in your life. Let him use you as an example to those around you.

Lord, I am so thankful to you today.  I am thankful for my changed life through You. In Paul’s words, All honor and glory to God forever and ever! You are the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; You alone are God!!!  Amen

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon              

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 686 of Giving Thanks

As much as writing has become my life, prayer has become even more of my life. Just a short time ago, I remember sitting with a friend and crying hysterically because my prayers were such a struggle and time with God was such an effort. But I kept praying, I kept reaching to Him and asking Him to help me to know “what to do”, “what to say” and “how to bring it all to Him”. And, one day, after I had been giving thanks for a couple of weeks, I knew what to do – and the words and thoughts just flowed to Him. And, a few seconds, yes only a few seconds later, I was struggling again. But I knew God was encouraging me, the Holy Spirit was cheering me on.

This struggle was part of the plan, for me, the struggle was the plan. 

I heard today that God’s path for me will not change, but in the process of journeying on this path, I will change tremendously. My favorite saying today is, “What I have learned.” And, what I have learned is that through the struggles, the challenges, the circumstances that “I hated in the moments”, are now moments that I cherish because of how God used them to bring me into Him.

As I continued to pray, the struggle to pray became less and less, and I began to see that ALL I HAD TO DO was speak to Him. All along, I heard a voice - it was not an audible voice, but a voice nonetheless that I heard distinctly and very clearly, “Talk to me, pour your heart out Shawn. Let me hear what hurts you, what brings pain and who you want to see Me.”

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 (New International Version)

I have first hand knowledge of physical pain, but I know that I am already healed of everything necessary to be grateful for the journey. In the process, I have gained much in the "blessing" area. Whatever the physical manifestation is, does not matter, it is the heart and soul of the matter that counts. Just to share that PAIN is a good thing.

P.reparation for what is to come. 
A.lways seeking His presence.
I.ntercessory prayer for others, to bring me closer to my Healer.
N.ever ceasing prayer and praise for what He did for me.

What I have learned… If you have already asked God into your life, but keep praying that He will show up, maybe it's time to pray that you step in...

...try these as you step into His presence.
Jesus, God, Father, 
Can we talk? Are you here? I want to be near. Can you bring me nearer? 

Let me believe that You are here Lord.
Help me see how You show Yourself all around me.
Thank You Lord for saving me. Thank You Father for loving me. Thank You Mighty God for creating me.
Thank you for forgiving me and giving me Jesus.

Today, stepping into God, was an all day event, that allowed me to pursue joyful moments even through what would have debilitated me before. Another friend had told me a few weeks ago, “Take your eyes off the pain, and keep them completely on Him.” And, that was wise advice and I feel “wise” with the Holy Spirit’s support with this effort.

‎"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." ~James 3:13-17 (NIV)
A day that His message to me is still an encouragement:

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 685 of Giving Thanks (re-post from November 2010)

This was actually written November 29, 2010 and tonight as I had some technical difficulties, I wondered what I would share. In essence, I am in a time of my life that starting over or anew is on my mind. It is a time that I am ready to launch into a new endeavor... and although many things have changed since last year, there are still things that the Holy Spirit is working on, and I am entrusting to an amazing outcome, with my efforts and work too. So, be comforted through His word, and know that no matter what the journey holds, He holds you.

It’s quite simple, I am afraid of starting over. Even though the first, or even the tenth, time around did not produce the desired outcome, and know I must be diligent and faithful in my quest, I am still afraid. I have feared so much in this life time – and I have also persevered so much in this life time.

“I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears." ~Psalm 34:4

Yesterday I heard myself say “I just can’t see myself starting over again…” and, as quick as that thought appeared, a replacement thought took over, “I will not be afraid, especially since I know who provides my strength and courage.” Then what is it that I will do, if I don’t persist? Will I give up, and go through my life reminding myself of a purpose not fulfilled?”

“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I will persevere. I will begin again!

“Who stood up for me against the wicked?  Who took my side against evil workers? If God hadn't been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said, "I'm slipping, I'm falling," your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up." ~ Psalm 94:16-19

“…But whoever trusts me will possess the land and inherit my holy mountain.” ~Isaiah 57:13

And, why am I afraid? I am afraid because it is “I” who is in my own way – it is “I” who stands between the promises of my faithful Father and the failures of the flesh. Lord, remove the fear and anxiety – remove the memories of a past gone wrong – remove the physical hindrances within my mind.

"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” ~Matthew 6:30-33 (The Message)

How many times have I said, "God, You do this, and I'll do...?” When I do this, it shows that I do not understand grace at all. When I trust that God’s got me, then I understand His grace.

“Comfort for the Contrite - And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” ~Isaiah 57:14

Knowing that He goes before me, that the battle is already won is enough. Certainty from a fleshly standpoint is greatly flawed. In my own mind, certainty is really not certain - certainty from a mighty God is perfectly certain.

And in response to God’s wonderful love for me, I need to do nothing, but I desire to give all of me – and I desire that through my gifts someone hears Your words through me – and even one is worth it.

Again, I place all my concerns at Your throne Lord and know that You are faith-full - mercy-full - grace-full. Thank You Abba for your favor and tenderness.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 684 of Giving Thanks

September 21st, Day 684 of Giving Thanks
Writing for me is a canvas – sometimes I begin with a blank canvas, other times I add layers to another. My tools are made up of many things; from what I see, learn, sense or hear. As I go through each day, beginning with quiet time, prayer and reading, I am prompted to write, receive or find a certain scripture. But the greatest of all the tools is the mind. Some days the canvas appears to be a hot mess (as my daughter would say). Some days, it is simple, clean and very well stated. Today as I began, I thought and prayed about many things. I will let you guess where I landed today.

I remember days of feeling defeated before I began, today wasn’t that feeling, but I really had to fight to keep pressing in to the day. Even before I could begin, I had a sense of uneasiness, as though I was walking, and what was under my feet was keeping me from moving forward. I have “felt” this way for the past few days. So I prayed. And, worked diligently to remember - today, hold every thought captive His word is essential to my development and your growth, His word is perfect for me, because I am precious to Him. How could I have anything but a great day with that attitude?

"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 (New International Version)

And, I settled in to the tasks of the day – productivity at it’s best. 

I had a moment, a brief undesired moment where I started to grumble and complain, not out loud, but in my heart and in my thoughts… “STOP!” I thought, jolting me back. Then it hit me – do you think that when all of humanity's sin was given to Jesus as He died on the cross, that everything, including our grumbling and complaining broke His heart with stabbing pain over and over?

And, I could feel that jolt again, “Remove your grumbling!” He already took it on for me, so why would I keep giving it to Him over and over? LORD help me in this daily walk of being grateful!

Thank You LORD, that I can delight in You. That I can know joy because of You. That I am "so many things" because of You.

Then I remembered the words of a friend in paraphrased version: “How He speaks to us as individuals is completely different. We are all created the same - in His image, but developed differently in our minds. God is a God of imagination. He has given us (me) the power to think. The Holy Spirit will give us (me) guidance and direction. But we (I) have to act, trust and desire. The imagination is worked out through thought... imagine often and greatly." From the depths of my mind, as inspired by Ron Mcintyre

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” ~Mark 11:24-25 (New International Version)

There is a fight going on, that I cannot always understand, but I am grateful that I do not have to fight, for He does it for me. But there is only one finished masterpiece I see, and that is the one where I stand before my King and know deeply that is where I belonged all along.

"He loves me the way I am and loves me enough to help me change." ~Me, day 642 of Giving Thanks Daily

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” ~Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)

I am grateful for this life saved by God, and this life that is given by my God who is passionate about loving me and seeing me whole. Broken to be repaired by a mighty God, that's the hope.

‎"Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king; great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe. In war the strength of a horse cannot be trusted to take you to safety. But the LORD watches over all who honor him and trust his kindness." ~Psalm 33:16-18 (Common English Version)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 683 of Giving Thanks

Around the world in 2 seconds. That’s how long it took from the time I hit the “send” button to the first respondent today for a prayer request. And, within an hour the core group was praying. Now, that is a way that technology is an amazing tool for us to, not only share the good news of Jesus, but to connect, fellowship and create bonds with others. And, He has us all.

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

We have an amazing ministry, one that has no budget, no timelines, no borders and no limits and One, amazing and timeless God. We are a group of believers who desire to encourage others, to lend a hand, to bow a head, to lift a friend and to make new friends, all in the honor and glory of God the Father, in the strength of the Holy Spirit and only because of the work of Jesus – His work allows our work. Isn’t that amazing? Around the world in 2 seconds happens every day for this beautiful group of soldiers.

My prayer every day is for all of us to be bold and to find strength and courage as we write our way into people’s lives. And, finally that hearts will be reached in God’s power and according to His will. Today is a special note of thanks to all of the dedicated brothers and sisters, who write, pray and encourage so many through sharing scripture through the Psalm 139 Ministry. We are God’s people.

Sometimes I have to be reminded of what He has already done (the cross), to know that He does, and does abundantly... and, tonight as I read through the pages of the ministry, His presence is apparent and His people are anointed.

Tonight I would like to share a prayer that was said to the group, but applicable for all of us for this 2 second world we live in…

Lord, I lift all those who are buried in life's busyness today. We come to You in confidence that You are in control, and we need to let You lead. We thank You Father for Your grace that we see everyday, Your mercies that are so abundantly experienced. We thank You for Your tenderness in guiding us rightly. We pray for confidence in Your plans for each and every one of us. We pray that we can see where You want us and can recognize all of those You place before us and along side us as Your beacon and light. We just come to You LORD in the mighty name of Jesus and continue to thank You for You... for the lives we have, our families and our wonderful friends, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us to remember that we are to encourage others as You form us through our circumstances. Let us always be aware of Your calling for us especially a midst the busyness and challenges that we face. In the face of adversity, we see Your face, Lord Jesus. Thank You. We pray these things through Your precious blood. Amen

And, let me leave you with the best encouragement I received today, “‎Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." ~Joshua 1:9 (Amplified Bible)

'nuff said... He is my strength, my courage, MY EVERYTHING for this journey.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta               

Day 682 of Giving Thanks

Today’s thankfulness can be summed up in one verse, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~2 Corinthians 12:10 (New International Version)

I would not have chosen this time, but I am grateful for it. And there is nothing in my life that is “bad” or “out of control”, but I know that now is a time for many lessons. As I moderate and participate in some small and large groups, there is a pattern among believers. It is one of reaching and asking by many… so many of us are reaching up, waiting for God to grab hold -  but what we should be doing is allowing Him to raise us up and be with Him. For me, I am learning to ask less for me, and more for others – that is just where I am in my walk. I find that as I pray for others or do for others, my needs are fulfilled, and my desires become clearer.

I have a long way to go, but don’t we all? Yet it is when I truly look at my life, and how far He has brought me, that I realize the journey ahead is gonna be just fine.

I am learning that some of the best prayers are the ones that I bring to the Holy Spirit, when my own spirit is broken, confused or apprehensive. I know it is when I finally breakdown and pour my heart out to the Lord, and I know others are praying for me that I see the power of prayer in my life... I know that God wants to hear from me, not just those on behalf of me.

Let me just close simply tonight, if you are going through something, everything or anything – know that it is all worth it. Stay focused on Him and you will be brought through whatever it is.
He loves you greatly. More than you will ever understand or comprehend. Just remember He humbled Himself by coming here, taught, was betrayed by someone close to Him, suffered, loved others, healed through His touch and though, died a tortuous death.... and rose to show us who He is. Father God, Jesus our savior and He who dwells in us, the Holy Spirit. KNOW THIS... He did it for you.

"Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; He won't leave you." ~Deuteronomy 31:6 (The Message)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta               

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 681 of Giving Thanks Daily

Simply said today, I am grateful that every day is a new day – I slept well and awoke rested, which is a rare occasion – oh so grateful for mornings like this.

As I set out to start this wonderful Sunday, I knew that the day would be full – my revelations class was very thought provoking – and the lesson at church was revealing – time with my husband on projects was exhausting, yet rewarding.

I am looking forward to this next week and restoring some sort of normalcy, if that even exists. This week I will settle back into my old position at work – thankful for the opportunity to feel productive once again – this week I have renewed hope for the next stage of my life and look forward to discovering my God passion. Help me Father to see all that You have for me clearly – help me to remove things that will hinder Your progress in me.

“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 am grateful that every day I find something to be thankful for. On the days when I “feel” that it is struggle, I am forced to really allow God to reveal all that I truly have. And that gives me so much to be thankful for accumulatively… Rejoice, I say, rejoice for I have the Lord in my life, in my heart and in my days.

Final Exhortations
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta               

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 680 of Giving Thanks - Darci Escandon

Why life is like tea…
I recently read an article titled, "If Teacups Could Talk"(1) by Kathy Helvey. The thing that jumped out at me was this paragraph:
"But there is a difference between a cup of tea and life. When we brew tea ourselves, we can put it aside or throw it away if it's not to our liking. That is not so with life's cup of tea. We have to drink it. How we go about swallowing those difficult cups of life depends upon what we know and believe about the nature of our life's "tea strainer."

I had to read more. Why? Because when I look back at my life over the past 40 years, It seems as I have been having to swallow one difficult cup of tea after another! Not only that, but over the course of a few years (especially more in the past few months), I find myself wanting to turn to a cup of tea more and more for relaxation and calmness. A cup of hot tea has become my "drink of choice" and just yesterday, I was telling my husband how much I would like an old-fashioned teapot that has the strainer built in so that I can use loose tea... wow... Don't you love how God will plant something in your heart and mind that will be used at a later time?

Anyway, I digress... I read the passage about, "A Bitter Brew." Boy, can I relate to the past part of it when the author wrote:
“My cup was a very bitter brew, and I didn't like it one bit! There was absolutely no sugar in it, and I certainly didn't relax and enjoy it."

Those two sentences perfectly describe, and sum up many parts of my life. Well, feeling wise anyway...I had to keep reading... and here it was... my "aha" moment:

"I am the Lord your God. I go before you, I am with you and I'll never leave you or fail you. Do not be discouraged or afraid" ~Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

Do not be discouraged or afraid... yet another wow... I have been known to feel, a lot of both of these emotions over the course of my life and adding to that, anxiousness and full of worry.

I had to keep reading (there are only three more paragraphs left). I felt like God was reaching out to comfort me. So many different emotions I have been experiencing and a few words in a short article seemed to put me completely at ease. It was the promise that you hear about in church... the promise that you hear people talk about on the streets, in coffee shops and on the street. The promise of God's love and comfort. Again, wow... as I have opened up my mind and my heart to God over these past few years...I have learned so much. Just in exploring my own personal relationship with him...not what the church wants me to hear or do, or what my Christian friends believe I should feel or think... but rather, that personal bond I am developing little by little, over time with God. I realize now, why it never happened before and why I was such a skeptic early in life.

Something happened when I opened up my heart and said ok... let's give this God thing a good, honest solid try... after all, if it isn't as real as they say it is and it doesn't work for me, then what do I have to lose? I won't be any worse off than I was before! Anyway, I am rambling now, back to the article.

I read and have to share this paragraph with you:
"Now, will I be discouraged or afraid to drink life's cup at times? Oh yes! But I don't have to be … because now I know and believe in the nature of my life's tea strainer. I also have the confidence that as I drink, even though I can't taste the goodness of it, or understand the why of what's in my cup, in the end I know it will be good for me. I don't have to be discouraged or afraid because it's all been "Father filtered" from a loving, wise, sovereign God."

Life happens. It's not all a bed of roses. Sometimes, life can be just downright ugly. “A Bitter cup of tea to swallow.” I will, on occasion, feel discouraged, fear, anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, resentment... all these different emotions...I am human after all. But I like what the author said. I feel like she spoke right to me, "I can feel it, but I don't have to be it."

Through building my relationship with God, I realized that I am not going to live my life with blinders on. Just because I have become a Christian and have the Holy Spirit inside of me does not mean that my life will be a bed of roses. Quite the contrary.

Since beginning this journey with God, I have learned that I can now recognize those self-defeating feelings ahead of time, and when they come up rather than just push them down inside and, most importantly, I am learning that i don't have to become what I feel. I do not have to let my emotions rule my life and dictate how I am going to live it. If my life were a teacup, I think it would be one made of fine china with cracks, chips, faded color, crackled finish, broken handles. BUT, it would still hold the tea… and for me, that tea now, is God's Word.

Just like lives, everyone's tea is different but the one thing we all have in common is that our lives are all like teacups waiting to be filled with tea. We will all enjoy hot tea, cold tea, luke-warm tea, sweet tea and bitter tea. My question to you is, what kind of tea do you fill your cup with? How do you sweeten it to make it easier to swallow?

Dear Lord, thank You for my cup of tea. Lord, thank You for giving me the sugar when sometimes, it just gets to bitter to swallow. Lord, thank You for being alive and active in my life! Through Jesus’ work, I pray. Amen.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon                 

(1) Kathy Helvey If Teacups Could Talk ( )

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 679 of Giving Thanks

And, so the question is, “How do I set goals, when I am unsure what the destination is?” It appears that I am on the right road, or at least heading in the right, general direction, but I don’t know where on the map I am supposed to end up… My prayer continues to be, “Let me be in Your will Lord, but please show me how things will tie together.”

“We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.” ~2 Corinthians 4:18 (Common English Bible)

Here is what I do know – I love and enjoy many things.
Writing, people, being creative, problem solving (not math), encouraging others and watching God work, observing and learning, change, a challenge, teaching and most of all I love and enjoy my relationship with God.

I still have so many questions LORD and I do trust You. Am I doing the right things according to His will? What could I do better? How do I compartmentalize what runs through my mind as things I want to do, and tie down what is His desire? So, let me be still… and listen for the voice of my Creator, Father and Mighty God.

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”” ~Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

LORD, it seems the more I come to You, the more I want to do – the more I want to share, the more I believe I can do in You. I trust that as the Creator of the heavens and earth, He can definitely handle what I call, “my life”, for it truly is His to form, forge and guide. And, I pray you too will know this truth as well. 

Christ Holds It All Together”We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. ” ~Colossians 1:15-18 (The Message)

And, every day I stop and ask, “The God of the universe is speaking. Am I listening?”

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 678 of Giving Thanks

Several years ago I kept getting laryngitis, it left me helpless when it came to getting any point across; however there were a few times when I spoke at hardly distinguishable tones, that people would lean in more and they would listen more intently.

Through the years, my prayer life (my faith) felt like that impediment… like I just had no voice when it came to talking to God; all my words, jumbled and discombobulated, would hit “nowhere” and be lost or gone forever. But really, it’s when we “feel” like we are unheard, as we continue to go to Him, seek Him that He leans in more and listens more intently to us.

Praying out loud and praying in general use to be really tough for me... I never knew what to say, how to say it; often I felt awkward and out of touch. So, I started with simple things through the day. I learned that I do not need to sit forever and pray. I can pray little moments during my day, and before I knew it, I am praying volumes to God...

Friends, just start talking, the Holy Spirit will know your heart and deliver it perfectly...

Today my body rebels and I am reminded that there is so much need for God’s strength to get through so many days. It is my LORD, my Father who helps me to remain in His presence – more than ever as I go through all the moments of my days. I will accomplish all things through Christ Jesus, especially the things that seem impossible.

”I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].” ~Philippians 4:13 (Amplified Bible)

This may sound strange and even off base to most people, but I would not know joy without all the pain and suffering I have gone through. And, today, I am grateful that I have this outlook and this ability to look back on my circumstances and have seen so much movement. My emotional well-being has depended on the need to run to Him, and watching Him work in so many areas.

“The memory of your generosity is an abiding joy to me ~
It has been a great joy to me that after all this time you have shown such interest in my welfare. I don’t mean that you had forgotten me, but up till now you had no opportunity of expressing your concern. Nor do I mean that I have been in actual need, for I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of facing either poverty or plenty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives within me.” ~Philippians 4:10-13 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Much of the anxiety that I felt when I prayed was some of the “things” I carried and moved with me from destination to destination. Have you ever moved and spent days, weeks and sometimes months unpacking? And, you go through the boxes and cartons, wondering, "Where did I put that.... or wonder if I packed it at all... hmmmm, what's at the bottom of that pile.... or will I ever be settled"?

Forgiveness can be like that. We spend so much time unpacking, and going through the emotions, and at times wonder, "Where did I put that all these years? I wonder if I will ever be rid of these feelings."

Well, we don't have to waste our time unpacking, packing and repacking to come back to it all... we can once and for all, GIVE IT ALL TO GOD. Ask Him to take what is hindering your ability to finally settle in.

He can handle all of it, even and especially the unforgivable and unforgettable things that are tucked away, deep in the recesses of your heart and mind.

For me, it's not about forgiving myself, it's understanding God’s forgiveness has revealed so much joy with that freedom. I still have a long way to go, but I am at ease with all the unpacking that has been done.

”The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.” ~Zephaniah 3:17 (Amplified Bible)

Lord we come to You today and ask that You remove, replace and restore whatever needs to be according to Your will. Give us rest in Your resting place and let our only hiding place be You. Thank You for hearing our voices, for being ever-present when we call, or cry out. Thank You for giving me the ability to see joy always.

“Each of them will be like a shelter from the wind and a place to hide from storms. They will be like streams flowing in a desert, like the shadow of a giant rock in a barren land.” ~Isaiah 32:2 (Good News Translation)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 677 of Giving Thanks - Ron McIntyre

A thought to ponder! I've always loved this quote, "Our Deepest Fear".

It seems to sum up so many powerful roles for being successful and content that I've always felt it to hold serious power in its own right too.

It certainly serves to inspire me anyway.

When I was studying martial arts several years ago I was taught a saying "Shan Koo Poo Yingyai" which means, "I Am Powerful Beyond Measure", and it reminds me of this super-powerful principle.

To remember just how powerful you really are is not a bad thing right?

Believing it is even better!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous, extraordinary?

Actually, who are you not to be?

We each are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel secure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear through Jesus, our presence automatically liberates others. We are to fear only our Father, yet we are not to be afraid. This power I speak of can only come from our loving God--His gift to His children and through this gift we are able to defeat the enemy. So my friends, use it - it's yours!!

Strength and Honor, Ron McIntyre

I love this Ron, thank you so much for letting me use it for today’s giving thanks…

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-17 (NIV)

Honor Him, shine...

This is one of my life's verses... I love, "In the same way, let your light shine before others..." Because we are loved so deeply and have been adored so intentionally by our Father in heaven, through the blood of Christ and with the continual guide of the Holy Spirit that is what we do to honor HIM.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Ron McIntyre and Shawn Boreta                         

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 676 of Giving Thanks

I have rarely known why God does the things He does with me in the middle of “it”, but at times on the back-end of the circumstance, season or situation, much can be revealed. Today, however, I became enlightened. I believe that as I draw into Him deeper, I can grasp more of His insights into my life. I have definitely become less resistant and more penetrable.

Wow, did God speak to me today, sometimes I just cringe at what He exposes in me... and about me. It is quite apropos that I just wrote a lesson on forgiveness and that is what was glaring right back at me today. It seems that forgiving the past, those things that happened long ago, even the unthinkable and unforgivable things were lifted from my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. It took many hours, weeks and years for God to show me that I could forgive the big things, and many times I would lay my heart out, re-expose the wounds and beg for the pain to go away.

“I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life. LORD, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause! You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me.” Lamentations 3:55-60 (NIV)

On many occasions, I knew that I could not accomplish that impossible task to forgive, so He took it all on, and relieved me from the anguish and I was released, and I forgave.

Yet, today, I realized that it’s the little things that are stacking up and I am struggling to forgive; it’s the day to day words that are said and injustices that are played out, whether real or perceived, through my thoughts that I am hanging on to.

Today, Lord, I ask that You reveal all that needs to be released from my heart. The distaste in my heart, distrust and destruction that will come if I do not allow You to work this out as well. Forgive me Lord, and thank You for teaching me to see Your lessons and hear what is being said “just for me.” In Jesus’ name, I thank You and praise You for forgiving me so mercifully. Amen.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  ~1 John 1:9 (ESV)
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© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                         

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 675 of Giving Thanks

It has been an amazing few days in the Word… as I pray, “Lord, reveal Your truth always for me. Lord, confirm Your path for my life. Lord, light the darkness that creeps in. Lord, heal all that is not right and is evil within me. Lord, comfort me in my discomfort.” It has been an amazing few years learning who God is, who I am with God and how this is truly an amazing time for me. I know there are no boundaries and limits for the requests I have. I am assured, and reassured of many things through the Word… and as I “listen” intently to hear my God speak, I realize He is always speaking to me, to us. He speaks through others, through our circumstances and, of course, through the Word – His Word.

“Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” ~Proverbs 30:5 (NIV)

I never want to believe that “I’ve got this all figured out”, or “that God’s booming voice is rushing over me every day”, because that is not the case at all. When I say, “I hear God”, it is because I am paying attention to the questions I am asking (making note); I am paying attention to what those around me are saying and asking (making note) but mostly, I am praying to be exposed; my heart, my faults, my good deeds and His heart through me. I am asking God to use others to speak into my life for revelation to correction, for clarity to confirmation, for resolution to restoration, for opening my eyes to shutting my mouth… it’s all here.

With the creator of the universe intimately engaged in my life, there is hope beyond measure... Because I am His, I understand that I am a new being because of Christ, and I depend on His thoughts to pour into me with the power of the Holy Spirit. For this I am grateful and dependent for there is no battlefield I will step onto that He is not already there.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.” ~2 Chronicles 20:17 (English Standard Version)

“Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” ~Psalm 143:10 (NLT)

My question should always be, "How can you use this Lord"? And then I will wait for His direction... “Why" cannot be answered, only He knows why. In this life, we will deal with others, I am grateful to now know, it is best to let go of getting into other people's heads. I am grateful that I can now allow God to REMAIN my focus. My first thought and His final word when it comes to my character. There will be pain, discomfort and heartache on this journey, but there can be joy in the process. I pray that you too will be comforted by Him through whatever circumstances you are in, or will go through.

Remembering who I am in the moments, is what He works on most with me right now. Thank You LORD for Your constant reminders.

“The LORD is fighting for you! So be still!" ~Exodus 14:14 (GOD'S WORD Translation) - If the enemy is pulling, know that God is wrapping you into His arms.

God is here and working, and I see Him... yay for Jesus' work. Yay for God's plan. Yay for the Holy Spirit's work within us all.

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

Overflow me Lord with what You teach, what You give and what You have done... Let me always be grateful in my thoughts, thankful in my action, while keeping You at the forefront of my life.


© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta                        

Day of 674 of Giving Thanks-Tina Wetor

Although it was ten years ago, the event of this day will always be engraved in our hearts and minds, especially the families involved.  As the years have passed, the heartache still runs deep within.  The pain is still as real as the moment we first encountered it.  We will never forget the tragedy, the lives lost, and the power of true servant hood.   No life is a mistake; it’s the power of what we do with our life that makes it momentous.  As the family members either touched or rubbed the name with paper and pencil to reflect their loved ones name, it’s the love of the person that’s captivating.  Some reflected, some cried, and some shared the memories of this day.  If the monument of the fountain was to hold the tears of the families, it would have engulfed it.  So, many tears, heartache, and pain.
One of the trustees of our church was a police officer during this day; he arrived at church in his police uniform.  It was a beautiful tribute of dedication, love, and service.  He will never forget those lives touched with tragedy but kindness as well.  Love can never be forgotten; it rings aloud in the hearts of man to bring unity, worth, and ties to each other.  God is love.  Even in the darkest moments, God was present, working to show the power of love.
As I watched the memorial service, It was so astonishing to hear our president quote Psalm 46 to our nation.    As he quoted the verses of the Word, I was reminded of what is so needed in our nation.  It’s the Word, Jesus Christ who can only heal the deepest wounds to bring healing.  Healing is only found at the cross through the nail scared hands of Christ.  He carries the memorial of God’s love upon His resurrected body, we are worth it all.  Christ left Heaven’s glory to come to a world that would deny Him, curse Him, beat Him, and crucify Him.  He went through so much pain to bring us restoration to our lives.  Although, I wonder if Christ touches the Lambs Book of Life with tears or excitement - WE ARE LOVED.  It’s only as we are still before Him, we recognize He is God.
As danger comes, we can run to our refuge in times of trouble whose strength never dies.  Regardless of what comes, we don’t have to fear because God is our refuge.  God dwells in the midst of this nation, He desire for us to come.  Sadly, we have ignored His pleadings; maybe it’s time to return with our whole heart.  The Lord’s Armies are here among us; He will destroy all of the enemies’ works.  One day all nations will bow before Him, He will get the honor due Him.
As these memories are reflected, may we remember the power of love not the evil.  Also, may it move us to not only reflect the truth but to preach it with our lives.  It’s time to show the power of God’s love-it’s the only means to healing.  As children of God, we are to serve others with love, it’s the only reflection to show who we belong to.  Love unites, it never divides.  If anything, it brings us back to where we belong at the feet of Jesus.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Tina Wetor

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 673 of Giving Thanks by Darci Escandon

 Never Make your Rear view mirror larger than your windshield... if you do, you'll always be looking in the past!

Often times, it seems that I get caught up in my past. Not as much as I used to, but it still happens. My past is a part of me, it has helped me build character and thicker skin, but it doesn't define who I am. God does that.

Don't define yourself by what happened in the past. Define yourself by the hope you have in Jesus.

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake,   and remembers your sins no more.” ~Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)

When we ask for forgiveness, it is granted. We need only ask once. Why would we want to hold onto it? When we don’t forgive ourselves after asking God for His forgiveness, it’s like we are telling Him what He is offering is not good enough. Don’t live in the lie of the enemy. God has forgiven you and He has blotted it out as promised in His word!

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  ~1 John 1:9 (ESV)
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ~Romans 8:1 (ESV)
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” ~Luke 15:7 (ESV)

We all have a past. There is a phrase that says, “My past has come back to haunt me”. I think this happens to everyone…I know it has happened to me. When that happens, when those memories come flooding back, it’s so easy to get pulled into the emotions that are triggered in me. But, it’s those emotions that steel my joy. Do not let the enemy steal your joy!

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~John 10:10 (ESV)

The last thing the enemy wants is for us to recognize the forgiveness that has been extended to us. He doesn’t want us to know:

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”  ~1 John 2:1 (ESV)
“He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” ~Micah 7:19 (ESV)

God loves us so much, that He sent His Son to die for our sins. That deserves praise. I know it’s hard to praise God when we are feeling guilt or sorrow or pain or anger… Yet, the one thing we should cry out in thanks for every day is the fact that Jesus died for our sins and because of the blood shed on the cross, we have been given grace and mercy and forgiveness. If you are living in guilt and beating yourself up over some choice or action that you made, let it go. Lay it at the cross because God has forgotten it already… and so should you. Praise His name today!!!

Thank you Lord for being You. Thank you for my past and my present and the future to come. Thank You for the pain for it is through the tears and the anguish that I feel Your presence and know that You are near. Thank You for being in control in my life! Amen!

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon

Shawn Delia Boreta

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