Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 750 of Giving Thanks

New eyes Lord, that is what I truly desire. 

In the midst of an attack, whether the enemy or from the depths of our own mind (because of memories and past hurts), HE IS THERE. Here is right here with me, ready for me to be wrapped securely in His promises.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),
“Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.
“For just as Christ's [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them] abundantly, so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us.” ~2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (Amplified Bible )

It takes me taking my eyes off God for just an instant to know that doing so is not a good idea at all. It is making sure that I see Him in all I do, as well as being with me, in my heart and never leaving my thoughts, in all I do as well. I missed some part of that over the past few days. Somehow I forgot that He will take what I cannot, but I have to let it go first. I have to submit and release. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well it is when I finally let go of my “control mentality”, stop being prideful, and maybe letting go of the self-pity.

“Take my yoke on you and become like me, for I am gentle and without pride, and you will have rest for your souls;” ~Matthew 11:29 (Bible in Basic English)

There is a tremendous weight that He takes on without hesitation, without strain and without struggle, yet that same weight will debilitate me, hinder my progress and lead me into horrendous struggles. So why do I insist on trying to carry it at all? Why can't I just give it up for good? It is a choice. A choice just like everything else in my life. Last night I chose to pass it on, let it go and let Him take it all. And, today just like the relief the rain brings during a long run, I breathed deeply for the first time in a few days.

“Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28 (Bible in Basic English)

It is days like today, after a fall, as I climb up and onto His lap of comfort, that the true meaning of relationship is realized. It is days like today, after the tears have dried and the pain is a distant memory, soon to be forgotten, that the true meaning of hope is realized. It is my relationship with my heavenly Father, my Creator that gives me continual hope.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 749 of Giving Thanks

Tonight, I pray for relief and run into Your arms LORD, here I come. LORD, You already know the need I have, I see it as a miracle needed, let me see it as You do.

Today and every day, I trust in His word… His promises, this verse, "‎"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 (New International Version)all my hope is in what He has for me, not what I am in right now, or even tomorrow. I am expectant for all that He has for me toward heaven and perfection. That’s enough for me - more than enough for me.

Goal: Take everything God has for me in my life.
Objective: Give praise and thanks no matter what that "everything" includes.
Results: Trusting in Him always for everything, EVERY THING.

“Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God? Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.” ~Psalm 71:19-21 (New International Version)

Lord, help me to be more forgiving of those in my life. Help me to see them as You want me to see them. Help me to not only act according to Your will, but react according to Your will, as I live toward my purpose. Help mend my broken heart when others act and react in ways that are hurtful, selfish and foolish. Keep me from being hurtful, selfish and foolish in my responses. I rebuke all that is not loving to my soul, encouraging to my heart or healing to my body. Remove from me Lord, all that inhibits me from growing. I accept whatever it takes to move yet closer to You and likened more of Jesus.

I am grateful that what is written on a piece of parchment paper is not really who I am. As I contemplate many things tonight, I am assured, that who I am with Christ is not in question. And, I pray, yet again and some more Lord, for wisdom, clarity and that little miracle of inspiration. That the words will flow, the accomplishments of these past few years will be brought to the front of my mind and delivered to that parchment in perfect order.

Waking up to what I am directed to do, is all I ask Lord. Remove this sleep from my heart, my mind and deep in my soul. Awaken me to my purpose, through You, wholeheartedly.

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those He loves.” ~ Psalm 127:1-2 (New International Version)

Thanks to Sue King for this wonderful close tonight, your thoughts last night inspired this for sure.

I choose to embrace my Maker’s choice for me!

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 748 of Giving Thanks

Today Chris asked me, “What do you want for Christmas?” As I pondered the question, I realized that there was nothing I need, much that I want or think I want, but to what degree? What benefit? Whose benefit, is the real question.

I have been given and receive so much. A question popped into my head on my way to work, and was almost audibly. I heard, “Who will you give to?” And, not necessarily the Christmas question, but in general. Part of me wants to completely dismiss the societal Christmas, and sit at Jesus’ feet and that’s it, not think of celebrating any other way. What is the meaning in my heart? How do I celebrate in complete honor to Christ and give to others to attract them to Christ? These are the questions that will not be answered here, but I know His answer for me. These are the questions that are sitting right on top of my heart, and waiting on a settling within my heart.

I BELIEVE AND KNOW that He hears me... He hears all my supplications, my thoughts, my whispers, my cries and my mumblings of the heart. I let Him hear my voice, my questions, my ponderings and my heart’s desires. Today, I am moving from me to Him in a way that is like becoming brand new, shiny and brilliant.  

The greatest of gifts is truly this: Did you know, that when you chose Christ all your broken or missing pieces were put back into place? All we have to do is catch up with the work in us. Sometimes when we focus on where we have been, we miss out on who we are with Him. Don't miss it. Know that although you may have moments of brokenness, you are not broken. In moments when all the world seems against you, you don't need the world. You already have all the power and resources you need from the Holy Spirit, YOU ARE ALREADY VICTORIOUS.

I am grateful that I can ask these questions, that the importance of how to celebrate moves me to think and pray on an answer that really is already deep within my soul. It is up to us individually to be relational with our God. It is up to me to get to know Him for me, to hear Him for me and hear what He says to me. I am not looking for opinions or rules or even insights, I am just seeking God through my pondering for that is what I am drawn to do. And, Lord, I am so grateful that it’s not important what the questions are, but that I come to You…

This morning as I lay in the darkness, in the calm, in the quiet, in the moment right before I awake, I am comforted. I not only sense, but know that I am not alone, know that I am not afraid, not forgotten or forsaken... I am HIS, ALIVE, FORGIVEN AND SAFE. And, truly that is what it, this life is all about, regardless of the day, the celebration title or name on the calendar. It’s truly all about Him. 

Deliver my soul Lord, that is my heart’s desire. That is all I need. 

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God; 
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 
Day to day pours forth speech, 
And night to night reveals knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words; 
Their voice is not heard. 
Their line has gone out through all the earth, 
And their utterances to the end of the world. 
In them He has placed a tent for the sun, 
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; 
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. 
Its rising is from one end of the heavens, 
And its circuit to the other end of them; 
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; 
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; 
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; 
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; 
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; 
In keeping them there is great reward. 
Who can discern his errors?  Acquit me of hidden faults. 
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; 
Let them not rule over me; 
Then I will be blameless, 
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. 
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart 
Be acceptable in Your sight, 
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” 
~Psalm 16 (New American Standard Bible)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 747 of Giving Thanks Daily by Tina Wetor

When I can’t see through the situation, I have to trust God’s hand to lead me.  As children of God, we are promised the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord.  Yet, I admit at the moment, I am wondering if my feet are listening to God.  Life at the moment isn’t making sense, it feels really unpleasant or reminders of the difficulties of the past.  Again, I am working for this company, a place I totally hate.  It was only a few years ago, I was overjoyed the moment I left the doors vowing to myself never to return.   Again, I have to “prove” myself to upper staff of my capabilities for this position.  So, it’s very reassuring of God’s guidance in life with all of the mess ups, disappointments, and tests.

As the enemy's lies try to destroy my confidence or my self-worth with whispers, gossip, or slander.  I refer to the truth-I am highly favored and blessed of God.  As I look back on those dark years of my life, I learned some vital truths-God’s power will sustain me.  Regardless of what others say or do, God will never leave me.  Even through those darkest periods, God’s love still prevailed.  It was only through relying on the Lord, the darkest times didn’t prevail.  He is my strength, my song and my salvation!

Although others may have misgivings about my qualifications or experience, God sees potential in me.  God didn’t create me to be another body upon this earth to occupy space; He created me for a good purpose that’s prepared in advance for me.  So, although my job isn’t what I desire, God has great lessons ahead, new adventures, and people who I can touch with the love of God.  So instead of focusing on what I despise, I will focus on what I adore-My Savior.  It’s only when I work for Him, joy will enter my soul to show life’s worth more.  My worth isn’t built on what others say about me, it’s built on what God says, “I am a child of God.”

When the enemy’s lies surround me, I still have a choice whether to listen or resist.  Although an army surrounds me, I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.  (Psalm 3:6) My God always promised to protect me, lead me, and will lift up my head.  When my heart is confident of the Lord’s love: I am impossible to stop, my purpose is clear, and nothing can defeat me.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Tina Wetor

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

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 746 of Giving Thanks by Darci Escandon

Homesick for God... I am grateful to be homesick, as that is how my yearnings become actions... Let me explain...

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” - Mother Theresa

Sometimes, I feel distant from God. I feel homesick for my Lord, my amazing and wonderful Father in Heaven. I have the good intentions of starting off the day in His Word, so that I can have my Armor of God on before I start my day (see Ephesians chapter 6) but it seems as if those intentions get thrown by the wayside. The more distracted I get, the less focused I am and the less time I am spending in His word, seeking Him out, learning and growing in Him.

Distraction comes so easily in my life.

“Be Still…and Know that I AM GOD!” ~Psalm 46:10

How can I be still when I get distracted so easily? How can I be still when my mind keeps racing and thoughts keep flowing???

In the New Testament, Jesus came to visit Mary and Martha, however Martha is distracted:

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” ~Luke 10:40a
The Greek word used for this word, distracted is “perispaƍ” which means “to draw away”.

When I think of my distractions lately, even the ones that came up when I was trying to write this, that is exactly what they did…they “drew me away” from God. They drew me away from my Bible and away from what God is trying to tell me.

I can only truly hear from Him when I am still. I want to be in His presence and I want to feel His touch..but when my brain is distracted by the TV or Cell Phone or Facebook or Telephone or my Dogs or whatever else may pop up, I draw further and further away from Him.

My focus needs to be on God and God alone. I need to focus on His word. I need to set aside and be disciplined in my quiet time with God every single day, regardless of what is going on around me.

“Be Still…and Know that I AM GOD!” ~Psalm 46:10

Be Still, Be Still and Be Still some more! Seek out His Word. Do not be drawn away from God. That is how we learn, that is how we grow!

“Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. “ ~Proverbs 2:2-5 English Standard Version

In my times of distraction, I need to call out to God and ask for help so I can focus on what He wants me to learn. I need to truly meditate on His Word, day and night, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year!

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delights is in the law of the LORD and on His law he meditates day and night” ~Psalm 1:1-2

That is why I have been homesick for God. I have been drawn away from Him, from His word. I have not spent my quiet time with Him and have succumbed to the distractions of this world!!! However, my God is always near, He is always with me and I can overcome my homesickness just by opening up the pages of my Bible and I am close to my Father in Heaven once more!!!

Lord, thank you for not going anywhere while I was drawn away from you. Thank you for showing me how easy and simple it is to get back into your Word. Thank you for helping me with my distractions today and I pray that I can avoid them throughout the rest of my day. Lord, you are always near and You never leave me. Thank you for helping me to see this. Lord, I praise your name! ~Amen

(New International Version used)
© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 745 of Giving Thanks

Enjoy every day, and find God in all your moments.

Thank You LORD for giving me a sense of humor and showing me it is ok to laugh at myself. And, today, to laugh at myself, while my husband laughed at me too. What a day. Wow. We have been working on a home improvement project, let me just say, I am sure glad that God's abilities to restore, repair, build or rebuild are much greater than ours are. We accomplished what we set out to do when we began today, so thankful for that.

We moved into our home three years ago, yesterday to our home, which is really our weekend job. Thankfully, we do get time off for good behavior and work completed. We set a project, get to it, complete, then decide what is next. Today, was replacing the drywall, in what we lovingly call the “granny unit”, which will ultimately be our gym. It’s a building on the lower part of our property and has been a major effort. Every time I think of the work that has gone into this “room”, I am humbled by memories of God working on my marriage, my sense of humor, my pride, my tongue and me loving all of my life.

As I looked at the ceiling Chris and I hung today, I can see that it is much like life. Things cave-in, and they are dug back out and new supports are put into place; things will leak, and with pressure, they can expand to gaping cracks, and sometimes complete brokenness. But never, ever will our Creator leave us in disrepair, disarray or disorder. He is faithful.

“Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.” ~Colossians 3:17 (Good News Translation)

I am so thankful for so many things, all things that have gone from disrepair to complete restoration, from disarray to complete and amazing arrangement, and all things from disorder to complete order and organization.

I have learned to say, “Yes, God... tell me when and direct me how. I know that you have the why already covered. I love You."

So, back to our ceiling. Tonight, it is everything, but presentable, but I know that, even in our amateur abilities, tomorrow as we tape and mud the seams, restoration of this home project will move toward completion. And, you can guarantee that we better keep our sense of humor intact, as Chris always says, “It’s just gonna be the gym!”

Tonight I feel the affects of hours on my feet, hands over the head and problem solving, so I am ready for rest, HIS REST.

"How lovely is your dwelling place, 
LORD Almighty! 
My soul yearns, even faints, 
for the courts of the LORD; 
my heart and my flesh cry out 
for the living God. 
Even the sparrow has found a home, 
and the swallow a nest for herself, 
where she may have her young— 
a place near your altar, 
LORD Almighty, my King and my God. 
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; 
they are ever praising you." Psalm 84:1-4 (NIV)

It is in His presence that all makes sense and my life come to order. Thank You LORD that I can dwell in Your house.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 744 of Giving Thanks

‎"I'm thanking You, God, from a full heart, I'm writing the book on Your wonders. I'm whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I'm singing Your song, High God." ~Psalm 9:1&2 (The Message)

Thanksgiving Day has incredible meaning nowadays. And, it isn’t “all about the turkey” and all the stuffing as it once was, although those are still things I enjoy. Nowadays, it is a time to remember that it is ‘this time of the year’ when God gave me the gift of understanding thanksgiving as a life necessity, not a holiday.

This necessity is one that He desires for us, and I chose for myself. This necessity allows me to understand God’s grace. This necessity has allowed me to grasp His mercy in so many areas of my life. This necessity lets me see His favor through growth and healing.

It was two years ago, November 3rd that I acted on a nudge from God. This was not the first time that nudge was delivered; it was a nudge that had been embedding deeper and deeper in my soul for years.  November 1st, 2009 I saw a status on Facebook; a challenge to give thanks for the month came from a friend. I honestly believed that I would run out of things to give thanks for in a few days. I began simply, and now I cannot imagine not giving thanks on a daily basis.

I personally invite you to hear this nudge as well, Giving Thanks Daily, is… Your journey to daily gratitude begins with your decision to find something good in every situation.

It is His Word and work in my life that I am most grateful for and all the amazing gifts He gives me every day and the miracles that I am now able to recognize in my life.

DAY 295 - There are many moving parts in my life right now, and I have things that I “feel” need to happen quickly, and I am trusting that it will all be handled. And, this morning, as confusion and anxiety fill my heart and mind. I stop and become very silent - seeking the presence of my Lord. I ask for a lifting in my heart, a clearing of my mind. For it is in His presence that I can release all these feelings that are not good.

DAY 432 - I am drenched in the fuel of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the match... and God is the flame.

DAY 292 - God uses our life to display His works. And, I take that personally.

DAY 478 - Every day as I embark on my day, I will ask myself, "am I living my life with fleshly responses? Or, am I allowing the Holy Spirit within me to dictate and guide my actions? To answer the direction? To fulfill my purpose through the power of a perfect and mighty God in me, is His will…

I have heard many words, and so many of His Words are imprinted on my heart and embedded deeply in my soul, and it is my daily prayer that I will hold even more as He brings me toward perfection. 

‎"Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." If you live like this, the rewards are tremendous." ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New International Translation)

"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 3:13-14 (New International Version)

‎"Live your life with love, following the example of Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us. He was a sacrificial offering that smelled sweet to God." ~Ephesians 5:2 (Common English Bible)

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” ~Jeremiah 33:3 (English Standard Version)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~Matthew 7:7-8 (New International Version)

DAY 365 (year 1 complete) – I am richly blessed.

Lord, thank You for Your many gifts and the realization of my need for my savior, Jesus, the ultimate gift that was so amazingly extended to me, and my choice to accept it.  May every day be a day of thanksgiving!

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

T.G.I.F. -Thank God I'm Fabulous- (testimony series) by Tina Johnson-Bale

T.G.I.F. Thank God I'm Fabulous
by Tina Johnson-Bale (TJB)

It’s Ok to be confident if you know where you confidence lies-
To consider thanking God for yourself might seem foreign to many, but think about how amazing YOU are for a moment. Take a careful look at the complexity of your hands and feet, your skin and hair, the complexity of your eyes or the sound of your voice! Even consider how every scar is there to point out how your body has been created to heal itself! If we were not designed this way, no Band-Aid or antibiotic would work.  It is humbling to think of how God is so powerful and mighty, yet took such care into fashioning us!

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" ~Psalm 8:3-4 (New International Version)

It has taken me a very long time, but I can say that I like myself now. It has not been an easy road, as for most of us, but I am learning to appreciate me.

“T.G.I.F {Thank God I'm Fabulous}”, was written on a friend’s wall and I decided to embrace it because scripture back it up…

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

I continue to wage war against the images society has pinned as perfect. I have come from such a warped self-image. At one point in my life I can remember looking in the mirror and seeing myself as grotesque and obese. I was weighing in at 82 pounds and 22 pounds from my goal weight. How is that even possible? It is possible because the enemy was programming me through years of sexual abuse at the hand of adult men young and old who should have been protecting me. These key male figures were under the same yoke of bondage to their mind and living by the lust of their own flesh.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  
“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 10:4-5 (New International Version)

We have an enemy of our souls and he will take hold of our mind if we let him and our grip on reality will be compromised. Do not be mistaken, he wants us dead.

Take those thoughts captive declare they are false and be in the Word of Truth which is God’s written word of the Bible. When we look into scripture we can see that God is glorified in us. We are His creation and when we are confident in Him and see ourselves through His eyes we can live to the potential He desires for us to. Just look at us, we are created in His image.

Thank YOU, Lord, for loving us and choosing each of us. You love and care enough to ensure we continue to be transformed into Your likeness. It is all YOU and you choose to bestow Your transforming grace upon us.

A little about Tina...
Tina lives in Western Canada with her husband and four children, two dogs and cat. She is currently studying toward her Bible degree through online resources while serving the Lord in her home and community in however she can. Her passion lies with helping others find freedom from bondage and learn to walk in the freedom of a life in Christ.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 743 of Giving Thanks

My life in words…
…for years, I could not find “my words” when I spoke. I spoke what was expected or rehearsed. Today, I am excited and reeling in anticipation because I have my own words through His Word, reflection of His Word and lessons from His Word to share like a song of hope. Please hear me on this, His words through my life are very different from His Word; my words are my words, I am just greatly inspired and encouraged daily to share! Whoa!*

“It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.  You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!” ~Isaiah 55:11-15 (New Living Translation)

Settle in, let Him lead.
Seek, ponder, reflect, REJOICE...
He truly has this and that and all that is.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, remembering that as members of the same body you are called to live in harmony, and never forget to be thankful for what God has done for you.” ~Colossians 3:15 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

It is the anticipation of hope that keeps me hoping! How about you? The Lord Jesus left us a helper, the Holy Spirit, which is my power, my strength, my teacher, my guide and my friend.

Thank You Jesus for delivering all my needs perfectly to the Father and thank You Father for hearing my prayers. In the strength, every day, from the Holy Spirit I live. Amen.

"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)

Sickness is defined as this world and the only cure is Jesus. My security comes from God the Father and knowing I am His.

"But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you." ~John 14:26 (Amplified Bible)

Every day is a lesson, and every day I have the wisdom through my relationship with my Father to share these lessons in words, “my words”, which come through His strength and the hope that His promises bring and reveal. Trials are blessings that I just need to acknowledge. Once this happens, hope is truly everywhere.

“Live by the Spirit and Reject the Deeds of the Flesh
But I say, live by the Spirit, and you will never carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, for these are in opposition to one another, so that whatever you want, you may not do these things.18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” ~Galatians 5:16-20 (Lexham English Bible)

Let Him BE...
Let Him BE the someone I cry my heart out to.
Let Him BE the comfort I seek when comfort is required.
Let Him BE the only voice I hear in times of turmoil or tragedy.
Let Him BE the One and only God for me.

By the way, the word “standby” means (ref: Amplified Bible translation of John 14):
1. Staunch supporter or adherent; one who can be relied upon.
2. Something upon which one can rely and therefore choose or use regularly.
3. Kept readily available for use in an emergency, shortage, or the like: a standby player.

Whoa definition from the Urban Dictionary:
1. To express surprise (interj)
2. To express astonishment(interj)
3. To indicate a desire for one to end that of which they are speaking (interj)
4. Evolved from a song to describe something that you're not quite sure exactly how to describe (adj)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Day 742 of Giving Thanks

‎"I thank my God at all times for you because of the grace (the favor and spiritual blessing) of God which was bestowed on you in Christ Jesus…”
Every moment is a blessing, NO DISGUISE, JUST A BLESSING. I just have to remember who we belong to and KNOW that He loves me. And in every moment, He continues to draw me near and lead me through to perfection...
"[So] that in Him in every respect you were enriched, in full power and readiness of speech [to speak of your faith] and complete knowledge and illumination [to give you full insight into its meaning]." ~1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (Amplified Bible)
Today, I see every moment as a confirmation of my many treasures. In the strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, I will ALWAYS be ready for what comes my way, is what I need to get through and respond to.

Even though all the moments that are not all that I expect them to be, I do know that very day is a better day than the one before.

“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
“O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.” ~Psalm 84:10-12 (New Living Translation)

I have the greatest opportunities every day to shine the Jesus light for those around us. I believe we do that by staying in His word, understanding that we ARE LOVED GREATER than we will ever know, seeing GOD all around us AND KEEPING OUR EYES and HEARTS on the things that are important to God

...and the greatest of these is love, LOVE, LOVE!

"But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love." ~1 Corinthians 13:13 (The Message)

I may see all the cracks in my life, and God sees opportunity for repair and refurbishing. May we all have cracks to fill and repair. Even with the cracks, He overfills me with blessings and love.  I have learned that when it pours circumstances, God will overflow me with fulfillment toward my purpose. Sometimes the pouring is manifested in tears and regardless of what pours out, I know that with every blink of my eyes, there can be a change in perspective.

Today I choose to let go of my insecurities and see the security that holds true with God in me... All things, Lord, are possible today and every day with You in me.

Truly, we are all inadequate on our own... but it is through Him that we become more than adequate.

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time.”  ~Author Unknown

Why is there hope, you might ask, it is because I have eternity to look forward to and life here with the Holy Spirit with me. I see so many moments as entering the “God Room”, and not that God isn’t everywhere else, but that all my intentions and my whole heart are revealed and revered. My place where I can confirm my lessons, question my concerns and edify my savior. It is where my thoughts and prayers conjoin and He edifies me too.  My sanctuary where honesty lives and is harvested with vigor and passion for The Word.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 741 of Giving Thanks by Tina Wetor

A woman with no name taught us the most important lesson, anyone who truly touches Jesus is NEVER the same.  From all of the passages recorded of this woman, I wrote a story about her.  Although we don't know her name, we can learn so much from her.  Yes, it's a beautiful story, one of what the power of faith can do.  (This is paraphrased of one of the most precious miracles of Jesus.)

Daily a woman walks the streets amongst a busy town, everyone sees her but nobody knows her.  Why would they dare too?  She is a helpless beggar with nothing to offer.   A helpless beggar, does anyone care to know the circumstances of her life?  No one bothers to ask or to show compassion in their eyes instead they just pass her by.  Life is too busy to help a homeless beggar, so again she walks down the road alone.  Empty, broke, and sick of life’s difficulties but pain seems to be her only friend.  It comes daily to remind her, hope is lost.

As she walks down the street, the city is busy as usual except there seems to be excitement in the air.  All of the people are heading in one direction, what could be happening?  Why is there so much excitement today?  So, she dares to discover what the commotion is all about.  Silently she walks, so nobody will notice her.  She doesn’t want to scare anyone or risk being seen, she is an outcast.  An outcast for something beyond her control, she is sick.  So, sick the doctors have sent her away to die.  There is no hope, no cure.  All of her savings is gone.  She spent all her wealth with the hopes of being strong again.  Or is that some vague memory?

As she gets closer to the crowd, it’s hard to see what’s going on.  So, she keeps trying to see, she stands upon her toes to see above the crowd.  At that moment, she gets a glimpse of someone she has heard stories about.  Could it be?  Oh, it can’t be him!  Really, is it him?  So, she tries to get around the crowd but there are too many people.  Yet, her heart is fearful if the crowd notices her, she is unclean.  If she touches anyone, she could be stoned.  Death awaits her if she stays here or death comes if she goes.

Regardless of what others say, she refuses to listen to their words.  Yet, she knows all her wealth is gone, she is broke.  She spent all of her wealth to find hope but received empty promises.  Broken dreams and broken promises have left her a broken heart.  Her heart can’t reach anymore but at this moment, the crowd is getting heavier.  What’s all of the excitement?  As she lifts her eyes, she sees the man approaching, “It can’t be!”  Is it really him?  She is almost afraid to follow.  Inside her heart, she weighs all the options but she recalls the stories.  All of the marvelous stories of miracles everyone has been talking about.  Could the stories be true?  Would he help me?  As she sees the man approaching, she is so frightened.  What do I do?  Oh, here he comes, where shall I go for him to notice me?

Will he notice me?  As the crowd thickness, a moment of hope comes, she see his face.  It is Jesus!  How do I get closer?  The crowd is heavy, it’s beyond her reach.  Yet, she looks down to see his robe.  She can’t get his attention but she can touch him.  The crowd is focused on Jesus, so no one will notice me.  Inside her heart she says, “If I can only touch the hem of his garment, I will be whole.”  So, she presses towards the ground to touch the hem, she touched it.

Instantly she notices a difference, the sickness is gone.  Yet, she hears the terrifying words, “Who touched me?”  She hears one of the disciples, “Lord, why are you asking, “Who touched you?”  So, she comes trembling before the crowd and admits her wrong.

A midst a crowd of people who didn’t care about her or notice her, she awaits her destiny.  Death should be her sentence but Jesus comes to her.  “Daughter, go in peace.”  “Your faith as made you well.”

Wow!  Jesus called me, “Daughter!”  As she walks away from the crowd, tears roll down her cheeks.  “I am whole!”  “I can’t believe it!   As she starts walking home, she hears the words of Jesus, “I am a daughter!”

A woman without a name is remembered for a simple act of faith.  She only had one opportunity but she took it, she had to touch his hem.  What’s so amazing about this?  Jesus noticed instantly that someone touched him with faith, so His power touched her.  Sadly, so many people feel unworthy to touch Jesus.  Besides all of the rumors, some are true.  He wouldn’t want me, I am sure.  What can I give Him?    

What you need to realize in this Biblical story, she didn’t have nothing to offer but her faith.  She was willing to push through the crowd of people who wanted to see Jesus.  All of people wanted an opportunity, she took it.  What’s so precious, Jesus was on the way to help a family who lost a daughter.  It was a tragic day but instead it was a miraculous moment.  God isn’t a respecter of persons; He is willing to help anyone.  Yes, He wants to help you!  How can I be sure?  The nail scared hands, it says it all.  He is compassionate toward ALL He made.  He made you.  So, He wants to be near you even if you have nothing to offer but brokenness, debt, and pain.

Often, I think about this story:  A broken woman without hope, enormous debt and removed from society. Yet, she took one step of faith to touch His hem. She was an outcast who was left to die but Jesus felt her touch of faith, one touch is all it took. She was no longer an outcast, she was a daughter. She was healed in her heart, mind, and soul because Jesus touched her. Jesus changes everything. (Luke 8:43-47, Mark 5:25-34, Matthew 9:20-22)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Tina Wetor

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Day 740 of Giving Thanks

Do you ever stare at a sink full of dishes and wish that they would clean themselves? As embarrassing as it is to say this, I think I have even prayed that God would make the dishes miraculously clean themselves. That’s a prayer that He has yet to answer.

Yet, as I think about it, life is that way sometimes. Life is full of mundane tasks, boring, dirty, “unfulfilling”. It is full of tasks and things that we wish would just do themselves. Yet, these little mundane things have to get done. What would happen if we never had clean dishes? What would we eat on? We need clean dishes in our lives. These are the small details that, if not completed, can affect a lot more than we realize.

“In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.” ~1 Kings 6:38 New International Version

““All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the LORD’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.”~ 1 Chronicles 28:19 New International Version

God is a God of details. EVERY little thing matters to God, every little small minute detail matters to Him, even the most mundane and dull tasks are important to Him. Even the dishes.

Next time you look upon a sink full of dirty dishes, look at it as an opportunity to praise God. Turn on your worship music and sing to Him as you wash. Be thankful that you have running water to use and dishes to eat off of. Thank Him for the blessings you have rather than concentrating on the task you hate doing the most.

Lord, thank you for my dishes. Thank you for providing me one more opportunity to praise your name. Lord, thank you for showing me that every little detail matters to you and obeying you is what is important. Lord, help me get my sink full of dishes clean with a warm and loving heart!!! Thank you Lord, for your faithfulness and for your blessings! Amen!

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 739 of Giving Thanks

How did I “get here”? During a conversation today, that is a question and the only answer I knew was “Prayer”. And through some heart-felt moments I discovered something amazing and I am always in awe of how God brings my life to light through the words of others.

Many of us are very much alike. We fight against flesh and push when we should submit. And today, was yet another opportunity to share how God taught me how to pray. Do you know that your Father in heaven will keep drawing you closer and closer to Him?

This journey began with discovering my need for a savior and has moved to knowing that hope is abundant for those who revere and love the LORD. And, hope has only come through more faith, and more faith is only the result of prayer. I had to discover that prayer was more than an outline, more than requests to be filled, more than acceptance or rejection. Prayer is my life line, my direct line to God. There is no intermediary or anyone more powerful in prayer than me. I used to think that “others could pray better, they understood how to pray for me better, they were more experienced.

But what I know now, is God wants me. He wants to hear from me, teach me, draw me in and direct my steps. What I know is that mine are the best ears to hear His voice for me and I am grateful for this knowledge. Today, my life is a prayer because my heart belongs to Him. As I think about this, I am greatly encouraged. I am encouraged because I know that when a life is lived for Christ, it is a life that will encourage others, and really that is what it’s all about for me.

From Day 731 of Giving Thanks -

‎I continue daily to pray for strength... 
"Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” ~Judges 16:28 (New Living Translation)

"As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength." ~Psalm 138:3 (New Living Translation)

"I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit." ~Ephesians 3:16 (New Living Translation)

"The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. (For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)" ~Habakkuk 3:19 (New Living Translation)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 738 of Giving Thanks

“Quiet my mind”, I hear myself again… and in the noise of the day, I fight quiet. Earlier today, I found myself writing a list of all that I ‘wanted’ to do while I was on my trip. There is this “one item” that has been on this list for way too long. Every time I try to complete this task, I hit major “head blocks”. It appears there is no passage through – so, do I leave this one item on my list or remove it. And, I think, “Have I truly given this one item over to God? Have I really submitted to His will, or am I trying to handle it on my own?”

“[Let go, relax] Cease striving and (A)know that I am God; I will be (B)exalted among the [b]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us;  The God of Jacob is our stronghold. 
                         Selah.” ~Psalm 46:10-11 (New American Standard Bible)

“Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” ~ Psalm 46:10-11 (Amplified Bible)

These are questions that I will ponder tonight and give to the workings of the Holy Spirit as I sleep. It is truly my desire to be in God’s will, to live out this life in a manner that is pleasing to my Father.  Lord, I pray for surrendering on every level, from every fiber and deeply within my heart. Help me to dwell in ways I have not yet done.

verb (used with object)
1. to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
2. to give (oneself) up, as to the police.
3. to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion, etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship.
4. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).
5. to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.
verb (used without object)
6. to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.

“For the choir director: A psalm of David. 
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
“God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.
“The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true;
each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” ~ Psalm 19 (New Living Translation)

So on my heart, surrender – be still – relax and let God! So, what do I do? I yield, renounce, waive, cede, abandon , forgo, capitulate and relinquish all my efforts, which are independent of God, and submit to His will and plan. I am grateful Lord, that in “getting quiet”, you will still be working it all out deeply in my heart and soul.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 737 of Giving Thanks

A lovely day Lord, thank You, however there are no beautiful words or amazing insights today, just a sincere feeling of gratitude for the day. Yet, as I reflect on the last couple days, I love to reflect on the words that pour from my heart.

Today, I hit the ground running, and ran all day. I did not get started with the deep and heart-filled moments with God until this evening. A lovely time Lord, thank You.

In 1 John 2, we are reminded that we are sinners in need of a savior - and that we are to live like Jesus did.

"Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining." ~1 John 2:7-8 (New International Version)

Shine my friends, shine... and we can only do that with Jesus, He left with all the power and strength possible through the Holy Spirit. That is how we shine.

‎"Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us and his love is perfected in us." ~1 John 4:11-12 (Lexham English Bible)

I have opportunity after opportunity to share His love with others. As I start our day, or end my week, I can do a great honor to my God by sharing all the greatness of His love by loving others greatly...

I am excited about this, aren't you excited about this too?

“I give thanks to my God upon my every remembrance of you, always in my every prayer for all of you, making the prayer with joy, because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now, convinced of this same thing, that the one who began a good work in you will finish it until the day of Christ Jesus…” ~Philippians 1:3-6 (Lexham English Bible)

... onward toward perfection.Thank You Jesus” are often, my only words. Let my life be honoring to You and thank You for covering when it is not. Thank You for loving me enough to start this work in me, and see me through to eternity. I LOVE YOU LORD.

“[Let go, relax] Cease striving and (A)know that I am God; I will be exalted among the [b]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. 
Selah.” ~Psalm 46:10-11 (New American Standard Bible)

“Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” ~ Psalm 46:10-11 (Amplified Bible)

Let us Lord bring to You the heartache, sorrow, uncertainty and pain in exchange for hope, love and certainty. We pray for those who You are waiting for to call to You. We pray that a decision for You happens today Lord, that there are no more delays or excuses. We pray for that one heart or many who are ready for You in their life. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

As I close out, I have some insights to share, that came the other day.

  • Do not underestimate the wisdom God will provide you with. If it comes to you, He'll equip you to accomplish it...
  • Do not underestimate the love God has for you. If love is all around you, or nowhere to be found, know that He will show you His love in many ways over and over. Know that His love is always found.
  • Do not underestimate the strength and power of God in you. And, never forget where that strength and power comes from.

A lovely day Lord. Thank You.
An amazing time with You all day... as I go to sleep, I know that you will be at work in the recesses of my mind and all the strength, all the healing, all the restoration and rest will be received. Thank You Father for a lovely day. For I know that my riches are not earthly treasures but Your teachings.

Tonight, I hit Your presence running into Your arms, for comfort, quiet and peace.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 735 of Giving Thanks

"For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.”~Romans 11:29 (Amplified Bible)

I am grateful to those who question what I write for this is how I get to learn, grow, correct and/or confirm. I am grateful for His Word, and I do realize how fortunate I am that it is readily available for me to read.

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

I do not claim to be a “bible scholar” and I wholly love His word. My writing has been a definite adventure. I have an amazing God, who takes me, someone who never passed the college entrance exam, because I could not write, and now, I WRITE... you have no idea how that opens up God's word for me. The Lord confirms word after word, thought after thought through His Word for me. I absolutely love God with every part of me and I TRUST HIM WITH MY HEART – I am so grateful I know the difference between trusting in words (my words) and TRUSTING IN HEART (my heart).

It has taken me so long to recognize that God longs to hear from me. He is listening as I pour my heart out. He also loves to know that I know Him. He is waiting for all of us to tell Him what we love about Him, what we are grateful for and that you love Him too.

It's easy to begin. Start with, "Hello God, I love you..."

I know Lord that I am a sinner. I am grateful for the sacrifice and work of Jesus, which I accept. I pray daily to be Your light to the world Lord and that I will never deny You. I know You are coming again, and I want others to stand before You and not be ashamed, I pray for those who have yet to know You Lord. Thank You for living in me and giving me strength and power beyond comprehension with the Holy Spirit. I need You. I acknowledge You. I accept You. I love and adore You. I am grateful. (Inspired by 1 John 2)

“Let Your love, GOD, shape my life with salvation, exactly as You promised; Then I'll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted Your Word. Don't ever deprive me of truth, not ever—Your commandments are what I depend on. Oh, I'll guard with my life what You've revealed to me, guard it now, guard it ever; And I'll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for Your truth and Your wisdom; Then I'll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I cherish Your commandments—oh, how I love them!—relishing every fragment of Your counsel.” ~Psalm 119:41-48 (The Message)

The enemy works through our thoughts not in the physical realm. It is when our thoughts are skewed that we physically manifest pain - don't allow the enemy to capture any part of your thoughts today. Hold all thoughts with God's presence today. Our warfare comes when we allow our thoughts to be swayed. Today my friends, hold every thought captive toward and in God.

“Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).
”And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.” ~Ephesians 4:31-32 (Amplified Bible)

I believe it is our thoughts that start our down spirals. I am not saying that illness cannot be an attack of the enemy, I am saying that our thoughts will dictate how we view healing.

The physical is manifested through the actions of people. Most Christians today are not thinking and manifesting God's will for themselves because they are stuck in the past, in their hurts or whatever, and we really do ourselves a disservice by thinking that all that hits us is the enemy. Many times the enemy is long gone from our thoughts, but our habits are what keep us feeling stuck.

I will rejoice no matter what possessions are taken away because all I need is what He has already given and no enemy can take away. I will rejoice through any affliction for it is not here that is the reward, but eternity with my Father God.

Keeping my thoughts right, so I can rightly live.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” ~Philippians 2:5-8 (King James Version)

Friends, we must know who we belong to and that He promises that He will never leave or forsake us. No matter what the storm or attack, He is right here with us. Do not let this day complete without thanking Him for his protection… His presence. (Hebrews 13:5)

Just some of my thoughts to share.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 734 of Giving Thanks by Darci Escandon

When I started to write this today, I really struggled. How can I write about giving thanks when my soul and heart feel like they have been crushed? But that’s exactly why I need to give thanks. Because even though I am feeling these things, God has shown me that I don’t have to “BE” these emotions. He has shown me that I can take these feelings, give them to Him and He will show me not only how to work through them, but will reveal the truth of the matter to me.

In a nutshell, I received a phone call from one of my closest friends last night. We haven’t really talked much because her schedule and mine just haven’t been clicking. She was worried that she had upset or offended me and she wanted the “old me” back. The “old me” that hadn’t found her path in God yet. The “Old ME” who was still searching for God’s plan for my life. Recently, God has revealed His plan for me and a few of our conversations have been about my excitement and my nervousness for embarking on this plan. Essentially, the conversation ended with my apologizing, asking her forgiveness and her telling me she doesn’t want to talk with me about this path I am on. We can talk about anything else but she is tired of hearing about it.

When I hung up, I felt broken, heated and deflated. I felt full of doubt and all the other emotions that come from a phone call like that. This was one of  my closest friends, my accountability partner, a woman with a Godly heart. As I am growing forward, she’s still where she is… and she wants the “old me” back.

I realized as I slept and talked to God, that because of the opinion of one person who wants to keep me back where I was, I had caused myself to disregard all the other opinions and confirmations I had been getting from all sorts of people and things, that I am on the right path to move forward.

Then it hit me. The enemy doesn’t want me to move forward, he wants to keep me stagnant and stuck. But God is greater than the enemy. I am an heir to God’s covenant promise mentioned in Genesis. God’s promises are for me. I need to stand up to the enemy and just get in his face and tell him to just SHUT UP!!

I am not going to waste my life trying to figure out what I am going to do every time someone says something to me about my choice of path. God is in control of my life. The enemy uses other people to get to me and cause those doubts and self conscious thoughts. But God’s word instructs me to:

“11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. 13 And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 15 For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. 16 He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.” ~1 Timothy 6:11–16 (New Living Translation)

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT FOR THE TRUE FAITH! The enemy will use scripture and Christian people to keep us from achieving God’s plan. The enemy is cunning and crafty.

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” ~Ephesians 6:12

This is a battle, God warns us of this. However, I can’t battle an enemy if I give in to thoughts of self doubt. That’s not a spirit of God. God gives us thoughts that encourage, motivate, confirm and also convict. However, conviction is not the same of condemnation. The thoughts I was feeding were condemning and meant to keep me from moving forward and were causing me to want to just give up all together. God is bigger than these thoughts. He showed me that I do have a purpose and as I peruse that purpose, people will try and hold me back. I must stay in His word. I HAVE to purposely search Him Out.

Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. Lord, thank you for helping me figure this out. Thank you for sending your Son to die for my sins. Thank you for your grace and your mercy and thank you for your guidance. Thank you for your strength. You are the great “I AM”. You are powerful and you are amazing. You are here, right now, and you are taking care of my situation. Lord, please take this worry and self doubt from me. I lift these emotions into your hands. Help me to stay on your path you have set for me and help me to Boldly step out and battle for you! Amen.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon                       

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 733 of Giving Thanks

I was telling someone today that my writing has become an obsession, and really a need in my life. Not because of the actual writing, but because of what is revealed as I explore what God has for me today. I am compelled daily to know God more deeply, not the words, but His presence. It is not a command or an activity, it is His pleasure and I am rewarded through comfort and peace.

“May God the Father and Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, give us grace, mercy and peace; may they be ours in truth and love.” ~2 John 1:3 (Good News Translation)

Does the Lord God know you deeply, completely and wholly? Often times I find myself trying to hide a hurt and sometimes even a victory – I ask myself, “Is this life real or is real waiting for me”?

Thank You Lord -You are breathtaking... and all I desire is to overflow with your goodness.

I am forever (eternally) grateful for the many God moments, God revelations and God lessons. He loves me, and has since before the beginning of time as I know it. He knows every part of me. I desire to be lost in moments with God, overwhelmed with His revelations for me and consumed with the lessons He has for me. I am devoted to see through His eyes all things.

It is when I see the brokenness of someone else that I can see myself in a new light. Seeing how far my God has brought the healing journey is almost like looking at someone else's life. At times, I can hardly remember what my heart held and felt. And, I revel, rejoice and repeat His praise for where I am going. The journey is long, painstaking at times, yet I am His and favored. It is when I see the brokenness of someone else that I can see their life in a new light as well, so I pray that they too will know the grace, tenderness and love of God also.

It is easy to lose focus and do the minimum sometimes... I am reminded of this as I take an extra minute here and there while at work... I have learned that we should always give more than what I am compensated for and more than what is expected... I am to stand out. Father thank you for reminding me that my time belongs to You, that I am to have integrity with all that I do, for I am representing You. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve." ~Colossians 3:23-24 (Good News Translation)

My life is not mine, and every day I pray for even less of me for this life as I look forward to the day when all of me will be with Him in eternity. (John 3:30)

There is change through commitment and loyalty to His will and plan. Our very first commitment is to love God before loving anything else. We are to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind. Love and honor God… (Matthew 22:37-38).

Knowing that many will follow then leave because they don’t know who He truly is and that there is nowhere else to go, “Lord, to whom would we go?” We recognize and know that Jesus is God, the “Holy One of God”. Our first priority is to love and honor God is all we do (John 6:66-69).

Loving one another just as He loves us. WOW… my favorite command, and second to loving and honoring God. “Your love for one another will prove that we are His disciples” (John 13:34-35).

Our third commitment is to serve the Lord by doing Christ’s work in the world. He is the vine, we are the branches, and when we are with Him we will produce fruit. Without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).

Through all my trials, in the midst of every challenge and storm, I am upheld mightily in strength for I know that victory is already accomplished.

Be strong in the Lord, walk in His light... show His strength through every part of this journey.

"A psalm of David.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?" ~Psalm 27:1 (New Living Translation)
I am in His light where I go, I will not be afraid. I will not allow the world to take me away from You presence Lord. 

"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." ~Isaiah 41:10 (New Living Translation)

“Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[a] so that you will have the right response for everyone.” ~Colossians 4:4-7 (New Living Translation)

I am learning that speaking also includes how we "speak to ourselves". What we say under our breath, what marinades deep in our hearts, what is repeated... so learn to be edified through the Word... through His promises... through His work in you.

I have learned many great lessons - one is to speak truth trough love, encouragement, compassion and tenderness. Love people toward God. He desires us to love one another… let me always remember this.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 732 of Giving Thanks

This morning as I looked out the window I could see the redwood trees lightly moving in the wind and behind the trees, I could see a glimpse of the morning sun. And, from the inside, I could sense the warmth, however, I knew that as soon as I stepped outside, the crisp Fall air would penetrate every part of me. I do not like the cold, so reprogramming my reaction to cold is necessary and prayed for. This morning as I stepped into the day, and the cold reached my core, I imagined that every tingle is a greater connection to my King.

That is what I want when I go to Him. I want every part of me to sense His presence. To know it and to dwell in Him.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.
“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
“What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises.” ~Psalm 84:1-4 

I go to Him, He shares with me His word and I am home. Embedding His word on my heart, and sharing what He gives me. Every day, I write. Every day I absorb. Every day I grow more toward Him. Every day I fall deeper and deeper in love with my creator. The closer I get to Him, the more joy I experience and the more hopeful I become.

“What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
“When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
“They will continue to grow stronger and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
“O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob.” ~Psalm 84:5-8 

Lord, thank You for continuing to keep me sharp, while softening all my edges and bringing me toward You, let me know Your anointing. “O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield! Show favor to the one you have anointed.” ~Psalm 84:9

I expect because He already did everything I need... I have the strength and power of the Holy Spirit. I expect greatness according to His plan, AND really it is His plans that are perfect. I couldn't ask for anything better. EXPECTATION of good things through His will for me, is His promise to me...

God is personal and loves me.

My life is a series of lessons, designed and executed specifically for me by the greatest instructor ever. And when I can look at every experience as God's way to increase my knowledge, better my responses and do His work through my "life" there is the greatest hope ever. Every day is a better day than the one before.

“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
“O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.” ~Psalm 84:10-12

It's time Lord to say goodnight, yet my mind reels in You, how can it be that so much of my time is spent pondering, dwelling in and contemplating all of You? How can it be that I am so fortunate to have gone from enemy of God, where darkness prevailed to child of God, where I am heaven bound? How is it that I can know Your presence, embrace Your promises and be so amazingly sure that I am Yours?

All this Lord, because You are trustworthy. All this because You are revealed daily. All this because I am Yours.

(New Living Translation used for this article)

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 731 of Giving Thanks

There is no doubt that He assures us often of His protection of us, His strength for us, His guidance that is UNENDING! And I have an unending desire to pray continually – I want my life to be a prayer. Let my life be a prayer that is reflected everywhere I go. Pray, pray, pray is the motto, without ceasing, continually and expectantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

‎I continue daily to pray for strength... 
"Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” ~Judges 16:28 (New Living Translation)

"As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength." ~Psalm 138:3 (New Living Translation)

"I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit." ~Ephesians 3:16 (New Living Translation)

"The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. (For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)" ~Habakkuk 3:19 (New Living Translation)

And every day I will rejoice, praise and live in hope. Today the sun was shining across the landscape, and the Son is shining across the heavens. But really, no matter what the weather, Jesus’ light will shine greatly and intensely.

"You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection. 
“I say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in you.” 
“God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases. You can go to him for protection. 
“He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield. 
“You will have nothing to fear at night and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day." ~Psalm 91:1-6 (Easy-to-Read Version)

‎And every day, no matter what I experience, physically, emotionally and with God, there is healing manifesting.

I realize, that in the progression from pain to healing, we focus so much on the pain, that healing does not seem possible, but (big but here), WHEN I focus on who the healer is, the manifestation becomes real and HEALING IS POSSIBLE. And I am to realize more that in the progression from here to heaven, if I focus on my circumstances, I will suffer pain and heartache. When I focus on my creator, the here part is hopeful.

So, Lord I continue to pray, continue to praise and rejoice and hope like I have never hoped before.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 730 of Giving Thanks

There are times in my life when I just know that change is required, and I pray today for the urging that is so deep in my heart will manifest into a desire to go after that change with unyielding passion and persistent zeal. It has truly been a long detour and I am ready for the right road. With my thoughts in order and God in charge of my life, I am on the road rightly traveled and I am excited.

As the thoughts run through my mind, I think this thought first, "Do I want this to stay or leave" with every thought? This one stays, this one goes, it is the only true way to hold the right thoughts captive and growing. Right thoughts are a habit, the habit of good thoughts - thoughts worth holding on to...

"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)

‎"Yes Lord"... how is it that those two words seem so difficult, and yet, He not only said "yes" to the cross for us, but He followed through. Integrity comes when we not only say what He desires to hear from us, but when we do what we say yes to.

‎Many times throughout my life, I have seen things from my broken, alienated, deceived and separated past. So, here is the question that I have learned to ask when my thoughts go the wrong way, “Do I believe God?” If I really do then it's time to believe Him for me. He is the repair, He desires relationship with me (with you). In Him the enemy's lies are exposed and demolished – I AM HIS CHILD - He tells me, “I will never desert you, and I will never abandon you.”  ~Hebrews 13:5 (Lexham English Bible)

As the thoughts run through your mind, I will choose what thoughts stay. Today and every day, I hold every thought captive, and keep every thought toward Him.

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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