Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Quick Thought...


Tonight as I sit here, and let the last few months settle in... the changes the growth and the amazing work of our Father, I am in awe of how He uses everything to carry out His plan. For the things that seemed to be "out of whack" or "not in sync" with Your will LORD, I praise Your everything... Your promises for my family... Your provision that is always on time... Your favor and mercy in the times that seem to be "too much to bear"... Your saving work, Your redeeming process... Your perfecting guidance and correction. Thank You.


"And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 18:3 (New International Version)


In awe of Him seems to be a steady pattern in my life. I am learning to trust - which is a very tough thing to do, when I want so desperately to hold onto the lacks that exist all around me. I am not sure that you can understand, but it's the days like today that I truly cling to... the days where I can see Him, His work and His plans through this journey which is a mystery in the flesh, and a victory in the Spirit... they days when I truly desire to let go of this world and all that is the flesh... the days that I know His presence is all that is permanent and truth.

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” ~John 16:33 (New International Version)

Father in these moments when I can reflect on Him and trust His will and plan I ask for further strength and courage to keep pressing in through the moments when I just cannot see through the worries or lies of this earthly existence. Help me to remember my heavenly home and the truth that is what You have done for us. Help me to remember this always. Help me to see You always. Thank You for Your presence and Your daily grace to see through all that I not You. Amen.

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Messages from the Team Ps139 group


Messages from the Team
Ps139 group

"God has truly gifted me with my Ps139 Group. We are a family from many places and different backgrounds. Most of us have never met, but we are not strangers. It all started many years ago at the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God's love was given to us as a free gift through Jesus. As that love resides and grows in our hearts we have been called to the minister through this group. We hope that our knowledge, godly wisdom, joy, love, tears, and even our failures and weaknesses will minister to your hearts." ~Bobbi Watts, edifier for Psalm 139 with Purpose and Wonderfully Made


"For many years I searched for my best friend from high school, who had moved to Arizona not too long after graduation. And almost three years ago now, thanks to the Good Lord and computers, I finally found her. She had married and relocated yet again, but this time , clear across the country and through her, I’ve come to know and love this Ps139 Group of people. They have become not just "friends I met online", but they are a very big part of my life. They are more like family than friends. they will talk with you when you are lonely, they will listen when you desperately need to be heard, they will pray with and for you whether you've asked them to or not.  They are the most incredible family I’ve ever known and I Thank God for them every day! I hope that I am able to touch even a tiny part of the hearts that this group does on a daily basis. and I hope to meet them all one day when Jesus calls us home!" ~Wanda, edifier for Psalm 139 with Purpose


“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins… ‘The virgin will be child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel’—which means, "God with us.”~ Matthew 1:21-23 (New International Version)

"I watched a little girl singing “Happy Birthday Jesus…it is all about You Jesus…I love You”. I started crying, and then for the first time, I realized that He saw and knew my pain and He understands, and that I had to let go of all I was holding on to, and let Him alone reign in my life. I heard God telling me to open up to Him, and I saw Him beaming with joy because I could finally see Him looking at me, showing me that He is with me and that He loves me so dearly. I remember, as a little girl, the first song I ever song in front of a crowd was, “Be bold, be strong, for the Lord our God is with You”. That was a great proclamation, as a child, because we were going through trials. A child is trusting, and believes easily. As we grow, this becomes more difficult, because we face greater challenges, but it is no excuse because God will not leave us nor forsake us. Through all our struggles, He is always available, and He delights in us and wants us just as we are. He has now placed a fearfully and wonderfully made family, the Psalm 139 group, through which I can proclaim that JESUS is IMMANUEL and I trust Him with my life to do as He pleases in me. He encourages us to be like a child, with a loving and trusting heart, holding on to His hand always.

"IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM, because He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life, who reconciled us to the Father. He is the Star and the Good Shepherd that guides us; He is the Wise Man who is all truth, the Word of God revealed; He is the giver of the gift of life, the High Priest, and the loving King that saves. His coming into the world was not easy but, it was extraordinary, and so it changed many. He is willing to do the same in us, and if we truly open up to Him and know Him as He is, our song changes, from singing about our trials to singing, “It is all about You Jesus. So let us be BOLD AND STRONG, even more than we have ever been, in thanksgiving and in surrender. Our mission is to worship Him with our lives, and tell others of Him, our Saviour, our Solution, the only One who completes us. He is eternal: His love is eternal; what He did is eternal; our song of the joy of our salvation is eternal, and; all who believe in Him will live with Him eternally. You are blessed!"
Infinite love,
Abby Beenzu, edifier for Psalm 139 with Purpose and Wonderfully Made


"I am thankful for salvation tonight for sure but I am most thankful for discernment and spiritual maturity through Him that is necessary to keep accurate thinking in this mixed up world. He has given me understandings about things that others often let destroy their lives and faith. When I resist living in those understandings He is always patient and loving with me as He helps me work through laying down the emotional end I sometimes have trouble with. He never lets me go far away from Him without reminding me who I am in Him and who He is. He holds me close to His side as a parent does a child and reminds me I am always safe in His ever loving arms. He will never let me go, leave or forsake me. He makes His presence real to me because His nature is so different from my own without Him. Because He lives I can face tomorrow. No truer words do I know than those. I am so grateful to be a part of this ministry because it gives me a chance to reach out to those who need it most and share the discernment that has helped me so very much. It also gives me the chance to have the encouragement and support I desperately need myself. I have more, love support and encouragement here in group and amongst the members of these pages than I do in my own home and life. God always finds a way to sustain His people. Thank You, Father. May our blessed savior give you that which you are in most need of tonight and may your daily walk only grow sweeter as you step out in faith for a closer walk with Him." ~Sandy Anderson, edifier for Ps139 group


"I praise and thank God daily for accompanying my wife of 40 years back along that path many years ago in the valley of darkness. I was truly lost and so close to giving up and going along with the "flow". Together they found me, each took a hand and brought me 'home" for which I am truly thankful today. God added a bonus to this miracle in that we now have this wonderful group of beautiful people who started off as friends and soon became family. We love you all very much. God bless. Us 2!" ~Barry Kleynhans, edifier for Ps139 group


"It has been an amazing year, one filled with many challenges and perfecting changes. I am so grateful for all of you and what God is doing with all of us. We may not see all that He has for us in the middle of "the happenings" of our life, but we can know that He is... which means we can live in an amazing way through the strength of the Holy Spirit. We can stand firm and confidently because that is His promise. Every day is a new day and every day is an opportunity to see Him in ways that will bring us closer to who we are supposed to be with Him, in us. May the LORD be with you all and may He reveal the blessings that are right before you in every moment." ~Shawn Boreta, edifier for Ps139 group

Monday, December 24, 2012

On Trust – by Donna Wright (Testimony Series


On Trust
by Donna Wright© 2012

It hurts to be afraid to trust… but it hurts worse to have your trust betrayed. 

Betrayal stabs deep, leaving us feeling a perpetual wound. Crushed under a mountain of emotional pain, is often a reality that the abuser has wiped us out physically, left us exhausted mentally, and stripped us financially down to the bone. We look in the mirror and our eyes swell with tears at our own reflection. The stronghold of FAILURE overcomes us, stomping out our self-esteem as our hearts crumble to dust.  All this from a betrayed trust.

With every aspect of our life destroyed, we struggle to understand what happened. Where did it all go wrong?  Barely holding ourselves together, we painfully pick up the shattered pieces of what is left.

With GOOD reason, our ability to trust is damaged to a point that we may never find the comfort to trust again.  Yet, we need to try. Even through it goes against everything our mind tells us. Trust is a God-given gift that the enemy wants to steel from our lives. One thing we know for certain - we can TRUST GOD 100%. He will NEVER betray us or let us down. 

"God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans. He doesn't change his mind. When he says something, he does it. When he makes a promise, he keeps it." ~Numbers 23:19 (GOD's WORD Translation)

In that, we also know that God created people for fellowship. He longs to bring the security of “trusting” back into your life. He longs to bring you - good, trustworthy relationships and to give you the wisdom to know whom to trust and whom NOT to trust.

If you are struggling with trusting people, you are not alone. There is HOPE to mend your trust, first in God, then with people. Let me encourage you to not allow the pain of betrayal to turn into bitterness. The enemy longs to destroy you, and bitterness only leads to deeper pain.

To begin rebuilding trust, first, search to know God more deeply than you ever have before; through the Bible, prayer, God-centered preaching, and praise. Then, it would be good to find a Godly counselor who will provide a safe place for you to vent and who can help guide you out of this pain.  Finally, step out of the comfort zone and surround yourself with SAFE people by joining a church small group or Bible study that focuses on healing hurts. Once you find these safe places, commit to going regularly whether you feel up to it emotionally or not.

In those moments of growing in God through this agony, ask him to guide your heart OUT of the pain and to bring safe, trustworthy people into your life.  Never give up on healing. Never give up on God.

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." ~Isaiah 40:8 (New International Version)



Donna is a survivor of over two decades of domestic abuse and acts as a mentor and friend to those living in or coming out of abusive situations.  She currently volunteers for Servant’s Heart Christian Ministries’ domestic abuse support page called, “Haven of Hope”.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 972 of Giving Thanks

Our God is bigger... but this world (satan) wants to make you believe the world (satan) is.

He loves us where we are, enough to have died for us, even in our rottenness... and loves us enough to direct and promise we will be perfected; not in this life, but in the next. With Him I stand, because of Him I am and through Him I will be more of Him, less of me. He takes the rottenness of our flesh and covers it with the perfection of His blood. He is all we need and all we will ever need. Let us pray that is truly our hearts' desires as His children. Let us praise that truth in the LORD is an amazing gift.

And someday we will be welcomed into heaven... home!

“[The Birth of Jesus] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” Luke 2:1, 4-5 (New International Version)

My heart is expectant, not because it's Christmas, but because Jesus came to save... I am expectant that He is who He says He is. I am expectant that because of Jesus in my life, which only is because He did AND IT IS FINISHED; Jesus is my Savior, my Healer, my EVERYTHING.

May your hearts be filled with the gratitude for what He did, not what others will 'get you'. Let our gifts be those of joy, compassion and tenderness daily.

My heart is breaking in so many ways LORD for others in need. Help me, help us to do what you would do. Help us to give, not what is left over, but what is

CHOICE... you choose how to respond to your weaknesses.

Struggling?
Emotionally wrought?

Choice is a Godly word. Less of self always comes to mind when I am dealing with my depression... but I would never lash out at God for I know that this life is a struggle, when we choose to struggle, but can be an amazing blessing even through times that are not so good.

There is always something to sing praises about when you remove your own feelings from the equation and focus on God and others. Others that is the key; not what they can do for you, not what God does and HAS ALREADY DONE... which in itself floors me and brings me weeping in joy, especially through the emotional down times.

Do not direct your day with your emotions. Use your GPS... God's Purpose and Service.

Use your talents and direct your thoughts to the well-being of others, rather than on yourself. It is very difficult to 'feel sorry' for yourself when you are helping someone else.
His gift to us is faith, as little as we stand in it, we can know that He has given us all that is available to each and every one of us. Noel, He is strong, you are strong because of Him.


Our God is bigger... but this world (satan) wants to make you believe the world (satan) is.

He loves us where we are, enough to have died for us, even in our rottenness... and loves us enough to direct and promise we will be perfected; not in this life, but in the next. With Him I stand, because of Him I am and through Him I will be more of Him, less of me. He takes the rottenness of our flesh and covers it with the perfection of His blood. He is all we need and all we will ever need. Let us pray that is truly our hearts' desires as His children. Let us praise that truth in the LORD is an amazing gift.

And someday we will be welcomed into heaven... home!

“[The Birth of Jesus] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” Luke 2:1, 4-5 (New International Version)

My heart is expectant, not because it's Christmas, but because Jesus came to save... I am expectant that He is who He says He is. I am expectant that because of Jesus in my life, which only is because He did AND IT IS FINISHED; Jesus is my Savior, my Healer, my EVERYTHING.

May your hearts be filled with the gratitude for what He did, not what others will 'get you'. Let our gifts be those of joy, compassion and tenderness daily.

My heart is breaking in so many ways LORD for others in need. Help me, help us to do what you would do. Help us to give, not what is left over, but what is first just as You do for us through Jesus. Help us to know the way, the right way, Your way.
Struggling?
Emotionally wrought?

Choice is a Godly word. Less of self always comes to mind when I am dealing with my depression... but I would never lash out at God for I know that this life is a struggle, when we choose to struggle, but can be an amazing blessing even through times that are not so good.

There is always something to sing praises about when you remove your own feelings from the equation and focus on God and others. Others that is the key; not what they can do for you, not what God does and HAS ALREADY DONE... which in itself floors me and brings me weeping in joy, especially through the emotional down times.

CHOICE... you choose how to respond to your weaknesses.

Struggling?
Emotionally wrought?

Choice is a Godly word. Less of self always comes to mind when I am dealing with my depression... but I would never lash out at God for I know that this life is a struggle, when we choose to struggle, but can be an amazing blessing even through times that are not so good.

There is always something to sing praises about when you remove your own feelings from the equation and focus on God and others. Others that is the key; not what they can do for you, not what God does and HAS ALREADY DONE... which in itself floors me and brings me weeping in joy, especially through the emotional down times.

Do not direct your day with your emotions. Use your GPS... God's Purpose and Service.

Use your talents and direct your thoughts to the well-being of others, rather than on yourself. It is very difficult to 'feel sorry' for yourself when you are helping someone else.
His gift to us is faith, as little as we stand in it, we can know that He has given us all that is available to each and every one of us. Noel, He is strong, you are strong because of Him.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Breathe Him in Deeply

In these times, when the enemy whispers and shouts lies to our heart and soul, we must stand firm in faith... know that you are a child of God, His beloved... look to His Word where He promises to never leave and forsake... He has a plan for you... you were created fearfully and wonderfully... Step away from the evil input and into the light. Remember who you are. Allow the Holy Spirit to release all you know about God's love for you. Delete all the crap, and dig deep to find that He is right there waiting for you to CRY OUT in needing heart... quiet the other voices, let God be heard through your thoughts, in your heart... breathe Him in deeply.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 971 of Giving Thanks


You never know if you are properly insured UNTIL you try to use the coverage. The one thing about God is you always know His Word is His Word, His grace is sufficient, His mercies are unwarranted, yet everything you need...

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 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 12:9-11 (New International Version)


Our home was burglarized yesterday; door kicked in, things thrown all over the place, missing collectibles, all my writing and artwork that was on my laptop and back-up drive, as well as things not noted with our policy. But as my daughter said last night, "Remember that He uses all things for His good!"

I am quite numb and feeling very uneasy today. I spent the day with my worship music on while I cleaned up and get things back in order. Our bedroom, especially my things were rummaged through, certain they were thinking it's the woman who has all the jewelry... wrong.

I had the most uneasy feeling yesterday morning, (I almost stayed home) so much in fact, I went back to the front door and checked it two times before driving off, and then actually turned around 1/8 mile down the hill and re-checked the door... I woke up thinking I felt really funny and wanted to call in sick, but had too much to do... at lunch I got physically ill (like I had been food poisoned) and almost came home, but toughed it out. I had to stop at the store on the way home, so was going to be late, otherwise I would have been home first to see all this, and quite possibly run into the invaders.

I have been on my feet all day, talking to insurance adjusters, listening to saws and drills as the door repairs were completed, and tonight I just want to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head, but there is still work to be done and preparations to be made. I kept telling myself all day, “keep pushing…” especially when I just wanted to get a few hours more sleep. Tomorrow the ‘things to do’ start all over. And there is fear… fear of leaving the house… What if they return to get what they left? What if I return home and someone is here?

WHAT IF GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS?

Well, He is. And, the enemy will not have my fear… We all have things going on, and most on top of the previous thing going on... just keep in His Word... Let us not walk aimlessly praying to be rescued, but walk victorious because we already were.

My friend Noel Robles share this with me today… “As it says in James 1:2, "Consider it all joy when the times of testing comes". 
Yes it may be intimidating! Yes it may seem scary and exciting at the same time! But we cant grow weary for as we gain Endurance we shall lack NOTHING and we will see the Glory of the Lord.”

I will close with this… Do not let the circumstances of your life rule your heart. Let the Creator of the Universe, the Savior of your eternity and the Lover of your soul direct your days.

"The Christian can even welcome trouble When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence. And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him. But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not. The man who trusts God, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from God, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn.” ~James 1:2-8 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Another great reminder in Day 520 of Giving Thanks: "I started this day with addressing my Father; “I need You today. I am feeling insecure in my flesh, but know that with Your covering, everything is assured. I am feeling weak in my body, and know that I am strong because You are in me. Father, I need You today; thank You that I don't have to ask, yet You answer the call greatly to be with me.”
Layer upon layer, moment upon moment He, not only stands with me, supporting my stand and clearing the path when I am ready to take that step forward. In the moments that “just don’t make sense”, I am assured that nothing is without a purpose. Just giving things and circumstances the proper time to fulfill His plan is what it takes…
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” ~Proverbs 3:5 (New International Version)
full article: http://shawnsgivingthanksdaily.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-520-of-giving-thanks.html


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day 970 of Giving Thanks


It has been an incredible few days, and there has been much in my heart to be reconciled! I have been praying for clarity and I really believe I heard clearly, “Don’t store your treasures here”. I cannot explain what my ‘treasure’ is right now, but I will say, I really want to hear Him and do what He directs.

I have to remember every day and remind myself through many moments that it is only because of an incredible God and the work of the Spirit in me. I have to tell you, I am quite stubborn and move in the wrong direction more often than not. There is one thing I am greatly certain of is that no matter what happens, as long as I keep my eyes on the right things, my steps will be right as well – my heart will always be corrected because I am greatly loved.

 “And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” ~Colossians 3:2 (Amplified Bible)

Let me continue to hear these words, “God has great plans for you. Don't ever doubt that. He is working you through many of your hang-ups and issues as we speak, so to speak.”

“Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.” ~ Matthew 6:19 (Amplified Bible)

He will guide you, direct you and help you get through to perfection. You can count on Him.

Are you growing?
Are you reaching for higher ground, while staying firmly grounded?
Are you believing all of God's promises and living like they are true?
Are you allowing your life to be guided by the Spirit through much studying and abiding?
Are you obedient to His instructions?
Are you in need? Then all of the above will help fulfill your every need.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” ~ 2 Peter 3:18 (New International Version)

"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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."~ Jeremiah 29:11-13 (New International Version)

I believe it's time... let my heart be reconciled!



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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 969 of Giving Thanks


A broken heart's repair comes from breathing Him in wholly and completely...

Believe He's got you.

Leaving me behind LORD to become more of You. I want a heart of worship, a life of praise, an attitude of thankfulness. I want to be more like You LORD!

Let us worship in whole heart, in clear mind and an openness that is new filled with hope and joy of the LORD in us.

"Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” ~Isaiah 60:1 (New American Standard Bible)

God's changes in us are happening right before us, we either decide to partake in them or fight against them. Many say, "God is not answering my prayer", "God does not care about my problems", "what good is prayer, nothing is going to change anyway"... God says, "He even knows the number of hairs on your head; Come to Me", but mostly we can read, "God so loved the world He sent His only son". We have a God of love, mercy and tenderness.

“So you are a teacher of Israel,” said Jesus, “and you do not recognise such things? I assure you that we are talking about something we really know and we are witnessing to something we have actually observed, yet men like you will not accept our evidence. Yet if I have spoken to you about things which happen on this earth and you will not believe me, what chance is there that you will believe me if I tell you about what happens in Heaven? No one has ever been up to Heaven except the Son of Man who came down from Heaven. The Son of Man must be lifted above the heads of men—as Moses lifted up that serpent in the desert—so that any man who believes in him may have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that every one who believes in him shall not be lost, but should have eternal life. You must understand that God has not sent his Son into the world to pass sentence upon it, but to save it—through him. Any man who believes in him is not judged at all. It is the one who will not believe who stands already condemned, because he will not believe in the character of God’s only Son. This is the judgment—that light has entered the world and men have preferred darkness to light because their deeds are evil. Anybody who does wrong hates the light and keeps away from it, for fear his deeds may be exposed. But anybody who is living by the truth will come to the light to make it plain that all he has done has been done through God.” ~John 3:10-21 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

In salvation, we have eternal hope and assurances for life. In Christ we have daily hope and assurances for change toward perfection in this life. There is nothing more we need to desire - wouldn’t you agree?

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” ~Romans 12:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

Tonight Father, we come to You hopeful and in hope. We stand in Your presence and request Your presence because You promise us life in You and through You, thank You. We praise You for changes made in us, Your children and all the changes yet to be realized. We are grateful for these changes; we thank You for Your amazing assurances and promises. We pray for our brothers and sister, those who struggle to believe, but who are so faithful, we pray for those who have faith in You, yet disbelieve that You are for them. Help us LORD to be wholly Yours, more like You. Keep us looking away from the world, separated from the flesh and keeping our eyes, ears, heart and thoughts toward Your Word. This and all things can be accomplished because of You Father, in the work of the Holy Spirit and through Christ. Amen.




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Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 968 of Giving Thanks


"Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever." ~1 John 2:15-17 (Amplified Bible)

I am a child of God and so fortunate. Thank You LORD for being the best part of me, and making me the best I can be.

Through the most horrible of situations, when seeking God is the primary objective, amazing outcomes can be seen. I am in one of those right now... actually on the back-end of one. There was a time when this situation was unbearable in many ways, but because I cried out to, and counted on God, there are blessings through my changed attitude, heart and desires to please Him even more.

I love You LORD.

I have been struggling wth my quiet time lately; I am not getting up early enough to get that time in. I am not distracted, or too busy, I am tired; my flesh is not cooperating with the healing I have already received – and I am ready for the manifestation of what the mind is pondering. As I write this, I wonder if God is mostly annoyed or amused by my little faith – either way, I know He loves me and already know my downfalls and faults, and with every challenge, obstacle and mountain to climb, I get better. I know He is with me and guides me through.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”  ~John 16:33 (Amplified Bible)

I am truly craving His Word – I want to be completely drenched in His Word, to absorb His promises and devour every amazing morsel deep into my soul. I know that I cannot live for Christ rightly without living through the Word. As I sit here, contemplating all of this, I have to stop and dwell in a word that always encourages me and moves me in the right direction.

We should set time aside for God, and we should always know that all our time is God's time anyway. If you are not living for Christ, you may be struggling more than need be. If you are living for Christ, it doesn't mean life will be without struggles, but that you know that you are not alone in them. So in the busy day to day, the struggle of the moment, the moments you need to be comforted, come to Him, praise Him and know that He is right with you.

I was having the old urge to feel guilty for “not doing this, and not doing that, all in the name of Christ…” but I remembered and went to, “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)

Prayers for others can be as simple as remembering their need, and a word to our Father in heaven on their behalf. It does not have to be fancy or eloquent or long, just acknowledge... and trusting the Holy Spirit is our greatest translator. Today and every day I remember, come as you are, but know that if you truly "come to Him", you will be changed forever. I am forever changed… I am forever grateful for change that is, and change that will be.

Tonight Father, I come to You in hope and joy and thanksgiving for Your Word in my life, your promises that are the depth of me. As Your children, we are thankful to be Yours. I lift my brothers and sisters up Abba for this hope to be every present in their hearts and minds. Thank You LORD for giving us hope beyond hope, grace greater than conceivable and your presence that is undeserved and indescribable – show us gracious God how we truly receive through abiding in You. Let us come to You wholly and completely in the perfect salvation through Christ and in Your strength. Amen.


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



©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 967 of Giving Thanks


"Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever." ~1 John 2:15-17 (Amplified Bible)

I am greatly humbled... I am thankful that I listen to the nudges and work to let go of prideful responses... often I want to shake people, but the LORD reminds me that I would be one of the ones I would like to shake on many occasion. We are all on a journey. We have to learn to respond as Christ would respond, love as He loves, live as He lived and refute the ways of the world. I am thankful for my journey which gives me insight through the journey of so many others. I am grateful that I am wrong and can be corrected; that I am misguided by the flesh and corrected by the Spirit. To God be the glory.

You are cherished, so much so, our God suffered through the flesh, experienced life here on earth; he laughed, cried, mourned, prayed and believed in the plan of salvation and died a horrendous and unthinkably painful death to show us life for us comes from the ultimate love.

It is our goal to do what God desires for our lives. When we truly live for Him, His desires are our desires – and all is well.

Let your life be guided by God's promises, not your emotions. Let your words be a testimony, not a hindrance. Use your beautiful words, they're in there, LET THEM OUT...

"Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever."~ Psalm 136:26 (New Living Translation)

Submit to the LORD... cry out to Jesus, ask for the strength and courage and persistence of the Holy Spirit. Keep fighting... believe it or not, we all have obstacles we have to overcome. This is a hindered and horrible world, and the flesh really sucks the life out of us. I am praying for you... keep fighting.

We all have challenges in this life. We all have obstacles and road blocks. It is those of us who trust in the LORD that get through them. With this said, it's not always easy, in fact it's rarely easy, but it is so worth it to trust God, hear God and believe that His promises are REAL AND JUST FOR US.

“Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.” ~Psalm 97:11 (New International Version)


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day 966 of Giving Thanks


Our ministry is an open and splendid thing
"With this hope in our hearts we are quite frank and open in our ministry. We are not like Moses, who veiled his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing its fading glory. But it was their minds really which were blinded, for even today when the old agreement is read to them there is still a veil over their minds—though the veil has actually been lifted by Christ. Yes, alas, even to this day there is still a veil over their hearts when the writings of Moses are read. Yet if they “turned to the Lord” the veil would disappear. For the Lord to whom they could turn is the spirit of the new agreement, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, men’s souls are set free.” ~2 Corinthians 3:12-17 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

When we focus on what is wrong in our life, and how much has gone wrong, we are focused on "me, me, me..." we give credit to the enemy, giving him accolades and space in our minds. CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS. When we focus on what is right, we give credit to the LORD for the work in our lives.

From the depths of my soul, I have assurance; at the surface is doubt and the world... Hmmm, which one wins?

There is no doubt that assurance wins, but in the battle, there is much carnage. Why is that? Because the flesh is weak... but know this my friends, God is much stronger than the flesh, for with Jesus the flesh (sin) is overcome, not just once, but every single time. Remember from where our strength comes and we will live in a victorious manner.

There is no doubt, that my strength comes from the LORD. My assurance comes from the work of the LORD. My deepest and most heart felt comfort is in knowing I am His.

Do you have victory?
Do you know Jesus?
Did you know that He did all He did on earth, on the cross and from the grave are so that you too can know assurance?

No matter how bad our days get, nothing compares to the day of separation for Christ. As believers, we are His. with Him and He in us. think about being God, but fully man, and that single moment being separated from all that You knew and taking on all the evil, pain, heartache, disappointment and despair of the world - all to save the world - and knowing that many will still not 'BELIEVE'. Taking on the weight of the world means nothing in our fleshly terms.

Father forgive us for our limited beliefs and perspectives. Forgive us for not recognizing You all around us as who You are and what You did.

After a storm (bad things), new growth occurs.

I have been praying for those in despair again... what a heartbreak. Part of me asks, "are they looking for attention?" Part knows the enemy's hold is very strong", either way, he needs the strength of the Holy Spirit to fight through.... "fleshly terms" is heartbreaking on a normal day, when the enemy bites in there is nothing normal about that day... but we all must be prepared for that attack. The enemy is ferocious and furious knowing that his time is short... he will not stop until God's children are in despair, disconnected and despondent.

Do you ever feel these things?
Do you recognize that you are being used by the enemy to meet his needs?
Do you rebuke (really REBUKE) his efforts and attempts?
Or do you submit to the enemy; cower, whine, allow the use to overflow to those you love and spiral downward?

DO NOT GIVE IN!
Allow God to be in control and recognize true freedom. 
"So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you; And that through Him everyone who believes [who [a]acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God." ~Acts 13:38-39 (Amplified Bible)


Allow God to be your guide and direct you steps. 
"But now, having been set free from sin and having been enslaved to God, you have your fruit leading to sanctification, and its end is eternal life." ~Romans 6:22 (Lexham English Bible)

Do not give in to defeat... Know that victory is already yours through a living and mighty God.

Do you believe God, or do you believe satan?


©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Today… but it’s really thanksgiving day Every Day!


We have an obligation to know our family. Do we have a desire to understand the depth of pain or hurt that has occurred, as well as continue to stand in faith as we share what we have learned? Are we ready, willing and available to ask questions, step out of our comfort zone and help with a solution? Sometimes it's a simple prayer, sometimes it's reaching out to others for a brother or sister's needs. Sometimes it's speaking truth in love and kindness. Sometimes it's loving unconditionally as they go through their trial. And sometimes it's God's job and all we can do is continue to do what we have been placed here to do most of all - TRUST GOD.

Prepare my heart LORD... with the music that sets my heart straight because You truly are the "air I breathe".

My heart goes out to those in despair today... I have dealt with depression my entire adult life; God's healing hands are amazing...

Victory is already ours. NO DOUBT.

In the U.S. many of us are preparing for a very big "family" day. Don't let the stress of the past get to you. Take a moment and prepare your heart and mind and allow the Spirit to guide your emotions tomorrow. Don't let anything get under your skin. Allow the grace of God to flow to through to the family members that "just rub you the wrong way"... love them in the manner in which Christ loves all of us, despite our flaws, disobedience and stupidity (talking to myself, of course).

Enjoy the day, love the life you have and the family you have for just a minute of eternity.

Love them... through the perfect love of a mighty God.

Take some time tonight and remember that Jesus is right here with you... agree that we must die to self and live to Him.

We are reborn in a beautiful way... you have so much to give in this life. Look in the mirror, reminder yourself, "I see it in me and through me daily because of the Holy Spirit".

Do not let the fear of the unknown rule your day (your life). Stand in His presence and trust the path He guides you to. A wrong turn, no problem, He will correct your steps....

As children of God, we are not people of self-pity, but His people of victory. Let us walk in that confidence through faith - some of us may require daily reminders that we are His. May we pray for those to come along side us and remind us AND PRAY FOR AND WITH US.

"Where is your trust today?

Do you ask yourself that in times of doubt? That is a great question to keep on the tip of your tongue, and at the front of your thoughts.

Now, what is your answer?"

The challenge for you (yes you) today (every day)...

Go the next 48 hours without complaining... yes, even with all your family around for Thanksgiving. What does that mean? No internal, under the breath complaints about anyone, including yourself.

If you mess up... STOP, GIVE IT TO GOD AND BEGIN AGAIN. You will not be perfect, but the idea is to GET BETTER...

Next challenge. Make it through the next 48 hours, then BEGIN AGAIN to create a new habit of seeing the good in every situation.

Just keep God at the forefront of your thoughts brothers and sisters and shut the gate to your mind to all that is of the enemy. He cannot stand up to the limitless power and strength of the Holy Spirit.

A prayer for the despaired, for as a child of God, we can know greatness in our hearts with nothing but hope and joy, let us stand together for one another and those who have not the will to stand.

Father, we lift our brothers and sisters up to You for an overflowing of Your presence right now. We pray for the hold of the enemy to be loosed and the arms of our ever-present Savior through the Holy Spirit take hold. We pray for peace and comfort.

Brothers and sisters, let us stand together now for that amazing resolve in our hearts; let us know that we are amazing beings, bought by the perfecting blood of Christ. Let us stand in prayer and petition that our God, our mighty Father in heaven is bigger than any emotion, especially despair and depression...

Know that you can, in all the power and strength of our LORD fight through. You are so mighty LORD. Let our brother see You right now instead of the despair. We stand in faith LORD and You are right here with us, lifting Steven and shining greatly on his day and this dark moment. Let him see the life in Your light. Amen…

I think of the challenge of despair often and know so many who allow it to take up space in their hearts and minds; and think so many of us just don't verbalize our despair in an outward manner, but we torment our hearts. In this time of thanksgiving, which for me is truly every day, I am reminded often that it is my thoughts, what I hold captive in my mind that gives end to that torment. My prayer is for others to know this same freedom from despair. Let us always give the emotions that harm the heart to God who so greatly desires our hearts to be resolved in truth.  It's a daily lesson of walking truly in faith to continue moving in that direction.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete.” ~2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (Amplified Bible)

©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 965 of Giving Thanks

We have the daily task and purpose to be U.sed by God on this N.ever failing mission. I am grateful that I am never alone with this I.ntentional purpose that is only accomplished  T.ogether, as we travel the narrow road, as the LORD draws us nearer and we walk Y.earning to be in His will.
Unity

The core message of the gospel (TRUTH) – we need Jesus, because without Him, we would not be able to be in the presence of God. We have to admit that our sin will keep us separated from God. Through the suffering, crucifixion, death and resurrection AND belief that He did it for us, we can now be with God.

Jesus is the foundation, the only reason.

“God's readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.” ~Titus 2:11-14 (The Message)

There are over 30,000 denominations, but the core message is still the core message. Are you known as the “name the denomination person”, or the “Jesus person”? Our unity is in the core message, we will disagree – but we are to be in unity – fellowship, we are all in this together, so my prayer is that when we shine for Jesus and the kingdom, that those around us, can see that we are “in this together”, despite our differences.

Unity is not dependent on our effort - it is dependent on the effort of Jesus.

“I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service,Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.[There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you receive—[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.” ~Ephesians 4:1-6 (Amplified Bible)

Through the years, I have heard opinion, after opinion, after opinion – it can be a difficult journey when we listen to the voices, and not the Word. I will hear God speaking through many things, but I have to remember that His Word is my beacon in all circumstances; and only in resting in Him and His power will I do rightly more often than not.

Resting doesn't always mean feet up, arms by your side, eyes closed... resting is know that He is the One we go to, depend on and trust. Father, I pray we can move into that place of rest where we can be thoughtfully and prayerfully in Your presence. Let us be ever-aware, ever-ready and ever-present.

“Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” ~Psalm 37:5 (Amplified Bible)

Sometimes our talking, when we are "talkers", needs to be with God alone... He can definitely work out more details than any advice from a friend. We, as humans, tend to talk to avoid listening to what God has for us... The LORD is always here, in the good times too. Come to Him in Thanksgiving for all circumstances.

Thank You LORD for seeing me, for knowing my heart and directing me toward You purpose and plan.

I will never be perfect on this earth, in this body... but I know one thing really well... I am being perfected by He who is perfect and there is nothing better than that.

He is right here.
Can you see Him in your day to day?
Do you call on Him and out to Him often?

Do it now, He's waiting.

“But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” ~2 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version)

©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 964 of Giving Thanks


I pray the LORD gives you strength to "act", not be passive, to "believe", not be fearful.

“Although he was abused,
    he never tried to get even.
And when he suffered,
    he made no threats.
Instead, he had faith in God,
    who judges fairly.
 Christ carried the burden
    of our sins.
He was nailed to the cross,
so that we would stop sinning
    and start living right.
By his cuts and bruises
    you are healed.
You had wandered away
    like sheep.
Now you have returned
    to the one
who is your shepherd
    and protector.” ~ 1 Peter 2:23-25 (Contemporary English Version)

How many times have I "seen" something, yet not really "seen what it really is"? I tend to pass judgment, based on what I see around me, but is that really what I should do? Should I judge a circumstance or a person in an instant, yet not know what happened the moment before, the day before, the year or years before? Sometimes we just need to love them, AND if led, ask them about what they are going through. Offer an ear, hold a hand, and at the least, pray for them.

Something I thought of as I was “addressing” an issue in my heart. And, whenever I “feel” attacked, or uneasy I have to stop, pray and ask the LORD to show me what “this” is. Is it what it seems? Am I the target or just in the line of fire? And, the most important question is, what can I do?

People with judge you, call you names and the enemy will use your past hurts to bring you down. Let us say, "back off satan, you have no ground here.”

We all have things we need to work on... but when we are so focused on what others are "doing wrong", we loose sight of what God is shedding light on in our own.

We focus on our own correction and focus on others when it comes to love and affection.

We all sin, we all do thing wrong, we are new beings in the same ole fleshly bodies. It's like putting a brand new paint job on an old beater car, EXCEPT we do have one big difference, our fuel is the perfect fuel of the Holy Spirit.

And this is the fuel that will run through what is old and warn out and make it all new... from the inside out.

Thank You LORD.

We have to remember, when change happens, things may appear to be worse, before ever appearing better. But when we keep an eye on the LORD and know that His view is different, we can press in.

Keeping a perspective of God in the key and I find I must learn to “think” differently that the world. I must remember who I belong to, what He did for me and that it is my responsibility to do what He desires and His desire is what my desire will be.

Thank You LORD. 

It's all about attitude and obedience. It’s all about the right perspective, and I will say this again, KNOW WHO I BELONG TO - my Shepherd, my Protector, my Savior, my Redeemer, my Jesus.



©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 963 of Giving Thanks


There is only one word to hold dear, “LOVE”. Above all else, love God, the Father. From that, everything else will come. Everything that love is to nourish will grow! What would you do differently if you knew that you had access to power, strength, hope and all the courage you will ever need?

Are you a child of God? 
Have you trusted Jesus? 
Does the Holy Spirit dwell in you?

Then it's time to look at things differently. You are His, take every step like a child of God should. He's right there with you.

”Then one of the scribes came up and listened to them disputing with one another, and, noticing that Jesus answered them fitly and admirably, he asked Him, Which commandment is first and most important of all [in its nature]?“Jesus answered, The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;“And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment.” ~Mark 12:28-30 (Amplified) 
“Therefore, imitate God like dearly loved children. 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 5:1-2 (Common English Bible)

  (NIV) – “Follow God’s example”. ~verse 1
  (HCSB) – “And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.” ~verse 1

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.” ~Ephesians 5:6-7 (New International Version)
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” ~1 Peter 4:8-11 (New International Version)

In this life, that completely bombards us our senses and our sensitivities - This life, that seems to ‘take away’ our sensibilities and reason - Let us stay in the WORD so that we can recognize His light shining to the path we are to go, the words we are to heed, the things we are to see, the truth we are to hear and the things that will move our heart toward Him daily, and in every moment.

”Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these." ~ Mark 12:29-31 (The Message Bible)

We Are God's Children“The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are his children. The reason the people in the world do not know us is that they have not known him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like him, because we will see him as he really is. Christ is pure, and all who have this hope in Christ keep themselves pure like Christ.” ~1 John 3:1-5 (New Century Version)

”I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” ~Galatians 2:20 (Amplified Bible)

“If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father's commandments and live on in His love. I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.    “No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do. I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]” ~John 15:10-15 (Amplified Bible)
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” ~Romans 5:8 (New Living Translation)

God of wonder... 

When I was a child, we use to play hide and seek, I often think of that as an adult and wonder why when we have such an amazing God, we try to hide. I say "try", because we can never be where He cannot find us.

God of wonder....

Now that I am His child, no longer an enemy of God I seek, no longer hide, to be wholly in His presence.



©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just Saying by Ron McIntyre



Do you really want to know God's will for your life? Do you really want to learn His plans for you? God promises to reveal His will to everyone who will obey whatever He tells them to do. That also would apply to not doing what He tells you not to do.--In both cases, His instructions on how to live your life are written in the Bible plain and simple, it is up to us whether we follow this instruction or attempt to change the meaning to satisfy our own fleshly desires. The important thing is that it is up to each and everyone of us to make the choice. Free will is such a great gift and with it comes accountability and responsibility for we must individually answer to our God.

Be obedient and be discerning so that you never are deceived by the enemy who shows himself best through false teachers disguised as sheep but are truly the wolves.

Blessings,
Strength and Honor



©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Ron McIntyre

Day 962 of Giving Thanks

"Be Strong and Courageous"

"Be strong and courageous".... the key word is "Be", not "wait to be",  not "want to be", not "aspire to be".... sounds like a command to me... God says "Be....." it is action, not submission. Deuteronomy. 31:6, 31:7, 31:23, Joshua 1:6, 1:7, 1:9, 1:18, 10:25, 1 Chronicles 22:13, 28:20, 32:7....

Do you ever "feel" like you cannot get from point A to point B because you are fearful, anxious, worried, unsure or just plain tired? We have all been there; myself included. For me, it's been many more times than I care to remember, and just recently in fact. We can stay in this state or we can walk in faith; we can't be in both. I call this a state of confusion because we are His, and everything with God is certain, if it's certain, how can we not trust our status as a child of God?

Every time I feel this way, I dive into the "Be Strong and Courageous" verses...

Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:7
"Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance."
Deuteronomy 31:23
"The LORD gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: "Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you."
Joshua 1:6
"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them."
Joshua 1:7
"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:18
"Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!"
Joshua 10:25
"Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.""
1 Chronicles 22:13
"Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged."
1 Chronicles 28:20
"David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished."
2 Chronicles 32:7
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him."

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tightrope or Solid Ground?


Tightrope or Solid Ground? 
"Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset--rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world." 1 Peter 5:8-9 (The Amplified Bible) 

It is not my life that needs balance, it is my thoughts - for it is His thoughts that should filter through my heart at every changed circumstance, good or bad, right? And, these last weeks, I have felt His presence almost at every thought, every moment through the good and the bad. Praising Him through it all.  Psalm 42, comes to mind, specifically verse 8—“By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.”

If we go through our lives “believing” that we are walking a tight rope, then the fall will be painful. If we go through life understanding that it is a journey, one where the ground is solid, because our guide is solid, then we will move up the mountain gracefully, as well as impactfully.

Although our journeys are very different, they are much the same. We live day to day, and experience our circumstances, make choice, reap the benefits of good choices and hold on to Him more during the bad. So, as you take the next step it’s time to realize what you are stepping on to, or in to.

I have come to realize that “balance” only comes when I allow God to be the focal point of my life:

My thoughts toward His – “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) 
My eyes to see like His – “The Lord’s eyes scan the whole world to find those whose hearts are committed to him and to strengthen them. You acted foolishly in this matter. So from now on, you will have to fight wars.” ~2 Chronicles 16:9 (GOD’S WORD Translation) 
My heart, pure and sincere – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10 (Amplified Bible)
My days filled with Him – “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” ~2 Peter 1:4 (New International Version)
Always remembering who I call on – “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” ~Jeremiah 33:3 (New International Version)

As I head into today, I remember all these things. And finally as I know that where I head is filled with unknowns, and things not of God – I must be prepared, protected and ready for the enemy’s hunt, so please join me in putting on the full armor of God and know that what He tells us is true, what He is, is truth and you are a child of God… a child of the King, loved, protected and cherished.

The Armor of God
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ~Ephesians 6:10-17 (New International Version)

Original Post: Day 752 of Giving Thanks
by Giving Thanks Daily on Saturday, December 3, 2011

© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 961 of Giving Thanks


No matter what kind of day you are having, you can change it. Everything comes down to thought. Our thoughts control us. Regardless of our circumstances, we can still remember who God is for us and who we are because of Him - this right here is every reason to REJOICE. As we set out on this day, continue this day or end this day, let us remember all the amazing things He has done and has shown us. I can spend days reveling in the good of our LORD in my life, HOW ABOUT YOU? 

Self-loathing does not edify Christ...when we are His, we will get knocked down, dragged through and trampled on. However, we can decide to stand up, allow Him to lift us back up and brush off the world as many times as it takes and SHOW God in our life.

In the mud and the muck, we still can shine Jesus through our faith that we are eternally set, believe Him and trust His will be done.

Pray, trust, believe, hope, live well!

Friends, let me encourage You to keep pressing in, pushing forward and leaning on Him. Let me encourage you, as so many have continued to encourage me – He is here! You are not alone! He has a plan! And, you are dearly, sincerely and sacrificially loved beyond measure.

So today, let me praise again and again for the words that come, the Word that is to share, the times in the Word, as well as all the wisdom shared as the Holy Spirit directs, corrects and confirms every single step. I am praying greatly for a breakthrough, and that I can break through the holding points in my mind. That I can break free from the things that stop me in my tracks, produce fear or anxiety and all the thoughts that hold me captive, rather than me holding every thought captive through Him.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (New King James Version) 

He is faithful to His word and promises. You can trust Him in all things – this truth is what keeps my mind away from the thoughts that harm me. Knowing that He is for me, I am His, and nothing can change that.

In all things we do, we should remember the LORD, His gift and giftings for us, and all the gifts we can be giving to others through our activities.

Some of us, including me, spend so much time on activities that neither serve God or grow us toward Him. I am not saying, don't be passionate about the things you enjoy in life, but realize how much time you are spending there and reflect on the times spent with God. And, it's not about balance or works for the LORD. He TRULY DESIRES YOU TO KNOW HIM... He already knows you, but wants you to share that with Him.

Just something to ponder as I was scheduling my week and deciding how much time for this, how much time for that.

My questions to all of us are, "Where is God in your schedule?" AND "Doesn't it make sense to make sure He is in everything?"

So, to tie all this together, let me close with this. Good start or bad start, we can change it. We change it through thought, and our thoughts change through knowing who we are in Him. We know who we are in Him, by getting to know Him… reading His Word, spending time with Him and making that our top priority. With God as our priority, we change, oh so thankful I am for time with our Father, and open for change.

“Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord.“Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:4-7 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Day 960 of Giving Thanks


What is everyone reading right now, and I don't mean novels... What is your nourishment plan for your life? What book, study or keywords (or share what you are doing) are you allowing into your heart, thoughts and all that you breathe?

I have been all over the place these past few weeks, and I sure noticed a difference. I want to read a book, but would love to have some others reading the same so we can share (I am a really slow reader, "see Jane run", but the Holy Spirit always helps me and keeps me in tune... What do you say? What thoughts are you allowing to creep in?

“For although we are living in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but powerful to God for the tearing down of fortresses, tearing down arguments 5 and all pride that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (Lexham English Bible)

I have been on an amazing learning curve these past months. I was getting more and more tired, more 'depressed' (using this word, describe, not as a diagnosis), heavy hearted, angry, discouraged.... and the more tired and (fill in the blank) I got, the less I purposely got in the Word. My routine changed; the way I saw the things around me changed, my heart was heavy for the sake of lacking the discipline to trust that God was truly and earnestly waiting for me to see Him...

I really want to encourage you to get into the WORD first, then pick up the other books. I visibly and physically notice a difference.

Time with God can be many things... a spot on your calendar, a meeting with others, but really it's an all day slot on your schedule. He has an open door, which is right before all of us to help us open our eyes, ears and hearts. Let us not forget how powerful that is for all of us. He is our strength, our direction, our hope and our “everything”; especially the priority in our lives.

Honestly, we are kidding ourselves if we believe we can pray our way to hear Him... it is His Word.... this is huge conviction for me, and I think that is why we have dropped off so much. When I asked this question 8 months ago, many of us were reading and in the Word heavily... as I read through an old note, this really popped out.

A Poem of David; [probably] intended to record memorable thoughts.“Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself.“I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no good beside or beyond You.“As for the godly (the saints) who are in the land, they are the excellent, the noble, and the glorious, in whom is all my delight.” ~Psalm 16:1-3 (Amplified Bible)

Here's what I started doing. I began to listen through the scripture. I went over Genesis 6 or 7 times in a month... listening, then reading; reading, then listening... I gleaned so much and began to see the change, than BAM, I got hit again, more tired, no results from the treatments, job issues, home issues, money issues... and it kept going and going. First, I stopped reading, then I stopped writing, I prayed, but my heart was still very heavy... and I figured out why. I was not following my own advice, AND GOD'S INSTRUCTION to stay in His Word - I went from devouring His word, to starving and becoming anorexic of the Word.

I had no energy to dive in... and the enemy loved it, and by this point he didn't have to do anything, I was already down spiraling to despair and pain of my own doing. I kept hearing, "snap out of it", "this isn't you", "listen and hear and rest in Him".... So I did... I forced myself to snap out of it. To move inch by inch... moment to moment. I had some friends pray with me, and it lifted. The one friend who prayed with me all times, said yesterday, "It's like the LORD grabbed you and shook off the despair and shined you up". 

It's being in the WORD that keeps us with Him, no doubt in my mind and deep in my heart. I pray you too, come to the same conclusion...



© 2012 Shawn Boreta, Giving Thanks Daily
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Shawn Delia Boreta

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