Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 836 of Giving Thanks

Next month I will be forty-seven or as I often think about, twelve years from a day that changed much. On the afternoon of March 22, 1999 when I received a phone call. The voice on the other end was my new gynecologist, “What are you doing Friday, March 26th?” His question struck me odd, but I answered anyway, “Well, it’s my birthday and I was planning on taking the day off.”

Chris and I had been married for less than six months at that time, and the rest of the conversation took all the wind out of me. As I sat at my desk, looking out the window, I was trying to explain to myself how I would explain to my new husband that I had HPV, and “Oh by the way, I have cancer.” My doctor had been busy. He had somehow tracked down all the medical records I could not. He had discovered that my last 5 pap smears had been positive, yet I had never been told. His voice was firm, and his tone was urgent.

As I sat at my desk I was unable to cry or even conjure up an emotion. I didn’t pray, because I didn’t know God. I did ask, “Why” with the understanding that no answer was available for me. I knew of God, but that “God” I grew up with was big, too big for my problems. The next few days were a blur, preparing, calling family and wondering, “What if…” As I sit here now, I can remember the concerns for my daughter, the shock of preparing for the unknown and the pain and heartache of all my mistakes and errors in judgment that brought me to that point.

There was so much to prepare for, yet, I was not prepared at all to confront this enemy. I had already had years of illness, abuse, and this just seemed like one more thing to ignore or deny. The surgery was successful, and all the preparations were well placed, for it all prepared me for the next four rounds and surgeries; six months later the process started all over again; the next one three months later and the last and final one a year after that. I am grateful to say that I am cancer free, but I was not healed in the manner I was created for. I still was in great need.

I was afraid. I knew there had to be more. And, from that birthday in 1999 until October 30th, 2002, I saw God move, but only in retrospect. As I reflect on His work now, I am in complete awe that I am His. Through a life of giving into the world, believing the lies of the enemy and coveting all that is not pure and wonderful, I have been able to know His goodness of the journey - this journey for which I am truly grateful. Today the physical battles are not over, but I know that I already have victory over this world. The battle is all around me, but I know that it’s His fight and I am to rest in Him.

“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” ~Psalm 116:7 (Amplified Bible)

And, from October 30th, 2002 until today, I have learned many things, the greatest of which is to lean on Him, and not lean on my understanding of things at all. I know that I am His masterpiece, His amazing creation.

“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” ~Galatians 6:9 (Amplified Bible)

This birthday, there is nothing but “Good news” and a great deal of prayer. I love how things change, I love how I have changed.

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 835 of Giving Thanks

Where is your hope? Is it in your good day, or great results? 

Father I pray for those who are leaning on the world for being content. I pray for hearts to change and see where true hope and joy comes from. I pray for the unwavering strength of the Holy Spirit to increase the awareness in our lives so we can truly see You Father in all things. Let us be continually reminded that it's through Your eyes we need to see and Your promises we stand firmly on. May we come together and remind our brothers and sisters that hope is YOU Jesus, Your work and our eternal destination. In Jesus' name, we come to You and request Your presence and wisdom in our lives. Amen.

“You must encourage one another each day. And you must keep on while there is still a time that can be called "today." If you don't, then sin may fool some of you and make you stubborn. We were sure about Christ when we first became his people. So let's hold tightly to our faith until the end.15The Scriptures say,
"If you hear his voice today, don't be stubborn like those who rebelled."
“Who were those people that heard God's voice and rebelled? Weren't they the same ones that came out of Egypt with Moses?” ~ Hebrews 3:13-16 (Contemporary English Version)

All I desire LORD is for others to see You, and to realize that they can see You in themselves too. For so long I saw life through eyes of despair and helplessness and I never want to look back through those eyes. Every day is a testimony of the miracle of His changes and His mercies.

“The LORD rules forever and always!  The nations will vanish from his land.
“LORD, you listen to the desires of those who suffer. You steady their hearts; you listen closely to them, to establish justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that people of the land will never again be terrified.” ~Psalm 10:16-18 (Common English Bible)

My friends we must be diligently seeking to dwell in hope and experience joy in all things. Resist greatly the feelings of doubt, despair, fear, fret and worry... and know that doing that on your own is a lot of effort, and not a lot of gain, but when you allow God to be your strength, it is already accomplished. Choose to resist, and then ask God to cover the decision. He is faithful.

My hope is that when I am down, and someone else notices they will remind me of all the things I am to hope in... the answer is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and yet more Jesus. He is everything for me, all that I am and will be. He is my God, my Father, my God, my Jesus.

© 2012 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 834 of Giving Thanks

Our life gives us moments. These moments build character; strengthen our ability to act rightly. These moments build our story. Now with that said, we use this for building, not leaning.

“And he died for all, in order that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.
“So then, from now on we know no one from a human point of view, if indeed we have known Christ from a human point of view, but now we know him this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all these things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” ~2 Corinthians 5:15-19 (Lexham English Bible)

Here's what I am learning. In further exposing the pains and hurts of my past, I know these are the memories I do not need to be who He designed me to be. He uses them anyway. In growing toward His understanding of things, I know I understand so little on my own. Without that realization, I could not understand that He is all-knowing.

Love your enemies, those who have hurt you and don't dwell in the times that were not "good", allow God to show You that He is there and has been for every part of your journey. When we fully forgive those who have harmed us, we can love those who are undeserving. For me, it is learning to live where and when I am “right now”; and that’s how I do it. I dwell in the presence of the LORD, which is in the here and now. I live for this moment, letting go of what was; mostly because I know I cannot change where I once was, but I can live greatly today.

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
“So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” ~Matthew 6:30-36 (Amplified Bible)

I am new... and I am to live every day new.

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 833 of Giving Thanks by Darci Escandon

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

Oh, how my heart can relate to this passage. Things had been going so well for me. I was exhausted and life was getting hard. My mother in law has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and my best friend has been told that it looks like she also, has cervical cancer. My husband may not have a job come September due to a “reduction in force” and my mom and dad’s marriage looks like it may be falling apart. All of this on top of life’s normal day to day stresses. But yet, God gives me the strength to get me through t all so I haven’t felt overwhelmed or depressed. My motto has been “Life Happens, but God is Stronger, He’s Got This!!!”

Then, I am reminded of just how dirty the world plays. As I mentioned, I have been able to “turn down barriers against the truth of God”. My atheist friends are starting to converse with me about God, asking questions and my opinions on things knowing that my response will be God centered. My marriage is healing and just growing stronger. I have been breaking barriers left and right and trying to mature in Christ. Then, it happened.

Friday night, I received notification that the Uncle that molested me for many years while I was growing up wanted to talk to me and was trying to reach me. I have forgiven him but haven't seen or talked to him since I was a sophomore in high school over 25 years ago or so. When I got the news I felt all the hurts of my entire life come haunting back. The enemy came in full force. But God is so much bigger. I prayed thatched would take the pain and at that moment, my husband took me in his arms, held me and whispered in my ear "I will protect you". Today was spent running errands but it was bonding time for me and Leo and once again, God showed just how much he cares and the enemy had no choice but to flee because I asked shod to help me NOT to feed the hurts of the past. I didn't call my Uncle today but I will soon.

Rather than drowning in hurts of the past, I chose to give it to God. Rather than feed the fears and the emotions, I gave them to God. It’s not easy. I KNOW that God is in charge and that it He is so much stronger than any emotion or negative thought that the enemy can plant in my mind, but knowing and feeling are 2 very different things. Yet, it is because of this knowledge that has come from studying the Word of God in depth for years, that I can turn this over to God. It is because of this Armor of God that we learn about in Ephesians 6, that I am able to let go and let God.

The hurt is still there, it feels as fresh as it did when I was a child, but the difference is I no longer blame. I no longer point the finger and my heart is being filled with the forgiveness and comfort and peace that only God can bring. Relying on my own understanding and strength would have given me a much different posting for today. Forgiveness is not saying that what my Uncle did was ok, forgiveness means that I am not going to allow him to live rent free in my mind and my heart. Forgiveness means that I have given him over to God and that I refuse to live in pain. Forgiveness means that I will let go of the past and look forward to the future that my Lord has prepared for me. Forgiveness means that I will not let my rear view mirror of life grow to be bigger than my windshield. My focus is on the future, not on the past.

Thank you Lord for your peace and comfort and forgiveness. Thank you for standing with me against the arrows of the enemy. Thank you for your grace and mercy and I pray that my Uncle can find the same in you. Lord, please forgive him for what he did and I pray that his life is overflowing with blessing. Amen.

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Thank You God! (testimony series) by Al Sinclair

Happy Anniversary, Thank You God!
by Al Sinclair

As a child I attended different Sunday Schools and learned the story of Jesus.

For many years I struggled without a personal experience that would allow me to accept Jesus. Seems very peculiar now as I look back and can say there were many things and signs he was trying to give me over the years, only I was not recognizing them. My wife of 20 years, Karen, was saved approximately 6 years ago. There were changes within Karen that were immediate and changes that have taken time, but all the changes have had a positive impact on my family and anyone Karen comes in contact with. The changes that are most significant can only be explained by her acceptance of the Lord and learning of his Word to apply it within our life. She has been very patient with me, allowing me to see the work he has done within her and her patiently praying and waiting for my acceptance. It was at a recent marriage seminar, hosted by Lakeside Baptist Church, that it became very evident that Jesus has a plan and story that needs to be told through me.

What gift does your wife of 20 years really need, more flowers?, jewelry? Candle lit dinner? Well Karen asked for none of that just that I attend the marriage seminar with her. At first thought I was thinking, what’s wrong with our marriage, we’ve made it 20 years, never had a serious argument, 3 great children, financial stability, supportive family and friends, thought I had everything I needed; boy was I wrong. It was the first evening at the seminar that I quickly realized from a very powerful spiritual speaker that I have been walking all this time with my eyes and heart closed. The message I heard was not about what’s wrong with what we were doing or judgmental but marriage is to be spiritual oneness with each other and putting the image of Jesus within yourself for your spouse and others to see. It was at that time I realized He was real, his story is real, and He definitely lives within my wife Karen, my 3 sons and soon me. It was time I stepped forward and accepted him as my Savior--the perfect anniversary gift for 20 years of marriage.

Ah but the action of stepping forward and accepting Jesus at my age (46) was very difficult, very emotional, and very humbling. I was fortunate to have Karen and so many friends present to offer support and comforting through such a joyous occasion, for that I thank them with all my heart.

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Day 832 of Giving Thanks

When I was younger, and didn't have a lot of money and my processions were precious commodities, I use to repair everything. Super glue, epoxy, tape or whatever would do the job. I had only one vase and loved cut flowers, but it started seeping water, I found the hairline crack and filled it with glue, it did the tick, before long it sprung yet another leak, so more glue, epoxy and just the hope that it will hold water. Years later, I remember continuing to patch this vase because I just could not let go of it; adding ribbons and embellishments to make it look better, but still knowing that it was still very broken. It became quite a character. I don't know where that vase is now, but it is a representative of my life before Christ, grasping at whatever would fix me, fill the holds and hold me together. I can liken myself to that vase, but instead of glue, epoxy, tape and embellishments to make me pretty, I have the blood of Christ that makes me new. 

Today, I am a new creation. I hold the Holy Spirit, and God holds me tenderly and lovingly, knowing that although I am new, I am learning how to be that way. He is my super God all that keeps me together and beautiful. I am His precious one. 

“I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor.  I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.” ~Philippians 4:10-15 (Common English Bible) 

There is nothing in my life that He cannot fix, and He wants me to realize that I am His new creation. Realize that we can be who He designed us to be. Believing Him, believing that I am His and how I got this way is the essence of living my life according to the gospel. Everyday is a step to believe all that He promised, all that He has done for me. Every day is an opportunity to praise Him and be grateful.

“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” ~Hebrews 13:15 (New Living Translation)

His plan is always for us to be healed, how we get there, how we are guided, corrected and strengthened is all part of the journey. 

The journey is the completion of His plan for us, our purpose, my purpose. As I realize all that He has for me and all that He “has” for me, I am in awe and am more deeply in love with Him than I ever believed possible. Thankfully, it is “He” who helps me believe and I can believe in all the power and strength and perfection from my Creator who is all powerful and perfect in strength.

"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 have the blood of Christ that makes me new. 

© 2012 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, February 23, 2012

Day 831 of Giving Thanks

What does it mean to “give it to God”? That eluded me for so long. And, one day, the light bulb went on, and I got it!

For me it means, the electricity goes out, the alarm doesn’t wake me up, no hot water, the clothes in the dryer never dried, wet hair and no blow dryer, the refrigerator is warm, not cold and I am late for work… STOP. PRAY. Pray through the chaos, commotion and emotions. My first thought, “no one died”… so, calm, collected and ready to go to work. The garage door won’t open, cell phone is dead and the house phone is electric, going to be really late to work and no way to let anyone know… STOP. PRAY. Pray through the feelings, anxiety and worry.

Now, this is an illustration, all those things didn’t happen at one time, however, don’t we feel like your world is ending at times when things go wrong? This morning was one of those times… so, what did I do. STOPped thinking and started PRAYing.

Father, overwhelmed in this flesh as I sit and think on how much this world takes. And I am counting on You LORD to show me the direction. With a pile of bills on my left from things that I could not control and too many responsibilities all around me. Let me LORD, give these things to You. Help me to see a way out of all that seems so impossible to my eyes of flesh. Help me know LORD, that Your plan is already set, that the solution is right before. Help me be the example in this time that can cause so much stress. I pray for my marriage, for the financial strains are such a challenge. I pray mighty and faithful God for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to overflow within me and give me peace. Help me to stop fighting all these feelings and let me reset in the knowledge that You've got this. I am tired Father, I am weary and I need You. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen. Now LORD, as I continue, let me praise all that You have done, all that I have and all that is to come. Thank You Father for amazing mercies and favor beyond comprehension. All things in Jesus' name and in complete gratitude of salvation and life. Amen.

“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” ~Hebrews 13:15 (New Living Translation)

Once my personal prayer was released and given to He who is the answerer of all prayers, I focused on who “else” I could pray for, checked my inbox, and WOW, all I can say is God knew what I needed to do. My friends, I am learning that it is all about serving the LORD, not asking the LORD. He does want you to tell Him your concerns, cry your heart out and beseech His unending power and strength, but moreover, we get better (heal, grow and flourish) when we give to others as He gave and gives so endlessly to us.

By the time I got to work, I was calm, collected and ready for work.

It's time to stop complaining about your circumstances and allow God to work. Every complaint gives Satan a hold. Talking to myself here too. We have to stop allowing the enemy leverage.

We get out of the habit of complaining by staying in the motive of praying and praising.

Further Instructions“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” ~Colossians 4:2-6 (New International Version)

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 830 of Giving Thanks

Learning what my passion really is comes from being passionate about my Savior.

I am sharing a prayer for those who are in pain, physical, emotional or anything that is in need of repair. I am grateful that I chose to believe God’s promises. I am still amazed by how much He loves me and draws me nearer and nearer to grow through His Word.

Just dwell in all the miracles He has given you and everything seems amazing. 

It is a simple day of thanks, as I remember where the LORD brought me from. Some of my biggest challenges have come when “people” have disappointed me, hurt me or dismissed me. Here's what I have learned, we cannot change people, so I don't take things personally. I try to remember that my value does not come from people, but from God. You were fearfully and wonderfully made, meaning that God created you, to be you. Let Him be your guide not others and go to Him for everything and you will be right on track.

“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother's womb.
I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].” ~Psalm 139:13-15 (Amplified Bible)

‎"What an amazing day in the LORD" should be my response every time I hit the pillow. Father, thank You that you can take the things of the day that hurt and I will turn them into the times when I seek You most. I know LORD, I pray so often to be healed and again, I ask Lord, that the physical times of pain are removed. I pray that when I awake, that I am physically renewed and all that hurts is removed. I pray mighty and merciful God for strength to do what is necessary on my part and move for the things that You will do. In all things Abba Father, I come to You, in all things I trust You. Thank You for moving mightily in my life, showing me truth and giving me so much peace in my days. Thank You for loving me so much and caring greatly about who I become. In the precious name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged daily through the Word and start surrounding yourself with a bunch of people who pray for you and love you for you.

“Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.” ~Romans 12:12 (Amplified Bible)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 829 of Giving Thanks

As I was going through some notes, I found this, and wanted to share. Ramblings, (from November 21, 2011). I often feel that my life is a prayer, that everything I do, I do before the LORD, everything I say, I say before the LORD. For me that is what prayer is, bringing things before the LORD in the precious blood and mighty name of Jesus. So, here's a challenge, when you sense yourself questioning something, feeling anxious, sensing concern in yourself, stop and start talking to God about it - that is prayer. I find I do this all day. Now, back to some ramblings.

And the ramblings of my heart begin...
I heard once, we persevere because we are preserved through His blood. What a thought. As I read through the many prayer pages, my heart aches for all the pain and suffering around us, and my thoughts go directly to the Lord. Father, lifting up so many today, and as we come to You as a group, we can trust Your promises through the scripture, and know that as said in Matthew 18, when two or more are in agreement and gather, that whatever we ask will be done. Your will LORD, first and foremost is what we seek, and Your comfort and strength for those we lift in prayer today. We pray for all those mentioned, and all those who request Your presence, as well as the lost. We also want to lift all of Your children who are coming to You Lord on behalf of those needing and asking for prayer. We pray for rejuvenation of the Spirit for every person they pray for, for every request and every tear that falls Father God, we pray for a continuous renewal in their hearts and through their thoughts. We pray for unending hope as we know that You are in control. We pray for the ability to comfort those in need through silence, especially when we want to fix things or provide the answers. We pray for the strength of the Holy Spirit to do what is needed and what You desire us to do. Today in the mighty name and saving blood of Jesus we ask for mercy and tenderness as we seek guidance, refuge and restoration. Amen.

Father we come to You as Your children, and Your servants, we lift our brothers and sisters up to You tonight/today. We pray for those who are hurting, that they will find the strength that you so greatly offer. We pray for those who are ill, that they will find comfort in Your promises and seek Your presence. We pray for those who are lost, as Jesus our shepherd will go after the one, that is who we lift tonight/today. We pray for those who are bitter, confused and enamored with the world, that they will see the emptiness that the world offers and that You are the only fulfillment. We lift all of Your saints, my brothers and sisters with this ministry Mighty and amazing God for discernment as we interact on the pages, for wisdom and tenderness in our responses to those seeking You and help. We pray for eyes to see what You desire us to see and hear what is needed to do Your work Lord. We pray for grace to flow abundantly through our hearts and mercy to be our quest. We thank You for giving us the many gifts to use for the glory of the kingdom. We pray for all that is known to us, and all that is known only to You LORD. We wait firmly and patiently for Your return with our lamps filled and our hearts open and ready to go where You lead. In the saving blood of Jesus, we pray, in the power of the Holy Spirit we praise You and hold all that You are reverently. Amen.

Hold on everyone... He's with you all. We lift our brothers and sisters up to You Lord and ask for favor in our circumstances, and tenderness and mercies within our lives. We thank You for always showing up and leading us through the rising waters, tenuous storms and mounting obstacles. We pray for strength, Your strength and hope in the moments of exasperation or doubt. We pray for wisdom as we seek You through Your word and in our obedience. We praise all that You have done and are grateful for every part of this journey. Thank You Mighty God, in the power of the Holy Spirit we give all our cares, joys and thoughts to You, we pray for Your constant and powerful presence in Jesus’ name. Amen.

We 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 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... we just have to remember who we belong to and KNOW that He loves us and continues to draw us near and lead us 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)
SEE EVERY MOMENT AS A CONFIRMATION OF OUR MANY TREASURES. In the strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit we will ALWAYS be ready for what comes to us, what we need to get through and respond to.

When it pours circumstances, He overflows You with fulfillment of Your purpose. Keep blinking, because with every BLINK there is a changed perspective.

© 2012 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, February 20, 2012

Day 828 of Giving Thanks

I hear often from other people, but women especially, who just feel hopeless and unworthy. I was there.

Today, I write  - I was depressed, full of doubt and fear and God answered me (it's different for everyone I know). He gave me a task - Giving Thanks Daily... finding gratitude is a habit, one that if I were to stop, I believe my heart would break into pieces. I have to break it down continually, dwelling, often in WHAT HE did for me. God told me to write... and that's what I do every day. And have been doing so for 827 days, today is 828! It is work... His work was completed, eternity is secured... so I have actions to take to heal now.

Father God, our bodies and programming are of the flesh. We need You, we crave the work of the Holy Spirit in us, but rarely know what that means. We pray Mighty and Perfect Father for an indwelling of hope and purpose for our sister (your name here). We pray Father, You will speak clearly for her, and I ask boldly LORD that You share Your mission and purpose with her in a big and bold way. I pray for others to carry encouragement and edification through Jesus Christ right to her heart. I pray that her mind, all of her thoughts will transform to You. I pray that in Your strength and power through the Holy Spirit, the enemy will flee, that satan will not be at ease because of the overflowing of Your Word and Your thoughts for (your name here). In the precious name of Jesus and the perfection of His blood we pray. Amen.

We all have a responsibility to seek God, and accept what He gives. He does everything for us out of love, tenderness and grace. Grace that extends the far reaches of all that exists. We are saved with a choice, and our healing comes by choosing to be like Jesus. And making a daily (sometimes moment to moment) decision to seek Him even more. 

"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 2:14 (New International Version)

We are vessels. And a mighty God not only wraps us, He fills us. When the cracks appear and gape open, repair is there with the covering of His blood.

Don't you know, that He did everything for you - every detail, every beating, every drop of blood, for you?

“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” ~Isaiah 61:10 (New International Version)

In everything we do. He is the treasure, He is the reward. 

What a wonderful gift He sent. We have to grasp the intensity of what this gift is for us; when we don’t, we continue to think and believe in the flesh.

Wretched because we sin.
Because we sin, we fall short. Religious when we 'try' to be good enough, do works to earn favor and our way into heaven. We will always sin, and the wages for sin is death (death meaning separation from God forever). As a sinner we are an enemy of God.

Jesus lived the perfect life that we cannot. He died for us. He resurrected and lives now. 

What has to happen. We must realize that we sin (fall short) and cannot live a perfect life which will give us eternal life with God in heaven.

Jesus offers us the gift of life by accepting what He did on the cross for us (for you). We believe that if you were the only person who lived, He would have died for you.

In this there is repentance... turning from sin and believing all this about Jesus. Asking Him to take your sin and that His death on the cross was done for you.

What does that mean? God forgets your sin, past, present and future. And, not only do you get the gift of eternal life, but you get the gift of Jesus in you... the gift of the Holy Spirit - God in you forever, to help, guide and translate the word.

God loves you so much. He planned and executed all this for you.And now, being His, using the Holy Spirit to stay in the LORD God’s will, we pray, petition and expect.

Did you know that you are being used by God? That in every breath, step, word and action, there is a counter and/or complimentary breath, step, word and action. When we live our life in His will, complimentary to one another is our job. The "body" cannot function without each other, God is the only fully and ever functioning entity. So, with that said, make sure you are constantly asking Him about each breath, step, word and action.

So remember to remember Him, go to Him, lean on Him, press into His presence. Prepare yourself. Are you struggling today, are you feeling attacked? I highly recommend reading Ephesians 6 daily…

And I will leave you with this, but in His perfect and capable care. “Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].” ~Ephesians 6:16 (Amplified Bible)

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 827 of Giving Thanks Daily by Tina Wetor

Most of my life, I have struggled with walking in confidence about my abilities or myself.  It has been a weakness most of my life yet with Christ, I will overcome it.  A weakness can only be overcome from gaining the wisdom to recognize its voice or appearance.  As we grow in Christ, we gain the strength to overpower those weaknesses.  No sin can have dominion over us.  Although sin may knock at the door, it doesn’t mean we have to answer it.

Recently, as I was heading to work, I noticed something different about myself.  It’s a marvelous mystery to me, I truly love myself.  (I don’t mean this in a prideful sense). It’s an unnatural feeling, yet it’s producing marvelous benefits. My confidence has grown, my abilities are stronger, and joy is present.  It’s only through the healing hands of Christ, my heart was been changed.  Not only has it changed my heart but it’s changed my view about life and me.

As I am learning healing of the soul truly takes patience, gentleness, and surrender to God.  It’s not comfortable to allow God to break your heart to get to the source of the pain.  Pain reveals where the wound is, so it can be addressed.  When are souls are broken before the Lord, He mends the deepest wounds.  At this stage of my life, I never dreamt that I would be “comfortable in my own skin.”  The journey to get to this stage wasn’t a marvelous journey by any means, yet I am so grateful to walk it.

Now as a mother, I am trying to impact the lives of my children so they don’t have an unhealthy image of themselves or abilities.  Numerous prayers have been spoken for God to protect my children from the lies of Satan to destroy their worth.  Yet, we all have moments, we feel far from God, unworthy of love, and walk with shame.  Nevertheless, I am determined to remove all of the voices of doubt and fear by walking in faith.  Walking in faith, rests in the truth of who God is and what He said.

As I explained to my daughter, “If we are worried about what others think about us, we can never see the beauty of what God sees about us.”  Why do we worry about what others think?  Our approval isn’t based on what we do or what we say but what God says.  God’s love is unconditional, so nothing I DO can change it.  When I walk in the confidence of God’s love, I walk in the power of the Spirit.  If we choose to run after man’s approval of ourselves, we run an empty race of disappointment.

When I was single and in college my focus was fixed upon God’s calling, healing from the abuse, and towards the next stage of life.  Although I dated some great men, I wasn’t completely sure if marriage was God’s plan.  So, instead of focusing on a potential marriage partner, I focused upon myself and my relationship with God.  As I allowed God to heal me, my husband came into my life.  Sadly, so many people are determined to find their spouse; they forget about preparing themselves for their partner.  Shameful pasts and broken hearts don’t find healing in man, they are healed in Christ.

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men?  If I were trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.~ Galatians 1:10 (New International Version)

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Tina Wetor

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 826 of Giving Thanks by Darci Escandon

Life can be so painful at times. There are days where I wonder if my heart will ever stop hurting. People I love seem to make wrong choices and I can see the path that they will go down and it just breaks my heart. I want to yell “STOP TURN AROUND, GO THE OTHER WAY!!!” but the words just don’t come out. Being a mom is hard. I want the best for my child, I don’t want her to hurt and I want her to learn from my mistakes. I don’t want her to take the path that I went down. Sometimes, as I watch her grow I wonder if I did everything right. If I taught her the right things or If I could have done more.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6 (New International Version)

Did I train her right? Did I show her God’s word correctly? Did I show her how she can have God in her heart? Did I show her how to have faith? Did I show her how to be in the world but not of the world? I want to keep her sheltered from pain but I know that I can’t. I know that God has picked out a path for each one of us to walk and hard and difficult times are a part of each of the paths we all walk. When I think about what I want to keep away from my daughter I wonder if God feels the same way about me. I wonder if His heart breaks when He sees me drift away or make wrong choices.

“Never be ashamed of the scars that life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed, you endured the pain and God has healed you.” ~Anonymous

Pain and hurt are a part of life, just like laughter in love. I don’t know God’s plan for my daughter but I do know that He will not give her anything that she can’t handle. It’s not for me to pretend to know what He wants. He chose me to be her mom. He already knew her before I did. He knows the road that she has to travel. There is God in that child, there is God in me. It’s my job to stay grounded and steady and to continuously trust in what God has planned for her. I want what I think is best for her, but What God wants for her is so much more important. Regardless of the choices she makes, she is my daughter and I am her mother. I am her guide, her rock, her confidant, her teacher, her heart, her example.

Lord, being a parent is so hard. My heart breaks over some of the choices my child is making. Help me to show her love and kindness. Help me to draw nearer to you in these times and help me to be humble and trust you more. Lord, take this hurting heart and heal it, fill it with joy and peace and comfort. Help me say the right words the words you want me to say not what my broken heart wants me to say. Lord, you are my rock and my guide. Lord, without you I am nothing. My hope is in you Lord. Thank you for choosing me to be her mom and thank you for trusting me with her. I love you Lord. Amen.

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Day 825 of Giving Thanks

When I say, “my life is a prayer”, I am not kidding. Nope, not one bit. Today was no different. I think today’s prayers were actually a continuation of yesterday’s prayer… maybe even the day before. Do you ever feel like that?

What do I pray for first? Well, when the days start like that, there is really only one answer – and that is PRAISE & WORSHIP… GIVE THANKS AND SUBMIT. Father God, thank You for everything.

So, as my day began, that’s what I did. And, here’s how it went. “I want to thank You Lord for today. Although I "have to work" popped into my head, I decided to come to You for comfort and favor. Forgive me for seeing this as a challenge today. Thank You for giving me new eyes. I am excited to be here today and give others (our volunteers) a chance to serve You and the ministry with the time and talent. Thank You LORD that You know just how to humble my heart and give me joy beyond measure for doing what I am called to do now. I lift the hands and hearts of these amazing people up to You Father for readiness and fellowship within the group today. I pray that they too are blessed. For me, I ask that You remove the stresses of this beyond-busy week and let me settle into this day before me and bless this time to be spent with others. Protect my family while I am away; let my husband be content in his day without me. Thank You for preparing me for the talk I have scheduled for tomorrow at Campbell Community Church, let my words be Yours and the message be clear and compassionate. As I sit down to write, I pray for Your wisdom and clarity and only Your strength and power in my words. Thank You in Jesus' name for being in me and for me so amazingly every day. Amen.”

"So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you." ~James 4:7 (Amplified Bible)

The enemy prefers your eyes be covered with blinders of comfort and "feel goods". And doesn’t it just feel better to “complain” and “get things off your chest”? Really? I have learned, that going forward in God’s manner of thankfulness in all my circumstances, is much more comforting than the ways of the enemy’s comfort. God desires you to see through His eyes of perfection, love and tenderness for everything I go through and toward others.

Today, and every day is a new day. Step into every moment with expectancy that the LORD God is working, with just asking it of God in pure heart and intention; He knows before you request it and hears all your requests. Submit to His help.

God has given me many experiences. I have not always been fond of the circumstances, and sometimes from the onset of that experience, however, with the ability to see my life change and see "me" change through God's work, I am grateful for every one of my life's experiences. God's got a plan! And, even when I veer too far off His path, He draws me back and makes it all right. Really, the past holds nothing, for God holds everything. He is perfect. Allow Him to guide and today will go according to plan... His plan! And we can “go” in confidence that only the LORD can provide.

"Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." ~Hebrews 4:16 (Amplified Bible)

It is about doing work as the LORD expects us to do, not how we feel - this being said about working for others, a job, housework (yes, even laundry) and doing the things we may not "want" to do. We must take pride in our work, do it well and beyond expectations of ourselves and others. We must be the hands and feet of perfection, knowing that we cannot reach perfection here. It is truly a mindset. Anyone with me today? 

Sing a new song of praise in the everyday, mundane and routine. Give God praises in all things today.

“MOSES and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord, saying, I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider or its chariot has He thrown into the sea.
“The Lord is my Strength and my Song, and He has become my Salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him.” ~Exodus 15:1-3 (Amplified Bible)

The healing we need, including wrong thoughts to illness, does not come through pushing the "heal" button. It comes through work and trust in the LORD. It comes when we decide to be less and allow God to be more.

“He must become greater; I must become less.” ~John 3:30 (New International Version)

© 2012 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, February 16, 2012

Day 824 of Giving Thanks

I started yesterday’s writing with, “We live in confusing and busy times.” And today proved to show me once again, that I know so little. In this day to day existence where the world screams loudly at us, I know that I have to be intentional if I am to drown out the things that are not of God. So, as I sit here tonight, with pain in my heart and, what seems to be unceasing pain in my body, I can’t help but wonder how it all works out. Hear me… not wondering “if” it will, for I know that God’s got this. This is it worked out in the day to day, in the moment to moment through prayer.

Today, Father and mighty God, although I do not know the plans you have for all this, I know you do have plans for me. I thank You Father that I can stand on the promise of healing and salvation. LORD, You have given me work to do, and I trust completely that only with You it will be fulfilled. I pray for those in pain today Father, that they too can know Your comfort and they come to You wholly and with a trusting heart with their physical and emotional brokenness. Let our thoughts Lord, and minds be completely on the goodness of Your deeds, those already accomplished at the cross and all that is come for our good and the good of the Kingdom. In the saving blood of Jesus, I trust and believe completely in my healing and all who come to You with their ailments of physicality and of this world. We praise Your name Lord Jesus and are thankful for the amazing strength and power of the Holy Spirit, that You have given us and continue to refine us through. In Your precious name Redeemer Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Misunderstandings are one of the biggest causes of heartbreak. I have to ask myself, “Am I misunderstood because I lack in communication skills at times?” Yes. “Am I misunderstood because the enemy will place blocks before us so others can’t hear?” Yes. “Am I misunderstood because I neglected to include God in the process of communicating?” Yes. “Am I misunderstood because I am placing my needs first?” Yes. “Am I misunderstood because I can’t find the words, I am unclear of what is to be communicated at all times?” Yes…"Do I misunderstand others because of all the same reasons?" Yes! A resounding “Yes” to all of the above. So what is to be done about misunderstandings. This is it worked out in the day to day, in the moment to moment through prayer.

Father, let me understand and let me be understood according to Your will. I thank You for all that You reveal and praise all the work that You reveal and the peace I receive when I come to You in pure and whole heart. Thank You that You are dependable, help me to receive all that You have, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” ~James 3:17 (New International Version)

I am grateful that I can go to the LORD before my day begins, and He is available throughout my days. I am grateful that it is in His Word much is revealed. Tonight as I digest all the comings and goings of the day, and all that has been placed before me, I can be comforted greatly through the truth in James 3:17, “The Wisdom That Comes Down from Above - Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behavior his works, with the humility of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, obedient, full of mercy and good fruits, nonjudgmental, without hypocrisy, And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace among those who make peace. (Lexham English Bible)

Pray for wisdom, listen and wait in many cases. Let me learn to be more of a peacemaker.

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day 823 of Giving Thanks

We live in confusing and busy times. As I prepare myself every day, I consider where I came from. Where I am going is clear, and there is no doubt when I read through the Word and call greatly on the Holy Spirit who I belong to. How about you? We must be confident in the LORD, and believe what He has promised us.

For me it was October 30th, 2002. I was home alone, life was moving along at a good pace – loved my work, loved my life. Yet, God called. I have to say, I believe I was seeking my entire life; I would get close, and the enemy would distract me. This went on a very long time. For several months, I had been reading, asking questions, coming up with objections and drawing nearer to the truth. It was my husband’s birthday, and I had been home baking a cake, and reading through some theology books and watching a couple of documentaries a friend gave me on dinosaurs, of all things. I didn’t even have a question about pre-historic issues, yet, it was a question placed in my mind (one of many in the many years), that “needed to be answered” at that moment. I honestly don’t believe the answer to the dinosaur question was the “real” question, so as the commentator concluded the documentary, he gave a call to faith. I have no idea what the words were or how long I had been sitting in front of the television. But in a moment, all the people who ever witnessed to me, shared God’s word, loved me unconditionally came rushing through my mind. It was like every face, every word and every feeling of doubt was removed in that instant. With tears streaming down my face, and a need so great my heart ached, I submitted, I asked God to accept me; to let me be His

“Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” ~Romans 10:9 (Amplified Bible)

It wasn’t pretty, or eloquent or staged; it was genuine and sincere need that rushed through me and an immediate acceptance that was felt. I didn’t feel perfect, but I felt saved, mostly from myself.

Today, as I grow in faith, it isn’t always pretty or eloquent, but the LORD knows it all. His promises and works for me are genuine and sincere to fulfill my every need, and to draw me closer so I can realize the desires of my heart according to His will. Now that is salvation. And every day that I seek Him, and trust Him, it just gets better. Often I am asked, “How did you get here?” It is not an easy answer, but it is simple – listen and obey. I listened when God said to be “thankful daily” and I obey Him by doing so daily. It wasn't until I thanked God every day, and it's because every day I remind myself of what He went through that I can get it. Three years ago, I struggled with all those things, doubt, disbelief, sorrow, depression, anxiety... and one by one I started to give them to Him.  That is what this, the writing, is all about. I have learned, and continue to learn that it is all about Him. It’s all about being transformed through the work of the Holy Spirit.

My friends, He has given you grace, abundant and unlimited grace; give yourself permission to experience it.

“[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations,
“So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (Amplified Bible)

Salvation is the gift we receive with eternal rewards, but learning to live through all circumstances is the daily gift of God to His children. We are accomplished through Him, all for His glory.

“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

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

Rescued by Love (testimony series) by Tina Wetor

Rescued by Love 
by Tina Wetor

Out of the depths of every soul cries for the desire to be accepted, loved and valued-especially by one's parents.  If this desire isn't fulfilled, children will search for anything or anyone to relieve the deadly ache inside.  As a child of an abusive-alcoholic father, I ached for the love and acceptance of my father.  Daily, I would try to be a good child with straight A's, active in school sports, kept my room clean, and performed in various church activities to show my worth to my father.  Nevertheless, all of my efforts were worthless and meaningless to a bottle of liquor.  As each bottle of beer I opened for him, I knew he was trying to find relief for his pain inside. The dangerous test was how many beers it would take for the pain to erupt to inside him.  All of the anger and pain would be felt in extreme measures by those around him.  My father always had a woman to love in his life but his controlling nature destroyed the ability for it to be a lifelong commitment.  Sadly, he divorced three times with two daughters to raise.  All of the divorces were for the same reasons: physical and emotional abuse.  My half-sister and I would witness a world of seeing beautiful woman become unrecognizable, manipulated, destroyed, and not respected.  So many women came through our doors but left broken, battered, and alone.  I never could understand why so any women dated him.  He was a handsome man but completely troubled.

   Sadly, my own family knew of the abuse but no one assisted, cared about us, or reached out to protect us.  We were always to blame for our father's behavior because we were "bad girls".  I never received physical abuse from my father but I got a verbal beating every night he was drunk.  I would pretend to be asleep to try to avoid this confrontation, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.  On these bad occasions, he would wake me up to and demand me to come to the kitchen.  From the late hours to the early morning, I would be cut with his lashing tongue.  The words my father spoke destroyed my self-worth completely.  Of course, I can't write the words here but I will advise no one can image the horror of these words.  The hardest part was it was my own father, the one who is supposed to know me and love me.  I made a promise to myself; I will find love in my life.

     My father had complete physical custody of me but not my half-sister because no one had legal custody of her.  My mother knew of the events taking place through a private investigator but my mother legally couldn't get me out.  Shortly a year after my parents’ divorce, they married someone else.  With his new family, my father decided to move to Texas because of a job offer but never told my mother.  Since my father moved us to another state, she had no legal jurisdiction to do anything.  My mother's only hope was if I moved back to the state where the divorce took place.
      After my parent's divorce, my mother gave her life to Jesus Christ who transformed her life completely.  Until I was three, I was able to attend church with her on the weekends I came to visit her.  Attending church would always hold precious memories in my heart but I never dreamed it would capture my life the way it did.  From the age of three to twelve, I didn't have a relationship with my mother because of the distance but also my father's controlling behavior.  He wouldn't allow me to read her letters or open packages she sent me without his presence.  He was afraid she was planning to take me away from him.  All of the phone conversations were closely monitored with my dad on the line or closely nearby.

        I didn't make many close friends except a few but I wouldn't allow them to get too close to me.  Besides my family troubles, I wasn't the most popular girl due to my physical appearance; I had the most horrible teeth.  I couldn't bite into a sandwich or eat like the other kids, it was completely impossible to do so.  I couldn't see anything beautiful about myself.  The events in my life would soon change after discovering my father's Bible on his dresser.  While reading the scriptures, I found the love I longed for.  My Heavenly Father created me with a divine purpose, cherished me, and wanted me.

Psalm 27: 10 says, "Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

During this time of searching, I became friends with a girl at school whose parents were totally in love with God.  They would always take me to services or events with them, allow sleep overs, and just loved being with me.  I could tell something was different about them but I just didn't know what it was.  In the church, the ladies adopted a girl in the church to minister to them.  They would send birthday cards or presents, daily pray for them, or take them out to dinner or shopping.  My best friend's mother displayed the love of God to others, I got to witness this, because I was the one she adopted.  God's love was completely evident in her life but the greatest gift she gave me was self-worth.  The body of Christ invested me their time and money to give me the greatest gift to a girl with low self-esteem-braces.  All of the ladies of the church held bake sales, garage sales, or donated money for me to get braces.  My adopted mother came to share the news with my father and me.  All of the expenses for the visits, cleanings, and fillings were paid for by the church, they only needed my father's permission to do it.  My father approved of their gift of love, I was completely beside myself.  I couldn't believe someone loved me enough to care for me.  Who was I?  It started of a journey for me get to know God. Wow, if a whole church could except me or love me, maybe I worth something to God, I dared to find out.   In the Old Testament, I would read all of the miraculous stories of deliverance, so I started wondering if God was willing to rescue me.

In prayer one night, I made a vow to God with complete honesty and truth.  I said, "If you are really the God in this book, I want you to prove it."  "If you will allow me to meet my mother again, I will completely give you my life forever."  This prayer was answered with a dream from God but it was soon going to be fulfilled.  In my dream, I saw two angels holding my father and myself in the air.  While flying in the air, I could see the map of the United States.  We were leaving Texas and coming back to Maryland where I was born.   Two weeks after this dream, my father shared the glorious news, we were moving back to Maryland.  My mind couldn't wrap around the fact God answered my prayer; it was just too awesome to speak of.

     On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, my father's truck pulled into my grandmother's drive-way to a new beginning in my life.  After unpacking, I asked my father if I could call my mother, he gave me permission.  I couldn’t' wait to tell her, I was finally home.  During the conversation with her, I advised her of my arrival to my grandmother's house.  She almost dropped the phone in disbelief, so I had to describe my grandmother's house.  She asked if she could see me, my father allowed it.  My parents lived a half-hour distance from each other but my mother arrived in fifteen minutes.  Before she arrived, I had butterflies in my stomach.  All of these questions were plaguing my heart, "Would she like me?" "What's her favorite color?" "What did she look like?" "Will she love me?"  While I walking in the hallway, I heard her voice in the living room.  I almost couldn't move but I just had to know the truth.  Finally, I was able to get the nerve to go around the corner to the strongest hug of my life from the most beautiful woman in the world-my mother.  My mother was granted permission to have me for the weekend, I almost couldn't believe it.  School was starting next week, so she took me shopping, to the beauty salon, and out to dinner at my favorite restaurant.  My mother and step-father spoiled me rotten during my first weekend visit.  I was never showed with so much love and attention.  As the visits continued with my mom, I attended the same church I remembered as a child.

 Before I gave my life to Jesus, I was telling everyone about His great love for us.  I would talk to anyone who had ears, whether they listened or not.  I didn't care, I found true love.  Well, are you ready for the rest of the story? I fulfilled my end of the deal; I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ at the age of twelve years old.  I wish I could say my father quit drinking but he never did. So, I decided to move in with my mother who got complete custody of me on Mother's Day.  Who says God doesn't do miracles well?  My father didn't fight it or anything which was another great miracle of God.  Through this act of love, I couldn't doubt the depth of His love for me.  Other people didn't care about me or pushed me away but He never did.  His love rescued me from the pain, abuse, and gave me life.  As I grew in the grace and knowledge of Christ, I developed a deep passion for the study of God's Word.  I spent long nights in prayer and Bible study because it was my sanctuary.

After becoming a Christian, I always believed God's way would be the best for my life, so I asked God what he desired for me. So, I tried my best to live a godly life before my peers, my family, and even strangers.  Everyone deserves to know God's love for without it there is no hope, purpose, or life.  I can never stop praising His name for out of the depths of sin, He lifted me out.  His love gave me a new heart, a new life, and fulfilled a purpose-to preach the Gospel.  At the age of fourteen, I started preaching the Gospel for its salvation to all who believe.  My life's purpose is to share the love of Jesus Christ to the world.  His love rescued me, it will also rescue you.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day 822 of Giving Thanks

I see my life as a work in progress – His work in me and the result is His masterpiece that is “me”. He has given me life, hope and the unexpected every day. I see my life in amazing color and I am grateful for the variety of my experiences and the ability to see where I came from and bask in the daily miracles.  I am grateful that there is such simplicity of my life these days and a desire to discover all that God has for me. What does that entail? Much! 

I am learning that there is abundance in the simple, and favor in the peace of being His. 

I played with my glue and tissue paper on Sunday, creating, relaxing and having a great time. I am working on the largest piece I have ever worked on… As the images and tissue paper got lost under the white glue, I can only think of how it will transform to bright and vibrant colors when it dries. And, as I think of that process, I watch my creation change from nothing to “art” and think of how my Creator watches me change - how with just a thought, I became. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ~Psalm 139:13-14 (New International Version) 

And with His love and guidance, I “become” more like Him. 

The more I go to Him, the more I desire to be in His presence and it is these words that I go back to in the times I feel most grateful. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” ~John 3:16 (Amplified Bible)

I love the changes He makes in me. I am grateful for all the changes He has so gracefully and mercifully orchestrated, I am highly favored.

“For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” ~Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

We often forget what He did in our days that seem to be too much for us. Let us dwell in Him and always remember what amazing thing our God Father did for us.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” ~Hebrews 11:1-3 (New International Version)

As I prayed for someone earlier today, for healing, and it is when I pray for other that I know God hears my requests as well. Sometimes my pleas are many and labored, and I just trust that God’s plan is much greater than my desire for physical comfort. My discomfort is nothing compared to those dealing in terminal illness, however, it is my state of “uncomfortable” that keeps me running to Him. There is one thing I realize, it's the eternal healing that we pray for once and wait for; having that perfect body in heaven is greater than the imperfect, illness-free body here. My prayer is that we all can be hopeful in the LORD, that we can know true healing and truth in Jesus. I pray that you will be continually encouraged through the LORD's Word. I pray that as we lift others up, it is through our unconditional, unwavering and God-filled love, our earthly family and friends will know our Heavenly Father. I pray that God will speak through others a song of salvation that our family and friends can hear from the depth of themselves. I pray that they will seek comfort from the Father and sense it greatly, grasp it wholly. Father, take hold, we pray. We ask that another be brought to an understanding of Jesus' work and what that means for their eternal being. We pray as we move to the end of ourselves, that we can see the entirety of You and Your goodness LORD, in the name of Jesus, we pray. Healing LORD, as only You can do. Amen.

I know it sounds strange, but pain is my equalizer. It really does pull be back in... Maybe this is the something God knows will keep me running to Him; that is assuring, in an odd way. Yes, I am grateful for pain… I pray harder and empathize with others more deeply in times of pain.  And, I can always remember, “If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up!” ~Daniel 3:17-18 (Amplified Bible)

© 2012 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, February 12, 2012

Day 819 of Giving Thanks by Darci Escandon

I  have days where I really don’t want to exercise. I’m tired or sick or too busy…there is always an excuse. My intentions are good, but the action isn't there. Yet, I feel so good after a hard workout, the depression is gone, the anxiety is gone, the anger is gone. My body feels awesome and my brain is clear. I feel like I can take on the world. I am calm and totally at peace. Even if I just start my day with a warm up or stretching exercise and end it that way too…if that is the least I do, It still makes a HUGE difference. Yet, knowing this is how I am going to feel after a workout, there are days where I just don’t feel motivated. Then it occurred to me today, I have days like that when it comes with my walk with God. I know how good it feels to spend time in His presence, to open my Bible and let the Word come alive….but yet, sometimes, I wake up and from the moment my feet hit the ground, I am in “go” mode. I always say I’ll get my quiet time in later, but I never do. It’s those days that I miss God the most. It’s those days that are always the worst and I feel so far away from Him. I let “life” get in the way.

Our bodies only grow strong with exercise. It's vital to our health... reading God's Word is exercise for our soul. We need to know God's word so that our minds and our hearts can grow strong and we can stand firm in the hard times that the enemy may throw at us. If we are weak we can't fight back.

"To be perfectly frank, I'm getting exasperated with your infantile thinking. How long before you grow up and use your head—your adult head? It's all right to have a childlike unfamiliarity with evil; a simple no is all that's needed there. But there's far more to saying yes to something. Only mature and well-exercised intelligence can save you from falling into gullibility. It's written in Scripture that God said, In strange tongues and from the mouths of strangers I will preach to this people, but they'll neither listen nor believe. So where does it get you, all this speaking in tongues no one understands? It doesn't help believers, and it only gives unbelievers something to gawk at. Plain truth-speaking, on the other hand, goes straight to the heart of believers and doesn't get in the way of unbelievers. If you come together as a congregation and some unbelieving outsiders walk in on you as you're all praying in tongues, unintelligible to each other and to them, won't they assume you've taken leave of your senses and get out of there as fast as they can? But if some unbelieving outsiders walk in on a service where people are speaking out God's truth, the plain words will bring them up against the truth and probe their hearts. Before you know it, they're going to be on their faces before God, recognizing that God is among you." ~1 Corinthians 14:19-21 (The Message Bible)

 15 minutes of quiet time, even if it is just prayer is like a warm up or stretching routine. Again, it reminds me of the exercise “Principle of Warm-up and Stretching” – This principle requires that every exercise session must begin with a period of warming up and muscle stretching. Not only does this serve to increase the blood flow for improved delivery of nutrients and removal of wastes, but it also improves the efficiency of muscle contraction. There is evidence that the ligaments and tendons also benefit and become more resistant to injury.

Our Quiet time with God, reading His Word, listening to praise and worship music, is our warm up and stretching in life. If we don't start our day off and end it with this sort of warm-up and stretching, it can cause us injury in our day. So simple to do, so important to do and must be done to maintain spiritual health!!! Warm up our bodies and warm up our faith...every day! :)

Today, I warmed up with God. Things aren’t easy and I am watching a loved one go through a lot of hard things. I want to cry out to Him that if he just warms up with God, life would be so much easier to deal with, but like those of us that would rather “do it later when we have time”, He’s missing out on so much!

Lord, thank you for showing me how to “warm up and stretch” with you every morning and every evening. Thank you for showing me through Your Word how to handle the blows that life throws my way. Thank you for showing me that even though the workout may be hard, that I may sweat and moan and groan, that my muscles may ache and my heart rate may go through the roof, this workout will make me healthy and happy and stronger. Lord, I am humbled to be in your presence and to know that you love me inspite of myself! Help me to always start my day of with stretching and end it with more stretching. I praise your name Lord, Amen!

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Darci Escandon

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

Friday, February 10, 2012

Day 818 of Giving Thanks

Don't fall into the trap of "good words", and forget His good Word of truth. Remember the enemy lulls us with things that sound good. Allow yourself to be directed only by the Holy Spirit. These are yet more words that I can speak into the mirror. How about you? I want to hear the words of the Lord, Jesus, the truth and hope that only He can give. 

“I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:
“I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
“O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You [continually]; and these men understand and know that You have sent Me.” ~ John 17:22-25 (Amplified Bible)

Personally, I always ask God for ears to hear when I listen to anyone speak. And, it’s what I suggest everyone do, even you and I include the words shared here, by me as well. Take God’s Word, not the word of others. Today, I am encouraged through my daily interaction with my heavenly Father, through prayer, reading and listening. I am grateful for knowing the perfect example of Jesus, and depending on the Holy Spirit to help me understand. We have a God, (Father, Son, Spirit), who desires us to know Him and His promises. We have a God, who desires the best for His chosen. I am grateful daily for knowing all these truths and depend greatly to experience His truth through every Word I read.

Early on in my walk with the LORD, I found myself really questioning what I heard, going to the Word and being strongly convicted about keeping His Word a priority in my studies and as my staple. And to be honest, not much has changed. The closer God draws me in, the easier it is to drown out the lies of the enemy – did you know that so much many believe is “hear say” and “comfortable words” that have no bearing on our faith, no substance to be validated through God’s word? So, I continue to question everything that is not the Word.

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.  Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-21 (New Living Translation)

In all the times I pleaded, "Hear me LORD", I now know that God was there desiring me to hear Him. I now know that hearing Him requires me to be quiet. For when I hear Him, my pleas become, "Thank You LORD".

The enemy’s lies weave many patterns in the life of the lost. 
Without God, we are weaving imperfect threads throughout our life, ready to tear, break down and wear out and becomes dirty.  It's only when we choose to trust God that the threads we weave of His perfect thread begin to make new all that is imperfect. The more we go to Him to restore us, repair us and replace all that is not Him, the stronger our life becomes. Becoming a new creation, that is what happens, but often times our mind will not let go of the old tattered weave of life. Let go. With God, He is weaving perfection in us - giving us strength and the ability to endure all things through Christ. See your life as clean, created by God, weaved and tailored by the work of the Holy Spirit and colored pure by the work of Jesus. Wear it well, it’s the robe of righteousness. 

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.” ~1 John 4:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)

I know that I can only wear His righteousness when I know Him and hear Jesus on a daily and moment-to-moment basis. It is a daily and moment-to-moment counting on Him, to make sure that all other voices are silenced. Jesus in my life, in me, insures that all other influences are removed completely.

“Jesus said to the Twelve, Will you also go away? [And do you too desire to leave Me?]
“Simon Peter answered, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (the message) of eternal life.
“And we have learned to believe and trust, and [more] we have come to know [surely] that You are the Holy One of God, the Christ (the Anointed One), the Son of the living God.
“Jesus answered them, Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And [yet] one of you is a devil (of the evil one and a false accuser).” ~John 6:67-70 (Amplified Bible)

© 2012 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, February 9, 2012

Day 817 of Giving Thanks

I want so deeply to see things through God's eyes. Everything! Compassion, love, tenderness, mercy and forgiveness, and with that said, I really want to see my own life as God sees me. I have been home sick for the past four days and have had a lot of time to pray, reflect and ponder many things.

I am grateful for many things, as I have shared all these days. What I am most grateful for is the ability to daily come to God and know that He is here. I am grateful that when I feel the need for the approval of others, I can stop and realize that it’s God’s assurances that I need, nothing more. So, as I realize that I will be misunderstood, I can pray that I am seen as I ask to see others.

Pray for those you don't understand. Don't echo rhetoric and bible verses that condemn, but echo the thoughts of a loving God. I trust that God reaches those who see His love in others. It was a lifetime of seeing God through others and He drew me in.

Often times we make decisions based on wrong information, what "feels" right, what others do, but really the only way, the right way is to seek God for everything. The big things? Yes! The little things? Yes, even the little things.

“But you did not so learn Christ!
“Assuming that you have really heard Him and been taught by Him, as [all] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him],
“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
“And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.
“Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another.”~ Ephesians 4:20-25 

Have you ever been misunderstood? I have many times in my past, as much as I have misunderstood others. I remember many times where bitterness set in. Has that ever happened to you? It was years and years before I could listen to God's call, but He snatched me from the depths of me. My prayer every day is that I can see through those who wear a mask of hurt and shame and love them through that; love them in spite of it. I have no power to change anyone, I know that I cannot change the heart of a anyone, but the LORD can. That is hope.

If you’re in the middle of conflict with someone, a friend, maybe family and quite possibly even God, remember He’s got this. And although I know it's tough to see, He's been here through it all. I am grateful for knowing that God's grace is unmatched, and He gave it freely to all of us. All I can say is keeping God in mind as you love those who you are in conflict with – give the conflict to God and let God deal with your heart and their heart and salvation. I know greatly from experience, that when your family shuts you down based on lifestyle or sin, everyone misses out...

Be a person who can boldly say, “I am praying for this and I trust God”. Know that God's got you too; whatever the answers you seek, I believe when we have the Holy Spirit, when we become saved, we start to respond differently. Keep asking for the Holy Spirit to move you to where God wants you. It's a marvelous journey and one that only God can orchestrate. When I started giving thanks two and half years ago, and started encouraging others two years ago I needed God. And, today, I know I need Him more and more every day.

God has taught me that to grow in Him, I need to share what I learn, to be encouraged, I need to encourage others, to love others deeply and greatly we have to realize what He did for us and how much He loved us to do what He did. And always God continues to reveal that He is never changing, yet, I am always important enough to be changed by Him.

GOD WILL NEVER CHANGE… thankfully, He will never change.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.” ~Isaiah 40:28

“Every good gift and every perfect ([a]free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].” ~James 1:17

“Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).” ~Hebrews 13:8

“For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” ~Ephesians 2:10

(Amplified Bible used today)

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

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