Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thankful Life - September 27, 2014

How much focus do we put on ourselves every day? I pray for God's reminders to let go of my "petty" needs and to learn and grow toward focusing on Jesus and the purpose God has placed in my heart. Which, by the way, is definitely not... "Pray for a removal of this physical pain"... but, "Lord, show me how to use all things to serve You". As I sit here this morning, taking in the LORD's words, and the writings of others, I am humbled yet again.

My morning reading and "catch up" time in my social media arenas had me a little annoyed by so much of the false teaching and impostors who prey on the hearts of the non-content... I am very fortunate to connect with so many great Christian teachers here on Facebook... both personally, and through their public profiles. Often I get a connection with someone and think, "something isn't right"...

There is so much desperation to be "recognized" and to "be somebody" that people are willing to pretend they are someone else to realize this. Their words can be kind, and prayerful, but underlying they are deceitful in their request to "pray for you" or "send God's blessings".

We, in our discerning spirits, through the Holy Spirit have a responsibility to make others aware when liars are about... Yes, we must pray for them, but we must now allow ourselves to be weaved into their folly. (2 Timothy 3 in its entirety)

"Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand].
But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.
But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them]," ~2 Timothy 3:12-14 (Amplified)
My thoughts did not ponder long on that sort of depravity of those who deceive and take from the desperate. I pray to be thoughtful in my actions and work from intention - so I read on! And, thought on! 

How can I be so selfish, are my momentary thoughts... when really God is not condemning me for being human, but drawing me to be Christ-like... CHRIST-LIKE. What does that look like?

As I sit here and ponder... my thoughts go in several directions. Am I thankful for the provisions... the lessons... corrections... my job... my family... a warm house.... MY FAMILY and FRIENDS... of course, but today - after reading Ann Voskamp's article When You are Flat Out Desperate to Live... the internal camera of my head just reels - and the pounding in my soul to "live right" beats even harder. We, I live like "this is life", and ignoring the calling out that is all around me. How LORD do we work through what is not silent, and needs so much, "in Your name"? How do we help... pray... give... serve?

Come to Me"At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:25-30 (New American Standard Bible)

I no answer today, but I do know that He is the answer.

Father, my heart is grieved in so many ways. Not just for those who revolve in the 3 degrees closest to me, but that I ponder the world at my fingertips and within a "post shot" away. Help me see the needs of the world, the blood of those truly living for You - TRULY CHRIST-LIKE. Help me to not only mourn their losses, but to grow in ways to pray wisely, act profoundly in Your eyes and persuade toward You, as You pursue me more deeply.  Thank You for Your light that shines for those to see when the darkest moments are revealed. I pray for all those parents who lost children to the evil doer's deeds in all parts of the world... from the child-abuse that exists here and arises daily to those loosing their lives to stand for You. Let us all be so faithful Father. Let us/me do this in Christ Jesus and in the strength, power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

©2014 Shawn Boreta, Giving Thanks Daily

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thankful Life - September 23, 2014

Many years ago, some of you may remember… I was working extremely hard at a full-time job and a business. The Lord revealed to my heart during this time, the business had become my idol. Maybe not the business itself, but the pursuit, the chase, the sale… 

The last couple of weeks I've had that desire once again. I found myself daydreaming about winning this or winning that, growing team… I was getting pretty comfortable. I was doing the same all thing, "oh this is a product it's good for people, and may even cure me… " 

I got home, did my workout and decided to broach the subject with my husband. Immediately, as I saw his face in response to my, "I think I want to do this business..." 

I knew that immediately the pain and grief that had been caused during the first round.

Lord, I am thankful that even though I get sucked in, that You remind me what my priorities are. I'm thankful that I have a great support around me and I just need to remember that my God in the strength of the Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ I can do the right thing. Thank you that I caught this error early. And again, Just thank You for being there. Then to show me the right path to get on, and being here now to write this path today...

"Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand." -Proverbs 19:20-21 (King James Version)

©2014 Shawn Boreta, Giving Thanks Daily

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Life is a Prayer - September 13, 2014

We live this life, which by no means is perfect in anyway... and we cannot respond with that expectation. It has truly been a week of continuous prayer and seeking. My God (your God, if you choose) is always there - assuring, and reassuring as necessary when I seek Him. I am learning, though it has been a very hard lesson, to seek Him in silence with my problems and challenges. The more I 'share my feelings' with others, the longer it takes to work through the issue. How about you? My prayer today, for me and you, is that we can come to Him and seek His comfort in right ways - with whole hearts and minds. He is for you (and He is for me)... Repeat after me, "GOD IS FOR ME!"

I responded poorly and reacted even worse. Lord help me to get through the next few hours. The attack of the enemy has been great this week! I'm tired and worn, in real need of reprieve. Help me not to react anymore. It with me Lord as I lay all of this before you. In Jesus' precious name I seek and pray.

"But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one." 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (New International Version)

In the times when my heart is grieved, I am reminded that we are to complain and grumble in silence. Bringing it to our mighty God, is the way to see that through. Praise allowed! Praise allowed! Praise, praise, praise! He is faithful… Father, my heart is broken. The years of being blamed, and ridiculed… It's really hard to take Lord. Strengthen me to see this through.

For me, when I keep sharing my grief with others, it's a reliving of it rather then a healing from it. Everyone is different, but for me I need to bring it all to the Lord! I need to let him fulfill that need to be healed and restored.

Thank you Father God for never leaving me, and always comforting me in pain and sorrow! I know you are faithful. The flesh needs to be willing to see it. I lay this all before you in Christ Jesus, amen.
I am grateful for my Heavenly Father and His everyday mercies.

“Through His faithfulness, you are guarded by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation He is ready to reveal in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:5 (Common English Bible)

Lord I am praying this evening. This heart is broken! Sometimes I'm at a loss as to how to respond so that it can be Christ-like in my actions and reactions. Help me know the right way to move forward , To step back to look away. Bring the person that should be closest to me toward you Lord. Help me with this havoc but cycles on anon anon. I'm seeking you, desperately seeking you to fulfill the promise of salvation to my household. Please don't let it be under deathbed, I when I have thought and prayed for years and years and years. I'm asking you Lord to move him toward you. In the strength of the Holy Spirit let my walk be worthy. In Christ Jesus I pray... amen.

Broken Hearts… Lord I'm praying for those who are heartbroken, heartsick, broken Period!!
Praying for those who say, "I can't do it anymore"… For those who are tired and weary Lord God I pray for a new peace, Your presence.

"But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!" ~2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible)

Again, my prayer today, for me and you, is that we can come to Him and seek His comfort in right ways - with whole hearts and minds. He is for you (and He is for me)... Repeat after me, "GOD IS FOR ME!"

Joy in the Lord is strength.
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him." ~Psalm 28:7 (New King James Version)

©2014 Shawn Boreta, Giving Thanks Daily

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