Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thankful Life - December 31, 2015

Healing may look differently to us, than it does to God... we have to be aware if this as we look to see God's work in our lives... in our bodies.... in our minds... and hold every thought captive in the process to seek God first, as He never ceases to pursue us toward perfection. We know that we will not get to perfection here on this fallen earth, but we can count of the fact that we have a perfect God rooting for our every moment.

Your mercies are many Father, and I pray I can be even more grateful for Your goodness.
I pray for those who are feeling hopeless and helpless Father. Help us to intercede greatly. Through Christ Jesus and in hope of the Holy Spirit working for our good.

I personally don't think we can 'schedule' a healing session. I believe we must be watchful and hopeful at all times and believe that God is always with us. We are to live in gratitude for the ultimate healing for our sin, and trusting that our Father has our life and our healing under control, all the while continuing to praise Him in our circumstances, and ask others to pray on our behalf. AND knowing that our greatest intercessor is our Savior, who diligently goes before our Father on our behalf... and the Holy Spirit always working all things out for our good.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[man] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." ~2 Corinthians 4:16 (English Standard Version)

God expects us to come to Him for healing... and expect an answer, it just may not be "yes, right now" or "yes" period.

We have prayer whenever we gather corporately at our church... we pray for one another, in the hope that we will all be encouraged through the Spirit and remember the very reason we are hopeful.

"By His stripes" refers to the shed blood for our transgressions.... it does not promise healing of this body. And, we should remember that when we are praying for healing of this body.

If I didn't make it clear above, I completely believe that God heals us physically and emotionally today... and I have seen it. And, we should continue to pray expectantly.

My prayer tonight is that we can truly "hold every thought captive", which we KNOW it is His desire that we live for today, through His Word, IN HIS STRENGTH.

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

On the days that I cannot focus, I find myself reeling into the depths of darkened moments. God has used many ways to draw me back into the light, however, it has been through deciding to have the action of gratitude (to clarify, gratitude for all He does for His children). These past few days have been much more clear than this past year. I am grateful for clarity of His Word, not only in my mind, but in my heart - I cannot convey wholly how amazing my soul has soured these past few days engaging in His Word.

I can tell you being ill before Christ, and being ill now is so much different.

THOUGHTS, THOUGHTS AND MORE THOUGHTS... that is what this life's trials deserve. Every thought that is Christ... in and out of each storm.

Sometimes in our own circumstances, we can get stuck and unable to move, or be moved. LORD, I do not want that for my life.

 I have noticed that praying for others, helps my own communication with God. How about you?
When I intercede for my brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit ministers greatly to me.

 Looking at things through the eyes of Christ, takes work. In the moments when our flesh is weak, the Holy Spirit continues His work in us.

Believing that perspective today.

Awesome Father, You are the answer for every single need here with our brothers and sisters in this group. Help us LORD to see Your plan and purpose in all this, that is lyme disease and all that goes with it for many of us here. There is great need here Lord Jesus, and we ask boldly for Your pleading with our Father for all in need. Holy Spirit we count on Your counsel, strength, courage and wisdom to guide us to Your will for our lives here. We pray in Your whole strength, and believe the Father's promise, "to never leave us" and that we are loved beyond measure, and created out of love for love. Help us to encourage one another. Help us to abide in Your desires for our lives, in our hearts... Let our lives, with or without pain, challenge or obstacles glorify You. Thank You for Your constant pursuit of us to be Christ-like to love one another, and hold Your Word deep in our thoughts to easily share in Christ-like lives. We come to You corporately Lord, in trust, hope and love in Christ Jesus. Amen

© 2015 Giving Thanks Daily

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My Life is a Prayer - December 29, 2015

The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; ...
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Note: The serenity prayer is not actually in the Bible, but rather was originally written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1930s or 1940s.

Often I find myself trying to figure things out, when all I really need to do is "rest" in the knowledge that God is for me - at all times.

Giving thanks in all things has truly been my saving habit. In this time, which is resolution time for most of the world... is a time of reflection as we head into the new year. We pray for one another 'to heal', but mostly, we pray for one another to GROW towards the LORD. I have found this past year to be tougher than I thought it would be... not because of the physical hinderences, but because I find myself reeling to keep in His Word.

My prayer is to be wholly His... wholly submissive to His will.... wholly obedient... wholly thankful in all things.

I discovered that I have wasted so much time trying to figure out how to get better, when all I need to do is trust the path I am on. My doctor (who is not a believer) affirmed me best when I told him I don't have the energy to "write everything down... (symptoms, responses, pain, reactions)". He said, "Focus on getting better and staying 'in your life'. LIVE." LIVE.... because He died and lives for me. Grateful, truly grateful that every day is new... every moment is precious in His sight.

For me, that is the key. Fighting to work every day, and fighting to stay focused on the accomplishments of the LORD in my life... that is what living is all about. I am not dismissing my pain, but placing it where it belongs... outside of my focus.

Heavenly and gracious Father, You are my reason to fight every day. Help me to submit when submission is 'impossible', and obey when life seems impossible. Help me grow in wisdom and trust Your plan... help me to believe more deeply, more purely in the journey that is Your plan and to hold every thought captive that is Yours, and to let go of all that will not serve You. To Your glory and honor Lord Jesus.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

My Life is a Prayer - December 1, 2015

Thank You LORD for our family here. We pray for those who are not with family or friends tomorrow to be encouraged, to hear from loved ones... to lift their heavy hearts and souls for comfort and peace. Heavenly and gracious Father, Thank You for all the miracles we receive, both unknown and the recognizable ones. Thank You for giving us a family here to come to and lament and be supported. YOU ARE OUR SALVATION, in this world as well as our final home. Many of us are despera...te for Your intervening with the earthly systems. Help us to better prepare ourselves for the physical, emotional and spiritual battles we face daily. Give us the strength to seek You in our hardest of times, and in the times when gratitude in our hearts are forgotten. Help us in our daily seeking, our daily thankfulness... our right mindedness... our stamina and faith. WE NEED YOU TO INTERVENE, to show us when you are right here with us - we understand that You are always present in our abidance and obedience - show us the path to strength and courage. Help us understand the bits and pieces of the things that go on in our lives now, and remember the miracles that are known, and to realize the miracles that we have not recognized yet. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear and the spirit to move closer and closer to You. Amazing God, we are Yours... and You ARE our everything. Gratefully we come in name of our Savior, Christ Jesus and trust the leading in our hearts, minds and souls through the Holy Spirit... GOD IN US. In agreement with others and in whole heart I pray and submit!


Friday, October 16, 2015

God's Reminders through the Pain by Stephanie G. Mangum Hoefsmit

This was shared in the Christian Lyme Support group on Facebook. I was so blessed by Stephanie's heart and the beauty of her words.  

Pain courses through my water slowly dripping, wearing away at the rocks and forming ruts in the stone...

 How is it possible for the human body to survive such a continuous torture?

 It seems as though there is no hope in sight. No light at the end of the tunnel, just continuous darkness.

 Then God reminds me of a most beautiful thought. The ocean. The tide that forever rolls in. Crashing on shore in a never ending dance with the sand. The beach never disappears even though for thousands of years it has been pummeled with sea water. The waves offer small treasures that we may stumble upon as we walk along the hemline of this great and awesome thing called the sea.

 Glass that was once sharp and jagged--able to sever veins and tendons--is now a softer color and smooth, rounded and almost soft. If broken glass was found on the sidewalk it would be avoided or discarded, yet after spending time in the ocean being tossed again and again into the sand it is now a treasure sought after and valuable.

 A bottle once used to hold liquid, serving a purpose, broken and shattered by great force, endured such an abrasive experience only to become something unique and beautiful.

 I feel like a bottle shattered, being tossed again and again in the sand as the waves toss me on shore only to suck me back into the edge of the ocean. The process of being remade into something treasured is such a long and tedious process. My God took this shattered shard of a soul and has tossed it into His ocean of love. Each wave of mercy blends my soul with the sand of grace again and again, slowly wearing away what is sharp and vain and softening edges of selfishness and pride. I'm unable to stop the process just as a piece of glass is unable to leap from the ocean and rest untouched on the land. I don't want to be shattered shards of glass on land waiting to be swept and tossed into the garbage serving no purpose but to be a danger to others who come in contact with it. I want to be sea glass. I want to endure the agony of being smoothed and shaped and tarnished. I want to finally be released from the ocean's grasp and picked up by the nail scarred hands and declared a treasure.
I hope I'm found worthy to be called such a thing.
all copyrights remain with the author. copying for use is only allowed through the permission of the writer.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thankful Life - October 8, 2015

“Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life” ~Psalm 23:6a (The Message)
I am really trying to stay in the Word (listening and hearing)... trust the process and live in hope... as I strive to pursue a Christ-like life, I am assured that He never ceases to pursue me.

These are very hard things to do in this broken body (which we all have because of a fallen state of this world)... b...ut with illness, it's even tougher. As I pray down the group posts yet again, I think on this past week and how I have coped. I really try to keep my mind occupied by things other than dwelling on the daily aches and pains, changes or non-changes symptomatically. It's working! He's strengthing me... and making me tougher.

Art by Shawn Boreta 2015
Removing the Mask...
I am on 'mask' kick right now... and what I learned when I went through Stephen Ministry years ago, is that we all have one (maybe more)... the mask can look like many things, and sometimes they appear to be the "real" you, but when the Holy Spirit moves... and we are open to see Him move, the Christ-like us can be seen... so today, this moment, remove the mask of pain and suffereing to reveal the you that He is working on for the world to see.

I have been able to focus on my art - which is such a lift - as I create, I can dwell on the Creator, pray for others... and imagine my pain lifting as the "canvas" transforms from nothingness to masses of color. That I will one day immerge differently and miraculously out of the pain that exists... to the hope that we are ever surrounded by through His fulfilled work.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them." ~Ephesians 2:10 (American Standard Version)
workmanship: masterpiece, handiwork...

Even in the midst of pain and suffering, our God will provide respite as we pursue to glorify Him as we live out the talents He gives us.

"Now may the God of peace, who brought the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, back from the dead through the blood of the new everlasting covenant, perfect you in every good work as you work God’s will. May God do in you only those things that are pleasing in His sight through Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, to whom we give glory always and forever. Amen." ~Hebrews 13:20-21 (The Voice)

"Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." ~Matthew 5:16 (American Standard Version)

... let our days be filled with "Even so" moments!

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thankful Life - September 20, 2015

In the Midst

In the midst of it all, I am fortunate.
As I hold tightly to my Father's Word, I am encouraged.
In the midst of it all, I am grateful.
As the daylight turns to darkness, I am not afraid, for God is present.
In the midst of it all, I am filled.
As the world ravages my heart, the mercies through Christ are near.
In the midst of it all, I am blessed.
As I hold onto His promises, His purpose is revealed.
In the midst of it all, I hang on to let go.

"Yahweh your God is in your midst;
    a mighty warrior who saves.
He shall rejoice over you with joy;
    He renews you in his love;
    He will exult over you with singing." ~Zephaniah 3:17 (Lexham English Bible)

In the commentary, "He renews" is literally translated as "he will silence you in his love." How beautiful is that assurance?

As I sit and soak in our Father's heart through music, His Word and thoughts to glorify my Creator, I am energized in my heart and soul. The world, and all it delivers can really "work me up" - and my desire is for God TO WHOLLY WORK ME UP in His presence.

If you read Zephaniah in whole, you see God moving in both the believer and unbeliever... the obedient and those not obedient. God moves in our midst as children of God, and removing Himself from the midst of those who reject Him. I desire to be obedient... to know His presence. My God will not leave me (His promise).

Heavenly and gracious, merciful and exalted Father, help us in our times of trial and trouble. Be with us in this ravaged world, so that we can shine Your light for others to see Your glory, for Your glory and honor. In these times, that are temporary, at times harsh, unrelenting hurls from the enemy's attempts to derail God's purpose in us, WE KNOW THAT WE ARE STRENGTHENED beyond comprehension through the Holy Spirit.

Giving Thanks Daily, often, becomes a challenge in this broken world, and broken body and many saints have gone before us... lived through it... and were strengthened by the hand of God through it all. I have to ask myself daily, what 'god' do I put before my God and Savior? Is it my illness, my search for wholeness in this body through 'healing' and 'restoration' of the flesh? Is it my perceived physical need? Whatever it is, LORD, my Father, help me see Your purpose and wholeness in Your presence FIRST and LAST. Help me to shine Your light regardless of what my physical limitations might appear to be. Let my  heart soar, move and grow closer to Your work in my life. Let me seek You diligently with a determined and deliberate motive, and KNOW YOUR strength in new ways. Help me share Your light with others... I thank You Lord Christ Jesus for delivering me and showing me righteous through Your blood covering. Thank You for giving me strength in knowing that my prayers, needs, both known to me and those not known to me, perfectly to our Father in heaven. Thank You for giving me direction, discernment and determination through the Holy Spirit. Here my heart through my writing, my incoherent cries and pleas, my silent sufferings, and lift my pride as I learn to ask, seek, learn, grow toward and hear Your voice... let me not falter in the days that seem so far from You... let me stand FIRM AND IN EXAMPLE OF A CHRIST-LIKE LIFE. Help me give thanks in the midst of good, bad and the indescribable. Let me allow you to continue working me up in the midst of it all. Praying in whole heart and thanksgiving to my Abba, through our precious Christ Jesus I pray and trust the intervening and delivery of my request in the Holy Spirit before my King... to our heaving Father. Amen.

photo of Hope Center, Beaver Crossing rebuilding after the Mother's Day 2014 Tornado

Psalm 138

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Favor.
A Psalm of David.

"I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I sing praises to You before the [pagan] gods.

I will bow down [in worship] toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word together with Your name.

On the day I called, You answered me;
And You made me bold and confident with [renewed] strength in my life.

All the kings of the land will give thanks and praise You, O Lord,
When they have heard of the promises of Your mouth [which were fulfilled].

Yes, they will sing of the ways of the Lord [joyfully celebrating His wonderful acts],
For great is the glory and majesty of the Lord.

Though the Lord is exalted,
He regards the lowly [and invites them into His fellowship];
But the proud and haughty He knows from a distance.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me;
Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever—
Do not abandon the works of Your own hands."

(Amplified Bible)

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thankful Life - September 18, 2015

As a child of God, I have already been healed... "by His stripes..." (Isaiah 53:5)

The worst illness of all is sin - and with the blood of my Savior, I am covered, and righteous in my Father's eyes. This body is temporary and the lessons that come from its frailty and inadequate state is priceless (2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

Daily, I am rewarded by His presence - mercies and miracles (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We have not been promised a healed body as we live and breathe on this earth, but we are promised a perfect resurrection through Christ (Romans 6:5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Timothy 2:11).

Our hope is in the life we live for Him... not by what pain is avoided.

Living a miracle filled life - and praying you find your daily miracles as well.

Let our prayers be filled with interceding for others... and seeking God's presence...
Heavenly and gracious Father, we seek Your presence and pursue Your purpose in our lives. We pray for our brothers and sisters, and trust for Your daily provision and Word-filled hope, that comes from knowing our Savior, Christ Jesus. We submit to You for the strength, that can only come from You to make it through each and every day. We trust Your presence, Your mercies and Your timing for all things and to stay the course.

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thankful Life - September 17, 2015

If a ministry claims the promise of healing and financial stability .... run. These are not promises of God. I see so many false teachers "having their way" with God's people and my heart breaks. Let us pray for discerning hearts, minds and actions (see 1 John 4). TEST EVERYTHING (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

God promises us eternity with Him, only when and if we choose to accept His gift of our Savior Christ Jesus, while admitting that we are sinners and need to be saved.

I have so many people tell me if I "believe more", "trust more"... God will heal me.
That is not what God's word says. He promises to never leave nor forsake His children (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5), His beloved in times of trial. He promises to strengthen us (Isaiah 40:28-31, Psalm 18:32-34, 2 Timothy 4:17) and help us press on in times of trial - as we pursue His will for our life (1 Peter 4:11)... I have learned that my attitude changes everything. There are times when I have nothing left, but I seek Him diligently... often.... wholly, and I am strengthened to keep going (Psalm 27:1, Matthew 10:52).

Let my life reflect Your will precious Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 12:2). In a nutshell, "Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;" ~1 Peter 1:23 English Standard Version

I am reminded often, to seek God and His instructions for my life - He'll handle the rest in His time. If I am not getting what I desire (healing, for example), He has something amazing set aside for me as I pursue Him.

"Don't be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me." ~John 14:1 Common English Bible

What are some of the verses you hold dear to allow God to move you from desperation to glorifying Him through submission?#LymeLifeHOPE
Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Life is a Prayer - August 27, 2015

My heart is breaking LORD.... as I peruse the pages that used to interact, engage and glorify You, I am broken-hearted that they are barren with Your children's engagement. We have truly become a society of "little bits and pieces", without depth or pursuit of going into Your Word with vigor. I am saddened. I am praying Father for Your work in my own life, that I can dig deep, pursue greatly all that You have set before me, and that my desire will grow and flourish with the Holy Spirit's steam beneath and around me. Help me LORD to seek You in whole heart, mind and spirit. In the name of Christ Jesus, I request and expect Your work to be done. Amen.

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thankful Life - July 26, 2015

Are you in despair? Praying for your despair to lift, and the fire of our Lord Jesus to ignite in your Spirit to see Him in your moments of hopelessness... that you will know deeply that satan, and his scheme to take your joy, has already been defeated...

When we allow the flow of God's grace to wash over us through His Word, while going deeply into His presence, we are assured and reassured that He will handle our every need.

Don't every feel bad that your faith is not enough, or you don't believe enough, or you doubt way too much... but do give all those feelings to God. Keep running toward Him, even and especially when you cannot sense hope...

Allow your moments to be consumed by thoughts of our Father, the Creator... Jesus, our Redeemer... and keep asking the Holy Spirit to bring you closer, deeper, wholly into His presence.

Today, I am believing that walls within my life that are holding me back from His presence wholly, blessings abundantly, miracles to unspoken prayers, hope delivered, joy lived... and His light displayed.

SOAKING in my LORD God and Redeemer in whole presence with the Holy Spirit.
The Breaking by Christopher Georges

Know His Word... to know His Beauty in your life.
Hebrews 11
The Voice (VOICE)
11 Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. 2 It was by faith that our forebears were approved. 3 Through faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible.
Faith begins as hope and indeed is unseen; so many doubt that it is real. What follows is the proof that faith is a reality that can be trusted.
4 By faith Abel presented to God a sacrifice more acceptable than his brother Cain’s. By faith Abel learned he was righteous, as God Himself testified by approving his offering. And by faith he still speaks, although his voice was silenced by death.
5 By faith Enoch was carried up into heaven so that he did not see death; no one could find him because God had taken him. Before he was taken up, it was said of him that he had pleased God. 6 Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking.
7 By faith Noah respected God’s warning regarding the flood—the likes of which no one had ever seen—and built an ark that saved his family. In this he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham heard God’s call to travel to a place he would one day receive as an inheritance; and he obeyed, not knowing where God’s call would take him. 9 By faith he journeyed to the land of the promise as a foreigner; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, his fellow heirs to the promise 10 because Abraham looked ahead to a city with foundations, a city laid out and built by God.
11 By faith Abraham’s wife Sarah became fertile long after menopause because she believed God would be faithful to His promise. 12 So from this man, who was almost at death’s door, God brought forth descendants, as many as the stars in the sky and as impossible to count as the sands of the shore.
13 All these I have mentioned died in faith without receiving the full promises, although they saw the fulfillment as though from a distance. These people accepted and confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on this earth 14 because people who speak like this make it plain that they are still seeking a homeland. 15 If this was only a bit of nostalgia for a time and place they left behind, then certainly they might have turned around and returned. 16 But such saints as these look forward to a far better place, a heavenly country. So God is not ashamed to be called their God because He has prepared a heavenly city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when he endured God’s testing, offered his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice. The one who had received God’s promise was willing to offer his only son; 18 God had told him, “It is through Isaac that your descendants will bear your name,”[a] 19 and he concluded that God was capable of raising him from the dead, which, figuratively, is indeed what happened.
20 By faith Isaac spoke blessings upon his sons, Jacob and Esau, concerning things yet to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed the sons of his son Joseph, bowing in worship as he leaned upon his staff.[b]
22 By faith Joseph, at his life’s end, predicted that the children of Israel would make an exodus from Egypt; and he gave instructions that his bones be buried in the land they would someday reach.
23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born because they saw that he was handsome; and they did not fear Pharaoh’s directive that all male Hebrew children were to be slain.
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown, refused to be identified solely as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter 25 and chose instead to share the sufferings of the people of God, not just living in sin and ease for a time. 26 He considered the abuse that he and the people of God had suffered in anticipation of the Anointed One more valuable than all the riches of Egypt because he looked ahead to the coming reward.
27 By faith Moses left Egypt, unafraid of Pharaoh’s wrath and moving forward as though he could see the invisible God. 28 Through faith, he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of blood on the doorposts among the Hebrews so that the destroyer of the firstborn would pass over their homes without harming them. 29 By faith the people crossed through the Red Sea as if they were walking on dry land, although the pursuing Egyptian soldiers were drowned when they tried to follow.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho toppled after the people had circled them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab welcomed the Hebrew spies into her home so that she did not perish with the unbelievers.
32 I could speak more of faith; I could talk until time itself ran out. If I continued, I could speak of the examples of Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah, of David and Samuel and all the prophets. 33 I could give accounts of people alive with faith who conquered kingdoms, brought justice, obtained promises, and closed the mouths of hungry lions. 34 I could tell you how people of faith doused raging fires, escaped the edge of the sword, made the weak strong, and—stoking great valor among the champions of God—sent opposing armies into panicked flight.
35 I could speak of faith bringing women their loved ones back from death and how the faithful accepted torture instead of earthly deliverance because they believed they would obtain a better life in the resurrection. 36 Others suffered mockery and whippings; they were placed in chains and in prisons. 37 The faithful were stoned, sawn in two,[c] killed by the sword, clothed only in sheepskins and goatskins; they were penniless, afflicted, and tormented. 38 The world was not worthy of these saints. They wandered across deserts, crossed mountains, and lived in the caves, cracks, and crevasses of the earth.
Stories of faith and faithfulness are central to the First Testament. The writer of Hebrews recalls some of the most memorable examples of how people of faith lived their lives. But what is faith? Faith is more than belief; it is trust, assurance, and firm conviction. Ironically most of those who lived by faith never fully realized the promises God had made. Like us they journeyed as strangers and exiles, longing for another country. We should remember their patient faith when we face prolonged hardships and allow the trials we face to strengthen our faith rather than destroy it. If we are comfortable here and don’t face suffering for our faith, perhaps we aren’t fully living by faith and looking forward to a future hope.
39 These, though commended by God for their great faith, did not receive what was promised. 40 That promise has awaited us, who receive the better thing that God has provided in these last days, so that with us, our forebears might finally see the promise completed.
11:18 Genesis 21:12
11:21 Genesis 47:31
11:37 Some early manuscripts read “sawn in two.” Other early manuscripts read “tempted.” Later manuscripts have both.
Joy is in the journey... Hope is in the accomplished work of a perfect Savior.

Ⓒ2015 Shawn Boreta, Thankful Life

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thankful Life - July 25, 2015

Let's say you are ill, very, very ill... you pray for healing. It doesn't come....  others are praying for your healing... it doesn't come. You plead, cry out and mourn over the life that you no longer have because of this illness, you spend much time lamenting and begging for healing to come.... it doesn't come.

Scenario One: Life continues in a cycle of praying and asking and feeling defeated that your prayers, and the prayers of others on your behalf go unanswered. You are convinced you have no purpose and the enemy has won. You know that there is no purpose for you in all this.

Moments of illness become years of torment. Years of torment have destroyed everything. And, you are bitter, unsatisfied and angry at God. Your life has been lived in pain and concern for becoming well, in defeat, anger.... and in your life you have moments of reprieve and admit, "God is good... he is healing me", but complete healing does not come and the cycle begins again.

Scenario Two: Life continues and you are drawn to pray for others every time the pain seems unbearable. You cling to our Fathers Holy Word and seek for answers diligently in the scriptures. You realize through reading the lives of other saints in the Word that you're not alone... that through it, God is with you (Psalm 34:17-19, Psalm 147:3) and with every day of pursuing God, you realize all the times He was right there carrying you through the muck and mier AND PURSUING YOU... your life and heart. FEAR NOT... "fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~Isaiah 41:10.

And, as His Word envelops your life, your heart and consumes your thoughts, you are able to share His light with others... you give thanks for things that tore your heart out before... you become the encourager. The one, despite your own pain, who will always pray for someone, and listen. Because you already know that the LORD will sustain you and carry you in the harshest of moments.

"We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them. We are bewildered at times, but we do not give in to despair. We are persecuted, but we have not been abandoned. We have been knocked down, but we are not destroyed." ~2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (The Voice)

Moments of illness become special and precious times with your Creator. Others see your light, and want to know, "how through all that you are going through you are able to pray for others... encourage others"...

Really, there is no scenario one or two, there is life and it is around, between and through both of these ideas, and with God as the focus, God's desire for our life will come to light. It's all about Him. 

Just my thoughts as I worship my Creator this morning. He is speaking to me....

© 2015 Giving Thanks Daily

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thankful Life & Challenge - July 24, 2015

First off, I am not sharing for accolades... but to share my heart and what the LORD has given me to share with others.

I am grateful God has placed me here at this time. And has given me a heart to serve... pray... and encourage others. It is truly my all natural antidepressant. I remember someone saying that you cannot be sad when you are helping someone else... and they were so right!

As we head into the weekend, my thoughts are on the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Father and the Holy Spirit in us, in the lives of every single one of us (yes, even you). We can have turmoil, challenges, disasters and complete road blocks physically, mentally, emotionally and, more than not, spiritually. Our Father in heaven desires us to seek Him through it all. What I have been learning is that we cannot just praise Him when things go well... we are well.... all is well.... Learning to praise our Creator in the midst of everything will teach us that there is so much more than what we see and experience here on earth, in this life.

The LORD gave me the most amazing gift many years back, that came in a challenge, and believe me, the I fought God fiercely on what He asked me to do. I literally shouted to Him, "I did not want anything to do with the challenge set before me".  But our God is the great persuader. And, I pray that you are encouraged, challenged and prompted by my words.

My life changed... it was like being thrown an island that I could step onto when I was drowning. I was trying to survive with a  life-jacket, my choosing... over time, the life-jacket filled with water, became worn through and full of holes... I was confessing to be a believer... but didn't believe what the Word told me (and didn't read the Word intentionally, but did so by word search). So, in tidbits... chunks.... pieces..... and slowly, the LORD engaged me in the Word - with very specific instructions. Give thanks daily. "Really, Lord?" I would ask...and begrudgingly, I did it anyway. I gave thanks every single day for 30 days (no matter how I felt).... and when the initial challenge was accomplished... God said, "keep going".... which turned into 90 days... then 120... and solidly thorugh the first 770, I didn't miss a day... then over a 1000 days. I missed only 3 or 4 days in that time... but kept writing and holding every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)... edifying to my Lord and Savior.

When I began this journey, my husband and I were living in the same house, but not in alignment at all. I was so sick (falling down, migraines daily, vision issues, fatigue, ten, in so much pain, and barely hanging on emotionally, depressed and desperate. We had lost jobs (both of us in a year), our house, our cars, we were living in my ex-husband's spare house because we couldn't find anything else... I was disconnecting from everything... cervical cancer surgery and suicidal from the hormone treatments, dealing with a long-term unexplainable illness, and all the naysayers who insisted my ailments were all in my head.... and God called me to give thanks, what's up with that?

I know so many are suffering, and in need of respite, my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will nudge someone to hear the call to change to this one habit, and instruction of our Father.

If you are crying out to God and trying to 'hear' Him, and don't know how to begin, just begin... simply... daily... and ask God to help you, and feel free to drop me a note as well.

Will you join me in a 30 day challenge?

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© 2015 Giving Thanks Daily

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thankful Life - July 21, 2015

Holy Spirit help me conquer all that is not of You in my life through every trial and in every triumph... help me know victory is already accomplished.

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.


It is not our job to have all the answers, but it is our job to focus on the LORD for the answers He reveals. We must seek Him with all our questions and His plan will be laid out before us. It does not mean He will tell us to step here and here for every step, but will point us in the direction that we can walk toward - hold on to and change in the process.

In the times when I am seeking a change... I really try to remember that God will grow us wherever we are - and help the desires of our heart to meet up with His will... praying! I have had to learn to trust that God will deal with those who I struggle with in my life. Daily I can expect to see how God uses each and every situation... In your own trials, know that our El Roi (the God Who Sees) hears, sees and knows your tears, pleas and heartaches - all of them are carried by the LORD already... praying you can let Him be the only One carrying your burdens.

God forgives us... when we ask and repent... Jesus does not instruct us to forgive ourselves... only our God forgives... and we can receive that in the power of the Holy Spirit. And, as He forgives us, we are to forgive others... and again, we can forgive in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I have so lost my faith in moments when my mind and heart desire to be well with every fiber of my body... yet, my body rebels against those thoughts regularly. BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, and I am learning and growing closer to Him because of trials, challenges and set backs. But there is progress!
Progress is not always apparent. But when I choose to step out in expectation, I am rewarded by my belief that the LORD is always working... that "He will never leave nor forsake me" because with my Savior, I am "strong in my weakness" AND HE IS ENOUGH...

I don't want to wake up every day and wonder [speculate], "is this the day I will see the miracle in my body?".... I DO want to wake up everyday in AWE of the wonders [amazement, miraculous work or event] of my Creator, while standing in faith daily of the miracle that is my Savior!

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." ~Galatians 2:20 (New American Standard Bible)

Father, help us to be encouraged today and through our time(s) in the desert and uncertainty... You are our hope and reason for this life. Help us to see the things that You have for us to reap, sow and harvest in the midst of EVEN AND ESPECIALLY THIS. WE love You Father and trust Your work and miracles within these bodies. LORD God help us to revel in the possibilities to glorify You, as we fall more deeply in love with You daily. Thank You for the daily opportunities to grow and become Christ-like in our trials. We seek strength and courage to fight our flesh to submit to discouragement and doubt. We seek strength to shine the light that You so graciously pour into our hearts, minds and lives through Your perfect and beautiful Word. Help me to see YOU! Help me to be LIKE YOU! In the hope of Christ's work on our behalf and the wisdom and pursuit of the HOLY SPIRIT in this life as You prepare us for the next. Amen.

© 2015 Giving Thanks Daily

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thankful Life - July 15, 2015

"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love." ~John 15:10 (New American Standard Bible)

God's love for us is not about keeping the rules, but loving submitting to His love, so His instructions are an honor to follow. We cannot abide in Him without the work of the Holy Spirit in us... it is a life of continual submitting, and knowing that it is when we are weak, we can be our strongest in faith and actions toward God's will in our life.

God not only showed up, He carried me every single day. My obedience to His urgings filled my days with joy and hope – despite all the challenges I went through. It is His Word that gets me through, gets me started and keeps me going.

God is the God of miracles - those we see and those we do not know were accomplished.
The biggest miracle we can experience, is forgiveness.... Forgiveness is a BIG part of healing, emotionally, spiritually and physically. We have to be willing to let go of what we knew, and hold on to what we know as a child of God. It has been a long journey, but I have let go of the times that I once thought to define me. But now I know that it is my relationship with my Creator, Redeemer and the power and work of the Holy Spirit in my life.

You know, this life is not what I had envisioned in many ways, but it is much greater than I ever could have expected...

Praise to God for His Deliverance
"For the music director. 
1 Of David, the servant of Yahweh, who spoke to Yahweh the words of this song when Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.1 And he said:“I love you, O Yahweh, my strength.”2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,my God, my rock in whom I have taken refuge,my shield and the horn of my deliverance, my stronghold.3 I called upon Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised,and I was saved from my enemies.4 The ropes of death encircled me,and streams of ruin overwhelmed me.5 The ropes of Sheol surrounded me;the snares of death confronted me.6 In my trouble I called on Yahweh,and to my God I cried for help. He heard my voice from his temple,and my cry for help came up before his presence into his ears.7 Then the earth shook and quaked,and the foundations of the mountains trembled,and they staggered because he was angry.8 Smoke went forth from his nose,and fire from his mouth consumed.Burning coals blazed from him. 9 So he bowed the heavens and came down with a thick cloud under his feet.10 And he mounted a cherub and flew,and he swooped down on wings of wind.11 He made darkness his hiding place;all about him his covering was a darkness of waters, thick clouds.12 From the brightness before him his clouds passed over with hail and coals of fire.13 And Yahweh thundered from the heavens,and the Most High uttered his voice with hail and coals of fire.14 And he shot his arrows and scattered them,and many lightning bolts and routed them.15 Then the channels of the sea became visible,and the foundations of the world were uncoveredby your rebuke, O Yahweh,by the blast of the wind of your nose.16 He reached from on high; he seized me.He drew me from many waters.17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,and from those who hated mebecause they were stronger than I.18 They confronted me on the day of disaster,but Yahweh was my support.19 So he brought me out to a spacious place.He delivered me because he delighted in me.20 Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness;According to the cleanness of my handshe has repaid me.21 Because I have kept the ways of Yahweh,and have not acted wickedly against my God,22 because all his ordinances are before me,and his statutes I have not removed from me,23 and I was blameless before him,and I kept myself from my guilt.24 Therefore Yahweh has repaid me according to my righteousness,according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 25 To the loyal you show yourself loyal.To the blameless you show yourself blameless. 26 To the pure you show yourself pure.but to the wicked you show yourself shrewd. 27 For you deliver humble people,but haughty eyes you humiliate. 28 For you light my lamp;Yahweh, my God, lights up my darkness. 29 For with you I can charge a troop,and with my God I can scale a wall. 30 This God—his way is blameless. The word of Yahweh is flawless.He is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 31 For who is God apart from Yahweh,and who is a rock except our God? 32 The God who girded me with strength,and made safe my way, 33 He made my feet like the deer’s,and on my high places he makes me stand. 34 He trains my hands for war,so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.35 You also gave me the shield of your salvation,and your right hand supported me,and your humility made me great.36 You enlarged my step under me,and my ankles did not slip. 37 I chased my enemies and overtook them;I did not turn back until they were finished off. 38 I struck them and they were not able to stand up;they fell under my feet. 39 And you girded me with strength for the battle;those rising against me you made to kneel under me. 40 And you made my enemies turn their backs,then I destroyed those who hated me. 41 They cried out but there was no rescuer,even to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.42 And I ground them like dust in the wind,I emptied them out like mud of the streets. 43 You rescued me from strife with people;you set me as head (over) nations. People I did not know served me;44 as soon as they heard, they obeyed me. The children of a foreign land feigned obedience before me. 45 The children of a foreign land lost heart,and they came trembling from their strongholds.46 Yahweh lives, and blessed be my rock,and may the God of my salvation be exalted—47 the God who executed vengeance for me,and subdued peoples under me,48 who delivered me from my enemies.Indeed, you exalted me higher than those who rose against me.You delivered me from the man of violence. 49 Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, O Yahweh,and I will sing the praise of your name: 50 the one who makes great victories for his king,and who shows loyal love for his anointed,to David and to his descendants forever."
God is so much greater than our expectations or assumptions. Whatever you think... rethink, know, God is greater, God doesn't think or respond like me or (fill in the blank of someone you know)... He loves you so much.

© 2015 Giving Thanks Daily

Monday, July 13, 2015

Giving Thanks Daily - Nancy Nygaard, Guest Writer

God’s Grace in Difficult Circumstances
by Nancy Nygaard
July 13, 2015

When we fix our eyes upon Jesus He shows us how He walked the road God had prepared for Him. He told us that in this world we would have trouble, but take heart because He has overcome the world (for us). He may not remove our burdens presently, but He "will" walk through them with us (the Bible is full of examples of Him doing this). Paul, and other disciples, showed us a beautiful examples of how God took what satan meant for evil and turned it into good in the lives of His followers (Romans 8:28). We have been filled with the same Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus' disciples. God will use what He has allowed for His glory. The Bible says that our earthly burdens are light and momentary compared to what we will experience in heaven! Our hope is in Christ Jesus brothers and sisters. You are His beloved, precious, cherished children in whom He is doing a new thing!

"See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland." ~ Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

I wanted to share with you changes God is making in my life - maybe He’s done the same for you? God changes hearts that are yielded to Him no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. This is my personal faith journey over the past 20 plus years.

After an automobile accident in 1994, a couple of years later, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when the pain did not resolve with treatment. A year before that I found out I had Hepatitis-C which my body spontaneously cleared – a miracle from God!

 More recently I have been diagnosed with Lyme disease (not active so I guess it's been there a while undetected). I have lived with chronic pain that eventually changed the things I depended on the most - my career that gave me security allowing me to believe I was in control (pride), my ability to do simple things for myself making me dependent on others (independence), and the belief that I could change this terrible madness that was happening in my life if only I could find the right… (I tried to control what was happening)? The good news is that God transformed these areas of my life.

God changed my pride into submission as I learned to truly trust Him to provide the next meal and literally everything else in my life. He changed my stubborn independence into dependence as He surrounded me with the caring fellowship of other believers. He gave me a grateful, humble heart filled with compassion for others. He changed my belief that "I" could make the madness that was my life go away and gave me peace to know that He would walk with me through whatever I faced each day. When I feel myself slipping back into this attitude, or feeling the need to “be in control” I remind myself of His assurance me that He will provide what I “need” – not to be confused with what I “want”. I take my concerns to God in prayer knowing that all things are possible for Him. No matter what happens to this body in this world my HOPE is in Jesus Christ! To God be the Glory! Satan cannot take away the victory our Savior has already won for us!

From Hepatitis-C to Fibromyalgia to Lyme Disease! The pieces of the puzzle are beginning to fit together. My journey of faith has become stronger through this as God brings me into a deeper and deeper understanding of who He is. For twenty plus years chronic pain has been my companion. Over the years it has been labeled many different things as previously mentioned - the most recent label - Lyme disease. After each label I fought to have control of my life "in my own understanding". I did all the right things - stopped unhealthy habits, added healthy habits, avoided things that could cause more hurt (while losing a part of my life that brought joy). The chaos this caused mentally was devastating. In the back of my mind was always the thought, what new cure will restore me? The turning point came for me when I acknowledged that God is in control of my life, not me. This brought peace that passes human understanding (John 14:27). He has already restored me through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. He loves me and has told me that His grace is sufficient for me in "all" circumstances (2 Corinthians 12:9). When I discover that I am struggling with my circumstances, I turn it over to Him in prayer to the God for whom all things are possible (Philippians 4:6; Matt.19:26).

All of this to say, I no longer fret but instead cast my cares upon Him. I trust in His love and faithfulness to those who love Him (Romans 8:28). My dear brothers and sisters I pray all of the same for you. God's promises are true. Satan's lies are not. God will never leave you alone - forsaken (John 14:18). He is your portion and your strength (Psalm 46:1). Run into His arms and be held!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Thankful Life - Why It's Important

Looking at Things Differently
Thankful Life - Why It's Important

I believe when someone makes a decision to “finally” get the help they deserve, it’s all out research, asking questions, absorbing, more questions, disappointment, dead-ends and doubt… all the while, coming against opposition in some form: This can come from doctors, co-workers/employers, friends and family. So, how do we do this thing called “getting well”?

At some point you have to step back away from it all to really see what you have before you. Which brings up yet more opposition – our mind and our ability to comprehend necessity and need, while addressing and working with huge cognitive issues and challenges… honestly, it’s just hard. Seems impossible. And is a very lonely process for many. But it’s not.

Lyme disease does not accommodate structure or clarity, so trying to make sense of it becomes a losing proposition. So, when evaluating what steps to take, we need to have our own basic structure in place to work through the emotional and the physical, while having the tools necessary to meet our Spiritual needs and growth. 
In November 2008, I was challenged to “give thanks daily” during Thanksgiving month. I really felt led to comply after several nudges and promptings from God. I began the journey of Giving Thanks Daily on November 3, 2008, and wrote, and wrote and wrote daily… for 775 days straight, then God released the daily, and I now write as led or energy permits.  That same year, I went from sick to very sick in a matter of 2 months.  I had been self-employed for 9 years doing financial coaching, so sleeping in, taking naps and creating my own schedule worked well with being sick, and hiding it from everyone. On June 5th, 2008, I started a full time job (in ministry) was a perfect fit and was just what God had planned… the building I worked in “smelled musty and mildewy” and I knew there was a mold issue and complained profusely, but I needed the job. Every day I dealt with severe migraines, nausea and anxiety. I had become a professional complainer… not out loud, mind you, deep in my heart in attitude and thought. It was consuming me. The broken glass under the skin sensations throughout my body, increased and my thought is because I was also beginning to get warn down, fatigued and undone mentally. Believe it or not, I did my job well, but was having trouble with my boss, which is something I had never dealt with. Stress, stress and more stress. I was going to church, studying the bible, worshiping and listening to Christian Teaching and Talk radio all day… trying to fill my mind with God’s Word and knowing His promises are truly for me.

Back to the act of Giving Thanks Daily – it saved my life… this is not an exaggeration, but a true testimony of God working things out for His good and glory. So, I committed to writing every day… finding the good in everything. Pushing through to “get that purpose accomplished” – and I did. From this God urged me to "be encouraged, by encouraging others", and a Facebook-based ministry began with the Wonderfully Made page, and subsequently 5 other pages with 30-40 volunteers learning and growing in the same way.

God not only showed up, He carried me every single day. My obedience to His urgings filled my days with joy and hope – despite all the challenges I went through.

On June 3rd, 2013, I started a new job at the local Christian Teaching and Talk radio station I listened to everyday at my previous job, and have listened to since the day after I was saved. The change in environment helped, but within 6 months, I was back to all the symptoms I had had before, plus flat out exhausted, wobbly legged and devastated… You see, I had slowly stopped writing daily, wrote weekly, then on occasion. I had allowed the enemy to whittle away at my hope, dampen my spirits… BUT NO MORE!!!

I am not writing this to say how awesome I am… or how good I am because I did this or that. I am sharing this to testify that GOD DID IT ALL. He put the words to the page, the hope in my heart and the desire to keep my focus right. My prayer every day is that someone else can see what God has shown me; that the gift of being grateful is something God said is freely shared and gifted to others. My prayer is that pain and circumstances are noted, but hope and joy are lived out, and the Holy Spirit shines victory these times of living in this broken world – in this tattered, hurting, confusing and broken body knowing that this is temporary, but He is permanent.
And I am His!
Much love in Christ Jesus,
Shawn Boreta

"Our flesh lives in enemy territory, but our will, our hearts, our thoughts and our eternity belong to our Creator, because of our Savior, BECAUSE HE LOVES US SO MUCH.
As a child of God, you have power and strength to fight all evil. Exercise that power and strength, in Jesus' name and in the full power of the Holy Spirit." ~Shawn Boreta, 2013
It's All About Me, by Shawn Boreta

Thankful Tidbits - Jordyn Michaels - July 10, 2015

Sometimes I feel like God specifically designs trials with my name on them! And my natural response is resistance. I don’t like trials. I’m not comfortable and sometimes they even hurt. I know in my head that God does NOT make mistakes... HE NEVER says ‘oops’ or ‘I shouldn’t have done that’.  God knows my weaknesses and character defects and He knows what it takes to help me grow...and He does for you as well....aren’t you thankful that He loves us enough to NEVER let up or give up. God is more concerned with our character than He is our comfort.
He ALWAYS has our best in mind. You may be in the middle of a trial or being tested right now. 
Know this...
God’s at work!  The hurts and trials of our lives are never wasted. God is purposeful in all He does and all He allows. He is all together trustworthy....and His love for us is incomprehensible. Today I WILL, with God’s help,  "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus". ~1 Thessalonians 5:18
It’s ALL good...
God’s in control!

Always Thankful,

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Psalm 37 - Hand it over...

My Life is a Prayer - July 9, 2015

Father, as I come to You this morning and I am amazed! Thank You for bringing me through a wakeful God was preparing me all day for a night of no sleep!

The LORD is really working on me with this. I want to lament about my own challenges, more than pray for others... so it's a decision to pray first... He is good, and I have been so blessed by His ministering to me during these struggles. For struggles I am fortunate to have a BIG GOD who sees me through every circumstances.

As I lamented last night... GOD SHOWED UP, yet God never left me.

"Pain everywhere, like broken glass under the skin. Much stirred up after the lymphatic drainage massage yesterday! Quick onset of a bladder infection that 90% of the time becomes a kidney infection when they are like this. Quick 180 in IBS symptoms - abdominal pain, chest pains, tingling, twitching, achy joints, mouth sores, fever/sweats and TMJ throbbing... And no relief from the ringing ears. And I have to be a at work tomorrow.

Your strength is expected Lord Jesus as I prepare my heart, mind and attitude for tomorrow! Help me to be still.. Focus on Your goodness as you take this yoke and remove "the weary"... I AM YOURS - gratefully Yours. Be with my brothers and sisters in the same force and power - let it be a night of miracles and hope through the Holy Spirit"s work as we rest... Our gatekeeper toward removing the world and reveling in the truth that WE ARE YOUR BELOVED AND LOVED! Thank You Jesus for being here in this way, in this time. Amen.and restless sleep with Your peace and comfort. You are my every bit of strength as I head out today." ~Last night's prayer

Dear Hearts - God has not abandoned you, and He knows every tear... every pain.... every doubt. He's got you. HE LOVES YOU!

My life is a prayer, and I cannot imagine anything else!
Shawn Boreta

Thankful Tidbits - July 9, 2015

God is the one who has won... the enemy will work tirelessly to distract you from your calling... it will look like many things, yet we have to fight submission to the things that will take our eyes off of our purpose. It is a moment to moment fight - don't be deceived in thinking that the busyness and illness and family matters are all that God has planned for you. Sometimes you have to step away from circumstances of life to live the life that Jesus died for. Living in despair, doubt, fear and being overwhelmed is not included in the plans of our Creator. 

You are a child of the King... loved, adored, protected, healed, victorious... 

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden" ~Matthew 5:14 (New American Standard Bible)

God desires us to live for Him, despite the distractions.
God desires us to live for Him, knowing that there will be distractions.
God desires us to live for Him, understanding that we will not know how to manage distractions.
God desires us to live for Him, because He provided a way.

"I tell you these things to help you; I am not putting difficulties in your path but setting before you an ideal, so that your service of God may be as far as possible free from worldly distractions." ~1 Corinthians 7:35 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

My prayer is that we will all learn to live for Christ in a way that is hopeful, joyful, fearless, confident and expectant. My prayer is for all of us to shine through the challenges and live victoriously!

"While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world." ~John 9:5 (New American Standard Bible)

Have a great and thankful day....
Shawn Boreta

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thankful Tidbits - July 8, 2015

Walking in grace and living Christ-like means more than quoting scripture and talking about God. It is approaching difficult people realizing that your "shared moments" together are not their only moments of their day. That difficult person may have just received devastating news, had a fight with their kids or spouse or may be in chronic pain... You never know how God will use you to minister to their heartache and pain... and guess who else God ministers to?

Let us walk in grace and lead with our heart for God.

Have a great and thankful day....
Shawn Boreta

Thankful Life - July 8, 2015

There are so many days I really want to pull the covers over my head and sleep, sleep, sleep. But I know God has another plan for this day, which is new and belongs to Him.

"God showed how much he loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him." -1 John 4:9 (New Living Translation)

I have been weary... fighting this fight, instead of leaving it up to my Heavenly Father... I want to let it all go, and rest in Him... so tonight when I get home... that is exactly what I am going to do.

I had a date night with myself last night, while my husband went to the San Francisco Giant’s game. I read a little, talked to God a little, and then talked with Him some more.  It was a delightful time.

Yesterday was a normal, yet again, the new normal for this week kind of day. It began with my first therapy session – lymphatic drainage massage. My therapist, a lovely sister in Christ from church – now only God could orchestrate something that awesome, right? Laying of hands… and yes, “laying of hands” has an entirely new meaning for me. We talked as she administered treatment, had amazing fellowship sharing, and the time went by very quickly. Then off to work. All is good, and God’s mercies are greatly appreciated daily.

And today, with God, I was off and running toward another victorious day. Beginning in prayer, as that is how every day should start and STAYING THE COURSE... 

Thank You Father for brothers and sisters in the same fight, who can share, love and pray for one another. Thank You for giving us life ever after, and hope in this life to fight through. Help us LORD God to seek You in the midst of our trials, and to remember the victories and triumphs in our challenges. Through others, we look forward to seeing light and hope, and through our expectations because WE ARE YOURS, guide us to seeing You at all times. You are our Redeemer, our HEALER, our ROCK...

Staying the Course
 "My child, be attentive to my words;
 to my sayings incline your ear.
 May they not escape from your sight;[eyes]
 keep them in the midst of your heart.
 For they are life to those who find them
 and healing to the entire body.[for all his flesh] ~Proverbs 4:20-22 (Lexham English Bible)

Abba, we do not have to go far to see the brokenness, illness and heartache, help us in our times that we "feel" alone to squash the thoughts that are not of You. Help us to see through the physical pain and anguish so we can find peace in the struggle, joy in the sorrow that is Lyme disease and all that goes with it. We cry out, call upon and trust that You are here, and we are Yours. We ask to only "touch the hem of Your garment", "lift up our mats", STIR THE WATERS WITHIN OUR BODIES, as you did in Bethesda. ALMIGHTY FATHER, Jehovah Rophi - (God Who Heals)... See us LORD, hear us LORD, deliver us LORD... El Roi is the God Who Sees Me, and we know You see us, hear us and we are already delivered through the blood of Christ Jesus, yet we desire Your healing touch here in these physical bodies. We pray for solutions, help us to open our eyes, ears and hearts to see YOUR path. Help us to depend on and go to the source already inside us THAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT... our strength, to give us courage.... TO CONTINUE THIS FIGHT. Let us KNOW, TRULY KNOW Your healing power as we desire to go deeper in the WORD. To trust, abide and walk as we are called - even and especially in our suffering.

"But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him’. But God has, through the Spirit, let us share his secret.
"For nothing is hidden from the Spirit, not even the deep wisdom of God. For who could really understand a man’s inmost thoughts except the spirit of the man himself? How much less could anyone understand the thoughts of God except the very Spirit of God? And the marvelous thing is this, that we now receive not the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God himself, so that we can actually understand something of God’s generosity towards us." ~1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (J.B. Phillips New Testament )

We come to You a wholly LORD in the mighty name and FINISHED WORK OF Christ Jesus, amen.

These are tough times, and many moments seem unbearable… but with Christ, they are never dark or bleak. He will carry me, this I know for He promised. Give every moment to Him. Ask Him to help you remember the times where He has seen you through. It’s our time to give Him our best – and really we cannot do our best without His work in our hearts, minds…. In our thoughts and in our life.

I’m ready to surrender this life wholly to my Redeemer, because He lives, I will live better in this life – even AND especially through trials.

In our own "darkest of times", we may be the only light shined into someone else's life.

"You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it." ~Matthew 5:16 (The Voice)

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Thankful Life - Helping A Friend

I know you have been following my own journey, and I am so grateful for your prayers and I am so fortunate to have the treatment options I have thus far... I really felt led to share this, and completely trust God to direct the right friends to help.

  • See this little fighter?
  • She has Lyme, and so many challenges associated with the disease.
  • Her mom, Monique needs your help to help Penelope.

Monique's note to me.
Dear Shawn, 

This has been a super tough journey, especially watching both of my kids battle this disease. I was diagnosed 5 years ago, possibly had it a lifetime. Penelope & Justin were both diagnosed within the last 2 years. None of us have properly committed to treatment, as financially we are compromised and because we are on State Medical, insurance is not accepted. I have done all I know to do.

It seems obstacles are always in our path. I am tired. Really, really tired and although I love God and have faith, watching my kids suffer is horrible. Doctors ignore us, maybe because they don't really understand, or are afraid to understand. I can't afford the Lyme literate doctors anymore and none of us have been tested in a long while. I watch Penelope suffer when the world is clueless of what she endures. People think since she is always smiling, she is great. They have no idea, how hard it takes me to keep her spirit in check. They don't see her when she is crying out with nightmares, hallucinations. When she is crying because her bones hurt. They don't see them protruding from her spine, they so see the sparkly pretty girl in pink. They don't have a clue of her anxiety, that her bouncing is a response to anxieties. They just assume because of her spirit she is not sick.
I don't want her sick… I want her well. I want her normal.
There are so many things I have witnessed since her birth, digestive issues, MTHFR detoxing issues, thyroid on and so forth. The time spent trying to feed her, the cost… Healthy Diet. I cannot take for granted what we eat, it is what has helped keep pain at bay. I speak so much for Penelope because she is young and she has a real chance. Yet 7 years has passed and Lyme & confections have advanced. Most of my family & friends don't believe us, if they do, they hide it because they don't know what to do... it is sad.
I praise God for my son, whom without him, we would be at a total loss, but remember he too is sick, diagnosed the same. I have had a few people help us. They are precious. It was in the beginning though and those finances were gone as soon as they were received, when all this began. I have tried to save money out of my low income, Justin tries to work part-time, but the need keeps growing.
I keep praying. I don't want sympathy, I want empathy, compassion and Penelope needs help. I want God to send his people; those who are willing to look beneath. Keep praying for us Shawn. I am happy we met. I won't even mention the challenges of my own illness, the obstacles of moldy houses, broken down cars, rent, electricity, these things postpone our recovery. Thank you for listening. Love ya!

Please consider helping this family get their medical journey started again. Please share with others, and come together for our sister in Christ.

I will donate a print (Dwell in Him 11x14-unframed) to the first 15 people who gives $150.

Shawn Delia Boreta

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