Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thankful Life - March 31, 2015

It has truly been a day to pray... pray for others, pray for wisdom, pray for strength... prayer for discernment. All in all, a good day.

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men," ~Colossians 3:23 (English Standard Version)

Today I ask, "How can I do what I am supposed to do?" Is this part of my prayer? You bet! And, part of what I have been called to do is to lead our online ministry group, and with that comes great responsibility. And with responsibility comes a great need to seek God... not just in difficult times, but in all times. As a leader, I am very committed to deliver God's truth through His Word and uphold to the highest standards as humanly possible. And, what I have discovered, is that none of us can lead alone, there must be others around us to keep you on track, correct us and encourage us... With this said, as a group, we are here to coach, listen and "in the Spirit" give correction to our team. As always, we are not saying we have all answers, but we will be firm when it comes to ministry-biblical integrity at all times. Is this tough? You bet! Is it hard? Harder than anything else I have ever done. Is it worth it? More than worth it!

One of our leaders, Barry put it perfectly, "There can be no compromise. I asked someone I consider to have a lot more insight and experience with these situations than I have and was told you give them the choice, 1. They turn around and get back onto God's path or 2. They continue on alone."
In a nutshell, there is no compromise and the ROAD IS VERY NARROW.

I am grateful for having access to the greatest leaders, and team with our Ps139 group team of edifiers. I am truly blessed!

As my own reminder today, and as we work to minister to those who visit our pages, I will share what is heaviest on my heart tonight in God's Word..


MATTHEW 7 (Lexham English Bible)
The Sermon on the Mount: The Narrow Gate
13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it, 14 because narrow[c] is the gate and constricted is the road that leads to life, and there are few who find it!

The Sermon on the Mount: Recognizing False Prophets
15 “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits: they do not gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, do they? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree to produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 As a result, you will recognize them by their fruits.

The Sermon on the Mount: False Followers
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many miracles in your name?’ 23 And then I will say to them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!’

The Sermon on the Mount: Two Houses and Two Foundations
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain came down and the rivers came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it did not collapse, because its foundation was laid on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain came down and the rivers came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it collapsed, and its fall was great.”

The Sermon on the Mount: Response
28 And it happened when Jesus finished these words the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.

Thank you Father for Your Word, and the wisdom that the guide of the Holy Spirit provides daily, as well as moment to moment when we seek Your truth. 

©2015 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta


Monday, March 30, 2015

Thankful Life - March 30, 2015

My birthday month is almost over. I cannot believe I am not 50. And, regardless of the day, I will rejoice and celebrate for mine is a life of blessings and favor. TODAY I am covered in prayer - those who pray and I know, and those who pray and I do not, thank you.

"who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with loyal love and mercies,
who satisfies your life with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." ~Psalm 103:4-5 (Lexham English Bible)

YESTERDAY, WE CELEBRATED! And took the #LymeDiseaseChallenge... join us!

I am grateful for having a short memory, especially these days - it serves me well so often. There are moments in this life when I feel like I have gone through so much, and others that feel like the blessings never cease. I much prefer the latter outlook and pray for that every day. I truly am grateful for this life of lessons and challenges, FOR WITHOUT THEM, I WOULD NOT KNOW MY GOD - MY SAVIOR - MY SOURCE.

I grow daily in my understanding of "treasures", His treasures! Today, for example - as I felt the overwhelming sadness and fear start to creep in, I heard familiar voices who I knew would pray for me... help me overcome myself and reestablish the armor of my heart... guarding in all that He has provided, and provides - while fending off all that this life delivers; that this world has to offer.

"When He called His disciples and the people around him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me. The man who tries to save his life will lose it; it is the man who loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s who will save it. What good can it do a man to gain the whole world at the price of his own soul? What can a man offer to buy back his soul once he has lost it? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in the Father’s glory with the holy angels around Him.” ~Mark 8:34-38 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

By no means do I believe my physical suffering is 'my cross to bear', but it is the reality of the life we have hear as we are earthbound - I believe He carried it already, and I live to appreciate Him for that. I say this, and share that I cannot focus on what challenges are 'a cross' or what challenges are here to teach me and help me grow toward Him. Someday, if it's important, He will let me know the different. I am grateful to know my King and His work that was freely given, freely offered, yet accepted not near enough. There are so many I pray for, and it is in the hope of sanctification that I live in HOPE and trust in HOPE.

This journey, although not what I would have chosen for myself is perfect and necessary... it is pre-determined and covered by a mighty and faithful God. Even as I mess up, and get sidetracked - He knew and prepared and continues to prepare me... Thank You LORD for never leaving me and giving me more than enough daily. It is my pleasure to seek You more, TRUST You MORE and believe Your plan more diligently.

TOMORROW, I return to do a follow up visit with my LLD office. For the last 26 days I have been taking, and ramping up dosage of an antimicrobial (Lyme formula developed by my LLMD) and a microbial balancer. Overall, I am no worse for the wear.

The first 17 days were met with some herx reactions, which included increased symptoms (headaches, face and neck numbness, lightheadedness and a little more exhaustion, muscle twitching, skin and muscle burning). Plus some new, not threatening, but annoying symptoms (nausea/vomiting, sweats-even lower BP and lower body temperature 95.5 +/-, irritability, extreme sore muscles, anxiety and left eye pain, oh and the rashes...). I also had a decrease in the stabbing pains... going from 60 +/- to under a dozen per day.

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY - and I am confident that the LORD will work out all the financial details, along with all the restorative details.

Prayers appreciated, not just for me but my fellow Lyme Warriors:
And, help if you can.
and so many more.

©2015 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thankful Life - March 18, 2015

Father, You still hold me, and all that I will experience pertaining to this illness – whatever it is LORD, I pray for Your presence throughout this ordeal and I am grateful for Your perfect will and healing. I pray for Your guidance with all the decisions that have to be made medically and financially – and I ask that one won’t be negatively affected by the other. I pray that I can focus on You when my heart and body want to submit to the pain, the exhaustion or the symptoms that arise. Lord Jesus I a trust Your petition before our Father and I am counting on the daily and moment to moment strength of the Holy Spirit. I love You LORD and thank You for never leaving me.

"For the worship leader. A song of the sons of Korah accompanied by the harp. 1 How lovely is Your temple, Your dwelling place on earth, O Eternal One, Commander of heaven’s armies.2 How I long to be there—my soul is spent, wanting, waiting to walk in the courts of the Eternal.My whole being sings joyfully to the living God.3 Just as the sparrow seeks her home, and the swallow finds in her own nest a place to lay her young,I, too, seek Your altars, my King and my God, Commander of heaven’s armies.4 How blessed are those who make Your house their home, who live with You; they are constantly praising You.[pause]5 Blessed are those who make You their strength, for they treasure every step of the journey [to Zion].6 On their way through the valley of Baca, they stop and dig wells to collect the refreshing spring water, and the early rains fill the pools.7 They journey from place to place, gaining strength along the way; until they meet God in Zion.8 O Eternal God, Commander of heaven’s armies, listen to my prayer. O please listen, God of Jacob. [pause] 9 O True God, look at our shield, our protector, see the face of Your anointed king, and defend our defender.10 Just one day in the courts of Your temple is greater than a thousand anywhere else.I would rather serve as a porter at my God’s doorstep than live in luxury in the house of the wicked.11 For the Eternal God is a sun and a shield. The Eternal grants favor and glory;He doesn’t deny any good thing to those who live with integrity.12 O Eternal One, Commander of heaven’s armies, how fortunate are those who trust You. ~Psalm 84


Monday, March 16, 2015

Thankful Life - March 16, 2015

"The birth of Jesus Christ happened like this. When Mary was engaged to Joseph, just before their marriage, she was discovered to be pregnant—by the Holy Spirit. Whereupon Joseph, her future husband, who was a good man and did not want to see her disgraced, planned to break off the engagement quietly. But while he was turning the matter over in his mind an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife! What she has conceived is conceived through the Holy Spirit, and she will give birth to a son, whom you will call Jesus (‘the Saviour’) for it is he who will save his people from their sins.” ~Matthew 1:18-21 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

As I read through Matthew today, my third day reading the first few chapters, I was struck when reading the Phillips version, way in which it is worded... "But while he (being Joseph) was turning the matter over in his mind..." How often do we contemplate, "turn" things over in our minds and depend on our own understand, rather than seek God in the process? The chances of an angel coming to us in a dream to help us with a decision might be pretty slim, however, that is what "dwelling in the Word" is for to lead us rightly to the LORD's will and purpose in our life. "Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk." ~Psalm 119:105 (Common English Version)

I am floored by how faithful God is, even when I struggle to see His instruction. As we continue our journey to KNOW God, I believe we can learn so much from one another, while learning ALL THAT GOD HAS for each one of us.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thankful Life - March 14, 2014

I agree that there are many things spiritually that "sound right", and are very attractive to us, and as believers in Christ and His work through suffering, dying and resurrecting we must be aware of things that are out there. And, without the Holy Spirit, a community of believers (our church family), and biblical obedience, we can open ourselves up to be deceived. For me, I keep it simple... I seek to spend more time in the Word (the Bible) for the answers I seek, but learning to seek Him alone is really all the answer I need. I believe when we allow our minds to absorb other writings,we can have our hearts deceived.... the mind wants what the heart desires... the heart desires, often times what feels good... gives us a sense of blessing. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14 Complete truth is found in the LORD, His Word and in His works; we can know His truth by engaging with Him through the words He so lovingly poured out to us. This to me is exciting. And for Him I am so thankful.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" Revelation 22:13
A devotional, "Christian" book, snippets of scripture are ways to direct us deeper to the WORD, not a replacement. I have seen many "seek" God in all the wrong places - where others are writing their own (per)version of "god's" instruction, and it is attractive... because it sounds good, feels good to read, YET falls short, and in it we fall short of knowing HIS GLORY. My friends, our study is the Holy Scripture.
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Revelation 22:18-19
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105
Be cautious of what you read, what you allow to penetrate your mind and thoughts... Curiosity, often should be replaced with Surety. "Test everything" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). There are holes in writings outside of God's, including me and our group Ps139 group). We must be open to the Holy Spirit to share what we are led to live out, share with others... I don't quote many teachers, on purpose... I prefer to keep things simple: me+God. wink emoticon
GOOD PRACTICE: To use the Word to relay the gospel message and hope... we can share our own words as well through testimonials and encouragement. But allow the Words to be those that come from familiarity of the Word.
The "great commission" is to spread the gospel and help build disciples... Let us focus on that and staying steady in the Word, and we will accomplish this on these pages that so many see.
I have always prefered to go directly to scripture.... and read commentaries. I would love to see this more. God blesses us greatly through His instruction and we will grow greatly when we are obedient in this manner.
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM. as we all do, and the LORD will bless us as we work for HIM...
Have a wonderful weekend my friends.

(c) 2015 Shawn Boreta

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thankful Life - March 5, 2015

In my struggle today, and this week, I have been seeking God in ways that really stretch my thinking. Waking up with my skin on fire this morning, I wanted to just go back to sleep... close out the world and forget that there is something beyond my sheets. But that is not what God has for me. And, as I struggle to keep up at work... remember all that I am supposed to remember, yet don't... mourn the times that energy was not at a SUPER PREMIUM... I begin to bask in the moments where I am forced to SIT STILL AND SETTLE IN.

And, it was there this morning that I dug deep down and reached for that inkling of energy, and it came up empty... so I remembered the encouragement that so many of you shared with me yesterday... God's Word through the Psalms, the conversations that took place and the glimmer of hope just because I can remember that I am His... not because I chose Him, necessarily, BUT BECAUSE HE DESIRED ME TO CHOOSE HIM. And, I left those sheets - and began my day and step into TRUSTING Him, and learning what that actually means as I do.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever." ~Psalm 118:1

"Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
  I will not die but live,
    and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
 The Lord has chastened me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord." ~Psalm 118:15-19

(New International Version)

I want you to know, that God pursues you... and pursues you... and pursues you...

You will never know God's impact if you never choose Him.

I find so much comfort in those His Words, and it's in the giving thanks that I can move toward the trust part... I keep thanking Him for all of the moments, these moments in my life. I find the joy as I learn and grow with others, also suffering, also seeking His presence and comfort.

When we place our humanity in the understanding of God's ways, we miss a lot. I am finding that I am trying to define "trust", as in "trusting God" by the experiences in my life - and this does not work. In the midst of living this life, I find myself relying on my own understanding instead of asking the Holy Spirit to BRING ME UNDERSTANDING. Trust, I am sure, is a difficult one for many of us - we are broken and in need of healing in so many ways, that seeing TRUST as a good thing often gets lost.

Really what I am trying to say, with today's foggy brain... is that we need to redefine TRUST when we speak of God. Trust is not earned with God, it is a GIVEN. He will never mislead us, or take advantage, BUT HE WILL ALWAYS BRING US to a place that is His.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thankful Life - February 4, 2015

I sit here today, contemplating so many things in this life – my family, friends and those I have yet to meet – I realize how very fortunate I am, and how ungrateful I can be. My life has contained a plethora of unnoticed blessings, either from an unwillingness to look outside of myself, or stubbornness to be unwilling in general. I am not sharing this to be a “downer”, but to publicly note that I recognize that changes in me still need to occur. I am truly a work in progress, admittedly… “a work in progress”, but it’s when I recognize God’s part is to pursue me, it’s my job to PURSUE HIM EVEN MORE DILIGENLTY.

Today I give all my cares, concerns and THE DAY to You LORD. Yes, I am nervous, anxious and excited. Today I see a Lyme Doc... not just someone who has prescribed a 3 week regimen of antibiotics to someone a few times, but someone who actually treats the disease. Yes, I have had some success with the thyroid medication, it seemed to change my energy levels for a couple weeks between the first day I started, until now (about 5 weeks). Am I ready? Yes!

God has this, but moreover, He has me - secure, safe and eternally. This world cannot deliver anything that I cannot handle. Because I am His, this is just temporary - and is a training ground to seek Him more... yes, YET MORE.

I cannot tell you how hard this past year has been emotionally, spiritually and above all, physically. It has not been the worst year of physical pain or challenges, but it has given new meaning to "challenge" for me.  I won't tell you it has been easy to trust God, because I am still struggling with that one. My head knows most of the time, my heart knows a lot of the time, and deep within me knows all the time - but it's getting the inside out that is a challenge, and there's the challenge. Life keeps moving, as life does... obstacles are meant to be in the way, and they do just that. YET, through it all I never felt abandoned or alone for more than a moment. Deciding how long "a moment" is comes with discipline to seek God in all of them.

Today, I am grateful and expectant.

Every day being filled with HOPE by He who set me free...
(Romans 15:13)

#thankfullife #LymeLifeHOPE

Treatment Update in 7 easy steps...
1. Test for Western Blot and co-infections through IGeneX Labs in Palo Alto*
 2. Check for IgG subclasses, total IgG/IgA/IgM through Palo Alto Medical Foundation
 3. Check for Candida IgG/IgM/IgA through Palo Alto Medical Foundation
 4. & 5. Begin Antimicrobials (herbal) - two formulas
 6. Switch to compound B12, more powerful (methylB12), increase from 10mg to 25mg 3 times/week
 7. If the initial tests are negative, will do 3 week antibiotic challenge (shots that will bypass the bloodstream an go right to the cells, tissue and organs)
Long answer... it's complicated to say the least. There are three levels of Lyme testing. The Western Blot tests I had done in the past are for "early stage" Lyme (first 90 days). Guess the doctors missed the part when I said I was bitten over 30 years ago.
Level One is the testing we did yesterday.
Level Two is to come after stirring up my system and trying to breakdown the biofilm which protects the spirochetes (like a shield) with the Antimicrobials. Blood cannot penetrate, so tests often come back negative. If the tests done yesterday come back negative, I will do an aggressive antibiotic treatment (#7) so that we try to create a bacteria storm in my system.
Level Three will be an even more aggressive version of Level Two.
I need to continue what I am currently doing, but can eat a semi-normal diet.
* IGeneX panels
 #188 Lyme WB IgM
 #189 Lyme WB IgG
 #200 B. microti IgG & IgM Ab
 #720 B. duncani IgG & IgM Ab
 #285 B. henselae IgG & IgM Ab
 #203 HME IgG & IgM Ab
 #203 A. phagocytophilum IgG & IgM Ab

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