Friday, August 26, 2016

Thankful Life - August 26, 2016



I am really trying to focus on the right thing.

I have a follow up Lyme appointment next week - and essentially symptoms have come back. I started treatment 17 months ago (orals: Rx, herbals and homeopathic). I had several months where improvement was apparent. As I changed medications for the 6th time because of adverse reactions (Rocephin shots), I now find my body is not progressing the way I "thought" it would during this time of treatment. I can get completely discouraged, as can we all.... OR I CAN GET COMPLETELY ENGAGED with the healing that our Father has already provided me... praise, worship and thanksgiving.

Here's how good the LORD has been. As I begin to crumble in my moments of weakness, He reminds me what my mission is - pray for others, while trusting His plan AND allow Jesus to stand in the gap (every gap). It sounds so simple, and agreeably, IT IS NOT, but it truly is. I have many moments of crumbling, stumbling and despair, but over the years (as I get closer to Him), they are less and less.... and I can see these as fleeting moments, rather than lingering.
My prayer for all of us is that we can see despair fleet, and His presence linger.
I thought I would share some an older article, from 2012.

Day 879 of Giving Thanks Daily



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fleet·ing
ˈflēdiNG/
adjective
lasting for a very short time.
synonyms: brief, short, short-lived, quick, momentary, cursory, transient, ephemeral, fugitive, passing, transitory; literary evanescent
lin·ger·ing
ˈliNGɡ(ə)riNG/
adjective
lasting for a long time or slow to end.
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Thankful Life - August 26, 2016



I am really trying to focus on the right thing.

I have a follow up Lyme appointment next week - and essentially symptoms have come back. I started treatment 17 months ago (orals: Rx, herbals and homeopathic). I had several months where improvement was apparent. As I changed medications for the 6th time because of adverse reactions (Rocephin shots), I now find my body is not progressing the way I "thought" it would during this time of treatment. I can get completely discouraged, as can we all.... OR I CAN GET COMPLETELY ENGAGED with the healing that our Father has already provided me... praise, worship and thanksgiving.

Here's how good the LORD has been. As I begin to crumble in my moments of weakness, He reminds me what my mission is - pray for others, while trusting His plan AND allow Jesus to stand in the gap (every gap). It sounds so simple, and agreeably, IT IS NOT, but it truly is. I have many moments of crumbling, stumbling and despair, but over the years (as I get closer to Him), they are less and less.... and I can see these as fleeting moments, rather than lingering.
My prayer for all of us is that we can see despair fleet, and His presence linger.
I thought I would share some an older article, from 2012.

Day 879 of Giving Thanks Daily



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fleet·ing
ˈflēdiNG/
adjective
lasting for a very short time.
synonyms: brief, short, short-lived, quick, momentary, cursory, transient, ephemeral, fugitive, passing, transitory; literary evanescent
lin·ger·ing
ˈliNGɡ(ə)riNG/
adjective
lasting for a long time or slow to end.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Life - August 25, 2016


We grow with the Holy Spirit working in us... Nothing less for a child of God will do!

"Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life." ~ Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)

Your mind changes your brain... with God as the source, live it out.

Process life from your thoughts and eliminate death.

Keeping my eyes on the LORD.
The only way to truly want what is best for me is to know the Father intimately through getting into the Word daily. It's only then can I know what the best of me is.

"22-24 But you have learned nothing like that from Christ, if you have really heard his voice and understood the truth that he has taught you. No, what you learned was to fling off the dirty clothes of the old way of living, which were rotted through and through with lust’s illusions, and, with yourselves mentally and spiritually re-made, to put on the clean fresh clothes of the new life which was made by God’s design for righteousness and the holiness which is no illusion.

25 Finish, then, with lying and tell your neighbour the truth. For we are not separate units but intimately related to each other in Christ.

26-27 If you are angry, be sure that it is not out of wounded pride or bad temper. Never go to bed angry—don’t give the devil that sort of foothold.

The new life means positive good
28 If you used to be a thief you must not only give up stealing, but you must learn to make an honest living, so that you may be able to give to those in need.

29 Let there be no more foul language, but good words instead—words suitable for the occasion, which God can use to help other people.

30 Never hurt the Holy Spirit. He is, remember, the personal pledge of your eventual full redemption.
31-32 Let there be no more resentment, no more anger or temper, no more violent self-assertiveness, no more slander and no more malicious remarks, Be kind to each other, be understanding. Be as ready to forgive others as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:22-32 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Quick Thought - July 28, 2016

Be Aware...

"but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31 (English Standard Version)

There are so many false teachers and 'theories' that are presented emphatically, supported with scripture and packaged "in the name of Christ". Something was shared with me last night, and in my weariness, I couldn't quite grasp what was being presented... the dialog was 'confusing'... and quite honestly, my brain wasn't up to the task last night... I was struggling to tell if what I was reading was biblical or not.. this person, was emphatic - telling me their job is to share the truth AND, that if I didn't submit to and 'believe' what was being stated that I may end up being one of the ones who are deceived (1 Peter 5:8).

Deceived: Synonyms: mislead, delude, dupe, hoodwink, bamboozle

In my exhaustion, I stopped the dialog and began to pray for discernment... wisdom and clarity. I was unable to fall asleep thinking about, and going through the dialog in my mind... This morning, as soon as I woke up, I knew that the great deceiver was actively at work BUT also KNOW that my God and Savior is alive and present in my heart and mind; and is faithful in the promptings of the Holy Spirit when we seek His guidance.

"Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour." -1 Peter 5:8 (Amplified Bible)

Tonight as I write this, and as I began to write, I looked up the 'term' that was presented last night and am certain of my conclusion that last night's conversation is where the enemy would have me go. My lesson learned is to listen to the promptings to "stop" and step back when confusion begins. (2 Timothy 2:7)

And, I am still convicted to be steadfast in reading the Word - praying before hand for understanding and afterward for the ability to remember what I am reading and studying.

(1 Thessalonians 5:21)

#TheWordistheWordistheWord
#Testeverything
#OpenourEyesLORD
#ClaritythroughtheWord

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, June 30, 2016


This morning, the prayer is actually shared by Murphee's mama, my baby girl, Myranda Ehlers.

"My amazing, sweet girl, where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that I was staring in awe at the puddle between my legs and telling your daddy, "... I think my water broke. But I'm not sure?" I was so unsure of so many things. How would I love you, like really love you in the way you needed? How would I care for you, care for a fragile and beautiful creature entirely dependent on me and me alone for nourishment and also be one of the main sources of comfort practically around the clock? How would I give and give and give again to someone I was going to meet face-to-face for the first time? I had felt you stir low in my belly, in that warm place where you wanted for nothing. I was first witness to your stretches and your hiccups. I only had to press my fingers up against the crown of your (stubborn) head gently before you would flutter a leg or wave an arm and still, still remain unchanged with your persistence to stay upright, nestled just below my heart.

But you became real and whole and tangible to me in the space of a half hour, as my middle was stretched open and more hands than I care to recollect drew you up and out into the brightness of your new world. And I cried for the disorienting love I felt and understood so suddenly that my arms were reaching before my brain could help my lips form the words. Can I have her? Can I have my baby? Is she okay? Your daddy was holding my hand and telling me yes. I was still numb from my epidural, the epidural I did not want because of the C-section I did not want, but numb or not, I knew that I wanted you.

And here we are, almost 6 months in. I am blessed beyond measure to have you. I know, without a doubt, that you were created and crafted by a loving God and grown inside me, then born and entrusted to all the people who love you and wish only the best for you and pray over you as you sleep and as you cry, as you giggle and smile and express every fleeting whim that passes through your body and mind. There are so many reasons why I know this that I will tell you some day, about the days that were hard and the thoughts that were harder and the sadness and anxiety that I had when I first found out about you. Until then, we pray that you will grow strong in your faith and firm in your stance, that your feet will draw you closer to God through every trial you face and every joyous triumph. Little girl, my sweet Murphee Josephine, we pray for you to be bold and courageous and strong and beautiful (the kind of beauty that outshines the physical), that you are kind and humble and graceful and that these things you learn by seeing an example in me, as well as others. God, help me be her example and help her see past when I fail.

My amazing, sweet girl, I love you. Happy almost 6 months."


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Thankful Life - June 8, 2016

Fight.
Give.
Let.
Rest.
Submit.
Ponder.
Dwell.
Repent.
Heal.
Trust.
Believe.
Abide.
Release.
Break.
Love.
Express.
Allow.


Let Go.
Hold Fast.
Rest in His grace.
Trust in His purpose.
Dwell in His presence.
In Christ, Amen.


Sometimes there is so much I want to say and share, but only a word comes to mind when I write, not the intention will flow... so here it is. God, You know my heart, my pleas and Your plans. That is enough.


In the depths of my soul, my life cries out... in my every breath, Christ already responded.


"My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God." Psalm 84:2 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thankful Life - May 17, 2016


Greetings brothers and sisters - I know so many are suffering. I heard a great message on Sunday, as I returned to my old church to be with my daughter and her family. I realized, I had disassociated three years ago, almost fabricating reasons to leave my church family instead of working through or dealing with a hurt. I discovered recently that the feelings of isolation come from dealing with the affects and aspects from Lyme.

I have grieved so much lost time in the past, but now realize that this is time we can seek God and focus on Him. When I focus on the losses, I miss His gains. Not sure if this makes sense, but my heart yearns wholly to find His presence in even the times when 'I feel' He has forgotten me. Learning that these are the times to push harder to see Him - while KNOWING THAT OUR FATHER FAITHFULLY PURSUES us through everything we go through.

This past week, I have had increasing herx reactions, which truly I am rejoicing because I sense the 'evil' bacteria breaking up and moving through and out of my system. It's been a harsh 36 hours; like I have had chemotherapy. My prayer is to be overwhelmed by His presence so I can make it through work, and continue to rest when I can. Knowing that my 'fight' is nothing compared to His fight for me.

I just wanted to share some thoughts. Brethren, Jesus is before the throne, pleading for us, standing up for us and praying for us to KNOW HIS MERCIES, GRACE AND FAVOR.

Much love... praying for you.

Isaiah 61 Amplified Bible (AMP)Exaltation of the Afflicted61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,Because the Lord has anointed and commissioned meTo bring good news to the humble and afflicted;He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted,To proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captivesAnd freedom to prisoners,To proclaim [a]the favorable year of the Lord,[b]And the day of vengeance and retribution of our God,To comfort all who mourn,To grant to those who mourn in Zion the following:To give them a [c]turban instead of dust [on their heads, a sign of mourning],The oil of joy instead of mourning,The garment [expressive] of praise instead of a disheartened spirit.So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God],The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,They will raise up and restore the former desolations;And they will renew the ruined cities,The desolations (deserted settlements) of many generations.Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.But you shall be called the priests of the Lord;People will speak of you as the ministers of our God.You will eat the wealth of nations,And you will boast of their riches.Instead of your [former] shame you will have a [d]double portion;And instead of humiliation your people will shout for joy over their portion.Therefore in their land they will possess double [what they had forfeited];Everlasting joy will be theirs.For I, the Lord, love justice;I hate robbery with [e]a burnt offering.And I will faithfully reward them,And make an everlasting covenant with them.Then their offspring will be known among the nations,And their descendants among the peoples.All who see them [in their prosperity] will recognize and acknowledge themThat they are the people whom the Lord has blessed.10 I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,My soul will exult in my God;For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,He has covered me with a robe of righteousness,As a bridegroom puts on a [f]turban,And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,And as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,So the Lord God will [most certainly] cause righteousness and justice and praiseTo spring up before all the nations [through the power of His word].

Sunday, May 15, 2016

My Life is a Prayer - May 14, 2016

A journal entry from January.

Reminded again today.... I am not anyone else's Holy Spirit - and with that said, when we try to be we can push people completely away, when sometimes what is required is prayer for truth, knowledge and wisdom... on our part as well as for the other person.

GOD.... brought several to encourage me, pray with me.... and gave me space to lament. Thank You God, you are faithful in all moments.

DON'T LET YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES prevent you from seeking HIM!

#LymeLifeHOPE
#ThankfulLife
#GivingThanksDaily

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thankful Life - May 13, 2016


"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." ~ Psalm 27:13 (New International Version)

Despite challenges, I have so much to be grateful for this day and in this life. In reflection of my thoughts over the years (through journal entries), I am so grateful for God in my life, first and foremost. I am also very grateful for my family, especially those who I spend the most time with.

But, it is not a 24/7 thankful FEST...

  • I lament
  • I grieve
  • I worry
  • I get discouraged
  • I disconnect from those that mean the most to me
  • I have down moments


But most of all, I have hope in my Father's promises. 

I have the best encouragers ever - a very special thank you to my daughter, who is also my sister in Christ, who helps me in so many ways, including being my nurse-maid. And, I am grateful for my granddaughter, who will someday know how her delivery into my life creates "new hope" daily.



 [We have seen God’s mercy and wisdom: how shall we respond?] With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity." ~Romans 12:1 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

May 11 at 10:57am · (a recent lament)
There are days when I just don't feel part of anything. Chronic illness is more than life interrupted, it's relationships and responsibilities severed - not out of malice or uncaring attempts, but it just is. God is the constant, but I have to admit that in the experiences of each day, moment to moment, it can be quite isolating to say the least. Those who I held most dear for many years, just slipped out of my daily contact. And, I can reach deeper into my faith, praise God for all that He has done, be grateful for the good days, while I mourn the loss of relationships. As far as responsibilities, they are forcing me to live more simply - wondering how I was ever so busy in the first place. That in those times when my illness didn't hinder, why I didn't focus more on the relationships that were so important. We cannot control others, but we can control our reaction to things in this life. At the moment, and for quite some time, I am mourning so much loss and day to day is a thread. Understanding that I was the one relating... reaching out, communicating and being concerned for others - living for Christ, without regard for how I felt.

This past year has been a time of reducing so much, but taking on so much as well. I have no regrets, but expectations to continue this fight, to submit more completely to our Father in heaven and stand strong in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Is it easy? Not at all, and impossible on my own – but is expected through and in Christ.

After writing, I was reminded, as I am so often, I am not alone. My isolation is temporary.

#LymeLifeHOPE
#ThankfulLife
#GivingThanksDaily




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

At Loss Today - May 11, 2016

There are days when I just don't feel part of anything. Chronic illness is more than life interrupted, it's relationships and responsibilities severed - not out of malice or uncaring attempts, but it just is. God is the constant, but I have to admit that in the experiences of each day, moment to moment, it can be quite isolating to say the least. Those who I held most dear for many years, just slipped out of my daily contact. And, I can reach deeper into my faith, praise God for all that He has done, be grateful for the good days, while I mourn the loss of relationships. As far as responsibilities, they are forcing me to live more simply - wondering how I was ever so busy in the first place. That in those times when my illness didn't hinder, why I didn't focus more on the relationships that were so important. We cannot control others, but we can control our reaction to things in this life. At the moment, and for quite some time, I am mourning so much loss and day to day is a thread. Understanding that I was the one relating... reaching out, communicating and being concerned for others - living for Christ, without regard for how I felt.

This past year has been a time of reducing so much, but taking on so much as well. I have no regrets, but expectations to continue this fight, to submit more completely to our Father in heaven and stand strong in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Is it easy? Not at all, and impossible on my own – but is expected through and in Christ.

Today, I want to pray for others who also suffer... who sense and experience the isolation of illness. I pray for hopeful times in prayer and worship, and to God be the glory in all the suffering.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

My Life is a Prayer - May 5, 2016

It's been a while since I shared here through words, and today, there are only a few that will come out. Chris and I just returned from Costa Rica, our first vacation in 17 years - much needed, and we had a wonderful time. It always seems more time is needed, yet being home and sleeping in our own bed was like heaven.

As my brain whirls and desperately tries to relay a prayer, I remember that it's not the words that are said, or written, it is the heart revealed to our heavenly Father. I am grateful Father for Your protective covering, that though this body may fail me, Your love for me will not... Will not ever!

II know so many are suffering. And I pray you are encouraged even in the horrible of whatever ailment you are dealing with, I pray for others to surround you to minister to the pain, lift your spirits and comfort you down to the soul. I pray for moments to experience God's presence, to explore His goodness through worship and study. I pray for peace and gratitude to reign in your heart, mind and soul. Jesus, we come to You in whole heart and seek Your presence, and it's in Your saving grace and unending mercies we sit before You... help us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

There are so many to pray for, and the names come, or the face comes or the snip-it of their need comes to mind as I come before the throne - and I know it's OK. For whatever is not relayed, Jesus knows my heart and knows the desires of my heart and the pleas before they are formed. Father, there are so many afflicted with physical pain, and I do pray for their healing and for the medical attention needed, regardless of their financial status, but most of all Lord Jesus, I desire for them to KNOW YOU... to seek Your presence in the good, the bad and especially the horrible. As I pour out my moments of prayer, I ask You to remember those I have already prayed with and for; to remember the needs and the desires according to Your will. Help those who suffer so greatly that HOPE HAS BEEN LOST in their own moments, and bitterness and hurt, both physical and spiritually hinder their approach to the throne. Forgive me in the moments when I forget Your goodness; and I forget the gifts You've already given me; and I forget to be grateful for Your work on the cross and Resurrection. Help me LORD to see You in the midst of everything.

I lift my family up Abba, that they too will seek You constantly in the midst of this life. I pray for those who do not know You, that they will come to You wholly. I pray for every day of my granddaughter's life that she will follow You, hold You and trust You in all things. I pray that the heart of that baby will thrive one day in Your presence, grace and mercies. Thank You Father for hearing my prayer, for walking with and carrying me through. Thank You for the good days, so many good days. Thank You for leading me to the deeper waters of faith, the higher elevations of belief and the never ending hope of Life Eternal. Amen.

#LymeLifeHOPE
#ThankfulLife
#MyLifeisaPrayer
#ShawnBoreta

©2016 Shawn Boreta, Giving Thanks Daily

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Therapy - Art Keeps Me Focused

Beauty Everywhere

Sunshine Eccl. 11:7

Kym's Gift

Let Your Light Shine Mt 5:16

Break Through Is. 40

Beauty Is. 61

Bruce for Chris

Ballerina Medley



All images are created in love, and the love from the LORD in times when a distraction is in need. This is the best therapy a girl could ever want or engage in.
B Life by Shawn Boreta

© 2016 Shawn Boreta

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#ThankfulLife
#LiveinCOLORandWords
#BLife


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Thankful Life - April 5, 2016


Dear ones, These thoughts came as I was responding to a friend who is suffering greatly.

We are "healed" by His blood means we have eternity with Him, does not promise healing of the flesh, but of the soul. Our life here prepares us for our life everlasting. Not that this makes it easier to understand, but know that this too will pass... His grace and mercy are sufficient, and He is faithful. I found in my toughest times, which now is not one of them. I have been more thankful for the hardest times. Hang in there if you are suffering - allow the Spirit to draw you to His purpose and service.
I saw this quote and thought it was so appropriate for all of us here.

“Often, we endure trials seeking God’s deliverance from them. Suffering is painful for us to endure or to see those we love endure. While our instinct is to flee trials, remember that even in the midst of suffering, God’s will is being done.” Paul Chappell

"Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.

"For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],

"Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

"The prophecies are fulfilled:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
Mourning no more, crying no more, pain no more,
For the first things have gone away." Revelation 21:4 (The Voice)" 

Shawn Boreta


"God never told us we will not suffer in this life. Exactly the opposite, He tells us we will. This earth is cursed because of sin. And everyone believer or nonbeliever will suffer in some way or form.
The only difference is we receive his grace and find peace in suffering if we place our eyes on the right goals and trust in Him.

He never promised us worldly treasures and comfort. Because He knows these things are materialistic, and will not last. But the real treasure that we should seek is the one He has prepared for us, which is eternal treasure in heaven and eternal life. And it comes by believing in Jesus Christ and that God really sent Him, not doubting. Believing 100% with your heart, mind, and soul. Then you will be saved forever.

This is the very bases and fundamental teaching of Christianity. If you don't know this, I'm afraid there's a lot more that you may need to learn from the scriptures. We will suffer because of the curse, we will suffer because of sin, and we will suffer because we are Christians and the world hates Christ and His followers." Pa Lee

This morning's prayer:
Good morning/afternoon wonderful, fighters and brothers and sisters in Christ. TODAY IS A NEW DAY.

Whatever challenges LORD, we trust Your hand and will for our days. We come to You with it all now, in case we forget to come to you as it arises. Help us to know our strength and courage is with You. Help us to see our journey as service to others and a way to get nearer to You. Thank You for being with us through the good, the bad and the indescribable. Thank You for giving us a life that is Yours, able to fulfill a wonderful purpose in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for these lovely ladies, and their desire to be Yours wholly. Thank You for being with us Jesus as we take each step, think each thought, contemplate every decision - AS YOU MOVE THE MOUNTAINS that are our heart and will toward Your presence. Thank You Father for never leaving us, for giving us power beyond measure, and hope eternal. In the mighty name of Jesus, through the enabling of the Holy Spirit we trust in You Abba for all things. As You are good... good for sure. Amen.

#ShawnBoreta
#ThankfulLife
#LymeLifeHope
#GivingThanksDaily

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Quick Thought - April 2, 2016

Regarding responding to those who lovingly, want to pray for "healing" for those who are ill (chronic, acute or terminal).

I believe God's will is for His children to seek Him exclusively - as a believer, I have grown into knowing this. In the midst of "it all", I have found bits and pieces, as well as an avalanche of blessings. I believe that our healing (complete) is through the blood of Jesus through the resurrection. I believe that especially in the physical trials, we can see God in new ways, His ways, and with a heart to seek Him more. Everyone's journey is so different, for me, it was starting to "give thanks daily"...

When people say they pray for my healing, I respond typically with, "I already am healed.... pray that I can know God more deeply", often continuing, "even in all this, I have seen God. I may cry out in the times that seem tortuous, however, I am at a point in my faith journey, that I never feel abandoned because of my health.

It also prompts me to ask them how I can pray for them.

YET GOD.

#yetGod
#givingthanksdaily
#LymeLifeHOPE

Friday, April 1, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, April 1, 2016

Thank You Father for the beautiful life I am getting to live out. It is definitely not an easy life, but it is a life that is worth living. Today, as I wind down and think about how much there is to be grateful for, the first thing that comes to mind is my family. I am truly grateful for a husband who supports me in every way, is patient, kind and loving; my daughter, who is the greatest of cheerleaders, especially in the times when I am "high maintenance", her husband for taking care of her and the amazing baby who entered our life on January 11th. It is an amazing journey, in which I expect to see more wonderful moments. I lift my Little Murphee up to You Father, that she will desire to love You deeply - that the Holy Spirit will indwell and will be present as she grows, in heart and in body. Help me, her mommy and daddy, and all who will help guide her to step always toward Jesus. We love You LORD and trust Your hand upon our lives. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray.

#thisgrammasscribbles
#givingthanksdaily
#PrayerforMurphee


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quick Thought - March 31, 2016

It is in the presence of the LORD that wisdom will be revealed. When we give ourselves up, He gives us what we need.

Laying down not only "my burdens", but "my doubts", "my fears", "my pride" will give me all the lift I need daily. This is a process. It takes work to get out of my own way. It takes discipline to "seek Him in all things".

Live expectantly!
Live abundantly through His daily mercies, grace and favor!
Live in the moment.

Much love to you all in Christ.

#LymeLifeHOPE
#GivingThanksDaily
#LifeincolorandWORDS

(c) 2016 art by Shawn Boreta, BLifebyshawn

Friday, February 26, 2016

My Life is a Prayer - February 26, 2016


I spent many hours praying last night. Pouring my heart out and giving the heartbreak to my Father. And it took continual prayer to keep the ploys of the enemy out of my thoughts and seeking my Father at the front of my thoughts. I never really think of myself as a worrier, but I do have a few things that I have true, deep concern about.

Today, LORD, help me in constructive, productive and prayerful ways to bring these things completely to You to resolve my heart. I cannot share the heartbreak that is weighing so heavily on me, but I can share some of the thoughts that came after much prayer and meditation. We know that the things of this world are temporary. Our life here is but a flicker, in the entirety of eternity. When we are facing giants, or going through storms, or dealing with difficult people, or fighting through our own hurt, we can know 100% that our God is in this fight with us, WHEN WE SUBMIT to Him.

This is the hardest thing for us to do.

His purpose, as lived out in this flesh can often 'feel' off, wrong or uncomfortable. Until we can live for Him, trust Him wholly, belief He is for us, anchor our lives in His Word, we will feel our way through, rather than allowing Him to lead us through. Feelings keep us in fleshly bondage and will ultimately fail us, following Christ frees us to live in hope, truth and grace and will allow us to realize the many mercies and favors of our living God, Father, Savior and Helper.

Help us LORD to let go of our feelings and hold onto Your Word, promises and live in the hope you so desire for us. Don't be so resolved in your decisions that you won't allow God to work in your situation and heartache. Miracles happen all the time... God's power in our lives is beyond our comprehension and imagination. Let your decision be to ALLOW GOD TO TAKE OVER.... And you to submit!

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Quick Thought - February 25, 2016

View yourself as s child of God first... Put your illness on the back burner.

Don't pretend... Be real... Find something to be real about... Gratitude searching... Changing focus. I'm not harping.... Just sharing that it's a tough thing to do.

Thankful Life - February 25, 2016

Hey everyone... I know so many are suffering in some way or another... I want to thank those who are able to keep the hope going through sharing. I have had such a difficult time focusing on the ministry. I had been doing better, hense the medication break for three weeks. But oh my goodness... my pain levels have gone from moderate to severe almost overnight. I cannot tell you how horrible the pain in so many parts of my body is. I had reprieve last night, for a few hours as I slept. But woke up and spent 2 hours trying to focus on something else. Abx start again today. Thanks all for your prayers... and I continue to pray for our group here.

I was sharing with Chris (my husband) last night, it's amazing how so much seems to work just like a light switch, and surges. I am grateful to be walking, albiet it labored and painful.

Gracious and merciful Father, thank You for the many gifts I receive. The new granddaughter I get to enjoy, cherish and love intently. Thank You for friends here, who in their own struggles encourage, pray for and console my heart, soul and mind. Thank You God for Your Word, Your mercies seen, unseen and to come. Thank You for giving me life and hope and assurance. In this trial LORD, thank You for the glimpses of Your favor and mercy, for the heart that desires to seek You more and hold onto and live out Your HOPE. Help us Father to never lose sight of Your gift of life everlasting, hope eternal, grace abounding and You IN US. Help us to struggle victoriously and go through the valleys and desert with EYES UP, hearts open and arms outstretched to receive all that YOU HAVE FOR US. Help us to be grateful in the downs and even spiral downs. Help us to hold dear the Spirit of life that dwells so beautifully in us. Let the pain be a conduit for us to see You more clearly and wholly. Let us live out Christ-like in BOLD AND ATTRACTIVE ways, in the strength and wholeness of the Spirit. Amen...

Isaiah 55New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Free Offer of Mercy
55 “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no [a]money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
2 “Why do you [b]spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
3 “Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that [c]you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies [d]shown to David.
4 “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
A leader and commander for the peoples.
5 “Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,
And a nation which knows you not will run to you,
Because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12 “For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And [e]it will be a [f]memorial to the Lord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 27, 2016


She grows and grows and grows... what an amazing experience to witness the daily care of your own child's little one. My daughter and her husband are wonderful parents, and our Murphee is in great hands - praying that all of our hearts will be set on You heavenly Father as we pray for her, guide her and encourage her in her life. We pray for Your intervention in her life, the work of the Holy Spirit to be our strength to uphold Your desire for our own lives and the hope that is completely in You. Thank You for choosing us to be little Murphee's family - thank You for the desire to seek You that her mama and daddy have embedded in their hearts and keep them on Your path. Thank You for letting this 'gramma's scribbles' be set before You. Thank You Jesus...


"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Life is a Prayer - January 21, 2016


My God is my stronghold and boy, does He hold me up every day. Today, however has been a strengthing of faith in my own faith today. Despite the fact that I KNOW I AM GOD'S PRECIOUS ONE, I am struggling with others in my life greatly today.

The grumbling of others can completely bring me down... and as the walls cascade on top of my heart, I cry out to the LORD to encapsulate me and keep me from dwelling in these places. To help me focus on His goodness, and "Let Go" of all ...that does not come from Him. My problems are few, but His mercies are many.

Heavenly and gracious God, my Father, my Fortress... be with me this moment, strengthen my convictions, help me to allow the things (words, views, criticism) that mean nothing to glorify You to just "roll off", "get lost" and "be removed" from my life. Help me to embrace my own changes and advances toward Christ-like, pray for greater ways to cope, speak out or correct in wisdom through the intervention of the Holy Spirit. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray in expectation of a better "next moment" in this life. Thank You for helping me see each day as new. Thank You for reminding me that I am to 'harbor' nothing of ill thoughts or deeds... that I am to live in light, and represent Light in ways that move others to wonder why. Today Lord Jesus remember me in your time with our Father... help me to puruse You... love You more deeply... grow in grace and wisdom... to let go... love others more intentely and remember that it through only You I can do all these things. Amen.
If you are dealing with difficult people, my prayers are with you tonight.

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Thankful Life - January 21, 2016

LET IT GO!!!

As I sit here writing this I realize that complaining is contagious (and like a cold you do not want it to spread), edification is healing and leads to more edification and more healing.

I am humbled LORD... sometimes I make "rash" comments or react wrongly because of something in my past - an experience, a trigger, a sin.... and today as I responded to something someone else said.... I HEARD GOD SAY, "Let it go. FOCUS ON ME".
And my heart was grieved that this is taking so long for me to see in my life. "God forgive me", and in the same thought, "God already forgave me"!

When we align, fellowship and "run to" our Father, He will show us what needs to be changed, both outwardly and inwardly in our thoughts.
He is faithful!

"We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete." 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (AMP)




Jesus Predicts His Return to the Disciples
16 “A little while and you will see me no more, and again a little while and you will see me. 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going away to the Father’?” 18 So they kept on saying, “What is this that he is saying, ‘A little while’? We do not understand what he is speaking about!”

19 Jesus knew that they were wanting to ask him, and he said to them, “Are you deliberating with one another about this—that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will change to joy. 21 A woman, when she gives birth, experiences pain because her hour has come. But when her[a] child is born, she no longer remembers the affliction, on account of the joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So you also are experiencing sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you. 23 And on that day you will ask me nothing. Truly, truly I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete."
~John 16:16-24 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Giving Thanks Daily, January 20, 2016 - Darci Escandon

by Darci Escandon

Today, just now actually, I was reading 1 Corinthians 12. In this passage, we read about the gifts of the spirit and suddenly, I had an epiphany!

I was hurt by the church. I felt called by God but a man, a leader of a denomination said I was only worthy of leading if I spoke in tongues. It was the most important tenant in their tenants of faith. I couldn't sign on the dotted line even though I wanted ordination more than anything. It just wasn't Biblical in my eyes. I think I let that "shot to my ego" dis rail me and I never even realized it. I realize now that there was a little voice in my head that kept telling me, I wasn't good enough and the fact that I didn't speak in tongues solidified that for me.

God says I am good enough but man didn't. And for some reason, it was man's opinion that I wrestled with. No matter how tough I may be on the outside, it was man's opinion of me that I wrestled with in the inside.

Who is man? This Pastor, the tenants of faith of the Assembly's of God church, my husband, my mother, my daughter, the managers that interviewed me for jobs only to send the rejection letter later. These were the voices I and opinions I have been feeding and I didn't even know it.

Why was I feeling rejected when God says I'm accepted?
Why was I feeling unwanted when God says I'm wanted?
Why was I feeling worthless when God says I have value?
Why was I feeling unqualified when God says I'm more than qualified?
Why was I putting "man's" opinions ahead of God?

Could it be that's it easier to live in a negative feeling you're used to because it's familiar even though it's toxic? No, that isn't it. What Hod revealed to me today is that I was doing this because I am tired. Tired of the fight, tired of forcing will power and tired of doing it on my own. Yes, I would talk to God but because of my impatience and "control freak" nature, I realized I was telling God "ok, I'll wait on you to answer, BUT, in the meantime I'm going to try "X, Y & Z".
So, once again, here I sit wondering where I am going and once again, God is waiting on me to quit doing things my way. He's telling me @are you finally ready to let go and let me help?"
And my answer is Yes God, with all my heart, YES.


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 18, 2016

My granddaughter arrived a week ago, and I am 'in love' with this little human. There is nothing more amazing than little Murphee... to God be the glory for my family and the love we share. Gratitude in the moment can be very simple during times like these, and I am learning to "note and remember" times like these.

Times like these...
... watching as my daughter embraces motherhood perfectly
... just hanging out with those I love
... holding a precious little one and watching the little face, hearing her breathe
... honored to pray daily and expectantly
... blessed in amazing ways as I continue to grow in gratitude

As a mother of an only daughter, I have always been in awe of my daughter and viewing her as a mother, makes this mama's heart soar even more.

Thank You Father for Your loving presence in my life, for always desiring joy for this life and giving me opportunities daily to see Your instruction to hold You more dearly and trust You more.  As I go through Your Word (1 John 1), I am wonderfully Yours... I lift my family up LORD and request Your protection from the waywardness of this world. Protect our eyes, ears and hearts against the schemes of the enemy. I pray for the heart of Murphee to be Yours and know You deeply. Help us to direct, love in example... and hold Your Word and promises above all the things of this world. We come in whole heart, in the love and trust in Jesus as He intercedes before You on our behalf.... today and all days our our life. Be with us Holy Spirit - in strength, courage and belief. In the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.


"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)

I have been listening to and reading various translations and versions... I just love 1 John. Everytime I read through this I am greatly enriched in my heart. What I glean is the many instructional assurances.

We are introduced to the omniscience of God, the gift of Salvation in Christ, His Spirit in us will allow joy of life, that He is light, and we (as His) walk in the Light - and all His love for us, even though we sin...

The first chapter is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO rich. Would love to hear from all of you. I cannot wait to share His Word with this little one.

1 John 1 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Prologue
1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched, concerning the word of life— 2 and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3 what we have seen and heard, we announce to you also, in order that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write, in order that our joy may be complete.

God is Light, so Walk in the Light
5 And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.[a] 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we do not have sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, so that He will forgive us our[b] sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Footnotes:
a) we are lying and are not practicing the truth
b) Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Thankful Life January 15, 2016



Give all your worries to the Father. He can handle it, whatever it is.

In Crisis? Never forget who you belong to.

Just keep running to Him... lament, but keep seeking His goodness and the good in this life... make sure you have a group of other believers to come to your aid. You will have to ask...

You are stronger because of the Holy Spirit in you ---- it is a moment to moment exercise to "exercise faith"... On the good days, find ways to help stay focused on healing, keeping in mind that this is all temporary. Keep gratitude the top of your thoughts... write yourself notes on good days...

Find someone you can encourage... pray for... learn and grow in Christ with... I know it seems impossible - and unattainable... keep pressing in, He's going to give you the strength to continue.

Only speak words of life into your own life and others...
We have the power to see our lives differently, and live out God's purpose for each and every one of us.

He is and always will be "for you"... "for me"....

"I am sick"
"I am depressed"
"I am not good enough"
"I am broken"

Don't speak those words... I know it's hard to imagine... but you have to imagine the greatest of moments... (not like prosperity messaging here), but in the promises of God.

"Putting all your troubles on Him, for He takes care of you." ! Peter 5:7 (Basic English Translation)



Well let me put it like my unbelieving doctor said once.... "what if you don't get better, will you just stop living? Live in the day." I felt those words were directly for me from God.

I believe it was all part of God's plan to change my focus. I lived too many years depressed and worried about my health. So, what you the question is "what if I lived like I am already better?" KNowing that we have bad and horrible moments.

It's the hardest thing ever.

Really, it's what we are called to do.

LIVE FOR HIM... and He will infuse our lives with HOPE BEYOND MEASURE.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thankful Life – January 14, 2016


My Father’s love is beyond comprehension. I am so amazingly blessed by this life, in the midst of the joy and hope in life, I can wade through any challenge. My heart soars in hope today. I woke up with great expectation for great days… a great day today. Hope that no matter what happens in this life, we are safe in our Father’s care. This week has been surreal, amazing, and wonderful with many smiles and happy tears – finding joy has been easy this week. What I have seen is that a ‘change of focus’ can change everything. So what changed? Absolutely nothing physically or environmentally, but God.

But God brought an addition to our family.  The 2nd greatest of all gifts – the miracle of a new LIFE. The first being our salvation. Every day I am learning to be more thankful, filled with more gratitude for the daily miracle of a new life through Christ… every day we are made new. Just like that little baby who came into my world three days ago… new, amazing, fresh, bright, perfect… not that I am perfect, but that in Christ, perfection is attained. Beyond measure, that is the gratefulness I am experiencing right now.

A New Birth to a Living Hope – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance imperishable and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven for you who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time, in which you rejoice greatly, although now for a short time, if necessary, you are distressed by various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more valuable than gold that is passing away, but is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom, although you have not seen, you love; in whom now you believe, although you do not see him, and you rejoice greatly with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:1-9 (Lexham English Bible)

Every new day I must approach with Christ in my heart, the Father’s Word in my mind and love “His way” in my actions. Let it be a day of hope and renewal. Would you care to join me?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 12, 2016

I came to see you again today - my precious Murphee.

Father help our Murphee adapt to her new environment. Help her mama know her needs and be completely in tune with our Murphee's internal clock; help her mama to keep seeking You in the "not so easy' moments of becoming 'mama'. Praying for her daddy too LORD - to be the encourager, strength and warrior of his family before You might and amazing God. Thank You for keeping my family safe and sound in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank You Jesus for standing in the gaps for all our needs and interceding perfectly in all areas of our lives. We love You LORD God and trust in Your strength for all things.

As I lift my precious granddaughter up at this time, I expect peace in Your presence, trust in your plan and purpose through, with and in Christ Jesus I pray. Thank You Lord and amen.





"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 (11:30AM)

Hello Little Murphee...
Today is a day of change. At 9:29am your mama sent me a text letting me know that you are coming. I am very excited to meet you  -  I’ve been praying for you since before you were known about here on earth. You are our wonderful gift – God’s creation and amazing wonder. How grateful I am to here as you grow. I pray for your heart to know God, your life to be His and to be filled with His grace and love as you grow.

Murphee, we are expectant to see you soon and help you in this world. We are expectant that our amazing Father in heaven will greet you and be with you every day. Jesus, thank You for intervening for our family and guiding Murphee thus far. Be with her now as she travels from the comforts of her mama’s womb into this world. Fill her lungs with air and her cells with all that she needs to flourish and start this life well.

Murphee, you should know how loved you are in all parts of your life. You may, one day not feel loved, but you are. Eternally and as a gift, you have the unending love of our Creator – who gave us a gift to be with Him forever. He gives us the choice to accept the greatest of all gifts or not. It will be my everyday prayer that you seek Him as He pursues you.

We are now waiting for you to make your appearance. We are praying for your mama, the doctors and nurses right now. Father and amazing God, than You for watching over our girls and keeping them ever in Your loving care. Help our hearts to continue trusting You. Help us to not be anxious; Your Word says, “Be anxious for nothing” Phil. 4:6-7, “Cast all your cares”, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22 “I will not be shaken” the Words in Psalm 55 continues. This is my prayer, right now. I do not want to worry or be anxious, I only want to trust that our God is right here with us in all of this. AND HE IS. Amen in the name of Jesus.

Today, my baby girl had her own baby girl. At 12:02PM PST on January 11, 2016, Murphee Josephine Ehlers entered this life to join her mama, Myranda Ehlers and her dad, Kip Ehlers. At 6 lbs, 12 oz., and all 19 ¾ inches of her will take on this world with guidance, love and prayer as she learns and grows.

Miss Murphee, this is one of many letters from your gramma to come. I love you so much already… and so grateful that my heart will expand unendingly to hold you in it.




"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)

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