Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.21.19

Scripture

Don’t let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Bind them on your neck; write them on the tablet of loyaltyyour heart. Then you will find favor and approval in the eyes of God and humanity.

Proverbs 3:3‭-‬4 CEB

Reflection

We are in a time where people are faithful at being unfaithful in more areas than romantic relationships. We are unfaithful in our roles as servants of God, employees and leaders in the workplace, and stewards in the community. So it’s no wonder we fail miserably in matters of the heart—-why we aren’t faithful and loyal in romantic relationships or to our children.

We aren’t faithful because we aren’t loyal, and we aren’t loyal because we aren’t faithful. They run together, side-by-side.

Some people confuse loyalty and faithfulness. According to Collins English Dictionary, loyalty is the quality of staying firm and unmovable in your relationship or support for someone or something. It’s your stickability, your I’m-not-going-anywhere attitude and position.

Faithfulness, according to this same source, is when you remain firm in your belief about someone or something. The more faithful you are the more you believe in the relationship, project, activity, etc. Which means that the more we believe that something is, can be, or will be rewarding to us, the more faithful we are. If you think you will succeed you will remain faithful.

To be faithful is to strongly believe in the possibility or the perceived reality— to strongly believe in someone or something.

To be loyal is to stick around through the good, bad, and boring times. Loyalty means you aren’t searching for a replacement, because you’re too focused on investing in what you have in front of you. Loyalty means that you don’t abandon a relationship or situation just because it’s not perfect or ideal, or because times got tough. It is your lack of faith that causes you to be disloyal. Some people didn’t have strong faith to begin with, so loyalty is never truly formed.

Loyalty encourages you to be innovative and creative in how you demonstrate your stickability, and in helping you to add reinforcing layers of belief, that increases and enhances your faith.

God first, family second, career third. Those are to be our priorities. In that order there is order, balance, clarity, peace, love, and joy. You have to tend to these and be faithful and loyal to these priorities before you can look to an outside priority.

Switch even one element and there is a major shift in your atmosphere. Attempt to replace one element with a fourth option and watch your ‘dominoes’ fall down. When we aren’t loyal and faithful to God, look at how the other two elements are impacted.

If you currently don’t have balance, peace, and a sense of effortlessness in your life then you most likely have your priorities off. Sit back, map it out, reflect, see it, and then do something to make it right!

Prayer

Father, I pray to always be faithful and loyal to You and my loved ones, and faithful and loyal to whatever task that You set before me or path that You want me to follow. I pray to be a faithful and loyal warrior set out to rebuild and restore—for Your glory— damaged and inflicted families and communities—and not just foolishly or selfishly only concerned about family’s wellbeing. I pray that love is expressed by me always, even in frustration or pain. Hold my tongue from speaking ill of others. Hold me back from taking part in drama. Position me to prioritize my life and each day in service to You, and completing tasks in the order and with the energy that You see fit. Giving You all of the glory, forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.20.19

Scripture

Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4

Reflection

If humility is the way to riches, honor, and life then why are we not surrendering? Are you ready to surrender?

Prayer

Father, there is nothing or no one I should fear but You, and I say that respectfully. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You.

I cannot thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I cannot be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I cannot eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything.

I fear not pleasing You. I fear losing Your favor. I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be as an example for Your children—my brothers and sisters in Christ. Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking.

Show me how to best be receptive to You Father. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper.

This can only happen with You Lord and through Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. Show me how. I love you. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.19.19

Scripture

Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

2 Chronicles 30:18-20

Reflection

Even those who were “unclean” were still healed by God. There is hope for all of us. Set your heart and mind on God, pray for forgiveness, enlightenment, strength, guidance, and sustenance. Pray for healing. Pray for the ability to heal. Pray for blessings. Pray to be a blessing to others. Pray for discernment for you and others.

Pray, that as His reflection, you demonstrate more Godlike than humanlike behaviors. Pray that you lean more on Him and less on your flawed and limited understanding. Now go touch another’s life in a positive and loving way.

Prayer

Father, I love You. Thank You for accepting me while still molding me to be the best spiritual reflection of You. Thank You for allowing me to eat, drink, and live life even if I haven’t fulfilled my obligations to You, obeyed all of Your commands, or walked straight on the path that You have laid. You are loving, kind, gracious, giving, forgiving, understanding, and the provider of anything and everything that I could ever want or need. Thank You. I thank You Father for showing me how to live life and treat others. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.16.19

Scripture

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

Haggai 1:5-6

Reflection

We get out of life what we invest in it. We get out of life the deposited emotions and perceptions we foresee. If we live in doubt we receive the negative investment we made. If we live with feelings and perceptions of lack, we face days of minimalism. If we give partial effort, we live in mediocrity.

How does that make us spiritual reflections of God, if He is none of these things?

If we are to honor Him and serve as His ambassadors, representing Him to the fullest, we must stop living our lives small and start walking tall with large strides— thinking big—and expressing ourselves on the grandest of scales—while remaining humble and dignified as our shepherd, Jesus exemplified.

Let’s go for it and live our lives with purpose as God intends!

Prayer

Father, I pray for satisfaction in the seeds that I sow. If I only give half effort then I should be satisfied with those results.

Silence me Father when I begin to whine or complain about things not going right in my life, about my overdue bills, mounting expenses, incessant calls from debt collectors, my body that is carrying around excess weight, a house that’s not a home, a car with a title I don’t own and possess, or my inability to travel at my leisure. For if I never do what I’m supposed to do in life I will never get out of it what I truly desire.

I desire a hearty harvest, a full stomach, to never thirst, adequate clothes that fit properly, keep me cool in the heat and warm in the cold, and a disciplined mind where I earn more than enough wages to budget wisely, pay my bills on time, save enough for emergencies and special moments, invest responsibly to provide for my future and my legacy, and to donate to and invest in others.

I want to thrive not just survive, abundance not lack. I can only do these things through and with You Father, and the example set by Your son Jesus Christ. In his name I pray to You. Amen.

Loving you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.15.19

Scripture

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:9-10 NIV

Reflection

God has given us more than we need. We need to utilize our resources and gifts to the fullest. Don’t waste it. Don’t take it for granted. Don’t abuse it. Pay it forward so that others may be blessed by God, through you.

Prayer

Father, thank You for saving me and for providing me with a model in Jesus—to follow forever.

I want my eyes open to see all that You want me to see. I want my ears alert to always hear Your call, and heed the warnings of Your angels.

I want to be present in the moment to always be ready yet also fully aware of what life has to offer—so that I can appreciate each second of each day.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.14.19

Scripture

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 John 3:18-24

Reflection

Every day we start anew with a hoped-for understanding that we can make our own choices in life, but God is the ultimate and true decision maker. We have the choice to do right or wrong, to be loving and kind or cruel and selfish. We have the choice to stay on His path or deviate. We can choose to worship Him, another god, or nothing at all.

But at the beginning, middle, and end of each day (and every second in between) God still makes the decisions about whether we walk, talk, think, breathe, move, blink, swallow, live here on earth or pack our spiritual bags and move on to another level of existence.

He is the source of our healing. He is the intelligence and wisdom that equips the doctor, surgeon, scientist, and researcher.

God determines whether my bills are paid on time or whether I publish my books and launch my business courses, on time or at all. God determines whether I will get the remaining money that I need by tomorrow’s deadline, or whether I face the facts that it didn’t happen and that its just an “is” in life.

God determines whether I get married—again— and have a marriage that aligns with my or His vision of marriage, or whether I remain in my now-single state for the rest of my days here. God determines whether I give birth to healthy children or become an adoptive parent, turn to a surrogate, or nurture children as a foster mom. God determines if I will only pour my love on my nephew and niece, my Godchildren, and my friends children as “auntie Tasha”. God determines whether I live to be 120 years old or if I leave here before, or on, my next birthday in two months.

What I mean by all of this is, God, as my Creator, controls my life cycle. My ability to be, know, experience, and share, is because of Him. He determines my here and now, my tomorrow, and my forever. If I’m meant to leave here to be somewhere else, He will make that determination, not me.

God knows everything. He sees and hears everything. There are no closets for us to hide our skeletons and truths from Him. We can’t fake it with Him. He won’t fall for our social media filters and carefully orchestrated storyline that we try to sell to the world. We can’t lie and pretend with Him. He is Love, Life, Truth, and Intelligence. He is all-in-all.

We need to stop pretending and start getting right with God, and with ourselves. We need to stop playing games as though we have a trump card that can overrule God, and start realizing and acknowledging that He holds every card to every deck, and knows every move we’re going to make (or think we’re going to make) before we do.

We need to embrace our reality, our truth, our calling.

I pray to be a little less selfish each day so that I may be more selfless in my walk, because this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him. I love you all, and want you to know that I open myself up to you to prove through my actions, not just my words, that my declaration is truthful and not just “catchy” and sweet. Enjoy your day, welcome your experiences, and thank God for each lesson learned!

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your love and peace, that I might love Your children, all of Your children equally and without hesitation or judgment as You have commanded. Teach me Father how to be accepting and loving of each and every one of my fellow brothers and sisters as Jesus does. Let me see them as You do, and let me see myself as You see me.

Father, You know me better than I will ever know myself. You know my strengths and weaknesses, some I’ve acknowledged and some I’m still clueless or in denial about, but even in my imperfections I am perfect in Your sight as Your spiritual reflection. I want to be a better person Lord. I want to lead a better life where nothing and no one takes the place of You, comes before You, has more power over my life in my mind than You. I want my crooked walk to be straightened. I want my life to be filled with more peace and joy as I bring more peace and joy to others lives.

I know that nothing and everything takes place by Your will and grace, and there is nothing that I can do to change this, to change You, or to change Your Mind— for You are the ultimate and only decision maker. Father, I don’t want to disappoint You, even when I do, and even when later today I probably will— that is not in my heart Lord and You know this.

Help me to discern truth from fiction, light from dark, love from fear, transparency from manipulation, real from fake, and know that no matter what I go through You will always be here and there for me. In Jesus’ name I pray to You this day and everyday. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.13.19

Scripture

Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.

Ecclesiastes 4:5

Reflection

Crossed arms leave you closed off to receiving God’s blessings, and incapable of being a blessing to others. Ever try walking, jogging, or running with your hands or arms interlocked? Eventually you WILL lose balance and you run the risk of falling flat on your face. Why purposely subject yourself to that? Always keep your hands and arms open and free to receive and give. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, never do I want to be closed off from You, closed off from knowledge and wisdom, and the right way to live my life. Father I never want to be stubborn and set in my ways where I never consider and accept alternative avenues, shared by other people, to reach my goal.

Lord, I always want to have a “can do” attitude even in a situation that at first and throughout, may seem impossible to complete, overcome, or achieve. I’m not a quitter Father, and You know this more than I do— keep showing me the possibilities and potential that I have. Keep blessing me Lord. Keep my mind and heart receptive, and open to You and Your children. In Jesus’ name I humbly and passionately pray. Amen.

Before we part ways to continue forward with our day, I want to give a birthday shout out to my friend and pretend brother of 30 years, DaRon Jackson. He’s been my big bro (only 2 months older than me) for what seems like forever. It was strange typing “30 years” as it doesn’t seem that long, but it is. We grew up together and somehow I convinced numerous people that we were siblings even though there was no logical arrangement that could make that possible. It was always funny to see people trying to make sense of it in their minds. I hope that he and his wife, Trevis, are doing something special, to relax and disconnect. Happy birthday man!

Natasha

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