Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.18.19

Scripture

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:5-6 NIV

Reflection

Let me share some quick nuggets that all of us should strive to live by each day. Treat even the most ignorant fool with dignity and respect. Carry yourself with grace, and be merciful even to the merciless. There’s a huge difference between being vigilant and being a vigilante. Just as there is a huge difference between being cautious and being critical and cynical of others. We are not to judge unless willing to be judged.

Seize every moment to reflect God’s light. Each person you encounter–smile–even if they don’t smile back, you never know the positive chain reaction that you might later cause.

Have an amazing day and step out of your comfort zone…touch another heart and mind today!

Prayer

Father, touch my heart and mind so that each person I encounter I see and treat them as family. Let me see Your children as my brothers and sisters, and despite our differences and varying opinions, let me love them no less than I would a relative. Let me treat everyone with respect and dignity, and always leave people feeling full of Your light.

Let me be cautious but not critical. Let me protect myself, but not be disconnected to the point where no one can reach me. Let me see You in Your children. Those who would rather embrace the darkness instead of Your light, let me put them aside but never stop praying for and loving them. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.17.19

Scripture

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:29,31-32

Reflection

Let’s work to let go of our past. Let go of those people who have no place in our present, or our future. Let go of those pains that haunt us. Let go of our anger, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and rage— for it only slows us up, drains us, ages us, and causes us painful inflictions. Today, let’s work to free ourselves so that we can be open and receptive to our blessings from God.

Breathe. Breathe again, inhale this time deeply. Now exhale.

Can you already feel the weight lifting off of your shoulders? I can and it feels amazing. Make it an amazing day. Thank God for a new day to celebrate and rejoice in His name. I love you all!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. A new day. A day to start fresh with good intentions, good thoughts, and acts of kindness random and planned. Today I make the effort to speak kindly of and begin the process of forgiving those who have wronged me directly and indirectly. Today I make the effort to say a prayer for those who go against me whether in fear or malice. Today I push out my bitterness, rage, jealousy, envy, and anger against others and instead replace it with Your loving peace and joy.

My time will not be spent thinking and worrying about, or stressing over what someone else is doing or not doing. Today I will begin anew and pray for the strength to look at my past, acknowledge what was, and then move forward with both feet planted in my present, and the courage to accept what comes in my future. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Happy Father’s Day Every Day to My Dad and These Special Men in My Life

I always get a little bummed around the holidays, especially Father’s Day, because my dad is no longer here to celebrate with. Since 2011 I’ve been forced to honor him strictly through words and memories, and it’s difficult some days to do so with a smile.

Yesterday, though social media sites, I honored my dad, grandfathers, and my sister’s boyfriend. I forgot to also honor them here. So before I do anything else today, I’m going to pause to honor these great men in my life.

My dad, wow, a few times a year I’m writing about him, so most of you who follow my blogs and social media posts already know a great deal about the man who helped make me the woman that I am. He’s in the picture above, embracing my mom on their wedding day. Their parents surrounding them. Sadly, my grandparents have also transitioned to their next spiritual promotion. I don’t know why, as a child, we expect everyone to live forever beside us—a phone call away. That becomes our expectation as we grow up, and we get disappointed each and every time someone transitions.

I’m grateful for the time that I had with my dad, 25 amazing years. Not as long as I had hoped and planned, but longer than what many children get to experience. Sadly, longer than what my sister got to experience. She was just a child. She had just graduated from 5th grade and was excited about her promotion to middle school. Then the devastating blow, that has since altered her mind and life.

My sister and I have our own experiences, memories, and lessons from our time with dad. I know that her recent blessing, giving birth to her son—my amazing nephew, Logan, has also given her another blessing—Logan looks just like her, his father, and our dad! Oh my goodness there are moments when your mouth just drops open and you hear yourself saying, “he looks like dad”. Like in the picture below.

I always wonder if the visual recognition, the familiarity, brings a sense of calm to my sister. I know it fills me with a calming light that keeps me smiling.

I don’t just think about my dad on holidays. I think of him daily. I replay his words of wisdom through my mental archive, so I can be more thoughtful of the decisions that I make. It’s like, “what would dad tell me….”

I also think of two other men, and my time with them—my grandfathers.

My paternal grandfather, I called him “Papa” (use your *Spanish accent* when you say it) transitioned when I was a child. I believe I was in 5th grade. That was rough on me. I wanted to learn so much more from him. I couldn’t wait until I was older so he could teach me how to sail boats and make replicas of the ones we sailed in, and how to make the beautiful wooden clocks that he and my grandmother built a business making. I wasn’t as close to him as my maternal grandfather. But it didn’t weaken my love for him. I remember helping to clean buildings and churches with he and my grandmother, as their company had janitorial contracts that I gladly helped to fulfill. I still have a few of the clocks that he made, including one that he shaped as the continent of Africa, for one of my Godfathers, who happened to be the General Counsel for an African country. My Godfather gave me the clock as a gift after my grandfather passed. I keep it hanging on the wall in my home so that every time I see it I think of my Papa.

My maternal grandfather, my “Poppa” (or “Paw-paw”), transitioned when I was a sophomore in college. It was a day from Thanksgiving, but not a day that we initially could bring ourselves to give thanks. To us, his asthma attack was a senseless passing that could’ve been prevented. We spent years in the mental state of “shoulda, coulda, woulda” until we eventually healed to be thankful for the time that we had with him, the lessons that he taught us directly and indirectly, and the words of wisdom that he imparted. I don’t see a vegetable garden and not think of him. He worked for a Ford Motors Corporation subsidiary, so when I see and think of Ford, I think of him. He bought my mom and her two siblings Ford Mustangs when they were in high school. I grew up wanting one. I convinced my now ex-husband, to get one, and he races it in amateur competitions. He even surprised me with a trip to Utah to participate in the Ford performance racing school, where I drove and raced Mustangs for a day (he went for two days). I felt my grandfather smiling at me. I smiled back. I felt such pride, months later, telling Henry Ford III about my grandfather. Through my then husband’s perseverance, he got to meet, know, and form an alliance— and eventually a friendship, with Henry and the company. I still of course have plans of owning my own Mustang. The love of Mustangs still runs deep with my aunt, my mother’s sister, who still owns one. She’s purchased probably 5 or 6 since receiving her first one from my grandfather, her father. In that way, that is one way for her to keep a strong connection to my Poppa. I never asked her if that’s why she keeps buying them. That should make for an amazing conversation. She subscribes to this blog, so I will get an answer to that pretty soon I suspect.

Now, last but not least. My sister’s boyfriend, Shawn. The father, daddy, and hero to my amazing nephew Logan and his big sister Giavonna. I’ve witnessed Shawn light up when he’s with his children.

He gets more time with Logan, because Logan lives with him and my sister. Giavonna lives with her mom, and although when they lived closer together, we used to see Giavonna on a consistent basis, her mom has relocated and the distance and time has grown. But that doesn’t weaken Shawn’s love for his daughter, his firstborn. Nope, he just plans for those days and moments that he will have to share with her. She looks just like her daddy. A spitting image. She always called me “Tee Tee Tasha”. That little girl will always be my niece, my precious sidekick.

There’s no denying that Giavonna and Logan are Shawn’s babies. Oh my goodness that man’s genes are strong. Last night I had the pleasure of video chatting with my sister, Shawn, and Logan. I got to watch Shawn and Logan playing. Their laughter was contagious. Then I was able to take a screenshot of them face to face. Logan staring in his daddy’s eyes.

I smiled brightly watching this precious moment— that a father has with the mini versions of themselves. No man, who wants to be in the lives of their children, should be kept away from them. Children need their fathers as much as they need their mothers. There’s no substitute for a parent’s love. That DNA is the magic sauce.

I’ve been filled with so much joy watching Logan grow and watching him cling to his male hero—his daddy.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, my grandfathers, and to the man who I’ve affectionately called my brother for a few years now. One day out of the year isn’t Father’s Day. Every day is. I love these men!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.13.19

Scripture

I sought the lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4

Reflection

We’re all facing uphill battles this year, this quarter, this month, this week, and today. But are our battles any more difficult than those in the past? Or are they simply just more battles to overcome at a time when maybe we have less resources than in the past? Or because others are under a lot of pressure their weight comes down on us more so than in the past? Or maybe it’s a figment of our imagination, because we’re afraid.

God is our scale, our measurer, and He carries the weights and determines what we can withstand and what we can’t.

So I’ve come to realize, even in my fears, that when God places a lot on my back and shoulders it’s because He knows that I can handle it; He knows I can walk through the valley and up that mountaintop with that weight on my back and reach the finish line of victory. Yes, it’s scary a great deal of the time. Yes, it can rattle the nerves and cause your body to seize up in pain— but we can make it through. As we work through life’s lessons we are clearing the pathway for others, for our children and generations to come; and we are making ourselves stronger so that each obstacle we approach we gain the courage to tell ourselves, “I’ve got this.”

So let’s do this. Let’s turn to each other in encouragement and push each other on the back, grab each other’s hands, and look into each other’s eyes and say, “we can do this!”

Prayer

Father, throughout my day I pray to You, give thanks for You, and say thank You for my many blessings. I seek You Lord—minute by minute— to help me to see things through, to help me to find my way, and to realize my purpose in Your Kingdom and on Your land.

Father, I am faced with some heavy decisions in my personal and professional life; I am faced with financial burdens and haunted by my past decisions, and by current unknowns. I’ve got more month than money, bills to pay, and although I know there is a solution to my problem, I’m blinded by fear. Father, I have to make decisions about who to trust, who to associate with, and who to walk away from. I’m scared Father. I’m scared that I will make the wrong decisions. I am afraid to disappoint You. Lord, deliver me from all of my fears. Calm my nerves so that I worry no more, as I put my trust and faith in You.

You are my rock Father. You are my light and salvation. With You nothing but good can come to me or go from me, and that’s all that I need to know. I love You Father. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.12.19

Scripture

Honest scales and balances belong to the lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

Psalm 16:11

Reflection

Sometimes we add more pressure, more responsibility, more drama, more headaches and heartbreaks upon ourselves because we want to control or fix something, but then turn to God as though it was His doing, or somehow out of our control. We then are consumed with our stress and forget that God is always our solution. Depression steps in and replaces faith, because the hope that we had was never fully secured in our relationship with God.

We place conditions upon our relationships with both the Creator and the creations. Yet, we wonder why there’s no order, joy, and stability. We want to be in control. To lead you must follow and obey—God. If we want peace, balance, clarity, and more positive energy—we must turn to and release ourselves fully to God. He, not the creations that He placed here, is the source of the Light.

Prayer

Father, I pray to see that only through You and by You can I find balance in my life. You control the scales, and You make a way out of no way. If I want peace, it must come from my reliance upon and devotion to You. I want to release my cares to You Lord. I want to be freed from my burdens that I subject myself to, and freed from the weight that I place on my shoulders. Let me carry what You place on me, what You say is acceptable, and what helps me to carry out my responsibilities as Your ambassador— everything else I ask that You take away. If I’m focusing on things that serve no purpose in Your eyes, refocus me. When You see my procrastination building or in full stride, realign me. I want to think, do, speak, and be right—in Your eyes, by Your standards. In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly pray, with a desire for unwavering faithfulness and follow through. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.11.19

Scripture

“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you….Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”

1 Chronicles 17:25-27

Reflection

I was watching a movie the other day, and a mother asked her son if he had prayed about a situation. He said “yes”. She questioned him. She said, “there’s a difference between thinking and praying. You need to pray to God, don’t just sit there thinking about your problems….” That hit home with me, because there are days when I’m simply deep in thought, but I haven’t reached out to God with my concerns and desires. The absence of prayer suggests that we still think that we can solve the problem or create the solution, all on our own. I truly believe that this has and will always be my biggest blunder. When I keep thinking, “I, me, my” instead of turning to Him and saying, “how do You want me to best pursue Your ideas?” I set myself up for heartache. Let’s not forget, our ideas are His, made tangible to those who never stop believing in the possible. We must ask, be humble, show our gratitude, be great stewards, and hold dear to our faith in Him.

For years, I’ve struggled with stress and depression. I can overthink something to what seems like no end. I can emotionally spin and fall into slumps, and then I have to shake it off and dig myself out of the pit that my lack of faith created. It can be draining feeling like a washer machine some days—fill, agitate, spin, drain, fill, agitate, spin, drain.

Yesterday was rough for me. I had to face two harsh realities (while being reminded of several others) and at some point through my sobbing, I cried out and said, “It feels like everything is falling apart,” and someone near and dear to my heart, held me in a tight embrace and said, “no it isn’t. It may feel that way, but it isn’t….” and then moments later came the question, “have you prayed about this to God?” I dumbfoundedly replied, “no” and then said “I don’t know” when I was asked “why?” I had kept things in my head, thinking, but never praying. I didn’t turn it over to God. I kept holding on thinking that somehow I would solve the problems. Silly silly me. What made me feel even more foolish is when this person started praying for me. Sometimes that’s the motivation needed to step up and speak to God one-on-one.

God proves Himself to us daily. We must show our commitment to Him, beginning first through prayer to Him every single day— throughout each day. We must praise Him, throughout the day, for both the little and big things that He does for us. Gain the courage to commit to Him, to trust in Him, and to believe that success is not possible without Him. He will always provide a home and a way for us.

Prayer

Father, You show me consistently how You are here for me, blessing me, and taking care of my needs. Your commitment and devotion to me gives me the courage and faith to believe in the impossible and unimaginable. I thank You now for blessing me with a home, filled with love and joy. I thank You now for solving the problems that I currently face, those that I created and those that I pursued. I thank You now for blessing me and protecting me all the days of my life. Thank You Father. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.10.19

Scripture

I love you, lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1

Reflection

We have to stop in our tracks when we feel anxiety building up— and the need to think, then over think, then react, then overreact takes over—until we’re out of control. We have to listen for God’s voice and ignore our own. We have to listen to Him as He whispers in our ear. God’s voice isn’t manipulative and He never leads us astray. We have to learn to discern His voice from the enemy’s; His encouragement and direction towards the light versus the enemy’s who will always try to lead you toward pain and darkness.

God would never encourage or be supportive of you telling lies, stealing, cheating, or manipulating others— but the enemy would.

When you feel yourself about to do or say something that you know is wrong, is not Christlike, and isn’t something that you would suggest someone else to do—if the two of you were sitting in front of Jesus— stop and pray for God’s guidance and heavenly touch to see you through the situation.

I’m working on me as God molds me second by second each day. One day we’ll be aligned and oh what a sight that will be!

Prayer

Father, I love You. I need You. I need to surrender to You. Father I need Your help to overcome fear, to conquer my insecurities, to squeeze out any envy or jealousy that bubbles beneath the surface, and any resentment, frustration and anger that is waiting to unleash itself on an unsuspecting victim.

Father, free me from this negativity and darkness. Blanket me in Your peace, love and joy that a calmness fills me. Keep my eyes, mind and heart on You Lord so that I can stop losing focus looking elsewhere. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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