Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.18.18

Scripture

And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain and hill shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Luke 3:3-6

Reflection

Every twist and turn, bump and dip, God has the power and the grace to make all things straight, smooth, and level. When you’re lost, God will show you the path out. Every day we must demonstrate our faith in Him, and His ability to meet our needs and exceed our expectations. We must thank Him for all of our blessings, even the ones that we haven’t received yet.

Think about the small things that are actually huge when you no longer have use of them—like the sense of smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch; thank Him for the ones you actively have use of, and thank Him for the ones that are heightened as they make up for the ones you no longer have full use of. They are all gifts from our Father.

You may not have money to pay your bills, but thank God for providing for you. Thank Him for those coins you ran across in your home, car, on the bus, or on the street. Thank Him for the gift card you forgot about, that made it possible for you to buy food, gas, or toiletries.

Thank Him for touching the heart of your debt collector, who opts to accept payment arrangements with you, rather than dragging you down the debtor’s path of shame, ridicule, and torment.

Whatever you do, don’t take for granted God’s gifts to you.

Don’t grow an attitude of passive expectance, where you don’t think you have a role in this blessing besides receiving His gifts. If you owe money to someone, don’t just say, “God’s got this” and then don’t take the steps to contact the person you owe the debt, make payment arrangements, offer a good faith payment of a lower amount, paying off the debt as more money comes in by God’s favor.

Our Father doesn’t do laziness. You have to be a hard working and diligent steward in His Kingdom. You can’t walk around with your hand out like a spoiled child. You must work. You must push yourself to the threshold, and then keep pushing.

At the same time, God doesn’t look favorably upon those of His children who show no grace to others, but expect to receive it from Him. If someone owes a debt to you, show compassion. Remember those people and companies you have and still owe money to—what would you pray that they would do if you had difficulties paying them on time or at all?

Don’t forget, to receive a blessing we must be a blessing. Life is a constant cycle. What we put in it we get out of it. If you’re late paying bills, guess what? Someone is going to be late paying you. If you make a habit of only paying a fraction of a bill, don’t be surprised when your paycheck is short. When you don’t tip your server adequately, don’t be surprised that you get mediocre service elsewhere. It is a cycle.

God’s always doing His part, but we must do ours also if we expect to see the fruits of our labor, and to be prepared for the bounty of blessings that He has planned for us. So why don’t you focus this week on doing your part to make the cycle of life work not only for yourself but your fellow brothers and sisters.

Do your part to make those crooked paths straight, to raise those deep valleys, and lower those mountains and hills flat.

Prayer

Last night Father Your message came through loud and clear, guiding me to Zechariah 4:7. I pray for my mountains to be flattened to nothingness. I want to see clearly, even with obstacles in my way. I want to see through them, because they are not Your reality, so they can’t possibly be mine. I’m claiming this victory today Lord; in Jesus’ name I humbly and sincerely pray. Amen.

I love each and every one of you, and pray that you have an awesomely blessed day. God bless you. Be a blessing to others!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.16.18

Scripture

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:37-41

Reflection

Sit quietly and let the storm pass, rather than worry how it will affect you. If you truly believe that God is your all-in-all, your protector, and your guide—then have faith in Him and in His Son, Jesus, to lead the way.

If you’re going to walk in fear not faith, and worry instead of standing firm in your convictions, then why continue to pray to God? If you’re consistently in prayer, then why be fearful or worried? You can’t straddle the fence. You can’t live in both realms. Either you are faithful or fearful. Choose.

Repeat this to yourself, aloud or silently:

I can’t straddle the fence. I can’t live in both realms of faith and fear. Either I’m faithful or fearful. Choose one!

Prayer

Father, quiet me when I begin to utter fear-based words, and when thoughts of fear begin to surface in my mind. Show me how to stop, relax, release, and not be concerned with troubled waters— for they don’t last long, and are never a sign that You aren’t with me. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to rest during the storms that take place in my life. I want the peace and surety that all is well, even when the mind and eyes see otherwise. I thank You now for these blessings Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lovingly I send this message that it may radiate like sunshine through you. I really needed this message today. I woke from a fear-based dream to have those fears linger for several moments. I prayed to relieve the anxiety. Throughout the day I will look to this scripture and message, and recite this prayer whenever doubt rises up and fear tries to consume me. I hope that today’s message helps someone.

God bless you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.15.18

Scripture

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

1 Corinthians 15:10

Reflection

Love unconditionally. Yes, that means that we’re not to place conditions on how to love or be loved. Of course that doesn’t mean to accept abuse of any form. What it means is to love despite the differences, shortcomings, and flaws of others; to love knowing that we too are different, fall short, and are flawed. It’s to love as God loves us, as Jesus demonstrated in His daily walk.

We must be free to pray constantly and consistently—which means, not just at church or when we need something, but to have a daily conversation with God where moments throughout your day you pause to give thanks, ask for direction, and praise Him for both the big and little victories in your day.

A lot of us have a distorted view of work and the labor involved, especially those of us who are goal-driven. We should all work in honor of God and not with the focus of working harder and smarter than others—it’s not about them, it’s about Him and your relationship with Him. It’s about your obedience to Him. Through Him all is possible.

Be sure to seek God in all that you do. Ask God to go before you, to guide you, to speak through you, to realign your thinking, and protect you from you!

Put God first in your life and everything and everyone that is meant for you will be provided by Him. God’s grace is always with you. It is not your will, but His.

Prayer

Father thank You for Your loving grace. I am what I am because of You. I bless others because You first blessed me. When life gets rough, and there doesn’t seem to be a smooth passageway ahead, I know that You will always help me get through those rough patches. When I’m tired and don’t feel like giving it my all, I can turn to You Lord for strength to see my way through to the end. When there doesn’t seem to be an answer, I know to look closer, and You will always provide a solution. When one door closes, You will open another one. When that door closes, You will open a window. Thank You Father for always providing and guiding me. I love You Father. I praise You Lord. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.12.18

Scripture

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:1-7

Reflection

It is a daily struggle to be obedient to God. We barely make it through the day obeying man’s laws.

How many of you were speeding today, texting while driving, didn’t yield to a pedestrian, made an illegal turn, or are driving without adequate (or any) car insurance? How many of you ‘fudged’ facts or figures on your income tax return or other financial document? How many of you claimed to have more on-the-job experience on a resume than you actually have?

Yet, we wonder why we struggle and fail countless times trying to be obedient to God’s laws.

It is a daily walk.

Don’t stop trying, don’t give in to the “liar’s” words of temptation that claim it’s better on the other side. It’s never good being on the wrong side of God and Jesus. There is no better than our Father and His Son; and no place better to be than with them.

So whatever wrongs you did and will do today, work to do right tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. It is your consistent effort, your desire, and commitment that keeps you in God’s grace and care.

Prayer

Father thank You for Your grace. Thank You for Your Son. Thank You for my life, my experiences, and the people that You have and will place in my life. Thank You for showing me the genuine, the light, the truth, and the way through Your Son so that I can strive to be like Him and to be closer to You.

Thank You for revealing people’s true self to me so that I may not lose focus or be dismayed when they aren’t the caliber of people I assumed them to be. I want to be obedient Father. I want to be totally and completely devoted to You and Jesus.

Continue molding me Lord, and thank You for not giving up on me especially in moments when even I think I’m an irretrievable lamb lost deep in the forest. Father, in Jesus’ name I humbly and sincerely pray to You. Amen.

Have a wonderful day!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.10.18

Scripture

In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.

And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:

Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

2 Chronicles 1: 7,8,10-12

Reflection

This is a late night post, so that before you go to sleep you have God on your mind and in your heart; and that when you wake up He is the first thing you think of to get your day started right. Tonight ask yourself what you truly need in your life. What do you need to be a better person?

Pray to God for what you need to be a better ambassador. God knows what is in your heart. Your heart will always reflect your truest self. Hopefully it also reflects our heavenly Father. Be the example you want to see in others, the example you know God expects to see consistently.

Have a blessed evening and be prepared to begin tomorrow with a fresh start and a new outlook on life.

Prayer

Father touch my heart that I may be as humble as Solomon. Bless me Lord with what I need in order to be a better ambassador for You and Your Kingdom. I thank You now for Your blessings. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.9.18

Scripture

I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

Leviticus 26:19

Reflection

Don’t be so full of pride that you refuse to ask for or receive help. Don’t be so full of pride that you stubbornly live within yourself and never live freely in the world.

You cannot hide from God.

You can’t hide your fears, disappointments, anger, frustration, pain, sorrow, resentment, pride, love, joy, happiness, desires, envy, jealousy, greed, contentment, irritation, goals, dreams, or ideas. So stop trying to be something and someone you’re not, with God and with the rest of the world.

Open up, reveal yourself, and humbly ask the Lord to make you whole. Ask God to make the crookedness in your life straight, the bumpiness smooth, the torn mended, and ask for help to be all that you can be.

Prayer

Father thank You for making the necessary adjustments in my life, even those that caused me discomfort. Thank You for chipping away at my rough sides and anointing me so that my heart may soften to Your molding. Father I do not want to be stubborn, prideful, arrogant, or bitter. Touch me Lord. In areas and ways that I displease You, make me right and whole. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.8.18

Scripture

Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, Who will bring me down to the ground? Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord.

Obadiah 1:2-4

Reflection

Never get too full of yourself. Never get comfortable enough to say, “I did this“, when the truth is, God is your source, your knowledge and wisdom, and the reason you have your many gifts and talents. Your declaration should always be that you have something or did something because of God’s will and grace.

We all need a reminder that it’s not all about us. It’s about God and our service to and for Him.

Your material riches are God-given, and just as He gives He can take away. So be sure to give freely of your time, money, and other resources to those that lack what you have. Don’t be so quick to say, “I did it, so they need to go out and get theirs on their own like I did!” God has many ways to snatch you from your high-placed nest, and rest you at the same level or below the very people you looked down upon.

Remember that you get what you give!

Enjoy your day, and work these last several hours at your place of employment like it is Friday…give it your all, focusing more on doing an excellent job than staring at the clock waiting to leave.

There are millions of people without jobs, thousands would gladly take your position. So work like you are honored to have it! I don’t care if you have given notice or were given notice, let your last moments be some of your best!

Prayer

Father free me from being prideful, greedy, envious, spiteful, arrogant, vain, superficial, and a lover of money, power, and material possessions. Keep me humble Lord. I know that what I possess in this world is by Your doing and Your blessings. When I forget my place, and refuse to walk righteously, it is Your will that grounds me and snatches me back down to the place of humbleness. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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