Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.15.19

Scripture

So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers.

Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.

Every day they devoted themselves ⌊to meeting⌋ together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.

Acts 2:41-47 HCSB

Reflection

When you truly believe, then you know what God can, will, and is doing for you.

When you hang around those who are negative, you will take on that energy, and self-sabotage your blessings. When you hang around positive people, that energy becomes a blessing to you and to others that you encounter.

When you give into fear and forget all that God has already done for you, then you block potential blessings from coming your way sooner, or at all. When you walk in confidence and with faith, you can both see and embrace all that God has in store for you.

When you are more concerned with receiving than giving, you will always be left empty. Givers always have a cup that runneth over. Takers, always see their cup as empty or not good enough.

When you selfishly pray only for yourself, you will find out what loneliness is all about. When you pray for others your heart remains warm.

Stretch out of your comfort zone. Believe. Demonstrate. Be!

Prayer

Father, I ask that I may see what You need me to see, in order to survive, thrive, excel, and succeed— in life, in my Christianly walk, with my family, and in my career. Father, when You open doors and windows of opportunity for me, I pray that I not only see them but that I am strengthened to seize those moments. I pray that I can discern those individuals that You send my way, from those who have bad intentions.

Father, free my family from debt. Release the burden from their shoulders so that they might rebuild on a better foundation. Heal my loved ones of any and all inflictions. Restore the minds of my elders who may be struggling with reality, time, and place. Free them from the cloud that keeps forming in their minds so that they might truly enjoy their remaining days and years here on Earth.

Help me to be more financially capable of not just taking care of my needs, but to help those who go without. Only You are capable of doing these things and that’s why I am humbly asking You for these blessings, in Jesus’ name. I praise Your Holy name. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.14.19

Scripture

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 HCSB

Reflection

No matter what happens in your life God can help see you it through, help heal your wounds, help push you up the mountainside and up out of the valley. God can erase your tears and fears, remove the pain, and restore your joy.

You must open up and let Him in. You must walk holding the hand of our Savior, Jesus Christ—following his lead, every step of the way.

Whenever you forget, just stop and pray—and you will remember!

Prayer

Father, I know that there will always be tests, challenges, setbacks and failures in life. I accept these things as necessary steps to make me greater, stronger, wiser, more courageous and even more compassionate.

I accept my role on this planet and in Your Kingdom, and through both joy and sorrow I gladly, and humbly, carry my cross. I know that I can always turn to You, seek comfort in You, and direction from Your son Jesus. Thank You Father!

Love always,

Natasha

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To the Praying Matriarchs That Helped Mold Me

It feels awkward not having my grandmothers here to call, just because they were on my mind, and to celebrate their birthdays and holidays.

I miss trying to find just the right floral arrangement and gifts for them. I miss their smiles and laughs. I miss their side eye when I would get “beside” myself. I miss hearing them tell about their past, their hopes and dreams, and the wisdom passed to me as counsel. I miss them dearly.

Happy Mother’s Day to my maternal grandmother, Maxine B. Stephens, and my paternal grandmother, Dorrisene N. Foreman. I know that you’re here but I wish that you were HERE to hug and hold hands.

I love you Mamacine and Mama!!!!!!!!

Love you always, near and far…

~Natasha

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Special Mother’s Day Message For My Mom and Sister

Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful, amazing, powerful, and gifted mother and sister.

I absolutely love having you both in my life, sharing with you, loving you and being loved by you. I’ve dedicated and will continue to dedicate my life to loving, protecting, empowering, and uplifting this gang of ours.

My heart is full. 💖

My nephew Logan brings me a joy that is indescribable. Alex, you have done and are doing a remarkable job molding and nurturing him.

I will give his daddy, Shawn, his props next month, on his extra special day 😁

Happy Mother’s Day to two amazing Queens!

I LOVE YOU BOTH SO VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY MUCH 😘

~Natasha

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Happy Mother’s Day

I would like to wish all of the mothers of the world, a Happy Mother’s Day.

You may have birthed a child that you’re currently embracing and enjoying the day with, or one who lives far away but you’re only a phone call away from saying “I love you”.

You may have birthed a child that has transitioned, and is no longer here in the physical sense.

You may have birthed a child that you chose to give a better life than the one that you felt you could provide, so you lovingly placed them for adoption—-to bless another mother who had been waiting to share her gifts and blessings for a special soul, such as your bundle of joy.

You may have carried life within, for that life to cease, without you ever laying your eyes upon theirs.

You may have or had a desire to give birth to your own child, but through no fault of your own your body isn’t aligning with your dreams and goals—so you decided to pour your mothering love into a child whose been waiting just for you. Through your fostering or adoption, you are investing in and empowering them in ways that only a mother could.

Maybe you have been trying for years to get pregnant and now you sit and wonder, what will you do next. You know at your core that you’re a mother. Yes, you are!

To every mother described above and to every mother example that I overlooked, let me honor you today and every day.

Happy Mother’s Day Queens!

I salute you!!! 💖

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.10.19

Scripture

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 Peter 3:8

Reflection

None of us are God. Only He can be Judge, King, Master, and Ruler of all. We also don’t love unconditionally as our Father loves us. We have so many conditions that we have even placed conditions on our relationship with Him. The servant has conditions for the Master, and we wonder why we have so many problems.

None of us are Jesus, and this is clear since none of us have the compassion and willingness to forgive and let go immediately the sins of another. We forgive with conditions. We forgive yet hold on to the issues. We forgive until we have an excuse to stop forgiving. None of us listen with the ear and heart of Jesus. We listen just to reply, and reply just to have a position. Our hearts have a thermostat on them that is regulated by us, because we don’t want to release control to God.

We say we want to be more like Jesus, that we want to be righteous Christians and servants of our Father, yet daily we make choices to the contrary. Daily we place conditions on our relationships with others. Daily we say, “I will love you if…” and that “if” is a condition of us seeking to control the relationship and that person. Basically, some of us are saying, “I love you if you obey me” and we forget that we are not God. We don’t obey Him so who are we to expect or demand obedience from others?

We fail in our attempts to be good sheep when we dump our issues and insecurities on others. When we lash out at others, demean them, curse at and to them, yell at them, and make them feel less than worthy of praise and compassion.

Pray to God to release you from the darkness that would have you feel as though you are more superior and entitled than others based on your religion, looks, race, gender, title, family name, address, car, material possessions, credit score, social affiliation, the balance in your bank account, or anything else.

No one should be treated as though they are a creature, as though they are a pet to be used for enjoyment and control. Remember that God is looking at how you treat all of His children. He could care less how much you donate to charity or volunteer in the community. If you spend the rest of your time disrespecting His children, then you have cancelled out the good that you have done.

If you disrespect your spouse or significant other, cheat on them, treat them as though they are only here to serve you, and make you look and feel good—then God has a response for that action.

If you talk down to people, treat them as though they are less than, as though they are their job title or their circumstances, then God has a way of dealing with that also.

God balances out the darkness with His light. He balances out the bad with good. God always makes things right.

We are all servants, none of us better than the other, and none of us guaranteed a spot on the right side of God. It is our daily walk and how we treat ourselves, and each other, that determines how our life on Earth will be, and how our life will be in the next level of existence.

We all have a choice.

Prayer

Father before I encounter one of Your children, touch my heart so that it is warm. No matter what issues I may be dealing with I don’t want other people to be negatively impacted. Let me always be compassionate to others needs and feelings. I want other people to always feel respected and appreciated by me. I want people to leave feeling good and feeling Your love that came through me.

Father let me listen more, speak when necessary and only with Your guidance. Let me forgive and let go rather than say I have forgiven, only to rehash the issues later, or be devoured by the internalized poison.

Humbly I pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.9.19

Scripture

“I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”

John 15:11

Reflection

May God’s peace blanket you and bring you a sense of calmness that gets you through the roughest of times. May His love bring you joy even in times when you want to give in to the pain and chaos.

To fully embrace all of what God has in store for us and all of our blessings, we must show our thanks each day for what He has already given us and for what He plans to provide. Let us show our thanks because what He’s done so far is actually all that we ever need. He has done enough already, yet He says He still has more if we allow Him in. Will you give Him full access to you?

Let’s praise Him now, and remember don’t forget to smile today at everyone you encounter–-it’s contagious!

Happy birthday to my uncle Ricardo. I know that you’re resting in peace and pleased with your assignment. I can’t believe that so many years have passed since you transitioned, but I’m comforted in knowing that you are well and in no pain. I love you Ricky!!!!

Prayer

Today I am thankful for the joy You have given me and the joy in my heart. I pray for those who seek comfort, peace, and joy in their lives. I pray for balance through You both in my life and theirs. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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