>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.29.10

>Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Proverbs 9:9-12

Pray
Father thank You for supplying my needs, opening my eyes so that I might see clearly, tuning in my ears so that I might hear Your voice and discern what others are saying. Thank You for humbling me so that I might be open to instruction, and through You be wiser, more just, and faithful. Thank You for blessing me with life and the years that I have walked this earth. Thank You for many more to come. Amen.

Reflection
Never be so into yourself that you fail to realize that every second of your life is a learning experience. It doesn't matter how many years you have specialized in one or more professions, how many books you have read or written; or how many certificates, degrees or awards you have earned…your confidence, turns to arrogance, which sends the message to God that you believe your wisdom is yours by your doing, and not by his will and grace. Humble yourself and be a sponge to His wisdom; opening yourself to instruction led by His messengers. Don't limit your blessings by thinking and acting as though 'it's all about me!'

Love,

Natasha

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>News to Share: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.28.10

>This morning I shared a scripture and message on having true, pure faith. I shared how both of the dogs went missing around 9:15am…let me share what has taken place in this long, draining, emotional, tear-filled day…

After searching for a couple of hours, contacting the appropriate organizations, and submitting all necessary reports, I sat down and prayed for clarity and strength. I reminded myself of God’s omnipresence and that He would protect our four-legged babies. I then left it up to Him to guide the dogs to safety where they could be found.

I got a call around 2pm from the veterinarian that both dogs were found, one in possession of the woman who found them, the other one took off running in fear. When I called the woman she shared where she was, and where she found the dogs…on the same major street I had driven, but in the opposite direction. She tried to grab the smaller one (who ran under her car trying to hide from her), of course possibly fearful of the bigger dog. I met her in the shopping center where our grocery store is located. Ah my baby was injured and bloody; he was bitten- possibly by the bigger (yet younger) dog or by a wild animal. Thank God both dogs have all of their shots! 

His big little sister was gone, no where to be found.

Once I knew my sister had things in order I took off running out of the parking lot and down the street in the direction the woman had last seen our other dog. My mom took off in her SUV and my cousin started walking around, everyone calling out to our baby!

I ran into the gated neighborhood where a friend stays and asked the guard if he had seen a tan chow; while giving him my contact information I hear screams from the street. I immediately took off in a full sprint towards the street and quickly noticed my cousin running in the street trying to stop traffic. I looked in the direction she was looking and I saw cars stopping. I jumped in the street and waved oncoming cars to stop. I then began running in the direction my cousin was looking and there she was…our chow!

Tears started streaming down my face as I yelled out her name. 

She started walking towards me and then happily ran to me and jumped up to give me a hug (yes, she has been trained to give hugs) and as I cried and fell to my knees, this big goof ball licked me like crazy. People pulled up to help, and this one guy offered to drive us to my car, but my mom had already pulled up behind him and this other guy who I met a few days ago-  who runs a doggy daycare in our shopping center. He heard the screams and jumped in his car and drove over with a leash and helped us with this scared, but happy chow. He remembered me from the other day and told me to bring our injured dog to his clinic so he could look at his wounds. He then called the veterinarian down the street…since it was too far to go to our regular clinic.

My cousin took our chow home to help her relax, eat (since they ran off before eating breakfast), and fill up on water. We rushed our other dog to the vet.

After being sedated and treated, our baby was released to us at 5:30pm today. He was and still is in pain, but he is so happy to be home. He was determined to have me by his side all the way to the clinic, while there (until they put him under) and when we picked him up. Every time I got out of the car he would rush in pain to my seat, whining for me to return. Now home, in his favorite carrier on a comfy blanket he is slurping his water and relaxing. Still not eating, possibly due to the medication, but he is wagging his tail and…happy! He will be on medication for a few days, but the doctor said he recovered from sedation quickly, and he is definitely a trooper- trotting all around the house. He is exhausted. A long day of exploration…I’m sure these two clowns won’t pull this stunt again. But to make sure, they won’t be allowed outside together without leashes!

Thank you for all of your prayers. Thank you for keeping the faith and knowing that God was taking care of His creations.

Faith!

Love you all!

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.28.10

>For we walk by faith, not by sight

2 Corinthians 5:7

Pray
Father thank You for equipping me with the strength, knowledge, wisdom, and belief in You to walk by faith that with and through You all is possible and nothing is impossible. I don't need to wait to see my blessings, because I already know that everything is taken care of. Today I have faith that You have already handled all of my needs, concerns, issues, and problems. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Today my faith is being tested. Our family's two dogs have been missing since approximately 9:15am today and although we walked and drove a half mile radius, they were no where to be found. I have taken the necessary steps contacting animal control and the organization where Scooter's microchip is registered, filing reports with both. I have faith that God will bring both of our babies back home safe and sound. I am letting go and letting God!

Love you all!

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.27.10

>When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given what you ask for.

Mark 11:24

Pray
Father thank You for my wondrous gifts; for this life You have given me to see, learn, experience, and express Your love and greatness. My faith in You reassures me that I can thank You now for the things that I desire most in my life, because I believe that You will always provide what I need and when I need it. Thank You for my excellent spiritual, mental, and physical health; and the excellent health of my loved ones. Thank You for placing me in situations where I can help Your other children, some who have lost their way, some whose faith is slipping, and some who still hope to know You.

Thank You for providing me with the financial needs to take care of my responsibilities, and to position myself to provide for my family. Thank You for the home that provides shelter and warmth; and a constant supply of healthy, nutritious food to supplement the spiritual food You feed me daily. Thank You Father for blessing me with children and taking care of their needs. Thank You for opening doors, windows, cubby holes, and other passage ways to a future that is golden and blessed by You. Thank You Father for loving me even those days when I am not being loving. I look to Your son, Jesus as the example and I strive to walk as he did and has. In his name I pray and humbly I bow to you. Amen.

Reflection
True faith comes with believing before you see it. It comes from thanking God for your blessings long before you receive them, because you believe in Him, what He can and has done, and what you believe He will still do for you. I have faith that God will bless me with a loving, faithful, nurturing, supportive and devoted husband, who is a provider, protector, and honorable servant of the Lord.

I believe that God will bless me that I may give birth to my own children, and that He will also bless me with adopted children; that He will bless me with the financial means to have and take care of my dream home, and be capable of taking care of my family's financial needs. I believe that God will always provide me the path to greatness, and the means to reach the masses so that by helping them, I can share God's greatness and in turn help build His Kingdom.

I believe that God will put before me the solution to all of my financial issues, handle my debt, and free me from certain situations that would be unbearable if He weren't in my life; if He weren't my rock and salvation; my shade tree and fountain of life. I believe in Him because of who He is…my Father-Mother…and because of His incredible track record. He may not have always given me everything I asked for when I asked for it, or at all- but that is only because it wasn't time or because I didn't truly need it. I am grateful for my relationship with our Lord. I know that every thought and every word I speak He is always listening and saying, "I'm a long ways ahead of you my child!"

Try something:
Sit silently with your eyes closed and don't say a word. Try not to think. Clear your mind. Disconnect from life's clutter. Just breathe slowly and listen. Don't move. Once you are still and at peace, and even your heartbeat appears to have silenced- you will hear God. Smile and rejoice. Your relationship with God is all yours. You don't need a man or woman to speak and connect with Him on your behalf. Every single milli-second of the day you can connect, speak, and listen to Him. You just have to stop and let go!

Loving you all!

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.26.10

>You are not the kind of God who is pleased with evil. Sinners can't stay with you.

You do what is right, and I ask you to guide me. Make your teaching clear because of my enemies.

Nothing they say is true! They just want to destroy. Their words are deceitful like a hidden pit, and their tongues are good only for telling lies.

Psalm 5:4,5,8,9

Pray
I am thanking You now Father for keeping my eyes on You, for guiding me to where I need to be despite the attempts of the "liar" and others influenced by it to take my mind and heart off of You. Thank You for helping me rise above pettiness, jealousy, envy, anger, fear, hatred, and a desire to retaliate against those who attack me. In and through You I know the truth, and no matter what anyone else says or does, I know that You will always prevail and reveal Your truth to all. Thank You Father for Your constant love. Amen.

Reflection
This post (as was yesterday's) is for those of you who seem, or are under attack by outsiders who just can't make it through their day without an attempt at harming you, your character, and your relationship with our heavenly Father.

This post is for those of us who are constantly under attack by the "liar" who would convince us that we are not worthy of God's blessings, that we can't do the things we are attempting and desiring in our lives; that we can't have the very things that we are working so hard to acquire. The "liar" will whisper words of fear, doubt, and hate into your ears and convince you to envy (covet) others, to doubt yourself and grow insecure with your physical appearance, mental ability, and spiritual connectedness to God.

You must fight "the liar" and your human enemy the same way, each and every day…through and with God! We must pray to Him for guidance, clarity, strength, protection, and the voice to say to our enemies, "no. You are a liar. I will not listen to you or sink down to your level. God is my light, strength, comforter, and salvation, and I will leave this between you and Him!"

Then we must step back and let God deal with the transgressions of our enemies.
We must never sink down like snakes on our bellies to reach and accommodate our enemy, who is possibly at the lowest depths of 'sewer living' that one can live. As my mom always said, "don't fight in someone else's yard. They always have the advantage". Know who you are and what you are…God's child…and walk upright to glory and countless blessings.

Have a blessed Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and prepare yourself for an awesome week. Walk in the knowledge that God's arms encircle you. Your enemy can only harm you when you let them in, and stop relying on God to be your security gates!

I love you all!

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.25.10

>These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by menses of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

Proverbs 6:16-19, 23-28

Pray
Father thank You for protecting me from myself when pride seeps inside of me; when I'm about to tell a lie; when my heart wants to turn cold; and when lust and desire entice me into doing wrong. Thank You for protecting me from those who would and are telling lies about me; who spend their waking moments devising ways to tear me down and force me to act like anyone but Your child.

Thank You for protecting me from the evil woman who only has one purpose…to keep my focus off of You. Thank You for revealing her cunningness, her plans, and the fangs she intends to sink into my flesh to suck out every drop of my life. Thank You Father for keeping guardians around me to keep this woman out of my home, my life, and my world. When I fail to see her coming so that I may walk away, when I fail to discern her flattering words to be the words of the "liar"; when I fail to keep her out of my home…keep me focused on You Lord.

Help me to see those women, those people who don't serve You Father; those people who have one thing on their mind, and that is getting everything they want no matter what it costs another person. Help keep my feet firmly planted on Your ground, walking the path You have chosen. Keep my mind sharp and clear to hear Your voice when You say, "walk away, they are not who they appear to be". Father reveal to me these liars, manipulators, thieves, whores, and backstabbers; and help me to keep them at a safe distance, away from my home and my inner circle. Keep my ego in check at all times so that I always know that only with You can I defend myself and defeat the enemy. Keep me focused on Your light Lord. Humbly I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection

I believe it to be true that people…all people come into your life for a reason. But it is ego and arrogance that make you believe that they have approached you because you are supposed to help them, etc. Sometimes they are 'tests' to see how faithful and loyal you are to God. Not everyone is or is supposed to be your friend. As the Bible shows there are many "wolves in sheep clothing".

Misery loves company, so some people knowingly and unknowingly seek to drag you down to their level or depths that far surpass their own. They will gossip and spread half truths…or complete lies. They will only come around to see what they can get out of the exchange, and to see what dirt they can dish up. Keep these people at bay. They are cancerous.

An attractive, intelligent woman can distract a man to the point that he can make a complete fool of himself. She can manipulate him into paying less attention to his own girlfriend/wife…which means he is spending even less time focused on God. She can make him look at what appears to be her values and virtues, and then pick away at and tear down everything he believes to be flaws in his wife/girlfriend. It always starts off innocently. The 10-20% of qualities this "liar" seemingly brings to the table always negates the 80-90% your wife/girlfriend has to offer. But a man who has been hooked and reeled in like a barracuda will always think this other woman has 80-90% of what he wants, and that some how his wife/girlfriend is the one lacking with a mere 10-20%. Only with and through God can the truth be revealed. Only God can show you that you have been "hoodwinked…bamboozled…led astray…."

Men when your focus is on God first, you learn to ignore the subtle or overt flirting, eyelash batting, forward body language, frequent body contact, and other baits used by these type of women. You will avoid them like the plague. You will never invite them to have a part in your life that should be shared and cherished by only those closest and dearest to you. You will never allow yourself to be alone with them, and you won't have to learn the hard way to never ever let them into your home or private office. They will never have private access to you.

Men must learn to stop trying to save everyone…especially women! If they need counseling let them find a counselor in church, online, or through their job. If they ask you, encourage them to turn to these valuable resources. Tell them to pray first for the answer…the "liar" will rebuke the thought of that, then revealing itself to you, and proving true intent.

The same is true of God's daughters. Whether it be male or female attempting to trap you as prey, with your focus on God you will always see them coming and can easily adjust your thinking so that their attempts to steer you off your path always result in a big FAIL! Women, we must be watchful of the woman who eagerly wants to befriend us; the one always smiling in your face, but her eyes show anything but pure thoughts about you. Pray to our Father that He opens your eyes and shows you this woman's true essence and intent; and how best to deal with her..and keep a safe distance.

Women, watch the advances of men. Like the lion they can be crafty as they wait until you are alone to pounce and attack. Be prayerful that you are always armed in the presence of the Lord. Don't allow what appears to be striking qualities, distract you into believing that somehow this man can give you something better than your boyfriend/husband. Instead pray, and turn to your boyfriend/husband and look inward at what you are or aren't bringing into the relationship and with God's grace and love- fill that void.

This is a long reflection…but a necessary one. Too many of us are sitting prey in this crazy, wild jungle…and the predators are creeping up waiting to sink their teeth into us. We must always be aware, be covered in our armor, and fully astute of God's presence. It is not living in fear. It is living on purpose; not allowing anyone or anything to knock us off our path…or slow us down!

Have a wonderful Saturday and be a blessing today!

Love you all!

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.24.10

>Later the Lord chose seventy-two  other followers and sent them out two by two to every town and village where he was about to go. 

He said to them: A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in. Now go, but remember, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves.  Don’t take along a moneybag or a traveling bag or sandals. And don’t waste time greeting people on the road.  As soon as you enter a home, say, “God bless this home with peace.”  If the people living there are peace-loving, your prayer for peace will bless them. But if they are not peace-loving, your prayer will return to you.  Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they give you, because workers are worth what they earn. Don’t move around from house to house.

 If the people of a town welcome you, eat whatever they offer.

Luke 10:1-8 (CEV)

Pray
 
Father thank You for sending Your son to us to show us the way to You. He taught us how to be patient, kind, giving, caring, nurturing, loving, peaceful, forgiving, and present in the moment- not concerned with past or future issues because You have already dealt with them; he taught us how to heal ourselves and others through You. But we have strayed a great deal over the thousands of years since Jesus walked this earth. We have devised more substitutions for You and for him, that we are now confused. We might as well be the children of Israel walking around in the forest waiting to prove ourselves again. Father open our eyes, show us that the way You point is not a mirage. 

Thank you for preparing us since our human conception for this journey. Free us from our self-inflicted pain and torment; free us from the shackles that we have placed on our own bodies. Free us from idol worship. Humble us that we may be like the 72 followers Your son chose to demonstrate Your goodness, power, will and grace. Humble us that we may be devoted stewards loving and honoring You with all of our heart, mind, body and soul. In Your son Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Reflection 

In this story, Jesus sent out 72 men to help build God’s Kingdom, and reinforce what principles had been laid down before his presence was known and felt throughout the land. Those great stewards and messengers before him helped to plant the seed. Jesus came to demonstrate and show how to nurture, grow, and harvest that seed so that nations could live off of that spiritual ‘fruit’ forever. 

When you read further passages you will see how the 72 returned ecstatic that even the demons bowed down when Jesus’ name was mentioned. Jesus stated that he watched Satan fall from heaven during this demonstration of God’s omnipotence and omnipresence; but that the men should not be ecstatic simply because some demons bowed down and were defeated…they should be overjoyed at the fact that all 72 of the men had their place in heaven. 

They did God’s work as Jesus instructed without question, doubt, faltering, complaining, or making adjustments to their orders. They were disciplined. They were not greedy or felt the need to move from home to home, looking for a better situation. The metaphorical ‘grass’ was green enough in the yard they were in…they were satisfied. 

Can we say the same of ourselves? Are we satisfied with the place that we have been instructed to go, to reside, to work? Are we doing our part with 100% effort? Are we showing Jesus and God that we deserve more and greater by being on time, every time, for everything? Or do we arrive when we feel like it? Are we showing Jesus and God that we deserve more and greater by taking care of our worldly possessions that God has loaned us? Or do we leave things messy, dirty, half-fixed, and worse than when we got them? 

Are we grateful for the food and clothing that we have? Or are we always envying and desiring better…when we haven’t done our part to earn and deserve better? Are we satisfied with those people around us who care, nurture, protect, and guide us? Or are we always looking next door or down the street wondering if there is someone ‘better’ out there for us?

We have all been given tasks to complete; no questions are to be asked. Upon completion you will be granted your blessings…rewarded for a job well done. Why are we not committed enough to do our jobs? 

It is no wonder many of us get written up or fired at work for mediocre job performance, attendance issues, and subordination…we can’t do the job that God has commanded, and that Jesus mapped out the steps…so why should we be committed, disciplined, and willing to do an easy job at someone’s company? 

Do you see how the two are tied together? Do you see how all of this is tied together? We have to strive and accomplish doing our jobs with 100% effort, no questions asked (unless you have an ethics issue of course), every single day. While we do our job, we are also doing some of our work that God assigned to us. When we clock out and leave that office, etc. We are then devoting the rest of our time to working on building God’s Kingdom. Every single day this is our mission. Every single day you are to be a blessing to others. That is how we receive our numerous blessings. It is a beautiful cycle that nurtures and harvests some amazing ‘fruit’.

What are you willing to commit to today to be a better person, to be a blessing to others, and to build God’s Kingdom? 

Natasha

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