Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.31.11

Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?

Job 4:3-6

Pray
Father I pray for the strength and confidence to always see and act upon practicing what I preach. I want to be there to uplift and support others through my thoughts, words, and deeds- while remembering those same thoughts and words when I need uplifting and encouragement through rough times.

Father I want Your Word to resonate through me so that my strength always lies in You. Forgive me for those days I waver, get discouraged, feel like giving up and letting life pass me by- I know You know my heart and intentions Lord and I thank You and love You for Your love. Amen.

Reflection
When we give advice, encouragement, and support to others we must remember the words, sentiment, and actions delivered so that during our time of need we use what God equipped us with to lift ourselves up. When we praise God to everyone else but then doubt Him in moments of despair, aren’t we being hypocritical and engaging in a conditional relationship with Him?

Let God’s light come in every millisecond of the day. Feel His warmth, love, tenderness, and support. When we live our lives and express love, mercy, and forgiveness the way God intends then we never feel alone, lost, defeated or forsaken.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.30.11

You wearied yourself by such going about, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.

Isaiah 57:10

Pray
Father through ups and downs You never waver, You never fail me, You never fall short of blessing me abundantly. Through the trials and tribulations Your son, Jesus, never walked away, never gave up or gave in, instead he faced head on anything, everything, and everyone that came at him and attacked him.

Father through the desert and wilderness, through attacks by other people, Your sons Moses and Joshua kept their heads up and charged forward in Your name. Your son Daniel faced down fear as he walked into the lion’s den and later walked out unscathed. David overlooked his size, his inexperience at fighting and battle, that he only had a stone and slingshot, and that Goliath was a giant. David conquered Goliath because he was charged in Your light.

There are so many accounts in the Bible of men and women, Your children, who never ever ever gave up, never lost hope, and never stopped believing in You, Your word, and their role in Your kingdom Father. If I want the personal success of having a beautiful, long-lasting, loving, nurturing, and energized marriage with obedient, dignified, hard-working, productive, and respectful children- I must first set the example as an individual. The qualities and principles that I want to see in my spouse and children must be the qualities and principles I possess and reflect consistently through You Father.

If I want professional and financial success then I must be willing to take the charge to walk even when tired, climb even when I don’t think my arms and legs can move, face my fears even when they stand in my path and seem too big to conquer.

Each day I must claim victory in Your name as I begin with the blessing of being alive. I pray for daily renewal Lord. I humbly pray to You Father, and say in advance “thank you”. Amen.

Reflection
The stories and accounts of the men and women of the Bible were not focused on super-human creations but on regular people who did extraordinary things as they were touched by God’s light. It’s not that they didn’t have fears or doubt- think of the times Jesus prayed, fasted, asked God “why”, and the times Moses would go ask God why he was chosen to lead the children of Israel. There was fear; but it speaks volumes about these great people because of what they did when fear stood in their face and challenged them. They didn’t cower over, give in, run away, or lose hope- instead they slapped fear down to the ground, stepped on it and kept marching forward to the beat of God’s drum.

So each day as we walk, march, and make our way down life’s paths we will grow tired, but we should work towards mentally never giving up; to never believe we can’t take one more step or push one more obstacle out of our way. Our end in any aspect of our life is not for us to decide, that is God’s job. If we sabotage our lives then we cut short the blessings that were coming our way and the opportunities for success, and to make a difference in the lives of our loved ones and people around the world.

So ask yourself, “is what I’m going through in life really that unbearable that I no longer have hope and faith in God that He will see me through?”

Have an incredible Memorial Day as you remember and honor those who serve and served in the U.S. military. I have family members and loved ones that served/serve in each branch of the armed forces. I thank them for their service. Be sure to say thank you to active and retired military service people today and every day.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.27.11

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

Pray
Father thank You for your patience, for Your remarkable sense of humor, for Your wisdom and understanding, and for your guidance throughout my days. There are moments in time when I think I have things figured out, and I think that what I’m doing is Your intent for my life- just to find myself puzzled when things don’t go as planned.

Father I apologize for getting out of line, for assuming to know Your plans and thought process. Father I apologize for trying to run my life like a goat, instead of being a disciplined and loyal sheep and simply following Your lead. Thank You for knowing me better than I can ever know myself, and in knowing me You patiently wait on me to catch on and catch up to the pace You have set. You are amazing. You are awesome. I love You Father. Thank you. Amen.

Reflection
As a dear friend of mine John always says, “if you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans” and this phrase is so accurate that you have to laugh, because we spend the largest portions of our life planning, strategizing, and outlining our life the way that we think it should go- but never stepping back and acknowledging that through it all- God is running things and we are merely along for the ride.

If we let Him steer our chartered course then we can fully experience and enjoy the trip- we can wisely invest our time and energy into serving Him and living life to its fullest. God will always open doors, windows, and crawl spaces of opportunity for us. He will always make a way out of no way- but if He’s trying to guide the ship right while you’re grabbing the wheel trying to turn it left guess where you will go? No where. Guess what you will experience? Nausea and frustration.

Every day we must make the effort to get out of our own way, to let go and surrender to God, and allow Him to lead us to where we need to be. Lord knows I battle with myself on this regularly, and I recognize that my life is so much smoother, calmer, and stress-free when I simply let God do His job and I focus on doing mine.

I love you all. Have an amazing Friday, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. God bless you.

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.26.11

Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

Proverbs 19:15

Pray
Father I pray to remain active, focused, determined, and constantly moving in the direction that you are guiding me. Let me sleep long enough to be reenergized but not too long that I become lethargic. The hours I waste sleeping or being unproductive are the hours that are taken from me when I need to earn a living to eat, clothe myself and keep a roof over my head.

Father I don’t ever want to fail you or my loved ones. So please keep Your hand on me Lord that even if I stray from Your path, I never go too far that I can’t be redirected to the right way. Father I want to be present and proactive in my life every single day. I don’t want distractions from people, media, and other outside forces to keep me from living my life to its fullest as Your ambassador.

If I am not living right Father, please lovingly correct my steps. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
The lazy go broke, get fat, grow old too fast, constantly battle illness, and enter a deep sleep that they may never wake from in this level of existence. God does not condone laziness. He can’t make sense of a person that is slow to change, slow to work, slow to move, slow to act, slow to do much of anything but lay around looking at the sky, the ground, the TV, the computer, their twiddling thumbs, or other folks doing what their supposed to be doing- and what the lazy person should be doing.

If your house that God has loaned you is a pigsty and messy, then do something about it- clean it and thank God for the shelter and safe place to rest your head and raise your family.

If your car is cluttered with a bunch of junk- instead of adding more junk and asking passengers to “excuse the mess”- clean it inside and out and show God you are grateful for the gift.

If you’re overweight, like a great deal of people in our nation- stop making excuses as you chow down on that fast food, and high caloric meal- get up, get your body moving, reduce your food and caloric intake, and increase your water and fresh produce. Show God that you are grateful for you life, your moving limbs, your beating heart, and well-functioning organs. Show God that you respect your temple- His temple.

If your business is going no where fast get from behind the computer and in front of the TV, stop leaving the house everyday driving around doing and meeting no one, and start meeting people who can mentor, guide, and help build your company where it needs to be; remember that your company’s brand first starts with you and the efforts you put into promoting it.

If your relationship with your significant other is getting dull, predictable, and boring- remember that it took both of you to get it to that point. If you want spice, spontaneity, an injection of life and passion- then you need to take the first step and stop waiting for the other person to do it.

If the two of you are mad at each other, then you need to be the humble Christian you claim to be and sincerely apologize, and work proactively to make the wrong things right in your relationship.

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, then get up and change something…anything…but stop sitting around, laying around, shuffling around with your head hanging down and doing absolutely nothing.

Lazy people are taking up prime real estate…either you build upon it and make the best out of every situation or be prepared to be moved out of here sooner than you initially expected.

I love you all and remember we’re all works in progress; we all have to work at our faults, weaknesses, and the temptation to be lazy. We’re God’s clay that He is molding every millisecond of the day!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.25.11

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Hebrews 6:10-12

Pray

Father I know that You love me, are always with me, always watching me and watching over me. I know that You hear my thoughts and know my intentions. You know my heart Lord. You know that I want to be the best ambassador and steward that I can be, and that when I don’t live righteously it pains me.

Father I want to be surrounded by those filled with faith, patience, righteousness, love, and joy no matter what the situation, circumstance, day, or season. When I’m down I want to imitate those who are living the example as honorable stewards. I don’t want to be lazy and resistant. I don’t want to make excuses for not living right, doing right, and working hard each and every day. I don’t want to make excuses for not representing Your light even when darkness chases me and it’s easier to stop and be consumed.

I don’t want to make excuses for why I can’t give 100% effort in my personal and professional relationships. If I don’t have time every single day to show how much I love my family then I’m not doing Your work Lord- I’m living through my interpretation- because after You Father comes my family, then my career. If I can’t give myself to my family but yet I have it in me to give to strangers and those around me who I can trust only so much- then my priorities are off and I need a reset. If I’m off course Father please reset me. Humbly I say Thank You. Amen.

Reflection
God first, family second, and career third- in that order and only in that order shall you have the foundation and map for a life as God intended. If you are too lazy to commit to God and family then you are too lazy to do the work God intended, and you don’t deserve the fruits of your labor in your career- that you can only receive through God’s will and grace. The more successful in your life you become the more God is showing you that your home base is Him and your family. If you neglect them your blessings will become less obvious.

God has a way of showing you how to prioritize when times get bad and you don’t know what to do since you have no control. When times get rough you are to turn first to God and lean on His love through your family. Together you and your family will rise from the valley in God’s guiding hand to the level He has chosen for you. But if you fail to humbly turn to God and lovingly bond with family your path becomes more difficult to bear, and the unchartered territories you enter will become more complicated to navigate through because your compass is God- and your crew is your family. Step outside of that and be consumed by darkness.

I don’t care how frustrated or upset you are (or get) with your family members nothing should prevent you from staying connected- for you are only as strong as your weakest link. Pray to God to touch and fill your heart, and the hearts of your loved ones that you might come together in His love and see past differences, work out disagreements, and connect your links as you climb up the mountaintop.

Now let me be clear for those of you with highly dysfunctional and negative families, or those without living family members- your family by extension in these scenarios are those who would serve most as family members. Who would you turn to as a father, mother, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, or cousin? Who can you count on during life’s storms to help see you through? Who can you trust with your deepest and most sensitive secrets? Then that is your family. Embrace them. Celebrate them. Bond with them through moments of celebration, contemplation, frustration, and despair.

We fail God and ourselves when we turn outside of our foundation for shelter, love, pleasure, acknowledgment, and kudos. What you feel you’re not getting from God and family is the exact same thing you aren’t giving in return. Think about it!

Love you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.24.11

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.

Ecclesiastes 10:18

Pray
Father rid me from any laziness that I might possess. Cause me to rise up from my slumber. If necessary make things so uncomfortable in my life that I must do something to change my circumstances for the better. I do not want to lose favor in Your eyes Lord.

I do not want to lose the gifts and blessings You have given me because I am not doing my part to take care of and nurture them. I do not want to lose the home, car, clothing, accessories, appliances, and miscellaneous things You have loaned me Father.

I do not want my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health negatively impacted because I have disconnected from Your plan and purpose for me Lord. An idle mind is a mind not focused on You Father, and I want my mind and heart to always be focused and connected to You. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Get up. Get out. Get going. If you are spending the bulk of your day on a computer and it is not a major part of your job/career function then you are wasting precious moments. Stop making excuses and start living your dreams. No one can keep you from achieving your goals except you.

If your job/career requires you to meet and interact with people on a regular basis, but you’re hiding indoors and/or behind a computer the bulk of your day- then you are failing yourself and failing your family who depend on you.

Are you investing 20 hours per day of pure sweat equity towards your goal? Or are you telling yourself a big fat lie that you are in the “research and development stage” of planning your life and career?

How do you explain to your family that out of laziness you squandered almost (or totally) everything God has blessed you with?

Fear fails. Laziness leads to failure. If you don’t want to be a failure or seen as one then get up and make the most of your day. Get out and make smart decisions and career moves that will help propel your life where it needs to be–where God intends for it to be.

I love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.23.11

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

Pray
Father I praise Your name through good times and in bad because I know that through life’s trials and tribulations I grow stronger, wiser, and closer to You. Father I know that every time I fall and get up, every time I face a setback my perseverance is helping to build my character as Your ambassador; and every day that I rise to see the sun I know that am truly blessed. So I thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Through uphill battles and downhill falls we persevere, grow, and develop our character with a restored sense of hope that tomorrow will be better, and that after this storm will come the rainbow and the beautiful rays of God’s light shining brightly. Never lose faith and hope that God will always see you through life’s issues, failed relationships, economic downturns, personal hangups, and moments of fear and frustration. Praise Him. Thank Him. Sing and dance as though you don’t have a care in the world- because you know that God is taking care of you and your needs- even if you can’t see the solution, know it’s there.

Love always,

Natasha

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