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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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.20.11

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

James 1:22-26

Pray
Father every day I pray to you countless times as the hours pass and my blessings shine over my mounting trials and tribulations. The closer I get to You Lord the more challenging life seems to become at times because the way of the world is beginning to now seem different to me, and I am seeing my life through a different lens.

As these changes are taking place, mortal mind the “enemy” keeps trying to convince me to stay as my old self, to hang with those people who aren’t good stewards and ambassadors for Your Kingdom; and there is pressure to behave, think, and speak in a way that is not loving and Christ-like.

As I move to focus my eyes, heart, and life more on You I am being tempted and tested by outside forces to live a double life, one that shines brightly as Your representative on some days, or during certain periods of the day, and the other life that stays hidden away where I can secretly indulge in my old “ways” of living.

Father this battle for my soul can only be won when I let go, surrender, and let You have all of me.

When I question why certain things seem to happen to me at the oddest and most inconvenient of times, why bad situations seem to blindside me, and why I’m tempted by outside forces to invest my time and energy into other things and other people instead of You and the person You have placed in my life to love- Father I know that it is because it is a test of my commitment and devotion to You.

I do not want to simply talk-the-talk, but Lord I am committed to walk-the-walk and lead the life You have intended for me. Touch my heart Father. Cleanse me. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
If our walk with God was intended to be easy then everyone would be able to do it effortlessly and we wouldn’t have trauma in our lives, and Jesus would never had been placed in the position to atone for our sins and sacrifice his human existence to prove an eternal spiritual existence. If our walk was to be easy then even Jesus’ demonstration through his life would have been made easy.

The world around us is filled with goodness that oftentimes gets manipulated and coerced into following the darkest of ways- but the foundation and roots are still governed by God who is merely waiting for the world to make a decision and commitment to walk in His light.

As you make your journey through life you will be tempted to stray from your path. You will be tempted to return to old habits that plagued your life. You must decide which life you want to lead. I’m not telling you to change your life like a light switch, because as quickly as you attempt to turn one way, you will quickly be tempted and give in to resuming your old lifestyle.

Every day we must work and strive to be better people. Every day we must work to give up bad habits. Everything in life can’t be dropped cold turkey without a great deal of pain and frustration; and if we could easily handle pain and frustration then we would never have adopted the negative habits to begin with!

If you are accustomed to cussing folks out and calling people out of their name in your private life, but in your public life you act like the sweetest angel ever created- sometimes going so far as to pretend as though you don’t cuss people out and call them out of their names- but guess what? You are a liar, and you are first telling the biggest lie to yourself. We all have flaws and none of us are perfect. Look at your flaws and decide what you can and will begin to change about yourself beginning today- then each day work at turning that negative into a positive, turning pain to strength, and fear and hate to love.

My father always said, “cussing is what a person does when they can’t intelligently convey what they are trying to say” so many of us would opt to cuss than to take the time to find another way to verbalize what we are thinking and how we feel. Are you willing to try to find alternative ways to express yourself?

Watch what you invest, ingest, and digest into your life, and decide what you can remove immediately or gradually. Do you enjoy watching a certain type of movie, playing a certain type of video game, indulging in certain ‘private’ acts of ‘pleasure’, or listening to certain genres of music but you know you may or may not admit to it publicly, at church, or to your beloved grandmother? Seems hypocritical doesn’t it? Then work to do something about it but don’t be a fraud in the process. We’re all works in process but ‘keep it real’ while God is molding you, if not life only gets harder, more difficult, and more frustrating.

Pick a lane, don’t straddle or swerve across them- if you do, expect to get a ticket for lane violations!

I love you all and will continue to pray for your peace, joy, and safety each day and hope that you too pray for me. Enjoy your Friday. Maybe you will get a message from me over the weekend!

Love Always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.19.11

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19-20

Pray
Father let me open my ears to listen more intently and purposely, open my eyes to see the things I overlook so that my journey isn’t long through this wilderness I’ve entered; free my mind so that I’m not so naive that I am taken advantage of; that I stop before I speak so that only loving words come from my mouth, and that I pray when under stress or confused so that my emotions do not bubble out of control and grow to anger and rage.

Father I know that anger is not a product or bi-product of Your love and light. It is in weakness that a person turns to anger to address their concerns and issues. It is a weak person that lashes out verbally or physically. Warm my heart Father so that I can see, think, speak, and react as a righteous ambassador in Your name. Amen.

Reflection
A child of God should be strengthened in His Word, and by the example of His son Jesus Christ. We should have discernment to see, hear, feel, and know when things are wrong and not of God. We should have discernment to see, hear, feel, and know when we are being moved towards darkness.

We should be disciplined enough to turn away from darkness and not give in to anger and rage. Pray for the strength to be more loving even when others aren’t being loving to you. As the old adage goes, “if you have nothing good to say then say nothing at all” we should practice this daily.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.18.11

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.

And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:32-36

Pray
Father daily I am working to be a better person in every way, in every situation, and to every person regardless of their faith, beliefs, religion, political party, socio-economic status, education level, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, eye color, hair texture or length, or even if they aren’t loving and merciful towards me.

Father it is about the other person that I strive to be better and do better, it is about my relationship with You and the importance of the world as I know it that through Your love and from my loving ways the goal is to pay it forward that all of Your children may grow in love to also love and help others, show mercy, and reflect Your light.

Father touch my heart to give to the least of thee, to the sarcastic and cynical, to those who’s hearts are filled with darkness and hate, to those who are hurt and confused, to those who would blame others and You for the pain and disappointment in their lives- Father help me to reach them so that I may grow closer to You. I love you Father. Amen.

Reflection
You must walk the path that God directs, not looking for a short-cut or smoother way. So that means showing mercy to others even when it is easier to turn away. Lend or give money even if you don’t expect a repayment. Love those who say they hate you. Love those who are determined to destroy you, ruin your reputation, take what you have, or make you feel less than who and what you are as God’s child.

It is all about God and about your role and purpose as an ambassador in Christ building His Kingdom. It has nothing to do with your image, ego, pride, self-esteem, self-worth, bottom line, or personal brand. Be the Christian you claim to be. Touch a strangers life today and watch the ripple effect of God’s love spread.

Love always,

Natasha

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