Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.30.11

The angel of the lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. The angel of the lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

Judges 13:2-5

Pray
Father thank You for making a way out of no way; for making the impossible possible, the crooked straight, and bringing Light to darkness. I love You Lord and know that You will always make things right in my life, deliver me from bad situations, and direct my path even when I stray. Thank You Father.

Reflection
There’s nothing God can’t do for you, through you, and to you. Believe and have faith. That barren woman gave birth to a son, Samson, and he did exactly what God’s angel said he would.

Are you listening for God’s voice? Are you paying attention to the angels around you who are trying to guide you?

That faint voice in your head sharing words of encouragement and enlightenment, declarations of a successful future are not your mortal thoughts or imagination, but rather God planting spiritual seeds and outlining your road map. Tune in and stay connected!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.29.11

You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!

Isaiah 32:9

Pray
Father I know that You don’t approve of laziness, complacency, and contentment with the status quo of the world. I never want to be satisfied with mediocrity, with doing what others are doing, or being comfortable with someone else taking care of me or making decisions on my behalf. I want to always be standing, moving, thinking, and doing my best to live life as You expect of me. Thank You Father for instilling that passion and purpose in my life. I love You. Amen.

Reflection
Every day we should have an action plan for doing something different in our lives, for taking the next step towards greatness; and never content with simply getting by…’easy’ should never be our goal and motivation. Let’s strive for being better than average, since God is no average god; He is the ultimate, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, being everywhere and everything to all creatures…God. As His reflection we cannot walk with lower expectations of ourselves or those who we associate with. Step up, show up, and show who you really are as a child of our heavenly Father-Mother.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.28.11

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Pray
Father You are love, happiness, joy, kindness, care, hope, Spirit, Soul, Mind; You are all-in-all. Everything that is good is of You. Father in and through Your love I am always protected; I can trust in You and have faith that no harm will come to me of Your doing. In Your love I have hope; hope for a better life, a better experience, and better opportunities. In Your love I can and will persevere, thrive, and succeed.

Father thank You for the guardian angels You have placed around me throughout my years, and for those who will guide me along my path during my remaining years. I pray for the opportunity to see, experience, and demonstrate love in its purest form as You have shared with me. I want to share this love with generations yet born so that they may enter this world having faith in mankind, and in their ability to serve as honorable stewards in Your Kingdom.

Thank You Father for protecting me. Thank You Father from keeping those who would harm me in their fear, arrogance, carelessness, self-centeredness, and disobedience from doing so. Thank You for the wisdom and discernment to identify those people who are with me and those who are against me, those who love and respect me versus those who don’t; and that I might still love them all as Your son Jesus loves me.

In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Love protects always, love trusts always, love hopes always, and love always perseveres. To be protected by man you must be a protector. To be trusted by man you must be trustworthy. For hope and perseverance to remain constant in your relationship you must believe in them, work daily and throughout to secure a confidence in hope and wanting more and better for your relationship; and you must be willing to do anything and everything cloaked in love to protect your relationship- never doing or saying anything that would bring harm and dishonor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and his and our Heavenly Father-Mother God.

We must make a conscience effort throughout the day to think, speak, act, and be as God expects, envisions, and knows of us as His children. We must overcome our fears, temptations, doubt, pride, and ego. We must live for more than ourselves, and give more than we could ever imagine, and still realize that we have not done, given, expressed, or shared as much as Jesus, Moses, Joshua, Daniel, or others before us individually.

We must get past our perceived humanness and embrace, and demonstrate our spiritualness. How beautiful this world would be if we could only get past ourselves and focus on love, commitment, sacrifice, forgiveness, honesty, trust, kindness, and doing God’s work.

Smile. Your day is waiting for you. Who can you bless today?

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.24.11

And again, “I will put my trust in him.”
And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Hebrews 2:13-15

Pray
Father Your son Jesus was sent by You to show us the way to You, to salvation, to eternal peace, love, joy, and happiness. Jesus is the wayshower to the truth that we are spiritual beings in Your likeness here to have a human experience to prove that we are worthy of bigger and better responsibilities in Your Kingdom; and that with You there is no such thing as sickness or death.

This is only one level of existence for us Father and I want to learn my lessons, express Your loving grace, and love Your children as You and Your son have loved me. I want a life where I overcome fear and understand its nothingness, so that I might experience life as You intend. I seek Your guidance through Your son. I look for Your beacon of light and I promise to follow obediently the path You place before me. Humbly I say thank You. Amen.

Reflection
We can live in fear and doubt, or walk in strength and courage. We can run scared and hide from the demons that chase us, or face them down and say, “you are nothing, mean nothing, and have no power over me”. We can say we want to be more like Jesus, or each day we can work and strive to be more like him in thought, action, and deed.

Will the one we choose today be the one we embrace tomorrow? Amazingly God loves us either way, He still loves us when we waver, when we get scared, and when we run and hide. Lovingly He waits for us as our patient and nurturing Father-Mother. God is awesome. He is good. He is life, truth, love and is the Father of all mankind, and creator of all life. Thank Him today for your blessings, and then go be a blessing to others. I love you all.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.23.11

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1

Pray
Father it is more important to me to maintain my self-respect, dignity, and honor, and not disappoint You and my family here on earth, than to accumulate money and power that can quickly dissolve and leave me broke and alone. Father I want to make sure I leave this earth with my name in good standing, with the confidence that I did my best to serve the least of Your children, and that I gave my all in everything I did.

Father, I want to live my life as You so instruct and desire. I want to express the qualities that best reflect You and how You see me. When I stray from Your path, please redirect me either firmly or soft as You see fit, so that I can regain focus on Your mission and my purpose in life and in Your kingdom. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
What do you value more in your life, material wealth and possessions? Or spiritual wealth and eternal life with our heavenly Father? Does it matter that people think you’re a jerk but hang around you because you have (or will have) fame and riches (because they want to get their hands on some)? Or are you more moved by doing good and living well because you gave of yourself when you were least expected to do so?

How much of your time do you volunteer to help others who are least fortunate? I’m not talking about what you do for your job/career to help the underserved and underrepresented in poor communities, I’m talking about what do you do in your free time (and how much time are you freeing up) to go and serve others as God has commanded us?

Even if you are financially ‘poor’ are you also too spiritually bankrupt to help those who have it worse off than you? Can you not give 1-2 hours a week or month to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, educate the ignorant, enlighten those with blinders, and empower the powerless?

What you do to serve others as God’s servant is what marks you in history books, ours and most importantly, His. You can’t take your financial wealth with you, and it may not survive long after you’re gone, but your name and reputation will last lifetimes. What will be etched into your grave’s headstone?

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.22.11

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Ephesians 3:12

Pray
Father I want to thank You for my life, my blessings, my gifts, and for the opportunities that You place before me daily. I thank You for allowing me to have a close and personal relationship with You where I don’t need an intermediary, or representative to speak on my behalf. I can come directly to You and speak with You, and have my questions answered, and problems solved because of my belief and faith in You and Your works.
Thank You Father.

Reflection
Only in our relationship with God can we be guaranteed confidentiality, a commitment to solving issues and righting wrongs, and a love like no other- pure, carefree, and beautiful. Thank Him. Embrace Him. Believe in Him. Have faith in Him that every issue, problem, desire, and need can and will be fulfilled through and by Him.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.20.11

The lord bless you and keep you;

Numbers 6:24

Pray
Father thank You for my countless blessings. Thank You for protecting me and calming my fears in times of trouble or when I was clueless of the outcome. Father thank You for bringing me peace, calm, and moments of reflection during and after life’s storms. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
The Lord our Father-Mother is always there for us, keeping watch over you. In good times and in bad be grateful for God and the blessings that He brings; be grateful for each day you’re alive. And if you have vision to read this message- be grateful for sight and for each sunset and sunrise you are blessed to view if you so choose. Life is great.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.17.11

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4: 29,31,32

Pray
Father thank You for this day. A new day. A day to start fresh with good intentions, good thoughts, and acts of kindness random and planned. Today I make the effort to speak kindly of and begin the process of forgiving those who have wronged me directly and indirectly. Today I make the effort to say a prayer for those who go against me whether in fear or malice. Today I push out my bitterness, rage, jealousy, envy, and anger against others and instead replace it with Your loving peace and joy.

My time will not be spent thinking and worrying about, or stressing over what someone else is doing or not doing. Today I will begin anew and pray for the strength to look at my past, acknowledge what was, and then move forward with both feet planted in my present, and the courage to accept what comes in my future. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Let’s work to let go of our past. Let go of those people who have no place in our present or our future. Let go of those pains that haunt us. Let go of our anger, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and rage for it only slows us up, drains us, ages us, and causes us painful inflictions. Today let’s work to free ourselves so that we can be open and receptive to our blessings from God.

Breathe.

Can you already feel the weight lifting off of your shoulders? I can and it feels amazing. Make it an amazing day. Thank God for a new day to celebrate and rejoice in His name. I love you all!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.16.11

and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:27

Pray
The devil is a liar. Father You have said it and proved it. “it” tempts us to go against You. “it” tempts us to stray from Your path. “it” tempts us to disrespect Your holy name. “it” tempts us to disrupt our lives. “it” tempts us to lose a great thing for a few quick moments of ecstasy. “it” tempts us to change our righteous ways. “it” tempts us to seek self-gratification and self-interests without concern for what You want and ask of us. “it” will ruin a marriage, a relationship, a family, a friendship, and a business if given the power.

Father show me how to not give “it” power. Show me how to stand strong and tall and say, “you are a liar devil and you have no purpose or place in my world. Get out now.” Father show me how to not give in to the emotional games it plays; how not to give in to depressing and oppressive thoughts and feelings. Father show me how to follow Your light even when “it” tells me that I’m too weak, not ready, not capable, too young, too old, or too inexperienced in life to handle what You are offering. Strengthen me Father.

Lord when “it” enters my relationship and causes disruption and then tries to convince me that my self-worth is too low to either fight for or leave the relationship- give me the strength, wisdom, and discernment to make the right decision and to prove “it” wrong. When “it” tries to convince me that there is something better ‘there’ than ‘here’ yet You haven’t directed me towards that path, strengthen Your hold on me Father- show me the evil plot so that it can be diffused immediately. Strengthen me Father.

Strengthen me Father. Bless me with discernment, wisdom, and joy to overcome “it” and the temptation and evil “it” represents. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
The devil is a liar.

For those of you who are thrill seekers, never satisfied, shopaholics, always on the go, always looking ahead for something better, faster, leaner, sexier, hotter, and newer…this is for you. Yes, you will need a couple of minutes to read this.

The moment you acquire something and begin to use it without taking care of it properly, it loses value. A car loses value the moment it drives off the lot, but a ‘classic’ becomes more valuable the longer you have it, maintain it, and keep it well-conditioned…looking like new.

A ‘weak’ personality is the easiest to manipulate; you’re easily swayed one direction or the other. The devil would soon have you looking around for something “better” and not all the time with the goal of replacing it, but rather keeping it around like a trophy you dust off from time-to-time like the old pager that you don’t use but you just can’t throw away or recycle. The old car you keep in the garage collecting cobwebs, that you haven’t started up in years. That’s our lives in every aspect of the sense…in business and in love some of us struggle with the temptation for ‘more’.

When you “fudge” numbers on accounting books, steal office supplies, take credit for work not yours, maneuver yourself into an assignment or project that you know was to go to someone else but you wanted it too much, or you flat out steal someone’s client- you have given in to the liar’s lure. You are like the fish who just can’t resist grabbing that red, bouncing ball in the water; you are so blinded by the desire to get the ball that you don’t see the sharp hook that is attached, and right as you put the ball in your mouth the hook snatches ahold of your jaws and before you know it you’re being thrown in a ice chest filled with water.

If you aren’t 80-100% satisfied with your job and it is no longer the environment where you find great passion…you have two choices…one, find a new one. Don’t stay there giving 50-70% effort, yet expecting 100% pay. Don’t stay there moaning, groaning, and complaining about how miserable you are- move on and get a new job/career. Or two, pray to God to show you what made you so passionate in the beginning about this job, this company and then reinvest yourself in reigniting that passion.

Here’s another example: Every time you receive a call, text message, instant message, email, friend request, card, letter, postcard, ecard, or gift from someone that you know in your heart wasn’t sent to you by God to do His good and empower His kingdom, you have to know it’s a trick of the liar. Especially if this person is not your spouse/significant other. Red lights!!!!

God will sit back and see what we do after He’s warned us and tried to redirect our paths. He will see how far you can be tempted, how far you will stray, how far you are willing to go before destroying your life and your relationships with loved ones. He will send His angels to show you the way back to the light- but ultimately it is your decision to either follow wrong or turn around and follow God.

When you are sharing intimate details about yourself, your spouse or significant other to another person (of the same sex you show romantic interest in) you are merely fanning the flame of temptation, and forming the dark cloud that hangs over your head and soon surrounds you. When you invest time and energy with a person not your spouse or significant other, you have almost totally invested in the devil and turned your back on God.

The flirting, exchanging of contact information, the secret calls and messages, the gifts, the intimacy, the planning of time together, the dreaming of being together, the secret visits at hotels and other places…it’s all part of the evil plan to snatch all of the goodness out of you and replace it with the pitiful darkness of evil.

If you aren’t 80-100% satisfied with your relationship, don’t disrespect it, the person you are with, or God by sneaking around with other people …instead just lovingly walk away- making it clear that you are no longer invested in that relationship, and are interested in seeking what you desire elsewhere. If you can’t give and receive what you and the other person needs to have a joy-filled and fruitful relationship then don’t deduct even more time, energy, and effort away from that person just to invest it in someone else at the same time.

But think about this: Maybe the very thing that’s lacking in your relationship is the result of you (personally) not investing in it to begin with, not nurturing it, and not finding a way together to make it work. Maybe your laziness and self-centeredness is the reason you are so easily tempted elsewhere. Ever consider that? There’s a second option for you…look to your spouse/significant other and ask yourself how you could make things better in your relationship, how much time you could have loving and caring for this person if you weren’t busy investing it in someone else.

Don’t let temptation ruin your life. Don’t let your temptation ruin someone else’s life. Don’t let temptation steer you away from God. Don’t let the liar convince you that you can do and have all you desire without God. Stop the madness. Pray to God for the strength to discern bad seeds from good ones, temptation from His way, and wrong from right.

Remember, when we’re so busy looking into the yard next to us, we fail to tend to our own! What looks and feels good in the temporary may bring us the most pain in the long-term. The job you hate today may later prove to be heaven-sent when you get to fully explore the realization of what else is out there.

Love you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.15.11

The righteous cry out, and the lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the lord delivers him from them all…

Psalm 34:17-19

Pray
Father deliver me today. Save me from myself, from the ways of the world, and from the enemy. Father steady my mind so that it is only focused on You. Warm my heart and uplift my spirits. Those things that bring me grief, worry, and trouble please make right. I’m crying out to You Lord; dry my tears. Heal me from my inflictions and make me whole in You. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
God can always make wrong right, crooked straight, broken fixed, empty full, and missing found. Just reach out to Him and pray. Be specific as to what you need help with and then let go, and let Him take over.

Love,

Natasha

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