Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.28.11

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:10-12

Pray
Father thank You for loving me so that I may see the intensity, consistency, realness, and fullness of true love. Father thank You for sending Your son Jesus to show us how to love even when others aren’t being loving, supportive, or caring; for showing us how to love those who hate us, despise us, and envy us.

Father I praise Your holy name with an excitement that can’t be measured. You are so wondrous, beautiful, powerful, loving, giving, caring, and passionate, and I’m honored to receive Your many blessings. Thank You Father. I am joyful, hopeful, faithful, and committed to You and in serving You and Your Kingdom.

Father thank You for placing someone in my life whom I can love fully, passionately, purposely, intentionally, fearlessly, and as You expect. I pray that they are receptive and open to the love that I have to offer as my cup runneth over from Your daily filling.

I will never let a day go by without praising and thanking You; a moment pass without thinking of You and Jesus, and all that You have done, are doing, and will do for me Lord. I humbly pray, say thank You, and ask for forgiveness for all of my transgressions— in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Stop what you’re doing right now and just say, “thank you” and declare that you are God’s child, and a follower and believer in Christ. Even if you aren’t in a relationship, thank God for preparing you for the person He has been molding for you. Thank our Father-Mother for all the blessings, good times, not-so-good times, and the downright awful times- for all of these moments are learning experiences for growth and ultimate success in every area of our life; so embrace it and declare that you will rise and smile each day whether the sun shines brightly or the clouds and rain match your tears.

Now smile and be a blessing to someone else today. I love you all!!!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.27.11

Brothers even if a man is caught in some fault you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness

Galatians 6:1

Pray
Father, thank You for giving me a forgiving spirit because I know in order for me to receive my blessings I must forgive those whom have trespassed against me.

Thank You father for peace, harmony, love, family and good friendships that surround me, but in order to receive I must be a giver. Thank You for life, and another day to Praise and Worship you Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Reflection
Pray for those whom can’t or won’t pray for themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive others. Pray for those who won’t forgive you. Pray for yourself that you learn to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed you.

Pray that you can stop what you’re doing right now, and have the weight of guilt, anger, shame, pride, ego, arrogance, hate, and fear removed from your shoulders; removed from your life.

Pray that at this very moment you can say aloud or think silently the name(s) of those people who wronged you, and you can begin forgiving them. Pray for the strength to ask for forgiveness from those individuals you have hurt. Even if they don’t accept your apology or you can’t locate them, be free in knowing that you tried and took the steps towards healing, and then inhale the fresh air of God’s peace….and be healed!

You can’t control what someone else does, says or thinks, but you can control your thoughts, actions, and speech. You can determine the kind of relationship you will have with Jesus and God. You can either continue walking around in pain or free yourself and live. What do you want for your life?

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.26.11

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

Acts 13:38

Pray
Father as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others You smile upon me and forgive me of my sins without hesitation. I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life and future.

I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength to overcome temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned and repented. In the name of Your son, the ultimate servant-leader, I pray, Amen.

Reflection
Forgive if you hope to be given. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged. Let’s work on it. What do you think?

Lovingly,

Natasha

P.S. My apologies for sending this so late in the evening. I thought I had sent this message earlier today, and just noticed otherwise…yes, I was moving too fast today 🙂

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.25.11

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

1 Corinthians 4:2

Pray
Father I know that I must prove my love, devotion, commitment and faith to You; it is not for man, but for You that I must prove myself. Thank You for creating opportunities for me Lord. Thank You for trusting and believing in me. Now I must prove my worth; prove myself…overcoming fear along the way. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
To whom much is given, much is required….time to step up and get the job done!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.22.11

The lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Psalm 103:8

Pray
Father I want to be more like You. I want to be more like Your son Jesus. I want to show compassion and grace always. I want to be slow to anger, and filled with love. I want to learn to forgive instantly, and not keep track of those who wronged me and their indiscretions. I want to be more patient and understanding. I want to stop being so quick to place blame because I am not blameless. I want to leave my judgments to Your discretion as that is not my role and purpose in life. I want to live my life as You see fit. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
We come off all holier than thou but fall short by lightyears. We claim we want to be more like Jesus, but we must be speaking about the Spanish guy with the same name who lives down the street, and his wife is a teacher and he owns the realty company several blocks away.

We can’t possibly want to be more like Jesus because we have the mindset that “It’s all about me, my feelings, my wants and needs, my desires, my body, my house, my car, my material possessions, my sexuality and sensuality, my…my…my…my” and Jesus was about the “we” and the “us”, and about serving and representing God, our heavenly Father-Mother.

Jesus could have gone off and started slapping, punching, and kicking his disciples whenever they got out of line, disrespected him, and when they betrayed him. He could have gone off and started tearing up things when the Jews tried to put reigns on him to control when he healed the sick, wounded, and diseased. He could have slapped the first soldier who walked up to him to take him into custody for his crucifixion. But he didn’t.

Yes, he knew he was disrespected, betrayed, and treated worse than a stray, rabid dog; but instead of cursing those people he lovingly gave his life to save theirs, and to prove in his resurrection God’s realness and power…and that there is no death, only a shedding of our human bodies and a transition to another level of existence.

Yes, Jesus was hurt; yes he cried, but revenge was not in his heart or on his mind. So why should it be on ours? If we’re to be more like Jesus then we need to stay prayed up, rested, and ready to spread God’s love and Word around the world to anyone willing to receive it.

We should smile more even when someone’s frowning at us. We should laugh more because it soothes the soul. We should dance more because it’s a way of rejoicing and praising God through movement. We should take care of our health and our bodies because they are gifts from God, and only ours temporarily; and if we aren’t taking care of ourselves then we can’t possibly do the work God has planned for us.

We need to stop living as victims and start living as ambassadors for Christ. We need to start forgiving more because we want forgiveness; and if we can’t give we can’t receive. We need to stop being so self-absorbed about what did, didn’t, has, hasn’t, is, or isn’t happening in our lives; and start living as though we’re glad to be alive, and grateful that God wakes us and protects us each day. We should be grateful each day for our family and loved ones, and for the things we take for granted like the ability to blink our eyes.

These past few days I have learned a great deal about myself, how I deal with pain, rejection, and betrayal; and how hypocritical I can be in my judgment of others. I had to put myself in check HARD, and although it was a painful realization, it was one that I’m glad I discovered (with the loving help of my mother) now and not before taking my last human breath. I didn’t like what I saw in myself and I declared I would be quick to change for the better. Let’s start anew beginning today, right now this very moment. Push out the negativity and let in God’s gentle light. I’m ready, are you?

I love you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.21.11

“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

Daniel 8:26

Pray
Father I pray to keep my eyes and mind focused on today and what You have planned for me to do, experience, and express; not on what tomorrow could or could not bring, and not on what did or didn’t happen yesterday. I just want to stay in my lane on the path you have carved out especially for me, and give my all every second of today.

I don’t want to concern myself with what someone else is doing or not doing, because You are working with them on making their way down their path at the speed and intensity You expect of and for them. Father strengthen me. Fill me Lord and let my cup run over where it can never run low; and let me see and feel this as my reality, never doubting its capacity if I’m never doubting You. In Jesus’ name I pray to You Father. Amen.

Pray
Stay in your lane focused on you and what you’re supposed to do. If you’re busy looking over in someone else’s lane, you’re bound to crash. If you’re busy stressing over whether someone’s going to cross into or over your lane, don’t…let God handle that. If you’re living in fear that someone’s going to take what’s yours, remember that it’s not yours it’s God’s…and our Father-Mother will handle that also. Just live your life today and for today.

Love you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.20.11

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…

Ephesians 1:18-20

Pray
Father I smile today as I praise Your holy name. My faith is being tested as I say this prayer to You, and I rejoice in knowing that I am only going through this so that I may be strengthened and restored in Your light and presence. I know You have called on me to serve You faithfully, to never place a person or thing above You, and to remember that it is because of You that I have all of the blessings in my life.

You are all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-seeing; there is nothing going on in or around my life that You aren’t aware of and haven’t handled long before they became my issue of concern. I release to You Father; I surrender and focus on being obedient instead of a meddler in Your business. I pray to You in Your son Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

Reflection
If we say we have faith, then we have to roll with the crashing waves and just focus on not falling off the boat. Jesus slept during the storm while his disciples freaked out watching the waves crash into their boat. Jesus knew that God would always see them through; that God could calm the waves and make things right, and has empowered all of us through love, hope, and faith to see past the storm and see it as fear and what it is… nothingness. So to prove this fact, Jesus stood and silenced the fearful men by commanding the storm to stop the madness and be still. God has equipped us with the power to stop our own madness that bubbles up within. God has equipped us with the power to overcome fear by putting our trust in Him.

Today makes the second day I have had only four hours of sleep because I was overwhelmed with things that were going on in my life and blindsiding me; but unlike yesterday, today I woke up with a sense of peace; and even now after receiving sound counsel these past two days from a wise person I have resolved to the understanding that we can’t say we have faith and are faithful but then want to pick and choose when our faith is tested- there is no convenient time to walk into a storm. We must be mentally and emotionally prepared at all times like disciplined soldiers to face the test whenever it comes and for as long as it lasts, no matter how intense and no matter how tired we get- we must keep marching on.

I’m suited in my military uniform and I have my helmet, safety gear, and supplies. Let’s roll.

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