Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.30.11

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Galatians 5:13

Father
Thank You for my freedom. Thank You for sending Christ to set me free. Thank You for freeing me from physical, emotional, financial, psychological, and spiritual bondage. Thank You for freeing me from toxic relationships and toxic situations.Thank You for pushing back my enemies so that I may be free to serve You and the least of Your children. Thank You for freeing me so that I may love fully, freely and humbly. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
You ask God for freedom but once He blesses you with it, use it wisely and humbly as a servant and not selfishly for personal gains. Allow your freedom from toxic relationships and situations give you the strength and determination to invest fully in healthy relationships and situations. Don’t take your freedom and selfishly invest into new toxic relationships–for this would be disrespectful to God, and send a message to Him that you don’t honor, love, trust, and respect Him…and in turn will not obey Him.

So be careful of what you ask for if you aren’t willing to accept responsibility for your blessings. God does not bless you to mock Him.

Love,

Natasha

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.28.11

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, ‘Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge — to the great amazement of the governor”

Matthew 27:12–14

Pray
Father, yesterday a friend sent me this passage and a prayer that declared, “today I cling to You because You are my defender! I choose to turn away from accusing voices. I choose to turn away from petty conflicts. I look to You knowing that You are leading and guiding me in paths of victory in Jesus’ name…” and it touched me so deeply that I wanted to add to this prayer, I wanted to share it with others, and I wanted it to be my reality.

So today I declare that I will not allow others to turn me from You. I will not allow others to discourage me from being who I am and forgetting who I belong to. I will not allow myself to be moved by negativity to act in a negative way. I will not allow myself to look in the mirror and see anything but the perfect reflection of You. Today I stand in the affirmation of who I am and what I know, and that is there is no greater than You and there is no other way shower than Jesus. You are the only answer and only judge Father. I will do as my shepherd Jesus did and say nothing when the hecklers have negative words about me. I will only pray for my peace and theirs. In Your name I pray as a follower and believer of You and Your son Jesus. Amen.

Reflection
It doesn’t matter what someone says about you. You know that You are God’s child and that He is Your Father-Mother, judge, and ruler. At the end of each day He is the determinant as to whether You rise the next morning. He determines whether you breathe, blink, swallow, chew, move, speak, think, act, do, and exist. Let the naysayers talk…and then say nothing in your defense just as Jesus said nothing when his accusers lied about him.

Don’t add fuel to the fire. Don’t allow them to see you upset, nervous, irritated, confused, agitated, sad, rattled, or embarrassed. With straight face say and do nothing against them or to defend your name. Allow God to handle your battles and throw water and sand on that growing flame called hate.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.27.11

“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

1 Chronicles 17:20

Pray
Father You are my Lord, my God, my Heavenly Father-Mother, my provider, my comforter, my strength, my love and my joy. Father You are all in all. Nothing can, has or ever will compare to You. There is no greater power, no wider reach, no deeper knowledge or wisdom than You. There is no other light than Yours and darkness can never hide from You. There are no secrets that can be kept or hidden talents You do not know of, for You are omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. There is no scale to balance You, for there is no counter weight that can compare. There are no other gods living or dead that come close to You and Your greatness for You are the one and only Almighty.

Every problem, issue, concern, worry, or complaint that I might have You are there with solutions before I even know that I need them. Every tear I shed You capture and restore in me as fuel to go on. When I whisper my dreams and goals it is You that is always listening; it is You that makes the possible and impossible my reality. It is my belief that no matter what others may do or say, there is no other God or power but You…they can call You whatever name they want…but it is You that makes a way, shows mercy and grace, and heals them of their inflictions.

I thank You Father for never giving up on Your children; for not cleaning our slate and starting over anew; for always believing in us and what we can do to build Your Kingdom. For You know there are more believers than nonbelievers, there are more people loving than hating, doing than thinking, sharing than taking, and caring than killing. Thank You for Your love Lord. In Your name I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
I would rather place my hope and faith in what God can do than what an alleged god, spirit, or presence is claimed to be able to do. I would rather place my hope and faith in God’s power than cower over believing that the “enemy” has true strength to rule and have dominion over me. I would rather roll with what God is doing than what anyone and anything else out there is or isn’t doing. I’m a member of Team God and my general manager, coach and captain is Jesus. Are you?

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.26.11

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Pray
Father thank You for keeping a close eye on me and Your hand near, to redirect my steps. Father thank You for leading me out of temptation. When the feelings to do or say something that I know goes against Jesus’ teachings, Your commands, and Your expectations for me, rise up inside of me I pray that I can overcome this test of my willpower, strength, devotion, and commitment to You.

Instead of pretending that I am free from the lure of temptation, I admit that there are seeds of weakness within that can sprout if I’m not committed and focused on You and pleasing You. Father keep my eyes on You and the path You have laid before me. Strengthen me Lord. In Your name and Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
There is so much temptation in the world that can lead us astray, handicap us both spiritually and emotionally; and that can physically destroy us, and leave us as mere shells of who we are. Whether it be temptation to pursue or be pursued by another person for emotional or sexual pleasure; temptation by food that leads to an unhealthy lifestyle; temptation towards financial riches and wealth at all cost with no regard towards others; temptation to break God’s commandments; temptation to lie, cheat, or steal; temptation to physically or emotionally cause harm to others; or temptation to possess things of the world just because you can.

We can overcome these forms of temptation and all others. God can redirect our steps. God brings us love, joy, peace, wealth, bliss, comfort, happiness, and a high that no drug can match.

God knows your heart. He knows if you truly want to contact and meet up with that other person (knowing that you shouldn’t) knowing that by taking those steps you risk losing your relationship with the one who truly loves you…and you risk losing a part of yourself. God knows if you truly want to ‘fudge’ those numbers on your time sheet, expense report, tax return, application, estimate, or invoice. God knows if the kind or harsh words that you say about someone else is genuine. God knows your fears and insecurities, your strengths and weaknesses. You can’t hide from God. He knows all and sees all. So even if you smile inside about deceiving another person, You haven’t deceived God or Jesus.

The actions you take will have consequences eventually. How far are you willing to go and how much are you willing to risk losing?

So if you truly want to resist temptation then remove yourself from situations where you know you can, will, and are being tempted. The warning signs always appear, it is what you do afterwards that matters most. Why chase after or give in to the 20% of temporary bliss that may come from temptation, when you can get 100% joy from God?

I am frequently in a position where men are attracted to me and have no problem expressing this. I find myself being presented with business cards, in receipt of emails or other electronic messages from men who want to meet for coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert to “get to know each other better”, “to connect” or “reconnect”, or any other number of lines and excuses they throw my way. It could be very easy to give in, especially to the men that I find highly attractive; but I don’t. I lovingly decline and pray that they lovingly accept this rejection not as a personal one but one based on principles, ethics, and morals that guide me. I don’t want any visual, emotional, or other distractions taking my mind and presence away from the person that I love, and most importantly from what God has in store for me and my life. Love and salvation have no price tags, so I refuse to gamble with them. I refuse to risk one moment of temporary bliss for a lifetime of joy.

There will always be eye candy, and attractive people surrounding us–it is what we do and say that matters most. Do you give in to temptation and risk ruining your life, or do you walk away cloaked in God’s light and love?

So before you make that call, send that text, email or instant message; before you consume that tempting food or drink; make a financial decision or any decision…think about what Jesus would say and do, and what God expects and commands of you. Either be hot or cold but never lukewarm with Him for there is no room for fence straddlers. Choose to follow or not, obey or not, commit or not, try or not, believe or not–just make a decision.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.23.11

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Pray
Father You are my strength, comfort, and protector. I want to see myself as You see me. I want to focus on pleasing You and no one else. I want to live for You and no one else. My looks and intelligence are gifts from You; my wisdom I increase through knowledge and experience that You provide and I thank You. I love You Father and praise You for blessing me with my life. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
God wants us to treat our bodies like temples, remembering that they are on loan to us from Him. He does not want us overly fixated or obsessed with our looks and the look of others; for our looks may fade but what’s inside of us has the potential to get better with time. We have the tendency to be more concerned with what others think and say about us, and how they view us, rather than being concerned with living our life to the fullest as God intends and being comforted in the reality that in His eyes we are perfect.

Do not waste your life attempting to get by with your good looks and witty charm, for that road will turn to a dead end…then what will you rely on? Do not be consumed with desire for a highly attractive mate and less concerned with their spirit, soul, and commitment to our Heavenly Father. A shiny apple on the outside could be rotten to the core on the inside…until you take a bite you never know what you have, and then you’re stuck with it– unless you buy enough time until you can toss it away for something “better”.

So live well, eat healthy, exercise regularly, fuel your mind with great books–beginning with the good Book, treat others with respect and dignity, take care of yourself, appreciate every experience life brings, and devote yourself to God.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.22.11

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….”

Luke 6:27

Pray
Father thank You. Thank you for Your grace today and each day. Thank You for comforting me when I am down, weak, distraught, frustrated, tired, dismayed, confused, disappointed, and angered. Thank You for protecting me from people and things that could harm me. Thank You for turning away my enemies. Thank You for showing me how to protect myself rather than seek revenge.

Father I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, and mistreat me. Today I pray that You touch their hearts and minds Father, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse aloud. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately change in Your goodness. I pray to You this day humble, grateful and faith-filled. Amen.

Reflection
An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain we lash out at others so they can feel our pain. Sometimes some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to the extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy on someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better…sometimes we feel worse.

So instead of mistreating others because we don’t feel good about ourselves or what’s going on in our lives, why don’t we instead turn to God and seek His loving guidance, and then seek out positive, loving, uplifting, and enlightening people who speak peace not vengeance. Instead of hating your enemy, love them. Love them for their ignorance and fear, because you know that it is because they have closed God out of their lives that they barely survive in darkness. Pray for them that they may be whole in God’s light. Let your cup runneth over.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.21.11

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

2 Timothy 4:2

Pray
Father work on me. Mold me. I thank You now for the person You are shaping me to be. Each day I praise You. Each day I praise Jesus for his exemplary walk in Your light. I feel the presence of the two of you each day and I am comforted in knowing that through struggles and strife, through victory and celebration You and Your son are always here with me.

Father I share Your Word in recitation and through helping others as Your children (as documented by the Bible) helped those less fortunate, in harm, in need, or distraught. No matter the time of year You expect for Your ambassadors to be prepared, be full, and focused on spreading Your Word, praying for those who are in need, healing through a declaration of Your power, and having faith that You will never leave and never lead astray.

With this is a requirement for patience and understanding. Each day I wait to be paid so that I can pay my bills, my patience is tested. Each day I wait for things to turn around in my life, my patience is tested. Each day I wonder about my health, my patience is tested. Each month I wonder if I will have enough to keep the roof over my head, my patience is tested. You have never let me down. You have never left me alone. You have never forsaken me. With this understanding I shall wait…patiently! In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
With just about everything in life delivered in rapid speed, we have grown to expect things to simply happen when we want them. We have dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, microwaves, remote controls, hi-speed Internet, 24/7 customer support, electric fireplaces, ATM machines, vending machines, on-demand cable and satellite movies, express lanes in the grocery store, speed pass devices to get in and out of gas stations faster, single-cup quick brew coffee makers, microwave dinners, steamable microwave bags of veggies, and so much more.

So the patience we once had to wait for things has quickly dissipated, and impatience has kicked in to full warp speed as we “want it now”.

Have you noticed that the more impatient we are the longer it seems that we wait to get what we want? It’s like watching a pot and waiting for it to boil, once we walk away moments later the water is boiling, but when we’re standing in front of it waiting it seems to take an extra 10-15 minutes for the signs of those first few bubbles. We must be patient and while we are waiting for other things to take shape and manifest, we are to be focused and busy working on other things. While waiting for that check to come in so you can pay your bills, why not work on cleaning out unnecessary things in your attic, garage, or basement–maybe you can sell something this week or next, and earn some extra money. Why not work on a project you have put off? Or help someone else reach a goal.

While you’re busy focused on taking care of other things, that check is making it’s way to your home or bank account. Before you know it you have your money and you are paying your bills…even if it’s late by your standards or your creditors standards, it’s always on time based on God’s standards. We can’t rush God. We can’t make Him do or not do something. We can’t put Him on our time table, because according to Him there is only one time table, one master calendar and schedule…His.

So let’s patiently wait on what’s to come; wait on our blessings; and know that it always comes on time.

Love,

Natasha

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