Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.20.11

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

1 Peter 2:23

Pray
Father keep me strong. Keep me on Your path. Turn my eyes and ears away from those who would insult and bring pain to me Lord. Let me instead keep focused on You and Your son Jesus, and Your purpose and plan for me. I put my trust in You that You will always watch over and protect me. With that trust I do not have to participate in the negativity of others; I do not have to retaliate when attacked; nor do I have to defend accusations made against me–for those are the actions of people walking in darkness…and I am centered in Your light. In You I put my faith. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
No matter what someone does or says to you to make you feel bad or less than, know that you are God’s spiritual image and likeness and through His protection there is nothing that anyone can do or say that will turn God away from you. God said that He will handle your grievances; He will take care of those who attack and ridicule you…you just have to remain focused on doing your job as His ambassador and servant.

Ignore the gossip and rumors. Ignore the name calling. Ignore the underhanded things being done towards you. Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart focused on God, for He is and always will be the biggest picture in life. There is nothing in life that someone can do to you that God can’t resolve. If you buy into the hype and believe that you are defeated, then you will be defeated–for God expects your hope, faith, trust, and belief to be in Him and His ability to do anything and everything. Believe in Him. Filter that negative energy into the machine of positivity and fly high on God’s abundant supply of love.

The darkness within those people who spend their days attacking you will eventually silence them. Believe!

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.19.11

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

Proverbs 24:10

Pray
Father thank You for another day. Thank You for protecting me through the night as I slept. Thank You for Your favor. Lord today I ask that You continue to strengthen me. Cover me with Your peace and loving warmth. Steady my footing when times get rough. Keep my vision sharp and clear that I might always see my goals and remain focused on reaching them. As my faith increases each day, let Your words of encouragement penetrate and destroy any encroaching fear. In Your name and Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations in life. Do you believe that one day you will get what you need and desire most? Do you believe that God will always provide for you? Then when times get tough as they most likely will, why do we throw our hands up and declare defeat? What is faith but believing strongly in the possibility of God doing the impossible…
Let’s believe.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.16.11

Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:29

Pray
Father thank You for righting the wrongs, for making bad things turn out good, for re-directing the wicked, and making sure that I have always been taken care of even in the valley of the shadow of death. Father You have made crooked straight so many times that I know there is nothing You can’t do. Because of that and who You are, I never have to seek revenge for what someone has done or said against me or a loved one. I know that in Your time which is always the right time, You will make things right in my favor. I thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection

Any person trying their best to tear you down, make you beg, cry, give in and give up, feel desperate and hopeless, and feel as they do–will only fail if you instead turn over your cares, worries, fears, and anger to God. There is nothing He doesn’t see, hear, understand, or comprehend. He is all-knowing. He is the problem-solver. You just have to trust and believe that no matter how hard it gets, how rough it becomes, how brutal the psychological, verbal, physical, and financial beatings are– God has your back and His plan has been in full force long before you became aware you had a problem.

You just have to release everything to Him and have faith that those individuals who have and are causing harm to you and loved ones…will be placed in a position to make a decision about how their lives will proceed either through repentance or in total darkness. We all have choices, and even they had a choice not to take on the role of judge, jury, and executioner; and they will have a choice to give up and turn away from evil, or not. But you will play no role in that, because you will lovingly leave those matters to our Heavenly Father. So free yourself and vow to not cross into and be consumed by that negativity that breeds and grows inside of them.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.15.11

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,”Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

Pray
Father I know that You will always be here for me, always protecting and watching over me, and that You will never forsake me; so I don’t have to stress over money and going without because You are my sole provider. I don’t have to feign for and desire things beyond my means, because if it’s meant for me it will be. I know that You will always meet my needs, quinch my thirst, feed my hunger, clothe me, and cover me with shelter. I thank You for taking care of me Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
We do not have to worry about bills when we take care of our responsibilities and have confidence in God’s ability to take care of all of our needs. If we’re going to worry then why pray to Him? Why go to church? Why read and study His Word? Why say, “God is good all the time and all the time God is good” if we don’t truly believe it and believe that He’s got things handled? So let’s do as He directs and let Him handle the rest.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.13.11

Grace be with you all.
Hebrews 13:25

Pray
Father the dictionary defines grace in a multitude of ways, but the one I pray to address today is defined as the “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency”.

Father I pray for grace in all circumstances in my life. Grace under attack, pressure, pain, frustration, embarrassment and loss. I pray to be kind, courteous, and offer clemency to those who wrong me now and in the future, and for those who have done so in the past.

I forgive them for their ignorance, for the darkness that fills their hearts and minds, and the dis-ease that eats away at them. I pray that Your loving light touches them, fills them, overwhelms them, and flows through them–that their cup runneth over with goodness, mercy, love, patience, and the kindness, courtesy, and clemency of Your grace.

Father there are people who are in so much pain that they spend their waking moments plotting and planning how to make other people hurt the same way they do; they spend their sleeping moments living out their pain- waking with vengeful venom spewing out of their mouths. Father touch them with peace. Let them see the err of their ways. Let them see the path to forgiveness of others and themselves, so that they may continue forward in healing. Prepare them to be more like Your son Jesus, and in Your name and his I pray humbly today. Amen.

Reflection
We all have the ability to handle situations in life gracefully. This is not merely a characteristic assigned to women, but to all people, and it is obvious that even women need to work diligently and with great focus on living, being, and reflecting God’s grace. We need to stop seeking revenge, plotting to “get even”, and focusing all or most of our energy on negativity and drama.

There are so many shows, movies, songs, and books about the evil plots of man and woman. Our culture has bought into an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but have forgotten that it will leave all of us blind and in need of full dentures. I have lived my life that the best so-called “revenge” is living well.

I don’t have to pursue someone in an attempt at paying them back for wronging me, because I am too busy and focused on living my life, celebrating my blessings, being thankful to rise each day and have new experiences to value and treasure. I am too focused on what God has planned for my life and what new adventure awaits than to be caught up in what someone has or hasn’t done to me or a loved one. I let go and let God handle those battles, and guess what? He always has and always will win those battles.

There has not been one person who has wronged me or a loved one who hasn’t somehow reaped what they sowed, or later recognized and repented for what they had done, and regretted taking that negative walk; and it didn’t have to come from any effort on my part or the part of one of my loved ones. It was the prayer of freedom from the drama and negativity that kept us out of the battle, and allowed God to take charge fully without interference.

Every ex-boyfriend, business partner, colleague, friend, associate, and anyone else who spent their time hurting me on some level, eventually had a “shoulda, woulda, coulda” moment. I had already forgiven them, but had also moved on and forward in my life. It was now for them to forgive themselves for their sins.

I never had to badmouth, spread rumors, “attack”, gain allegiance from others, or attempt to destroy anyone’s reputation or character, and I never would–because that is not what I’m made of…that darkness does not exist in me. I walk as God’s child in a light that knows who I am and whom I belong. I walk cloaked and filled with grace, letting go of childish ways, and walking upright and with dignity as a woman and child of God. The pettiness and drama I used to involve myself with in my teens and twenties, I evolved and grew away from into my thirties; and as I approach my forties I smile gladly at the deeper level of growth that will come as I am faced with more challenges, opportunities, experiences, and realities.

When in pain turn to God, turn to love, turn to His light, and seek forgiveness and healing; and get the help you need from studying, learning, knowing, and living through His Word, and allow His messengers and angels to point you in the right direction. Remember it is not what people did or didn’t do to you that God will concern Himself with, but rather how you reacted, responded, and handled the situation. God deals with each person individually. Let Him deal with those people without your interference, and you just stick with doing right and demonstrating His goodness and mercy in your life.

I pray that each of you take some time out to pray, reflect, seek out God and come to a place in your mind, heart, and life to forgive yourself for taking part in your drama and for seeking revenge for being harmed, and then forgive those you believed wronged you. True freedom is letting go. True healing comes from freedom. Darkness and light cannot be one, for light always pushes out the darkness. God gave us night and day (not just one or the other) for a reason. Embrace your light. I love you all.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.12.11

To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.
Job 12:16

Pray
Father I pray for strength, protection, vision, and discernment. Help me to overcome obstacles and to push through my mental block of fear so that I might stand in victory. Guide me away from those who would mislead and deceive me Father. Take my hand and lead me away from those would cause me harm. I know that You are working on them so that they may see and do right. Show me best how to handle my situation Lord, that I may act in honor of You. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
God is working on you and those who would (and are) deceiving you. So pray for the strength to walk away and not give in to their lure of darkness. Instead seek Him for comfort and guidance. God will never mislead you or forsake you.

Love,

Natasha
P.S. Thank you C.M. and I.V.A.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.8.11

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:21-26

Pray
Father thank You for blessing me yet another day. Thank You for Your constant love and affection, and for bringing me joy after pain. You know that I pray for things that I deeply desire, but I know that it is only on Your time when You feel it is time that I will receive these blessings…or not. I wait for You Lord. I know that You will always provide what’s best for me and I thank You. In Your name I pray as a follower and believer in Christ. Amen.

Reflection
In our desperate need for instant gratification we oftentimes forget that we control nothing in this world. For whatever we do to cause something to happen, God already knew the decision we were going to make beforehand, and therefore already put things into play long ago. So sometimes when we desire something so much that we go after it without waiting patiently for God, we get more than what we bargained for…but don’t blame Him for it, it was your decision to rush things on your time and pace, and not allow things to unfold as He wanted. So now we must live with those consequences, learn from them and grow.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the desire for a relationship, home, job, child, car, wardrobe, shoes, money, or whatever–if we snatch the wheel from God and take shortcuts to get what we want without waiting for Him we are in no place to complain and cry to Him when the love of your life is abusive, controlling, manipulative, cheating, selfish, demanding, clingy, childish, entitled, or a total fraud; when your home or car is more than you initially thought you could afford (and now you are struggling to make payments); when the job is too demanding; when the clothes are too expensive to maintain (because you have to take them to the cleaners instead of throwing them in the washer machine); when the shoes hurt your feet or keep malfunctioning; or when more money brings you more problems.

Now you want God to step in and fix things, but why? You didn’t wait on Him to show you the house or car you could afford, or see the opportunities that would make sure you could pay your bills on time each month. You didn’t wait on Him to reveal to you the type of person you were dealing with so you wouldn’t be blindsided later; You were too impatient to wait for the right person so now you’re miserable with the wrong person. You didn’t wait on Him to reveal the right job for you or to show you how to handle the high demands of the job you desired. You didn’t wait on Him to show you how to manage the clothes, shoes, and money you felt you desperately needed…but now you have time for Him!

Isn’t it amazing how we work and the conditional relationship we have formed with God?

We must learn to patiently wait on Him to show us the way, to make things happen, and to provide what we need versus what we want (sometimes the two aren’t the same). So pray for patience, clarity, vision, hope, faith, peace, presence, and to be present. Then wait.

Love,

Natasha

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