Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.30.11

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. 

Proverbs 12:24

Pray
Father I opened my eyes this morning and was filled with gratefulness as You have once again blessed me with another day in this human experience. I humbly thank You. A more measurable way of thanking You is in my actions each day; in the work that I do and the effort I put in; in the lives I positively touch, and the lessons I learn to not repeat. Expression of my love does not come from laziness, for no one can be an ambassador in Your Kingdom if they are lazy and shiftless. 

So I pray to You today Father that You force out of me my tendency to procrastinate, any flighty behavior, or a preoccupation with irrelevant things and situations. I pray that Jesus keeps me focused on my walk and not on what’s going on around me, or what someone else is or isn’t doing. I pray that the Holy Spirit serves as the technician in my life, making the necessary adjustments so that I am spiritually fit to serve You Father and Your children. These things I pray for in all honesty. Amen.

Reflection
God doesn’t look too kindly on lazy people. Everyone must be active, must be doing something, and must be working…on something. What are you doing each day to get the most out of your human experience here on Earth? What lessons are you learning and what lessons are you sharing and teaching to others? What contributions are you making to this world other than existing?And many would argue that that alone may not be a significant contribution if your presence doesn’t feel like a gift.

I know that a weakness of mine is procrastination, and sometimes I get an adrenaline rush from cramming things in during the eleventh hour. I will even brag about how I accomplished something with only moments to spare. Let me be first to say that that isn’t a noble characteristic. There is greater risk in something going wrong within that window of procrastination than if we simply plan properly, and get the job done when we’re supposed to. I have missed important deadlines and events because I thought I could make something work last minute, just to find out that it was more than what I had bargained for, and too much to cram and complete in the small window of time that I had left.

Procrastination is a form of laziness, and as the scripture says above, “…laziness ends in forced labor”, or better yet, slavery. We become a slave to our circumstances when we are lazy, procrastinate, and put things off. Our decision to not make a decision, to put off doing something that we know is important, almost always has negative consequences and causes a domino effect of drama. By missing one deadline we then cut into work that needs to be done before another deadline. How many times have you found yourself slammed with multiple deadlines overlapping or crammed together because you put off completing an earlier task, assignment, project, or decision? 

Oftentimes many of us who are overwhelmed with numerous things to do each day are slaves to ourselves. We didn’t do something two weeks or two months ago and now that thing, plus others we kept ignoring, are staring us in our face along with pressing issues and deadlines that are fast approaching. We created the monster, but cry out in pain as though someone else wronged us. People do the same thing with missed opportunities and not asking the right probing questions. People miss out on benefits, discounts, refunds, and other opportunities due to procrastination and laziness…too lazy to ask who, when, where, what, why and how. 

The same is true of people who are too lazy to clean their bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, garages, attics, basements, offices, and cars. A cluttered environment is the sign of a cluttered mind, an unhealthy mind, a mind that cannot focus clearly because there is too much chaos. I can’t live, work, or sleep in clutter. The environments in which I spend my time must have order. As I have been known to say, “you may not be able to control much in the world, but you can control the cleanliness of your home, work area, and car.” If you are living in clutter, then you too are enslaved and must free yourselves from the shackles of laziness. 

No person can do this for you. We must stand up and say no more. We must ask God for the strength to not give up; turn to Jesus’ lessons on how to lead our lives; and then through the Holy Spirit ignite our minds and bodies towards movement and action. We may receive assistance from loved ones or professionals who specialize in strengthening our areas of weakness, but it is our efforts that determine whether we continue living life as we have been, or if we rise above the chaos and embrace a life of being on time, doing things on time, working hard, working smart, investing wisely, asking probing questions, and living a clutter-free life.

Are you ready to start living the life God intends for you? Are you ready to be free? Then ask for help and then do your part to start today!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.29.11

The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. 

Proverbs 22:12 

Pray
Father thank You for today. Thank You for Your loving kindness. Lord fill me with patience, thin out my frustration, align me properly, and re-focus me when I drift. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
There are days that feel like being encased in cement with only a straw to breathe through…and those are the days you need to smile the widest, because even there God has already provided a way for you to break free. Smile in the victory that is already here. You have already won. You have already overcome the odds. You are already a success. You just don’t see it yet! 

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.28.11

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 

1 Peter 3:9 

Pray
Father thank You for opening my eyes today, thank You for giving me the breath that I take, and for loving me even when I may not be loving towards myself or others. Father as You already know, there are times when some of Your children say and do evil things, insult others, and cause great harm. Father forgive them; and forgive me if ever, and for all of the times, that I have been insulting and done things that were displeasing to You. 

Lord warm my heart that I may repay evil and insult with blessings and prayers, rather than (equal) reciprocity. To receive blessings I must be a blessing to others. To keep evil out of my life and my home I must not buy into it, replicate it, or entertain it–but rather rebuke it and pray for Your light to cast it away. I pray that Jesus holds my hand when evil is in my presence, so that I might declare its nothingness and boldly move forward in my life cloaked in Your greatness and love.

I thank You now for aligning me perfectly in Your vision. In Your name and Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Some people are miserable and in their misery they seek company in you. So they spend their days and nights plotting and planning ways to get you to believe that you also are miserable, and that the only solace is living in darkness with them. Sometimes these same people pretend to walk in God’s light, but because His light is so bright they are discomforted and blinded by His rays of goodness that lovingly push them away from misery. Instead of fully embracing the light and allowing it to fill their hearts, they run away towards the deep pit that accepts their whining, complaining, gripes, and sad mediocre view of life. 

Is that the life you see for yourself?Sounds draining and depressing doesn’t it? But this is exactly what we subject ourselves to when we allow darkness into our lives. This is what we become when we don’t lovingly pray for others as we would the person we love most, and instead focus our energy on tearing them down, cussing them out, and trying our best to ruin their lives. 

Think of all of the horror movies about vampires. A vampire cannot enter your home until you invite them in. They can stand in the doorway, peep inside your window, hang out in the yard or on the roof, but unless you invite them inside they can’t come in. Evil cannot come in unless you allow it. Evil cannot destroy unless you give permission to do so. But once you let evil in you have to either kick it out, or let that vampire take a good bite. 

Lovingly tell evil to “kick rocks” and move on. Every day fight darkness with light; fight giving in to misery by being a blessing to others. Treat people with the love, respect, and grace that you would hope and pray for yourself; and if your self-esteem isn’t high enough to accept that, then give what you would want the person you love most to receive. Give until it hurts and then keep giving. Your cup cannot run over if you are only giving the bare minimum. 

When people do and say ugly things to me I thank God for changing me and molding me into the person I am today, and developing me beyond who I used to be years ago; although loving and very giving, I went through a phase in the past when I was a reactionary and quick to inflict reciprocal pain on others who harmed me. If I was insulted I would throw bombshell insults back. If I was ignored, I was comfortable returning the silent treatment. I couldn’t see in my immaturity how much darkness surrounded and consumed me. Then several years ago I broke free from those chains. 

Today, I don’t need to seek revenge because the best revenge is living well, and the best solution is to let God take care of my perceived enemies. Today I merely cast a mirror towards my enemy, as Jesus made the demons say their name–to cause self-destruction of the darkness that consumes them. I don’t need to say hateful things, or act childishly with tit-for-tat antics. I don’t have to plot and plan against someone. I don’t have to gossip about them. All I have to do is pray, keep shining, and keep marching on God’s path. 

Your enemy will either surrender to the light or be totally consumed by the dark. Pray for their salvation and their peace within, and let God and Jesus handle the rest. That’s what God expects of us.

Now go out there and embrace your Monday like it’s Sunday, and bless the world with your light. 

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.25.11

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. 

Romans 14:12, 13, 16-18

Pray
Father yesterday was the holiday of Thanksgiving, celebrating a moment in time when a group of Your children were taken advantage of, abused, and slaughtered in Your name. Father forgive those ancestors who took part in that barbaric behavior, Father forgive those in modern times who still actively work to destroy any of Your children. Father forgive those of us who feel it is our right and obligation to judge others, and do Your job. Forgive those of us who pretend to be like Your son Jesus, yet can’t keep track of the number of sins committed in one day, let alone one week. Lord forgive Your children who rely and trust in the concept of luck, and not in You. Forgive us Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Every day we should give thanks for the blessings God gives us. Every day we should work to help our fellow brothers and sisters. Every day we should strive to do better, live better, speak with love and honesty, and think pure thoughts. Every day we should act as servants not judges. 

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.23.11

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 

James 1:17

Pray
Father thank You for every gift given to me and delivered through me. You are my constant. You are always here. I can always count on You. You are my ever-present source of strength, hope, love, peace, and joy. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
There is nothing in life that we receive in joy that does not come from our heavenly Father. Be grateful and praise His Holy name. Give thanks today and each day. 

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.22.11

Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth.
They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. 

Jeremiah 9:5

Pray
Father hold my tongue if it utters anything that goes against You. Make me stop before I speak ill will towards anyone. Cleanse my mind of wrong thoughts. Let Your light serve as my source of energy; always recharging me. Heal me father. In Your name I pray. Amen. 

Reflection
It is the insecure and fearful who lie, cheat and steal. They are weak and weak-minded. They waste their energy trying to remember their lies and trying to cover up their deception. They wither away pretending to be someone other than who they are, and they hide from being who they were made to be. It takes a strong and brave person to see and embrace the light that makes them amazing and special. Let us find and embrace our strength and push past our fears and weaknesses. 

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.18.11

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 20:17

Pray
Father thank You for blessing me. There are times when I desire things that maybe I want but I don’t need, and I am grateful that You keep me in line so that I receive only what I need.

Father I would rather defer my gratification than to receive something that I didn’t earn, especially if I was being deceptive or not genuine or inauthentic. Father bless me as You see fit. Mold me into your perfect image and protect me from harm; harm that I may cause myself and harm from others.

As I try to dig myself out of this valley, please provide me with the tools that I need to not only survive but to thrive.

I trust and believe in You Lord, and I apologize for any moments where my faith and hope are not crystal-clear to me Father. In Your name I pray, and in Jesus’ name I ask for forgiveness. Amen.

Reflection
We always reap what we sow. So be mindful of the things that you do and say in order to get ahead in life. We all have pitfalls, setbacks, disappointments, and failures; but we can all succeed in life by doing good, living right, and being honest.

I love you all. Have an incredible weekend. Be a blessing to others. Be the example in the world that you want to see.

Love,

Natasha

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