Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.30.11

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” 

Luke 11:33-36 

Pray
Father You woke me today to have yet another moment of learning experiences, another chance to grow more, and share more with others. Thank You. Father thank You for my vision and my other senses. Thank You for discernment to see right from wrong, where and when to go and when to stay put. Thank You for revealing Your truth to me in small enough nuggets so that I may comprehend at a rate more conducive to my learning style, while also molding me to expand my capabilities beyond the limits of my comfort zone. You never leave me, or get tired of me; You are patient and understanding, and I’m humbly grateful Father. 

I pray that my vision is strengthened and that as You make my eyes healthier You also increase the strength and sensitivity of my other senses so that I may be a pure receptacle of Your light. Let me then share this light with others so that they can soak up Your love and then share with others. Let my body be strengthened and healthy, that I might make many long journeys serving Your children until my last breath. 

What I ingest I become, so I pray for the willpower to overcome temptation to consume things that are bad for me. I pray for the energy to get up each day and exercise without excuse for weather or time of day. These things I pray You bless me with today and every day. Amen.

Reflection
Everything we put inside of us we reveal to the world. Choose wisely what you watch, listen to, ingest, and participate in–for you will ultimately reveal this as your truth in the future. Are you a child of the world or God’s child? That is what we must always consider in words and deeds each day. 

Do we fill ourselves with God’s loving light and share this with the world, or do we fill ourselves with the darkness of the world and hurt others who come across our path? Do we strengthen our bodies and senses to be of service to others, or do we allow them to weaken so that we can lazily depend on others until we eventually shrivel up and cease to exist on this realm? 

We say our body is our temple yet we fill it with poisons, we allow it to grow and morph into an unrecognizable blob of fat or deteriorate into nothing but a shell of skin and decaying bones. The poisons inside spew out through our mouths, eyes, ears and pores, and the toxicity becomes repulsive to others…yet we say our body is our temple. Being thin doesn’t make you healthy. Drugs, alcohol, and hard living can keep your body thin while also killing it each day. How can someone do this to their so-called temple?

Such hypocrisy.

 Instead of waiting until the New Year, your birthday, or 30 to 60 days before a big event that you want to look good for, why not start today eating and living healthier? End this year the way you want to begin your 2012–doing and living well!

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.29.11

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 

As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” 

Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. 

Genesis 19:15-17, 24-26

Pray
Father I thank You for yet another day. I thank You for the blessings You have bestowed upon me. I thank You for Your loving kindness and patience that cannot be measured. I thank You for forgiving me even at times when I could not forgive myself. I thank You for granting me the right to live, breathe, and survive through the worst of times. Thank You Father.

Father I never want to look back as Lot’s wife did. I don’t want to be disobedient. I don’t want to agree to do something and then change my mind even for a moment. I want to learn to commit fully. I want to keep my eyes forward and my mind focused on the game plan. There is no need for me to see the changes taking place behind me, because I need to be more concerned with what is going on ahead of me. 

Let my feet, even in my fear, keep running. Keep my head forward so that I never get blindsided looking back. I never want my fear, ignorance, disobedience, or curiosity to be the reason for my demise. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
When given an order, a command, a charge, to do something why do we find ourselves looking back or trying to figure out our own way? We ignore the blessings that we have received and those that have been promised once we reach our next destination, yet we are overly concerned with what once was, what’s going on next to us, and what someone else is doing…then we wonder and cry about our missed or reallocated blessings. 

We have spiritual attention deficit disorder. God speaks directly to us or sends His angels to relay messages that are specifically for us, telling us what to do and where to go, and for some strange reason we can’t just take these directives and follow through. He will do all that needs to be done as long as we do our small part, and yet we still drop the ball. We complain of being overwhelmed. Have we not considered it’s because we are too busy trying to do both our part and God’s? God has Jesus to show us the way, yet we keep trying to use our own map–and we wonder why we’re lost and confused.

When will we stop and let go?

Love always,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.28.11

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Romans 1:25

Pray
Father there is no better than here, right now– the present–a gift from You. Nothing but good comes from You and there is nothing that I need that does not come from Your provisions. Know that I will not worship or serve another being, deity, or presence but You Father. I forever praise and serve You. Amen.

Reflection
Be careful of the things you want for in life and how you go about getting them. Are they prayed for and delivered by God, or did you take the easy way and sell out because you were impatient and couldn’t wait for your Father? Not everything quickly gained is meant to serve as a blessing. Seek out the truth in all you encounter, whether person or circumstance. 

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.27.11

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 

Hebrews 10:22

Pray
Father another day You have given me to serve You, to share Your Word, to honor my family, to help the least of Your children, and to do so with faith that You will always see me through. Father cleanse me. Cleanse me like the ocean waves pulling out the impurities and bringing in Your goodness. Remove my fear, guilt, and  doubt, and replace them with the strength and determination that comes from having total confidence in You. 

Just as I have faith that as the water of the ocean pulls back from the shoreline, a new wave will roll in–I want that same faith in You and what You can and will do in my life. No matter the circumstances I want to always believe and know that You are right there with a  solution, patiently waiting for me to get out of my own way. Keep working on me Father. I love You. Amen.

Reflection
Do you not believe and have faith that the waters of the ocean will return to the sandy shoreline each time they retract? Out of the hatched cocoon do you not expect the butterfly to emerge? Do you not have faith that the stop light will return to green after it has changed yellow and red? Do you not have faith that the pedestrian crossing sign will eventually return to a white or green indicator light with the word “walk” on it’s screen–after it already flashed red and said “do not walk”? Do you not have faith that the hands on your watch and clock will always run from right to left around in a circle?

Then why do we struggle so hard with our faith in God?

I have shown both natural, God-made examples as well as man-made, God-inspired examples that we naturally and without thought believe will occur without us having to do a thing–yet we frequently doubt what God can do and doubt His omnipresence and omnipotence in our lives. Why do we think He’s too busy to be concerned with what we’re doing or not? Why do we think He can’t be everywhere at once even after He said it thousands of years ago? Why can’t we believe it when He’s healed people of inflictions who were separated by distance at the same time? How can my problem be solved in one location at the same time hundreds of millions of other people’s problems are being solved?

 We are ignorant to believe that it is merely our doing or even worse, a case of luck. 

I don’t believe in luck. I believe in God. I believe in God making things happen when they are supposed to take place and with the depth, breadth, and intensity that He expects. I believe He brings us great fortune and wealth on all levels, not just financially. Luck is temporal. God is eternal. 

If you want to be cleansed from your impurities, your guilt and fear, then you must sincerely seek out and embrace your relationship with God. That is the purest and least complicated relationship you can ever have, yet we complicate it the most. All He expects is that we trust, believe, and obey. We will sometimes selfishly do so in human relationships, but can’t see how selfless it is for us to do this with God. We’re all works in progress, clay that has some rough patches that God needs to add more water to and mold smoothly into the image He has envisioned. But the process is longer the more we resist.

Are you tired of being a mere tenth of what you can be? Let’s take the necessary steps towards reaching that level of faith we’re supposed to have. Are you ready?

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.26.11

Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! 

John 13:36-38 

Pray
Father it takes a very special person, a very committed follower, to devote themselves fully to Your son so that they might reach the place and time in life to be promoted to the next level that You have planned for them. As You taught Jesus to understand the human element and what to expect from man and woman, he soon realized that our loyalty could be easily tested and tossed away through fear. 

Father I know that I have not yet reached a point in my life where I am fully vested, fully committed, and most loyal to Christ and walking the path as You have laid it; but Lord You know what’s in my heart, You know my desire to grow and to develop a closer relationship with You and Your son, and You know that each day I work harder to overcome my fears and trust that You will always see me through. 

Father thank You for touching Your children’s hearts and minds that they might record the earliest of days, their experiences in life, parables to teach and warn, while creating the foundation for the rest of us to live by. Whenever I’m in doubt, have question, or am filled with fear I know that I can read the Bible for direction and inspiration. Father I know that I can call on You and You will touch me and bring me calm during the darkest of times, and during the heaviest of storms. 

Father please keep my eyes, mind, and heart pointed in the right direction so that my feet always know where to go. Continue to bless me with discernment so that I use the best of my time living as I should, spending moments with those who are most deserving, and reflecting Your goodness even when I’m not getting it from others. Help me to always see and to always hear Your voice Father. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
We just celebrated the birth of Jesus (some Christian countries celebrate earlier or later this month, others the first week of January) but we should not cease to celebrate and honor him after one day has passed, for every day is his birthday as it is ours. Every day we are birthed out of experiences, we see things for the very time, we overcome a fear that could have crippled us, and we touch the life of someone new. Every day we should take the next step to be more like Jesus, and to live on purpose with purpose as he did. 

We should not delay what we know is coming, but rather stand firm and face it head on–ready for what will come–and fearless, as we should be, believing and knowing that we are God’s child and always protected. We should each day protect our minds from worldly temptations and the misguided belief that the “liar” would claim to bring us the ultimate level of joy, and a power equal to that of Jesus or even greater, God. The devil is a liar and we are his foolish puppets if we believe that gaining anything without the blessing of God is still a blessing. 

Rise up against crime, addiction, adultery, incest, bigotry, racism, depression, greed, envy, and fear. The devil can only take ahold of what you allow. You have to give in, you have to let “it” in, and you have to give “it” power and dominion over your life. You have to take the time and energy to surrender to darkness and walk away from God’s light. It’s always your decision. Which one will you make?

Merry Christmas (whenever you celebrate it) and Happy Holidays family!

Love always,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.22.11

**Today’s scripture, prayer and reflection was shared with me by my friend Kenya, and so I pass this beautiful message on to each of you!**

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder…”
Isaiah 9:6

Pray
Father in heaven, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I could be free to live an abundant life in You. Fill me with the revelation of Your love and everything that You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen

Reflection
Surrender your life to Him and receive all the spiritual blessings He has in store for you!

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 12.21.11

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 

John 13:21 

Pray
Father thank You for wisdom, discernment, and an ability to forgive those who betray me and cause me harm. Father keep my heart warm, never allowing it to grow cold and hard. Keep me focused on living more like Jesus, realizing and accepting my journey’s purpose, and not being overly focused on the human elements that oftentimes distracts me. Father touch me in a way that I will always walk away from unhealthy situations with my dignity in tact, and with a level of grace that shows that I’m a survivor and never a victim. 

Father I pray today not only for myself but for my loved ones and associates who have been harmed and betrayed by people they trusted. Father free them, betrayed and betrayer, from these shackles and help them to heal and grow.
In honor of all You have ever done and will do, in Your son’s name I pray to you today. Amen.

Reflection
Jesus was never blind to what was going on around him. God kept him spiritually connected to His Mind and wisdom, to see and feel when things were not right; and to discern good from bad, friend from foe, follower from betrayer. Imagine knowing in advance that one of the people closest to you is about to betray you. Imagine how Jesus felt knowing that the time, attention and care that he invested in this disciple, would soon be leveraged against him for monetary gain and to avoid persecution. 

How would things have been different if that disciple had spoken up, confessed, and made right with our savior? 

 A true friend never betrays you, never betrays your trust, and never sells you out. A true friend is there for you in the worst of times, not just the best of times. A true friend gives you their last morsel of food, the last sip of their drink, shelter when you need it, and the shirt off of their back. A friend never kicks you when you’re down, instead they help to pick you up and brush you off. They never remind you of what you promised, what you haven’t done, or what you still need to do–for a friend understands that we all have rough times, and if you were honorable before hard times you will be honorable to the end.

Pray for those people who selfishly choose to betray or harm you because they are more concerned with their needs, their survival, their issues, and how something will affect them. Pray for their hearts, minds, bodies, souls, and spirits. Pray that they see God’s light and choose to follow it to righteousness than place blinders over their eyes and continue walking in darkness.

Pray that God reveals the truth about every person you are involved with and encounter. Pray that He shows you the real them so that you know what you are facing. Pray that He protects you even when you ignore His warnings. Pray that He always shows you the way out of life’s mazes that you actively take part in creating in your disobedience.

Have an amazing Wednesday family!

Love,

Natasha 

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