Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.19.12

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 

John 16:23 

Pray 
Father thank You. Thank You for today, for my life, and for my loved ones. I am blessed and highly favored because of You, and because Your son Jesus showed me the way to You, and keeps me in line with Your vision for me. You know my heart and You know my desires, those that I need and those that I merely want. You have blessed me in times I wasn’t expecting it, and You made me wait for certain gifts until You knew I was ready with baskets to be filled. I thank You. 

Thank You for sending people in my life as a lesson in discernment, for there have been people that You knew I could trust and rely on, and that there would be some wolves in sheep clothing waiting to pounce on me and my dreams. The closer I get to You, the stronger my discernment becomes, and I thank You Father. 

Please rid me of fear and negativity. Please fill me with Your light and love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
What you ask for you receive. The question is, are you asking for the right things or are you allowing certain things to manifest out of fear or greed? We must always think about this using our heart, and ask in a way we think Jesus would, and have faith that God will provide those things we need the most.

Someone extremely close to me that I love dearly had a need and they didn’t know how to solve an extremely huge money issue. I told that person that God had it handled, that they just had to pray and believe. The next day ideas rolled into their mind. Almost two weeks later the money issue has basically been resolved. Don’t tell me what God can’t or won’t do. 

Once you believe and know that you are blessed and highly favored, you walk in the confidence of God’s light, with the wisdom to cast away fear and doubt. It is not arrogance or being pompous to claim your blessings and the Father’s favor in your life. By declaring it, you are now a living and walking testament to His Word and to His promise. By declaring it, you stand as an example before and for Christ. 

To build God’s Kingdom, to spread the Word, to heal the world, we must testify and we must let others know that we are blessed and highly favored–because what we have earned, learned and overcome is only due to His will and grace. 

Are you ready to testify? 

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.17.12

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Pray
This same day last year Father, I prayed on and shared this passage with Your children, and reflected on fear and its inability to be of and by You. 

Fear and love just as fear and faith cannot co-exist. I cannot live truthfully and righteously in love or faith if fear is present, and the same is true in reverse. 

Since we are Your children and Your reflection, and You are perfect–then we too are perfect and have no reason to fear. 

Father if I put my total trust in You there is an immediacy in seeing the Truth, immediacy in my healing, and in overcoming my fears and challenges. The abundance I seek is mine once I let go of fear and embrace love and faith. 

I want to experience true love Father as You know it, and as You want me to see it, feel it, and know it. I want to walk in authentic faith without question, hesitation, or selfish motives. I want to experience the growth and satisfaction that comes from skydiving with You, letting go, and surrendering every care and concern to You. 

You know my struggles, fears, pain, frustration, sins, and what is in my heart and mind. Help me to take my next step towards freedom. Help me to take my next step towards truly understanding, embracing and living in, with, and for love. Help me Father. I praise Your name today as all days. Amen.

Reflection
I try to not repeat the same scriptures shared from previous postings, even from years ago. I believe that the Bible has more than a lifetime of passages to pray and reflect on. Today however, something happened that motivated me to share this one again. As I was searching and seeking out passages that would hit home for me, that would help me to drive down fear, I ran across this passage. When I checked my notes and discovered I had shared this before, I at first decided to move on and find another passage. Then I saw the date. 

What’s the likelihood that exactly one year from the date of my post that I would select the exact same passage, dealing with the exact same issues?

Except this time, this year, something in me is different; there is growth, maturity, resolve, and a determination to finally embrace my truth–God’s Truth–for me–for all of us.  That truth is, that we have nothing to fear. We shouldn’t even fear the concept of fear, or being consumed by it.

Some things we overcome immediately or in a short period of time, some things require longer amounts of time as we struggle to face reality that no matter how much we claim to be control freaks we have absolutely no control over God. Then for some of us it takes a lifetime to get to the point where we finally face and rebuke what we feared most. Others leave this realm consumed by fear. 

Now I can tell this reflection may get deep and lengthy so please keep walking with me as we work this out together. 

I’ve always feared being hurt, betrayed, losing a loved one, failure, and at times success (now how’s that for a twist?). For as long as I can recall I’ve feared death, never getting married and having children, obesity, and quite possibly even poverty (but not that much).

What do you fear? What did you used to fear that you eventually overcame?

What I’ve come to fully realize is that as long as I fear these things they will always and most certainly manifest in my life. But also, that some things just happen. Someone will hurt and betray me, I will fail at some things and succeed at others, and I will lose loved ones either in failed relationships or in death. So why fear these things? 

So I check off those boxes.

While at the same time, I’ve never been obese, so why wouldn’t I think that with continued exercise and healthy living that I wouldn’t remain in a healthy weight range? So why fear obesity? 

So I check that box off.

 God has always blessed me financially with what I needed most when I needed it most. He’s blessed me with family and friends who would never let me go without or live on the streets. He’s blessed me to live comfortably even in uncomfortable times, so why fear poverty?

Box checked. 

As far as children go, there are plenty of options that God will present when the time is right. Now the marriage thing, well, that’s definitely something to leave for God to work out. We see what happens when we try to force things to be magical, there’s usually more fizz than pizzazz. I’ve visualized my future and it’s bright and filled with an abundance of love.

Check the box. 

I’ve finally opened my eyes to see (not just recite in desperation) that God has the perfect idea, plan, place, and time for all things that will take place in my life. The same is true for yours!

Physical death is real in that we leave these shells we call bodies, but we continue to live in another level of existence. Even if you would rather consider an eternal rest as your final point, isn’t there life in resting? So do we fear not being here, or leaving before we’re ready? 

My fear was leaving before I was ready. I’m one of those who want to live well-past the age of 100 so that I might watch,  mentor, teach and learn from many generations to come. Who says that can’t still happen? But if it doesn’t, there’s nothing I can do about that. For just in life I have no genuine power to control when I enter or leave this world. So I decided some time ago that I must let this fear go, cast it away, and relish in every second that God blesses me. This is true for all of our fears.

We must embrace what God has in store for us. Think of all the experiences and adventures ahead of you. We must ask God to fill our cups so that they run over, so that we have more to bless others with. Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen, and as long as you stay out of the way, you will have more blessings than you could ever imagine. 

Thank you for breaking bread with me today, and for walking with me as we addressed some of the fears that haunt and cripple millions of people each day. 

Today cast another fear into the nothingness pit!

Love always,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.16.12

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 

Isaiah 40:28 

Pray 
Father since You never grow tired or weary You are always making things happen, watching over Your children, and creating the inconceivable. While I may grow tired, You are the fuel and strength I need to get up each day; to work, study, and be a blessing to others. Father Mother You are the light that destroys darkness, evil, sin, sickness, and disease. You are the love that brings people together to stand up against injustice everywhere for all of Your children. To believe in You is to believe in myself. To doubt You is to doubt myself. So if I doubt myself then I am disrespecting You, because in turn I am also doubting You and Your power. 

I can see clearly that I am in You and You are in me and we can never be separated or incomplete. I will continue to face my fears, laugh through my frustrations, smile in the face of those who despise me, envy me, doubt me, and don’t truly know me. I won’t invest one minute in the realm of negativity. I won’t back up one foot to fear. I won’t hide from challenges. Because none of those actions are representative of You and Your greatness, and since I’m of You, I can’t and I won’t allow myself to live any other way but great. 

Thank You Father. Thank You for loving me enough to patiently wait for me to open my eyes, see, make the decision, and take the first step to living the right way… Your way! To You I give all thanks. Amen.

Reflection
If you are God’s child then why would you not act, behave, speak, think, and live accordingly? Why doubt yourself if God doesn’t doubt Himself? Why be fearful if God fears nothing?

Think back to your childhood before you had fears; before you knew about the boogie man, the danger of heights, that some dogs bite, that there are poisonous plants, snakes and spiders; that there have been reported elevator, train, vehicle, airplane, helicopter, and bus crashes. Think back to the time before you learned about judging people based on their color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political views, etc. Think back to when you just saw another child and although they looked different than you in your mind there was no difference because they too were just a child. 

Can you remember? 

That was the time you were most loving and forgiving, fearless, most curious, and had a spirit that wanted to know all, see all, experience all, question all, and live each day to the fullest. You didn’t want a nap because you didn’t want to miss out on anything. You didn’t want to go to bed at night because you just knew something exciting happened when you were asleep. 

Where did that child go? Where did that purest form of God’s reflection go? Find that child inside of you. Find that fearless and loving child and walk through life with your head up, back straight, eyes and mind alert, and ready to accept any and all challenges. When you find your inner child let me know so he/she can meet up with mine and they can help to save the world together.

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.13.12

For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.

Psalm 44:6

Pray
Thank You Father Mother. I put my trust in You and embrace Your cloak of truth and love. I place my fears in a box then destroy it, and cast the ashes into a pit never to return. I rebuke the negativity in my life and take the stand of walking drama-free from this day on. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Trust in Him!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.12.12

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 

1 John 4:16 

Pray
Father I am committed to removing and blocking out negative thoughts and energy that come from within and those that come from others. As I stomp out negativity I beat down fear. As I beat down fear I clear my mind and my path towards the success You have planned for me. Your love makes all things possible and protects me. I must learn to trust in You more, always, through everything. I must learn that if I don’t master my mind so that I can fully connect to Your Mind, then I will be handcuffed to fear, doubt, indecision, and procrastination. I want to be free Lord. I want to be free in Your love. Blanket me as You show me the way to freedom. In Jesus’ name I pray to You Heavenly Father. Amen.

Reflection
If you want freedom, balance, and a life free of fear, then it starts and ends with you. If you truly desire that life then you must let go, surrender, and let God take over. You must rebuke negativity, even from loved ones. You must tell people to leave their drama outside and offline, and only allow positive people, thinking, speech, and energy circulate in your life. You must not drink of the well of self-pity, doubt, indecision, procrastination, and fear (any fear). 

Negativity always sucks the life and hope out of people if you let it. If you fear poverty you will find your face smack-dab in it. If you fear illness you will eventually become ill. If you fear death you will still find yourself taking that sleep and transitioning to another level of existence, but your fear keeps you from experiencing a rich and full life beforehand. If you fear old age, you will either find yourself never living long enough to become old, or you will grow old without ever truly living. 

Don’t fear poverty, persevere towards gaining and flourishing in wealth. Don’t fear failure, instead strive towards success and gain the strength you need for the times you fall down, so that you can get back up with little effort. Fearing failure may just lead to your repeated failure, as you may begin living a life of constant self-sabotage. Get out of your way. 

Embrace the reality of a life of balance, freedom, and an abundance of wealth (spiritual, emotional, mental, and financial). Surround yourself with positive people, with people who lift you up not tear you down or drain you. Surround yourself with positive people who you want to emulate, not who need you so they can feel better through their self-perpetuated drama. If the phone calls, emails, letters, cards, text messages, and visits from certain people are always with the aim of getting something from you, then consider repositioning or removing these people from your life. 

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.11.12

And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done”

Matthew 21:21

Pray
Heavenly Father, this prayer and reflection was shared with me today, and it was so fitting and appropriate for what’s going on in my life, and felt that I could share this with Your other children. Thank You for the vision to see this.

“Heavenly Father thank You for Your Word which is life to my spirit. I receive Your strength today and choose to speak to the mountains so I can move forward in the victory You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Reflection

“Speak to those mountains in your life and declare God’s favor over those situations.” How poetic yet accurate is that statement?!? Declare it and it shall be.

Loving you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 1.10.12

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, …

1 Peter 1:6-8 

Pray
Father I pray to You this day for strength, discernment, wisdom, and courage to face my challenges and overcome my fears each day. I understand that the trials are to test my faith while making me stronger and braver. I embrace the trials as I do the rewards. Thank You for caring enough about me. Thank You for loving me, guiding me, and guarding me through the darkest of times, and through the deepest valleys and up the steepest mountains. I love You Father. Amen.

Reflection
The hurdles you must climb, the obstacle courses of life you must maneuver around, are necessary for your growth and to measure your faith in God and His Kingdom. We should and must all get to a point where we truly and completely surrender to God, to His will, and to our purpose on this earth. It may come sooner for some of us, later for others, and unfortunately for others it may only come when we take our last breath. 

Strive each day to surrender more of yourself, to allow Him to lead you and provide for you, without you feeling as though you are your own master and must do all, and resolve all issues in your life. All solutions are in front of you, it is up to us to open our real eyes, see them, and seize them. But the only way we can begin to see through our spiritual lens is to let go of some of our human tendencies and weaknesses. 

Love,

Natasha 

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