Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 3.30.12

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Pray
Father thank You for this beautiful day. No matter the weather, it is beautiful because You made it possible for me to experience another moment here on Earth, another moment with my loved ones, and another moment to demonstrate through servant hood Your love. Thank You Father.

Your son Jesus told his disciples that in him they would have peace even when the world brought trouble, but also reassured them by letting them know not to be worried with the world because he had taken care of it. Father bring me peace to trust without hesitation that in all times and circumstances, You have already taken care of things. When I call to You, You always answer; when I can’t find my way, You show me through…these things and more I know, but at times I get weak and blinded by fear, and sometimes forget.

I thank You now for comforting, guiding and protecting me from what I have been through, am going through, and what is yet to come. Amen.

Reflection
Jesus has the calm assertiveness that does not require anger, yelling, threats, or cussing. His disciples followed not through pressure, coercion, guilt, or fear. They followed out of love and a belief that Jesus was the son of God. They followed because through his works not just words, he proved through healing and demonstration, his ability to heal, raise the dead, cast out demons, and rid people of sickness and disease. They followed because Jesus showed them how to do exactly what he was doing. He showed them that they too had the power as granted by our Heavenly Father-Mother God. The disciples followed Jesus because he served them more than they served him. Jesus was grace and is grace, and through him the disciples (those who were faithful and committed) expressed grace.

Once we overcome fear and reconnect with who we are as God’s child, and Jesus’ sheep, then we will open ourselves up to the unimaginable, and be able to do the inconceivable. So focus on your responsibilities in God’s Kingdom, and not what role or title you can play in the world. Live with grace and you will receive abundance.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 3.29.12

If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity
and their years in contentment.

Job 36:11

Pray
Father each day I pray and work to do right by You, to serve You, and to make sure that each person I encounter has a rewarding and pleasant experience. Let my smile bring others joy as it brings me joy. Every night when I rest my head may I have peace that I put my best foot forward in my walk. As I follow Jesus, let me also serve as an example of a good ambassador for Your Kingdom. Amen.

Reflection
In life more blessings come to those who are a blessing to others, who seek servitude rather than to be served, who give more than they receive, and don’t have an expectation of receiving because they gave or just as a selfish form of entitlement.

If you don’t have peace and contentment in your life you cannot bring peace and joy to others, and you cannot receive and enjoy prosperity. So weed out the junk in your life, weed out the negative people, and rewire yourself if you are the negative person.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 3.28.12

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 9:15

Pray
Father thank You for my blessings. I cannot count all of the ways and all of the times you have blessed me, since I know that every millisecond of the day I am blessed. Blanket me Lord with Your strength and calming love.

I pray that You touch the hearts and strengthen the minds of those who live in constant fear and question their blessings. I pray that You heal those who fear their inflictions are inescapable. I pray that You give comfort to the weary so that they might finally find peace here on Earth. These things I ask in Your name, as a believer and follower of Christ. Amen.

Reflection
There is not one person on the face of this planet, or any planet, that can sit down and describe each and every blessing that they have received since birth. It’s impossible, and that should bring you so much joy. Even in bad times there are blessings present, and we should be grateful.

Mother Teresa was quoted as saying, “The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.”

Is that not a powerful statement and declaration?

I have had loved ones pass away too soon, I have had loved ones inflicted with heart attacks, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and cancer–some have passed away and gone on to the next level of existence, while others are still here and working at demonstrating the Truth.

It has been over one year since my uncle was blindsided by a stroke, after originally being admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. My uncle is young, in his early fifties. The day he was scheduled to leave, an irresponsible nurse left him unattended and didn’t tell him he couldn’t walk. Upon standing he fell to the ground and had a stroke.

Yes, this is an awful experience for he and my family. Yes, we want nothing but perfect healing for him. While I also see the many blessings that have taken place since February 23, 2011. The first being, my uncle is still alive. Doctors are hopeful for a full recovery. Another blessing is that every single day my uncle has a family member by his side encouraging him, lovingly pushing him, and spending quality time with him. Thank God!

Yes, I wish I could be there more often to lend my support and pray with him, but I understand that my prayers, even 2,000 miles away still reach him, and that warms my heart even on the gloomiest of days.

Let us take a moment each day to show our gratitude for life and the numerous blessings that make up each day, and carry us into the next day. I am eternally grateful for my life here and for the life I will have once I leave this human form.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 3.27.12

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38, 39

Pray
Father I am forever grateful for Your love, for our relationship, and my relationship with Your son Jesus. Every day on my walk I am receptive to the moments that I can connect to You and him; I embrace and am appreciative for the long talks, and the opportunities that You afford me. There is no substance, presence, being, or thing that can ever keep us apart. Not even fear can keep us apart, because You always penetrate that veil and show me the way to regain strength and courage. For these things and more I say thank You and I love You Father. Amen.

Reflection
If nothing can keep you away from God, separate you from his care and love, or take His place in your life–then why do you go anywhere but directly to Him for all of your needs, and to give all of your thanks? There is and are no substitutes for God. All counseling and therapy should begin and end with your loving conversations with Him. There are no human gatekeepers or interpreters. Jesus is the wayshower and the shepherd, and God is all in all, alpha and omega, the center and the exterior.

We are quick to turn to man to solve our problems, heal our inflictions, and to make sense of the unknown or confusing. Why, when all answers, healing, knowledge and wisdom come from our Heavenly Father? Why seek outside secondary sources when you have a direct link to the main source? Why try to quench your thirst from a small fissure that trickles water, when you can go directly to the source that will supply you with all of the water you will ever need?

No disrespect to therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the like, who go to school 6-10 years and study human behavior, emotion, and the human mind. But who is truly the ultimate authority on our brains, hearts, emotions, and behavior? God!

It is understandable if you have a need for human contact and camaraderie, and a need to hear a voice speak clearly to you (that you can record and play back) to affirm, confirm, or redirect your thinking. But shouldn’t your beginning, middle, and end come from God?

Specialists in these areas are trained to diagnose (to the best of their ability) and to provide you with tools and devices to address your internal mental concerns, and they attempt to have you solve your issues as much as possible on your own as you can; while others recruit assistance from prescribed drugs to alter your mind to succumb and behave ‘appropriately’. We are a world that is quick to medicate others and self-medicate ourselves. We pop pills and drink concoctions for everything and anything, because we want a quick fix to our problems without really looking at the complete picture.

Where is God in all of this? If you leave Him out then you restrict your ability to heal and grow properly.

The only access to your mind should come from God, the Creator, King, and ultimate authority on Mind, Spirit, Soul, Love, Life, and Truth. When you give access freely to others without God granting permission, then you are saying you trust man more than our Father. You then place the barrier up between yourself and God. You tell Him that you don’t think He can handle what you’re going through, or that He can’t get it resolved in the time you want it.

Pray to Him to show you the way, to put the right people and counselors before you, to heal you from all inflictions, and to release you from bondage. Your mind can only truly be tapped and untapped by His Mind. Your healing can only come from Him. Your peace can only grow from within through His presence. Ask Him for the answer. Get right with Him. Build and nurture your relationship with Him. Stop trying to find shortcuts and quick fixes. Stop trying to put band aids on deep wounds.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 3.26.12

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8, 9

Pray
Father thank You for this day, days past, and for every day that my future holds. Thank You for the gifts You have granted me, and for the blessings that only You can provide. I understand that it is not my doing but Yours, through grace, that I possess and have experienced all that I have.

Each day I work to pull away my layers of fear, anger, bitterness, and pain so that I might replace them with layers of faith in You Lord. I’m grateful for Your patience. I’m grateful for each molding lesson that You are teaching me. Show me the way Father. To You I give all glory forever. Amen.

Reflection
Every item of clothing, every award, every paycheck, every commission, every piece of furniture, every car, appliance and accessory–was not earned by us–but rather given to us by God. He equips us with the knowledge and wisdom to do our small part. Being equipped is a blessing from Him. The pulling of strings to make things happen on our behalf is also done by God.

The child you birthed or adopted is God’s gift to you. The positive change in your health and medical history, is His loving grace. The accident you avoided, the one that left you uninjured, or the one you recovered from–all are instances of God’s grace. The deal you closed or the promotion you received, were triggered by God. Getting out of debt, purchasing your car or home–that’s God. The ability to love and be loved–yep, that’s all because of God.

It is His grace not our actions or talents that bless us. Remember that and thank Him!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 3.23.12

Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 7:17-19, 37-39

Pray
Father thank You for Your grace. Thank You for walking before me in every situation. Thank You for sending Your son to show Your children the way. Thank You for keeping him with us so that You always feel close.

Father let every decision I make, every word that I speak, every thought that I embrace, come from You. Always walk before me Lord; always bring the peace that I seek in every situation; always remove the blinders from my eyes and the eyes of all those I encounter; and always touch our hearts so that we can feel not just for and about ourselves but for others—even those we don’t know. Never let my heart harden where I no longer care about hurting or neglecting myself or other people.

Never let me think that I accomplish anything without Your loving grace and will. Never let me be selfish, but rather mold me to be selfless. Never let me use Your name in vain. Never let me use Your name as a declaration of power, mine or Yours—specifically when I make decisions that goes against Your commands. Hold me in my place that I may be stagnant if necessary Father, so that I don’t enter or leave a situation without it first being Your command to do so. Lord may all things be by Your will and not mine. In Your name and in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
When you place God first in your life then your eyes are always opened, and you are never blind to the truth.

When you place God first in your life and keep your promise to follow Jesus, you are never lost or confused.

When you place God first in your life you will not walk in fear, but through it.

When you place God first in your life you will not make decisions before praying to Him first to show you the answer, the path, and the way.

When you place God first in your life it’s never about you and always about Him.

When you place God first in your life you give him the credit and the glory for everything positive that you do and that comes to you.

When you place God first in your life you are grateful for every thing, every person, every element of your life, and you never take it for granted or take on the attitude that you could care less if you have it or not, or walk in fear that someone other than Him can take those things from you.

When you place God first in your life then you know that no one can come between you and Him, or between you and His son Jesus.

When you place God first in your life you only surrender to Him and you only surrender to change by Him.

When you place God first in your life you learn to listen, obey, and follow Him without question or defiance. You do so because you believe and you know.

Stop being self-centered and learn to be God-centered!

I love you all so very much! May God continue to bless you and keep you!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 3.22.12

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:1-3, 8-13

Pray
Father I ask that those of us who wish to serve, who have been called to serve, who feel the presence over us to serve, do so with a full understanding of Your expectations. I pray that You touch the hearts and minds of those individuals who attempt to serve yet fail to take care of their moral responsibilities. I pray that You touch the hearts of those who fail to be faithful to their spouses or good managers of their family.

Curb my appetite for things I should not partake in. Strengthen me that I might always seek comfort in You and not in sinful activities. Turn me away from those things, places, and people that will only drag me to depths of darkness and despair.

Let me not be self-absorbed, self-centered, selfish, superficial and shallow. Let me see past vanity and insecurity, to see the beauty within myself and others always. Let me always respect others, as this same respect is what I also desire. I humbly pray this to You today Father. Amen.

Reflection
You must live a respectful life to wear the medal of honor from God. You must treat others with dignity; be careful not to harm feelings, be remorseful when you do; refrain from harboring ill will, grudges, and a laundry list of wrongs committed against you; love fully and without backup plans; and never place your wants before the needs of those you love.

When you hurt someone keep a vow to never do harm again. Someone’s tears of pain and sorrow should never be something you are okay witnessing. If you control yourself you will never feel as though someone else is attempting or succeeding at controlling you. When you respect others you never have to fear losing respect. Put God first in all of your decision making, and watch how He makes things fall into their rightful place.

Love always,

Natasha

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