Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.30.12

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him!

Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Psalm 32:8-11

Pray
I sing praises to You Father. I opened my eyes and knew I was blessed yet again. Thank You. Today is a new day, and a new opportunity for me to walk uprightly on the path You have placed before me. Today is a new day to reflect Your goodness and grace. Today I can reaffirm that I will let go of things that You said You would handle, and I will only focus my attention on the things that I’m supposed to be concerned with. My path is looking clearer Father. Let’s keep walking!

Reflection
Yesterday I was amazed to find out that God had blessed me in many ways, one way stood out like a big waving flag— He blessed me financially. This particular blessing removed an obstacle that was waiting for me on my path. I had already decided over a week ago to give it to God and not worry about it or fear what could happen.

So I let go and let God handle it, and He most definitely did.

He handled it so well that this morning when I awoke I discovered yet another financial blessing that came right on time. I had faced another situation that was somewhat tied to the other one, and with this situation also, I promised myself I wouldn’t lose sleep over it because I was going to trust God to provide the answer; and He did exactly that, and now I can continue moving forward without missing a beat.

When we let go of the things we know we truly have no control over, and let God take care of the details, then we are free to do what we are called to do. It doesn’t take deep analysis, just a decision to surrender all to Him.

Let go!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.28.12

**Special Weekend Edition**

Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this:

Love other people as well as you do yourself.

You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love. But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.

The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed!

Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

Romans 13:8, 11 MSG

Pray
Because of You I woke this morning. Because of You I have experienced countless blessings today. Thank You Father. I wake thanking You, throughout the day I thank You, and before I rest at night I thank You. Father each day I work to keep Your commandments, to make things right in my life, and to turn the negatives into positives— so that I can be the example of how an ambassador should be and should live. Thank You Father for keeping me going, grounded, and humble. Thank You for forgiving me for my sins and redirecting me when I stray. Each day I live to honor You. Amen.

Reflection

“The demand of every day kept me so busy that I subconsciously equated my busyness with commitment to Christ.” – Vonette Bright

Whatever you are doing that you know is wrong, make right.

If you are lazy, selfish, greedy, self-absorbed, feel entitled, or too busy for God and family—make things right.

If you have time to shop, play, work, or be lazy and do nothing, then you have more than enough time to spend with God. Don’t just reach out to Him when You need something, reach out to Him to give thanks for what you have.

Don’t just praise Him when you can see the blessings pouring in, praise Him when you are blinded by fear and doubt and swear you can count your blessings on both hands. Have a real relationship with God so you can begin to really experience what life has to offer through and in His Kingdom!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.27.12

However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches.

1 Corinthians 7:17

Pray
Father You have called me to serve and to use the talents You have blessed me with.

I do not want to disappoint You, so each day I will work to use my talents fully, express my gratefulness, and reflect Your love and light. Thank You Father for the opportunity to serve and be of service to You. Amen.

Reflection
If you don’t know what you have been called to do then you need to seek out the ways and opportunities that God has set for you to serve.

If you do know what your calling is, then you need to use your talents fully and be sure to give thanks each day for what God has given you.

Do whatever it is God has called you to do, and do it with passion and dedication.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.26.12

Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name.

Hebrews 13:15

Pray 
Father thank You for waking me another day. I give You all the glory, for only You have the power to change me and my life. Thank You for the lessons and opportunities, and for the successes and failures. Thank You for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. 

I don’t want a day to go by where I’m not praising You for all You have done, and for all You have in store for me. 

You don’t need to hear me rattle off each thing I’m thankful for, just by saying, “thank You Father!” You and I are both on the same wavelength.

Thank You Father!

Reflection
Even if you don’t think you have anything to be grateful for, to consider a blessing, or find worthy of praise, you do!

There may be storms in life that rain down on you pretty hard, but in your obedience to God, you begin to realize that even those storms are lessons to be learned and grateful for. If God didn’t love you and didn’t want the best for you, He would not allow you to receive one blessing—even the air you breathe this very moment.

You must learn to praise Him through ups and downs. Don’t praise Him in good times and curse Him in bad times. Praise Him!

Love,

Natasha 

Note: Due to technical difficulties this post was delayed by 12 hours. Please accept my apologies.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.25.12

The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.

The righteous hate lying, but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.

Righteousness guards people of integrity, but wickedness undermines the sinner.

Proverbs 13:3-6

Pray
Father before I open my mouth touch my heart to seek You first, to listen to You first, and to speak and act as I would if I could see Jesus sitting before me. Let me only speak words of encouragement, hope, and truth.

Let my days of slacking and mediocrity be behind me. Let me work passionately on all things I have committed myself to, even my relationships, never giving excuses as to why I have not given my all.

I turn every issue and concern over to You, focusing only on what You command of me, and letting go of my fear and doubt which makes me feel this need to try and control things and do Your job Father. The battle is NOT mine, but Yours, so I remove the extra armor and weapons that I was wearing for that fight—and stick to living, learning, healing, and changing through growth.

In Your circle is where I want to be. Amen.

Reflection
We watch what we say around the elderly and small children, so we can watch what we say every other second of the day. If we could visually see Jesus before us while we spoke and did certain things, what would we do and say differently? Then let’s make those changes starting today, and live by this principle forever.

Each time a person spends any amount of time with you they should always come and leave feeling and seeing God’s light in you; they should feel re-energized and joyful—if they don’t then look inward to yourself and pray— and then leave the rest for God to sort out and mend.

Sometimes our desire to help others, to save and rescue others, can be counter-productive, because we are not equipped or have the autonomy to tackle those issues; and not all times has God called us to do anything other than seek, speak, embrace, and reflect His loving light. Remember that!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.24.12

Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him…

Psalm 37:7

Pray
I am here Father.

Reflection
Turn off the technology throughout the day to sit in silence and hear Him. Do not feel pressured or give in to having noise as your comforter and company, instead be filled with joy at the thought and reality of God filling all perceived and actual voids.

Before you start your day let it start with silence as you listen to Him; let it grow into a conversation, not your monologue, with Him.

Throughout your day look and listen for Him through the noise and darkness.

When your day comes to an end, do not be quick to fall into old religious patterns of prayer, but rather sit, and refrain from doing or saying anything.

Just sit.

For as long as it takes for you to hear, listen, process, understand, and obey.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.23.12

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8, 9

Pray
Father You do not care for lengthy prayers or repetition of Your name; what You care most about it is our connection with You and that we mean what we say, and say what we mean. You don’t care as much about the religious rituals as You do the spiritual practices and walk.

You care about what’s in our Heart.

Father today I will begin by only focusing on the good in things, in people, and in life. I will not focus on or dwell in the bad, the evil, the wrong, the negative, or the darkness. For if I look more to those things than to what’s inside of each scenario or person that reflects You, then I can’t possibly be convinced that You and Your love can and will conquer all evil.

What I don’t like in another person I probably or most likely also see or have seen in myself. It is not up to me to fix them or try to get them to fix themselves; I am to only reflect Your light so that they then turn to You to be fixed.

Today I will look for Your light in Your children, and believe that this strength I see is strong enough to squash out the darkness that tries to weaken me, them and others. Today I start my journey of looking only for You in Your children, and only You in each scenario.

Thank You Father for touching my heart this morning. Amen.

Pray
We can always find the negative; how many of us seek out the positive? We can always point out our weaknesses and the weaknesses in others, but why don’t we focus more on our and their strengths?

We are quick to walk away from jobs and relationships because of a few things that make us unhappy or dissatisfied, but what about the numerous things that bring us joy and satisfaction?

If we spent more time looking for God in every situation and in every person, and within ourselves, we wouldn’t have 1/4 of the issues we have today; we wouldn’t have divorce at the level it is—not even close–maybe not at all; we wouldn’t have crimes and other negative scenarios.

If we truly put God first, we would only focus on people’s strengths and positives, and on God’s light.

If you make a list of a person’s qualities or the benefits of a job, and list both negative and positive, and the positive outweighs the negative, yet you still don’t want to be in that situation, then maybe it is your undeveloped skills and weaknesses that are overshadowing things and causing the negative outcomes. Then you need to turn it over to God and stop trying to fix things yourself!

Turn to God and focus only on His Light. He will take care of and stomp out the darkness.

That’s what’s wrong with us; that is what has been wrong with us in our past, what is wrong with us currently, and what will be wrong with us in our future if we do not stop what we are doing right now.

We need to stop trying to do His job and only do what He commands us to do and that is to reflect His light, share His love, follow His son, and spread His word. Anything other than these things have nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Him. For those reasons we need to stay in our lane and stop trying to get into His!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.21.12 **Special Weekend Edition**

But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him- a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

Colossians 3:8-12

Pray
Father thank You for another day of life here on Your beautiful planet. Today as other other days I face challenges, but today as some days, I am strengthened in the confidence that You are handling my battles for me. Knowing this, I have no reason to fear, no reason to be angry, bitter, or resentful. I do have a reason to rejoice and be grateful, and so today that is exactly what I’m going to do; rejoice and be a blessing to others as You have handsomely blessed me.

I have forgiven all who have trespassed against me. I hold no grudges, and have no bad words to say to or about them. I pray for them and pray that they seek the cleansing that it takes to heal them and make them whole in Your eyes.

I pray that they forgive themselves and forgive others, that they release themselves from their past, and bury their baggage deep in the woods to never be uncovered. I pray that You touch their hearts so that they find peace and never a reason to lie, cheat, manipulate, or be cold towards others. I release myself from their current negative web through love, praying that they release that web for Your love.

In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
We must control our emotions, the words that come from our mouths, our thoughts, and our actions. We are the ruler of what we do or don’t do, no other human has that power. Let’s not even talk about hypnosis. That’s a whole other ball of wax and even then you have to give a person control!

You choose to hate or love. You choose to tell the truth or to tell lies, you choose to be loving or to be mean, to be dignified or not, you choose!

Free yourself from telling lies, from cheating in all relationships–even business–and watch the words that come from your mouth because they have the power to help or to harm.

Since there are many people who don’t seem to love themselves enough to follow the Golden Rule, then let me say this—speak to others and treat others the way you would want someone to speak to and treat your most beloved person.

There is no place in God’s Kingdom for chaos and conflict. Only Love, Joy, Kindness, Peace, and Happiness.

Have an amazing weekend!

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.20.12

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pray
Father I thank You for my life, my journey, my ups and downs, and for the lessons learned, and those that I’m still learning. I realize I don’t learn all of my lessons fast enough and on Your time, so many times I make decisions without Your command, and I find myself in a place of suffering and pain. Never alone I know, for You are always there with me waiting for me to surrender everything to You.

Father I realize that over the years and especially most recently, I have not been fully focused on You– You have not truly been my alpha, omega, or my center, because I made decisions that were not of Your instruction. Father I repent for making my own decisions, for following Your children rather than following You, for following flesh rather than Your Spirit.

Today I rejoice. Today I replace doubt and fear with joy and an understanding that You are my everything, so I am in need of nothing, because You are my source for all that I need. Today I rejoice because I know that You have already worked out the kinks I created. Today I rejoice because You have protected me from being dragged to the lowest depths by the “enemy”. I rejoice because I don’t have to worry about what today or tomorrow brings, because I know that with, in, and through You, all of my needs have been and will be met.

No one and nothing will steal my joy or have me turn away from You and Jesus. Nothing and no one will manipulate me into following anything but Christ. I am more than a believer, I am a follower, I am a servant, and I am an ambassador. I will not just talk the talk but I will walk the walk. I will look past the mountains, valleys, and forests, and only see You and Jesus.

I put my trust in You Father. You have never led me astray. You don’t deal in chaos. So I rest my head in Your Hands. Amen.

Reflection
No matter what you are going through this very moment, leave it to God. Praise Him and rejoice in His love. If you feel unease then that is in your struggle with the “enemy” who is trying desperately to tear you down. If you are lashing out and blaming others, it is the internal conflict within you manifesting outwards. God doesn’t bring out ugliness from people to inflict on others. God squashes ugliness from within.

God always brings peace to troubled waters and troubled times. He does not focus in the grey, the unsure, but in total declaration of right and wrong, left or right. There is only Truth, not half-truth; Love not half-love; full-time not part-time. There is no partiality with God and His love, only a completeness and absoluteness. God never takes a break from us and we should never take a break from Him. We should never put anything or anyone before Him. Every decision we make should come after praying to Him. Let it be His will and not your fear, pride, arrogance, selfishness, anger, pain, envy, jealousy, narcissism, or anything else.

I love you all and I am so very grateful that each day I am blessed through my walk, and through these Breaking Bread posts. Thank you for walking with me and breaking bread with me each day. May God continue to bless you, keep you, and sort out all that needs sorting in your life.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 4.19.12

Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

Mark 9:24

Pray
Father today I do not come to You with a worried prayer, but with a confident prayer. A confidence in You, Your son, and Your ability to do what no man, god, or spirit can do.

I know that only You can clear my life’s pathway; make me whole; cleanse me of sin, sickness, and disease; and free me from debt. I know that only You can fill my heart with Your warming love and light, and that only You can make my eyes bright for all who look inside. Father I know that only You can move mountains, fill empty river beds, calm storms, settle rapids, and bring life into this world and beyond.

So I will not call out to You in fear, pain, worry, or doubt. For I know that You are never away from me and always watching over me. You know my circumstances. You know what I’m going through. You know my pain and frustration, and You know my fears. You know what I desire and what I need most. Through my obedience I know You will always bless me.

Each day You give me life and I am most humbly grateful. Today I say this prayer to You, giving thanks for what You have already set in motion. I know that it is Your will and grace that will remove my obstacles, restore those things that have fallen to the wayside or broken, and make things right in my life. Thank You Lord! In Jesus’s name I give You all of the glory. Amen.

Reflection

Kay Arthur wrote that, “Fear and doubt are conquered by a faith that rejoices. And faith can rejoice because the promises of God are as certain as God himself.”

What more can be said after that?

When you believe in God then our fear and doubt should be nonexistent. If you believe that your life and what you have had over the years of your existence are as a result of God’s will, then why would we ever doubt His ability to do more for us?

Why would we then doubt His ability to get us out of debt, to have our debtors repay us, to protect our relationships and marriages, to heal us from all inflictions, to bring the right people into our lives, and to protect us from harm?

If you believe in Him and what He has already done for you, then you should push yourself away from fear and doubt when times get rough and troubling. Believe in Him to make things right and to restore balance. Balance comes from God, not one ioata of your doing. The only thing it requires from you is to release and let go, so there is no resistance.

Join me starting today to each day release ourselves to God; to resist resisting; and to fight off fear and doubt. Join me!

Love always,

Natasha

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