Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.29.12

The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.

The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

Psalm 19:7-9 NIV

Pray
Let me always see Father, even in darkness let the way be clear and the message discernible. Let me always hear You through all of the voices and noise. I love You Father. I need You Father. Forever I am Yours. Amen.

Reflection
There is nothing and no one like God and His son Jesus. There is no other message, path, direction, presence, or voice that we should follow other than our Heavenly Father’s.

When life stresses us out we are inclined to give into fear. I say in the roughest of times we need to lean more on God and let Him strengthen us. Lean not into your interpretation but rely upon His, and the example set by His son.

I love you all. God bless each of you. Have a safe weekend.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.27.12

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:11 NIV

Pray
Father give me the strength to endure and persevere the worst of times. Give me the patience to wait, listen, and gain the guidance I need from You and Jesus.

Fill me with the grace to handle all situations without showing and expressing anything but Your light. Pour Your loving light into me so that I can only reflect Your love in my fullness. Equip me with the tools to work through any circumstance. Turn me from all negativity.

Help me to stop being a leaning post for others, but rather let me serve as an ambassador that guides them to You through Jesus.

Help me Father. Touch me to my core so that my foundation is unshakeable. Thanking You now Father. Amen.

Reflection
We are all tested. Scenarios will always be presented where our judgment will come to question.

Are we spiritually mature and tough enough?

Sometimes we will be tested through our loved ones—friends and yes, family—for many of us this test comes mostly from family. How do we respond? Do we release it all to God or do we struggle to try and fix things on our own, and then wonder why matters only get worse?

If things are not right in your life pray to God to reveal all—then look in the mirror and look within yourself—and you will see the culprit, and the answer to why things aren’t going the way they should.

God doesn’t do chaos and disorder, only order, structure, and peace. We must fall in line to receive the life we’re supposed to have, and we must do it with hope, humility, passion and appreciation.

When we continue to follow Jesus to serve God there is constant peace even in turmoil, because we know from Whom we belong.

Pray for the way and the right turns each step on your path. Pray that God touches those around you so that they lean on Him and not on you.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.26.12

So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Luke 17:3, 4 NIV

Pray
Father I am learning to forgive those who sin against me even when they do not voice repentance. Touch my heart to always see them as Your child, even when they have aligned themselves as my enemy.

Touch my heart to be graceful and dignified even when I have urges to get loud, ignorant and disruptive, or just spiteful. I know that the act of forgiveness is about me and not them, and for that reason I choose to follow Jesus’s direction and commandment. In Your name and his I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
Forgiveness is not about or for the other person, it is about and for us. We must release ourselves from the negativity, poison, darkness, and suffocating environment that will slowly but surely kill us. Instead we must forgive each and every time. We must forgive, let go, and not harbor or dwell on what was done to us.

Jesus did not say we had to resume some type of close knit relationship with those who sin against us; he simply said to forgive them when they repent. Forgive to release yourself so you can walk in peace. Forgive so that even when you see the one who sinned against you, your heart is not cold and hardened.

Even when we rebuke a person, let love guide you to walk away without stooping to the other person’s level.

Jesus didn’t rebuke people and then act a fool like them. His wisdom and light propelled him above them so that when he refused to deal with them, he remained empowered and it drained the other person of their essence and being. It left the other person empty, and oftentimes desiring a fullness that could only come from the Son and our Father.

Free yourself!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.25.12

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 NIV

Pray
Father my blessings from You come like the flow of water and I am grateful. Even when I’m asleep You are blessing me with priceless gifts. Thank You Father.

I seek to know, understand, and live Your Truth. I desire a life as You see fit, and love that is reflected in Your Love. Your Truth and Love will make and keep me wealthy always, and mold me into an honorable person that is respected by all people of all walks of life. That is the life I desire, that is the life I will work each day to claim as mine. I’m here Father and I’m not going anywhere without Your guidance. Amen.

Reflection
Righteousness and love leads to prosperity and honor. How straightforward is that? Yet we try to take hundreds of other routes and wonder why we don’t get where we want to go in life.

How many of you are frustrated with going everywhere but ending up no where? Why don’t we return to route A that God has provided, and where Jesus keeps pointing us—and walk that path? Sounds like a good and fruitful path. I’ve got my walking shoes. Do you?

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.22.12

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 4:25 KJV

Pray
Father I never want to compromise our relationship. You are not expendable. You are not replaceable. In my life there are no other options, it is only You. If it is not clear that I am Your servant, then mold me to show it.

Please forgive me when I don’t put You first. Please forgive me when I don’t tell the truth, tell only part of the truth, or manipulate the truth even when it’s to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. Father touch my heart and mind so that I can see the graceful way to speak the whole truth without irreparable harm to myself and others. I trust You Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
There are no reasons, only excuses to why we break God’s commandment to tell no lies. If we pray for the wisdom to be graceful and dignified, our honesty will not cut but rather comfort, mend, and heal.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.21.12

A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.

Proverbs 15:15 MSG

Pray
Father I pray that I always find a way to smile through each day regardless of what comes my way. In heartaches and failures, let me still find a way to smile and be appreciative for the blessings You have given me.

Let me always find time to spend alone time with You. Let me always have a spirit of appreciation, not expectation, not fear or doubt, not cynicism or bitterness, not boredom or laziness, or pessimism.

Let me see each day as a new gift that will never be the same thereafter, as it wasn’t the day before. Let my energy reflect our relationship. Let that energy fill others and bless them. I pray to You humbly and graciously, and say right now—thank You Father!

Reflection

Optimism is that faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
— Helen Keller

I read that each day is a “non-renewable resource” that once gone can never be reclaimed or relived–no matter how hard we try. So knowing this, each day we should live to its fullest. We should celebrate all victories no matter how small. We should laugh and smile, and rejoice in the life we have. Even in sorrow and the gloomiest of days, you should be able to see a rainbow and SMILE!

Today I wish a happy birthday to two of my girls that I’ve known for almost 20 years. My girl Karen, who I’ve known since 1994 and who is the mother of my eldest Godson, Isaiah. Happy 21st birthday AGAIN, Karen!

My other birthday wish goes to my dear Marta who passed away abruptly last year after being diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t get the chance to say, “see you later” but it’s all good with us because I know she knows my heart and how I felt about her and our friendship—even when separated by distance and time. Happy 57th birthday Marta!

I’m wishing all of you an awesome and blessed day, treat yourself and others like today is YOUR birthday!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 6.20.12

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42 NIV

Pray
Father Your Truth is the ultimate truth and the only truth. Let me not be concerned with my priorities and perspective alone, but rather see and put first Your priorities–and attempt to see things Your way—and to see myself as You see me.

Jesus showed through example how to serve You, and each day I strive to be more like Jesus and less like the flawed human that is moved by emotions.

Let me worry less and serve You more. Let me not be concerned with what I don’t have and overjoyed by what I do have. Even when someone I love passes away I can smile knowing that I am a better person because of my time with them, and I know that they will always be with me—more so now than they were in human form.

Thank You for the abundance of love, gifts, and blessings. My cup runneth over! I love You Father.

Reflection
Jesus’s lesson to Martha was to be concerned with her task at hand and not concerned with what someone else, Mary, was doing. They were both doing their job and would both be blessed.

Even today we are more concerned with what we perceive others to have or not have, or with what they are doing or not doing. We are concerned with getting our “props”, “kudos”, and accolades, instead of just doing the job. We rush to get noticed, instead of staying focused on our path. We want credit for doing well but avoid the blame when it is due. We gossip and plot to destroy other people’s reputations, and discredit them.

Yet we say we want to be like Jesus.

Jesus never walked around seeking out credit or praise. He was sent here to do a job. He wasn’t going around saying, “hey check me out I just healed someone” or ” hey did you see the guy I raised from the dead?” He wasn’t walking around with a t-shirt that read, “son of God”. He didn’t promote himself. He was focused on promoting God’s Word and teaching others how to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, and cleanse the lepers.

Jesus knew who he was as God’s son, as the wayshower for man, and as the paradigm of Christ. Do we know who we are? Are we seeing ourselves as God and Jesus see us, or are we still blinded by our human glasses? When you live right, do right, and reflect God’s loving light all of the time—you don’t worry or concern yourself with getting accolades. You also don’t waste time wondering about what others are doing or not doing, or the amount of blessings they have received.

God’s blessings to and for us are enough and they always come right on time.

Have an amazing Wednesday. Now go out and bless the world!

Love,

Natasha

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