Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.31.12

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot;
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build;
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV

Pray
Father I pray to always be on Your time and not consumed by the past or the future, by what I had or what I desire, by what people say or the status quo of society.

Let my focus be only on You so that I can appreciate each day as it comes, for each millisecond of every day is a blessing.

Everything I gain is through Your planning, and everything I lose is through Your instruction I failed to remember. I must remember that I am a spiritual being in human form having a human experience. I am to realize through my daily walk my purpose, and surrender to You, Your Power, and Your Glory—to gain the greatest gift of all. Mold me Father. Amen.

Reflection
Every day we are reminded that there is a reason for everything that happens, and that these things have happened before in the past–we are merely part of a cycle of repeated events until maybe just maybe we get it right.

Wars have occurred for thousands of years, and they will continue until we learn to love each other and live in peace. But as long as people see themselves equal to or greater than God, and benefit from the destruction of others, then we will never have peace.

We will continue to have crime until people realize that all they need comes from God; and when those that are blessed to possess an abundance of God’s gifts and wealth learn to share their blessings with the least of God’s children—we will stop seeing the “have not’s” robbing the “have’s” in society.

When we stop committing adultery, prostituting ourselves for money, cheating on the person we claim to love–and instead only seeking and nurturing the love we have at home—will we find peace and beauty internally and in the world. For those without love at home, gaining it first comes from your relationship with God and Jesus. Human love comes from God and instead of searching blindly, ask God to show you.

For God never intends for a person to hurt others, and if you know it would hurt someone to know you supposedly love them and another person romantically, then it’s obvious God isn’t part of that relationship.

Sneaking around isn’t God. Hurting someone isn’t God. Being self-consumed isn’t God. Nagging, whining, and complaining also isn’t God. Harmony, peace, joy, comfort, Love, and Light–now that is God!

We must stop fighting God and start fighting the “enemy” who tells you there is no God, or that God is conditional or hands-off. We must listen to and obey only one voice–God’s!

Enjoy your last day of the month and pray for the opportunity to embrace and be a blessing tomorrow.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.30.12

Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.

Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

Proverbs 26:8, 12, 20-22 NIV

Pray
Father I pray for wisdom and grace, to walk away from drama and gossip, and to not give in to the fool who knows no better. Let me hold my tongue and not respond to a tempter, fool, or a person wise in their own eyes. Let me remain humble and never speak of my wisdom, for it only comes from You, and expressing it is never for my pleasure. I kneel before You as Your thankful servant. Amen.

Reflection
It does not matter what others say about me and my level of intelligence. Some call me brilliant, a genius, and talented–while others would say I’m average, smart but not as intelligent as them, or good enough but not great enough. All of that means nothing as only God’s view and declaration has worth. That is why I don’t feel the need to lay out my accomplishments. That is why I will never brag or boast. All that I have and all that I am is because of God.

I also would say that each day I must push myself away from toxic conversations and people. I must shut down all talk stirred up by a person who is set on gossiping and causing chaos, conflict, and the like. Instead I have promised myself and God that I will not invest time in these people or in talking about them. Instead I will quickly speak up about finding immediate resolution, or delegate someone else to work out those details—but I will not be consumed by the darkness.

If I focus my attention on a fool, then I have now helped to create a second one—me! I won’t add fuel, wood, or fan the flame of the small fire that is hoping to grow. I instead will pray and walk away. Consider doing the same.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.29.12

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

1 Peter 2:15 NIV

Pray
Father I hope that each day I do good towards others and do good to better myself. I want to constantly improve and grow, and bless others each day. I don’t want to ever be content with mediocrity, or accept the words of those who will turn a blind eye to a lie because the lie provides their paycheck. I always want to seek the truth and be free in Your Truth. Amen.

Reflection
Only fools skim the top, while the wise dive deep. The wise know that there are systems set up to manipulate and hide the truth, but that God’s Truth can never be manipulated or hidden. The wise know that man’s truth can be skewed if it is more rewarding financially to rely on a lie. So the wise know to dig deep, do research, and seek the Truth in all things and in all matters.

The wise research the research. The wise do not rely on statements made by the press, politicians, scientists, or researchers. The wise instead say, “show me your sources and my Source will reveal the facts and Truth,” and then they dig deep to verify the statements, claims, figures, and statistics. A fool says, “well so-and-so said…so it must be true,” and with that the lie continues to build, grow, take form, and spread.

We must do good by seeking out the Truth and not settling for whatever comes our way, that on the surface seems acceptable. How many times have you changed your view on a topic because you found out new details? What if you had sought out the Truth in the beginning, do you not think that God would have provided the answers? People make millions and billions, and more off of our ignorance, fear, and arrogance.

Aren’t you tired of being a puppet? Aren’t you tired of being played with and manipulated by people who are profiting off of your unwillingness to think? We should only be led and directed by God with the help of His son, Jesus. All of our knowledge, wisdom, and understanding comes from God—so why do we not turn to Him for the answers?

No website, movie, tv show, medical professional, educator, politician, or any other human can tell you or show you what God can. Think about it.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.28.12

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:23 NIV

Pray
Father mold me to act not just talk– do, not just ponder–and lead when it’s easier to follow. Let me hold my tongue when it is wise but never withhold wisdom, knowledge, or understanding because of anger, resentment, envy, or pride. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
I push myself to give my all in everything I do. I don’t do mediocrity. I may fail, but I’m not a failure. I might have setbacks but I’m not stagnant. I may contemplate but I’m not paralyzed in thought.

To work with me in love or business means that you can’t be a slacker. People around me must step up and put in some work, or they need to step off this race track. People around me have to know to speak up, ask questions (and not just for the sake of asking), and ask for help (not out of laziness). People around me have to provide answers and offer solutions—not sit in silence and expect me or someone else to pick up the slack.

I work hard and play hard, and I strive to leave even the biggest fool with their dignity, especially when they fall.

We all must work hard in every aspect of our lives, not just talk a good game. Words without action is merely senseless noise. Wouldn’t you agree that there is enough noise in the world already?

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.27.12

Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

Proverbs 8:1, 2 NIV

Pray
Father thank You for another day. May it be rewarding and peaceful. Thank You for the wisdom, knowledge and understanding. I pray that each day I learn a lesson. May I learn from my mistakes and never repeat them.

May I see clearly the path before me so that I don’t take the wrong turn or overlook any potholes. Keep my ears, eyes, heart and mind tuned in to You at all times. In Your name I pray as a follower of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Reflection
Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are not hard to come by, we choose to be ignorant. We choose not to see; we choose to fall or be burned through ignorance than be equipped with the tools that will prevent our harm.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being lost or in pain. I want God to provide His protecting Love and Light, and Jesus to show me the way—and I want to follow and obey. I pray the same for you.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.24.12

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Pray
Father I am learning that obstacles are only opportunities to reflect Your light, prove Your power, and smile—because there is nothing too big or complicated that You can’t handle. It is only when my fear, pride and ego get in the way that delays are caused, and obstacles seem impossible to tackle. I need Your help to remove my fear and doubt, and replace it with confidence and conviction.

Father I see the same when a great opportunity presents itself and I don’t feel adequately prepared to seize it. I need Your help Father to remove my fear and doubt, and open my ideas to the possibility of representing you. I want to always serve You and be the best ambassador that I can. Mold me Father.

Reflection
Fear can be a stickler if you allow it. Fear can make you not push down, run through, jump over, or run around an obstacle. Just as fear will seize your body when a great opportunity comes your way.

How many of you have sabotaged great relationships out of fear? How many of you have turned down job or career opportunities? Or the chance to take an amazing trip or attend an event? How many of you ran away from the opportunity of home ownership or a great investment?

All of this was based on fear. Fear of success. Fear of failure. Fear of not being prepared or up to par. Fear of not being strong enough or smart enough. We buy into the lies the enemy whispers in our ear. We buy into the darkness that fear instills.

We need to focus our ears, mind, and heart on God. Each day let’s work on facing our fears, and eventually smashing them back into their non-existence. That way we can seize the chance to reflect God both when obstacles and opportunities present themselves. Let’s do this!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.23.12

That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:19, 20 HCSB

Pray
Father I believe. I believe in You and Your son, Jesus Christ. I believe in Israel, Moses, Aaron, Jacob, Joshua, David, Ruth, Naomi, and the life and legacy– as well as the mistakes and fears of the 12 disciples. I believe in the children and parables of the Bible and that the Bible is my manual, outline, and measurement in life.

I believe that I am Your child. I believe and know in my heart that I am here to serve You and to be of service to Your children, especially the least of Your children.

I pray for knowledge and wisdom, clarity and strength, and determination to fulfill every promise made by me and to reach every goal and objective set by me in and for Your kingdom, and for my life.

I understand that this is not an easy path or course, and that these stages in my life will not be easy, but I am willing and able to take the next step each day to do my part. Please equip me and guide me. In Your name I pray as a follower of Christ. Amen.

Reflection
It is my honest opinion that each of us have been called to serve God and His kingdom. We are given a choice to serve humbly or to shrug off our responsibilities and just wait for life to happen.

God has placed before us an opportunity that is absolutely priceless and many of us waste this opportunity and in-turn we waste away our lives.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to take my last breath and know that there was much more that I could’ve done as a servant, but I was more concerned with being a consumer of services and products.

I want to know that I did my part to make this world a better place not just for me and those living in it currently but also for future generations. Generations before us paved the way and some paid the price for mediocrity, laziness, rebellion, and sin.

We are to learn from past generations so that we do not repeat old mistakes. If we fail to do this then we only set up the future generations for failure. That is not God’s plan and that was not and is not the intention of our way shower Jesus.

We are repeating a very bad cycle and we must do something to help break the cycle and to start anew without God starting over with a new human plan that doesn’t include any of us.

Each day let us do our part to make the world better one person at a time, and let’s do our part to make life more rewarding and joyful, and Christlike for future generations.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.22.12

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:3, 4 NIV

Pray
Father I pray to always be faithful to You and my loved ones. I pray to be a faithful warrior set out to rebuild damaged and inflicted communities, and not foolishly or selfishly only concerned about my home and family’s wellbeing.

I pray that love is expressed by me always, even in frustration or pain. Hold my tongue from speaking ill of others. Hold me back from taking part in drama. Position me to prioritize my life and each day in service to You, and completing tasks in the order and energy You see fit.
Amen.

Reflection
We are in a time where people are faithful at being unfaithful in more areas than romantic relationships. We are unfaithful in our roles as servants of God, employees and leaders in the workplace, and stewards in the community. So it’s no wonder we fail miserably in matters of the heart—-why we aren’t faithful in romantic relationships or to our children.

God first, family second, career third. Those are to be our priorities. In that order there is order, balance, clarity, peace, love, and joy. You have to tend to these and be faithful to these priorities before you can look to an outside priority.

Switch even one element and there is a major shift in your atmosphere. Attempt to replace one element with a fourth option and watch your ‘dominoes’ fall down.

If you currently don’t have balance, peace, and a sense of effortlessness in your life then you most likely have your priorities off. Sit back, map it out, reflect, and then do something to make it right!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.21.12

Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice.

Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,”says the Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 1:16-20 NIV

Pray
Father as You work to mold out of me the undesirable things, please help me to also resist the ignorance around me that aims to attack and weaken me, disarm me, or distract me. Help me to maintain composure and grace, and to seek You first in all things always. Help me to pray for the ignorant, even the educated ignorant, just as I would a person inflicted with the belief of illness.

I pray for Your love, forgiveness, wisdom and strength today and each day. Amen.

Reflection
Just as we should pray for the least of God’s children, we should also pray for the ignorant and graceless—for they are inflicted and limited in their ability to gain the kind of true joy that is sustaining. I believe that these individuals are actually worse off because oftentimes they have the resources to pull themselves out of their self-imposed darkness, but they are too self-centered and riddled with pain and “dis-ease” to see their opportunities. Pray for them.

Pray for the person who would rather ruin a good thing than see it succeed because in their twisted mind, if they can’t control it or claim it, then they don’t want it to thrive. Pray for the person who shuts down every idea that isn’t theirs. Pray for the person who relies and lives more on theory than practice. Pray for the person with plenty of knowledge, yet lacks wisdom. Pray for the person who is always looking for a fight.

Pray for the disruptive people who always cause drama and chaos–who can uproot a system and tear down a structure. Pray for the people with elitist mindsets and tendencies– they still don’t realize that only the meek will inherit the earth—not them. Pray that none of this negativity rubs off on you.

Pray!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.20.12

My son, if sinners entice you, don’t be persuaded…. my son, don’t travel that road with them or set foot on their path, because their feet run toward trouble
and they hurry to commit murder. It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it, but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives. Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.

Proverbs 1:10, 15-19 HCSB

Pray
Father today I pray to be led away from temptation. I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters who share in the honor of being Your child. I pray that they resist temptation and the urge to get rich by any means necessary, even if it means harming others.

I pray that those who inject poison into our communities realize that as they slowly kill off our people, they too kill themselves. May Your children see that ill-gotten gain has negative consequences, and that nothing in life comes easy.

Father may Your children value others lives as much as they do their own, and their most beloved person. Warm our hearts to forgive others, even when the pain seems unbearable—because forgiveness is more for the one harmed than the one who caused harm.

May we always seek You first. In Your son, the Redeemer’s, name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
After painfully watching the “reality” TV show, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” over the weekend in an attempt to explain to my boyfriend the “dis-ease” that has plagued our communities and culture in the U.S (and abroad)—it dawned on me that the only way to heal this leprosy is to snatch out the root cause that is eating us alive. There is a requirement to reinvent or recreate the image or concept so that it exudes life, health, and light.

Our communities are plagued with a belief that being a thug or temptress is a sign of power and influence. Men inflicted with this “dis-ease” try to prove how big and bad they are by inflicting as much pain as possible on others, while the women are more concerned with showing off their external “ass-ets” than relying on their intelligence to help them achieve goals.

There are groups of people who don’t even realize that they are slowly but surely killing themselves. This hard life ages them, weakens them, and exposes them to a number of vulnerabilities that lead to their demise.

The person who pimps their community will also be violated. The person who injects poison into their community will succumb to that poison. The person who shoots a bullet into their community, must expect a bullet to enter their very own body. A person who steals from their community will be left penniless. A person who uses their body sexually to gain perceived leverage in life will find themselves undesirable and worthless by all. A person who lies will never find peace.

We must pray for these people. We must pray that they feel and recognize God’s presence in their lives and that they stop their ways and rebrand their image so that instead of destroying our communities, they can rebuild them, and be a beacon for generations to come. Let’s pray for, encourage, and demonstrate the way!

Love,

Natasha

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