Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.29.12

Hi family!
Today’s special Saturday message is brought to you by Joel and Victoria Osteen, as shared by my friend Juanita yesterday. Enjoy the scripture, prayer, reflection, and your weekend!

Love Natasha

“Right Companions”

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Your destiny is too big to accomplish on your own. That’s why it’s so important to be connected to the right people. We have to understand that God has already arranged for certain people to speak faith into you. He has already placed people in your path that will inspire you, challenge you, and help you accomplish your dreams. The reason some people never reach their highest potential is because they never get away from the wrong people.

Recognize today that not everyone can go where God is taking you. You’ve got to connect with people who understand your destiny and can call forth your seeds of greatness. You don’t have time to spend on people who are always pushing you down, telling you what you can’t do, or never giving you their approval no matter how hard you try. Friend, life is too short to drag people along. If you will get the wrong people out of your life, then God will bring in the right people so you can fulfill the destiny He has in store for you.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for placing the right people in my life. Help me to discern the right connections You have for me. Give me strength to release the wrong relationships so I have room in my life for the people You have chosen to connect with me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright 2012. Joel & Victoria Osteen.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.28.12

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-5 KJV

Pray
Father I believe in only You as my source. I believe You are God and are the God who created the heavens, planets, and life for all. You are Mind, Truth, Love, Spirit, Soul, Light, Goodness, and Greatness. You are Alpha and Omega. You are all-in-all. I pray to You. I worship You. I believe in You. I have faith that no matter what You will always be here for me, even when I have doubt in my capabilities, and even when I disappoint You.

I thank You Father for all I am and for all I have. I thank You for the abundance of blessings received, and for those that You have cast out for me to receive. I thank You for the challenges that have made me stronger, wiser, braver, more patient, more understanding, more forgiving, more flexible, and better prepared for tomorrow. I work each day to not take life and these gifts for granted. I try to make right my wrongs, take care of my debts and forgive my debtors and those who have harmed me. Keep filling me Lord so that I have more to share with others. I pray this to You today with joy, hope, humility, and love in my heart. Amen.

Reflection
I want to thank my aunt Princess for sharing this scripture on September 12th. I said that I would share it in a daily message, and today is the day. What a great day it is!

So reflecting on today’s message and prayer, let’s think of this…If we tell ourselves and others that we believe in and pray to only one God, the God of Moses, David, Daniel, and Jesus—then why do we not equip ourselves with His Word so that we can overcome challenges, temptation, fear, negativity, and evil? Why do we not study God’s Word as we would a book we read for leisure, school, or work? Why are we more inclined to read and recite a self-improvement or self-empowerment book that may highlight aspects of the Bible, yet we won’t go to the source that the author is citing?

But even then, we must do more.

There are tons of people out there that can recite line by line, verse by verse, certain passages and chapters in the Bible—yet they aren’t living their lives according to God’s law. They aren’t following the command that Jesus said was most important, which was loving our neighbors AND enemies as we love ourselves. Even if you struggle with Old Testament thinking, and argue that even New Testament ways are outdated (and difficult to apply to modern times) how can you dispute the basic principles of the Ten Commandments, and Jesus’s famous and comprehensive commandment?

I struggle with adhering to a few of God’s commandments because sometimes I don’t tell the whole truth out of fear of hurting someone’s feelings, so I try to creatively express myself in a way that would impact the person less. Yet, I’m not telling them the truth—not really. So I’m working on telling the truth lovingly while finding a way to do so without severely hurting people, because I don’t want to lie to them or hurt them. God didn’t say, “okay, little white lies are acceptable”.

I also struggle with and am praying on my ability to consistently alter my language, making sure that nothing profane or negative comes from my mouth. This too is a constant work in progress, because there are times when things slip out of my mouth or are seasoned with negativity, and I have to stop and ask God to forgive me. I then feel a heaviness on my heart. I don’t like that feeling, so I’m working on getting ‘me’ right.

We have to constantly fight the darkness that tries to creep in, slip in, and dive in to our lives. We need to train ourselves to see it and stop it before it can enter our space. If not we will always wander around in a little ‘funk’ with added weight on our backs, necks, and shoulders that only holds us down.

Have an amazing day and weekend family. I love you!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.27.12

Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing. With whom, then, will you compare God?
To what image will you liken him?

Isaiah 40:17, 18 NIV

Pray
Father I say a prayer today for those of Your children that are in pain and are looking for someone to blame. I pray for those who claim to love, believe, and have faith in You, yet place their focus on other forces beside You. I pray that You fill them until they are more than satisfied, and feel whole and complete.

Touch my heart so that I can have patience and am not shaken or disturbed by what I see, hear, or experience. Give me the words to comfort, enlighten, and educate. Loving you always. Amen.

Reflection
Today I met a woman who is so hurt that she is more focused on placing blame and taking down others, than healing. She refers to God and in the same breath is focused on satan and those she believes worship it. She refers to God but then says the “illuminati” is so powerful that they can destroy our world. How can anyone or anything be more powerful than God? If you believe that God is all-in-all then you never consider another force being more powerful than Him. You know the truth, when the Truth is in you.

How in one breath can a person glorify God and then dismiss Him in their fear and delusions?

In her mind, the judges of our court system, and most celebrities are members of the illuminati, and in turn worship satan. She believes that these people have sold their soul to the devil and are being used to change the world, inject evil, and raise up satan. She says that the radio and television are portals for evil, yet she freely surfs the Internet (to prove her point). Yes, contradictory and flawed, but this is how she thinks.

Now don’t jump to conclusions and assume that this woman is walking around looking crazed and deranged. She runs a nonprofit and a for-profit organization. She looks and acts as “normal” as you and I, until of course she goes off on her tangent. Then the look in her eye changes, and her behavior shifts. She is obsessed with evil. She is obsessed with finding it.

See she was badly hurt when she lost her home due to foreclosure and predatory lenders, so she has invested a great part of her life educating and helping others so they do not become “victims”. But one thing I realized is that her fixation on the “evil” that she sees in the world has made her an active participant in negativity. She sees every person of authority as part of some greater conspiracy. Her pain and anger spews out of her as darkness, and it suffocates those who engage in a conversation with her.

I prayed during and after my lengthy conversation with her. I pray for her now. I pray for her healing and that she releases the negativity from her life, and begins to truly live. I pray that we all embrace our walk in life and that we focus on reflecting God’s love and not focusing on how much darkness is out there. God said this is His battle, not ours. We’re supposed to be focused on spreading love and light.

I love you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.26.12

Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.

Psalm 119:97 NIV

Pray
Work on me Lord. You know my heart and You know I am trying. I want to do right. I want to live right. I want to think and speak as You would have me. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
What if we truly did study, practice, and live according to God’s laws and plan, and with the intensity and intentionality as the Bible passage shared today?

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.24.12

Note: Today’s message was shared by my dear friend Kenya. It came right on time– as God’s messages, Love, and blessings always do! Take it in, reflect, enjoy, and share with others. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others. Now join me for today’s scripture, prayer, and reflection:

Even if my mother or father forsake me, God will adopt me as his own.

Psalm 27:10

Pray
Dear God. Thank You for breaking all the strong holds that try to hold me down. Thank You for making me an asset and not a liability. Thank You for being a forgiving God, a Faithful God, a merciful God, a tear-catching God, a new chapter of life God.

Reflection
Today, delete all [of] the negative voices in your life to make room for God’s voice.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.20.12

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 NIV

Pray
Lord I want to thank You for waking me today. I know that it is only because of You that I’m here today and saying this prayer. Father as Your servant I want to do my best to please You. I want to do my part to help build Your Kingdom, and to make this world a better place one person at a time. While I work to help others I’m working on myself, and with the loving molding that You are providing, I am seeing positive changes. Thank You Father.

I want to transform my mind and heart to align with You, and I want my transgressions blotted out, and the enemy so far behind me that it can’t catch up no matter what. I want to evolve beyond this fog-covered level where my emotional roller coaster takes me. I want to push through my fears, doubts, and insecurities. I want to see past the obstacles in the road. I want to focus on and be centered in You. Mold me Father.

Reflection
As long as we are focused on things of the world and not on God, we limit our experience and role here on Earth. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming about financial wealth, buying a house or car, or even traveling around the world. Those dreams are made possible because of God, and there is nothing wrong with turning dreams into reality. He doesn’t want His children to be poor on any level.

However, our fixation on material possessions can leave us spiritually bankrupt. Our fear of sharing our testimony of God’s healing and other blessings in our lives, will leave us in a topsy turvy state as ‘conditional believers’.

Throughout the Bible we are told to not only acknowledge and worship God, but to declare to others how good He’s been to us. Our silence doesn’t help to build His Kingdom. Our silence doesn’t help heal ourselves and others. Our silence doesn’t help get us where we need to be. We don’t need to stand on crates slapping a Bible and yelling on the street corner. We don’t even need to go door-to-door.

We can share our testimony easily in casual conversation, or when someone is in need of gentle reassurance that nothing is impossible for God. Many of you have co-workers, workout buddies, carpool pals, a brunch crew, book club, or you’re a member of some organization. There are hundreds of places and thousands of opportunities to share what God’s done for you.

Even saying, “God is good” creates a ripple effect that can lead to a further discussion on how He’s been good to you.

Try it.

Just like you would be surprised as to how many people don’t vote, or who vote for a certain political party, you may be pleasantly surprised as to how many believers and followers surround you, and you will see how many people were helped by your testimony. See what happens and then share your experience here on this blog. Just come back to this message (or go to the first one you see) and click on the option to leave a ‘comment’. Then share. I look forward to reading about your experiences.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.19.12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

Pray
Father-Mother, thank You for everything. Thank You for my blessings–those seen and embraced, and those I have yet to see or acknowledge.

I want to thank You for opening my eyes to the reality that everything that comes to me through Your Light is a blessing, and I am to embrace it humbly; and I’m never to allow my pride to get in the way.

Thank You for the people that You have placed in my life, they are a blessing. Thank You for my family and loved ones, who are there for me each day. I am so grateful.

Thank You for opening doors and windows, and nooks and crannies, of opportunities for me. I never want to disappoint You. I love You. Amen.

Reflection
First I want to thank my friend Juanita Bryan who shared the first two verses of today’s Scripture. They touched me deeply and so I decided to share those and more with all of you today.

I am so blessed, and yet at the same time I have to admit that there are some moments when I’m blinded by the world and that nagging voice of the enemy.

There are times when I may be overwhelmed by things that I think are so huge, but they are actually very minuscule in God’s eyes.

So I’m learning how to stop focusing on those things I have absolutely no power over and instead use that time and energy to be grateful for the blessings that God is giving me.

I am grateful for the love of my life, and all the love, support, and energy he brings to our relationship. I thank God each day for putting us together. I am very grateful for my immediate and extended family, and my truest of friends. They know and give love.

I know that I am not alone spiritually, physically, or on any level. God has set up my life and all I have to do is stay on my path, and follow Jesus’s lead.

I want every day to count, and not be wasted. I pray the same for each and every one of you. God bless you all.

Love,

Natasha

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