Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.29.12

For what a man thinks, he is.

Proverbs 3:20

Pray
Father I pray for clear, positive, loving thoughts about myself and others. Let me be rid of negativity, fear, and darkness.

Reflection
There’s a saying that, “what you think about you bring about”. Our thoughts and speech are powerful. We can either speak and think of a prosperous future or a bleak existence. Our words and thoughts are energy that come from within. What type of energy do you want to put out there?

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.26.12- Special Edition in Honor of my Uncle

You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all the faithless live at ease?
You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.

Jeremiah 12:1, 2 NIV

Pray
Father You have proven to be more than just a conqueror. You have shown the world that You are patient, loving, and forgiving. You have also shown us that the battle is definitely not ours it’s Yours.

Many of us question why a great deal of Your children who do good seem to die young and before their ‘time’, while there are those who do evil and cause great harm that walk around this earth as though they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It doesn’t seem fair Father. But I know it is not up to us to decide fairness or try to tell You what should or shouldn’t be happening, because besides it not being our place, we can’t even get our lives together to do right in Your eyes.

Maybe we have to witness life as we do so that we see the importance of faith and obedience, and remind us that it is not a coincidence that we are here—but rather Your plan. So I pray that each day my doubt is removed and my courage increased, so that my faith is never questionable. As a follower of Jesus I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
Many of us have asked the burning question, “why” when someone we love or know (of) passes before what we perceive to be “their time”. We become frustrated because it just doesn’t seem fair or right that they didn’t get to live to see old age. Jesus didn’t leave this level of existence as an old man, he was younger than I am today. Tomorrow I turn 37. Most calculate that he was age 33 when he ascended from earth. Wrap your mind around that.

Those of us who are believers stand firm in our conviction that every millisecond of the day Jesus is cognizant of what we do, just as our Father is—-and we also believe that Jesus could be walking amongst us now and we would never know. So if we believe of this possibility, then why do we adjust our thinking about ‘death’ when it comes to other people?

I believe that we are spiritual beings who walk the earth in human form, and when we leave our shells behind and transition to the next level of existence, our spirit and soul doesn’t stay behind with the shell. So the same Power coming from the same Source, allows those same people to remain connected to those of us still walking around in human shells. Through our memories and pictures we keep them walking with us. Who knows, the same ability to walk amongst us as we believe Jesus does, could also mean that our loved ones come around from time to time to check on us—and maybe to serve as guardians that protect us from ourselves and others.

I say all of this to remind myself and each of you that we truly don’t know and we don’t know God’s plans, or why He does what He does and when He does it. God said repeatedly that we never would understand, yet we struggle each day trying our best to outsmart the One who created us. How crazy is that?

Wow it’s amazing how God works and how our faith is tested. So it has been an hour since I finished typing the last sentence that ended with, “How crazy is that?” After typing those words my phone rang for the second time from a second family member. I ignored the first call and the small voice inside my mind that told me to answer the phone, because I was deep in prayer and was beginning my reflection. This time that small voice in my head was louder and said, “stop and answer the phone”, so I did.

On the other end was my aunt who called to tell me that my uncle Ricardo passed away late last night (early morning where I am). This is the same uncle who I asked all of you to pray for who suffered a stroke two years ago, and a few months ago became unresponsive.

My faith is now really tested. Again.

Do I stand in my convictions of what I just prayed and reflected on earlier, or do I cave in and ask God “why didn’t You heal him? Why did he need to go so young?” And I stand firm and say, family, I have no questions for God.

I will not question why I didn’t see a text that came in at 1:17am from my aunt when she first found out and tried to reach me. I believe that I didn’t need to know then, it was meant for me to find out exactly when I did.

This long walk with my uncle was preparation for not only him but for our family. How do we see ourselves in comparison to God? How do we see life and so-called death? Have we forgiven past hurt or do we carry it through physical human death? I know one thing, my uncle is no longer in pain, no longer conflicted, no longer scared, and no longer wondering or waiting. My uncle is with my father (who passed away in 2001 at the age of 48). He is with our other loved ones (many who passed before “their time”). My uncle is where God can use him for yet another purpose. I believe this and don’t question the how, when, or why.

I’m grateful for the time I shared with my uncle. I’m grateful that I forgave the past and had a chance to give freely my love to him. I’m grateful that whenever I had a chance to visit with him that I did. I’m grateful that when it was in my heart to send him an inspirational card, that I did. I’m extremely grateful that the love of his life was by his side each day and that she will fulfill his wishes.

I want to celebrate his life, not focus on his passing. Hopefully what I just experienced (and that it has only been an hour since I got off the phone with my aunt) can help many of you. It’s not that this isn’t a blow to my gut, and that it doesn’t hurt. Yes, it hurts and yes I cried (and will most likely cry throughout the day and beyond), but my uncle’s peace is what means more to me than mourning that he won’t be around physically. I asked God to test me, to strengthen me, to mold me, and He is!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.25.12

I woke up this morning and saw this message sent by my friend from Joel and Victoria Osteen, and immediately felt the need to share it. As you know, I encourage all of you to share scripture, prayers, and reflections with me that I can freely post to this blog.

This blog isn’t about focusing on me and my thoughts, it’s about sharing God’s Love and Word with the world, so we can heal and grow together. I thank my friend Juanita B. for forwarding today’s message. I hope that it touches your heart.

We have focused on this topic many times in the past, so it should reinforce our work together. Enjoy and may God continue to bless each of you abundantly.

Love,
Natasha

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Luke 6:37, NKJV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen

Did you know that the ability to forgive others is a gift from God? The Bible tells us that if we don’t forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. If we don’t forgive, we are blocking the ability for God to work in our lives. But when we choose to forgive, we are choosing God’s way and opening the door for Him to heal our hurts and restore our souls.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what that person did was right or that you even have to get back into a relationship with that person.

Forgiveness simply releases the debt they owe you so that God can release the debt you owe Him. Ask the Lord to search your heart and show you if there is any unforgiveness blocking His blessing in your life.

Ask Him to show you more about this gift of forgiveness so that you can walk in the freedom and victory He has for you today.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

God, I know that You have called me to forgive others. Today I choose to release those who have hurt me and trust that You will be my Vindicator. I choose to forgive knowing it opens the door to Your healing in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.24.12

Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.

Jeremiah 10:23, 24 NIV

Pray
Father I pray to You for strength, focus, fearlessness, and wisdom. I pray for the skills and understanding to be prepared for the blessings I ask for each day. I pray for the courage to get out of my own way and to stop thinking I can do this on my own. I pray that I stop seeing myself as a victim or as though I’m being punished, and instead see the lessons You want me to learn, and accept responsibility for my actions and lack thereof. I pray that I keep my eyes opened to see and embrace Your reality for me. In Jesus’s name I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
When we ask for help and then find reasons not to accept it, or make excuses not to be proactive, we are then setting ourselves up to fail. When we ask God to show us the path to take but choose instead to walk around in circles, why complain to Him or others?

We cannot be stagnant in life due to arrogance, pride, fear, worry, doubt, or excessive over-analysis. We need to learn to pray and let God do His thing, and stop trying to figure out how He does it and why He does it—many of us are only curious because we still think we are doing this by ourselves.

Don’t ask for blessings and then not be prepared to accept them. Don’t ask for help and not take it. Don’t let fear or pride block your blessings.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.23.12

No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due.
Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you….God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

Jeremiah 10:6, 7, 12 NIV

Pray
Father there is no doubt in my heart and mind Who You are, Your power, and my place in Your spiritual arms. I pray that You flush out my fear and replace it with courage. I pray for clarity, discernment, and patience to see my way through life’s forests, mountains, and valleys. I pray that I see risks in life as opportunities to prove my faith and Your power, and not as excuses to run away or stand still. I know that You are more than a conqueror. I know that You can change my life this very second. I know that I’m standing in the way of eternal greatness and blessings because I have not fully embraced my spiritual self. Help move my feet Lord. Help me to reveal my true self.

Reflection
Each day we face a situation or circumstance which allows us to make the decision to believe, trust, and follow God, or try to figure it out on our own. I played a strategic game last night with my boyfriend and some friends where the only way to win was to have a strategic plan, be patient, trust your instincts, work as a team, and respond without reacting.

Isn’t this how life is each day?

My team failed to win the game last night because we did not execute each of these variables effectively.

I reflected on things today and saw the parallels to how that game plays out in real life, and saw clearly that if we merely dream but don’t have: a strategic plan (goals and objectives), patience, trusted instincts, and the ability to work as a team with God (and whomever He has placed in our lives) without reacting to every thing that happens–then we will never achieve our goals or live with purpose–and we ultimately fail.

Are you ready to begin seeing your life differently? Are you ready to begin living your life using God’s strategic plans? Are you ready to trust Him and yourself? Are you ready to take the steps according to His plan instead of impatiently jumping to where you think He wants you to be? Are you ready to learn how to respond and not merely react to what life sends your way? Are you ready to start receiving your endless blessings?

Then let’s do this!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.19.12

“Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds
and like those who set traps to catch people. Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor….”

Jeremiah 5:26-28 NIV

Pray
Father I look around and through research I see examples of Your children who live in pain, anguish, fear, and lack hope. I also see people who live in extreme excess with riches and financial wealth. But then I discover some who have made their fortune by stealing from and taking advantage of the poor and underserved.

Father I pray for those children who are overlooked, mistreated, and taken advantage of. I pray that You bless them abundantly so that they might regain hope and become self-sufficient and empowered. I pray that You humble the so-called powerful so that they are reminded of Your everlasting power, strength, and presence. Remind them that they cannot steal from and take advantage of the poor, weak, unstable, exposed, and vulnerable. Touch their hearts Lord and make right the wrong. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
God will level the playing field and make things right, one way or another. It will no longer be the case where we are desensitized to the images of the women and children being enslaved, imprisoned, abused, tortured, victimized, and mistreated. We will not see nations with leaders who are billionaires or mega millionaires while their citizens merely exist in poverty. Through prayer and active engagement in our communities and around the world, we can do our part to help heal the pain, reveal the truth, and empower the voiceless. Let us never feel comfortable or content while the majority of our world is in pain.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.18.12

Special thanks to my friend Juanita Bryan for sharing today’s message. It moved me so much that I had to share it with all of you.

Love,
Natasha

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, ‘Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ ”
Psalm 35:27, NKJV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen

Notice in today’s verse, God’s people were commanded to go around saying continually, “Let God be magnified. He takes pleasure in prospering me.” I believe one reason they were supposed to say it all the time is so it would get down on the inside of their hearts.

See, when we hear something long enough, we start to believe it. It starts to affect the way we see things. I wonder what would happen if, all through the day, we decided to stop dwelling on negative, defeated thoughts. And, what if you started dwelling on thoughts like, “God takes pleasure in prospering me. Good breaks are in my future. Explosive blessings are coming my way?”

Today, let the truth of God’s Word sink down into your heart. All throughout the day, declare His goodness. Declare His faithfulness. Declare His blessings because He delights in seeing you prosper!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for finding joy in seeing me succeed. Help me to see my life the way you see it. Help me to see and declare the blessing and victory You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen