Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.14.13

I belong to my love, and his desire is for me.

Song of Songs 7:10 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray for fullness of life in every way. I pray for peace within, and to fully experience Your love. May my romantic love be magnified by Your parental love, may my relationship be strengthened and protected by You.

I seek a lifelong commitment bound by my commitment to You, so as I walk I promise to turn to You, seek You, and place You first in my thoughts and decisions. Lord You are my center and my all, and I trust that You will guard and guide me through life and with each step that I take.

I refuse to try to love with fear, for the two cannot intermingle. I must love with courage and faith. I pray to You today and each day for the courage to endure, see past, forgive, and smile even in the harshest of conditions. I love You Father.

Reflection
Happy Valentine’s Day family! I’m in Tronheim, Norway with my beloved. Just like all relationships, over the years we have rolled our eyes at each other, looked sideways, and from time-to-time contemplated how crazy the other one was—-but something that has always made our love so special is what we see as an “effortlessness” that has been there since day one. We have always believed that God was rooted in our relationship from the moment we met (actually even before that). He loves me even with my flaws, and I love him flaws and all.

God takes all of us on a miraculous journey that is filled with many challenges. He never said and never will say that this journey will be, “a piece of cake” and so simplistic that you can do it blindfolded. Love is work, and our walk with Him requires work. He sent His Son Jesus to show us how to walk. The more we choose to not walk like and with Jesus, the more difficult our journey and the lessons eventually learned.

The more of yourself that you give the less effort you feel (and seem) to exert. This is how my love is with my man, it feels effortless. This is how we all should feel in our romantic relationships, familial relationships, platonic relationships, business relationships, and most importantly in our relationship with God and Jesus. It should feel like healthy breathing.

Only when we refuse to give, be vulnerable, and love fully, do we feel the tugging and jerking that requires us to struggle and exert excessive energy.

To give, be vulnerable, and love requires us to work. We must work past fear, pride, and self, and allow ourselves to let go of the rope, harness, raft, or the side of the pool that we keep clinging to for dear life. We can’t truly live if we don’t let go and let God direct us. We can’t move forward holding on to something or someone else. We can’t move forward dwelling on the past.

Today has (in modern times) been celebrated as a holiday for lovers. Each day I celebrate my man and our love, but allow certain holidays (such as today) to magnify it so he can feel extra extra special. I hope that all of you celebrate your romantic, parental, familial, and platonic love every single day—-and allow holidays to be those days where you just choose to do a little extra. Some people do the opposite, and some struggle to make most days feel special.

I pray that the love and warmth you want to receive from God each day is the same love and warmth that you give to others, because you can only receive what you are willing to (and actually) give—and God already gives you more than you deserve. That is the grace that we pray for throughout our days. To love others we must first love God and then ourselves, because if you can’t do those then you can’t possibly truly love anyone else. Clear out your clutter and toss that excess baggage so that you can experience the life that God has planned for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day family!!

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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