Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.31.14

“Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”
 
 Malachi 3:13-15 ESV
 
 Pray
 Father I want to have a real relationship with You, one that is not one-sided or reactionary. I want a relationship where we walk and talk together, and not one where I’m just asking for something. As my best friend I should be giving more to our relationship and not asking for more from You. I should be listening and following Your lead, rather than rushing fearfully and hopping from path to path.
 
 I apologize Father.
 
 I apologize for my hardheadedness. I apologize for those moments when I stray from the work that You have planned for me, because I am distracted by something that in that short period of time seems more demanding of my time, more exciting, or easier to accomplish. I want to have a genuine relationship with You. No doubts, worries, fears, or record-keeping. I want to have a relationship like no other. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Why must we keep expecting God to prove Himself to us? Why is it that He can make the impossible possible in one situation, but then in another situation when maybe He felt that it wasn’t time or that we needed to do more work on our part, we then question Him as to why He didn’t perform for us? Why is it we can claim our blessings one day and then something tragic happens and we immediately think that God is punishing us? Why do we immediately ask, “what did I do to deserve this Father?” We need to rethink our relationship with God and then begin to have that relationship with Him.
 
 Love requires work. Relationships require work. Being more like Jesus requires work. When we don’t think we have enough strength and energy, that’s when we need to do even more.
 
 Take the next few minutes to think about your life and your relationship with God. What can you do to strengthen that relationship? What can you do to be more like Jesus? What are you willing to sacrifice? What can you start doing today, right now? Don’t answer immediately. Sit and reflect and then let the answer come from within.
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.30.14

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
 
 Psalm 42:5 ESV
 
 Pray
 Thank You for Your love and healing touch. Thank You Father for Your protection. Comfort Your children who are fearful and in pain Lord. Reassure them Father. I trust in You and will forever follow Your path as a believer in Christ. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 God loves, saves, heals, creates life, restores, molds, builds, protects, and uplifts. God is love. God is life. God is truth. God is light. Praise Him. In good times and in bad, praise Him. When you’re down on your knees, praise Him.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.29.14 LATE POST

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
 
 Psalm 18:28 ESV
 
 Pray
 In a storm please bring calm. In darkness please shine Your light. When I can’t see please restore my vision. When I’m in pain please comfort me. You are my warmth, my strength, my stabilizer. I seek You Father, my source, my guide, my All-in-All. I love You. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Yesterday the state of Georgia was hit by a snow storm and the counties that comprise Metro Atlanta were caught unprepared for the sheets of black ice that has formed on untreated and previously treated roads and highways. Thousands of drivers are left stranded on the streets and highways that cover several counties. There are students stranded on school buses and at school campuses, and vehicles involved in accidents which have created major traffic jams. People are scared and upset.
 
 Throughout the day you see rays of God’s Light shine through as people have stepped up to help those stranded, involved in accidents, or frustrated and distraught. These rays of Light have helped push cars, give rides to those who can no longer drive their vehicles, bring food and supplies to those who can’t leave their vehicles, and place phone calls to the loved ones of drivers whose cell phones have died. In despair and chaos, God brings peace and comfort. People aren’t sure when they will get home, but God’s presence is felt and His goodness is being shared. It restores hope. When I watch good Samaritans going out of their way to help total strangers, I say, “thank You God. Thank You!”
 
 Let’s continue to pray for those directly impacted by this snow storm in metro Atlanta, as well as those in Alabama, Indiana, and other locations.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.28.14 Late Post

Note: Late Post

The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalm 18:4, 6 ESV

Pray
Father help me to always understand Your ways and to deal with the realities of life, not just human life, but the life You give to all of Your creations. Thank You for pulling me out of tough times and for focusing my eyes on Your light. Amen

Reflection
Today my sister’s Daschund, “Scooter” mysteriously passed away and it hit us all hard. I remember when she first got that adorable dog in 2008 when he was just a puppy. I remember when he lived with me for roughly two years. I always looked forward to our time together, our walks around my subdivision, watching television together, and running around playing catch with his toys. He means so much to us. When my sister called me I rushed over to her home. I cried driving there, worked to keep myself together while I was there, and then cried on and off as I drove home later this evening.

We’re never truly prepared for death, not the death of humans or our pets. One moment there’s laughter and good times, and the next moment there’s sobbing and confusion.

Yes, for pet owners, those animals are members of our family just like our parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents. Our pets don’t judge us, hold us to higher standards, ask us to do the impossible or unbearable, and they don’t betray us. They are the epitome of love. They are truly gifts from God.

When someone we love passes away we’re hit with a roller coaster of emotions. What we have to remember to do is seek Him at all times, and ask Him to bring us calm during that storm. When I start feeling sad about Scooter, I turn to God for comfort. I hope that you do the same. Seek out God during the good times and the bad.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.27.14

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
 
 John 3:20, 21 ESV
 
 Pray
 Father keep me on the path that You have set for me. May I choose to do right over wrong, and may I always have the discernment to see Your light in every situation. I only want to do right by You Lord. As a follower of Christ I humbly pray to You. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 The truth must always surface. There is no hiding the truth just like God’s light cannot be blotted out by darkness, light like truth will always prevail. We must work to always be on the right side of every situation and circumstance, so that we are always looked fondly upon by our Heavenly Father. His grace and mercy is given to us even in times when we don’t deserve it, because He knows what we’re made of and what we’re capable of with enough molding. I pray that He never gives up on molding me into the person He sees. I pray the same for all of you.
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.22.14

But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.
 
 Ephesians 5:3, 4 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father thank You for this day. Today I pray not just for me and my loved ones, but for the religious leaders that You have called to serve and for those who self-appointed themselves.
 
 Father I pray that they have the strength and courage to resist temptation, and to not give in to the evils of the world. I pray that they refuse to live a life of hypocrisy telling their congregation one thing but living another way. Father touch them so they don’t present standards for others that they can’t and refuse to meet. If any of them are under attack or have given in to sin, and are praying for release from that bondage, please help them regain their footing and become whole again.
 
 Please unravel all superficial connections, all bold displays of greed and materialism, and clear indications of religious leaders taken advantage of their title, role, and the people of the church.
 
 Please Father, do not allow Your children to follow false prophets, leaders, and interpreters of Your Word. In Jesus’ name I humbly ask for these things. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 We are in a sad state of affairs. We have tons of people claiming they were called to be prophets, ministers, pastors, and other religious leaders. How can we tell who was called, who appointed themselves, and who just jumped at an opportunity?
 
 We have people taking the Word of God and construing it for their own personal gain, while the majority (or a large percentage of) members within their congregation suffers and struggles. We have people telling their congregation to do and say one thing, while they do and say another. Some of these so-called servant leaders sit back and watch members of the church lose their jobs, cars, homes, and more, while the “leader” continues pushing for more offerings and tithes. While the congregation suffers, the “leader” relaxes in their plush home and expensive car (sometimes costing the amount of a large house).
 
 We have leaders who don’t condone homosexuality, adultery, non-traditional sexual practices, the consumption of drugs and alcohol, and other things—but then they get busted for participating in one or more of these acts, sometimes repeatedly.
 
 We must hold those members of the cloth to the same standard they hold us, to the same standard Jesus said they were to be held to, or sit back and allow them to lead us down the hole of darkness they are existing in. We cannot be the naive sheep who walks joyfully into the slaughterhouse. The only time we are to sacrifice ourselves is for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our family, and to save an innocent who can’t save themselves. But not for a man or woman who is “pimping” us for personal gain.
 
 Do not drink the tainted “kool-aid”.
 
 Remember, Jesus didn’t go off and chastise commoners, no, he had issues with those so-called religious “leaders” who lived double lives. So, let us not be fooled. Let’s not willingly participate in our own setup and setback for spiritual failure. Let’s not put ourselves in a situation where we are in a financial bind, or completely broke, because we were so fixated on pleasing the human leader of the building where we worship.
 
 Remember, the church is not a physical building, the church is the congregation. The church is us, you and me!
 
 Love you always,
 Natasha
 
 P.S. Happy 39th birthday to my cousin Shawn!
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.20.14

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
 
 Luke 6:35, 36 ESV
 
 Pray
 Father, even when I’m disrespected, cheated, or taken advantage of, let me take the high road Lord, and if I can’t seek and gain resolution, let me pick myself up and walk away. I will not be a victim but I won’t be the villain either. Curb my desire to react and mold in me the patience to think before I respond. I want to be more like Jesus.
 
 Reflection
 Jesus didn’t tolerate ignorance from those who claimed to know better, from those who claimed to be righteous leaders and teachers. But Jesus was and is the ultimate forgiver. Jesus would turn the other cheek, and even forgave those who betrayed, tortured and crucified him. That is love.
 
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday was last week on the 15th. Today is his national holiday, and it was both an honor and privilege to take part in the commemorative service at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (his church home) celebrating his life and legacy. Dr. King wasn’t a saint or a messiah. He wasn’t Jesus Christ. He was a man whose wife stood by his side, while lovingly pushing him to do what he was called to do—fight for freedom, and do so nonviolently—be rebellious against the status quo without once ever instilling genuine fear in others, and without ever raising a fist or weapon.
 
 Dr. King was not Jesus, but he tried to consider the same thing many of us do each day, “what would Jesus do?” and “what would Jesus say?” It is true, one person can make a difference. The decisions we make will always impact another person, and will create a domino effect. The greatness of the effect depends on how great our decision and how deep our impact on others. We all make choices. What choices will you make?
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
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