Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.19.17

Scripture

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John 16:21

Prayer

Father I’m going through birthing pains and I know that they are temporary. Please calm my fears and doubts, reduce my anxiety, and comfort me in Your reassurance. I know that through this something great will come and I pray for the patience, strength, and courage to endure. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

There’s the old saying of “no pain no gain” and although it no longer applies to lifting weights and working out, it still applies to everything else in life. Through our pain we grow, we learn, we expand our thinking, and hopefully we learn some valuable lessons.

As a woman may scream and holler through the sheer pain and horror of labor, moments after delivery the relief takes over as she stares into the eyes of the being she has birthed. It was all worth it. The pain is no longer a focus. She is no longer concerned with what once was or what she went through to get to where she is. The months that she served as a vessel for another life is no longer a measurement of time that she is obsessed with. The minutes or hours of labor are no longer her concern. She is just relieved to be holding in her arms the very thing she has waited months to see and embrace.

In life we go through long periods of time of carrying a temporary load and then we go through an extended period of time where we labor to deliver the desired results we seek. Sometimes we labor and we’re not sure of what we will deliver. We just know that it is painful and sometimes we believe it’s unbearable. But God keeps telling us to just breathe and focus, and He will carry us through every contraction and delay. Once we deliver, the pain and discomfort that we endured will subside. Just know that whatever you’re going through right now, it is temporary. You will deliver.

God is preparing you for one of two births—either molding the “crowning” phase and getting you ready for a great push, or He’s preparing you for a steady extraction where your ability to remain calm and steady is required to prevent from going into shock and risking what He’s birthing from you. Both births require your active participation. They require that you have your mind right and that you trust the process.

God has something great planned for you.

No pain no gain.

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

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Love always,

Natasha

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