Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.10.18

Audio Message

Please Note: Most of the content in the audio message is not reflected below in the written message. I’ve elaborated greatly on certain parts. Please listen and enjoy!

Scripture

Matthew 5:14-16

Reflection

Once again, my mom sent me a deep yet light-filled message. Our shared scriptures help each other while we help ourselves. It’s through the selflessness that it’s possible.

Today I’m sharing a separate message in honor of my amazing mother, and how she continues to shine—even in the roughest and darkest of times. I’m not going to lie and say that she doesn’t break down and cry out in pain. She does. But she also picks herself up, brushes herself off, looks up and looks around, and finds that silver lining in the cloud. She finds the lesson and the blessing. She thanks God for another day.

Some people have minor inconveniences and fall out on the floor in their self-described martyrdom, hoping that someone would rescue them from their oftentimes self-designed trap. They aren’t living life but rather walking around merely existing. Some people are trapped in their depression and make the choice to wade there. Even if they see the Light, they choose not to embrace it. They would rather pretend they have it or admit they don’t, and then sink further in darkness and gloom.

Other people become so sick and tired of being sick and tired, that they make the decision to get up and do something about it. They de-clutter their desks, cars, homes, garages, storage units, attics, basements, and most importantly—their lives! They step up and celebrate life and show gratitude for their life and for the people and things that God has blessed them with each day. They stand up and shine!

So you have a choice today, shine or hide. Prove God is right and good, or prove the enemy’s belief about human nature. Which will you do?

I choose to shine even through the storms. Shine. Shine. Shine. Today my mom and I declared that we’re going to shine for ourselves, for our family and friends, for our associates, and for the stranger we’ve never met. You never know who needs to see and feel even a ray of that Light. Let’s shine!

Prayer

I’m gonna let Your Light shine today Father. Just as I’ve needed to see and feel it, I know that someone else can greatly benefit from seeing and feeling Your Light. So no matter what I’m going through today, I will make sure to shine and shine in service to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

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. Testify about a time when someone’s shining Light lifted you out of a storm, or made the storm bearable.

4. Testify about how God’s Light moves you, makes you feel, etc.

5. Share a time when your selfless shining positively impacted someone else’s life.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Please note: This message was originally written and published on March 1, 2016. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting, to include the audio message.
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