Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.27.19

Scripture

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:11 NIV

Reflection

We are all tested. Scenarios will always be presented, where our judgment will come to question.

Are we spiritually mature and tough enough?

Sometimes we will be tested through our loved ones—friends and yes, family—for many of us this test comes mostly from family.

How do we respond?

Do we release it all to God or do we struggle to try and fix things on our own, and then wonder why matters only get worse?

If things are not right in your life, pray to God to reveal all—then look in the mirror and look within yourself—and you will see the culprit, and the answer to why things aren’t going the way they should.

God doesn’t do chaos and disorder, only order, structure, and peace. Don’t confuse His realignment of you as chaos and disorder. No, it may disrupt your toxic contentment and complacent environment, but His moves always bring order, structure, and peace. He rights the wrongs. He turns upright, that which was misdirected. Get that clear in your mind and heart, right now.

We must fall in line to receive the life that we’re supposed to have, and we must do it with hope, humility, passion and appreciation.

When we continue to follow Jesus, to serve God, there is constant peace—even in turmoil, because we know from Whom we belong, and we know that He has us.

Pray for the way, and the right turns—each step on your path. Pray that God touches those around you so that they lean on Him and not on you; that they lean on Him, and not try to hold you back or steer you off course. Pray to be cloaked in His Light.

Prayer

Father, give me the strength and courage to endure and persevere, even in the worst of times. Give me the peaceful patience to wait, listen, and gain the guidance that I need from You and Jesus.

Fill me with the grace to handle all situations, without showing and expressing anything but Your light. Pour Your loving light into me so that I can only reflect Your love, in my fullness. Equip me with the tools to work through any circumstance. Turn me from all negativity, so that even if I’m physically present, I am spiritually and mentally grounded in Your presence.

Help me to stop being a leaning post for others, but rather let me serve as an ambassador that guides them to You through Jesus. Help me to show them how to lean on You and Jesus. Help me to show them how to stand in Your light, empowered to turn to You.

Help me Father. Touch me to my core, so that my foundation is unshakeable. Thanking You now Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.26.19

Scripture

So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Luke 17:3-4 NIV

Reflection

Forgiveness is not about or for the other person, it is about and for us. We must release ourselves from the negativity, poison, darkness, and suffocating environment that will slowly but surely kill us. Instead we must forgive each and every time. We must forgive, let go, and not harbor or dwell on what was done to us.

Jesus did not say we had to resume some type of close knit relationship with those who sin against us; he simply said to forgive them when they repent. Forgive to release yourself so you can walk in peace. Forgive so that even when you see the one who sinned against you, your heart is not cold and hardened.

Even when we rebuke a person, let love guide you to walk away without stooping to the other person’s level.

Jesus didn’t rebuke people and then act a fool like them. His wisdom and light propelled him above them so that when he refused to deal with them, he remained empowered and it drained the other person of their essence and being. It left the other person empty, and oftentimes desiring a fullness that could only come from the Son and our Father.

Free yourself!

Prayer

Father, I am learning to forgive those who sin against me, even when they do not voice repentance. Touch my heart to always see them as Your child, even when they have aligned themselves as my enemy.

Touch my heart to be graceful and dignified— even when I have urges to get loud, ignorant and disruptive, or just spiteful. I know that the act of forgiveness is about me, and not them, and for that reason I choose to follow Jesus’s direction and commandment. I choose to forgive, as You have forgiven me. Help me to not keep track of wrongdoings, like slashes on my back. You’re not keeping tally of my sins and wrongdoings, holding them against me. I want to obey and honor You. I want to walk as You desire. In Your name and Jesus’ name, I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.25.19

Scripture

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 NIV

Reflection

Righteousness and love leads to prosperity and honor.

How straightforward is that?

Yet, we try to take hundreds of other routes, and wonder why we don’t get where we want to go in life.

How many of you are frustrated with going everywhere but ending up no where?

Why don’t we return to route A, that God has provided, and where Jesus keeps pointing us—and walk that path? Sounds like a good and fruitful path.

I’ve got my walking shoes. Do you?

Prayer

Father, my blessings from You come like the flow of water, and I am grateful. Even when I’m asleep, You are blessing me with priceless gifts. Thank You Father.

I seek to know, understand, and live Your Truth. I desire a life as You see fit, and love that is reflected in Your Love. Your Truth and Love will make and keep me wealthy always, and mold me into an honorable person that is respected by all types of people, of all walks of life. That is the life that I desire, that is the life that I will work each day to claim as mine. I’m here Father, and I’m not going anywhere without Your guidance. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.24.19

Scripture

And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Hebrews 2:13-15

Reflection

We can live in fear and doubt, or walk in strength and courage. We can run scared and hide from the demons that chase us, or face them down and say, “you are nothing, you mean nothing, and you have no power over me”. We can say that we want to be more like Jesus, or each day we can work and strive to be more like him— in thought, speech, and deed.

Will the one we choose today be the one we embrace tomorrow? Amazingly God loves us either way, He still loves us when we waver, when we get scared, and when we run and hide. Lovingly, He waits for us as our patient and nurturing Father-Mother. God is awesome. He is good. He is life, truth, love and is the Father-Mother of all mankind, and Creator of all life. Thank Him today for your blessings, and then go be a blessing to others. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, Your son Jesus was sent by You to show us the way to You, to salvation, to eternal peace, love, joy, and happiness. Jesus is the wayshower to the truth, that we are spiritual beings in Your likeness here to have a human experience—to prove that we are worthy of bigger and better responsibilities in Your Kingdom— and that with You, there is no such thing as sickness, disease, or death.

This is only one level of existence for us Father, and I want to learn my lessons, express Your loving grace, and love Your children as You and Your son have and continue to love me. I want a life where I overcome fear and understand its nothingness, so that I might experience life as You intend. I seek Your guidance through Your son. I look for Your beacon of light and I promise to follow obediently the path that You place before me. Humbly I say thank You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.21.19

Scripture

A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.

Proverbs 15:15 MSG (The Message)

Reflection

Optimism is that faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
— Helen Keller

I read that each day is a “non-renewable resource” that once gone can never be reclaimed or relived-–no matter how hard we try. So knowing this, each day we should live it to its fullest. We should celebrate all victories no matter how small. We should laugh and smile, and rejoice in the life that we have. Even in sorrow and the gloomiest of days, you should be able to see a rainbow and SMILE!

Today, I wish a happy birthday to two of my girls that I’ve known for 25 years. My girl Karen, who I’ve known since 1994 and who is the mother of my eldest Godson, Isaiah. Happy 21st birthday AGAIN, Karen!

My other birthday wish goes to my dear Marta who passed away abruptly in 2011 after being diagnosed with cancer. Happy 64th birthday Marta!

I’m wishing all of you an awesome and blessed day, treat yourself and others like today is YOUR birthday. In many ways, it is!

Prayer

Father, I pray that I always find a way to smile through each day, regardless of what comes my way. In heartaches and failures, let me still find a way to smile and be appreciative for the blessings that You have given me. Let me always find the time, and make the time, to spend alone with You. Let me always have a spirit of appreciation—not expectation, not fear or doubt, not cynicism or bitterness, not boredom or laziness, or pessimism. Just appreciation.

Let me see each day as a new gift that will never be the same thereafter, as it wasn’t the day before. Let my energy reflect our relationship. Let that energy fill others and bless them. I pray to You humbly and graciously, and say right now—thank You Father!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.20.19

Scripture

The lord bless you and keep you;

Numbers 6:24

Reflection

The Lord, our Father-Mother is always there for us, keeping watch over you. In good times and in bad, be grateful for God and the blessings that He brings—and the timing and precision of those blessings. Be grateful for each day that you’re alive, and for the opportunities that are presented to fulfill your mission.

Be grateful for the discernment to navigate through the chaos but also through the careful plotting of the enemy. Stop right now and thank God for the redirections, temporary delays, fast tracks, and even those steep and rugged “mountains” that you’ve climbed—and are probably climbing right now. He’s here. He’s been there, through it all. He will continue to be there, even in the loneliest hour—He is there.

Prayer

Father, thank You for my countless blessings. Thank You for protecting me and calming my fears in times of trouble, or when I was clueless of the outcome. Father, thank You for bringing me peace, calm, and moments of reflection during and after life’s storms.

Without You there is no me. Without Your grace I can do nothing, see nothing, and be no one. You make the way—turning the impossible into possible, wrong turns to right ways, the crooked straight, and the weak becomes strong. Only because of You Father. Thank You. In Your son’s name I pray to You, humbly. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.19.19

Scripture

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

1 John 1:8-10 NIV

Reflection

We acknowledge that we have sinned, some of us acknowledge that we’re still actively sinning, but are we genuinely remorseful? Have we truly repented? Here is an amazing quote that I just had to share that truly addresses this, and helps us see the process to atonement:

Four marks of true repentance are: acknowledgement of wrong, willingness to confess it, willingness to abandon it, and willingness to make restitution.
-Corrie ten Boom

We must acknowledge when we are wrong and when we have done wrong, we have to willingly confess it to God—and a step farther is to confess it to another human—since we seem more moved by peer pressure than God’s disappointment. We must stop doing what we were/are doing, and then right the wrong that we have caused. We must pay back in some form or fashion the person(s) that we have harmed, or expect for the same (or worse) to happen to us, or someone that we love.

Most of us do the first two steps but struggle or refuse to do the last two. That’s our problem. That’s our world’s problem. Let’s do something about it. Starting today….

Prayer

Father, I’m not perfect, but You are. I make mistakes, but You do not. I have sinned more times than I can count, and although You know of each moment You don’t hold them against me. You do have a desire for me to repent and wrong no more—and through the lessons You set before me, I must go through life’s obstacle courses, making decisions that will either lead to righteousness or more sin. Father, show me the correct way, stop me before I turn the wrong direction, touch my heart that I never forget our connection. Free my mind so that I am blessed with clarity and vision. Cleanse me so that I am purged and no longer have residue from what I did in my past. I ask these things with repentance in my heart. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.18.19

Scripture

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:5-6 NIV

Reflection

Let me share some quick nuggets that all of us should strive to live by each day. Treat even the most ignorant fool with dignity and respect. Carry yourself with grace, and be merciful even to the merciless. There’s a huge difference between being vigilant and being a vigilante. Just as there is a huge difference between being cautious and being critical and cynical of others. We are not to judge unless willing to be judged.

Seize every moment to reflect God’s light. Each person you encounter–smile–even if they don’t smile back, you never know the positive chain reaction that you might later cause.

Have an amazing day and step out of your comfort zone…touch another heart and mind today!

Prayer

Father, touch my heart and mind so that each person I encounter I see and treat them as family. Let me see Your children as my brothers and sisters, and despite our differences and varying opinions, let me love them no less than I would a relative. Let me treat everyone with respect and dignity, and always leave people feeling full of Your light.

Let me be cautious but not critical. Let me protect myself, but not be disconnected to the point where no one can reach me. Let me see You in Your children. Those who would rather embrace the darkness instead of Your light, let me put them aside but never stop praying for and loving them. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.17.19

Scripture

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:29,31-32

Reflection

Let’s work to let go of our past. Let go of those people who have no place in our present, or our future. Let go of those pains that haunt us. Let go of our anger, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and rage— for it only slows us up, drains us, ages us, and causes us painful inflictions. Today, let’s work to free ourselves so that we can be open and receptive to our blessings from God.

Breathe. Breathe again, inhale this time deeply. Now exhale.

Can you already feel the weight lifting off of your shoulders? I can and it feels amazing. Make it an amazing day. Thank God for a new day to celebrate and rejoice in His name. I love you all!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. A new day. A day to start fresh with good intentions, good thoughts, and acts of kindness random and planned. Today I make the effort to speak kindly of and begin the process of forgiving those who have wronged me directly and indirectly. Today I make the effort to say a prayer for those who go against me whether in fear or malice. Today I push out my bitterness, rage, jealousy, envy, and anger against others and instead replace it with Your loving peace and joy.

My time will not be spent thinking and worrying about, or stressing over what someone else is doing or not doing. Today I will begin anew and pray for the strength to look at my past, acknowledge what was, and then move forward with both feet planted in my present, and the courage to accept what comes in my future. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Happy Father’s Day Every Day to My Dad and These Special Men in My Life

I always get a little bummed around the holidays, especially Father’s Day, because my dad is no longer here to celebrate with. Since 2011 I’ve been forced to honor him strictly through words and memories, and it’s difficult some days to do so with a smile.

Yesterday, through social media sites, I honored my dad, grandfathers, and my sister’s boyfriend. I forgot to also honor them here. So before I do anything else today, I’m going to pause to honor these great men in my life.

My dad—wow, a few times a year I’m writing about him, so most of you who follow my blogs and social media posts already know a great deal about the man who helped make me the woman that I am. He’s in the picture above, embracing my mom on their wedding day. Their parents surrounding them. Sadly, my grandparents have also transitioned to their next spiritual promotion. I don’t know why, as a child, we expect everyone to live forever beside us—a phone call away. That becomes our expectation as we grow up, and we get disappointed each and every time someone transitions.

I’m grateful for the time that I had with my dad, 25 amazing years. Not as long as I had hoped and planned, but longer than what many children get to experience. Sadly, longer than what my sister got to experience. She was just a child. She had just graduated from 5th grade and was excited about her promotion to middle school. Then the devastating blow, that has since altered her mind and life.

My sister and I have our own experiences, memories, and lessons from our time with dad. I know that her recent blessing, giving birth to her son—my amazing nephew, Logan, has also given her another blessing—Logan looks just like her, his father, and our dad! Oh my goodness there are moments when your mouth just drops open and you hear yourself saying, “he looks like dad”. Like in the picture below.

I always wonder if the visual recognition, the familiarity, brings a sense of calm to my sister. I know it fills me with a calming light that keeps me smiling.

I don’t just think about my dad on holidays. I think of him daily. I replay his words of wisdom through my mental archive, so I can be more thoughtful of the decisions that I make. It’s like, “what would dad tell me….”

I also think of two other men, and my time with them—my grandfathers.

My paternal grandfather, I called him “Papa” (use your *Spanish accent* when you say it) transitioned when I was a child. I believe I was in 5th grade. That was rough on me. I wanted to learn so much more from him. I couldn’t wait until I was older so he could teach me how to sail boats and make replicas of the ones we sailed in, and how to make the beautiful wooden clocks that he and my grandmother built a business making. I wasn’t as close to him as my maternal grandfather. But it didn’t weaken my love for him. I remember helping to clean buildings and churches with he and my grandmother, as their company had janitorial contracts that I gladly helped to fulfill. I still have a few of the clocks that he made, including one that he shaped as the continent of Africa, for one of my Godfathers, who happened to be the General Counsel for an African country. My Godfather gave me the clock as a gift after my grandfather passed. I keep it hanging on the wall in my home so that every time I see it I think of my Papa.

My maternal grandfather, my “Poppa” (or “Paw-paw”), transitioned when I was a sophomore in college. It was a day from Thanksgiving, but not a day that we initially could bring ourselves to give thanks. To us, his asthma attack was a senseless passing that could’ve been prevented. We spent years in the mental state of “shoulda, coulda, woulda” until we eventually healed to be thankful for the time that we had with him, the lessons that he taught us directly and indirectly, and the words of wisdom that he imparted. I don’t see a vegetable garden and not think of him. He worked for a Ford Motors Corporation subsidiary, so when I see and think of Ford, I think of him. He bought my mom and her two siblings Ford Mustangs when they were in high school. I grew up wanting one. I convinced my now ex-husband, to get one, and he races it in amateur competitions. He even surprised me with a trip to Utah to participate in the Ford performance racing school, where I drove and raced Mustangs for a day (he went for two days). I felt my grandfather smiling at me. I smiled back. I felt such pride, months later, telling Henry Ford III about my grandfather. Through my then husband’s perseverance, he got to meet, know, and form an alliance— and eventually a friendship, with Henry and the company. I still of course have plans of owning my own Mustang. The love of Mustangs still runs deep with my aunt, my mother’s sister, who still owns one. She’s purchased probably 5 or 6 since receiving her first one from my grandfather, her father. In that way, that is one way for her to keep a strong connection to my Poppa. I never asked her if that’s why she keeps buying them. That should make for an amazing conversation. She subscribes to this blog, so I will get an answer to that pretty soon I suspect.

Now, last but not least. My sister’s boyfriend, Shawn. The father, daddy, and hero to my amazing nephew Logan and his big sister Giavonna. I’ve witnessed Shawn light up when he’s with his children.

He gets more time with Logan, because Logan lives with him and my sister. Giavonna lives with her mom, and although when they lived closer together, we used to see Giavonna on a consistent basis, her mom has relocated and the distance and time has grown. But that doesn’t weaken Shawn’s love for his daughter, his firstborn. Nope, he just plans for those days and moments that he will have to share with her. She looks just like her daddy. A spitting image. She always called me “Tee Tee Tasha”. That little girl will always be my niece, my precious sidekick.

There’s no denying that Giavonna and Logan are Shawn’s babies. Oh my goodness that man’s genes are strong. Last night I had the pleasure of video chatting with my sister, Shawn, and Logan. I got to watch Shawn and Logan playing. Their laughter was contagious. Then I was able to take a screenshot of them face to face. Logan staring in his daddy’s eyes.

I smiled brightly watching this precious moment— that a father has with the mini versions of themselves. No man, who wants to be in the lives of their children, should be kept away from them. Children need their fathers as much as they need their mothers. There’s no substitute for a parent’s love. That DNA is the magic sauce.

I’ve been filled with so much joy watching Logan grow and watching him cling to his male hero—his daddy.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, my grandfathers, and to the man who I’ve affectionately called my brother for a few years now. One day out of the year isn’t Father’s Day. Every day is. I love these men!

Love always,

Natasha

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