Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.30.19

Scripture

The wicked brag about their body’s cravings; the greedy reject the LORD, cursing. At the peak of their wrath, the wicked don’t seek God: There’s no God— that’s what they are always thinking. Their ways are always twisted. Your rules are too lofty for them. They snort at all their foes. They think to themselves, We’ll never stumble. We’ll never encounter any resistance. Their mouths are filled with curses, dishonesty, violence. Under their tongues lie troublemaking and wrongdoing.

Psalms 10:3‭-‬7 CEB

Reflection

Pride will leave us spiritually and emotionally blind, deaf, and in a manic, crippling state—as we spend our time consumed by thoughts of us, them, and we, and not of God and His expectations and desires for us.

We can’t say that we don’t know what God wants for us. His Word is clear, and even if you have doubts, because the good Book was drafted by men, then trust your gut; your intuition is a compass directly connected to God. Use it.

You KNOW when you are doing right and wrong. You know when you aren’t supposed to be speaking with someone, spending time with someone, doing certain things, or saying certain things. You know. Every time we ignore our intuition we ignore God.

Our pride and arrogance tells us that we know what we’re doing, but then we stupidly look around for God to help us when everything goes haywire. Lovingly He helps us on His time, which is the right time, but we don’t even recognize the abundant love He has for us to reach out and restore us even when we blatantly disrespect and disobey Him.

We need to place God first in our lives. Starting our days with Him, pushing through our days with Him, and ending our days with Him. Our mention of Him shouldn’t just be in need, during grace before we eat, before we sleep (when we remember), in church on Sundays (or Saturdays, and in mid week service (when we go), and definitely not coupled with profanity.

What if God only provided for us and answered our prayers during these moments (minus the profanity)? What if He said, “I will let you breathe on the days you live righteously” or, “I will make sure things go right for you when you pray to Me”?

Who would survive?

Only a small fraction of the world’s population.

God loves us unconditionally. We love Him with the strongest of conditions. Then we wonder why we have so much imbalance in our lives. Just a thought.

Prayer

Lord, I want to do right by You. I want my days consumed with the principles that You possess and share with Your children. I want my beginning, middle, and end to be about reflecting, expressing, demonstrating, and representing You as Your ambassador in Christ.

I don’t want to try to make time for You, try to make time to pray, or try to make time to study Your word; the world is to wait as I find time for it, because You are to be my everything. Mold the weakness of pride out of me Father. Replace it with honor and righteousness, in Your light, Lord.

Father, when I lean to read another book before Yours, remind me. When I go to turn on the television before giving thanks to You, remind me. When I go to connect on the Internet before connecting with You, remind me. When I allow my day to go by without studying Your Word—which is my road map, my compass, my life plan and contingency plan, Lord remind me.

Remind me of my desire to be more like Jesus. Remind me of my desire to walk through my fears like Daniel, David, Joshua, Moses, and so many others. Remind me of my hope to live eternally by Your side with my loved ones.

Remind me of my dreams to raise and nurture healthy and loving children who respectfully and humbly fear displeasing You. Remind me Father. The great I Am, in Your name and in Jesus’ name, I do humbly pray and ask for Your guiding love today and every day. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.29.19

Scripture

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

Reflection

Pride always leads to destruction. Pride will always block our blessings. When we are too prideful to say we need help, then we won’t get the help that we need. I have allowed my pride to completely contaminate my space and environment to the point that I have lost at times more than others may ever gain.

Is that not ridiculous to visualize?

My pride kept me from maintaining or developing further something I already had in my possession. How ignorant is that?

My pride has kept me from asking other people who could help me for assistance. Not wanting to appear weak, actually weakened me.

We must push pride out of our thinking and doing, just as we would fear (the root of pride), arrogance, and any other sin. Push it out. Get out of your own way and allow the blessings God has in store for you to flow in through whatever channels and paths that He has established.

God’s busy trying to provide us with opportunities to thrive and we’re busy blocking them with our pride—to the point that we, at times, struggle to survive. You never know who God has placed in your life to help you achieve your goals and fulfill your purpose in life. Let go and let God!

Prayer

Father, I want my strength to come from faith in You, not in pride or arrogance, which only weaken me. Open my eyes to see and acknowledge how pride is self-destructive and the reasons for many of my failures in life. In times when I should be asking for assistance or direction, but my pride stands in the way, remind me of the blessings that I am blocking in my stubbornness. Free me from my personal bondage Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.28.19

Scripture

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11

Reflection

God has blessed me with the ability to write, to be creative and a visionary. He blessed me with the gift of intuition that is so strong at times it can be unnerving. He blessed me with the strength to pick myself up every time I fall down, to pick myself up every time I face loss, to move myself every time I don’t think I can take that next step, and to get out of my own way.

God has blessed me to see the goodness in people, discern the light from the dark, see the fresh ‘fruits’ from the rotten ones, and make decisions based on His truth and not my desires.

God has blessed me with the ability to still be childlike without being childish. This ability allows me to connect on a deeper level with our smallest “angels” that we name after ourselves and those that we love. It allows me to connect with the weak who need to hear uplifting words and see empowering images so that they are strengthened to walk, then jog, then run the full course of life without being overwhelmed with their role in it.

God has touched my life in a way that gives me constant hope for my future, and the future of mankind. God has touched my life in a way that even in loss I am secure; that even when faced with losing loved ones I am still comforted in knowing that they are still watching over me, and that we will once again be reunited spiritually.

So why wouldn’t I share my gifts, talents, and blessings with the world? Why wouldn’t I find ways to express His goodness in my life so that it might touch and possibly change the lives of others? It is the sins of arrogance, pride, selfishness and greed that convince us to hoard our gifts for ourselves and share with no one (except maybe a select few of our choosing)?

God doesn’t bless us for us to keep the blessings to ourselves—we are supposed to spread our wealth to and with others. So let’s look at what we are good at and thrive in, and then think of ways to share our talents with our families, community, our state, our nation, and the world—and then DO IT!

Prayer

Father, You have given me many gifts, talents, and blessings— more than I can even count. It would be a dishonor to You if I do not fully use the ones that I know of each day. You have blessed me with intuition which is a direct portal to You, that churns loudly when I may not hear your voice in my ear.

You have provided me with the best example of how to live, by sharing Your son Jesus Christ with me and the world. Thank You Father. Thank You for providing me with the road map, the script, the blueprint, the outlines, the vision board, and the story board for how to live my life.

Let my thoughts, words, actions, and deeds be molded by Jesus’ example through You Lord. When I walk and speak let the world see Christ in me. Mold me Father. Smash out, snatch out, squeeze out the darkness inside of me and infuse, mold, and shape Your lightness—so that there is no room for anything but Your goodness.

I know this won’t be easy. I know that I will continue to be tested and tempted to stray from You and my path. I will work each day to turn my head from temptation; to not give in to communicating with a person that I know intuitively was not sent by You, and is not supposed to be a part of my life. I know that this person is a test and that every moment I spend entertaining them, conversing with them, and investing in them I am failing You and Jesus— which means I am failing myself.

Father, I will work each day to overcome fleshly desires of envy, pride, arrogance, jealousy, greed, lust, fear, rage, and revenge. Instead let me turn to and be satisfied with a life of piety in Your honor, and through Jesus’ legacy. Amen.

Love always,

Your spiritual sister in Christ

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.27.19

Scripture

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:6-11

Reflection

There are times when it feels beyond difficult to breathe, think, or act. There are times when fear takes you hostage and you feel as though there is no ransom that will release you from imprisonment. You have more bills than bucks, more month than money, more debtors demanding payment than people repaying their debts to you. You can’t remember your last vacation, but you know you’re long overdue.

Your vehicle seems to have something wrong with it every 90-120 days which makes matters worse since you have a car note that you risk or already have fallen behind on paying (on time or at all).

An appliance (AC, heater, refrigerator, stove, etc) at your home seems to go out when you most need it—every 200 days it seems, something is going out or breaking down. Every 6 months or so, you seem to have some weird ailment, injury or pain you can’t shake off, and your body weight keeps yo-yo’ing throughout the year.

But what if we started each day praying to our shepherd Jesus Christ, and to his and our heavenly Father-Mother?

What if we prayed for the strength to endure, vision to see, the auditory skills to hear, the ability to move swiftly, think with precision, and act efficaciously? What if we released the things we are not (or not yet) capable of handling and instead focus on those issues—that through Jesus, as the wayshower, we can resolve?

What if we did our best in every aspect of our life and relied on Jesus to show us the way, and relied on God to make the way possible? What if we stopped talking and thinking about what we can’t do and instead focus on what we can do? What if every day we took one step closer towards the unknown,visualizing Jesus holding our hand, and knowing that God is right there?

What if….

Think about it.

I love you all. I pray that we’re all strengthened by God’s Word and Jesus’ walk. I pray that those warriors and ambassadors we read about in the Bible give us the extra ‘pep in our step’ to declare, “yes I can” and then we do it with passion and purpose. Pray for me as I pray for you.

Prayer

Father, as You know I am going through many tests right now and there are times when the pressure seems unbearable, but I grit my teeth, bear down, and breathe—as I exhale and put my faith in Your protection and guidance. There are times that I want to cry because I feel like I have ‘bitten off more’ than I can ‘chew’ and the only way to turn back is to simply fall on my face, lay there, and fail. I don’t want to fail Lord. I don’t want to be a disappointment to You, Jesus, myself, or to my family. So each day I pray to You for the strength to not only make it through but to see the possibilities for tomorrow.

I know that I’m not alone in this. I know that there are other believers who struggle with the same issues, more issues, or worse issues. We all must carry the cross to demonstrate our faith, and to reach salvation.

I know that the enemy, in its limited capability, hides around the corner waiting to ambush me and knock me off my path, with lures of temptation and traps of fear, but I declare that each day I will pray for the strength and conviction to overcome temptation and fear, defeat mortal mind, and take one step closer towards fulfilling my purpose in Your Kingdom.

It is because of You that I live, survive, thrive, am blessed, and am a blessing to others. In You I place my anxieties for only You can destroy them. Only You can make wrong right, turn darkness to light, solve the unsolvable, and do the impossible. In Jesus’ name I pray to You Lord. Amen.

Natasha
P.S. If you feel this message or any other are too long, is that your true thinking, produced and influenced through God? Or is that mortal mind’s influence, attacking and convincing you that there is a time limit—depending on the vehicle and medium being used— for receiving God’s message? If you don’t have 2-7 minutes to take in scripture, and to pray and reflect, then why should God take time to listen to you, heal you, resolve your issues, or take care of your needs? I’m just saying…

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.26.19

Scripture

When my heart was bitter, when I was all cut up inside, I was stupid and ignorant. I acted like nothing but an animal toward you. But I was still always with you! You held my strong hand! You have guided me with your advice; later you will receive me with glory.

Do I have anyone else in heaven? There’s nothing on earth I desire except you. My body and my heart fail, but God is my heart’s rock and my share forever.

Psalms 73:21‭-‬26 CEB

Reflection

We can look around and see family members, our significant other, friends, associates, and acquaintances, but the only Love that is unconditionally guaranteed is God’s.

The only source for eternal Life and Truth is God. The only solution to our problems is God. Salvation can only come by way of God, so why not put our trust fully in Him?

We expect Him to be there for us, but how dependable are we to have complete and total faith in Him? Where’s our unconditional love for Him?

Prayer

Lord, no matter what I do or say, no matter how I act or think, You have always been my comforter, my rock, my fortress, my protector, my Father-Mother—my beginning, middle, and end. Thank You.

Thank You for restoring me when I am beat down, worn out, and don’t know where to go or what to do. You are always here, there, everywhere. Thank You Father.

Thank You for mending my broken heart each time someone took advantage of me, played games on me, felt empowered to tell me lies while “stabbing” me in my back, or looked in my eyes claiming to love me while they schemed with and lusted after another. Thank You for helping me to forgive them, sometimes in phases, and begin to let go of the grip the pain had on me.

Thank You for redirecting me when my selfishness steered me off of Your desired path. When my lust, greed, or self-centeredness reared their ugly heads to get in the way. Thank You for loving me even when I’m unloving. You are the example that I’m to follow, unconditionally, yet I struggle, even though I know the endless blessings that I would have. Thank You for still loving me.

Thank You for lifting my head, wiping my tears, strengthening my body, healing my heart, calming my mind, mending that which is torn or broken, and taking my hand as I learn to walk on a new path with increasing confidence.

Thank You Father for making a way out of no way, for making sure that bills were and are paid when they were supposed to, and for reassuring me that the unpaid bills would one day be settled. Thank You for showing me how to run the marathon called life—moment by precious moment, and for healing me— when man said, that only through his medicine could I be healed. Thank you Lord. In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.23.19

Scripture

Above all, show sincere love to each other, because love brings about the forgiveness of many sins.

1 Peter 4:8 CEB

Reflection

When we think of God first, and reflect upon His presence and love in our life, then how can we not overcome our fears, insecurities, and fleshly desires? We can, but we put flesh above spirit the majority of the time and that is why we cowardly give in to the darkness that enshrouds us, cripples us, and pushes us farther off our path that God has placed before us.

God IS Love, so let us rely upon and live in that love to strengthen us and make us better people, better leaders, better followers of Christ, and better children of the Lord.

Why don’t we try telling ourselves silently and aloud, “God loves me and that’s all that I need” before we make any tough decision in life? Before we allow darkness to creep in and take over our minds and hearts let’s say with truth, conviction and complete belief that, “God loves me and that’s all that I need” and then watch as darkness pulls back and love’s light consumes.

Jealousy, envy, lust, greed, arrogance, pride, and all of the other sins will not have the strength to consume you when you declare that God is all that you need—and you believe it!

Let’s try that starting today….

Prayer

Father, there is no doubt that I have sinned, even this week, even today. I sinned by giving into fear, jealousy, envy, and even other weaknesses that You despise— this we both know.

Lord, I want to be overwhelmed with the fullness and abundance of love for You, for myself, for my loved ones, and for the world that I do not give in to the luring by sins that wait for me.

Let Your love that pours in and through me, blind the darkness that would creep inside of and overtake me. For You are most powerful, omni present, all loving, the sole healer, and the ultimate giver of gifts and blessings— that no other presence can compare. Knowing this, I should never be weakened by another presence if I’m totally filled with Yours.

Father, I am working each day to be strengthened in and by Your Word, so that in times of possible doubt I will push through and prevail in and through love, and not fear— through love and not envy, jealousy, insecurity, lust, greed, or lack.

In Your name, the great I Am, I pray to You, as a follower and believer of Christ. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.21.19

Scripture

Don’t let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Bind them on your neck; write them on the tablet of loyaltyyour heart. Then you will find favor and approval in the eyes of God and humanity.

Proverbs 3:3‭-‬4 CEB

Reflection

We are in a time where people are faithful at being unfaithful in more areas than romantic relationships. We are unfaithful in our roles as servants of God, employees and leaders in the workplace, and stewards in the community. So it’s no wonder we fail miserably in matters of the heart—-why we aren’t faithful and loyal in romantic relationships or to our children.

We aren’t faithful because we aren’t loyal, and we aren’t loyal because we aren’t faithful. They run together, side-by-side.

Some people confuse loyalty and faithfulness. According to Collins English Dictionary, loyalty is the quality of staying firm and unmovable in your relationship or support for someone or something. It’s your stickability, your I’m-not-going-anywhere attitude and position.

Faithfulness, according to this same source, is when you remain firm in your belief about someone or something. The more faithful you are the more you believe in the relationship, project, activity, etc. Which means that the more we believe that something is, can be, or will be rewarding to us, the more faithful we are. If you think you will succeed you will remain faithful.

To be faithful is to strongly believe in the possibility or the perceived reality— to strongly believe in someone or something.

To be loyal is to stick around through the good, bad, and boring times. Loyalty means you aren’t searching for a replacement, because you’re too focused on investing in what you have in front of you. Loyalty means that you don’t abandon a relationship or situation just because it’s not perfect or ideal, or because times got tough. It is your lack of faith that causes you to be disloyal. Some people didn’t have strong faith to begin with, so loyalty is never truly formed.

Loyalty encourages you to be innovative and creative in how you demonstrate your stickability, and in helping you to add reinforcing layers of belief, that increases and enhances your faith.

God first, family second, career third. Those are to be our priorities. In that order there is order, balance, clarity, peace, love, and joy. You have to tend to these and be faithful and loyal to these priorities before you can look to an outside priority.

Switch even one element and there is a major shift in your atmosphere. Attempt to replace one element with a fourth option and watch your ‘dominoes’ fall down. When we aren’t loyal and faithful to God, look at how the other two elements are impacted.

If you currently don’t have balance, peace, and a sense of effortlessness in your life then you most likely have your priorities off. Sit back, map it out, reflect, see it, and then do something to make it right!

Prayer

Father, I pray to always be faithful and loyal to You and my loved ones, and faithful and loyal to whatever task that You set before me or path that You want me to follow. I pray to be a faithful and loyal warrior set out to rebuild and restore—for Your glory— damaged and inflicted families and communities—and not just foolishly or selfishly only concerned about family’s wellbeing. I pray that love is expressed by me always, even in frustration or pain. Hold my tongue from speaking ill of others. Hold me back from taking part in drama. Position me to prioritize my life and each day in service to You, and completing tasks in the order and with the energy that You see fit. Giving You all of the glory, forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.20.19

Scripture

Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4

Reflection

If humility is the way to riches, honor, and life then why are we not surrendering? Are you ready to surrender?

Prayer

Father, there is nothing or no one I should fear but You, and I say that respectfully. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You.

I cannot thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I cannot be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I cannot eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything.

I fear not pleasing You. I fear losing Your favor. I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be as an example for Your children—my brothers and sisters in Christ. Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking.

Show me how to best be receptive to You Father. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper.

This can only happen with You Lord and through Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. Show me how. I love you. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.19.19

Scripture

Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

2 Chronicles 30:18-20

Reflection

Even those who were “unclean” were still healed by God. There is hope for all of us. Set your heart and mind on God, pray for forgiveness, enlightenment, strength, guidance, and sustenance. Pray for healing. Pray for the ability to heal. Pray for blessings. Pray to be a blessing to others. Pray for discernment for you and others.

Pray, that as His reflection, you demonstrate more Godlike than humanlike behaviors. Pray that you lean more on Him and less on your flawed and limited understanding. Now go touch another’s life in a positive and loving way.

Prayer

Father, I love You. Thank You for accepting me while still molding me to be the best spiritual reflection of You. Thank You for allowing me to eat, drink, and live life even if I haven’t fulfilled my obligations to You, obeyed all of Your commands, or walked straight on the path that You have laid. You are loving, kind, gracious, giving, forgiving, understanding, and the provider of anything and everything that I could ever want or need. Thank You. I thank You Father for showing me how to live life and treat others. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.16.19

Scripture

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

Haggai 1:5-6

Reflection

We get out of life what we invest in it. We get out of life the deposited emotions and perceptions we foresee. If we live in doubt we receive the negative investment we made. If we live with feelings and perceptions of lack, we face days of minimalism. If we give partial effort, we live in mediocrity.

How does that make us spiritual reflections of God, if He is none of these things?

If we are to honor Him and serve as His ambassadors, representing Him to the fullest, we must stop living our lives small and start walking tall with large strides— thinking big—and expressing ourselves on the grandest of scales—while remaining humble and dignified as our shepherd, Jesus exemplified.

Let’s go for it and live our lives with purpose as God intends!

Prayer

Father, I pray for satisfaction in the seeds that I sow. If I only give half effort then I should be satisfied with those results.

Silence me Father when I begin to whine or complain about things not going right in my life, about my overdue bills, mounting expenses, incessant calls from debt collectors, my body that is carrying around excess weight, a house that’s not a home, a car with a title I don’t own and possess, or my inability to travel at my leisure. For if I never do what I’m supposed to do in life I will never get out of it what I truly desire.

I desire a hearty harvest, a full stomach, to never thirst, adequate clothes that fit properly, keep me cool in the heat and warm in the cold, and a disciplined mind where I earn more than enough wages to budget wisely, pay my bills on time, save enough for emergencies and special moments, invest responsibly to provide for my future and my legacy, and to donate to and invest in others.

I want to thrive not just survive, abundance not lack. I can only do these things through and with You Father, and the example set by Your son Jesus Christ. In his name I pray to You. Amen.

Loving you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.15.19

Scripture

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:9-10 NIV

Reflection

God has given us more than we need. We need to utilize our resources and gifts to the fullest. Don’t waste it. Don’t take it for granted. Don’t abuse it. Pay it forward so that others may be blessed by God, through you.

Prayer

Father, thank You for saving me and for providing me with a model in Jesus—to follow forever.

I want my eyes open to see all that You want me to see. I want my ears alert to always hear Your call, and heed the warnings of Your angels.

I want to be present in the moment to always be ready yet also fully aware of what life has to offer—so that I can appreciate each second of each day.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.14.19

Scripture

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 John 3:18-24

Reflection

Every day we start anew with a hoped-for understanding that we can make our own choices in life, but God is the ultimate and true decision maker. We have the choice to do right or wrong, to be loving and kind or cruel and selfish. We have the choice to stay on His path or deviate. We can choose to worship Him, another god, or nothing at all.

But at the beginning, middle, and end of each day (and every second in between) God still makes the decisions about whether we walk, talk, think, breathe, move, blink, swallow, live here on earth or pack our spiritual bags and move on to another level of existence.

He is the source of our healing. He is the intelligence and wisdom that equips the doctor, surgeon, scientist, and researcher.

God determines whether my bills are paid on time or whether I publish my books and launch my business courses, on time or at all. God determines whether I will get the remaining money that I need by tomorrow’s deadline, or whether I face the facts that it didn’t happen and that its just an “is” in life.

God determines whether I get married—again— and have a marriage that aligns with my or His vision of marriage, or whether I remain in my now-single state for the rest of my days here. God determines whether I give birth to healthy children or become an adoptive parent, turn to a surrogate, or nurture children as a foster mom. God determines if I will only pour my love on my nephew and niece, my Godchildren, and my friends children as “auntie Tasha”. God determines whether I live to be 120 years old or if I leave here before, or on, my next birthday in two months.

What I mean by all of this is, God, as my Creator, controls my life cycle. My ability to be, know, experience, and share, is because of Him. He determines my here and now, my tomorrow, and my forever. If I’m meant to leave here to be somewhere else, He will make that determination, not me.

God knows everything. He sees and hears everything. There are no closets for us to hide our skeletons and truths from Him. We can’t fake it with Him. He won’t fall for our social media filters and carefully orchestrated storyline that we try to sell to the world. We can’t lie and pretend with Him. He is Love, Life, Truth, and Intelligence. He is all-in-all.

We need to stop pretending and start getting right with God, and with ourselves. We need to stop playing games as though we have a trump card that can overrule God, and start realizing and acknowledging that He holds every card to every deck, and knows every move we’re going to make (or think we’re going to make) before we do.

We need to embrace our reality, our truth, our calling.

I pray to be a little less selfish each day so that I may be more selfless in my walk, because this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him. I love you all, and want you to know that I open myself up to you to prove through my actions, not just my words, that my declaration is truthful and not just “catchy” and sweet. Enjoy your day, welcome your experiences, and thank God for each lesson learned!

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your love and peace, that I might love Your children, all of Your children equally and without hesitation or judgment as You have commanded. Teach me Father how to be accepting and loving of each and every one of my fellow brothers and sisters as Jesus does. Let me see them as You do, and let me see myself as You see me.

Father, You know me better than I will ever know myself. You know my strengths and weaknesses, some I’ve acknowledged and some I’m still clueless or in denial about, but even in my imperfections I am perfect in Your sight as Your spiritual reflection. I want to be a better person Lord. I want to lead a better life where nothing and no one takes the place of You, comes before You, has more power over my life in my mind than You. I want my crooked walk to be straightened. I want my life to be filled with more peace and joy as I bring more peace and joy to others lives.

I know that nothing and everything takes place by Your will and grace, and there is nothing that I can do to change this, to change You, or to change Your Mind— for You are the ultimate and only decision maker. Father, I don’t want to disappoint You, even when I do, and even when later today I probably will— that is not in my heart Lord and You know this.

Help me to discern truth from fiction, light from dark, love from fear, transparency from manipulation, real from fake, and know that no matter what I go through You will always be here and there for me. In Jesus’ name I pray to You this day and everyday. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.13.19

Scripture

Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.

Ecclesiastes 4:5

Reflection

Crossed arms leave you closed off to receiving God’s blessings, and incapable of being a blessing to others. Ever try walking, jogging, or running with your hands or arms interlocked? Eventually you WILL lose balance and you run the risk of falling flat on your face. Why purposely subject yourself to that? Always keep your hands and arms open and free to receive and give. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, never do I want to be closed off from You, closed off from knowledge and wisdom, and the right way to live my life. Father I never want to be stubborn and set in my ways where I never consider and accept alternative avenues, shared by other people, to reach my goal.

Lord, I always want to have a “can do” attitude even in a situation that at first and throughout, may seem impossible to complete, overcome, or achieve. I’m not a quitter Father, and You know this more than I do— keep showing me the possibilities and potential that I have. Keep blessing me Lord. Keep my mind and heart receptive, and open to You and Your children. In Jesus’ name I humbly and passionately pray. Amen.

Before we part ways to continue forward with our day, I want to give a birthday shout out to my friend and pretend brother of 30 years, DaRon Jackson. He’s been my big bro (only 2 months older than me) for what seems like forever. It was strange typing “30 years” as it doesn’t seem that long, but it is. We grew up together and somehow I convinced numerous people that we were siblings even though there was no logical arrangement that could make that possible. It was always funny to see people trying to make sense of it in their minds. I hope that he and his wife, Trevis, are doing something special, to relax and disconnect. Happy birthday man!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.12.19

Scripture

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.

Proverbs 18:2

Reflection

Don’t argue or debate with a person who has clearly shown themselves to be a fool—what does that then say about you? I used to debate tirelessly with fools and after much time I realized that I was serving their purpose but not God’s.

Where in the Bible can you find passages of any ambassador of God’s, a devout leader and follower of Christ, arguing with a complete fool? I haven’t found one yet—there is a reason for that.

So let’s follow this model and pray for fools, but don’t argue with them or try to change them—they love the darkness of ignorance.

Prayer

Father, thank You for such knowledge and wisdom, and the gift of discernment—where I have the intelligence to think before I speak, the courage to stand up for what’s right, and the understanding to know not to argue with fools—for they know not what they speak.

Father, hold my tongue when I feel the need to tussle verbally with an individual who obviously doesn’t walk in Your light, or is too self-absorbed to realize that they’ve strayed from the light. I thank You now for redirecting me from those who would waste my time blabbering rhetoric, and instead for pointing me in the direction of enlightenment where I may serve Your Kingdom most effectively. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.9.19

Scripture

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?

Acts 3:6, 8-10, 12

Reflection

Don’t be shocked when you receive or see a healing—rejoice, but don’t be surprised—praise God, but don’t be amazed at the blessing. Embrace God’s light and healing presence, and be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, thank You for the ability to reflect You, to heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, uplift the hopeless—and share in Your grace and mercy to build faith in those who doubt Your power and presence.

Thank You for showing me daily what You can do, and what I can do through You. Thank You for providing me with endless examples of Your love. Thank You for showing me how I can do Your work, how I can demonstrate Your love in a way that helps to lead nonbelievers and conditional believers to a place where they want to believe and form their own personal relationship with You. Not by force or manipulation, but by choice, because they see and embrace Your loving light.

Thank You for my blessings and gifts Father. I humbly pray for Your continuous guiding light. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.8.19

Scripture

By faith in his name, his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Acts 3:16 WEB

Reflection

Faith is believing in the unseen, the unknown, the immeasurable, and the inconceivable.

Faith is walking even when you don’t see the path ahead.

Faith is believing in and opening yourself to seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching using your spiritual senses—and not with your human senses (which are limited).

Faith is knowing that there is a “there” even when you aren’t sure where “here” is.

In Acts 3:16, the testimony tells of a man who had faith in Jesus and the name of Jesus, and through that faith he was healed and made whole. Can you not see, hear, and feel the limitless power of faith?

God created us out of His spiritual image and likeness and has equipped us with the ability to heal, grow, and experience things beyond our comprehension-– it is our limited thinking that prevents us from doing it.

Fear is a distractor, a blocker. It rears up to distort your vision and perfect reception to God. The greater your fear the less you rely upon God to solve your dilemma. The more you give in to the fear, the more you pull away from God.

Jesus showed us how to deal with fear. Can you say that you’ve had to carry a bigger burden and face bigger challenges than Jesus? Then why don’t we trust him 100% by following his lead? Fear tells us that his lead is too much, too great, too burdensome, too intense, too this and too that. So we look for the easy route, the easy out. Good luck thinking that will work out for you. I don’t believe in luck. I believe in God.

Fear is a punk. Faith is a warrior.

Fear keeps you in the state of lack. It keeps you struggling to survive. Faith fills and overflows your cup with abundance of greatness. Faith plus works equals a life of thriving, not just surviving.

We “can’t” with fear. We can with faith. It’s impossible with fear. It’s only possible with faith. Fear keeps “can’t” and “impossible” and “it’s too difficult” and “there’s no cure” as the barriers in our life. They become the forests that we think we can’t see past. Faith gives you the vision to see everything, everywhere.

Expand your thinking and vision.

Look beyond the weeds and trees, and beyond the obvious things surrounding you. Connect with your spiritual foundation and then hold on for the ride, because it’s going to be exciting and euphoric.

Prayer

Father, I know that through Your son Jesus Christ–the wayshower–I will find my way to where You expect me to be. It is through him that I receive my training and development to see how I am supposed to serve You, live my life, treat myself, and treat others. I want to build my faith in knowing that I am never separate from You or Jesus.

Father, I want to build my faith in believing and knowing that all crooked ways will be made straight, that all debts will be paid to me and by me to others.I want total faith that I am always whole, complete, healed, and at-one with You and Your son. I want total faith to see through my spiritual eyes, hear through my spiritual ears, and feel, smell, and taste using my other spiritual senses.

Please remove from me the fears that limit my reach to what I know to be spiritually true. Remove the fear that would weaken me to revert to the behaviors and practices of the world. I am not a product of the world. I should not act as though I am. Please help me to always see, know, and speak the Truth over my circumstances.

I declare that I am Your child and Jesus is my shepherd. I declare that I am a believer, a practicer, and a follower of Christ. I declare that I am Your ambassador and servant, and that it is my purpose to serve all of Your children-– even the non-believers-– so that every day Your Light and the essence of Jesus, exudes from me, and brings them closer to You both.

In Jesus’ name I pray to You Father. Amen.

God bless you all. I love each and every one of you!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.7.19

Scripture

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might…

Micah 3:8

Reflection

You are strong.
Say it. “I AM STRONG”.

Claim it. Know it. Believe it. Be it….and thank God for your strength and blessings, for it is in, by and through Him that you have these things. As His creation, His reflection—He is you and you are Him. He is in you. So all that God is, you are.

Say it. “ALL THAT GOD IS, I AM”

Claim it. Know it. Believe it. Be it.

When you do these things, understand this—thinking, speaking, and being anything else is then being unGodlike, unChristlike. So be intentional with your thoughts, words, and actions. Then watch your personal world change for the better, and withstand all storms and attacks.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing me with strength, power, wisdom, courage, humility, joy, love, laughter, humor, and the ability to care and empathize.

In You, do I put my trust. In You, am I strengthened and know the truth of my walk with Your son Jesus, and my purpose in Your Kingdom. There is nothing and no one who can stand in the way of our relationship Father. Not even I will interfere with our bond. There is nothing and no one who can block my blessings Lord. I am tired of the role I’ve played in blocking my blessings, and I declare to You, that I’m stepping down and aside, clearing the paths and portals. Thank You Father for loving me and being patient as I immaturely attempt to chart my own course and intervene as though You are incapable, incompetent, or too slow. Thank You for forgiving me. In Jesus’ name I pray to You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.6.19

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard, be consistent through your discipline, and thank God every single day for His grace, in every single way—and the opportunities that He has provided, and will provide, now and in your future.

We constantly say “I” and “Me” in situations where it’s clear that it will only be because of God’s grace that our possibilities will manifest and be rooted as blessings.

That job offer. God. The promotion at work. God. The enrollment of people for your conference, class, or seminar—God. Coming out of that valley of debt. God. The sea of wealth. God. Those best seller book sales. God. The money pouring in from paid speaking engagements. God. More clients than you can handle. God. Project offers piling high. God. Your research approved. God. Getting something out of nothing. God.

Yep, those are God moves.

What’s beautiful about God is He allows us to call all of these accomplishments, “boss moves”, as though they are solely our doing. He demonstrates humility for us to see and mirror. As His creations we’re supposed to reflect Him.

We should give credit where it is deserved. Thanking God for pouring into you all that you needed to be courageous, strong, disciplined, confident, competent, knowledgeable, determined, and hard working. Thanking Him for blessing the ideas that He gave you, and for allowing them to manifest into the boldness that could only come from Him.

We make life all about us, when it’s all about Him.

Sometimes instead of saying, “how can I fix this?” We should consider asking, “God how can I stay out of the way?” Because so many of us have an attitude that screams, “but I did my part, why didn’t my plan manifest?”

Maybe we were in the way. Maybe it wasn’t time. Maybe there’s something else that’s missing, something that has absolutely nothing to do with the works that you perform. Maybe you aren’t ready for what will come during and after the manifestation. Maybe you made it all about you, and God is putting you on time out, so you can realign and get right. I don’t know. Maybe. The thing is, the more you focus on you, you, you, then you’re not seeing the details that make up the big picture. Humble yourself.

Friday and yesterday were really rough on me. I felt clobbered from every angle and direction. I’m grateful that God’s grace filled someone close to me, to speak to me in ways that helped me to step back from that deadly ledge of “I” and “Me”. I was operating out of fear, spiraling, and losing sight of who I am and to Whom I belong. Instead of asking God, “okay what are my next steps?” I went into the frantic stages of grief.

Thanks to an offer for lunch at IHOP (my favorite go-to), I was able to slowly release the air from my self-absorbed balloon, and make room for God to speak and direct me. You don’t accomplish much in panic. You can’t be fully receptive to God in panic.

I made some mistakes, overlooked some things, and didn’t move quickly on some other things—and although it’s noble of me to want to try to fix it, the way I was going about it was all wrong. I was reacting out of fear and not responding with faith. Admittedly, my actions were exclaiming that God didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t do something for me. When my actions should have boldly been declaring, that I know what God can do and I humbly pray for His intervening grace.

The reality is, it doesn’t matter the work that we do, if God’s grace is not present. Be in alignment— humbled enough to accept what was, is, and may be—and faithfully ready for what comes next.

Prayer

Father, it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father, it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. My blessings are from You, not my will. I humbly thank You. Father, please tell me and show me how to stay out of the way, how to let go of the spiritual steering wheel that I clearly feel entitled to control. Show me how to make my experiences and my life all about You. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.5.19

Scripture

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Psalm 146:2

Reflection

No matter what your day looks like you should spend it praising God, for being alive to experience LIFE and all that it brings! Enjoy it, love it, embrace it, and never forget who blessed you with it.

My former sister-in-law, Arleen and I chat almost daily. This morning she sent me this quote that resonated with me, and I feel compelled to share so that it can serve as a reminder for others, and to touch someone else’s heart as it touched mine. You will see that it ties in perfectly to today’s message:

Prayer

Father, everyday I praise You. Everyday I testify to healings and blessings from You. As long as I live I will praise You for all that You have done, are doing, and will do— because only You can take care of my every need. Lord, through good times and bad, You are my constant provider, healer, protector, nurturer, encourager, redeemer, strengthener, and shelter. Thank You. I love You Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.2.19

Scripture

“May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”

Psalm 122:7

Reflection

Pray for peace within your home; that it might reenergize you each day as you prepare for battle with the darkness outside of your walls.

In order to develop and maintain peace at home you must not bring darkness and drama from the outside across your threshold. You must leave the nonsense outside, and demand that others leave their nonsense on the side of your door that faces the world.

Let your home be your place to be most vulnerable. Let it be the place where you come to relax, unwind, heal, be comforted, and prepared for the next day of unknowns.

That doesn’t mean to act a fool outside and then pretend to be cool once you cross the threshold of your home. However, if you do find yourself in the middle of nonsense, put a pin, cap, or whatever you need on it—and refuse to bring the nonsense into your home.

I’m guilty of this. I’ve had more knock out drag out arguments in the homes where I’ve lived, knowing that it would disrupt the peace and tranquility that made it possible to be a home, and not just a house or apartment. It’s extremely difficult, almost impossible, to coexist peacefully in the same place where you battled.

Heated arguments already cause great damage to you mentally, physically, and spiritually. I truly believe that doing so in what is already designated a safe space, tears a big chunk out of you, that you now have to work to mend and heal.

The reason I say this is because your home has memories and now you have created and deposited negative memories within it. Those memories blend in to every nook and cranny, especially in whatever rooms where the argument took place. Every time you recall something said or did, it tears at you, and now you have a picture, chair, bed, blanket, or other item to associate to that painful experience.

Who cares if you argue in the parking lot at a fast food restaurant, you can choose to not go there—but you can’t just up and move from your home. Well you can, but you get my point. You have roots in your home. You haven’t grown roots and attached a sentimental connection to the neighborhood McDonald’s or Taco Bell. There’s another one a few miles away, if not right down the street. There’s plenty of everything else. You only have one home. It is true, home is where the heart is—so we should protect it, to protect our heart.

There is no rest in a toxic environment. It is suffocating. The more the tensions build, the thicker the air becomes in each and every room of your home. There is no refuge in the turmoil that you created and brewed within your home. The only way to free your home and yourself is to extinguish that negative fire that you helped to create.

Toss whatever emotional tinder and accelerants outside and far from your home. Create and maintain a pact that states clearly that your home is to be the no-drama zone. It doesn’t matter if arguments have to be resolved in the car, just make sure it’s extinguished or tabled, before you cross the threshold of your home.

Let your home be what it’s supposed to be—not just physical shelter, but emotional and mental shelter. Your most vulnerable environment should be protected from outsiders and from YOU!

Prayer

Father, I pray for peace within my life, within my home, and within my mind and heart. Free me from the unnecessary weight of my fears. Lift me Lord. Redirect me when I’m on the path to making a fool of myself. Hold my tongue from speaking harshly, especially in my home. Remind me what home means, and my oath to protect the peace within those walls. Help me to extinguish the emotional flames and purge the toxins from my home. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray to You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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