Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.12.12

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations— a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick…”

Isaiah 65:1-3 NIV

Pray
Father for thousands of years all You have ever done and ever wanted was to love and protect Your children, and in return receive our love and devotion. Generationally we have loved and obeyed You conditionally, and I pray for forgiveness for my part and for those before me and still living.

I praise You Father for Your wondrous works and the blessings You share each day. You give favor in instances and to individuals that many of Your children wouldn’t pardon. Thank You for that love. In Your name I pray and give thanks. Amen.

Reflection
Have you ever really paid attention to how one-sided and conditional our relationship with God is the majority of the time? How often do we praise Him in bad times and the worst of times? Oh yes indeed we are singing, jumping, dancing, clapping, and shedding tears of joy when the rainbow appears. But during the storm we sometimes seem lifeless and filled with gloom.

Where’s the celebration during those moments?

I want to shout, praise, and smile through my entire life—not just some days, but every day. So yes, there are days when life is beating me down—and you will never know—because I’m just THAT grateful for life and to be present to experience the ups and downs—that I’m going to smile, sing, and dance.

I want it to be more contagious than a bad attitude.

I do however have to remind myself to demonstrate this when I’m alone in my home or car. I have to quickly turn on some gospel or old school music and just jam out for a moment, or even a few hours to get those endorphins kicking, and to feel that joy encircle me like a pair of big, burly arms.

Be grateful and show it on your face and in your actions. Smile and laugh when you are in pain, trust me it makes it more bearable, it helps you to see things differently—-and it reminds you who you are and Whom you belong to!

There’s nothing phony or inauthentic about that! Go embrace your day and your weekend. I love you all!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.11.12

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

Pray
Father I praise You because You never leave us or stop loving us. You are always protecting us and showing us the Way, the Truth, and the Light. When we turn to You in times of fear, pain, or sorrow—You comfort us immediately.

Only through You is there healing. Only through You is there possibility and answers. Your Love brings us closer to You and to each other— Your family.

I am grateful for Your loving touch, patience, forgiveness, understanding, healing and constant knowing. I am grateful for another day here to demonstrate Your love and light.

I pray for those I know and those I don’t know. I pray for my family members, immediate and extended, near and far. I pray for the stranger whose eyes I may have met once and for those I’ve never come in contact with. I know we are all Your children and we are interconnected across nations, sharing one blood and one life—given to us by You.

I am humbly grateful to and for You Father. In Your name I pray as Your child, servant, and follower of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Reflection
As I prayed passionately a few moments ago, declaring God’s Truth about the health and wellbeing of my younger cousin, a calm came over me like a blanket. My cold, trembling body became warm and still, and I opened an app on my phone to a daily Bible verse that made me smile and immediately say, “YES He Is!” That verse is the one I share today.

I wasn’t looking for any particular verse, I was just looking for the Truth and to redirect my focus as I rebuked the enemy’s sly voice that was working overtime.

I know God’s power and His ability to heal, and make a way out of no way. Our Father has healed me countless times. Our Father has saved me countless times. So I declared that I knew His presence with my cousin, and I prayed that He comforted and gave strength to my cousin and her boyfriend as they were transported to the hospital.

I KNOW what God can do. I KNOW He’s my All in All, my Alpha and Omega, and everything in between. So as I sit here this early morning before the sun has even risen, I KNOW that God has taken care of all things and all people.

I KNOW that He has taken care of my cousin, and that she is whole and complete because He made her that way, and she is NEVER alone and NEVER without love and protection.

I say clearly to each of you that no matter what you have gone through, are going through, or may go through in the future— there is only one answer, one solution, one way, one path—and that is our Heavenly Father Mother God. The Father to Abraham, Moses, Israel, and our Shepherd, Jesus the Wayshower.

I refused to give in to the fear the enemy hoped I had. I refused to give in to any thinking that would claim a limit to what God can do. And I continue at this very moment to stand tall in my convictions.

This morning once again I have been tested—how would I respond, what would I do? I am still being tested—as is my cousin and our family. Will we hold on to our faith and belief in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Or will we cave in?

I am not waiting to share today’s message until I hear word from doctors that my cousin is okay. Because God is the source of her healing, health, and life. So I say to God right now, “Thank You Lord” because there is no doubt in my mind of His greatness and love. He is in us, with us, and surrounding us.

Can you feel Him? Your cup should be running over, so be sure to share your blessings with others today.

I love you all. I pray you love yourselves too! Say a pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ with as much passion and zest as you do for yourself. Embrace your day family!

You are healed Rita Bug!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.10.12

‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 58:3-8 NIV

Pray
Father it is clear that we, Your children, are not crystal clear as to Your expectations, because we keep slipping up, messing up, side-stepping, and trying to do things our way—-yet claiming that it’s Your way.

There have been more passages in the Bible where You told us that we don’t know what You think, how You think, what You will do, how You will do it, or when Your son Jesus will return to walk the Earth amongst us.

Yet for some reason the vast majority of us think we know. It is clear that ‘what we don’t know what we don’t know’ and this ignorance is harming us. So I ask for forgiveness for my part in this travesty. I ask that You bless us with mercy and grace, and continued patience as we work through this multi-generational ignorance. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
I saw this passage and read it a few times before I began to pray. Many people ‘fast’ but are never quite sure why, how, the length of hours or days, or how often they should repeat this fast. I think verses three through eight shut down the majority of our thinking about fasting. It is not just merely withholding food or humbling ourselves for one day. Look closely at what the Word says. We are to be focused, passionate, and active at serving the least of God’s children.

If you call yourself fasting today or any day and you drive past a homeless person and offer them no money, food, drink, or clothing—then you are NOT fasting. If you call yourself fasting yet are not concerned with doing your part to speak on behalf of the under-served and the innocent—then you are NOT fasting.

Fasting is not some half-baked process of ‘suffering’ one or more days to prove you are loyal to God, or because it brings you closer to God by not eating certain foods or drink throughout the day. You end up returning to the same junk the day you are no longer fasting. So what lesson was learned? What was proven? Who benefitted? The answer to those questions are: nothing, nothing, and no one.

Let’s truly study God’s Word and think beyond mere mortals to the spiritual context of His Word, and to those children He has always instructed that we protect, uplift, and empower—-children, elderly, the ‘poor’, and those with limited physical and mental capabilities. If they are not your focus then you aren’t doing your part. Now let’s get to work family!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.9.12

But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.

Isaiah 50:11 NIV

Pray
Father You are the Light. You are the source of life and power. Turning to You provides me with the light that I need to reflect to the world. I will never seek out another source.

Reflection
Your attempt to stand on your own and create your own light absent from God leaves you standing in darkness and lonely. Turn instead to God and His light will shine through you.

A person that “lights up a room” can only do so when the light comes from within. A person who “sucks the life out of a room” reflects the negative energy from within, and unfortunately this person isn’t reflecting God’s light—because they are too busy trying to be the torch and flame.

What choice will you make?

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.8.12

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:29 NIV

Pray
Father You are my Source; my constant supply of love, light, peace, joy, strength, health and wealth. When I’m not quite sure You provide the answer and show me the way. Praise Your name. Amen.

Reflection
When I’m in physical pain or feeling weak or ill I tell myself “I am whole because God made me whole”. My thinking and reasoning is simple, God makes no mistakes and He never does anything half-way, so since I am made perfect in His spiritual image I am always complete.

I change my thinking about injuries, pain, and illness. The more I reject them and see them as nothingness the less I notice the pain and the better I feel.

I believe God is my strength and protector, so to Him I turn. There are times when I get tested, and that just means I need to declare it, believe it, and live it fully. I pray the same for each of you.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.5.12

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26 NIV

Pray
Father I know that all things are possible through You, and even man is only capable because of You. I know that every thing I do and accomplish is due to Your will and grace, because without You I wouldn’t be equipped.

When my fear or even my reliance is on what man can do, You remind me that my thinking is all wrong. Thank You Father. Mold out of me my belief that this is about me and my doing, and allow me to only embrace Your power and the possibilities that only come through and because of You. Amen.

Reflection
We work even harder than we should because we are still confused in thinking that our success is due mostly because of us. If we turned to God and relied upon Him our task load would lighten and we would see more time for living and being present in life. We would also see our blessings multiply. Let’s let go!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.4.12

Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

2 Chronicles 15:7 KJV

Pray
Father I will work and endure for all of my days. Thank You for providing me with the tools, resources, and the blessings that will make it possible for me to succeed.

Reflection
God did not make us to be average or mediocre, but rather to shine, thrive, and reflect His greatness. Claim your place and position.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.3.12

For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:37 KJV

Pray
Father as I work hard each day I remind myself that all things are possible through You. Even when I lack sleep I know that You will give me the energy I need to press on. When I am hungry You always provide food. When I feel weak, You give me strength.

I pray for my eyes to always remain open to the fact that anything can be achieved and gained when I put my faith in You. I can watch my dreams come true during my lifetime. I can have the things that I’ve yearned for all of my life. I can embrace the things I’ve worked hard to achieve. “Impossible” and “can’t” are not in Your vocabulary, and I want to remove them from mine.

Reflection
How will our lives change when we stop believing in “can’t” and “impossible”, start believing “Yes He can!” and start walking as though God has already taken care of all that we want and need? Imagine that.

Continue having an awesome day and see how your day shifts when you begin reimagining your life in the full color of endless possibilities, rather than the gray areas of “can’t” and “impossible”.

Happy birthday to my friend and a member of my family, Mara. Pushing past “impossible” is the reason she still looks like she’s in her 20s! I hope to look as good as you when I get there!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.2.12

“Listen to me, Jacob,
Israel, whom I have called:
I am he; I am the first and I am the last. My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together….”

Isaiah 48:12, 13 NIV

Pray
Father thank You for this day. Thank You for the blessings and even for the trials and tribulations, as they have strengthened me and blessed me with wisdom.

I do not wish for pain or suffering, I just know that during my times of pain and suffering my eyes were opened. What I didn’t see before I see now. It is only because of You.

I love you Father.

Reflection
The same power that created the world is the same power that wakes us each day, and gives us the strength to move, do, and be. Praise Him and give Him the glory.

Let me say congratulations to Debra C., someone dear to me who just completed her bachelors degree and is graduating with the honor of summa cum laude! You beat down that hurdle and claimed victory!

Kudos to my peer and pal, Steve who is now Dr. Steve W. after being told last week that his dissertation has been approved by all committees and higher ups at our school. Steve was a soldier through the entire doctoral process. This is great motivation as I keep my eye on the prize!

Happy birthday to my end-of-month September babies, and to my fellow October babies! Thank God for another day and another year here.

I love you all!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.1.12

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Titus 2:11 NIV

Pray
Father I opened my eyes and took a breath today because of You, thank You. It is not my will but Yours that wakes me each day. You are my fortress, my protector, my healer, my provider, and I love You.

I pray that worry leaves me and that faith fills me. I pray that doubt disappears and is replaced by belief, understanding, and conviction. I pray in Your name, as a believer and follower of Your son Jesus. Amen.

Reflection
Seeing this passage soon after having a heartwarming conversation with my man, who lifted me up and put a smile on my face as we reflected on God’s greatness and the fact that He’s never let me down or left me alone—so I should never have reason to worry.

God has no limits so my age should never be a concern of mine, God can make happen whatever He wants whenever He wants, so it doesn’t matter if we’re age two or 102, He can do anything.

With my increasing faith I should not worry (even have “good” worry), but instead smile and keep pressing forward. As my man said to me, both he and God have my back, front, and my sides—I just have to keep marching, serving God, and helping His children. When times get tough I can lean on my man’s shoulder while being encircled by God’s spiritual arms. A triple blessing is knowing that my family is also there for me.

I am reminded of a saying my man frequently shares with the worriers of the world, “if you’re gonna worry then why pray? And if you’re gonna pray then why worry?” This is true.

So I’m going to continue praying and dreaming, working and serving, and believing. I pray the same for each of you. Whatever is meant for us will never be withheld, or given to another person.

God is good—ALL of the time!

Happy Monday and happy first day of October!

Love always,

Natasha

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