Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.16.18

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 enough wages to budget wisely, pay my bills on time, save enough for emergencies and special moments, and invest responsibly to provide for my future and my legacy.

I can only do these things through and with You Father, and the example set by Your Son Jesus Christ. To You I humbly pray and give thanks for my past, present, and future. Amen.

Loving you all!

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 16, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting; sections have been edited and content expanded to reflect my current thoughts.
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