Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.23.19

Scripture

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9 NASB

Reflection

We can always find the negative; how many of us seek out the positive? We can always point out our weaknesses and the weaknesses in others, but why don’t we focus more on our and their strengths?

We are quick to walk away from jobs and relationships because of a few things that make us unhappy or dissatisfied, but what about the numerous things that bring us joy and satisfaction?

If we spent more time looking for God in every situation and in every person, and within ourselves, we wouldn’t have 1/4 of the issues we have today; we wouldn’t have divorce at the level it is—not even close–maybe not at all; we wouldn’t have crimes and other negative scenarios.

If we truly put God first, we would only focus on people’s strengths and positives, and on God’s light.

If you make a list of a person’s qualities or the benefits of a job, and list both negative and positive, and the positive outweighs the negative, yet you still don’t want to be in that situation, then maybe it is your undeveloped skills and weaknesses that are overshadowing things and causing the negative outcomes. Then you need to turn it over to God and stop trying to fix things yourself!

Turn to God and focus only on His Light. He will take care of and stomp out the darkness.

That’s what’s wrong with us; that is what has been wrong with us in our past, what is wrong with us currently, and what will be wrong with us in our future if we do not stop what we are doing right now.

We need to stop trying to do His job and only do what He commands us to do and that is to reflect His light, share His love, follow His son, and spread His word. Anything other than these things have nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Him. For those reasons we need to stay in our lane and stop trying to get into His!

Prayer

Father You do not care for lengthy prayers or repetition of Your name; what You care most about it is our connection with You and that we mean what we say, and say what we mean. You don’t care as much about the religious rituals as You do the spiritual practices and walk.

You care about what’s in our Heart.

Father today I will begin by only focusing on the good in things, in people, and in life. I will not focus on or dwell in the bad, the evil, the wrong, the negative, or the darkness. For if I look more to those things than to what’s inside of each scenario or person that reflects You, then I can’t possibly be convinced that You and Your love can and will conquer all evil.

What I don’t like in another person I probably or most likely also see or have seen in myself. It is not up to me to fix them or try to get them to fix themselves; I am to only reflect Your light so that they then turn to You to be fixed.

Today I will look for Your light in Your children, and believe that this strength I see is strong enough to squash out the darkness that tries to weaken me, them and others. Today I start my journey of looking only for You in Your children, and only You in each scenario.

Thank You Father for touching my heart this morning. Amen.

Love,

Natasha
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