Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.2.19

Scripture

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.

Proverbs 20:7 NLT

Reflection

Integrity is difficult to build yet easy to tear down, so we must be vigilant and focused in our commitment towards a life of integrity. When integrity becomes our habit and our daily walk, God blesses us because of our obedience.

Last week, my integrity was challenged by a client, without the individuals even realizing that they had done it. They thought they were only questioning my team member’s integrity. What they failed to realize is that by questioning by team member and challenging the work performed, the invoices issued, and certain elements of the project—all of which is overseen and approved by me—they then were also questioning my integrity.

I was upset, disappointed and beyond frustrated. I was tired of dealing with this nonsense every few weeks when an invoice was to be paid. I was upset with myself because God had cautioned me to not work with this company, but I chose to anyway. Now I was experiencing the consequences of my disobedience.

The clients were so focused on what they saw as lack (what they still didn’t have), that they hadn’t seen the evidence of the work that had been done and the solutions that had manifested (that was bringing them out of the valley they had grown comfortable in). They were limited by thinking of the length of time of the intervention, rather than realizing that the time was only a fraction of what had been wasted in years of self-neglect (and that the length of time was set by their request, not mine). It was easier to point the finger outward than inward. It left them to nitpick every little thing that my team had done in this intervention.

God already knew that this would be my experience. This is what He was trying to spare me from. He knew that this client wasn’t ready for this type and level of intervention, and wasn’t ready to endure the journey that was required. No different than the whining, nagging, complaining Israelites who gave Moses endless headaches day after day. I’m not comparing myself to Moses. What I am saying is that anytime you navigate an intervention, if the people aren’t truly ready, you will get the backlash.

Rather than praying to God for a solution, I thought it best to address the client’s questions and comments in writing, via email. A long email. I painstakingly spent about 60 minutes compiling the documentation that refuted their claims, supported the intervention strategy, and cleared up any confusion (in my opinion). I outlined why there was a gap between what they desired versus where they currently stood, and I held everyone (including a third party) accountable for any delays and misdirection. I highlighted how things could be more effective and efficient. I also outlined the in depth steps that my team has executed to complete this project in a timely and cost-effective manner. I emailed this information to the client and requested a phone call.

My integrity, my team’s integrity, my company’s integrity matters to me. I am a firm believer in walking the walk. I’m a firm believer in working with transparency and clarity. To have someone challenge that means one of two things:

1) Either they aren’t used to working with people of integrity, so they always assume the worst, or

2) They doubt my integrity.

Either way, in my eyes my character was in question and it was my responsibility to fix it. So I spent the time to disprove their claims and make things right between us (in my opinion). But by doing so it highlighted even greater their flaws, which left them feeling attacked. By putting things in writing, the black and white left no room for grey (in my opinion)—but for them, they quickly made all of it grey. They jumped to conclusions, made assumptions, and they dug their heels and head even deeper into the sand.

They now refused to communicate with me.

I couldn’t believe it. I grew even more frustrated. But even in my frustration, I knew that God would expect me to seek peace in the chaos and try to bring calm to the storm—even if the end result would mean discontinuing this working relationship—He would want me to do it with dignity, grace, love and integrity. So I have to put my pride to the side and seek a peaceful resolution. His will, not mine.

An awesome quote by Elisabeth Elliot says:

If in the integrity of my heart I speak the words, Thy will be done, I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone. It is a prayer of commitment and relinquishment.”

Enough said…let’s walk the walk!

His will, not mine. His will, not yours. His will, not ours.

Let this be your challenge today. Tomorrow, let me know how you did. Send me an email: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Prayer

Father each day I strive to be a better person, to walk upright and with integrity. I understand that it is not easy to live and lead by integrity, to be blameless in every aspect of my life–but I strive for that life. I seek out that life. Mold me so that the time comes when no person can judge me and find blame in my walk beyond today. Less of me Lord and more of You.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.2.17

Scripture 


Proverbs 20:5-7

Prayer

Father thank You for another day to demonstrate Your Goodness, reflect Your Light, embrace Your Love, and speak Your Truth. 

Father You know that I am under constant attack by the enemy. You know that it never stops plotting and planning against me and my family. My only defense is prayer to You. 

Father I pray for understanding, discernment, and courage, to seek and embrace good counsel from Your chosen children. Let me see clearly those who share deception, so that I may pray for them as I turn and walk away from their influence. 

Father help me to remember the importance of keeping my word, speaking the truth, and forgiving even when it hurts. I must remember that You keep Your word, are the Truth, and forgive me even at my lowest points. You bless me with grace and I don’t deserve it. So I strive to walk as You have been teaching me. Help me Father. In Jesus’ name I humbly and passionately pray to You. Amen. 

Reflection

My integrity has to be more important to me than my pride. Pride stands in the way of countless blessings. Pride confuses us to believe that we are bigger, better, smarter, and more important and valuable than we actually are. 

We are what God makes us. We stand where He places us. We have what He gives us. We need to stop confusing ourselves as the creators and realize we are the creations. We are not better, smarter, more important, or more valuable than anyone else. 

What we do possess we can quickly lose in a blink of an eye. Pride makes you doubt that. Arrogance makes you act on that doubt, and eventually you’re left to look the fool. 

When you have an awe-inspiring reverence for God, which places Him as All-in-All in your life, you then know your place in this world, and you stop thinking it’s higher or somehow more important than others. You then realize that your mission is not greater or more important than others. 

When God becomes your All-in-All, you then fill your day turning first to Him through prayer before every meeting, conversation, and decision. You don’t just pray to Him when you need something, you learn to pray to Him as a natural conversation between the Father-Mother and child. 

When God is your All-in-All, you praise Him at all times and through all circumstances, good and bad, when you’re dancing in the Light, and when you can’t see a thing in the dark. You learn to smile and praise Him because you know He’s always here, always watching, always listening, and always waiting. 

Pride and arrogance encourages the fool to jump head first. Being in touch with the Lord encourages you to ask God to lead as you follow. 

When your life is centered on God, your discernment is clear not cloudy; you see those who share words of Light versus those who share words manipulated by the enemy. A God-centered person knows that they are under attack even more because the closer you are to God, the more aggressive the enemy works to derail, destruct, and destroy God’s plans for you. 

The enemy will try to lure you, tempt you, confuse you, and anger you. When you feel pulled in a direction that feels awkward, too good to be true, painful, or just not right—pray passionately for God to make clear all things. 

Don’t let the enemy take from you what God has blessed you with. Don’t be trapped by greed, lust, fear, insecurities, or pain. Your pride will take you there. Arrogance will keep you there. Pray for escape, freedom, and renewal in Jesus’ name!

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

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Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.2.12

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.

Proverbs 20:7

Pray
Father each day I strive to be a better person, to walk upright and with integrity. I understand that it is not easy to live and lead by integrity, to be blameless in every aspect of my life–but I strive for that life. I seek out that life. Mold me so that the time comes when no person can judge me and find blame in my walk beyond today. Less of me Lord and more of You.

Reflection
Integrity is difficult to build yet easy to tear down, so we must be vigilant and focused in our commitment towards a life of integrity. When integrity becomes our habit and our daily walk, God blesses us because of our obedience. An awesome quote by Elisabeth Elliot says:

“If in the integrity of my heart I speak the words, Thy will be done, I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone. It is a prayer of commitment and relinquishment.”

Enough said…let’s walk the walk!

Lovingly,

Natasha

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