Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.16.18

Note: Today’s message was originally published on September 20, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

Scripture

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 NIV

Pray

Lord I want to thank You for waking me today. I know that it is only because of You that I’m here today and saying this prayer. Father as Your servant I want to do my best to please You.

I want to do my part to help build Your Kingdom, and to make this world a better place one person at a time. While I work to help others I’m working on myself, and with the loving molding that You are providing, I am seeing positive changes. Thank You Father.

I want to transform my mind and heart to align with You, and I want my transgressions blotted out, and the enemy so far behind me that it can’t catch up no matter what. I want to evolve beyond this fog-covered level where my emotional roller coaster takes me. I want to push through my fears, doubts, and insecurities. I want to see past the obstacles in the road. I want to focus on and be centered in You. Mold me Father.

Reflection

As long as we are focused on things of the world and not on God, we limit our experience and role here on Earth. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming about financial wealth, buying a house or car, or even traveling around the world. Those dreams are made possible because of God, and there is nothing wrong with turning dreams into reality. He doesn’t want His children to be poor on any level.

However, our fixation on material possessions can leave us spiritually bankrupt. Our fear of sharing our testimony of God’s healing and other blessings in our lives, will leave us in a topsy turvy state as ‘conditional believers’.

Throughout the Bible we are told to not only acknowledge and worship God, but to declare to others how good He’s been to us. Our silence doesn’t help to build His Kingdom. Our silence doesn’t help heal ourselves and others. Our silence doesn’t help get us where we need to be. We don’t need to stand on crates slapping a Bible and yelling on the street corner. We don’t even need to go door-to-door.

We can share our testimony easily in casual conversation, or when someone is in need of gentle reassurance that nothing is impossible for God. Many of you have co-workers, workout buddies, carpool pals, a brunch crew, book club, or you’re a member of some organization. There are hundreds of places and thousands of opportunities to share what God’s done for you.

Even saying, “God is good” creates a ripple effect that can lead to a further discussion on how He’s been good to you.

Try it.

Just like you would be surprised as to how many people don’t vote, or who vote for a certain political party, you may be pleasantly surprised as to how many believers and followers surround you, and you will see how many people were helped by your testimony. See what happens and then share your experience here on this blog. Just come back to this message (or go to the first one you see) and click on the option to leave a ‘comment’. Then share. I look forward to reading about your experiences.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.31.15

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 5.31.15

It’s been a long time since I shared a Sunday sermon. Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a great message. Enjoy!

Current Series – RECLAIMING OUR HEALTH

Week 2 – “God’s Rx For Our Health”

Dr. Bryan E. Crute, Founder/Senior Pastor

“You made my body, Lord: now give me sense to heed your laws.” Psalm 119:73 (TLB)

The 5 essentials of better health are…
1. Faith
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

The Bible says that faith comes from hearing, the Word of God, and it requires us to act upon it. It’s important to study the Word of God because it helps you to counteract and offset the fears that we have within, the fears that the enemy feeds off of, and it helps to build up our faith—so God can transform us the way that He wants to.

Read Psalms 91

2. Food
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice of food or with the wine which he drank…” Daniel 1:8 (NASB)

RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Do you not know what is nutritious for you or is it that you just don’t make the best food choices?
Do you keep making excuses or tell yourself “I did well this week so I’m going to treat myself today” and then find yourself down-sliding week after week thereafter?

3. Fitness
And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?” Romans 12:1 (TLB)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Healthy fitness is a lifestyle. It’s based on consistency. We work and try to balance life, work, and family—and it can be very difficult to work out, but when you’re committed and consistent it will always pay off. It’s a lifestyle choice that you make. 
You have to make a mental choice and be consistent. There are some people who are a “5” and are self-motivators, it’s rare to find a person who is a “5” who isn’t self-motivated. They make up their mind and just do it. They don’t make excuses based on age, work, etc. 
You have to be proactive and the reason your workouts hurt is because you aren’t properly fueled with God’s medications of fruit and vegetables, and not the poisons of fast food.
Dr. Kay, resident MD for the church says, most people aren’t designed to be on our own and self-motivated, they work better in groups. Self-motivators prioritize food and fitness to be #1 priority, but if you aren’t then you need to stay close to a self-motivator who can encourage you to redirect your priorities to become healthier and fitter.

4. Focus
“Do not be shaped by this world. Instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you. And you will be able to know what is good and pleasing to God and what is perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ICB)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

In the area of mental health (not mental illness) how is it that you rate below a 4? Considering strategies that can help reel you in and help you focus. What’s the deal with ADD and ADHD, and doctors prescribing medicine to help force-focus people. 
Dr. Kay says that, not to knock traditional medicine, as she is now a holistic practitioner now, she sees individuals as individuals and believes that not everyone learns and processes information the say, and that it may not necessarily be attention deficit, but rather looking at one’s environment, eating habits, and how you process information. Your brain is a muscle and what you do today will impact it for many tomorrow’s. Eating healthy food and natural supplements (like fish oils) to help your brain, heart, and body.

5. Friends
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Do you have anyone in your life that you can help and who can help you? If not, ask yourself why? Did you purge your “friends” list because they were toxic? Are you now afraid to open yourself up to allowing new potential friends to enter?
Were you the person who was toxic and your friends just couldn’t tolerate your behavior and toxicity any longer? What can you do to become healthy again so that you can align with new, healthy friend again?
Friends are your network, circle of relationships, sometimes like-minded. Friends are your companions.
The greatest value of joining life circle groups in houses of faith, is the sense of community, with people walking the same journey–understanding what you’re going through, and there’s a mutual alignment as all members work together to lift themselves and each other up.

Copyright 2015. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.20.12

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 NIV

Pray
Lord I want to thank You for waking me today. I know that it is only because of You that I’m here today and saying this prayer. Father as Your servant I want to do my best to please You. I want to do my part to help build Your Kingdom, and to make this world a better place one person at a time. While I work to help others I’m working on myself, and with the loving molding that You are providing, I am seeing positive changes. Thank You Father.

I want to transform my mind and heart to align with You, and I want my transgressions blotted out, and the enemy so far behind me that it can’t catch up no matter what. I want to evolve beyond this fog-covered level where my emotional roller coaster takes me. I want to push through my fears, doubts, and insecurities. I want to see past the obstacles in the road. I want to focus on and be centered in You. Mold me Father.

Reflection
As long as we are focused on things of the world and not on God, we limit our experience and role here on Earth. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming about financial wealth, buying a house or car, or even traveling around the world. Those dreams are made possible because of God, and there is nothing wrong with turning dreams into reality. He doesn’t want His children to be poor on any level.

However, our fixation on material possessions can leave us spiritually bankrupt. Our fear of sharing our testimony of God’s healing and other blessings in our lives, will leave us in a topsy turvy state as ‘conditional believers’.

Throughout the Bible we are told to not only acknowledge and worship God, but to declare to others how good He’s been to us. Our silence doesn’t help to build His Kingdom. Our silence doesn’t help heal ourselves and others. Our silence doesn’t help get us where we need to be. We don’t need to stand on crates slapping a Bible and yelling on the street corner. We don’t even need to go door-to-door.

We can share our testimony easily in casual conversation, or when someone is in need of gentle reassurance that nothing is impossible for God. Many of you have co-workers, workout buddies, carpool pals, a brunch crew, book club, or you’re a member of some organization. There are hundreds of places and thousands of opportunities to share what God’s done for you.

Even saying, “God is good” creates a ripple effect that can lead to a further discussion on how He’s been good to you.

Try it.

Just like you would be surprised as to how many people don’t vote, or who vote for a certain political party, you may be pleasantly surprised as to how many believers and followers surround you, and you will see how many people were helped by your testimony. See what happens and then share your experience here on this blog. Just come back to this message (or go to the first one you see) and click on the option to leave a ‘comment’. Then share. I look forward to reading about your experiences.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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