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Just Walk In by Natasha Medina

In my personal Bible study the past 5 weeks I’ve been studying the Exodus and journey of the Israelites with Moses toward Canaan. Today was the beginning of week 6 in the study where Moses hands the baton to Joshua as becomes God’s chosen leader of Israel. One of the first contrasts noted is the difference in reaction of the two men when they were called. In Exodus 3 where Moses is called by God Himself Moses seems to almost try and talk God out of choosing him for a leader. He brings us all kinds of “if” situations and excuses why he shouldn’t be the man. In Exodus 17:10 where we first meet Joshua we see none of this excuse giving; instead we see obedience and a “just do it” kind of attitude. Thirty-eight years later we see Joshua take on the responsibility of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land with that same courageous spirit and attitude that he had when taking up the fight against the Amalekites.

In today’s study I noticed a common theme of belief and courage. Believing…

Father's Day 2011

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My dad is a very interesting individual. I’ve always said and believe that the two coolest people in the world are my dad and Johnny Depp. Even his name is strange. Roy Rogers Humphrey. Yep, Rogers with an “s”. He was named after the actor. Even stranger is the fact that he grew up to be a horse trainer. You can’t make up this stuff. Roy Rogers has all sorts of great characteristics about him. He is an amazing bass player, unexplainable horse whisperer, and a great dad. He seemed to be a great husband as well. As a small child we went to church together, ate every meal together, and rode our horses together (didn’t your family do that?). My dad would come home from travelling and bring in a doll he’d seen in a store for me or something nice for my mom. He’s a very thoughtful man. Of course, he’s a cowboy so he’s also pretty tough.

The things I remember most about my dad are those things that let me know just how unique and special we are as a pair. For instance, every year on the nig…

Learning from Failure; Moving Toward Success by Natasha Medina

I’m not an expert on a lot of things but I am an expert in the abstract skill of “bounce back ability.” Without this skill you will never move on from the failures of your life and move toward success. The catch is: in order to “bounce back” you must first have a failure. Failures are just a part of life. To be honest I see no such thing as failure in life unless of course a person never tries anything. That is the only true failed, wasted life. God has put us here for so much more!

Mary Kay Ash always said that she’d “failed forward to success” and failed forward she did. Starting already retired and with only $5,000 and 9 girls (a week after her husband passed away) amidst a sea of negative influences telling her she’d be broke within her first year, she began a small cosmetic company that has become in less than 50 years a debt-free billion dollar per year corporation with over a quarter of a million consultants operating in 35 different countries. Not too shabby for a lady who alw…

God Has Plans for You by Natasha Medina

Jeremiah 29:11 reads “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (NIV) God knows the plans. The New King James Version puts it this way, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God has thoughts concerning you.

As if those 2 statements (God knows the plans. God has thoughts concerning you.) weren’t enough His thoughts and His plans for your peace and hope!! Think about your life. What is your outlook? Is it hopeful and positive or do you have a negative outlook and down thoughts about it? The latter is not what God intends for you. You are significant. You matter. I love what Rick Warren says in his book The Purpose Driven Life. “Bringing enjoyment to God, living for His pleasure, is the first purpose of your life…[This] proves your worth. If you are that important to God, and He considers you valuab…

God of Excellence by Natasha Medina

I don’t serve a mediocre God therefore I am not a mediocre child. The Bibles says in II Timothy 1:7 “For God has not give us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Think about for such a second. Meditate on it. Meditation is simply focused thinking. Focus your thinking on each of those words and what they mean. Fear. Power. Love. A Sound Mind. The Message paraphrase puts it this way “God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold, and loving, and sensible.” The English Standard version uses the word “self-control” instead of a “sound mind.” The New International version uses “self-discipline” in its stead. God has given us these gifts.

What God has NOT given us is fear. It’s been said that 90% of what we fear in life (maybe higher) never actually happen. We fear invisible things, made up things, imaginary things, things of the past. There are all kinds of fears. We have not been given this fear and God does not intend for you to live in it. I John 4…

For His Glory...by Natasha Medina

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This Is the StuffPerformed by Francesca Bastistelli

I lost my keys in the great unknown
And call me please 'Cuz I can't find my phone
This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

45 in a 35
Sirens and fines while I'm running behind
This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I've got a new appreciation
It's not the end of the world

This is the stuf…

East to West

I wrote this years ago in an airplane on my way to Las Vegas for (of all things) a wedding.

East to West
by Natasha Ann Medina

I feel so high as I look down at clouds
Almost in an instant miles away from where I began
From roaring ocean waves and sandy beaches
To rock mountains and dusty trails
Yet in the great scheme of it all
In the narrowness of my mind creeps the thought
You made those crashing waves, dusty roads, and
Clouds over which I am soaring
You made east and west, the ocean which
Contains them-You made them all
I never feel small except in the times of thinking
When I realize I marvel at the things You’ve made
Then I am mindful of how You
Made me in Your own image
Then I begin to feel very small
For the Creator God who spoke all Creation into existence,
The sun, the stars, each canyon low, each mountain high,
Calls me daughter, sees me as friend
Then I begin to feel high again
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made
In Your Own image
You loved enough to think of me and w…

Faithful One

by Natasha Ann Medina

You hold on so tight
You would never let go if You could
Though I fight and bite Your hands
Then lick the sores
You love me just the same
Do I make you cry?
I must so often break Your heart
What's so special about me
But You living in me?
Undeserving of Your love
You are the Faithful One.

Faithful to me
Unchanging
Always the same
You love me
Never any less
Impossible to love more
Undeservingly so
You are faithful to me

I praise You
I thank You
So worthy of all praise
When I fall
You still hold me
Your hands are upon all my days

Your blessings
Without measure
Shower my life, my love, my ways
With just a whisper
You will deliver
Faithful to me throughout all my days

Blessed

Blessed
by Natasha Medina

I cannot be cursed
For before me sounds
The Shout of the King

Hell’s weapons
Cannot prosper against me
For surrounded am I
By the fiery, protective swords of angels.

On each side,
Before and behind,
I’m shielded by angels’ wings.

No dark force or evil way
Can penetrate such a hiding place.
The Shadow of the Almighty
Is stronger than any iron wall.

My God is my Fortress,
Mighty, Strong, and Faithful.
No foe dare turn his face this way.

What shall I fear?
Fear itself.
For only the fear made from my head
As it lies can toy with my peace.
For every foe, every weapon, every enemy
My Savior, for me, has shown defeat.

I CANNOT be cursed.
I am blessed.
Hear the Almighty’s Shout,
“She is Mine! Beware!”