Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.20.17

Scripture

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John 17:9

Prayer

Father thank You for another day. Thank You for protecting me, loving me, guiding me, motivating me, and empowering me. Thank You for Your Truth and Light. Thank You for forgiving me, blessing me with grace and mercy when I didn’t deserve it, and for giving me countless chances to do the work that You tasked me to do. I love You Father. I humbly pray to You, praising You, today and every day. Amen.

Reflection

This verse is an interesting one. Jesus proclaimed to God that He was only praying for those that God had given Him, not the world, just those who God had selected for Jesus to guide and save. There are many who do not believe. There are many who are not aligned. There are many who are not called to serve in any capacity. There are some who are self-appointed and God will always make examples of them. But if you look at the verse and those that follow, Jesus also never prayed against “the world”—He could have easily cursed the world and told God to send down a ball of fire to burn up everything and everyone that was not God’s. It was not His place. God determined and determines who belongs to Him, whom He will spare and whom He will save, and which individuals He will call on to do what and when.

There are lessons to be learned here. Our minds and the words we speak for and against ourselves and others is powerful.

Do not pray against those who you, in your limited mind and capability, determine to be unworthy. You should never pray against anyone no matter what their beliefs, thoughts, words, or actions. God handles all of His creations as He sees fit. It is not your place to question or judge what happens on this level of existence, or those walking in it. You have your assignment and you don’t know how long you will have to complete it. Be loving, kind, compassionate, honest, forgiving, understanding, inclusive, and faithful—to everyone, not just to those you deem deserving—or you may find out the hard way that you’re actually the undeserving one.

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.19.17

Scripture

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John 17:4-5

Prayer

Father thank You for this day. I accept today’s assignment. I will do my best to do my best in honor of You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

We glorify God not by what we say but by how we live our lives, and how we walk on the path that He set before us. God has given us assignments, missions, life projects to complete. We glorify Him through each completion. We glorify Him by walking the walk, not talking the talk. You can say whatever you want, sing whatever you want, scream and shout and fall out however you want—but all God truly cares about is whether or not you completed the work He told you to do.

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.18.17

Scripture

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John 17:3

Prayer

Thank You Father for this day, another day, a fresh start. You know my prayers, dreams, and desires. You know how much I want to live the life that You have before me. I want to be a better person, a better me, a better reflection of Your goodness and greatness. Help me to think broadly before I speak. Help me to listen intently to what others say. Help me to feel deeper before I react. Help me to shine brighter as a testimony to Your blessings so that if by chance a non-believer sees me then he or she will feel Your Love and Light through me, and be comforted. Father I want to be a better person, a better Christian, to help build Your Kingdom. Let hope and love build what doubt and fear destroys.  Amen.

Reflection

For Christians, Jesus is our Lord and Savior, sent here by God to save us from ourselves. The mind is powerful and easily manipulated if not protected.

The Bible encompasses many stories told and written by men about great men and women during a time when there was no social media, electronic technology, Internet, and the like. There were no airplanes, buses, trains, and fast automobiles. These stories and historical accounts have been translated, edited, and published in numerous languages and versions—but the spiritual context is the same, no matter your denomination or intellect.

When we read the Bible through a spiritual lens and not limit ourselves to the physical, we see and better understand the ways in which Jesus taught through parables and why so many during His time and even now struggle with the spiritual correlations He was making through physical examples. You stop focusing on the literal translation which is finite and you open yourself to the spiritual interpretation which is infinite. You remember the context in which Jesus spoke and remember to whom He directed many of His instructions and commands, His disciples, not the common man and woman. His chastisement was directed to the religious “leaders” who were supposed to know and act better, but chose to live by their own twisted standards and place themselves upon self-imposed pedestals rather than humble themselves as servants to the least of these.

The Bible has become a powerful tool for good and evil, to free and to enslave, to empower and to derail.

We’re supposed to take these words and ingest the spiritual inflections and messages to make them the essence of who we are and how we walk. We’re supposed to see the examples of leadership, love, sacrifice, humility and humbleness, and commit ourselves to doing better for self, family, and community in the name of God as followers of Christ. In our spiritual knowing, believing, and living we then see, feel, and live life eternally.

The Good Book as we call it is for us to dig deeper within ourselves, to be read and used to be better students and to grow closer to God as His servants. It is not to be used against others. It is not to be used to separate. Jesus spoke of inclusivity, acceptance, building bridges not walls, forgiveness, love, and healing. As Christians, if we aren’t doing the same then how can we honestly call ourselves Christians, believers and followers of Christ, and servants of the Lord?

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.17.17

Scripture

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John 17: 1-12

Prayer

Father I know that You answer my prayers as specifically as I say them. I thank You. Today I give thanks and pray that You would touch my heart to be loving and respectful even to those whose hearts are hardening or hardened. Help me to walk even when I feel weak, hear through the chaos, see through the darkness, and speak even when I’m afraid. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

Jesus was sent here to do a job, to provide the Way, the Light, and the Truth for those who were walking aimlessly. He educated and empowered His disciples to spread the gospel as He shared it, and once His time here was running short, He told God that He was ready for what was next in the plans. The vast majority of us are not prepared and mature enough to say “next” to God, because we’re too busy trying to say “I still need more time” or we’re paralyzed by fear, with no forward progression whatsoever.

I will admit that there are plenty of things that I have not accomplished, ideas, things and projects that I started yet never finished—because I got in the way—I allowed fear and doubt to creep in and grind me to a halt. The most successful people are the ones who continue to press forward despite the pain, the loss, the humiliation, and the fear. They persevere anyway. The transition from okay to good to great to excellent is all determined by the amount of time, effort, and force that we invest in pressing forward despite the odds that are seemingly stacked against us.

Imagine the “mountain” that Jesus faced, yet he still pressed forward. You can do it. I can do it. We can do it. Let’s keep walking, keep climbing, keep getting up. God is waiting!

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.23.17

Scripture

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John 16:33

Prayer

Father I pray for peace within myself, within my home, within my family, and along my journey. Help me to find peace even in chaos and conflict. Help me to see the Light even in darkness. Steady me through storms. Let me be in this world but not walk as though I’m of this world, steer me from the worldly trappings and the grasp of the enemy that waits. Strengthen me Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection

We look at Jesus and who He is but we don’t look at the tribulations and trials that He had to face along His journey. We don’t know of the times before He connected with the disciples. We don’t know of those moments alone when went to pray and deal with the issues that were bothering Him. We forget about those moments when He cried out to God in anguish. Jesus’ journey was about Him saving many as He overcame the trappings of the world that many of us fall victim to.

Ego, pride and greed destroyed and still destroys millions of people. Humbleness, humility, grace, contentment, and empathy are not easy steps to place our feet upon. It’s much ego to jump in ego, pride, and greed—none of which requires much thought or effort. You have to be open and moldable to be humble, empathetic, content, and graceful. Your walls cannot be up in those spaces, for walls block God’s loving light. That’s why there is always great darkness on the paths of ego, pride, and greed. They suck the life out of everything in their reach. They become a prison and the longer you remain the more you are destroyed.

It’s funny how frustrated we become with people who seem to always smile and have something positive to say. We’re disgusted by them and assume that it’s all for show, because how could anyone be so happy, joyful, and at peace with all of the chaos around them? We need to pray for healing of this sickness that plagues us, for what we should want more than anything is to be like those people who see and embrace the light in the darkness, who are hopeful through the worst of times, who choose happiness, joy, and peace over pain and depression. They would rather sing and praise than cry and sulk. It is not them who have a problem, it is us who don’t realize that our normal is not normal. They are enlightened as we walk around ignorantly blind and not knowing it.

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.22.17

Scripture

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John 16:31

Prayer

Father this molding process does not feel good. I guess it shouldn’t. There are moments of what appears to be reprieve, like the water being added to the clay, and then as time progresses the friction intensifies. I know that You are preparing me Father and I apologize for whining, complaining, and crying. I apologize for being weak when You need me to be strong. I apologize for doubting when You need me believe and have faith that I’m never out of Your sight and reach. I apologize for focusing on the temporary and physical when You’re trying to get me to focus on the eternal and spiritual.

It’s clear that my fear and doubt reveal that I still don’t fully believe, because if I truly did, then I would not crawl on my belly in fear but rather walk upright in faith and conviction. Father thank You for loving me enough to patiently wait as I belly crawl, knowing that one day I will reach my feet and stand tall as Your reflection. Thank You Father. I love you!

Reflection

How exhausting and exhausted Jesus had to be to teach and heal to those who doubted Him the entire time they witnessed God working through Him. We limit our minds when we obsess over the finite and physical, matter and material. The only thing we can conceive to be everywhere is air but at some point we would find reason to doubt a space somewhere. We say we believe God’s power to create all things large and small, then doubt that one of His creations is the person that prophets said would come to bring salvation. We sure are a difficult crowd. The rest of God’s creatures believe, yet the ones He created to govern over all of the creatures don’t believe. How ironic is that?

Interesting enough, this all took place more than two thousand years ago and even with all of the Bible thumping, hallelujah yelling, tongue speaking, and new age prophecy plot twists people ramble on and on about—if Jesus was walking amongst us right now we would treat Him the same way (or far worse) than He was treated over two thousand years ago. I will laugh at you hysterically until I pass out if you think otherwise.

We’re hypocrites who think we have it figured out and are far more superior and intellectually inclined than the morons of Jesus’ time who should’ve realized who He was.

Yet look at the moronic things we do and say still, more than two thousand years later…

We have so-called Christians killing others in the name of Christ, totally ignoring God’s commandments. We have so-called Christians shooting up and bombing family planning clinics, killing people in the clinics because they are protesting against abortion—how can you be “pro-life” when you’re killing people? Scratching my head still hasn’t helped me answer that question.

We have so-called Christians self-ordaining themselves as judges over the rest of us, declaring which of us are going to hell and how, yet these same judgmental people have repeatedly broken both God and Jesus’ commands. The hypocrisy of it all is unnerving.

What cracks me up are the so-called Christians who will spend hours at church praising God and Jesus, and then leave the church premises (if they even make it out of the parking lot) and in moments they are cursing and giving someone the middle finger because the other driver or pedestrian made a mistake. Oh yes, that’s the Christian way, isn’t it?

We have religious leaders denouncing homosexuality (and saying there’s a special place in hell for these sinners) while they have their stash of kiddie and/or adult porn hidden under their bed or in a box in their basement or attic. Then when they are caught, they want to cry out about being “weak” and “a victim of satan”, and blah blah blah. The same thing when we have these high and mighty, I’m-so-righteous types who get caught cheating on their spouses. Same weak excuses yet they judged so harshly others who committed the same or lesser offenses.

Don’t they know that those who judge others are judged even harsher?

Jesus said that whomever had not sinned could cast the first stone upon the woman that these so-called righteous men called a whore and adulteress. All of those sinners had to put their rocks down and slide their sinning behinds back down the street. Honestly, that’s what we need more of right now. Stop casting stones at other people like you’re living a sin-free life. Jesus said that even our thoughts were not free of sin, so by thinking something lustful, vile, or violent was no different than committing the act—because the mind is a powerful thing and the space where the enemy attacks us first and last.

People keep screaming “Jesus is coming!” and I keep saying to myself, “and what in the world would they do if and when He arrives?” because if there is an actual place called hell, I wouldn’t be surprised to see tons of so-called righteous folks stacked to the brim wondering how they got there. If Jesus walked amongst us today and His skin and hair looked much different than how you were taught he would look, would that change your opinion of Him? Would you believe it was Him or would you doubt Him and be quick to say, “string him up!“.

You’re not really ready for Jesus to openly walk amongst us. Work on yourself and get your mind and heart right. If you have hate towards others then you can’t call yourself a Christian. If you think you know who is going to hell and why, you definitely need to look in the mirror and ask yourself who are you to make those judgments and declarations, and how would Jesus address you if He saw and heard the things that came out of your mouth.

If you truly believe in Jesus and God, then your walk, talk, and thoughts should be more Christ-like, and not just during church hours. And if you’re still a work in progress like me, then the last thing you need to do is be a hypocrite and point your self-righteous phony fingers at other people—you definitely aren’t carving out a space for yourself in a place called heaven that way!

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.21.17

Scripture

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John 16:29-30

Prayer

Father I want to thank You for today, another day of life, another opportunity to do better and love harder, and another day to practice obedience and grace. Father I pray for discernment to see clearly what You need me to see and when You need me to see it. I pray for a heart that is warm and receptive to others love, and one that does not turn cold even towards my enemy. Father help me to free myself from the paralysis of fear. Help me to stop questioning and doubting You and those that You send to help me. Help me to hear Your voice above all others and to clearly distinguish Yours from the enemy’s. You know what I’m going through Father. You know what I’m struggling with. You know the pain and frustration. Help me to push through it all. Help me to be okay with walking through this alone or seemingly. I humbly pray to You as a believer and follower of Your son, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Reflection

After all that they witnessed, heard, and even accomplished with their Teacher, the disciples still doubted Jesus. Then at this point they proclaim they are enlightened, believe fully, and never have reason to question Him again because now they believe He is who He says He is, who the scriptures described. Yet interesting enough, for those of you who already know the end of this soap opera, this knowledge and understanding was still not enough to empower them to stand by Jesus when He was arrested. They denied knowing Him and having any relationship with Him.

Now, we can argue that by denying Him it fulfilled prophecy, which is something that Jesus was adamant about fully respecting. We can look at the big picture and say that Matthew and John would not have authored their books that we read today, if they stood up and acknowledged they were Jesus’ disciples—because they would have been crucified beside Him. But imagine our walk, our journey. Imagine those who surround you don’t actually believe a word that you say, and this continues for many years despite all of the proof you provide, and it’s not until they are about to lose you that they believe, but even then it’s not enough. Think of the people from your past and even those in your present who have or are sabotaging your progress, or trying to with great effort.

Imagine how lonely Jesus felt for years, the burden He carried, the knowledge and wisdom that He had but couldn’t share freely and fully with others. Imagine how torn He was knowing that His own family, His flesh and blood, only saw Him as Jesus the carpenter, because how could they ever fathom that He was indeed the Messiah the prophets spoke of many years before His birth. Imagine how He felt knowing exactly which of His disciples would betray Him and how they would do it. Imagine how many times He wanted to give up and tell God to choose someone else to do the job.

Now compare your journey and struggles to Jesus. Does that put things into perspective? You think you have it hard. Go ahead and laugh because you know it’s pitifully funny don’t you? Yeah I’m laughing right along with you because my pity party looks mighty stupid right about now!

God has placed us on a path and along our journey there will be people that we meet, some will join us for a short period of time while others will walk beside or behind us for an extended period of time. They may or may not believe you and believe in you, some may even attempt to derail your plans, but don’t focus on that. Focus on putting one foot in front of the other and obediently doing and saying what God tells you to do each day. Sometimes our legacy is not seen clearly while we are here, but only in our transition does the mark we left behind actually have great impact.

Focus on doing your job, living your life fully and without regrets, and doing enough good that leaves behind a legacy that extends exponentially longer than the actual years you lived. God has everything already mapped out, He’s just waiting on you!

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below.

You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2017. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.