Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.21.18

Scripture

1 Timothy 1:15-16 NLT

Prayer

Thank You Father for loving me, for Your grace and mercy that rose me another day— fully functional, and ready to learn and experience all that I need to be a better child, servant, follower, believer, and student.

Thank You for the constant reminders of the power of faith, optimism, and God-confidence.

I thank You for all that You have done, all that You’re currently doing, and all that You will do. In Jesus’ name I praise You. Amen.

Reflection

If one of the worst of sinners had his heart and mind turned to be one of the most loyal, faithful, and committed servants then there’s hope for all of us.

His testimony proves that God can change any person, heal the most difficult, raise the most stubborn, and realign the broken. Our minor does not compare to his major, and look what God did for him. Imagine what God has devised for you.

Be inspired and optimistic for what awaits you. While you wait continue to serve others in service of our Heavenly Father, as our Savior Jesus Christ led through example.

As you humbly bless others, without concern for recognition and praise, God will bless you with abundance to keep your cup full with reserves and running over for immediate embrace.

~Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.20.18

Scripture

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1 Timothy 1:12-13

Prayer

Father thank You for Your love, for my life and my family, and for the opportunities that You provide. Thank You for Your loving patience that waits for me each time I stray, stumble, fall, hesitate, disobey, and make mistakes. Thank You for forgiving me even when I can’t yet forgive myself and others.

Thank You for showing me love even when I only show anger to myself and others. Thank You for showing me mercy even though I haven’t always shown mercy to others. I praise You through the great, the good, the not-so-good, and the bad. In Jesus’ name I give you all the glory. Amen.

Reflection

Imagine the shock of knowing that all of the years you spent bad-mouthing God, the name of Christ, persecuting God’s children, that you were still shown mercy and chosen to serve. That was Paul’s reality. Paul wrote a series of letters, the first to be listed in the Bible is 1 Timothy. It is his testimony.

At a point in his life Paul was beyond a jerk, he was cruel—some would call him evil. No one then or now would believe that a man who did and said some of the most hateful and hurtful things could ever be forgiven, shown mercy, trusted, and moved to walk as a servant of God instead of a puppet of the enemy.

But he was. We must remember that God knew us and knew every step we would take, every word we would speak, every thought that we would have long before we were physically born. He is our creator. We are His creations. He knew Paul and knew the man that he was born to be, and how faithfully he would serve after he walked through some valleys and struggled up the steepest of mountains.

Paul’s life is proof that in our minor of offenses that we too have what it takes to be better versions of ourselves, and each day we are given the opportunity to open ourselves so that we might be changed. We’re all clay being molded. Some of us just need more water and molding. But what always happens when we give in and surrender to change, is we are molded into the perfect image by God’s Hands.

God knows your heart. Keep your eyes on Him. He already has you covered.

~Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.19.18

Scripture

Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayer

Thank You Father for another day of life and lessons. Thank You for Your love, patience, guidance, protection, and correction.

May my confidence always be in You and not man, in You and not me. For Your creations are clueless and it is only through You may we see, hear, feel, speak, and know anything.

I keep trying to remind myself of this but keep failing. Thank You Father for loving me enough to patiently wait for me and for lovingly redirecting me. To You I give all of the glory. Only through You are all things are possible. Amen.

Reflection

This happens to be one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Ironically, I struggle daily with letting go and letting God. Ironically, I continue to rely on self-confidence, self-achievement, self…self…self.

Do you see the problem?

I’m supposed to be turning to God for all things, small and big. I’m supposed to allow things to be His will, not mine. No self-recourse. Only His intervention. No retaliation. Only His judgment.

My confidence wanes and wanders. God’s is steady and eternal. My abilities are limited. His are endless.

So why do I keep relying on my limit resources when I could depend solely on God’s overflowing abundance?

It’s simple. I’m ignorant and foolish. The “know-it-all” inside of me keeps thinking that certain things God just wants me to handle. But the servant in me knows that God makes clear His intentions and His directives. It is my fear that stirs my impatience, that triggers my reaction to things, people, and circumstances. And God waits patiently for me to spiral through the mess I created, to then look me in my eyes to say “let go, hold My Hand, and let Me“.

I see my journey with God like a child walking down the street or through a shopping center with their parent. At first you’re holding hands, obediently walking by your parent’s side. Then something catches your attention—and your hands disconnect. Now you’re no longer side-by-side. You’re so consumed with this distraction that you’re no longer focused on obediently holding your parent’s hand, and walking where they instructed.

Your parent now has to stop their forward progress to call your name and wait for you to stop what you’re doing and catch up. Or they have to turn around, walk backwards to where you are, ask for your hand (or grab it), and escort you back to the place on the path where you last stood.

God is the patient Parent who continuously stops and lovingly waits for us to get back on the path, holding His Hand. Even through His interventions to redirect us, He does so with love.

No human could do this consistently, especially not with multiple children. Our frustration would get the best of us and a meltdown would ultimately occur resulting in us losing control, making a scene, and bringing the attention of everyone who is near to see.

This example that I just shared is a lesson in not only being an obedient and respectful child, but it’s a lesson in parenting. Can you see both?

Oh we have so much to learn and experience. Praise God for his love, patience, guidance, protection, and correction. It’s our best example. We’re all works in progress—clay being molded!

~Natasha

Copyright 2018. Natasha Foreman Bryant. All Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.16.18

Scripture

Hebrews 10:36

Prayer

Father thank You for another day. I’m grateful for my life, for the abundance of blessings that You have given me, and for the family that You made mine. Most importantly I’m grateful for Your love, guidance, support, and protection. Thank You for always being here for me, for even when I’m alone I know that I never am.

I pray that each day I give not for myself and not because I’m hoping for something from You or anyone else, but that I give because it is the paying forward of what You have consistently given me.

I love You Father and I know You love me, for I feel and see it each day. Thank You for my smile, may I touch someone else’s life today that they too may smile and hopefully praise You for it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection

It is evident that we abuse the Word as written in the holy text we call the Bible. It is clear that most who recite words or references have never fully read, studied, dissected, and analyzed the text from a spiritual standpoint.

Why do I say this?

Because people are quick to take what was meant to be literal (like don’t murder people and don’t commit adultery) and opted to see it in the figurative, and those things that had spiritual connotations have been manipulated to mean the literal sense. Additionally, there are Christians who publicly claim that they “only follow” specific portions of the Bible, such as the New Testament—because that’s “when Jesus comes on the scene”. But how can you only read and study the New Testament when Jesus recited Old Testament, and His mission is guided by the very prophecy outlined in the Old Testament?

Then there’s the foolish statement of following only the New Testament because “the Old Testament was about the Jews and the New Testament is about the Christians”. This is foolish because Jesus was and is Jewish, and once again, He recites the Old Testament. If it was meant to be separated then when the first Bible was assembled they would’ve left out the Old Testament. They’re together for a reason. But since many New Testament “students” have never studied the Old Testament, they are blind to this.

We’ve butchered the Word. The fact that there are hundreds of versions of text that was already edited thousands of years ago, let’s you know that we aren’t getting the lesson.

Put on your spiritual lens and consider walking through life as one who loves, forgives, heals, helps all people—not some, all. Jesus did it. He also proved that there is life after we leave these temporary shells. It’s how we live here that determines how we will live in our next level of existence. Whether you believe in physical places called heaven or hell, one thing is clear—you can’t earn a pass into heaven. It’s your walk through life, not a specific event or type of career, that will “get you in”. It’s how you live your life when you’re not “doing” for self or for others with a focus on self-gain.

Your gift to the community should not be aimed at hopefully one day being rewarded for your efforts. You should give because you want to help, because you want others to be lifted up and feeling God’s full embrace.

Jesus and other greats that we read about in the Bible all gave in ways that magnified God not them. It is man who has chosen to place greater credit on the students than the Teacher. When you truly read, study, dissect, and analyze the Bible from cover to cover—look at how the chosen opened themselves up and allowed God in to use them for His purpose.

Moses knew he would see the edges of the Promised Land from afar but he knew that God told him he would never go there. He would instead delegate that honored task to others. Moses put up with a lot of nonsense from the Israelites knowing that where they would go he would never venture. He focused passionately on helping his people so that they could embrace the new life God had for them. He made it about God, not himself.

Can you say that you could and would do the same?

We all have a lot of spiritual work to do, starting first with ourselves. Our wires are crossed and we need to invest the time in untangling them and realigning them based on God’s guidance not our twisted perception.

God created every living creature in His spiritual image. Every creation reflects Him. He makes no mistakes. He allows each creation to grow, change, morph, adjust as needed.

All creations. All people. Everything God created and He said to love, respect, and protect His creations. Jesus said to love others as you would love yourself. Sadly, many of us don’t truly and fully love ourselves so we don’t know how to genuinely love others. We don’t know how not to judge others for we’re constantly judging ourselves. We don’t know how to forgive others because we don’t know how to forgive ourselves.

We have a lot of work to do. Today let’s work on detoxing our mind, heart, spirit, and soul. We must force out the poison that slowly kills us. It is the only way for us to live with and on purpose as followers of Christ, servants of God, and soldiers protecting the creations that have no voice or ability to fight.

~Natasha

Copyright 2018. Natasha Foreman Bryant. All Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.15.18

Scripture

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NLT

Prayer

Father I want to thank You for this day, another day of life, health, wealth, and an abundance of blessings.

Even when I don’t see how awesome my life is I know that it is, because even if in my mind I can visualize it being “better” I can also see clearly how bad and horrific it could be.

That is why I choose to put my trust in You to always guide and guard me from my foolishness and from the temptations that would lead me to believe that I can have “better” at a faster pace than what You’re providing for me. My Foundation should always be You and Your Son Jesus should always be the Cornerstone of that Foundation.

I want to celebrate each and every day. I want to awake and praise You before I do anything else. I want to remember to thank You throughout the day for not just the big things but the small things, like when I’m looking for something and I find it—I want to pause and say “thank You Father“.

Today and every day I will love You Father. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray and give thanks. Amen.

Reflection

Earlier this morning I inadvertently published the outline of today’s message. I wouldn’t call it an accident because as my paternal grandmother, Dorrisene, used to say, “there are no accidents“. It was meant for me to publish the outline for it:

  1. reminded me to slow down
  2. reminded me that it’s been too long since I last posted
  3. showed my viewers the early steps of how my posts are written, and
  4. helped to frame today’s message, as I wasn’t sure what I was going to write.

Yesterday morning as I babysat my nephew Logan, I was watching the TBN channel and I can recall clearly a message that said our days should begin with God—not checking and replying to text messages, emails, social media, etc. If we want God’s guidance throughout our day then shouldn’t we honor and respect Him by beginning our day aligned with Him?

You don’t know how many of my Breaking Bread messages are created in my bathroom. Yes, you read that correctly. What I’ve discovered over the years is that the bathroom is the one place in your home that for the most part you’re left alone. That’s not to say you don’t have children, pets, and maybe even your significant other waiting on the other side of the door—but no one is inside the bathroom with you pulling at you for immediate attention.

So I enter, close the door, and while I temporarily disconnect from the world, I tune in and fully connect to God. He doesn’t care that I’m in the bathroom. He just wants to know I’m locked in and ready and willing to talk.

When I selected today’s scripture I decided to include a visual, and of the images that I found the waterfall was the most moving in my opinion. Why? Because imagine being on a lazy river or even one with rapids, what you can see around you and ahead begins to compute in your mind your confidence to handle these things.

It’s the waterfall that we don’t plan for.

We haven’t a clue where it is, how steep it is, what’s at the bottom, and if we can survive the fall.

That is life.

My life for many years was a river, sometimes a smooth ride and then there were moments of roaring rapids. Then in 2017 I found myself approaching a waterfall. I didn’t plan for the waterfall. I didn’t see how close it was until I was already nearing the edge.

That waterfall was my divorce.

No matter how hard I tried to swim in the opposite direction or swim to the banks of the river, the powerful water dragged me to that waterfall—and over the edge I tumbled.

I didn’t know how steep the fall would be, what was at the bottom of the fall, if the water was shallow or deep, or if I would survive the entry into this pool below. I had a piece of debris that I clung to as I tried to keep my head above water. My eyes grew bigger and bigger as I approached the waterfall. I was so focused on my ability or inability to swim, but quickly I had to remind myself that it’s less about me and more about God.

I had to put my confidence in God because I know that although I’m a decent swimmer, I’m only capable of doing what I do because of Him, and I can only get better through and by Him. I also know that when I panic my only thought is how to get to safety and out of the water, and I’m sure that in my panic I make the process more difficult because I’m focused on self, not on God.

God brings calm. He brings clarity. He brings strength and determination. God makes a way out of no way.

I went over the edge of the waterfall and although fearful I’m confident that God will always protect me. I’m confident that all of the bumps and bruises in life can and will be healed by God. I’m confident that He has greatness waiting for me and all I have to do is remain connected and faithful.

It’s important to try and ignore the temptations that lure us from God. But understand and believe that God’s Hands are still upon you and can save you from those temptations—He will show you a way out. It is always our choice to take the way out or remain in the snare.

So as you journey on your river are you solely relying upon your abilities and self-confidence, or are you secure with God-confidence (or as my friend Marshawn Daniels calls it, “Godfidence“)?

You will know for sure when you approach the waterfall.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Accidental Posting 🤦🏽‍♀️

Good morning Breaking Bread family!

Those of you who subscribe to this site just received an update from me that was incomplete. I was just beginning my Breaking Bread message, laying out the sections to begin writing my prayer and reflection for the scripture that I selected.

Well, I inadvertently pressed “publish” and BAM…the message was sent. So ignore that post, or if you want you can look at it and see how I start my messages to you. Yes, it’s really me outlining and typing in these messages when I post.

Stay tuned…because within the hour I will have today’s message typed and published. I still don’t know what I’m going to say yet—which is always the case when I create a Breaking Bread message. I’m simply going to do what I always do—let God guide me and speak through me.

Hmmm maybe that is what my message should focus on today. We’ll see….

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.26.18

Scripture

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

James 3:13

Pray

Father I pray for constant humility and wisdom that can only come from You. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

The true indication of a good life is not one filled with material wealth and riches, but through the humility that what we have today may be taken tomorrow; that we should never take for granted the things that we possess- whether spiritual, physical, or material.

The wisdom gained from past loss should humble us that we appreciate the smallest things in life as much or more than the big things. Our humility makes us most grateful for breathing in life each day, and for whatever senses we have most use of- from there the rest of our blessings are countless.

These things my friends are the indication of a good life. Strive for the humility that comes from wisdom (from past lessons learned) and accept what God brings to you for those are the greatest gifts we can ever receive.

Let today be Free Yourself Friday….

Love,

Natasha

Note: This message was originally published on January 14, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
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